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Nov 27, 2015
European defence aerospace company Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS), part of the Airbus group, is involved in research and development (R&D) projects beyond the defence and security realm as well as within it. There are two main non- or not necessarily- defence...
Nov 27, 2015
German-based company Airbus Defence and Space (part of the Airbus Group), has made major progress in the development of passive radar for tracking aircraft. This is the third and most recent category of radar to be conceived of. Active or primary radars are the...
Nov 27, 2015
In the midst of the current drought crisis facing South Africa, Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture (GFIA) believes that there is a need for urgent long-term, sustainable, innovative solutions that will help mitigate the impact of climate change, in order to...
Nov 26, 2015
UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, photographed on Wednesday before delivering his Autumn Statement to the House of Commons
In his Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 on Wednesday, British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced that the UK government was “doubling our spending on energy research with a major commitment to small modular nuclear reactors”. In a document...
Nov 20, 2015
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D) has launched a new chemistry laboratory aimed at boosting its efforts to develop life-saving medicines.      “The new medicinal chemistry laboratory is expected to attract significant...
Nov 20, 2015
Additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing, has the potential to completely change the relationships between individual consumers, professional designers and manufacturers. So argued Loughborough University Reader in Computer Aided Product Design Dr Ian...
Nov 20, 2015
OVERALL WINNER The Square Kilometre Array Africa Radio Antenna Positioner was the overall winner of Steel Awards 2015, as well as the event's Tubular category
Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Awards convenor Spencer Erling says the quality of the entries for this year’s Steel Awards easily matched the outstanding quality of previous years. “We are going through very tough times in the steel...
Nov 20, 2015
EMPOWERED USE Telematics technologies ensure full visibility of fleet vehicles at any time to allow for the early detection of potential theft or hijacking, thereby enhancing security
The increasing number of truck hijackings in South Africa has resulted in its telematics market maturing at a rapid pace. Telematics technologies ensure full visibility of fleet vehicles at any time to allow for the early detection of potential theft and are,...
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Major European aerospace and defence group Airbus has been consolidating its technology cooperation with South African companies and institutions. “For the past few years, we’ve been running a pretty scattergun approach to technology cooperation,” explains Airbus VP:...
Oct 30, 2015
At the thirty-fifth State-owned power utility Eskom Expo International Science Fair held earlier this month, learners from Gauteng excelled and took home the most number of prizes valued at over R2.5-million.
Oct 23, 2015
The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is this year celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its SAFARI-1 research reactor, the country’s – and Africa’s – first nuclear reactor. It first ‘went critical’ (achieved critical mass, and so started operating)...
Oct 23, 2015
Major European aerospace enterprise, the Airbus Group, is working on innovations across the breadth of its activities, which include airliners, defence and space activities and helicopters. Some of these activities were recently highlighted by Airbus Defence and...
Oct 23, 2015
SASOL GERMANY Sasol has expanded production capacity of its alumina spheres plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany, strengthening its position in the alumina market
Integrated energy and petrochemicals giant Sasol announced in May that it had expanded the production capacity of its alumina spheres plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany to 4 000 t/y. The group, through its Performance Chemicals Inorganics & Catalyst division, produces...
Oct 23, 2015
The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of its SAFARI-1 research reactor, the country's – and Africa's – first nuclear reactor. It first "went critical" (achieved critical mass, and so started operating) on...
Oct 23, 2015
The South African government has recognised the need to increase the country's research and development (R&D) budget. This was stated recently by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria. He was opening...
Oct 23, 2015
SHARK ROVER MANUFACTURED Seascape Stainless Steel Services has developed a Stainless steel shark cage, the Shark Rover, for a film production company, allowing for the shooting of a documentary on great white sharks in local waters
Stainless Steel manufacturer Seascape Stainless Steel Services  – a Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) member – has developed a Stainless steel shark cage, the Shark Rover, for a film production company, allowing for the shooting of a...
Oct 16, 2015
South Africa's defence procurement, disposals and research and development agency Armscor is busy changing its relationship with the South African Defence industry, Armscor CEO Kevin Wakeford has affirmed. It is moving from being prescriptive to industry to being...
Oct 14, 2015
University of Cape Town palaeobiologist and Department of Biological Sciences head Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan received this year’s Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Science-for-Society Gold Medal for outstanding achievement in scientific thinking to...
Oct 09, 2015
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Oct 09, 2015
PROPOSED SCHEME The Lower Thukela bulk water supply scheme will include a 55 Mℓ/d water treatment plant and a high-lift pumpstation at the water-treatment works
Engineering, management and specialist technical services firm Aurecon has undertaken two desalination plant feasibility studies for South African water utilities, following the successful completion of technical studies and investigations, construction-phase...
Oct 09, 2015
While there is increasing and broader appreciation and awareness among all stakeholder groups of the global water and sanitation challenges, the need for disruptive innovation in the water sector remains at the forefront in driving global and local water...
Oct 09, 2015
FLAGSHIP DESIGN The Darvill wastewater treatment works upgrade will include a significant capacity increase, from approximately 55 Mℓ/d to 120 Mℓ/d
Engineering, project and construction management services supplier Hatch Goba will – in addition to managing the refurbishment of the Darvill wastewater treatment works, in KwaZulu-Natal – also install a demonstration final effluent reuse plant on site to showcase...
Oct 09, 2015
Water treatment solutions company Veolia Water Technologies South Africa is supplying a turnkey water treatment plant, the Shemula water treatment plant, to produce 20 Mℓ/d of potable water to assist the Jozini-Ingwavuma bulk water supply project, which is a...
Oct 09, 2015
BRIDGING THE GAP MyWater covers the consumer for unexpected water loss, while simultaneously ensuring the council receives payment for the water it has delivered
Since unexpected water loss has a negative impact on the consumer and the council that supplies it, engineering, information technology and communication company MyWater launched an insurance solution to bridge the gap between council and consumers regarding water...
