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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

Intelligent management of data key to human-machine interactions

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 The way data is viewed, managed and used is becoming more complex, requiring intelligent management to enable people to interact with machines, devices and services, says enterprise information management multinational OpenText product marketing VP Stephen Ludlow. The effects and combinations of... 

Intelligent management of data key to human-machine interactions
STEPHEN LUDLOW The growth of connected devices, systems and people necessitates a change in the concepts of production and use of data

Kenya to use Alphabet's balloons for rural Internet

By: Reuters     5th July 2018 Kenya will use Alphabet Inc's system of balloons to beam high-speed Internet access in hopes of connecting more of its rural population to the web, its ICT minister said. Known as Project Loon, the technology was developed by Alphabet's X, the company's innovation lab. It was used by US telecom... 

Kenya to use Alphabet's balloons for rural Internet

Teraco to invest R1bn to expand Isando data centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Neutral data centre provider Teraco will be expanding its largest infrastructure build project to date, the Teraco Isando Campus (JB1), in Gauteng, by adding 2 000 cabinets during Phase 1, which will boost JB1’s capacity to 5 700 cabinets.  

Teraco to invest R1bn to expand Isando data centre
Teraco CFO Jan Hnizdo

Scientists hope test-tube embryos can save near-extinct white rhino

By: Reuters     5th July 2018 Scientists have created hybrid embryos from the sperm of near-extinct northern white rhinoceroses in the laboratory, hoping they can ultimately help save the species. The northern white rhino is the world's most endangered mammal, and its only two living members are a mother and daughter, living... 

Scientists hope test-tube embryos can save near-extinct white rhino

Unlocking South Africa’s high-demand spectrum 

4th July 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about how South Africa’s high-demand spectrum can benefit the country and the challenges telecommunications operators are facing as they await the allocation of this spectrum. 

Unlocking South Africa’s high-demand spectrum
Unlocking South Africa’s high-demand spectrum

South Africa works on policy as fintech gives rise to innovation

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd July 2018 South Africa’s complex financial technology (fintech) domain is in flux and morphing into never-seen-before services within every aspect of the financial sector, with regulators and policymakers working on a coordinated approach to policymaking that will leverage fintech innovation in a way that... 

South Africa urged to improve energy efficiency

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2018 A report commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and compiled by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has called for energy efficiency to be given “the priority it deserves” in future versions of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The report is entitled... 

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Building on record attendance of more than 2 280 visitors to Africa's leading transport, materials handling, logistics and fleet management event the TruckX Conference and Expo (TruckX) at the Kyalami grand prix circuit, in Midrand, last year, TruckX 2018 hopes to increase this year’s attendance... 

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year
BIGGER SPACE EQUALS BIGGER VISIBILITY The capacity for larger outdoor stands is seen in Sasol’s TruckX 2017 stand

Intelligent data management capabilities support future services

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 Intelligent data management across a company’s information technology environment is a key element supporting faster and more effective use of business data and new technologies and capabilities, such as Internet of Things (IoT) systems, which can involve thousands of different data-generating... 

Intelligent data management  capabilities support future services
GREGG PETERSEN Data in enterprises includes multiple devices and data sources per user, as well as multiple public and private cloud systems

Opportunity for smaller exporters amid global ecommerce trend

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The growth of e-commerce and changing retail industry trends provide entrepreneurs and small businesses with new opportunities to sell their products and services to international markets, says courier multinational FedEx Express Southern Africa operations VP Mike Higley. According to the PayPal... 

Entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration, education needed to advance Fourth Industrial Revolution – WEF chairperson  

By: Nadine James     28th June 2018 South Africa must create ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial activity and multistakeholder collaboration, while furthering innovation and education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) fields, if it is going to benefit from opportunities that result from the Fourth... 

Entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration, education needed to advance Fourth Industrial Revolution – WEF chairperson
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World Economic Forum executive chairperson Professor Klaus Schwab

South African computer boffins claim third place at international high-performance computing contest

By: News24Wire      28th June 2018 South African computer boffins have claimed third place at an international high-performance computer competition in Germany. The team, made up of Meir Rosendorff, Joshua Bruton, Kimessha Paupamah, Katleho Mokoena, Nathan Michlo and Njabulo Sithole, from Wits and the University of Limpopo,... 

STS develops world-first VR solutions to revolutionise mining training  

28th June 2018 Simulated Training Solution’s world-first VR blast wall and its VR cube have resulted in efficient, effective and memorable training programmes for Anglo American Platinum’s Engineering Services Training Centre and Murray and Roberts Cementation Training Academy. Nadine James has the story. 

STS develops world-first VR solutions to revolutionise mining training
STS develops world-first VR solutions to revolutionise mining training

Ellies announces new CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th June 2018 JSE-listed Ellies on Thursday announced the appointment of Shaun Prithivirajh as CEO, effective August 1. He succeeds Wayne Samson, who resigned in November 2017 and, in February, left the company in the hands of executive chairperson Elliot Salkow and CFO Adrian Bock while the appointment of a... 

