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GOOD INFLUENCE

16th May 2014 Much attention was rightfully given to South Africa’s Public Protector Thuli Madonsela for her inclusion in Time Magazine’s May 5 list of the world’s 100 most influential people. But it is also worth highlighting and celebrating the fact that Nigeria’s Finance Minister Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was... 

GOOD INFLUENCE

STAR QUALITY

9th May 2014 The Honda Motor Company’s Asimo robot runs a gauntlet of photographers after a recent presentation during the 2014 New York International Auto Show, in the US city. Asimo stands for ‘Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility’ and has made remarkable progress since its first public introduction 14... 

STAR QUALITY

MAMMOTH UNDERTAKING

2nd May 2014 As South Africa gears up for its fifth democratic election, spare a thought for the organisers, candidates and voters participating in India’s poll. Around 815-million people have registered to vote in what is world's biggest-ever election, which began on April 7 and will conclude on May 12. The... 

MAMMOTH UNDERTAKING

PAST GREATNESS & PRESENT STORMS

25th April 2014 There is a great deal of symbolism contained in this poignant photograph, showing storm clouds gathering above a statue of Nelson Mandela outside the gates of Drakenstein Correctional Centre (formerly Victor Verster), near Paarl in Western Cape. It offers a potent reminder of this country’s quite... 

PAST GREATNESS & PRESENT STORMS

PUBLIC PURPOSE

18th April 2014 With her credentials and bravery now well established, people listen when Public Protector Thuli Modonsela speaks. Last week South Africa’s engineering community listened when she cautioned that the R847-billion infrastructure programme was associated both opportunity and “great risks”. She... 

PUBLIC PURPOSE

EXPLOSIVE TRAINING

11th April 2014 Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs as they move to land on shore during a recent US-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang. The drill is part of the two countries' annual military training called Foal Eagle, which began on February 24 and... 

EXPLOSIVE TRAINING

DIGITAL JEWELLERY

4th April 2014 Logbar CEO Takuro Yoshida holding the company’s ‘Ring’ wearable device, which effectively transforms the wearer’s finger into a digital wand. By tracing a dollar sign in the air, for instance, the Ring can communicate with other devices to pay for items. It enables a wearer to control televisions... 

DIGITAL JEWELLERY

POWER TOWER

28th March 2014 One of the towers at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, which is located in the Mojave Desert, in the US. The 392 MW solar-thermal plant has been developed by Google, NRG Energy and BrightSource. The facility began operating in February and this photograph was taken in early March. 

POWER TOWER

THREE YEARS ON

21st March 2014 As Japan considers restarting its 48 nuclear reactors, members of the media and Tokyo Electric Power Company employees (wearing protective suits and masks) visited inside the central control room for the No 1 and No 2 reactors at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant on March 10, 2014. Three years... 

THREE YEARS ON

PRIVATE DRONES

14th March 2014 A report by the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the US, estimates that the number of civilian unmanned aircraft will reach 175 000 by 2035. It expects most of these to be smaller models. Pictured above is SteadiDrone director Duran de Villiers flying... 

PRIVATE DRONES

EN GARDE

7th March 2014 International Monetary Fund MD Christine Lagarde at the recent Group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Sydney, Australia. She said global growth had strengthened in recent months, but cautioned that further action and cooperation were necessary to promote a more... 

EN GARDE

MEGA CONCERNS

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2014 Workers seen on scaffolding in mid-February at the giant Medupi power station project, which is currently rising out of the Lephalale bushveld, in South Africa’s Limpopo province. The project is scheduled to begin delivering power in the second half of this year. But there are concerns that the... 

MEGA CONCERNS

FLOOD WARNING

21st February 2014 The images of flooding in the UK have brought home just how vulnerable even the most developed countries are to changes in the weather. Pictured above is a resident of Wraysbury, in southern England, wading through water in Wellington boots as the Thames flooded the village. 

