• Fuel cells power village in South African trial

    South Africa launches fuel cell study

    A fuel cell feasibility study will accelerate mineral beneficiation and localisation of fuel cell manufacturing. It will also help to increase the demand for platinum during a downturn in the market. The government has pumped R15m into the study, which is expected to be completed within a year.

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    Orphaned baby rhino named

    A rhino calf, found abandoned on New Year's Eve in South Africa's Aquila Private Game Reserve, has been named following a public vote. The names suggested were shortlisted to six, but Osita, a name of Igbo origin, won the hearts of most of the voters.

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    South Africa wins 2016 Edinburgh Medal

    This year's Edinburgh Medal will be awarded jointly to South African Kevin Govender and the International Astronomical Union. It will be bestowed upon them during the Edinburgh International Science Festival in March. Astronomy gives us the perspective to change the world, Govender says.

  • South Africa plans platinum economic zone

    "If your existing customers are buying less of your product, and they are paying less for it, the smart thing to do, among other things, is to seek new uses for your product." Rob Davies, minister of trade and industry, says the country is looking towards beneficiation for its platinum riches.

  • dna khoi-san   south africa, racism, anti-racism, human race, khoi-san

    KhoiSan origin tells us 'race' has no place in human ancestry

    Evidence suggests that sub-Saharan human populations retain genetic bits and pieces of DNA from non-KhoiSan primordial humans. If DNA samples were compared from humans around the world, the relationship would look more like a chain link, rather than a tree that branches out.

  • mineral resource minister  mosebenzi zwane, minister of mineral resources, mining indaba, lily mine, rock fall, mineral and petroleum resources development amendment bill, mprd, mining charter

    South Africa looks to mining's future

    Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane opened the Investing in African Mining Indaba this morning on a sombre note, saying it comes when mining is in its "winter season". But said he had met one on one with stakeholders and was certain there were ways they could revive the industry.

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