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Comair announces selection of Honeywell avionics for its new airliners

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 South Africa’s second largest airline company, Comair, and American software-industrial group Honeywell announced on Friday that the airline has chosen the US group’s advanced cockpit technologies suite to equip the Boeing 737-800 MAX 8 airliners that it is acquiring. The suite will include a... 

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... 

Global industry leaders to address World Petrochemical Conference

9th March 2018 Global chemicals, refining, and oil industry leaders and experts will be among those to address the World Petrochemical Conference (WPC) 2018 taking place at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston, in the US from March 19 to 23. The thirty-third annual WPC will welcome more than 80 speakers and 1... 

Global industry leaders to address  World Petrochemical Conference
DIVERSE ATTENDANCE There will be 1 300 attendees from more than 40 countries at this year’s World Petrochemical Conference

Rope access company using new technology at petrochemicals giant

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders Access Specialists has started using the Elios drone, from Swiss drone manufacturer Flyability, at a large petrochemicals company, in Mpumalanga. “Skyriders is at the forefront in terms of using drones in tandem with rope access services; they complement... 

Rope access company  using new technology at petrochemicals giant
DYNAMITE DRONES The collision-tolerant drones can enter confined spaces indoors and ensure that conditions are safe and adequate for the rope access team to inspect

Programme to prepare digital talent in SA industries

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2018 The Africa Industrial Internet Programme (AIIP) is a series of education courses that aims to equip junior and mid-level engineers and industry professionals with the necessary skills to harness artificial intelligence, the industrial Internet of Things and advanced analytics for their... 

S&P makes case for positive blockchain disruption, amid cryptocurrency concern

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2018 Global ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P’s) currently views cryptocurrencies as speculative instruments that will have an “insignificant effect on global financial stability if its value were to collapse”, but that blockchain – a shared digital transaction ledger – presents an opportunity... 

MTN returns to FY profitability

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th March 2018 JSE-listed MTN on Thursday posted a turnaround in its earnings for the year ended December 31, with a full-year return to profitability after plunging into the red last year for the first time in its two-decade history. Reported headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year under review climbed... 

Eskom to conduct own investigation on SAP, Gupta contracts

By: African News Agency      8th March 2018 South African power utility Eskom said on Thursday that it was aware of damning findings of an investigation by German software maker SAP into its dealings with state-owned entities as a third party SAP said that it had finished its investigation by the law firm Baker McKenzie into South Africa's... 

Aveva, Schneider Electric merger enhances software offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2018 European multinational energy and automation company Schneider Electric has completed the merger of its industrial software business with engineering software company Aveva, enhancing the value proposition of Schneider Electric’s Internet of Things platform – EcoStruxure – for industrial and... 

South Africa eyes March 2019 for radio spectrum allocation

By: Reuters     6th March 2018 South Africa plans to allocate delayed radio frequency spectrum by March next year, the telecommunications ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday. Allocation of the spectrum is seen as key to expanding broadband services in Africa's most industrialised economy, where the high cost of... 

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... 

African telecoms towers operator Helios plans London listing

By: Reuters     2nd March 2018 African mobile towers operator Helios Towers plans to list on the London Stock Exchange in early April, it said on Friday, with an expected valuation of about £2-billion ($2.75-billion). Helios is the third African mobile towers business scheduled to float in 2018, with IHS Towers and Eaton... 

Only one Brics leader among those who made early calls to Ramaphosa

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd March 2018 Not one of the five world and regional leaders who formed the first group to phone new South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday February 18, to hold preliminary discussions with, and to congratulate, him came from a Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group country. Two... 

Airline body identifies five technologies that could greatly improve air travel

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd March 2018 Five technologies promise to transform air passenger travel in the coming years, argues International Air Transport Association (IATA) Regional VP Africa and the Middle East Muhammad Al Bakri. They are artificial intelligence (AI), biometric technology, blockchain, remote sensing technology and... 

