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Industrial cybersecurity resilience in focus as attacks increase

By: Schalk BurgerEffective industrial cybersecurity protection improves the resilience of industries, defends investments in automation and control systems and becomes an asset to manage industrial systems, risks and business continuity, a range of industrial cybersecurity specialists explain. The increased... 

Industrial cybersecurity resilience in focus  as attacks increase

Editorial Insight

Growth sapping

By: Terence CreamerOnly an extreme optimist would have expected policy certainty to emerge from the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) recent policy gathering. The event was primarily about managing the politics of policy, with both factions seeing it as an opportunity to show off their relative strength. The... 

Growth sapping

News & Insight

Casspir mine-protected vehicle continues to enjoy market success

By: Keith CampbellSouth African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced early this month that 21 of its Casspir NG2000 mine protected vehicles were ready for handing over to an African customer, completing an order for 45 of the vehicles. The first batch of 24 was delivered to the customer in December... 

Computational fluid dynamic simulation in steam and power generation plants

By: Nica SchreuderNumerical modelling of bulk processes using computer-based models provides a quicker and more beneficial method than manual calculations for complex steam generation systems 

Cybersecurity needs to be integrated into business continuity strategies

By: Schalk BurgerThe resilience of businesses and critical services amid cyberattacks and their ability to recover rapidly from such attacks or breaches are critical, especially as many business systems and processes are being connected to improve their efficiency or to monitor them, says information technology... 

Give taxi operators a better deal, Maswanganyi urges

By: Irma VenterGovernment is calling on financial institutions to “give taxi operators a better deal”, says Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi. He notes that the minibus taxi industry is correct in saying it is being exploited when purchasing new vehicles. 

Historic Russian nuclear site hosts oldest and newest nuclear technology

By: Dylan SlaterDuring a nuclear power plant (NPP) site visit that coincided with the yearly Atomexpo 2017, which was held in Moscow last month, Russian State-owned atomic corporation Rosatom showcased its safest and most modern nuclear reactor technology to delegates at the landmark Novovoronezh NPP (NvNPP) site.  

Historic Russian nuclear site hosts oldest and  newest nuclear technology

Implications of the new Fidic Yellow Book

By: Creamer Media Reporter In this article, construction law specialist Shane Voigt comments on the changes in the proposed new FIDIC Yellow Book pertaining to claims   

Joburg Property Company showcases city’s heritage

By: David OliveiraIn a R60-million renovation project, the former post office on Rissik street is being restored to its former glory as one of Johannesburg’s stand-out heritage sites. During a media tour hosted by the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) last month, Johannesburg-based Paradigm Architects principal... 

Joburg Property Company showcases city’s heritage

LHWP delays threaten water security for 45% of South Africans

By: David OliveiraThe recent appointment of the Matla a Metsi joint venture for the design and construction supervision of the Polihali dam, part of the larger Phase 2 Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) that was initially forecast for completion by 2020, raises concerns as to whether delays may be placing the... 

LHWP delays threaten water security for 45% of South Africans

Majority of new Barloworld technician apprentices are women

By: Dylan SlaterWomen now represent more than 80% of apprentices enrolled for construction equipment manufacturer Barloworld Equipment’s rigorous apprentice training class of 2017.  

Majority of new Barloworld technician apprentices are women

May unveils British initiatives aimed at reducing Africa’s reliance on aid

By: Keith CampbellBritish Prime Minister Theresa May used the recent G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, to announce a series of new British initiatives intended to reduce the reliance of African countries on aid and increase their long-term stability and prosperity. This was in line with a theme for the summit... 

Mercury probe passes key tests on way to 2018 launch

By: Keith CampbellThe joint European Space Agency (ESA) and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) modular space probe BepiColombo has passed its final test in its launch and transit flight “stack” configuration, ESA announced on July 6. BepiColombo will become only the third spacecraft to explore the planet... 

Mobile video equipment facilitates varied surveillance

By: Schalk Burger     Updated -2816 minutes agoThe addition of new 12 megapixel 4k ultrahigh resolution cameras, new dome and corner cameras and new systems to optimise video streams over constrained communications network help South African customers to design video surveillance systems that meet their specific needs, says Graphic Image... 

Mobile video equipment facilitates varied surveillance

Moves to fast-track regulation could ignite energy efficiency sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     Updated -2816 minutes agoAs businesses move to become more self-reliant and decrease their exposure to electricity price volatility, government is also moving ahead with policy support for energy efficiency initiatives in homes, business and industry, says Pan-African law firm Bowmans public law and regulatory head and... 

