Boost for SA aerospace industry

first_img31 August 2007The government this week endorsed three initiatives aimed at boosting South Africa’s aerospace industry: building a multi-million rand component supplier park outside Pretoria; expanding an existing support programme for suppliers; and tackling the shortage of skills in the industry.According to Business Day, the supplier park, the Centurion Aerospace Village, will be built with R29-million provided by the European Union, which has also pledged a further R40-million for the project over the next two years.The supplier park will cluster aerospace manufacturing companies that cater for international markets.The second initiative involves expansion of the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative, which aims to develop an industry supplier base through a supply-chain improvement programme and a supplier development programme.According to Business Day, the support initiative will involve the incubation of programmes worth R10-million per year.Taking up the skills challengeThe third initiative involves work done by the National Aerospace Centre of Excellence (NACoE) to address the scarcity of skills and capacity in the local aerospace industry.Engineering News reported this week that European commercial and military airline manufacturer Airbus had entered into a research and technology development partnership with the NACoE, Stellenbosch University and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.Under the partnership, Airbus and the NACoE have committed to fund 30 South African postgraduate positions for work focussing on aerospace-related topics, with core themes such as the development and application of automation and smart structures techniques, technologies and processes.According to Engineering News, Airbus is also working closely with the Department of Science and Technology and the NACoE to develop a scheme that will eventually encompass all areas of aerospace, aerostructures, systems engineering, manufacturing, aircraft operations and management.“This symbiotic relationship will also benefit local small and medium-sized enterprises wanting to position themselves as suppliers to Airbus and other original equipment manufacturers,” Airbus international cooperation manager Remy Moreau told Engineering News.“It will enable them to source local students who are familiar with Airbus, its processes and culture, but without any additional cost to themselves.”Export growth potentialThe government’s prioritising of SA’s aerospace industry is in line with its aim to increase the country’s exports. It also seeks to exploit the growth in commercial air traffic, and the consequent need for aircraft maintenance and modification, around the continent.According to Business Day, government research shows that technology-intensive industries in developing countries grew by 20% over a 13-year period, as opposed to slower growth for lower-tech and resource-based industries.Speaking to journalists at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria this week, Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa said the government, in deciding whether to back the aerospace sector, was “acutely aware that technology and knowledge are crucial factors of production in modern advanced economies, and those new technological developments can create platforms for further innovations.”Mpahlwa added that as much as three-quarters the more than 200 local companies involved in aerospace-related work were smaller firms, pointing to a thriving medium-sized industry base.In a further boost to South Africa’s aerospace ambitions, the Department of Science and Technology announced this week that the long-awaited South African Space Agency, which will be responsible for coordinating and implementing the country’s space and technology programmes, will be set up by March reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Springboks grind out win over Pumas

first_img26 August 2013The Springboks maintained their lead in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship by beating the Pumas in Mendoza on Saturday. However, after winning by 60 points in Soweto, South Africa managed only a 22-17 victory away from home.Backed by a passionate crowd, Argentina outscored South Africa two tries to one, but the unerring boot of Morne Steyn, who landed five penalties and a conversion without a miss, saw the Boks secure a win without a bonus point.“I will never complain about a victory, but the truth is we were not good today,” coach Heyneke Meyer said after the match.‘Guts and character’“It took a lot of guts and character to win here and for that I’m proud of the players. However, we all realise we will have to improve a lot if we’re going to be competitive in Brisbane and Auckland.“We always knew this was going to be a very tough match,” he added, “and that the Pumas were going to be a different opponent here than they were back in Soccer City. We learnt some very valuable lessons from this match.“We will keep our feet on the ground and our heads down and continue to work hard in the next few weeks.”Captain Jean de Villiers commented: “It was very tough out there. A year ago we drew this game, but today we won.‘We’re happy”“Although the performance was not up to the standards we set ourselves, we’re happy with the four points we got here.”Argentina had made five changes for the clash, while the Springboks were unchanged. One would have expected a convincing win for Meyer’s charges, but the South Americans played as if their 73-13 loss in Soweto had never happened.They took the game to the Boks at the breakdown especially and succeeded in dominating both territory and possession. Their commitment was unquestionable, although at times it crossed the line.Foul playAfter the match loose forwards Leonardo Senatore and Pablo Matera were cited for foul play after the match commissioner felt that both had committed red card offences during the game.Senatore is alleged to have bitten Eben Etzebeth. Luckily for him, the replay system went on the blink when referee Steve Walsh asked to have the incident looked at. Matera is alleged to have made contact with the eyes of Francois Louw.South Africa struggled to loosen the home team’s hold on the ball as the Pumas exhibited some fine handling skills with short passes, which were then backed up by their feisty attitude at the breakdown.Slow ballThey also managed to slow down the Springboks’ ball and the slower pace of delivery from Ruan Pienaar was in stark contrast to the brilliant, fast and accurate service provided by Fourie du Preez when he came on in Soweto. Pienaar should not take the blame alone. He was not protected well and a focus on the rucks and mauls will no doubt be on coach Meyer’s to do list in the coming week.While the South Africans scrum was solid, it was not dominant like it had been in Soweto, and the lineout, so assured at the FNB Stadium, was less assured this time around.On a positive note, although the Springboks trailed from early on, and a real chance existed that they might lose, their performance, while below the standard they set themselves, exhibited far more direction than they showed in 2012 when they struggled to a 16-16 draw in Mendoza.They also held the Pumas scoreless in the second half, apparently after some harsh words were shared the in change room.BenchIn addition, the South African bench is one which instills confidence and the interchanging of players, done at the right time, lends another arrow to the green and gold bow. The current team is not made up of 15 players plus extras, it is a full 23-man squad, with everyone a contributor.They will all need to be contributors for the tests that lies ahead. They face Australia in Brisbane on 7 September, followed by New Zealand in Auckland a week later, before returning home tests against the Wallabies and All Blacks.Past resultsIn seven matches in Brisbane, the Springboks have yet to win. Furthermore, the results have not been close. Australia won 30-13 in 2010, 21-6 in 2009, 49-0 in 2006 and 29-9 in 2003. A strong showing, a win even, would mark a satisfying milestone for coach Meyer and his players.South Africa last won at Eden Park in 1937, although they played to an 18-18 draw in 1994. Recent results, though, have been heavily in favour of the All Blacks: 32-12 in 2010, 26-15 in 2001 and 55-35 in 1997.Again, an opportunity awaits the the Boks, and a win in either Australia or New Zealand will do wonders for their Rugby Championship challenge.last_img read more

