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Industry 4.0 the main focus at KITE

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     19th July 2019 The KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (KITE) – which will be held at the Durban Exhibition Centre on July 24 to 26, 2019 – continues to adopt an increased focus on Industry 4.0, particularly its impact on the market and manufacturing, says organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery... 

Rolls-Royce ‘IntelligentEngine’ civil aerospace initiative advancing

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th July 2019 UK-based global major power plant manufacturer Rolls-Royce has reported that its the “IntelligentEngine” philosophy (also referred to as a vision) is making strong progress throughout its Civil Aerospace products and services “portfolio”, powerfully driven by the capabilities of digital... 

South African radio astronomer elected to highly prestigious scientific body

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th July 2019 South African radio astronomer Dr Bernie Fanaroff has been inducted as a Fellow of the very prestigious Royal Society, at a ceremony in London. He headed SKA South Africa (SKA SA) from 2003 to 2015, directing South Africa’s involvement in, and contribution to, the international Square Kilometre... 

South African radio astronomer elected to highly prestigious scientific body
Photo by Sarao
Dr Bernie Fanaroff

Radical plan to stem Necsa losses proposed and then withdrawn by board 

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th July 2019 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation suffered cumulative losses of R257.78-million in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years and is expected to announce an even larger loss of R294.27-million for 2018/19, resulting in cumulative losses of R552.05-million for the three-year period. The... 

Radical plan to stem Necsa losses proposed and then withdrawn by board
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An aerial view of Necsa’s Pelindaba complex

International AIV consortium completes work ahead of SKA construction

By: Simone Liedtke     12th July 2019 The international engineering consortium tasked with planning the assembly, integration and verification (AIV) of the SKA radio telescope has formally completed its work, representing another crucial step towards the construction of the world’s largest radio telescope. The work completed by the... 

New combustion emission monitoring equipment offered to Africa

By: Cameron Mackay     12th July 2019 Mining, industrial and processing solutions provider RTS Africa Technologies is the exclusive supplier of laser-based online gas analysers and monitoring recording equipment, from Norwegian company NEO Monitors; as well as, more recently, a range of both multiple channel and portable instruments,... 

New combustion emission monitoring equipment offered to Africa
IAN FRASER South Africa needs to grasp the new wave of global automation more firmly

2019 White Paper sets objectives for science, technology and innovation

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th July 2019 The 2019 White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation, approved by the Cabinet on 13 March, was necessary because the previous White Paper on Science and Technology had been adopted in 1996 and global technological change and the development of "megatrends" since then required an updated... 

Bank bails Denel out amid union demand for action on irregularities

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th July 2019 The spokesperson for Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, Adrian Lackay, has clarified to “Engineering News” that the lender who came to the assistance of beleaguered State-owned defence industrial group Denel, allowing it to pay its staff their full salaries for this month, was “a... 

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

By: Dylan Slater     12th July 2019 The Pretoria-based headquarters of research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has almost doubled its commissioning of solar photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity because of its rooftop-mounted fixed-axis solar PV plant exceeding initial performance expectations.  

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

Bloodhound high-speed testing set for mid-October start

By: Nadine James     10th July 2019 The Bloodhound supersonic car will participate in a high-speed testing programme at Hakskeenpan, in the Northern Cape, between mid-October and mid-November this year. The car is expected to reach speeds in excess 800 km/h, as part of the Bloodhound team’s larger objective of beating the current... 

Bloodhound high-speed testing set for mid-October start
Photo by Creamer Media
Andy Green

Nzimande announces help for technology innovators

By: African News Agency      9th July 2019 Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande said on Tuesday his department has made progress towards setting up a fund that will ease the risk of bringing new technological innovations onto the market. Nzimande told a media briefing in Cape Town the fund would receive... 

Nzimande announces help for technology innovators
Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande

Royal Academy of Engineering invites Africa Prize entries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2019 The Royal Academy of Engineering has invited entries for its Africa Prize for Engineering. The prize aims to stimulate, celebrate and reward innovation and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Royal Academy of Engineering invites Africa Prize entries
Neo Hutiri (right) was the 2019 winner of the Africa Prize for Engineering

Gauteng leading in South Africa’s response to 4IR

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2019 South Africa’s response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Friday. He spoke at the inaugural... 

