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RESERVED PARKING

13th July 2018 General Motors has installed 18 fast chargers for its Cruise self-driving car unit at a parking facility on San Francisco's Embarcadero, a busy boulevard along the Californian city's eastern shoreline. General Motors has created its own ride-hailing platform and is aiming get its self-driving car... 

RESERVED PARKING

TRADE CROSSROADS

6th July 2018 The American-led trade war rhetoric, which has now led to the imposition of restrictions worth billion of dollars, is having an impact on various markets, from steel to soybeans. Soybean (pictured in the top segment of the photograph above) futures were among the biggest losers in late June,... 

TRADE CROSSROADS

HIGH PERFORMANCE

29th June 2018 Porsche South Africa joined the international Porsche-loving community in celebrating the seventieth anniversary of the sports-car brand. Several thousand Porsche owners converged on the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, in Gauteng, to mark the occasion, which include various events and races. Porsche... 

HIGH PERFORMANCE

MILK TO WATER

22nd June 2018 Nestlé South Africa launched an innovative water-saving facility at its Mossel Bay, in the Western Cape, earlier this month. The investment enables the facility to use water recovered from the factory’s milk-evaporation process and could save 168-million litres of water a year. Nestlé undertook... 

MILK TO WATER

AUTONOMOUS ADVANTAGE

15th June 2018 Singapore has built a mini town designed to position it favourably in the global race to deploy driverless public transport. The 2 ha complex has intersections, traffic lights, bus stops and pedestrian crossings, all built to Singapore’s public-roads specifications. Pictured above is a Navya SAS... 

AUTONOMOUS ADVANTAGE

ELECTRIC MULTICOPTER

8th June 2018 Pictured above is a Volocopter 2X multirotor electric helicopter standing in a hangar at in Bruchsal, Germany. The German air-taxi startup designs and builds manned electric helicopters. The company states that the Volocopter is the first fully electric and manned multicopter with a permit to fly.  

ELECTRIC MULTICOPTER

ENERGY COLLECTOR

1st June 2018 The 100 MW XiNa Solar One concentrated solar power plant was officially inaugurated by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe last month. The plant, which is located near Pofadder in the Northern Cape, uses parabolic-trough technology (pictured) to generate dispatchable power from the sun. To produce... 

ENERGY COLLECTOR

CRUNCH TIME

25th May 2018 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) hearings into Eskom’s three Regulatory Clearing Account submissions, amounting to more than R66-billion, wrapped up in Gauteng last week. The Eskom team (pictured on the left during hearings in Soweto) were heavily grilled by the Nersa... 

CRUNCH TIME

WAR TALK

18th May 2018 South Africa has already become something of a casualty in the brewing trade war between the US and China. However, should President Donald Trump’s trade-war rhetoric and initial actions escalate into a full-blown conflict, it is likely that the pain could spread well beyond the steel and... 

WAR TALK

PROTECTIVE COIL

11th May 2018 The decision by US President Donald Trump to impose tariff protection on steel and aluminium imports has been heavily criticised both domestically and internationally. South Africa, which offered to restrict its exports to 2017 levels, expressed disappointment at not being exempted on April 30,... 

PROTECTIVE COIL

CONCRETE REDEVELOPMENT

4th May 2018 The redevelopment of the old grain silos at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront into what is today the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa involved some quite innovative design, engineering and construction work. However, it also required specialised concrete, which was supplied and sponsored by... 

CONCRETE REDEVELOPMENT

CRUCIAL CROSSROADS

27th April 2018 China's sprawling local government financing system needs “crucial” reforms to increase consumption, build prosperity and encourage economic rebalancing, the International Monetary Fund said earlier this month. Pictured in the aerial photograph above are vehicles travelling along highways at an... 

CRUCIAL CROSSROADS

ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA

20th April 2018 Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg pictured during a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees in Washington, DC, which took place on April 10. Zuckerberg said he took responsibility how the social network had been improperly used for political means and promised that... 

ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA

FIGHTING CHANCE

13th April 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa speaking at the launch of the Youth Employment Service (YES) initiative on March 27. YES is a social compact between government, business and labour “created to give one-million youth one-million opportunities to succeed”. For South Africa’s sake, it’s vital that the... 

FIGHTING CHANCE

FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY

6th April 2018 Given the seemingly wet summer season for the eastern side of the country, some provinces may have been lulled into a false sense of water security and abundance. The reality is that South Africa – and not only the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape provinces – is a water-scare country.... 

FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY

XI–LI CONSOLIDATION

30th March 2018 China premier Li Keqiang, left, shakes hands with Xi Jinping, China’s president, following parliament’s approving of Li's appointment to a second five-year term during the first session of the thirteenth National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on March 18. Li... 

XI–LI CONSOLIDATION

ONCE A POWER WALL

23rd March 2018 Batteries on display on as a sorting reference at the Raw Materials Company recycling facility in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. Bloomberg reports that Ontario recycles more single-use batteries than any other state in North America, nearly 3 226 t in 2016 alone.  

ONCE A POWER WALL

HYDROGEN ROLL-OUT

16th March 2018 A hydrogen fuel pump stands at a TrueZero station in Mill Valley, California. Bloomberg reports that the US is spending more than $2.5-billion to accelerate sales of hydrogen and battery vehicles. That includes $900-million earmarked to complete 200 hydrogen stations and 250 000 charging stations... 

HYDROGEN ROLL-OUT

NO TERM LIMIT

9th March 2018 Moves under way in China to cast aside presidential term limits stoked global concern last week. Some are already referring to President Xi Jinping as ‘Emperor Xi’. What the decision means for the way China interacts with the rest of the world and its citizens, such as these Shanghai residents... 

NO TERM LIMIT

ROBOTIC SORTING

2nd March 2018 An automated transport robot is pictured moving between shelving units containing goods at Amazon.com’s new fulfillment centre in Kolbaskowo, Poland. Bloomberg reports that academic and commercial roboticists have been putting a lot of energy into solving what’s sometimes referred to as the... 

ROBOTIC SORTING

FRESH START

23rd February 2018 The election in Parliament of Cyril Ramaphosa as the fifth President of South Africa’s democratic era is an opportunity for a fresh start. Much will hinge, though, on his ability to convince business and labour to make the contributions and sacrifices needed to help realise his ‘New Deal’. To do... 

FRESH START

AERIAL ARTISTRY

16th February 2018 The Indonesian Air Force Jupiter aerobatics team performs manoeuvres at the Singapore Airshow, Asia’s largest, which was held at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore, last week. The show included daily flying displays from renowned aerobatic teams. Photograph 

AERIAL ARTISTRY

NEW FRAMEWORK

9th February 2018 Straight-shooting businessperson Jabu Mabuza intends bringing a back-to-basics ethos to Eskom that he arguably learned while operating in South Africa’s hyper-competitive taxi market. Speaking at the embattled group’s delayed interim results presentation last week, Mabuza suggested that he had... 

NEW FRAMEWORK

WARM EMBRACE

2nd February 2018 South African Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago may have been feeling the cold in Davos, Switzerland, last week, where he participated in the World Economic Forum. However, the rest of the world has embraced him warmly, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) having appointed Kganyago as... 

WARM EMBRACE

LET'S CHAT

26th January 2018 An attendee stands in front of a screen displaying QR codes for various programs and services at Tencent Holdings’ WeChat Open Class Pro conference in Guangzhou, China, earlier this month. The WeChat social network, which is nearly ubiquitous in China, has some 580 000 mini-programs in operation.... 

LET'S CHAT

BLOWING THE GLOOM AWAY

19th January 2018 Rational energy policymaking has been extremely elusive for more than two years, during which an atmosphere of gloom enveloped South Africa’s once-lauded renewables procurement programme. The election of Cyril Ramaphosa as the new president of the African National Congress is expected to breath... 

