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European technology groups cooperating on electric propulsion for airliners

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2017 European aerospace giant Airbus, British high performance power systems company Roll-Royce and German engineering and technology business Siemens have partnered to develop a hybrid-electric propulsion system for commercial aircraft which will be test flown in the near term, the three enterprises... 

WiFi can aid in water crisis

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 During a water crisis, readily available technology, such as the Internet of Things, enabled through WiFi, can be used to apply water management systems throughout a city including monitoring use, pinpointing leaks and curbing excessive use, says wireless solutions provider Ruckus.  

WiFi can aid  in water crisis
NICK WATSON Mobile data rates are quite prohibitive. Most people can afford the handsets, but they simply can not afford the connection

IoT and data set to be at the heart of African smart cities

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are one of the main drivers of change in sectors such as manufacturing, transportation, utilities and smart cities, among others, and a key aspect of evolving smart cities in Africa, says information technology and data specialist multinational Hitachi... 

Blockchain set to change transactions, information flow and business processes

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 Trust is the underlying factor supporting financial systems – from the value of currency and financial transactions to public spending. Similarly, trust underpins almost all information transfers, and money is a medium that allows people to communicate value throughout an economy, says financial... 

Blockchain set to change transactions, information flow and business processes

Quality reprioritised in local battery market

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th December 2017 With its battery anti-theft solution successfully protecting more than 15 000 lead acid batteries in South Africa, battery and related-components supplier Aztec is seeing an increase in demand for premium quality batteries with a longer operating life. 

Quality reprioritised in local battery market
POSITIVE RESPONSE NorthStar ACE was launched in South Africa this year and Aztec has seen a positive local market response to its advanced capabilities

Oldest hominid fossil ‘Little Foot’ unveiled – Wits

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2017 The oldest and most complete fossil of an Australopithecus prometheus, named Little Foot owing to the 1994 discovery of four small foot bones in the Sterkfontein caves by University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Evolutionary Studies Institute Professor Ron Clarke, was unveiled on Wednesday. The... 

Oldest hominid fossil ‘Little Foot’ unveiled – Wits
Photo by University of the Witswatersrand
CLARKE AND LITTLE FOOT The Little Foot fossil is the oldest and most complete known fossil of Australopithecus

The economy must develop young scientists – Ramaphosa  

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th December 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the keynote address at the third Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) on Thursday in Pretoria and stressed the importance of using the economy to develop young scientists. The SFSA was being held under the theme ‘Igniting Conversations About Science’. 

The economy must develop young scientists – Ramaphosa
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Science holds answers to Africa's ills – Pandor  

By: African News Agency      7th December 2017 The third Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) kicked off in Pretoria on Thursday, with Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor saying groundbreaking scientific innovations were changing the African continent. "This forum will cover a broad range of topical issues with regards to the role of... 

 Science holds answers to Africa's ills – Pandor
Science & Technology Minister Naledi Pandor

Last day of share trading for Datatec as Aim-listing cancellation takes effect

By: Dylan Slater     7th December 2017 Thursday was the last day that shares of international information and communications technology company Datatec could be traded on London’s Aim, as the company’s cancellation of its listing will take effect on Friday.  

Ocean science key to supporting sustainable ocean health

By: Anine Kilian     6th December 2017 Studying and understanding ocean science is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations (UN) and to sustain the health of the world’s oceans, according to Department of Environmental Affairs oceans research director Ashley Johnson, who unpacked the key... 

Ocean science key to supporting sustainable ocean health
Department of Environmental Affairs oceans research director Ashley Johnson

DTI, EU negotiating new tariff deal for electric vehicles, small cars

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is negotiating with the European Union (EU) to reduce import tariffs on electric vehicles (EVs) down from 25% to 18%. In return, South Africa would like to increase the import duties on vehicles with an engine size smaller than 1 000 cc to 18%, said DTI... 

DTI, EU negotiating new tariff deal for electric vehicles, small cars

Second Norway-South Africa Science Week to stimulate oceans science and economy 

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 The second Norway-South Africa Science Week will provide a platform for scientists, researchers, civil servants and business people from both countries to share best practices and policies to promote the sustainable use of ocean resources. Norwegian ambassador to South Africa, Botswana,... 