Oct 09, 2015
The application of technology such as cloud computing, the use of big data and supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) to manage water resources is becoming integral, particularly for the water network supply and demand system management, said information...
Oct 09, 2015
RESOLUTION IMPERATIVE Thousands of litres of useable, treated effluent is being discharged every day through a wetland system and into the ocean, in the vicinity of the Noordhoek Lighthouse
An innovative system to use return effluent from the Cape Recife wastewater treatment works (WWTW) in Port Elizabeth, designed by local multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Afri-Coast Consulting Engineers, will significantly increase the water available for...
Oct 09, 2015
ASKWAR HILONGA His Nanofilter innovation entails nanofilters, each engineered for a specific body of water, absorbing the contaminants present
A Tanzanian chemical engineer has won the first Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation with his specialised water-filtration system - a sand-based water filter that cleans contaminated drinking water using bespoke nanotechnology. The Africa Prize is an initiative of...
Oct 09, 2015
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), the US space agency, announced on Monday that flowing water almost certainly exists on Mars today. From high-resolution images, scientists have discovered evidence of hydrated salts that are produced by salt,...
Oct 09, 2015
SELF-SUFFICIENCY Depending on the model, an Eau de Vie system can filter and chill at least 50 ℓ/h directly on-site
Studies conducted by public–private civil-society collaboration the 2030 Water Resources Group indicate that by 2030, there will be a 17% gap between water supply and water demand if users continue a similar water consumption pattern without planning for future...
Oct 09, 2015
CATALYSED VERSATILITY The GenEon patented generators deliver various volumes of the sanitiser, degreaser and cleaning solutions through electro chemical activation
Water-engineering company GenEon Technologies US introduced a water-based sanitation technology using electro chemical activation of water to provide a range of sustainable, multipurpose cleaning and sanitation solutions to small, medium-sized and microenterprises...
Oct 08, 2015
Local innovation will undoubtedly provide solutions to many of the challenges faced by Africa, as it sets the tone for progress and enables businesses to gain a competitive advantage, create additional jobs and change peoples’ lives. Speaking as part of a panellist...
Oct 08, 2015
To promote innovation in the continent’s healthcare sector, diversified health and wellbeing company Philips has launched its first Innovation Fellows Competition, aimed at uncovering and supporting ideas that will change the local health industry, while assisting in...
Oct 08, 2015
The South African government has recognised the need to increase the country's research and development (R&D) budget. This was stated by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria. He was...
Oct 02, 2015
ACCELERATING TREND The amount of aluminium used in vehicles is expected to increase by about 100% or more in North America and globally
The automotive industry’s shift from manufacturing vehicle body panels in steel to manufacturing them in aluminium is a trend that is expected to significantly accelerate, says aluminium industry representative body the Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa)....
Oct 02, 2015
FUTURE INNOVATION The brake’s patented solution uses a 0.3 m2 vacuum plate below the vehicle, which activates in 0.1 seconds and produces a downforce of 15 000 N
Sweden-based automotive safety systems manufacturer Autoliv is showcasing a new vacuum braking system – the Torricelli brake – developed to significantly reduce the stopping distance for autonomous emergency braking (AEB) in vehicles. The Torricelli brake is a...
Oct 02, 2015
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has announced that its new Inundu airborne electronics testing, evaluation and training pod had made its first test flight on September 10. The successful flight was undertaken from Lanseria International...
Oct 02, 2015
FITTING PART The PureTech family of three-cylinder engines is fitted on several Peugeot models
French multinational automobile and motorcycle manufacturer PSA Peugeot Citroën received the International Engine of the Year Award for its three-cylinder Turbo PureTech engine, which ranked top in the 1-litre to 1.4-litre category, in June. PSA Peugeot Citroën notes...
Oct 02, 2015
LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN The composite parts are made using laminate construction of advanced carbon weave-epoxy material
Western Cape-based aircraft and automotive composites products manufacturer AAT Composites is ramping up production of several automotive component composite parts for a UK-based, high-end automotive manufacturer. AAT Composites, which was awarded the contract of...
Oct 02, 2015
MARKET IMPERATIVE Automotive components imports remain vital as these parts are needed for the aftermarket sector
As the volatile rand rate causes a flux in the logistics and import market, there has been a definite paradigm shift in the market as the industry moves towards a more integrated and, therefore, cost-effective solution for the automotive import process, reports...
Oct 02, 2015
RISK FACTOR South Africa’s automotive industry, government and labour are continuously engaging to avoid another strike to protect the industry and retain employment
In addition to mitigating rising manufacturing input costs, a potential prolonged strike in 2016 is the most significant challenge the automotive components sector could face, avers professional services firm KPMG. “The previous strike created considerable negative...
Oct 02, 2015
LOCAL INITIATIVE A developed local supply chain could enable component manufacturers to buy more reliable and cost-effective subcomponents and materials, locally
South Africa’s light vehicle production has increased only marginally in the past five years – 533 000 units were produced in 2014 – with local content of automotive components also stagnating at a low 35%, compared with levels of more than 80% in countries such as...
Oct 02, 2015
South African company Saab Grintek Defence is currently actively marketing its BattleTek military command and control (C2) simulation system to a number of African countries as well as to two in South East Asia and two in South America. “The local capability we’ve...
Oct 02, 2015
NEW FUNCTION Volvo Trucks’ tyres can now be lifted 140 mm off the road surface when the second driven axle is disengaged
The new tandem axle lift function of Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo Trucks’ vehicles makes it possible for a truck to disengage and raise the second driven axle during operation, thereby providing a better road grip and lowering fuel consumption when a truck is...
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