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Mobile consumer survey reveals industry change

By: Simone Liedtke     21st August 2018 The mobile industry is changing at an exponential rate as new influences shape the way consumer expectations rise and the competition, new and old, pile on advancements such as artificial intelligence, Deloitte’s ‘South Africa Mobile Consumer Survey 2017’ shows. Deloitte global telecoms, media... 

New tech blurring human-machine lines – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     21st August 2018 Five emerging technology trends will blur the lines between humans and machines, says market research multinational Gartner. Technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) for example, play a critical role in enabling companies to be ubiquitous, always available and connected to business... 

Cell C narrows losses, Ebitda rises in H1

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2018 Mobile operator Cell C has posted a 16% increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to R2.4-billion, as its net loss after tax narrowed by 33% to R645-million for the first half of this year, from a net loss of R968-million in the comparative period last... 

Icasa publishes findings on priority markets inquiry

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th August 2018 Plans to undertake a market inquiry of the identified priority markets that may require regulation intervention in terms of the Electronic Communications Act will be announced in due course, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) said on Friday. Mobile services, upstream... 

Key South African contribution in achieving milestone in development of SKA telescope

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th August 2018 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) announced on Friday that the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Telescope Manager (TM) Critical Design Review (CDR) had been completed. (The TM is a system, not a person.) The SKA is an international project to build the world’s biggest radio... 

Key South African contribution in achieving milestone in development of SKA telescope
Photo by South African Radio Astronomy Observatory
Precursor to the SKA: a recent photo of part of South Africa’s 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope array, which falls under SARAO

Multimillion-rand South African telescope to investigate mysterious dark energy

By: News24Wire      17th August 2018 A new multimillion radio telescope will be launched on Friday to probe the deep mysteries of radio bursts and dark energy. The instrument, dubbed HIRAX for the Hydrogen Intensity and Real Time Analysis eXperiment, will have its nucleus of 1 024 6 m dishes in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape... 

US nuclear company Westinghouse emerges from bankruptcy protection

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th August 2018 US major nuclear group Westinghouse Electric exited from bankruptcy protection (under Chapter 11 of US Bankruptcy Code) at the start of this month, when its takeover by Brookfield Business Partners came into effect. Brookfield, which is listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges and is... 

Uganda wants unit of MTN Group to list locally before licence extension

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 Uganda has asked the local unit of South African telecoms giant MTN Group to list some of its shares on the local stock exchange as a condition for renewing its operating licence, a top official told Reuters on Wednesday. Godfrey Mutabazi, head of telecoms sector regulator Uganda Communications... 

Iceberg water could be cheaper than desalination

By: News24Wire      16th August 2018 Icebergs can supply Cape Town with extra water in drought years at a far cheaper rate than a big desalination plant. It will cost R3.8-billion to use Antarctic iceberg water to bolster Cape Town's water supply for any three dry years that are likely to occur over the next 20 years – compared to... 

AfDB head calls for agriculture technologies to optimize African farmers' output

By: African News Agency      10th August 2018 African farms should be given access to technologies that will enhance production, with evidence from countries such as Nigeria demonstrating that technology coupled with strong government backing are yielding positive results, African Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina has said.... 

Growth projected for global industrial furnaces and ovens market

10th August 2018 The global industrial furnaces and ovens market will reach $10 800-million by 2025, according to a report by market researcher QY Research. The global industrial furnaces and ovens market was valued at $9 530-million in 2017 representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.6% between... 

Growth projected for global industrial furnaces and ovens market
Photo by Bloomberg
BRINGING THE HEAT Industrial furnaces and ovens are primarily used by industries to heat-treat metals to generate steam

Space agencies of South Africa and India strengthen cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th August 2018 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) formalised their relationship by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on the fringes of the recent Brics Summit in Johannesburg. (Brics is the alignment between Brazil, Russia, India, China, and... 

Do-it-yourself works for Pratley as it turns 70

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 Full control over raw-material sources, production and packaging, as well as the in-house expertise that this stimulates, enables the Pratley group of companies to develop innovative products, ensure quality control and grow, says Pratley CEO Kim Pratley. The company, which produces a well-known... 

Do-it-yourself works for Pratley as it turns 70
KIM PRATLEY Our laboratory provides the synergies of the business

Ongoing waterproofing for Innovation Hub campus

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Speciality chemicals manufacturer a.b.e. Construction Chemicals continues to provide large volumes of polyurea coating for the waterproofing of an expansive roof of one of the Innovation Hub campus’ new buildings in Gaborone, Botswana. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the... 

