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Mechanics of humanitarian supply chain agility and resilience and its empirical validation

The purpose of this paper is to establish the relationship between chain agility, supply chain resilience and humanitarian supply chain performance. In this paper, researchers have attempted to explain supply chain agility and supply chain resilience using oscillation physics theory and further attempted to test the theoretical concept empirically using psychometric tool. The researchers have collected data...

African radio astronomy cooperation framework being developed

Ministers, Deputy Ministers and other representatives of South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia, participating in the First Ministerial Meeting of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) African Partner Countries, on Wednesday agreed that they would work to conclude and sign a Memorandum of Understanding, defining the spirit and scope of their cooperation, by June...

Britain gives R2bn for SKA radio telescope construction

The UK has given a major boost to the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme by announcing funding of £100-million (€120-million, almost R1.8-billion) for Phase 1 of the instrument. As the construction cost of Phase 1 has been capped at €650-million, the British grant amounts to almost 18.5% of the total required to build the first phase of the SKA, which will be co-hosted...

Video technology update allows for various forms of filtering

A new version of the BriefCam technology, a video synopsis solution that compresses video events and displays them simultaneously, enabes security officers to filter and refine security video footage using colour, the size of an object and the direction of movement, says closed-circuit television and broadcast solutions company Graphic Image Technologies executive Laurence Smith. The new version, BriefCam Syndex,...

Research chairs initiative beginning to help generate knowledge

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is very happy with the success of the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), reports DST Director General Dr Phil Mjwara. He was speaking following the recent announcement by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe of the establishment of 54 new research chairs. This move followed the creation, in February, of new Centres of Excellence in the country. Go...

UJ develops energy efficient stove for low-income households

Following consultations with low-income households in the HaMakuya district, in Limpopo, University of Johannesburg (UJ) Industrial Design Department head Chris Bradnum has designed a “safe, efficient and sustainable” stove, which reduces the volume of wood required for cooking as well as the amount of smoke and other emissions. The design of the Tshulu Stove was based on the ubiquitous ‘rocket stove’...

Information software new trend for local industry

Industrial Software and real-time operations management solutions company Wonderware will launch its new situational awareness graphics software and alarm management software at its X-Change User Conference for Industrial Automation and Information Software, in KwaZulu-Natal, next month. The software forms part of Situational Awareness solutions software. Go to Source Tags: automation, Situation awareness,...