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Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Pattern recognition is identified as a key human skill that has supported the rise of people to become the dominant species. However, there are limits to this crucial ability, especially when confronted with masses of information that differ only slightly. Small, but significant, variations are... 

Tshwane City to ask court to set aside multibillion-rand broadband contract

By: African News Agency      14th September 2017 The City of Tshwane on Thursday said it has approached the North Gauteng High Court to set aside the “so-called Tshwane Broadband contract” with Thobela Telecoms on the grounds that the previous administration entered into the contract unlawfully. At a press conference at Tshwane House in... 

Altron expects higher H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2017 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) expects a 16% to 36% rise in headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months to August 31 to be between 36c and 42c apiece, compared with the 31c apiece recorded in the corresponding half-year in 2016. Similarly, basic earnings per share (EPS) are... 

Jasco FY17 earnings hit by ‘unusual items’ in tough market

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2017 “Unusual items” have dealt a blow to the full-year earnings of JSE-listed Jasco Electronics as the group navigates a particularly tough environment. The group on Wednesday reported a 61% decline in both headline earnings and headline earnings a share to a respective R5.6-million and 2.5c apiece... 

Bringing data to life using advanced analytics

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2017 Information services multinational Experian has established innovation laboratories, which it terms “DataLabs”, in the US, Brazil and UK to stimulate organic product development, says Experian VP Eric Haller. Since the first laboratory was launched in San Diego, in the US, in 2011, products... 

Analytical acumen of greater value than Big Data

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2017 The acme of analytics does not depend on the size of the dataset, but on the capabilities of analysts to derive meaning and, consequently, value from the data, says Barclays Africa chief data officer (CDO) Pieter Vorster. Therefore, so-called big data analytics does not differ from typical data... 

Indaba seeks to strengthen Africa’s machine learning expertise

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2017 International machine learning experts will present the latest theories and practices in deep learning and its applications at the Deep Learning Indaba to be held at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) from September 10 to 15. More than 300 attendees from Africa and around the world will... 

SKA Africa partner countries to collaborate on radio astronomy

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the conclusion of the fourth Ministerial meeting of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa partner countries in Accra, Ghana, last month, members of the nine countries, represented by their science and technology Ministers and Deputy Ministers, signed a memorandum of understanding to... 

SKA Africa partner countries to collaborate on radio astronomy
PROJECT REVIEW The Square Kilometre Array Africa partner countries reviewed the African SKA, the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network, and the Big Data Africa initiative

Infrastructure expansion will boost oil rig traffic

8th September 2017 South African ports are projected to receive an injection of almost R44.4-billion over the coming five years from State-owned logistics operator Transnet, which will increase the number of oil rigs docking for maintenance and repairs in South Africa, says defence and security solutions supplier... 

Infrastructure expansion  will boost oil rig traffic
Photo by Bloomberg
INCREASED CAPABILITY Expansions of South Africa’s port infrastructure will increase the number of oil rigs docking for maintenance and repairs in the country

Importing refined fuels quicker and more financially viable for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Rather than focusing time and finances on establishing new oil refineries, African countries should enhance their focus on a niche market strength that will enable them to become competitive in a global market, accepting that the import and storage of refined fuels is a quicker and more... 

Importing refined fuels quicker and more financially viable for Africa
RODRICK NAIDOO Countries that have their own crude resources and established mega-refineries could never be outpriced by a South African refinery

Alviva to leverage services strength for growth over next year

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2017 Business information and communication technology (ICT) company Alviva will leverage the investments made into its subsidiaries and infrastructure, which has helped to reduce gearing, broadened its offerings and improved efficiencies, to drive growth over the next year. The firm had increased the... 

Companies urged to join the digital revolution

By: Kim Cloete     6th September 2017 Companies have been advised to join the digital revolution, as innovations and technology start to change the nature of jobs and work in the rail and other industries. Siemens Mining and Freight Solutions global head Thomas Bieg on Wednesday said there would be huge demand for people with skills... 

Revolutionary industrial changes set to shift the heavy haul industry

By: Kim Cloete     4th September 2017 Heavy haul rail operators across the world have been urged to adapt to rapid advances in technology and improvements in cybersecurity. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution will change everything. The rise in technology will be profound, but it will also open up bridges for us,” World Economic Forum... 

Smartwatches set to dominate R4tr wearables market

By: News24Wire      1st September 2017 Over 300-million wearable devices are expected to be sold in 2017 generating almost R4-trillion, according to research firm Gartner. A recent study by the company revealed that wearable device sales are expected to grow by 16.7% during the year, with an estimated sale of 41.5-million smartwatches... 

