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Mar 26, 2015
Participation as an African partner country, with South Africa, in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme is important to Mozambique, the country’s Vice Minister for Science, Technology, Higher and Professional Education, Leda Hugo,...
Mar 25, 2015
MeerKAT
The meeting of the African partner countries in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme in Pretoria on Wednesday was a success, South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor told Engineering News Online. "It went very...
Mar 25, 2015
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor
South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has highlighted the importance of the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (Stisa) and the key role of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme within the...
Mar 20, 2015
The international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project will now enter its final pre-construction phase. This decision was taken recently and unanimously by the SKA Board of Directors and by the SKA Organisation, which is responsible for leading the...
Mar 20, 2015
Recently established Denel Integrated Systems and Management (Denel ISM) has formed an alliance with GEW Technologies, a South African subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, part of Europe’s Airbus group. The alliance is intended to pursue future electronic warfare...
Mar 18, 2015
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has joined her Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) counterparts in Brazil for a two-day science, technology and Innovation (STI) ministerial meeting. The first Brics STI Ministerial Meeting was held in...
Mar 13, 2015
No fewer that three of the development projects being carried out by local missile, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and satellite company Denel Dynamics (part of the State-owned Denel group) are coming to an end and being transformed into industrialisation and...
Mar 13, 2015
INDUSTRY PURSUIT Project Aeroswift will be able to produce components with various metals, including titanium and stainless steel alloys
South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) has confirmed that its large-area high-speed selective laser melting (SLM) system, also known as the Aeroswift project, is on track to produce...
Mar 13, 2015
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Mar 06, 2015
LATERAL POTENTIAL High demands on production, quality and hygiene in the food industry necessitate efficient and well-managed systems
Students participating in the 2015 PneuDrive Challenge Engineering Design Competition will need to design “game changers” for the food and beverage industry, says drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive. This year’s competition roadshows started at the end of last...
Mar 06, 2015
CRYOLINE XF SPIRAL FREEZER Demand for new and innovative freezing solutions is linked to continuous product design
Having introduced several freezing and cooling solutions across the food processing industry in recent years, South Africa-based gases and welding company Afrox successfully launched a number of new-generation cryogenic freezing solutions onto the local market last...
Mar 06, 2015
EASY DETECTION The Detex X-ray and metal-detectable plastic actuators and caps used on the Foodlube and food-grade lubricants can be identified using standard X-ray or metal-detection equipment
UK-based lubrication manufacturer Rocol in September 2014 received the trademark for its X-ray and metal-detectable Detex technology, applied to its food grade products to offer an additional layer of protection against foreign-object contamination. “This is a...
Mar 06, 2015
Late last year the South African electronics industry, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the South African National Defence Force, the Air Traffic and Navigation Services and other institutions celebrated the 75th anniversary of radar in this...
Mar 06, 2015
UMBILICAL BLOOD STEM CELLS Potent stem cells can be harvested from the placenta and umbilical cord that are usually discarded as medical waste, despite being full of potent stem cells
Stored haemopoietic stem cells drawn from the umbilical cord are currently being used to treat seventy diseases, including leukaemia and sickle-cell anaemia. However, these stem cells and other placental tissue cells may be used to treat many diverse diseases and...
Mar 02, 2015
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The development of the 64-dish MeerKAT array radio telescope is a strategic infrastructure project and forms part of efforts to transform the South African economy, specifically through the development of human capital, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on...
Feb 20, 2015
Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology has lauded the achievements of retiring Square Kilometer Array (SKA) South Africa project director Dr Bernie Fanaroff, commending his “immeasurable contribution and hard work” in leading the team that...
Feb 20, 2015
LIGHTING LABORATORY Energywise's lighting laboratory’s service and equipment are available from the company for hire or purchase
In cooperation with electrical solutions company Magnet, lighting solutions provider Energywise Systems has established a specialist lighting service laboratory in Riverhorse Valley, Durban, which offers complete photometric, electric and thermal testing for light...
Feb 20, 2015
The Water Research Commission (South Africa’s national funding agency dedicated to water research and development) and the Department of Science and Technology are jointly running an innovation programme known as the Water Technologies Demonstration Programme...
Feb 20, 2015
PROVEN TECHNOLOGY Bulk hydrogen storage and handling is common in many industries, including the oil and gas industry, and can be applied to develop hydrogen infrastructure
Research regarding the use of South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs) in fuel cells and water electrolysis will enable electrification of remote communities and the use of hydrogen as a primary energy carrier in future. Hydrocarbons, mostly petroleum distillates...
 
