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Local pharma firm targets cost drivers to ensure competitiveness

By: Keith Campbell     Updated 6 hours ago Cost-competitiveness is the key element in the market strategy of local pharmaceuticals company CPT Pharma (CPT standing for Chemical Process Technologies). The company opened its R50-million generic active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) pilot plant in Pretoria in early November. This is a joint... 

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched

By: Dylan Slater     Updated 6 hours ago Munich-based chemical company Wacker launched a mobile containerised laboratory – MyLab – together with their long-term distributor IMCD in Randburg at the end of November.  

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched
MYLAB LAUNCH Wacker’s MyLab officially opened at its new South African home at IMCD

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

By: Dylan Slater     Updated 6 hours ago The regulations and laws governing access to South African air space for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) are sound and among the “best in the world”, according to Edenvale-based commercial drone operator Visual Air Productions director Stephen Verheul.  

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

Technology can improve effectiveness of emergency response agencies

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 6 hours ago Information technologies that unify emergency response agencies and allow for efficient interoperation between agencies will enable more effective incident responses, says information technology multinational Huawei Enterprise global public safety expert Peter Goulding. The effective sharing of... 

Telco infrastructure still relevant in IoT world, but models are changing

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 6 hours ago The changes being wrought by Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, including the need for collaboration and sharing across various portions of commercial supply chains, are forcing companies to change their business models, says digital security multinational Gemalto Commonwealth of Independent... 

Reusing data to augment as business processes

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 6 hours ago The aim of new thinking regarding the storage and use of data is to reuse the data to augment as many processes as possible and, thereby, improve the value gleaned from the data, says analytics multinational SAS Big Data VP Paul Kent. “The collection, processing, moving, sharing and reuse of data... 

Demand for ICT skills outstripping supply, survey shows

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 6 hours ago Delays in information and communication technology (ICT) policy implementation, as well as a lack of improvement in basic education and current, coordinated data, are reducing the potential economic contribution of the ICT sector, according to the University of the Witwatersrand-based... 

Demand for ICT skills outstripping supply, survey shows
ADRIAN SCHOFIELD South Africa is lagging its peers in Africa to unlock the value of technology for economic growth and social development

Ansys acquires LAWtrust

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th December 2017 JSE-listed Ansys has entered into a sales agreement with the shareholders of information technology developer Law Trusted Third Party Services (LAWtrust) to acquire the firm for an undisclosed amount. Ansys on Thursday said in an update to the market that the transaction remained subject to... 

Data analytics trends spill over into energy sector

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th December 2017 The vision of a low-carbon future allied with advances in the information technology sector are set to become game changers that will shift the future energy landscape as technology gives rise to peripheral industries and cross-sector transformations. The future of energy generation is embedded... 

UK group and top university unveil radical flight control technology demonstrator UAV

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th December 2017 British aerospace, defence, security and shipbuilding group BAE Systems and the University of Manchester unveiled on Wednesday their joint Magma experimental jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programme. They announced that the Magma had successfully completed its first phase of flight... 

UK group and top university unveil radical flight control technology demonstrator UAV
Photo by BAE Systems
The Magma UAV. Chairs just visible in the background give a rough idea of scale

Electronic waste at new high, squandering gold, other metals – study

By: Reuters     14th December 2017 Electronic waste rose to a record 45-million tonnes worldwide in 2016, squandering valuable metals such as gold and copper since few trashed televisions, cellphones or other products get recycled, a UN-backed study showed on Wednesday. Rising incomes and falling prices for everything from solar... 

ICT service provider Ayo to list on JSE

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2017 Ayo Technology Solutions will list on the main board of the JSE on December 21. The company provides information and communications technology (ICT) services to the healthcare industry, as well as information systems for hospitals, pharmacies and laboratories. 

Blue Label concludes 3G acquisition after Competition Tribunal thumbs up

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label has secured Competition Tribunal approval for the acquisition of the remaining 52.63% of mobile device distributor 3G Mobile. The local telecommunications firm had, through its The Prepaid Company subsidiary, acquired 3G Mobile for R1.9-billion, with the initial acquisition... 

