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What’s right and what’s wrong in a world where machines drive us

By: Irma VenterA vehicle travels at speed around a bend on a hillside. Several children run on to the road. The options available to the driver are to hit the children, or to drive off the cliffside. Would the driver make a decision of self-preservation, or self-sacrifice? 

What’s right and what’s wrong in a world where machines drive us

Editorial Insight

Fix or fail

By: Terence Creamer2018 is set to be yet another big year for the South African electricity utility, which has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons for more than ten years now. Dealing with the fiscal and economic risks posed by Eskom’s current lack of sustainability has to be a top priority. And because... 

Fix or fail

News & Insight

$324m for Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire renewables projects

By: Dylan SlaterThe African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $324-million in loan support to two renewable energy projects in Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire that are expected to significantly increase power supplies and boost economic growth in those countries.  

Africa, and other regions, seen benefiting from China-driven One Belt, One Road superproject

By: Schalk BurgerThe China-driven superproject, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is a conceptual redevelopment of the ancient global tradeways of the Silk Road, aims to link the heartlands of countries by land, sea and air routes, says Renmin University School of International Studies Professor Wang... 

Channelling all ewaste to one plant the best way to ensure viability of recycling in Southern Africa

By: Schalk BurgerThe establishment of an electronic waste (e-waste) recycling plant, which can cost R1.5-billion to build, will work best if the e-waste streams from across southern Africa can be channelled to such a megaplant, says information technology asset and e-waste recycling company Xperien CEO Wale... 

Channelling all ewaste to one plant the best way to ensure  viability of recycling in Southern Africa

Flights to encounter increasing turbulence in the future, study shows

By: Irma VenterFlights all around the world could be encountering lots more turbulence in the future, according to the first ever global projections of in-flight bumpiness.   A new study published online in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, has calculated that climate... 

Further car sales growth expected this year after 2% uptick in 2017

By: Irma VenterSouth African new-vehicle sales are projected to grow by 2% in 2017 compared with 2016, while 2018 is expected to produce further “modest growth”, says the National Association of Automotive Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). The association has released its third quarter review of business... 

Getting it Right

By: Creamer Media Reporter Engineering News would like to clarify on civil engineering and construction consultancy South Zambezi Engineering Services’ involvement in the Legaeng Village, Urban Spacing Housing and South African National Roads Limited Central Operations Centre projects. These projects were mentioned in an... 

Guidance note on support for off-grid renewable energy launched

By: Dylan SlaterThe first edition of the Off-Grid Government-Industry Dialogue (OGID) Day – which took place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire during October – resulted in the launch of a guidance note for governments. The note aims to share recommendations for policymakers about how they can support the off-grid... 

National nanotechnology centre developing prototypes, commercialising technologies

By: Keith CampbellThe National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research plans to commission its third pilot plant during the course of this year (2018). The centre’s current two pilot plants were both brought into operation in the middle of 2016. One of... 

New report names WBHO’s Australian unit the country’s ‘most active’ construction firm

By: Irma VenterWilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon’s (WBHO’s) Australian subsidiary, Probuild, has been named the most active construction company in the country by the Australian Housing Industry Association Construction 100 Report. Probuild has jumped from fifth place last year to top spot, in terms of work procured. 

Rosatom competition winners tour nuclear facility

By: Nadine James     Updated -3375 minutes agoRussian nuclear corporation Rosatom’s African subsidiary Rosatom Africa sponsored an all expenses paid trip to Russia for winners of the yearly student competition, held for the third time last year. The students visited the Novovoronezh nuclear power plant (NPP), as well as its training... 

Rosatom competition winners tour nuclear facility

Sasol service stations attract largest number of visitors, survey reveals

By: Irma VenterSasol service stations are attracting the most feet per service station in South Africa, with Shell service stations in second position. Engen, with its much larger service station footprint, attracts more visitors, in total, than any other brand. 

Top UK group, varsity unveil radical flight control technology demonstrator UAV

By: Rebecca CampbellBritish aerospace, defence, security and shipbuilding group BAE Systems and the University of Manchester unveiled their joint Magma experimental jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programme in the middle of last month. They announced that the Magma had successfully completed its first... 

UK announces further funding for small modular nuclear reactor programme

By: Keith CampbellThe British government last month announced the next phase in its programme of funding the development of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs), which forms part of a larger programme to develop the nuclear technology and energy sector in the UK. This phase will see Westminster awarding up to... 

UK reaffirms commitment to promote trade and investment with Africa

By: Keith CampbellThe British government has again given the assurance that it desires a mutually beneficial and thriving trade relationship between the UK and Africa once the country has left the European Union (EU). This was affirmed by Trade Policy Minister (equivalent to Deputy Minister in South Africa) Greg... 

Wesbank to provide financing for Haval Motors customers

By: Irma VenterWesBank, a division of First Rand Bank, has concluded an agreement with Haval Motors South Africa (HMSA) to provide finance products for the brand’s expanding customer base in South Africa. The Chinese vehicle manufacturer Great Wall Motors (GWM) has traded in South Africa since 2007. 

What’s right and what’s wrong in a world where machines drive us

By: Irma VenterA vehicle travels at speed around a bend on a hillside. Several children run on to the road. The options available to the driver are to hit the children, or to drive off the cliffside. Would the driver make a decision of self-preservation, or self-sacrifice? 

What’s right and what’s wrong in a world where machines drive us

Wits unveils oldest hominid fossil

By: Schalk BurgerThe oldest and most complete fossil of an Australopithecus prometheus, named Little Foot owing to the 1994 discovery of four small foot bones by University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Evolutionary Studies Institute Professor Ron Clarke, in the Sterkfontein caves, was unveiled in December. The... 

Wits unveils oldest hominid fossil

Photo of the Week

BLOWING THE GLOOM AWAY

By: Creamer Media Reporter Rational energy policymaking has been extremely elusive for more than two years, during which an atmosphere of gloom enveloped South Africa’s once-lauded renewables procurement programme. The election of Cyril Ramaphosa as the new president of the African National Congress is expected to breath... 

BLOWING THE GLOOM AWAY

Columns

German fascination with SA wind power

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyGermans seem to be very interested in wind power generation in South Africa. Don't know why. First we had German-born Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz running the Energy Centre at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). In this position, he proposed a power generation model that was... 

Ramaphosa headed for stormy seas

By: Aubrey MatshiqiThe African National Congress (ANC) has a new leader. The question is whether Cyril Ramaphosa is the next President of South Africa. In other words, will Ramaphosa lead the ANC to victory in the national election in 2019, and will the ANC recoup the electoral losses it suffered in the last two... 

Ramaphosa headed for stormy seas

The smartest guys and gals in the room?

By: Riaan de LangeIf only . . .  I fear that the guys and gals are anything but. For one, they have to be in the room. Before I talk about the ‘they’, let me just explain the old business adage, to ‘be in the room’. To ‘be in the room’, they needed to, at the very least, concentrate and focus on what they were... 

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