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Old October 9th, 2019, 02:23 PM   #501
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"Almost all" and "all" are two different things
No one manufactures all of its electronics components its simply not viable economically you need to produce millions of each piece (there are hundreds for a 1 motherboard) so you can have it for cheap enough, that's why you find the biggest company worldwide don't manufactures all of their components.

so i can confidently say that its almost impossible for a small 24 million $ dollars plant who does only 1200 phone a day.
I don't say its not a good thing its definitely a good start, but that's it is just a start, a long way is still to be marched
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I think its a difference in terms of the definition "manufacture" here. For the Rwanda plant, I'm almost 100% positive they are referring to assembly, whereas in Algeria for example, there is a distinction between assembly and manufacturing. Algeria does not manufacture automobiles for example, it assembles them with some local parts (and a decently growing spare parts industry). But manufacturing, with all of its technological expertise as well as keeping up with technological output from robotics simply cannot happen in a $24 million plant.
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Old October 19th, 2019, 12:41 PM   #503
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Russia To Work With Algeria On The Development Of Space Systems



According to a statement by Glavcosmos, a Russian launch service provider and a subsidiary of the state corporation, Roscosmos, on Thursday, Russian rocket and space enterprises may assist Algeria to create its space systems.

The company said this after a meeting held yesterday between its Director-General, Dr Azzedine Oussedik, and representatives from the Algerian Space Agency, Roscosmos, Glavcosmos and All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Electromechanics (VNIIEM), an institute engaged in the creation of satellites for ecological, geological and meteorological observation.

The meeting highlighted discussions on prospects for bilateral cooperation between the agencies. A statement by the press service of Glavcosmos on Twitter hinted that “issues of future cooperation in the development of space systems ” were also part of the deliberations at the meeting.

The Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) in recent times, has reached bilateral and multilateral cooperation actions with space forces, on the one hand, emerging countries on the other as well as developing countries in a bid to advance its national space programme. Parts of these efforts include three government cooperation agreements signed with Argentina’s Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE ), France’s National Centre for Space Studies (CNES, french: Centre national d’études spatiales) and State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU), as well as a non-government cooperation agreement with the UK based Wisscom Aerospace in March 2018.

The agency has Memorandums of Understanding and Cooperation with space agencies of Russia (Roscomos), China National Space Administration (CNSA), the United Kingdom (UK Space Agency), German Aerospace Center (DRL, German: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Syria’s General Organization of Remote Sensing (GORS), and CONAE.

Furthermore, it is finalising three agreements with the governments of China, Russia and South Africa, through their various space agencies.

ASAL has also ratified several multilateral cooperation under the United Nations, Africa and the Arab League.

Moscow and Algiers have partnered for years in the energy and security sectors, but seek to strengthen their relations through space cooperations.
https://africanews.space/russia-may-...space-systems/
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Old October 21st, 2019, 11:01 PM   #504
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Mara Phone: A look at the proudly South African smartphone

Mara phones have arrived in South Africa. Thanks to its modern state-of-the-art plant in KwaZulu-Natal, SA is well on its way to becoming a key player in the mobile field.

Mara Phones will roll out 200 Mara stores across South Africa. Part of the revenue from sales will be earmarked for youth empowerment, women empowerment and job empowerment.

The Kigali manufacturing plant in Rwanda is the first of its kind to manufacture smartphones on the continent. While many phones are produced in Africa, they are primarily assembled with parts sourced from overseas.

A boost to South Africa and the continent
Speaking to reporters at the Investment Forum back in 2018, Chief Executive of Mara, Ashish Thakkar explained the importance of high quality and affordable smartphones, as well as the impact it can have on Africa:

“Quality smartphones mean we can truly enable financial inclusion, micro-lending and micro-insurance. This can translate into better education, digital healthcare and agriculture efficiency and improve commerce.”

To achieve all of the above, we need “quality and affordable smartphones”. He said that we have quality smartphones in Africa, but they are unfortunately not affordable.

Thakkar was pleased with the speed at which the plant took shape due to the assistance from the government. He said:

“This our first investment in South Africa and it has been phenomenal. We are proud to contribute to South Africa’s fourth industrial revolution. The project has happened in record time due to support form the government. Let’s celebrate Africa and South Africa”.

Proudly SA chief executive Eustace Mashimbye hailed the initiative as an opportunity to become a competitor when the 4 million smartphones sold in 2017 reach the end of their life cycle and need to be replaced.

Job creation
The Mara Phones factory will initially employ 313 workers which is planned to increase to 1 369 over five years. The plant is currently staffed with 200 formerly unemployed engineers.

