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SA Innovation Summit competitions open for entries

By: Anine Kilian     24th June 2016 The organisers of the SA Innovation Summit 2016 have called on inventors, innovators and established companies to enter their prototype or product into the Inventors Garage and SA Innovation Legends Pitching Den competitions. The theme of this year’s summit is ‘Innovation acceleration – scaling... 

Cape Town doctor aiming to rewrite the sports safety-gear script  

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2016 Fifteen years ago, Dr Chris Leatt witnessed the death of a fellow motorcycle rider a few weeks after his four-year-old son, Matthew, got on a bike and fell in love with the sport. “Alan Selby had fallen at the top of a hill and I travelled up with the paramedic to assist,” says Leatt from his... 

Cape Town doctor aiming to rewrite the sports safety-gear script

New nuclear programme localisation target likely to be 50%

By: Keith Campbell     24th June 2016 The South African government is looking at securing a local content level of 50% in the country’s proposed new nuclear power plant (NPP) programme. This was stated recently by South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) Board Chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm at a press briefing at the Necsa... 

Powerhouse merger completed

     24th June 2016 Global technology, engineering, procurement and construction company KBR announced late last month that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire specialised engineering, scientific and technical services provider Wyle. 

Powerhouse merger  completed
SMOOTH ACQUISITION Wyle will become a KBR business unit within KBR's government services segment and will maintain much of its current structure to ensure business continuity

Young innovators vital to overcoming local water challenges

By: David Oliveira     22nd June 2016 Although South Africa faced complex challenges relating to water and sanitation, it also provided opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators to find solutions to those challenges, Water Research Council (WRC) innovation and impact group executive Mandla Msibi said on Wednesday. Speaking at... 

Joburg slips in Networked Society rankings

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2016 Johannesburg has slipped a number of spots in the latest Networked Society City Index; however, some progress is still being made and there are signs of improvements. The 2016 edition of the report, compiled by Ericsson and released on Wednesday, ranked Johannesburg at 35, down from the 29... 

Mophatlane named combined Telkom Business Connexion CEO

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2016 Business Connexion (BCX) CEO and cofounder Isaac Mophatlane has been appointed CEO of the newly integrated Telkom Business Connexion, responsible for Telkom Business and BCX. This followed the finalisation of Telkom’s multibillion-rand buy-out of BCX last year. 

South African tech to help clean up 'space junk'

By: News24Wire      20th June 2016 Researchers in Stellenbosch have developed avionics for the two DebrisSats which will remove space junk in orbit around the Earth. But a local satellite project - developed by CubeSpace, one of Stellenbosch University’s Innovus spin-out companies - plans to help alleviate the situation. 

New imaging technology to potentially disrupt optical industry

By: Henry Lazenby     13th June 2016 Former Vancouver-based rare earths explorer Elissa Resources has in February rebranded as NexOptic Technology and turned its attention to developing cutting-edge imaging technology in cooperation with Calgary-based acquisition target Spectrum Optix. NexOptic CEO Paul McKenzie explained to... 

New imaging technology to potentially disrupt optical industry
Photo by NexOpticTechnology
A rendering of a comparison of a traditional telescope and the NexOptic telescope prototype

South African, Tunisian researchers display potential of light to increase bandwidth 

By: David Oliveira     10th June 2016 Researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have published their findings in a study that shows it is possible to increase bandwidth using the patterns of light used in optical communications links. The researchers,... 

South African, Tunisian researchers display potential of light to increase bandwidth
South African, Tunisian researchers display potential of light to increase bandwidth

Five themes affecting global factory automation

By: Nadine James     10th June 2016 Industrial systems consultants Architects Integrating Industry South Africa (AI2SA) MD Petrus Klopper notes that there are five key themes affecting factory automation globally. He notes that while it is difficult to identify singular trends it is possible to group the key developments that are... 

Five themes affecting global factory automation
PETRUS KLOPPER Automation refers to the instrumentation and control equipment, systems and processes in industrial applications

New best-in-class industrial robots launched this year

By: Nadine James     10th June 2016 Industrial automation solutions supplier Omron launched 49 new best-in-class Adept Robots in April. The robots – now available in 39 countries; including South Africa –  are integrated with Omron sensors, safety components and machine automation controllers that were all designed to simplify the... 