BLOWING THE GLOOM AWAY

BRAND FORCE

15th December 2017 Japanese automotive group Nissan used the Los Angeles Auto Show, in California, to draw attention to its brand with a fleet of seven Star Wars-themed vehicles. In this photograph, actors dressed as Stormtroopers stand alongside the AT-M6 Titan concept vehicle. The vehicles were used to promote... 

BRAND FORCE

TOXIC BROADCAST

8th December 2017 A pedestrian, wearing a surgical mask, turns to watch a television screen while walking in Tokyo, Japan, on November 29. The television channel was broadcasting North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un’s announcement of yet another ballistic missile launch, shattering a two-month period of relative quiet.... 

TOXIC BROADCAST

AFTER THE PARTY

1st December 2017 Zimbabweans celebrated wildly after President Robert Mugabe resigned on November 21, after 37-years in power. There is little question that the his departure offers a genuine opportunity to rebuild a country and an economy that still holds so much promise, not least because of the education and... 

AFTER THE PARTY

SUFFOCATING SMOG

24th November 2017 Shrouded in smog, pedestrians walk past the iconic India Gate monument in New Delhi, India. Thick toxic smog enveloped the capital city earlier this month, forcing schools to shut down, halting traffic on highways and sending residents scurrying to buy air purifiers and filtration masks. 

SUFFOCATING SMOG

DÉJÀ VU

17th November 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba addressing staff at Airways Park, alongside the OR Tambo International Airport, last week. Reporting back after the first meeting of the new South African Airways board, Gigaba (who made a similar input to staff during his time as Public Enterprises Minister)... 

DÉJÀ VU

ELECTRIC JOLT FOR GHOST TOWN

10th November 2017 Global demand for cobalt, a component in batteries used to power electric cars for automakers from Tesla to Volkswagen, is changing the importance of the metal. Pictured above is a town sign is displayed in downtown Cobalt, Ontario, Canada. The town, and the metal after which it is named, are... 

ELECTRIC JOLT FOR GHOST TOWN

YEAR OF TAMBO

3rd November 2017 Ambassador Thembi Tambo, in dark glasses, stands between President Jacob Zuma and her brother, Dali Tambo, who is himself flanked by his son, Oliver Tambo, at the unveiling last month of a statue of the late Oliver Reginald Tambo. The 2.5-m tall statue of the former African National Congress... 

YEAR OF TAMBO

SOLAR IN SENEGAL

27th October 2017 An electricity pylon tower stands as solar photovoltaic (PV) panels sit in an array beyond at the Senergy Santhiou Mekhe PV solar plant in Thies, Senegal. The electricity produced at the 30 MW site, West Africa's largest to date, will be bought by the Senegal National Electricity Company and... 

SOLAR IN SENEGAL

ELECTRIC SPINOFF

20th October 2017 Aluminium components producer Sapa has reopened a British plant to supply material for the country’s first electric vehicle factory that will produce London black cabs. Pictured above, an employee fixes aluminum parts to a flight bar to be dipped into cleaning and anodising tanks at the plant in... 

ELECTRIC SPINOFF

SOLAR WINDFALL

13th October 2017 Saudi Arabia has received an offer to supply solar electricity for the cheapest price ever recorded. Bloomberg reports that Abu Dhabi’s Masdar and Electricite de France bid to supply power from a 300 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant for as little as US1.79c/KWh. If awarded, that would beat the... 

SOLAR WINDFALL

SKY WARS

6th October 2017 Late last month, the US Commerce Department slapped import duties of 220% on Bombardier’s new C Series jetliner, which cost at least $6-billion to develop. The protection, which followed a compliant by Boeing, was justified on the basis of Bombardier receiving improper subsidies. Bloomberg... 

SKY WARS

TOO MANY BICYCLES IN BEIJING

29th September 2017 Katie Melua’s ‘Nine Million Bicycles’ song may have been a smash hit globally, but bike-sharing schemes across many Chinese cities have now officially become a national menace. Across Chinese cities, sidewalks are filling up with bicycles, owing to the poor regulation of the popular sharing... 

TOO MANY BICYCLES IN BEIJING
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