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Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

SA to host aviation conference next month

14th June 2024 The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global representative body for the airline industry, has announced that its second Wings of Change Focus Africa Conference (WOCFA) will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 2 and July 3 this year. The host airline for the... 

Cape Town leading South Africa’s green energy transition, affirms city Alderman

7th June 2024 Cape Town is really taking the lead in the green energy transition, affirmed the city’s Economic Growth MMC, Alderman James Vos, on Tuesday. He was opening Western Cape trade, tourism and investment promotion agency Wesgro’s Green Hub pavilion at the Enlit Africa 2024 exhibition, in the Cape Town... 

Cape Town leading South Africa’s green energy transition, affirms city Alderman
City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Growth Alderman James Vos

New clean cooking equipment factory opened in Paarl

31st May 2024 Clean and renewable energy solutions company Ener-G-Africa (EGA) on Thursday officially opened its new biomass stove and cookware manufacturing facility, in the Western Cape province town of Paarl. The factory will produce two different types of stoves, and two different ranges of cooking pots.... 

New clean cooking equipment factory opened in Paarl
A Multi-Application Fuel Efficient Cookstove

Personality affects susceptibility of people to cybercrime

24th May 2024 Personality type is a major factor in people’s vulnerability to cybercrime, a Stellenbosch University (SU) researcher has established. People with an “agreeable” personality were more vulnerable than others to “social engineering” cyberattacks. The research was carried out by systems analyst Vian... 

Personality affects susceptibility of people to cybercrime
Vian Smit

Energy transition to vary in different regions, countries – TotalEnergies

10th May 2024 The energy transition – from high carbon-emitting energy sources to low and zero carbon-emitting energy sources – will vary across different regions and countries, pointed out TotalEnergies VP supply logistics Africa Sebastien Bariller. He was participating in a panel discussion at the 2024... 

Boeing ups sustainable aviation fuel purchases

3rd May 2024 American aerospace giant Boeing has announced that it is to buy 35.6-million litres of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), for use by its US commercial operations this year. This is its biggest annual SAF purchase to date, and is more than 60% greater than the amount it bought last year.... 

Boeing ups sustainable aviation fuel purchases

Stellenbosch space company winning international orders

3rd May 2024 South African specialist microsatellite high-speed communication systems company Cubecom, part of the Alphawave Group, has announced that it has secured “substantial orders from multiple high-profile international space institutes” for its leading-edge High Data Rate Transmitters for... 

Manufacturing overcapacity drives down solar PV module prices by almost 50%

3rd May 2024 The growth of the photovoltaic (PV or solar) sector worldwide has resulted in a current manufacturing overcapacity, which has driven down the prices of PV modules by almost 50%, solar PV distribution company Solarworld MD Gregor Küpper pointed out on Friday. He was addressing a media conference... 

US group selects technology partners for SAF project

26th April 2024 US clean fuels company DG Fuels has selected a technology, jointly developed by UK multinational advanced metals chemistry and sustainable technologies group Johnson Matthey and UK multinational energy group bp, for its first sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plant. The technology uses the Fischer... 

Innovation fund for South African tertiary institutions

12th April 2024 South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have jointly launched a new fund to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in the country’s tertiary education sector. The Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), as it is called, is... 

Scientists develop new way to convert carbon dioxide into green methanol

12th April 2024 Scientists from the UK, Germany and Australia have successfully converted carbon dioxide (CO2) into methanol, a green fuel, using a new technique that they have developed. The research involved chemists from the University of Birmingham, the University of Ulm, the University of Queensland and was... 

Important progress in development of aviation electrofuels

5th April 2024 The first two months of this year saw significant developments regarding the category of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) known as electrofuels, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported, in its latest “Fly Net Zero Media Update” report. IATA is the global representative... 

UK to fund new Anglo-South Africa scientific initiative

29th March 2024 South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) have announced a joint programme to institute an international research network that will embrace South Africa, other African countries, and the UK. This network will be funded by UK... 

LBMA seeking to integrate small and artisanal miners into the legitimate gold supply chain

22nd March 2024 Independent precious metals authority LBMA has launched a major initiative to support the integration of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) into the legitimate global gold supply chain, through its 66 accredited refiners. The initiative takes the form of a ‘toolkit’ which addresses issues... 

LBMA seeking to integrate small and artisanal miners into the legitimate gold supply chain

Zero-carbon aviation company demonstrates complete system for the first time

15th March 2024 US zero carbon-emissions aviation company Universal Hydrogen has announced that it has used one of its proprietary modular liquid hydrogen storage and transport ‘capsules’ to successfully power its megawatt-class fuel cell powertrain. The test was run on the company’s ground-based ‘iron bird’... 

