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Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

By: Dylan SlaterApplications that can benefit from using drones are increasing worldwide, almost daily, but commercial users of drones are being scuppered by highly generalised legislation, which is difficult to understand and expensive for operators to implement. A much-contested application – and one that is... 

Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

Editorial Insight

Tariff push-back

By: Terence CreamerThe National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has outlined the process it will be following to assess Eskom’s request for a 19.9% tariff increase for the 2018/19 financial year, setting a deadline of October 13 for the submission of written comments. Nersa has approved Eskom’s request to... 

Tariff push-back

News & Insight

3D-printed metal component passes auto giant’s quality tests

By: Irma VenterMercedes-Benz Trucks’ first three dimensional (3D) printed spare part made of metal – a thermostat cover for truck and Unimog models from older model series – has passed all quality assurance processes at Mercedes-Benz, and is now celebrating its premiere. “We ensure the same functionality,... 

Big opportunity for change amid renewables-led disruption

By: Schalk BurgerAs questions remain over what the future holds for South Africa’s power utility Eskom, there is a window of opportunity for utilities in developing countries to build on international power reform experience and design future power markets and operating systems to respond to new opportunities... 

Big room for improvement in payment of suppliers by government

By: Mia BreytenbachWhile Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration Jeff Radebe’s commented last month that the time taken by government to pay suppliers is improving, small business representative organisation AHI has identified areas where there is room for... 

Big room for improvement in payment of suppliers by government

Business and labour want Eskom placed on ‘more sustainable path’

By: Terence CreamerBusiness and labour raised serious questions on Friday about the sustainability of State-owned electricity producer Eskom in light if its current governance failings, which were now undermining its financial health to the point where government could be force to assist the utility in meeting its... 

Daddy, you don’t know anything about car shopping

By: Irma VenterThe teenage daughter of Nissan Motor Corporation chief digital officer Madhu Nutakki last year shopped for a car, as California legislation allowed her to drive herself to school and back from the age of 15-and-a-half. Nutakki is based in Silicon Valley. 

Data visualisation being used to optimise supply chains

By: Schalk BurgerSupply chain solutions specialist Resolve Solution Partners leverages its technology platforms and systems to simulate various permutations and changes to clients’ logistics processes to develop solutions to problems and improve on current business models. Data visualisation is a powerful tool... 

Data visualisation being used  to optimise supply chains

Instant, connected world necessitating ongoing business availability

By: Schalk BurgerThe mobility of clients and demand for instantaneous services as a result of the boom of connected resources and services has made availability a business imperative, says availability and recovery multinational Veeam Middle East and Africa regional VP Gregg Petersen. Even historically... 

Instant, connected world necessitating ongoing business availability

Intercontinental alignment agrees to increased economic cooperation

By: Keith CampbellThe five member countries of the Brics alignment – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are to strengthen trade and investment between themselves. This was affirmed in the “Xiamen Declaration” issued during the IX Brics Summit in the southeastern Chinese coastal city of Xiamen. The... 

Korean group may introduce new heavy-duty truck to SA market

By: Irma VenterHyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) is testing the Xcient heavy-duty truck for possible introduction into the South African new-vehicle market. HASA CEO Niall Lynch says the truck, with a gross vehicle mass of 36.6 t, is undergoing road tests within Imperial Logistics. 

Legal framework offers model for enhancing transboundary infrastructure investment

By: Mia BreytenbachThe United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) has unveiled the Model Law that provides a framework for the harmonisation of cross-border rules, regulations, laws and policies governing transboundary infrastructure projects in Africa. The Model Law was unveiled at the yearly Nigerian... 

Legal framework offers model for enhancing  transboundary infrastructure investment

Local unit of helicopter group introduces electronic aid for pilots, maintainers

By: Keith CampbellFollowing authorisation by the South African Civil Aviation Authority, Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA) has now released its Fleetkeeper product to the South African market. Fleetkeeper is an electronic flight folio and electronic technical logbook. South Africa is one of the the first... 

Necsa plans to restart nuclear pebble-fuel production

By: Keith CampbellThe South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is reactivating its ability to manufacture nuclear pebble fuel, originally created to support South Africa's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme. The corporation is also looking for a strategic equity partner for its speciality... 

New export cluster aims to improve intra-African trade

By: David OliveiraSouth African manufacturing received a boost following the launch of the Engineering and Technology Grouping of Export Councils (ETGEC) at Infrastructure Africa, which took place last month at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg. The ETGEC comprises the South African Electrotechnical... 

New partnership to raise awareness of industrial cybersecurity threats

By: Schalk BurgerIndustrial control and automation multinational Siemens and the International Society of Automation (ISA) have partnered to raise awareness of global industrial cybersecurity needs, standards and the changing security landscape, as well as provide joint expertise for production information... 

New technology improves quality of bitumen for local roads

By: Dylan SlaterManufacturer and supplier of bitumen, modified binders and emulsions for road construction SprayPave has acquired new technology that will enable it to resolve the shortage of high-grade bitumen for asphalt production.  

New technology improves quality of bitumen for local roads

Rocla marks 100 years in SA precast concrete market

By: Dylan SlaterPrecast concrete products manufacturer Rocla is celebrating 100 years in existence in South Africa this month, attributing its success to customer satisfaction, competitive pricing, good-quality products and timeous delivery.  

Solareff makes green-mobility acquisition

By: Irma VenterJSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) group, Alviva Holdings, has, through its subsidiary Solareff, acquired 75% of GridCars, a Pretoria-based startup that focuses on the manufacture of electric vehicle (EV) charge points and back office charge point management systems.... 

Photo of the Week


By: Creamer Media Reporter Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa have urged business, labour and government negotiators to move decisively on the finalisation of the national minimum wage legislation so that the instrument can be implemented in 2018. Oliphant and Ramaphosa made this appeal... 



Abrupt end to North Pole expedition on a yacht

By: Kelvin KemmI told the story of British explorer Pen Hadrow (Engineering News, September 1, 2017) setting out in two sailing ships in an attempt to sail all the way to the North Pole on open water to prove how horrible mankind has produced horrible climate change, which is melting the Arctic ice. I said I... 

An ill wind

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyOne commentator said this: "The renewable energy purchase programme, launched in 2011, has been celebrated as a spectacular success directing private capital into public infrastructure and a model for attempts to lure private investment into other projects." I am sure this is how wind farm... 

I am unable to replicate your thinking

By: Riaan de LangeIn a country famed for its politeness, you have to take care not of offend, or to be perceived to offend, when expressing an opinion that may differ from those held by people about whom you are expressing the opinion. An expression might well be perceived as a prejudicial. Hint: the country is... 

NDZ not Zuma’s candidate in ANC leadership race

By: Aubrey MatshiqiLet me start by quoting from the book Dictator, by Robert Harris – a book about Rome and the last 15 years of Cicero: “You have the soldiers but no legitimacy, we have the legitimacy but no soldiers. What we do both have, however, is a common enemy.” Another bit from the same book: “Your speeches... 

NDZ not Zuma’s candidate in ANC leadership race

Taking the green out of economy

By: Saliem FakirThere is only one economy, not two. The challenge all societies face today is leaving behind the legacy of an old system. How do we embark on a systems change – a shift from System A to System B? Fundamentally, it is a shift in production and consumption systems. How do we interlink the two to... 

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