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IoT security spending set to increase in 2018

23rd March 2018 Research and advisory multinational Gartner forecasts that worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $1.5-billion in 2018, a 28% increase from 2017’s spending of $1.2-billion. Spending on IoT security is increasing, and a survey has revealed that one in five organisations... 

Partnerships key to sustaining high-quality industrial training programmes

23rd March 2018 A combination of partnerships and an adherence to high-quality standards of training are necessary to provide the broadest, most impactful and valuable youth development initiatives for industries, says testing, inspection and certification multinational SGS South Africa certification and... 

Cloud services helping companies change business IT

23rd March 2018 Transitional cloud services and offerings are helping companies to change their business information technology (IT) and hardware gradually, allowing them to familiarise themselves with the new business objectives of responsiveness, adaptability and data stewardship, says Oracle Africa cloud... 

Digital payments can boost urban economies, support smart cities

23rd March 2018 Digital payments technology is a crucial enabler of smart cities and can provide significant benefits to consumers, businesses, governments and economies. Changes to the way in which people and companies pay for goods and services – brought about mainly by digital technologies – present an... 

Sephaku Cement FY profit declines 16%

22nd March 2018 Nigeria-backed cement producer Sephaku Cement has posted a 16% drop in its full-year profit, despite revenue increasing by 3.7% to R2.37-billion in 2017. The company turned a profit of R73.9-million in the second half of the year, compared with a loss of R16.1-million in the first half,... 

New Lucara management to focus on Karowe, digital sales platform

22nd March 2018 JOHANNESBURG ( – TSX-listed diamond miner Lucara has announced that incoming Lucara CFO and corporate secretary Zara Boldt will join the management team as the company focuses on increasing the value of its core diamond mining business at Karowe, Botswana, and on supporting the... 

Glencore to raise $500m through nondilutive bonds issuance

22nd March 2018 LSE- and JSE-listed diversified natural resource multinational Glencore will issue $500-million cash-settled, guaranteed convertible bonds, which will not dilute its shareholding, the company said in a statement on Thursday. The company will, concurrently with the bonds (due in 2025), buy from... 

Water treatment, desalination plant to meet Sea Harvest’s Saldanha water needs

22nd March 2018 A water treatment plant built at JSE-listed sea food company Sea Harvest’s internationally accredited Saldanha Bay operations, in the Western Cape, treats effluent and sea water and provides all the water the operations require, said Sea Harvest operations director Terence Brown on Thursday at... 

Eaton launches Wadeville microgrid using second-hand car batteries for storage

16th March 2018 Power management multinational Eaton has launched a microgrid that powers its factory and campus in Wadeville, Gauteng, using second-hand lithium-ion electric car batteries for its storage component. The batteries come from Nissan Leaf electric vehicles driven in Europe, and have about 4.5 years... 

AI opens new cyberattack front, but could also bolster defences

16th March 2018 Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the way cybercriminals and their bots scan for and exploit vulnerabilities in corporate and utility networks, but the same tools can also be used to defend against adapting cyberthreats. Cybersecurity multinationals Fortinet, Trend... 

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