 
 
 
Feb 20, 2015
HYDROGEN FUEL CELL Hydrogen technologies enable variable renewable energy to be stored
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) research organisation Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Infrastructure Centre has developed an electrochemical hydrogen compressor unit with no moving parts, which improves the commercial application of water electrolysis...
Feb 20, 2015
The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is expanding its technology portfolio of speciality gases. (Necsa subsidiary Pelchem has long been renowned for its production of fluorochemicals, including gases and acids.) Not only is the group adding production...
Feb 19, 2015
Technology and consulting company IBM on Thursday signed an Equity Equivalency Investment Programme (EEIP) with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) that would see IBM invest R700-million in skills development in the fields of science and technology  in South...
Feb 18, 2015
Alan Winde
Twelve innovative entrepreneurs in the Western Cape have secured total funding of R6.5-million from the Design Innovation Seed Fund to take their ideas to the market. Launched last year, the seed fund was a joint partmership between the Western Cape’s Department of...
Feb 13, 2015
To succeed, innovators with new ideas and start-up companies need passion, commitment and optimism. "Technologies are not made by doubters, cynics or sceptics," highlighted US venture capitalist Roman Kikta at the recent Innovation Bridge event in Pretoria....
Feb 13, 2015
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Feb 13, 2015
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Feb 13, 2015
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is committed to further stimulating innovation in South Africa. This includes seeking to reduce the obstacles faced by the country's innovators. She was talking to reporters on the first day of the recent Innovation...
Feb 06, 2015
Scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) form part of a international team of astronomers who have found three very bright gamma-ray sources in the Large Magellanic Cloud, using the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) observatory in Namibia. This...
Feb 06, 2015
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Feb 05, 2015
Feb 04, 2015
The KC-390 takes off on its maiden flight
The first prototype of the latest and largest aircraft type developed by Brazilian aerospace group Embraer, the KC-390 military airlifter and air-to-air refuelling aircraft, made its maiden flight on Tuesday. The aircraft took off from the airfield at the company’s...
Feb 03, 2015
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Project Isizwe founder and CEO Alan Knott-Craig Jr
The private sector should not look down on those who work in the public sector, asserted Project Isizwe founder and CEO Alan Knott-Craig Junior at the Innovation Bridge event in Pretoria on Tuesday. "A lot of guys that are in government are in government to make a...
Feb 02, 2015
President Jacob Zuma on Monday congratulated South African Professor and infectious diseases epidemiologist Salim Karim for receiving the African Union's (AU’s) prestigious R1.1-million Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award in the field of Earth and Life Science, for his...
Feb 02, 2015
South African born entrepreneur Elon Musk
To succeed, innovators with new ideas and start-up companies need passion, commitment and optimism. "Technologies are not made by doubters, cynics or sceptics," highlighted US venture capitalist Roman Kikta at the Innovation Bridge in Pretoria on Monday. "Technology...
Feb 02, 2015
The chairperson of the council of the University of Johannesburg and chairperson of the Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management, Professor Roy Marcus, has hailed the quality of South African innovators. At the same time, he lamented the fact that most of their...
Feb 02, 2015
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Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is committed to further stimulating innovation in South Africa. This includes seeking to reduce the obstacles faced by the country's innovators. She was talking to reporters on Monday, at the Innovation Bridge event in...
Jan 30, 2015
The international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope – which is to be jointly hosted by South Africa and Australia with, later, outstations in other countries – may not yet exist, but international scientific working groups are already deciding what...
Jan 30, 2015
Petrochemicals giant Sasol, which typically incinerates its waste sludge streams or sends them to hazardous waste sites, is increasing its use of composting to treat these streams at its Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga, reducing transportation and disposal costs, as...
Jan 30, 2015
South Africa is, in key respects, an ideal country to deploy the latest generation Integrated (coal) Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology for electricity generation. This is the view of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) Africa. “This technology needs...
 
 
 
 
Jan 23, 2015
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Jan 23, 2015
South Africa should reconsider Integrated (coal) Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology for future power stations, because refinements in the technology have greatly increased its efficiency and rendered its previous evaluation obsolete. So argues Mitsubishi...
Jan 22, 2015
Jan 16, 2015
On October 19, 2004, the world’s first exclusively biofuels powered production aircraft received its certification, allowing it to be flown operationally. That aircraft was (and is) the Neiva (now Embraer) EMB-202A Ipanema crop-duster. This is the most recent version...
Jan 16, 2015
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Masters degree in radar engineering, launched in 2011, is proving to be a success, with a healthy annual intake of about ten full time post graduate students. Furthermore, other students are pursuing the degree through distance...
 
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