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AI could help reduce SA crime as early as 2023 – Aura

21st January 2022 When a social media site throws out an advert for a product you were just discussing over the phone, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that ‘they’ must be listening, says Aura CEO and co-founder Warren Myers. The truth, however, is that the site employed artificial intelligence (AI) to predict... 

Porsche, Siemens join world-first project to produce efuel in Chile

21st January 2022 German sports-car manufacturer Porsche and Siemens Energy have joined forces with a number of international companies to build an industrial plant for the production of nearly carbon-dioxide-neutral fuel (efuel) in Punta Arenas, Chile.  A pilot plant is initially being built north of Punta... 

Daimler Truck, BP to pilot hydrogen-powered fuel cell trucks in UK

21st January 2022 Daimler Truck and BP Advanced Mobility (BP) have announced that they will work together to accelerate the introduction of a hydrogen network in the UK, aimed at decarbonising freight transport. The parties intend to pilot the development of hydrogen infrastructure and the introduction of... 

Unitrans Africa acquires crop-spraying drones as it pursues cost, enviro and other advantages

21st January 2022 Unitrans Africa has acquired a fleet of the world’s largest spraying drones. The seven Chinese-made DJI T30 Agras drones were developed at a cost of more than R400-million. The T30 drones are already in operation in Malawi and Mozambique, with results exceeding expectations in terms of spraying... 

Ramaphosa, billionaire Soon-Shiong open NantSA vaccine production campus in Cape Town

19th January 2022 The NantSA vaccine manufacturing campus at Brackengate, in Cape Town, could soon produce its first Covid-19 vaccine, says NantWorks founder and CEO Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong. President Cyril Ramaphosa and Soon-Shiong on Wednesday officially opened the NantSA facility. 

Rapidly expanding emergency marketplace Aura secures R62m in funding

10th December 2021 Africa-based security and medical response marketplace Aura has secured R62-million in a Series A funding round led by MultiChoice Group (MCG), KLT Holdings and Buffet Investments.  Aura says this funding will boost its global expansion plans. 

Electric Canter has arrived for local testing – DTBSA

10th December 2021 The all-electric Fuso Canter (eCanter) has arrived in South Africa for local testing, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Michael Dietz. Earlier testing at the beginning of 2020 of a prototype light-duty eCanter with AB InBev Africa was interrupted by the advent of Covid-19. 

Mercedes-Benz Vans now undertaking taxi conversions in-house

10th December 2021 Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa (MBVSA) has taken the conversion of the Sprinter panel van into the Sprinter minibus taxi in-house at its Eastern Cape facility. “To deepen our commitment to the local taxi industry and in support of the South African economy, our 23-seater Sprinter Inkanyezi... 

2023 cleaner fuels introduction plan gets thumbs up

10th December 2021 Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says it welcomes the announcement of the next step in government’s clean fuels programme, set to become effective in September 2023. The Department Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has gazetted the introduction of the next phase of the Clean Fuels... 

New Ranger to spark big rise in production and exports from Ford’s Silverton plant

3rd December 2021 Ford South Africa (SA) is on schedule with its R15.8-billion expansion programme to significantly boost its exports from the Silverton plant in Pretoria as from next year, says Ford Motor Company Africa president Neale Hill. Ford SA will produce the new-generation Ranger pick-up at the Tshwane... 

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