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Upgraded Sansa Space Weather Warning Centre rededicated

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 The South African National Space Agency’s (Sansa’s) Space Weather Regional Warning Centre, at Hermanus in the Western Cape, was officially rededicated on Thursday by Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane following its recent upgrade. This is the only Space Weather Regional... 

Sars introduces electronic reporting requirements for customs clients

By: African News Agency      20th April 2018 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) said on Friday it would at the weekend introduce a new electronic cargo reporting system to track the movement of cargo into and out of the country. Sars said the paperless system would bring an end to one of its last remaining paper-based processes and... 

Sars introduces electronic reporting requirements for customs clients

Cape institution uses space to train students and benefit country at same time

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Engineers and researchers at the French South African Institute of Technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) are in an advanced stage of developing the institution’s second nanosatellite, designated ZACube-2. “CPUT has used CubeSat programmes to encourage students to train... 

Nanoclay technology being developed as possible means to treat AMD

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is developing low-cost polymer-based adsorbents for the removal of toxic pollutants such as heavy metals, anions and organics, from wastewater, that could be applied in the treatment of acid mine drainage (AMD). AMD is the outflow of... 

CSIR developing water treatment, biodegradable plastic solutions

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2018 Most of the plastics used in South Africa are nonbiodegradable, especially in the packaging industry, and end up in landfills, posing environmental threats and health concerns, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) polymer modification group leader Dr Avashnee Chetty says.... 

South Africa readies latest ocean-watching satellite for launch

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will unveil South Africa's most sophisticated satellite on Tuesday ahead of its launch in India in July. The nanosatellite, dubbed ZACUBE-2, was developed by Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the French South African... 

UK project could halve titanium parts production costs

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2018 The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced late last month that its Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (officially abbreviated to Dstl) had, in cooperation with the University of Sheffield, developed of a radical new method of producing titanium parts. Dstl has so far invested almost... 

Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2018 Drones, otherwise known as remotely piloted aircraft systems, continue to gain footholds in an increasing number of industries, with adoption rates in safety and security industry growing worldwide. In fact, safety and security drone sales totalled $145-million in 2016, according to a market... 

Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

CCTV cameras deployed to help Cape Town's Shotspotter programme identify shooters

By: African News Agency      12th April 2018 The City of Cape Town on Thursday announced it would now use CCTV cameras in conjunction with its ShotSpotter technology in a bid to identify shooters in areas where the system is installed. "It is hoped that the beady electronic eyes could help identify and locate suspects involved in shooting... 

Mistra launches new book on the ethics, applications of nanotechnology

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2018 The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) on Wednesday officially launched its new research book ‘Beyond Imagine: The Ethics and Applications of Nanotechnology and Bio-Economics’, in Pretoria. The book looks at countries like India, where nanotechnology is being supported as a... 

ABB forms digital research, innovation partnership with Wits

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2018 Power management multinational ABB on Wednesday signed a research and development and innovation partnership agreement with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) with the view to support and tap into digital innovation to augment its own research, development and engineering work, said ABB... 

South Africa to play key role in 2019 expedition to Antarctica’s Weddell Sea

By: Simone Liedtke     10th April 2018 The Weddell Sea off Antarctica, one of the coldest, harshest and most remote locations in the world, will be explored next year by a major international scientific expedition in which South African research organisations and scientists will play vital role. The January/February expedition will... 

Researchers discover a new coastal current off Madagascar

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2018 South African, Malagasy and French researchers have discovered the existence of a coastal current off Madagascar. The newly-described current, the South-West Madagascar Coastal Current, flows poleward off the south-west coast of Madagascar. 

S Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope proves its mettle, observes exotic star activity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Foremost astronomy and astrophysics research publication, the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), on Friday published a study of a magnetar that awoke in 2017 from a three-year slumber, which was observed by South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope, which is being built in the Northern Cape.  

S Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope proves its mettle, observes exotic star activity
MeerKAT antennas in the Northern Cape

Future of SA space industry lies in collaborations and constellations

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th April 2018 International collaboration is essential for a successful South African space programme. “The future of the South African space industry lies in international collaboration in satellite constellations,” affirms South African private-sector space enterprise SCS Aerospace Group Executive Chairman... 

Civil engineering shifts towards creative sphere

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2018 The manner in which civil engineers work and the methods they use to find solutions are shifting towards a design-led digital arena, suggests global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon digital practice leader Richard Matchett. “Digital technology and computers have changed the... 

Civil engineering shifts  towards creative sphere
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TECHNOLOGICAL SHIFT Digital technology has changed the way engineers work, and has enhanced the complexity of solutions they can produce

Manufacturer continues to grow in power tools market

6th April 2018 Power tools manufacturer Bosch’s Power Tools division recorded a ‎€4.7-billion turnover last year, which was higher than the year before. This growth corresponds to 5% in local currency and 4% yearly. Bosch is continually expanding its range of cordless tools, which are becoming increasingly... 

Manufacturer continues to grow in power tools market
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POWER TOOLS The market has shown continual growth internationally

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 While South Africa is riding the wave of the worldwide fourth industrial revolution, at some point, there will be a need to align the fragmented changes seen in multiple technological developments – and the subsequent evolution of technology “pillars” – in different industries. As the next... 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

Space essential for meeting South Africa’s economic and social development goals

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th March 2018 In August last year, the US-based Space Foundation reported that the worldwide space economy had been worth $329-billion in 2016, up from $323-billion in 2015. The Foundation noted that the rise had been due to the increase in commercial space activities (there had been tiny declines in... 

Space essential for meeting South Africa’s economic and social development goals

Earth observation satellite programme still not fully funded

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th March 2018 South Africa's current Earth observation satellite programme, presently known as EO-Sat1, is still not fully funded, South African National Space Agency (Sansa) Executive Director: Space Programme Amal Khatri told "Engineering News". He was speaking on the sidelines of the recent Sansa Space for... 

UJ researchers discover promising anti-cancer drugs

By: African News Agency      28th March 2018 A new family of very promising silver-based anti-cancer drugs has been discovered by researchers in South Africa. Head of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Professor Marianne Cronjé, said on Wednesday that the most promising silver thiocyanate phosphine... 

UJ researchers discover promising anti-cancer drugs

UK defence technology breakthrough could cut titanium parts production costs by half

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2018 The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on Monday that its Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (officially abbreviated to Dstl) had, in cooperation with the University of Sheffield, developed of a radical new method of producing titanium parts. Dstl has so far invested almost £30... 

UK defence technology breakthrough could cut titanium parts production costs by half
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The FAST-forge technology demonstration unit at the University of Sheffield

New research facility to unlock economic potential of South Africa’s biomass waste

By: Shirley le Guern     20th March 2018 The Department of Science and Technology and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Tuesday launched a R37.5-million Biorefinery Development Facility (BIDF) in Durban that will bridge the gap between research and development and industrialisation, while helping to rejuvenate... 

New research facility to unlock economic potential of South Africa’s biomass waste
Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and Biorefinery Development Facility group leader Bruce Sithole

South Africa joins global AI community

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2018 Global nonprofit organisation City.AI has welcomed South Africa as a new member and is inviting local artificial intelligence (AI) practitioners to attend its first Cape Town City.AI event, which will be held on March 27.  

South Africa joins global AI community

Joint SA-UK research programmes going well

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th March 2018 South Africa is one of the most successful partner countries for the UK in terms of scientific research and technological development. “The scale of [research and development (R&D)] institutional links and Governmental links are enormous,” highlights British High Commission (Pretoria) UK Regional... 

New Boeing jets will bring lower costs for local airline group

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2018 The entry into service of eight next generation Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with South Africa’s private-sector Comair airline group will cut the airline’s fuel expenditure per seat by 15%. This was highlighted by Comair CEO Erik Venter at a press conference on Thursday. (This assumes that the fuel... 