Gauteng leading in South Africa’s response to 4IR
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Premier David Makhura

Ramaphosa throws weight behind 4IR as South Africa’s growth accelerator 

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th July 2019 South Africa is positioning itself not as an adopter but rather as a leader and driver of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) worldwide, President Cyril Ramaphosa promised on Friday, throwing his weight fully behind the imminent digital disruption. He believes that taking the global lead on... 

Ramaphosa throws weight behind 4IR as South Africa’s growth accelerator
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President Cyril Ramaphosa

South African unmanned aerial vehicle industry body created

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th July 2019 A representative body for the South African unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, sector was launched recently at Kyalami, north of Johannesburg. This is the South African Federation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), officially abbreviated to Safu. (UAS is another term for drones; they are... 

2019 White Paper sets ambitious goals for South African science, technology and innovation

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd July 2019 The 2019 White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation, approved by the Cabinet on 13 March, was necessary because the previous White Paper on Science and Technology had been adopted in 1996 and global technological change and the development of "megatrends" since then had required an updated... 

South African research needs to be better coordinated to achieve its potential

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd July 2019 South African researchers need to be able to think both long-term and short-term when considering the issues facing the country, Department of Science and Technology (DST) Deputy Director General: Socioeconomic Partnerships Imraan Patel affirmed on Tuesday. He was addressing the DST/Academy of... 

Factory of the Year recognises world-class excellence in South African manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2019 Multinational management consulting firm AT Kearney’s Factory of the Year competition recognises world-class excellence and performance in manufacturing and provides participants with a confidential evaluation of their competitive position as part of the assessment of all finalists, says AT... 

Factory of the Year recognises world-class excellence in South African manufacturing
3D-printed Factory of the Year trophies

Airbus unveils new wing-tip technology

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2019 Only days before the recent Paris Air Show, Europe-based giant aerospace group Airbus announced that it had successfully flown a remote-controlled scale-model aircraft (based on the Airbus A321 single-aisle airliner and designated AlbatrossOne) fitted with flapping wing-tips. This is the first... 

Aerospace technology leaders reaffirm emission-cutting ambitions

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2019 At the recent 2019 Paris Air Show, the Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) of seven of the world’s major aerospace companies issued a joint statement on their joint and cooperative commitment to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by the aviation industry. The companies were, in alphabetical... 

Union gets set to oppose Necsa restructuring plan

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2019 The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) has asserted that it had “reliably learnt” that the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Necsa’s) Board was proposing to retrench 400 employees and perhaps sell public assets. These proposals were part of a turnaround... 

S&P’s downgrades Cell C’s rating again

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2019 Ratings agency Standard & Poors’ Global Ratings (S&P’s) has downgraded telecoms operator Cell C’s debt rating to ‘CC’ and its partial debt restructuring to ‘SD’. This followed after Cell C amended the terms of its R1.4-billion private airtime facility agreement to delay the timing of selected... 

S&P’s downgrades Cell C’s rating again

Rural man’s innovation translates sign language into audio

By: African News Agency      27th June 2019 Having struggled throughout his childhood to communicate with his deaf parents, Lucky Netshidzati (26) created a hand glove which translates South African sign language into voice, text, and voice-to-sign language animation to improve communication between him and his parents.  Netshidzati’s... 

Bosch Rexroth hosts first customer day at new location 

27th June 2019 Engineering firm Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies held its first customer day last month at its new location, named Hytec United By Bosch, or HUBB, in Kempton Park, in Gauteng. Mamaili Mamaila tells us more.  

Bosch Rexroth hosts first customer day at new location
Bosch Rexroth hosts first customer day at new location

4IR becoming integral to African countries’ competitiveness strategies

By: Simone Liedtke     26th June 2019 The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has become somewhat of a buzzword in Africa and countries are making it an integral part of their strategies to increase competitiveness, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Dr Rachel Chikwamba told delegates attending the Manufacturing... 

