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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

South Africa to set up a 'sovereign innovation fund'

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST), 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 Paper.... 

Ramaphosa wants smart, connected cities, says sci-tech minister

By: African News Agency      11th September 2018 Cities that are digitally connected and ready to benefit from and contribute to the Internet of Things (IoT) are a priority for President Cyril Ramaphosa and the South African government. This is according to Minister of Science and Technology Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who made the remarks on... 

Ramaphosa wants smart, connected cities, says sci-tech minister
Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

High-level meeting planned to set innovation agenda as new draft White Paper launched

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th 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 on Monday. No date for the meeting was given. “South Africa needs to set... 

High-level meeting planned to set innovation agenda as new draft White Paper launched
Photo by Dylan Slater
Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

New mobile science, maths, tech laboratory using robotics to inspire children 

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 The latest mobile laboratory of the Department of Science and Technology, launched on Friday, has robotics kits that children use to build and program robots, thereby inspiring them to pursue careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The inspire science, engineering and... 

New mobile science, maths, tech laboratory using robotics to inspire children
i-Set project leader & Unisa lecturer Patricia Gouws discusses the i-Set Programme. (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

SAIW receives robot welding system for training  

By: Donald Makhafola     7th September 2018 South Africa-based Japanese automation and robotic company Yaskawa Southern Africa is handing over a complete robot welding system to the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) for its new robot-welding training programme. The programme comprises the training of robotic-welding operators,... 

SAIW receives robot welding system for training
Yaskawa Southern Africa chairperson and key account manager Terry Rosenberg provides his perspective on robotic welding in South Africa, and Yaskawa’s relationship with the Southern African Institute of Welding. Camerawork & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Philip Lloyd – a passionate educator and energy thought leader 

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Energy Institute researcher, South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE) Fellow, energy expert and passionate educator professor Philip Lloyd passed away last month. He championed the role of science and how one needs to learn the language of... 

Philip Lloyd – a passionate educator and energy thought leader
PHILIP LLOYD Philip Lloyd contributed to the nation as an eminent engineer, as well as through mathematics and science education programmes for underprivileged children

5G on its way, but roll-out to be pursued on a case-by-case basis

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th September 2018 The rush to test and implement fifth-generation (5G) services has already started, however, this time around, the latest technological advancement will not be built up or deployed in the same manner as preceding technologies, but rather be implemented on a use case basis. Despite the fact that... 

5G on its way, but roll-out to be pursued on a case-by-case basis

Research glider programme reaches unprecedented altitudes

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th 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... 

Research glider programme reaches unprecedented altitudes
Photo by Airbus
The Perlan 2 glider, at a lower altitude over the Andes

African rail industry urged to adopt concepts of Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Nadine James     4th September 2018 The African rail industry must adopt the concepts and develop the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to facilitate, and realise, the industrialisation aspirations of the continent, delegates attending a South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) technical workshop, on Tuesday,... 

World’s most powerful particle accelerator benefits from South African computing expertise

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd 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... 

World’s most powerful particle accelerator benefits from South African computing expertise
Photo by CERN
The Atlas detector in the LHC

South Africa wins bid to host world’s largest astronomy meeting in 2024

By: Simone Liedtke     31st August 2018 South Africa has won the bid to host the 2024 General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), marking its first assembly on African soil in its 105 years of existence. The next General Assembly will be held in South Korea in 2021, followed by Cape Town in 2024. 

South Africa wins bid to host world’s largest astronomy meeting in 2024
Photo by Dylan Slater
The MeerKAT radio telescope, located about 90 km from Canarvon in the Northern Cape

Aeronautical Society to focus on inclusivity and collaboration

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     31st August 2018 The Aeronautical Society of South Africa’s (AeSSA’s) yearly conference will take place at Hoogeind Manor, in Somerset West, on October 24 to 25 and is themed Aerospace for All. The theme captures the increasing relevance of aeronautics and space to achieve outputs for economic and societal... 

Aeronautical Society to focus on inclusivity and collaboration
TECHNOLOGICAL CAPABILITY The local aviation industry has to remain relevant in terms of technology

R&D must be prioritised as Industry 4.0 disrupts

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     31st August 2018 Research and development (R&D) is crucial for the aviation industry and government should establish it as a national priority, says the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (Barsa) GM Ndiphiwe Ntuli. Barsa submitted its comments to the Department of Transport on the Revised White... 

R&D must be  prioritised as  Industry 4.0 disrupts
NDIPHIWE NTULI Closer collaboration between industry roleplayers is key to unlocking the growth potential of aviation

Technical analytical firm offers sector-focused laboratory services

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 Sci-Ba focuses on providing highly technical analytical services for commercial companies across a range of industries and has been divided into ten sector-focused laboratories to cater for the needs of specific industries, says Sci-Ba co-founder and director David Long. Developing new tests and... 

Technical analytical firm offers sector-focused laboratory services
INDUSTRIAL TESTING Sci-Ba’s scientists are specialised in chemistry, environmental science, hydrology, geology and mineralogy serving Africa, Europe and the Middle East clients

New tech blurring human-machine lines – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 Five emerging technology trends will blur the lines between humans and machines, says market research multinational Gartner. Technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) for example, play a critical role in enabling companies to be ubiquitous, always available and connected to business... 

SA contribution to achieving SKA milestone

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) recently announced that the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Telescope Manager (TM) Critical Design Review (CDR) had been completed. (The TM is a system, not a person.) The SKA is an international project to build the world’s biggest radio... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

International research team discovers two new Chinese dinosaurs

By: African News Agency      24th August 2018 An international research team on Thursday, announced the discovery of two new Chinese dinosaurs – the Bannykus and the Xiyunykus – both alvarezsaurs, an enigmatic group of theropod (meat-eating) dinosaurs. “Alvarezsaurs are weird animals,” said Professor Jonah Choiniere from the University of... 

New tech blurring human-machine lines – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     21st August 2018 Five emerging technology trends will blur the lines between humans and machines, says market research multinational Gartner. Technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) for example, play a critical role in enabling companies to be ubiquitous, always available and connected to business... 

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