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South African nuclear regulator to host international review mission

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 An Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be active in South Africa from December 5 to 15, the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) announced on Thursday. The purpose of the IRRS mission will be to examine South Africa’s nuclear... 

UK to stimulate nuclear research, development and innovation

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 The United Kingdom has launched a new nuclear innovation programme. This was recently announced in Manchester by the country’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (equivalent to Minister in South Africa), Greg Clark. “We want to upgrade the UK’s existing nuclear... 

Ansys showcases manufacturing capabilities

By: David Oliveira     1st December 2016 Engineering solutions provider Ansys on Wednesday hosted investors and media on a tour of its technology investment business unit Parsec’s manufacturing facility, in Irene, Gauteng. Ansys CEO Rynier van der Watt highlighted that the facility was dedicated to the manufacture of high-end technology... 

Seacom’s business unit gains traction 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2016 Pan-African telecommunications firm Seacom has gained better-than-expected momentum in its quest to grow its enterprise segment, with the well received establishment of the second unit opening up the East African market. The business unit, which launched its full set of business offerings to the... 

Seacom’s business unit gains traction
Seacom Business head Grant Parker discusses the progress being made in the company's year-old enterprise segment. 30.11.2016. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Videoediting: Vincent Pestana.

Denel reports Umkhonto missile export programme now in its final stages

By: Keith Campbell     30th November 2016 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Wednesday that extensive testing of the Denel Dynamics Umkhonto (“Spear”, in English) naval surface-to-air missile, for an export customer, will take place early next year. The Umkhonto forms part of the armament of two... 

Denel reports Umkhonto missile export programme now in its final stages
Photo by Denel
A warship of the Finnish Navy launches an Umkhonto missile

Russian nuclear company looks forward to result of nuclear debate in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2016 Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has reaffirmed its respect for South Africa’s domestic policy debates and decisions. “We respect South African government processes and decisions,” Rosatom International regional VP: sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov told Engineering News Online on... 

Russian nuclear company looks forward to result of nuclear debate in South Africa

CSIR reassessing funding model as grant uncertainty rises

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 The Chairperson of the Board of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Thokozani Majozi, has warned that the organisation is going to have to re-look at its funding model. He was giving the keynote address at the biennial CSIR Excellence Awards held in Pretoria recently. He... 

Necsa responsible for new research reactor and fuel cycle

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 The South African government has decided that the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) will be the owner/operator of the planned new Multi-Purpose Reactor (MPR) and the proposed future nuclear fuel cycle. National electricity utility Eskom will be the owner/operator of the planned... 

New South African nanosatellite to participate in international project

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 A South African nanosatellite will be launched into space from the International Space Station (ISS) during the first quarter of next year, as part of an international research project under the European Commission’s Seventh (Research) Framework Programme (better known as FP7). The project is... 

New technology laboratory opens in Johannesburg

By: Victor Moolman     18th November 2016 Last month, education consultancy Sangari launched the Life Sciences Lab and the Land Rover 4 x 4 in Schools Technology Challenge at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre science museum, in Johannesburg. 

New technology laboratory opens in Johannesburg
SCIENCE LABORATORY The Sangari Life Sciences Lab allows students to experience experiments at their own pace

Science council aims to educate public about its role and that of science

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) acting CEO Dr Molefi Motuku has assured that his organisation will continue to meet the challenges facing it and the country. He was speaking at the biennial CSIR Excellence Awards ceremony recently held in Pretoria. "It is an exciting time... 

CSIR developing system to determine if and where gunshots were fired 

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is building South Africa’s first own developed gunshot detection system. A gunshot detection system aims to provide quick and accurate confirmation of shooting incidents to law enforcement agencies. 

 CSIR developing system to determine if and where gunshots were fired
The CSIR's vehicle-mounted gunshot detection system

South African company participating in global Nasa robotics competition

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2016 South African company Ryonic Robotics is currently busy developing its entry in the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa’s) Space Centennial Challenge competition. Ryonic was downselected by Nasa last month as one of the teams from around the world allowed to participate in... 

