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New vehicle technology uses cobalt New vehicle technology uses cobalt
Published: 22 Jan 19
A promising new vehicle technology, which uses a cobalt-based catalyst, mirrors the world’s current ‘well-to-wheel’ refuelling ecosystem in being designed to allow motorists to call at conventional petrol stations to fill up with the liquid fuel from which hydrogen is extracted and then converted into vehicle-driving electricity. A demonstration plant is scheduled to be built in Israel in April to show that this zero-emission technology provides “twice the range at half the price” when compared with existing electric vehicles.
Airbus seeks to stimulate quantum computing for aircraft design
Published: 22 Jan 19
Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus launched on Tuesday a global quantum computing development competition. The Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge (AQCC) is intended to stimulate proposals and solutions regarding “complex optimisation and modelisation” (in Airbus’ words) across the complete lifecycle of an aircraft, using the capabilities made available by the latest developments in computing. The group already employs high performance computing. “With traditional computers approaching their limits, the quantum computer promises to deliver a new level of computational power,” affirms the company. “Airbus is already extending current capacity by integrating and leveraging quantum technologies in field such as route optimisation and satellite imagery.” The aim of the AQCC is to move scientific developments from the laboratory to the factory, through using the recently-developed computing technologies to real-world industrial programmes. The challenge will run for the whole of this year. It is open to both individuals and teams, academics and start-up enterprises, post-graduate students, researchers, PhDs and professionals in the area of quantum computing. They will compete for access to hardware and for the chance to develop their concepts for industrialisation, in collaboration with industry experts from Airbus.
AMCU threatens to extend strike at Sibanye-Stillwater's platinum mine
Published: 22 Jan 19
Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) will extend a one-day strike at Sibanye-Stillwater's platinum mine if the firm does not return to the negotiating table, its president said on Tuesday. Joseph Mathunjwa made the remarks outside South Africa's Mineral Council in Johannesburg, where he had marched with thousands of people, some wearing shirts saying "blood gold", to protest wages for workers at Sibanye's gold mines and hand over a list of demands.
 World Bank says Eskom simply too big to fail World Bank says Eskom simply too big to fail
Published: 22 Jan 19
The World Bank has argued that Eskom is too big to fail, and the South African economy would not withstand a financial meltdown of the cash-strapped power utility. "It is just too big to allow it to disintegrate, and fixing all these pieces will be costlier than trying to reform it," the bank’s country director for SA, Paul Noumba Um, said at the launch of the bank's 12th SA economic update on Tuesday in Johannesburg. 
Cape Town’s WhereIsMyTransport expands to Latin America, India Cape Town’s WhereIsMyTransport expands to Latin America, India
Published: 22 Jan 19
Public transport data and technology company WhereIsMyTransport has raised $1.85-million in funding from Liil Ventures and Goodwell Investments, as part of its Series A funding round. The funding will support the company’s expansion into Latin America and India.
GETI provides insights into talent environment for energy sectors
Published: 22 Jan 19
The third annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), the world’s largest energy recruitment and employment trends report, was released on Tuesday, and offered insights into five industry subsectors – oil and gas, renewables, power, nuclear and petrochemicals. The report, compiled by Airswift and Energy Jobline, surveyed more than 17 000 energy professionals and hiring managers in 162 countries.
South Africa says there is no Saudi proposal on Denel under consideration South Africa says there is no Saudi proposal on Denel under consideration
Published: 22 Jan 19
The South African government is not considering any proposal from Saudi Arabia on taking a stake in struggling state arms company Denel, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said, after the Gulf country offered to partner with Denel last year. "There is no proposal from the country in question under consideration," Gordhan said, answering a question from an Inkatha Freedom Party lawmaker about whether the government was considering selling a stake in Denel to the Saudis.
Western Cape govt starts Holgaten trunk road improvement project
Published: 22 Jan 19
The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has started a project to improve and reseal 16.5 km of trunk road between Holgaten and Oudtshoorn, and reseal another 6.7 km section of trunk road between Holgaten and Uniondale. The first section is a major north-south link between Oudtshoorn and George, while serving the N12/R62 route to the Southern Cape. The second section is a major west-east link between Holgaten and Uniondale, serving the N9/R62 route to the Southern Cape.
Uganda deports French, Rwandan MTN execs citing national security – police
Published: 22 Jan 19
Uganda has deported a French and a Rwandan executive from telecoms group MTN, accusing them of planning to compromise national security, police said on Tuesday. MTN Uganda, a unit of the South African telecoms firm, said its Chief Marketing Officer, Olivier Prentout, was detained at Entebbe airport on Saturday after returning from a business trip and then sent back to France.
Multichoice sweetens Naspers split with dividend plan
Published: 22 Jan 19
Africa's biggest pay-TV business Multichoice plans to pay a R2.5-billion dividend two years after leaving its parent of three decades – media and e-commerce group Naspers – and pursuing a listing solo in South Africa. Multichoice CFO Tim Jacobs said on Monday the firm would make its first payment to shareholders in 2020, after the JSE approved Naspers' plan to spin-off and list the pay-TV company.
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