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The future changes constantly. Where it once favoured the car over the horse, then the introduction of new, fuel-efficient, low-emission engines, it is now inhabited by the self-driving car and truck. In fact, the debate around self-driving vehicles, or autonomous...
Cabinet will soon be called upon to make one of its most important decisions of the year now that State-owned electricity producer Eskom has handed over its ‘comprehensive sustainability plan’ to Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown. Eskom claims to be facing...
 


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South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope array programme should get back on schedule within a few months. This assurance has been given by SKA South Africa (SKA SA) associate director: science and technology Prof Justin Jonas. Early last month, Science and Technology...
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail service will remain a subsidised service following its current multibillion-rand rolling stock, station, depot and signalling upgrade programme. PRASA group CEO Lucky Montana has allayed fears that...
GARYN RAPSON Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will open the door for court battles to determine who will be held liable for the remediation
The uncertainties around the remediation of affected areas as addressed in the Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will possibly spark litigation and disputes between landowners and businesses, contractors...
South Africa is currently the largest component of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) active portfolio in Southern Africa, comprising 62.5% of the bank’s $7.9-billion exposure to the 12-country region – the second largest beneficiary is Mauritius, which...
THOMAS SURMON Sait hopes its upcoming conference will raise awareness of the necessity of tribology being a standalone discipline
The South African Institute of Tribology (Sait) will be hosting its eleventh international tribology conference on March 10 to 12, 2015, in Pretoria, where its students will present their research papers, with Sait will also be promoting the professional status of...
The government of Rwanda, spearheading an African Union- (AU-) led initiative, and the African Development Bank (AfDB) signed an agreement last month aimed at providing at least €50-million ($70-million) for an Africa-wide resource mobilisation initiative. The...
With State-owned power utility Eskom’s 2014 energy efficiency awards (eta Awards) scheduled to take place on November 28 this year, Eskom sustainability executive Dr Steven Lennon states that raising awareness of the benefits of using off-grid electricity will be...
Malawi’s Northern Region Water Board has inviting prequalification applications for the upgrading and extension of the Chitipa district water supply system. The water board says bidding for the assignment is open to Arab, African and Arab-African construction...
 
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has strongly criticised State-owned utility Eskom for meeting only 57.6% of the 33 key-performance-indicator targets outlined in its shareholder compact and has expressed particular unhappiness with the “unsatisfactory”...
More than a third (35%) of current car owners who are considering purchasing a new car in the near future, say they will possibly purchase a different car brand to the one they have, this according to a study by Ipsos. A third of car owners are undecided on the matter.
 
 
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A while ago, I was at a function, talking to a group of people, when I made the comment that what we need is African solutions for African conditions. The one fellow groaned and said: "Oh, no, not that again." I then realised that he had totally misinterpreted what I...
The leaders of the five Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries signed an accord officially creating the New Development Bank, more popularly called the Brics Bank, at the recent Brics Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil. The signing was the outcome...
On July 11, the World Trade Organisation (WCO) council announced that, at its 123rd and 124th sessions, in June 2014 it had adopted recommended amendments to the Harmonised System (HS) nomenclature which will enter into force on January 1, 2017 (HS 2017). The...
In the book The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame writes: “There’s nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as messing about in boats . . ." If you have not read The Wind in the Willows, buy it and read it to your children (that is, if you...
 
 
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Workers at First Automotive Works’ (FAW’s) R600-million, 28 000 m2 Coega assembly plant, in Nelson Mandela Bay. The Chinese vehicle manufacturer believes the Eastern Cape assembly plant will position it well for growing African truck demand. FAW is now...
Germany was the big winner on and off the pitch at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The kits of both finalists were German, most of the boots were German (although the goal scorer, Mario Gotze, wore Nike footwear) and even the ball was engineered in Germany....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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