New Boeing jets will bring lower costs for local airline group
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A Boeing 737 MAX 8 flight test development aircraft

Africa's first pharmacy ATM to cut Gauteng hospital queues

By: African News Agency      15th March 2018 Regular visits to public hospitals and clinics in Gauteng are dreaded by many, principally because of the typical queues and the long hours one has to sacrifice just to get one's hands on life-saving chronic medication. In the sprawling Alexandra township, north-east of Johannesburg, patients on... 

 Africa's first pharmacy ATM to cut Gauteng hospital queues
Pharmacy Dispensing Unit

Local satellite programme needs funding boost

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th March 2018 South Africa's current Earth observation satellite programme, presently known as EO-Sat1, is still not fully funded, South African National Space Agency (Sansa) executive director for the space programme, Amal Khatri, told Engineering News Online. He was speaking on the sidelines of the Sansa... 

Stone Age people in South Africa unharmed by supervolcano eruption

By: Reuters     13th March 2018 A supervolcano eruption about 74 000 years ago on Indonesia's island of Sumatra caused a large-scale environmental calamity that may have decimated Stone Age human populations in parts of the world. But some populations, it seems, endured it unscathed. Scientists on Monday said excavations at two... 

Space agency highlights constraints and opportunities for local space sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th March 2018 The development of South Africa's space sector and, within that, the space industry, has been hampered by financial constraints. So highlighted South African National Space Agency (Sansa) CEO Dr Val Munsami in his address to the Sansa Space for National Development Conference on Monday. "We've... 

Exciting prospects for national space agency

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th March 2018 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has a number of exciting opportunities for the next few years, CEO Dr Val Munsami told Engineering News Online on Monday. These include collaborations with other countries in Africa as well as with major global space agencies. Some of the proposed... 

Conference to shed light on CO2-based production technologies

9th March 2018 The sixth edition of the international Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemicals and Polymers conference will take place in Cologne, Germany in mid-March. More than 200 industry and research experts are expected to attend the symposium. Organiser, independent institute Nova-Institute, has... 

Conference to shed  light on CO2-based  production technologies
CAPTURED CARBON-DIOXIDE It is only a matter of time before carbon dioxide is an important feedstock of the chemicals and energy industries

SA’s radioisotope producer restarts production

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on February 21 that its subsidiary company, NTP Radioisotopes, had resumed production. Necsa shut down operations at NTP in late November due to non-compliance with safety protocols at the radioisotope producer, a step with which the... 

Dialogue between govt, private sector key to R&D tax incentive success

By: Anine Kilian     2nd March 2018 The success of the research and development (R&D) tax incentive is dependent on ongoing and constructive dialogue between the government and the business sector, Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said on Friday. A task team, comprising representatives from the private and... 

De Beers unit’s novel density measurement system now commercially available 

1st March 2018 The De Beers Group of Companies’ innovation division, De Beers Technologies South Africa (DebTech SA), has developed a novel density measurement system that can provide process plants with fast and accurate data on the material density profiles of particle samples. Mia Breytenbach tells us more. 

De Beers unit’s novel density measurement system now commercially available
De Beers unit’s novel density measurement system now commercially available

Global airline body sets new target for use of sustainable aviation fuels

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th February 2018 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, has announced a target of having one-billion passengers fly in aircraft powered by a mixture of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel by 2025 – seven years from now. This objective was... 

Global airline body sets new target for use of sustainable aviation fuels
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The global airline industry has committed itself to greatly increasing its use of sustainable aviation fuels

Alaris posts promising interim results; focuses on organic growth, US opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     26th February 2018 AltX-listed specialist antenna firm Alaris Holdings has posted a 67% year-on-year increase in profit after tax to R21.6-million for the six months ended December 31. Revenue increased by 21% to R102.6-million, headline earnings a share from continuing operations increased by 125% to 18.62c and... 

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