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Engie acquires Southern African HVAC companies

23rd February 2018 Multinational electric utility company Engie has acquired air conditioning company Thermaire Investments as well as its sister company heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) products and services provider Ampair. This is a major step for Engie in developing its energy services in... 

Inferior imports likely to increase in refrigerant industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     23rd February 2018 Illegal inferior refrigerants imports will increase as the ongoing phasing out of hydrochlorofluorocarbon and the impending phase out of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases progresses, argues speciality chemical and gas supplier A-Gas South Africa national sales manager Michael Labacher. “These... 

Inferior imports  likely to increase in  refrigerant industry
Photo by Duane Daws
LAB INSPECTION A-Gas tests and inspects refrigerants to ensure that they are legitimate and meet global specifications prior to shipment to South Africa

Machine learning to improve IT service management

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2018 Intelligent automation, big data analytics and machine learning systems will become a significant part of information technology (IT) services and support decision-making, enhance staff productivity and facilitate smart self-service for end-users, says workflow specialist firm Marval Africa... 

Machine learning  to improve IT  service management
EDWARD CARBUTT Machine learning links an organisation’s knowledge management with its capacity to provide the right knowledge to the right people at the right time

Altron says independent investigation finds no DTT collusion

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2018 An Allied Electronics- (Altron-) commissioned independent investigation has cleared the group’s subsidiaries of alleged collusion in the 2015 set-top box (STB) tender for government’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) project. Altech UEC had failed in its bid for the DTT tender in 2014;... 

UCT civil engineering graduate wins national award for waterless urinal study

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2018 University of Cape Town (UCT) civil engineering graduate Tinashe Chipako won the 2018 South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) National Investigative Project Showdown for his research project on the feasibility of implementing waterless urinals on UCT’s upper campus. The Western... 

Blue Label posts higher earnings on acquisitions

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2018 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms on Thursday posted a surge in earnings for the six months to November 30, following the acquisitions of 45% of mobile operator Cell C and 47.37% of 3G Mobile. The group’s earnings per share and headline earnings per share (HEPS) increased by 110% to 167.43c and 109%... 

Blue Label posts higher earnings on acquisitions
Photo by Duane Daws
Blue Label joint CEO Brett Levy

Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

22nd February 2018 Mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed an innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger to refine and improve the execution of recruitment in the mining industry.  

Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

South African radioisotope producer restarts production

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st February 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on Wednesday that its subsidiary company, NTP Radioisotopes, had resumed production. Necsa shut down operations at NTP in late November due to non-compliance with safety protocols at the radioisotope producer, a step with which the... 

South African radioisotope producer restarts production
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
The Necsa complex at Pelindaba

Icasa to hold public hearings on end-user and subscriber service charter regulations

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th February 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has announced that March 1 and 2 have been earmarked for public hearings into the second draft of the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations. Following the receipt of 13 written submissions, the communications authority... 

Cell C FY17 rallies on Blue Label recapitalisation

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th February 2018 South Africa’s third-largest mobile operator Cell C on Tuesday posted strong financial results for the year ended December 31, bolstered by the R5.5-billion recapitalisation programme led by JSE-listed Blue Label last year. The recapitalisation, which resulted in Blue Label earning a 45% stake in... 

Cell C FY17 rallies on Blue Label recapitalisation
Photo by Duane Daws
Cell C CEO Jose dos Santos

Cryptocurrencies speculative, but blockchain can bring positive disruption – S&P’s

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2018 Global ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P’s) currently views cryptocurrencies as speculative instruments that will have an “insignificant effect on global financial stability if its value were to collapse”, but that blockchain – a shared digital transaction ledger – presents an opportunity... 

Altron secures R585m Limpopo broadband project

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th February 2018 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) subsidiary Altech Radio has been awarded a three-year, R585-million contract to establish an affordable, secure, open-access broadband network in Limpopo. Phase one of the Limpopo provincial government-led project, implemented through Limpopo Connexion, will... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th February 2018 “People are concerned about noise, emissions, and safety. We are working to make aviation safer, greener and more comfortable for people,” highlighted Professor Sergey Chernyshev, General Director of Russia’s renowned Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (much better known in English by the... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

Global megatrends reshaping quality and standards

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Global megatrends and social changes brought about by the use and integration of digital technologies in personal, commercial and industrial processes are changing testing, verification, certification and compliance processes, and are placing new demands and requirements on businesses to ensure... 

