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Adoption of biotech for crops unprecedented 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th February 2014 The adoption of technology to produce genetically modified (GM) crops has become the fastest growing technology worldwide and the subsequent commercialisation globally has been unprecedented, Life Sciences for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) group... 

SA bioeconomy strategy launched 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd January 2014 The Department of Science and Technology recently launched the science-based South African Bio-economy strategy, that had been approved by Cabinet in November last year.  

DST launches SA Bio-economy strategy

By: Leandi Kolver     14th January 2014 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) on Tuesday launched the South African Bio-economy Strategy, positioning bio-innovation as essential to the achievement of government’s industrial and social development goals. This science-based bio-economy strategy, which had been approved by... 

Broadband a potential ‘game changer’ in post-2015 development agenda 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th December 2013 As the world edges closer to the deadlines outlined in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it has become apparent that much more needs to be done to sustain and accelerate the gains made since 2000. It is also being argued that more emphasis should probably be given to leveraging information... 

Broadband a potential ‘game changer’ in post-2015 development agenda

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th December 2013 As the world edges closer to the deadlines outlined in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it has become apparent that much more needs to be done to sustain and accelerate the gains made since 2000. It is also being argued that more emphasis should probably be given to leveraging information... 

New economy-focused biotechnology strategy to be launched soon

By: Leandi Kolver     29th November 2013 A new South African biotechnology strategy, with a focus on the economy and how biotechnology could be used to create a positive socioeconomic impact, would soon be launched, Department of Science and Technology (DST) chief director Ben Durham revealed on Friday. The new South African... 

Cheap food era over

By: Carina Borralho     1st November 2013 The era of cheap food has ended, owing to the combined impact of megatrends on the agriculture industry; therefore, people can expect to spend more of their household budget on groceries,” sustainable agriculture company Syngenta head of corporate affairs Kinyua M’Mbijjewe tells Engineering News.... 

Foster Wheeler Awarded Feed Contract For Master Gas System Expansion Project In Saudi Arabia

     22nd October 2013 Foster Wheeler AG announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by Aramco Overseas Company B.V.  to perform the front-end engineering design for a gas compression project that is part of AOC’s Master Gas System Expansion in Saudi... 

By declaring 2014 the 'year of agriculture', the AU hopes to spur a green revolution

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th September 2013 Despite some strides having been made over the past decade to enhance agricultural development across Africa, there is no escaping the reality that the continent continues to face serious challenges of hunger, malnutrition and rural poverty. This has prompted the African Union (AU) Assembly of... 

Foster Wheeler Wins Consultancy Services Contract for Pipeline and Power Plant Projects in Peru

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th September 2013 Foster Wheeler AG announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by Wood Mackenzie Limited to provide consultancy services for two projects in Peru, namely, the Energy Security and South Pipeline Project and the Energy Node in South... 

ART and Self Retention Remain Relevant as Insurance Market Appetites Wane in Wake of Spate of NatCats & Capacity Reduction

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2013 Changes in the insurance industry have sparked renewed interest in Alternative Risk Transfer (ART), a method of protecting business assets by making use of non-traditional methods available in the insurance market.  Furthermore, there is a growing need to develop real Alternative Risk Transfer... 

Competition aims to expedite commercialisation of technological innovations

By: Samantha Herbst     20th September 2013 Individuals and small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) aiming to fast-track the commercialisation of their technological innovations have until the end of the month to pitch their ideas to SMME development strategy specialist Traction for the Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition,... 

Foster Wheeler Signs Technical Services Agreement with OJSC Khabarovsk Oil Processing Refinery in Russia

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2013 Foster Wheeler AG announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has signed a technical services agreement with OJSC Khabarovsk Oil Processing Refinery to provide construction management services for the hydroprocessing project at the refinery in Russia’s Far... 

The Innovation Hub Launches Three New Gap Innovation Competitions For The Ict, Green And Medical Sectors

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2013 The Gauteng Accelerator Programme, a portfolio of high profile innovation competitions, launched three new initiatives for researchers and entrepreneurs in the information and communication technology, green economy and medical sectors on 9 September 2013 

595% return for investors in world-first life-science organisation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2013 As the world’s first life-science organisation providing intellectual property asset management services and scientific advice to the global biopharmaceutical industry, Sydney-based IQNovate Ltd sits squarely in an in-demand space. In less than two years, IQNovate has achieved a 595 per cent... 

SPX completes economic-empowerment partnership transaction

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th September 2013 A majority black-owned investment business Kapela Holdings and its broad-based partner Disability Empowerment Concerns Trust has bought a 25.1% stake in New York-listed SPX Corporation’s South Africa-based flow technology business. The broad-based black economic-empowerment deal would see Kapela... 

Increasing concern about GM foods 

By: David Oliveira     23rd August 2013 Eighty per cent of maize grown in South Africa and large portions of the country’s soya and cotton production are genetically modified (GM), with increasing concern about the lack of long-term studies documenting the possible effects of these GM crop productions on humans and the environment.... 

R20m project to yield sustainability for maize farmers 

By: Zandile Mavuso     9th August 2013 To assist smallholder maize farmers in Limpopo in improving productivity, which will, in turn, improve sustainability, a R20-million project has been launched by market-driven innovation and science solutions company DuPont. 

