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African airlines still need help to survive Covid-19-related losses

17th September 2021 As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to afflict Africa, with the number of deaths increasing while the rate of vaccination remains slow, the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has warned that the lack of support from governments and development finance institutions for the continent’s aviation... 

South African pilot wins aviation award

17th September 2021 Aviation digital ‘hub’ AeroTime has awarded an Aviation Achievement Award to South African pilot and ‘social entrepreneur’ Refilwe Ledwaba. This was in recognition of her creation and development of the non-profit Girls Fly Programme in Africa Foundation. She is the 23rd person to receive the... 

Boeing forecasts commercial aircraft market of more than $3-trillion over next decade

16th September 2021 US aerospace giant Boeing has forecast a commercial aircraft market worth $3.2-trillion over the next ten years. In concrete terms, this would amount to 19 000 aircraft. As for demand over the next 20 years, the group estimates that this would amount to more than 43 000 new aeroplanes, with a... 

Major international telescope being built in South Africa by local artisans

16th September 2021 An international radio telescope array project, led by the US National Science Foundation, is being built in South Africa’s radio astronomy reserve in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape province by local artisans, and has already started doing valuable science, the South African Radio... 

UK electric aircraft speed record attempt aircraft has flown for the first time

16th September 2021 UK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has announced that its all-electric aircraft, ‘Spirit of Innovation’, made its maiden flight on Wednesday, at 14h56 British Summer Time. The aircraft has been specifically developed by a Rolls-Royce-led consortium, under the... 

SA’s quantum technology initiative, led by Wits University, to side-step competitors

15th September 2021 The South African Quantum Technology Initiative (SA QuTI), headed by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), does not intend to directly take on the major international quantum technologies competitor countries. “South Africa cannot compete with the billions of euros invested in quantum... 

Science and Innovation Department grants funds to Wits University for quantum research

15th September 2021 The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has awarded R8-million in seed funding to the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) to implement Phase 1 of the South African Quantum Technology Initiative (SA QuTI). Wits had already set up its own WitsQ quantum research initiative and is the... 

Ethiopian Airlines setting up plane conversion centre

10th September 2021 The Ethiopian Airlines Group has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to set up a world class centre in the African country, which will convert Boeing 767-300ER airliners into freighter aircraft (designated 767 P2F). The airline group can already... 

Armscor gets unqualified audit from Auditor-General

9th September 2021 The Armaments Corporation of South Africa, much better known as Armscor, reported on Thursday that it had been awarded an unqualified audit by the Auditor-General of South Africa. Armscor is the acquisition agency for the country’s Department of Defence. The audit was for the year ending March... 

World nuclear energy use to grow over next 20 years, requiring increased uranium mining

9th September 2021 The World Nuclear Association (WNA) has forecast that worldwide nuclear energy generation capacity will grow by 2.6% a year over the next 20 years. The prediction is contained in the WNA publication The Nuclear Fuel Report: Global Scenarios for Demand and Supply Availability 2021-2040, which was... 

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