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Israel plans to land unmanned spacecraft on moon in February

By: Reuters     10th July 2018 An Israeli non-profit group plans to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon in February in the first landing of its kind since 2013. The craft, which is shaped like a round table with four carbon fiber legs, is set to blast off in December from Florida's Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9... 

97% UN member States use Twitter – study

By: Thabi Madiba     10th July 2018 A new study has revealed that 97% of the 193 United Nations (UN) member States have a presence on Twitter, with the South African government’s Twitter page the fourth most active on the African continent. Global communications agency Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) released its yearly Twiplomacy Study... 

97% UN member States use Twitter – study

Mokonyane appoints broadcasting digital migration advisory council

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th July 2018 Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has appointed a broadcasting digital migration advisory council to advise on various issues on the digital terrestrial television (DTT) migration project. These included the analogue switch-off plan, strategies to increase DTT uptake by households and to... 

Russian nuclear group further develops cooperation with Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th July 2018 Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Infrastructure of Rwanda. The MoU covers cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. This is the first agreement between the two countries regarding the... 

STEM career expo seeks to link youth with prospective employers

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 The science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Career Expo will provide school goers, undergraduates and graduates with the opportunity to interact directly with companies to determine what careers are available to those interested in STEM, says STEM Career Expo CEO Eric Wright. The... 

Scientists hope test-tube embryos can save near-extinct white rhino

By: Reuters     5th July 2018 Scientists have created hybrid embryos from the sperm of near-extinct northern white rhinoceroses in the laboratory, hoping they can ultimately help save the species. The northern white rhino is the world's most endangered mammal, and its only two living members are a mother and daughter, living... 

Scientists hope test-tube embryos can save near-extinct white rhino

Unlocking South Africa’s high-demand spectrum 

4th July 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about how South Africa’s high-demand spectrum can benefit the country and the challenges telecommunications operators are facing as they await the allocation of this spectrum. 

Unlocking South Africa’s high-demand spectrum
Unlocking South Africa’s high-demand spectrum

South Africa works on policy as fintech gives rise to innovation

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd July 2018 South Africa’s complex financial technology (fintech) domain is in flux and morphing into never-seen-before services within every aspect of the financial sector, with regulators and policymakers working on a coordinated approach to policymaking that will leverage fintech innovation in a way that... 

South Africa urged to improve energy efficiency

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2018 A report commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and compiled by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has called for energy efficiency to be given “the priority it deserves” in future versions of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The report is entitled... 

Entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration, education needed to advance Fourth Industrial Revolution – WEF chairperson  

By: Nadine James     28th June 2018 South Africa must create ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial activity and multistakeholder collaboration, while furthering innovation and education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) fields, if it is going to benefit from opportunities that result from the Fourth... 

Entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration, education needed to advance Fourth Industrial Revolution – WEF chairperson
Photo by Dylan Slater
World Economic Forum executive chairperson Professor Klaus Schwab

STS develops world-first VR solutions to revolutionise mining training  

28th June 2018 Simulated Training Solution’s world-first VR blast wall and its VR cube have resulted in efficient, effective and memorable training programmes for Anglo American Platinum’s Engineering Services Training Centre and Murray and Roberts Cementation Training Academy. Nadine James has the story. 

STS develops world-first VR solutions to revolutionise mining training
STS develops world-first VR solutions to revolutionise mining training

4-million-year-old skull is similar to ours

By: News24Wire      27th June 2018 For 23 years the intricacies of a 4-million-year-old cranium fossil discovered in the Jacovec Cavern in the Sterkfontein Caves remained a mystery to researchers. But thanks to high-resolution imaging technology, researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have discovered that the... 

Years-long delayed digital terrestrial television project assigned dedicated PMO

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th June 2018 As the years-delayed digital terrestrial television (DTT) project remains beset with numerous challenges inhibiting the full transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, the Department of Communications (DoC) has starting building a dedicated project management office (PMO) outside the... 

