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Keith Campbell

Keith Campbell

Keith Campbell is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly. He holds a master's degree in international relations from the University of the Witwatersrand.

By Keith Campbell

UK reaffirms commitment to promote trade and investment with Africa

19th January 2018

The British government has again given the assurance that it desires a mutually beneficial and thriving trade relationship between the UK and Africa once the country has left the European Union... 


UK announces further funding for small modular nuclear reactor programme

19th January 2018

The British government last month announced the next phase in its programme of funding the development of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs), which forms part of a larger programme to develop... 


National nanotechnology centre developing prototypes, commercialising technologies

19th January 2018

The National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research plans to commission its third pilot plant during the course of this year (2018). The... 


Space mining is getting close to reality

Space mining is getting close to reality

15th December 2017

Space mining – the mining of bodies and other worlds in outer space for minerals and other natural resources – remains within the realm of science fiction. For now. But, during the younger years of... 


South African regional operator orders two new airliners

15th December 2017

Privately-owned South African scheduled and non-scheduled domestic and international operations airline CemAir has concluded a $66-million deal with Canadian company Bombardier Aerospace for two... 


Local pharma firm targets cost drivers to ensure competitiveness

15th December 2017

Cost-competitiveness is the key element in the market strategy of local pharmaceuticals company CPT Pharma (CPT standing for Chemical Process Technologies). The company opened its R50-million... 


Some Denel products on display: in the very front, a portable launch system for the Ingwe anti-tank missile, followed by the Ingwe missile itself; behind them a Badger Infantry Fighting Vehicle and in the rear, a Casspir mine protected vehicle. Just visible between the Badger and the Casspir is a Seeker 400 unmanned aerial vehicle

South African defence industry group beleaguered by financial woes

13th December 2017

Trade union Solidarity on Wednesday reported that State-owned defence industrial group Denel might not be able to pay its staff their salaries for December. It did so in a press release, following... 


CSIR national nanomaterials centre celebrates decade of achievement

8th December 2017

The National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, having being launched in 2007. It... 


CSIR nanotechnology centre: foundations laid, future challenging

8th December 2017

A key success of the National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM), a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial... 


European technology groups cooperating on electric propulsion for airliners

8th December 2017

European aerospace giant Airbus, British high performance power systems company Roll-Royce and German engineering and technology business Siemens have partnered to develop a hybrid-electric... 


Exploration for, and production of, valuable minerals in Mozambique continue to advance

8th December 2017

There have been a number of recent developments involving smaller mining companies, both local and foreign, in Mozambique recently. These involve both exploration and production activities.  


Vale confirms Moatize production target, while govt seeks artisanal mining cooperatives

1st December 2017

A senior executive of Vale Moçambique, the Mozambican subsidiary of Brazilian major mining group Vale, has told local journalists that the company’s production target for its Moatize coal operation... 


Nasa outlines the developments to watch in civil aeronautics

Nasa outlines the developments to watch in civil aeronautics

1st December 2017

The global aviation industry continues to be a rapidly growing sector, far from reaching maturity. This was stressed at the recent International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) open session at... 


CSIR’s new antenna concept promises savings for wireless sensor networks

1st December 2017

A team at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Meraka Institute has developed a novel concept to extend the power consumption of fixed wireless sensor networks. This was... 


Nasa outlines the developments to watch in civil aeronautics

Nasa outlines the developments to watch in civil aeronautics

1st December 2017

The global aviation industry continues to be a rapidly growing sector, far from reaching maturity. This was stressed at the recent International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) open session at... 


SANDF orders field kitchens from Saab

1st December 2017

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has awarded a contract for mobile containerised kitchen systems to aerospace, defence and security group Saab. The contract will be executed by Saab... 


Necsa shuts down key unit because of compliance failure

1st December 2017

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has executed an immediate shut down of its NTP Radiochemical Facility, because of non-compliance with licensing conditions. NTP produces... 


A Bombardier Q400 in CemAir colours

South African regional airline places order for two new airliners

30th November 2017

Privately-owned South African scheduled and non-scheduled domestic and international operations airline CemAir has concluded a $66-million deal with Canadian company Bombardier Aerospace for two... 


An artist’s impression of the flight demonstrator aircraft; the electric motor is the inner engine

Big development push for electric propulsion for airliners by European groups

29th November 2017

European aerospace giant Airbus, British high performance power systems company Roll-Royce and German engineering and technology business Siemens have partnered to develop a hybrid-electric... 


CSIR nanotechnology centre: foundations laid, future challenging

27th November 2017

A key success of the National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM), a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial... 


