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Countdown begins for South Africa’s Square Kilometre Array project

     20th May 2016 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst speaks to journalist Keith Campbell about the SKA and MeerKAT programmes. 

Countdown begins for key South Africa-linked radio astronomy developments

By: Keith Campbell     20th May 2016 South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array will be ready to start scientific observations by the end of next month, South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced at last month’s Third SKA African Partner Countries Ministerial Meeting. By then, 21 antennas would be... 

Countdown begins for key South Africa-linked  radio astronomy developments

Green car ferry going into operation mid-2017

     20th May 2016 German electronics and industrial conglomerate Siemens has been commissioned to provide a complete electro-technical solution for a car ferry for Finnish sea and lake transport provider FinFerries.  

Green car ferry going  into operation mid-2017
GREEN CAR FERRY The ferry car will be about 90 m long and 16 m wide with capacity for a maximum of 90 cars

MTN South Africa eyes return to growth with aggressive investment

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2016 Telecommunications giant MTN South Africa (SA) plans to spend billions of rand this year in an attempt to claw itself back onto a growth path after a two-year decline in a moderate growth market. CEO Mteto Nyati on Thursday said MTN SA would inject more than R12-billion of capital expenditure... 

MTN South Africa eyes return to growth with aggressive investment

HIV vaccine trial to launch in SA

By: Sane Dhlamini     18th May 2016 An early-stage HIV vaccine clinical trial in South Africa has concluded that an investigational vaccine regimen was safe and generated comparable immune responses to those reported in a landmark 2009 study which showed that a vaccine could protect people from HIV infection. The National Institute... 

HIV vaccine trial to launch in SA

Consulting engineer highlights need for new wave of technoproject managers

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th May 2016 The role of traditional technical managers should be redefined and enhanced to improve project success, giving rise to techno-project managers, states South Africa-based black-owned engineering consulting firm Gibb. “Depending on the type and size of a client’s project, the roles of professionals... 

Two SA doctors make top 10 nominations for Innovation Prize for Africa 2016 ceremony

By: African News Agency      9th May 2016 Two South African doctors are among the ten people nominated for the Innovation Prize for Africa, the African Innovation Foundation announced on Monday. South Africans Dr Imogen Wright (South Africa), who invented Exatype – a software solution that enables healthcare workers to determine HIV... 

Drones to deliver much-needed medicine in Rwanda

By: African News Agency      9th May 2016 Three private American-based companies will team up with the Rwandan government to begin delivery of much-needed medical supplies to areas around the country where medical treatment remains virtually inaccessible, one of the partners said on Monday. The UPS Foundation – the community arm of the... 

Drones to deliver much-needed medicine in Rwanda

Pandor launches three new chairs as part of initiative to retain talent 

By: African News Agency      5th May 2016 South African Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor launched three new chairs within the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) as part of the South Africa and United Kingdom (UK) bilateral research chair initiative. Pandor said that the establishment of the three new chairs... 

Pandor launches three new chairs as part of initiative to retain talent
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor

SA air traffic agency signs deal for regional space-based control system 

By: Keith Campbell     3rd May 2016 South Africa’s air traffic management agency, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), announced on Tuesday that it had signed an agreement with US-domiciled global space-based company air traffic surveillance system company Aireon. Under the agreement, ATNS and Aireon will together develop... 

MeerKAT and SKA astronomy projects making ‘good progress’

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2016 The memorandum of understanding (MoU) for institutionalising cooperation in radio astronomy between South Africa and the other Square Kilometre Array (SKA) African partner countries was approved at the recent Third SKA African Partner Countries Ministerial Meeting, at Muldersdrift, north west of... 

Rhino sanctuary receives thermal imaging equipment to combat poaching

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2016 Intelligent security company Axis Communications donated R300 000 worth of thermal imaging equipment, in April, to detect poaching intrusions to the Thaba Manzi Wildlife Services rhinoceros sanctuary, in Limpopo. The sanctuary is home to dozens of animals that are either privately owned or were... 

Rhino sanctuary receives thermal imaging equipment to combat poaching
RHINO IN THE BUSH The thermal cameras will enable rangers to detect and stop poachers before they can get close to the rhino

SA ‘will be ready’ to begin Square Kilometre Array construction in 2018

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2016 SKA South Africa (SKA SA), the local organisation responsible for the country's involvement in, and contributions to, the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, has been authorised by the Ministers of Finance and Science and Technology to start buying land for the core site... 