Global megatrends reshaping quality and standards
NEDA TAGHADOSI Clients can access e-learning courses and gap-analysis tools to evaluate their level of compliance to the new standards

Bureau Veritas 2020 strategy includes strong digital component

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Inspection, testing, verification and certification multinational Bureau Veritas chief digital officer Thomas Daubigny is leading the company’s digital transformation strategy, which aims to improve the efficiency of the company, provide new tools to conduct its work and reform its operating... 

Franklin Electric launches IoT trial to monitor performance of water pumps

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Pump and motor multinational Franklin Electric Southern Africa is conducting a large-scale live test trial of an equipment monitoring Internet of Things (IoT) system to monitor the conditions of pumps that are part of a water reticulation system. The company is exploring how it can use its... 

Newly expanded Joburg data centre to serve cloud demand in SA

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Africa Data Centres, part of pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has expanded its Midrand-based data centre to a 7 MW, 3 000 m2 carrier-neutral facility to better serve demand for cloud and co-location services in Southern Africa, says Liquid Telecom group CTO Ben Roberts. It has also... 

Newly expanded Joburg data centre to serve cloud demand in SA
NEW COOL The data centre uses a closed-loop water heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, which only uses a small amount of water for humidification

Blue Label to post higher interim earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th February 2018 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms on Thursday said it expects its basic earnings per share (EPS) and headline and core headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended November 30 to surge by between 93% and 115%. The company expects to post EPS of between 159.25c and 175.61c apiece for... 

CIOs plan to implement AI, but should focus on learning – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     14th February 2018 The use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in businesses is set to grow, but CIOs should focus on using pilot projects to ready their businesses to use the technology, information technology market research multinational Gartner said on Wednesday. Its ‘2018 CIO Agenda Survey’ found that... 

Shutdown of radioisotope subsidiary is a crisis for nuclear corporation and for the country

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th February 2018 The safety compliance failures at NTP Radioisotopes, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), has created a crisis within the parastatal and for the country’s nuclear medicine community and its patients. Necsa shut down operations at NTP in... 

Shutdown of radioisotope subsidiary is a crisis for nuclear corporation and for the country
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An aerial view of Necsa’s Pelindaba complex

SARB stays abreast of latest fintech developments

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th February 2018 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has established a financial technology (fintech) programme to strategically assess the emergence of fintech in a structured and organised manner, and to consider its regulatory implications. The central bank explains that the programme is aimed at tracking... 

EOH acquires LSD IT to lead open source works in Africa

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2018 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) multinational EOH has acquired Linux-focused enterprise open-source technology company LSD Information Technology (IT) to lead its open-source offerings in Africa. The acquisition, the value of which was not disclosed, addresses an... 

Jasco delivers weaker H1 results

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th February 2018 JSE-listed Jasco Electronics on Monday posted weaker first-half financial results as the company faces tough market conditions. For the six months ended December 31, Jasco reported an 81% decline in headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 1.2c and a fall of 68% in earnings per share (EPS) to 2c. 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 There is a renaissance of interest in using robotics in mining in South Africa,” affirms Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency area research group Leader Peter Bosscha.... 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

Next-generation automated driving vehicle introduced

9th February 2018 Research and development enterprise Toyota Research Institute (TRI) presented Platform 3.0, its next-generation automated driving research vehicle, at January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, US. The new platform is based on a Lexus LS 600h L and combines greater technological... 

Next-generation automated driving vehicle introduced
NEXT GENERATION Platform 3.0 is one of the most perceptive automated driving test cars on the road

Lack of communication impacts on safety

By: Paige Müller     9th February 2018 Many large companies typically do not have the required technology or resources available to adequately communicate with lower-level staff, which software company Wyzetalk believes affects industry health and safety negatively. “Organisations provide a corporate email address for executives and... 

