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South Africa should push energy efficiency

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th June 2018 A report commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and compiled by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has called for energy efficiency to be given “the priority it deserves” in future versions of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The report, “The State... 

Defence group upgrading imagery service for civil, military clients

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 The Intelligence business of Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) will soon be able to provide clients with a digital platform for imagery (largely, but not solely, from satellites). Called OneAtlas, it is the result of years of development work and testing by the company, which operates its own... 

Aerospace facility aims to help country master new technologies

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 In South Africa, the aerospace and defence industries have a responsibility to provide technological leadership for the rest of the economy. This is because they are leading sectors for the development, introduction and use of innovations and new technologies, argues Centurion Aerospace Village... 

South Africa’s metrology institute reports successful food safety conference

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th June 2018 The National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) announced earlier this week that it had held its first Africa Food Safety Workshop during the first week of this month, in Pretoria. The event was attended by delegates form South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. They represented... 

SOURCE hydropanel launches in S Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2018 Zero Mass Water has launched its SOURCE hydropanel, which applies thermodynamics, materials science and controls technology to produce potable drinking water from only sunlight and air, in South Africa.  

SOURCE hydropanel launches in S Africa
Zero Mass Water's SOURCE hydropanel

First African tetrapods discovered in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2018 Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, together with South African palaeontologist Dr Rob Gess, on Friday announced the discovery of the first African fossils of Devonian tetrapods, or four-legged vertebrates. The two new species, named Tutusius umlambo, after Archbishop... 

First African tetrapods discovered in South Africa
Photo by Dylan Slater
Tetrapod fossil

AI can optimise manufacturing processes; awareness needed

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 Artificial intelligence (AI), data and automation tools can aid manufacturers in enhancing and optimising their processes, says Cape Town-based machine learning startup DataProphet cofounder and MD Frans Cronje. The company specialises in developing AI solutions for the manufacturing industry,... 

AI can optimise manufacturing processes; awareness needed
FRANS CRONJE Artificial intelligence should be seen as a tool for taking skills, knowledge and experience, and sharing it among new workers entering the world of employment

Company can save manufacturers years in R&D

8th June 2018 The world of augmented reality (AR) offers manufacturers a solution that can save them years in research and development, says information and communications technology provider T-Systems manufacturing and automotive sales and service management head Dereshin Pillay. AR can also save... 

Company can save  manufacturers years in R&D
DERESHIN PILLAY AR can also save manufacturing companies money spent on building, testing, rebuilding and retesting prototypes

Companies moving towards emerging technologies

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There is strong indication that manufacturing companies will in the short term start using emerging technologies. This is according to ‘The Mobile Corporation in South Africa 2018’ report, based on research conducted by research organisation World Wide Worx, in partnership with enterprise... 

Companies moving towards  emerging technologies
DEIRDRE FRYER Using the most suitable technology in the right areas can give rise to large cost reductions for businesses

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 It is vital for South Africa to maintain a manufacturing sector that is internationally cost competitive and can produce quality end-products, says Germiston-based material transfer solutions provider Weba Chute Systems MD Mark Baller. “The manufacturing industry has been under a lot of... 

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector
LATEST TECHNOLOGY Weba Chute Systems uses the latest techniques and technologies to ensure optimum accuracy during the design and engineering phases, which also facilitate improved efficiencies

MeerLICHT launch signals world’s first optical/radio telescope collaboration 

7th June 2018 The South African Astronomical Observatory and the Department of Science and Technology last month launched the MeerLICHT optical telescope at the Observatory site in Sutherland, which will be ‘the eye’ of the MeerKAT radio telescope. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more. 

MeerLICHT launch signals world’s first optical/radio telescope collaboration
MeerLICHT launch signals world’s first optical/radio telescope collaboration

Rhodes’ Centre for Biological Control awarded R68m contract to help control alien plants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 The newly-established Centre for Biological Control (CBC) at Rhodes University has been awarded a R68-million contract by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).  

