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Apr 29, 2016
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) for institutionalising cooperation in radio astronomy between South Africa and the other Square Kilometre Array (SKA) African partner countries was approved at the recent Third SKA African Partner Countries Ministerial Meeting,...
Apr 29, 2016
RHINO IN THE BUSH The thermal cameras will enable rangers to detect and stop poachers before they can get close to the rhino
Intelligent security company Axis Communications donated R300 000 worth of thermal imaging equipment, in April, to detect poaching intrusions to the Thaba Manzi Wildlife Services rhinoceros sanctuary, in Limpopo. The sanctuary is home to dozens of animals that are...
Apr 29, 2016
SKA South Africa (SKA SA), the local organisation responsible for the country's involvement in, and contributions to, the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, has been authorised by the Ministers of Finance and Science and Technology to start...
Apr 22, 2016
Owing to its diversification in design, from concept stage to manufacturing finished products at its factory in Wadeville, Gauteng, motion, control technologies and systems manufacturer Germiston Hydraulics believes it can cater for the varying demands in the...
Apr 21, 2016
Lee Berger
University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) professor Lee Berger has been added to the 2016 TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s yearly list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Berger is an award-winning palaeoanthropologist, researcher, explorer, author and speaker...
Apr 20, 2016
EU Ambassador to South Africa Marcus Cornaro
The European Union (EU) has reiterated its committed to continuing its support for South Africa in the field of science and technology. “Science and technology is a lynchpin in our collaboration. We’ve witnessed how South Africa is gradually but consistently moving...
Apr 19, 2016
Science & Technolgoy Minister Naledi Pandor on a tour of the various exhibitors that the department funds
Advances in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) programme, a significant fluorochemical expansion initiative and a R30-million science centre in Cofimvaba, in the Eastern Cape, were highlighted during the yearly Science and Technology budget vote debate in Parliament on...
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Apr 15, 2016
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor
South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced on Friday that the country's radio telescope array, MeerKAT, would be ready for science by the end of June this year. By then, 21 antennas would be mounted and ready. "This is excellent progress,"...
Apr 15, 2016
AFRICAN ENERGY AWARDS Both Nicole Barwise and Vuselela Energy were awarded the R300 000 innovation prize
To encourage the innovation of a system that generates and transmits power independently, this year’s African Energy Awards, held in Sandton, Gauteng, last month, awarded the innovation prize to a urine-powered battery system and an Eternity power thermal harvesting...
Apr 15, 2016
Only a tiny minority of nuclear waste contains the vast majority of radiation produced by such waste. “No less than 96% of the radioactivity comes from just 0.2% of the waste volume,” highlights Arint SA MD François Mellet. Nuclear waste is generally divided into low...
Apr 15, 2016
South African expertise has played a key role in the development programme for France’s world-leading project to create a permanent high-level nuclear waste repository (HLNWR). This is the Cigéo project, Cigéo being the French acronym for Industrial Centre for...
Apr 14, 2016
A satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) that could help generate more crops and boost sales in South Africa’s agricultural sector has been proposed by the UK Space Agency-funded SBAS-Africa programme. The SBAS-Africa programme, aimed at demonstrating the...
Apr 14, 2016
Sansa space operations chief engineer Eugene Avenant
A series of successful trials in the maritime, aviation and agricultural sectors have recently been carried out with South Africa’s satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS). The tests measured accuracy, integrity and reliability. Accuracy came in at 95% with...
Apr 13, 2016
As the world looks to continue its rapid development of technology, graphene has emerged as a leap forward in development, if the material’s potential was realised, advisory firm Deloitte’s fifteenth edition of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT)...
Apr 12, 2016
Apr 08, 2016
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is seeking to promote the growth and development of South Africa’s photonics industry. Photonics is the term for the science and technology of using, applying and manipulating light. To this end, the DST funded the 2016...
Apr 08, 2016
The digital transformation of business is being rewritten by software, says software corporation CA Technologies CTO Otto Berkes. Speaking at the CA IT Management Web Symposium, held in Midrand, Gauteng, in February, Berkes noted that information technology (IT) was...
Apr 08, 2016
Steenkampskraal Thorium Limited (STL), the South African private-sector company which is developing its HTMR-100 small modular reactor (SMR) design, is very interested in participating in the British SMR programme this year. HTMR stands for High Temperature Modular...
Apr 08, 2016
South African private sector company Steenkampskraal Thorium Limited (STL) is developing a design for a small modular reactor (SMR) which it calls the High Temperature Modular Reactor (HTMR). This is being done using expertise developed in the country by the now...
Apr 01, 2016
The locally developed and built Biometric Identity Management System (Bims) device, which can support six biometric modalities simultaneously, was unveiled in the US capitol of Washington DC in March. The device – about the size of a laptop – and its support systems...
Mar 29, 2016
The South African Department of Health is expected to roll out a new programme that will allow South Africans to access the latest in drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) treatment. The department is currently in talks with Japanese drug maker Otsuka Pharmaceutical to...
Mar 25, 2016
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Last November, the international nuclear industry was delighted with the news, announced in his Spending Review and [Northern] Autumn Statement by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer (equivalent to Minister of Finance) George Osborne that the British government was making...
