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CSIR, Sansa renew MoU to advance space research, tech development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) have renewed their memorandum of understanding (MoU). The first MoU between the organisations was signed in November 2013.  

Entries for inaugural Factory of the Year competition to close on Oct 31 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2018 A.T. Kearney has extended the entry deadline for the inaugural South African Factory of the Year competition to October 31. The event is aimed at boosting competitiveness in the country’s ailing manufacturing sector. 

On-The-Air (12/10/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2018 The Mining Indaba this week pledged to give South Africa more access than ever to global investors who will be attending the upcoming international event. The government was this week urged to go all out to pull the struggling South African mining industry out of its unnecessary slump. South... 

Wind body to request smoothing of procurement profile in IRP submission

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) will appeal for a “smooth rolling procurement” of new wind-energy capacity in its response to the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) so as to close a three-year procurement gap in the current document. The Draft IRP 2018 was released on... 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine 

11th October 2018 A South African inventor has developed a new flexible wing, which he believes could have application in everything from wind energy and sailing to aviation and motoring. 

Govt urged to include IRP adjustment that steers renewables jobs the way of coal regions 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 South Africa should consider including a policy adjustment in its upcoming Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) directing developers of new renewable-energy infrastructure to build projects in regions currently geared towards coal mining and coal-fired electricity production. University of Johannesburg... 

Technology cost assumptions used to produce IRP explained 

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2018 An experienced electricity system modeller has corrected a suggestion that the draft 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) uses levelised cost assumptions for the various generation technologies tested, explaining that overnight capital cost assumptions for each technology are key inputs. The... 

South Africa researching hydrogen storage for platinum-using fuel cells

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is researching innovative hydrogen storage technologies that have the potential to be key enablers of platinum-catalysed fuel cells, which generate clean electricity using hydrogen as a fuel and platinum as a catalyst. The... 

Cooperation urged if South Africa is to meet the United Nations’ SDG 6

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th October 2018 While South Africa is ready to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal number six (SDG 6), it is critical to cooperate on various matters, such as water use and scarcity, wastewater and water quality, sanitation and hygiene, drinking water and the overall ecosystem. The Water Sector... 

Managing waste generation crucial

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     28th September 2018 Effective waste management entails industries’ not overlooking the management of waste generation, says the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Waste Research, Development and Innovation Roadmap Implementation Unit manager Professor Linda Godfrey. “There is still a great... 

Cwele, Icasa settle spectrum litigation

By: Simone Liedtke     26th September 2018 Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) council have agreed to settle the court matter involving Icasa’s July 2016 invitation to apply (ITA) for the allocation of high-demand spectrum. In terms of the... 

DST bolsters biomass industry with new consortium

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has established a biorefinery research consortium (BRC) to create new value chains from waste biomass. The consortium is a partnership between the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Tshwane University of Technology, the... 

High-calibre Speakers To Address Challenges Confronting The Metals And Engineering Indaba Starting Tomorrow

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 High-calibre speakers – including Cabinet Ministers senior business leaders and labour leaders – will address delegates attending the fourth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba taking place at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton tomorrow and on Friday. The Indaba, now in its fourth... 

Mining, construction and automotive sectors critical for M&E sector’s survival

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 The link between the metals and engineering (M&E) sector and the mining, construction and auto manufacturing industries will come under scrutiny at the fourth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba taking place at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton on Thursday and Friday this week. “The... 

Transnet, Eskom and PWC bosses to discuss administered prices affecting South Africa’s international competitiveness

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Transnet and ESKOM Chief Executive Officers Siyabonga Gama and Phakamani Hadebe will discuss administered prices such as logistics costs, electricity prices and port tariffs, which are negatively affecting South Africa’s international competitiveness on the second day of the fourth Southern... 

CSIR NLC to develop local photonics industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) National Laser Centre (NLC), in Pretoria, aims to contribute to the development of the South African photonics industry, says NLC head Delon Mudaly. “In relation to the global environment and the number of companies that exist worldwide,... 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine  

By: Terence Creamer     11th September 2018 A South African start-up has developed a vertical-axis wind-turbine that employs a groundbreaking morphing wing design, which seeks to mimic the movements of the Cape vulture. A prototype of the turbine, developed by Brayfoil Technologies in collaboration with WorleyParsons, is currently being... 

WorleyParsons provides design support for revolutionary wind power technology

11th September 2018 As an organisation that focuses on finding solutions to the world’s changing resources and energy challenges, WorleyParsons continuously seeks to develop and encourage innovative ideas, refine those ideas and take them to market. With the drive towards renewable energy gaining pace, the project... 

