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Should desalination play a bigger role in South Africa’s water future?

By: Natasha OdendaalSouth Africa’s prolonged drought conditions and arid environment are increasingly highlighting the country’s existing water infrastructure vulnerabilities and demand that alternative and non-conventional sources of water beyond the traditional surface and groundwater resources be explored.... 

Should desalination play a bigger role in South Africa’s water future?

Editorial Insight

‘Essential foundation’

By: Terence CreamerIn a new book published by the World Bank and UCT Press, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan for crafting a new social compact with business, labour and civil society is described as an “essential foundation” for overcoming the country’s legacy of racial exclusion, which remained the main cause of... 

‘Essential foundation’

News & Insight

African infrastructure projects on a par with global best practices

By: Schalk BurgerAfrican infrastructure projects are meeting, and sometimes setting, global engineering best practices, says infrastructure and engineering multinational AECOM Africa civil infrastructure lead Darrin Green. Large-scale engineering projects worldwide require a range of technical, multidisciplinary... 

African infrastructure projects on a par with global best practices

Altron eyes next phase of growth following turnaround

By: Natasha OdendaalAfter concluding a successful year of repositioning, restructuring and realignment, telecommunications and information technology (ICT) giant Allied Electronics (Altron) is now heading into the 2019 financial year as a group ready to deliver on growth. During the 2018 financial year ended... 

Denel CEO resigns with immediate effect

By: Rebecca CampbellState-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on May 15 that its Group CEO, Zwelakhe Ntshepe, had resigned. The resignation was with effect from that same day. He had been appointed Group CEO only six months ago, following two years in which he had been acting in that capacity. Ntshepe had... 

Entry-level energy management solution launched

By: Schalk BurgerThe Simatic Energy Manager Basic solution has been designed for entry-level energy management, and includes Web-based dashboards and access to a cloud-based open Internet of Things analytics platform, as well as a mobile application (app) to monitor consumption data, says industrial control... 

MiX Telematics subscriber base up threefold to 600 000 since 2008

By: Natasha OdendaalFleet and mobile asset management solutions group MiX Telematics has celebrated the tenth anniversary of its JSE listing by ending the year to March 31, 2018, with strong results. The group, which was established in 1996 – and perceived to be the industry underdog that had “missed the boat” –... 

Photo of the Week


By: Creamer Media Reporter The National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) hearings into Eskom’s three Regulatory Clearing Account submissions, amounting to more than R66-billion, wrapped up in Gauteng last week. The Eskom team (pictured on the left during hearings in Soweto) were heavily grilled by the Nersa... 



London calling for those skilled in trade remedies

By: Riaan de LangeAs the UK starts to prepare itself for 22:00 on March 29, 2019 – the time and date when it officially leave the European Union (EU) – it is contemplating taking over a number of EU trade competences, also referred to as trade responsibilities. Arguably the most important of these is 'trade... 

Lost in space?

By: Rebecca CampbellAnalysts say that the planet Earth’s rapidly-growing space economy could hit $600-billion by 2030 and $1-trillion by 2040. Clearly, the space economy, worth some $350-billion today, is growing rapidly.  

The ‘going to the moon’ conspiracy

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyOne of the problems with the 'common man' is that he is really very stupid. Such persons not only do not know but do not know that they do not know. I recently heard somebody discussing the bible. They explained to the dinner guests that some passage "used to be in the bible" but 'they' (some... 


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