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Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

By: Schalk BurgerPattern recognition is identified as a key human skill that has supported the rise of people to become the dominant species. However, there are limits to this crucial ability, especially when confronted with masses of information that differ only slightly. Small, but significant, variations are... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

Editorial Insight

Rolling power plan

By: Terence CreamerEnergy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has confirmed that the Department of Energy (DoE) is “working around the clock” to finalise the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP); a document that will outline the direction South Africa electricity mix will take until 2050. From a technoeconomic perspective,... 

Rolling power plan

News & Insight

Analytics facilitates machine learning and AI systems

By: Schalk BurgerAnalytics is an important component of the technology mix and technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, will not deliver strategic business value without effective analytics at their core, says enterprise resource planning multinational SAP Africa Business Analytics... 

Attractive sales incentives which support new vehicle demand

By: Irma VenterNew-vehicle sales in August increased by 6.7% compared with the same month last year, to 49 222 units. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that new passenger car sales jumped by 5.4%, to 32 161 units. 

Barloworld celebrates 90-year Caterpillar milestone

By: Dylan SlaterBarloworld Equipment, which is the distributor and service supplier of US earthmoving equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, celebrated a 90-year partnership with Caterpillar in South Africa at the end of last month.  

Cloud-based security solutions to be part of building management systems

By: Schalk BurgerBuilding security solutions will converge with information technology (IT) infrastructure, enterprise applications and external systems, becoming an Internet of Things to deliver more than perimeter surveillance, authentication and protection of assets and people, says converged IT systems firm... 

Consumer demand for wearable devices set to continue

By: Dylan SlaterSales of wearable devices, such as smart watches and fitness trackers, are set to increase by 16.7%, from 265.8-million units in 2016 to 310.4-million in 2017, according to predictions from US-based research and advisory company Gartner.  

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility

By: Mia BreytenbachHeavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, in Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidates two smaller parts-distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including the ability to work... 

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility

Future of Denel’s aero engine and manned aircraft businesses clarified

By: Keith CampbellSouth African defence industrial group Denel has a clear plan for the future of Turbomeca Africa (TMA), which it is in the process of buying off Safran Helicopter Engines (Safran HE), part of France’s Safran S/A aeroengines group. Hitherto, TMA (originally established in 2002) was a joint venture... 

IDC confident BAIC’s Coega plant will begin production in mid-2018

By: Irma VenterIt has been a year since Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) broke ground on a new vehicle assembly plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth. BAIC is the major shareholder in the... 

Locally built vehicles gaining ground, says financier

By: Irma VenterLocally built vehicles have been gaining ground in the South African new-vehicle market in recent years, says asset finance group WesBank. In fact, nine of the ten top-selling vehicles in the first seven months of the year are South African-built cars and bakkies.  

New retail development to open in Walvis Bay

By: Mia BreytenbachThe new R500-million Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay, Namibia, is in the final stages of completion, with its doors set to open next month. The mall is developed by South African property developer and investor Atterbury, in partnership with local developers Tradehold. 

New retail development  to open in Walvis Bay

South African munitions company to make major investments

By: Keith CampbellRheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) will invest R550-million over the next three years to modernise its production facilities to the latest standards, introduce state-of-the-art processes and to increase its capacity, company CEO Norbert Schulze tells “Engineering News”. “We will likely recruit... 

The six major economies reaffirm their commitment to free trade

By: Keith CampbellLeaders of six of the world’s ten biggest economies have reaffirmed their support for free trade, at two high level meetings held in Asia recently. The countries concerned are Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia and the UK. In terms of gross domestic product (GDP) measured in purchasing power... 

Tyre management solution now available to SA fleet market

By: Irma VenterTrenTyre has launched FleetFirst, a tyre management solution offered by Goodyear, in the South African fleet market. FleetFirst currently takes care of more than 200 000 trucks in 28 European countries, including Spain and the UK. 

Uncertain power price path heightening grid-defection risk

By: Terence CreamerEnergy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa’s (EIUG’s) Piet Van Staden has expressed serious anxiety about the near-term sustainability of South Africa’s electricity industry in light of the prospect of yet more tariffs hikes, which would further damage industrial demand and, in turn, trigger... 

WBHO upbeat about UK market potential following Byrne acquisition

By: Irma VenterA problematic Australian contract and a payment in accordance with a settlement agreement between government and the local construction sector following an investigation into collusion have seen profits slip at JSE-listed construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO). The group earlier this... 

Photo of the Week


By: Creamer Media Reporter Flanked by her deputy, as well as her departmental team, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi (centre) revealed on September 1 how government proposed to break a nearly two-year impasse in the signing of power purchase agreements for 26 renewable-energy projects procured in late 2015. The remedy... 



Fate is against us

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyRecently, somebody was  discussing minibus taxis and how badly they drive. It was mentioned that, in fact, they drive very well: they pass through the narrowest of gaps between cars, they glide down pavements. They can reverse at high speed through rush hour traffic. They can embark and disembark... 

It’s time to counter antinuclear propaganda

By: Kelvin KemmOf all sources of electricity, nuclear is the safest, cleanest and cheapest. These are all easily provable assertions, yet, in the open forum of public debate about nuclear power, issues such as provable claims count for little. An unfortunate development in international public debate has been... 

Those were the days . . .

By: Riaan de LangeIt's Sunday afternoon. It’s hot and humid. You can smell the sea in a faint breeze that barely manages to rattle the leaves of the trees, which have been scorched and hardened by the sun. It is one of those vegetating Sunday afternoons, when you silently salute the inventor of the television... 



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