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Can AI discriminate against you?

29th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / One of the most common misperceptions in the world of Machine Learning about bias is “If I don’t use age, gender or race, or similar factors in my model, it’s not biased.” Well, that’s not true. Even though the same people holding this opinion know that Artificial Intelligence can ‘learn’ and... 

Achieving energy efficiency with correct lubrication

29th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / With colder winter weather setting in across the country and the possibility of electricity supply uncertainties arising again as South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown eases, companies will be looking for ways to take the best possible care of their equipment and reduce their energy consumption. The... 

Achieving energy efficiency with correct lubrication

Cleaning and Disinfecting for the Prevention of Coronavirus spreading 

29th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Due to the fast-spreading nature of Corona Virus (COVID-19), the disinfecting of communal and public spaces has become a necessity across the globe. This is crucial in the pursuit of curbing this virus. Cleaning of surfaces followed by disinfection is the best practice for prevention of COVID-19... 

Cleaning and Disinfecting for the Prevention of Coronavirus spreading

Sustainable access flooring made from old tyres now available from KBAC

29th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / KBAC Flooring’s Raised Flooring division now has the capacity to provide a unique form of “green” raised flooring which uses rubber crumb cradles made from recycled truck and car tyres. In addition to rubber crumb cradles, the KBAC Raised Flooring’s InstaCradle system employs cradle packers,... 

Sustainable access flooring made from old tyres now available from KBAC

Reminder to complete our reader survey

29th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Creamer Media would like to thank all readers who have participated in our Engineering News Online reader survey. Our survey period will close at the end of this week, whereafter we will work through all the results and respond to those who had specific questions or comments. If you have not... 

Reminder to complete our reader survey

A comprehensive end-to-end waste management program is now an essential part of corporate sustainability

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / A comprehensive waste management program is an important part of any organisation’s overall sustainability goals. Waste that companies produce that has the potential to do some of the greatest environmental harm. As business and manufactures start to reopen many retain their objectives of “zero... 

Opinion piece: Mounting pressure for SA’s biggest polluters as their GHG emissions face public scrutiny

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / By Eckart Zollner, Head of Business Development at EDS Systems Within seven days of the end of national lockdown, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries is due to release its report on the greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions pertaining to South Africa’s largest polluters. In so... 

Level 3 liquor let-down looms, warns supply chain professional body

29th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Many South Africans are rejoicing over President Ramaphosa’s latest announcement that the easing of the Covid-19 lockdown regulations will mean they can restock their liquor shelves and wine fridges. When SA moves down to lockdown level 3, alcohol sales will be permitted under specific... 

This tech business is growing at the speed of sound

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / By Terrena Rathanlall Three years ago, Mojalefa Mashokwe resigned from his job and decided to open his own sound engineering business RF Junky. And in that time, he has gone from an unemployed, cash-strapped young man with a dream to an established businessman with an impressive client list. 

Jo’burg entrepreneur takes drone tech to new heights

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / A Jo’burg hobbyist turned drone entrepreneur believes the high-flying tech could form part of the solution to South Africa’s unemployment crisis. Rebekah Funk met with him to find out how. For Yegen Naicker, the whizz of a drone flying overhead back in 2014 represented a new world of possibilities. 

Jo’burg couple lays the tracks for SA youth to benefit from locomotive boom

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / As South African transport authorities set their sights on restoring and growing the country’s rail networks, one intrepid couple has positioned themselves to help young graduates benefit from the boom, reports Rebekah Funk. As South Africa’s ports and rail company, Transnet, lays the tracks for... 

Durban entrepreneur helps freeze SA’s brain drain

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / With South Africa’s growing engineering brain drain threatening to thwart innovation and economic growth, one entrepreneur in Durban is defying the odds to create profitable employment opportunities for graduates and trainees closer to home. Mvusi Simo Ngcobo is the director of Top Cold, a... 

