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Daimler truck test engineer Dirk Stranz pushes one button, and then retracts his hands from the steering wheel of the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025. “And now the truck is driving itself.”
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel
A genuine disconnect has arisen between government’s rhetoric on public infrastructure the perceptions of the infrastructure practitioners, particularly those in the construction sector. Outside of government there is palpable disappointment with the country’s...

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Daimler truck test engineer Dirk Stranz pushes one button, and then retracts his hands from the steering wheel of the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025. “And now the truck is driving itself.”
The statutory body responsible for skills development and support in the banking sector, BANKSETA, was investing R68-million in the capacity building project of the University of Venda (UniVen), announced Bankseta company secretary Caroline King at a media event in...
LIONEL MOYAL Cloud services providers must compete against other cloud services providers for business by providing up-to-date systems and services
Legacy information technology (IT) systems are becoming increasingly obsolete because of the maturity, efficiencies and cost effectiveness of cloud-based IT services, says information and communication technology major T-Systems subsidiary Intervate head Lionel...
ARMANDÉ KRUGER Balancing the collection and processing of data must be aligned to strategy
Many complementary services enable companies to derive broad value from data inside and outside them. The complexity of data management means that companies’ strategies determine the various data systems and functions they will use, says PBT Group regional sales...
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has announced that it had awarded the country’s first remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) pilot’s licence. It was issued on Friday, July 10, to SACAA employee and qualified commercial pilot Nicole Swart,...
PARKS TAU Digital access is becoming as much an equity issue in society as access to water and electricity
As part of its commitment to a smart city, the City of Johannesburg is digitally empowering citizens to ensure that they are fluent in the uses and possibilities of the digital space.
SANITATION PRODUCTS GreenWorx sells its biological sanitation products for use in urban systems
Bacteria of the Bacillus subtilis species secrete four enzymes that break down organic material to enable the bacteria to digest it, and microbiological cleaning company Green Worx Cleaning Solutions uses their natural functions to clean organic waste in sanitation...
The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) opened its first national head office earlier this month, which it believes will provide more accessibility to communities and provide them with information on various socioeconomic issues within the country.
The industry body Electrical Conformance Board (ECB), previously the Electrical Contracting Board, aims to use its electrical industry members to drive conformity of electrical components and services standards to ensure that the industry improves its compliance to...
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has defended the user-pay principle as one of the mechanisms to finance critical infrastructure projects, warning that “on-budget” resources are limited and that “off-budget” solutions, such as public-private partnerships...
For many years, it has been the requirement of the South African government that all government work be awarded on the basis of the lowest price offer from number of firms through a tender process. However, in the old days, it was not as simple it sounds. The...
It should not be a question of whether the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) has reached its sell-by date, but rather of the extent to which it has passed this date. Sacu is the oldest operational customs union in the world. Though it celebrated its centenary in...
Next month marks seventieth anniversary of the dropping of two nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. What is rather interesting is that, over the years, from time to time, there have been gatherings of people who survived the Hiroshima blast.  Most...
Last week – on July 21, to be precise – the New Development Bank (NDB) formally came into existence in Shanghai, China. Created by the countries of the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) alignment – alliance or bloc would be too strong a word to...
This week, Engineering News features Rosta Mahlaba, who is financial director of Kaefer. Kaefer's core business activities of are insulation, scaffolding and surface protection.
As part of a tough bail-out package, Greece has accepted sweeping tax changes, including an increase in the value-added tax rate on certain products from 13% to 23%. Pictured above is a torn Greek national flag, symbolic, arguably, of the current mood among consumers...
BBBEE Wise is an independent black economic-empowerment (BEE) service provider, established in 2007 and born out of the need for businesses to better understand what their BEE status is, thereby empowering them to make more informed and strategic decisions that...
The panel of experts appointed by Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom had this to say about South Africa’s new visa rules: “The requirement of biometric visas and unabridged birth certificates is likely to have a real impact on the number of tourists that visit our...
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