Coordination needed between electro-technical regulation bodies

When the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) recently held a hearing on their proposed conformity assessment framework, the National Regulator for Compulsory Specification (NRCS) presented its views and expressed grave concerns over the duplication that exists in government in terms of conformity assessments procedures for the electro-technical sector, basically having three agencies trying […]

South Africans creating amazing electronic systems

Technology ranging from unmanned aircraft, to Meerkat wide area surveillance systems, to wildlife protection in the Kruger National Park, to cyber security – it is all in the portfolio of the CSIR and being researched, designed and developed by South African engineers. The CSIR recently held a technology demonstration day focused on electronic safety and […]

PCB industry dwindling, but has major potential

Eighteen years ago, the printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing industry in South Africa had five large and a dozen or so small PCB manufacturing plants. Today, it has dwindled to two large manufacturers and a hand full of smaller companies. With that reduction, a large number of job opportunities were lost and also the ability for […]

Charging electric cars is not without its challenges

For most people, the biggest challenge of an electric car is to keep the battery charged for long distance travel. However, for others it is more about how to fast-charge the car battery without destroying their own and immediate neighbours’ radio and TV reception and interfering with the wireless local area network (LAN) and the […]