Strong interest in technology innovation competition

     26th July 2013 Online registrations for entry into South Africa's newest technology innovation competition, the Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition, have been phenomenal for a competition in its inaugural year, says Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition manager Martin Feinstein. 

Competition aims to stimulate innovative entrepreneurial concepts

By: Schalk Burger     7th June 2013 The Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition aims to secure several innovative ideas, processes, technologies and products, which will then be incubated and developed for commercial application, and will run until the end of September this year, says development support organisation Technology... 

IndiAfrica Festival promotes innovative ideas from young entrepreneurs

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2013 The final of the IndiAfrica 2013 Business Venture Competition, aimed at young entrepreneurs in Africa and India, recently took place at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, as part of the IndiAfrica Festival. The final involved four teams from Africa and another four from... 

Inaugural KZN funding fair to showcase R10bn worth of projects

By: Shirley le Guern     5th April 2013 R10-billion worth of finance applications will be presented to a plethora of funders as part of a provincial funding fair orchestrated through a public–private partnership between the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) government and professional services company Deloitte. Representatives from Deloitte, the... 

Biotechnology facility project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     8th March 2013 The project involves the construction of a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near Covington. 

Soybean conference to kick off next week

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th February 2013 The spotlight would be on the soybean industry next week, as researchers and farmers from over 24 countries gather at the Durban International Conference Centre, from February 17 to 22, for the ninth World Soybean Conference. Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom was expected to open... 

Transnet teams up with CSIR to raise yearly R&D spend to R150m  

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2013 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has established a new research and development (R&D) unit that will be housed at the Innovation Hub, in Pretoria, and which has entered a three-year collaborative research partnership with South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research... 

Lubricants from vegetable oil

By: Karel Smrcka     30th November 2012 Oil-independence is the dream of many countries that lack raw materials. Nevertheless, black gold still retains its dominant role as a power source and also serves as a basic material for the chemicals industry.  

Online SA trilingual wine dictionary available

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th November 2012 Winetech, the organisation that coordinates research, training and technology transfer in the wine industry, and nonprofit organisation South African Wine Industry Information & Systems (Sawis) have collaborated to create a trilingual wine dictionary for the South African industry. 

Setas, industry body to drive skills development

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th November 2012 The Wine Industry Network for Expertise and Technology (Winetech), an organisation that coordinates research, training and technology transfer in the wine industry, hopes to form a steadfast partnership with sector education and training authorities (Setas), the Foodbev and AgriSeta to develop... 

China now a force to be reckoned with in innovation

By: Karel Smrcka     5th October 2012 At first sight, it is disquieting news for esablished industrial nations but, on closer inspection, opportunities become apparent. Emerging nations and aspiring industrial nations are increasingly investing in patents and innovations. This trend is particularly prevalent in China.  

Company Announcement: Foster Wheeler Awarded Basic Engineering Package for QP-Shell Petrochemicals Project in Qatar

     5th September 2012 Foster Wheeler AG announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by Shell Global Solutions International B.V. to develop a basic engineering package for a world-scale mono-ethylene glycol facility at Ras Laffan, Qatar 

Newly launched YTIF opens doors for young innovators 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th August 2012 In its aims to stimulate technology innovation and entrepreneurial capacity among young South Africans, the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) has launched its Youth Technology Innovation Fund (YTIF) on Thursday. Targeted at people between the ages of 18 to 30, who are not already funded by the... 

Company Announcement: Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract By Petrobras for World-scale gas-to-chemicals Complex in Brazil

     23rd August 2012 Foster Wheeler AG announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. for a world-scale grassroots gas-to-chemicals complex in Linhares, Espirito Santo State, southeast Brazil, called Complexo Gás-Químico UFN-IV. 

GM food labelling poses many questions 

By: Yolandi Booyens     6th July 2012 While the new Labelling and Advertising of Foodstuffs Regulations (GN R146), which came into effect in March is offering consumers greater awareness, more information and better protection against false advertising on food and beverage products, the labelling of genetically modified (GM) food... 

Luxembourg an innovative, international platform for business

By: Karel Smrcka     6th July 2012 Over the years, Luxembourg has emerged as a sound hub for finance, logistics, information and communication technology and automotive components. 

Bidvest invests R18m into UCT-pioneered heart valve concept

     2nd July 2012 JSE-listed trading and distribution group Bidvest on Monday announced that it is to invest R18-million into a University of Cape Town- (UCT-) pioneered heart valve concept with the potential to save countless African lives every year. Southern Access Technologies Holdings (SATH) and Southern... 

Wood-pellet-to-power plant for refractory product firm

By: Joanne Taylor     22nd June 2012 Renewable energy company Infinergy has won a £1-million contract to design and build a carbon-neutral power plant, in the UK, which will use wood pellets instead of fossil fuels to generate electricity. The plant is reportedly the first of its kind and will be used by refractory product firm... 

Real Economy Report  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st June 2012 Eskom CE Brian Dames tells us about the influence the R91-billion Medupi project is having on Lephalale. The giant Medupi power station project is currently swarming with 17 000 workers.  

Biotechnology important to Africa’s development 

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2012 Biotechnology, specifically the genetic modification of plants to produce herbicide tolerance, pesticide and insecticide resistance, confers crop protection, reducing input costs, exposure to harmful chemicals for farmers, can improve grain quality and help to ensure more robust harvests of... 

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