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Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

By: Dylan SlaterThe regulations and laws governing access to South African air space for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) are sound and among the “best in the world”, according to Edenvale-based commercial drone operator Visual Air Productions director Stephen Verheul.  

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

Editorial Insight

2017: Good, bad, ugly?

By: Terence CreamerBy this time next week, our general dismal assessment of 2017 will either have been confirmed, or entirely overhauled. If Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (NDZ) has been elected African National Congress (ANC) president, the national mood will be one of anxiety and depression, notwithstanding the... 

2017: Good, bad, ugly?

News & Insight

AI solutions come out tops in auto group’s innovation challenge

By: Irma VenterArtificial intelligence (AI) solutions secured big wins at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) Innovation Challenge, held in November. The winners were announced following a judging process by a panel that included representatives from MBSA’s parent company, German car maker Daimler. 

Another positive month for vehicle sales in November

By: Irma VenterSouth African new-vehicle sales experienced yet another positive month in November, countering general negative economic sentiment for the sixth month in a row, with new-vehicle sales up 7.2% compared with November last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that... 

Demand for ICT skills outstripping supply, survey shows

By: Schalk BurgerDelays in information and communication technology (ICT) policy implementation, as well as a lack of improvement in basic education and current, coordinated data, are reducing the potential economic contribution of the ICT sector, according to the University of the Witwatersrand-based... 

Demand for ICT skills outstripping supply, survey shows

Gibela rail plant on track for March completion

By: Irma VenterConstruction of the Gibela plant, in Dunnottar on the far East Rand, is on track for completion in March next year, says Gibela Rail Transport Consortium CEO Thierry Darthout. Darthout, former Gibela operations VP, took over the reins from Marc Granger on August 1. The 53-year-old is a mechanical... 

Local pharma firm targets cost drivers to ensure competitiveness

By: Keith CampbellCost-competitiveness is the key element in the market strategy of local pharmaceuticals company CPT Pharma (CPT standing for Chemical Process Technologies). The company opened its R50-million generic active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) pilot plant in Pretoria in early November. This is a joint... 

Longmeadow solar PV project nearing completion

By: Nadine JamesSolar power specialist Energy Partners (EP) Solar has invested in a photovoltaic (PV) solar system to power South African retailer Pick n Pay’s Longmeadow distribution centre, in Modderfontein, Gauteng. The project is currently about 80% complete and will be fully operational by the end of... 

Market inquiry instrument given more teeth in Competition Amendment Bill

By: Terence CreamerEconomic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel released the Competition Amendment Bill for public comment on Friday, indicating that he expects the proposed legislation to be placed before lawmakers during the first half of 2018. The amendments, which were drafted with the assistance of an expert... 

Mercedes-Benz launches entry-level commuter bus in SA

By: Irma VenterDaimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has launched an entry-level Mercedes-Benz commuter bus aimed at fleet operators such as Putco and Golden Arrow Bus Services. The OF-1723 (pronounced 17-23) bus chassis is currently imported from the Daimler plant in India, but should be assembled... 

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched

By: Dylan SlaterMunich-based chemical company Wacker launched a mobile containerised laboratory – MyLab – together with their long-term distributor IMCD in Randburg at the end of November.  

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched

Renewables-heavy mix is South Africa’s cheapest option, yet another study confirms

By: Terence CreamerA new, independently produced techno-economic model of South Africa’s cost-optimal power generation mix in 2040 outlines a system where 69% of the electrical energy is produced from onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generators, supported by batteries and gas-fired generators. Conducted by... 

Reusing data to augment as business processes

By: Schalk BurgerThe aim of new thinking regarding the storage and use of data is to reuse the data to augment as many processes as possible and, thereby, improve the value gleaned from the data, says analytics multinational SAS Big Data VP Paul Kent. “The collection, processing, moving, sharing and reuse of data... 

South African regional operator orders two new airliners

By: Keith CampbellPrivately-owned South African scheduled and non-scheduled domestic and international operations airline CemAir has concluded a $66-million deal with Canadian company Bombardier Aerospace for two new twin turboprop Q400 regional airliners. This follows on from a Letter of Intent signed between the... 

Technology can improve effectiveness of emergency response agencies

By: Schalk BurgerInformation technologies that unify emergency response agencies and allow for efficient interoperation between agencies will enable more effective incident responses, says information technology multinational Huawei Enterprise global public safety expert Peter Goulding. The effective sharing of... 

Telco infrastructure still relevant in IoT world, but models are changing

By: Schalk BurgerThe changes being wrought by Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, including the need for collaboration and sharing across various portions of commercial supply chains, are forcing companies to change their business models, says digital security multinational Gemalto Commonwealth of Independent... 

VWSA uses competition to select five black suppliers to enter supply chain

By: Irma VenterVolkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has crowned five black-owned component supplier companies as the winners in its Ntinga Project. The Ntinga Project was launched on October 19, with the announcement of ten finalists. These finalists were each provided mentorship by an existing VWSA supplier,... 

Photo of the Week


By: Creamer Media Reporter Japanese automotive group Nissan used the Los Angeles Auto Show, in California, to draw attention to its brand with a fleet of seven Star Wars-themed vehicles. In this photograph, actors dressed as Stormtroopers stand alongside the AT-M6 Titan concept vehicle. The vehicles were used to promote... 



A race to (or for) the bottom

By: Riaan de Lange“Ha ha ha ha ha. Yo, I'll tell you what I want, what I really, really want. So tell me what you want, what you really, really want. I'll tell you what I want, what I really, really want. So tell me what you want, what you really, really want.” These opening lyrics of the Spice Girls’ 1996 song,... 

ANC leadership race really a contest between Ramaphosa and Zuma

By: Aubrey MatshiqiTwelve months ago, I had no doubt that  the national conference of the African National Congress (ANC) would elect Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as president of the ruling party and successor to President Jacob Zuma. Today, a day before the commencement of the conference, I am not so sure. In the past... 

ANC leadership race really a contest between Ramaphosa and Zuma

Rigging the nuclear outcome?

By: Saliem FakirAt the time of writing, it appeared nuclear would be ramped through before the African National Congress elective conference, which starts on December 16. New Energy Minister David Mahlobo says we need nuclear. There have been a lot of platitudes about jobs and industrialisation, and that nuclear... 

Smoke and mirrors

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyIn September 2016, a '50-year-event' storm occurred in South Australia. Power system voltage transients caused nine wind farms to shut down, and two large wind farms – the Hornsdale wind farm and the Snowtown wind farm – reduced output by  86 MW and 106 MW respectively in the space of one second.... 


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