Trends and growth
Construction on the Gibela industrial complex in Gauteng is to begin later this year, says the rail
transport consortium. Once fully operational, it will produce 62 trains a year. Local suppliers are
crucial, and the facility will help to spark industrial growth in the region.
The number of internet users in South Africa is expected to increase because of more smart
devices in the market. The most usage will come from people watching videos on their
smartphones, and an estimated 43 billion minutes will be watched online by 2019.
Long-time friends Thato Kgatlhanye and Rea Ngwane have come up with an idea to make life
easier for children in poor communities: bags made from upcycled shopping bags that
have built-in solar technology. The bag charges up in the day, and transforms into a light at night.
Four South African innovations have beat a record 925 applications from 41 countries to the
punch, and are among 10 nominees for the Innovation Prize for Africa 2015. Among them are a
green minicab service and a fire detection alert.
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