Ongoing waterproofing for Innovation Hub campus
COMPLETE COATING The waterproofing of an expansive roof of one of the Botswana Innovation Hub campus’ new buildings is about 90% complete

Industry provider to expand African footprint

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th August 2018 With many emerging and developing industries in Africa, as well as greater awareness of environmental issues and concerns, instrumentation manufacturer E Instruments regards the continent as an area of growth for its business. E Instruments product manager Bill Freed tells Engineering News that... 

Industry provider to  expand African footprint
IT’S A GAS E Instruments provides portable industrial combustion stack gas and emission analysers that can be used to measure stack gases emitted from furnaces, kilns, dryers and ovens

Ovens supplied to varied industries

10th August 2018 Global manufacturer of thermal-processing equipment Thermal Product Solutions (TPS) in July announced the shipment of a custom Gruenberg bench oven to the movable machinery industry. The bench oven is rated for Class B operation in accordance with the NFPA 86 specifications. 

Ovens supplied to varied industries
FACILITATING SAFETY Gruenberg products are designed to meet the highest standards of safety specifications

Karoo’s MeerKAT radio telescope sets scene for pioneering scientific discovery

By: Dylan Slater     10th August 2018 The Karoo-based MeerKAT radio telescope, located about 90 km from Carnarvon, in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated on July 13, giving the public a glimpse into what was unveiled as the best of its kind and a true benchmark in terms of pioneering scientific cosmic discovery, says South African... 

Karoo’s MeerKAT radio telescope sets scene  for pioneering scientific discovery

Company appoints resellers to install sealing systems

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Distributor and maintenance contractor Southern Africa Master Distributors (SAMD), which is the Africa representative for sealing solutions provider Beele Engineering, has trained and appointed resellers in key industries to install Beele Engineering products, says SAMD sales and marketing... 

Company appoints  resellers to install  sealing systems
Photo by Creamer Media
SOLAR SEALING Southern Africa Master Distributors is in negotiations to supply Beele Engineering products for a solar plant, in the Northern Cape

Blockchain can facilitate development of communal lands

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 Blockchain systems can provide a trusted registry of property ownership in communal lands, which can facilitate their development into productive assets, says Zimbabwean former commercial farmer and former chairman of the National Association of Dairy Farmers Dave Conolly. Conolly is researching... 

Blockchain can facilitate development of communal lands
Photo by Reuters
ZIMBABWEAN FARMING Commercial transformation on the back of ownership and productive use of assets supports development

Unctad, Alibaba say Africa is ripe for e-commerce opportunities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2018 Across Africa, e-commerce platforms flanked by payments, logistics, tourism and big data partners, are beginning to lift local economies, says e-commerce giant Alibaba’s Business School and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), which co-hosted the Netrepreneurs: The... 

MTN posts lower H1 profits, reports improved operational performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2018 Telecommunications giant MTN on Wednesday posted improved financial results on a constant currency basis for the first half of 2018, with growth achieved in service revenue and an increase in margins on earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda). For the six months... 

MTN posts lower H1 profits, reports improved operational performance

GCIS, Busa launch anticorruption pledge campaign

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) has, in partnership with Business Unity South Africa (Busa), launched the Anti-Corruption #ThumaMina pledge campaign. 

ARC to acquire 100% of TymeDigital

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 African Rainbow Capital (ARC), led by chairperson Patrice Motsepe, has reached an agreement to acquire, through its 50.1% held subsidiary, ARC Financial Holding Company (FinHoldCo), 90% of TymeDigital by Commonwealth Bank, for an undisclosed consideration. When concluded, FinHoldCo will own 100%... 

Energy access a catalyst for economic growth, says green energy company 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2018 Access to cheaper and reliable energy, through renewable energy technology, would be a catalyst for boosting the African continent’s gross domestic product (GDP) in a sustainable way, green energy technology provider New Southern Energy (NSE) CEO David Masureik told Engineering News Online in a... 

Energy access a catalyst for economic growth, says green energy company
New Southern Energy CEO David Masureik speaks to Engineering News Online about renewable energy projects and Africa's energy future. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Internet connectivity increases property value

By: Melissa Zisengwe     3rd August 2018 Bundling WiFi connectivity is a commercial and industrial property value-proposition, which attracts potential buyers and boosts property value, says wireless networking company Ruckus Networks. “South African property developers are proving to be enthusiastic WiFi adopters because the... 

