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Radio astronomy can play a big role in encouraging education

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th September 2019 Astronomy in general, but radio astronomy in particular, can be a very powerful force to attract and hold public attention and to promote education. So argued Italian astrophysicist Dr Tiziana Venturi in a recent lecture co-hosted by the Academy of Science in South Africa and the South African... 

Rare molecule found in planet-forming disc for first time

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th September 2019 Another major southern hemisphere radio telescope array, the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA), located in Chile, has proven essential in the making of another major astronomical discovery announced this week. The publishing of the new breakthrough (in the Astrophysical Journal... 

Rare molecule found in planet-forming disc for first time
Photo by University of Leeds
A composite image of HD 163296 and its encircling protoplanetary disc. The inner red regions show the dust in the disc, the inner green region represents the rare 13C17O, while the larger blue region shows the CO gas in the disc

MeerKAT contributes to significant radio astronomy discovery 

12th September 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about how South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array contributed to a significant discovery in the Milky Way and the role of radio astronomy in promoting education. 

MeerKAT contributes to significant radio astronomy discovery
MeerKAT contributes to significant radio astronomy discovery

South Africa should focus on the speed at which it adapts to 4IR – Manamela 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th September 2019 While the metals and engineering industries play a key role in preparing South Africa for the opportunities that the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) brings, Higher Education, Science and Technology Deputy Minister Buti Manamela says the department’s focus will be on digital technologies, such... 

South Africa should focus on the speed at which it adapts to 4IR – Manamela
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Higher Education, Science and Technology Deputy Minister Buti Manamela

Siemens launches industry-specific digital enterprise solutions 

12th September 2019 Industrial equipment and systems multinational Siemens has launched its Digital Enterprise series of solutions, each of which caters for specific industry verticals. The systems were designed using industry-expertise and the latest digital industrial systems. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Siemens launches industry-specific digital enterprise solutions
Siemens launches industry-specific digital enterprise solutions

Major discovery made by MeerKAT radio telescope array

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th September 2019 South Africa’s 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope array, in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape province, has allowed an international astronomy team to make a major discovery in the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way. They have discovered gigantic, twin, structures that resemble balloons which... 

Major discovery made by MeerKAT radio telescope array
Photo by Sarao
The huge radio bubbles can be made out above and below the galactic plane (marked the roughly horizontal line of bright features in the centre) in this radio telescope image. The bright features show where stars are being born or where stars have exploded. The central black hole is hidden behind the brightest of these regions

Magnesium bone implants gradually replacing titanium implants globally

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2019 The globally unique magnesium-based implant technology successfully developed by Germany-based Syntellix has already obtained product registration and market approval in over 56 countries worldwide, including South Africa where it was introduced in 2015. The company late last month signed a... 

Magnesium bone implants gradually replacing titanium implants globally
Magnezix bone implant, made from magnesium

Built-in security offers control system integrity

6th September 2019 Industrial automation and information technology provider Rockwell Automation has launched its enhanced ControlLogix EtherNet – Internet protocol (IP) communication module and the ControlLogix 5580 controller, both supplied under the brand name of Allen-Bradley. Rockwell Automation product... 

Built-in security offers control system integrity
SAFE AND SOUND The Ethernet communication module and corresponding controller offer safer solutions to industrial control systems

Radio astronomy can attract attention and stimulate education

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th September 2019 Astronomy in general, but radio astronomy in particular, can be a very powerful force to attract and hold public attention and to promote education. So argued Italian astrophysicist Dr Tiziana Venturi in a lecture co-hosted by the Academy of Science in South Africa and the South African National... 

Radio astronomy can attract attention and stimulate education
Photo by Event Horizon Telescope
The M87 Black Hole

CSIR encouraging South African manufacturers to attend international conference

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd September 2019 Later this month the World Manufacturing Forum (WMF), which was founded in May 2018, will be holding its annual conference, in Italy. South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is associated with the WMF and CSIR Manufacturing Cluster Executive Manager Martin Sanne is... 

Netstar unveils ‘connected vehicle’ partnership with Toyota

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th August 2019 Telecommunications and information technology company Allied Electronics’ Netstar subsidiary has stepped up its Internet of Things ambitions with plans in place to bring about a unique “connected” vehicle solution in partnership with automaker Toyota South Africa. Following the launch of its... 

