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App monitors spread of FAW in Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 The Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) application (app) can save 300-million people in Africa from food insecurity and prevent significant economic losses in maize of up to $4.8-billion, caused by the infestation of the fall armyworm (FAW), says Food and Agriculture... 

Tackling malaria with solar-powered mosquito traps

9th April 2018 Malaria remains the number one killer of people worldwide, with 272-million infections and 495 000 deaths occurring annually. This excludes the statistics generated by other mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya, West Nile, Yellow fever and the Zika Virus. In 2016 the Zika outbreak... 

Living Building Challenge – A reality for South Africa?

23rd March 2018 The Living Building Challenge is possibly the most rigorous green building certification programme and sustainable design framework in the world. Developed by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) with the mandate of leading transformation toward a civilization that is socially just,... 

Women call for better protection from hazardous chemicals worldwide

7th March 2016 “Women and Chemicals” publication and calls for more political action for better health protection from harmful chemicals.   In our modern societies, women and men are all continually exposed to hazardous chemicals in their every day lives. But women are often differently exposed due to their... 

Water-blasting technology applied in airport maintenance

By: Malusi Mkhize     13th November 2015 Gauteng-based facilities maintenance, civil works and general construction specialist Tswelokgotso Trading Enterprise (TTE) has implemented a new water-blasting technology to effectively execute several of its maintenance projects including the OR Tambo International Airport maintenance project.... 

Chemical Vs Biological Cleaners: How Do They Work And Which Should Be Used

9th July 2015 With greater environmental, health and safety consciousness cultivating an evolved cleaning industry, consumer education is essential to ensuring that educated product choices are made. Delving deeper into how a product works will aid in selection, ensuring that the best, safest, most hygienic... 

Industrial-strength cleaners harmful to human health

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 The increasingly prevalent use of cleaning products marketed as having industrial-strength cleaning properties – especially in the household goods market – does more harm than good to human health and the environment, claims bio-cleaning solutions company Green Worx Cleaning Solutions. 

e-Waste dumps have become massive threat to society

20th May 2014 Electric and electronic systems have been playing an increasingly important role in all aspects of technology for well over half a century. Microchips, which are central to the development of electronic systems, have experienced such rapid development that users are currently able to purchase a... 

Smart Water Meter Technology

5th February 2014 We don’t count how many dry-cell batteries we use regularly in our lives: cell phones, gate remotes, TV remotes alarm systems, car security – to name a few. In Europe it is an offence to throw batteries into household dustbins, or waste tips as it constitutes a contravention of environmental... 

Company Annoucements:Engine Disassembly: Now faster and safer with Chemsearch

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2013 Chemsearch’s Yield is a penetrating release agent, designed to loosen rust from stuck metal parts without damaging the metal or metal threads. Yield contains a special inhibitor to prevent further rust or corrosion and contains moly lubrication for increased protection. When introduced to Yield,... 

NWU, DTI open R4m fluid extraction lab

By: Natalie Greve     30th January 2013 The North-West University (NWU) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) officially opened the continent's first supercritical fluid extraction laboratory and pilot plant at the Bio-Beneficiation Systems Laboratory of the DTI Centre of Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing at the NWU’s... 

Biotechnology important to Africa’s development 

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2012 Biotechnology, specifically the genetic modification of plants to produce herbicide tolerance, pesticide and insecticide resistance, confers crop protection, reducing input costs, exposure to harmful chemicals for farmers, can improve grain quality and help to ensure more robust harvests of... 

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