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Dec 12, 2014
TO BE PHASED INTO SERVICE The first MeerKAT dish, with another 63 to come
Germany’s Max-Planck-Society (MPG) and the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPlfR) are investing €11-million (about R150-million) into South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array programme. The money will be used to design, build and install S-band radio...
Dec 12, 2014
SKA South Africa (SAK SA), the agency responsible for the country’s KAT-7 and MeerKAT radio telescope arrays in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape and for the South African contribution to the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project, has...
Dec 12, 2014
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ALASTAIR DE WET Small businesses can potentially work together with software companies to buy and use products legally
Engineering software specialist company Autodesk has implemented special prices, including rental options, to make its widely used engineering design and manufacturing software programs available to small business in Africa. The most significant reason why companies...
Dec 12, 2014
South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Algeria’s University of Blida have agreed to set up a Joint Centre of Excellence (JCoE) for aeronautics research. The agreement takes the form of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed at...
Dec 10, 2014
A Rustenburg-based company that converts upcycled plastic bags into solar panel school bags that charge while children walk to school and act as a light source to enable them to to study at night has been featured on international news organisation CNN’s ‘African...
Dec 08, 2014
The Delta IV rocket carrying the Orion lifts off
The prototype of US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa’s) latest manned spacecraft, Orion, successfully carried out its first test flight on Friday. The flight lasted about 4.5-hours. The vessel was carried aloft, from the US Air Force’s Cape...
Dec 05, 2014
The Delta IV rocket carrying the Orion lifts off
The prototype of America’s latest manned space craft, Orion, was launched on its first flight at 14:05 South African time on Friday. The vessel was carried aloft from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa’s) Kennedy Space Flight Centre at Cape...
Dec 05, 2014
Captain Sandy Bayne (left) and Senior First Officer Andrew Smit in SAA’s A340-600 full flight simulator
South African Airways (SAA) announced on Friday that it was implementing an innovative technique to ensure more efficient and more rapid landings at airports. The technique, designated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation as the Required Navigational...
Dec 05, 2014
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Dec 02, 2014
SKA South Africa (SKA SA), the agency responsible for the country’s KAT-7 and MeerKAT radio telescope arrays in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape and for the South African contribution to the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project, has...
Dec 02, 2014
The first MeerKAT dish
Germany’s Max-Planck-Society (MPG) and the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPlfR) are investing €11-million (about R150-million) into South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array programme. The money will be used to design, build and install S-band radio...
Dec 02, 2014
South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Algeria’s University of Blida have agreed to set up a Joint Centre of Excellence (JCoE) for aeronautics research. The agreement takes the form of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed at...
Nov 28, 2014
DISCOVERING MATHEMATICS An effective teacher can make mathematics concepts accessible for children, enabling them to discover mathematics principles
Electronic engineering research and development company Keystone Electronics notes that many of the engineering graduate candidates it interviews lack a firm grasp of key foundational mathematical and scientific concepts. Keystone Electronics subjects candidates to...
Nov 28, 2014
FRANS JOHANSSON The only risk to companies’ sustainability is doing the same thing over and over
Logic alone does not confer a competitive advantage and companies must increase collaboration to capture latent potential innovations that will improve the business, says entrepreneurial and innovation consultant Frans Johansson. Expertise is not a sufficient...
Nov 28, 2014
The Space Science division of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) is focusing its attention on space research in the South Polar region and in the upper atmosphere, with particular interest in phenomena called Transient Luminous Events (TLEs), but more...
Nov 21, 2014
JAMES ROBERTS The MOM incubator was designed to help babies in developing nations who were dying in conflict-struck nations or who do not receive hospital care
A low-cost, inflatable incubator won this year’s international James Dyson design award, which aims to encourage and inspire the next generation of design engineers.
Nov 21, 2014
Global technology group Siemens is supporting engineering students in skills development and technological innovation through its 2014 Cyber Junkyard competition, at which the College of Cape Town took the top award.
Nov 21, 2014
The seventh International Symposium on Macro- and Supramolecular Architectures and Materials (MAM) will reinvigorate the link between academia, industry and international partners to stimulate the application of local research and growth of the economy, says science...
 
 
 
