Sub-Saharan Africa produces the same amount of energy as Spain – and excluding South Africa, less electricity than used by New York. But ambitious new power projects will soon light up the continent, and allow Africa to bypass the dirty old technologies that powered the growth of the developed world.
A dozen robots exploring deep in the platinum mines of the North West province to make sure conditions are safe sounds like something out of Isaac Asimov's Robot novels. But the idea is becoming a reality thanks to a team of South African robotics engineers at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.
A South African innovation is a world first. The Hygizone extraction system removes odours and bacteria directly from the toilet, making sanitation more hygienic and reducing reliance on ordinary cleaners and air fresheners. It's good for the world, your health, and your nose.
The first of the 64 huge antennae making up MeerKAT, South Africa's main component of the colossal Square Kilometre Array telescope, was unveiled on 27 March. We bring you 15 astonishing facts about the naming, size, complexity and astronomical accuracy of MeerKAT.
Foreign journalists touring South Africa's centres of innovation excellence were given an inside look at the country's Square Kilometre Array project, an international effort to build the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the world, two-thirds of which are being built right here.