International molecular symposium to promote research commercialisation

The seventh International Symposium on Macro- and Supramolecular Architectures and Materials (MAM) will reinvigorate the link between academia, industry and international partners to stimulate the application of local research and growth of the economy, says science council Mintek Research and Development GM Dr Makhapa Makhafola. The symposium will be held from November 23 to 27 at Emperor’s Palace, in Kempton Park. It will showcase how to move from research and breakthroughs to innovation and commercialisation, with speakers who have established spinoff companies from research conveying their experiences.
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Life skills training for engineering students a success

According to professional services firm SMEC South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal-based office, its workplace integrated learning and training initiative for civil engineering students from previously disadvantaged communities – the life skills training programme that has been incorporated into the Durban University of Technology’s (DUT’s) Singakwenza Ndawonye training scheme run on the Pietermaritzburg Campus in KwaZulu-Natal – is yielding positive results. SMEC KwaZulu-Natal regional head Kresen Manicum tells Engineering News that the company started working with the Singakwenza Ndawonye training scheme in 2003, by offering several final year engineering DUT students an opportunity to complete their in-service training to meet their diploma requirements.
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The engineering and nonengineering challenges behind the salvaging of Costa Concordia

The story of the salvage of the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia, which took place from May 2012 to July 2014 (the refloated ship was towed into Genoa harbour on July 27, and is now being scrapped) is well known in general outline, as is the fact that the Salvage Master for the operation was a South African, Captain Nick Sloan. The ship ran on to rocks just off Giglio Island, off the coast of Tuscany in North West Italy, on January 13, 2012. It rolled over on to its starboard (right) side, 32 people losing their lives (the body of the 32nd and last victim was only recovered from the wreck in August this year).
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Please RSVP for Our Twitter Chat on December 4th: Digital Payments in Developing Countries

Photograph by Orgad Lootski

Safety and transparency are very important issues when it comes to sending and receiving digital payments within developing countries. Establishing trust in digital payments system and sufficient levels of consumer protection and transparency of service terms are key to broader adoption of digital payments. What’s being done to help reduce this concern?

To bring this issue to the forefront, the ICTworks community is joining with the Global Broadband and Innovations Alliance (GBI), a partnership between USAID and NetHope, and the Better Than Cash Alliance to host a Twitter Chat as we near International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9th, 2014.

Please RSVP here!

Join us on December 4th at 12 noon Eastern time using the #ICTchat hashtag to debate the merits and issues of digital payments with four thought leaders:

We’ll start off with a quick round of introductions and then dive into three key questions on the safety and transparency of digital payments:

  1. How are digital payments safer for those making and receiving payments in developing countries?
  2. What digital payments consumer protection standards and best practices are emerging for transparency in fees and terms of service?
  3. GSMA recently released a code of conduct for mobile money operators. What does this do and what does it mean for transparency?

As with all our Twitter Chats, it will be a fast-paced, global conversation that you’ll not want to miss. So mark your calendar now:

Twitter Chat: Digital Payments in Developing Countries
December 4, 2014
9am-10:30am PST (17:00 GMT)
Join with the hashtag #ICTchat

See you on December 4th!

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New Nigerian and African Movie Platform Provides World Class Quality, Features and Apps

You’ve certainly heard of Hollywood. You’ve probably heard of Bollywood. But have you heard of Nollywood? Nigeria’s home-grown film industry is the world’s second-largest in terms of the number of hours of film released each year. The BBC recently estimated the annual value of Nollywood at $5 Billion. And like Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, Nollywood is growing at an impressive rate. Now, NollyLand Direct Ltd, a start-up based in the US and Nigeria, has launched NollyLand – a new Video Streaming Platform that is taking Nollywood and other African film industries to a global audience.

Dr. Ngozi Uti, NollyLand’s Founder and CEO

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