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Keith Campbell

Keith Campbell

Keith Campbell is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

He holds a master's degree in international relations from the University of the Witwatersrand.

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Judgment means new approach for South Africa’s nuclear project, not its end, says industry

28th April 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has called for “caution and common sense” in its press release on Friday, responding to the Western Cape High Court judgment on Wednesday, which set aside as unconstitutional and unlawful certain policy decisions and intergovernmental... 

Development of SA spatial data infrastructure needs to be accelerated

28th April 2017 Despite the fact that South Africa's Spatial Data Infrastructure Act was passed nearly 14 years ago, in 2003, with the intent of establishing the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure (SASDI), the Committee for Spatial Information (CSI) and the Electronic Metadata Catalogue, among other... 

Global shake-up in earth observation will affect South African sector, warns CSIR

28th April 2017 Worldwide, the Earth Observation (EO) sector is being shaken-up by disruptive innovations by major enterprises. "Globally, traditional EO value chains are changing radically due to technological developments, rapid commercialisation and operationalisation by, especially, leading IT [information... 

First survey of publicly funded intellectual property in SA launched

28th April 2017 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor launched the first “South African National Survey of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at Publicly Funded Research Institutions” recently in Pretoria. “The survey reveals many trends that we did not know before …. [T]his survey constitutes... 

Business R&D showing signs of recovery

28th April 2017 The South African Government seeks to increase the country’s investment in research and development (R&D) by 100% from the R29-billion of 2014/2015 to to about R60-billion/year by 2020. In terms of percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), this would involve an increase from 0.77% to 1.5%.... 

Independent agencies can have teeth and autonomy

28th April 2017 Some South Africans, with some knowledge of events in Brazil, have expressed a degree of envy at the successful impeachment, last year, of the President Dilma Rousseff. This was, in fact, the second time since the restoration of democracy in Brazil in 1985 that popular pressure has brought down a... 

South African intellectual property agency seeking to stimulate innovation

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:... 

Rosatom to aid IAEA in developing atomic infrastructures in new nuclear countries

25th April 2017 Russia’s national atomic energy group Rosatom and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have concluded a Contribution Agreement, under which the group will help fund IAEA nuclear infrastructure development programmes, Rosatom announced on Tuesday. These programmes assist countries seeking... 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa

21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

Despite slower growth, China still key market for miners and Africa

21st April 2017 There can be no doubt that, for the past two decades-and-a-half or so, the biggest single influence on the global mining industry has been China. Between 2002 and 2012, that country experienced an annual average real gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 10.4%, compared with India’s 7.6%,... 

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