Moves to fast-track regulation could ignite energy efficiency sector

New water-quality analyser launched for smart water networks

By: Mia BreytenbachEnvironmental consultant SI Analytics, a division of JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH, has launched the new Smart Low Energy Analyser (Lea), a self-powered and multi-parameter water-quality analyser. The analyser is equipped with sensors that collect and transmit data to be used in... 

New water-quality analyser launched for smart water networks

Otis relaunches training academy to build skills, expertise in industry

By: Mia BreytenbachElevator and escalator manufacturer Otis South Africa earlier this month relaunched its training academy in line with its skills development programme, which is designed to create technical and functional expertise in African markets. “Building skills and expertise through the Otis training... 

Otis relaunches training academy to build skills, expertise in industry

Partnership to industrialise Hayden Cobra kit car production

By: Irma VenterAutomotive Investment Holdings (AIH) has partnered with Les Hayden to industrialise Hayden Cobra kit car production in South Africa. Hayden started Cobra replica sports car production in South Africa in the 1980s with the Shamrock Cobra. He produced around 500 kits for the local and export markets. 

Private partners to be sought for R16bn Swazilink rail project

By: Terence CreamerSouthern African railways utilities Transnet and Swaziland Railways have agreed to package the 146-km ‘Swazilink’ greenfield line between Lothair, in South Africa, and Sidvokodvo, in Swaziland, as a public-private partnership (PPP) and may release an international tender for a 20- to 25-year... 

Schäfer appointed African Association of Automotive Manufacturers chair

By: Irma VenterVolkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer has been appointed as chairperson of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). Former AAAM chairperson and Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa president and CEO Jeff Nemeth returned to the US on June 8,... 

Smart cities require effective cyberinfrastructure

By: Schalk BurgerThe growth and development of Africa are inextricably linked to its cities and urbanisation, but smart cities that improve the conditions for people and businesses require robust information technology (IT) systems that will effectively act as cyberinfrastructure, South African engineering and IT... 

Three bidders shortlisted for 12 new Gautrain train sets

By: Irma VenterBidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “We have shortlisted three bidders and they will now submit their formal bids.” 

US farm equipment maker looking to Africa for future growth

By: Dylan Slater     Updated -2816 minutes agoUS-based agricultural equipment manufacturer and supplier Agco is directing a large portion of its future growth potential into Africa, specifically South Africa, as a key market going forward.  

US farm equipment maker looking to Africa for future growth

‘Serious questions’ need to be asked about poor BRT ridership

By: Irma VenterSouth Africa, as a country, has to ask itself some “serious questions” about bus-rapid transit (BRT) systems, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. He says that the three BRT systems in Gauteng – in Tshwane,  Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni – built at a collective cost of around... 

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RICH HARVEST

By: Creamer Media Reporter Nigeria’s Dangote Group, which is controlled Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, revealed earlier this month that it plans to invest more than $4-billion in agriculture over the coming three years. Bloomberg reports that the company plans to increase its production of sugar to 1.5-million tons a... 

RICH HARVEST

Columns

By failing to plan, we are planning to fail

By: Riaan de LangeSouth Africa is stuck in economic and political rut, and “there is no two ways about it" and "there can be no doubt about that”, as one of my bosses of many years past was famed for saying. South Africa is in a rut; a rut of multiple levels. According to https://www.psychologytoday.com, citing... 

Conservative streak prevailed at ANC policy conference

By: Aubrey MatshiqiAt the end of the policy conference of the African National Congress (ANC), President Jacob Zuma declared that the ruling party was more united than it had been when the conference began. In the process of delivering his closing address, he proposed that the loser in the race for the presidency... 

Conservative streak prevailed at ANC policy conference

Hold my hand, you silly girl

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyOn the November 26, 2011, I wrote: "After a recent tour, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba has said the December 2013 deadline for the Medupi power station, in Lephalale, Limpopo, to start delivering power still stands. 'I have no intention of allowing any delays to the target of December... 

I’m all for solar and wind energy, but only for specific situations

By: Kelvin KemmWe have just passed midwinter’s day or, more correctly in the southern hemisphere, midwinter’s night, which, for us in the south, is the longest night of the year. In the highveld, winters are rather pleasant, largely because there is no rain. In fact, there mostly are not even clouds.  So, our... 

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