Isuzu provides logistics assistance to business' collaborative healthcare support initiative

28th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Isuzu is a partner for the long run, particularly when it comes to becoming proactively involved in providing healthcare support to the local community during the COVID-19 crisis. For the past few weeks Isuzu's Vehicle Conversion and Distribution Centre (VCDC) in Markman Industrial Township, Port... 

Isuzu provides logistics assistance to business' collaborative healthcare support initiative
Tony Pienaar, Isuzu Motors South Africa General Manager of Supply Chain Management and Quality, shows the storage area where medical supplies and personal protective equipment are stored

Finding the balance between engineering passion and professionalism

28th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Resolution Circle, a training hub that prides itself on providing experiential learning opportunities to undergraduate electrical and mechanical engineering students, believes the current crisis is an opportune time to harness the passion of hobbyists and makers in South Africa and provide them... 

You want to retrench. Now what?

28th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / As a result of the current economic crisis that the world faces, organisational change is an unfortunate reality for many businesses. This can lead to changes in the market as businesses adopt WFH (Working From Home), shifts in business strategies, the need to optimise processes, has already led... 

Announcement of new Chief Executive Officer for Orway IQ

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / The Board of Directors of Orway IQ, is pleased to announce the appointment of Marnu Lombaard as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective May 2020.  Marnu will be taking over from Fred Kock who filled the role temporarily during the crucial establishment phase of the business... 

Assessment Hub app asks all the risky questions

28th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / New app assesses networks, automation assets and cybersecurity against current best practice and delivers risk rating upon which remedial work can be prioritised.  

Assessment Hub app asks all the risky questions

Lubrication is a misunderstood yet essential part of mining operations

28th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Lubrication is often the most misunderstood part of mining operations. However, it is one of the most important areas as it is essential to ensure mining equipment remains safe and fully operational. Take wire rope lubrication, for example. Traditional wire rope lubricants are toxic and difficult... 

Solutions to counter cold weather from Apex

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / As the cold weather approaches, companies start looking at ways to improve both working conditions and employee comfort. This includes dealing with large doorways left open to facilitate easy access. Apex Strip Curtains & Doors has a range of solutions for this. Large doorways left open to... 

Safety in the office environment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / “As a company we need to ensure we keep each other safe and adhere to legislative requirements,” says Marius Geyer, General Manager Operations, Bidvest International Logistics Wrench Road. The company’s four-storey Wrench Road office in Isando was home to 300 employees before lockdown. “Employee... 

Vehicle testing stations to open 1 June

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Good news for motorists is that the Minister of Transport has indicated that, subject to adherance to the necessary hygiene and sanitation requirements, testing stations will be open for business from 1 June. Julian Pillay, national director for the Vehicle Testing Association (VTA), a proud... 

Fibertex steps up to meet the high demand for fabric facemasks by supplying diy kits

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Fibertex FT3 fabric facemask kits - which comprise every component required to make over 50 three-ply washable, reusable and durable masks for children and adults - have been well-received by retail outlets, the domestic sector, as well as charities, entrepreneurs and rural communities. These... 

Fibertex SA adapts CPD course for online learning during Covid-19 lockdown

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Fibertex SA is now offering a four-hour online course on the “Introduction to Geosynthetics and Soil Reinforcement” which has attained Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation from the South African Institute of Civil Engineering (SAICE). “This course, which is offered free of... 

VWSA resumes production and exports

27th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT /  Following a gradual ramp-up of its local production, the Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) plant in Uitenhage has resumed its manufacturing operations. In line with the regulations pertaining to Level 4 of lockdown, VWSA production was restarted on 4 May, with essential employees returning to... 

VWSA resumes production and exports
VWSA's Chairman and Managing Director, Thomas Schaefer

Join the 3rd Annual POWER WEEK AFRICA in Johannesburg, South Africa

27th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Are you ready for the new challenges & opportunities as power markets around the world evolve? Specially designed for the African electric power & energy industry, POWER WEEK AFRICA (14 – 18 September 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa) is the 3rd annual international conference & summit... 

