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R&D must be prioritised as Industry 4.0 disrupts

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     31st August 2018 Research and development (R&D) is crucial for the aviation industry and government should establish it as a national priority, says the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (Barsa) GM Ndiphiwe Ntuli. Barsa submitted its comments to the Department of Transport on the Revised White... 

Technical analytical firm offers sector-focused laboratory services

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 Sci-Ba focuses on providing highly technical analytical services for commercial companies across a range of industries and has been divided into ten sector-focused laboratories to cater for the needs of specific industries, says Sci-Ba co-founder and director David Long. Developing new tests and... 

Technical analytical firm offers sector-focused laboratory services
INDUSTRIAL TESTING Sci-Ba’s scientists are specialised in chemistry, environmental science, hydrology, geology and mineralogy serving Africa, Europe and the Middle East clients

New tech blurring human-machine lines – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 Five emerging technology trends will blur the lines between humans and machines, says market research multinational Gartner. Technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) for example, play a critical role in enabling companies to be ubiquitous, always available and connected to business... 

SA contribution to achieving SKA milestone

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) recently announced that the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Telescope Manager (TM) Critical Design Review (CDR) had been completed. (The TM is a system, not a person.) The SKA is an international project to build the world’s biggest radio... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

SA ERP provider integrates new capabilities into new offering

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 South African enterprise resource planning (ERP) multinational Syspro’s version 8 offers artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of things (IoT) platforms and analytics as part of its capabilities to allow for near real-time monitoring of all aspects of a business. Syspro Africa product manager... 

SA ERP provider integrates new capabilities into new offering
DEIDRE FRYER A continuous, real-time flow of data makes production and business processes visible, predictable and controllable

MTN plunges as Nigeria orders $8.1bn be refunded

By: Reuters     30th August 2018 Shares in MTN Group plunged as much as 19% early on Thursday, a day after Nigeria ordered the South African telecoms group and its bankers to return $8.1-billion. Nigeria's central bank said the funds had been illegally moved abroad. MTN denies the allegations. 

MTN plunges as Nigeria orders $8.1bn be refunded

Machine learning, knowledge management tools changing legal industry

By: Schalk Burger     29th August 2018 The legal profession, as with most other knowledge professions, is changing through, besides others, the use of machine learning tools used to ensure that legal information is leveraged and disseminated efficiently to lawyers to fulfil their tasks more quickly and more accurately, law firm Cliffe... 

New call termination rate proposal will entrench duopoly – Telkom

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th August 2018 The new draft Call Termination Rates need to take into account South Africa’s telecommunications market “reality” and not ignore the global convergence where fixed and mobile are no longer distinguished, information and communications technology group Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko said on Monday. The... 

Vodacom launches 5G internet service in Lesotho

By: Reuters     27th August 2018 South Africa's Vodacom launched what it said was Africa’s first commercial 5G internet service in Lesotho on Saturday, but said it would only be able to provide a similar service in its home market once spectrum was made available. Vodacom, South Africa's biggest mobile operator by market value,... 

International research team discovers two new Chinese dinosaurs

By: African News Agency      24th August 2018 An international research team on Thursday, announced the discovery of two new Chinese dinosaurs – the Bannykus and the Xiyunykus – both alvarezsaurs, an enigmatic group of theropod (meat-eating) dinosaurs. “Alvarezsaurs are weird animals,” said Professor Jonah Choiniere from the University of... 

Secure multicloud environments key to digital transformation

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2018 Providing application-centric security for multi-cloud environments is necessary to secure the many and increasing complex and cross-platform interactions of modern business and industry. Flexibility of use, movement of resources, data, workloads and accessibility across a range of devices are... 

Secure multicloud environments key to digital transformation
GAD ELKIN Running services as software packages enables F5 to protect and control apps wherever they reside

Icasa eyes market review notice by September, lists first priorities

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday said it would likely announce the start of a market inquiry into the identified priority markets that may require regulation intervention by the first week of September. Speaking during a roundtable at the Icasa... 

Blue Label holds its own in tough environment

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd August 2018 JSE-listed Blue Label’s achievement of relatively strong growth in a “tough year” illustrates the technology group’s resilience and robustness to weather the storm, joint CEO Mark Levy told media on Wednesday. Speaking at the group’s financial results presentation for the year ended May 31, he... 

