Innovations

Hi-tech boost for fight against rhino poaching

The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal, which has one of the largest rhino populations in the world, has reportedly experienced a 92% reduction in poaching incidents during a year-long project that has included the use of South African-built drones.

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SA Airways to test tobacco biofuel in 2015

A crop of a nicotine-free, GMO-free tobacco plant called Solaris is soon to be harvested in South Africa's Limpopo province and turned into bio-jet fuel. Working with international partners, South African Airways plans to have its first domestic test flight using the fuel as early as next year.


Max Planck Institute invests in MeerKAT

The German institute is pouring R150-million into building and installing radio receivers on the MeerKAT radio telescope. The project, it says, will grant its scientists access to a world-class facility and its unique unrestricted view on our galaxy, and will boost MeerKAT's scientific potential even further.


Cape Town rolls out free Wi-Fi in public buildings

By June 2015, the City of Cape Town plans to have connected 61 public buildings and public access hot spots with free Wi-Fi as part of its R1.3-billion seven-year broadband network strategy.

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