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Rhodes’ Centre for Biological Control awarded R68m contract to help control alien plants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 The newly-established Centre for Biological Control (CBC) at Rhodes University has been awarded a R68-million contract by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).  

UCT biomedical engineers design affordable adrenaline auto-injector

By: Anine Kilian     28th May 2018 Biomedical engineers from the Medical Devices Lab at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have developed an affordable, reloadable adrenaline auto-injector called the ZibiPen. The injector will provide vials of adrenaline for a fraction of the current cost of adrenaline auto-injectors to people with... 

Ports Authority Announces New COO

21st May 2018 As Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) settles into the new financial year 2018/19 its focus is on using its strengths to grow and diversify its business and to establish itself as a world class ports authority. Ms Nozipho Mdawe has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective... 

New research group to bridge skills gap at Eskom

18th May 2018 Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM), a new research group, is building on an existing collaboration between State-owned power utility Eskom and the University of Cape Town (UCT) to provide engineers with up-to-date research and students with real-world experience while... 

Importance of vocational education underscored at summit

By: Nadine James     10th May 2018 South Africa should focus on developing and implementing post-school education and training (PSET) programmes that create the quickest pathways to employment for the country’s youth, attendees at the third Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) were told. Private investment group Yellowwoods... 

UCT engineers design device to improve the quality of life of asthma sufferers

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd May 2018 Local biomedical engineers at the Medical Devices Laboratory at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have designed a device they hope will alleviate the issues associated with asthma-suffers, especially the elderly and children, who are unable to activate their asthma pumps due to the force required... 

Africa’s first SAP Next-Gen Lab in partnership with the University of Cape Town enables innovation with purpose between corporate SA and millennial talent

16th April 2018 By 2020, nearly half of the total workforce will be made up of Millennials, the young, connected and tech-savvy demographic born between the early 1980s and the mid-1990s. Despite this, the latest PwC CEO survey found that one of the biggest challenges for organisations will be engaging and... 

South Africa to play key role in 2019 expedition to Antarctica’s Weddell Sea

By: Simone Liedtke     10th April 2018 The Weddell Sea off Antarctica, one of the coldest, harshest and most remote locations in the world, will be explored next year by a major international scientific expedition in which South African research organisations and scientists will play vital role. The January/February expedition will... 

Researchers discover a new coastal current off Madagascar

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2018 South African, Malagasy and French researchers have discovered the existence of a coastal current off Madagascar. The newly-described current, the South-West Madagascar Coastal Current, flows poleward off the south-west coast of Madagascar. 

ATProM to provide solutions for Eskom around ageing energy infrastructure

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 A new research group Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM) is working on a study – based on an existing collaboration between the University of Cape Town (UCT) and State-owned power utility Eskom – to provide engineers with up-to-date research, students with real-world... 

Adriana Marais

23rd March 2018 This week we profile Dr Adriana Marais, head of innovation at enterprise resource software and business solutions SAP Africa   

South Africa joins global AI community

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2018 Global nonprofit organisation City.AI has welcomed South Africa as a new member and is inviting local artificial intelligence (AI) practitioners to attend its first Cape Town City.AI event, which will be held on March 27.  

Cape Town's taps can still run dry despite Day Zero scrapping - experts

By: News24Wire      12th March 2018 The politicians may have scrapped Day Zero – but water experts say this does not mean Cape Town's taps won't run dry. It is still as likely to happen as it was a week ago. 

UCT academic joins UN special envoy to discuss Cape Town’s water future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 University of Cape Town (UCT) academic and Future Water Institute lead researcher Dr Kevin Winter was part of a team of experts that joined United Nations (UN) climate action special envoy Mike Bloomberg – founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York – on a tour of the... 

New Managing Principal appointed at GIBB Capital

6th March 2018 GIBB Engineering and Architecture is excited to announce the appointment of Colin Logan as Managing Principal of GIBB Capital, its project preparation and advisory division that provides bespoke specialist services aimed at unlocking the financing and implementation of projects. Logan is a Civil... 

UCT civil engineering graduate wins national award for waterless urinal study

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2018 University of Cape Town (UCT) civil engineering graduate Tinashe Chipako won the 2018 South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) National Investigative Project Showdown for his research project on the feasibility of implementing waterless urinals on UCT’s upper campus. The Western... 

KwaZulu-Natal learners beat out the competition in Engen Maths and Science Schools class of 2017

22nd February 2018 The personal success of the two top learners nationally in the Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) Class of 2017 will be South Africa’s gain, as the pair chase their dreams of becoming an actuary and a doctor.   The hard slog was all their own, admit Makyle Naidoo and Nokwenama Gumede, but... 

Managers focused on furniture needs, not water – De Lille on Cape Town's 'derailed' drought plan

By: News24Wire      30th January 2018 Project managers in the City of Cape Town tasked with coming up with solutions about the drought spent lots of time talking about furniture they wanted instead of water projects, a submission by Mayor Patricia de Lille has revealed. "At some of the very first meetings it was astounding to hear... 

‘Any nuclear new build a poor choice for South Africa’, not just a Russian build

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2018 Not just Russian but any nuclear new build is a poor choice for South Africa, Rocky Mountain Institute chief scientist Amory Lovins and University of Cape Town (UCT) emeritus professor Anton Eberhard argue in a newly release occasional paper published by the UCT Graduate School of Business.... 

How Cape Town businesses are tightening the taps

By: News24Wire      26th January 2018 As the countdown to Cape Town's dreaded Day Zero continues, ratepayers are not the only ones forced to tighten their belts when it comes to water use. Businesses operating in what may soon become the first major city to run out of water have been implementing more large-scale water-saving... 

