MechChem Africa profiles SAIChE IChemE’s new president, David Lokhat, who is the academic leader for Chemical Engineering and head of the Reactor Technology Research Group at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). With a BSc, MSc and PhD in chemical engineering, Lokhat is an active researcher in the field of chemical reactor design and optimisation; and chemical kinetics, with a focus on process intensification.

Long renowned for high efficiency premium compressed air solutions, Atlas Copco Compressor Technique also supplies best-in-class air solutions to suit the full range of market needs, from economy to premium. MechChem Africa talks to business line managers JC Lombard of Oil-Free Air and Wayne Jacobs of Industrial Air about the company’s fit-for-purpose solutions approach.

In the conclusion of his state-of-the-nation address, Cyril Ramaphosa presents a wonderful image of what he hopes South Africa can become: a country where bullet trains pass through Johannesburg as they travel from Cape Town to Musina; a high-tech economy where advances in e-health, robotics and remote medicine are applied through National Health Insurance; and a South Africa that doesn’t simply export its raw materials but is a manufacturing hub for key components used in electronics, automobiles and computers.

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With the looming reality of further loadshedding across South Africa as we enter the winter months, the exploration of alternative energy sources and projects is high on the agenda particularly in response to the challenges the country’s power utility continues to face. Kate Stubbs, director: business development and marketing at Interwaste talks waste-to-energy for micro-generation.

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Sustainable energy solutions, technology and management company, NOVO Energy has launched its large-scale Natural Gas Compression (NGC) facility at the Highveld Industrial Park in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, the most advanced compressed natural gas infrastructure in the world. MechChem Africa attended the launch.

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