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Renewable energy engineering firm AfiCoast Engineers SA has announced that a new company,
AfriCoast Energy, will now be responsible for all future renewable energy projects - particulary
wind and solar - while it will also play a key role in guiding AfriCoast Engineers' current
basket of renewable energy projects.

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Underwater nuclear inspection robot passes first tests in UK

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In the UK an underwater survey robot has successfully completed its first set of trials for underwater nuclear inspection applications. The robot was developed in a collaborative venture between a number of British companies and institutions, namely Rovco (the project lead), D-RiskQ, Forth Engineering, the National Oceanography Centre, Thales UK and the University of Manchester. The trials, known as ‘Drop One’, were hosted by Forth Engineering in Cumbria in north-west England. This project forms part of the Autonomous Aquatic Inspection and Intervention (A2I2) research and development programme. A2I2 is supported by Britain’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, through the Industrial Strategy Research Fund.

SABS calls for stricter self-regulation around hazardous waste disposal

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Since the global outbreak of Covid-19, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has been refocusing its attention on improving its services to assist in the fight against the pandemic and the hygiene matters related to controlling the spread of infection. To this end, the SABS says the collection and disposal of hazardous waste is a critical issue that requires greater self-regulation by the industry, as well as increased vigilance and insistence on the use of certified containers by authorities.

Company warns of high cost of fraud during pandemic

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Biometric identity company iiDENTIFii says hundreds of millions of rands has potentially been claimed from the Unemployment Insurance Fund's (UIF's) Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS ) through fraudulent or corrupt applications that could have been eradicated with the correct identity document authentication . It indicates that, according to the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the World Bank and United Nations foresee individuals across the globe having a digital identity by 2030.

GWM’s new P Series bakkie set for November local launch

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Haval Motors South Africa (HMSA) has announced that the GWM P Series bakkie will make its local debut in late November. HMSA says the P Series will be available in 16 derivatives in South Africa and other countries in the Southern African Development Community, including single and double cabs, manual and automatic transmissions, and 4 x 2 and 4 x 4 variants.

People, visibility and timely updates key steps for SMEs to improve cybersecurity

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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can improve their cybersecurity by focusing on three aspects, namely empowering their personnel through regular training, ensuring that the information technology (IT) department has visibility across the business and staff have secure access, and ensuring that all systems and information are regularly secured and patched and updated to prevent the exploitation of a security gap. Reports show that almost half of attacks occur on SMEs. In recent research conducted by Liquid Telecom, just over half of the South African and Kenyan businesses surveyed have experienced a cybersecurity threat during the Covid-19 pandemic, information and communication technology solutions provider Liquid Telecom Cloud Services group head Winston Ritson said in a statement on October 19.

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