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Artificial Intelligence Is Solving African Healthcare Challenges

20th July 2018 Artificial intelligence (AI) could revolutionise healthcare supply chains in Africa, according to supply chain specialist Deborah Dull, representing the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Speaking at the recent SAPICS Conference in Cape Town, Dull revealed how AI in the form of IBM Watson is... 

High-level meeting to be held to decide on easing of Cape Town water restrictions

By: News24Wire      20th July 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation is expected to hold a high-level meeting on Friday to assess whether the severe water restrictions in Cape Town and surrounding areas can be relaxed. Regional head of the department Rashid Khan said on Thursday that there had been requests from users of the... 

Future of digital project delivery showcased in KwaZulu-Natal

20th July 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery firm AECOM is pioneering digital project delivery by adding various Immersive Technologies like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to its portfolio of existing three dimensional (3D) models produced by a Building Information Modelling (BIM) process.... 

Growthpoint takes first Cape Town commercial property off the water grid

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2018 The District building, in Woodstock, has become the first of Growthpoint Properties’ commercial properties in Cape Town to shift off the municipal water grid and become water net-positive. The property giant on Thursday said the 1 750 people using the multitenant office and retail building... 

Sixth solar challenge sees champions return, raft of new entries from abroad

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2018 The 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge, set to take place from September 22 to September 29, will mark South Africa’s sixth solar car race. The eight-day event will see more than 20 teams depart from Pretoria and finish in Stellenbosch. The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place in Cape Town on... 

Competition Bill’s national security veto of foreign mergers ‘tightly codified’

By: Terence Creamer     17th July 2018 The national security veto included in the Competition Amendment Bill, which was tabled before Parliament on Tuesday, had been “tightly codified” so as not to deter potential investors, but rather offer certainty, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said during a briefing in Cape Town.... 

Multimillion-rand French funding deal for drought-stricken Western Cape still needs environmental approval

By: News24Wire      16th July 2018 A nearly R9-million joint desalination project between the Western Cape government and the French government still needs the required environmental approval for operation in November. The solar-powered desalination plant, the first of its kind, will be located in the coastal town of Witsand on... 

Telecom Egypt, Liquid Telecom sign MoU to complete fibre network from Cape Town to Cairo

By: Reuters     16th July 2018 Telecom Egypt has signed a memorandum of understanding with Liquid Telecom to enable the Pan-African group to complete Africa’s terrestrial fibre network stretching across the African continent, the companies said on Saturday. Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Wireless Global, has been... 

A.B.E. Products For Floor Revamp At Waterfront Restaurant

13th July 2018 a.b.e. Construction Chemicals supplied three key products for the refurbishment of the floors of the popular Panama Jacks restaurant at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. For the new flooring, a.b.e. – part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group – supplied: 

Cape Town reassesses future water mix after dodging Day Zero bullet

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th July 2018 The City of Cape Town’s dreaded Day Zero has been pushed out to 2020 – as long as the current water restrictions are maintained – owing to higher dam water levels, intense water demand management programmes, communication and awareness and behavioural changes. Day Zero, when the taps in Cape Town... 

Travel between SA and Spain boosted by renewed air link

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 The reintroduction of direct flights between Johannesburg and Madrid by Spanish flag-carrier airline Iberia in August 2016 has resulted in a significant boost in travel between South Africa and Spain. This was reported by Airports Company South Africa Assistant General Manager (Client and... 

The war is over

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     13th July 2018 Alan Campbell mentioned to me that, since this column is titled Electrically Speaking, it really should be about electricity. Good point. Well, water is normally supplied by pumps, and pumps work on electricity. So, joining the dots, this column is about water. Or more specifically the recent... 

Powermite

13th July 2018 Focused on supplying engineered solutions and products for the electrification of moveable machinery, including materials handling equipment, cranes and mining equipment, Powermite prides itself on an excellent customer service experience, superior collective technical knowledge and high-quality... 

Panasonic launches its new headquarters in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     12th July 2018 Prompted by a growing customer base in the Western Cape, Panasonic South Africa has launched its new South African headquarters in Century City, in Cape Town. “We are excited about our new headquarters. We decided to move to the Western Cape because of the growth in our customer base in this... 

Wind energy industry warned of tough road ahead

By: Kim Cloete     12th July 2018 A leading economist has warned the wind energy industry that it will need to become even more competitive and lower the price of wind power in a stagnant and increasingly challenging South African energy sector.   “Our power sector is bankrupt. Whether we like it or not, this will impact the wind... 

Ski Monkey paves the way to study the Indian Ocean

By: News24Wire      12th July 2018 The sun is shining, the sea is sparkling and a whole pod of humpback whales have been putting on the most spectacular display, leaping out of the water so close you can see the white and dark patterns on their bellies. It is a thrill to be near these big mammals, and everyone on the pool deck who... 

Western Cape edges closer to an end to the drought as dam levels continue to rise

By: News24Wire      12th July 2018 Good news for the drought-stricken Western Cape came in the form of a dramatic increase in the province's dam levels. According to the Department of Water Affairs, dam levels increased from 45% to 51.7% in seven days, thanks to recent torrential rains in large parts of the province. And that's... 

N1 Plattekloof to Old Oak interchange upgrade 58% complete

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2018 The R487-million project to upgrade a section of the N1 between Plattekloof road and the Old Oak interchange is 58% complete, the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works said in a statement on Wednesday. As one of Cape Town’s busiest roads, about 120 000 vehicles travel along this... 

