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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... 

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
Photo by Boeing
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
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
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... 

Jasco acquires Ramm Technologies stake to bolster technology offering

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd February 2018 JSE-listed Jasco Electronics has acquired a 51% stake in Ramm Technologies for R30.6-million in a deal that will allow it entry into asset-tracking markets through Internet of Things (IoT) platforms, as well as provide further growth in new sectors and several cross-selling opportunities. Ramm,... 

New products to cater for industrial, commercial applications

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd February 2018 Earlier this month, leading lighting solutions company Beka Schréder launched nine new luminaires, of which seven are designed to be used in industrial and commercial applications.  

New products to cater for industrial, commercial applications
OPTIWAY Beka Schréder’s optional Optilink plug-in system is designed to simplify the installation process, while making it vandal- and theft-proof

German premium lighting distributed in SA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd February 2018 Electrical solutions and lighting specialist organisation Magnet Group has been appointed to exclusively distribute and support the German market-leading premium range of manufacturer Trilux’s lighting solutions in South Africa.  

German premium lighting distributed in SA
ENLIGHTENING Luminaires are no longer just sources of light and are becoming far more intelligent technologies

Nuclear corporation, and country, hit hard by safety shut of radioisotope maker

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 The safety compliance failures at NTP Radioisotopes, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), has created a crisis within the parastatal and for the country’s nuclear medicine community and its patients. Necsa shut down operations at NTP in... 

South African nuclear group in tight financial situation, but optimistic about recovery

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is currently facing financial pressures, confirms the State-owned group’s Chief Executive, Phumzile Tshelane to “Engineering News”. “At the moment, Necsa is under financial stress, because [subsidiary] Pelchem is loss-making and we need to... 

Working-at-height training programme incorporates VR tech

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 Steel and mining company ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has incorporated virtual reality (VR) technology into the apprenticeship and training programmes at its Vanderbiljpark plant. The VR training solution, which has been operational since December last year, is currently used to determine... 

Working-at-height training programme incorporates VR tech
SAFETY FIRST The virtual reality technology allows for practical application without placing trainees at risk

A major local aerospace industry development initiative is coming back to life

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 The Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV), an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is being revitalised after spending some years in the doldrums. The initiative dates back to 2006 and was formally opened in 2008, but to date has only had one tenant, local aeronautics enterprise... 

Leveraging neuroscience for business productivity

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2018 Companies can improve the productivity, cooperation and happiness of employees by leveraging natural human emotions, says applied neuroscience multinational Neuroleadership Institute South Africa research and solutions head Rob Jardine. The psychology of groups can facilitate cooperation and... 

Leveraging neuroscience for business productivity
ROB JARDINE Promoting inclusiveness and associations are effective at overcoming cultural differences in businesses

Altron says independent investigation finds no DTT collusion

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2018 An Allied Electronics- (Altron-) commissioned independent investigation has cleared the group’s subsidiaries of alleged collusion in the 2015 set-top box (STB) tender for government’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) project. Altech UEC had failed in its bid for the DTT tender in 2014;... 

UCT civil engineering graduate wins national award for waterless urinal study

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2018 University of Cape Town (UCT) civil engineering graduate Tinashe Chipako won the 2018 South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) National Investigative Project Showdown for his research project on the feasibility of implementing waterless urinals on UCT’s upper campus. The Western... 

Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

22nd February 2018 Mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed an innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger to refine and improve the execution of recruitment in the mining industry.  

Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

South African radioisotope producer restarts production

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st February 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on Wednesday 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... 

South African radioisotope producer restarts production
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
The Necsa complex at Pelindaba

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th February 2018 “People are concerned about noise, emissions, and safety. We are working to make aviation safer, greener and more comfortable for people,” highlighted Professor Sergey Chernyshev, General Director of Russia’s renowned Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (much better known in English by the... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

Shutdown of radioisotope subsidiary is a crisis for nuclear corporation and for the country

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th February 2018 The safety compliance failures at NTP Radioisotopes, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), has created a crisis within the parastatal and for the country’s nuclear medicine community and its patients. Necsa shut down operations at NTP in... 

Shutdown of radioisotope subsidiary is a crisis for nuclear corporation and for the country
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An aerial view of Necsa’s Pelindaba complex

SARB stays abreast of latest fintech developments

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th February 2018 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has established a financial technology (fintech) programme to strategically assess the emergence of fintech in a structured and organised manner, and to consider its regulatory implications. The central bank explains that the programme is aimed at tracking... 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 There is a renaissance of interest in using robotics in mining in South Africa,” affirms Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency area research group Leader Peter Bosscha.... 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

Next-generation automated driving vehicle introduced

9th February 2018 Research and development enterprise Toyota Research Institute (TRI) presented Platform 3.0, its next-generation automated driving research vehicle, at January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, US. The new platform is based on a Lexus LS 600h L and combines greater technological... 

Next-generation automated driving vehicle introduced
NEXT GENERATION Platform 3.0 is one of the most perceptive automated driving test cars on the road

Lack of communication impacts on safety

By: Paige Müller     9th February 2018 Many large companies typically do not have the required technology or resources available to adequately communicate with lower-level staff, which software company Wyzetalk believes affects industry health and safety negatively. “Organisations provide a corporate email address for executives and... 

Lack of communication impacts on safety
GYSBERT KAPPERS Constant health and safety communications result in safety practices becoming habitual in an organisation

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0, says Paramount head

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 Africa is not alone in its unpreparedness for shifting into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, but it has the potential to gain the most out of such a development by finding new ways of manufacturing, says aerospace and defence company Paramount group executive chairperson Ivor... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0,  says Paramount head
MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA Paramount Group’s Mwari aircraft is a testament of digital technology at work as it is designed entirely in a digital format, thereby enabling for a jigless construction

Global aeronautics body promoting networking among young researchers

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 The International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) is seeking to develop international interactions between young professionals working in both technical and non-technical areas of aviation research around the world. This initiative is described as “early career networking” and is a focus area... 

South African professor receives prestigious award

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2018 University of South Africa (Unisa) Unesco-Unisa chair in nanosciences and nanotechnology Professor Malik Maaza has been awarded the African Union (AU) Kwame Nkrumah Award for Scientific Excellence (Auknase), recognising his pioneering work in science and technology. The award is the AU's the... 

VR technology incorporated into working-at-height training programme 

8th February 2018 Arcelor Mittal South Africa has already seen a return on investment on its newly commissioned Working at Heights virtual reality training programme, used to determine trainees’ fear of heights and to test their functioning at height. Nadine James has more. 

VR technology incorporated into working-at-height training programme
VR technology incorporated into working-at-height training programme

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