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Oct 31, 2014
Updated 7 hours ago 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
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Oct 24, 2014
EASY PRINTING The PRO-Mark LCD pin-marking machine uses programmable marking and component identification
Stainless steel clamping and identification systems distributor Banding & Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) acquired a PRO-Mark liquid crystal display (LCD) pin-marking machine at the end of last year and demonstrated the machine’s capabilities at the Electra...
Oct 22, 2014
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The Embraer KC-390
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer on Tuesday 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. The aircraft is the biggest type yet developed by the company and...
Oct 17, 2014
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South Africa’s current innovation landscape was based on exclusivity, preventing ordinary citizens from participating in this space, National Advisory Council on Innovation (Naci) policy investigation senior specialist Dr Ntsane Moleleki said on Friday at a National...
Oct 17, 2014
While the National Science and Technology Forum‘s (NSTF’s) discussion forums showcased the work achieved and policy development in key areas, more had to be done in terms of lobbying for the implementation of key government policies, NSTF executive director Jansie...
Oct 17, 2014
CSIR president and CEO Sibusiso Sibisi
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 2014 CSIR Excellence Awards ceremony...
Oct 17, 2014
Personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Dromex has made significant strides this year in the supply of its South African Bureau of Standards- (SABS-) approved D59 product range to the local market, says Dromex CEO Stel Stylianou. “The D59 acid and flame workwear...
Oct 17, 2014
STANDARD APPROVED The Guardex flame-retardant treatment has been tested and approved to the National Fire Protection Authority (NFPA) 2112 standard
Since the introduction of the flame-retardant 100%-cotton Guardex fabric range to the local market in October, last year, personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning chemicals, paper products, and industrial consumable supplies supplier G Fox & Co has...
Oct 17, 2014
FALL PROTECTION The Thermatek harness is being trialled in the steel, petrochemicals and power-generation industries
Owing to the prospect of construction and infrastructure projects in South Africa being rolled out, and with maintenance at completed projects ongoing, the demand for fall-protection gear, such as harnesses and accompanying accessories, is likely to increase, says...
Oct 17, 2014
SAFETY EYEWEAR Bramhope Safety Solutions is the sole distributor of Italian-manufactured eyewear, recently launched in South Africa
Safety products supplier Bramhope Safety Solutions has registered a 90% business increase in the past year and expects another exponential increase, with the expansion of its retail footprint from seven to about 800 shops by the middle of next year, Bramhope CEO Isak...
Oct 17, 2014
CHEMICAL PROTECTION The Tychem 4000 S is laminated with a chemical barrier film that prevents permeation by inorganic and organic chemicals
Owing to recent chemical protection advances in industry, science and innovation company DuPont de Nemours South Africa launched its new Tyvek 800 J and Tychem 4000 S coveralls last month. The new coveralls are additions to DuPont’s chemical protection Tyvek and...
 
 
 
 
Oct 17, 2014
INDUSTRY FIRST The Metal-Safe personal protective garments are made from Lenzing FR, antistatic, high-strength synthetic and other fibres
Local specialised protective-clothing manufacturer Charnaud introduced its new Aci-Flam and Metal-Safe ranges of protective clothing to industry last month. Charnaud supplies products and specialised footwear to industries dealing with, for example, hot-metal...
Oct 17, 2014
The next two-and-a-half months could see major impetus given to wide ranging science and technology cooperation between Russia and South Africa, both bilaterally and within the multilateral Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group framework. Russia...
Oct 17, 2014
Russian nuclear group Rosatom is confident that it could supply nuclear-generated electricity to the South African market from Generation III+ pressurised water reactors (PWR) at a price significantly below that of coal-, oil- or gas-generated electricity. Rusatom...
Oct 17, 2014
With constant advancements taking place across the engineering, design and information and technology fields, South Africa is at the forefront of a major technology boom, which the Technology University Innovator event seeks to showcase.
Oct 15, 2014
Cape Town
A R3-million boost from First National Bank (FNB) has been received by a growing community of technology entrepreneurs in Cape Town to strengthen its network and help develop more start-ups in the technology sector. “This will be a real catalyst for us. The only way...
Oct 14, 2014
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has awarded Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa associate director Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, as well as University of the Free State vice-chancellor and rector and South African Institute...
Oct 10, 2014
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SOLAR CAR The University of Johannesburg Solar Car was designed using the ProductOne Creo design program
South Africa must improve its engineering-design capabilities to compete in a globalised world. The importance of product life-cycle design and the impact of design on all phases of production, supply chain logistics, use, support, decommissioning and redevelopment...
Oct 10, 2014
LODEWYK CILLIERS South Africa must adopt international best practice regarding IP protection and patent registration to accelerate research, development and commercialisation
Registration of patents and intellectual property (IP) supports innovation and the commercialisation of research and development (R&D) by supporting good business cases, says Spoor & Fisher partner and IP expert Lodewyk Cilliers. Good technology and patent...
Oct 10, 2014
South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has announced that it is partnering with local company Space Commercial Services Holdings Aerospace (SCSH) group to develop a maritime wide-area synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for use by small...
Oct 08, 2014
The roll-out of smart identity cards across the country continued on Wednesday with the launch of a home affairs department office in Durban dedicated to issuing the new smart IDs and passports. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba officially launched the new office...
 