 
Nov 21, 2014
SMEC LIFE SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMME Thus far, more than 70 civil engineering students from the Durban University of Technology Pietermaritzburg Campus have benefitted from the programme
According to professional services firm SMEC South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal-based office, its workplace integrated learning and training initiative for civil engineering students from previously disadvantaged communities – the life skills training programme that has...
Nov 21, 2014
The story of the salvage of the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia, which took place from May 2012 to July 2014 (the refloated ship was towed into Genoa harbour on July 27, and is now being scrapped) is well known in general outline, as is the fact that the Salvage...
Nov 14, 2014
Major US aerospace group Boeing is continuing to strengthen its cooperation with South African companies and institutions. “We already have strong relationships with Aerosud, with Cobham Aviation (wi-fi antennas) and with 43 Air School,” points out Boeing Commercial...
Nov 14, 2014
The basic idea behind the creation of a nuclear network in South Africa is to prevent the country developing a mess of overlapping bilateral and multilateral cooperative agreements between institutions, as a result of ad hoc, or narrowly focused arrangements. Under...
Nov 14, 2014
The Potchefstroom campus of the North West University (NWU) recently hosted a workshop to plan the creation of a network for nuclear education, science and technology in South Africa. The creation of such a network would bring this country into line with many other...
Nov 14, 2014
A year after its formation, the New Foundry Generation Forum (NFGF) has reported significant productivity improvements, and has witnessed the invention of simulation software and three-dimensional (3D) printing technology for the foundry industry.
Nov 10, 2014
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is set to officially open the Centre for Nanotechnology Innovation at Rhodes University, in Grahamstown, on November 14, placing the institution at the forefront of international nanotechnology research. The centre will...
Nov 10, 2014
A review by multinational science academy organisation, the InterAcademy Council (IAC), of the African Science Academy Development Initiative (Asadi) has concluded its “significant success” – both in terms of meeting its stated objectives and in its wider positive...
Nov 07, 2014
COMOS WALKINSIDE SIMULATORThe COMOS simulator supports multiple avatars to test a team’s performance and communication on the plant
Multinational electronics company Siemens unveiled a working model of the Curiosity Mars Rover – which is the biggest robot to land on Mars – at its Future of Manufacturing Conference at the Birchwood Conference Centre in Boksburg last week.
Nov 07, 2014
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer rolled out the first prototype of its KC-390 military transport and air-to-air refuelling aircraft at its Gavião Peixoto plant in São Paulo state on October 21. The aircraft is the biggest type yet developed by the company and...
 
 
 
 
Nov 07, 2014
At the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 exhibition in September, State-owned defence industrial group Denel made an announcement that has the potential to dramatically transform the South African aerospace industry. Two of the group’s companies, Denel Aerostructures...
Nov 06, 2014
High-speed communications testing at the Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) land-speed record attempt site at Hakskeenpan, in the Northern Cape, had delivered promising results, Bloodhound information technology head Sarah Covell said on Thursday. Speaking to...
Nov 03, 2014
Dr Rob Adam
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has announced that Square Kilometer Array (SKA) South Africa project director Dr Bernie Fanaroff will retire from the position at the end of 2015, after which he will serve as a strategic adviser to the project until...
Oct 31, 2014
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The South African Breweries (SAB) Foundation has named local innovation, Bee-Pak, a compact bee farming system, as the R1-million prize-winner of its fourth Annual Social Innovation Awards.   The Bee-Pak was a flat-pack composite beehive system with an encapsulated...
Oct 31, 2014
MEETA PATEL Design thinking complements traditional business planning and product design
Enterprise resource planning giant SAP is offering customers software tools that analyse product data and context to enable the rapid design of products and solutions, thereby significantly improving responsiveness and innovation. The tools are based on the rapid...
Oct 31, 2014
BIOLOGICALLY ACTIVE COSMETICS UP plant scientists are exploring the cosmetic and medicinal applications of more than 100 indigenous plants used in traditional remedies
Scientists at the University of Pretoria (UP) Plant Science department are researching the medical and cosmetic applications of indigenous plant species traditionally used for ailments among the more than 100 indigenous South African medicinal plants already...
Oct 31, 2014
Deputy Science and Technology Minister Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi has hailed the high quality of the people working at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the importance of their work. She was speaking at the recent 2014 CSIR Excellence Awards...
Oct 30, 2014
Plans to increase gross domestic expenditure on research and development (GERD) to 1.5% of gross domestic product by 2019 are yet to be formally adopted, despite the target being incorporated in the draft strategic plan of the Department of Science and Technology...
Oct 28, 2014
Oct 27, 2014
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor
The African continent had to move away from being a “client” in terms of accessing scientific information to rather having customers coming to the continent to access its information, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said on Monday. Speaking at the...
 
 
 
 
Oct 24, 2014
MILL EFFICIENCY Large stainless steel producers are looking for mill concepts offering high capacity and reduced operation costs
While increasing energy costs and the necessity to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions call for more energy efficient cars, trucks, machines and plants, the steel and stainless steel industries have focused on developing new steel grades with higher strength for...
Oct 24, 2014
COMPARABLE QUALITY The Italian Welding Institute indicated favourable quality, welding ability and penetration results for the stainless steel MIG wire
Stainless steel metal and inert gas (MIG) welding wire, locally produced by stainless steel bar and wire producer Wire Products Stainless Steel (WPSS) since 2010, was tested by the Italian Welding Institute, in Genova, in the past two months and was found to be...
Oct 24, 2014
OPERATIONAL LONGEVITY The most prominent benefit of the 8499/ 8470/ 8477/ 8478 series of stainless steel castors is corrosion resistance
Castor manufacturer Tente Castors South Africa introduced its stainless steel 8499/ 8470/ 8477/ 8478 series of stainless steel castors this year, says company technical manager Steve Thomas. The series comprises swivel, swivel with total lock, fixed and P67 plate...
Oct 24, 2014
SAFETY SOLUTION The Leuze S420 stainless steel switch is ideal for the food and beverage industries where strict cleanliness and hygiene control are critical
Local sensor solutions company Countapulse Controls is locally distributing a new stainless steel safety hinge switch from Germany-based sensor solutions company Leuze, which offers a solution for mechanically and hygienically challenging problems in sectors such as...
Oct 24, 2014
South Africa’s defence, aerospace and maritime industries contribute to the country’s economy through the development and maintenance of high level scientific, engineering, technological and technical skills and jobs, as well as advanced design, development and...
 
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