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Election of SAIMechE Office Bearers 2020-2022

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st September 2020 The Council of SAIMechE is pleased to announce the election of its Office Bearers for the 2020-2022 Council session. The Council congratulates its office bearers on their election and commits their full support during the session. 

Local manufacturing needs support to fulfil potential, panellists say  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th September 2020 Local manufacturing had the potential to support South Africa's economic recovery, but this required addressing a myriad of challenges, panellists said during a South African Capital Equipment Export Council webinar on September 10. The webinar was held as part of this year's Electra Mining... 

Digital and 3D printing technologies accelerate development of new UK fighter aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th August 2020 UK-based global major aerospace and defence group BAE Systems (BAES) has reported how the latest technologies are being used to drive forward, with unprecedented speed, Britain’s next-generation combat air system programme. Known as Tempest, this project is really benefitting from and making full... 

Rolls-Royce announces new partnership with revolutionary rocket engine company

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th August 2020 UK-based industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has announced that it has concluded a new strategic partnership agreement with privately-held British company Reaction Engines. The purpose of the partnership agreement is to develop high-speed propulsion systems for aircraft and to apply Reaction... 

British Army to test hybrid electric drive on two of its light protected vehicle types

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st August 2020 The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a £3-million contract to develop, install and test a hybrid electric drive system on British Army Foxhound and Jackal 4x4 light protected vehicles. The contract has been placed with NP Aerospace, a company based in Coventry, England.  In this project,... 

Letter to the President

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st August 2020 My editor has discouraged me from writing about politics in this column, and I think rightly so. My father and my mother were in the Second World War, in uniform, and both had a very healthy distrust of politicians, which they passed on to their children. Thus, I have a very keen sense of what... 

Fuel cell technology now powering military field hospital in Pretoria 

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th August 2020 South African hydrogen energy company Bambili Energy will be able to start delivering production hydrogen fuel cells during next year, company CEO Zanele Mavuso Mbatha tells Engineering News. Seven prototype containerised hydrogen fuel cells produced by the company are now being used to power a... 

Denel made R1.7bn annual loss, ministry says 

By: Reuters     19th August 2020 South Africa's state defence firm Denel made a R1.7-billion loss in the 2019/20 financial year, the ministry that oversees the company said on Wednesday. Denel, which makes equipment from armoured vehicles to missiles for the South African armed forces and clients around the world, is suffering a... 

Nehawu to strike at National Health Laboratories Service

By: Sane Dhlamini     18th August 2020 The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union is preparing for a strike at the National Health Laboratories Service to amicably resolve a salary dispute dating back to August last year. The decision follows an “unsuccessful meeting” convened yesterday with the management of the NHLS... 

Experts unpack rising violent extremist attacks in Mozambique 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th August 2020 The presence of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant- (ISIL-) affiliated violent extremists in the northern provinces of Mozambique has raised the threat levels for the lives of people in Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries. Although the government of Mozambique only formally... 

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