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Academy launched to align learners with Industry 4.0

By: Halima Frost     19th April 2019 Competency-based training institute Polytech Africa and industrial switchgear and automation management supplier ElectroMechanica (EM) launched the Mechatronics Academy, at the EM head office, in Johannesburg, last month. The venture is a collaborative benchmark for the South African education... 

Digital transformation pros and cons

19th April 2019 All businesses are having to transform digitally and embrace technology in order to survive in this smart digital world, says digital technology solutions provider Etion. “We’re living in a technology-driven environment that is defined by a succession of catchphrases such as digitalisation, the... 

Digital transformation pros and cons
MAESON MAHERRY Businesses have to transform to meet the expectations of a society that won’t tolerate complexity

New revolution prompts need for tight security

19th April 2019 With the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the rapid growth of the Internet and the speed at which the cyber environment is developing, State-owned aerospace and military technology conglomerate Denel says security spaces need to be tightly monitored.   The defence and national security environments... 

New revolution prompts need for tight security
‘TANKS’ A LOT Denel defends South Africa on land, in the air and now in cyberspace

Fourth Industrial Revolution Centre launched in South Africa 

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th April 2019 South African Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on Tuesday highlighted that the country's future development probably depended on how fast it mastered the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She was addressing a breakfast forum to mark the setting up of a... 

Fourth Industrial Revolution Centre launched in South Africa
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Science and Technology Minister Mmamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane

Malaria vaccine took 30 years and it's still a work in progress

By: Bloomberg     16th April 2019 After more than three decades of work and almost $1-billion of investment, GlaxoSmithKline and its partners are ready to deploy a vaccine for malaria, the mosquito-borne disease that kills almost half a million people each year. The vaccine, developed with the nonprofit organisation PATH, comes... 

Israeli researchers print 3D heart using patient's own cells

By: Bloomberg     15th April 2019 Israeli researchers have printed a three-dimensional (3D) heart using a patient’s own cells, something they say could be used to patch diseased hearts – and possibly, for full transplants. The heart the Tel Aviv University team printed in about three hours is too small for humans – about 2.5... 

4IRSA announces launch of South Africa’s first digital economy summit

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th April 2019 The launch of South Africa’s first digital economy summit, endorsed by Cabinet, was announced on Thursday at the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innovation Hub by Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. The summit is due to take place at the end of June. 

First ever image of Black Hole released by international consortium 

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th April 2019 The international science consortium called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) on Wednesday unveiled, in six simultaneous press conference around the world, the first image ever taken of a Black Hole. The object imaged was the supermassive Black Hole in the centre of the M87 galaxy, 55-million... 

First ever image of Black Hole released by international consortium
Photo by Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration
First image of a black hole

Rolls-Royce, European aviation regulator, agree accelerated inspections for new engine

10th April 2019 UK industrial technology group Rolls-Royce announced on Wednesday that it had agreed an accelerated inspection programme for its Trent 1000 TEN turbofan engines with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This stems from the company’s work to address the earlier than expected deterioration... 

Rolls-Royce, European aviation regulator, agree accelerated inspections for new engine
Photo by Rolls-Royce
The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 production line

Inspiring Fifty calls for the nomination of women in STEM

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th April 2019 Inspiring Fifty has called for South Africans and those in the technology ecosystem to nominate their most inspiring female role models for this year’s Inspiring Fifty South Africa – a nonprofit initiative that benchmarks and awards the 50 most inspiring women in science, technology, engineering... 

Inspiring Fifty calls for the nomination of women in STEM

South Africa needs to encourage more local patents – Davies

By: African News Agency      10th April 2019 South Africa's government is striving to strike a balance between granting monopoly rights to support innovation, the dissemination of knowledge and addressing the country's socio economic challenges, trade and industry minister Rob Davies says. Davies told a forum on intellectual property and... 

South Africa needs to encourage more local patents – Davies
Trade & Industry Minister Rob Davies

Major science education project launched by CERN

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th April 2019 Pan-European particle physics laboratory CERN has announced that it has launched its Science Gateway project. This is a scientific outreach and education centre that will be funded entirely through external donations. The cost of the centre is estimated at 79-million Swiss francs, of which... 