Cape Town driving forward with renewable energy, climate resilience programmes

8th March 2024 Last year, Cape Town paid out R25-million to businesses which sold their surplus renewable energy to the city. And, starting this year, private citizens will be able to do the same. These developments were highlighted by Cape Town Executive Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis in an address to the Africa... 

Cape Town driving forward with renewable energy, climate resilience programmes
Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis

Dube TradePort air cargo terminal sees demand spike

1st March 2024 Air freight through the Dube TradePort cargo terminal, at King Shaka International Airport, at Durban, spiked sharply during the last quarter of last year, in quarter-on-quarter terms. This quarter-on-quarter increase was 57%, driven by issues at Durban harbour. “This significant increase in... 

Is the era of the flying taxi finally about to dawn?

1st March 2024 The concept of small, usually unconventional, aircraft, carrying small numbers of passengers, weaving their way through towering skyscrapers and speeding over suburbs, has been a staple of especially visual science fiction – films, comic books (now pompously called ‘graphic novels’) and TV series... 

Is the era of the flying taxi finally about to dawn?
Photo by Wisk Aero
Mockup of the Wisk Aero Gen 6 UAM vehicle

Australian scientists make progress in dealing with hydrogen embrittlement of steel

26th February 2024 Australian researchers have made a step forward in addressing perhaps the biggest single obstacle to the large-scale roll-out of the hoped-for hydrogen economy: hydrogen embrittlement. This is the process whereby hydrogen causes high-strength materials, not least steel, to become brittle and... 

Transformed AECI to go big globally

23rd February 2024 JSE-listed South African multinational AECI aims to be the global number three company in its core market segment of mining explosives and mining chemicals, by 2030. Of the company’s business, 80% is already outside South Africa and 30% is outside Africa, CEO Holger Riemensperger emphasises to... 

Transformed AECI to go  big globally
AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger

Mining’s focus switching to critical minerals, with ESG pressures increasing

12th February 2024 The need to transform the global energy system and to cut carbon emissions, to counter the danger of climate change, is shifting the mining spotlight away from traditional high-value resources, such as gold and diamonds, to what are now being called “critical transition minerals”. So stressed... 

Aviation firm announces inverter technology breakthrough

9th February 2024 UK-US zero carbon emissions aviation company ZeroAvia has announced that the initial testing campaign for its in-house developed 200 kW continuous power inverter has been successfully concluded. Inverters take direct current (DC) power supplied by an electric power source (whether batteries or... 

Proposed underground lab in South Africa moves into project stage

9th February 2024 A proposal to build South Africa’s and Africa’s first underground science laboratory has now moved into the project stage, with the launch of the Paarl Africa Underground Laboratory (PAUL), following a recent science symposium on the concept. Although South African scientists have set up... 

Mining services companies facing climate conundrums

8th February 2024 The need to counter climate change is raising a whole range of important issues for mining services companies, which, in comparison with the mining groups they served, are small in scale. This was highlighted at a function, hosted by environmental consultancy Digby Wells on the fringes of the... 

Barrick highlights importance of socioeconomic development in poor countries

8th February 2024 The need to counter climate change and protect the environment should not distract attention from the need to achieve socioeconomic development in poor countries, Barrick Gold corporate sustainability executive Grant Beringer has cautioned. He was speaking in Cape Town, at a side event of the... 

Barrick highlights importance of socioeconomic development in poor countries

Global Reporting Initiative formally launches new biodiversity, mining standards

8th February 2024 More than 50% of global gross domestic product was moderately or highly dependent on biodiversity, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) vice chairperson Bola Adeeko highlighted in Cape Town on Thursday. Adeeko, who was also the special projects director for Flour Mills of Nigeria, was speaking at... 

Threat of climate change has transformed the image of mining

7th February 2024 The need to reduce global carbon emissions, to counter climate change, has transformed the public image of the mining industry, because of the urgent need to ramp-up the production of clean energy metals. So highlighted International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) CEO Rohitesh Dhawan,... 

Threat of climate change has transformed the image of mining
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Transformed AECI to go big globally

7th February 2024 JSE-listed South African multinational AECI aims to be the global number three company in its core market segment of mining explosives and mining chemicals, by 2030. Of the company’s business, 80% is already outside South Africa and 30% is outside Africa, CEO Holger Riemensperger emphasises to... 

