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Top ranked CSIR materials scientist Ray praises research centre team

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Centre for Nanostructures and Advanced Materials chief researcher and manager Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray has praised the team at the research centre and said the recognition by peer scientists worldwide means they are making an impact in... 

Nasa funding the further development of advanced solar sail concept for space propulsion

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th May 2022 The US space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), has awarded funding of $2-million, over two years, for the further development of an advanced solar sail concept, to take it towards a demonstration mission. Solar sails use the pressure exerted by the light of the Sun... 

An artist’s impression of diffractive solar sails
Photo by Nasa
An artist’s impression of diffractive solar sails

Boeing competitor for Nasa commercial crew transport successfully docked at space station

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd May 2022 The Boeing CST-100 Starliner capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) at 02h28 South African time on Saturday. Members of the ISS crew opened the Starliner’s hatch at 18h04 South African time, that same day. This marked the conclusion of the first part of the second... 

Boeing’s new space capsule successfully launched on second uncrewed test flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th May 2022 Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner space capsule was successfully launched, on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in the US State of Florida at 00h54 on Friday morning, South African time (18h54 Thursday, US Eastern Daylight... 

The Starliner capsule is successfully launched on its second uncrewed test flight by an Atlas V rocket
Photo by Nasa
The Starliner capsule is successfully launched on its second uncrewed test flight by an Atlas V rocket

City of Johannesburg partners with IITPSA to support ICT and digital skills development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2022 The City of Johannesburg’s Department of Economic Development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute for Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) to collaborate on information and communication technology (ICT) sector development and digital skills... 

Nedbank invests in RapidDeploy for rapid response technology for public safety

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2022 Financial services firm Nedbank has made an equity investment into emergency response technology platform RapidDeploy to deliver life-saving rapid response technology for public safety. The firm notes that investment in such technologies is necessary owing to the antiquated, legacy technology... 

Nasa and Boeing planning second uncrewed test flight of latter’s spacecraft for this week

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2022 The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) and giant US aerospace group Boeing hoped to launch the latter’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on its second uncrewed test flight on Thursday. This demonstration flight would see the CST-100 Starliner fly to and dock at the International... 

UP Centre for Future of Work to produce publications, provide advisory services and training

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2022 The Centre for the Future of Work (CFoW), launched by the University of Pretoria (UP) on May 17, will be Africa’s centre of excellence on the future of work, producing scientific and popular publications, advisory services and training, said CFoW director and UP Faculty of Economic and Management... 

MIC Khulisani Ventures concludes first allocation with tech companies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th May 2022 The Mineworkers Investment Company’s (MIC’s) Khulisani Ventures has concluded its first allocation of R43.5-million to technology companies Kelo and Rentoza. In July 2021, MIC launched MIC Khulisani Ventures, a R150-million early-stage investment vehicle targeting black-owned innovative,... 

Developing countries have opportunity to call for greater access to nuclear energy, technology

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2022 States that do not have nuclear weapons, which include most developing countries, have an opportunity to demand greater access to nuclear sciences and technologies for peaceful purposes, including for energy, industry and medicine, at the tenth review conference of the Treaty on the... 

The Koeberg nuclear power station
Photo by Creamer Media
The Koeberg nuclear power station

Black hole at centre of the Milky Way successfully imaged

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th May 2022 The international scientific collaboration known as the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) has published the first ever images of the black hole, designated Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), which sits at the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way. In 2019, the EHT collaboration, which is composed of more than... 

The Sagittarius A* black hole at the centre of our own galaxy
Photo by Event Horizon Telescope
The Sagittarius A* black hole at the centre of our own galaxy

Forge Academy to host healthcare technology hackathon

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2022 Digital technologies education company Forge Academy will host a healthcare technology hackathon to conceptualise how health professionals can better use robotics in the healthcare sector. The event will be held at the Forge Academy & Labs building at the Gantry, in Fourways, on May 17. 

Necsa starts process to replace venerable Safari-1 reactor

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th May 2022 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has, with the approval of Cabinet, started the process that should result in it acquiring a new nuclear research reactor, to replace its current Safari-1 research reactor. The new reactor, dubbed the multipurpose reactor (MPR), would, like... 

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inq. expands footprint into South Africa with the acquisition of Syrex

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2022 Pan-African digital services provider and Convergence Partner company inq. is acquiring hyperconverged cloud technology solutions provider Syrex for an undisclosed amount. The deal, which remains subject to Competition Commission and Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa)... 

Aveva aiming to drive sustainability by helping industries digitally transform

By: Schalk Burger     9th May 2022 Industrial software multinational Aveva sees its role as key to driving the responsible use of world resources and it want to help clients ensure they are able to run complex industrial assets in the most efficient and effective ways, Aveva Europe, Middle East and Africa senior VP Evgeny Fedotov... 