Rebranded Ansys posts double-digit plunges in earnings, revenue

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th June 2018 Diversified digital technology group Etion, formerly known as Ansys, on Wednesday posted significant double-digit declines in earnings and revenue for the financial year ended March 31, owing to challenging market conditions. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) plunged 50% to 7.29c, while earnings... 

EOH names specialised solutions company Nextec as restructuring takes shape

By: Schalk Burger     27th June 2018 JSE-listed EOH has revealed the name of its new specialised solutions company as Nextec, while its information and communication technology (ICT) business will continue to operate under the EOH brand, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. This follows after the group, in March, announced... 

4-million-year-old skull is similar to ours

By: News24Wire      27th June 2018 For 23 years the intricacies of a 4-million-year-old cranium fossil discovered in the Jacovec Cavern in the Sterkfontein Caves remained a mystery to researchers. But thanks to high-resolution imaging technology, researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have discovered that the... 

Telkom appoints successor to CFO

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th June 2018 JSE-listed Telkom has appointed Tsholofelo Molefe as CFO and executive director, effective July 1, 2018, succeeding Deon Fredericks, who has been appointed as chief investment officer to enhance the group’s investment strategy. Qualified chartered accountant Molefe joined Telkom on July 1, 2016,... 

Telkom appoints successor to CFO
Photo by Dylan Slater
Telkom chief investment officer Deon Fredericks

Years-long delayed digital terrestrial television project assigned dedicated PMO

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th June 2018 As the years-delayed digital terrestrial television (DTT) project remains beset with numerous challenges inhibiting the full transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, the Department of Communications (DoC) has starting building a dedicated project management office (PMO) outside the... 

Bilateral nuclear agreement signed between Russians and Rwandans

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th June 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... 

Bilateral nuclear agreement signed between Russians and Rwandans
Photo by Rosatom
Rosatom Deputy Director General Nikolay Spasskiy (right) and Ambassador Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya pose with their copies of the MoU

Dimension Data acquires majority stake in e2y

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th June 2018 To add digital commerce capabilities to its digital business solutions portfolio, Dimension Data is acquiring a majority stake in digital commerce consultancy e2y for an undisclosed amount. e2y is expected to add further skills to Dimension Data’s digital infrastructure consulting and services... 

SAGCC, partners aim to digitalise industries

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) and its partners are looking into automating and digitalising South African supply chain industries. According to the SAGCC, there is a substantial shift towards automation and digitalisation in organisations in Germany and in... 

SAGCC, partners aim  to digitalise industries
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW STANDARD There is a shift towards automation and digitalisation of supply chains

Nontechnical issues present the main obstacles to nuclear’s role in future energy mix

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 Key issues regarding the future of nuclear power in South Africa were raised at the National Nuclear Regulator’s recent 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference, held in northern Johannesburg. The conference took place over three days.  

Nontechnical issues present the main obstacles to nuclear’s role in future energy mix

Company completes boiler modernisation project

22nd June 2018 Sustainable energy solutions provider Sumitomo SHI FW has successfully completed the delivery of a circulating fluidised-bed (CFB) boiler technology upgrade project to increase the oil shale retort gas combustion in an existing CFB boiler at energy group Enefit’s Narva power plant in Estonia,... 

Company completes boiler modernisation project
Photo by Bloomberg
DELIVERY DONE Sustainable energy solutions provider Sumitomo SHI FW has successfully completed a circulating fluidised-bed boiler technology upgrade project at energy group Enefit’s Narva power plant

‘No significant barriers’ to Africa’s adoption of advanced computing systems

By: Schalk Burger     22nd June 2018 The infrastructure environment can support complex, high-technology uses in businesses with inherent security and at high speed, says enterprise technology multinational IBM Systems GM Alex Gogh. The basis for the wide-scale use of high-technology business systems, including artificial... 

Free camera placement tools, IP solution aiding tech renewal

By: Schalk Burger     22nd June 2018 Security imagery specialist Graphic Imaging Technologies (GIT) has made a free-to-use camera placement tool available and has launched a solution that enables Internet protocol (IP) streams to be sent over older analogue coaxial cables, enabling users to use existing infrastructure to support new... 

Free camera placement tools, IP solution aiding tech renewal
LAURENCE SMITH All data of the TruWitness body-worn cameras are encrypted on the devices

Zimbabwe regulator cuts mobile data tariffs by 60 percent

By: Reuters     21st June 2018 Zimbabwe's telecoms regulator has cut the price of mobile data by 60% with effect from next month, it said on Thursday, adding that it will now review charges annually. Lower prices will likely increase the country's Internet penetration rate, which the country's regulator says stood at 50.8%... 

Gama cites need for digital change to ensure greater economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2018 With an unemployment rate of about 27% in South Africa, State-owned Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama highlights the need for creating, on an urgent basis, more job absorption strategies. This vision, he explained at the Vision 2030 Summit, in Johannesburg, on Thursday, will involve employing more of... 

Gama cites need for digital change to ensure greater economic growth
Photo by Dylan Slater
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

S African automotive sector encouraged to embrace Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2018 The automotive industry is undergoing tremendous transformation and change and there are various challenges that need to be addressed within South Africa’s automotive industry, African Innovators director Sherrie Donaldson said at the Manufacturing Indaba, in Sandton, on Wednesday. Speaking as... 

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