Transformed AECI to go big globally
AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger

Procurement extortion, copper theft serious issues for South African miners

5th February 2024 One of the major crime problems facing South African mining companies is that of the so-called “construction mafias”, or perhaps more accurately (as far as mining is concerned) “procurement mafias”. That is, organised crime gangs seeking to extort procurement contracts from mining companies,... 

Procurement extortion, copper theft serious issues for South African miners
Werner Duvenhage, Dr Mashego Mashego and Stephen Bullock

Harmony Gold highlights the fight against illegal mining

5th February 2024 Effectively dealing with the problem of illegal mining operations really needs the recreation of specialised units by the South African Police Service (SAPS). So highlighted Harmony Gold executive director stakeholder relations and corporate affairs Dr Mashego Mashego, on the first day of the... 

Harmony Gold highlights the fight against illegal mining

No-emissions transport companies team up to analyse new hydrogen technology for aviation

2nd February 2024 US-UK zero carbon emissions aviation company ZeroAvia and US hydrogen storage and refuelling technology startup company Verne have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in the evaluation of opportunities to employ cryo-compressed hydrogen as an aircraft fuel, and for refuelling... 

Global air passenger traffic now almost at pre-Covid-19 pandemic levels

26th January 2024 Global total air passenger traffic in November last year passed 99% of the figure for November 2019, which was the last November before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, reports the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Total air passenger traffic in November was up 29.7%,... 

Global air passenger traffic now almost at pre-Covid-19 pandemic levels

South African woman to head Brussels aircraft maintenance facility

19th January 2024 Aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company ExecuJet MRO Services Europe has appointed South African Nadia Coetzee as GM of its facility at Brussels International Airport. She was previously supervisor of the technical services department at ExecuJet global head office at Lanseria,... 

South African woman to head Brussels aircraft maintenance facility
Photo by ExecuJet
Nadia Coetzee

Global nuclear energy summit announced for March

19th January 2024 The intergovernmental International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) director-general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo have jointly announced that an international summit-level conference on nuclear energy would take place in... 

IATA welcomes aviation decarbonisation conference agreements, but demands States act

15th December 2023 The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which is the global representative body for the airline industry, has welcomed the outcomes of the intergovernmental International Civil Aviation Organisation’s third Conference on Aviation Alternative Fuels (CAAF/3), which was held in Dubai.... 

IATA welcomes aviation decarbonisation conference agreements, but demands States act
IATA director-general Willie Walsh

Erection of Karoo telescope dishes to start in early 2024

8th December 2023 The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project is, in terms of scale, undoubtedly the biggest astronomy programme in the world today. What was once a dream, and then a hopeful project, is now officially structured as the SKA Observatory (SKAO), an international organisation with nine... 

Erection of Karoo telescope dishes to start in early 2024

Chinese communications company considering assembly operations in South Africa

1st December 2023 China-based mission-critical communications hardware and software company Hytera Communications is in early-stage discussions to hopefully start basic assembly operations in South Africa. Based in Shenzhen in China, the company has four manufacturing plants, two in China and two in Europe (one... 

Rolls-Royce says all its commercial aero engines can run on 100% green fuels

1st December 2023 UK-based global major propulsion and power systems group Rolls-Royce announced on Monday that it has successfully tested every one of its current production commercial (including business) aircraft engines with 100% sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). This marked the conclusion to a programme... 

Rolls-Royce says all its commercial aero  engines can run on 100% green fuels

Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s fourth CubeSat project well on track

24th November 2023 The Africa Space Innovation Centre (ASIC) of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is currently busy with its fourth nanosatellite programme, ASIC Chief Engineer Nyameko Royi tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. ASIC falls under the CPUT’s Department of Electrical,... 

Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s fourth CubeSat project well on track
Photo by Creamer Media's Rebecca Campbell
A model of one of the 3U VDES nanosatellites being developed by ASIC

Satellite constellation project to support African farmers highlighted

24th November 2023 South African space infrastructure company SCS Space, based in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, is highlighting its SCS-Agrisense project at the 2023 Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Week and Ministerial Summit, being held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. SCS-Agrisense is aimed... 

Satellite constellation project to support African farmers highlighted
Photo by Creamer Media's Rebecca Campbell
SCS Space CEO Dr Sias Mostert

GMES Africa initiative stimulating use of satellite data on the continent

24th November 2023 Intergovernmental organisation the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) Africa is attending the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Week and Ministerial Summit 2023 (being held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre) as an observer agency. “We’ve been asked to synergise... 

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