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Oct 17, 2014
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South Africa’s current innovation landscape was based on exclusivity, preventing ordinary citizens from participating in this space, National Advisory Council on Innovation (Naci) policy investigation senior specialist Dr Ntsane Moleleki said on Friday at a National...
Oct 17, 2014
While the National Science and Technology Forum‘s (NSTF’s) discussion forums showcased the work achieved and policy development in key areas, more had to be done in terms of lobbying for the implementation of key government policies, NSTF executive director Jansie...
Oct 17, 2014
CSIR president and CEO Sibusiso Sibisi
Deputy Science and Technology Minister Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi has hailed the high quality of the people working at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the importance of their work. She was speaking at the 2014 CSIR Excellence Awards ceremony...
Oct 17, 2014
Personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Dromex has made significant strides this year in the supply of its South African Bureau of Standards- (SABS-) approved D59 product range to the local market, says Dromex CEO Stel Stylianou. “The D59 acid and flame workwear...
Oct 17, 2014
STANDARD APPROVED The Guardex flame-retardant treatment has been tested and approved to the National Fire Protection Authority (NFPA) 2112 standard
Since the introduction of the flame-retardant 100%-cotton Guardex fabric range to the local market in October, last year, personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning chemicals, paper products, and industrial consumable supplies supplier G Fox & Co has...
Oct 17, 2014
FALL PROTECTION The Thermatek harness is being trialled in the steel, petrochemicals and power-generation industries
Owing to the prospect of construction and infrastructure projects in South Africa being rolled out, and with maintenance at completed projects ongoing, the demand for fall-protection gear, such as harnesses and accompanying accessories, is likely to increase, says...
Oct 17, 2014
SAFETY EYEWEAR Bramhope Safety Solutions is the sole distributor of Italian-manufactured eyewear, recently launched in South Africa
Safety products supplier Bramhope Safety Solutions has registered a 90% business increase in the past year and expects another exponential increase, with the expansion of its retail footprint from seven to about 800 shops by the middle of next year, Bramhope CEO Isak...
Oct 17, 2014
CHEMICAL PROTECTION The Tychem 4000 S is laminated with a chemical barrier film that prevents permeation by inorganic and organic chemicals
Owing to recent chemical protection advances in industry, science and innovation company DuPont de Nemours South Africa launched its new Tyvek 800 J and Tychem 4000 S coveralls last month. The new coveralls are additions to DuPont’s chemical protection Tyvek and...
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Oct 15, 2014
Cape Town
A R3-million boost from First National Bank (FNB) has been received by a growing community of technology entrepreneurs in Cape Town to strengthen its network and help develop more start-ups in the technology sector. “This will be a real catalyst for us. The only way...
Oct 14, 2014
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has awarded Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa associate director Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, as well as University of the Free State vice-chancellor and rector and South African Institute...
Oct 10, 2014
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SOLAR CAR The University of Johannesburg Solar Car was designed using the ProductOne Creo design program
South Africa must improve its engineering-design capabilities to compete in a globalised world. The importance of product life-cycle design and the impact of design on all phases of production, supply chain logistics, use, support, decommissioning and redevelopment...
Oct 10, 2014
LODEWYK CILLIERS South Africa must adopt international best practice regarding IP protection and patent registration to accelerate research, development and commercialisation
Registration of patents and intellectual property (IP) supports innovation and the commercialisation of research and development (R&D) by supporting good business cases, says Spoor & Fisher partner and IP expert Lodewyk Cilliers. Good technology and patent...
Oct 10, 2014
South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has announced that it is partnering with local company Space Commercial Services Holdings Aerospace (SCSH) group to develop a maritime wide-area synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for use by small...
Oct 08, 2014
The roll-out of smart identity cards across the country continued on Wednesday with the launch of a home affairs department office in Durban dedicated to issuing the new smart IDs and passports. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba officially launched the new office...
Oct 06, 2014
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The UKZN racing team
A gruelling eight-day endurance race from Pretoria to Cape Town in cars powered only by the sun has ended with a team from the Netherlands scooping first position. The Nuon student team from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands won the Sasol Solar...
Oct 06, 2014
South African aerospace group Space Commercial Service Holdings (SCSH) has launched a self-developed microsatellite that uses an advanced remote sensing system to break up images in different spectral bands and unveil the earth’s surface in greater detail. The export...
Oct 03, 2014
South African aerospace companies Denel Aerostructures (DAe) and Denel Aviation, both part of the State-owned Denel Group, have unveiled a major new project – the South African Regional Aircraft (SARA). This is aimed at meeting a gap in the global market, preserving...
Sep 30, 2014
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) has brought art and science together in an exhibition celebrating ancient humanity’s appreciation of the night sky. In a first for the SKA Organisation, indigenous and local artists from South Africa and Australia have collaborated in...
 
