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Liquid appoints new CEO for Neotel

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2017 Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has appointed Kyle Whitehill CEO of its newly acquired subsidiary Neotel. Liquid fully concluded its R6.55-billion buyout of Neotel in February, with plans to focus on delivering enhanced network services to enterprises and consumers. 

South Africa’s space agency develops system to monitor crops

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 The Earth Observation (EO) Directorate of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has developed an advanced crop-monitoring system for South Africa that will also be made available to other African countries, in due course. “We are able to monitor their [the crops’] condition through... 

Active citizenry mobile platform launched in Eastern Cape

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2017 The OR Tambo district municipality, in the Eastern Cape, rolled out a citizen engagement omni-channel digital platform – Thetha Nathi, which means “talk to us” in isiXhosa – that enables citizens to engage directly with the municipality on service delivery issues, says telecommunication service... 

Chairside milling beneficial for dental industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 With the dental industry moving towards chairside milling for clinics, digital production solutions company Telpro Management launched electronics manufacturer Roland’s DWX-52DC tooth milling machine last month.  

Chairside milling beneficial for dental industry
ROLAND DWX-52DC The dental industry is moving towards chairside milling to shorten teeth replacement manufacturing time and reduce production costs

Country’s science and technology budget remains stable

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 The annual budget of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) remains stable, in real terms. “It’s in line with inflation,” DST Director General Dr Phil Mjwara told Engineering News Online at a recent press briefing. “It’s not declining, it’s not growing.” However, exchange rate volatility... 

Data preparation should be part of business intelligence offering

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2017 Business intelligence (BI) service providers should offer data preparation as an integral part of analytic platforms to overcome the delays and problems caused by unprepared, incorrectly formatted or “dirty” data, says business intelligence subsidiary AIGS Yellowfin South Africa sales and... 

Local company invests in space worthiness of new generation of space imagers

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 South African private-sector space company SCS Space is looking forward to establishing the spaceworthiness credentials of its Gecko imager, which is mounted on South Africa’s nSight-1 nanosatellite and which was scheduled to have been launched from the International Space Station on May 23.... 

Mobile app aims to help South Africans save and invest better

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 South African financial services provider Liberty launched its Stash investment application (app) earlier this month to help improve a local savings culture by providing a solution that removes the complexity and fear associated with investing. Stash is designed to mitigate all the complicated... 

New COO for data management company

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 Local data management and security company M2TD announced the appointment of new COO Melusi Gumbi earlier this month, who joins the company from local information and communications (ICT) technology service provider Khauleza IT Solutions, where he was the ICT operations executive.   M2TD aims to... 

New WD solid-state drives launched in SA

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2017 Data storage multinational Western Digital has launched its new WD Green and Blue range of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) in South Africa for business and private users. The drives can be used to boost the performance of computer equipment, says Western Digital Storage Technology... 

Personalised medicine beneficial for medical industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 Medical laboratory DNAlysis Biotechnology has added the mygeneRx – which analyses genotypes to highlight drug responsiveness for cardiovascular disease, psychiatric and pain management – to its testing portfolio.  

Personalised medicine beneficial for medical industry
PERSONALISED MEDICINE The mygeneRx test enables patients to get on the right medication quicker

Work-based experience for graduate interns

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 Technology ecosystem company Resolution Circle has welcomed 115 South African graduates to its graduate internship programme, which aims to develop them into high-quality, employable individuals that can excel in South Africa’s economy. Resolution Circle, an ‘idea-to-barcode’ ecosystem that... 

Work-based experience  for graduate interns
GAINING EXPERIENCE Resolution Circle’s internship will provide the 115 participants with practical skills in decision making and client services

Data costs to be subject of market inquiry

By: African News Agency      25th May 2017 A market inquiry into high data costs in South Africa is on the horizon. “We will also in the budget speech, note that I will be making request to the Competition Commission to conduct a market inquiry into the high cost of data,” Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said during a media... 

Jasco acquires majority stake in Reflex

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2017 JSE-listed Jasco Electronics has acquired a majority 51% stake in Johannesburg-based information technology (IT) managed services group Reflex Solutions for R39.8-million. The acquisition of Reflex, which recently expanded into fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) solutions, adding to a portfolio of hosted... 

