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Denel Spaceteq, the newly launched space engineering unit of South African aerospace and defence manufacturer Denel, has started the initial work on a multispectral, high-resolution earth observation satellite called EO-Sat1.
South Africa's first mobile agricultural laboratory, one of the most technologically advanced in the world, will be a major boost for the country's emerging farmers, enabling them to have their water, soil and animals tested on their doorstep.
MasterCard has partnered with local company Blue Label Telecoms in a drive to equip 22 000 small traders and rural shops in South Africa with point of sale devices, enabling them to accept card payments for the first time.
Small Business Connect, a free newspaper and website launched by the Department of Trade and Industry, aims to provide South African entrepreneurs with the information they need to succeed in their ventures.
The iLembe Co-operative Winery marked its official opening last week with the launch of its first wine, made from cultivars suited to the humid coastal conditions of KwaZulu-Natal, in a project driven by locals and backed by the government.
First National Bank has partnered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission in a world-first initiative that enables South African entrepreneurs to register a new business and open a corporate bank account simultaneously, and practically instantaneously.
US technology company Uber has launched its mobile transport application in South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg, promising to provide an efficient transportation service and to make the city more accessible for its residents and visitors.
South African petrochemicals giant Sasol has signed a deal with global fast-food company Burger King which will see the hamburger chain opening sit-down and takeaway restaurants at Sasol's fuel station forecourts countrywide.
South African bank Absa has launched the world's first Shari'ah compliant banking solution, in the form of an Islamic cheque value bundle offering customers a package of transactions and services for a flat monthly fee with cash-back rewards.
South African defence equipment manufacturer Denel has signed a R157-million contract with Airbus to manufacture tail plane parts for the A400M strategic airlifter in a deal that places the country at the core of the global aerospace manufacturing industry.