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Necsa hopeful that radioisotope production will restart soon

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th October 2018 South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane told “Engineering News Online” on Thursday that it was hoped that production at its subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes would restart in the near future. Operations at NTP were shut down in June following a breach in safety... 

Mobile laboratories use robots to teach children about sciences 

4th October 2018 The Inspired towards Science, Engineering and Technology, or I-Set, project, sponsored by petrochemicals company Sasol and facilitated by the University of South Africa, uses mobile laboratories and robotics kits to teach science to school children. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Mobile laboratories use robots to teach children about sciences
Mobile laboratories use robots to teach children about sciences

Revenue up, profit down, as EOH cuts cloth for future growth

By: Schalk Burger     3rd October 2018 JSE-listed information technology group EOH has separated into two companies as part of its work to renew the business and position it for growth. The EOH-branded information and communication technology (ICT) business will focus on digital services in a digitising economy and the Nextec company... 

Wits announces passing of SKA project research chair Sergio Colafrancesco

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd October 2018 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has announced the passing of Wits School of Physics member and scientist Professor Sergio Colafrancesco on September 30, following a battle with cancer. He was the School of Physics’ radio astronomy research chairperson for the Square Kilometre Array... 

Japan's Kansai to help Zambia paint out malaria

By: Reuters     2nd October 2018 Kansai Plascon, owned by Tokyo-listed Kansai Paint, has launched the world's first mosquito repellant paint in Zambia to help it reach a target to eliminate malaria by 2021, the company and a Japanese government official said. Malaria, spread by mosquitoes, is a treatable disease if caught early,... 

For African bush elephants, wrinkles are cool

By: Reuters     2nd October 2018 A study of the African bush elephants' vast network of deep wrinkles has found they are intricately designed to help the animals keep their cool, fight off parasites and defend against sun damage, scientists said on Tuesday. The fine pattern of millions of channels mean the elephants' skin can... 

Datatec expects to report improvement in H1 earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd October 2018 Following a strong start to the year, JSE-listed Datatec expects a more than 20% increase in all earnings a share metrics for the first six months ended August 31. The international information and communications technology company further said, on Tuesday, that a solid operational performance... 

MTN mulls scrapping Nigeria IPO, seeks options as spat hurts

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2018 MTN Group, the wireless carrier facing a combined $10-billion in claims from authorities in Nigeria, said it may no longer seek to raise capital through an initial public offering on the country’s stock exchange. Africa’s largest mobile carrier is reconsidering the IPO amid a dispute with... 

MTN mulls scrapping Nigeria IPO, seeks options as spat hurts

New species of dinosaur found in the Free State

By: News24Wire      28th September 2018 A new species of dinosaur, roughly double the size of a large African elephant, has been discovered in the Free State. "The plant-eating dinosaur, named Ledumahadi mafube, weighed 12 t and stood about 4 m high at the hips. Ledumahadi mafube was the largest land animal alive on Earth when it... 

South African missile test programme concluded on a high note

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th September 2018 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has announced the successful completion of the guided missile qualification test series for the A-Darter infrared (IR) homing short range air-to-air missile system. The A-Darter is a fifth generation missile that uses an imaging IR seeker... 

Musings on the local aerospace and defence industries

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th September 2018 Last week saw the latest edition of Africa Aerospace and Defence, still the continent’s premier exhibition in this sector, attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. And, naturally, drawing one’s thoughts to the state of the closely related but not identical aerospace and defence... 

Icasa finalises call termination rates regulations

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th September 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has finalised the latest Call Termination Regulations (CTR), with plans to gazette the new glide path on Friday. The final 2018 CTR, which is effective October 1, follows the completion of a review of the 2014 CTR and is the... 

Gauteng universities walk away with 14 research foundation awards

By: African News Agency      27th September 2018 Four Gauteng-based universities walked away with a combined total of 14 awards at the National Research Foundation (NRF) Annual Award Ceremony in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday night. University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the University of South Africa (UNISA),... 

MTN tells Nigerian staff to stay at home due to strike

By: Reuters     27th September 2018 South Africa's telecoms group MTN on Thursday told its staff in Nigeria to stay at home after the country's main unions launched a nationwide strike to demand a higher minimum wage from the government. Talks between the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the government to avert the strike broke... 

SACS goes live, greatly furthering global connectivity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2018 The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), which will provide a more direct route for Internet traffic in the Southern Hemisphere, is now on stream and open for commercial traffic. The system, which is wholly owned by Angola Cables, has been manufactured and powered by NEC Corporation and connects... 

Comsol, Samsung bring 5G communications to Soweto 

27th September 2018 As part of a pilot phase, enterprise-grade wireless infrastructure provider Comsol Networks and mobile, television & appliances giant Samsung South Africa partnered to launch fifth-generation communications in Soweto. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Comsol, Samsung bring 5G communications to Soweto
Comsol, Samsung bring 5G communications to Soweto

Mastercard introduces cashless payment for SA's prepaid utility services

By: African News Agency      26th September 2018 Mastercard said on Wednesday South Africans could now buy prepaid utility services or pay their accounts from about 600 bill issuers with the new EasyPay mobile app using Masterpass, the global digital payment service from the financial services firm. The initiative marks a milestone in... 

Mastercard introduces cashless payment for SA's prepaid utility services

Altron to post double-digit growth in H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th September 2018 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) on Tuesday said it expects a double-digit improvement in earnings for the six months ended August 31. Following the restructure of a number of core businesses, and the financial division of continuing and discontinued operations, the bulk of Altron’s... 

A ‘sovereign innovation fund’ proposed in draft technology policy

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has, in its recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), stated that a “sovereign innovation fund” is to be created. “There is a need for increased commercialisation funding,” said section 6.2 of the draft White... 

