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Gates Foundation funds African scientists searching for TB and malaria cure
28th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

African scientists have received $7.2-million to find drugs that will help combat malaria and tuberculosis on the continent that’s the most afflicted by the infectious diseases. More than half of... 


Solcon Capital chairperson Andile Ngcaba
IFC, Solcon Capital to provide growth capital funding for South African, Indian deep tech companies
28th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Development finance institution the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and technology investment company Solcon Capital have announced a strategic partnership aimed at identifying and... 


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Industry faces expertise shortage amid international competition
23rd February 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

The South African defence industry continues to grapple with diminishing skills availability amid a competitive market dominated by international defence companies. However, increased government... 


MeerKAT antennas
MeerKAT radio telescope a beacon of technological development in South Africa
20th February 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

More than 260 scientific papers have so far been published, using data gathered by South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array, with 40% of them being published in the past year, highlighted... 


SU opens new avenues for localisation with high-tech micro-manufacturing machine
20th February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

In a first-of-its-kind for Africa, the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University (SU) has acquired a micro-manufacturing machine... 


Domestic expenditure on research and development increasing – HSRC
16th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

South Africa's gross domestic expenditure on research and development (GERD) in the 2021/22 fiscal year rose in real terms for the first time in four years, research policy agency the Human... 


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Vumacam partners with Gauteng government to provide surveillance access
13th February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Surveillance services provider Vumacam has partnered with the Gauteng provincial government (GPG), giving the GPG immediate access to an expansive network of over 6 000 cameras in the province, as... 


CubeSpace CEO Mike-Alec Kearney
South African satellite control systems company secures venture capital funding
13th February 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

South African spacecraft attitude determination and control systems (ADCS) developer and manufacturer CubeSpace has secured R47-million in venture capital funding, to allow it to expand its... 


Five South African startups showcasing UN SDG-aligned technology innovations in Ireland
13th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The winning cohort of the 2023 Irish Tech Challenge South Africa has travelled to Ireland for a ten-day curated immersion and networking programme with access to top industry leaders and potential... 


Shoprite launches new robotics labs for local high schools
Shoprite launches new robotics labs for local high schools
7th February 2024

As part of the first phase of technology support for various schools around South Africa, the Shoprite Foundation facilitated the launch of two fully equipped robotics laboratories at the Mountview... 


Neo Hutiri
Royal Academy of Engineering awards South African entrepreneur top prize
2nd February 2024 By: Darren Parker

UK charity the Royal Academy of Engineering has celebrated its tenth anniversary of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, with a medal awarded by UK Princess Royal Anne Mountbatten-Windsor,... 


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Shoprite Foundation launches robotics labs at KwaZulu-Natal high schools
1st February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

As part of the first phase of a programme to provide technology support for various schools around South Africa, the Shoprite Foundation launched two fully equipped robotics laboratories at the... 


Stellenbosch, Western Cape universities receive muon detector from France
30th January 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Research into cosmic rays by scientists at Stellenbosch University (SU) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) has been energised by the delivery, from France, of a muon detector. The... 


‘Funding winter’ sees investments in African tech startups drop
30th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Total investment into the African technology startup ecosystem fell by 27.8%, to $2.4-billion, in 2023, down from a record $3-billion in 2022, as the impacts of the global capital shortage began to... 


 The SKA-MPIfR telescope
A prototype dish for the SKA has started early science work in the Karoo
26th January 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) has announced that a prototype dish for the SKA-Mid radio telescope array has commenced initial astronomical observations, known as “first... 


A beach in the Eastern Cape
Rural Coastal Sustainability Laboratory launched in Mthatha
26th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have launched the Rural Coastal Sustainability Laboratory at the Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Mthatha... 


Proposed underground lab in South Africa moves into project stage
24th January 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

A proposal to build South Africa’s and Africa’s first underground science laboratory has now moved into the project stage, with the launch of the Paarl Africa Underground Laboratory (PAUL),... 


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AECI outlines new strategy as it celebrates its centenary
23rd January 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

JSE-listed AECI celebrates its centenary this year, with Group CEO Holger Riemensperger attributing the company’s success to its solution-focussed value proposition and dedication from its... 


