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World airline body calls for international alignment on restoring airworthiness of 737 MAX

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2019 National aviation safety regulators should continue to align their technical validation timelines and requirements for the safe restoration to service of the Boeing 737 MAX airliner, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has urged. The association also urged that there be alignment... 

Atlas Copco South Africa moving with the 4IR times

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2019 Amid a global rise in smart factories that form part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, industrial equipment supplier Atlas Copco South Africa is taking its vision of a smart factory to a higher level. The company calls its concept the “Smart Connected Assembly – Powered by Data” and says it... 

Cargo Carriers calls for a holistic approach to carbon reduction

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2019 South Africa has implemented a carbon tax to honour its international commitment to reducing green-house gases (GHGs). While an important and commendable move by government, the premature taxing of businesses that emit carbon from industrial processes and through the combustion of fossil fuels... 

CPD-accredited industrial automation courses on offer from EM

26th June 2019 Panel builders, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and end users have access to industrial automation training offered by ElectroMechanica (EM) at its Ormonde, Cape Town, and Durban branches. A major benefit is that the training is accredited in terms of Continuous Professional Development... 

Concerns about not being employed trouble 39% of graduates – PPS Index

By: Thabi Madiba     26th June 2019 Financial services provider PPS has revealed that 39% of students are concerned that they may not be employed immediately after their tertiary education. PPS released its 2018 Student Confidence Index, which revealed that 36% of professionals thought the government should draft conducive policies... 

Defining the heavy-haul railway of the future

26th June 2019 Heavy-haul railways are under constant pressure to optimise operational efficiency, a factor that has led the sector to spearhead many new technologies. Michael Roney, special advisor to the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA), explains in this article, originally published in the... 

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... 

Doyen Of S.A. Paint Technology Passes Away

25th June 2019 John Reid, one of South Africa’s leading paint technologists and key tutor of young paint chemists, has passed away. Reid has for almost two decades been a senior lecturer for the SA Paint Industry Training Institute (SAPITI), the training arm of the SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA). He... 

Fast-Track Repurposing Of BMW Facility Completed By Concor Buildings

25th June 2019 Blurb for online platforms Concor Buildings has completed the fast-tracked repurposing of BMW Group South Africa’s distribution warehouse in Midrand, Gauteng, delivering a new Dealer training centre and information technology (IT) competence hub for the luxury motoring Group. 

Diamonds continue to do good for the people of Botswana, says Okavango Diamond Company

25th June 2019 Botswana is reaping the rewards from decades of successful management of its diamond sector to become one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. Speaking at the Plenary Meeting of the Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-based Development hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation... 

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