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African countries can leapfrog technologies, if they understand the requirements

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th October 2018 The world, in trade and industrial terms, is being disrupted by both technological and political developments, providing opportunities but also posing risks to African countries. So highlighted University of Cape Town Mandela School of Public Governance Professor Carlos Lopes. On the... 

MeerKAT telescope described as 'a quantum leap forward'

By: Kim Cloete     16th October 2018 The launch of Ghana’s Kutunse radio telescope, as well as South Africa’s 64-dish MeerKAT telescope have been lauded as examples of what can be achieved when African countries work together in the interests of science and technology. South African Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko... 

MeerKAT telescope described as 'a quantum leap forward'
Photo by Dylan Slater
MeerKAT

CSIR, Sansa renew MoU to advance space research, tech development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) have renewed their memorandum of understanding (MoU). The first MoU between the organisations was signed in November 2013.  

CSIR, Sansa renew MoU to advance space research, tech development

Digital-enabled creativity, tech solutions and interaction at Italian innovation fair

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 The circular economy, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and space exploration were among the main topics that were showcased at this year’s Maker Faire Rome, which took place at the Rome Exhibition Centre in Rome, Italy, from October 12 to 15,  2018. The largest European innovation event –... 

Mobile tech laboratory using robotics to inspire love of science in children 

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2018 The latest mobile laboratory of the Inspired towards Science, Engineering and Technology (I-SET) science community engagement project has robotics kits that learners use to build and program robots, thereby inspiring them to pursue careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.... 

Mobile tech laboratory using robotics  to inspire love of science in children
i-Set project leader & Unisa lecturer Patricia Gouws discusses the i-Set Programme

Cabinet approves revised digital migration model

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th October 2018 Cabinet on Wednesday approved a revised digital migration delivery model that will see government step back from its involvement in the procurement of set-top boxes (STBs), warehousing, transportation and the installation of the devices. The new model for the implementation of the broadcast... 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine 

11th October 2018 A South African inventor has developed a new flexible wing, which he believes could have application in everything from wind energy and sailing to aviation and motoring. 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine
Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine

AAD 2018 aerospace and defence exhibition reports attendance figures

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th October 2018 Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) reported on Wednesday that its 2018 edition (held from September 19 to September 23) received 32 538 trade visitors. The show was divided into three trade days and two public days, the latter being over the weekend of September 22 and September 23. The two... 

AAD 2018 aerospace and defence exhibition reports attendance figures
Photo of AAD 2018, taken from an altitude of 500 km by an Airbus Pleiades satellite, on the first of the trade days (Airbus Defence and Space)

Science fair affords students learnerships, prizes to promote science skills development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th October 2018 During the Eskom Expo International Science Fair, which was held from October 3 to 5, the Eskom Senior Grand Prize was awarded to a Curro Klerksdorp Grade 12 learner Aqil Variava, who developed the “pollution index” – a tool to investigate water quality. He won a R75 000 cash prize.  

Science fair affords students learnerships, prizes to promote science skills development
Curro Klerksdorp Grade 12 learner Aqil Variava wins Eskom Senior Grand Prize

Saudi Arabia ‘ready to invest in the South African defence industry’

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 State-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) is seeking very close relationships with South African defence companies. "We are ready to invest in the South African defence industry and fund local research and development (R&D)," SAMI CEO Dr Andreas Schwer told "Engineering News" at the... 

Govt looking at ‘modernising’ defence funding – Ramaphosa

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has stated that the Government was looking at reducing the dependency of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on direct funding by the State. He was delivering the opening address for the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018 exhibition at Air Force Base... 

Necsa hopeful that radioisotope production will restart soon

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th October 2018 South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane told “Engineering News Online” on Thursday that it was hoped that production at its subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes would restart in the near future. Operations at NTP were shut down in June following a breach in safety... 

