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Blue Label expects higher H1 earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th February 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label expects to report a surge in earnings bolstered in part by 58.18%-owned subsidiary Oxigen Services India’s fair value gains of R150-million in the six months ended November 30, 2016. Earnings a share are expected to increase by 54% to 58% to between 80.79c and 82.89c for the... 

SA Cabinet highlights progress in radio astronomy in the country

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2017 The South African government has endorsed the creation of a single national South African Radio Astronomy Observatory. This was done at the Cabinet meeting held on February 15 and reported in a statement released by the Government Communication and Information System (better known as GCIS) on... 

SA Cabinet highlights progress in radio astronomy in the country
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
HartRAO’s 26 m radio telescope

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba

     17th February 2017 The yearly Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector for its third iteration on Monday, February 20 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Africa Energy Indaba was the first energy conference... 

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba
DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES The Women in Energy conference is designed to aid the increase in leadership and development of women involved in the African energy sectors

Arc Flash workwear passes international testing

     10th February 2017 Technology solutions to personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Dromex’s Arc Flash Protera workwear recently passed the Open Air Arc test. The test was performed by life cycle management solutions company Kinectrics, at its Arc test facility in Canada. 

Arc Flash workwear passes international testing
Photo by Bloomberg
HOT STUFF The Arc Flash Protera workwear protects against the thermal hazards of electric arc

Circumventing the challenges of impaired drug tests

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th February 2017 There is a need for testing methods that do not cross-react, especially when employees are HIV positive, says drug and alcohol testing equipment and accessories company Alco-Safe. “. . . people who are HIV positive are not obligated to disclose their HIV status, and rightly so. However, it does... 

Circumventing the challenges of impaired drug tests
INACCURATE TEST RESULTS Antiretroviral medication can affect the outcome of drug tests

New CSIR chief intends building on ‘excellent work’ of predecessors

By: Keith Campbell     10th February 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has announced its new CEO. He is Dr Thulani Dlamini, a chemist. His previous job was VP: Strategic Research and Technology at petrochemical group Sasol. He has worked at the CSIR before, from 2005 to 2011, when he joined Sasol, initially... 

South African National Space Agency appoints new CEO 

     8th February 2017 The South African National Space Agency has a new Chief Executive Officer. The new CEO of the South African National Space Agency, or SANSA, is Dr Val Munsami. He tells us about the agency’s plans and programmes for this coming year. 

South African National Space Agency appoints new CEO
South African National Space Agency appoints new CEO

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2017 With South Africa’s signing of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations twenty-first Conference of the Parties in 2015 requiring it to have met certain greenhouse-gas emission reduction targets from a mitigation and an adaptation point of view by 2020, this year’s Industrial Efficiency... 

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy
TRANSFORMING INDUSTRIES The Industrial Efficiency Conference aims to guide industries in energy, water and waste efficiency

UK outlines 'modern industrial strategy' vision

By: Keith Campbell     3rd February 2017 On January 23, British Prime Minister Theresa May formally unveiled what is officially described as “proposals for a modern Industrial Strategy”. That same day her administration published a 132-page Green Paper entitled “Building Our Industrial Strategy”. (Green Papers are effectively the same... 

CSIR announces its new CEO

By: Keith Campbell     1st February 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) announced its new CEO on Wednesday. He is Dr Thulani Dlamini, a chemist. His previous job was VP: strategic research and technology at petrochemical group Sasol. He has worked at the CSIR before, from 2005 to 2011, when he joined Sasol,... 

Engineering partnership helping to develop cheaper prosthetics

By: Schalk Burger     27th January 2017 A partnership between engineering and technology firms is being leveraged to test the design, suitability and production of affordable prosthetics for Africa using three-dimensional (3D) printing, says 3D design technology firm Solid Edge Technology business development manager Jared de Waal. The... 

Engineering partnership helping to develop cheaper prosthetics
MEAGAN VAN DER MERWE Van der Merwe with her 3D printed left hand, which used an open source design

New Sansa head looking at new opportunities for the agency

By: Keith Campbell     27th January 2017 Newly appointed CEO of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa), Dr Val Munsami, will be actively seeking to identify and exploit potential areas in which to grow the activities and income of the organisation. “Our baseline budget is constrained,” he points out. “We are matching inflation.... 