FLOOD WARNING

TAPERING CHIEF

14th February 2014 On February 3, Janet Yellen became the first woman chairperson of the US Federal Reserve. Seen here signing an affidavit confirming that she took the oath of office, Yellen's term will last until 2018. Without question, all emerging markets will be watching her actions closely, particularly given... 

TAPERING CHIEF

YEAR OF THE HORSE

7th February 2014 Fire and wood are the two dominant elements associated with the ‘Year of the Horse’, which Reuters reports has some believers in the Chinese form of geomancy expecting conflicts and disasters related to fire, but also possible gains in stocks linked to wood. Pictured above is a giant lantern... 

YEAR OF THE HORSE

FOOD FIGHT

31st January 2014 In mid-January, more than 200 groups, including food companies and organic farmers, called on President Barack Obama to require manufacturers to label food products that contain genetically engineered ingredients. Pictured above is a worker throwing a crate off the back of a truck at an organic... 

FOOD FIGHT

BACK TO THE FUTURE

24th January 2014 A mining conveyor machine reflects in a safety mirror at an open-pit lignite mine operated by Vattenfall in Welzow-Sued, Germany. Bloomberg News reports that utilities are expanding open-pit mines that produce lignite, considered the dirtiest type of coal, to feed Europe’s appetite for cheaper... 

BACK TO THE FUTURE

GENDER MOTORS

17th January 2014 On January 15, Mary Barra (51) became the first woman CEO of General Motors (GM) and also the first female to lead a global automotive company. She took over from Dan Akerson, who held the position since 2010. Barra joined GM more than three decades ago as a college intern and, prior to her... 

GENDER MOTORS

DEVELOPMENT ROAD

13th December 2013 A busy road in Accra, the capital of Ghana, in late November 2013. The Ghana economy, which is attracting high levels of foreign direct investment, is expected to expand by more than 7% in 2013. However, the economy's over dependence on gold, cocoa and oil makes it vulnerable to trade shocks. For... 

DEVELOPMENT ROAD

LOOKING EAST

6th December 2013 Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche addressing members of the media in Seoul, South Korea last week. The German vehicle manufacturer plans to double sales in South Korea by 2020, and build a new research and development centre in the Asian country. Daimler recently moved to acquire a stake in Beijing... 

LOOKING EAST

RAIL BOSSES

29th November 2013 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) CEO Siyabonga Gama and China South Rail Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive president Zhou Qinghe exit the cab of the new Class 20E locomotive, which was delivered to South Africa ahead of schedule in mid-November. The locomotive was designed and manufactured in only 13 months... 

RAIL BOSSES

TERRIFYING TYPHOON

22nd November 2013 Victims of Typhoon Haiyan pictured here waiting for relief supplies near a tattered Philippine flag in Hernani, Samar. The storm swept through the Asian country’s central regions killing thousands and leaving people to scavenge for food, water and medicine. In the wake of the storm, Naderev Sano,... 

TERRIFYING TYPHOON

RENEWABLES PROGRESS

15th November 2013 Arguably one of the most successful initiatives undertaken by the South African government since the advent of democracy has been the Renewable Energy independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). While some find the process overly bureaucratic, there is little question that the... 

RENEWABLES PROGRESS

RAIL REVIVAL

8th November 2013 There is a growing sense of optimism that the long-talked-about modal shift from road to rail is genuinely starting to gain traction. Transnet CEO Brian Molefe reported last month that growth of railed containers and automobiles had far exceeded economic growth in the first half of the group’s... 

RAIL REVIVAL

GOING FISSION

1st November 2013 Electricite de France (EDF) chairperson Henri Proglio (left) and the CEO of group’s UK unit EDF Energy, Vincent de Rivaz, at a news conference called to announce a deal to construct the first new nuclear power station in the UK in a generation. EDF, together with Areva, of France, China General... 

