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Business use of wellness and performance wearables growing

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2017 The insights generated from wearable and connected devices are expected to enable more effective management of employee wellness and productivity within the next four years, says Deloitte human capital technology and digital learning associate director André Vermeulen. On average worldwide, a... 

IAEA says SA nuclear regulator effective, but warns on control gaps in health

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 South Africa's National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is in good shape, but the oversight of radiation safety in the country, which is the responsibility of the Directorate of Radiation Control of the Department of Health, could be improved. These were findings of an Integrated Regulatory Review... 

Scientists use high-tech methods to deliver accurate agricultural information

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2017 Scientists at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) are using high-technology methods to provide accurate information and research for the agricultural sector, such as the use of genomics to significantly and rapidly improve breeding of animals and plants, and using high precision mapping to... 

Scientists use high-tech methods to deliver accurate  agricultural information
STANDARDISED PRECIPITATION INDEX 2010 – 2014 The gradual shift in dry areas can be observed on the 36-month time scale from June 2010 to June 2014

CSIR heeds call for more young people in photonics industry

     16th January 2017 There is a growing need to boost the number of and accelerate progress within tertiary education of young people embarking on a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) senior researcher Dr Sandile Ngcobo says.... 

South African National Space Agency announces its new CEO 

By: Keith Campbell     12th January 2017 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) announced on Thursday that its new CEO is Dr Valanathan Munsami. His appointment took effect on January 3. He has replaced Sansa’s first CEO, Dr Sandile Malinga, who resigned last August after five years in the office. (Potlaki Maine acted as... 

South African National Space Agency announces its new CEO
Photo by South African National Space Agency
Dr Valanathan Munsami

NexOptic prototype lens to go on road show in New Year

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd December 2016 Canadian imaging technology developer NexOptic Technology expects the imminent completion of assembly of the ground breaking Blade Optics lens, planning to take the prototype on a road show from January early in the New Year. “We are indeed very close to completing the project now, with final... 

NexOptic prototype lens to go on road show in New Year
Photo by NexOptic Technologies
A rendering of the Spectrum Optix Telescope

Fast-dissolving sugar to help reduce sugar in chocolate by 40%

By: Schalk Burger     16th December 2016 A new fast-dissolving sugar developed by Swiss food multinational Nestlé will help it to reduce the amount of sugar used in its chocolates by 40% by 2018 without reducing the sweetness of the chocolates, says Nestlé chief technology officer Stefan Catsicas. “Using only natural ingredients,... 

Fast-dissolving sugar to help  reduce sugar in chocolate by 40%
Photo by Duane Daws
SWEET CHOCOLATE Even while much less sugar is used in the chocolate, the tongue perceives an almost identical sweetness to before

South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator hosts international nuclear mission

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2016 An Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited South Africa from December 5 to December 15. The purpose of the IRRS mission was to examine South Africa’s nuclear regulatory system and compare it with the IAEA’s safety standards and... 

Umkhonto missile export programme now in its final stages

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2016 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced at the end of last month that extensive testing of the Denel Dynamics Umkhonto (“Spear”, in English) naval surface-to-air missile, for an export customer, would take place early next year. The Umkhonto forms part of the armament... 

Open data initiative to boost African research, development and innovation – ASSAf

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Friday launched an Africa-wide initiative to promote the development and coordination of data policies, data training and data infrastructure. The African Open Science Platform aims to promote the value – and exploit the potential – of open data... 

South African Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO reappointed for three more years

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2016 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on Friday that its CEO, Phumzile Tshelane, has had his contract extended for another three years. The decision was taken by the Cabinet. The reappointment of Tshelane was recommended by the Necsa Board, which was appointed in March.... 

South African Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO reappointed for three more years
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane

Home-grown gunshot detection system sifts through noise clutter

By: Irma Venter     9th December 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. 

Power instability leads to security technology changes in South Africa 

By: Victor Moolman     9th December 2016 Owing to South Africa’s power instability, smart technology and solutions provider Jasco Group says it has designed solar-powered security systems. 

Power instability leads to security technology changes in South Africa
Jasco head of business development Eckart Zollner explains the challenges, opportunities and future of security technology in South Africa.

Rosatom looks forward to result of South Africa’s nuclear debate

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 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,” states Rosatom International Regional VP: Sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov. “The new [South African]... 

Space agency’s operations directorate marks two milestones

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2016 The Space Operations directorate of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) recently achieved a new high when it successfully supported the simultaneous launch of four satellites. “Four Galileo satellites were simultaneously launched by an Ariane rocket from Kourou [in French Guiana] on... 

Defence group Denel unveils new version of 20 mm semiautomatic weapon

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2016 South African defence company Denel PMP, part of the State-owned Denel group, highlighted on Thursday the latest version of its iNkunzi PAW semiautomatic weapon, the iNkunzi PAW A2 (iNkunzi means Bull). The iNkunzi PAW (the acronym stands for Personal Area Weapon) fires 20 mm bursting ammunition... 

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... 

South African nuclear regulator to host international review mission
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Dr Mzubanzi Bismark Tyobeka

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... 

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