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Researchers build scientific research cloud to process images from the MeerKAT telescope 

By: Kim Cloete     24th July 2018 Three universities are making strides in an extensive project to build a computing infrastructure capable of processing the vast amounts of data that will come from the MeerKAT telescope. The Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) has developed a scientific research cloud... 

Growthpoint, Cintocare break ground on R450m Pretoria head, neck hospital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2018 Real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties and private company Cintocare on Monday broke ground on the R450-million development of an 11 000 m2 special surgical head and neck hospital, in Pretoria, which will be the first green-certified hospital in Africa. The companies are creating a... 

We're doing all we can to end long wait in Home Affairs queues – Gigaba 

By: News24Wire      23rd July 2018 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says his department is doing all it can to end the long wait in queues at their various branches across the country. Gigaba was speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria about progress made in the department's "War on Queues" campaign, which he launched in April... 

SA population rises above 57m

By: African News Agency      23rd July 2018 South Africa's population has risen to 57.73-million according to the 2018 mid-year population estimates released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) on Monday. "We are talking about mid-year population estimates which use the latest fertility, mortality and migration data to estimate the size... 

ANC not fulfilling people's expectations – Ramaphosa

By: Sashnee Moodley     20th July 2018 African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa called for self-correction in the party following what he said was a "dramatic decline in support" during the 2016 local government elections. Giving the opening address at the party’s thirteenth Gauteng provincial conference, in Pretoria,... 

PMI South Africa

20th July 2018 PMI South Africa is the local chapter of the Project Management Institute, the world’s leading and largest not for profit membership association for project management. PMI South Africa is the oldest continually operating PMI chapter outside North America, chartered in 1982.   Our mission is to... 

Nxesi wants lifestyle audit done in all management at public works including himself to fight corruption 

By: African News Agency      19th July 2018 Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Thursday announced that he requested a lifestyle audit starting with himself and all management of the department after internal investigations revealed 16 000 suspicious transactions to the value of R2-billion. Nxesi was speaking in Pretoria on Thursday... 

SARB keeps repo rate unchanged, downgrades growth projection

By: News24Wire      19th July 2018 The South African Reserve Bank's (SARB's) monetary policy committee has left the repo rate unchanged at 6.5% in a unanimous decision.  The announcement, made by the central bank's governor Lesetja Kganyago at a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday afternoon, was in line with expectations of... 

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... 

SARB launches commemorative Mandela notes, R5 coin for circulation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th July 2018 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on Friday hosted a commemorative occasion at Freedom Park, in Pretoria, to introduce a series of banknotes and a R5 circulation coin, in honour of what would have been former President Nelson Mandela’s one-hundredth birthday this year.  

Action needed to integrate UAVs into civil air space in South Africa – Denel

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Denel Dynamics (which also produces missiles and space technology) has called for a national programme to integrate UAVs (popularly called drones) into the country’s civilian controlled air space. Controlled air space is air space in which all air... 

Others expected to follow Coca-Cola’s solar leadership as costs fall

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), Coca-Cola’s bottling partner in South Africa, is aiming to have 25% of its electricity powered by renewable sources by 2025. The company says the first 10% of this renewable energy, about 18-million kilowatt hours a year, will be rolled out nationwide... 

Others expected to follow Coca-Cola’s solar leadership as costs fall

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), Coca-Cola’s bottling partner in South Africa, is aiming to have 25% of its electricity powered by renewable sources by 2025. The company says the first 10% of this renewable energy, about 18-million kilowatt hours a year, will be rolled out nationwide... 

Saudi Arabia pledges to invest R133bn in South African energy sector

By: News24Wire      12th July 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ambitious plan to attract $100-billion to kick start the country’s struggling economy got a major boost on Thursday, when Saudi Arabia committed to invest $10-billion (about R133-billion) in the country. This is expected to be invested in the energy and power creation... 

South African gold output falls most since February 2017 in May

By: Bloomberg     12th July 2018 Gold output in South Africa, once the world’s biggest producer of the metal, declined the most since February 2017 in May. Production dropped 16.2% from a year earlier, compared with a revised 5.8% contraction in April, Pretoria-based Statistics South Africa said Thursday in a statement on its... 

African countries rapidly expanding use of UAVs, while South Africa lags

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th July 2018 The number of applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in Africa is expanding rapidly, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) principal aeronautical engineer John Monk told the aviation session of the Southern African Transport Conference in... 

Embedding compliance into business processes

12th July 2018 Changing the mindset at C-suite level that compliance is not a “tick-the-box, rule based” process at the end of any transaction or activity is one of the greatest challenges around embedding compliance into business solutions says Kalane Rampai, Director at PwC. Speaking at the LexisNexis... 

Jarana confirms aim of strategic partnership for SAA

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th July 2018 South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana confirmed on Wednesday that a Strategic Equity Partner (SEP) would be sought for the airline. He was addressing the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria. "The government has pronounced, last year already, that there would be private... 

Public not properly consulted on e-tolls, says toll collection firm

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2018 The public was not properly consulted in the process to implement e-tolling in Gauteng, says  Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) CEO Coenie Vermaak. “The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) was very poorly communicated and the tax payer not respected. 