In watershed discovery, skull of ancient human ancestor unearthed

By: Reuters     29th August 2019 Scientists on Wednesday announced the landmark discovery in Ethiopia of a nearly complete skull of an early human ancestor that lived 3.8-million years ago, a species boasting an intriguing mixture of apelike and humanlike characteristics. The fossil dubbed MRD, which provides insight into a... 

In watershed discovery, skull of ancient human ancestor unearthed
Photo by Reuters
A fossil and three-dimensional print of Lucy's ancestor, 3.8 million years old cranium of Australopithecus Anamensis which was discovered in Waranso-Mile paleontological site, in Afar region, Ethiopia is seen at the National Museum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Parliamentary Committee opposed to retrenchments at Necsa

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th August 2019 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy is opposed to any retrenchments at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in order to cope with the corporation’s current financial crisis. This was made clear during an oversight visit by the Committee to Necsa on... 

Parliamentary Committee opposed to retrenchments at Necsa
Photo by Necsa
Necsa logo

CSIR seeking to address problems in 3D printing process

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th August 2019 A researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is busy working on what is called "thermal stress management" for metal parts produced using additive manufacturing (AM – more popularly known as 3D printing). The CSIR hosts and operates one of the biggest, if not still... 

CSIR seeking to address problems in 3D printing process
Photo by Creamer Media's Rebecca Campbell
The CSIR's Aeroswift machine

CSIR engaged in genetics research to increase medication effectiveness in Africa 

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th August 2019 South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is taking a leading role in using genetic science and technology to address important health issues in Africa. This was shown by CSIR Bioengineering and Integrated Genomics Group researcher Dimakatso Gumede at a media briefing... 

CSIR engaged in genetics research to increase medication effectiveness in Africa
Photo by Creamer Media's Rebecca Campbell
CSIR Bioengineering and Integrated Genomics Group researcher Dimakatso Gumede

S&P further downgrades Cell C

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2019 Ratings agency S&P Global Ratings has downgraded mobile operator Cell C after it failed to make interest payments on certain bilateral loan facilities that were due in July. Its decision was also based on the company’s suspension on future interest payments pending the conclusion of its... 

MTN advances fintech ambitions

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2019 Telecommunications giant MTN Group is making progress on plans to relaunch Mobile Money (MoMo) in South Africa, while MTN Nigeria has been cleared to launch the first phase of its financial technology (fintech) business after securing a super-agent licence. A comprehensive fintech ecosystem has... 

Wearable tech set to become a $54bn industry by 2023

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2019 The global wearable technology industry is predicted to grow at a compound yearly growth rate of 19%, from $23-billion in 2018 to $54-billion by 2023, a new report shows. Data and analytics company GlobalData’s latest ‘Wearable Tech – Thematic Research’ report paints a picture of consumer market... 

Blue Label to post double-digit fall in full-year earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th August 2019 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms expects to report an at least 20% drop in basic, headline and core headline earnings a share for the financial year ended May 31. In an initial trading statement published on Monday, Blue Label management informed shareholders that its audit for the year under... 

Biometric technology gaining traction in airport environments

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2019 The use of biometric technology to streamline passenger processing in airports is increasingly attracting significant interest globally, with airlines and airports seeking out secure and efficient digital identity (ID) solutions. The use of technology across all touchpoints will be necessary for... 

University launches Data Science and Computational Thinking school

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2019 Stellenbosch University (SU) has officially launched a higher education “game-changer” – a school for data science and computational thinking that spans the entire academic programme, from under- and postgraduate training to research and specialist consultation. The newly established Data Science... 

Tetra Pak’s innovation engendering sustainability, efficiency in packaging industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th August 2019 With sustainability at the core of its business, processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak says it is implementing a number of technological innovations and solutions that engender the lowest carbon footprint and highest efficiency. Tetra Pak Southern African MD Stefan Fageräng,... 

Tetra Pak’s innovation engendering sustainability, efficiency in packaging industry
Stefan Fageräng

Scientists hail promise of first effective Ebola treatments in Congo trial

By: Reuters     13th August 2019 Scientists are a step closer to finding the first effective treatments for the deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever after two potential drugs showed encouraging survival results in a clinical trial in Congo. Two experimental drugs – Regeneron's REGN-EB3 and a monoclonal antibody called mAb114 – were... 