Rhodes’ Centre for Biological Control awarded R68m contract to help control alien plants
DEA Deputy Director General Dr Guy Preston & Centre for Biological Control Director Professor Martin Hill

Necsa has suspended radioisotope production because of a non-risk technical problem 

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th June 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on Tuesday that there had been a “non-risk” incident at its NTP Radioisotopes subsidiary. This incident resulted in the activation of safety protocols, which temporarily halted the production of medical radioisotopes. At no time was... 

Necsa has suspended radioisotope production because of a non-risk technical problem
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An aerial view of Necsa’s complex at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria

'Hi, I'm Pepper' – first humanoid robot in South Africa gently introduces herself

By: News24Wire      5th June 2018 At your next hotel check-in, you might just be assisted by a robot. Well, perhaps not quite yet, but the first humanoid robot in South Africa is an indicator of the capability of artificial intelligence (AI). Pepper, a humanoid chat robot was recently unveiled at Nedbank's digital-branch, the... 

Global atomic agency stresses importance of safety skills development

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed two agreements with African nuclear regulatory bodies at the National Nuclear Regulator's (NNR’s) recent 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference. The agreements were designated "Practical Arrangements" and were between the IAEA and the... 

Small modular reactors offer promise, but face major challenges

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 Worldwide, there is significant interest in the development of small and medium modular reactors (SMRs). “At the moment there are 11 countries developing about 50 SMR designs and four units are under construction or have a certified design,” said University of Pretoria Mechanical and Aeronautical... 

South African space component heading beyond the Moon

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th May 2018 South African enterprise Space Advisory Company (SAC), part of the Somerset West, Western Cape province-based SCS Aerospace Group, has supplied a key component for a joint Dutch-Chinese science payload on China’s recently launched Chang’e-4 spacecraft. The component is a digital controller unit,... 

South African space component heading beyond the Moon
Photo by SCS Aerospace Group
The NCLE Digital Receiver with the SAC digital controller unit integrated into it

SAAO, DST launch optical telescope that will serve as 'the eye' for the MeerKAT

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2018 The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) on Friday inaugurated the MeerLICHT optical telescope, in Sutherland, in the Northern Cape, to function as "the eye" of the MeerKAT radio array – the country’s precursor to the Square Kilometre... 

SAAO, DST launch optical telescope that will serve as 'the eye' for the MeerKAT
Photo by Marleny Arnoldi
The MeerLICHT optical telescope

Lost in space?

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th May 2018 Analysts say that the planet Earth’s rapidly-growing space economy could hit $600-billion by 2030 and $1-trillion by 2040. Clearly, the space economy, worth some $350-billion today, is growing rapidly.  

SKA to cost South African airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2018 The South African component of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme had become a major "headache" for the South African aviation sector, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Executive Manager Jeoffrey Matshoba pointed out in his presentation to the... 

Bloodhound timelines revised 

22nd May 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about the latest developments with the Bloodhound supersonic car’s landspeed record attempt, which will be held at the Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape. 

Bloodhound timelines revised
Bloodhound timelines revised

Alaris Holdings to acquire US radio frequency manufacturer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2018 Global radio frequency technology holding group Alaris Holdings’ Alaris Investment Holdings UK subsidiary has signed a membership interest purchase agreement for the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding membership interests of an undisclosed limited liability company based in the US... 

Small modular reactors offer great promise but face major challenges 

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 Worldwide, there is significant interest in the development of small and medium modular reactors (SMRs). “At the moment there are 11 countries developing about 50 SMR designs and four units are under construction or have a certified design,” said University of Pretoria Mechanical and Aeronautical... 

Rosatom, Zambia to build nuclear science centre

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2018 Russia’s Rosatom and Zambia have signed an agreement for the construction of the Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) in the Southern African country. Construction of the centre will be the first joint project between Russia and Zambia in the field of nuclear technologies.  

Hera telescope takes shape in the Karoo 

By: Kim Cloete     11th May 2018 The construction of a radio telescope that will look for the first stars in the universe, is making headway near Carnarvon, in the Northern Cape. It is also making waves for the way it has involved the local community and boosted the local economy.    

Space agency’s upgraded Space Weather Warning Centre reopened

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th May 2018 The South African National Space Agency’s (Sansa’s) Space Weather Regional Warning Centre, at Hermanus in the Western Cape, was recently officially re-opened by Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane following its recent upgrade. This is the only Space Weather Regional Warning... 