Second Norway-South Africa Science Week to stimulate oceans science and economy
Norway Ambassador to South Africa, Botswana, Madagascar and Nambiia Trine Skymoen discusses the upcoming Norway-South Africa science week. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Engineer to unveil new industry technology

     1st December 2017 High-pressure equipment and technology manufacturer Haskel has revealed that its product engineer Poova Mahmoudian will be unveiling new industry technology, as part of a collaborative technology and research alliance with the US Army. The technology is said to dramatically impact those... 

Engineer to unveil new  industry technology
NEW TECHNOLOGY Haskel engineers will explain solutions to mitigate hydrogen embrittlement in pressure vessels at the annual Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Energy Summit in 2018

Necsa shuts down key unit because of compliance failure

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has executed an immediate shut down of its NTP Radiochemical Facility, because of non-compliance with licensing conditions. NTP produces radioisotopes for both industrial and an especially medical purposes, and many cancer and other patients in... 

Nasa outlines the developments to watch in civil aeronautics

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 The global aviation industry continues to be a rapidly growing sector, far from reaching maturity. This was stressed at the recent International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) open session at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International Convention Centre (ICC) in... 

Nasa outlines the developments to watch in civil aeronautics

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing

By: Nica Schreuder     1st December 2017 Amid escalating costs of heating containers using traditional methods, such as steam or gas, a more cost-effective, efficient and controlled method of ensuring the constant heating of containers is electrical heat tracing (EHT), says eltherm South Africa MD Peter Stone. EHT specialist eltherm... 

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing
EFFICIENT HEATING Eltherm’s EHT system makes controlled, efficient and constant heating solutions for tanktainers and road tankers

Growing eWaste could affect ecosystem

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Electronic Waste (eWaste), if not properly processed, will eventually leach hazardous material – mainly heavy metals – into the water table, states computer support and services provider Xperien CEO Wale Arewa. 

Growing eWaste could affect ecosystem
WALE AREWA The global estimate of eWaste is about 50-million tons

CIPC collaboration with banks to extend to BEE certification

By: Nadine James     1st December 2017 Company registration and business licensing organisation, the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) reports that companies will soon be able to attain black economic empowerment (BEE) certificates from South Africa’s four main banking institutions. CIPC commissioner Advocate Rory... 

CSIR’s new antenna concept promises savings for wireless sensor networks

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 A team at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Meraka Institute has developed a novel concept to extend the power consumption of fixed wireless sensor networks. This was unveiled at the recent CSIR Licensing & Ventures Dragons Den event at the CSIR International... 

Extending digital backbone to remote regions will stimulate development

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 Business software company Microsoft South Africa is proposing the use of its low frequency technology that uses television white spaces to provide connectivity to support development in remote and rural communities in South Africa, says Microsoft South Africa public-sector director Lillian... 

Corporate culture and people key to effective use of business technologies

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 One of the biggest mistakes organisations make when deploying new business technologies is ignoring the human element, says business software specialist Epic ERP MD Stuart Scanlon. Virtualisation, cloud computing and machine-learning have become common terms in organisations across different... 

Corporate culture and people key to effective use of business technologies
STUART SCANLON Companies cannot ignore new technologies that promise better work efficiency, but must not alienate employees or their positions in the organisation

Waltloo fibre-optic factory to supply African telecoms industry

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 A newly built R100-million fibre-optic production facility in Waltloo, Tshwane, will manufacture optical fibre, optical-fibre cabling and speciality phototonic solutions for the telecommunications industry in Africa, says telecommunications specialist distributor Dartcom Fibre Solutions... 

Waltloo fibre-optic factory to supply African telecoms industry
DARTCOM WALTLOO FACTORY The factory has fibre colour, ringmarking, buffer tube production, SZ stranding and dual-jacket equipment to produce complete cables

Seacom eyes acquisitions, fibre growth in 2018

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2017 Carving out a position in South Africa’s fibre race and bolstering growth through suitable acquisitions looks to be the theme of the new financial year, as pan-African telecommunications firm Seacom reports another year of solid progress. Acquisitions and partnerships are expected to continue... 