Internet connectivity increases property value
RIAAN GRAHAM says all property owners and tenants now expect functional and reliable Internet connection

Road-rail vehicle innovator introduces RailBus

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd August 2018 Olifantsfontein-based road-rail vehicle (RRV) manufacturer RailPro has developed a bimodal vehicle that transports people and goods on road and rail, says MD Ed Magan. The vehicle, called RailBus, was launched in June. 

Road-rail vehicle innovator introduces RailBus
Photo by Bloomberg
FACILITATING MOBILITY Thousands of rural dwellers are situated close to existing rail lines and the RailBus will allow for exploitation of underused rail routes

Supply-chain blockchain can improve traceability, customer experience

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2018 Using a blockchain-based supply chain management system can significantly improve the transparency of supply chains, provide information for customers about quality and to trace product origins, as well as improving the agility and adaptability of supply chains, says information technology (IT)... 

Supply-chain blockchain can improve  traceability, customer experience
VISHAL BARAPATRE Blockchain can help to counter disruptions in complex supply chains

French backing for Joburg digital content hub

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2018 The Ambassador of France to South Africa Christophe Farnaud at the launch of the Digital Content Hub, in Johannesburg, highlighted the cooperation between South Africa and France on innovation, which is one of the economic priorities of France as articulated by French President Emmanuel Macron.... 

French backing for Joburg digital content hub
Photo by Dylan Slater
CHRISTOPHE FARNAUD Economies must adjust, change and evolve in response to globalisation to remain competitive

Altron to reveal new brand

By: Nadine James     2nd August 2018 JSE-listed information and communications technology service provider Altron on Thursday unveiled a new brand aimed at ensuring the company goes to market under a single identity. “Our new brand brings with it a new culture of how we do business,” said Altron CE Mteto Nyati. “Part of this is our... 

PwC suggests reviewing corporate culture to combat economic crime

By: Nadine James     2nd August 2018 Digital innovation and technology have given rise to new attack surfaces for economic criminals and fraudsters, resulting in the rate of instances growing at exponential levels, PwC’s 2018 ‘Global Economic Crime’ survey shows.   The survey, released on Thursday, notes that just under half of... 

Report shows Cape Town is Africa’s tech capital

By: Anine Kilian     31st July 2018 A report commissioned by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi), Wesgro and the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation – with the support of the Western Cape government – has confirmed that the greater Cape Town area, including Stellenbosch, is Africa’s tech capital. The report, compiled by... 

Altron founder retires from board

By: Anine Kilian     31st July 2018 Allied Electronics (Altron) founder Dr Bill Venter, will retire as nonexecutive director of the board, effective July 31. The board on Tuesday thanked Venter for the important and central role he played in the development of the South African electronics industry and the South African economy as... 

Huge Telecom appoints new FD

By: Anine Kilian     31st July 2018 Robert Burger has been appointed FD of JSE-listed Huge Group subsidiary, Huge Telecom, effective August 1. He is a chartered accountant with 17 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, which he gained while working for Vodacom. 

South African, Indian space agencies strengthen their mutual cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th July 2018 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) formalised their relationship by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Friday. The ceremony took place on the fringes of the Brics Summit in Johannesburg. (Brics is the alignment between... 

South African, Indian space agencies strengthen their mutual cooperation
Photo by Sansa
The MoU between ISRO and Sansa is signed by (foreground left) Indian External Affairs Ministry Economic Relations Secretary TS Tirumurti and (foreground right) by Sansa CEO Dr Val Munsami. Standing behind, observing, are Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

Tunisia, AfDB to launch drones pilot project for agriculture management

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2018 Tunisia and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have signed an agreement for the launch of a pilot project to use drones for data collection, which will enhance the management of agricultural projects in the country. The project will be implemented over the next ten months and will receive... 

New generation Embraer airliner on demonstration visit to South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 Brazilian aerospace major Embraer’s new generation smaller (less than 150 seats) single-aisle airliners, the E2 family, are attracting considerable interest in Africa, Embraer Commercial Aviation VP: Middle East and Africa Raul Villaron told Engineering News Online on Friday. From smallest to... 

New generation Embraer airliner on demonstration visit to South Africa
Photo by Dylan Slater/Creamer Media
The E190-E2 demonstrator at the Embraer Training Centre/Airlink Hangar complex at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport

UK-born idea could improve ventilation, cooling in African city buildings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2018 An idea to retrofit existing buildings in African cities with three-dimensional (3D) printed porous insulation panels to improve liveability and reduce energy consumption for cooling and ventilation has been named the African winner of the Cities for our Future competition run by the Royal... 

UK-born idea could improve ventilation, cooling in African city buildings
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