Cabinet approves revised National Radio Frequency Plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2017 South Africa’s Cabinet on Wednesday endorsed the revised National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP) 2017, submitted by the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, which aims to ensure the most efficient use of radio frequency spectrum. The Independent Communications Authority of South... 

Govt, industry agree on way forward for State-owned wireless network

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2017 As the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) spends the next few months developing the implementation plan for the recently tabled National Integrated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy, Telecommunications Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele on Wednesday assured... 

South Africa, Namibia collaborate on science statistics

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd May 2017 South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) and Namibia’s National Commission on Research, Science and Technology will collaborate on the production of national scientific and innovation statistics, which enables the countries... 

Datatec confident of improvements after modernisation hits FY17 financial results

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2017 Dual-listed Datatec is confident of improving its performance as it enters the final stages of the modernisation programme of subsidiary Westcon-Comstor that had significantly dragged the group’s financial performance in the year ended February 28. Over the last few years, the information and... 

South Africa advances new earth observation satellite

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2017 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor reported recently that the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has made significant progress in developing the country's next Earth observation (EO) satellite. She was giving the keynote address at the opening of the 37th International... 

Combining satellite and terrestrial connectivity can help fast-track Africa’s digitalisation

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2017 Satellite connectivity has a role to play as part of hybrid infrastructure systems for Africa and can help companies digitally transform themselves and improve the competitiveness of economies, says satellite communications solutions company SES Africa commercial head Laurent Petit. African... 

Combining satellite and terrestrial connectivity can help  fast-track Africa’s digitalisation
LAURENT PETIT Africa must foster digital skills as part of transitioning the population from low-paid jobs and contribute to the creation of more high-value jobs

Cyberattacks have more than just financial costs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     19th May 2017 While the global proliferation of technology benefits users, it also increases the number and complexity of cyber risks, and companies cannot afford not to factor in the damage that a cyberattack can have on their reputation, says global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab Africa MD Riaan... 

Cybercrime still a significant threat to business

By: Robyn Wilkinson     19th May 2017 Despite the ongoing threats of cyber criminality, companies continue to fail to adequately protect their valuable data resources, says digital security provider Gemalto Africa identity and data protection manager Neil Cosser. 

Cybercrime still a significant threat to business
Photo by Bloomberg
DATA PROTECTION IMPERATIVE Hackers are casting a wider net and are using easily attainable account and identity information as a starting point for high-value targets

Expo creates new opportunities for young scientists

     19th May 2017 Earlier this month, three learners departed to participate in the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) in Houston, US. The three learners did exceptionally well in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Finals in October last... 

Geosynthetic products supplied for substation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2017 Manufacturer and comprehensive supplier of geosynthetic products Fibertex South Africa is providing an ongoing supply of its geosynthetic products for use in the construction of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Pinotage substation, in the Western Cape. This new large electrical substation is... 

Geosynthetic products supplied for substation
GEOSYNTHETIC SUPPLY Fibertex South Africa is providing an ongoing supply of a range of geosynthetic products for use in the construction of the Eskom Pinotage substation

Homo naledi coexisted with Homo sapiens, new research asserts

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2017 The Homo naledi hominin species, first described in 2015, has been found to have coexisted in sub-equatorial Africa with other hominin species and was likely present in the same general region as the Homo sapiens species – the direct ancestors of modern humans – scientists say. The age of the... 

Homo naledi coexisted with Homo sapiens, new research asserts
Photo by University of the Witswatersrand/John Hawks
HOMO NALEDI MANDIBLE The teeth of H. naledi are similar to those of earlier hominins, including H. habilis, H. erectus and Australopithecus afarensis

Neutral Internet exchange point reaches 170 Gb/s and five-year milestones

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2017 Data centre company Teraco’s neutral Internet exchange point (IXP) peering subsidiary NAPAfrica has grown to 170 Gb/s with 386 members since 2012, and is ranked as the third-largest IXP in the southern hemisphere, says Teraco CEO Lex van Wyk. The NAPAfrica IXPs are collocated in all Teraco data... 