Mobile consumer survey reveals industry change

By: Simone Liedtke     21st August 2018 The mobile industry is changing at an exponential rate as new influences shape the way consumer expectations rise and the competition, new and old, pile on advancements such as artificial intelligence, Deloitte’s ‘South Africa Mobile Consumer Survey 2017’ shows. Deloitte global telecoms, media... 

New tech blurring human-machine lines – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     21st August 2018 Five emerging technology trends will blur the lines between humans and machines, says market research multinational Gartner. Technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) for example, play a critical role in enabling companies to be ubiquitous, always available and connected to business... 

Cell C narrows losses, Ebitda rises in H1

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2018 Mobile operator Cell C has posted a 16% increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to R2.4-billion, as its net loss after tax narrowed by 33% to R645-million for the first half of this year, from a net loss of R968-million in the comparative period last... 

Icasa publishes findings on priority markets inquiry

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th August 2018 Plans to undertake a market inquiry of the identified priority markets that may require regulation intervention in terms of the Electronic Communications Act will be announced in due course, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) said on Friday. Mobile services, upstream... 

Key South African contribution in achieving milestone in development of SKA telescope

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th August 2018 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) announced on Friday that the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Telescope Manager (TM) Critical Design Review (CDR) had been completed. (The TM is a system, not a person.) The SKA is an international project to build the world’s biggest radio... 

Key South African contribution in achieving milestone in development of SKA telescope
Photo by South African Radio Astronomy Observatory
Precursor to the SKA: a recent photo of part of South Africa’s 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope array, which falls under SARAO

Multimillion-rand South African telescope to investigate mysterious dark energy

By: News24Wire      17th August 2018 A new multimillion radio telescope will be launched on Friday to probe the deep mysteries of radio bursts and dark energy. The instrument, dubbed HIRAX for the Hydrogen Intensity and Real Time Analysis eXperiment, will have its nucleus of 1 024 6 m dishes in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape... 

US nuclear company Westinghouse emerges from bankruptcy protection

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th August 2018 US major nuclear group Westinghouse Electric exited from bankruptcy protection (under Chapter 11 of US Bankruptcy Code) at the start of this month, when its takeover by Brookfield Business Partners came into effect. Brookfield, which is listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges and is... 

Uganda wants unit of MTN Group to list locally before licence extension

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 Uganda has asked the local unit of South African telecoms giant MTN Group to list some of its shares on the local stock exchange as a condition for renewing its operating licence, a top official told Reuters on Wednesday. Godfrey Mutabazi, head of telecoms sector regulator Uganda Communications... 

Iceberg water could be cheaper than desalination

By: News24Wire      16th August 2018 Icebergs can supply Cape Town with extra water in drought years at a far cheaper rate than a big desalination plant. It will cost R3.8-billion to use Antarctic iceberg water to bolster Cape Town's water supply for any three dry years that are likely to occur over the next 20 years – compared to... 

AfDB head calls for agriculture technologies to optimize African farmers' output

By: African News Agency      10th August 2018 African farms should be given access to technologies that will enhance production, with evidence from countries such as Nigeria demonstrating that technology coupled with strong government backing are yielding positive results, African Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina has said.... 

Growth projected for global industrial furnaces and ovens market

10th August 2018 The global industrial furnaces and ovens market will reach $10 800-million by 2025, according to a report by market researcher QY Research. The global industrial furnaces and ovens market was valued at $9 530-million in 2017 representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.6% between... 

Growth projected for global industrial furnaces and ovens market
Photo by Bloomberg
BRINGING THE HEAT Industrial furnaces and ovens are primarily used by industries to heat-treat metals to generate steam

Space agencies of South Africa and India strengthen cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th August 2018 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) formalised their relationship by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on the fringes of the recent Brics Summit in Johannesburg. (Brics is the alignment between Brazil, Russia, India, China, and... 

Do-it-yourself works for Pratley as it turns 70

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 Full control over raw-material sources, production and packaging, as well as the in-house expertise that this stimulates, enables the Pratley group of companies to develop innovative products, ensure quality control and grow, says Pratley CEO Kim Pratley. The company, which produces a well-known... 

