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Indigenous plant biofilters effectively remove pollutants from stormwater, researchers say

26th November 2021 Biofilters with indigenous South African plants, such as palmiet, mat sedge, soft rush, cobra lily and vleibiesie, are significantly more efficient than unvegetated soils in removing nutrients and metals pollutants from urban stormwater, Stellenbosch University (SU) researchers say. The team... 

CSIR's initial circular economy study shows potential to create economy-wide value

26th November 2021 The initial findings from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Science, Technology and Innovation for a Circular Economy (STI4CE) study shows that transitioning to a more circular economy has the potential to create value across all sectors of the economy. There are also... 

Human settlements dept capacitates entities to accelerate housing delivery

26th November 2021 Given the delays and challenges to provide decent housing and develop sustainable human settlements in South Africa, the Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi on November 26 detailed the work her department has done to capacitate its entities to accelerate the delivery of housing and human... 

Consulting engineering firms realise exceptional projects in a difficult year

26th November 2021 Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) and professional services multinational Aon South Africa on November 10 recognised excellence in the consulting engineering fraternity in what was a difficult year for infrastructure and engineering projects. The Cesa Aon Engineering... 

Green economy will drive inclusive economic growth, social upliftment – Nedbank

25th November 2021 Financial services company Nedbank on November 25 launched its revised corporate social investment (CSI) strategy, which will focus on the green economy elements of agriculture, water, energy and waste, in recognition that a green economy approach is a key enabler of economic growth, social... 

EIB, TDB launch €81.5m programme to support private investment in Eastern, Southern Africa

25th November 2021 Development finance institutions the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) have jointly launched a 12-year, €81.5-million initiative that will unlock €163-million of investment to support private sector investment in fragile contexts... 

Industrial AI needed to enable mining to meet future demands

25th November 2021 Mining operations must be rejuvenated with the correct innovation, in preparation for projected future demand, says enterprise asset performance and optimisation company AspenTech metals and mining VP and GM Jeannette McGill. AspenTech notes that longer-term demand for metals will continue to... 

Australopethicus sediba lower vertebrae indicate they walked upright and climbed like apes

25th November 2021 The recovery of new fossil lumbar, or lower back, vertebrae of a single individual of the hominin species Australopithecus sediba, and portions of other vertebrae of the same female from Malapa, South Africa, together with previously discovered vertebrae from one of the most complete lower backs... 

Array Technologies’ acquisition of STI Norland to aid expansion efforts

24th November 2021 US-based utility-scale solar tracker technology multinational Array Technologies has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Spain-based solar tracker manufacturer Soluciones Técnicas Integrales Norland (STI Norland) for about €570-million in cash and stock, which will help to accelerate... 

IBM partners with NYDA to enhance digital literacy for the youth of South Africa

24th November 2021 Information technology multinational IBM has partnered with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) in South Africa to bridge the digital divide for the South African youth by enhancing digital literacy and preparing them to actively succeed in the twenty-first century workplace with the... 

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