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IIoT-enabled businesses expected to boost revenues by 10% by 2023

By: Schalk Burger     24th July 2018 Companies across the global supply chain expect the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to increase their yearly revenues by 10% within five years, a global study by mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat, released on Tuesday, showed. IIoT is the application of networked sensors, which... 

Researchers build scientific research cloud to process images from the MeerKAT telescope 

By: Kim Cloete     24th July 2018 Three universities are making strides in an extensive project to build a computing infrastructure capable of processing the vast amounts of data that will come from the MeerKAT telescope. The Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) has developed a scientific research cloud... 

Researchers build scientific research cloud to process images from the MeerKAT telescope
A galaxy formation (Source: TNG Collaboration).

Vodacom posts Q1 uptick in revenue, subscriber numbers

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th July 2018 JSE-listed Vodacom on Tuesday reported strong momentum during the first quarter of the year, with normalised group revenue and service revenue having increased by 5% and 5.2% to R21.5-billion and R17.8-billion respectively. During the quarter ended June 30, the group reported its results on an... 

Vodacom posts Q1 uptick in revenue, subscriber numbers
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Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

Growthpoint, Cintocare break ground on R450m Pretoria head, neck hospital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2018 Real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties and private company Cintocare on Monday broke ground on the R450-million development of an 11 000 m2 special surgical head and neck hospital, in Pretoria, which will be the first green-certified hospital in Africa. The companies are creating a... 

Growthpoint, Cintocare break ground on R450m Pretoria head, neck hospital
Growthpoint has started with earthworks for the head and neck surgical hospital in Pretoria

New technology can optimise project management

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 To ensure that capital projects are delivered on time, project management teams need to be proactive in using the latest tools and technology, says global advisory firm Deloitte Africa director consulting and Africa infrastructure and capital projects leader Mahendra Dedasaniya. “The capital... 

New technology can optimise project management
MAHENDRA DEDASANIYA The capital projects industry has historically underinvested in technology and it has been resistant to change

Emerson releases new thermowell design

20th July 2018 Global technology and engineering company Emerson has released the Rosemount Twisted Square Thermowell line, a solution that reduces dynamic stress, simplifies process calculations and provides more accurate temperature measurements. This new thermowell design was developed to address these... 

Emerson releases new thermowell design
NEW DESIGN Emerson’s new thermowell design reduces dynamic stress, simplifies process calculations and provides more accurate temperature measurements

Future of digital project delivery showcased in KwaZulu-Natal

20th July 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery firm AECOM is pioneering digital project delivery by adding various Immersive Technologies like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to its portfolio of existing three dimensional (3D) models produced by a Building Information Modelling (BIM) process.... 

Future of digital project delivery showcased  in KwaZulu-Natal
FUTURE VISION AECOM’s The Digital Future event at its KwaZulu-Natal office gave attendees the opportunity to walk through three different virtual reality scenes, showcasing current AECOM projects

MTN’s Van Coller takes the reins at EOH Holdings

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2018 Telecommunications giant MTN digital services, data analytics and business development VP Stephen van Coller has resigned, effective August 31, to take the reins at JSE-listed EOH Holdings on September 1. Van Coller joins EOH as group CEO following the announcement of a strategy shake-up that... 

Alphabet to deploy balloon Internet in Kenya in 2019

By: Reuters     19th July 2018 Alphabet's Loon said on Thursday it would deploy its system of balloons to beam high-speed Internet access with Telkom Kenya from next year to cover rural and suburban populations, marking its first commercial deal in Africa. Known as Project Loon, the technology was developed by Alphabet's X,... 

Kenya's Safaricom in 'advanced talks' to take M-Pesa to Ethiopia

By: Reuters     17th July 2018 Kenya's Safaricom is in "advanced talks" with the Ethiopian government to introduce its popular M-Pesa mobile money service to neighbouring Ethiopia, a market of 100-million people, two sources said on Tuesday. Britain's Vodafone, Safaricom's parent company, will license the use of the M-Pesa... 

Britain unveils progress in high technology combat aircraft project

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th July 2018 The UK unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a sixth-generation combat aircraft on the first day of the Farnborough airshow on Monday. This, described as a “concept aircraft”, is the result of the work of a consortium called Team Tempest, which is made up of British aerospace firms and the Royal Air... 

