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Cover Story

Electric trucking no silver bullet, but pace of development picking up

By: Irma VenterPerusing the floor of the 67th IAA commercial vehicle fair, held in Hannover, Germany, in September, it was clear that the electric truck (ET) is not just a passing fancy. Yes, the so-called electric revolution may not happen in the next year, and not yet for long-distance, heavy-duty deliveries,... 

Electric trucking no silver bullet, but pace of development picking up

Editorial Insight

Wood for the trees

By: Terence CreamerWith so many urgent problems to deal with at Eskom, it has become difficult to see wood for the trees. As is to be expected in a crisis, the focus is very much on the short-term remedies. Besides the possible debt bail-out, it’s about shoring up immediate coal stocks, fixing badly maintained... 

Wood for the trees

News & Insight

Airbus unveils first base for its very high altitude UAV

By: Rebecca CampbellEurope-based global aerospace and defence company Airbus Defence and Space recently announced, in Australia, that it had opened the first operational launch site for its Zephyr “High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite” (Haps) at the Western Australian town of Wyndham. The Zephyr is a very high... 

Cape Town brewery listed among five-star water grading achievers

By: Natasha OdendaalThe City of Cape Town has awarded South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) Newlands Brewery a five-star water grading for its integrated water management system and the promotion of responsible water use in the local business sector. Astroenergy, Virgin Active Constantia and Old Mutual Pinelands were... 

Joburg preparing 84 inner-city buildings for housing partnerships

By: Schalk BurgerThe City of Johannesburg has identified and is preparing 84 buildings in and around the inner city of Johannesburg for use by private sector developers to build housing for 300 000 people in the city who do not have housing. City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba emphasises that the city... 

Off-grid rural home concept launched in Rwanda

By: Schalk BurgerUK-based solar-power venture company Bboxx has launched its 2020 solar-powered off-grid home concept in Rwanda. The Bboxx Tomorrow’s Rural Home has a 50 W photovoltaic panel mounted on the roof and can be bought on a three-year payment plan. The home was created by Bboxx and partners using smart... 

Off-grid rural home concept launched in Rwanda

SA demolition firm’s work at Duvha power station receives international acclaim

By: Creamer Media Reporter Jet Demolition has won the Industrial Demolition Award at the World Demolition Awards for the fast-track demolition of a damaged boiler structure at power utility Eskom’s Duvha power station, in Mpumalanga. The awards were held in Dublin, Ireland, in November. The awards are hosted by Demolition... 

SA demolition firm’s work at Duvha power station receives international acclaim

Satellite services to remain critical in a converged telecommunications era

By: Natasha OdendaalWith an ever-continuing convergence of telecommunications in a digital era demanding seamless connectivity, the use of satellite services will become ever-critical. The economic and geographic complexities of expanding mobile connectivity to rural and ultra-rural areas across Africa often hamper... 

Software-defined storage proposed to improve data access

By: Schalk BurgerThe need for companies to balance the costs, performance and capacity of their data storage resources has resulted in a complex mix of storage tiers, which also limits the benefits that can be derived from the faster access and analysis of data. However, software-defined storage solutions can... 

Taking a profitcentric approach to navigation of energy transition

By: Schalk BurgerWith the expected implementation of the Carbon Tax Bill in 2019 amid rising energy prices, companies must develop new energy strategies to curb their energy consumption, says financial advisory firm PSG Group subsidiary Energy Partners engineering head Barry Drotsche. The ideal strategy to... 

Top trends set to empower intelligent transformation

By: Natasha OdendaalThe large-scale adoption of third-platform technologies such as cloud, big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), besides others, will require new skills, technologies, strategies and business models.... 

Tracing the path of a meteorite

By: Rebecca CampbellInternational cooperation involving researchers at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and Madagascar’s University of Antananarivo (UA), supported by an Italian laboratory, has successfully described, classified and traced the history of an meteorite that fell in the area of the... 

Photo of the Week


By: Creamer Media Reporter Representatives from German automotive groups BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen (VW) met with President Donald Trump earlier this month in a bid to persuade the American leader not to follow through with his threat of introducing tariffs on European Union (EU) exports to the US. Pictured are two VW... 



A reflection on 2018

By: Aubrey MatshiqiAlmost a year ago, Cyril Ramaphosa was elected president of the African National Congress (ANC) at the Nasrec national conference of the ruling party. Two months later, he became the President of the republic. His election was greeted with a great sense of euphoria, optimism and hope. The end of... 

A reflection on 2018

Explanations and experts

By: Rebecca CampbellHi! I’m back. First of all, I don’t think I can just pass over the absence of my column during the last two months without a word of explanation. The explanations are quite simple: in October I was sick and in November I was on leave. Why take leave in November? To move house. I downsized from a... 

Only time will tell

By: Riaan de LangeAt first glance, Ibiwisi appears to be a word from one of South Africa’s many indigenous languages – but, alas, it is not. The origin of the word itself is a mystery, which on the present-day reflection simply means that its origin even stumped Google. Ibiwisi is actually an acronym for 'I'll... 

Working smarter

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyAs I become older, I regret that there are some inventions, electrical and otherwise, which will not be created in my life time. It would be a tragedy if I did not share the invention ideas with you in the hope that some young dynamo would take up the baton. Starting simple. Crying children are... 


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