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NWK to sell Opti Agri as focus shifts to core business

7th May 2018 4AX-listed agricultural company NWK will sell its animal feed business Opti Agri to Country Bird Holdings for R290-million. This is in line with NWK’s revised business strategy with an emphasis on greater customer focus around the core business. 

FNB to roll out biometric banking transaction points in South African townships

7th May 2018 Financial services firm First National Bank (FNB) will roll out 50 self-service kiosks that use fingerprint biometrics to verify a user’s identity in South African townships over the next six months, FNB Points of Presence CEO Lee-Anne van Zyl said on Monday. The “TouchPoint” is a self-service... 

Virtualisation to improve African rural telecoms services

4th May 2018 The quality of services for rural and remote users, often served using 2G technology, can be significantly improved using virtualisation technologies, such as network function virtualisation and software-defined networking, says network virtualisation company Parallel Wireless president,... 

Hyperscale cloud being used to increase scope of financial services

4th May 2018 Financial services companies in South Africa are using hyperscale cloud systems to increase their range of services, lower costs and reach into new markets, says financial services technology firm Synthesis Software Technologies MD Michael Shapiro. The capabilities of cloud services, including... 

Firm sees taxis and mine trucks as logical hydrogen transport pioneers

4th May 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology can serve the local taxi industry and be used in large opencast mines where several haul trucks operate in a limited radius. One hydrogen fuelling station could serve an entire fleet. Such applications would eliminate the need for a dispersed suburban and urban... 

Toshiba signs African energy development MoUs

3rd May 2018 Energy sytems multinational Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions on Thursday signed four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to cooperate with African countries to develop hydropower and geothermal energy systems. The MoUs were signed on the sidelines of the Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic... 

Wolf achieves ‘encouraging’ Q1 at UK tungsten mine

30th April 2018 A focus on recovery at the Drakelands tungsten project in Devon, in the UK, and the increase in the tungsten price bolstered Aim-listed specialist metals miner Wolf Minerals during the quarter ended March 31. “It is a very encouraging start to 2018, with the improvements to the gravity fines... 

Tulkubash feasibility study supports Chaarat gold project, significant exploration planned

30th April 2018 A feasibility study on Aim-listed Chaarat Gold’s Tulkubash oxide gold project, in Kyrgyz Republic, Central Asia, indicated a 3.75 year mine life, with 16-million tonnes of reserves at an average grade of 0.91 g/t gold. However, ongoing exploration will be carried out in parallel with the project... 

Yanfolila ramp-up sees 9 912 oz of gold poured in March

30th April 2018 Aim-listed West African gold producer Hummingbird Resources has successfully ramped up gold production at its opencast Yanfolila mine and plant, in Mali, with 9 912 oz poured in March. The Yanfolila project produced 18 785 oz of gold in the quarter ended March 31, with the mine and plant... 

Semiconductor revenue buoyed by industrial, automotive, IoT – Gartner

23rd April 2018 Revenue generated by the global semiconductor market grew by 21.6% to $420.4-billion in 2017, driven by strong growth in the memory market. Suppliers for the top 25 semiconductor vendors experienced significant growth as two key markets – industrial and automotive – continued to achieve... 

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