Lack of communication impacts on safety
GYSBERT KAPPERS Constant health and safety communications result in safety practices becoming habitual in an organisation

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0, says Paramount head

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 Africa is not alone in its unpreparedness for shifting into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, but it has the potential to gain the most out of such a development by finding new ways of manufacturing, says aerospace and defence company Paramount group executive chairperson Ivor... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0,  says Paramount head
MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA Paramount Group’s Mwari aircraft is a testament of digital technology at work as it is designed entirely in a digital format, thereby enabling for a jigless construction

Global aeronautics body promoting networking among young researchers

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 The International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) is seeking to develop international interactions between young professionals working in both technical and non-technical areas of aviation research around the world. This initiative is described as “early career networking” and is a focus area... 

Hyundai and Cisco collaboration to disrupt automotive industry

9th February 2018 Automotive manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company and technology conglomerate Cisco Systems have revealed a new technology roadmap that will enable next-generation in-vehicle networking with security. Additionally, the companies have shared their timelines for commercial deployment of... 

Hyundai and Cisco collaboration to disrupt automotive industry
INNOVATION COLLABORATION Hyundai and Cisco have been collaborating since 2016

Ransomware attacks among major cybersecurity risks for industrial companies

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 Ransomware attacks and targeted attacks will continue to be major cybersecurity risks for industrial companies this year, as well as the continued rise of targeted fraud attacks on industrial companies, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab industrial control systems (ICS) computer... 

Smart city initiatives must be ‘part of long-term vision’ – Huawei

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 Using information and communication technologies, and more broadly digital technologies, in cities must be part of long-term, sustained transformative visions to ensure that a city and its systems improve over time, says Huawei Enterprise Government and Public Utility Sector VP Edwin Diender.... 

Smart city initiatives must be ‘part of long-term vision’ – Huawei
EDWIN DIENDER The smart city concept is about developing a broad platform to support a wide and dynamic range of initiatives and functions

New payment infrastructure designed to meet modern financial demands

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 A new payment architecture and infrastructure is being designed to provide the transactional capabilities necessary to allow for new and faster financial services, says South Africa-based automated payments clearing house BankservAfrica CEO Chris Hamilton. BankservAfrica has renewed its... 

New payment infrastructure designed to meet modern  financial demands
BANKSERVAFRICA BankservAfrica, in Selby, Johannesburg, facilitates payments clearing between financial organisations

Machine learning offers slew of advantages

By: Nadine James     9th February 2018 In a recent study, information technology (IT) research company Gartner posed that, “by 2019, IT service desks [using] machine learning enhanced technologies will free up to 30% of support capacity.” This idea is supported by Marval Africa executive director Edward Carbutt who believes that the... 

Solar-asset marketplace using cryptocurrency, blockchain to monetise solar energy

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 SUNEX, a new South African cryptocurrency representing the value of power produced and dispatched from the bearer's solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, helps to support and accelerate the rollout and use of PV solar renewable-energy technologies, says Sun Exchange co-founder and CEO Abraham... 

South African professor receives prestigious award

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2018 University of South Africa (Unisa) Unesco-Unisa chair in nanosciences and nanotechnology Professor Malik Maaza has been awarded the African Union (AU) Kwame Nkrumah Award for Scientific Excellence (Auknase), recognising his pioneering work in science and technology. The award is the AU's the... 

VR technology incorporated into working-at-height training programme 

8th February 2018 Arcelor Mittal South Africa has already seen a return on investment on its newly commissioned Working at Heights virtual reality training programme, used to determine trainees’ fear of heights and to test their functioning at height. Nadine James has more. 

VR technology incorporated into working-at-height training programme
VR technology incorporated into working-at-height training programme

Nimbus takes 26.5% stake in Paratus Namibia

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2018 Namibian Stock Exchange- (NSX-) listed capital-pool company Nimbus Infrastructure has bought a 26.5% stake in Pan-African telecommunications company Paratus Africa’s Namibian operations for N$95-million. The deal resulted in Nimbus acquiring 8% of the issued share capital in Paratus for a cash... 

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