http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.87Change: -0.03
R/$ = 11.07Change: -0.12
Au 1165.85 $/ozChange: -34.37
Pt 1229.00 $/ozChange: -17.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Sep 27, 2012

Real Economy Report

Back
Real Economy Report - Sasol Solar Challenge
Engineering|Johannesburg|Port|Africa|Eskom|Public Enterprises|Transnet|Africa|Japan|South Africa|Japan-based Tokai University|Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University|North West University|Tshwane University Of Technology|University Of Johannesburg|University Of Kwazulu-Natal|University Of Witwatersrand|Automotive|Energy|Energy Technologies|Solar And New Age Battery Technology|Technology Fleet|Kate Philip|Kenjiro Shinozuka|Malusi Gigaba|Matthew Fish|Natasha Odendaal|Nelson Mandela|Nickey Janse Van Rensburg|Winstone Jordaan|South Africa|Age Battery Technology|Energy Technologies
Engineering|Port|Africa|Eskom|Transnet|Africa|||Automotive|Energy||||
engineering|johannesburg|port|africa-company|eskom|public-enterprises|transnet|africa|japan|south-africa|japan-based-tokai-university|nelson-mandela-metropolitan-university-facility|north-west-university-facility|tshwane-university-of-technology-facility|university-of-johannesburg-facility|university-of-kwazulu-natal-facility|university-of-witwatersrand-facility|automotive|energy|energy-technologies|solar-and-new-age-battery-technology-industry-term|technology-fleet|kate-philip|kenjiro-shinozuka|malusi-gigaba|matthew-fish|natasha-odendaal|nelson-mandela|nickey-janse-van-rensburg|winstone-jordaan|south-africa-region|age-battery-technology|energy-technologies-technology
© Reuse this



From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. A number of South African academic teams hope to gain invaluable knowledge and skills by racing seven-locally built solar-powered vehicles against more experienced international teams in the 11-day, 5 400 km Sasol Solar Challenge, which kicked off in September. Natasha Odendaal has the story.

Natasha Odendaal:
Sasol’s Solar Challenge South Africa, in which 13 mostly academic teams competed, aimed to educate and develop skills in the areas of science, innovation and engineering, while exploring new energy technologies, such as solar and new age battery technology.

Seven locally-built and two internationally-constructed solar-powered vehicles, as well as four other vehicles, known as the technology fleet, such as hybrid- and electric-powered vehicles, travelled over 5 000 km throughout South Africa over an 11-day period.

Local teams included first time entrant Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and the University of Johannesburg, competing against two-time Solar champions, Japan-based Tokai University, as well as former Tokai driver Kenjiro Shinozuka, with his own team.

The other competing academic institutions, besides others, were the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the Tshwane University of Technology, the University of Witwatersrand and the North West University.

Race director Winstone Jordaan, NMMU team leader Matthew Fish and UJ mechanical engineer Nickey Janse van Rensburg tell us more:

Race director Winstone Jordaan

UJ mechanical engineer Nickey Janse van Rensburg

NMMU team leader Matthew Fish

Shannon de Ryhove:
Other news making headlines this week: Minister Gigaba promises to use leverage at State firms to bolster the automotive sector’s competitiveness; and Structural inequality constrains the prospective microenterprise sector.

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba has committed State-owned Companies Transnet and Eskom to playing their part in raising the long-term competitiveness of South Africa’s automotive industry and has also promised to facilitate near-term deals that will alleviate constraints to further growth and investment, including the divisive issue of port charges.

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba

Enduring structural inequality, a remnant of the apartheid State, has continued to present the most marginalised of South African society with a major barrier to entry into the micro- enterprise and informal sectors.

Adviser in The Presidency Kate Philip

That’s Creamer Media’s Real Economy Report. Join us again next week for more news and insight into South Africa’s real economy.
 

Edited by: Shannon de Ryhove
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Latest News
Updated 1 hour 32 minutes ago The retail price of 95-grade petrol in South Africa will drop by 45 cents or 3.3 percent a liter from next Wednesday, while wholesale diesel will decrease by 4.9 percent, the government said on Friday. Petrol will cost 13.16 rand ($1.20) a liter while the wholesale...
Updated 1 hour 47 minutes ago Special purpose vehicle GreenCape will, by the end of 2014, make an application to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Western Cape provincial government and the City of Cape Town to declare Atlantis, on the Western seaboard, a special economic zone...
Updated 2 hours 17 minutes ago The German government has committed a further R70-million towards the second phase of the Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) programme. The NMT programme forms part of the Department of Environmental Affairs’ 2010 FIFA World Cup National Greening Legacy Programme.
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
In the next 20 years, it was expected that, in Africa, more people would live in cities and towns than in rural areas, United Nations Habitat executive director Dr Aisa Kirabo Kacyira said at the Human Settlements Indaba that took place earlier this month in...
Tough-talking Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has committed government to building 1.5-million low-cost houses over the next five years, telling the Human Settlements Indaba in Johannesburg on Wednesday that the State would achieve this target through the...
Over the past 20 years there has been persistent concern about deindustrialisation in South Africa, as well as the fact that locally produced manufactured products have been increasingly displaced by imports.
Financial agreement for Ghanian independent power producer (IPP) Cenpower Generation Company’s $900-million, 350 MW combined-cycle gas-turbine power plant was finalised earlier this month, paving the way for the project’s construction to begin before 2015 in Tema,...
The revenue implications for South Africa of ‘base erosion and profit shifting’ by corporate taxpayers are firmly in the crosshairs of the Davis Tax Committee (DTC) and Judge Dennis Davis hinted last week that recommendations were being considered to “detect and...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks