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US nuclear company Westinghouse emerges from bankruptcy protection

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th August 2018 US major nuclear group Westinghouse Electric exited from bankruptcy protection (under Chapter 11 of US Bankruptcy Code) at the start of this month, when its takeover by Brookfield Business Partners came into effect. Brookfield, which is listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges and is... 

Iceberg water could be cheaper than desalination

By: News24Wire      16th August 2018 Icebergs can supply Cape Town with extra water in drought years at a far cheaper rate than a big desalination plant. It will cost R3.8-billion to use Antarctic iceberg water to bolster Cape Town's water supply for any three dry years that are likely to occur over the next 20 years – compared to... 

AfDB head calls for agriculture technologies to optimize African farmers' output

By: African News Agency      10th August 2018 African farms should be given access to technologies that will enhance production, with evidence from countries such as Nigeria demonstrating that technology coupled with strong government backing are yielding positive results, African Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina has said.... 

Growth projected for global industrial furnaces and ovens market

10th August 2018 The global industrial furnaces and ovens market will reach $10 800-million by 2025, according to a report by market researcher QY Research. The global industrial furnaces and ovens market was valued at $9 530-million in 2017 representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.6% between... 

Growth projected for global industrial furnaces and ovens market
Photo by Bloomberg
BRINGING THE HEAT Industrial furnaces and ovens are primarily used by industries to heat-treat metals to generate steam

Space agencies of South Africa and India strengthen cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th August 2018 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) formalised their relationship by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on the fringes of the recent Brics Summit in Johannesburg. (Brics is the alignment between Brazil, Russia, India, China, and... 

Do-it-yourself works for Pratley as it turns 70

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 Full control over raw-material sources, production and packaging, as well as the in-house expertise that this stimulates, enables the Pratley group of companies to develop innovative products, ensure quality control and grow, says Pratley CEO Kim Pratley. The company, which produces a well-known... 

Do-it-yourself works for Pratley as it turns 70
KIM PRATLEY Our laboratory provides the synergies of the business

Ongoing waterproofing for Innovation Hub campus

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Speciality chemicals manufacturer a.b.e. Construction Chemicals continues to provide large volumes of polyurea coating for the waterproofing of an expansive roof of one of the Innovation Hub campus’ new buildings in Gaborone, Botswana. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the... 

Ongoing waterproofing for Innovation Hub campus
COMPLETE COATING The waterproofing of an expansive roof of one of the Botswana Innovation Hub campus’ new buildings is about 90% complete

Industry provider to expand African footprint

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th August 2018 With many emerging and developing industries in Africa, as well as greater awareness of environmental issues and concerns, instrumentation manufacturer E Instruments regards the continent as an area of growth for its business. E Instruments product manager Bill Freed tells Engineering News that... 

Industry provider to  expand African footprint
IT’S A GAS E Instruments provides portable industrial combustion stack gas and emission analysers that can be used to measure stack gases emitted from furnaces, kilns, dryers and ovens

Ovens supplied to varied industries

10th August 2018 Global manufacturer of thermal-processing equipment Thermal Product Solutions (TPS) in July announced the shipment of a custom Gruenberg bench oven to the movable machinery industry. The bench oven is rated for Class B operation in accordance with the NFPA 86 specifications. 

Ovens supplied to varied industries
FACILITATING SAFETY Gruenberg products are designed to meet the highest standards of safety specifications

Karoo’s MeerKAT radio telescope sets scene for pioneering scientific discovery

By: Dylan Slater     10th August 2018 The Karoo-based MeerKAT radio telescope, located about 90 km from Carnarvon, in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated on July 13, giving the public a glimpse into what was unveiled as the best of its kind and a true benchmark in terms of pioneering scientific cosmic discovery, says South African... 

Karoo’s MeerKAT radio telescope sets scene  for pioneering scientific discovery

South African, Indian space agencies strengthen their mutual cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th July 2018 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) formalised their relationship by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Friday. The ceremony took place on the fringes of the Brics Summit in Johannesburg. (Brics is the alignment between... 

South African, Indian space agencies strengthen their mutual cooperation
Photo by Sansa
The MoU between ISRO and Sansa is signed by (foreground left) Indian External Affairs Ministry Economic Relations Secretary TS Tirumurti and (foreground right) by Sansa CEO Dr Val Munsami. Standing behind, observing, are Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

Tunisia, AfDB to launch drones pilot project for agriculture management

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2018 Tunisia and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have signed an agreement for the launch of a pilot project to use drones for data collection, which will enhance the management of agricultural projects in the country. The project will be implemented over the next ten months and will receive... 