SA aims to set new innovation agenda as Draft White Paper is released

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 The Presidency is to lead a Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) “Plenary meeting” involving major sectors of South African government and society, Science and Technology Minister (Ms) MT Kubayi-Ngubane told the media at the recent launch of the Department of Science and Technology’s draft... 

Draft White Paper changes focus to improve impact on country

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology’s (DST’s) recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) contains a number of policy shifts in comparison with its predecessor, the 1996 White Paper on Science and Technology. These are intended to allow STI to fulfil its... 

Smart factories reshaping the face of manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 Advanced manufacturing technologies, connectivity and analytics are helping factories to become integrated, intelligent, adaptable and efficient, says Japanese-based industrial technology multinational Omron South Africa GM and sub-Saharan Africa head Victor Marques. This global trend is mirrored... 

Smart factories reshaping the face of manufacturing
VICTOR MARQUES Demands from manufacturers in South Africa indicate a sustained move towards advanced manufacturing and automation

Partnerships enable HighJump to bring new supply chain technology to Africa

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 With the help of its partners, supply chain software company HighJump is bringing new logistics, freight and warehouse technologies into South Africa and Africa. These technologies include the use of voice commands, which will be important to interact with automated systems and robots that are a... 

Cloud-based business tools can assist SMEs to integrate with large supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can use low-cost, cloud-based enterprise resource tools that can be customised to automate and improve business processes and reduce costs, says enterprise resource planning software firm Palladium Software CEO Stephen Corrigan. Basic uses of modern... 

MTN shares rise after Nigeria says reviewing information to resolve $8.1bn dispute

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 Shares in South Africa's MTN rose 5% on Thursday, after Nigeria's central bank said on Wednesday that it was reviewing information provided by the telecoms firm and four banks over a dispute on the repatriation of dividends. "The statement suggests there are some talks going on and the market... 

Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch 

20th September 2018 Vodacom has officially launched its standards-based, commercial fifth-generation, or 5G, service in Lesotho, delivering early access technology initially to two enterprise customers, with ambitions of eventually launching the service commercially in South Africa. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch
Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch

Uganda to renew MTN Group's telecoms operating licence

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 Uganda will renew the operating licence of the local unit of South African telecom company MTN Group, the state-run Uganda Media Centre said on Tuesday. The renewal comes with "with new stringent terms," the agency tweeted, without providing details. 

South African A-Darter guided missile test programme successfully concluded

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th September 2018 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Monday the successful completion of the guided missile qualification test series for the A-Darter infrared (IR) homing short range air-to-air missile system. The A-Darter is a fifth generation missile that uses an imaging IR... 

South African A-Darter guided missile test programme successfully concluded
Photo by Denel
An A-Darter missile on a wingtip launcher of a Gripen fighter

Mandela Mining Precinct to bolster mining sector  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th September 2018 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on Friday stressed the need for the mining industry to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Speaking at the launch of the Mandela Mining Precinct, in Melville, Johannesburg, she reassured the industry... 

Mandela Mining Precinct to bolster mining sector
Science & Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubyi-Ngubane discusses the role of the Mandela Mining Precinct in driving innovation in South Africa, while Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa chairperson Freddy Mugeri talks about exporting products from South Africa. Video: Nicholas Boyd; Editing: Christo Greyling.

DST prioritises innovation in new draft White Paper 

14th September 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about the contents of the new draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation. 

DST prioritises innovation in new draft White Paper
DST prioritises innovation in new draft White Paper

Trailblazers, innovators win awards at GIL

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 Trailblazers, innovators and entrepreneurs have been honoured with Best Practices Awards by global market research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. The company held its Growth, Innovation and Leadership awards banquet, in Cape Town, this week, to recognise the achievements of people in South... 

State companies, small businesses must be global players in ICT, says minister 

By: African News Agency      14th September 2018 The South African government was working to position state entities and small businesses as global players in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), according to telecommunications minister Siyabonga Cwele. “Our priority focus is to demonopolise the electronic and... 

State companies, small businesses must be global players in ICT, says minister
Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele

Top trends that are likely to change the way we work and live

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 Quantum computing and flying cars are two of the top trends that Frost & Sullivan has outlined within its top trends for 2018/19 at its CEO Think Tank in Cape Town.  The company has looked at trends that are changing the way we work and live. 

Bharti Airtel picks banks for London flotation of Africa business – sources

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 India's biggest mobile carrier Bharti Airtel has chosen UBS, JP Morgan and Citi to coordinate the London initial public offering of its Africa business, two sources familiar with the matter said. In February Bharti Airtel said the holding company for its Africa operations was looking at a... 

CSIR NLC to develop local photonics industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) National Laser Centre (NLC), in Pretoria, aims to contribute to the development of the South African photonics industry, says NLC head Delon Mudaly. “In relation to the global environment and the number of companies that exist worldwide,... 

CSIR NLC to develop  local photonics industry
PHOTONICS DEVELOPMENT The Photonics Prototyping Facility will officially be launched during the 2018/19 financial year

Laser leaving mark on product identification

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 Various industries are becoming increasingly aware of product identification solutions, owing to the upsurge of counterfeit products entering the local market from the Far East, says identification and traceability company Traceability Solutions MD Kelby Parker. This has resulted in a growing... 

Laser leaving mark on  product identification
KELBY PARKER Traceability Solutions provides custom and standard solutions for all industries

SA computing expertise benefits world’s most powerful particle accelerator

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th September 2018 South African researchers have played a key role in developing and running the very powerful computer system, and the subsequent data analysis, that supports the Atlas detector in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is the world’s biggest and most powerful particle accelerator. The LHC lies on... 

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