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Moves under way to lift SA film industry out of the doldrums

By: Kim CloeteThe South African film industry has been going through some troubled times, as local films battle to draw audiences and provinces fail to attract as many foreign film and commercial shoots as in previous years.   The hardships have propelled various partners in the film industry to work together... 

Moves under way to lift SA film industry out of the doldrums

Editorial Insight

‘We can’t do expensive’

By: Terence CreamerDuring a recent panel discussion on the ‘electricity utility of the future’ the Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa’s Piet van Staden made the point that industry could deal with complexity, but “we can’t do expensive”. He was speaking the day after Energy Minister Jeff Radebe... 

‘We can’t do expensive’

News & Insight

Glider reaches unprecedented altitudes in experimental programme

By: Rebecca CampbellIn just eight days during late August and early September, Airbus’ Perlan 2 glider set three new world altitude records for a glider. Moreover, during the third of these flights, it reached an altitude that has been exceeded in level flight by only two other types of aircraft. These flights were... 

Humanoid robot Sophia showcased in SA

By: Natasha OdendaalStepping onto South Africa’s shores for the first time, the world’s most advanced human-like interactive robot, Sophia, made her debut during an interactive conversation on stage at the SAPNow conference, held in Johannesburg in August. The three-year-old humanoid robot, the brainchild of Hong... 

Machine learning, knowledge management tools changing legal industry

By: Schalk BurgerThe legal profession, as with most other knowledge professions, is changing through the use of machine learning tools applied to ensure that legal information is leveraged and disseminated efficiently to lawyers to fulfil their tasks more quickly and more accurately, law firm Cliffe Dekker... 

Moves under way to lift SA film industry out of the doldrums

By: Kim CloeteThe South African film industry has been going through some troubled times, as local films battle to draw audiences and provinces fail to attract as many foreign film and commercial shoots as in previous years.   The hardships have propelled various partners in the film industry to work together... 

Moves under way to lift SA film industry out of the doldrums

New tech will change nature of work, but could also create jobs

By: Schalk BurgerNew technologies, including advanced computing systems and the automation of various job activities, will change about 30% of activities in about 60% of occupations, and will require new skills across most industries, management consulting multinational McKinsey Global Institute global economic... 

Renewable-energy guide offers insight into maturing African markets

By: Schalk BurgerGlobal law firm DLA Piper has characterised the regulatory environments for renewable-energy projects in 12 African countries in response to developing markets on the continent, says DLA Piper Global co-chair of energy sector Natasha Luther-Jones. Renewable energy projects are becoming... 

Renewable-energy guide offers insight into  maturing African markets

SA computing expertise benefits world’s most powerful particle accelerator

By: Rebecca CampbellSouth African researchers have played a key role in developing and running the very powerful computer system, and the subsequent data analysis, that supports the Atlas detector in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is the world’s biggest and most powerful particle accelerator. The LHC lies on... 

Satellite operator launches South Africa-based operations

By: Natasha OdendaalSatellite operator Avanti Communications Group has officially launched its South Africa-based operations as it continues a corporate revamp and continued investment and focus in Africa. “The announcement is underpinned by Avanti’s continued commitment to investing in Africa through a direct local... 

South Africa’s nuclear industry disappointed with the new IRP

By: Rebecca CampbellThe Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa is not happy at the exclusion of further nuclear power (over and above that already provided by the existing Koeberg nuclear power plant) from the Government’s recently released Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018-2030. Although he described the... 

Vodacom Group launches commercial 5G service in Lesotho

By: Natasha OdendaalJSE-listed Vodacom Group has launched a standards-based, commercial fifth-generation (5G) service in Lesotho. Delivering early-access to the new technology, using 3.5 GHz spectrum, the company will initially provide fixed-wireless access broadband services to two enterprise customers in Lesotho. 

‘No prospect of Eskom trading its way out of trouble’

By: Terence CreamerA leading electricity expert is warning that there is little or no prospect that Eskom can trade itself out of its current financial difficulties and that restructuring – including a vertical separation of its cash-guzzling generation assets from its transmission, system operator and distribution... 

Photo of the Week

HIGH PERFORMANCE

By: Creamer Media Reporter Professional Ferrari drivers lined up ahead of warm-up lap instructions in the pit lane at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit ahead of their Pablo Clark Ferrari Challenge demonstration. The race was one of several driving demonstrations held as part of the 2018 Festival of Motoring Johannesburg,... 

HIGH PERFORMANCE

Columns

Adventures on the interconnected electricity system

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyIn my last column on the Eskom intergrated power system, I explained that I worked for electricity utility as the senior engineer for operations in the Eastern Cape for just under two years. The backbone of the national grid was the 400 kV powerline system and the 220 kV powerline system, which... 

Do your part to remedy SA’s ills

By: Riaan de Lange“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” These humorous words tend to be attributable to Winnie-the-Pooh. But I am afraid these were not Pooh’s words, and neither were they the author AA. Milne, who wrote of Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926. It is in fact, the words of Theodor... 

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