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Space robotics sector is set for dramatic boom, predicts international consultancy
Updated 3 hours ago By: Rebecca Campbell

International data and analytics company GlobalData has forecast that the space robotics sector is set for “explosive growth”. This prediction was developed using the company’s innovation... 

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AAD expected to yield significant economic, educational value once again
10th June 2024 By: Darren Parker

Speaking at a preliminary event marking 100 days until the next Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) trade exhibition and airshow, which will take place from September 18 to 22, Defence and Military... 

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Expo benefits from proven formula
7th June 2024 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

Trade show organiser Specialised Exhibitions, a division of independent events organiser the Montgomery Group, says this year’s A-OSH EXPO – to be held from 11 to 13 June at the Gallagher... 

Lift-off of the Boeing Starliner capsule on its first crewed test flight, on top of an ULA Atlas V rocket
Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft finally launches on its first crewed test flight
6th June 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner space capsule successfully lifted off on its first crewed test flight at 16h52 South African time on Wednesday, and is now safely in orbit, the US National Aeronautics... 

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GovChat founders’ new venture, Suppple, lists in Luxembourg in £200m IPO
4th June 2024 By: Irma Venter

IT and AI company Suppple Plc in May witnessed its £200-million initial public offering (IPO) on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE) in Europe. Suppple will be required to comply with LuxSE rules... 

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UKZN using automated solution to monitor, support students' academic and holistic wellness
31st May 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has piloted an automated student academic and holistic wellness solution among 9 000 students in the College of Health Sciences and aims to roll the solution... 

AU signs new agreement on Earth observation cooperation with a European organisation
24th May 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (much better known by its acronym, EUMETSAT) have signed an agreement to reinforce... 

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Manufacturer highlights XRT sorting technology’s impact
24th May 2024

Mining sorting equipment manufacturer TOMRA Mining highlights that its XRT technology, powered by TOMRA Insight, has delivered significant results at the Mothae Diamonds operation, in Lesotho.... 

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Algae offers new carbon emissions solution
24th May 2024 By: Halima Frost

Based on the concept that algae are a carbon-capture powerhouse, Austin, Texas biotech company Reactive Surfaces has invested over $2-million in the research and development of an algae-infused... 

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Mining’s shift highlighted in SmartMine IoT
24th May 2024

With the advent of Industry 5.0, which will be characterised by the fusion of digital technologies, data analytics and automation, mining and industrial consultant Schauenburg Systems asserts that... 

Microsoft, dtic enter empowerment agreement
21st May 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

Microsoft and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) on Tuesday entered into an empowerment agreement to unlock programmes to support skills and capability development, as well as... 

Tenth Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation finalists revealed
17th May 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Four innovators from Kenya, Côte d'Ivoire and Uganda – whose innovations address recycling in construction, AI tools for healthcare and farming, and reengineered waste collection – have been... 

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Weekend’s geomagnetic storm was the strongest to hit South Africa in over 20 years
13th May 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The solar storm which hit Earth on Friday and Saturday was the most severe to affect South and Southern Africa in 21 years, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has reported. The SANSA... 

New fellowship programme, to bring researchers into government policymaking, launched  
7th May 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The pilot phase of a joint programme of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF), to bridge the gap between government and academia, was officially... 

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CSIR Coastal Engineers help ports and ship owners with physical and computer model tests
3rd May 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Although South African ports are sheltered from swell waves, three of them – Cape Town, Ngqura and Saldanha – can and do experience what are called infra-gravity waves. These are a category of... 

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Data, drones can improve local agriculture
3rd May 2024

Smart technology, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned vehicles, can counter various challenges in the agricultural sector, boosting productivity, reducing costs and assisting in... 

South African tech startups have three more days to enter Irish Tech Challenge
2nd May 2024 By: Darren Parker

High-impact South African startups have until May 5 to submit their applications for the Irish Tech Challenge South Africa, which promises to provide winners global market access. The challenge is... 

Scientists explore how to improve crop yields – on Mars
2nd May 2024 By: Reuters

For future human bases or colonies on Mars to be self-sustaining, a reliable source of home-grown food will be a must. It simply would be too costly and risky to rely upon rocket deliveries to meet... 

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Airbus announces its next generation of Earth observation satellites
29th April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Airbus Defence and Space, part of the Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus, has announced that it is to augment its in-house Earth observation (EO) satellite constellation capability... 

Rand Refinery donates R2m to seven Gauteng schools
29th April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

As part of its commitment to education, precious metals refiner Rand Refinery has donated R2-million to seven primary and secondary schools in Gauteng. The company says this donation will be... 

Defy launches solar-powered off-grid range
Defy launches solar-powered off-grid range
24th April 2024

Amid the compounding effects of loadshedding in South Africa and increasing concerns about climate change, appliance manufacturer Defy has launched its Solar Off-Grid fridge and freezer range to... 

UK innovation agency highlights quality of the emerging African space sector
22nd April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Innovate UK, Britain’s national innovation agency, has, in a new report, highlighted that Africa is becoming a hub for globally competitive space technology, development and research. In... 

L’Oréal, Unesco launch the 2024 South Africa Women in Science Young Talent Search
22nd April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Foundation L’Oréal announced on Monday that the sixth edition of the Women in Science Young Talent Search had been launched in South Africa. This initiative is a partnership between the... 

NRF to participate in significant African-European scientific collaboration forum
17th April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The National Research Foundation (NRF) will participate in the fourth AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Forum, which will be hosted by the South African Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, next... 

MTN, Huawei launch joint technology innovation lab
17th April 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

Telecommunications giant MTN Group and information and communication technology group Huawei have jointly launched Technology Innovation Lab to accelerate digital transformation and sustainable... 

Cape Town technology enterprise incubator celebrates birthday with launch of new products
16th April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Cape Town-based ‘techpreneur’ incubation hub The Creative Lab has announced that it would mark its first anniversary with the launch of a diverse array of cutting-edge products, developed by a... 

Stellenbosch space company winning international orders
16th April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

South African specialist microsatellite high-speed communication systems company Cubecom, part of the Alphawave Group, has announced that it has secured “substantial orders from multiple... 

Cape Town to depoly camera-fitted aircraft in war against crime
12th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Towns’ (CoCT’s) Safety and Security Directorate is enhancing its crime prevention capabilities with the inclusion of new aerial surveillance technology. The information,... 

DSI technology innovation deputy director general Mmboneni Muofhe
South Africa's science, innovation dept launches circular minerals, metals initiative
11th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

South Africa's Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), through the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has launched the first of three new government-led collaborative... 

UK, US nuclear groups jointly win UK funding to further develop space micro-reactors
8th April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

UK-based global major power and propulsion systems group Rolls-Royce and US-based major nuclear manufacturing and engineering group BWX Technologies (BWXT) have been awarded funding from the UK... 

South Africa’s research funding agency celebrates a quarter century of success
5th April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The National Research Foundation (NRF) has highlighted that it celebrated its creation 25 years ago, this week. The NRF is the statutory body that supports and promotes research through the... 

Varsity, private firm in partnership to develop protocol for production of radiopharmaceuticals
29th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Stellenbosch University (SU) and high-tech company Enlightened Isotopes, a subsidiary of ASP Isotopes, have entered into an R8.5-million research partnership to develop a protocol for the... 

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Regulations need to adapt to evolving industry – drone specialist
29th March 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

A collaborative approach between industry authority the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and drone operators is critical in further easing regulations for new and existing drone... 

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