Of these, over 90 percent of them are made up of youth and two thirds are women.

Affordability
The Mara brand launched two models, the Mara X and Mara Z. The devices are described as “affordable and with a long-lasting battery, immense storage and a two-year Android version update”.

The Android version is delivered through a partnership with Google and its Android One programme.

Optimistic despite set backs
Despite the opening unfortunately coinciding with the return of load shedding in South Africa for the first time since March, Thakkar was upbeat about the opening of the factory.

“It is Africa, South Africa and Mara’s dream that has been fulfilled. We have finally launched smartphone factor that will create jobs for South Africans. It is high tech manufacturing in South Africa by South Africans,” said Thakkar.

Cyril Ramaphosa opens Mara Phone plant
Cyril Ramaphosa opened up South Africa’s first smartphone manufacturing plant at the Dube tradeport in Durban on Thursday, just a week after the company opened their first smartphone plant in Rwanda last week as well.

The plant represents one of the first of Cyril Ramaphosa’s promised investments from last year’s investment conference drive. President Ramaphosa hailed the plant as a sign of South Africa’s investment potential:

“At the investment conference, the chief executive of Mara Phones Ashish Thakkar was willing to set up the factory at the Dube TradePort. The smartphone plant is an outstanding world-class facility. The facility is equal or even better than smartphone factories. With the launch of the smartphone factory we have made history. The launch of the plant shows that South Africa is indeed a place where people should invest”.

Source: The South African

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.t...phone-kzn/amp/
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Mara Phone: A look at the proudly South African smartphone

Mara phones have arrived in South Africa. Thanks to its modern state-of-the-art plant in KwaZulu-Natal, SA is well on its way to becoming a key player in the mobile field.

Mara Phones will roll out 200 Mara stores across South Africa. Part of the revenue from sales will be earmarked for youth empowerment, women empowerment and job empowerment.

The Kigali manufacturing plant in Rwanda is the first of its kind to manufacture smartphones on the continent. While many phones are produced in Africa, they are primarily assembled with parts sourced from overseas.

A boost to South Africa and the continent
Speaking to reporters at the Investment Forum back in 2018, Chief Executive of Mara, Ashish Thakkar explained the importance of high quality and affordable smartphones, as well as the impact it can have on Africa:

“Quality smartphones mean we can truly enable financial inclusion, micro-lending and micro-insurance. This can translate into better education, digital healthcare and agriculture efficiency and improve commerce.”

To achieve all of the above, we need “quality and affordable smartphones”. He said that we have quality smartphones in Africa, but they are unfortunately not affordable.

Thakkar was pleased with the speed at which the plant took shape due to the assistance from the government. He said:

“This our first investment in South Africa and it has been phenomenal. We are proud to contribute to South Africa’s fourth industrial revolution. The project has happened in record time due to support form the government. Let’s celebrate Africa and South Africa”.

Proudly SA chief executive Eustace Mashimbye hailed the initiative as an opportunity to become a competitor when the 4 million smartphones sold in 2017 reach the end of their life cycle and need to be replaced.

Job creation
The Mara Phones factory will initially employ 313 workers which is planned to increase to 1 369 over five years. The plant is currently staffed with 200 formerly unemployed engineers.

Of these, over 90 percent of them are made up of youth and two thirds are women.

Affordability
The Mara brand launched two models, the Mara X and Mara Z. The devices are described as “affordable and with a long-lasting battery, immense storage and a two-year Android version update”.

The Android version is delivered through a partnership with Google and its Android One programme.

Optimistic despite set backs
Despite the opening unfortunately coinciding with the return of load shedding in South Africa for the first time since March, Thakkar was upbeat about the opening of the factory.

“It is Africa, South Africa and Mara’s dream that has been fulfilled. We have finally launched smartphone factor that will create jobs for South Africans. It is high tech manufacturing in South Africa by South Africans,” said Thakkar.

Cyril Ramaphosa opens Mara Phone plant
Cyril Ramaphosa opened up South Africa’s first smartphone manufacturing plant at the Dube tradeport in Durban on Thursday, just a week after the company opened their first smartphone plant in Rwanda last week as well.

The plant represents one of the first of Cyril Ramaphosa’s promised investments from last year’s investment conference drive. President Ramaphosa hailed the plant as a sign of South Africa’s investment potential:

“At the investment conference, the chief executive of Mara Phones Ashish Thakkar was willing to set up the factory at the Dube TradePort. The smartphone plant is an outstanding world-class facility. The facility is equal or even better than smartphone factories. With the launch of the smartphone factory we have made history. The launch of the plant shows that South Africa is indeed a place where people should invest”.

