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South Africa to pilot first utility-scale vanadium redox flow battery

By: Nadine JamesAim-listed miner Bushveld Minerals’ 84%-owned energy subsidiary Bushveld Energy will be commissioning its first utility-scale vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) for testing by State-owned power utility Eskom in May, says Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov. 

South Africa to pilot first utility-scale vanadium redox flow battery

Editorial Insight

Pace of policy dance must now quicken

By: Terence CreamerSouth Africans have become more than accustomed to the slow-slow-quick-quick-slow steps of the national political dance. However, if there is to be any prospect of a sustained economic, social and moral recovery, the pace at which political and policy decisions are made will need to quicken. In... 

Pace of policy dance must now quicken

News & Insight

A major local aerospace industry development initiative is coming back to life

By: Rebecca CampbellThe Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV), an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is being revitalised after spending some years in the doldrums. The initiative dates back to 2006 and was formally opened in 2008, but to date has only had one tenant, local aeronautics enterprise... 

African projects require integrated delivery models

By: Nadine JamesThe integrated delivery model is the best means of realising complex, multidisciplinary projects in Africa timeously, says AECOM Civil infrastructure MD Darrin Green. This is primarily because the market in Africa is less mature and project developers frequently have to deal with challenges when... 

Bloodhound supersonic car to arrive in South Africa in October

By: Irma VenterThe UK-based team chasing a new world land-speed record will send its Bloodhound supersonic car to South Africa in October, the project has confirmed. Following the Bloodhound’s successful 320 km/h runway trial at Cornwall Airport Newquay, in the UK, in October last year, the team will be... 

Machine learning to improve IT service management

By: Schalk BurgerIntelligent automation, big data analytics and machine learning systems will become a significant part of information technology (IT) services and support decision-making, enhance staff productivity and facilitate smart self-service for end-users, says workflow specialist firm Marval Africa... 

Machine learning  to improve IT  service management

Nuclear corporation, and country, hit hard by safety shut of radioisotope maker

By: Rebecca CampbellThe safety compliance failures at NTP Radioisotopes, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), has created a crisis within the parastatal and for the country’s nuclear medicine community and its patients. Necsa shut down operations at NTP in... 

SA engineer working on power-from-traffic innovation

By: Simone LiedtkeWith South Africa's electricity largely still generated from fossil fuels and the lengthy processes involved in commissioning renewable-energy, civil engineering company Epitome Consulting GM Clement Mokoenene says transferring high volumes of traffic energy into electricity could significantly... 

Solar systems company dismisses takeover rumour

By: Dylan SlaterSolar photovoltaic (PV) mounting systems company Schletter South Africa is seeing positive growth in line with industry developments, with high hopes of renewed interest and demand in 2018.  

South African nuclear group in tight financial situation, but optimistic about recovery

By: Rebecca CampbellThe South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is currently facing financial pressures, confirms the State-owned group’s Chief Executive, Phumzile Tshelane to “Engineering News”. “At the moment, Necsa is under financial stress, because [subsidiary] Pelchem is loss-making and we need to... 

South Africa’s biggest private-sector airline reports record performance

By: Rebecca CampbellSouth African private-sector airline group Comair, operator of the British Airways in South Africa and Kulula low cost carrier brands, has announced that it had achieved a record performance for the first half of the current financial year (July 1 to December 31, 2017). Earnings before interest,... 

Working-at-height training programme incorporates VR tech

By: Nadine JamesSteel and mining company ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has incorporated virtual reality (VR) technology into the apprenticeship and training programmes at its Vanderbiljpark plant. The VR training solution, which has been operational since December last year, is currently used to determine... 

Working-at-height training programme incorporates VR tech

Zimbabwe’s Agoa eligibility up for review this year

By: Terence CreamerThe US government will consider Zimbabwe’s eligibility for the trade benefits it extends under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) during 2018, the State Department’s acting director for economic and regional affairs Harry Sullivan said during a recent telephonic briefing of Africa... 

Photo of the Week


By: Creamer Media Reporter The election in Parliament of Cyril Ramaphosa as the fifth President of South Africa’s democratic era is an opportunity for a fresh start. Much will hinge, though, on his ability to convince business and labour to make the contributions and sacrifices needed to help realise his ‘New Deal’. To do... 



A-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh

By: Riaan de LangeFor good measure, you need to repeat the title another three times. Does it sound familiar? If not, then the first three words following the introduction would, “In the jungle”. For good measure “In the jungle, the mighty jungle, The lion sleeps tonight, In the jungle the quiet jungle, The lion... 

Millions, gigabytes and gigawatts

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyAll the really frightening climate change graphs have the vertical scale in tenths of a degree. The scale is from –0.6 oC to 0.8 oC (about 1.4 oC). On the horizontal axis, the time is given as from 1880 to 2018, a period of 138 years. We know that, routinely, temperatures can change from, say, 12... 

Tackling inequality in South Africa – the great escape

By: Saliem FakirThere have been clarion calls to clean up corruption in South Africa, but the greater challenge will be clawing back the effects of structural poverty. Influential voices from business have suddenly become activists in relation to corruption but seemingly not activist enough on inequality. Growth... 

Zuma is, alas, not an aberration

By: Rebecca CampbellWell, Jacob Zuma is no longer President of the Republic of South Africa, following his “recall” (in effect, order to resign) by his political party, the African National Congress (ANC). The raid on the Johannesburg home of his close associates, the Gupta brothers, on the morning of February 14... 


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