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April 18, 2019

Policy and regulatory malaise undermining efforts to address power deficit.

Lingering policy uncertainty and regulatory delays are continuing to impede the development of hundreds of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) projects, which are seen at the quickest and cheapest way for South Africa to address its current electricity supply deficit.

The South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA) estimates that between 2 500 MW to 3 500 MW of capacity is being constrained as a result of the problem and that 30 MW to 50 MW could be added monthly once coherent processes are instituted.

 

The prevailing policy framework and regulatory processes remain deeply problematic and are affecting both small plants below a capacity [...]

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April 18, 2019

THIS UK MANUFACTURER OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY BARRIERS IS SETTING THE STANDARD FOR EXPORT GROWTH

A-Safe’s industrial safety barriers often take a big hit, but the company has no such worries.

Exports have been a major part of A-Safe’s success over the past six years. Averaging 40% year-on-year growth has brought the company to £54m turnover, with the proportion of export earnings rising from just over 50% to now approaching 90%.

With UK manufacturing urgently needing to boost trade, what can we learn from A-Safe’s relentless progress?

Worldwide demand

It helps that there is a global need for A-Safe’s high-quality products in factories, warehouses, airports, carparks – anywhere that assets and people need to be separated and protected from industrial [...]

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April 17, 2019

GOOGLE HAS OPENED ITS FIRST AFRICA ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB IN GHANA

A rural farmer in Tanzania hovers over a wilting cassava plant with her phone. In seconds she gets a diagnosis of the disease affecting her plant and how best to manage it to boost her production.

The farmer used an app on her phone based on TensorFlow, Google’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) machine that the company opensourced to help developers create solutions to real-world problems.

When people think of Artificial Intelligence, they most likely think of scenes from science fiction movies, but in reality, it applies to everyday life from virtual assistants to language translation on Google, says John Quinn, an AI researcher.

Google now wants to position [...]

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April 1, 2019

Transnet launches continent’s first dredging school

 

The Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE) has launched the continent’s first dredging school to develop and enhance the competences of new and already employed dredging personnel.

The Dredging School aims to train not only pipe operators, but project engineers, harbour masters, port engineers and technical engineers to achieve operational dredging competences in the field of process and project approach.

 

Its mission is to deliver a formal Dredging Education Course of moderate duration, accredited by government.

“The school will first upskill Transnet National PortsAuthority’s (TNPA’s) own dredging personnel. In future, the vision is [...]

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