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Cyber-Crime a Top Risk in 2013

Lloyds of London, which specializes in risk assessment and insurance, recently published its report on risk for 2013. Cyber-crime has moved up from 12th position in Lloyd’s previous report to the third most significant risk worldwide – and the second most significant risk within

Mesmerizing Machines in Action

These machines have an air of simplicity to them, but they are only parts of greater machines and processes. Nonetheless, the small tasks that they perform as part of a bigger picture make for a great collection of mesmerizing animations. Industrial pencil sharpener By

Cape Kingdom Nutraceuticals Signs Agreement with San and Khoisan

Over the last 14 years, Cape Town-based Cape Kingdom Nutraceuticals has been harnessing the power of the Buchu plant, which is indigenous to South Africa’s Western Cape. In a proudly South African move, the company has now signed a benefit-sharing agreement with the San

Artefacts of the RMS Titanic

The famous RMS Titanic now lies on the seabed, slowly disintegrating at a depth of 12,415 feet. It was only when Dr Robert D Ballard discovered the ship in 1985 that we learned that it had been split in two, and that salvaging the

Six of South Africa’s Largest Storage Spaces

Ports The port of Durban handles the greatest volume of sea-going traffic in South Africa. In the 2008/09 fiscal year, the port of Durban handled a sum total of 4,554 ships, which carried a gross weight of 114,723,266 tonnes, making up 38% of ships

How does Medical Aid Work?

The payments, or premiums, that members of medical aid schemes pay each month are pooled and it’s from this collective pot that claims for medical expenses are paid out. In this way, the members are insured against the possibility of facing medical expenses too

Investigation into Horrific Pinetown, KZN Crash

One of South Africa’s most horrific road accidents occurred on 5 September, 2013. In the accident, 24 people were instantly killed by an out-of-control truck. Another three people died due to their injuries in hospital. A restriction on heavy-duty trucks on the M13 near

The Cape’s Collectible Chairs

Local collectors of rare hard-wood antique furniture don’t have to stray too far off the beaten track to find exquisite pieces – some of which may fetch record prices on the auction floor. Stinkwood and yellowwood chairs in virtually any design or style are

Benefits of an Enhanced South African Mining-Manufacturing Interface

An enhanced level of cooperation between the mining and manufacturing industries in South Africa could significantly boost the economy and employment levels, as indicated in research by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Jorge Maia, head of

10 Awesome Automation Machines

Machines that automate processes have revolutionised the way we produce and consume the things we want and need. Without them, our intense demand for goods and services could never be matched. This post pays tribute to some of the most impressively efficient, slick and