Ballistic firearms ‘fingerprinting’ futile, wasteful – SA Hunters

By: Dylan Slater     8th December 2017 Recent proposals by the South African Police Service (Saps) to establish a national “ballistic fingerprint” database of legally owned firearms in South Africa and for this database to be used as a forensic tool in criminal investigations is a largely futile and wasteful exercise in Saps’... 

CSIR nanotechnology centre: foundations laid, future challenging

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2017 A key success of the National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM), a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been its role in developing skilled researchers. This was highlighted by NCNSM Director... 

CSIR national nanomaterials centre celebrates decade of achievement

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2017 The National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, having being launched in 2007. It was set up to help implement the National Nanotechnology Strategy. Nanotechnology is concerned with... 

Small business agency in venture to incubate tech hardware startups

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), under the Department of Small Business Development, is leveraging the capabilities of hardware technology investor and incubator Savant Technologies to help science and technology inventors start businesses. The partnership was launched at the... 

European technology groups cooperating on electric propulsion for airliners

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2017 European aerospace giant Airbus, British high performance power systems company Roll-Royce and German engineering and technology business Siemens have partnered to develop a hybrid-electric propulsion system for commercial aircraft which will be test flown in the near term, the three enterprises... 

WiFi can aid in water crisis

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 During a water crisis, readily available technology, such as the Internet of Things, enabled through WiFi, can be used to apply water management systems throughout a city including monitoring use, pinpointing leaks and curbing excessive use, says wireless solutions provider Ruckus.  

WiFi can aid  in water crisis
NICK WATSON Mobile data rates are quite prohibitive. Most people can afford the handsets, but they simply can not afford the connection

IoT and data set to be at the heart of African smart cities

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are one of the main drivers of change in sectors such as manufacturing, transportation, utilities and smart cities, among others, and a key aspect of evolving smart cities in Africa, says information technology and data specialist multinational Hitachi... 

Blockchain set to change transactions, information flow and business processes

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 Trust is the underlying factor supporting financial systems – from the value of currency and financial transactions to public spending. Similarly, trust underpins almost all information transfers, and money is a medium that allows people to communicate value throughout an economy, says financial... 

Blockchain set to change transactions, information flow and business processes

Quality reprioritised in local battery market

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th December 2017 With its battery anti-theft solution successfully protecting more than 15 000 lead acid batteries in South Africa, battery and related-components supplier Aztec is seeing an increase in demand for premium quality batteries with a longer operating life. 

Quality reprioritised in local battery market
POSITIVE RESPONSE NorthStar ACE was launched in South Africa this year and Aztec has seen a positive local market response to its advanced capabilities

Oldest hominid fossil ‘Little Foot’ unveiled – Wits

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2017 The oldest and most complete fossil of an Australopithecus prometheus, named Little Foot owing to the 1994 discovery of four small foot bones in the Sterkfontein caves by University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Evolutionary Studies Institute Professor Ron Clarke, was unveiled on Wednesday. The... 

Oldest hominid fossil ‘Little Foot’ unveiled – Wits
Photo by University of the Witswatersrand
CLARKE AND LITTLE FOOT The Little Foot fossil is the oldest and most complete known fossil of Australopithecus

The economy must develop young scientists – Ramaphosa

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th December 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the keynote address at the third Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) on Thursday in Pretoria and stressed the importance of using the economy to develop young scientists. The SFSA was being held under the theme ‘Igniting Conversations About Science’. 

The economy must develop young scientists – Ramaphosa
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Science holds answers to Africa's ills – Pandor

By: African News Agency      7th December 2017 The third Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) kicked off in Pretoria on Thursday, with Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor saying groundbreaking scientific innovations were changing the African continent. "This forum will cover a broad range of topical issues with regards to the role of... 

 Science holds answers to Africa's ills – Pandor
Science & Technology Minister Naledi Pandor

Last day of share trading for Datatec as Aim-listing cancellation takes effect

By: Dylan Slater     7th December 2017 Thursday was the last day that shares of international information and communications technology company Datatec could be traded on London’s Aim, as the company’s cancellation of its listing will take effect on Friday.  