Manufacturer to improve efficiency through software and sensors

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2017 With industry moving towards embracing the technology advancement of Industry 4.0, manufacturing company DMG MORI aims to improve machine tools operation efficiency through remote maintenance, operation status management and accurate failure prediction for machines using networking, software and... 

Manufacturer to improve efficiency through  software and sensors
DMU210P The DMU210P is available with up to 5-axis and is valued at about €1.2-million

New hyperscale Gauteng data centre confirms significant African appetite

By: Schalk Burger     1st September 2017 The new Riverfields Hyperscale Data Centre Facility being built in Riverfields, Ekurhuleni, is an indication of the continuing growth in demand for hosting services in Africa, says neutral data centre firm Teraco Data Environments CEO Lex van Wyk. The demand is driven by big data and cloud... 

New hyperscale Gauteng data centre  confirms significant African appetite
JAN HNIZDO The Riverfields data centre facility represents about 20% of the capacity of the South Africa-based outsourced market

Digital product life-cycle management solutions launched in SA

By: Schalk Burger     1st September 2017 Information and communication technology (ICT) service provider T-Systems South Africa has launched product life-cycle management (PLM) solutions for local industries, says T-Systems South Africa Automotive and Manufacturing Industries business development and strategy head Michael Frans. The... 

Digital product life-cycle management solutions launched in SA
MICHAEL FRANS The PLM solutions enable products and services to be managed from design and engineering through to the customer environment

Servest acquires stake in ICT services company

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 International facilities management provider Servest has partnered with investment company Bottega InvestCo in the acquisition of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) services company Getronics. The transaction, which is supported by specialist banking and asset management... 

Servest acquires stake in ICT services company
Photo by Duane Daws
ENABLING TRANSACTION The transaction, will enable Servest to provide a seamless facility management and mobile technology offering for its growing client base

Cell C disputes Icasa’s view that recapitalisation amounts to licensee control change

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2017 Telecommunications service provider Cell C on Thursday refuted that its recapitalisation amounted to a transfer of control that would have required approval from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). “Based on extensive legal advice, there has not been any transfer of... 

Adapt IT pursues Pan-African expansion

By: Schalk Burger     28th August 2017 JSE-listed specialised software group Adapt IT aims to gain a foothold in all African markets as part of its strategy to become a R3-billion-a-year-turnover business by 2020, CEO Sbu Shabalala said on Monday. The group grew its turnover by 25% year-on-year to R994-million for the financial year... 

Digitalisation must be embraced by trucking industry

25th August 2017 Digitalisation will rapidly transform the trucking industry in the near future, as it will force the industry to embrace this concept, or risk being unable to compete. This message was emphasised at this year’s fourth annual TruckX and FleetX conference and expo, which took place at the Kyalami... 

Digitalisation must  be embraced by  trucking industry
Photo by Bloomberg
AUTONOMY Autonomous vehicle technology is being tested around the world, and will force the trucking industry to adapt to technological innovations

Business skills critical to leveraging technology effectively

By: Schalk Burger     25th August 2017 While many new technologies and solutions are being offered to enterprises, their effective use requires effective management and strategic direction to ensure that the enterprises derive the expected benefits over the short- and long-term, says business intelligence (BI) firm PBT Group Gauteng... 

Business skills critical to leveraging technology effectively
YOLANDA SMIT A company’s agility is a function of its people and the ways they work and think, not the technologies they use

Enterprise content management can facilitate full document traceability

By: Schalk Burger     25th August 2017 Digitally managing all documents and processes help businesses to overcome challenges and reduce delays when transitioning to new systems, says enterprise content management firm Hyland Southern Africa Regional Manager Monique Williams. Central management and control of documents and,... 

Enterprise content management can facilitate full  document traceability
MONIQUE WILLIAMS Business technologies will continually evolve and businesses must become agile to leverage these systems

Trojan malware generates fake views and clicks for advertisements

By: Schalk Burger     25th August 2017 A Trojan malware that generates revenue by selling fraudulently generated clicks for advertisement views on websites uses small businesses’ machines as part of large botnets. The malware is spread by unscrupulous online advertising companies, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab... 

Armstrong to head WBS Chair in Digital Business

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd August 2017 Professor Brian Armstrong has been selected to head up the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School’s (WBS’s) Chair in Digital Business. The former Telkom chief commercial officer, who described himself as "a business scientist and a scientific businessperson", envisages a fully... 

