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Collaboration seen as key as SA moves to position for 4IR epoch

By: Natasha OdendaalWhile President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) visions for South Africa are gaining some traction, the success of a new digital future will require extensive coordination and deep collaboration across every sphere and sector. Following a technology-centred State of the... 

Collaboration seen as key as SA moves to position for 4IR epoch

Editorial Insight

Time to engage

By: Terence CreamerThe mood at the media conference hosted in February at the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) 7 Rissik Street head office in downtown Johannesburg was beyond angry. President Joseph Montisetse reported that the union was “bitterly dismayed” at the decision of its former general-secretary,... 

Time to engage

News & Insight

17-year-old pilot’s Cape-to-Cairo project to inspire other teenagers

By: Rebecca CampbellAn ambitious project to stimulate interest among high school pupils in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in general, and in aviation in particular, has reached an advanced stage of development. It is the “U-Dream Cape 2 Cairo” project, which involves some 20 teenagers in the... 

Competition Commission inquiry confirms SA data pricing is ‘at more expensive end’

By: Natasha OdendaalThe Competition Commission’s provisional report on its data inquiry has confirmed recent revelations that the cost of data services, particularly mobile prepaid data pricing, in South Africa, is high when benchmarked against its peers. Similar to the Independent Communication Authority of South... 

Competition Tribunal gives green light to Vumatel buyout

By: Natasha OdendaalCommunity Investment Ventures Holdings (CIVH) has secured a conditional approval from the Competition Tribunal for an acquisition that will provide it sole control of last mile fibre access provider Vumatel. The Competition Tribunal has set out a range of conditions that CIVH, which acquired its... 

Digital education offers new experiential training opportunities

By: Schalk BurgerDigital technologies are helping to improve education and leading to experiential training – a learning-by-doing approach that helps students to apply fundamental learning and merging experience and training, says Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (Lausanne Hospitality School) associate professor Dr... 

Fourth Industrial Revolution could offer manufacturing and mining boost

By: Schalk BurgerDigitally-enabled changes, called the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – the most profound changes in the past 2 000 years – can boost and reinvigorate the mining and manufacturing industries if they seize on the opportunities presented by the digital disruption. This is one of the views of... 

UAV without conventional flaps, ailerons or elevators takes flight

By: Rebecca CampbellBritish major aerospace and defence group BAE Systems (BAES) announced on the first day of this month that its MAGMA unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had become the first aircraft ever to be manoeuvred in flight using “blown air”. The MAGMA has been designed and developed by University of Manchester... 

Photo of the Week

WASTE TO POWER

By: Creamer Media Reporter A grapple crane transports waste at the Entsorga West Virginia resource recovery facility in Martinsburg, West Virginia, in the US. The facility, launched earlier this year, recovers biomass, plastics and other carbon-based materials from the mixed municipal solid waste stream and converts them... 

Columns

New WTO rules for ecommerce

By: Riaan de LangeThe World Trade Organisation (WTO) informed on May 6 of a trade dialogue held with senior representatives of consumer organisations, during which they sent a strong message of support for the WTO and the multilateral trading system. The representatives stressed the importance of ensuring that... 

Plague of invisible rats

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyThis column is for David and Linda Odd. A potential disaster exists in the form of the coming plague of invisible rats, which are responsible for sudden crop failure, power outages, outbreaks of diseases and unexplained deaths of domestic pets. Government is paying experts to find a solution.... 

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