Scientists hail promise of first effective Ebola treatments in Congo trial

CSIR, Japan and UN agency to jointly research plastic waste in SA

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th August 2019 Japan and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) recently signed an agreement at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, to cooperate to counter plastic pollution in South Africa. The CSIR will work jointly with UNIDO to implement the... 

The UK makes further investments in small modular reactor technologies

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th August 2019 The British Government has announced that it is investing £18-million in a small modular reactor (SMR) project being developed by a consortium of companies led by Rolls-Royce. It will also invest up to £40-million in research and development grants for up to four advanced modular reactor (AMR)... 

Mintek expects greater technology commercialisation through Necsa partnership

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2019 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and State-owned mineral research organisation Mintek have met in recent weeks to discuss synergy and collaboration among the entities. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe in the department’s Budget Vote speech on July announced... 

Mintek expects greater technology commercialisation through Necsa partnership

Ethos concludes investment into South African analytics firm  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th August 2019 Following the successful delisting of Torre Industries from the JSE in April and further to the delisting plan, the business was successfully separated into two autonomous entities. Torre Analytical Services was acquired by Ethos Mid Market Fund and Torre Industrial by Apex Partners. 

Ethos concludes investment into South African analytics firm
Synerlytic CEO Jon Hillary and Ethos Mid-Market Fund Managing Partner Edward Pitsi detail the fund’s acquisition of Synerlytic

AI augmentation to create $2.9tn of business value by 2021 – Gartner

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th August 2019 By 2021, artificial intelligence (AI) augmentation will create $2.9-trillion of business value and 6.2-billion hours of worker productivity globally, says research and advisory company Gartner. Gartner defines augmented intelligence as a human-centred partnership model of people and AI working... 

Airbus-OneWeb JV opens world’s first satellite mass-production plant

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd August 2019 Europe-based major aerospace group Airbus and US-based global internet communications company OneWeb have announced that their joint venture, OneWeb Satellites, had recently officially opened the world’s first-ever high-speed and high-volume satellite production facility. The facility is located... 

South African radio astronomer elected to prestigious scientific body

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd August 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... 

Astronomical mystery solved by SA’s MeerKAT radio telescope

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd August 2019 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao), which is one of the National Research Foundation’s facilities, has announced that the country’s MeerKAT radio telescope array had made a major scientific discovery, solving a decades-old astronomical riddle. The discovery, recently published... 

South Africa struggles to meet R&D spend target

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th July 2019 The Department of Science and Innovation’s (DSI’s) National Advisory Council of Innovation (Naci) estimates that South Africa’s gross expenditure on research and development (GERD) in 2018 was 0.68% of gross domestic product (GDP). Presenting the latest Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)... 

Japan, UN agency and CSIR to jointly research plastic waste in South Africa 

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th July 2019 Japan and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation signed an agreement at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria on Friday, to cooperate to counter plastic pollution in South Africa. The CSIR will work jointly with UNIDO to implement the agreement.  

 Japan, UN agency and CSIR to jointly research plastic waste in South Africa
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Japanese Ambassador to South Africa Norio Maruyama

STEM conference to play matchmaker between graduates, business

By: Simone Liedtke     26th July 2019 Closing the skills gap in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has become imperative. In a bid to tackle youth unemployment and seek innovative solutions to the STEM skills crisis in South Africa, the yearly STEM Conference and Career Expo will be held on October... 

College bridging the gap in artisan training

By: Theresa Bhowan     26th July 2019 Artisan and mining skills training college Colliery Training College (CTC), in Witbank, Mpumalanga has systems in place to bridge the current skills gap in South Africa. 

College bridging the  gap in artisan training
JOHAN VENTER Future artisans will be equipped with far more technological skills

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

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th July 2019 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) suffered cumulative losses of R257.781-million in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years and is expected to announce an even larger loss of R294.265-million in 2018/19, resulting in cumulative losses over the three-year period of... 

Industrial development at heart of CSIR’s new-look strategy

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th July 2019 In late May, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), represented by its Board Chairperson Prof Thokozani Majozi and its CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini, announced it has developed and adopted a new strategy and structure. The fundamental objective of this new approach, created under a... 

Industrial development at heart of CSIR’s new-look strategy
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