Nearly 60% of households spent more than the policy maximum target of 10% of their income on public transport in 2019/20, up from 55% in 2014, according to the Gauteng Household Travel Survey (GHTS) released recently.
While South Africa is a mineral-rich country, its characteristic difficult geological features make it challenging to accommodate mechanisation. Research commissioned by the Mandela Mining Precinct has shown that mechanisation can be accommodated if conceptualised in the early stages of development. Through optimal shaft design, mines can produce higher volumes with a reduced labour bill and achieve increased efficiencies.
The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande has congratulated the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for its contribution in shaping the country’s science, engineering and technology landscape.
On 5 October 2020, the CSIR marks its seven and a half decades of conducting research aimed at improving the quality of life of all South Africans. The council was established through an Act of Parliament in 1945 with the organisation’s executive authority being the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation.
In the context of rising electricity costs and Eskom generation constraints, mining companies should be looking to diversify their energy supply through alternative self-generation technologies such as renewables.
This was the consensus reached by researchers commissioned by the Mandela Mining Precinct and tasked to develop, through directed research and development, an energy efficiency guideline for the industry.
Proposals are hereby invited for the following three separate and independent elements within the RISP:
A. Regional Innovation Networking platforms aimed at establishing networking platforms to bring together research, development and innovation communities, technology SMMEs, industry and government.
B. Feasibility study or business plan support for innovation enabling mechanisms such as: a. Science and Technology Parks, Techno Parks, Innovation Hubs or other similar concepts. b. Other innovation enabling mechanisms and initiatives.
C. Innovation Baseline Studies to assess and analyse the status of Regional Innovation Systems (RISs), in a particular location, in terms of their effectiveness and readiness to promote and support innovation in the regions (including provinces and local municipalities). Read more...
CSIR experts, Dr Albert Lysko and Prof Luzango Mfupe recently participated in a South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) webinar to discuss the organisation’s research and innovation in Television Whitespaces (TVWS). The webinar, based on an article published in the SAIEE official magazine Watt Now was co-authored by CSIR Next Gen Enterprises and Institutions experts including Executive Manager Prof Fulufhelo Nelwamondo.
The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to enter the 2020 Student Cluster Competition. The CHPC Student Cluster Competition gives undergraduate students at South African universities exposure to the High Performance Computing industry.
In celebration of National Women’s Day this year, the South African National Blockchain Alliance (SANBA) is subsidising two of the country’s up-and-coming female blockchain entrepreneurs to enable them to attend the European Blockchain Convention.