Increased demand for locally manufactured drones in Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 South African fixed-wing drone manufacturer and supplier Aerial Monitoring Solutions (AMS) has seen the biggest demand for its Eagle Owl drones in Africa, mainly for mining surveying and security. The Eagle Owl is perfect for the three Ds of industrial work: dull, dangerous and dirty. With AMS... 

Increased demand for  locally manufactured drones in Africa
Photo by Dylan Slater
ADAM ROSMAN The Eagle Owl is a robust, multipurpose drone that has a modular design

Decorative concrete market looking good

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Decorative concrete solutions can raise the aesthetic value of both new projects and renovations, and construction chemicals company Chryso Southern Africa is participating in the market to supply such solutions for aesthetic and practical applications, company CEO Norman Seymore tells... 

Decorative  concrete market looking good
LUMINESCENT LUMINTECH This technology contains particles that are incorporated into the concrete skin and glow in the dark

FujiFilm unveils innovation centre to get closer to clients 

10th May 2018 Fujifilm has opened its new, more compact innovation centre, in Johannesburg, in an effort to get closer to its customers. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

FujiFilm unveils innovation centre to get closer to clients
FujiFilm unveils innovation centre to get closer to clients

DST outlines plans to boost mining, manufacturing

By: Kim Cloete     9th May 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has outlined its investments in innovations in mining, with R186-million over the next three years being earmarked for targeted research and development to modernise South Africa’s mining industry. Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko... 

DST committed to making inroads despite tight budget

By: Kim Cloete     9th May 2018 The Department of Science and Technology will be working on a tight budget of R7.8-billion this year, but hopes to make inroads in programmes and innovations across South Africa. The money will be used to address transformation, through key research, development and support initiatives.  

Africa is opportune for energy, smart solutions development – Schneider Electric

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2018 Automation and energy management multinational Schneider Electric on Tuesday revealed its strategy for the African continent and how it relates to creating smart cities – taking cognisance of challenges and opportunities.  

Africa is opportune for energy, smart solutions development – Schneider Electric
Photo by Marleny Arnoldi
Schneider Electric Middle East and Africa region president Casper Herzberg & Schneider Anglophone Africa cluster president Albert Fuchet

Innovators emerge with novel ways to treat, conserve water

By: Kim Cloete     4th May 2018 Innovators from South Africa and Austria have met with potential partners and investors in Cape Town to present ideas to reduce the amount of water currently used in agriculture. The 17 innovators were chosen as finalists in the Agri-Water Open Innovation Challenge out of a pool of 70... 

Firm sees taxis and mine trucks as logical hydrogen transport pioneers

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology can serve the local taxi industry and be used in large opencast mines where several haul trucks operate in a limited radius. One hydrogen fuelling station could serve an entire fleet. Such applications would eliminate the need for a dispersed suburban and urban... 

Upgraded Sansa Space Weather Warning Centre rededicated

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 The South African National Space Agency’s (Sansa’s) Space Weather Regional Warning Centre, at Hermanus in the Western Cape, was officially rededicated on Thursday by Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane following its recent upgrade. This is the only Space Weather Regional... 

Upgraded Sansa Space Weather Warning Centre rededicated
Photo by Sansa
Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and Sansa Space Science MD Dr Lee-Anne McKinnell in the centre, right and left respectively, holding the rededication plaque. Sansas CEO Dr Val Munsami is at the extreme left. The other staff in the photo are unidentified

Sars introduces electronic reporting requirements for customs clients

By: African News Agency      20th April 2018 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) said on Friday it would at the weekend introduce a new electronic cargo reporting system to track the movement of cargo into and out of the country. Sars said the paperless system would bring an end to one of its last remaining paper-based processes and... 

Sars introduces electronic reporting requirements for customs clients

Cape institution uses space to train students and benefit country at same time

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Engineers and researchers at the French South African Institute of Technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) are in an advanced stage of developing the institution’s second nanosatellite, designated ZACube-2. “CPUT has used CubeSat programmes to encourage students to train... 

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