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Career day drums up interest in science and technology

By: Schalk Burger     26th August 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) career day, part of the Department of Science and Technology’s national science week, garnered significant interest from schoolchildren and undergraduate students, says CSIR human capital development manager Joseph Tshikomba. Chemistry... 

Centre developing clean tech SMEs to support low-carbon transition

By: Schalk Burger     26th August 2016 The Climate Innovation Centre South Africa (CICSA) of The Innovation Hub plans to increase the number of clean technology small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to support the transition of government and industry to a less carbon-intense economy, says CICSA innovation specialist Nhlakanipho... 

Broadband Infraco shows signs of improvement

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th August 2016 With revenue having reached record levels and losses narrowing significantly during the year to March 31, State-owned entity Broadband Infraco has turned earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation- (Ebitda-) positive for the first time. This is in line with promises made by... 

Tiny Stellenbosch satellite ready for launch from ISS

By: News24Wire      25th August 2016 It is ready, set, go for a nanosatellite developed in Stellenbosch that will be launched along with 49 others from the International Space Station (ISS) early in 2017. Weighing just 2kg, the ZA-Aerosat was developed by at Stellenbosch University's electronic systems laboratory by the university's... 

Denel optimistic about its regional aircraft project

By: Keith Campbell     24th August 2016 The Denel Group, South Africa’s State-owned defence and aerospace business, is upbeat on the future of its Small African Regional Aircraft (Sara) project. “We have progressed well on the Small African Regional Aircraft concept, and have developed a full-scale mock-up as part of the R&D [research... 

Denel optimistic about its regional aircraft project
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
A model of the Denel Sara

Games stimulate development of problem-solving skills, Intel avers

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2016 Games offer effective methods for students to engage with and master problem-based learning, and stimulate critical thinking and active learning, says Intel Middle East, Turkey and Africa director of innovation Hitendra Naik. The use of games in education is still in its formative stages, but... 

Games stimulate development of problem-solving skills, Intel avers
HITENDRA NAIK There are few more effective ways to get pupils to engage with educational content and technology than through the use of games

Blockchain technology can improve multistakeholder process integrity

By: Schalk Burger     12th August 2016 The blockchain technology promises to improve the integrity and transparency of a variety of process and workflows in industry and commerce, says Wipro global treasury and payments services executive business advisor Mary Ann Francis. Blockchain is a method that relies on stakeholders having... 

F1 competition exposes children to engineering and technologies

By: Schalk Burger     12th August 2016 The Formula One (F1) in Schools Technology Challenge, a worldwide competition in which 44 countries participate, promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills, as well as their role in commercial operations, says South African education equipment company Sangari MD Bez Sangari.... 

F1 competition exposes children to engineering and technologies
AURORA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL TEAM Kamohelo Petlele, Nompumelelo Masuku, Jeanette Manengula, Nompumelelo Mawa, Malindi Ngobese and Asiphe Mgangane with the gas-powered F1 model car

Deep Space Industries joins race to mine asteroids

By: Henry Lazenby     10th August 2016 Deep Space Industries (DSI) has entered the race to launch spacecraft that will identify and mine near-earth asteroids, in the hope of establishing a new space economy. The California-based company on Tuesday announced plans to fly the world’s first commercial interplanetary mining mission. Its... 

Deep Space Industries joins race to mine asteroids
Photo by Bryan Versteeg/Deep Space Industries
A conceptual image of Deep Space Industries' Prospector X prototype satelite

South African becomes deputy head of key international nuclear group

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2016 For the first time, a South African has been elected to be vice-chair of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) High-Level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG-MR). This is despite the fact that South Africa is not a... 

South African becomes deputy head of key international nuclear group
Photo by NTP Group
Tina Eboka (left) and Rilla Hamilton (right)

From elevated inspections to stock analysis, drones begin making business impact

By: Dylan Slater     5th August 2016 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs) have the potential to significantly change the way many industrial, engineering and mining operations are conducted, with the ability to reach difficult to access areas and remove people from hazardous situations.  

