South Africa’s power utility Eskom has launched an open innovation scheme, and hopes to gather public proposals for innovative technology to help it reduce residential energy consumption by 700MW while improving its efficiency.
• Huge savings from green light bulbs
The 2011 Comrades Marathon, which took place on 29 May, was the most competitive edition yet. For the first time in the history of the race, top Ethiopian runners entered, posing a great threat to defending champions. The race also saw an increase in entrants from the UK, US, Australia and Brazil.
• South Africa's toughest endurance challenges
South Africa has been named the most valuable nation brand on the continent, with its recent inclusion in the Bric economic bloc and successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup contributing to strong positive perceptions – both locally and abroad.
• Brand leadership award for SA
Mobile provider MTN has teamed up with financial services group Sanlam to launch MTN CareConnect, a service that will allow all South Africans to receive basic healthcare assistance from qualified nurses via their mobile phones.
• Mobile doctor always on call