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Few would argue with the notion that unemployment, which stands at around 25% on the narrow definition as reported by Statistics South Africa, remains one of South Africa’s most pressing challenges. Fewer still could contest the view that South Africa’s education...
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies took the high road when responding to news that Nigeria had officially surpassed South Africa as the continent’s largest economy. Following a rebasing of its gross domestic product (GDP), Nigeria’s statistician-general...
 


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The Electronic Systems Laboratory (ESL) of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University is strongly reaffirming its position as one of South Africa’s leading centres for satellite technology and expertise. It is currently...
MORE IN SA Phase 2 should see local content on the mainline locomotive increase from 65% to 80% by the end of 2014
The world’s lowest-cost diesel-electric locomotive is not made in China, but in Pretoria, at RRL Grindrod Locomotives’ newly upgraded 30 000 m2 plant. The company’s locomotive pricing is “more competitive than any other original-equipment manufacturer (OEM)...
The South African Defence Review 2012, released to the public at the end of last month (despite the year given in its title) recommends the creation of the post of Chief Defence Scientist. This official would be responsible for the management of defence technology...
AltX-listed engineering technology company Ansys has been awarded an R188-million contract by Transnet to supply integrated dashboard display systems to the freight rail utility’s locomotives. Black-owned and controlled Ansys developed the bespoke integrated system...
South Africa’s sole nuclear power station Koeberg, which is located in the Western Cape, breached a major operations milestone on April 4, which marked the thirtieth anniversary of Unit 1 having been connected to the grid. Eskom, which operates the two-unit plant,...
Lead acid battery manufacturer and distributor First National Battery officially launched its Scrap Battery division last month to address environmental concerns and promote the recycling of batteries.
Implementing big data analytics processes and enabling business intelligence systems are not information technology (IT) exercises, and require active involvement of relevant parts of a business to ensure the resultant capabilities meet future operational...
The start of construction on lawfirm Bowman Gilfillan’s new building, as part of the Alice Lane projec, in Sandton, was celebrated with a sod-turning ceremony last month. The event was hosted by South African-based property development company Abland and law firm ...
 
Business analysis systems expose the true performance of a business to enable daily operations to be cognisant of business performance and conditions, and executives to test and validate their strategic concepts using real performance data, says business intelligence...
During a sustainable enterprise tour earlier this month of two of the 24 businesses that form part of construction and engineering firm Murray & Roberts’ enterprise development programme, the company said it subcontracted between 70% and 80% of its building work...
 
 
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So, for the estimated 230 000 Zimbabweans who are sitting with their 2010 ZDP permits, the truth has come out and the waiting is at an end. Cabinet has decided that the holders of these permits, most of which expire in 2014, "will be expected to reapply for their...
In 2013, Easter fell at the end of March. Good Friday was March 29 and Easter Sunday March 31. In 2014, the dates shifted a lot, with Good Friday being April 18 and Easter Sunday April 20.  Churches around the world have an Easter problem, which they would like to...
There is no issue or factor that, on its own, will determine whether the African National Congress (ANC) gains or loses support in the May election. While the anger and disappointment of some sections of our country’s citizenry over the response of President Jacob...
The Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) has announced the appointment of Paulina Mbala Elago, a Namibian national, as its new executive secretary for the next five years. She assumed her new position on April 1. Prior to her appointment Elago was Tanzania country...
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration began its Mars exploration programme in 2003 with the sending of  two surface rovers – Spirit and Opportunity – to explore the Martian surface. The mission's scientific objective was to characterise a wide...
 
 
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Position: CEO of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) Main Activity of the Company: Seifsa's core business is to represent and promote the interests of business in South Africa, in particular the metals and engineering industries,...
With her credentials and bravery now well established, people listen when Public Protector Thuli Modonsela speaks. Last week South Africa’s engineering community listened when she cautioned that the R847-billion infrastructure programme was associated both...
As part of Goscor Group, Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has been providing best practice in industrial warehousing equipment solutions for the past 30 years. The company provides a range of market-leading products, including Crown, Doosan, Bendi and Hubtex. This...
It was well known that Nigeria could surpass South Africa as Africa’s largest economy once its gross domestic product rebasing exercise was completed. As it happened, the populous West African country turned out to be considerably larger than its Southern African...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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