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Drones provide cost savings for plants

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st November 2019 Drone technology presents a major cost-saving opportunity for companies, compared to traditional methods of inspection, highlights industrial rope access company Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn. Skyriders’ Elios SkyEye drone is designed specifically for indoor application, enabling the... 

Remote pilot aircraft system used for firefighting

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st November 2019 Fire protection systems provider Industrial Fire and Hazard Control has introduced a single source solution for all remote pilot aircraft system (RPAS) solutions for fire, rescue, hazardous material and disaster-management environments, as well as incident command and control. Industrial Fire and... 

Remote pilot aircraft system used for firefighting
SKY MATIS Using the RPAS allows for live footage with a bird’s eye view of the current situation


1st November 2019 iQlaser is one of the leading suppliers of portable 3D measuring, scanning and photogrammetry solutions for both terrestrial and airborne applications. Established in 2004 in Johannesburg, South Africa, iQlaser supplies the most cost-effective solutions for its customers by offering a wealth of... 


WiPo Wireless Power

1st November 2019 WiPo Wireless Power is an advanced technology startup company that produces wireless charging solutions for ultra-high powered industrial devices such as drones, electric forklifts and factory robotics.  Wireless power is ideal for charging or powering devices in areas where water, dust, hygiene... 

WiPo Wireless Power

Bigger turnout anticipated at DroneCon

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 This year, DroneCon will have more than 40 keynote speakers made up of international and local experts, discussing different topics and issues within the drone industry. DroneCon and Centurion-based company United Drone Holdings CEO Sean Reitz states that the conference, taking place for the... 

Drone industry to expand in 2018

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 Any sector has the potential to adapt drones to its purposes, owing to drones being versatile, relatively low cost and on an upward trajectory in terms of technological development, says United Drone Holdings CEO Sean Reitz. “Mines have adopted drones for aerial surveys, which is a cheaper,... 

Drone industry to expand in 2018
YEAR OF THE DRONE The versatility of drones make them adaptable for a variety of industries

First use of drone for inspection in Namibia

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th May 2018 Rope access specialist Skyriders has used a drone to undertake inspection for an undisclosed mining company on its operation in Namibia, marking it the company’s first use of a drone in this regard for an African country outside of South Africa. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn informs... 

First use of drone for inspection in Namibia
DRONE ZONE As part of its turnkey solution, Skyriders used the Elios drone to conduct a general visual inspection for a client in Namibia

Increased demand for locally manufactured drones in Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 South African fixed-wing drone manufacturer and supplier Aerial Monitoring Solutions (AMS) has seen the biggest demand for its Eagle Owl drones in Africa, mainly for mining surveying and security. The Eagle Owl is perfect for the three Ds of industrial work: dull, dangerous and dirty. With AMS... 

Increased demand for  locally manufactured drones in Africa
Photo by Dylan Slater
ADAM ROSMAN The Eagle Owl is a robust, multipurpose drone that has a modular design

Advanced Aerial

11th May 2018 Witbank-based mining optimisation company Advanced Aerial specialises in providing processed aerial data to the coal mining and industrial sector. With the convergence of exponential technology, drones are starting to play a more significant role in actionable mine information and can currently... 

Advanced Aerial


11th May 2018 A small South African born company, drone service provider Rocketmine, has become a drone data service giant in a short space of time. Rocketmine started as a small team that identified a gap in the mining market in 2012. Founding member and MD Christopher Clark has a passion for using technology... 


Backlog in application process stifling drone industry in South Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 The lack of urgency in processing commercial drone operating licences and the registering of drones is stifling the drone industry in South Africa, says Cape Town-based drone pilot training school UAV Industries director Ken Venn, who is also a board member of Commercial Unmanned Aircraft... 

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