Britain unveils progress in high technology combat aircraft project
Photo by UK Ministry of Defence
An artist’s impression of a “Team Tempest” design aircraft in flight

Telecom Egypt, Liquid Telecom sign MoU to complete fibre network from Cape Town to Cairo

By: Reuters     16th July 2018 Telecom Egypt has signed a memorandum of understanding with Liquid Telecom to enable the Pan-African group to complete Africa’s terrestrial fibre network stretching across the African continent, the companies said on Saturday. Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Wireless Global, has been... 

MTN disposes of its MTN Cyprus holdings for R4.1bn

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th July 2018 JSE-listed MTN Group subsidiary MTN Dubai has sold 100% of MTN Cyprus to Monaco Telecom for R4.1-billion in cash. The deal, which forms part of the group’s ongoing portfolio review, values the Cyprus subsidiary eight times that of reported 2017 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

MTN disposes of its MTN Cyprus holdings for R4.1bn

Action needed to integrate UAVs into civil air space in South Africa – Denel

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Denel Dynamics (which also produces missiles and space technology) has called for a national programme to integrate UAVs (popularly called drones) into the country’s civilian controlled air space. Controlled air space is air space in which all air... 

Action needed to integrate UAVs into civil air space in South Africa – Denel
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A Denel Dynamics Seeker military UAV (with a Casspir mine-protected vehicle in the background)

Thyssenkrupp launches industrial-scale water electrolysis solution for large projects

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 Engineering and construction company Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions on Thursday launched its industrial-scale advanced water electrolysis solution that makes large-scale hydrogen production from electricity economically attractive. The advanced water electrolysis features a well-proven cell... 

MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2018 After a decade in design and construction, the MeerKAT radio telescope, located about 90 km from Canarvon in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated on Friday. The MeerKAT is the precursor to the R10-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – an international enterprise to build the largest and most... 

MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project

UJ researchers develop new model to improve causality links

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 University of Johannesburg (UJ) researchers professor Tshilidzi Marwala and Dr Pramod Kumar Parida have developed a multivariate additive noise model (MANM), which they say serves as a robust model for general causality that identifies multiple causal connections without time-sequence data. The... 

UK continues to push development of small and modular reactors

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 The UK Government has reaffirmed its commitment, including research and development (R&D) funding, to the development of small and modular nuclear reactors. It has done so in the Nuclear Sector Deal, developed by Britain’s Nuclear Industry Council in cooperation with the Government, and published... 

Cable theft stunts connectivity availability

By: Paige Müller     13th July 2018 South Africa’s cable-theft pandemic has made the prospect of a copper-based fixed digital subscriber line (DSL) infrastructure framework unachievable for the country’s Internet service providers (ISPs), says international wireless connectivity provider RADWIN. RADWIN sales director Nick Ehrke... 

Cable theft stunts  connectivity availability
CABLE FREE COUNTRY The significant cost associated with cable theft in South Africa is forcing internest service provider to find alternative methods of providing connectivity

Data-driven HR can augment, rather than weaken, human touch

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 Data-driven human resource (HR) management systems are arming managers with facts to improve employee management and are also helping the company to attract and retain staff more effectively, says JSE-listed information technology multinational Dimension Data Middle East and Africa HR executive... 

Mintek, Unisa acquire 3D X-ray microscopy system

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th July 2018 Minerals beneficiator Mintek and Unisa’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology have jointly acquired a three-dimensional (3D) X-ray microscopy system, which the companies will launch on July 24 at Unisa’s Florida science campus.  

Ski Monkey paves the way to study the Indian Ocean

By: News24Wire      12th July 2018 The sun is shining, the sea is sparkling and a whole pod of humpback whales have been putting on the most spectacular display, leaping out of the water so close you can see the white and dark patterns on their bellies. It is a thrill to be near these big mammals, and everyone on the pool deck who... 

African countries rapidly expanding use of UAVs, while South Africa lags

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th July 2018 The number of applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in Africa is expanding rapidly, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) principal aeronautical engineer John Monk told the aviation session of the Southern African Transport Conference in... 

African countries rapidly expanding use of UAVs, while South Africa lags
Photo by CSIR
An unidentified CSIR research team member making adjustments to a CSIR-designed modular UAV

Home Affairs to automate births, marriages and deaths certification system

By: Nadine James     11th July 2018 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday announced a significant system upgrade aimed at facilitating the automation of the births, marriages and deaths (BMD) certification system. The BMD automation process forms part of the Department of Home Affairs’ (DHA’s) flagship R2.2-billion... 

Home Affairs to automate births, marriages and deaths certification system
Photo by Nadine James
Home Affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni, Minister Malusi Gigaba and deputy director-general Thulani Mavuso

Gauteng govt, UJ sign MoU for tech collaboration in social infrastructure delivery

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo and University of Johannesburg (UJ) vice-chancellor Professor Tshilidzi Marwala on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that paves the way for the use of cutting-edge technologies to ensure the more efficient delivery of social... 

Modest growth in device shipments expected this year – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     10th July 2018 Worldwide shipments of devices, including personal computers (PCs), tablets and mobile phones, are on pace to record 0.9% growth this year to reach 2.28-billion units, says market research and advisory multinational Gartner. The PC and tablet market is expected to decline by 1.2% this year, while... 

CSIR-designed LiDAR system to measure air quality in uMhlathuze

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has designed and built a mobile light detection and ranging (LiDAR) lab that will be operating at the University of Zululand, in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal.  

CSIR-designed LiDAR system to measure air quality in uMhlathuze
CSIR LiDAR system containerised

Israel plans to land unmanned spacecraft on moon in February

By: Reuters     10th July 2018 An Israeli non-profit group plans to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon in February in the first landing of its kind since 2013. The craft, which is shaped like a round table with four carbon fiber legs, is set to blast off in December from Florida's Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9... 

97% UN member States use Twitter – study

By: Thabi Madiba     10th July 2018 A new study has revealed that 97% of the 193 United Nations (UN) member States have a presence on Twitter, with the South African government’s Twitter page the fourth most active on the African continent. Global communications agency Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) released its yearly Twiplomacy Study... 

97% UN member States use Twitter – study

Mokonyane appoints broadcasting digital migration advisory council

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th July 2018 Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has appointed a broadcasting digital migration advisory council to advise on various issues on the digital terrestrial television (DTT) migration project. These included the analogue switch-off plan, strategies to increase DTT uptake by households and to... 

Digital content incubator launched at Tshimologong precinct 

By: Schalk Burger     9th July 2018 An incubation hub for digital audio-visual content opened on Monday in the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, through the support of the French development institution Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS). A... 

Digital content incubator launched at Tshimologong precinct
Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct CEO Lesley Williams

MTN Uganda says security personnel raided its data centre

By: Reuters     6th July 2018 MTN Uganda, a unit of the South African telecoms firm, said security personnel had raided its data and disconnected four of its servers. The firm said in a July 3 letter to the State-run telecommunications regulator that it had "reported to police a case of illegal intrusion into the data centre... 

Second-hand textbook sales app wins e-commerce competition

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 A second-hand textbook transaction application (app) written by a University of Cape Town (UCT) student was used from the start of the current academic year, and is being developed further to manage transactions after it won the UCT incubation competition. The app, Quillo, was developed by UCT... 

Russian nuclear group further develops cooperation with Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th July 2018 Russian 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 Burger     6th July 2018 The 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... 

Technology provides digital water solution for Africa

6th July 2018 The water industry has been focused on ushering in a new era of water management, with an emphasis on automation, the Internet of Things (IoT) and sophisticated data management and analysis software that enables the water end-user or plant operator to have valuable, actionable information, says... 

Technology provides  digital water solution  for Africa
GOING DIGITAL Siemens shows how digitalisation of water management processes is creating impressive new possibilities to increase efficiency and reduce costs

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 New technologies for water and wastewater treatment plants, as well as investments in ecological infrastructure, could reduce the risks of water pollution and failure of critical water supply infrastructure in the country, says global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon South... 

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis
Photo by Bloomberg
COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT South Africa is depending on a complex and technically challenging bulk-water supply which requires a high level of expertise and coordination

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