CSIR NCNSM polymer characterisation laboratory with CSIR polymer characterisation technologist Lesego Maubane

CSIR national nanomaterials centre celebrates decade of achievement

27th November 2017

The National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) celebrated its tenth anniversary on Monday, having been launched in 2007. It... 


Active pharmaceutical ingredients pilot plant marks important step for SA industry

24th November 2017

A pilot plant for the manufacture of generic active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) has been officially opened in Pretoria. A R50-million joint project between local company CPT Pharma (CPT... 


Modest recovery in South African commercial aviation activity consolidated

24th November 2017

The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) has reported that its Aviation Activity Index (Caai) for the third quarter of this year had “consolidated its modest recovery from a... 


Tax, spend, squander provide toxic backdrop for nuclear plans

24th November 2017

On November 7, France ran out of money. Or, rather, France ran out of its own money; that is, it ran out of all the money the French State had gathered in taxes and other imposts. Between November... 


Various Moz mining projects making progress

24th November 2017

The Mozambican Government has approved a resolution authorising Capitol Resources, a subsidiary of British miner Baobab Resources, to undertake mining and related operations in the Chiúta district... 


An aerial view of Necsa’s complex at Pelindaba

South African nuclear body shuts down key unit because of compliance failure

22nd November 2017

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has executed an immediate shut down of its NTP Radiochemical Facility, because of non-compliance with licensing conditions. NTP produces... 


SANDF soldiers

New field kitchens ordered from Saab by SANDF

22nd November 2017

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has awarded a contract for mobile containerised kitchen systems to aerospace, defence and security group Saab. The contract will be executed by Saab... 


A wide range of business aircraft parked at ExecuJet’s facility at Lanseria International Airport, north west of Johannesburg

African business aviation association joins global industry body

21st November 2017

The five-year-old African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA), which was founded in May 2012 and currently has 121 members, has become the fifteenth member of the International Business Aviation... 


New antenna concept from CSIR promises savings for wireless sensor networks

17th November 2017

A team at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Meraka Institute has developed a novel concept to extend the power consumption of fixed wireless sensor networks. This was... 


Agreement on environmental monitoring of Karoo radio astronomy area

17th November 2017

Two of the country’s top research institutions, the recently-established South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao) and the South African Environmental Observation Network (Saeon) have... 


High-tech SA firm aiming to revolutionise production of electronic components

17th November 2017

A small South African high-technology company is seeking to revolutionise the production of a key category of components for aerospace electronics and radars by using additive manufacturing (more... 


New technologies promise to improve air traffic management

17th November 2017

Air traffic control/air traffic management (ATC/ATM) agencies need to embrace new technologies in order to further improve air safety. This was stressed by Civil Air Navigation Services... 


Moz Minerals and Energy Minister targets corruption in her department

17th November 2017

Mozambique’s Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Letícia Klemens, is considering revising the country’s minerals licencing process, in order to minimise, or even prevent, possible corrupt... 


Taxi way at OR Tambo International Airport

South African commercial aviation activity consolidates modest recovery

13th November 2017

The Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa (Caasa) reported on Monday that its Aviation Activity Index (Caai) for the third quarter of this year had “consolidated its modest recovery from... 


Important step for local pharmaceutical industry as key pilot plant launched

10th November 2017

A pilot plant for the manufacture of generic active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) was officially opened in Pretoria on Friday. A R50-million joint project between local company CPT Pharma (CPT... 


Nigeria, Russia sign nuclear agreements

10th November 2017

Nigeria has signed agreements with Russia covering the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant (NPP) and a nuclear research reactor and associated research facilities, Russia’s... 


Large national manufacturers not main determinant of aerospace success

10th November 2017

Germany serves as a leading example of a country that has a major and successful aeronautical industry but does not have a single wholly- or predominantly-German owned aerospace original equipment... 


Lanseria to be site of new airport city development

10th November 2017

Gauteng Provincial Premier David Makhura has highlighted the importance of Lanseria International Airport (LIA), and planned projects around it, for the development of the north west quarter of the... 


Irish heavy mineral sands miner plans to expand its Mozambique operation

10th November 2017

The Mozambican newspaper “Notícias” has reported that heavy mineral sands miner Kenmare Moma Mining, a subsidiary of Irish company Kenmare Resources, was to undertake public consultations this... 


Airbus’s A330neo type makes first flight, while Air Mauritius accepts its first A350XWB

3rd November 2017

The first development aircraft in Europe-based major aerospace group Airbus’ new A330neo (new engine option) family made its maiden flight on October 19, from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France.... 


Global airline association predicts air passenger traffic to double by 2036

3rd November 2017

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has forecast that 7.8-billion people will travel by air in 2036. This will amount to a nearly 100% increase over the figure of 4-billion air... 


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