Wall Street Can’t Make Sense Of Apple Anymore

first_imgTags:#Apple#iPad#iPhone#Steve Jobs#Tim Cook Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dan lyons 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Seems like only yesterday Apple was a simple company for Wall Street to understand. The products were great, demand was insane, and there was nowhere for the stock to go but up, up, up. Which is exactly what happened.Those days are over. Apple’s stock has dropped 40% since last fall, from $705 to $426. This has happened even as the overall stock market has soared to new highs.Wall Street has no idea what to make of this. Is Apple the greatest deal ever, or is Apple doomed? It depends who you ask. The opinions are all over the map. It’s actually kind of entertaining seeing Wall Street know-it-alls suddenly look so baffled.Goldman Sachs says Apple is one of the most undervalued companies in the world. By that reasoning, the stock is a steal.Citigroup says demand for iPhones and iPads is lagging, and that Apple won’t even hit its own revenue targets for this quarter.(See also Apple May Never Regain Its Status As The World’s Most Valuable Company.)It’s Not About NumbersWall Street guys will fret about how much cash Apple has, how cheap the stock is relative to earnings, what’s happening with gross margins, and so on.But Apple’s stock price never had much to do with fundamentals. Apple is about emotion. It’s about narrative. It’s about mystery. It’s about secrecy and leaks, rumors and hype. It’s about people standing in line outside stores as if they’re going to a rock concert.Apple does best when it lives in the realm that Arthur C. Clarke described when he wrote that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”Magic is what Apple was selling when it introduced the iPhone and iPad. As long as Steve Jobs kept pulling rabbits out of his hat, customers (and investors) were dazzled.The problem is now we’ve come to expect magic from Apple. And lately Apple hasn’t delivered.Sure, Apple is a terrific, well-run company with a business that every company in the world must envy. The iPhone and iPad are terrific products, and Apple keeps making them better.But: there’s no magic.Wall Street keeps trying to tell this story in numbers. Gross margins. Net margins. Growth rates. Market share.But numbers are almost beside the point.Apple is a hits business, like a movie studio. Right now it needs a new blockbuster franchise. Whether that’s an iWatch or an iTV almost doesn’t matter. Apple just needs something. Something new, something exciting, something that gets people standing in lines outside stores again.Apple needs magic. Whether Tim Cook and his team are capable of creating it remains to be seen. That uncertainty, I suspect, is what has shaved $260 billion from Apple’s market value.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

5 DIY Lighting Tips For Filmmakers on a Budget

first_img 2. DIY: Make Your Own Basic Lighting Kit at HomeIn this video tutorial, Luke Leonard, the Lighting Course Director of Full Sail University, walks us through the steps of building and using a DIY light kit from items you can find at your local hardware store for less than $100. Filmmaking can get expensive quick! Save yourself some cash and free up some of your budget with this collection of DIY lighting tips.Top image from WistiaThe high cost of filmmaking is tough to deny. Cameras, lenses, travel cases… the list of purchases goes on and on, and various lights can take up a big chunk of the list. Luckily, lighting is one field of filmmaking where you can find a lot of money-saving DIY options. Let’s take a look at some video tips and tutorials on DIY lighting that can help you come in under budget.1. DIY Light Bar!The great Ryan Connolly of Film Riot fame shows us how to build a DIY light bar for less than $60. You’ll probably have most of the materials sitting around your house, and the completed light bar will work with most bulbs. Check it out. 5. How-to: Powerful DIY video light (800 watt equivalent)In this video from Indy Mogul, Griffin Hammond builds a powerful video light for only $86, using hardware store parts, and eight 100-watt-equivalent compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. He also touches on the basics of three-point lighting.  3. DIY Bank LightsThe Basic Filmmaker is always an enthusiastic source of helpful DIY tips. In this video, he shows us how to make inexpensive DIY bank lights that can come in handy for your next green screen shoot.center_img 4. Quick Tips: DIY Lighting Kit!Here’s one more from Ryan Connolly that covers a basic (some would say must-have) light kit that should cover most of your needs on set and in the studio. While you’re feeling motivated, why don’t you take a minute and check out these other PremiumBeat tips for DIY filmmakers:5 Effective DIY Dolly HacksHow to Create a DIY Ring LightHow to Create DIY Diffusion PanelsGot any DIY tips/tricks/hacks to share with the filmmaking community? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below!last_img read more