Swiss energy storage startup breathing new life into South African battery invention

By: Terence Creamer     10th July 2018 A Swiss energy storage startup is moving to revive the Zebra battery, which was invented at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria, in the 1980s and initially commercialised for use in electric vehicles (EVs) by, among others, Anglo American and Daimler. Located 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... 

VAT, fuel price hikes: Ramaphosa gives ministers 2 weeks for plan to ease consumer pain

By: News24Wire      6th July 2018 Government will in two weeks’ time announce a package of economic measures to cushion the public from the crippling effects of high fuel price hikes and the VAT increase, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday. Addressing business and government leaders in Pretoria ahead of the BRICS Summit... 

5G capabilities showcased through virtual reality driving test

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2018 MTN South Africa and Ericsson have showcased the potential of fifth-generation (5G) capabilities by having a driver navigate a vehicle around a skid pan at the Gerotek testing facility, in Pretoria, using only data fed into a virtual reality (VR) device. In the first automotive use case... 

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... 

Brics Industry Ministers agree to step up cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th July 2018 The Industry Ministers of the Brics alignment countries reaffirmed on Wednesday their commitment to the Brics Economic Partnership Strategy, with increased stress on strengthening business-to-business contacts between their countries. The Brics countries are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South... 

KLT’s community partnerships in South Africa recipe for meeting global production standard

By: Anine Kilian     3rd July 2018 India-based automotive component manufacturer KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa plans to add 1 000 people to its 900-strong work force in the next eight years. The company has a major contract with the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) for the Ford Ranger, and... 

Digitisation key to sustainable mining industry

By: Anine Kilian     2nd July 2018  The mining industry is at an inflection point and on the cusp of profound change, Australian mining futurist Gavin Yeates told delegates at the AEL Workshop for Explosives Engineers and Technical Representatives (WEETR) themed IntelliBlast, in Pretoria. Delivering the keynote address, he said... 

Association takes firm stance on quality of products

By: Melissa Zisengwe     29th June 2018 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) is taking a “no-nonsense, uncompromising” stance on the quality of pipes that are manufactured by Sappma members. The association operates in an industry that is facing various challenges to maintain the standards of pipes... 

Mining downturn results in profile expansion for consulting firm

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 International consulting engineering and scientists consultancy SRK Consulting’s local non-mining contracts have become its main revenue contributor, contributing to about 40% to 50% of the firm’s overall workload over the past three years. “The company’s growth in non-mining work is not just in... 

Entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration, education needed to advance Fourth Industrial Revolution – WEF chairperson  

By: Nadine James     28th June 2018 South Africa must create ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial activity and multistakeholder collaboration, while furthering innovation and education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) fields, if it is going to benefit from opportunities that result from the Fourth... 

Scania and Growthpoint extend their relationship with lease renewals at four properties

27th June 2018 Growthpoint Properties has renewed four leases with Scania, extending its relationship with the global company that offers sales of trucks, buses, and services in more than 100 countries. The leases were renewed for four properties located in established industrial areas across the province of... 

Africa needs to attract foreign investment to achieve development, advises China

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 "Foreign investment can be a very practical, convenient and viable way for industrialisation," stressed Ambassador Zhou Yuxiao, Beijing's emissary to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), at the recent Africa Institute of South Africa-Human Sciences Research Council/Embassy of the... 

Asian giant supports African industrialisation – ambassador

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 Industrialisation is necessary for Africa to achieve sustainable development. "Only by realising sustainable development could Africa escape foreign interference." These points were made by Chinese Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian at the recent Africa Institute of South Africa-Human... 

New era for healthcare as Motsoaledi abolishes co-payments

By: News24Wire      21st June 2018 The abolishment of co-payments is one of the proposals of the Medical Schemes Amendment bill, announced by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Motsoaledi was speaking at a briefing on the medical schemes amendment bill and National Health Insurance bill in Pretoria on Thursday. 

Solar Turtle Wins Nation Builder Social Innovation Challenge

18th June 2018 SOLAR TURTLE, pitched by Lungi Tyali, was announced as the winner of the inaugural Nation Builder Social Innovation Challenge. They came out on top, chosen from ten outstanding ideas presented at the pitching final, hosted at the Stellenbosch University LaunchLab on Wednesday evening, 13 June.... 

Industry 4.0 to add benefits across the entire value chain

By: Schalk Burger     14th June 2018 The nascent industrial revolution happening across the world, termed Industry 4.0, is helping to improve the entire value chain through the digitalisation of all processes and the integration and improvement of the interdependent processes, says industrial systems multinational Siemens Digital... 

South Africa’s metrology institute reports successful food safety conference

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th June 2018 The National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) announced earlier this week that it had held its first Africa Food Safety Workshop during the first week of this month, in Pretoria. The event was attended by delegates form South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. They represented... 

Attacq continues to develop Waterfall City

By: Anine Kilian     13th June 2018 Construction and development of JSE-listed Attacq’s Waterfall City is ongoing, with new infrastructure including roads, residential properties and warehouses continuously in the pipeline. During a tour of the Waterfall City precinct on Wednesday, head of development Giles Pendleton said the last... 

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