Update on issuing of Chamber of Mines Certificates

The Minerals Council South Africa will continue with the registration of learners to sit the examinations for the Chamber of Mines Certificates. A few years ago, the Minerals Council South Africa (then Chamber of Mines), along with various stakeholders, took a decision to phase out the conducting of examinations in the Chamber of Mines Certificates. […]

Software licence donation advances geosciences

Petroleum Experts has donated an academic software licence worth R25-million to the Wits School of Geosciences. The company’s MOVE software is the global standard in the minerals exploration, mining, and environmental geosciences for analysis of structural geological data collection, analysis, 3D visualisation and modelling. The donation by Petroleum Experts of 10 academic licences for use […]

Cultivating innovation at school level

To help inspire and cultivate innovative design education, Autodesk launched the Make it Real Challenge. The challenge encourages students and educators to engage their school and community in a conversation around “maker” education with an incentive of gaining new tools for making. Now in its second year, Autodesk has expanded the programme to provide four […]

Student duo takes top-prize at hackathon

Over the course of the weekend of 13 to 14 April 2019, 25 top honours and final-year students from five leading universities from around the country took part in the 24-hours hackathon to conceptualise, design and build an actuarial model. They took on the challenge of developing a predictive customer retention programme for MiWay insurance […]

Aerospace start-ups present solutions to continent’s challenges

Participants in the latest Airbus BizLab and GIZ #Africa4Future challenge for innovative African aerospace and remote sensing start-ups met with experts, investors and other stakeholders at an innovators summit in Cape Town in May 2019. Africa’s top start-ups presented proposals to tackle water, food and land security, healthcare, urban development and engineering challenges in Africa. […]

Teams to compete in subterranean mapping challenge

Eleven Systems teams and five Virtual teams have qualified to compete in the DARPA Subterranean Challenge: Tunnel Circuit; additional teams may qualify for Virtual competition until 10 June 2019. The eleven teams from around the world will attempt to remotely map, identify, and report the greatest number of artefacts along the passages of a Pittsburgh […]

Challenge fosters technologies to map, navigate and search underground

Nine teams hailing from four continents gathered in Colorado, US during April 2019 to test autonomous air and ground systems for navigating dark, dangerous, dirty, and unpredictable underground environments. The SubT Integration Exercise, known as STIX, took place at the Colorado School of Mines’ Edgar Experimental Mine. The event provided a test opportunity for competitors […]

Update from SAEON’s graduate student network

In February this year, the Graduate Student Network (GSN) held a successful committee meeting and induction for new members at the Fynbos Node, which is hosted by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) at their research hub in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Following an overview of portfolios with practical demonstrations, the portfolios were […]

Young SANSA star receives renowned research scholarship

Dr Zama Katamzi-Joseph has been selected to participate in the prestigious Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar Programme – an opportunity to conduct research at a US institution for a few months. Since joining SANSA as a researcher, Katamzi-Joseph has mainly been looking at winds in the thermosphere, which are important because they may drive the behaviour […]

Earth observation start-up challenge takes on sustainable development

The UN Sustainable Development Goals can only be achieved with reliable, up-to-date information, much of which come from satellites. Copernicus, Europe’s earth observation programme, provides open access to data for the development of solutions in a wide variety of domains. The reliability and free access of the data holds great potential for the creation of […]