New best-in-class industrial robots launched this year
RISE OF THE MACHINES The robots' applications are relevant to most packaging lines

SA invited to join Russian-led physics project to study post-Big Bang matter

By: Keith Campbell     10th June 2016 Russia has invited South Africa to join Project Nica, which is a major scientific programme to build a superconducting particle collider. The name Nica is derived from the full title of the project: Nuclotron-based Ion Collider fAcility. Construction started in 2013 and the commissioning of the... 

South Africa’s supercomputing facility unveils the fastest computer in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     7th June 2016 The fastest computer in Africa, named Lengau (cheetah in Setswana) has been unveiled at the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Cape Town. The new petaflop system is the first of its kind on the continent and is aimed at boosting services for researchers and scientists working on... 

South Africa’s supercomputing facility unveils the fastest computer in Africa
Lengau, Africa's fastest computer

Pandor urges South Africa to engage venture capital companies to invest in science, technology

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd June 2016 South Africa should actively engage local venture capital companies to encourage and facilitate joint investments in commercial science, technology and public-benefit projects, says Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor. Speaking at the National Advisory Council on Innovation's Business... 

Pandor urges South Africa to engage venture capital companies to invest in science, technology
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor

Fossils of new plant and invertebrate species discovered along N2 in the Eastern Cape 

     1st June 2016 Controlled rock cutting explosions for the upgrading of a portion of a major national road in the Eastern Cape have led to the discovery of a treasure trove of fossils from an ancient river mouth ecosystem. “A number of new invertebrates, as well as excellently preserved plant fossils of the... 

Fossils of new plant and invertebrate species discovered along N2 in the Eastern Cape

mLab partners with CSIR to foster mobile health development

By: Anine Kilian     27th May 2016 Mobile solutions laboratory mLab Southern Africa has joined forces with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to stimulate more open innovation and development within the mobile health (mHealth) and wellness sector. The partnership, announced Friday, would include a number of... 

mLab partners with CSIR to foster mobile health development

CSIR launches new facility to support biomanufacturing

By: David Oliveira     27th May 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) launched the R90-million Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) at the CSIR’s main campus, in Pretoria, earlier this month. The R90-million investment had resulted in new infrastructure, pilot-scale equipment, enterprise... 

Global nuclear agency ready to help African countries adopt atomic power

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2016 The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, has reaffirmed his organisation's readiness to help African countries adopt nuclear energy, if they wish to. "Your country [South Africa] is the only established user of nuclear power [in Africa]. Other countries... 

Space agency hampered by tight finances

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2016 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) is seeking to fulfil its mission despite challenges. “All government entities are under pressure, given the state of the economy. We’re expected to do a lot more, with less,” points out Sansa Corporate Communications Manager Vaneshree Maharaj.. One... 

Countdown begins for South Africa’s Square Kilometre Array project 

     20th May 2016 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst speaks to journalist Keith Campbell about the SKA and MeerKAT programmes. 

Countdown begins for South Africa’s Square Kilometre Array project

Countdown begins for key South Africa-linked radio astronomy developments

By: Keith Campbell     20th May 2016 South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array will be ready to start scientific observations by the end of next month, South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced at last month’s Third SKA African Partner Countries Ministerial Meeting. By then, 21 antennas would be... 

Countdown begins for key South Africa-linked  radio astronomy developments

Green car ferry going into operation mid-2017

     20th May 2016 German electronics and industrial conglomerate Siemens has been commissioned to provide a complete electro-technical solution for a car ferry for Finnish sea and lake transport provider FinFerries.  

Green car ferry going  into operation mid-2017
GREEN CAR FERRY The ferry car will be about 90 m long and 16 m wide with capacity for a maximum of 90 cars

MTN South Africa eyes return to growth with aggressive investment

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2016 Telecommunications giant MTN South Africa (SA) plans to spend billions of rand this year in an attempt to claw itself back onto a growth path after a two-year decline in a moderate growth market. CEO Mteto Nyati on Thursday said MTN SA would inject more than R12-billion of capital expenditure... 

MTN South Africa eyes return to growth with aggressive investment

HIV vaccine trial to launch in SA

By: Sane Dhlamini     18th May 2016 An early-stage HIV vaccine clinical trial in South Africa has concluded that an investigational vaccine regimen was safe and generated comparable immune responses to those reported in a landmark 2009 study which showed that a vaccine could protect people from HIV infection. The National Institute... 