Tough protective coating solutions for mining machines from Thermaspray

11th July 2018 Proprietary wear resistant coatings from Thermaspray present an effective and affordable coating solution for a key customer, protecting critical components and improving reliability on used underground mining machines. The mining environment is notorious for its tough conditions; heat, dust,... 

Afrox advances fertility treatment in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2018 Global fertility rates are reported to have decreased by about half since 1960, largely because women are choosing to have children at a later stage in their lives. This causes more and more women to experience difficulty in getting pregnant. For several years now, Afrox has been assisting... 

“Wacker Neuson quality is the best!”

10th July 2018 “The relationship and partnership with an excellent supplier and market-leading brand such as Wacker Neuson allows us to return that excellence to our customers,“ says Managing Director of AllCut Power Products, Waldo Nel. “The Wacker Neuson brand represents quality and we are proud stockists of... 

Climate change not the only reason for water shortages – Muller 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th July 2018 While recent rainfall has brought some reprieve to the drought-plagued City of Cape Town, the region remains vulnerable, and people, politics and poor planning are predominantly to blame for most urban water shortages, water expert Professor Mike Muller has said. In an opinion piece published in... 

You can’t have your cake and eat it, Sanral’s Macozoma warns govt, South Africans 

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2018 South Africa is in critical need of a funding model for its road infrastructure. “The situation with toll in this country now is that, number one, people are anti-toll, and now we can’t toll anything,” said South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma on Monday at... 

Battery-skeptic funds wait out cobalt rally seen as fleeting

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2018 Call them battery skeptics. Bets on surging demand for electric vehicles have made cobalt and lithium hot commodities, but some investors say the outlook is leaving them cold. While prices have more than doubled in the past three years on worries over shortages of the metals used in batteries,... 

Lean Management Relieves State Healthcare Headaches

6th July 2018 A ground-breaking project in which lean management is being applied in South African state hospitals is delivering impressive results in various departments – including reducing patient waiting times by up to 86%, an 80% reduction in neo-natal deaths and a throughput improvement of 35%. This is... 

Over R1.3bn investments recorded for Western Cape in Q1 – Wesgro

By: African News Agency      6th July 2018 The Western Cape's investment promotion agency Wesgro said on Friday it had facilitated over R1.3-billion in investments in the first quarter, which would support the creation of 549 direct jobs. It said the nine investment projects secured represented a cross-section of the local economy and... 

Wear resistant thermal spray coatings from Thermaspray protect ball valves, extend service life

6th July 2018 The HVOF (High Velocity Oxy-Fuel) thermal spray process from South Africa’s foremost engineering and coating technology specialist, Thermaspray, helps to extend the service lifecycle and enhance the performance of metal seated ball valves, improving uptime and productivity for end-users. Valves... 

Installation of water metering system complete

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Utility management company Bosch Munitech in March completed the design and installation of a metering and monitoring system to manage water consumption for the Lower Berg River Irrigation Board, in the Western Cape. The company was appointed last year in November to install the Krohne Waterflux... 

Environment-friendly design for art gallery

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 The Norval Foundation art gallery, established by the Norval family and which opened in Steenberg, in Cape Town, in April, hosts works by a range of South African artists and has architectural and civil engineering features aimed at promoting environment-friendliness and sustainability, the... 

S Africa wastewater facilities in disrepair

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Half of South Africa’s water infrastructure is in disrepair and it will take significant financial investment, and political will, to restore it, according to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). “Our research indicates that what is needed is investment in basic infrastructure such as fixing... 

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 New technologies for water and wastewater treatment plants, as well as investments in ecological infrastructure, could reduce the risks of water pollution and failure of critical water supply infrastructure in the country, says global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon South... 

Repairing of ageing water infrastructure can increase supply

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Amid ageing water infrastructure in most developed areas in South Africa, engineering advisory firm WSP technical director water, transport and infrastructure Africa Arnaud Malan says there is a need to adopt more sustainable approaches to managing available water through smarter water governance... 

Cape Town company creates new smart water monitoring app

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2018 Cape Town-based company Ontec Systems has developed a smart water management solution to monitor water use in near real-time. The new GaugeIT device, and its linked application, is also equipped with features such as an early leak detection alarm and high-use threshold warnings to avoid any... 

Key enviro assessment launched for SA gas and power networks

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute are undertaking a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for the development of a phased gas pipeline network and the expansion of the electricity grid infrastructure (EGI) corridors.... 

Troubles at SAA helping to drive local businesses to budget airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th July 2018 Business travel sources have reported that troubled State-owned national carrier South African Airways (SAA) has slashed the discounts it gives to corporations for business travel. Furthermore, the airline’s cutbacks on certain routes have also adversely affected major businesses. The consequence... 

Africa hotel sector offers potential for further growth over next 5 years – PwC

By: African News Agency      5th July 2018 Africa’s hotel sector has the potential for further growth over the next five years, with an increase in the number of foreign and domestic travellers, as well as an expansion in a number of hotel chains on the continent reinforcing the industry's untapped potential, a report by... 

What South Africa could gain from having more women in STEM?

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th July 2018 Johannesburg – Last year in Cape Town, women in STEM sat down in a “Women in Tech panel” to discuss What it’s like for a woman in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The panellists shone some light on the challenges women in a STEM environment have to overcome and why women are such an... 

Cape dams half full, but too early to call for easing restrictions 

By: News24Wire      4th July 2018 Cape Town's dam levels rose to 50.3% on Tuesday as streams and rivers swollen with rain from the weekend's intense cold front, flowed into the storage dams. There is now double the amount of water in the city's supply dams than there was at this time last year, when the level stood at 25.1%. The... 

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