GOING FISSION

Topsy Turvy

25th October 2013 This photograph showing an upside-down reflection of the US Capitol building was taken at the height of the political hurly-burley geared towards ending a government shutdown and raising a self-imposed debt ceiling. But it perhaps also acts as a fairly accurate allegory for just how the strange... 

Topsy Turvy

PUBLIC OFFERING

18th October 2013 The Royal Mail, which is nearly 500 years old, began trading on the London Stock Exchange on October 15 following a somewhat controversial privatisation – the UK government’s biggest flotation in two decades. There was significant opposition to the sale of the “cherished national institution” and... 

PUBLIC OFFERING

SHUTDOWN

11th October 2013 As the rest of the world watched in astonishment, the US federal government shut down on October 2 for the first time in more than 17 years after lawmakers there failed to reach agreement on the Budget. An estimated 800 000 nonessential federal employees went on unpaid leave, while museums were... 

SHUTDOWN

DEADLY ATTACK

4th October 2013 A man reads a daily newspaper at the edge of a security perimeter that was put in place near Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre, which was the focus of a four-day siege that began on Saturday, September 22. The al-Shabab organisation claimed responsibility for the Kenyan attack, which left 72... 

DEADLY ATTACK

MAN OF THE MOMENT

27th September 2013 South African salvage master Nick Sloane, who headed the ‘parbuckling’ operation at the Giglio harbour in mid-September to raise the wreck of the Costa Concordia, emerged from the project as something of a celebrity. Sloane started his career with South African company Safmarine in 1980, but has... 

MAN OF THE MOMENT

OLYMPIC CELEBRATIONS

20th September 2013 People celebrating in Japan on September 8 after Tokyo was selected as the host city for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Some analysts believe the victory will boost construction and tourism and give a lift to consumer confidence, playing into Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to revive the... 

OLYMPIC CELEBRATIONS

PRODUCTIVITY & PROTECTION

13th September 2013 National Union of Mineworkers president Senzeni Zokwana has warned that, unless and until the safety and security of workers is decisively addressed, productivity improvements will continue to elude South Africa’s embattled mining industry. “Productivity will not improve if workers go underground... 

PRODUCTIVITY & PROTECTION

IN A HOLE

6th September 2013 Emerging markets are deeply concerned about the potential fallout arising from the US Federal Reserve’s move to begin tapering its quantitative-easing programmes – something that could begin as early as this month. It was one of the major issues raised the recent Jackson Hole economic symposium.... 

IN A HOLE

TABLET SURGERY

30th August 2013 In one of the first surgeries of its kind, Professor Karl Oldhafer, chief physician of general and visceral surgery at the Asklepios Hospital Hamburg-Barmbek, in Germany, used a tablet computer during liver surgery, which took place on August 15. The tablet computer uses augmented reality, which... 

TABLET SURGERY

THINKING AHEAD

23rd August 2013 South African-born and educated inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk unveiled his futuristic ‘Hyperloop’ high-speed transport concept last week (see inset picture). He believes the solar-powered solution – comprising air-propelled sealed capsules able to carry 28 passengers at a time at high speed... 

THINKING AHEAD

PRICE PICK-ME-UP

16th August 2013 Coffee lovers the world over were deeply concerned in July when the Brazilian government indicted that it might introduce support measures to ease a glut that sent prices to multiyear lows. But in early August, Agriculture Minister Antonio Andrade said the government needed more time to weigh... 

PRICE PICK-ME-UP

NEW CHIEF

9th August 2013 Technology giant Siemens named Joe Kaeser as its new global CEO last week. Kaeser is the former CFO and has more than three decades of experience at the company. He takes over from Peter Loescher after the German engineering group repeatedly missed profit targets. 

NEW CHIEF

GAS HUNGER

2nd August 2013 National oil company PetroSA is hungry for more gas to feed its 42 000 bl/d gas-to-liquids refinery located near Mossel Bay, in the Western Cape. The facility, developed in the 1980s as a response to tightening sanctions against the then apartheid government, has always been somewhat gas short.... 

GAS HUNGER
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