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Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell

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

IAEA expert team in Uganda to support country’s uranium production plans

20th May 2024 A specialist expert mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is currently in Uganda to undertake a review connected with the East African country’s nuclear energy ambitions, specialist news agency World Nuclear News reports. Uganda plans to construct 24 000 MWe of nuclear energy... 

Development finance agency highlights Africa’s infrastructure needs and opportunities

17th May 2024 The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), which exists to catalyse private-sector investment in African infrastructure, on Friday released its latest report, State of Africa’s Infrastructure Report 2024: The infrastructure imperative: Igniting Africa’s Industrial Renaissance. This found that the... 

United Airlines is committed to net-zero carbon emissions flying by 2050

17th May 2024 US-based global major carrier United Airlines is committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, its Director Sales: Continental Europe, India, Israel, Africa & Middle East Thorsten Lettnin, assures Engineering News, in an exclusive interview. (Net-zero emissions is not the same thing... 

United Airlines is committed to net-zero carbon emissions flying by 2050
Photo by Harald Kahn
United Airlines Continental Europe, India, Israel, Africa & Middle East sales director Thorsten Lettnin

Absa partnering with development finance agency to help East African coffee farmers

15th May 2024 South African banking group Absa and the International Finance Corporation (IFC – part of the World Bank group) will jointly provide a commodity trade finance facility, worth up to $60-million, to a leading global green coffee merchant, Volcafe. This facility will strengthen Volcafe’s operations... 

Absa partnering with development finance agency to help East African coffee farmers

US travel numbers to South Africa greater than ever before, reports United Airlines

15th May 2024 The number of US visitors to South Africa is now higher than it was in 2019, the last year before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, United Airlines director sales continental Europe, India, Israel, Africa & Middle East Thorsten Lettnin tells Engineering News, in an exclusive interview. In 2022, the... 

US travel numbers to South Africa greater than ever before, reports United Airlines
Photo by United Airlines
A United Airlines branded Boeing 777

UK creating regulatory framework for nuclear fusion plants – simpler, easier, than for fission

14th May 2024 The UK Government has initiated the consultation process for its proposed policy to regulate the siting of commercial nuclear fusion reactors in England. (Siting policies for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are the responsibility for their respective devolved regional governments.) The UK... 

Weekend’s geomagnetic storm was the strongest to hit South Africa in over 20 years

13th May 2024 The solar storm which hit Earth on Friday and Saturday was the most severe to affect South and Southern Africa in 21 years, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has reported. The SANSA Space Weather Centre, located at the SANSA Space Science facility in Hermanus, in the Western Cape,... 

Weekend’s geomagnetic storm was the strongest to hit South Africa in over 20 years
Photo by Johan le Roux/SANSA
Auroras over Gansbaai, triggered by the severe geomagnetic storm this last weekend

New clean cooking equipment factory opened in Paarl

13th 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

AFC-led consortium financing large-scale road infrastructure development in Angola

10th May 2024 The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) announced on Friday the signing of a €381.5-million financing package for road transport infrastructure development in Angola. The AFC, founded in 2007, serves to catalyse private sector-led infrastructure development across Africa. This latest financing... 

ATNS, CSIR making important progress in their joint passive radar project

10th May 2024 South Africa’s national air traffic control (ATC) agency, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), have started joint measurement and surveying activities at the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) for the installation... 

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... 

New clean cooking equipment factory opened in Paarl

9th 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

Airlink adopting IATA’s New Distribution Capability

8th May 2024 South African regional and domestic airline Airlink has announced that it is to implement the New Distribution Capability (NDC) for its transactions with the travel trade, with effect from July 31 this year. NDC was launched by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and is a data... 

Personality affects susceptibility of people to cybercrime

8th 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

South Africa appoints new Honorary Consul in the UK to promote trade

8th May 2024 South Africa has appointed a new Honorary Consul in the UK, it was announced on Wednesday. An Honorary Consul serves to promote South African exports to the country (or a specific region within a country) in which he or she is based, act as contact person for visiting South African... 

South Africa appoints new Honorary Consul in the UK to promote trade
Photo by Department of International Relations and Cooperation
High Commissioner Jeremiah Nyamane Mamabolo (left) and Honorary Consul Bassim Haidar (right) in the East of England port of Felixstowe

New fellowship programme, to bring researchers into government policymaking, launched  

7th May 2024 The pilot phase of a joint programme of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF), to bridge the gap between government and academia, was officially launched on Tuesday. Called the DSI-NRF Policy Placement Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme, it is... 

Local textile company opens new factory and launches worker shareholding programme

6th May 2024 Cape Town-based bedding and linen manufacturer Sheraton Textiles (Sheraton) on Monday officially inaugurated its new factory and launched its Workers Trust employee share ownership programme (ESOP). The company is currently 100%-owned by national development finance institution the Industrial... 

Local textile company opens new factory and launches worker shareholding programme

CSIR Coastal Engineers help ports and ship owners with physical and computer model tests

3rd May 2024 Although South African ports are sheltered from swell waves, three of them – Cape Town, Ngqura and Saldanha – can and do experience what are called infra-gravity waves. These are a category of gravity waves, which are waves travelling along the surface of the sea (where it interfaced with the... 

CSIR Coastal Engineers help ports and ship owners with physical and computer model tests
Photo by Creamer Media's Rebecca Campbell
A ship mooring behaviour experiment being run in a CSIR water tank; in the background, another ship model is on the moment-of-inertia calibration cradle

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... 

Air passenger demand continues strong growth, reports IATA

2nd May 2024 Total air passenger demand grew by 13.8% in March, in year-on-year (y-o-y) terms, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports. (IATA is the global representative body for the airline sector.) International demand increased by 18.9% and domestic demand by 6.6%. Total passenger... 