Necsa hopeful that radioisotope production will restart soon
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Necsa’s Pelindaba complex, which includes its NTP operation

Mobile laboratories use robots to teach children about sciences 

4th October 2018 The Inspired towards Science, Engineering and Technology, or I-Set, project, sponsored by petrochemicals company Sasol and facilitated by the University of South Africa, uses mobile laboratories and robotics kits to teach science to school children. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Mobile laboratories use robots to teach children about sciences
Mobile laboratories use robots to teach children about sciences

Wits announces passing of SKA project research chair Sergio Colafrancesco

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd October 2018 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has announced the passing of Wits School of Physics member and scientist Professor Sergio Colafrancesco on September 30, following a battle with cancer. He was the School of Physics’ radio astronomy research chairperson for the Square Kilometre Array... 

Japan's Kansai to help Zambia paint out malaria

By: Reuters     2nd October 2018 Kansai Plascon, owned by Tokyo-listed Kansai Paint, has launched the world's first mosquito repellant paint in Zambia to help it reach a target to eliminate malaria by 2021, the company and a Japanese government official said. Malaria, spread by mosquitoes, is a treatable disease if caught early,... 

For African bush elephants, wrinkles are cool

By: Reuters     2nd October 2018 A study of the African bush elephants' vast network of deep wrinkles has found they are intricately designed to help the animals keep their cool, fight off parasites and defend against sun damage, scientists said on Tuesday. The fine pattern of millions of channels mean the elephants' skin can... 

New species of dinosaur found in the Free State

By: News24Wire      28th September 2018 A new species of dinosaur, roughly double the size of a large African elephant, has been discovered in the Free State. "The plant-eating dinosaur, named Ledumahadi mafube, weighed 12 t and stood about 4 m high at the hips. Ledumahadi mafube was the largest land animal alive on Earth when it... 

South African missile test programme concluded on a high note

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th September 2018 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has announced the successful completion of the guided missile qualification test series for the A-Darter infrared (IR) homing short range air-to-air missile system. The A-Darter is a fifth generation missile that uses an imaging IR seeker... 

Musings on the local aerospace and defence industries

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th September 2018 Last week saw the latest edition of Africa Aerospace and Defence, still the continent’s premier exhibition in this sector, attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. And, naturally, drawing one’s thoughts to the state of the closely related but not identical aerospace and defence... 

Gauteng universities walk away with 14 research foundation awards

By: African News Agency      27th September 2018 Four Gauteng-based universities walked away with a combined total of 14 awards at the National Research Foundation (NRF) Annual Award Ceremony in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday night. University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the University of South Africa (UNISA),... 

Comsol, Samsung bring 5G communications to Soweto 

27th September 2018 As part of a pilot phase, enterprise-grade wireless infrastructure provider Comsol Networks and mobile, television & appliances giant Samsung South Africa partnered to launch fifth-generation communications in Soweto. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Comsol, Samsung bring 5G communications to Soweto
Comsol, Samsung bring 5G communications to Soweto

Mastercard introduces cashless payment for SA's prepaid utility services

By: African News Agency      26th September 2018 Mastercard said on Wednesday South Africans could now buy prepaid utility services or pay their accounts from about 600 bill issuers with the new EasyPay mobile app using Masterpass, the global digital payment service from the financial services firm. The initiative marks a milestone in... 

Mastercard introduces cashless payment for SA's prepaid utility services

A ‘sovereign innovation fund’ proposed in draft technology policy

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has, in its recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), stated that a “sovereign innovation fund” is to be created. “There is a need for increased commercialisation funding,” said section 6.2 of the draft White... 

SA aims to set new innovation agenda as Draft White Paper is released

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 The Presidency is to lead a Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) “Plenary meeting” involving major sectors of South African government and society, Science and Technology Minister (Ms) MT Kubayi-Ngubane told the media at the recent launch of the Department of Science and Technology’s draft... 

Draft White Paper changes focus to improve impact on country

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology’s (DST’s) recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) contains a number of policy shifts in comparison with its predecessor, the 1996 White Paper on Science and Technology. These are intended to allow STI to fulfil its... 

Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch 

20th September 2018 Vodacom has officially launched its standards-based, commercial fifth-generation, or 5G, service in Lesotho, delivering early access technology initially to two enterprise customers, with ambitions of eventually launching the service commercially in South Africa. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch
Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch

South African A-Darter guided missile test programme successfully concluded

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th September 2018 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Monday the successful completion of the guided missile qualification test series for the A-Darter infrared (IR) homing short range air-to-air missile system. The A-Darter is a fifth generation missile that uses an imaging IR... 

South African A-Darter guided missile test programme successfully concluded
Photo by Denel
An A-Darter missile on a wingtip launcher of a Gripen fighter

Mandela Mining Precinct to bolster mining sector  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th September 2018 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on Friday stressed the need for the mining industry to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Speaking at the launch of the Mandela Mining Precinct, in Melville, Johannesburg, she reassured the industry... 

Mandela Mining Precinct to bolster mining sector
Science & Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubyi-Ngubane discusses the role of the Mandela Mining Precinct in driving innovation in South Africa, while Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa chairperson Freddy Mugeri talks about exporting products from South Africa. Video: Nicholas Boyd; Editing: Christo Greyling.

DST prioritises innovation in new draft White Paper 

14th September 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about the contents of the new draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation. 

DST prioritises innovation in new draft White Paper
DST prioritises innovation in new draft White Paper

Trailblazers, innovators win awards at GIL

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 Trailblazers, innovators and entrepreneurs have been honoured with Best Practices Awards by global market research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. The company held its Growth, Innovation and Leadership awards banquet, in Cape Town, this week, to recognise the achievements of people in South... 

CSIR NLC to develop local photonics industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) National Laser Centre (NLC), in Pretoria, aims to contribute to the development of the South African photonics industry, says NLC head Delon Mudaly. “In relation to the global environment and the number of companies that exist worldwide,... 

CSIR NLC to develop  local photonics industry
PHOTONICS DEVELOPMENT The Photonics Prototyping Facility will officially be launched during the 2018/19 financial year

Laser leaving mark on product identification

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 Various industries are becoming increasingly aware of product identification solutions, owing to the upsurge of counterfeit products entering the local market from the Far East, says identification and traceability company Traceability Solutions MD Kelby Parker. This has resulted in a growing... 

Laser leaving mark on  product identification
KELBY PARKER Traceability Solutions provides custom and standard solutions for all industries

SA computing expertise benefits world’s most powerful particle accelerator

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th September 2018 South African researchers have played a key role in developing and running the very powerful computer system, and the subsequent data analysis, that supports the Atlas detector in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is the world’s biggest and most powerful particle accelerator. The LHC lies on... 

Glider reaches unprecedented altitudes in experimental programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th September 2018 In just eight days during late August and early September, Airbus’ Perlan 2 glider set three new world altitude records for a glider. Moreover, during the third of these flights, it reached an altitude that has been exceeded in level flight by only two other types of aircraft. These flights were... 

DST draft White Paper changes science, technology and innovation focus

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology’s (DST’s) recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) contained a number of policy shifts in comparison with its predecessor, the 1996 White Paper on Science and Technology. These are intended to allow STI to fulfil its... 

IBM SA, Tshimologong Precinct launch acceleration bootcamp

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th September 2018 IBM South Africa, through its Equity Equivalence Investment Programme (EEIP), together with with the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, has launched a Startup Accelerator, which will run from October 8 to November 16.  The Startup Accelerator is designed to enable the development of... 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine  

By: Terence Creamer     11th September 2018 A South African start-up has developed a vertical-axis wind-turbine that employs a groundbreaking morphing wing design, which seeks to mimic the movements of the Cape vulture. A prototype of the turbine, developed by Brayfoil Technologies in collaboration with WorleyParsons, is currently being... 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine
Brayfoil Technologies founder Robert Bray on how he drew inspiration from the Cape Vulture for his innovative flexible wing invention, which he says could have application in wind turbines, hydro turbines, sail yachts, aeroplanes and automobiles. Video and video editing: Darlene Creamer
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