Servo-hydraulic tech reduces energy needs

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 As most machinery is manufactured overseas, there is not much local demand for servo-hydraulic technology, but “massive” energy savings can be achieved, says local industrial automation solutions provider Motion Tronic director Bradley Douglas. Motion Tronic is the South African representative of... 

ADVANTAGEOUS TOOL Companies can determine the potential energy savings servo-hydraulics can realise for a specific machine by using an online energy calculator Baumüller introduced this year
ADVANTAGEOUS TOOL Companies can determine the potential energy savings servo-hydraulics can realise for a specific machine by using an online energy calculator Baumüller introduced this year

Nuclear medicine industry affected by Covid-19

By: Sabrina Jardim     6th May 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a drop of over 50% in services rendered in the nuclear medicine industry which has also led to unemployment and facilities closing down, says South African Society of Nuclear Medicine (SASNM) immediate past president Dr Moshe Modiselle. Current SASNM president Dr... 

An image depicting a hand holding an atom against a blue background
GOING NUCLEAR The SASNM hosts regional theranostic clubs to keep its members up to date with nuclear medicine happenings

South African, Brazilian space industries to hold their second virtual summit in late May

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th May 2022 The Second Brazil-South Africa Space Industry Virtual Summit (SIVS) will take place on May 25 and May 26 this year, it has been confirmed. The first day will be composed of addresses and discussion panels, and the second day will be dedicated to one-on-one business-to-business (B2B) meetings.... 

Altron expects decrease in overall group earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th May 2022 JSE-listed Altron expects to report a 58% to 78% increase in headline earnings per share (HEPS) of its continued operations to between 49c and 55c for the twelve months ended February 28. However, the impairments on certain intangible assets have negatively impacted earnings, with basic earnings... 

Local sanitation industry development funding, incentives needed

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 Industry development funding and incentives by government for local manufacturers at the forefront of next-generation sanitation products, such as NEWgenerator sanitation system manufacturer WEC Projects, will help achieve the scale needed to alleviate pressure on South Africa’s failing sewage... 

CATERING TO REMOTE COMMUNITIES
The NEWgenerator sanitation system provides effective sewage treatment where infrastructure is lacking
CATERING TO REMOTE COMMUNITIES The NEWgenerator sanitation system provides effective sewage treatment where infrastructure is lacking

Using sensor data to improve return on investment

22nd April 2022 Since automation is becoming increasingly prevalent across industries, mechanical devices are being replaced by electronic components in manufacturing, industrial and factory environments, says industry software solutions provider Industrial Software Solutions & Support (IS³). This evolution... 

REAL-TIME MANAGEMENT
Various sensors and mobile devices provide decision-makers with real-time data on the condition, performance and safety of their assets
REAL-TIME MANAGEMENT Various sensors and mobile devices provide decision-makers with real-time data on the condition, performance and safety of their assets

Africa is a ‘data desert’

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2022 Data scarcity and the lack of data scientists are the main challenges hindering the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in Africa. “Africa is a data desert compared with the US and other developed countries,” professional services firm EY Africa artificial intelligence and advanced analytics... 

DATA BLIND
Studies reveal that South Africans are surprisingly unaware of data privacy issues despite the recent introduction of the Protection of Personal Information Act
DATA BLIND Studies reveal that South Africans are surprisingly unaware of data privacy issues despite the recent introduction of the Protection of Personal Information Act

Mining leader in S Africa’s 4IR transformation

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2022 While the South African mining industry in many aspects is leading the country’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the manufacturing sector is not as quick to adopt to new ways of working and the use of technology, says professional services firm PwC South Africa industrial manufacturing and... 

BEYOND TECHNOLOGY
Companies often believe that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about technology, failing to see that it is actually about a new way of working
BEYOND TECHNOLOGY Companies often believe that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about technology, failing to see that it is actually about a new way of working

I-DAIR hub to boost digital health innovation locally

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2022 While South Africa is leading the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in Southern Africa, the level of technological advancement in the local medical sector is low, with only some innovation and recognition of its positive use cases. It is hoped that the establishment of an International Digital... 

LEADING THE WAY
UJ has positioned itself as a Fourth Industrial Revolution-focused university and has been appointed as the lead of the International Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborative hub in South Africa
LEADING THE WAY UJ has positioned itself as a Fourth Industrial Revolution-focused university and has been appointed as the lead of the International Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborative hub in South Africa

Altron announces interim CEO

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th April 2022 JSE-listed technology company Altron has appointed Stewart van Graan as executive chairperson and acting CEO, effective July 1. In January, CEO Mteto Nyati announced that he was stepping down as group CEO of JSE-listed technology company Altron, effective June 30. 

