3D-inspired hi-tech buoy takes African marine monitoring to new levels

A new real-time measuring buoy can change the way the maritime industry operates, writes Dirk Muller in The Conversation Africa. ——————————————————————       A hi-tech buoy that provides real-time data can play a key role in helping South Africa manage its coastal waters. It could also be deployed beyond the country’s waters. Devised and tested virtually…

Brakke ken van brug bou

Om ‘n brug te bou uit houtstokkies en gom – en een wat daarby ‘n gewig en ‘n half kan hou – is die uitdaging waarmee hoërskoolspanne onlangs geswoeg het tydens die finale van die AECOM-SAICE Internasionale Brugboukompetisie. Die span van Hoërskool Brackenfell in die Kaap het vanjaar as wenners uit die stryd getree. Die…

Old payphones to become wifi access points in SA?

  Superman always puts payphone booths to good use. It seems they might become wifi hotspots too. Charlie Fripp of HTXT.Africa writes more about such plans.  Late last year, the City of New York announced plans to turn old public payphones into WiFi hotspots across the city. LinkNYC, as it was named, would reportedly cost the city…

Jozi’s disadvantaged kids to prep for Afrikabot competition

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) have announced a programme that will see disadvantaged children around Joburg getting the chance to build their own robots. UJ and SAIEE are taking the university’s Technolab engineering education training programme out of the lecture rooms and into Soweto, Alexandra and the…

Two hundred South Africans heading to Russia to train as nuclear engineers

Late last year the South African government controversially revealed that it has potentially signed a nuclear partnership deal with Russia, that would see the country construct nuclear power plants in SA to the tune of R1.2 trillion. Those nuclear power plants need to be staffed by someone, and that is why the Department of Energy…

Tanzanian water filter takes top innovation prize

A new nanoparticle-based water filtration system will soon be saving lives all over rural Tanzania, thanks to the Royal Academy for Engineering’s inaugural Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. At the final leg of the competition in Cape Town on Monday night, Dr Askwar Hilonga of the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science & Technology in…

Help TinkerTainer raise funds for SA’s first kids’ robotics maker space

Young people such as Cable Maharaj have proven that they can be counted among the top brains in the local MakerSpace, which is why a project called TinkerTainer wants to help unearth more talented youths by building South Africa’s first portable kids’ MakerSpace hubs. TinkerTainer aims to build MakerSpace hubs around the country where kids…