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SA-linked startup wins UK competition to build hyperloop-type solution

By: Irma VenterUK company Magway has won co-funding support of more than £650 000 from Innovate UK, through its emerging and enabling technologies competition, to build a 150 m hyperloop-type demonstration link for high-speed package delivery, east of London. Innovate UK is the UK government’s Research Agency. 

SA-linked startup wins UK competition to build hyperloop-type solution

Editorial Insight

Supportive climate

By: Terence CreamerSouth Africans were naturally preoccupied on October 8 with whether or not Nhlanhla Nene’s offer to resign as Finance Minister would be accepted by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who subsequently appointed Tito Mboweni to the post. On that same day, however, representatives from 195 countries... 

Supportive climate

News & Insight

Better recycling requires pact with consumers

By: Schalk BurgerWhile commercial companies continue to work to reduce the impact of their products on the environment, improving the recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) requires the involvement and understanding of consumers, said recycling company Mpact GM Nicholas Schild. PET recycling rates in South... 

Carbon Tax Bill, draft IRP 2018 not aligned

By: Creamer Media Reporter South Africa is in the process of developing policy instruments to mitigate climate change and ensure the least cost to the economy for future energy requirements. At the core of these environmental and economic objectives are the Draft Carbon Tax Bill (DCTB) and the Draft Integrated Resource... 

Coca-Cola says all containers to be made from recyclable materials by 2025

By: Schalk BurgerBeverages multinational subsidiary Coca-Cola Southern and East Africa (CCSEA) continues to reduce the weight of its bottles and has committed to recovering the equivalent of 100% of  all its packaging by 2025, says CCSEA head of sustainability Dr Casper Durandt. These commitments are part of... 

EOH hopes restructuring will create new growth platform

By: Schalk BurgerJSE-listed information technology group EOH has separated into two companies as part of its work to renew the business and position it for growth. The EOH-branded information and communication technology (ICT) business will focus on digital services in a digitising economy and the Nextec company... 

Icasa sets out to define its cybersecurity role

By: Natasha OdendaalThe Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is working to determine its role and responsibilities in cybersecurity and cyberthreat regulatory matters and the overall environment. The authority started an inquiry with the publication of a discussion document early in October... 

IRP 2018 suffers from major failings, nuclear analyst claims

By: Rebecca CampbellSouth Africa's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 contained serious flaws which significantly undermined confidence in its recommendations. So affirmed University of the Witwatersrand Honorary Research Fellow and South African Network for Nuclear Education, Science and Technology National... 

Regional carrier SA Express continues to re-establish its route network

By: Rebecca CampbellState-owned domestic and regional airline SA Express, as part of its relaunch strategy, has reinstated two more of its services. This is part of its plan to, as soon as possible, re-establish its best-performing routes. The two routes concerned are the domestic Johannesburg-Hoedspruit (Mpumalanga... 

Sandoz launches global healthcare challenge access competition

By: Natasha OdendaalNovartis Group’s generics and biosimilars division Sandoz has launched its second Healthcare Access Challenge (HACk) in an effort to seek out broader digital solutions to local healthcare access challenges. The global Sandoz HACk competition is inviting entrepreneurs and innovators to submit... 

South African ICT students head off to China under learning programme

By: Natasha OdendaalAnother ten information and communication technology (ICT) university students from various institutions have headed to Huawei, in China, on a study trip aimed at building up an ICT talent ecosystem. The yearly study opportunity in China, under the Seeds for the Future programme – a joint Huawei... 

Photo of the Week

MOVING THE NEEDLE

By: Creamer Media Reporter There is still much scepticism as to whether President Cyril Ramaphosa really does have a plan for extricating South Africa from its dire economic predicament. What was clear from the recent Job Summit, where the above photograph was taken, is that the President is relying heavily on his expert... 

MOVING THE NEEDLE

Columns

Electric cars one more time

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyAudi recently flighted a number of advertisements about its new all-electric car. This is due in 2019 and, if my job was to be an electrical reviewer, I might well go on from there, citing charge times, range, power performance and how to jump-start it if the battery is flat. But I am not going... 

Irregular expenditure

By: Riaan de LangeTake a moment to reflect on the phrase 'irregular expenditure'. What thoughts does it evoke? Anything? These two words, I wager, have been rendered devoid of their impact, owing to excessive use. 

State capture – again

By: Aubrey MatshiqiIn my last interview with polity.org, I argued that there is an Askari element in the African National Congress (ANC). This Askari element consists of members and leaders of the ANC who, since the days of the liberation struggle, have been part of the project to destroy the ANC and, thereby,... 

State capture – again

Strategic economics in times of uncertainty

By: Saliem FakirIn his excellent three-volume work titled Wheels of Commerce, Fernand Braudel describes countries or city states as islands in a world economy. This is a reference to the interconnectedness of the world and our dependence on the  world economy. There are always places of gravity and attraction –... 

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