Albert van Jaarsveld – loss for NRF, win for UKZN

  The CEO of the National Research Foundation (NRF), Dr. Albert van Jaarsveld, will be taking up the position of vice-chancellor and principal at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). This is a loss for the NRF, but a great win for UKZN. It comes shortly after his reappointment as the NRF’s CEO for a second five-year […]

Video: UJ’s Ilanga II solar race car launched

  The University of Johannesburg’s Solar Team launched its Ilanga II solar race car on 5 August in anticipation of the biennial Sasol Solar Challenge. The eight-day challenge (27 September to 4 October 2014), starts in Johannesburg, passes through Port Elizabeth and finishes in Cape Town. South African universities and other local solar teams will compete […]

Tellumat and gaming company GPI form joint venture in electronic manufacturing

  The JSE-listed investment and empowerment group Grand Parade Investments (GPI) has entered into a manufacturing joint venture with electronics contract manufacturer Tellumat, in terms of which GPI will acquire 51% of the new  company, Grand Tellumat Manufacturing, with Tellumat owning the balance of 49%. The transaction is a merger of the engineering skills and […]

Great expectations as SATNAC 2014 explores ubiquitous broadband

  When SATNAC 2014 opens its doors in Port Elizabeth on 1 September delegates will be in for an interesting few days as the presenters and panellists will focus on ubiquitous broadband as an enabler to transform the lives of ordinary South Africans.  The conference theme is “Ubiquitous Broadband – an enabler to transform lives”. […]

ICASA: President Zuma has stopped thinking – it’s the new all-in-one DoC

  The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) now has a home in the new Department of Communications (DoC). This was confirmed in a proclamation published in the Government Gazette  on 15 July 2014. The communications industry can still not get its head around the thinking of the President Jacob Zuma and his cabinet […]

Satellite imagery of Flight MH17’s crash site in eastern Ukraine

  DigitalGlobe has captured satellite imagery of the crash site of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine. The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200, was on a scheduled flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. It was carrying a total number of 295 people – comprising 283 passengers and 15 crew members. On 22 July 2014, the […]

Eskom shake-up on the cards…

  Shortly after new minister of public enterprises, Lynne Brown, read Eskom Generation the riot act at the 2014 Eskom financial results presentation on 11 July 2014, there are signs that a significant shake-up is on the cards at Eskom. Mike Rossouw, former general manager engineering at Richards Bay Minerals, group executive strategy and risk […]

Video: Minister tells Eskom to “do something extraordinary”

  Speaking at the utility’s integrated results announcement meeting on 11 July 2014, Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises said that the utility needs to improve its performance by thinking outside the box and doing something extraordinary. Eskom has reported a net profit of R7,1-billion for the year ended 31 March 2014 (which includes profit on […]

Remarks by minister of energy to the Parliamentary Portfiolio Committee on Energy

  On Tuesday, 1 July 2014, the new minister of energy, Tina Joemat Pettersson addressed the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy in Cape Town. Below is a transcript of her remarks. Chairperson, The President of the Republic addressed the nation on 17th June 2014 and I dare say that the directives and injunctions issued to […]

Department of Energy – more talk or a move to action?

  Speaking at a breakfast hosted by The New Age and SABC at the Sandton Convention Centre on 23 June 2014, the new minister of energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, indicated the priorities she has set herself in her new portfolio. Central to this appears to be an appreciation of the weaknesses in her department, and the […]

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