‘Springbots’ finish 6th in World Robotic Olympics but win gold and break world record

A team of young South Africans has taken the 2018 World Robotic Olympics by storm, returning home with a world record, gold medal and sixth overall ranking out of 175 countries. Organised by US-based FIRST Global, the World Robotic Olympics stages a series of robotics challenges in Olympic-style format “designed to ignite a passion for…

Super-thin, super-strong, super-hard to harness. Until now.

 An aerospace engineering team from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) has unveiled Juno, the first ever aircraft covered with a graphene skin. The enormous significance of this development is locked up in the near-miraculous properties of graphene and the previously unsolved problems of harnessing them – based in turn on the difficulty of producing sufficient…

Mandela Day July 2018

This year Tellumat’s Mandela Day initiative involved the cooking and distribution of 160 litres of food throughout various informal and poverty-stricken settlements in the Western Cape. These areas included: Nectar Road Retreat informal settlement Steenberg Villa Military Road Steenberg Haven Night Shelter, Retreat Ark Angels, Overcaump Lavender Hill Village Care Centre, Montague Village Lavender Hill…

Mike Teke, non-executive Chairman, Tellumat, shares his thoughts on private enterprise in South Africa

Communication considerations for unmanned aerial systems(Part I)*

Geoff Carey, Product Manager, Tellumat Defence & Security Business Unit The growing demand for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has given rise to a wide range of applications across various industries, driving innovation in associated communication systems. A recent report by McKinsey and Company categorises existing applications into five distinct areas, each imposing unique line-of-sight (LOS)…

Empowerment through technology

Meet Marlon Parker, the kid from the Cape Flats who loves technology so much, he’s giving it away for free. And doing very nicely from it, thanks. Marlon’s story sounds like fiction. For two years after matric he pushed airport trolleys before interviewing for an office job. When he didn’t get it, Plan B meant…

Time to step up – Business confidence beyond Ramaphoria

Many would have predicted the surge in business confidence when Cyril Ramaphosa became president of South Africa in December. Just as predictable was the inevitable dip back down in May. Fair or not, it seems very similar to the hype cycle of technologies. When a promising technology like blockchain first enters the market, euphoria buoys…