From elevated inspections to stock analysis,  drones begin making business impact

South African inspection robot attracting international interest  

     28th July 2016 Johannesburg company Ryonic Industries is receiving both national and international interest in its newly developed pipeline inspection robot.  

South African inspection robot attracting international interest
South African inspection robot attracting international interest

Cape Town’s Iziko Planetarium set for major digital upgrade 

By: Kim Cloete     28th July 2016 Cape Town’s much-loved Iziko Planetarium will undergo a thorough R27-million digital upgrade, culminating in a state-of-the-art digital full dome immersive theatre facility by early 2017. In tune with the digital revolution, the Iziko Planetarium will migrate from analogue to full dome digital... 

Cape Town’s Iziko Planetarium set for major digital upgrade

Dinosaur fossil found in South Africa finally gives up its secrets

By: News24Wire      27th July 2016 A remarkable dinosaur fossil discovery made by a South African palaeontologist in 2005 has finally revealed its secrets. The fossil, the most complete ever found of a species known as Heterodontosaurus tucki, was recently scanned at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble,... 

Flight data soon to be sent live through satellite communication technology 

By: Dylan Slater     22nd July 2016 The decades-old conventional flight data recorders found in every commercial airliner might soon be replaced, or at least supplemented by a feed of recorded data to a land-based server.  

Flight data soon to be sent live through satellite  communication technology
A320 COCKPIT Either the Aviator 200S or 700S systems will be employed in the Airbus A320 from 2018 onwards to provide a seamless connection between the aircraft cockpit and Inmarsat’s extensive global satellite network

Nurtured skills to benefit engineering sector

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd July 2016 Owing to there being a lack of welders, technicians and fitters, nonprofit organisation TEACH South Africa (TEACH) believes that nurturing pupils’ skills in mathematics, science and English in primary and secondary schools could significantly help to address the challenges in the engineering... 

Nurtured skills to benefit engineering sector
TEACH SOUTH AFRICA To address challenges in the engineering sector

Teaching scholarship in education under spotlight

By: Keith Campbell     22nd July 2016 Advancing teaching innovation and research excellence in higher education will be the focus of this year’s Annual Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Conference. The conference, in its tenth year, is an international gathering of academics and researchers that will be held at the Southern Sun... 

E-commerce a $22tn market of opportunities – Unctad

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th July 2016 The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) has unveiled a new electronic commerce (e-commerce) initiative to assist emerging economies in leveraging the rapidly growing $22.1-trillion market. The global e-commerce market has increased 38% since 2013, with business-to-business... 

E-commerce a $22tn market of opportunities – Unctad

MeerKAT’s First Light image a significant milestone for South Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th July 2016 Marked as the first significant scientific milestone achieved by the MeerKAT radio telescope, the telescope’s First Light image of the sky, released by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Friday, proved that it was “the best radio telescope of its kind in the southern hemisphere”.... 

MeerKAT’s First Light image a significant milestone for South Africa

Budding app economy to provide broad benefits for commerce and society

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2016 The application (app) economy in South Africa can provide the benefits of mobility for many aspects of civil service and commerce, as well as support business growth and broader access to government resources. However, the immaturity of the local app economy, compared with those in developed... 

Budding app economy to provide broad benefits for commerce and society

Role of 3D printing in development of aircraft components rising

By: Dylan Slater     15th July 2016 The rise of additive manufacturing technology, or three-dimensional (3D) printing, is spurring accelerated levels of development in a broad range of items, as concepts can be manufactured at a fraction of the costs and time it would otherwise have taken to develop parts using conventional... 

Role of 3D printing in development of aircraft components rising
AHRLAC PART 3D Solids have helped developed service parts from engineering thermoplastics for the Ahrlac aircraft

Vodacom, DoH deploy real-time medicine availability monitoring app

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2016 Telecommunications giant Vodacom and South Africa’s Department of Health (DoH) have spent the last few months deploying a mobile-based real-time system that monitors the availability of medicines at primary healthcare (PHC) clinics and mitigates sporadic through recurring challenges of medicine... 

