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Cover Story

Karoo’s MeerKAT radio telescope sets scene for pioneering scientific discovery

By: Dylan SlaterThe Karoo-based MeerKAT radio telescope, located about 90 km from Carnarvon, in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated on July 13, giving the public a glimpse into what was unveiled as the best of its kind and a true benchmark in terms of pioneering scientific cosmic discovery, says South African... 

Karoo’s MeerKAT radio telescope sets scene  for pioneering scientific discovery

Editorial Insight

Tipping point?

By: Terence CreamerThe dust has well and truly settled on of the tenth Brics summit, hosted in Johannesburg last month. While the event was generally viewed as positive from a South African perspective, it failed to capture the popular imagination. Most public interest centred on whether Russia’s strongman... 

Tipping point?

News & Insight

Agreement reached on Sedibeng water treatment plant project

By: Natasha OdendaalAfter facing several challenges that have delayed work on the Sedibeng water treatment plant, Gauteng Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements MEC Dikgang Moiloa and Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti have signed an agreement with the Sedibeng/Vaal community... 

Blockchain can facilitate development of communal lands

By: Schalk BurgerBlockchain systems can provide a trusted registry of property ownership in communal lands, which can facilitate their development into productive assets, says Zimbabwean former commercial farmer and former chairman of the National Association of Dairy Farmers Dave Conolly. Conolly is researching... 

Blockchain can facilitate development of communal lands

Do-it-yourself works for Pratley as it turns 70

By: Schalk BurgerFull control over raw-material sources, production and packaging, as well as the in-house expertise that this stimulates, enables the Pratley group of companies to develop innovative products, ensure quality control and grow, says Pratley CEO Kim Pratley. The company, which produces a well-known... 

Do-it-yourself works for Pratley as it turns 70

Embraer’s new-generation airliner demonstrated in Africa, including South Africa

By: Rebecca CampbellBrazilian aerospace major Embraer’s new generation smaller (less than 150 seats) single-aisle airliners, the E2 family, are attracting considerable interest in Africa, Embraer Commercial Aviation VP: Middle East and Africa Raul Villaron tells “Engineering News”. From smallest to biggest, the E2... 

Gender diversity seen as critical to ICT sector’s future growth

By: Natasha OdendaalWomen’s participation in the high-growth information and communication technology (ICT) industry remains at low levels, with South Africa’s representation far below the global average of less than 30% of women in the sector. Telecommunications giant MTN says that, despite gender diversity being a... 

Local company develops precision bearing packer

By: Schalk BurgerThe new precision Pumprite bearing packer was launched last month for bearings used in the transport, mining, engineering and heavy industries. The locally developed unit allows for easy and precise lubrication of bearings with an inner diameter from 15 mm to 150 mm inner diameter and a maximum... 

Local company develops precision bearing packer

Property developer celebrates completion of R250m Sandton apartment skyscraper

By: Nadine JamesProperty development company Masingita Group subsidiary Masingita Properties hosted a roof-wetting last month to celebrate the completion of its R250-million luxury apartment skyscraper, Masingita Towers, which is situated in West Road South near the Sandton central business district. The project... 

Property developer celebrates completion of R250m Sandton apartment skyscraper

Reform on education, gender and work critical to digital economy

By: Natasha OdendaalSouth Africa’s static and underinvested education and training systems need to be reformed to keep pace with the new needs of the ever-evolving digital economy. The current educational system is “largely inadequate” to cater for the significant shifts happening in the business models of all... 

Space agencies of South Africa and India strengthen cooperation

By: Rebecca CampbellThe South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) formalised their relationship by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on the fringes of the recent Brics Summit in Johannesburg. (Brics is the alignment between Brazil, Russia, India, China, and... 

Photo of the Week


By: Creamer Media Reporter Chinese vehicle manufacturer the Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) officially opened its 88 969 m2 semi-knocked-down vehicle assembly plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, near Port Elizabeth, late last month. Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa and Xi Jinping presided over the launch via a live... 



Four Brics and a briquette

By: Riaan de LangeThe headline of this article sounds a bit like a 1960s band. A popular music band. A pop band. But, alas, it is no band – it is what should be an honest reflection of what the world knows as Brics, an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Bric came into existence in 2008 and... 

Playing with mental clarity

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyThere is a serious disconnect between engineers and production idea people.  Production idea people want to innovate. They want a new thing every year. They do not want improvements, they want change – out of the box! Dynamic! Some of these ideas are good but few are ground-breaking. What is... 


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