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SU Data School launches data science academy

17th July 2020 Stellenbosch University's (SU's) new School for Data Science and Computational Thinking has opened the African Data Science Academy (ADSA) and is offering two courses in July. "Many universities across the world have identified data science as a very important discipline, because of the data-rich... 

WRC highlights progress in surveillance of Covid-19 in wastewater

16th July 2020 The Water Research Commission (WRC) says an information sharing and progress meeting among water sector practitioners, universities and laboratories on July 8 on the use of wastewater surveillance to track the spread of Covid-19 means a nationwide programme is imminent. Initiatives being... 

Tiger Brands appoints new CFO

15th July 2020 Packaged foods and goods company Tiger Brands has announced the appointment of Deepa Sita as CFO and executive director from October 1. She will take over from acting CFO Pamela Padayachee, who will assume a senior finance role in the company from October 1. 

World economy post Covid-19 to see greater focus on resilience, sustainability

14th July 2020 The world economy will post the Covid-19 pandemic see significant changes to its structure in order to improve its resilience and sustainability, with a much more pronounced focus on environmental, societal and good governance metrics in public and private projects to help businesses, economies... 

Thermal scanning system helps speed up Covid-19 screening

10th July 2020 Pretoria-based technology company Foresight Security has installed a locally developed thermal scanning system at a mine in the Northern Cape to help detect any possible cases of Covid-19. The system is capable of scanning two rows of mineworkers walking at a normal pace without them having to... 

Covid-19 wastewater virus-risk forensic service team announced

10th July 2020 A team comprising academics from the University of the Free State (UFS) and private sector laboratory specialists can provide a virus-risk forensic service using sewage samples to monitor Covid-19 hotspots, UFS said in a July 9 statement. Netherlands research agency KWR first demonstrated the... 

South Africa facing R33bn water-security funding gap

10th July 2020 South Africa's water security is threatened. About 56% of the more than 1 150 municipal wastewater treatment works and about 44% of the 962 water treatment works are in a poor or critical condition and need urgent rehabilitation and skilled operators, while about 11% of this infrastructure is... 

New science, tech policy book focuses on transformative policy making

7th July 2020 A new book authored by a host of international scientists and policy advisors sets out the theories, approaches and lessons for how science, technology and innovation (STI) policy making should be developed to ensure the intended benefits of research, development, innovation, progress and... 

Correction: Kogi Iron

7th July 2020 Mining Weekly incorrectly reported on July 7 that ASX-listed Kogi Iron had received a large investment from European fund management company Torridon Investments Research to develop its Agbaja cast steel project, in Nigeria. However, Torridon, which is a European fund manager with billions of... 

Gauteng Covid-19 visualisation platform enables monitoring, prediction

7th July 2020 A visual analytics tool allows Gauteng Government users to visualise prediction models provided by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) to see predicted active Covid-19 cases, as well as predicted bed availability over time. This can help determine where to focus resources ahead of when... 

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