Thakadu’s nickel plant secures R50m black industrialist grant

By: Martin Creamer     23rd January 2018 Innovative metals and energy company Thakadu Battery Materials has secured a R50-million black industrialist grant from South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the construction of its pure nickel sulphate plant in North West province, which will make use of platinum producer... 

Cape Town confronts looming 'Day Zero' water crisis

By: News24Wire      17th January 2018 Like many others in Cape Town, Sandra Dickson has no other option but to get creative. "We catch water from our showers in buckets, and throw it into our toilets," Dickson, who has been living in the South African city for the last 24 years, told Al Jazeera. 

Khoza to continue as Eskom chair

By: Anine Kilian     8th December 2017 Zethembe Khoza will continue in his position as chairperson of State-owned power utility Eskom until the 2018 annual general meeting, according to Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who announced the State-owned power utility’s new board on Friday. The new board – comprising Khoza, Dr Pat... 

Drought: Has Cape Town planned properly for Day Zero? 

By: News24Wire      6th December 2017 "Day Zero is the stark reality we face when most taps will be turned off and residents will have to queue for water." This sombre announcement was made by Mayor Patricia de Lille at the launch of the City of Cape Town's water dashboard on November 23, GroundUp reported on Wednesday. 

Fairvale Secondary School gets a new Science Lab courtesy of Engen

1st December 2017 Learners at Fairvale Secondary School in Wentworth in Durban will welcome in 2018 with a brand new modern science lab following extensive renovations by Engen.   Engen, a leading producer and marketer of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products, invested R650 000 in the project, which includes... 

UCT’s business school to participate in UN programme research council

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th October 2017 The University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Graduate School of Business (GSB) has been named as one of nine leading universities to be part of a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop a research agenda that will better leverage private investment to finance the... 

UCT-led team makes new dinosaur discovery

By: News24Wire      26th October 2017 A team of scientists from universities in SA, the UK and Brazil have discovered the first evidence of a large carnivorous dinosaur roaming Southern Africa 200-million years ago, according to a statement from the University of Cape Town (UCT). The UCT-led team comprised of scientists from the... 

Relook at low-carat pipes could spring big diamond surprises   

By: Martin Creamer     25th October 2017 Diamond kimberlites with a very low number of carats per hundred tons have in the past tended to be passed over by diamond mine developers, but their propensity to host big Type II diamonds that sell for large sums of money is now being acknowledged. Although diamond company De Beers walked away... 

Marcus Wilkinson

20th October 2017 This week we feature Marcus Wilkinson, a director at Concord Cranes Group, a provider of mobile crane hire, rigging, transport and associated services   

Time and money – two major obstacles in tackling Cape Town's water crisis

By: News24Wire      19th October 2017 Desalination plants and other plans, which are in the pipeline for Cape Town to help alleviate the water crisis, will probably cost the city billions of rand, and it is not yet clear where this money will come from. Another possibly hampering factor could be the time it will take to construct... 

Outa accuses Eskom consultants of ‘gambling’ with public money

By: Kim Cloete     19th October 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has alleged that Eskom consultants Trillian Capital Partners have been “dabbling” in derivatives and losing billions of rands in the process. “Trillian has been dabbling in derivatives with our public money, racking up losses of R27-billion,” Outa... 

Cape Town's groundwater plan targets 'impossible' 

By: News24Wire      11th October 2017 Key partners in the extraction of groundwater to augment the City of Cape Town's water supply believe that the city's current 100-million litres per day target is impossible. Speaking as an audience member at a Muizenberg Festival gathering on Tuesday, Umvoto earth sciences consultancy director... 

Big opportunity for change amid renewables-led disruption

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 As questions remain over what the future holds for South Africa’s power utility Eskom, there is a window of opportunity for utilities in developing countries to build on international power reform experience and design future power markets and operating systems to respond to new opportunities... 

Energy sector has opportunity to change amid ‘disruptive moment’ caused by renewables

By: Schalk Burger     12th September 2017 As questions remain over what the future holds for South Africa’s power utility Eskom, there is a window of opportunity for utilities in developing countries to build on international power reform experience and design future power markets and operating systems to respond to new opportunities... 

Necsa says second reactor would strengthen Pelindaba’s global nuclear medicine position

By: Keith Campbell     1st September 2017 The worldwide nuclear medicine market in 2016 was worth more than $11-billion and is projected to be worth almost $20-billion by 2021. The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), through its use of its Safari-1 research reactor and its subsidiary company, NTP Radioisotopes, is one of... 

Denver Dreyer

1st September 2017 This week e feature Denver Dreyer, CEO of WorleyParsons South Africa, a provider of advisory, project management and engineering services for the mining,chemicals, hydrocarbons, power and infrastructure sectors   

Necsa says second reactor would strengthen Pelindaba’s global nuclear medicine position

By: Keith Campbell     1st September 2017 The worldwide nuclear medicine market in 2016 was worth more than $11-billion and is projected to be worth almost $20-billion by 2021. The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), through its use of its SAFARI-1 research reactor and its subsidiary company NTP Radioisotopes, is one of... 

Report indicates more research needed before fracking in the Karoo is allowed

By: Anine Kilian     31st August 2017 It is vital that all matters related to the development of a shale gas industry be carefully analysed and evaluated before South Africa considers exploiting shale gas, says University of Cape Town senior researcher Professor Cyril O’Connor. “It is well known that the exploitation of shale gas may... 

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