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SA powerboat team races to showcase marine-propulsion advances

7th December 2012 South Africa’s only powerboating team entered in the Union Internationale Motonautique F1H2O Grand Prix series, Caudwell Racing, has made history by becoming the first-ever four-stroke entrants in the two-stroke-dominated series to succeed in completing the full race distance. It achieve this... 

Groote Schuur district improvement scheme lauded

7th December 2012 The transformation being seen in the area around Main road in the Cape Town areas of Observatory, Mowbray, Rondebosch and Newlands is undoubtedly a result of the Groote Schuur Community Improvement District (GSCID) and its partners, says Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.  

Current tools for assessing academic research prowess inadequate

30th November 2012 The current method of measuring the impact of academic research by looking primarily at the number of journal articles which an academic has published and the apparent quality of the journals in which the articles are published (measured by an impact factor) is harming research around the world,... 

SA needs right coal mix between own use and exports, Eberhard argues

30th November 2012 South Africa needs an future energy sector that is able to support economic growth and development, whie also improving social equity and promoting environmental sustainability, National Planning Commission (NPC) member Dr Anton Eberhard argues. Speaking at a South African National Energy... 

Public participation process for Saldanha Bay IDZ gets under way

30th November 2012 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on November 19 opened a 60-day public consultation period for the designation of an industrial development zone (IDZ) at Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape. 

Strategic agenda shift needed for maritime security in SADC

23rd November 2012 A lack of coordination between national agencies and an inability by National Treasury to fund Cabinet-supported strategies were hindering efforts to improve maritime safety, Rear Admiral Bernhard Teuteberg, who is director of maritime strategy for the South African Navy, reports. Speaking at... 

Access barriers relegating Africa to invisible research contributor

23rd November 2012 The growth of research in Africa and the ability to find solutions to the continent’s problems will remain limited if African academic libraries continued to have restricted access to official research information, Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom has argued. 

SA consumer spending likely to remain subdued into 2013, economist warns

16th November 2012 Household consumption and expenditure had consolidated itself as a key driver of economic activity in South Africa, having risen to comprise about 66% of South Africa’s current gross domestic product, up from 57% in 1990, Stellenbosch University’s Bureau for Economic Research (BER) consulting... 

Cape Town skyscraper aims for Green Star rating

9th November 2012 Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Minister Alan Winde on Wednesday visited the construction site of what will soon be Cape Town’s tallest skyscaper, the Portside building, to highlight the return of the province’s construction sector to a growth trajectory. Once complete the... 

Western Cape agency says it facilitated investments worth R1.24bn last year

9th November 2012 Western Cape investment and trade promotion agency Wesgro secured committed investment of R1.241-billion during its 2011/12 financial year, CEO Nils Flaatten told stakeholders at the organisation’s annual general meeting (AGM) on Thursday. This exceeded Wesgro’s lower band target of R742-million,... 

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