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Companies join forces to support local manufacturing

     23rd June 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), air defence developer, manufacturer and supplier Rheinmetall Air Defence AG – a division of German armament manufacturer Rheinmetall – global engineering and technology services company Siemens and engineering solutions company ESTEQ... 

Data is the new currency in manufacturing sector

     23rd June 2017 According to growth strategy company Frost & Sullivan, the Internet of Things and data analytics are transforming the manufacturing space, as data is the new currency. “With the rise of cognitive technologies, human intervention will no longer be needed for logical and reasonable decision-making.... 

Data is the new currency in manufacturing sector
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AUTOMATED MANUFACTURING Cognitive technology is advancing, especially in the automotive manufacturing sector

Joint venture to boost localisation and skills development

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 STEAG EOH Energy Services, a strategic joint venture (JV) – formed in February by JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH and German energy group STEAG Energy Services – has been actively pursuing opportunities in the local energy market, while identifying areas for localisation and skills... 

Local defence sector seeks strategic support from government

By: Keith Campbell     23rd June 2017 Pre-Cabinet level discussions are under way within the Government about transferring State-owned defence industrial group Denel from the aegis of the Department of Public Works to that of the Department of Defence (DoD). This was stated by Defence Secretary Dr Sam Gulube at a recent function... 

Revolution draws mixed reaction from industry

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 Although the fourth industrial revolution is set to disrupt almost every industry globally by transforming production, management systems and governance, Department of Science and Technology advanced manufacturing technologies acting director Sechaba Tsubella says for the manufacturing industry,... 

Revolution draws mixed reaction from industry
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MANUAL SACRIFICE The fourth industrial revolution will disrupt labour practices in the manufacturing industry

Tech watchers forecast major disruption on way for power utilities

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2017 The energy generation industry will be dramatically disrupted over the next ten to twenty years, and electricity could be close to free within the next twenty years. This will dramatically impact the power generation industry and will trigger a sea-change in the way it generates revenue, say... 

Tech watchers forecast major disruption on way for power utilities
TOM RAFTERY Utilities will be completely changed in ten years’ time

Untapped drone industry holds multibillion-rand potential for economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th June 2017 South Africa’s economy is set to earn around R2-billion and gain about 3 600 formal jobs through the economic output generated by the local drone industry, Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa economist Dr Roelof Botha believes. Speaking at Drone Con, in Midrand, last week, Botha said... 

Untapped drone industry holds multibillion-rand potential for economy

Proposed new version of A380 SuperJumbo unveiled

By: Keith Campbell     19th June 2017 Major global plane maker Airbus on Monday unveiled a proposed refined version of its flagship product, the A380 SuperJumbo airliner. This proposal is designated the A380plus, and is intended to increase the aircraft’s economics and efficiency while retaining passenger comfort. The A380plus... 

Education is the key to economic freedom, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      16th June 2017 Education is the most powerful weapon towards economic freedom, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. “Government has taken reasonable and practical measures in ensuring that young people are enrolled in schools and study in decent schools and not mud schools and other inappropriate structures,... 

Education is the key to economic freedom, says Zuma
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South African President Jacob Zuma

Brazilian agency providing remote sensing training for African countries

By: Keith Campbell     16th June 2017 Brazil’s Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE – National Institute for Space Research) has been providing training for Earth observation (EO) specialists from African and other countries (in Asia and Latin America), under its Capacitree programme, which is a capacity-building project... 

Expanding drone market holds big investment and job potential

By: Dylan Slater     16th June 2017 Large market value and a broad spectrum of industries, ranging from agriculture, mining, transport and logistics, to filmmaking are being disrupted by remotely piloted aircraft, otherwise known as drones, according to professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  

Mobile hard-drive shredder plant launched in Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th June 2017 Secure information technology (IT) asset disposal services provider Xperien has launched the first mobile hard drive shredder plant in Africa, which is a fully equipped Protection of Personal Information compliant truck that provides on-site degaussing and destruction facilities. Degaussing is a... 

New era in large satellite propulsion marked by recent launch

By: Keith Campbell     16th June 2017 The world’s first high-power satellite employing an all-electrical propulsion system, Eutelsat 172B, has been successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana, manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space announced on June 2. The new satellite will provide broadcast, in-flight broadband, and improved... 