SA ‘will be ready’ to begin Square Kilometre Array  construction in 2018

Product diversity caters for varied market

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd April 2016 Owing to its diversification in design, from concept stage to manufacturing finished products at its factory in Wadeville, Gauteng, motion, control technologies and systems manufacturer Germiston Hydraulics believes it can cater for the varying demands in the hydraulics and pneumatics market in... 

Wits’ Lee Berger named in TIME 2016 list of world's most influential people

By: Sane Dhlamini     21st April 2016 University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) professor Lee Berger has been added to the 2016 TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s yearly list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Berger is an award-winning palaeoanthropologist, researcher, explorer, author and speaker from the Evolution Studies... 

Wits’ Lee Berger named in TIME 2016 list of world's most influential people
Lee Berger

EU, South Africa move ahead with innovation programmes

By: Kim Cloete     20th April 2016 The European Union (EU) has reiterated its committed to continuing its support for South Africa in the field of science and technology. “Science and technology is a lynchpin in our collaboration. We’ve witnessed how South Africa is gradually but consistently moving ahead towards a knowledge-based... 

EU, South Africa move ahead with innovation programmes
EU Ambassador to South Africa Marcus Cornaro

DST commits to research hubs, despite budget squeeze

By: Kim Cloete     19th April 2016 Advances in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) programme, a significant fluorochemical expansion initiative and a R30-million science centre in Cofimvaba, in the Eastern Cape, were highlighted during the yearly Science and Technology budget vote debate in Parliament on Tuesday. Science and... 

DST commits to research hubs, despite budget squeeze
Science & Technolgoy Minister Naledi Pandor on a tour of the various exhibitors that the department funds

Datacentrix's transformation journey yields fruit

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th April 2016 After a years-long transformational journey, Datacentrix has made significant gains in delivering an agile, single-minded, customer-centric company with the capability to assist customers in navigating the ever-changing information technology (IT) landscape. The integrated information and... 

Datacentrix's transformation journey yields fruit
Photo by Duane Daws
Datacentrix CEO Ahmed Mahomed

Pandor worried about small science and technology budget

By: Kim Cloete     19th April 2016 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Tuesday lamented the small budget that has been allocated to her department, warning that it could hurt the economy.  The Department of Science and Technology was allocated a R7.4-billion budget for 2016/17, the same as for 2015/16. 

Pandor worried about small science and technology budget
Photo by Duane Daws
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor

Datacentrix posts higher FY earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th April 2016 JSE-listed Datacentrix on Monday posted double-digit increases across the board for the year ended February 29. The information and communication technology solutions provider recorded an 18.5% jump in headline earnings a share to 62.8c and an 18.9% increase in earnings a share to 62.9c for the... 

Memorandum strengthening African radio astronomy collaboration signed

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2016 The memorandum of understanding (MoU) for institutionalising cooperation in radio astronomy between South Africa and the other Square Kilometre Array (SKA) African partner countries was approved on Friday at the Third SKA African Partner Countries Ministerial Meeting. The MoU was signed by the... 

Memorandum strengthening African radio astronomy collaboration signed

South Africa reports good progress on Square Kilometre Array project

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2016 SKA South Africa (SKA SA), the local organisation responsible for the country's involvement in, and contributions to, the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, has been authorised by the Ministers of Finance and Science and Technology to start buying land for the core site... 

South Africa reports good progress on Square Kilometre Array project
Photo by Duane Daws
SKA South Africa director Dr Rob Adam

Good progress on MeerKAT and SKA astronomy projects – Pandor

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2016 South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced on Friday that the country's radio telescope array, MeerKAT, would be ready for science by the end of June this year. By then, 21 antennas would be mounted and ready. "This is excellent progress," she affirmed. MeerKAT, which... 

Good progress on MeerKAT and SKA astronomy projects – Pandor
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor

Innovative power generation projects share award

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th April 2016 To encourage the innovation of a system that generates and transmits power independently, this year’s African Energy Awards, held in Sandton, Gauteng, last month, awarded the innovation prize to a urine-powered battery system and an Eternity power thermal harvesting project. Menlopark high... 