Join the 3rd Annual POWER WEEK AFRICA in Johannesburg, South Africa

Solutions to counter cold weather from Apex

27th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / As the cold weather approaches, companies start looking at ways to improve both working conditions and employee comfort. This includes dealing with large doorways left open to facilitate easy access. Apex Strip Curtains & Doors has a range of solutions for this.  

Solutions to counter cold weather from Apex
Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains are easily installed on hanging hardware across a door or entrance way

Demystifying ‘no work, no pay’ and other covid-19 options

27th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Employers must understand that the Covid-19 and the national lockdown has not suspended employment rights, warns Grant Nirenstein, director at law firm Knowles Hussain Lindsay Inc. The disregarding of employees’ rights will prove to be a costly mistake, he says.  

Local ventilator projects are reaching critical stages

27th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Two projects to design and manufacture local ventilators to be used for the treatment of Covid-19 patients have reached critical stages. The design and layout phases have been completed and simulation exercises to test the efficacy of the projects will start soon. Project Sabela is coordinated by... 

Local ventilator projects are reaching critical stages

Co-innovation paves way for protection of Africa's endangered elephants and rhinos

27th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / How technology, innovation and partnership are changing the fate of Africa's threatened megafauna. 

Co-innovation paves way for protection of Africa's endangered elephants and rhinos

Supplier launches 450 new products 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Electrical switchgear supplier ElectroMechanica (EM) launched the latest edition of its product catalogue this year. A new catalogue is launched on average every two years. 

Supplier launches  450 new products

Resuming operations safely post COVID-19

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Worksafe steps for organisations to protect their people and avoid the legal consequences of getting it wrong As the return to the ‘new normal’ workplace starts to become the focus for many organisations as lockdown measures relax, International SOS urges businesses to make sure that the return... 

A real opportunity for leading brands to get to know your customers

27th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / An innovative digital e-commerce platform, designed and developed in South Africa, has uncovered the Holy Grail of business-to-consumer (B2C) interactions. Consumer brands that adopt Brand Hubb’s unique customer loyalty solutions will go down in history as pioneers in marketing for the digital... 

A real opportunity for leading brands to get to know your customers

New technology disinfects masks and gowns in seconds, economically and environmentally

26th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / New Aquila technology combines the effectiveness of UV with the cleaning power of plasma to disinfect masks and gowns in a matter of minutes without the need to send them off site. PPE equipment can be disinfected more regularly than with central disinfecting systems and so helps to prevent... 

New technology disinfects masks and gowns in seconds, economically and environmentally

Volkswagen's WeConnect Go App now available in South Africa

26th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Volkswagen has taken the first step on the journey towards the connected car by launching the WeConnect Go app in South Africa. The app which is compatible with both iOS and Android, is now available for download and use by Volkswagen customers. The WeConnect Go app forms part of the "Volkswagen... 

Volkswagen's WeConnect Go App now available in South Africa

Urgent dewatering solutions during lockdown

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Responding quickly with the right solutions, Integrated Pump Rental has continued as a secondary emergency supplier throughout the lockdown, including helping to dewater a coal mine in northern KwaZulu-Natal. “The customer urgently needed fit-for-purpose dewatering equipment to prevent flooding... 

XBRL is revolutionising digital financial reporting

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / There has been a recent surge of businesses utilising eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) for their financial reporting. Globally, millions of organisations in over 50 countries are successfully running with XBRL. The growth of XBRL in South Africa continued to rise when on the 1st of... 

With Microfont invisibly beating fakes

26th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Product piracy causes annual losses to the tune of 54 billion euros to German industry, according to a survey by the private-sector Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) commissioned by the Initiative New Social Market Economy (INSM).* Consequently, anti-counterfeiting solutions are all... 

With Microfont invisibly beating fakes

Level 3 lockdown: Ramaphosa calls on companies to develop workplace plan

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2020 / MEDIA STATEMENT / What employers need to consider when drafting their return to work strategies    President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday evening announced that the whole of South Africa will enter Level three of the lockdown from 1 June 2020, which will ease a number of the initial lockdown regulations. Part of the... 

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