Bilateral nuclear agreement signed between Russians and Rwandans

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th June 2018 Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Infrastructure of Rwanda. The MoU covers cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. This is the first agreement between the two countries regarding the... 

Bilateral nuclear agreement signed between Russians and Rwandans
Photo by Rosatom
Rosatom Deputy Director General Nikolay Spasskiy (right) and Ambassador Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya pose with their copies of the MoU

SAGCC, partners aim to digitalise industries

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) and its partners are looking into automating and digitalising South African supply chain industries. According to the SAGCC, there is a substantial shift towards automation and digitalisation in organisations in Germany and in... 

SAGCC, partners aim  to digitalise industries
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW STANDARD There is a shift towards automation and digitalisation of supply chains

Nontechnical issues present the main obstacles to nuclear’s role in future energy mix

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 Key issues regarding the future of nuclear power in South Africa were raised at the National Nuclear Regulator’s recent 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference, held in northern Johannesburg. The conference took place over three days.  

Nontechnical issues present the main obstacles to nuclear’s role in future energy mix

South Africa should push energy efficiency

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th June 2018 A report commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and compiled by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has called for energy efficiency to be given “the priority it deserves” in future versions of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The report, “The State... 

Defence group upgrading imagery service for civil, military clients

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 The Intelligence business of Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) will soon be able to provide clients with a digital platform for imagery (largely, but not solely, from satellites). Called OneAtlas, it is the result of years of development work and testing by the company, which operates its own... 

Aerospace facility aims to help country master new technologies

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 In South Africa, the aerospace and defence industries have a responsibility to provide technological leadership for the rest of the economy. This is because they are leading sectors for the development, introduction and use of innovations and new technologies, argues Centurion Aerospace Village... 

South Africa’s metrology institute reports successful food safety conference

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th June 2018 The National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) announced earlier this week that it had held its first Africa Food Safety Workshop during the first week of this month, in Pretoria. The event was attended by delegates form South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. They represented... 

SOURCE hydropanel launches in S Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2018 Zero Mass Water has launched its SOURCE hydropanel, which applies thermodynamics, materials science and controls technology to produce potable drinking water from only sunlight and air, in South Africa.  

SOURCE hydropanel launches in S Africa
Zero Mass Water's SOURCE hydropanel

First African tetrapods discovered in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2018 Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, together with South African palaeontologist Dr Rob Gess, on Friday announced the discovery of the first African fossils of Devonian tetrapods, or four-legged vertebrates. The two new species, named Tutusius umlambo, after Archbishop... 

First African tetrapods discovered in South Africa
Photo by Dylan Slater
Tetrapod fossil

AI can optimise manufacturing processes; awareness needed

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 Artificial intelligence (AI), data and automation tools can aid manufacturers in enhancing and optimising their processes, says Cape Town-based machine learning startup DataProphet cofounder and MD Frans Cronje. The company specialises in developing AI solutions for the manufacturing industry,... 

AI can optimise manufacturing processes; awareness needed
FRANS CRONJE Artificial intelligence should be seen as a tool for taking skills, knowledge and experience, and sharing it among new workers entering the world of employment

Company can save manufacturers years in R&D

8th June 2018 The world of augmented reality (AR) offers manufacturers a solution that can save them years in research and development, says information and communications technology provider T-Systems manufacturing and automotive sales and service management head Dereshin Pillay. AR can also save... 

Company can save  manufacturers years in R&D
DERESHIN PILLAY AR can also save manufacturing companies money spent on building, testing, rebuilding and retesting prototypes

Companies moving towards emerging technologies

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There is strong indication that manufacturing companies will in the short term start using emerging technologies. This is according to ‘The Mobile Corporation in South Africa 2018’ report, based on research conducted by research organisation World Wide Worx, in partnership with enterprise... 

Companies moving towards  emerging technologies
DEIRDRE FRYER Using the most suitable technology in the right areas can give rise to large cost reductions for businesses

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 It is vital for South Africa to maintain a manufacturing sector that is internationally cost competitive and can produce quality end-products, says Germiston-based material transfer solutions provider Weba Chute Systems MD Mark Baller. “The manufacturing industry has been under a lot of... 