Source: The South African

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.t...phone-kzn/amp/


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Old November 26th, 2019, 03:47 AM   #506
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Giant radio telescope array prepares to begin construction in Australia and South Africa



Officials with the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which will be the world’s biggest radio telescope, say they have nearly finalized designs and are planning for construction to begin in Australia and South Africa. This week, at a final engineering meeting in Shanghai, China, designs were presented for the array’s dishes and antennas, which a committee will review in the coming weeks—setting the stage for construction to begin.

“I’m feeling confident,” of starting construction in early 2021, says Philip Diamond, SKA director general at the organization’s headquarters near Manchester, U.K. The design review committee is expected to make suggestions, “but we’re not expecting any show-stoppers,” he says.

The SKA, funded by 13 nations from around the world, will eventually consist of thousands of dishes scattered across southern Africa and a million sticklike antennas in Western Australia. Daunting early cost estimates convinced planners to start with a more limited array that is expected to cost €1.7 billion for construction and 10 years of operation. In this first phase, the SKA group will deploy 130,000 antennas in Australia and add 133 dishes to the 64 of the MeerKAT array, an SKA precursor instrument in South Africa that opened last year.

In addition to contributions to the consortium, individual countries will be building their own facilities to use the data. The Chinese Academy of Sciences’s Shanghai Astronomical Observatory has had a team of researchers working on antenna designs and a big data center. The center will manipulate data initially processed in Australia and South Africa and then analyze it in cooperation with scientists worldwide, says Zhiqiang She, the observatory director. The SKA is going to produce “a huge amount of raw data,” that will be beyond current data transmission and handling capabilities, he says.

The two arrays “have distinct scientific cases,” says Douglas Bock, director of astronomy and space science for Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Sydney. The low-frequency antennas observe radio emissions from pulsars—spinning neutron stars—and the epoch of reionization, when light from the universe’s first stars was ionizing the hydrogen in the space between galaxies. The dishes are tuned to observe at higher frequencies and could trace flows of hydrogen in star and galaxy formation. Observations with partial arrays could start in the mid-2020s.

If the review committee approves designs, the organization will next focus on getting member countries to ratify an SKA treaty that forms an international legal entity that can collect funding and award contracts. The Netherlands has already ratified. Bock says Australia is likely to ratify in January 2020. And China is expected to sign on in early spring, Shen says. Diamond says Italy, Portugal, South Africa, and the United Kingdom are expected to ratify by May 2020. The remaining six SKA members will join the treaty later.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019...d-south-africa
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UK and South Africa are Chasing the US in Run for Top Producer of HIV/AIDS Related Research, New Elsevier Report Finds

South Africa is among the top producers of HIV/AIDS related research coming third after the US and the UK, in terms of the publication volume, a new report released today by global information analytics business Elsevier. Ahead of 2019's World AIDS Day (#WAD2019), Elsevier analyzed research in the field of HIV and AIDS published since the discovery of the virus in the 1980s.

South Africa's research output in the field of HIV/AIDS accounts for a total of 6,823 publications between 2014 and 2018. This leading position may reflect the high priority HIV/AIDS research has taken in countries where incidence rate is high and suggests strong support for research overall, through infrastructure, funding and research workforce. Globally, an estimated 38 million people are infected with HIV. The vast majority of those infected – over 25 million people – live in Africa[1]. The report further underlines that the relative activity in HIV/AIDS research is highest in four countries in Sub-Saharan Africa including: South Africa; Uganda; Kenya; and Nigeria.

Looking at the overall research conducted on HIV/AIDS, the report finds that the US is the leading producer of HIV/AIDS related research with 35,493 publications between 2014 and 2018. This surpasses the second highest contributor, the United Kingdom (7,879 publications), by over 27,000 publications.

"This report shows the tight relationship between burden of disease and research publishing," explains Linda-Gail Bekker, Professor of Medicine at the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa, and the immediate past President of the International AIDS Society. "South Africa is a relatively small country but has carried a massive HIV burden and punched well above its weight in research publishing.

"It also shows that, like the epidemic, the response has been global with significant north-south collaboration. The collaborative role that institutions, entities and governments in the North have played is reflected in the large number of collaborative papers from UCT and The University of Witwatersrand."

Correlating with top research countries, institutions with the highest research output are predominately located in the US (seven out of ten) and South Africa (two out of ten). However, looking at the field-weighted citation impact, the South Africa's University of Cape Town tops the global list producing highly influential research in the field with an FWCI of 3.8 and 1,873 publications between 2014 and 2018.

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