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Air safety in Africa continues to improve – Iata

By: Keith Campbell     26th February 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 jet hull loss rate in Africa in... 

Meeting airline safety, security challenges amid big regional disparities

By: Keith Campbell     5th February 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) director-general and CEO Tony Tyler at... 

Meeting airline safety and security challenges amid big regional disparities

By: Keith Campbell     5th February 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) Director General and CEO Tony Tyler... 

The end of the world – again

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     7th August 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 the December 21, 2012, and it... 

Centre of gravity for world aviation market swinging to Asia

By: Keith Campbell     19th June 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 the world together accounted for... 

Reflections on the Great Patriotic War

By: Kelvin Kemm     29th May 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, which was most interesting. 

Global nuclear industry faces similar challenges, including cost drivers

By: Keith Campbell     13th March 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 (WNU) lecturer Francois Perchet... 

SA radar sector has marked a major milestone in its history

By: Keith Campbell     6th March 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 this country. On December 16,... 

SA radar sector has marked a major milestone in its history

By: Keith Campbell     6th March 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 this country. On December 16,... 

Nuclear industry faces similar challenges around world

By: Keith Campbell     2nd March 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 (WNU) lecturer Francois Perchet... 

What’s driving the oil price plunge?

By: Jeremy Wakeford     24th October 2014 In early October, Brent crude oil was trading as low as $92/bl – a marked drop from the $115/bl it reached in mid-June and the $105/lb to $112/bl range it has held for most of the past three years. In the midst of some serious geopolitical threats to oil supplies in the Middle East, this price... 

Sounds under the sea

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     25th July 2014 In the book The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame writes: “There’s nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as messing about in boats . . ." If you have not read The Wind in the Willows, buy it and read it to your children (that is, if you can drag the little beggars away from... 

Property’s best and brightest to converge for convention in June

By: Anine Kilian     25th April 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 and political analyst,... 

Strikes being organised with damage in mind

By: Kelvin Kemm     25th April 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.  Eventually, the general prices of... 

Rio Tinto to meet $2bn cost target – CEO

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd December 2013 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 costs in the ten months to... 

Afghanistan wooing investors; governance, other concerns remain 

By: Keith Campbell     15th November 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 as the fourth millennium BC... 

Russian group wants to develop relationships with SA nuclear sector

By: Keith Campbell     15th November 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 strengthen existing, and establish new,... 

African, South African airline traffic to grow strongly by 2032 – Airbus

By: Keith Campbell     29th October 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, released on Tuesday, the company... 

World Wind Energy Association establishes CIS Committee

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 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 the CIS countries will... 

Strategy development essential for the success of companies 

By: Kelvin Kemm     22nd March 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.  

Antonov to give African charity operations a lift

By: Keith Campbell     1st March 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 that, with the support of... 

Big biplane completes epic flight from Russian Arctic to Cape Town 

By: Keith Campbell     21st February 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 commercial aircraft. The An-2 was the... 

Socialism leads to poor investments that deprive citizens of services – Maltsev 

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2013 Socialism leads to poor investment of public funds, depriving the most vulnerable people of valuable services, says US Carthage College Professor Yuri Maltsev, who was also one of a team of Soviet economists that worked on President Mikhail Gorbachev's perestroika reform packages. A private... 

Vinyl records streets ahead of CDs, MP3

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     26th October 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 rock band. 

Oltin Yo’l gas-to-liquids plant, Republic of Uzbekistan

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2012 The Uzbekistan gas-to-liquids project has been officially renamed ‘Oltin Yo’l’ or golden road. 

Mine nationalisation’s ‘laid to rest’ – struggle veteran Mlangeni

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 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 Island with Nelson Mandela, told... 

Economic viability of UCG programme to be determined in 2020

By: Yolandi Booyens     18th May 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 executive Dr Steve Lennon. 

Hydrocarbon wars are on the rise

By: Jeremy Wakeford     30th March 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 era of increasing oil... 

Uzbekistan gas-to-liquids plant, Republic of Uzbekistan

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd March 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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