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Geodata portal will help East African development
Geodata portal will help East African development

A public-private pilot project and a geodata portal have been launched that will guide resource investment in the eastern African region...

5 Apr 2017

What conventional and unconventional really mean in oil and gas
What conventional and unconventional really mean in oil and gas

There is some confusion in the oil and gas industry around the terms conventional and unconventional with respect to oil and gas projects...

By Tarryn Orford 3 Apr 2017

Solar technology applied in an ingenious way
Solar technology applied in an ingenious way

A solar power system was considered the logical way in which to provide electricity to power the irrigation pumps on a new macadamia farm on the outskirts of Hazyview, Mpumalanga...

27 Mar 2017

Jana Jacob
Wits research unearths innovation in mining

The sustained, high level of quality research at Wits School of Mining Engineering puts it at the cutting edge of mining innovation...

13 Mar 2017

Blasting technology reduces lightning strike risk
Blasting technology reduces lightning strike risk

Besides the inherent risks of blasting at opencast mines and quarries to life and productivity, lightning also poses a danger to personnel and equipment...

27 Feb 2017

Professor Fred Cawood
Improving mining H&S through collaboration

Health & Safety go hand in hand in the mining industry, while there has been a huge improvement in safety, health has been left behind...

By Danette Breitenbach 22 Feb 2017

Implats to take Impala Platinum Refinery off grid
Implats to take Impala Platinum Refinery off grid

Powering the Impala Platinum Refinery using fuel cell technology...

13 Feb 2017

Low water levels aid plans for rehabilitation of Kariba Dam
Low water levels aid plans for rehabilitation of Kariba Dam

In the months ahead, the Kariba Dam hydroelectric scheme must deal with the twin challenges of not holding enough water on the one hand and too much of it on the other...

By Tom Nevin 18 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Solar could be the cheapest power on earth
#BizTrends2017: Solar could be the cheapest power on earth

Solar power is now cheaper than coal in some parts of the world. And in less than a decade, it's likely to be the lowest-cost option almost everywhere...

By Jessica Shankleman and Chris Martin 9 Jan 2017

Community-scale projects are Africa's energy future
Community-scale projects are Africa's energy future

The 17th annual African Utility Week will take place from 16-18 May 2017 at the CTICC in Cape Town...

21 Dec 2016

New emulsion explosives technology ups Modder East's advance rate
New emulsion explosives technology ups Modder East's advance rate

Gold One's Modder East operation has rolled out an innovative infrastructure to use emulsion explosives for all 70 of its underground narrow-reef stope panels...

14 Dec 2016

Initiative uses technology for miner safety
Initiative uses technology for miner safety

A new initiative focuses on accurately locating workers relative to mine risks using GPS-like underground positioning...

13 Dec 2016

Young entrepreneurs shine at the 2016 Inkunz'isematholeni Youth in Business Awards
Young entrepreneurs shine at the 2016 Inkunz'isematholeni Youth in Business Awards

Ithala Development Finance Corporation's 2016 Inkunz'isematholeni Youth in Business competition recently drew to a close after the evaluation of all business concepts that were submitted...

Issued by Ithala Development Finance Corporation 2 Dec 2016

A smart 'switch' in photosynthesis holds lessons for solar technology
A smart 'switch' in photosynthesis holds lessons for solar technology

Photosynthetic organisms like plants are the ultimate natural solar panels...

By Tjaart Krüger and Michal Gwizdala 2 Dec 2016

Is diversity really so scary?
Is diversity really so scary?

I know we have our messy diversity down here. But, whatever the results from the Brexit and US Presidential election might suggest, I believe that diversity presents a real advantage...

By Peter Horszowski, Issued by Pert Industrials 29 Nov 2016

Sunflare develops the world's first stick-on solar paneling
Sunflare develops the world's first stick-on solar paneling

The new ultra-thin solar wallpaper can be applied to just about anything...

By Lindsay Samson 11 Nov 2016

Young artisans to gain from nuclear build
Young artisans to gain from nuclear build

It is a pity that the nuclear energy debate has been shrouded by what appears to be serious ideologues from the two sides; and, unsurprisingly, very rarely have cooler heads been allowed a voice. The litigation and policy ambivalence hasn't made things easier...

By Gaopalelwe Santswere 11 Nov 2016

MIT breaks new ground on the road to clean energy
MIT breaks new ground on the road to clean energy

Scientists achieve the highest plasma pressure ever recorded...

7 Nov 2016

The converted hydrogen forklift at Impala Platinum Refinery is the first of what is hoped is a fleet powered by clean technology. (Image: GCIS)
Hydrogen fuel cell technology proving fruitful

Hydrogen fuel cell technology can be the green future of power generation. Two Department of Science and Technology projects are designed to prove the viability of fuel cells developed in South Africa...

By Sulaiman Philip 3 Nov 2016

Why mega-projects fail
Why mega-projects fail

While fingers are pointed at mega-projects with cost and schedule challenges like Medupi, the problem isn't uniquely South African...

By Paul Fitzsimons 27 Oct 2016

SA to make more forklifts powered by hydrogen
SA to make more forklifts powered by hydrogen

Plans are underway to manufacture more forklifts powered by hydrogen following the successful launch of South Africa's first prototype hydrogen fuel cell forklift earlier this year...

25 Oct 2016

All systems go for Northern Cape mega water project
All systems go for Northern Cape mega water project

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane will on Friday, 21 October, turn the sod for the construction of the R18bn Vaal Gamagara Water Project in the Northern Cape...

21 Oct 2016

Angola's hydropower revolution risks
Angola's hydropower revolution risks

If not carefully managed, hydro-electric schemes along Angola's Kwanza River could have severe environmental impacts...

19 Oct 2016

#JoburgIndaba: Adapting drones for underground service
#JoburgIndaba: Adapting drones for underground service

We've seen the development of drones for all sorts of applications above the ground, but they could be pretty nifty below the ground too...

11 Oct 2016

- The solar panels at George. Source: Facebook Yeni Safak.
SA basks in continent's first solar-powered airport

The regional airport in George, a town of just 150,000 residents on South Africa's south coast, is Africa's first "green" airport to be powered by the sun...

10 Oct 2016

Putting waste to work - biogas to energy
Putting waste to work - biogas to energy

The City of Johannesburg's water management company, Johannesburg Water (JW), has proven the business case for alternative energy solutions with the commissioning of a second municipal wastewater biogas-to-energy plant in Diepsloot...

By Francini Van Staden 7 Oct 2016

Local expert recognised for geotechnical contribution
Local expert recognised for geotechnical contribution

Tunnelling is evident in every part of people's lives from water supply and sewerage, road and rail transportation, power, and even underground communication cabling...

3 Oct 2016

SA considers shale gas as alternative energy
SA considers shale gas as alternative energy

South Africa is considering shale gas as a potential contributor to the country's future energy mix...

30 Sep 2016

#InnovationMonth: New technique extracts value from industrial ponds
#InnovationMonth: New technique extracts value from industrial ponds

On a satellite map of any of SA's big mines or refineries, there will be a series of blue-green pools...

By Tamar Khan 28 Sep 2016

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