UFS, ZZ2 company NovaLogix to develop, make fresh produce probiotic
22nd January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The University of the Free State (UFS) and fresh produce company ZZ2 have launched a joint venture company NovaLogix to develop and produce a probiotic used in the production of fresh produce to... 


Global AI Governance Alliance calls for inclusive access to AI data, resources and education
18th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The World Economic Forum (WEF) Artificial Intelligence Governance Alliance (AIGA) is calling on experts from various sectors to address several key areas of AI, including improving data quality and... 


NRF appoints Gugu Moche as digital transformation group executive
18th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Research organisation National Research Foundation (NRF) has appointed Dr Gugu Moche as digital transformation group executive. She will also continue to act as the Research, Innovation and Impact... 


Generative AI set for scaling up in 2024, but few are embracing it
12th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Artificial intelligence (AI), and generative AI (GenAI), is one of the top three topics being discussed among executives worldwide and across sectors, and GenAI is set to be scaled up during the... 


Artemis I’s Orion spacecraft, photographed (by itself) in space, beyond the Moon (visible, top right)
Nasa delays first two crewed Artemis Moon missions
11th January 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has announced that it is delaying the launch of its Artemis II and Artemis III crewed lunar missions by about a year, in each case.... 


The Gebrüder Weiss Peak Evolution Team reached an altitude of 6 500 m in their solar and electric powered Aebi Schmidt truck
Solar-powered e-truck sets new altitude record
18th December 2023 By: Donna Slater

A team of explorers – the Gebrüder Weiss Peak Evolution Team – followed through on successfully setting a new world altitude record for electric vehicles after driving an electric truck to an... 


Left to right: Bredin Prat Senior Associate Sarah Gicquel, BAOM co-founder Chloe Cormack and BAOM co-founder Melian Dott, at the WE4G jury prize award ceremony in Paris
South African young-women-led startup gains international visibility from global event win
13th December 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The winning of the jury prize at the recent Women Entrepreneurs 4 Good (WE4G) global startup pitching event in Paris, by South African biotechnology startup BAOM Eco Solutions (BAOM), has created... 


Lelapa AI develops language models for customer interaction
Lelapa AI develops language models for customer interaction
13th December 2023

The use of artificial intelligence, or AI, is being explored in many different industries, and Africa, like the rest of the world, stands to benefit from its uses, one of which is to improve... 


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Ramaphosa announces establishment of R1bn Presidential PhD Initiative to drive STI
12th December 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the establishment of the Presidential PhD Initiative, through the initial investment of R1-billion from the National Skills Fund. The President was... 


A solar flare
Researchers report that space weather events could endanger railway safety
12th December 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

Researchers at the University of Lancaster in the UK have determined that significant space weather events could interfere with railway signalling systems at sea level, on Earth, thereby creating... 


International observatory has awarded R1bn-plus in contracts in South Africa
11th December 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Observatory (SKAO) has so far awarded contracts worth about R1.2-billion to South African companies and institutions, for work on the SKA-Mid radio telescope array,... 


16 innovators shortlisted for 2024 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
8th December 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The UK Royal Academy of Engineering has announced the 16 shortlisted innovators from eight countries for the tenth Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. Some of the shortlisted innovations for... 


Airbus, BMW Group open submissions for transport quantum computing challenge
8th December 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Aerospace company Airbus and automotive manufacturer BMW Group have launched the global Quantum Computing Challenge, seeking candidates to develop a solution to mobility challenges, such as... 


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Erection of Karoo telescope dishes to start in early 2024
8th December 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project is, in terms of scale, undoubtedly the biggest astronomy programme in the world today. What was once a dream, and then a hopeful project, is... 


UN University rector and UN under-secretary-general Professor Tshilidzi Marwala
AI can help humanity, but data and computing needed to enable its use
7th December 2023 By: Schalk Burger

A specially trained neural network artificial intelligence (AI) system can use the signal from an electroencephalogram to detect epilepsy symptoms with a 90% accuracy, can work constantly and its... 


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