South Africa has ranked moderately in a report showcasing how domestic policy can foster global innovation. South Africa came in at 30 out of 56 countries. Kenya was the only other African country to be featured in the rankings.
ColdHubs, a Nigeria-based refrigeration company, is using solar power to help farmers solve
food waste challenges associated with preserving and transporting produce. The idea has been
recognised by the UN as one of the best environmentally friendly innovations of 2015.
Tackling the skills shortage in South Africa was one of the topics discussed at the global Avi
Afrique aviation summit. Unemployment and poverty were other priorities for the sector. A
highlight of the event was the Avi Awards, won by a South African entrepreneur for his
The Solar Thermal Research Group at Stellenbosch University has completed a prototype system
to help make generating solar energy more efficient and cheaper. The Helio100 system uses
mirrors to focus the sun's energy on to one central point, turning heat into electricity.
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