South Africa’s IP regime must evolve to adapt to Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th April 2019 What the digital (Third) Industrial Revolution achieved on the intellectual property front in 40 years, the Fourth Industrial Revolution has achieved in ten years, Sasol IP counsel principal Jabulani Mthombeni said on Monday, stressing that South Africa has to ensure that it keeps pace with the... 

Aerospace Development Corporation affirms its ownership of Ahrlac aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 In a statement issued on March 26, South African private-sector company Aerospace Development Corporation (ADC) clarified that it, and not the Paramount Group, is the original equipment manufacturer, design authority and manufacturer of the Ahrlac aircraft. (Ahrlac is an acronym for Advanced High... 

Environmental plan for South African segment of SKA radio telescope gazetted

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao) has announced that the Integrated Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) for the Phase 1 of the Square Kilometre Array mid-frequency array (SKA1_MID) was gazetted recently by Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane. The SKA is an... 

Masterclass to highlight link between neuroscience and safety

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd April 2019 The University of South Africa (Unisa) Centre for Blended-learning Studies will on April 12 host a neuroscience and safety and wellbeing in the workplace masterclass, led by Nutricula Psychology psychologist Paul Potgieter, on the Unisa science campus, in Pretoria. The masterclass follows the... 

Necsa scientist in spotlight with award successes

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd April 2019 A scientist from the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, Dr Jan Rijn Zeevaart, has won two prestigious awards, one local and the other international. These are the Department of Science and Technology’s Top Intellectual Property Creator Award and the European Association of Nuclear... 

Japan urges Africa to ‘own’ its own development

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2019 Japan was convinced that Africa should have ownership of its own development and that the private sector was essential for the continent’s economic progress. These views would be embodied in the latest (seventh) iteration of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad 7), to... 

Environmental plan for South African segment of SKA radio telescope gazetted

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2019 The Integrated Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) for the Phase 1 of the Square Kilometre Array mid-frequency array (SKA1_MID) was gazetted by Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on Friday, the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao) announced on Monday. The SKA is an... 

Environmental plan for South African segment of SKA radio telescope gazetted
Photo by Sarao
An artist’s impression of the core of the South African segment of the SKA

Local company ADC stresses it, not Paramount, owns the Ahrlac military aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2019 South African private-sector company Aerospace Development Corporation (ADC) on Tuesday clarified that it, and not the Paramount Group, is the original equipment manufacturer, design authority and manufacturer of the Ahrlac aircraft. (Ahrlac is an acronym for Advanced High Performance... 

Local company ADC stresses it, not Paramount, owns the Ahrlac military aircraft design
Photo by Aerospace DEvelopment Corporation
An Ahrlac aircraft under assembly

Japan focusing attention on Indian Ocean rim countries for mutual benefit

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd March 2019 Japanese international strategy was today focusing on the rim of the Indian Ocean, highlighted Keio University Faculty of Law Professor Yuichi Hosoya in a recent address to the South African Institute of International Affairs at its headquarters on the University of the Witwatersrand campus in... 

Denel seeking contingency funding as it outlines turnaround strategy

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd March 2019 State-owned South African defence industrial group Denel is preparing an application for funding from the R13-billion contingency reserve announced by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his 2019/2020 Budget speech. “We know that [the] Government is cognisant of the fact that Denel is in need of... 

SA, French space agencies sign MoU on future cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2019 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and its French counterpart, the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES – the National Centre for Space Studies), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Pretoria at the end of February, laying the foundations for future cooperation between... 

Radioisotope maker faces heavy losses this year but should regain market share

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2019 NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), is expected to make a loss this year of R224-million, in comparison to profits of R108-million last year and of R184-million in 2017. This was stated in a written reply to a Parliamentary... 

South Africa signs treaty establishing the SKA Observatory

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th March 2019 South Africa has signed the international treaty establishing the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) – an intergovernmental organisation tasked with building and operating the world's most powerful radio astronomy telescope. Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane signed... 

