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Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

By: Rebecca Campbell“People are concerned about noise, emissions, and safety. We are working to make aviation safer, greener and more comfortable for people,” highlighted Professor Sergey Chernyshev, General Director of Russia’s renowned Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (much better known in English by the... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

Editorial Insight

Good money after bad?

By: Terence CreamerIt seems an eternity since there has been anything to be excited about when it comes to South Africa’s most important, and most embattled, State-owned company (SoC), Eskom. Since 2008, the business has lurched from supply crunch to wet-coal chaos, from funding crisis to construction confusion,... 

Good money after bad?

News & Insight

Albeit modest, metals sector poised for second consecutive year of growth

By: Terence CreamerSouth Africa’s metals and engineering sector is poised for a second consecutive year of modest growth, with the Steel and Engineering Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) forecasting a 1.1% expansion for 2018. The sector grew by 2.7% in 2017, breaking a streak of three consecutive years of... 

Bureau Veritas 2020 strategy includes strong digital component

By: Schalk BurgerInspection, testing, verification and certification multinational Bureau Veritas chief digital officer Thomas Daubigny is leading the company’s digital transformation strategy, which aims to improve the efficiency of the company, provide new tools to conduct its work and reform its operating... 

Country-specific hazards emerge during self-driving car’s world tour

By: Irma VenterIt may surprise the taxi haters, but South Africa is not the most challenging country to sit behind the wheel of a vehicle in self-driving mode. The winner is China, with its sometimes erratic cyclists, lack of lane markings and confusing traffic signals. Mercedes-Benz at the end of last year... 

Debt-laden AMSA weighs asset disposals as it seeks to fix balance sheet

By: Terence CreamerArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is considering various asset disposals as part of a plan to strengthen its balance sheet, which remains under pressure as a result of a protracted period of lossmaking, which has endured since 2010. The JSE-listed steelmaker declared another headline loss of... 

Drones offer inspection and maintenance benefits for built environment

By: Dylan SlaterRemotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASes) offer a cost-effective and safe mechanism, with significant benefits, for the built environment sector, especially in terms of inspection and maintenance, according to enterprise applications company Softworx MD Jane Thomson.  

Drones offer inspection and maintenance  benefits for built environment

East London plant’s performance-car production journey continues

By: Irma VenterMercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) on the very last  day of Januaryproduced its first Mercedes-AMG C 63 S at the East London plant, in the Eastern Cape, following a R200-million investment to allow for the assemblyof three Mercedes-AMG models for the export and local markets. MBSA announced last... 

Franklin Electric launches IoT trial to monitor performance of water pumps

By: Schalk BurgerPump and motor multinational Franklin Electric Southern Africa is conducting a large-scale live test trial of an equipment monitoring Internet of Things (IoT) system to monitor the conditions of pumps that are part of a water reticulation system. The company is exploring how it can use its... 

Global megatrends reshaping quality and standards

By: Schalk BurgerGlobal megatrends and social changes brought about by the use and integration of digital technologies in personal, commercial and industrial processes are changing testing, verification, certification and compliance processes, and are placing new demands and requirements on businesses to ensure... 

Global megatrends reshaping quality and standards

Industry upbeat despite fall in January vehicle sales

By: Irma VenterNew-vehicle sales in the domestic market declined by 8.9% in the first month of the year, to 45 888 units, compared with January last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that January new-passenger car sales dropped by 11.6 %, to 32 642 units. 

Newly expanded Joburg data centre to serve cloud demand in SA

By: Schalk BurgerAfrica Data Centres, part of pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has expanded its Midrand-based data centre to a 7 MW, 3 000 m2 carrier-neutral facility to better serve demand for cloud and co-location services in Southern Africa, says Liquid Telecom group CTO Ben Roberts. It has also... 

Newly expanded Joburg data centre to serve cloud demand in SA

Senegal utility awards €197-million grid expansion contract

By: Nadine JamesElectrical transmission, engineering and maintenance provider Omexom, a subsidiary of Italian energy company VINCI Energies, has won the Société d’Electricité du Sénégal (Senelec) contract to install five new extra-high voltage (EHV) transformer stations, nearly 200 km of overhead and underground... 

Photo of the Week


By: Terence CreamerThe Indonesian Air Force Jupiter aerobatics team performs manoeuvres at the Singapore Airshow, Asia’s largest, which was held at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore, last week. The show included daily flying displays from renowned aerobatic teams. Photograph 




By: Martin ZhuwakinyuIt is said that many a truth is spoken in jest. I contend that restricting the adage to ‘spoken’ might well be dated. A few years ago, I co-authored a chapter in the book Zumanomics. With a change of guard at the Presidency anticipated, I consulted my favourite search engine for references to... 

The choices Ramaphosa has to make

By: Aubrey MatshiqiAs I sit to write this month’s missive, it seems the Zuma moment will be behind us soon. As I write, I am listening to a news bulletin in which it is being reported that African National Congress (ANC) reasurer-general Paul Mashatile told a group of businesspeople at the Mining Indaba, in Cape... 

The choices Ramaphosa has to make

Unlikely electrical devices

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyOften, a layperson comes up with an idea that is totally not going to work and that sounds as if it will work. Then we electrical engineers have a problem since, no matter what you (we qualified engineers with 34 years experience) say to the layperson, the layperson (LP) produces increasingly... 


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