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Satellite connectivity can reduce sky-high Internet prices – MzansiSat

2nd November 2018 Accessible and affordable broadband Internet connectivity can be achieved through an infrastructure network that uses geostationary satellite technology to provide connectivity, says local satellite operator MzansiSat CEO Bart Cilliers. A study by Point Topic revealed that asymmetric digital... 

Clear strategy to identify talented individuals first step in developing leaders

2nd November 2018 Developing diverse and strong leadership teams requires that companies have a well-defined strategy for identifying potential leaders and placing them in challenging roles to empower them to lead within their disciplines, departments and organisations, says power management company Eaton Africa... 

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal approves Randgold, Barrick merger

1st November 2018 The proposed merger between Africa-focused gold miner Randgold Resources and Canadian gold miner Barrick Gold has received unconditional clearance from the South African Competition Tribunal, Randgold announced late on Wednesday. The transaction was approved without conditions, as recommended by... 

NUM members to strike as Gold Fields confirms retrenchment of 1 100 South Deep employees

1st November 2018 JSE-listed gold miner Gold Fields on Thursday announced that it had received a notice from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) of the union’s intention to embark on a protected strike at its South Deep operation, in Johannesburg, to protest against planned retrenchments at the mine. The... 

Ekurhuleni BRT system extended to OR Tambo International

31st October 2018 The Ekurhuleni bus rapid transit (BRT) system, called Harambee, has been extended from Tembisa to OR Tambo International Airport, Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mzwandile Masina said at a media briefing at the Intercontinental Hotel, at the airport, on Wednesday. The Harambee project was part of the... 

Volvo launches new 95 t rigid hauler for coal, bulk commodities industries

26th October 2018 Earthmoving equipment manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment on Thursday launched a new 95 t rigid hauler for the coal and bulk commodities industries in Southern Africa. Its local partner, construction equipment company Babcock Equipment, would provide the support and services for the... 

More data to train machines set to change business functions

26th October 2018 Machine learning, underpinned by massive volumes of data, and the cognitive systems they enable will be key to business in the future, says data management company CommVault Europe, Middle East and Africa senior marketing director Nigel Williams. Whether it is computational fluid dynamics or... 

African market opening helps spur R970m Ladysmith tyre investment

26th October 2018 The state-of-the-art R970-million truck and bus radial (TBR) factory in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, will produce 24 sizes for the Dunlop, Sumitomo and Falken tyre brands, says Japanese diversified industrial group Sumitomo. The investment to manufacture truck and bus tyres locally are part of the... 

Prototype soil sampling device being tested for use in agriculture

26th October 2018 A cost-effective, handheld soil and water chemical testing device for use in agriculture is being developed and tested by information technology research subsidiary IBM Research, says IBM Research Brazil Industrial Technology & Science manager Dr Mathias Steiner. The AgroPad is a business... 

South32 foresees short-term volatility, but long-term growth, sustainability

25th October 2018 Diversified mining and metals company South32 on Thursday forecast short-term price volatility for the commodities it produces, but also highlighted its strong cash position and its work to further optimise its global portfolio of assets. In a speech delivered at the company’s 2018 annual general... 

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