HIV vaccine trial to launch in SA

Consulting engineer highlights need for new wave of technoproject managers

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th May 2016 The role of traditional technical managers should be redefined and enhanced to improve project success, giving rise to techno-project managers, states South Africa-based black-owned engineering consulting firm Gibb. “Depending on the type and size of a client’s project, the roles of professionals... 

Two SA doctors make top 10 nominations for Innovation Prize for Africa 2016 ceremony

By: African News Agency      9th May 2016 Two South African doctors are among the ten people nominated for the Innovation Prize for Africa, the African Innovation Foundation announced on Monday. South Africans Dr Imogen Wright (South Africa), who invented Exatype – a software solution that enables healthcare workers to determine HIV... 

Drones to deliver much-needed medicine in Rwanda

By: African News Agency      9th May 2016 Three private American-based companies will team up with the Rwandan government to begin delivery of much-needed medical supplies to areas around the country where medical treatment remains virtually inaccessible, one of the partners said on Monday. The UPS Foundation – the community arm of the... 

Drones to deliver much-needed medicine in Rwanda

Pandor launches three new chairs as part of initiative to retain talent 

By: African News Agency      5th May 2016 South African Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor launched three new chairs within the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) as part of the South Africa and United Kingdom (UK) bilateral research chair initiative. Pandor said that the establishment of the three new chairs... 

Pandor launches three new chairs as part of initiative to retain talent
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor

SA air traffic agency signs deal for regional space-based control system 

By: Keith Campbell     3rd May 2016 South Africa’s air traffic management agency, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), announced on Tuesday that it had signed an agreement with US-domiciled global space-based company air traffic surveillance system company Aireon. Under the agreement, ATNS and Aireon will together develop... 

MeerKAT and SKA astronomy projects making ‘good progress’

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2016 The memorandum of understanding (MoU) for institutionalising cooperation in radio astronomy between South Africa and the other Square Kilometre Array (SKA) African partner countries was approved at the recent Third SKA African Partner Countries Ministerial Meeting, at Muldersdrift, north west of... 

Rhino sanctuary receives thermal imaging equipment to combat poaching

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2016 Intelligent security company Axis Communications donated R300 000 worth of thermal imaging equipment, in April, to detect poaching intrusions to the Thaba Manzi Wildlife Services rhinoceros sanctuary, in Limpopo. The sanctuary is home to dozens of animals that are either privately owned or were... 

Rhino sanctuary receives thermal imaging equipment to combat poaching
RHINO IN THE BUSH The thermal cameras will enable rangers to detect and stop poachers before they can get close to the rhino

SA ‘will be ready’ to begin Square Kilometre Array construction in 2018

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2016 SKA South Africa (SKA SA), the local organisation responsible for the country's involvement in, and contributions to, the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, has been authorised by the Ministers of Finance and Science and Technology to start buying land for the core site... 

SA ‘will be ready’ to begin Square Kilometre Array  construction in 2018

Product diversity caters for varied market

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd April 2016 Owing to its diversification in design, from concept stage to manufacturing finished products at its factory in Wadeville, Gauteng, motion, control technologies and systems manufacturer Germiston Hydraulics believes it can cater for the varying demands in the hydraulics and pneumatics market in... 

Wits’ Lee Berger named in TIME 2016 list of world's most influential people

By: Sane Dhlamini     21st April 2016 University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) professor Lee Berger has been added to the 2016 TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s yearly list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Berger is an award-winning palaeoanthropologist, researcher, explorer, author and speaker from the Evolution Studies... 

Wits’ Lee Berger named in TIME 2016 list of world's most influential people
Lee Berger

EU, South Africa move ahead with innovation programmes

By: Kim Cloete     20th April 2016 The European Union (EU) has reiterated its committed to continuing its support for South Africa in the field of science and technology. “Science and technology is a lynchpin in our collaboration. We’ve witnessed how South Africa is gradually but consistently moving ahead towards a knowledge-based... 

EU, South Africa move ahead with innovation programmes
EU Ambassador to South Africa Marcus Cornaro

DST commits to research hubs, despite budget squeeze

By: Kim Cloete     19th April 2016 Advances in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) programme, a significant fluorochemical expansion initiative and a R30-million science centre in Cofimvaba, in the Eastern Cape, were highlighted during the yearly Science and Technology budget vote debate in Parliament on Tuesday. Science and... 

DST commits to research hubs, despite budget squeeze
Science & Technolgoy Minister Naledi Pandor on a tour of the various exhibitors that the department funds
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