Rocket technology idea wins Global Impact Challenge Award

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th June 2017 The idea to use innovative rocket technology that uses asteroid metal as fuel to achieve industrial-scale transport of mined asteroid material has been crowned the winner of the 2017 Singularity University Global Impact Challenge (GIC) Southern Africa edition competition. The US-based Singularity... 

Rocket technology idea wins Global Impact Challenge Award
JONATHAN LUN My idea is to use . . . a vacuum arc thruster, that consumes asteroid metal as fuel to achieve industrial-scale transport of mined asteroid material

Global business aviation group offering drone services in Africa

By: Keith Campbell     14th June 2017 Worldwide business aviation company ExecuJet announced on Tuesday that it has added unmanned air vehicle (UAV) services to its activities at its African bases (Johannesburg, Cape Town and Lagos). The company will, however, be able to deploy UAVs to any place in the continent, to meet customers’... 

Global business aviation group offering drone services in Africa
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ExecuJet Aviation Africa Director Gavin Kiggen

New TIA board inaugurated

By: Anine Kilian     12th June 2017 The new board of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) has been inaugurated by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor. The board members are Edward Kieswetter (chairperson), Professor Roy Marcus, Thabiso Ramasike, Fuzlin Levy-Hassen, Dr Jan van de Loosdrecht, Dr Judy Coates, Dr Steve... 

Innovation key to addressing youth employment – Pandor

By: Anine Kilian     9th June 2017 Recent statistics on youth unemployment highlight the need for South Africa to devote attention to science, technology and innovation, said Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor at a briefing on Friday, adding that “business as usual” would not work. The Quarterly Labour Force Survey,... 

Innovation key to addressing youth employment – Pandor
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor

State defence group Denel could be transferred from Public Enterprises to Defence 

By: Keith Campbell     9th June 2017 Pre-Cabinet level discussions are under way within the government about transferring State-owned defence industrial group Denel from the aegis of the Department of Public Works to that of the Department of Defence (DoD). This was stated by Defence Secretary Dr Sam Gulube at a function marking the... 

State defence group Denel could be transferred from Public Enterprises to Defence
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Secretary of Defence Sam Gulube

Innovation, entrepreneurship key to tackling unemployment

By: Anine Kilian     9th June 2017 South Africa needs to promote innovation and entrepreneurship if it wants to tackle mass unemployment, South African Youth Chamber of Commerce (SAYCC) president Thapelo Maleke has said. “In an era of radical transformation, the focus should be on digital change,” he noted at the Youth in Science,... 

Computational fluid dynamic simulation benefits industry

     9th June 2017 Numerical modelling of bulk processes using computer-based models provides a quicker and more beneficial method than manual calculations for complex steam generation systems, says engineering, construction and maintenance service provider Steinmüller Africa. Recently, full computational fluid... 

Computational fluid dynamic simulation benefits industry
STANDARD A generic industrial boiler from Cyclotherm South Africa

System positions company in good stead in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 Global electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand is using its lighting and motion management systems to position itself in the South African energy efficiency market. “We have seen a positive response from the South African market to these systems, with a pleasing... 

System positions company in good  stead in South Africa
SEEING THE LIGHT Legrand’s sensors improve the energy efficiency of buildings by automatically reducing the amount of time if lighting is left on unnecessarily

Moroccan fossils shake up understanding of human origins

By: Reuters     8th June 2017 The understanding of human origins was turned on its head on Wednesday with the announcement of the discovery of fossils unearthed on a Moroccan hillside that are about 100 000 years older than any other known remains of our species, Homo sapiens. Scientists determined that skulls, limb bones and... 

Prepare well for a digital future, advises Pragma

By: Kim Cloete     6th June 2017 Leaders in the management of buildings, machinery and assets have been advised to prepare well for a future in which digital solutions will take centre stage. Engineering company Pragma CEO Adriaan Scheeres told attendees at the Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA) conference, in... 

Digital technology influences rail industry positively

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 Rail infrastructure in South Africa is trending towards smart digital technologies that will influence the industry positively, says consulting engineers company Aurecon. “The integrated three-dimensional (3D) designs used particularly in South Africa are being used to plan and model rail... 