New generation Embraer airliner on demonstration visit to South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 Brazilian aerospace major Embraer’s new generation smaller (less than 150 seats) single-aisle airliners, the E2 family, are attracting considerable interest in Africa, Embraer Commercial Aviation VP: Middle East and Africa Raul Villaron told Engineering News Online on Friday. From smallest to... 

New generation Embraer airliner on demonstration visit to South Africa
Photo by Dylan Slater/Creamer Media
The E190-E2 demonstrator at the Embraer Training Centre/Airlink Hangar complex at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport

UK-born idea could improve ventilation, cooling in African city buildings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2018 An idea to retrofit existing buildings in African cities with three-dimensional (3D) printed porous insulation panels to improve liveability and reduce energy consumption for cooling and ventilation has been named the African winner of the Cities for our Future competition run by the Royal... 

UK-born idea could improve ventilation, cooling in African city buildings
Artist's impression of a resilient urban community

Conference to address shortage of STEM graduates

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 The second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference and Career Expo will aim to address a shortage of technically skilled STEM graduates in South Africa. The conference will be held at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from July 27 and 28. STEM... 

AECOM focused on funding STEM education for women

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 This year, integrated infrastructure delivery firm AECOM’s Educational Trust received more that 4 000 applications for bursaries for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) degrees from universities across South Africa – a significant increase from the 50 applications received last... 

AECOM focused on funding STEM  education for women
TSHILIDZI LUTSINGE Keabetswe Beverly Sehoole and Nokubonga Lady-Peace Nxumalo will receive funding from the AECOM Educational Trust this year

Blended learning can improve maths, science results

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 Blended learning, a combination of traditional classroom learning and online learning, can assist South African high school and university students in understanding complex formulas in mathematics and science, says wireless connectivity firm Ruckus Networks sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan... 

African countries are rapidly expanding their use of UAVs, but South Africa lags

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 The number of applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs/unmanned aerial systems (UASes) in Africa was increasing rapidly, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) principal aeronautical engineer John Monk told the aviation session of the recent Southern African Transport... 

French consortium joins SKA Organisation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 Maison SKA-France, a French consortium comprising five research organisations and seven private companies, has joined the SKA Organisation. CNRS is the leading research organisation for the participation of French institutes in the SKA through the Maison SKA-France consortium. The other research... 

MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project 

26th July 2018 After a decade in design and construction, the MeerKAT radio telescope, which is located about 90km from Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated earlier this month. Simone Liedtke tells us a bit more about this step towards building an international enterprise. 

MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project
MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project

Researchers build scientific research cloud to process images from the MeerKAT telescope 

By: Kim Cloete     24th July 2018 Three universities are making strides in an extensive project to build a computing infrastructure capable of processing the vast amounts of data that will come from the MeerKAT telescope. The Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) has developed a scientific research cloud... 

Researchers build scientific research cloud to process images from the MeerKAT telescope
A galaxy formation (Source: TNG Collaboration).

Growthpoint, Cintocare break ground on R450m Pretoria head, neck hospital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2018 Real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties and private company Cintocare on Monday broke ground on the R450-million development of an 11 000 m2 special surgical head and neck hospital, in Pretoria, which will be the first green-certified hospital in Africa. The companies are creating a... 

Growthpoint, Cintocare break ground on R450m Pretoria head, neck hospital
Growthpoint has started with earthworks for the head and neck surgical hospital in Pretoria

New technology can optimise project management

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 To ensure that capital projects are delivered on time, project management teams need to be proactive in using the latest tools and technology, says global advisory firm Deloitte Africa director consulting and Africa infrastructure and capital projects leader Mahendra Dedasaniya. “The capital... 

New technology can optimise project management
MAHENDRA DEDASANIYA The capital projects industry has historically underinvested in technology and it has been resistant to change

Emerson releases new thermowell design

20th July 2018 Global technology and engineering company Emerson has released the Rosemount Twisted Square Thermowell line, a solution that reduces dynamic stress, simplifies process calculations and provides more accurate temperature measurements. This new thermowell design was developed to address these... 

