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March 16, 2018

ENERGY DEPT NEEDS R1 TRILLION FOR NUCLEAR PLANS

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene confirmed that nuclear plans will remain on the table but will only be implemented at a pace the country can afford.

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says the Energy Department will need a budget of R1 trillion for its nuclear plans.

Nene confirmed that nuclear plans will remain on the table but will only be implemented at a pace the country can afford.

The Finance Minister gave his first public address in Tshwane on Monday at a Fedusa conference.

“Which means we must not move away from the existing plans and we’re sitting with the IPPs as we speak on renewable energy, some of them that are due to be signed quite soon, some of [...]

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February 12, 2018

Chile’s Pristine Skies Are Key To Astronomy’s Next Generation Of Telescopes

Long known for its copper, sea bass and merlot wine, Chile’s most profound export may be data that its astronomical observatories mine nightly from its pristine skies.

Credit: ESO Exoplanet hunters at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.

Because Chile’s ground-based window onto our Milky Way’s galactic center is arguably unmatched, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) first set up shop here more than a half century ago. Today, their 15 member states enjoy facilities at three major observatories.

“ESO spends 80 million euros [$100 million] a year for its operations in Chile and is the biggest astronomical operation here,” astrophysicist Fernando [...]

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December 7, 2017

N2 roadworks project reaches practical completion

From today, 5 December 2017, motorists have been able to enjoy travelling on the new lanes of the N2 between Borcherds Quarry Rd and the R300.

The Department of Transport and Public Works has now completed this R200 million freeway upgrade, which included the addition of a third lane in both directions.

Ride quality, safety and visibility are better. The carrying capacity of the road has improved with an extra lane on each side. This will benefit high-capacity buses and taxis, in particular, because the right-hand lane is a dedicated bus lane during peak periods.

Since the project began in January 2016, many people have benefited directly from the short-term [...]

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October 2, 2017

Zulu museum named as Africa’s best building

A museum built in Durban to celebrate Zulu heritage has won the first Africa Architecture Awards.

uMkhumbane Cultural and Heritage Museum in Cato Manor‚ built for R75-million in 2016 and designed by Choromanski Architects of Durban‚ was unveiled as the $10‚000 (R135‚000) winner on Thursday night at the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town.

The awards‚ sponsored by construction materials giant Saint-Gobain‚ attracted 307 entries from 32 countries. The shortlist of 21 projects‚ as well as the final winners‚ were chosen by a jury of leading African architects and academics.

Saint-Gobain retail division MD Evan Lockhart-Barker said: “Although this [...]

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