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Feb 26, 2015
The World Bank is working with other development finance institutions to raise some $500-million to modernise weather and flood forecasting services in Africa. Daniel Kull, a disaster risk specialist with the World Bank, said it was talking to lenders, including the...
Feb 20, 2015
Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology has lauded the achievements of retiring Square Kilometer Array (SKA) South Africa project director Dr Bernie Fanaroff, commending his “immeasurable contribution and hard work” in leading the team that...
Feb 20, 2015
LIGHTING LABORATORY Energywise's lighting laboratory’s service and equipment are available from the company for hire or purchase
In cooperation with electrical solutions company Magnet, lighting solutions provider Energywise Systems has established a specialist lighting service laboratory in Riverhorse Valley, Durban, which offers complete photometric, electric and thermal testing for light...
Feb 20, 2015
The Water Research Commission (South Africa’s national funding agency dedicated to water research and development) and the Department of Science and Technology are jointly running an innovation programme known as the Water Technologies Demonstration Programme...
Feb 20, 2015
PROVEN TECHNOLOGY Bulk hydrogen storage and handling is common in many industries, including the oil and gas industry, and can be applied to develop hydrogen infrastructure
Research regarding the use of South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs) in fuel cells and water electrolysis will enable electrification of remote communities and the use of hydrogen as a primary energy carrier in future. Hydrocarbons, mostly petroleum distillates...
Feb 20, 2015
HYDROGEN FUEL CELL Hydrogen technologies enable variable renewable energy to be stored
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) research organisation Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Infrastructure Centre has developed an electrochemical hydrogen compressor unit with no moving parts, which improves the commercial application of water electrolysis...
Feb 20, 2015
The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is expanding its technology portfolio of speciality gases. (Necsa subsidiary Pelchem has long been renowned for its production of fluorochemicals, including gases and acids.) Not only is the group adding production...
Feb 19, 2015
Technology and consulting company IBM on Thursday signed an Equity Equivalency Investment Programme (EEIP) with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) that would see IBM invest R700-million in skills development in the fields of science and technology  in South...
Feb 18, 2015
Feb 13, 2015
Feb 13, 2015
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Feb 13, 2015
 
 
 
Feb 13, 2015
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is committed to further stimulating innovation in South Africa. This includes seeking to reduce the obstacles faced by the country's innovators. She was talking to reporters on the first day of the recent Innovation...
Feb 06, 2015
Scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) form part of a international team of astronomers who have found three very bright gamma-ray sources in the Large Magellanic Cloud, using the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) observatory in Namibia. This...
Feb 06, 2015
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Feb 05, 2015
Feb 04, 2015
The KC-390 takes off on its maiden flight
The first prototype of the latest and largest aircraft type developed by Brazilian aerospace group Embraer, the KC-390 military airlifter and air-to-air refuelling aircraft, made its maiden flight on Tuesday. The aircraft took off from the airfield at the company’s...
Feb 03, 2015
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Project Isizwe founder and CEO Alan Knott-Craig Jr
The private sector should not look down on those who work in the public sector, asserted Project Isizwe founder and CEO Alan Knott-Craig Junior at the Innovation Bridge event in Pretoria on Tuesday. "A lot of guys that are in government are in government to make a...
Feb 02, 2015
President Jacob Zuma on Monday congratulated South African Professor and infectious diseases epidemiologist Salim Karim for receiving the African Union's (AU’s) prestigious R1.1-million Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award in the field of Earth and Life Science, for his...
Feb 02, 2015
South African born entrepreneur Elon Musk
To succeed, innovators with new ideas and start-up companies need passion, commitment and optimism. "Technologies are not made by doubters, cynics or sceptics," highlighted US venture capitalist Roman Kikta at the Innovation Bridge in Pretoria on Monday. "Technology...
Feb 02, 2015
The chairperson of the council of the University of Johannesburg and chairperson of the Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management, Professor Roy Marcus, has hailed the quality of South African innovators. At the same time, he lamented the fact that most of their...
Feb 02, 2015
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Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is committed to further stimulating innovation in South Africa. This includes seeking to reduce the obstacles faced by the country's innovators. She was talking to reporters on Monday, at the Innovation Bridge event in...
 
 
 
 
Jan 30, 2015
The international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope – which is to be jointly hosted by South Africa and Australia with, later, outstations in other countries – may not yet exist, but international scientific working groups are already deciding what...
Jan 30, 2015
Petrochemicals giant Sasol, which typically incinerates its waste sludge streams or sends them to hazardous waste sites, is increasing its use of composting to treat these streams at its Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga, reducing transportation and disposal costs, as...
Jan 30, 2015
South Africa is, in key respects, an ideal country to deploy the latest generation Integrated (coal) Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology for electricity generation. This is the view of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) Africa. “This technology needs...
Jan 23, 2015
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Jan 23, 2015
South Africa should reconsider Integrated (coal) Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology for future power stations, because refinements in the technology have greatly increased its efficiency and rendered its previous evaluation obsolete. So argues Mitsubishi...
Jan 22, 2015
Jan 16, 2015
On October 19, 2004, the world’s first exclusively biofuels powered production aircraft received its certification, allowing it to be flown operationally. That aircraft was (and is) the Neiva (now Embraer) EMB-202A Ipanema crop-duster. This is the most recent version...
Jan 16, 2015
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Masters degree in radar engineering, launched in 2011, is proving to be a success, with a healthy annual intake of about ten full time post graduate students. Furthermore, other students are pursuing the degree through distance...
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
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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
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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
When Reutech Radar Systems was set up in 1987, under its original name ESD South (ESD was a subsidiary of the then Barlow Rand group, since “unbundled”), its first programme was Project Hexagon, which the company consciously used to develop a profound understanding...
Dec 05, 2014
South African radar company Reutech Radar Systems (RRS) is planning to develop new products next year, while remaining focused on its core businesses. "This is to maintain our momentum in both the defence and commercial markets," says RRS CEO Carl Kies. RRS is a...
Dec 04, 2014
Pump manufacturer Grundfos has secured a S$1.4-million grant to develop a wastewater filtration system that enabled the reduction of capital investment and operational costs for wastewater treatment. The grant, awarded by the Singapore Environment and Water Industry...
Dec 04, 2014
 
 
 
 
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...
 
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