Test flying in South Africa at a critical crossroads

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2016 It is generally, if not universally, accepted, that the height of flying skill is embodied in the test pilot and the apex of air engineering ability in the flight test engineer. Despite huge advances in computer modelling and simulation, test pilots and flight test engineers still have a crucial... 

Test flying in South Africa at a critical crossroads

New South African nanosatellite to participate in international project

By: Keith Campbell     8th November 2016 A South African nanosatellite will be launched into space from the International Space Station (ISS) during the first quarter of next year, as part of an international research project under the European Commission’s Seventh (Research) Framework Programme (better known as FP7). The project is... 

New South African nanosatellite to participate in international project
Photo by SCS Aerospace Group
The nSight1 nanosatellite

Cabinet makes Necsa responsible for new research reactor and fuel cycle

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2016 The South African government has decided that the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) will be the owner/operator of the planned new Multi-Purpose Reactor (MPR) and the proposed future nuclear fuel cycle. National electricity utility Eskom will be the owner/operator of the planned... 

Cabinet makes Necsa responsible for new research reactor and fuel cycle
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An aerial view of Necsa’s complex at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria

CSIR's planned visitors centre to stimulate interest in science and help redevelop campus

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2016 The planned Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) visitors centre will serve to showcase both the organisation's past and its current activities as well as to popularise science, engineering and technology to young people and the public in general. "The CSIR is an organisation... 

CSIR's planned visitors centre to stimulate interest in science and help redevelop campus
Photo by Duane Daws
CSIR group executive: strategic alliances and communication Rachel Chikwamba

CSIR needs to look to its revenues

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2016 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) chairperson Dr Thokozani Majozi, has warned that the organisation is going to have to re-look its funding model. He was giving the keynote address at the biennial CSIR Excellence Awards in Pretoria on Friday. He pointed out that the science... 

CSIR needs to look to its revenues
Photo by Duane Daws
CSIR chairperson Dr Thokozani Majozi

CSIR acting head reaffirms commitment to excellence

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2016 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) acting CEO Dr Molefi Motuku has assured that his organisation will continue to meet the challenges facing it and the country. He was speaking at the biennial CSIR Excellence Awards ceremony in Pretoria on Friday. "It is an exciting time for... 

CSIR acting head reaffirms commitment to excellence
Photo by Duane Daws
CSIR acting CEO Dr Molefi Motuku

CSIR considering flight test and research UAV project

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2016 One of the projects currently being developed by the Aeronautics Competency of the Defence, Peace, Safety and Security unit of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a Modular Transonic Research Platform (MTRP). A preliminary feasibility study has been completed and is now... 

Jet fighter programmes stimulate South Africa’s aerospace sector

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2016 In the 70 years since the South African Air Force (SAAF) first flew a jet fighter, the country has gone from importing complete aircraft with no technology transfer, to developing a highly sophisticated and capable local industry capable of adapting advanced aircraft to local conditions and... 

New holdings group unveils prototype point-of-entry water filtration system 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st November 2016 CrossAfrica Holdings is leveraging its official launch this week as a platform to unveil its new Cleansui water filtration system prototype under its newly established standalone subsidiary CrossAfrica Water Solutions. The holdings group will on Thursday showcase a prototype point-of-entry... 

New holdings group unveils prototype point-of-entry water filtration system
CrossAfrica group MD Manny Cross and top South African water expert Dr Anthony Turton speak to Engineering News about CrossAfrica Holdings leveraging its official launch this week as a platform to unveil its new Cleansui water filtration system prototype. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 1.11.2016

African telecoms market to reach $51bn in six years

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th October 2016 Sub-Saharan Africa’s telecommunication services market will be worth $51-billion in 2021, with retail telecoms revenue set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 4.1% between 2015 and 2021, a new Analysys Mason report reveals. Karim Yaici, a senior analyst at the research firm, noted that... 

Analogue transmission switch-off starts in Northern Cape as South Africa progresses digital migration

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th October 2016 South Africa is starting to switch off its analogue transmissions following the completion of a dual-illumination period in the Northern Cape, a year-and-a-half after missing the International Telecommunications Union deadline for the digital terrestrial television (DTT) migration. Ten years... 