Seacom eyes acquisitions, fibre growth in 2018
Seacom business head Grant Parker

FLSmidth launches new, modular Reflux Classifier plant 

     30th November 2017 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth has officially launched its modular Reflux Classifier plant, which is suitable for fines gravity separation applications. Mia Breytenbach has the details. 

FLSmidth launches new, modular Reflux Classifier plant
FLSmidth launches new, modular Reflux Classifier plant

Ansys boosts its IP, skills to capture future business

By: Schalk Burger     29th November 2017 AltX-listed digital technology solutions company Ansys has invested in developing its intellectual property (IP) and human capital to capture new business as a result of the digitalisation of operations in the sectors in which it operates, Ansys Group CEO Teddy Daka said during a presentation of... 

Big development push for electric propulsion for airliners by European groups

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2017 European aerospace giant Airbus, British high performance power systems company Roll-Royce and German engineering and technology business Siemens have partnered to develop a hybrid-electric propulsion system for commercial aircraft. This is intended to be test flown in the near term, the three... 

Big development push for electric propulsion for airliners by European groups
Photo by Airbus
An artist’s impression of the flight demonstrator aircraft; the electric motor is the inner engine

Huge Group appoints new Huge Telecom MD

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th November 2017 JSE-listed Huge Group has appointed MTN deputy CFO Gunter Engling MD of Huge Telecom. His appointment will be effective April 1, 2018, following the completion of his notice period with MTN. 

CSIR nanotechnology centre: foundations laid, future challenging

By: Keith Campbell     27th November 2017 A key success of the National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM), a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been its role in developing skilled researchers. This was highlighted on Monday by... 

Icasa tables new draft Number Portability Regulations for comment

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th November 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published its Draft Number Portability Regulations for public comment. This followed a review, completed in March, that showed while number portability has positively evolved in South Africa since its launch more than ten years... 

BCX, GE deploy agritech solution

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2017 Information and communication technology group BCX and NYSE-listed digital industrial company GE have teamed up to provide integrated, tailored, end-to-end digital technological solutions to the South African agroprocessing sector. The jointly developed agritech solution, dubbed the Digital Farm,... 

CSIR national nanomaterials centre celebrates decade of achievement

By: Keith Campbell     27th November 2017 The National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) celebrated its tenth anniversary on Monday, having been launched in 2007. It was set up to help implement the National Nanotechnology Strategy. Nanotechnology is concerned with... 

CSIR national nanomaterials centre celebrates decade of achievement
CSIR NCNSM polymer characterisation laboratory with CSIR polymer characterisation technologist Lesego Maubane

Company embraces industry trends and challenges

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 The major  trend in steel construction globally is very much towards high-end automation driven by integrated software solutions, which has led to local industrial manufacturer and distributor First Cut’s embracing this trend through energy- efficient  capital equipment and consumables from their... 

Company embraces  industry trends  and challenges
TIMED INVESTMENT The Bystronic laser, a significant capital investment, is one that is best done at the downturn of the industry, or just after the upturn

Active pharmaceutical ingredients pilot plant marks important step for SA industry

By: Keith Campbell     24th November 2017 A pilot plant for the manufacture of generic active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) has been officially opened in Pretoria. A R50-million joint project between local company CPT Pharma (CPT standing for Chemical Process Technologies), the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the... 

Company assists in developing WiFi blueprint for educational institutions

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Wireless connectivity firm Ruckus will form part of a consortium of companies developing a blueprint for the implementation of WiFi and other IT services at education institutions.  Ruckus sub-Saharan Africa director Riaan Graham says this blueprint, which will eventually be sent to the National... 

Company assists in developing WiFi blueprint  for educational institutions
RIAAN GRAHAM The functionality would be similar, be it a small public school or large university campus.

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

Power and utilities drone market worth more than $9bn

By: Dylan Slater     24th November 2017 The international drone market comprising solutions that use drones for the power and utilities industries is worth as much as $9.46-billion a year, according to a report published by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  

Driving innovation in public transport

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th November 2017 Location-based services (LBS) will be a driving force in the public transport sector, and are being used to drive efficiency in the industry, enthuses access network infrastructure provider Ruckus sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham. LBS allows service providers and enterprises to... 

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