A step forward as South Africa embarks on first spectrum auction in over a decade

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2022 The widely celebrated conclusion of South Africa’s first high-demand spectrum auction in well over a decade has been hailed as a welcome milestone that could lead to lower communication costs, expanded network reach to rural and outlying areas, improved network quality and enhanced competition.... 

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Many hydrogen opportunities in S Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th April 2022 The export of green hydrogen is an opportunity South Africa should capitalise on, as are a number of other hydrogen opportunities that are available, says hydrogen-focused company Hydrogen Energy Applications (HYENA) CEO Niels Luchters. “Hydrogen and fuel cells provide a reliable energy source,... 

An image depicting Dr Jack Fletcher and Niels Luchters analysing and discussing plans in an office space
Photo by RAEng/GGImages/RodgerBosch
DR JACK FLETCHER & NIELS LUCHTERS HYENA’s POWER POD is a diesel generator replacement and is currently being developed as a prototype

Pilot projects can launch hydrogen economy locally

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th April 2022 South Africa should move forward with pilot projects to enable the green hydrogen economy to grow on a larger scale, says project integrator and technology provider Green Hydrogen Solutions founder and CEO Ebrahim Takolia. “As more renewable energy comes online from Eskom and distributed energy... 

Image of a smiling Ebrahim Takolia, CEO of Green Hydrogen Solutions
EBRAHIM TAKOLIA The company has been Beta testing its application – Green Hydrogen App Ecosystem - to facilitate the integration of variable renewable electricity into a green hydrogen ecosystem

Local research centre provides R&D expertise for water electrolysis

15th April 2022 Hydrogen South Africa’s (HySA’s) Centre of Competence (CoC) at North-West University (NWU) has created a vertical line of expertise in water electrolysis (WE) that allows flexibility and adaptability for the dynamic hydrogen business in South Africa and for the use of local platinum group metal... 

Paramount Group invests in skills development for young engineers

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2022 Aerospace and technology company Paramount Group has launched an engineering mentorship and training programme – the Young Engineers Development Programme (YEDP) – aimed at fast-tracking young engineers by equipping them with the skills and experience required to excel in the workplace. The... 

An image of young engineers
Participants of Paramount Group's Young Engineers Development Programme

Sasol joins consortium to pursue carbon dioxide conversion to aviation fuel

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2022 Chemicals and energy company Sasol has joined an international consortium of industrial and academic project partners, known as Concrete Chemicals, in an effort to combine its technical knowledge with cement producer Cemex and renewable energy company Enertrag. Concrete Chemicals is focussed on... 

Latest Airbus sea level monitoring satellite finishes environmental testing

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th April 2022 Airbus Space Systems, part of the Airbus Defence and Space division of Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus, reported on Thursday that its Sentinel-6B satellite had completed its environmental tests. It would now be returned to its Friedrichshafen, Germany, satellite integration... 

MeerKAT makes a ‘big boss’ of a discovery

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th April 2022 An international group of scientists from Australia, Chile, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, the UK and the US as well as from South Africa, have made a major and unplanned discovery using South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array. While searching for... 

Part of the core of the MeerKAT array
Photo by SARAO
Part of the core of the MeerKAT array

SABC apologises to Ntshavheni for chiming in on analogue switch-off case

By: News24Wire      6th April 2022 The South African Broadcasting Corporation board has apologised to Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni for jumping the gun in airing its concerns about the broadcaster's state of readiness for the planned analogue television signal switch-off. "The SABC... 

Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni

CSIR, Flemish research organisation sign MoU to further cooperation in science, innovation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th April 2022 South African scientific organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Flemish research organisation VITO on April 5 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on renewable energy. This signing, at the CSIR’s campus, in Pretoria, formed part of the visit to South... 

An image from the CSIR’s Solar Photovoltaic Reliability Laboratory
Photo by Creamer Media's Tasneem Bulbulia
Solar Photovoltaic Reliability Laboratory

Science, technology and innovation must be used for equitable development  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th March 2022 Science, technology and innovation have played a key role in the global response to mitigating the Covid-19 pandemic; however, more must be done to ensure that such efforts can be translated into worldwide sustainable development and reaching the United Nations’ (UN’s) Sustainable Development... 

An image of Pakistan Federal Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz
India Ministry of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Minister of State (independent Charge) Dr Jitendra Singh outlines how India is leveraging science and technology to pursue sustainable development goals

White House proposes $26bn budget for Nasa for next US financial year

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2022 In the US, the administration of President Joe Biden has proposed to the Congress that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) be granted a budget of $26-billion for the 2023 US financial year. Under the US system, Presidents propose budgets but the Congress actually decides... 

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