Water Research Commission urges SA to 'get in first' and develop the iceberg project

By: News24Wire      11th September 2018 The Water Research Commission believes that within 20 years, countries will be towing icebergs from the Antarctic to supplement their water supplies. It also believes if South Africa does not get in first, the country will lose out to other countries in developing the new technology - as it had... 

5G on its way, but roll-out to be pursued on a case-by-case basis

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th September 2018 The rush to test and implement fifth-generation (5G) services has already started, however, this time around, the latest technological advancement will not be built up or deployed in the same manner as preceding technologies, but rather be implemented on a use case basis. Despite the fact that... 

5G on its way, but roll-out to be pursued on a case-by-case basis

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th September 2018 The rush to test and implement fifth-generation (5G) services has already started, however, this time around, the latest technological advancement will not be built up or deployed in the same manner as preceding technologies, but rather be implemented on a use case basis. Despite the fact that... 

Join the least-cost highway

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2018 The release of a draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) for public comment, is an extremely positive development. Likewise, the document’s acknowledgement that the least-cost new build option for South Africa to 2030 is a combination of solar, wind and gas represents major progress. This... 

Spectrum challenge likely to be resolved by next year

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd September 2018 South Africa's years-long limbo over spectrum licensing and allocation could possibly be fully resolved by this time next year. Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) director-general Robert Nkuna on Monday promised action on the much-debated subject, as industry becomes... 

National development plan to feature prominently at the Southern African metals and engineering indaba

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd September 2018 Six years ago, the Government adopted the National Development Plan (NDP), a blueprint for how South Africa could eradicate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030 – with business and other stakeholders enthusiastically welcoming the initiative. While the NDP drew criticism from some labour... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

CSIR female researchers at the forefront of improving health care in SA

29th August 2018 Currently, most patients who are diagnosed with diabetes in South Africa have to prick their fingers three times a day to check their sugar levels. This method of monitoring and detecting diabetes is painful for the patient and could potentially introduce infections. The Council for Scientific... 

Collaboration required to improve South Africa’s sovereign credit rating

By: Maxine Arries     27th August 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will, on the first day of the 2018 Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba, meet with Business Unity South Africa CEO Tanya Cohen, Federation of Unions of South Africa General Secretary Dennis George and Centre for Development and Enterprise Executive... 

Milestones & Opportunities

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2018 Fresh analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), showing that the combined installed base of wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generators breached the one-terawatt mark at the end of June, offered statistical confirmation of an energy transition that is now in full swing. Of this total, wind... 

Icasa eyes market review notice by September, lists first priorities

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday said it would likely announce the start of a market inquiry into the identified priority markets that may require regulation intervention by the first week of September. Speaking during a roundtable at the Icasa... 

AfriForum launches petition against planned CSIR biogas plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st August 2018 AfriForum has launched a petition against the planned new biogas plant that the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) intends to build at its campus, in Pretoria. AfriForum, as well as residents, are concerned that the plant might be unsafe and pollute the area, which borders... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces in push to improve safety and productivity

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as part of its collaboration with the Mandela Mining Precinct, has either developed or adapted several technologies that could be applied in mining environments to improve safety, productivity and efficiency. The function of the Mandela... 

Research chairs established to assist South African waste sector

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2018 The South African waste sector is in desperate need of change, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Waste Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap Implementation Unit manager Professor Linda Godfrey. Speaking at the launch of South Africa’s first research chairs in... 

Govt moving to accelerate measures to boost township economy

By: Sydney Majoko     10th August 2018 One of the most frustrating realities of government operations is the red tape that entrepreneurs experience when they seek assistance. The slow wheels of government-led initiatives tend to drive many entrepreneurs to despair before they even embark on the first step of their economic endeavours.... 

CSIR, Gold Yard to scale up industrial development in Africa through partnership

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Gold Yard International Exchange Service have signed an agreement to contribute to boosting industrial development on the African continent. Gold Yard represents the various provincial bureau of China State Administration of Foreign... 

Water Research Commission to investigate tow-an-iceberg proposal

By: News24Wire      1st August 2018 The Water Research Commission is to investigate the proposal to tow an iceberg to Cape Town to establish whether it is feasible as a new source of water. The commission has asked the brains behind the project, salvage expert Nick Sloane, to set up a seminar where they can get a more detailed... 

New Indian EV battery policy to determine response to Bolivia lithium invite

By: Ajoy K Das     31st July 2018 An Indian government policy advisory body will publish a policy offering subsidies for lithium-based electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing, which will determine the response to an invitation from the Bolivian government for joint ventures (JVs) in lithium-rich Latin American nation. The... 

African countries are rapidly expanding their use of UAVs, but South Africa lags

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 The number of applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs/unmanned aerial systems (UASes) in Africa was increasing rapidly, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) principal aeronautical engineer John Monk told the aviation session of the recent Southern African Transport... 

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