Digital technology influences rail  industry positively
FRANCOIS HEYNS It is not necessarily a case of building more infrastructure, but rather improving the efficiency of existing railways

Electronics supplier to launch latest tech

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 Electronics supplier Actum Electronics will launch railway technology manufacturer Pentair’s three-dimensional (3D) configurator tool program to customise racks and front panels in railway infrastructure at the Africa Rail exhibition on June 13 and 14 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in... 

US agency awards grant to SA IPP for Free State solar study

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd June 2017 The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Johannesburg-based independent power developer Pele Green Energy. The grant will fund a feasibility study to assess the viability of a 75 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant, in the Free State. US Consul General of Cape Town... 

US agency awards grant to SA IPP for Free State solar study
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NECESSARY ANALYSIS The grant funds a feasibility study to assess the viability of a 75 MW solar photovoltaic power plant, in the Free State

South Africa’s latest nanosatellite now in orbit

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2017 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) announced on Wednesday that South African nanosatellite nSight1 had been successfully launched from the International Space Station last week, on May 24. nSight1 was designed and built by SCS Space, part of the local SCS Aerospace Group, and is the... 

South Africa’s latest nanosatellite now in orbit
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The nSight1 nanosatellite, before it was sent into space

South Africa participates in international astronomy programme

By: African News Agency      30th May 2017 Astronomers from around the world, including South Africa, will attempt to study the rings of an exoplanet orbiting a star 63.4 light years away from earth. The international programme, being conducted between April 2017 and January 2018, would have astronomers observing Beta Pictoris, the second... 

Construction begins on world's largest telescope in Chilean desert

By: Reuters     29th May 2017 Construction began in Chile on Friday on the European Extremely Large Telescope, which when completed will be the world's largest optical telescope, some five times larger than the top observing instruments in use today. The size of the ELT has the potential to transform our understanding of the... 

South Africa’s space agency develops system to monitor crops

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 The Earth Observation (EO) Directorate of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has developed an advanced crop-monitoring system for South Africa that will also be made available to other African countries, in due course. “We are able to monitor their [the crops’] condition through... 

Chairside milling beneficial for dental industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 With the dental industry moving towards chairside milling for clinics, digital production solutions company Telpro Management launched electronics manufacturer Roland’s DWX-52DC tooth milling machine last month.  

Chairside milling beneficial for dental industry
ROLAND DWX-52DC The dental industry is moving towards chairside milling to shorten teeth replacement manufacturing time and reduce production costs

Country’s science and technology budget remains stable

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 The annual budget of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) remains stable, in real terms. “It’s in line with inflation,” DST Director General Dr Phil Mjwara told Engineering News Online at a recent press briefing. “It’s not declining, it’s not growing.” However, exchange rate volatility... 

Local company invests in space worthiness of new generation of space imagers

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 South African private-sector space company SCS Space is looking forward to establishing the spaceworthiness credentials of its Gecko imager, which is mounted on South Africa’s nSight-1 nanosatellite and which was scheduled to have been launched from the International Space Station on May 23.... 

Personalised medicine beneficial for medical industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 Medical laboratory DNAlysis Biotechnology has added the mygeneRx – which analyses genotypes to highlight drug responsiveness for cardiovascular disease, psychiatric and pain management – to its testing portfolio.  

Personalised medicine beneficial for medical industry
PERSONALISED MEDICINE The mygeneRx test enables patients to get on the right medication quicker

Cabinet approves revised National Radio Frequency Plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2017 South Africa’s Cabinet on Wednesday endorsed the revised National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP) 2017, submitted by the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, which aims to ensure the most efficient use of radio frequency spectrum. The Independent Communications Authority of South... 

South Africa, Namibia collaborate on science statistics

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd May 2017 South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) and Namibia’s National Commission on Research, Science and Technology will collaborate on the production of national scientific and innovation statistics, which enables the countries... 

Datatec confident of improvements after modernisation hits FY17 financial results

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2017 Dual-listed Datatec is confident of improving its performance as it enters the final stages of the modernisation programme of subsidiary Westcon-Comstor that had significantly dragged the group’s financial performance in the year ended February 28. Over the last few years, the information and... 

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