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Zuma to lead Team SA at WEF Africa in Durban

By: African News Agency      28th April 2017 President Jacob Zuma will lead the South African delegation to the World Economic Forum in Africa, taking place in Durban next week, the Presidency confirmed on Friday. WEF Africa will be held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre from 3-5 May, under the theme “Achieving... 

Digital platform opens up ‘new collar’ work vista for millions of Africans

By: Schalk Burger     28th April 2017 Digital devices and systems are crucial components of almost all professions and are changing industries and economies worldwide. Familiarity and competence with these technologies are usually the result of education and access to the technologies. Technology multinational IBM’s Digital-Nation... 

Digital platform opens up ‘new collar’ work vista for millions of Africans

By: Schalk Burger     28th April 2017 Digital devices and systems are crucial components of almost all professions and are changing industries and economies worldwide. Familiarity and competence with these technologies are usually the result of education and access to the technologies. Technology multinational IBM’s Digital-Nation... 

Solutions company installs latest innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Water recycling solutions provider Biobox is installing its first locally manufactured MobiSewer sewage treatment system unit at a retirement estate in Benoni, Gauteng. The recycled water will be used for water features and irrigation throughout the estate.  

South African intellectual property agency seeking to stimulate innovation

By: Keith Campbell     26th April 2017 The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has been holding talks with the Department of Higher Education about establishing a national Intellectual Property (IP), or Innovation, Academy, reported CIPC Executive Manager:... 

Western Areas hopes for stellar year

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th April 2017 Nickel miner Western Areas is tracking at the upper end of its full-year guidance following a strong March quarter, with the miner also reporting its lowest unit cash costs since June 2015. The total tonnes of nickel-in-concentrate produced during the March quarter dropped slightly from 5 844 t... 

See the new 3D software system that revolutionises fluid transfer next month in Johannesburg

     24th April 2017 Meet Jamie van Schoor who has introduced to Africa PumpSim, which allows engineers to build a pipe and pump network that simulates pressures and flows… all in a virtual world. INDUTEC 2017 will offer visitors the chance to sample first hand an exciting new 3D modelling programme that plans all... 

Turnkey vacuum solutions from Atlas Copco Vacuum Technique

     24th April 2017 In a move to become a global leader in vacuum solutions, Atlas Copco established Vacuum Technique as a fifth business area on 1st January 2017. Vacuum solutions originally formed part of Atlas Copco Compressor Technique’s product portfolio. Following the vacuum business’s excellent growth over... 

Engen puts a little F1 in your tank

     21st April 2017 With the introduction of Engen’s new advanced energy formula, Engen Primax Unleaded has answered motorists’ calls for petrol that provides superior performance and fuel economy compared to the company’s previous formulations. The engineering and technology that helped the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS... 

Cogeneration valuable to S Africa’s energy mix

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 With cleaner energy technology rapidly advancing and industries increasingly aiming to stabilise their power supply through off-grid generation alternatives, energy solutions provider Vuselela Energy director Jacques Malan is confident that cogeneration systems can offer a valuable power... 

Lithium battery manufacturing facility project, Sweden

By: Sheila Barradas     21st April 2017 The project aims to build Europe’s largest lithium battery factory. 

New concept crane being developed

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist Mammoet and engineering specialist Stoof Engineering and Innovation (E&I) are joining forces to develop a containerised heavy lifter named Focus.  

South Africa punching below its weight despite available opportunities – Frost & Sullivan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2017 Despite the political turmoil and fiscal downgrades facing the country, South Africa’s economy is set to grow by 0.8% this year, research firm Frost & Sullivan said on Thursday. In a webinar on its Global Economic Outlook 2017, Frost & Sullivan senior economist Craig Parker noted that economic... 

Gravico’s strategy for the new economy

     20th April 2017 As part of its strategic consolidation in response to ongoing changes in South Africa’s heavy engineering industry, the DCD Group is consolidating aspects of its manufacturing capacity and expertise into its Gravico Heavy Engineering joint venture. According to DCD chief executive officer Digby... 

Cutting-edge machine tools supplies come alive at industry event

     20th April 2017 Local machine tools suppliers together with their international principals will be showcasing the latest technology and innovation at Machine Tools Africa. Taking place at the Expo Centre in Johannesburg from 9-12 May, visitors will see machine tools in action with many daily demonstrations... 

6 car safety innovations you cannot live without  

     18th April 2017 The digital world has unlocked a lot of possibilities in terms of how we live our lives and with innovation being at the core of it all, it is definitely a great time to be alive! If you observe your personal belongings, you can definitely notice the change in design and innovative technology... 

Cape Town initiates study into viability of affordable-bicycle plant

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2017 The City of Cape Town is studying the viability of establishing a bicycle plant in the city, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority commissioner Melissa Whitehead. “As far as we know, there is no affordable bicycle manufacturing plant in the whole of Africa.” 