SA nuclear industry unfazed by latest delays in nuclear project

By: Keith Campbell     28th October 2016 The Nuclear Industries Association of South Africa (Niasa) is not concerned about the latest postponement in the country’s new nuclear power plant (NPP) construction programme. “Although, as an industry, we’d have liked this process to have started a long time ago,” observes Niasa MD Knox... 

South Africa, China seek to promote high-tech cooperation through expo

By: Keith Campbell     28th October 2016 The First South Africa/China Hi-Tech Exhibition, held recently in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, was intended to promote scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries, their research institutes and companies. “I hope that both sides use this platform to enhance their... 

SAP opens new co-innovation lab to bolster relevant innovation 

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2016 South Africa has become home to enterprise application software firm SAP’s seventh Co-Innovation Lab, or ‘Coil’, aimed at promoting innovative, locally relevant solutions through the unification of different ideas, tools and technology. The new lab, ceremoniously opened in Sandton, on Wednesday,... 

ASSAf elects new president, office bearers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th October 2016 The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) on Tuesday announced its newly-elected leaders, with Professor Jonathan Jansen appointed president for the next four-year term, succeeding professor Daya Reddy. Jansen, the immediate past University of the Free State vice-chancellor and rector, is... 

ASSAf elects new president, office bearers
Professor Jonathan Jansen

CSIR high-throughput screening system to accelerate local malaria research

By: Schalk Burger     21st October 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Biosciences unit is using an automated robotic liquid handling system to dramatically increase the throughput of its screening for viable medical compounds as part of its research into malaria in its human-hosted stages. The Janus machine,... 

Fuel cell field trial providing detailed technical data on rural microgrids

By: Schalk Burger     21st October 2016 A methanol-based fuel cell rural electrification field trial by JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) with support from the departments of Mineral Resources, Energy, Science and Technology and Trade and Industry, Eskom and the Moqhaka Municipality has provided detailed data on the use of... 

National Nuclear Regulator building itself up to meet future challenges

By: Keith Campbell     21st October 2016 South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is busy strengthening the country’s nuclear regulatory framework, in anticipation of the planned construction of a fleet of new nuclear power stations (NPPs). “As part of strengthening our capacity we recently launched a Centre for Nuclear Safety... 

SA’s science policy to be reviewed but global cooperation will remain

By: Keith Campbell     21st October 2016 South Africa is to review its policy and plans regarding science, technology and innovation. This was stated by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor at the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Ministers Responsible for Science and... 

Durban port embraces more technology

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th October 2016 Aerial and underwater drones, as well as track-and-trace technology to track port assets such as tugs and dredgers, have been piloted successfully at the Port of Durban. This pilot project formed part of the Transnet National Ports Authority’s plans to roll out smart ports. 

Durban port embraces more technology

Openserve, Huawei team up to deploy SDN network

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th October 2016 The one-year-old Telkom spin-off integrated communications company Openserve and information and communications technology solutions provider Huawei have teamed up to deploy a high-speed fibre packet and optical transport network. This was a first step in Openserve’s ambitions of restructuring... 

Openserve, Huawei team up to deploy SDN network

Safe city systems to support smart city development in Africa – Huawei

By: Schalk Burger     14th October 2016 Safe and smart city systems initially take the form of effectively integrated existing systems, already deployed by various departments and organisations, to provide new capabilities, such as video sharing among emergency responders and providing geographic information systems maps to improve... 

Futurist outlines four trends that will radically alter business practices

By: Ilan Solomons     14th October 2016 We are living at a remarkable time in history, where history itself is changing, said futurist and strategy consultant Dr Graeme Codrington at engineering and environmental consulting firm Jones & Wagener’s 50-year celebration function in Johannesburg, on Thursday evening. In a presentation... 

Futurist outlines four trends that will radically alter business practices
Futurist and strategy consultant Dr Graeme Codrington

CSIR launches system capable of on-site scanning and matching of fingerprints

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched a new fingerprinting acquisition system, using high-speed, large-volume optical coherence tomography (OCT). In practice, the system, once operational, should see the immediate, on-site scanning and matching of fingerprints –... 

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