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Drones being used to help governments fight the Covid-19 pandemic

By: Donna SlaterWith the onset of Covid-19, technology has come to the fore, as people have been forced to work from home or increasingly remotely to ensure physical distancing, thereby increasing reliance on remote, and even autonomous, methods of conducting duties, with keen interest in the potential use of... 

Drones being used to help governments fight the Covid-19 pandemic

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SA Inc must get going fast to benefit optimally from the great green electricity rush

By: Martin Creamer     Updated -48 minutes agoNo country in the world is better placed than South Africa to take optimal advantage of the world’s colossal surge towards clean electricity. Virtually every day now, far-reaching strategic strides are being taken to entrench green energy an integral part of economic recovery. To go green, the... 

SA Inc must get going fast to benefit optimally from the great green electricity rush

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Inmarsat unveils upgrades to tailings dam monitoring solution

By: Natasha OdendaalA year after launching the award-winning Tailings Dam Monitoring Solution, global mobile satellite communications group Inmarsat has developed two new flexible propositions designed to respond to the differing needs of miners that are monitoring tailings storage facilities (TSFs). Inmarsat,... 

Intensive communication helping to curb Covid-19 at South Deep

By: Martin CreamerWay ahead of any indication of national lockdown, South Deep gold mine started an intensive and focused communication awareness campaign to shield its people from the coronavirus pandemic. It placed a lot of reliance on leadership across the board, going down to basic family leadership, and put... 

Intensive communication helping to curb Covid-19  at South Deep

Rush Exhaust Purification

By: Creamer Media Reporter Rush Exhaust Purification cc primary line of business is catalytic converters (Purifiers) and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF). Specializing in designing and manufacturing of exhaust systems, diesel particulate filters, water cooling pipes, air filtration systems and turbo intercooler charge... 

Rush Exhaust Purification

SA Inc urged to act now to take advantage of battery metals value chain

By: Martin CreamerBold action is needed by South Africa Inc to take ownership of the significant potential share of the global battery metals market open to it, says Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo. Speaking to Mining Weekly following this week’s presentation by the company of solid 2019 financial results... 

SA Inc urged to act now to take advantage of battery metals value chain

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter Diversified industrial group thyssenkrupp has extensive experience in materials handling and minerals processing circuits, and the service support of its own manufactured equipment.  A fully owned subsidiary of thyssenkrupp, headquartered in Essen, Germany, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South... 

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

Editorial Insight

Maximising impact

By: Terence CreamerAs South Africa weighs an infrastructure-led economic recovery at a time when, owing to extreme fiscal pressures and warnings of a sovereign-debt crisis, government itself is likely to have to play a backseat funding role, new delivery, funding and business models will have to be considered. Key... 

Maximising impact

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3D-printed concrete bases make wind-turbine debut

By: Simone LiedtkeGE Renewable Energy, three-dimensional (3D) construction printing company Cobod and building materials and solutions provider LafargeHolcim have partnered to co-develop wind turbines with optimised 3D printing concrete bases and which reach record heights of up to 200 m. The three partners will... 

All Nasa’s new heavy space rocket components are now qualified for flight

By: Rebecca CampbellThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) – the US space agency – has  announced that the structural testing campaign for its new Space Launch System (SLS) was completed on June 24. The SLS is Nasa’s new heavy rocket, which will launch into space its upcoming Artemis crewed Moon... 

Barloworld to exit logistics, shed 2 500 jobs in auto, logistics unit

By: Irma VenterBarloworld will be exiting the logistics sector, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Announcing the company’s financial results for the six months ended March 31, he said that the business had been given a three-year period to turn around, with a decision on its future scheduled for September. 

BMW, German govt in R76m partnership to upgrade South African hospitals

By: Irma VenterGerman carmaker BMW and the German government will assist in upgrading eight South African hospitals and four clinics in the fight against Covid-19, in a project valued at R76-million. BMW will contribute €2.7-million, with the German government to add €1.6-million. 

Emergency power procurement programme to be technology agnostic

By: Terence CreamerThe new head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producers Office (IPPO), Tshifhiwa Bernard Magoro, reported on Tuesday that the next bidding round for the procurement of utility scale renewable-energy projects, often referred to as Bid Window 5, would be launched only in the second quarter of... 