Open data initiative to boost African R&D and innovation – ASSAf

By: Schalk Burger     27th January 2017 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor launched the African Open Science Platform initiative in December to promote the development and coordination of data policies, data training and data infrastructure. The Africawide Open Science Platform aims to promote the value – and exploit the... 

Operation Phakisa making strides in ICT in education

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th January 2017 Progress is being made in the implementation of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Education segment of South Africa’s Operation Phakisa, the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) said on Friday. Implemented by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in... 

Operation Phakisa making strides in ICT in education

Business use of wellness and performance wearables growing

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2017 The insights generated from wearable and connected devices are expected to enable more effective management of employee wellness and productivity within the next four years, says Deloitte human capital technology and digital learning associate director André Vermeulen. On average worldwide, a... 

Business use of wellness and performance wearables growing
ANDRÉ VERMEULEN Deep analysis of data from many devices and systems will enable companies to identify operational areas that can be improved

IAEA says SA nuclear regulator effective, but warns on control gaps in health

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 South Africa's National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is in good shape, but the oversight of radiation safety in the country, which is the responsibility of the Directorate of Radiation Control of the Department of Health, could be improved. These were findings of an Integrated Regulatory Review... 

Scientists use high-tech methods to deliver accurate agricultural information

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2017 Scientists at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) are using high-technology methods to provide accurate information and research for the agricultural sector, such as the use of genomics to significantly and rapidly improve breeding of animals and plants, and using high precision mapping to... 

Scientists use high-tech methods to deliver accurate  agricultural information
STANDARDISED PRECIPITATION INDEX 2010 – 2014 The gradual shift in dry areas can be observed on the 36-month time scale from June 2010 to June 2014

CSIR heeds call for more young people in photonics industry

     16th January 2017 There is a growing need to boost the number of and accelerate progress within tertiary education of young people embarking on a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) senior researcher Dr Sandile Ngcobo says.... 

South African National Space Agency announces its new CEO 

By: Keith Campbell     12th January 2017 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) announced on Thursday that its new CEO is Dr Valanathan Munsami. His appointment took effect on January 3. He has replaced Sansa’s first CEO, Dr Sandile Malinga, who resigned last August after five years in the office. (Potlaki Maine acted as... 

South African National Space Agency announces its new CEO
Photo by South African National Space Agency
Dr Valanathan Munsami

NexOptic prototype lens to go on road show in New Year

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd December 2016 Canadian imaging technology developer NexOptic Technology expects the imminent completion of assembly of the ground breaking Blade Optics lens, planning to take the prototype on a road show from January early in the New Year. “We are indeed very close to completing the project now, with final... 

NexOptic prototype lens to go on road show in New Year
Photo by NexOptic Technologies
A rendering of the Spectrum Optix Telescope

Fast-dissolving sugar to help reduce sugar in chocolate by 40%

By: Schalk Burger     16th December 2016 A new fast-dissolving sugar developed by Swiss food multinational Nestlé will help it to reduce the amount of sugar used in its chocolates by 40% by 2018 without reducing the sweetness of the chocolates, says Nestlé chief technology officer Stefan Catsicas. “Using only natural ingredients,... 

Fast-dissolving sugar to help  reduce sugar in chocolate by 40%
Photo by Duane Daws
SWEET CHOCOLATE Even while much less sugar is used in the chocolate, the tongue perceives an almost identical sweetness to before

South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator hosts international nuclear mission

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2016 An Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited South Africa from December 5 to December 15. The purpose of the IRRS mission was to examine South Africa’s nuclear regulatory system and compare it with the IAEA’s safety standards and... 

Umkhonto missile export programme now in its final stages

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2016 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced at the end of last month that extensive testing of the Denel Dynamics Umkhonto (“Spear”, in English) naval surface-to-air missile, for an export customer, would take place early next year. The Umkhonto forms part of the armament... 

Open data initiative to boost African research, development and innovation – ASSAf

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Friday launched an Africa-wide initiative to promote the development and coordination of data policies, data training and data infrastructure. The African Open Science Platform aims to promote the value – and exploit the potential – of open data... 