 
 
 
Oct 06, 2014
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The UKZN racing team
A gruelling eight-day endurance race from Pretoria to Cape Town in cars powered only by the sun has ended with a team from the Netherlands scooping first position. The Nuon student team from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands won the Sasol Solar...
Oct 06, 2014
South African aerospace group Space Commercial Service Holdings (SCSH) has launched a self-developed microsatellite that uses an advanced remote sensing system to break up images in different spectral bands and unveil the earth’s surface in greater detail. The export...
Oct 03, 2014
South African aerospace companies Denel Aerostructures (DAe) and Denel Aviation, both part of the State-owned Denel Group, have unveiled a major new project – the South African Regional Aircraft (SARA). This is aimed at meeting a gap in the global market, preserving...
Sep 30, 2014
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) has brought art and science together in an exhibition celebrating ancient humanity’s appreciation of the night sky. In a first for the SKA Organisation, indigenous and local artists from South Africa and Australia have collaborated in...
Sep 26, 2014
Japan is working with a number of South African tertiary educational institutions, including the Tshwane University of Technology, to set up at least one Human Resources Development Centre in this country. At the TICAD V summit in June last year, Japan promised to...
Sep 26, 2014
In South Africa, the science of physics is today caught in a situation of paradox. “For physics in South Africa, it’s the best of times and the worst of times,” asserts South African Institute of Physics (SAIP) President Prof Irvy "Igle" Gledhill. “We have tremendous...
Sep 19, 2014
Following the release of her ground-breaking research into the way in which local exporters assessed foreign markets, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has formally honoured North-West University (NWU) Professor Wilma Viviers as one of seven global candidates for...
Sep 19, 2014
Defence industrial cooperation between South Africa and Brazil was highlighted at the recent III Brazil Defence Industrial Base Show (III Mostra BID-Brasil, as it is known in Portuguese), held in Brazil’s capital city, Brasília. The Brazilian Ministry of Defence (MD)...
Sep 16, 2014
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has maintained its upward trend in the yearly Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, moving up four places to 141 for the 2014/15 ranking cycle. The QS World University Rankings compare the top 800 institutions around...
Sep 12, 2014
Following the eruption of an “active region” near the centre of the sun on September 10, the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has cautioned that a solar flare, accompanied by a coronal mass ejection (CME), is travelling towards earth at an estimated 1493...
 
 
 
 
Sep 12, 2014
Nuclear medicine is defined by the Department of Medical Physics of the School of Clinical Medicine of the University of the Witwatersrand as “a speciality that makes use of radioactive tracers that emit gamma rays to assess the physio- logical functioning of organs...
Sep 12, 2014
Nuclear medicine is defined by the Department of Medical Physics of the School of Clinical Medicine of the University of the Witwatersrand as “a speciality that makes use of radioactive tracers that emit gamma-rays to assess the physiological functioning of organs...
Sep 09, 2014
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor
South Africa and the UK have launched a multimillion-rand fund to spark more innovation, science and technology in South Africa and more widely across sub-Saharan Africa. The governments of the UK and South Africa, as well as private companies and nongovernmental...
Sep 08, 2014
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says the partnerships with the eight other African nations that will host remote stations of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope remain strong and the countries are developing a new African network of telescopes....
Sep 05, 2014
The East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) officially launched its Science and Technology Park (STP) in East London, in the Eastern Cape, last month to accelerate economic development.
 
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