Emergency power procurement programme to be technology agnostic

Eskom’s new just energy transition office assessing green finance options for repurposing of old coal stations

By: Terence CreamerEskom CEO Andre de Ruyter reports that the State-owned utility’s newly created just energy transition (JET) project office is evaluating green financing options that could help accelerate the deployment of renewables and facilitate the repurposing of its older coal plants in ways that improves... 

Eskom’s new just energy transition office assessing green finance options for repurposing of old coal stations

Food industry specialist expands into ventilator production

By: Irma VenterDale Automation has developed a prototype emergency ventilator as a joint effort between its engineering department and medical professionals to assist with the treatment of Covid-19 and other respiratory diseases.  Dale Automation, based in Johannesburg and established in 1999, is active in the... 

Global ewaste increases to record levels

By: Natasha OdendaalA record 53.6-million tonnes of electronic waste (ewaste) was generated globally in 2019, up 21% in five years, as higher consumption rates of electric and electronic equipment, short life cycles and few options for repair fuelled the world’s fastest-growing domestic waste stream. The United... 

Jobs in renewable energy could triple to 30m by 2030 – Irena

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) says that, with the right investment from the private sector globally, jobs in renewable energy can triple to 30-million by 2030. It points out that, with every $1-million invested in renewables, it creates three times more jobs than in fossil fuels. 

MBA North welcomes infrastructure strategy, but warns implementation is key

By: Irma VenterThe Master Builders Association (MBA) North has broadly welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s vision of infrastructure spending as the flywheel of South Africa’s recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.  Speaking at the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium South Africa, held on... 

MTN MoMo surpasses one-million registered users

By: Natasha OdendaalTelecommunications group MTN has registered one-million Mobile Money (MoMo) users in South Africa since its launch on February 1. The mobile financial service’s significant subscription increase, with the one-millionth customer registered on June 19, indicates growing demand for fast and... 

Numsa, Sacca welcome adjournment of SAA business rescue vote

By: Rebecca CampbellIn a joint statement on June 26 the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) expressed their relief that 69% of the creditors of South African Airways (SAA) voted to adjourn (to July 14) the vote on the proposed business rescue... 

Rush Exhaust Purification

By: Creamer Media Reporter Rush Exhaust Purification cc primary line of business is catalytic converters (Purifiers) and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF). Specializing in designing and manufacturing of exhaust systems, diesel particulate filters, water cooling pipes, air filtration systems and turbo intercooler charge... 

Rush Exhaust Purification

SABS reports heightened need for face mask standards

By: Donna SlaterNational standards body, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), reports that the need for national standards has been highlighted during the outbreak of Covid-19 as the disruption of global supply chains has impacted the acquisition of personal protective equipment (PPE), related medical... 

South Africa facing R33bn water-security funding gap

By: Schalk BurgerSouth Africa's water security is threatened. About 56% of the more than 1 150 municipal wastewater treatment works and about 44% of the 962 water treatment works are in a poor or critical condition and need urgent rehabilitation and skilled operators, while about 11% of this infrastructure is... 

South Africa its own biggest enemy in infrastructure roll-out

By: Irma VenterSouth Africa keeps on tripping itself up when it comes to infrastructure project development and implementation, says New Development Bank (NDB) Africa regional office director-general Monale Ratsoma. The NDB is a multilateral development bank established by the Brics States, namely Brazil,... 

Structural testing completed for first flight of America’s Orion spacecraft

By: Rebecca CampbellThe US space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has announced that structural testing of its Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission had been successfully concluded. The Orion was designed to carry astronauts deeper into space than any previous human spacecraft.... 

VW’s Lionesses Den initiative seeks business pitches from female entrepreneurs

By: Irma VenterVolkswagen and Lionesses of Africa are on the hunt for three winning business pitches to win a total of R175 000 in cash to support their businesses. As part of its partnership with Lionesses of Africa, the one-million-plus-strong all-female business network in Africa, Volkswagen has introduced... 

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