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Racing Against Day Zero

2018-09-11T08:28:32+00:00

Racing Against Day Zero With taps predicted to run dry on 11 May 2018 due to the water shortages caused by Cape Town’s drought, Day Zero is fast approaching. With uncertain rainfall predictions for winter and the risk of over capacitating the system (at a significant cost to the ratepayer), the City of Cape Town had to start investigating alternative solutions for producing water. As such, three desalination plants have been erected across Cape Town, with another five plants in the pipeline. Water desalination is the process of removing excess salt and other minerals from seawater, making it fresh and [...]

Racing Against Day Zero 2018-09-11T08:28:32+00:00

The Hysteria around Listeria Bacteria

2018-09-11T08:24:45+00:00

The Hysteria around Listeria Bacteria In January 2018, it was estimated that South Africa had approximately 750 confirmed cases of Listeria, which according to the World Health Organisation is “believed to be the largest ever outbreak of the bacterial disease Listeriosis”. By comparison, the second largest known outbreak of the disease occurred in the United States in 2011, with a total of only 147 reported cases. So what is Listeria, and why does it matter? Firstly, in its most basic form - Listeria is an organism that is responsible for the contamination of food. According to Kerrigan McCarthy from the [...]

The Hysteria around Listeria Bacteria 2018-09-11T08:24:45+00:00

Artificial Intelligence – an existential threat to South Africa

2018-09-11T08:18:59+00:00

Artificial Intelligence - an existential threat to South Africa While technological advances like Artificial Intelligence (AI) are likely to give rise to a number of opportunities for both economic and social development, they come with some risks - even more so for developing countries such as South Africa. AI involves the theory and development of computer systems that are able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as decision-making and visual perception.  Ralph Hamann, a professor and research director at the UCT Graduate School of Business, has outlined three of the biggest risks that artificial intelligence could potentially [...]

Artificial Intelligence – an existential threat to South Africa 2018-09-11T08:18:59+00:00

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