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CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca CampbellThe Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

Editorial Insight

Power Shifts

By: Terence CreamerElectricity nerds such as myself are bracing themselves for a breathless few months, with significant developments on the horizon. Much of the focus will be on the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which has finally been released for public comment. This is a critical document and it is... 

Power Shifts

News & Insight

Department backs programme to expose girls to Stem careers

By: Natasha OdendaalThe Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) has signed a memorandum of understanding with youth development programme TechnoGirl Trust that will result in the provision of support for ten young female learners under the programme every year over the next five years. The... 

IFS South Africa joins YES campaign

By: Natasha OdendaalEnterprise applications company IFS has become the latest company to join South Africa’s new Youth Employment Service (YES) initiative by sponsoring learnership programmes for 30 young, unemployed South Africans. The programme aligns with the government’s drive to reduce unemployment by creating... 

Kenya mulling oil pipeline connecting it to Ethiopia, South Sudan

By: John MuchiraKenya is set to embark on a feasibility study for a 790 km crude oil pipeline connecting the country to Ethiopia and South Sudan. The Lamu–Isiolo–Moyale pipeline will be part of the Lamu Port–South Sudan–Ethiopia–Transport (Lapsset) Corridor project, which is aimed at not only facilitating the... 

Landowners urged to join fight to increase runoff to dams

By: Natasha OdendaalThe Gamtoos Irrigation Board (GIB) is calling on private landowners to better protect their “vested interest” by collaborating in the fight against alien invasive plant species, which are stripping out critical run-off from the rains and impairing water supply to Eastern Cape dams. GIB clears... 

Montego expands Eastern Cape pet food factory

By: Schalk BurgerLocal pet food manufacturer Montego Pet Nutrition increased production at its Graaff-Reinet facility, in the Eastern Cape, by 30%. The R70-million expansion, which will also create 30 more direct jobs, included a new 3 600 m2, R15-million depot, divided equally for use as a warehouse and treats... 

Montego expands Eastern Cape pet food factory

New tech blurring human-machine lines – Gartner

By: Schalk BurgerFive emerging technology trends will blur the lines between humans and machines, says market research multinational Gartner. Technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) for example, play a critical role in enabling companies to be ubiquitous, always available and connected to business... 

SA contribution to achieving SKA milestone

By: Rebecca CampbellThe South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) recently announced that the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Telescope Manager (TM) Critical Design Review (CDR) had been completed. (The TM is a system, not a person.) The SKA is an international project to build the world’s biggest radio... 

SA ERP provider integrates new capabilities into new offering

By: Schalk BurgerSouth African enterprise resource planning (ERP) multinational Syspro’s version 8 offers artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of things (IoT) platforms and analytics as part of its capabilities to allow for near real-time monitoring of all aspects of a business. Syspro Africa product manager... 

SA ERP provider integrates new capabilities into new offering

Technical analytical firm offers sector-focused laboratory services

By: Schalk BurgerSci-Ba focuses on providing highly technical analytical services for commercial companies across a range of industries and has been divided into ten sector-focused laboratories to cater for the needs of specific industries, says Sci-Ba co-founder and director David Long. Developing new tests and... 

Technical analytical firm offers sector-focused laboratory services

Photo of the Week

DEADLY WARNING

By: Creamer Media Reporter The deadly collapse of the Morandi motorway bridge, in Genoa, Italy, earlier this month should serve as a warning to infrastructure owners and custodians the world over. In South Africa, where maintenance of infrastructure remains a serious problem, questions have to be asked and answered about... 

DEADLY WARNING

Columns

Adventures on the interconnected power system

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy  I worked for State-owned power utility Eskom as the senior engineer for operations in the Eastern Cape for just under two years. It was a fabulous job. I reported to the chief engineer, who, in turn, reported to the regional manager. But both the chief engineer and I had a reporting... 

Reflecting on sugar customs duty increase

By: Riaan de LangeSo, will the increase in the variable formula tariff (VFT) on sugar – or the 'honey without bees', as Alexander the Great called it – mitigate the harshness of international trade or be the saccharine protection that the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) producers desire it to be? Growing up... 

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