IATA reports continued strong air cargo growth in March

2nd May 2024 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported that March was the fourth month in a row in which global air cargo demand grew by double digits, in year-on-year (y-o-y) terms. IATA was the global representative body for the airline (including air cargo) industry. “Air cargo demand... 

IATA calls for more research into aircraft contrail formation and effects

30th April 2024 The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which is the global representative body for the airline industry, has called for urgent action to deepen knowledge about the formation and climate impact of contrails formed by aircraft. Such knowledge is essential to allow the development of... 

International maritime security conference being held in Ghana

30th April 2024 Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo will be the guest of honour at the second meeting of the African Maritime Forces Summit (AMFS), being held in Accra, Ghana, from Tuesday to Thursday inclusive. This edition of the AMFS is being co-hosted by the Ghana Navy, US Naval Forces Africa and US Marine... 

International maritime security conference being held in Ghana
Photo by Ghana Navy
Ghana Navy fast offshore patrol vessel GNS Yaa Asantewaa

Nuclear associations call on G7 States to strengthen the sector to fight climate change

29th April 2024 Eight major international and national nuclear industry associations have urged the Group of Seven (G7) major democratic industrial economies to take steps to further develop nuclear energy capacity and technology, to help counter climate change. They also welcomed the opportunity to provide... 

Airbus announces its next generation of Earth observation satellites

29th April 2024 Airbus Defence and Space, part of the Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus, has announced that it is to augment its in-house Earth observation (EO) satellite constellation capability through the development and deployment of the next generation of its Pléiades Neo satellites.... 

Airbus announces its next generation of Earth observation satellites
Photo by Airbus Defence and Space
Images of the Eiffel Tower taken by Airbus Defence and Space's Pléiades Neo satellites

Africa Aerospace and Defence organisers confident of a successful 2024 exhibition

29th April 2024 More than half of the exhibition space for the 2024 iteration of the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) trade exhibition and air show has now been booked, the organisers have announced. AAD 2024 will take place at Air Force Base Waterkloof, just south of Pretoria, from September 18 to September... 

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... 

Africa has to get involved in carbon markets

25th April 2024 The oil and gas industry is evolving, and has to, highlighted commodities trading and risk management company Ion Commodities VP product strategy Lance Fogtman, in a panel discussion at the 2024 African Refiners and Distributors Association conference, in Cape Town. He reviewed a particular... 

Energy transition will take place in different ways at different rates in different regions

25th April 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... 

Financing African hydrocarbon projects needs a segmented approach

24th April 2024 In an era in which raising finance for major hydrocarbons projects was increasingly challenging, the developers of such projects in Africa should consider segmenting them and separately seeking finance for each segment. That advice was given by Africa Finance Corporation Senior Associate Shao... 

TotalEnergies committed to the energy transition, assures company executive

23rd April 2024 French multinational energy group TotalEnergies was committed to the energy transition and has a strategy for this, highlighted the group’s MD and CEO marketing and services and country chair and executive VP: Southern Africa Mariam Kane-Garcia on Tuesday. She was addressing a session of the... 

UK innovation agency highlights quality of the emerging African space sector

22nd April 2024 Innovate UK, Britain’s national innovation agency, has, in a new report, highlighted that Africa is becoming a hub for globally competitive space technology, development and research. In particular, Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa were identified as space sector leaders in Africa. The report was... 

L’Oréal, Unesco launch the 2024 South Africa Women in Science Young Talent Search

22nd April 2024 The Foundation L’Oréal announced on Monday that the sixth edition of the Women in Science Young Talent Search had been launched in South Africa. This initiative is a partnership between the foundation and specialist United Nations agency Unesco. Women researchers under the age of 40 are eligible... 

Embraer reports strong increase in airliner order backlog

22nd April 2024 Brazil-based global major aerospace group Embraer – the world’s number three maker of jet airliners – has released its deliveries and order backlog report for the first quarter of this year (1Q24). Deliveries of its commercial and executive (or business) aircraft types are up 67%, year-on-year.... 

Embraer reports strong increase in airliner order backlog
Photo by Embraer
An Embraer E195-E2

Research group reports that the latest El Niño had a significant impact on South Africa

19th April 2024 A South African research group has reported that the 2023/24 El Niño phenomenon was the fourth strongest yet recorded, and that it had a noticeable impact on South Africa. The research team, designated the El Niño Southern Oscillation Reference Group (ENSO-RG), was convened by the Council for... 

Norwegian airline to start low-cost London-Cape Town service in six months

18th April 2024 Norwegian long-haul but low-cost carrier Norse Atlantic Airways announced on Thursday that it was going to launch flights between London, in the UK, and Cape Town, during the Northern autumn/Southern spring later this year. The new service will start on October 28. “We are thrilled to introduce... 

Nehawu has called a strike at the Dube TradePort at King Shaka International Airport

18th April 2024 The Dube TradePort Corporation, an agency of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, has announced that 112 employees, members of the Nehawu trade union, have gone on strike. The workers work in the company’s Bargaining Unit. The corporation has created and operates the Dube TradePort special... 

Joint report on the main roadmaps for aviation to reach net-zero emissions released

18th April 2024 The ‘Aviation Net Zero CO2 Transition Pathways Comparative Review’, which is a joint initiative of the International Air Transport Association (IATA – the global representative body for the airline industry), the Air Transportation Systems Laboratory of the University College London, the Air... 

NRF to participate in significant African-European scientific collaboration forum

17th April 2024 The National Research Foundation (NRF) will participate in the fourth AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Forum, which will be hosted by the South African Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, next week. AERAP is an acronym for Africa-Europe Science Collaboration and Innovation Platform and the NRF... 

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