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Boeing reports 'clear and steady progress' on returning 737 MAX to safe operations

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th May 2019 Giant US aerospace and defence group Boeing announced on Thursday night (South African time) that it had concluded the development of updated software for its 737 MAX single-aisle airliner type, as well as the associated simulator testing and engineering flight test. The updated software is for... 

Eskom 'too big to fail' and won't be privatised, Ramaphosa tells investors 

By: News24Wire      15th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated at an investment conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday that struggling power utility Eskom would not be privatised, adding it was "too big to fail".  Ramaphosa was delivering his first major post-election economic address at a conference hosted by the... 

Military stake stymies $4bn Zimbabwe platinum project  

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2019 A plan to build Zimbabwe’s biggest platinum mine at a cost of about $4-billion is floundering because a military stake in the project has deterred potential backers, according to people familiar with the funding discussions. The African Export-Import Bank has the mandate to raise money for the... 

UJ designs mobile lab to aid in water contamination testing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2019 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has created a mobile lab for water testing, amid various sewage spills in South Africa. The Transnet National Ports Authority reported earlier this month that it had prohibited angling and diving activity at the Durban port, owing to a massive sewage spill in... 

Denel announces latest phase of its offset programme to Malaysia 

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th May 2019 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Friday that its tenth and last offset project for Malaysia, being provided in return for the Asian country’s order for armoured gun turrets and integrated weapons systems for armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs), was launched... 

737 MAX woes reflected in Boeing’s first-quarter results

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th May 2019 US aerospace and defence giant Boeing, with the release of its results for the first quarter of this year, has assured that it is working with aviation regulators and customers around the world to ensure a safe return to service of its troubled 737 MAX, the fourth generation of its hitherto... 

Arctic nations to meet amid tensions over environment, resources

By: Reuters     6th May 2019 Top diplomats from the US, Russia and other nations which border the Arctic meet in Finland on Monday to discuss policies governing the polar region, as tensions grow over how to deal with global warming and access to mineral wealth. Countries have been scrambling to claim territory or, like... 

Just when will coups end?

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     3rd May 2019 Another dictator has bitten the dust. As I write, Sudanese strongman Omar Hassan al-Bashir is languishing in the notorious Kobar prison, on the outskirts of Khartoum, where thousands of political dissenters were jailed during his 30-year rule, which came to a rude end last month. In true ‘he who... 

BAE Systems successfully flies UAV without conventional flaps, ailerons or elevators

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd May 2019 British major aerospace and defence group BAE Systems (BAES) announced on Wednesday 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 researchers and... 

The rise of autonomous vehicles in Africa, and why ethics matter

29th April 2019 By Rudeon Snell, Leonardo Lead at SAP Africa There is little doubt that autonomous vehicles, more commonly known as self-driving cars, are set to be transformational. The market alone is set to reach roughly $42-billion by 2025 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) projected at 21% until... 

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