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector
LATEST TECHNOLOGY Weba Chute Systems uses the latest techniques and technologies to ensure optimum accuracy during the design and engineering phases, which also facilitate improved efficiencies

MeerLICHT launch signals world’s first optical/radio telescope collaboration 

7th June 2018 The South African Astronomical Observatory and the Department of Science and Technology last month launched the MeerLICHT optical telescope at the Observatory site in Sutherland, which will be ‘the eye’ of the MeerKAT radio telescope. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more. 

MeerLICHT launch signals world’s first optical/radio telescope collaboration
MeerLICHT launch signals world’s first optical/radio telescope collaboration

Rhodes’ Centre for Biological Control awarded R68m contract to help control alien plants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 The newly-established Centre for Biological Control (CBC) at Rhodes University has been awarded a R68-million contract by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).  

Rhodes’ Centre for Biological Control awarded R68m contract to help control alien plants
DEA Deputy Director General Dr Guy Preston & Centre for Biological Control Director Professor Martin Hill

Necsa has suspended radioisotope production because of a non-risk technical problem 

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th June 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on Tuesday that there had been a “non-risk” incident at its NTP Radioisotopes subsidiary. This incident resulted in the activation of safety protocols, which temporarily halted the production of medical radioisotopes. At no time was... 

Necsa has suspended radioisotope production because of a non-risk technical problem
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An aerial view of Necsa’s complex at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria

'Hi, I'm Pepper' – first humanoid robot in South Africa gently introduces herself

By: News24Wire      5th June 2018 At your next hotel check-in, you might just be assisted by a robot. Well, perhaps not quite yet, but the first humanoid robot in South Africa is an indicator of the capability of artificial intelligence (AI). Pepper, a humanoid chat robot was recently unveiled at Nedbank's digital-branch, the... 

Global atomic agency stresses importance of safety skills development

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed two agreements with African nuclear regulatory bodies at the National Nuclear Regulator's (NNR’s) recent 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference. The agreements were designated "Practical Arrangements" and were between the IAEA and the... 

Small modular reactors offer promise, but face major challenges

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 Worldwide, there is significant interest in the development of small and medium modular reactors (SMRs). “At the moment there are 11 countries developing about 50 SMR designs and four units are under construction or have a certified design,” said University of Pretoria Mechanical and Aeronautical... 

South African space component heading beyond the Moon

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th May 2018 South African enterprise Space Advisory Company (SAC), part of the Somerset West, Western Cape province-based SCS Aerospace Group, has supplied a key component for a joint Dutch-Chinese science payload on China’s recently launched Chang’e-4 spacecraft. The component is a digital controller unit,... 

South African space component heading beyond the Moon
Photo by SCS Aerospace Group
The NCLE Digital Receiver with the SAC digital controller unit integrated into it

SAAO, DST launch optical telescope that will serve as 'the eye' for the MeerKAT

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2018 The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) on Friday inaugurated the MeerLICHT optical telescope, in Sutherland, in the Northern Cape, to function as "the eye" of the MeerKAT radio array – the country’s precursor to the Square Kilometre... 

SAAO, DST launch optical telescope that will serve as 'the eye' for the MeerKAT
Photo by Marleny Arnoldi
The MeerLICHT optical telescope

Lost in space?

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th May 2018 Analysts say that the planet Earth’s rapidly-growing space economy could hit $600-billion by 2030 and $1-trillion by 2040. Clearly, the space economy, worth some $350-billion today, is growing rapidly.  

SKA to cost South African airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2018 The South African component of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme had become a major "headache" for the South African aviation sector, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Executive Manager Jeoffrey Matshoba pointed out in his presentation to the... 

Bloodhound timelines revised 

22nd May 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about the latest developments with the Bloodhound supersonic car’s landspeed record attempt, which will be held at the Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape. 

Bloodhound timelines revised
Bloodhound timelines revised

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