Innovative power generation projects share award
AFRICAN ENERGY AWARDS Both Nicole Barwise and Vuselela Energy were awarded the R300 000 innovation prize

Most nuclear waste is not highly radioactive

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2016 Only a tiny minority of nuclear waste contains the vast majority of radiation produced by such waste. “No less than 96% of the radioactivity comes from just 0.2% of the waste volume,” highlights Arint SA MD François Mellet. Nuclear waste is generally divided into low level waste, intermediate... 

South Africans contribute to key French nuclear project

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2016 South African expertise has played a key role in the development programme for France’s world-leading project to create a permanent high-level nuclear waste repository (HLNWR). This is the Cigéo project, Cigéo being the French acronym for Industrial Centre for Geological Disposal. It is being... 

Proposal to boost precision farming in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     14th April 2016 A satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) that could help generate more crops and boost sales in South Africa’s agricultural sector has been proposed by the UK Space Agency-funded SBAS-Africa programme. The SBAS-Africa programme, aimed at demonstrating the potential benefits of SBAS... 

Proposal to boost precision farming in South Africa

Successful tests carried out on satellite-based augmentation system

By: Kim Cloete     14th April 2016 A series of successful trials in the maritime, aviation and agricultural sectors have recently been carried out with South Africa’s satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS). The tests measured accuracy, integrity and reliability. Accuracy came in at 95% with availability at 99.5%. The... 

Successful tests carried out on satellite-based augmentation system
Photo by Duane Daws
Sansa space operations chief engineer Eugene Avenant

Graphene research to define the ‘wonder’ material’s potential

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th April 2016 As the world looks to continue its rapid development of technology, graphene has emerged as a leap forward in development, if the material’s potential was realised, advisory firm Deloitte’s fifteenth edition of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) predictions report revealed on... 

Graphene research to define the ‘wonder’ material’s potential

Google commits to training 1m people in Africa in 12 months

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2016 Google, in partnership with Livity Africa, has committed to upgrading the digital skills of some one-million people across Africa over the next 12 months by expanding its Digify digital training initiative onto a free-of-charge online training platform. DigifyAfrica.com currently had nine online... 

Google commits to training 1m people in Africa in 12 months
Photo by Duane Daws
Google SA country manager Luke Mckend

Domestic photonics sector highlighted by innovation forum

By: Keith Campbell     8th April 2016 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is seeking to promote the growth and development of South Africa’s photonics industry. Photonics is the term for the science and technology of using, applying and manipulating light. To this end, the DST funded the 2016 Light-based Technologies... 

Software dictating digital transformation

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th April 2016 The digital transformation of business is being rewritten by software, says software corporation CA Technologies CTO Otto Berkes. Speaking at the CA IT Management Web Symposium, held in Midrand, Gauteng, in February, Berkes noted that information technology (IT) was no longer limited to... 

South African company eager to take part in UK small reactor tender

By: Keith Campbell     8th April 2016 Steenkampskraal Thorium Limited (STL), the South African private-sector company which is developing its HTMR-100 small modular reactor (SMR) design, is very interested in participating in the British SMR programme this year. HTMR stands for High Temperature Modular Reactor and is a pebble bed... 

Steenkampskraal Thorium developing own PBMR project

By: Keith Campbell     8th April 2016 South African private sector company Steenkampskraal Thorium Limited (STL) is developing a design for a small modular reactor (SMR) which it calls the High Temperature Modular Reactor (HTMR). This is being done using expertise developed in the country by the now effectively abandoned Pebble Bed... 

South African biometrics device launched in the US

By: Schalk Burger     1st April 2016 The locally developed and built Biometric Identity Management System (Bims) device, which can support six biometric modalities simultaneously, was unveiled in the US capitol of Washington DC in March. The device – about the size of a laptop – and its support systems were developed by biometrics... 

South Africa to introduce new TB treatment

By: News24Wire      29th March 2016 The South African Department of Health is expected to roll out a new programme that will allow South Africans to access the latest in drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) treatment. The department is currently in talks with Japanese drug maker Otsuka Pharmaceutical to negotiate access to its DR-TB... 

 South Africa to introduce new TB treatment

Small, safe and simple modular nuclear reactors seen as offering potential 

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2016 Last November, the international nuclear industry was delighted with the news, announced in his Spending Review and [Northern] Autumn Statement by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer (equivalent to Minister of Finance) George Osborne that the British government was making “a major commitment to small... 

Small, safe and simple modular nuclear reactors seen as offering potential
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