Ocean science key to supporting sustainable ocean health

By: Anine Kilian     6th December 2017 Studying and understanding ocean science is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations (UN) and to sustain the health of the world’s oceans, according to Department of Environmental Affairs oceans research director Ashley Johnson, who unpacked the key... 

Ocean science key to supporting sustainable ocean health
Department of Environmental Affairs oceans research director Ashley Johnson

DTI, EU negotiating new tariff deal for electric vehicles, small cars

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is negotiating with the European Union (EU) to reduce import tariffs on electric vehicles (EVs) down from 25% to 18%. In return, South Africa would like to increase the import duties on vehicles with an engine size smaller than 1 000 cc to 18%, said DTI... 

DTI, EU negotiating new tariff deal for electric vehicles, small cars

Second Norway-South Africa Science Week to stimulate oceans science and economy 

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 The second Norway-South Africa Science Week will provide a platform for scientists, researchers, civil servants and business people from both countries to share best practices and policies to promote the sustainable use of ocean resources. Norwegian ambassador to South Africa, Botswana,... 

Second Norway-South Africa Science Week to stimulate oceans science and economy
Norway Ambassador to South Africa, Botswana, Madagascar and Nambiia Trine Skymoen discusses the upcoming Norway-South Africa science week. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Engineer to unveil new industry technology

     1st December 2017 High-pressure equipment and technology manufacturer Haskel has revealed that its product engineer Poova Mahmoudian will be unveiling new industry technology, as part of a collaborative technology and research alliance with the US Army. The technology is said to dramatically impact those... 

Engineer to unveil new  industry technology
NEW TECHNOLOGY Haskel engineers will explain solutions to mitigate hydrogen embrittlement in pressure vessels at the annual Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Energy Summit in 2018

Necsa shuts down key unit because of compliance failure

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has executed an immediate shut down of its NTP Radiochemical Facility, because of non-compliance with licensing conditions. NTP produces radioisotopes for both industrial and an especially medical purposes, and many cancer and other patients in... 

Nasa outlines the developments to watch in civil aeronautics

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 The global aviation industry continues to be a rapidly growing sector, far from reaching maturity. This was stressed at the recent International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) open session at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International Convention Centre (ICC) in... 

Nasa outlines the developments to watch in civil aeronautics

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing

By: Nica Schreuder     1st December 2017 Amid escalating costs of heating containers using traditional methods, such as steam or gas, a more cost-effective, efficient and controlled method of ensuring the constant heating of containers is electrical heat tracing (EHT), says eltherm South Africa MD Peter Stone. EHT specialist eltherm... 

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing
EFFICIENT HEATING Eltherm’s EHT system makes controlled, efficient and constant heating solutions for tanktainers and road tankers

Growing eWaste could affect ecosystem

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Electronic Waste (eWaste), if not properly processed, will eventually leach hazardous material – mainly heavy metals – into the water table, states computer support and services provider Xperien CEO Wale Arewa. 

Growing eWaste could affect ecosystem
WALE AREWA The global estimate of eWaste is about 50-million tons

CIPC collaboration with banks to extend to BEE certification

By: Nadine James     1st December 2017 Company registration and business licensing organisation, the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) reports that companies will soon be able to attain black economic empowerment (BEE) certificates from South Africa’s four main banking institutions. CIPC commissioner Advocate Rory... 

CSIR’s new antenna concept promises savings for wireless sensor networks

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 A team at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Meraka Institute has developed a novel concept to extend the power consumption of fixed wireless sensor networks. This was unveiled at the recent CSIR Licensing & Ventures Dragons Den event at the CSIR International... 

Extending digital backbone to remote regions will stimulate development

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 Business software company Microsoft South Africa is proposing the use of its low frequency technology that uses television white spaces to provide connectivity to support development in remote and rural communities in South Africa, says Microsoft South Africa public-sector director Lillian... 

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