The disrupted will become disruptors in fourth industrial revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th July 2016 The fourth industrial revolution – the “digital era” – is set to change the pace of adaptation, in line with Moore’s Law, or result in companies being left out in the cold. The exponential growth of the fourth industrial revolution and the rapid transitional momentum that was under way, would... 

The disrupted will become disruptors in fourth industrial revolution

Airbus says incremental development strategy is taking shape

By: Keith Campbell     8th July 2016 With a comprehensive range of modern or modernised designs, European airliner manufacturer Airbus (part of the larger Airbus Group) is currently focused on the incremental improvement and further development of its existing airliner designs (as well as manufacturing processes and services, not... 

Airbus says incremental development strategy is taking shape

Oil-free compressors display benefits at expo

     8th July 2016 At Foodex 2016, in April, in Birmingham, compressor and pump manufacturer Gardner Denver discussed the importance of air purity across all aspects of food and beverage processing, showcasing oil-free models from across its vacuum and pressure range. The company explains that unlike compressed air... 

Oil-free compressors display benefits at expo
OIL-FREE MODELS SHOWCASED There are many cost-efficiency and safety benefits that can be realised by commissioning oil-free technology

Sasol reports sharing information with universities benefits both sides

By: Keith Campbell     8th July 2016 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol warns that maintaining strict secrecy regarding intellectual property (IP) hampers cooperation between businesses and universities and thus constrains the development of new innovations, to the disadvantage of business. This was pointed out by Sasol... 

Young innovators seen as key to overcoming local water challenges

By: David Oliveira     8th July 2016 Although South Africa faced complex challenges regarding water and sanitation, it also provided opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators to find solutions for them, Water Research Council (WRC) innovation and impact group executive Mandla Msibi said last month. Speaking at the Youth and... 

Cybercrime protection too much of an inconvenience, new report finds

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2016 More than 8.8-million South Africans fell victim to some form of cybercrime over the last year, but it remained “too much of a hassle” to implement security measures, a new report by security software provider Norton by Symantec has revealed. The Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report showed that... 

Cybercrime protection too much of an inconvenience, new report finds

Companies not leveraging tech to fight fraud – KPMG

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th July 2016 Technology, along with weak internal controls, has become an enabler for fraudulent activity, however, companies were not doing enough to fight back with technology, a new report by advisory firm KMPG has found. Some 24% of the 750 fraudsters across 81 countries currently under forensic... 

Acquisition provides extended platform for future innovations

     1st July 2016 Communications and information technology company Nokia early last month announced its plans to acquire US-based Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) solutions provider Gainspeed via Nokia’s virtual Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) product line, reports Nokia fixed networks business group... 

Acquisition provides  extended platform for  future innovations
COMPLETION OF MERGER Upon the closing of the planned transaction, Gainspeed would become part of Nokia's fixed networks business group

South Africa takes steps to nurture nascent biomanufacturing industry

By: David Oliveira     1st July 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC), a biomanufacturing innovation hub aimed at supporting small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) to enter the local bio-industry, will have provided about R50-million worth of... 

South Africa takes steps to nurture nascent  biomanufacturing industry

System to reinforce western Norwegian grid

     1st July 2016 Records for the longest and deepest 420 Kv cross-linked polyethylene insulation (XLPE) submarine cable system were broken early this month by manufacturing company Nexans in an undersea installation commissioned to reinforce the grid in western Norway.  

System to reinforce western Norwegian grid
RECORD BREAKING DEPTHS The project involved 90 km of cable laid, at its deepest point, 390 m below sea level

Sasol experience shows sharing information with universities benefits both sides

By: Keith Campbell     28th June 2016 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol warns that maintaining strict secrecy regarding intellectual property (IP) hampers cooperation between businesses and universities and thus constrains the development of new innovations, to the disadvantage of business. This was pointed out by Sasol... 

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
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