Neutral Internet exchange point reaches 170 Gb/s and five-year milestones
LEX VAN WYK Teraco continues to experience high demand for its neutral data centre facilities, underpinned by strong growth in Internet penetration into Africa and increased cloud adoption

New security solutions showcased at Securex 2017

     19th May 2017 Securex 2017 will bring together key players in the South African security and fire protection markets to showcase the latest technological developments in the industries, allieviating the often arduous task facing businesses and private individuals alike of finding simultaneously budget-friendly... 

New security  solutions showcased  at Securex 2017
WIDE RANGE OF PRODUCTS ON SHOW Highlights of the exhibition will include access control systems provider Paxton’s latest addition to its door entry system

South African companies must prioritise cybersecurity

By: Robyn Wilkinson     19th May 2017 While the information technology (IT) security systems available in South Africa are highly competitive, corporate spend on this aspect of business remains too low if the country is to keep up with international trends, says hacking and industrial espionage protection company Neworder Industries... 

DST’s budget priorities for 2017/18 

     18th May 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Keith Campbell about the Department of Science and Technology’s budget priorities for the 2017/18 financial year. 

DST’s budget priorities for 2017/18
DST’s budget priorities for 2017/18

Rwandan authority fines MTN subsidiary $8.5m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2017 The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority has fined MTN Rwanda $8.5-million owing to its noncompliance with directives prohibiting the inclusion of MTN Rwanda in the MTN South and East Africa information technology hub, based in Uganda. MTN Rwanda is studying the notification of the fine and says... 

South African selected as finalist for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th May 2017 South African rocket scientist Andre Nel has been selected as a finalist in the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. Nel invented a hybrid, solar microgrid solution, the GreenTower Microgrid, which uses 90% less energy to heat water. 

South African selected as finalist for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
GreenTower inventor Andre Nel

Telekom Networks Malawi to invest $30m in 4G network

By: Reuters     17th May 2017 Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), the country's second-largest mobile network operator, said on Tuesday it is to spend an additional $30-million on improving its 4G broadband service. TNM, whose main rival is the local unit of India's Bharti Airtel, said it aimed to give better 4G coverage in... 

Ransomware attacks should be tackled through a 'people-process-technology triangle' – Deloitte

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th May 2017 Companies affected by ransomware attacks should not be tempted to pay a ransom, as the likelihood of receiving the decryption keys is often very slim. Following last week’s Wanna Cry malware attack, that locked up over 200 000 computers in more than 150 countries, including a retail company in... 

Department of Science and Technology budget remains stable

By: Keith Campbell     16th May 2017 The annual budget of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) remains stable, in real terms. “It’s in line with inflation,” DST director-general Dr Phil Mjwara told Engineering News Online at a press briefing on Tuesday. “It’s not declining, it’s not growing.” However, exchange rate... 

Department of Science and Technology budget remains stable
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor

Vodacom bolsters international portfolio with R35bn Safaricom stake buy

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th May 2017 The pending acquisition of a 35% stake in Kenya’s largest telecoms group Safaricom will secure JSE-listed Vodacom a high-growth market that is as large as all of its international subsidiaries combined. The R35-billion deal, expected to be concluded in August, presented South Africa’s largest... 

Vodacom bolsters international portfolio with R35bn Safaricom stake buy
Photo by Duane Daws
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub and CFO Till Streichert

EOH CEO steps down in broad board reshuffle

By: News24Wire      15th May 2017 IT service management company EOH announced on Monday that its founder and chief executive Asher Bohbot, will be stepping down at the end of June 2017 after 19 years at the helm. The move is part of a wider board reshuffle and succession planning process for the group’s leadership, EOH said in a... 

Vodacom eyes R35bn acquisition of 35% stake in Safaricom

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th May 2017 JSE-listed Vodacom, which reported steady growth for the financial year ended March 31, on Monday announced the acquisition of an indirect 34.94% stake in Kenya-based Safaricom for R34.6-billion. The transaction will result in Vodacom buying out 87.5% of Vodafone Kenya, which holds a 39.93% in... 

Vodacom eyes R35bn acquisition of 35% stake in Safaricom
Photo by Duane Daws
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub
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