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Radical plan to stem Necsa losses proposed, then withdrawn, by board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

Spectrum policy to be issued in the next few days 

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th July 2019 Cabinet has approved the latest iteration of the long-awaited Policy and Policy Direction for the Licensing of the High Demand Spectrum. It is expected that Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams will, within the next few days, issue the Cabinet-approved final policy and brief the media. 

Spectrum policy to be issued in the next few days
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Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

Britain makes further investments in small modular nuclear reactor technologies

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th July 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)... 

Nuclear industry body expresses support for Minerals Resources and Energy Minister

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th July 2019 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) announced on Wednesday that it welcomed the recent (July 11) budget speech by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe. In his speech the Minister reaffirmed that nuclear power had a place in the country’s energy mix. “To say... 

World’s first satellite mass-production plant opened in the US

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd July 2019 Europe-based major aerospace group Airbus and US-based global internet communications company OneWeb have announced that their joint venture, OneWeb Satellites, officially opened the world’s first-ever high-speed and high-volume satellite production facility on Monday. The facility is located at... 

World’s first satellite mass-production plant opened in the US
Photo by OneWeb Satellites
The new satellite mass-production facility

South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope solves astronomical conundrum

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd July 2019 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao), which is one of the National Research Foundation’s facilities, announced on Monday that the country’s MeerKAT radio telescope array had made a major scientific discovery, solving a decades-old astronomical riddle. The discovery, published as... 

South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope solves astronomical conundrum
Photo by Serra/Sarao
MeerKAT image of NGC 1316/Fornax A (the bright object in the centre of the picture) superimposed on a visual image of the same region from the Italo-Dutch Fornax Deep Survey, showing hydrogen gas concentrations (the green blobs), with the two hydrogen gas tails indicated by the curved lines

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... 

Industry 4.0 the main focus at KITE
INFORMATION OVERLOAD The SAIMechE Seminar Theatre will have speaking slots during which various Industry 4.0 topics will be discussed

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
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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: Donna 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
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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
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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
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