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South African in the Mars mix as race to the Red Planet heats up

By: Dylan SlaterIt is 2031 and the next space race has started with the launch of the largest-ever interplanetary space rocket and spaceship carrying four carefully selected astronauts on a mission to establish a human settlement on Mars – a planet that is, on average, 225-million km away.  

South African in the Mars mix as race to the Red Planet heats up

Editorial Insight

Ratings ‘pressure point’

By: Terence CreamerWhile much of 2016 was dedicated to junk avoidance, the risk of a downgrade persists, with both Fitch Ratings and S&P Global to decide this year whether to designate the country as ‘stable’, or to downgrade it to junk. South Africa’s unstable political climate, together with the country’s poor... 

Ratings ‘pressure point’

News & Insight

Cape Town to take delivery of 11 electric buses by year-end

By: Irma VenterCape Town’s fleet of eleven electric buses are scheduled for arrival by the end of 2017, “operating by the beginning of 2018, or sooner”, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. The buses will be supplied by Chinese green energy firm BYD, in... 

Drone piloting course launched following increased demand

By: Dylan SlaterWith interest in remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASes), or drones, increasing, seemingly unhindered by their high costs, Cape Town-based RPAS sport organisation Drone Racing Africa (DRA) has introduced a basic drone flying course.  

Drone piloting course launched following increased demand

High-speed wireless provides fibrelike connectivity to underserved areas

By: Schalk BurgerA 28 GHz last-mile wireless access solution is being rolled out in South Africa to provide fibre-like connectivity for underserved areas, says telecommunications operator Paratus Telecom SA MD Kallie Carlsen. The solution uses a combination of 28 GHz wireless line-of-sight solution for last-mile... 

Longer-ranged artillery shell unveiled by South African defence company

By: Keith CampbellSouth African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has reported that it has successfully qualified its 155 mm calibre M2005 Velocity Enhanced Artillery Projectile (VLAP). This is a longer-ranged enhancement of the company’s Assegai series of 155 mm artillery rounds. The qualification... 

Mobility Vision

By: Irma VenterGauteng-based transport economist Andrew Marsay earlier in February detailed his vision for a high-density, high-value public transport system in South Africa, delivered in a presentation at the i-Transport and UATP conference, held in Sandton. Engineering News senior deputy editor Irma Venter... 

New network platform simplifies complex implementations

By: Schalk BurgerThe new version of application performance company Riverbed Technology’s software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) solution supports complex enterprise environments and simplifies the implementation of large-scale SD-WAN deployments in data centres through nondisruptive network integration,... 

New strategy to give policy direction to rail sector

By: Irma VenterA new national rail strategy, proposed to become legislation in 2018/2019, will give policy direction to the rail sector for the first time in 150 years, says Department of Transport deputy director-general rail Jan-David de Villiers. The policy – currently a Draft White Paper – comes as South... 

Nuclear advocate contests ‘unrealistic’ renewables scenarios

By: Keith CampbellAustralian-founded and -based, globally-active, non-governmental organisation Bright New World argues that nuclear energy has a key role to play in ensuring both economic development and environmental sustainability. “Our goal is a stable climate, human development and a rich nature,” explains... 

Outgoing High Commissioner sees better post-Brexit trade deal for SA

By: Terence CreamerOutgoing British High Commissioner to South Africa Dame Judith Macgregor says there will be no “cliff edge” in the trade and investment relationship between the UK and South Africa when Britain leaves the European Union (EU), arguing that there is even potential to strengthen the relationship... 

Property body investigates municipal rates and taxes

By: David OliveiraThe South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) announced last month that it had reappointed specialist consultants Rates Watch to monitor rates policies for the next five years, owing to the negative impacts of rising municipal rates and taxes on operating costs, gross rentals and property... 

Renault launches new method to market, sell cars

By: Irma VenterRenault South Africa (SA) has launched a new method for consumers to explore the French manufacturer’s vehicle range. Operating between 09h00 and 17h00, Monday to Friday, customers can connect to Live Showroom, which offers an online, real-time, no-pressure, virtual dealership experience that... 

Returns will be key to fulfulling AI’s business promise

By: Schalk BurgerUsing artificial intelligence (AI) to support business operations is not fully understood, and the availability of time and skills, as well as return on investment criteria, must be taken into account to justify investments in AI and ensure that the intended benefits are achieved, says market... 

Returns will be key to fulfulling AI’s business promise

Sanral freeway incident management project clinches intellegent transport award

By: Irma VenterThe Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) this year introduced a single biennial award for an outstanding achievement in the intelligent transport systems (ITS) industry in South Africa, for a project completed in the preceding two-year period. This first award was made at the... 

South African in the Mars mix as race to the Red Planet heats up

By: Dylan SlaterIt is 2031 and the next space race has started with the launch of the largest-ever interplanetary space rocket and spaceship carrying four carefully selected astronauts on a mission to establish a human settlement on Mars – a planet that is, on average, 225-million km away.  

South African in the Mars mix as race to the Red Planet heats up

Want to sell more wind, solar power? Find corporate buyers

By: BloombergContracts to sell electricity directly to corporate users are among the key demand drivers for wind and solar power, while the influence of state mandates wanes, according to a report by Moody’s Investors Service. Multiple factors are spurring corporate power deals, especially from companies that... 

Photo of the Week


By: Creamer Media Reporter The Saltire, the Scottish national flag, flying alongside a Union Jack in Edinburgh, Scotland, as the so-called Brexit Bill cleared all hurdles in the UK Houses of Parliament, opening the way for a triggering of Article 50. However, Scottish First Minister and Brexit opponent Nicola Sturgeon has... 


Analogue versus digital

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyOlder speedometers are analogue. Clocks with hands are analogue. In fact, anything that indicates a quantity using a needle is analogue. By this we mean that the value of the quantity is indicated in some proportion to the quantity itself. The simplest example is a balance beam, which has a fixed... 

Nuclear build programme will bring immense benefits

By: Kelvin KemmSouth Africa builds and exports Mercedes-Benz vehicles from East London.  BMW cars are built in Pretoria, as are Ford cars. Other vehicle brands are also built are this country.  I have toured the BMW and Ford plant several times, and I can assure you that what you see is South African workers... 

Opportunities from the Indian Ocean Rim

By: Riaan de LangeIndian Ocean Rim Association Well, this certainly is a blast from the past. It was a long time ago. I had just joined the then South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) – on March 1, 1995 – and, within a few days, I was jetting off to Mauritius. I thought that I had hit the big time, and yes, the... 

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