 
 
 
Sep 26, 2014
Japan is working with a number of South African tertiary educational institutions, including the Tshwane University of Technology, to set up at least one Human Resources Development Centre in this country. At the TICAD V summit in June last year, Japan promised to...
Sep 26, 2014
In South Africa, the science of physics is today caught in a situation of paradox. “For physics in South Africa, it’s the best of times and the worst of times,” asserts South African Institute of Physics (SAIP) President Prof Irvy "Igle" Gledhill. “We have tremendous...
Sep 19, 2014
Following the release of her ground-breaking research into the way in which local exporters assessed foreign markets, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has formally honoured North-West University (NWU) Professor Wilma Viviers as one of seven global candidates for...
Sep 19, 2014
Defence industrial cooperation between South Africa and Brazil was highlighted at the recent III Brazil Defence Industrial Base Show (III Mostra BID-Brasil, as it is known in Portuguese), held in Brazil’s capital city, Brasília. The Brazilian Ministry of Defence (MD)...
Sep 16, 2014
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has maintained its upward trend in the yearly Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, moving up four places to 141 for the 2014/15 ranking cycle. The QS World University Rankings compare the top 800 institutions around...
Sep 12, 2014
Following the eruption of an “active region” near the centre of the sun on September 10, the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has cautioned that a solar flare, accompanied by a coronal mass ejection (CME), is travelling towards earth at an estimated 1493...
Sep 12, 2014
Nuclear medicine is defined by the Department of Medical Physics of the School of Clinical Medicine of the University of the Witwatersrand as “a speciality that makes use of radioactive tracers that emit gamma rays to assess the physio- logical functioning of organs...
Sep 12, 2014
Nuclear medicine is defined by the Department of Medical Physics of the School of Clinical Medicine of the University of the Witwatersrand as “a speciality that makes use of radioactive tracers that emit gamma-rays to assess the physiological functioning of organs...
Sep 09, 2014
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor
South Africa and the UK have launched a multimillion-rand fund to spark more innovation, science and technology in South Africa and more widely across sub-Saharan Africa. The governments of the UK and South Africa, as well as private companies and nongovernmental...
Sep 08, 2014
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says the partnerships with the eight other African nations that will host remote stations of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope remain strong and the countries are developing a new African network of telescopes....
 
 
 
 
Sep 05, 2014
The East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) officially launched its Science and Technology Park (STP) in East London, in the Eastern Cape, last month to accelerate economic development.
Sep 05, 2014
Private education institution Maragon Private Schools Olympus, in Pretoria, will launch its Solar Eagle solar car at the Sasol Solar Challenge 2014, an eight-day biennial solar car race, which will take place from September 27 to October 4.
Sep 05, 2014
The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), a drive by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) that is hosted and managed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria, is achieving its goal of bridging the gap between the South...
Sep 03, 2014
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The builders of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope in the Northern Cape hope to co-exist with shale gas prospectors, but if needs be will invoke new astronomy laws to protect their interests, MPs heard on Wednesday. "We're looking for a co-existence...
Sep 03, 2014
A research partnership has been launched in South Africa in a quest to make air transport more environmentally and economically sustainable. Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Systems, the National Aerospace Centre and Airbus are working together on research into using...
Aug 29, 2014
A society that is aware of the benefits of science and technology will work to ensure it remains competitive in those areas, and petrochemicals major Sasol’s yearly Techno X expo provides a dynamic and interactive platform for learners to discover career...
Aug 27, 2014
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Festo's SmartBird bionic innovation
Two bionic innovations were, this week, displayed in South Africa for the first time. The Festo SmartBird, which replicated the wing motion of a Herring Gull in a robotic form, and the BionicOpter, a flying robot based on the dragonfly, took flight at the nineteenth...
Aug 22, 2014
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) hopes to have finalised regulations for the flying of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) – also designated Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) and popularly called drones – in the country’s civilian airspace by the end of...
Aug 22, 2014
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BOB SCHOLES To ensure that emissions plateau by 2020 and then decline until a net negative emission level is achieved by the end of the century, CO2 capture and storage in addition to major emission reduction efforts will be needed
Capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) is the only way through which the world will achieve the lowest of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) global warming predictions, called the representative concentration pathway (RCP) 2.6....
Aug 21, 2014
Phumulo Masualle and Naledi Pandor
The East London industrial development zone (Elidz) on Thursday afternoon officially launched its Science and Technology Park (STP), which is aimed at speeding up the pace of economic development in the Eastern Cape. The STP’s location within the Elidz was expected...
 
 
 
 
Aug 15, 2014
The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), based at Sutherland in the Karoo region in the Northern Cape province, is promising to become an important instrument for research into dark matter. "SALT is shaping up to be very important for answering questions about...
Aug 15, 2014
HENK SNYMAN TDM supports broader industrial activity that has a multiplier-effect on the potential to beneficiate raw materials in many industries
The South African tool, die and mouldmaking (TDM) industry is being revitalised to locally produce the tools, dies, moulds and fixtures required by the manufacturing sector. Local TDM capability is key to enable the manufacturing industry to remain competitive, says...
Aug 15, 2014
GREEN BENEFIT Effective and green fleet management provides several advantages, such as a reduced carbon footprint and reduced fuel consumption
Owing to a carbon tax, expected to come into force by 2016, a key focus of global fleet and mobile asset management solutions provider MiX Telematics is to encourage industry to become more efficient in their fleet management, thereby reducing its carbon footprint....
Aug 15, 2014
South African gas and welding products company Afrox, part of the German Linde group, publicly unveiled its new R14-million high-purity hydrogen and oxygen plant at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria, at the end of last month. The new plant uses latest-generation...
Aug 15, 2014
South Africa will join the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) in December. The WLCG processes and stores the immense amounts of data produced by the world's biggest and most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is an instrument of...
 
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