Do-it-yourself works for Pratley as it turns 70
KIM PRATLEY Our laboratory provides the synergies of the business

Ongoing waterproofing for Innovation Hub campus

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Speciality chemicals manufacturer a.b.e. Construction Chemicals continues to provide large volumes of polyurea coating for the waterproofing of an expansive roof of one of the Innovation Hub campus’ new buildings in Gaborone, Botswana. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the... 

Ongoing waterproofing for Innovation Hub campus
COMPLETE COATING The waterproofing of an expansive roof of one of the Botswana Innovation Hub campus’ new buildings is about 90% complete

Industry provider to expand African footprint

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th August 2018 With many emerging and developing industries in Africa, as well as greater awareness of environmental issues and concerns, instrumentation manufacturer E Instruments regards the continent as an area of growth for its business. E Instruments product manager Bill Freed tells Engineering News that... 

Industry provider to  expand African footprint
IT’S A GAS E Instruments provides portable industrial combustion stack gas and emission analysers that can be used to measure stack gases emitted from furnaces, kilns, dryers and ovens

Ovens supplied to varied industries

10th August 2018 Global manufacturer of thermal-processing equipment Thermal Product Solutions (TPS) in July announced the shipment of a custom Gruenberg bench oven to the movable machinery industry. The bench oven is rated for Class B operation in accordance with the NFPA 86 specifications. 

Ovens supplied to varied industries
FACILITATING SAFETY Gruenberg products are designed to meet the highest standards of safety specifications

Karoo’s MeerKAT radio telescope sets scene for pioneering scientific discovery

By: Dylan Slater     10th August 2018 The Karoo-based MeerKAT radio telescope, located about 90 km from Carnarvon, in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated on July 13, giving the public a glimpse into what was unveiled as the best of its kind and a true benchmark in terms of pioneering scientific cosmic discovery, says South African... 

Karoo’s MeerKAT radio telescope sets scene  for pioneering scientific discovery

Company appoints resellers to install sealing systems

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Distributor and maintenance contractor Southern Africa Master Distributors (SAMD), which is the Africa representative for sealing solutions provider Beele Engineering, has trained and appointed resellers in key industries to install Beele Engineering products, says SAMD sales and marketing... 

Company appoints  resellers to install  sealing systems
Photo by Creamer Media
SOLAR SEALING Southern Africa Master Distributors is in negotiations to supply Beele Engineering products for a solar plant, in the Northern Cape

Blockchain can facilitate development of communal lands

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 Blockchain systems can provide a trusted registry of property ownership in communal lands, which can facilitate their development into productive assets, says Zimbabwean former commercial farmer and former chairman of the National Association of Dairy Farmers Dave Conolly. Conolly is researching... 

Blockchain can facilitate development of communal lands
Photo by Reuters
ZIMBABWEAN FARMING Commercial transformation on the back of ownership and productive use of assets supports development

Unctad, Alibaba say Africa is ripe for e-commerce opportunities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2018 Across Africa, e-commerce platforms flanked by payments, logistics, tourism and big data partners, are beginning to lift local economies, says e-commerce giant Alibaba’s Business School and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), which co-hosted the Netrepreneurs: The... 

MTN posts lower H1 profits, reports improved operational performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2018 Telecommunications giant MTN on Wednesday posted improved financial results on a constant currency basis for the first half of 2018, with growth achieved in service revenue and an increase in margins on earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda). For the six months... 

MTN posts lower H1 profits, reports improved operational performance

GCIS, Busa launch anticorruption pledge campaign

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) has, in partnership with Business Unity South Africa (Busa), launched the Anti-Corruption #ThumaMina pledge campaign. 

ARC to acquire 100% of TymeDigital

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 African Rainbow Capital (ARC), led by chairperson Patrice Motsepe, has reached an agreement to acquire, through its 50.1% held subsidiary, ARC Financial Holding Company (FinHoldCo), 90% of TymeDigital by Commonwealth Bank, for an undisclosed consideration. When concluded, FinHoldCo will own 100%... 

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