South African Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO reappointed for three more years

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2016 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on Friday that its CEO, Phumzile Tshelane, has had his contract extended for another three years. The decision was taken by the Cabinet. The reappointment of Tshelane was recommended by the Necsa Board, which was appointed in March.... 

South African Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO reappointed for three more years
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane

Home-grown gunshot detection system sifts through noise clutter

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is building South Africa’s first own developed gunshot detection system. A gunshot detection system aims to provide quick and accurate confirmation of shooting incidents to law enforcement agencies. 

Power instability leads to security technology changes in South Africa 

By: Victor Moolman     9th December 2016 Owing to South Africa’s power instability, smart technology and solutions provider Jasco Group says it has designed solar-powered security systems. 

Power instability leads to security technology changes in South Africa
Jasco head of business development Eckart Zollner explains the challenges, opportunities and future of security technology in South Africa.

Rosatom looks forward to result of South Africa’s nuclear debate

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2016 Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has reaffirmed its respect for South Africa’s domestic policy debates and decisions. “We respect South African government processes and decisions,” states Rosatom International Regional VP: Sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov. “The new [South African]... 

Space agency’s operations directorate marks two milestones

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2016 The Space Operations directorate of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) recently achieved a new high when it successfully supported the simultaneous launch of four satellites. “Four Galileo satellites were simultaneously launched by an Ariane rocket from Kourou [in French Guiana] on... 

Defence group Denel unveils new version of 20 mm semiautomatic weapon

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2016 South African defence company Denel PMP, part of the State-owned Denel group, highlighted on Thursday the latest version of its iNkunzi PAW semiautomatic weapon, the iNkunzi PAW A2 (iNkunzi means Bull). The iNkunzi PAW (the acronym stands for Personal Area Weapon) fires 20 mm bursting ammunition... 

South African nuclear regulator to host international review mission

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 An Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be active in South Africa from December 5 to 15, the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) announced on Thursday. The purpose of the IRRS mission will be to examine South Africa’s nuclear... 

South African nuclear regulator to host international review mission
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Dr Mzubanzi Bismark Tyobeka

UK to stimulate nuclear research, development and innovation

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 The United Kingdom has launched a new nuclear innovation programme. This was recently announced in Manchester by the country’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (equivalent to Minister in South Africa), Greg Clark. “We want to upgrade the UK’s existing nuclear... 

Ansys showcases manufacturing capabilities

By: David Oliveira     1st December 2016 Engineering solutions provider Ansys on Wednesday hosted investors and media on a tour of its technology investment business unit Parsec’s manufacturing facility, in Irene, Gauteng. Ansys CEO Rynier van der Watt highlighted that the facility was dedicated to the manufacture of high-end technology... 

Seacom’s business unit gains traction 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2016 Pan-African telecommunications firm Seacom has gained better-than-expected momentum in its quest to grow its enterprise segment, with the well received establishment of the second unit opening up the East African market. The business unit, which launched its full set of business offerings to the... 

Seacom’s business unit gains traction
Seacom Business head Grant Parker discusses the progress being made in the company's year-old enterprise segment. 30.11.2016. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Videoediting: Vincent Pestana.

Denel reports Umkhonto missile export programme now in its final stages

By: Keith Campbell     30th November 2016 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Wednesday that extensive testing of the Denel Dynamics Umkhonto (“Spear”, in English) naval surface-to-air missile, for an export customer, will take place early next year. The Umkhonto forms part of the armament of two... 

Denel reports Umkhonto missile export programme now in its final stages
Photo by Denel
A warship of the Finnish Navy launches an Umkhonto missile

Russian nuclear company looks forward to result of nuclear debate in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2016 Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has reaffirmed its respect for South Africa’s domestic policy debates and decisions. “We respect South African government processes and decisions,” Rosatom International regional VP: sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov told Engineering News Online on... 

Russian nuclear company looks forward to result of nuclear debate in South Africa

CSIR reassessing funding model as grant uncertainty rises

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 The Chairperson of the Board of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Thokozani Majozi, has warned that the organisation is going to have to re-look at its funding model. He was giving the keynote address at the biennial CSIR Excellence Awards held in Pretoria recently. He... 

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