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NPC engages stakeholders on South Africa’s future energy mix

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th March 2018 The National Planning Commission (NPC) on Thursday hosted a roundtable discussion on its energy paper, which was released in February. The discussion covered mainly coal and carbon pricing, the end-state of the electricity industry, nuclear energy, the integration of renewables into the national... 

Innovation key to addressing youth employment – Pandor

By: Anine Kilian     9th June 2017 Recent statistics on youth unemployment highlight the need for South Africa to devote attention to science, technology and innovation, said Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor at a briefing on Friday, adding that “business as usual” would not work. The Quarterly Labour Force Survey,... 

Serving the Community through Technology: A powerful public-private partnership brings backup power to healthcare facility

3rd September 2015 Air Products South Africa has partnered with the Department of Science and Technology, the City of Johannesburg and Clean Energy Investments in launching a ground-breaking hydrogen fuel cell pilot project. The project saw the commissioning of a fuel cell installation at the Windsor East Clinic in... 

S Africa solar energy roadmap to be unveiled by October

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th June 2015 The Department of Energy (DoE) plans to launch its Solar Energy Technology Roadmap, which seeks to map solar technologies and the way these fit into South Africa’s long-term energy plan, before the International Renewable Energy Conference in October. Speaking at a session at the Sustainable... 

Siemens donates 4000 micro automation controllers to boost engineering education in Gauteng schools.

11th June 2015 Gauteng Department of Education receives 4000 Siemens LOGO! PLCs Investment by Siemens and Gauteng Department of Education valued at R7 million to develop LOGO! Training kits. The initiative is aimed at Grade 11 and 12 learners studying Power Systems As part of an ongoing commitment to advancing... 

Inauguration of Stratosat’s Sub-reflector Manufacturing Facility

24th April 2015 Stratosat Datacom (Pty) Ltd celebrated the inauguration of its Sub-reflector Manufacturing Facility on the 23 April 2015 in Elandsfontein together with SKA, the Department of Science and Technology, General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies, Airborne International and various South African suppliers.... 

Pandor emphasises need for resource-rich countries to diversify economies

By: Schalk Burger     16th January 2015 The exploitation of minerals must form the basis of diversified economies in the developing world, said Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Thursday. “Exports of raw materials and oils often strengthen a currency, rendering other products less competitive and driving them out of... 

Second time round, Pandor aims to add scientific stimulus to NDP

By: Keith Campbell     20th June 2014 New Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, recently appointed to the post for the second time, has committed her department to vigorously help in the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP). She was speaking at a recent media conference at the Department of Science and... 

Self-healing skydiving fabric to be showcased at defence expo

By: Joanne Taylor     27th July 2012 Aerodyne Research Manufacturing has launched its new fabric for the canopies of skydiving parachutes. The self-healing technology fabric comes after nearly two years of research and development. 

Pebble bed modular reactor project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2012 A final decision on the fate of the controversial pebble bed modular reactor project will be made in 2013. 

Final fate of PBMR to be decided during 2013 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2012 A final decision on the fate of the controversial Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR), a small-scale nuclear reactor project that was placed into care and maintenance in 2010, would be made in 2013, Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Ben Martins confirmed this week. Speaking to lawmakers in Cape... 


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