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Technology & Communications News

Labour joins Cooper’s plea for industry

By: System Author     27th August 1999 The non-existence of a national manufacturing strategy or policy is costing South Africa jobs every day. 

Surge in demand for computer rentals

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Information Technology 

Recession drains away power of local IT sector

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Information Technology 

Focus on human-resource compliance

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Information technology 

Trend to manage intellectual capital

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Information technology 

Company bucks IT outsourcing trend

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Information technology 

SA has three of Africa’s top ten telecom firms

By: System Author     20th August 1999 South Africa has three telecommunication operators in the top ten in Africa, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) statistics show. In the Communication Technologies Handbook 1999, released this month by research-house BMI-T, of Johannesburg, the ITU’s Michael Minges indicates that,... 

Renewed interest in Cape technopark

By: System Author     20th August 1999 The past two years have seen a renewed interest in Stellenbosch’s Technopark. 

Dinosaurs are prdictions of the future

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Tech Track 

R65m painting line for container facility

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Vessels, tank & containers 

Khotso Mokhele - NRF

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Leaders 

Coega development zone and port

By: System Author     6th August 1999 An integrated transportation study and a sewage treatment and return effluent study for the Coega development zone and port. 

Entrepreneurs coming out of the closet

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Although South Africa is not a naturally entrepreneurial country – with a 2% average against an international average of 10% – as interaction with the rest of the world, and Africa in particular, increases this will change, predicts Ntsika CEO Kate Moloto. 

'SA cellular sector falling short'

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Cellular telephony to date has fallen far short of its potential in South Africa, a leading university professor believes. 

Toxic waste versus nuclear fuel

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Tech Track 

Now it's contracts by voice

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Communications and information technology specialist Spescom, of Midrand, is pioneering voice capturing and biometric voice verification solutions which it hopes to take to world markets. 

Media phone for Net access

By: System Author     6th August 1999 The world’s first media phone for Internet access 

World-class training for telecoms industry

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Hitech Briefs 

Record-breaking drilling in England

By: System Author     30th July 1999 WORLD records are being established with every turn of the drill-bit at Wytch Farm oilfield in southern England, reports oil giant BP Amoco. Although Wytch Farm is listed as an onshore field, much of its oil extends out under the waters of Poole Bay on the south coast of England, in what is known... 

R4m IT upgrade

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Kwazulu-Natal water reticulation and sanitation authority Umgeni Water has upgraded its ageing computer infrastructure and network at its Maritzburg head office, as well as regional offices and waterworks throughout the province. The R4-million upgrade was designed in conjunction with networking... 

75 years on …

By: System Author     30th July 1999 From humble beginnings in a small workshop in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1923, Brook Hansen is celebrating 75 years in customised gear technology. Then known as Le Mecanique General, the company moved from the manufacturing of spare parts to the production of customised gears, under the leadership of... 

Flowmetering technology in steady advance

By: System Author     30th July 1999 With resource-management legislation expected to tighten as water becomes a scarcer commodity, international process-control specialist Krohne has announced its intention to extend its market focus to include the supply of flow-control and analysis equipment to wastewater and water-treatment... 

SA technikons research in the spotlight

By: System Author     30th July 1999 The technikon programme of the National Research Foundation (NRF) has come into its own with a series of research seminars aimed at showcasing the technikons’ various research activities as well as allowing the NRF to monitor the projects it is supporting, reports technikon programme... 

Gauteng firm clinches big Swazi contract

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Following the successful establishment of innovative computerised water-management systems throughout Southern Africa, Gauteng water-system information technology specialist Hydraulic Computer Service is undertaking an additional project in Swaziland, reports Southern Africa manager Allan... 

Wireless Internet access for two schools

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Two schools in the remote Manguzi region of northern Kwazulu-Natal, have become the beneficiaries of an information and communications solution by setting up a wireless Internet connection. A team at CSIR Information and Com-munications Technology determined to get the two schools... 

Bidder promises lower cellphone rates

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Improved pricing, technology and customer services are promised by one of the bidders for South Africa’s third cellular licence, Nextcom Cellular. The company is 40% owned by Hong Kong based operating partner Distacom and 60% by Nextcom Holdings, which is jointly owned by nine South African... 

Software boosts revenue flow of utilities

By: System Author     30th July 1999 By employing modern metering technology, optimising the accuracy of water meters supplying bulk consumers, and employing the latest data-capture and transfer technology, water utilities could increase revenue, reports Meinecke Meters MD Basil Bold. “Through the implementation of these... 

Camera contract secured for Brakpan casino

By: System Author     30th July 1999 System design and installation company Techpro will install 480 Panasonic cameras as part of its multimillion-rand contract to design, install and integrate all of Carnival City’s money-handling devices and on-line systems. Detailed design work on the contract started in April this year,... 

SA must retain its scientific persona

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 South Africa needs to expand its education and training base and strive towards a prosperous future while at the same time fighting the tendency to become a minimalist nation. This is the message from newly-established State-funded research funding agency, the National Research Foundation (NRF)... 

South Africa to send laser to the moon

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 SOUTH African engineers and scientists are working together to construct a laser system by the end of the year that will be able to measure the distance from the earth to the moon at an accuracy of within 10 mm. A consortium of 13 companies, led by laser technology company LaserM of Midrand,... 

France aids SA development

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 FRANCE’s Agence Fran 

26 000 orders for steel-structure system

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 South Africa’s booming brick-and-mortar low-cost housing sector is set for a radical shake-up with the entry of a tested steel-structure construction system which has already secured firm orders for 26 000 units over five years. The design, developed by Pika Construction MD Pieter Botma in... 

Noble gas production doubled

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Commissioning of Sasol Synthetic Fuels’ (SSF) R38-million plant to extract additional quantities of krypton and xenon gas at Secunda, Mpumalanga, has begun, in effect doubling production quantities. The rare gases are extracted from the atmosphere in SSF’s oxygen plant, through... 

R330m television decoder orders secured

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Electronics giant Altech has exceeded budget for its locally-designed, manufactured and distributed digital satellite television (DSTV) decoders having received orders worth more than R330-million for the past three months. The most recent order, valued at R45-million, has been awarded to Altech... 

SA telecoms preparing for competition

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 South African communications industry practitioners met in Johannesburg last week for a briefing on Project Sabre 2, a Cabinet-approved initiative set up to provide the framework for future radio band allocation – Sabre stands for the South African band replanning exercise (Sabre). The... 

Scientists to make diamonds from light

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 THE cultivation of extremely pure diamonds, not for use in jewellery but to be employed in the ever-growing computer industry, might become a reality in a few years with the help of locally-developed laser technology. South Africans could witness the local construction in the next five years of a... 

Stake acquired in security company

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 PRIVATE equity fund Gensec NSA has acquired a 26,4% interest in the LS Technology group, a company that provides turnkey solutions to the military, governmental, industrial and domestic security markets. LS Turnkey, of Gauteng, and its parent company, US Technology Group, offer services which... 

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