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South Africa’s AECI heads for Australia

JSE-listed explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI has signed a five-year deal with Theiss, the world's largest mining contractor. The partnership has the potential to be a game changer for the Australian mining industry, Theiss said on Monday.

South African innovation sets pace for mining industry

The adoption of new technologies in the mining sector and innovation around robotics and mechanisation is helping to enhance South Africa's global competitiveness, writes Brand SA board member Rick Mennell.

New collaboration takes Africa to Switzerland

By working with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, a leading European university in the field of innovation and natural sciences, the University of Cape Town aims to ensure that there is an African voice in the global debates around issues such as health and urbanisation.

South Africa looks to research, innovation to grow economy

South African enterprises have a relatively high and novel innovation rate, and the country is increasingly investing in research and development. Now, the Innovation Bridge is closing the gap between R&D and the market, and contributing to economic competitiveness.

Cape Town launches open data portal

Cape Town's plans to become Africa's first digital city received a boost on Tuesday when it switched on its new open data portal, making public-sector information - such as the latest budget, tenders and bus station routes - easily and freely available to the city's residents.

SAA leads the global field

South Africa leads sky-commerce with the world's first aircraft tracking and real-time payment innovation. South African Airways has developed - and installed - the Satellite Authorisation System, which will allow credit card transactions in the sky, anywhere and anytime.

South African app beats international competition

The appStar competition was set up to encourage and support app developers in emerging markets. And Car Guru has proved just how well South African developers compete among their international peers, winning recognition in Bangalore.

South African matric pass rate 2014: 75.8%

South Africa's matric class of 2014 achieved a pass rate of 75.8% - a drop of 2.4 percentage points from the year before, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced on Monday, saying the decrease was not unexpected as the bar has been raised to enhance the quality and standard of Grade 12 graduates.

Hi-tech boost for fight against rhino poaching

The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal, which has one of the largest rhino populations in the world, has reportedly experienced a 92% reduction in poaching incidents during a year-long project that has included the use of South African-built drones.

SA Airways to test tobacco biofuel in 2015

A crop of a nicotine-free, GMO-free tobacco plant called Solaris is soon to be harvested in South Africa's Limpopo province - and turned into bio-jet fuel. Working with international partners, South African Airways plans to have its first domestic test flight using the fuel as early as next year.