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POWER INTENSIVE

16th November 2018 A recent study into the amount of energy required to “mine” for cryptocurrencies, found the process to be extremely energy intensive – even more so than traditional mining. The paper, titled the ‘Quantification of energy and carbon costs for mining cryptocurrencies’, reveals one dollar’s worth of... 

POWER INTENSIVE

END OF AN ERA

9th November 2018 German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not to seek re-election as head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Merkel has led the CDU for 18 years and has been Chancellor for 13. She announced on October 29 that she would not stand for re-election at the CDU’s annual conference in December or seek... 

END OF AN ERA

FIT FOR SERVICE

2nd November 2018 A man exercises along a promenade in Zhuhai, China, with a section of the 55-km Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge in the background. The $20-billion megaproject, which is reportedly the world’s longest sea link, opened to traffic on October 24. The crossing links Hong Kong's Lantau Island to the... 

FIT FOR SERVICE

INDUSTRIAL SCALE

26th October 2018 South Africans are still not certain what to make of the Constitutional Court’s recent ruling regarding the private cultivation and use of dagga, or marijuana. In Canada, where medical marijuana has been allowed for almost two decades, it became legal to use the drug for recreational purposes on... 

INDUSTRIAL SCALE

MOVING THE NEEDLE

19th October 2018 There is still much scepticism as to whether President Cyril Ramaphosa really does have a plan for extricating South Africa from its dire economic predicament. What was clear from the recent Job Summit, where the above photograph was taken, is that the President is relying heavily on his expert... 

MOVING THE NEEDLE

WINDOW ON GROWTH

12th October 2018 Container ships moored alongside ship-to-shore cranes at Mombasa port, in Kenya. The East African economy expanded by 6.3% in the three months to the end of June, up from 5.7% in the previous quarter, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics reported in Septemebr. The accelertion was supported by... 

WINDOW ON GROWTH

ATTENTION!

5th October 2018 Soldiers from the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) National Ceremonial Guard stand to attention during a fly past by three AgustaWestland A 109 helicopters before President Cyril Ramaphosa gave his opening address to the 2018 Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition, which took... 

ATTENTION!

ELEVATED PERSPECTIVE

28th September 2018 Electra Mining Africa 2018 took place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre earlier this month, attracting more than 29 000 visitors from 59 countries. Thousands of potential buyers had an opportunity to network and meet with over 850 exhibitors, as well as industry experts and advisers. This year’s... 

ELEVATED PERSPECTIVE

WASTE NOT

21st September 2018 Putting paper in the recycling bin is only the start of a complex process of value creation, in which packaging company Mpact is deeply involved. Once the waste is collected from households, reclaimers, or private companies, separate the paper, plastic and other recyclables from the waste that... 

WASTE NOT

HIGH PERFORMANCE

14th September 2018 Professional Ferrari drivers lined up ahead of warm-up lap instructions in the pit lane at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit ahead of their Pablo Clark Ferrari Challenge demonstration. The race was one of several driving demonstrations held as part of the 2018 Festival of Motoring Johannesburg,... 

HIGH PERFORMANCE

CLEAN BY 2045

7th September 2018 Last week, Californian lawmakers approved a measure mandating that all electricity come from wind, solar and other clean-energy sources by 2045. The state currently gets about 44% of its power from renewables and hydro. California was also the first US state in the to require solar panels on... 

CLEAN BY 2045

DEADLY WARNING

31st August 2018 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

AFRICAN BLUE SKY

24th August 2018 Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has embarked on an Africa-focused marketing campaign for its new generation single-aisle series of airliner, the E2 family, dubbed the ‘Profit Hunter’. Last month, an E190 E2 took VIP guests and test pilots on a one-hour excursion, flying from OR Tambo... 

AFRICAN BLUE SKY

LONG DAWN

17th August 2018 South Africa continues to speak hopefully about a New Dawn. However, Australia, which shares a number of similar characteristics, from mining and weather, to sporting appetites, recently marked what could arguably described as a long dawn. The country recently recorded its twenty-seventh straight... 

LONG DAWN

READY TO ROLL

10th August 2018 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... 

READY TO ROLL

LONG ROAD AHEAD

3rd August 2018 Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe only just managed to guide the utility through to the there end of its horrific 2018 financial year, during which it nearly run of cash and almost had its bonds suspended. The journey ahead for Hadebe remains equally treacherous, as has already been seen from the false... 

LONG ROAD AHEAD

BIG SCIENCE

27th July 2018 Situated near the town of Carnarvon, in the Northern Cape, Antenna 47 (pictured above) lies within the outer limits of the greater 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope, inaugurated on July 13 by Deputy President David Mabuza and Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. The MeerKAT is... 

BIG SCIENCE

CLOUDS GATHER

20th July 2018 Trade tensions continued to rise between the US and China this month, with President Donald Trump imposing new tariffs and China retaliating. Bloomberg reports that China has told companies to boost imports of goods – from soybeans to seafood and automobiles – from countries other than the US... 

CLOUDS GATHER

RESERVED PARKING

13th July 2018 General Motors has installed 18 fast chargers for its Cruise self-driving car unit at a parking facility on San Francisco's Embarcadero, a busy boulevard along the Californian city's eastern shoreline. General Motors has created its own ride-hailing platform and is aiming get its self-driving car... 

RESERVED PARKING

TRADE CROSSROADS

6th July 2018 The American-led trade war rhetoric, which has now led to the imposition of restrictions worth billion of dollars, is having an impact on various markets, from steel to soybeans. Soybean (pictured in the top segment of the photograph above) futures were among the biggest losers in late June,... 