South Africa signs treaty establishing the SKA Observatory
Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

AECI’s Lake Foods, Christian Hansen launch dairy application centre

By: Simone Liedtke     12th March 2019 Food and beverage company Lake Foods, a division of South African chemicals group AECI, on Tuesday launched its new dairy application centre in Cape Town. The centre will assist customers with new product innovation and development, as well as product improvements. 

AECI’s Lake Foods, Christian Hansen launch dairy application centre

Social partnerships a cornerstone of skills development – Manamela

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2019 Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Buti Manamela on Tuesday stressed the importance of social partnerships as a cornerstone of skills development. In an opening speech at the Skills Development Summit, he noted that the event was being held against a background of low economic growth... 

Social partnerships a cornerstone of skills development – Manamela
Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Buti Manamela

UAVs, ecommerce set to transform air cargo

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2019 Unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly called drones, and e-commerce (in particular the global giant e-commerce enterprises such as Amazon and Alibaba) look set to transform the air freight industry worldwide, including in Africa. This was the general opinion at a panel discussion at the recent Air... 

Rolfes investigating nanotechnology paints to diversify business

By: Schalk Burger     8th March 2019 Local solvents and chemicals company Rolfes Chemicals is investigating the applications of nanotechnology in coatings to diversify its business in Southern Africa, says Rolfes Chemicals MD Clive Govender. Nanocoatings contain particles in the nanometre scale. These nanoparticles build a... 

UCT academic wins global chemical engineers award

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th March 2019 University of Cape Town (UCT) academic Dr Dyllon Randall has become the first African recipient of the prestigious global Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Warner Prize. The prize is awarded biennially to people who show “exceptional promise” in sustainable chemical process technology,... 

UCT academic wins global chemical engineers award
University of Cape Town academic Dr Dyllon Randall

CSIR develops medicine dispensing robot 

7th March 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has, in partnership with Right ePharmacy, developed a pharmacy automation robot for medicine dispensing. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

CSIR develops medicine dispensing robot
CSIR develops medicine dispensing robot

Young South African scientists to participate in prestigious international physics meeting 

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th March 2019 Twenty of South Africa’s top young scientists will attend the week-long 2019 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which is dedicated to physics, later this year. This will be the sixty-ninth such meeting held at the city, in Bavaria, Germany. South Africa has also been chosen as the “host country” for... 

South African, French space agencies sign MoU on future cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st March 2019 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and its French counterpart, the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES – the National Centre for Space Studies), signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday in Pretoria, laying the foundations for future cooperation between the two... 

South African, French space agencies sign MoU on future cooperation
Photo by Sansa
Jean-Pascal Le Franc (left) shakes hands with Dr Valanathan Munsami (right) after they signed the MoU

Airbus to end production of its flagship A380 airliner

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st March 2019 Europe-based global aerospace major group Airbus has announced that production of its flagship four-engined A380 Superjumbo airliner would end in 2021. This is because the main customer for the aircraft, Emirates, had decided to cut its order for the airliner by 39 units, and because there is no... 

Advanced Materials Initiative widening its focus

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st March 2019 The Advanced Materials Initiative (AMI) is expanding its area of interest to include all advanced materials, such as ceramics, composites and polymers/plastics, as well as metals. (AMI originally stood for Advanced Metals Initiative.) This process started with renaming of the initiative in early... 

Virtual reality emerging as a mainstream skills-development tool

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2019 Virtual Reality (VR) has hitherto been associated largely with the gaming industry. But as rates of digital penetration rise and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) increases the demand new skills sets, the technology is also becoming a mainstream business and skills-development tool.... 

Virtual reality emerging as a mainstream skills-development tool

South Africa pushes ahead with ocean monitoring satellite programme

By: News24Wire      28th February 2019 The government, through the Department of Science and Technology, has affirmed a further commitment to the Maritime Domain Awareness satellite programme. In addition to funding of R16.5-million, the department will pump another R27-million into the programme over the next three years, department... 

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