Flooring project completed at Cape Town hospital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 Vinyl supplier Polyflor South Africa (SA) recently completed a 16-storey building flooring project for the relocation of Christiaan Barnard Hospital –part of healthcare provider Netcare Group – in Cape Town, which has been under construction for 18 months.  

R&D capitalises on global growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The National Laser Centre (NLC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is undertaking a Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) programme and is exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. NLC PPF... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 The Department of Science and technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project, aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

NPO seeks nominations for the most inspiring women in technology, innovation sectors

By: Anine Kilian     13th April 2017 Inspiring Fifty South Africa has issued an open call for nominations for inspiring South African women working in the different spheres of the technology and innovation sectors. Inspiring Fifty is a Netherlands-based nonprofit organisation (NPO) that showcases the work of inspiring female role... 

Seifsa extends deadline for excellence awards entries to April 28

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th April 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has extended the deadline for entries for its Awards for Excellence for 2017 to April 28, to afford more companies time to submit entries. “After countless queries from interested companies in the metals and engineering... 

Bosch sponsors equipment for research mission to Antarctica

     13th April 2017 Bosch has joined a range of eminent South African companies in sponsoring equipment for an initiative to conduct research into the Snow Petrel and the near-threatened Emperor Penguin in Antarctica. Craig Blanckenberg from Solutec, a solutions provider based in Cape Town, travelled to Antarctica... 

Public Works seeks to create 1.4m work opportunities this year 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th April 2017 Newly appointed Public Works Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko on Thursday said he was confident that his department would meet its target of creating six-million work opportunities by the end of March 2019. Through its Expanded Public Works Programme the department has, since 2014, created over... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     13th April 2017 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

Western Areas restarts mill recovery project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th April 2017 The board of nickel miner Western Areas has approved a A$17.5-million investment in its mill recovery enhancement project (MREP) in Western Australia. The MREP will process one of the tailings streams from the flotation plant, which contains valuable amounts of nickel that cannot be recovered as... 

SMEs, entrepreneurs called to enter clean technology innovation competition

By: Dylan Slater     12th April 2017 The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme of South Africa (GCIP-SA) has opened entries for its yearly competition, which is focused on highlighting the latest clean technology innovations and solutions, to entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  

Mondi, Constantia Afripack reach one-billion sack-kraft-paper-made cement bag milestone

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th April 2017 In a partnership spanning decades, more than one-billion cement bags have been made from packaging and paper group Mondi’s sack kraft paper by South African packaging and bags producer Constantia Afripack. Mondi Sack Kraft Paper, Constantia Afripack’s principal supplier, supplies strong, quality... 

New online system allows transporters to bid directly on loads

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2017 Linebooker wants to do for the truck transport industry what Uber’s introduction did within the metered taxi industry – disrupt the traditional business model, cut costs and improve competitiveness and convenience. A spinoff from the innovation arm of CCS Logistics (part of the Oceana Group),... 

Iron slumps into bear market as Barclays sees further losses

By: Bloomberg     10th April 2017 Iron-ore’s descent into bear-market territory may herald further weakness, with Barclays pinning the blame for the slide on lower steel demand in China driving a shift from mills toward lower-quality ore and raising the prospect of a drop into the $50s. Ore with 62% content in Qingdao fell 1%... 

Fortescue moves on growing markets outside steel giant China

By: Bloomberg     7th April 2017 Fortescue Metals Group is making iron-ore marketing forays to steel-producing nations outside China to tap forecast increases in demand from burgeoning infrastructure projects across the region. The world’s fourth-biggest exporter’s mines in northwestern Australia are well-positioned to take... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

Data-rich Atlas shows SA having higher bio-energy potential than believed

By: Keith Campbell     7th April 2017 The South Africa Bio-energy Atlas, recently launched in Pretoria, will allow the country to identify opportunities for sustainable bio-energy and be able to achieve much more in terms of developing a Green Economy. This was affirmed by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor in her keynote... 

Innovative solution to cable theft in South Africa

By: Johane Turkstra     7th April 2017 Amid concern over cable theft in various South African industries, clamping and fastening company Band-It’s Ultra-Lok tool has been improved to assist in mitigating cable theft.  

Manage the transition

By: Terence Creamer     7th April 2017 Nearly every day there is news about a new innovation in electricity generation, storage or efficiency as researchers respond to the pressing challenge of securing more energy, while producing less carbon dioxide. Scientists are continuing to improve the performance of solar panels, old coal... 

Pretoria property development to incorporate lagoon technology

By: David Oliveira     7th April 2017 Multinational water innovation company Crystal Lagoons has partnered with JSE-listed Balwin Properties to construct and operate South Africa’s first local Crystal Lagoon, a proprietary technology used to construct and maintain lagoons at low costs.   Balwin Properties’ new R4.2-billion The Blyde... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

South Africa has real bioenergy potential

By: Keith Campbell     7th April 2017 "South Africa definitely has exploitable bio-energy potential," stated Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Principle Engineer Crescent Mushwana at the recent launch of the South Africa Bio-energy Atlas in Pretoria. "Bio-energy is feasible from organic waste, residues from forestry and... 

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