4IR becoming integral to African countries’ competitiveness strategies
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Rudeon Snell

Rolls-Royce reports strong progress in its civil aerospace 'IntelligentEngine' initiative

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th June 2019 UK-based global major power plant manufacturer Rolls-Royce has reported that its “IntelligentEngine” philosophy (also referred to as a vision) is making strong progress throughout its Civil Aerospace products and services “portfolio”, powerfully driven by the capabilities of digital technology.... 

Rolls-Royce reports strong progress in its civil aerospace 'IntelligentEngine' initiative
Photo by Rolls-Royce
Trent 1000 civil aeroengines on a Rolls-Royce production line

Etion to report further full-year earnings slippage

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th June 2019 JSE-listed Etion on Monday posted an update to its trading statement, revealing a further slide in its expected headline earnings per share (HEPS) and earnings per share (EPS) for the financial year ended March 31. The group expects HEPS and EPS to slip to a loss of between 50c and 75c apiece,... 

CSIR announces new head of its Defence and Security Technology Sector Cluster

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) announced on Friday that Sipho Mbhokota had been appointed as the new executive manager of CSIR Defence and Security (previously Defence, Peace, Safety and Security). He has been at the CSIR since 2014, when he was appointed Competency... 

South African drone sector association created 

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2019 A representative body for the South African unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, sector was launched on Thursday evening at Kyalami, north of Johannesburg. This is the South African Federation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS – another term for drones), officially abbreviated to Safu.... 

South African drone sector association created

Saice embarks on long-term expansion strategy

By: Cameron Mackay     21st June 2019 Civil engineering voluntary association and learning institution, the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has initiated a long-term expansion strategy to cater to the needs of its members according to their specific member segment, such as segments for students, graduates or... 

Saice embarks on long-term expansion strategy
GROWING FORWARD The diversity panel and ‘Growing Forward’ strategy will allow the institution to develop policies that address gender diversity and inclusivity in the built environment industry

Concentrated sunlight used to produce hydrogen

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2019 Researchers at the Swiss École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Lausanne Federal Institute of Technology, or EPFL) created a device that uses a smaller amount of rare and costly materials required to produce hydrogen by concentrating sunlight to maintain a high solar-to-fuel efficiency.... 

Aerospace giants displaying their wares at Paris

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2019 Global major aerospace groups Airbus and Boeing are both using the current Paris Air Show (at Le Bourget Airport) to display innovative technologies and programmes. Airbus will also be marking its 50th birthday. Both companies will have commercial and military, fixed- and rotary-wing, aircraft on... 

Japan affirms importance of scientific cooperation with SA

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2019 Japan regards South Africa as an important research partner. This was affirmed late last month during the first session of the 4th South Africa-Japan University (SAJU) Forum Conference, at the University of Pretoria.  "South Africa is a very important country for Japan," highlighted Ministry of... 

SA outlines gains from international scientific cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2019 International cooperation has been most beneficial for the development of scientific capacity in developing countries, and South Africa was no exception. So pointed out South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) acting Deputy Director General for Research Development and Support Dr... 

Wits launches first solar district heating system in South Africa 

20th June 2019 The South African National Energy Development Institute last month launched the first solar district heating system in South Africa at the Wits University’s Junction Campus, saving the buildings millions in energy costs a year. 

Wits launches first solar district heating system in South Africa
Wits launches first solar district heating system in South Africa

Aviation technology leaders reaffirm their determination to cut industry’s CO2 emissions

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th June 2019 At the 2019 Paris Air Show on Tuesday, the Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) of seven of the world’s major aerospace companies issued a joint statement on their joint and cooperative commitment to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by the aviation industry. The companies were, in alphabetical... 

Aviation technology leaders reaffirm their determination to cut industry’s CO2 emissions

Industry 4.0 presents transformation for African manufacturing sector

14th June 2019 The Manufacturing Indaba 2019 is set to explore the impact on, and opportunities associated with disruptive and revolutionary technologies that are transforming the global manufacturing sector.  Despite its status as a developing continent, Africa’s manufacturing space stands the opportunity to... 

Industry 4.0 presents transformation for African manufacturing sector
CAPITAL IMPACT The ultimate concern is how African manufacturers can capitalise on Industry 4.0 while simultaneously mitigating the accompanying risks
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