TRADE CROSSROADS

HIGH PERFORMANCE

29th June 2018 Porsche South Africa joined the international Porsche-loving community in celebrating the seventieth anniversary of the sports-car brand. Several thousand Porsche owners converged on the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, in Gauteng, to mark the occasion, which include various events and races. Porsche... 

HIGH PERFORMANCE

MILK TO WATER

22nd June 2018 Nestlé South Africa launched an innovative water-saving facility at its Mossel Bay, in the Western Cape, earlier this month. The investment enables the facility to use water recovered from the factory’s milk-evaporation process and could save 168-million litres of water a year. Nestlé undertook... 

MILK TO WATER

AUTONOMOUS ADVANTAGE

15th June 2018 Singapore has built a mini town designed to position it favourably in the global race to deploy driverless public transport. The 2 ha complex has intersections, traffic lights, bus stops and pedestrian crossings, all built to Singapore’s public-roads specifications. Pictured above is a Navya SAS... 

AUTONOMOUS ADVANTAGE

ELECTRIC MULTICOPTER

8th June 2018 Pictured above is a Volocopter 2X multirotor electric helicopter standing in a hangar at in Bruchsal, Germany. The German air-taxi startup designs and builds manned electric helicopters. The company states that the Volocopter is the first fully electric and manned multicopter with a permit to fly.  

ELECTRIC MULTICOPTER

ENERGY COLLECTOR

1st June 2018 The 100 MW XiNa Solar One concentrated solar power plant was officially inaugurated by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe last month. The plant, which is located near Pofadder in the Northern Cape, uses parabolic-trough technology (pictured) to generate dispatchable power from the sun. To produce... 

ENERGY COLLECTOR

CRUNCH TIME

25th May 2018 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) hearings into Eskom’s three Regulatory Clearing Account submissions, amounting to more than R66-billion, wrapped up in Gauteng last week. The Eskom team (pictured on the left during hearings in Soweto) were heavily grilled by the Nersa... 

CRUNCH TIME

WAR TALK

18th May 2018 South Africa has already become something of a casualty in the brewing trade war between the US and China. However, should President Donald Trump’s trade-war rhetoric and initial actions escalate into a full-blown conflict, it is likely that the pain could spread well beyond the steel and... 

WAR TALK

PROTECTIVE COIL

11th May 2018 The decision by US President Donald Trump to impose tariff protection on steel and aluminium imports has been heavily criticised both domestically and internationally. South Africa, which offered to restrict its exports to 2017 levels, expressed disappointment at not being exempted on April 30,... 

PROTECTIVE COIL

CONCRETE REDEVELOPMENT

4th May 2018 The redevelopment of the old grain silos at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront into what is today the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa involved some quite innovative design, engineering and construction work. However, it also required specialised concrete, which was supplied and sponsored by... 

CONCRETE REDEVELOPMENT

CRUCIAL CROSSROADS

27th April 2018 China's sprawling local government financing system needs “crucial” reforms to increase consumption, build prosperity and encourage economic rebalancing, the International Monetary Fund said earlier this month. Pictured in the aerial photograph above are vehicles travelling along highways at an... 

CRUCIAL CROSSROADS

ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA

20th April 2018 Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg pictured during a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees in Washington, DC, which took place on April 10. Zuckerberg said he took responsibility how the social network had been improperly used for political means and promised that... 

ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA

FIGHTING CHANCE

13th April 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa speaking at the launch of the Youth Employment Service (YES) initiative on March 27. YES is a social compact between government, business and labour “created to give one-million youth one-million opportunities to succeed”. For South Africa’s sake, it’s vital that the... 

FIGHTING CHANCE

FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY

6th April 2018 Given the seemingly wet summer season for the eastern side of the country, some provinces may have been lulled into a false sense of water security and abundance. The reality is that South Africa – and not only the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape provinces – is a water-scare country.... 

FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY

XI–LI CONSOLIDATION

30th March 2018 China premier Li Keqiang, left, shakes hands with Xi Jinping, China’s president, following parliament’s approving of Li's appointment to a second five-year term during the first session of the thirteenth National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on March 18. Li... 

XI–LI CONSOLIDATION

ONCE A POWER WALL

23rd March 2018 Batteries on display on as a sorting reference at the Raw Materials Company recycling facility in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. Bloomberg reports that Ontario recycles more single-use batteries than any other state in North America, nearly 3 226 t in 2016 alone.  

ONCE A POWER WALL

HYDROGEN ROLL-OUT

16th March 2018 A hydrogen fuel pump stands at a TrueZero station in Mill Valley, California. Bloomberg reports that the US is spending more than $2.5-billion to accelerate sales of hydrogen and battery vehicles. That includes $900-million earmarked to complete 200 hydrogen stations and 250 000 charging stations... 

HYDROGEN ROLL-OUT

NO TERM LIMIT

9th March 2018 Moves under way in China to cast aside presidential term limits stoked global concern last week. Some are already referring to President Xi Jinping as ‘Emperor Xi’. What the decision means for the way China interacts with the rest of the world and its citizens, such as these Shanghai residents... 

NO TERM LIMIT

ROBOTIC SORTING

2nd March 2018 An automated transport robot is pictured moving between shelving units containing goods at Amazon.com’s new fulfillment centre in Kolbaskowo, Poland. Bloomberg reports that academic and commercial roboticists have been putting a lot of energy into solving what’s sometimes referred to as the... 

ROBOTIC SORTING
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