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Sep 04, 2015
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa project's radio antennae positioner took top honours at this year’s Southern African Institute of Steel Construction Steel Awards, which took place on Thursday night at Emperor’s Palace, in Ekurhuleni. This year marked the...
Sep 04, 2015
South African guided weapons, unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and space company Denel Dynamics plans to increase its revenues to more than R2-billion within five years. This was reported by company CEO Tsepo Monaheng at its annual "Show and Tell" briefing in Centurion,...
Sep 04, 2015
Mining solutions provider MBE Minerals South Africa’s Pneuflot technology has attracted worldwide attention since its launch in 2012, says company MD Johannes Kottman, who adds that Pneuflot is already surpassing conventional flotation technology in terms of...
Sep 03, 2015
Farmers must not be blinded by the bells and whistles of technology, understanding that the blind adoption of precision farming technology will not make them better farmers. “In a long-term business like farming, technology isn’t a short cut to success. It’s a...
Aug 28, 2015
To celebrate South Africa’s top researchers’ continued pioneering work in advancing knowledge creation and innovation, the yearly National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards was held in Durban on Thursday. University of Cape Town (UCT) Department of Astronomy Professor...
Aug 28, 2015
The US House of Representatives took a firm stance on commercial space exploration when it passed the Space Resources Exploration and Utilisation Act of 2015 (SPACE Act) in May, providing an opportunity for companies to get off the ground and embrace a new era of...
Aug 28, 2015
REPOSITIONED ENGINEERING Daliff re-engineered several machining processes and enhanced its quality-control systems
Having received direct approval in 2014 from aerospace major Airbus that it is a credible supplier, Cape Town-based machined components supplier Daliff Precision Engineering aims to secure machining contracts from international Airbus Tier 1 suppliers within the next...
Aug 28, 2015
ASCENDING AFRICA Airbus customers in the African region account for 255 orders since 1974 while there are currently 209 Airbus aircraft in service with 38 carriers in the region
In the past two years, European airliner maker Airbus has added eight African and Indian Ocean airlines to its regional operators’ base, continuing a growth trend that began in the mid-1970s and which is firmly on track to meet the region’s future needs for over 970...
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Aug 28, 2015
MECHATRONIC MANUFACTURING Pupils can explore and trial picking, sorting and handling systems, as well as the integration of these subsystems to create a manufacturing circuit
The Mechatronics laboratory, or MecLab, at science centre Sci-Bono, in Newtown, Johannesburg, will enable school pupils to build, test and operate industrial handling and automation systems, says Sci-Bono CEO David Kramer. “A key problem that educators and industries...
Aug 28, 2015
EN ROUTE Paramount Group aims to produce between 10 and 15 Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft a year at its new production facility
Having celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft’s (Ahrlac’s) first flight in July, South Africa-based defence solutions business Paramount Group says it will soon be able to set/finalise the aircraft’s...
Aug 28, 2015
MARKET APPROACH The design and production of a 3/8 mounting tray will now enable a full range of mounting trays to be developed locally
In aiming to identify a business growth opportunity in the local aerospace industry, the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) at the end of last year assisted Cape Town-based machining and assembly company Daliff Precision Engineering in developing a mounting...
Aug 28, 2015
HIGH VOLUME AAT Composites uses press claves and autoclaves to manufacture sophisticated composite parts, with a moulding capacity of more than 10 000 items a month
Western Cape-based aircraft and automotive composites products manufacturer AAT Composites has invested in new machining and manufacturing technology, valued at about R20-million, to increase its competitiveness in the global aerospace industry. AAT Composites’ key...
Aug 26, 2015
If there were enough space to accommodate the 163 computer boffins who applied to take part in an IBM-supported hackathon at the eighth South African Innovation Summit, which opened at the Cape Town stadium on Wednesday, the event would have been the biggest...
Aug 25, 2015
A new species of dinosaur, the Rain Lizard, has made its debut in the growing catalogue of exciting fossil finds in the Free State. The main characteristic of the Rain Lizard or, Pulanesaura eocollum, an ancestor of the enormous Brontosaurus, is that it would have...
Aug 21, 2015
Germany-based cable manufacturer Helukabel has introduced advanced cables, with the ability to maintain their function integrity for up to two hours in a fire, into the local market. The new Helufire PH30/120 cables are specifically used for fire alarm and emergency...
Aug 21, 2015
Austria-based textile and nonwoven cellulose fibres producer Lenzing showcased its Lenzing FR fibre as a complete solution for applications in firefighter protective clothing, at this year’s Interschutz international trade fair, which is hosted in June every five...
Aug 21, 2015
A key priority for South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel is to develop its capabilities in what is known, in defence jargon, as C4ISTAR – command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and...
Aug 21, 2015
ENSURING FOOD SECURITY The CSIR believes that new traits in the production of GM maize will impact positively on the country's economy
Significant developments in genetically modified (GM) crops have been made in South Africa’s agriculture sector , including increased crop yield, which has a direct impact on food production and food security, and a decrease in the use of pesticides and herbicides in...
 
