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Feb 26, 2016
Africa’s air safety last year was better than over the five year period 2010-2014, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported recently. While the hull loss rate for jet airliners was down, that for turboprop airliners showed a dramatic decline. The...
Feb 05, 2016
Every day, some 100 000 commercial aviation flights take off and land, transporting, on average, a million people and 150 000 t of cargo, over a global network of 54 000 routes. These figures were highlighted by International Air Transport Association (Iata)...
Feb 05, 2016
Every day, some 100 000 commercial aviation flights take-off and land, transporting on average one million people and 150 000 t of cargo, over a global network of 54 000 routes. These figures were highlighted by International Air Transport Association (IATA)...
Aug 07, 2015
On December 11, 2012: I wrote: “I am writing this column before the date on which the world is supposed to end, December 21, 2012.  . . . The end of the world is scheduled on the Mayan calendar for 2112012. The Mayan calendar comes to the end of the 'long count' on...
Jun 19, 2015
In less that a decade, a major change has occurred in the global airliner market. In 2005, Airbus delivered 378 aircraft, of which the countries of North America (excluding Mexico), Europe and the former Soviet Union took 62% and emerging countries and the rest of...
May 29, 2015
We have just passed the dates of the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.  I used the plural ‘dates’, because I have discovered that there are actually two. I was invited to a celebratory evening function by the Russian ambassador,...
Mar 13, 2015
Worldwide, the nuclear industry would benefit if it was possible to develop closer cooperation between national regulatory authorities and between them and the industry itself, as is the case with the aviation industry. This was affirmed by World Nuclear University...
Mar 06, 2015
Late last year, the South African electronics industry, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the South African National Defence Force, the Air Traffic and Navigation Services and other institutions celebrated the 75th anniversary of radar in...
Mar 06, 2015
Mar 02, 2015
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Apr 25, 2014
The forty-sixth yearly SA Property Owners’ Association (SAPOA) Convention and Property Exhibition, themed Making a difference, will take place at the International Conference Centre from June 10 to 12, in Cape Town. Proceedings will be started by master of ceremonies...
Apr 25, 2014
The waves of strikes that we have seen in South Africa for some time now just have to stop.Nobody is benefiting, not even the workers who strike for higher pay. The reason is that, as soon as one group succeeds in getting a pay increase, the next group strikes....
Dec 03, 2013
Sam Walsh
Rio Tinto boss Sam Walsh said on Tuesday that the diversified mining group was on track to meet its $2-billion cost cutting target this year, telling an investor seminar in Sydney, Australia, that the company had delivered a $1.8-billion improvement in operating cash...
Nov 15, 2013
That Afghanistan is a source of valuable metals and minerals has been known for millennia. Most famously, the country was the main source for the blue precious stone lapis lazuli, exported westwards to Mesopotamia (modern Iraq), Egypt and the Aegean regions as early...
Nov 15, 2013
Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom (Rosatom) is seeking to augment its ability to deliver on the South African government’s localisation requirements for the country’s planned new nuclear power plant (NPP) programme. To do so, it is seeking to...
Oct 29, 2013
Air traffic to, from and within Africa has grown overall by 89% during the twelve years from 2000 to 2012, and European airliner manufacturer Airbus expects the continent to continue to see rapid growth over the next 20 years. In its latest Global Market Forecast,...
Sep 19, 2013
WWEA members from several CIS countries have decided to create a special working group in order to intensify their cooperation on regional issues. Recently, the WWEA Board has approved the establishment of the WWEA CIS Committee. The leading wind energy experts from...
Mar 22, 2013
I develop business strategies for companies. It is really important to have some sort of strategy in place. There is universal agreement on that point.
Mar 01, 2013
Russian aviation company UTAir and South African business aviation company ExecuJet have donated an Antonov An-2 utility aircraft to support charity operations in Southern Africa. (The two companies have had close relations at group level for many years.) It is hoped...
Feb 21, 2013
On Wednesday afternoon at 15:30, an Antonov An-2 utility aircraft landed at Cape Town International Airport, completing a more than 20 000 km flight from the Arctic coast of Russia to the far south of Africa, undertaken to mark the 65th anniversary of Antonov...
Feb 01, 2013
Oct 26, 2012
You have all heard of Gary Powers, haven’t you? Hey! Gary Powers, man! You know Gary? You know? You don’t know. Okay. Have you heard of U2? Yes, U2. No, I don’t mean the guys who did All You Can’t Leave Behind – I mean the Airplane. No, not Jefferson Airplane, the...
Jul 27, 2012
The Uzbekistan gas-to-liquids project has been officially renamed ‘Oltin Yo’l’ or golden road.
Jul 02, 2012
The mine nationalisation debate had been finally “laid to rest” and was unlikely to surface again for a long time, said struggle veteran Andrew Mlangeni on Monday. Mlangeni, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trials and spent 26 years on Robben...
May 18, 2012
State-owned power utility Eskom’s underground coal gasification (UCG) research project programme is officially in the design phase of the demonstration plant and is currently within budget but is five months overdue on schedule, says Eskom sustainability group...
Mar 30, 2012
History is replete with wars fought over resources – whether they are agricultural lands, forests, minerals like gold and silver or energy sources. Fossil fuels – most especially oil – have fuelled plenty of conflict over the past century. As the world has entered an...
Mar 23, 2012
Sasol is pushing ahead with the front-end engineering and design for a 38 000 bl/d gas-to-liquids plant.
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