Let’s look to International Cooperation and Technology to train our youth

  By Zanelle Dalglish, Director Sustainable Development & Academy, Anglophone Africa Cluster – Schneider Electrical This Youth Month and in the wake of Youth Day, I’d like to start with a stark fact; we have a youth unemployment problem. Even before last year, when the pandemic hit, we’ve had an unemployment rate of over fifty percent according to the International Labour Organisation for youth aged between 15 and 24 in South Africa since 2010. This rose to 59% in the first quarter of 2020 according to Stats SA.   Today,…

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Water is the Foundation of the Big Four Agenda

  Simon Thomas, international consultant and board member of Megapipes Solutions Limited     The Big Four Agenda, announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta in late 2017, has four main pillars. Enhancing Manufacturing, Food Security and Nutrition, Universal Health Coverage and Affordable Housing. Affordable housing implies the development of adequate, standardised, and well-spaced houses with a continuous supply of clean water and electricity.   The supply of clean water continues to be a problem despite the unveiling of the government’s plans to implement a water storage programme.  The plan has a…

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Seven reasons why rural sanitation and wastewater management is vital for SA

By Chetan Mistry, Strategy and Marketing Manager for Xylem Africa We live in a digital and connected world, where we can fashion medicine through genetics and send rockets into orbit like clockwork. Yet over 2 billion people still lack access to basic sanitation, and at least a quarter of those practice open defecation. The problem is very acutely a rural one: 91 percent open defecation and 72 percent of people without basic sanitation are in rural areas, according to UNESCO.   It’s easy to forget about these people yet addressing…

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Bosch Rexroth is electrifying subsea process automation with the world’s smallest electric subsea valve actuator

Main pic: The Hermes Award 2021, the most important international industry prize, provided to Bosch Rexroth (from left to right) Dr. Jochen Köckler (Chairman of the Managing Board, Deutsche Messe AG) and Thomas Fechner (Leiter Produktbereich New Business, Bosch Rexroth AG)     Bosch Rexroth has engineered a disruptive innovation for electrically actuating valves in the subsea process industry. Called the SVA R2 Subsea Valve Actuator, it is  the world’s first electric actuator that can replace conventional hydraulic cylinders with field-proven safety technology – and without taking up additional space.…

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Innovating around cooperatives to create more jobs

By Yershen Pillay, CEO, Chemical Industries Training Authority (CHIETA) Cooperatives play a fundamental role in job creation, economic transformation and the creation of sustainable livelihoods. In fact, data from the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) suggests that cooperatives provide jobs or work opportunities for approximately 280 million people across the globe. Cooperatives’ all-important role will again be highlighted as we celebrate International Cooperatives Day on 3 July 2021.   This is extremely important given the current context of COVID-19 as many organisations prioritise retrenchment in an effort to stay afloat. The…

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Smart Buildings – your journey can start today

By Ettienne van Niekerk, Offer Marketing and Prescription Manager, Buildings Business, Schneider Electric The global pandemic is a large, disruptive force which has impacted the commercial real estate industry and its tenancy. Widely introduced remote and work from home (WFH) policies have left the real estate industry with below average occupancy rates.  In some instances, owners and landlords are resorting to co-occupation of buildings, in an effort to obtain at least some revenue from a wavering demand stream.   A recent article in Business Insider states that 15% of the…

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SVI ARMOURED VEHICLES CAPE TOWN DELIVERS FIRST BAKKIE

SVI Cape Town delivers first armoured bakkie only week after opening The B6 Stopgun V2.0 was built at SVI’s new Cape Town branch Bradford Wood from K9 Law Enforcement is the first client SVI Engineering, specialist manufacturer of armoured products, delivered its first vehicle only a week after the opening of its Cape Town branch. Well-known Bradford Wood of K9 Law Enforcement is the first customer of a B6 Stopgun V2.0 armoured Toyota Hilux double cab. This vehicle will assist him in fighting crime as part of his security business.…

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WorldsView launches leading Topcon laser scanner

WorldsView recently launched Topcon’s leading 3D GLS-2200 laser scanner, a flexible, survey-style solution with user-friendly processing software that reduces lengthy surveying processes into fast workflows. An upgrade from its GLS-2000 predecessor, it has integrated HDR image capture technology that delivers high-quality, colourised 3D point cloud data with reduced noise, across a wide range of applications.   The GLS-2200 is the ideal solution to develop accurate, 3D ‘digital twins’ or detailed digital models of an environment. This means it can be used for both simplified scanning and extensive workflow processes.  …

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