 
 
 
Aug 21, 2015
Fire suppression solutions provider Tyco Fire Protection Products (TFPP) has introduced a mobile application (app) that streamlines the process of selecting a portable fire extinguisher. The easy-to-use Ansul Red Line app offers a customised experience for a range of...
Aug 21, 2015
Owing to local companies’ commitment to legally comply with safety standards, power management company Eaton aims to increase market awareness of its intelligent addressable fire systems this year, states Eaton Africa business development manager Neil Primrose....
Aug 21, 2015
Specialist South African company Alaris Holdings has completed its take-over of US business Antenna Research Associates (ARA). The deal was originally announced in February. Alaris Holdings was previously known as Poynting Holdings and is listed on the AltX of the...
Aug 21, 2015
ACTIVE APPLICATION The Advanced Fire Information System currently has 30 pilot projects worldwide
To achieve its aim of increasing global interest in its satellite-based Advanced Fire Information System (AFIS), South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) launched AFIS in East Africa three months ago and plans to...
Aug 18, 2015
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The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is working with other government departments to plan the roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell technology in agricultural parks in South Africa, as well as in schools and clinics. DST director-general Phil Mjwara told the...
Aug 11, 2015
Denel Group CEO Riaz Saloojee
Leading US – indeed, international – defence publication Defense News has ranked South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel as the second largest defence manufacturer in the southern hemisphere and one of the top 100 in the world, in terms of revenues...
Aug 07, 2015
SASOBIT An asphalt additive that reduces the viscosity and penetration, while increasing the softening point, of bitumen
With local road infrastructure gradually deteriorating, most bitumen and asphalt customers are likely to consider products, additives and mixes that could significantly extend the life of roads, says petrochemicals major Sasol. “Road-deterioration challenges could be...
Aug 07, 2015
MITIGATION ACTION The introduction of the bitumen reactor forms part of SprayPave’s measures to mitigate challenges such as the supply of different grades of bitumen
A bitumen reactor – the first of its kind in Africa, and the second of its kind in the world – that can, among other things, modify and enhance bitumen penetration grades for the local roads industry, will be one of the key products highlighted at this year’s...
Aug 07, 2015
The country's State-owned defence industrial group Denel hopes that the Department of Defence and the South African National Defence Force will give a favorable response to the proposed "future roadmap" for Denel's Rooivalk attack helicopter. This was stated by group...
Aug 07, 2015
South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to endorse new technological directions in the asphalt sector and to promote alignment with international pavement technology trends at this year’s Conference on Asphalt...
 
 
 
 
Aug 07, 2015
High-temperature furnaces manufacturer Carbolite in June unveiled its new Carbolite CAF G5 ash-fusibility furnace, which is now locally available through laboratory equipment and analytical instruments supplier Labotec, Carbolite’s South African agent.
Aug 07, 2015
South Africa's defence acquisitions and research and development (R&D) agency Armscor is considering reorganising itself to better meet the changing demands on the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the local defence industry. "We're looking into...
Aug 07, 2015
RESEARCH DRIVE Aurecon’s papers will include a discussion on rheological and viscoelastic properties of bitumen binders and aggregate stone
Engineering, management and specialist technical services firm Aurecon will present two key technical papers on the characterisation of road seals materials at the 2015 Conference on Asphalt Pavements for Southern Africa (Capsa), which will be held at Sun City, in...
Aug 07, 2015
South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has reported that it had enjoyed a most successful financial year during 2014/2015. "This has been another really good year for us," enthused Group CEO Riaz  Saloojee. "This year under review was a remarkable...
Aug 07, 2015
REQUEST INCREASE The use of steel slag as an asphalt aggregate, modified bitumen binders and warm-mix asphalt technologies are generating additional interest from industry
Industry’s drive towards sustainability and innovation is the impetus behind the use of recycled asphalt materials, and implementing new and alternative initiatives in asphalt technologies and applications in the road construction and rehabilitation sector, says...
Aug 07, 2015
VERSATILE ABILITY The Corelok measures the gravity of asphalt
To assist the civil engineering and roads industry in attaining accurate asphalt testing results to provide quality roads, Pretoria-based laboratory equipment supplier Reliance Laboratory Equipment aims to provide the latest technology in the testing of asphalt....
Aug 05, 2015
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Jul 31, 2015
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has announced that it had awarded the country’s first remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) pilot’s licence. It was issued on Friday, July 10, to SACAA employee and qualified commercial pilot Nicole Swart,...
Jul 31, 2015
PARKS TAU Digital access is becoming as much an equity issue in society as access to water and electricity
As part of its commitment to a smart city, the City of Johannesburg is digitally empowering citizens to ensure that they are fluent in the uses and possibilities of the digital space.
Jul 31, 2015
UK SPONSORSHIP The project is a rich vein of scientific collaboration
The global launch of the British sponsorship of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) took place in Centurion earlier this month ahead of the cars arrival in South Africa, in 2016, for its attempt to break the world land speed record with a design speed of 1 690 km/h.
 
 
 
 
Jul 29, 2015
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South Africa’s extensive bounty of valuable minerals can be traced to ancient super volcanoes, according to a researcher. “The super volcanoes of the past 2.7-billion years left us with something unique in the world – after all the drama, our part of the continent...
Jul 28, 2015
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The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Necsa’s) subsidiary company NTP Radioisotopes has, in conjunction with the Steve Biko Academic Hospital/University of Pretoria and Germany’s ITG Isotopes Technologies Garching, undertaken a new anti-cancer procedure in...
Jul 28, 2015
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Tesla CE Elon Musk
The heads of leading technology companies will on Tuesday join the cosmologist Stephen Hawking, the cognitive scientist Noam Chomski and a host of the world’s leading artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics researchers in calling for an international ban on the...
Jul 24, 2015
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research transport and freight logistics research group head Dr Jacomine Grobler has been awarded the 2015 JD Roberts Award for Emerging Researchers for her contribution to the development of mathematical models and optimisation...
Jul 24, 2015
A recent study into the shortcomings and strengths of legislation and practices relating to biosafety and biosecurity at a laboratory level in South Africa has pointed to the need for greater collaboration between research institutions, as well as for a centralised...
 
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