Mar 24, 2016
A mobile laser of the CSIR National Laser Centre
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is seeking to promote the growth and development of South Africa’s photonics industry. Photonics is the term for the science and technology of using, applying and manipulating light. To this end, the DST funded the...
Mar 22, 2016
The use of drones, wearable technology and real-time video training are expected to gain traction in mines across Africa over the next two years, as a new survey by online data, analysis and advisory services firm Timetric’s Mining Intelligence Center (MIC) shows...
Mar 18, 2016
The new Chairperson-designate of the Board of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), Dr Kelvin Kemm, has thanked Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Petterson for nominating him to the post. Kemm is, among other things, the CEO of Nuclear Africa and a...
Mar 15, 2016
A South African-Italian research team has conceptualised an all-in-one laser that produces several types of beams to serve a variety of industrial applications, including microscopy, imaging, laser machining and communication in free space and fibres, with one...
Mar 11, 2016
WORTH IT Laser technology provides added shortcuts for customers and can help increase their manufacturing process
Precision laser-cutting solutions provider Cutting Edge Technologies is benefiting from increased outputs owing to a range of German manufactured lasers. The company, based in KwaZulu-Natal, is using three 5 kW L5030 Trumpf lasers at its Westmead factory, allowing...
Mar 11, 2016
The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) and the Information Technology Association of South Africa (ITA) will roll out a R7-billion Schools of Specialisation programme over the next four years. The programme will receive R5-billion in funding from the Gauteng...
Mar 11, 2016
PANYAZA LESUFI We will continue rewarding schools and teachers who show commitment to teaching, and enhance the systems that they use
The 26 previously disadvantaged Gauteng schools that achieved 100% matric pass rates will receive information and communication technology (ICT) systems for all secondary grades next month, said Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi in February. Learners at these...
Mar 07, 2016
The Kruger National Park and various partners have invested R16 million in drone technology that is able to detect poachers on their grounds. CEO of Unmannd Ariel Vehicle and Drone Solutions, Otto Werdmuller Von Elgg on Sunday said: “Over the next 12 months we will...
Mar 04, 2016
GREG SARRAIL Additional security measures can be included with biometric identification to improve typical transactions, such as requiring additional verification of an individual’s fingerprint or additional biometrics at various stages
The adoption of biometric systems to identify people is increasing worldwide, and South Africa is well ahead of many nations that are deploying smart identity cards, says high-technology company HiD Global biometric solutions business development VP Greg Sarrail....
Mar 04, 2016
TOUCH THE FUTURE Drupa 2016 will provide insight and exposure to new technologies in the printing, packaging, media and multichannel sectors
Three-dimensional (3D) printing, also known as additive manufacturing, will be a key highlight at this year’s Drupa, the world’s leading trade show for graphic and industrial printing, as well as media and multichannel sectors, states Drupa advisory board chairperson...
Mar 03, 2016
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Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula
South Africa’s National Defence Industry Council (NDIC) was formally launched by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula on Thursday. “Today marks an historic day in the existence of the South African defence industry and its relationship with...
Mar 03, 2016
“I think I picked up well over a thousand stones since I started here in 2010. I actually lost count after a few days, but if I were to guess it was way more than a thousand,” says Rista Isaacs as she bends and picks up a stone – it has become something of a habit....
Feb 26, 2016
In a breakthrough which opens a whole new window on the universe, creates a new branch of astronomy, and vindicates the great physicist Albert Einstein once more, scientists at the US-led Laser Interferometry Gravitational-wave Observatory (Ligo) announced on...
Feb 26, 2016
The North West University (NWU) Potchefstroom campus announced recently that the National Research Foundation (NRF – a major agency of the Department of Science and Technology) had awarded its School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering a third cycle of funding for...
Feb 26, 2016
Astronomers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) have played a leading role in a successful international cooperative programme to locate galaxies hidden on the far side of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. The...
Feb 19, 2016
UNIVERSAL CHARGING The socket’s configuration includes one three-pin SA, one Euro and two USB inlets
Electrical distribution and protection equipment provider CBI-Electric: low voltage has launched a new 240 V alternating current Euro USB socket outlet that comprises two complementary plug sockets and two integral USB ports. “With the addition of this product to the...
Feb 19, 2016
Worldwide, air traffic control (ATC) is facing an increasing number of major challenges. These include the continuing increase inner traffic; an increase in the variety of aircraft types to be controlled; an increase in the number of small, slow and uncooperative...
Feb 19, 2016
Images of Sprites were captured from the ground for the first time in South Africa, the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) announced recently. Sprites are visible gas discharges triggered by lightning, but occur far above the tops of thunderstorm clouds at...
Feb 16, 2016
The Koeberg nuclear power plant
The North West University (NWU) Potchefstroom campus announced on Tuesday that the National Research Foundation, or the NRF (a major agency of the Department of Science and Technology), had awarded its School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering a third cycle of...
Feb 12, 2016
An artist’s impression of two black holes that are about to merge
In a breakthrough which opens a whole new window on the universe, creates a new branch of astronomy, and vindicates the great physicist Albert Einstein once more, scientists at the US-led Laser Interferometry Gravitational-wave Observatory (Ligo) announced on...
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