Use of AI set to increase

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2018 The use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in businesses is set to grow, but CIOs should focus on using pilot projects to ready their businesses to use the technology, information technology market research multinational Gartner says. Its ‘2018 CIO Agenda Survey’ found that 46% of CIOs... 

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

Google lanches new search facility to help job seekers in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria

By: African News Agency      1st March 2018 Technology giant Google on Thursday announced a new job search facility it said would help job seekers find employment opportunities by providing a streamlined experience that allowed them to explore, research and find relevant local postings. "With unemployment in South Africa so high, this new... 

Icasa to finalise End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations by end April

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st March 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) plans to publish the final End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations by the end of April following a round of public hearings to unpack industry submissions over the perceived high cost of data and high out-of-bundles data... 

Icasa to finalise End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations by end April

Icasa chairperson to be removed after conviction

By: News24Wire      28th February 2018 Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications announced on Tuesday that it would institute a process to remove Rubben Mohlaloga as a member and chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). Mohlaloga, who was appointed chairperson of Icasa in December 2017,... 

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

Blue Label raises R900m in bookbuild

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th February 2018 JSE-listed Blue Label has raised gross proceeds of R900-million, before expenses, following the completion of an accelerated bookbuild offering of new ordinary shares. A maximum of 72-million new Blue Label shares will be issued at a price of R12.50 a share, representing 7.6% of the ordinary... 

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... 

Tanzania internet users hit 23m; 82% go online via phones – regulator

By: Reuters     23rd February 2018 The number of internet users in Tanzania rose by 16% at the end of 2017 to 23-million, with the majority of those using their handsets to go online, the telecom industry regulator said on Friday.    Mobile phone use has surged in Tanzania and other African countries over the past decade, helped... 

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

Company addresses ICT cooling shelters

23rd February 2018 Technology products manufacturer and services provider Tellumat has redeveloped its TK1 Positive Pressure System Air Handling Unit into a modular version of the revolutionary cooling system. The TK1 is a free air-cooling system specifically designed for information and communication technology... 

Company addresses ICT cooling shelters
Photo by Bloomberg
COOL COMMUNICATIONS South Africa’s climate of temperature extremes presents a significant challenge to the cooling of ICT equipment housing shelters

Energy efficiency hot topic in HVAC industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     23rd February 2018 The biggest potential for growth in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry lies in energy efficiency, as a great deal of research and development is going into variable-speed drives (VSDs) because they can cut a chiller’s yearly energy use by up to 30%, says HVAC company... 

Energy efficiency hot  topic in HVAC industry
TIME IS MONEY Johnson Controls’ products can get up and running within 30 seconds

Engie acquires Southern African HVAC companies

23rd February 2018 Multinational electric utility company Engie has acquired air conditioning company Thermaire Investments as well as its sister company heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) products and services provider Ampair. This is a major step for Engie in developing its energy services in... 

Engie acquires Southern African HVAC companies
DOING BUSINESS Engie is embarking on an acquisition strategy to grow its presence in the African market

Inferior imports likely to increase in refrigerant industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     23rd February 2018 Illegal inferior refrigerants imports will increase as the ongoing phasing out of hydrochlorofluorocarbon and the impending phase out of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases progresses, argues speciality chemical and gas supplier A-Gas South Africa national sales manager Michael Labacher. “These... 

Inferior imports  likely to increase in  refrigerant industry
Photo by Duane Daws
LAB INSPECTION A-Gas tests and inspects refrigerants to ensure that they are legitimate and meet global specifications prior to shipment to South Africa

Machine learning to improve IT service management

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2018 Intelligent automation, big data analytics and machine learning systems will become a significant part of information technology (IT) services and support decision-making, enhance staff productivity and facilitate smart self-service for end-users, says workflow specialist firm Marval Africa... 

Machine learning  to improve IT  service management
EDWARD CARBUTT Machine learning links an organisation’s knowledge management with its capacity to provide the right knowledge to the right people at the right time

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