Emerson releases new thermowell design
NEW DESIGN Emerson’s new thermowell design reduces dynamic stress, simplifies process calculations and provides more accurate temperature measurements

Britain unveils progress in high technology combat aircraft project

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th July 2018 The UK unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a sixth-generation combat aircraft on the first day of the Farnborough airshow on Monday. This, described as a “concept aircraft”, is the result of the work of a consortium called Team Tempest, which is made up of British aerospace firms and the Royal Air... 

Britain unveils progress in high technology combat aircraft project
Photo by UK Ministry of Defence
An artist’s impression of a “Team Tempest” design aircraft in flight

Action needed to integrate UAVs into civil air space in South Africa – Denel

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Denel Dynamics (which also produces missiles and space technology) has called for a national programme to integrate UAVs (popularly called drones) into the country’s civilian controlled air space. Controlled air space is air space in which all air... 

Action needed to integrate UAVs into civil air space in South Africa – Denel
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
A Denel Dynamics Seeker military UAV (with a Casspir mine-protected vehicle in the background)

Thyssenkrupp launches industrial-scale water electrolysis solution for large projects

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 Engineering and construction company Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions on Thursday launched its industrial-scale advanced water electrolysis solution that makes large-scale hydrogen production from electricity economically attractive. The advanced water electrolysis features a well-proven cell... 

MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2018 After a decade in design and construction, the MeerKAT radio telescope, located about 90 km from Canarvon in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated on Friday. The MeerKAT is the precursor to the R10-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – an international enterprise to build the largest and most... 

MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project

UJ researchers develop new model to improve causality links

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 University of Johannesburg (UJ) researchers professor Tshilidzi Marwala and Dr Pramod Kumar Parida have developed a multivariate additive noise model (MANM), which they say serves as a robust model for general causality that identifies multiple causal connections without time-sequence data. The... 

UK continues to push development of small and modular reactors

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 The UK Government has reaffirmed its commitment, including research and development (R&D) funding, to the development of small and modular nuclear reactors. It has done so in the Nuclear Sector Deal, developed by Britain’s Nuclear Industry Council in cooperation with the Government, and published... 

Mintek, Unisa acquire 3D X-ray microscopy system

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th July 2018 Minerals beneficiator Mintek and Unisa’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology have jointly acquired a three-dimensional (3D) X-ray microscopy system, which the companies will launch on July 24 at Unisa’s Florida science campus.  

Ski Monkey paves the way to study the Indian Ocean

By: News24Wire      12th July 2018 The sun is shining, the sea is sparkling and a whole pod of humpback whales have been putting on the most spectacular display, leaping out of the water so close you can see the white and dark patterns on their bellies. It is a thrill to be near these big mammals, and everyone on the pool deck who... 

African countries rapidly expanding use of UAVs, while South Africa lags

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th July 2018 The number of applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in Africa is expanding rapidly, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) principal aeronautical engineer John Monk told the aviation session of the Southern African Transport Conference in... 

African countries rapidly expanding use of UAVs, while South Africa lags
Photo by CSIR
An unidentified CSIR research team member making adjustments to a CSIR-designed modular UAV

Gauteng govt, UJ sign MoU for tech collaboration in social infrastructure delivery

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo and University of Johannesburg (UJ) vice-chancellor Professor Tshilidzi Marwala on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that paves the way for the use of cutting-edge technologies to ensure the more efficient delivery of social... 

CSIR-designed LiDAR system to measure air quality in uMhlathuze

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has designed and built a mobile light detection and ranging (LiDAR) lab that will be operating at the University of Zululand, in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal.  

CSIR-designed LiDAR system to measure air quality in uMhlathuze
CSIR LiDAR system containerised

Israel plans to land unmanned spacecraft on moon in February

By: Reuters     10th July 2018 An Israeli non-profit group plans to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon in February in the first landing of its kind since 2013. The craft, which is shaped like a round table with four carbon fiber legs, is set to blast off in December from Florida's Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9... 

97% UN member States use Twitter – study

By: Thabi Madiba     10th July 2018 A new study has revealed that 97% of the 193 United Nations (UN) member States have a presence on Twitter, with the South African government’s Twitter page the fourth most active on the African continent. Global communications agency Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) released its yearly Twiplomacy Study... 

97% UN member States use Twitter – study
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