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Cover Story

Spectrum release expected to bring big economic and social benefits

By: Natasha OdendaalThe much-anticipated release of South Africa’s high-demand spectrum has the potential to reshape the country’s economy by stimulating innovation and open the way for the country's full participation in the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution. However, industry analysts stress that the manner... 

Spectrum release expected to bring big economic and social benefits

Editorial Insight

Derisking Eskom

By: Terence CreamerThe term ‘too big to fail’ came to the fore during the so-called Great Recession, which arose after America’s sub-prime mortgage crisis triggered the collapse of Lehman Brothers in late 2008. The concept was attached to those businesses in the financial sector that had become so large as to make... 

Derisking Eskom

News & Insight

2018 to be a pivotal year for ICT industry, report asserts

By: Natasha OdendaalWith the unprecedented continuous and rapid developments in fifth-generation (5G) and the Internet of Things (IoT), 2018 will not be “just another year” for an industry that has become accustomed to high smartphone subscription and mobile traffic growth. Over the next five years, there are... 

5G capabilities showcased through virtual reality driving test

By: Natasha OdendaalMTN South Africa and Ericsson have showcased the potential of fifth-generation (5G) capabilities by having a driver navigate a vehicle around a skid pan at the Gerotek testing facility, in Pretoria, using only data fed into a virtual reality (VR) device. In the first automotive use case... 

Cape Town company creates new smart water monitoring app

By: Natasha OdendaalCape Town-based company Ontec Systems has developed a smart water management solution to monitor water use in near real-time. The new GaugeIT device, and its linked application, is also equipped with features such as an early leak detection alarm and high-use threshold warnings to avoid any... 

Chemicals factory to support value chain opened in Maluti-a-Phofong SEZ

By: Schalk BurgerAn industrial chemicals factory opened in the Maluti-a-Phofong special economic zone (SEZ), in Harrismith, Free State, will play a key intermediate role in supporting the value chains that pass through this transport node, says the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Chemicals and Textiles... 

Chemicals factory to support value chain opened  in Maluti-a-Phofong SEZ

Environment-friendly design for art gallery

By: Schalk BurgerThe Norval Foundation art gallery, established by the Norval family and which opened in Steenberg, in Cape Town, in April, hosts works by a range of South African artists and has architectural and civil engineering features aimed at promoting environment-friendliness and sustainability, the... 

Environment-friendly design for art gallery

Intelligent management of data key to human-machine interactions

By: Schalk BurgerThe way data is viewed, managed and used is becoming more complex, requiring intelligent management to enable people to interact with machines, devices and services, says enterprise information management multinational OpenText product marketing VP Stephen Ludlow. The effects and combinations of... 

Intelligent management of data key to human-machine interactions

Key enviro assessment launched for SA gas and power networks

By: Nadine JamesThe Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute are undertaking a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for the development of a phased gas pipeline network and the expansion of the electricity grid infrastructure (EGI) corridors.... 

Russian nuclear group further develops cooperation with Africa

By: Rebecca CampbellRussian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Infrastructure of Rwanda. The MoU covers cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. This is the first agreement between the two countries regarding the... 

STEM career expo seeks to link youth with prospective employers

By: Schalk BurgerThe science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Career Expo will provide school goers, undergraduates and graduates with the opportunity to interact directly with companies to determine what careers are available to those interested in STEM, says STEM Career Expo CEO Eric Wright. The... 

Tanzania approves first large-scale wind farm project

By: John MuchiraThe authorities in Tanzania have granted Australian company Windlab approval to build a 300 MW wind farm, which is expected to contribute significantly to the country’s energy needs. This comes after Windlab's local subsidiary, Windlab Developments Tanzania, was awarded an environmental- and... 

Testing and verification multinational launches women education trust

By: Schalk BurgerTesting, verification and certification multinational Bureau Veritas has launched the iThemba Trust, which will fund the degrees of disadvantaged girls and young women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, says Bureau Veritas South Africa VP Sal Govender. The trust is... 

Testing and verification multinational launches  women education trust

Troubles at SAA helping to drive local businesses to budget airlines

By: Rebecca CampbellBusiness travel sources have reported that troubled State-owned national carrier South African Airways (SAA) has slashed the discounts it gives to corporations for business travel. Furthermore, the airline’s cutbacks on certain routes have also adversely affected major businesses. The consequence... 

Photo of the Week


By: Terence CreamerThe American-led trade war rhetoric, which has now led to the imposition of restrictions worth billion of dollars, is having an impact on various markets, from steel to soybeans. Soybean (pictured in the top segment of the photograph above) futures were among the biggest losers in late June,... 



People say . . .

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyIn the Santam television advert, the ever-so-twee sweet likkel girl says that the first person to live to 200 has already been born. Well, she would know, wouldn't she? These sort of statements are whipped out by the media in order to shock and amaze – almost so that we can say how clever we... 

The Feynman Technique

By: Riaan de LangeIt is said that there are three simple steps to mastering any subject: you are able to master pretty much any subject through understanding concepts that you previously never quite understood, remembering that which you have learnt, simply to studying more efficiently. This is the premise of the... 




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