Altron sets sights on new era with new five-year strategy

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd August 2017 With the completion of a strategy review and a successful consolidation and realignment of the business, telecommunications and information technology giant Allied Technology (Altron) CEO Mteto Nyati has set his sights on shaking up the JSE-listed firm to unlock a “new era” of growth and... 

Altron sets sights on new era with new five-year strategy
Altron CEO Mteto Nyati

Cell C appoints new chairperson, deputy chairperson

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2017 Telecommunications giant Cell C has appointed Kuben Pillay and Larry Nestadt to its board. The appointments follow the recent recapitalisation of Cell C whereby telecommunication company’s Blue Label Telecoms and Net1 respectively acquired 45% and 15% of the company’s share capital.   “We are... 

Competition Commission sets sights on high data costs 

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th August 2017 The Competition Commission has initiated a market inquiry into data services following widespread calls by consumers for lower data costs and subsequent queries from at least three Ministers over high data costs and data affordability. With the gazetting of the terms of reference (ToR) of the... 

Discovery CE scoops innovation award

By: Kim Cloete     18th August 2017 Discovery Group CE Adrian Gore has been awarded the 2017 Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) Visionary Innovation Award: Africa 2017. He received the award from global research and consulting organisation Frost & Sullivan, which, this week, hosted its yearly GIL Africa summit, in Cape Town.... 

Thermal imaging cameras, speakers deployed in bid to protect rhino

By: David Oliveira     18th August 2017 Swedish security camera manufacturer Axis Communications is showing its commitment to combating the scourge of rhino poaching in South Africa. Axis Communications country manager Roy Alves explains that the company has been involved in several conservation efforts, but highlights a 30 ha rhino... 

Bentley Systems releases update for AutoPIPE Connect edition

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 Global infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley Systems has released the most recent update of its AutoPIPE Connect edition, which supports ASME B31J piping code document calculations. AutoPIPE Connect edition provides engineers with a comprehensive and advanced software application for pipe... 

Bentley Systems releases update for AutoPIPE Connect edition
Photo by Bentley Systems
MAINTAINING EFFICIENT WORKFLOWS The addition increases the accuracy of the stress intensification factors for tees based on the work done with FEA 2012 and newer ASME B31.1 and B31.3 codes

Construction contract awarded for Kenya’s techno city

By: John Muchira     18th August 2017 Kenya has has awarded the construction contract for East Africa’s first smart city. The $390-million engineering, procurement, construction and financing contract – entailing the construction of roads, water and sewerage infrastructure within the 400 acre first phase of  Konza Techno City, about... 

Telematics fleet management solutions guarantee increased profitability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 When fleet operators are suitably equipped, they are guaranteed to see an increase in profitability as a result of improved fuel consumption, driver behaviour and equipment use while ensuring the safety of their employees and security of their vehicles, says fleet management solutions provider... 

Telematics fleet management solutions guarantee increased profitability
INFORMATION AT A GLANCE The MiX Journey Management tool presents all information relating to cargo’s journey in a clear and efficient manner to facilitate quicker decision-making

Project aids community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 With 70% of the R370-million Cornubia Interchange project complete, construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV and the eThekwini roads provision department say the project is likely to be completed in January next year.  

Project aids  community development
PILING UP Royal HaskoningDHV construction project manager Drew Wilson says the biggest challenge has been piling and the foundation of the structure

Processing power, analytics enabling machine learning across industries

By: Schalk Burger     18th August 2017 Analysts, businesses and whole industries have become empowered with the flood of data that can be processed to build stronger models and make data-driven decisions in shorter periods of time, says credit bureau Compuscan senior data analyst Jacobus Eksteen. The powerful combination of machine... 

Neutral Internet exchange point reports strong growth in African demand

By: Schalk Burger     18th August 2017 Local neutral access Internet exchange peering service NAPAfrica achieved 200 Gb/s of traffic in July as a result of significant demand from neighbouring countries and sub-Saharan Africa (sSA), says data centre company Teraco Data Environments business development manager Michele McCann. The... 

Neutral Internet exchange point reports strong growth  in African demand
MICHELE MCCANN Teraco has invested in hardware and systems to support critical infrastructure in multiple countries

Cloud virtualization platform adds flexibility to legacy enterprise networks

By: Schalk Burger     18th August 2017 Cloud wide-area network (CloudWan), unifies and centralises complex corporate networks, as well as provide flexibility and control over hybrid cloud deployments, says information and communication technology firm Internet Solutions Software-defined networking (SDN) and Internet executive head... 

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