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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... 

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
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
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... 

Conference to focus on innovation

2nd February 2018 Information and communication technology (ICT) experts and decision-makers from both the public and private sectors and from academia are gathering at the Technology Innovation Conference hosted by the Gauteng provincial government (GPG) to analyse the wave of digital and technological innovation... 

Conference to focus on innovation
Photo by Bloomberg
TECHNOLOGY TAKEOVER The Technology Innovation Conference is reflecting on progress made in creating connectedness among government entities, citizens and businesses

Conference to focus on intra-Africa trade development

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd February 2018 This year, the Manufacturing Indaba’s theme is Industrialising Africa, which Manufacturing Indaba MD Liz Hart believes will support the development of more intra-Africa trade opportunities. “Africa is still relying on agriculture and the export of raw commodities for economic growth. Although... 

Conference to focus  on intra-Africa  trade development
CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES The Manufacturing Indaba will focus on Africa’s manufacturing potential

Digitalisation major topic at railways expo and conference

2nd February 2018 In line with trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and analytics and machine learning, digitalisation will play a major role in this year’s Africa Rail agenda. The conference will look at the innovative technologies and systems that are transforming the African industry and... 

Digitalisation major  topic at railways expo  and conference
GROWING NUMBERS Africa Rail organiser Terrapinn expects 7 000 attendees this year

Multinational initiative stimulating intraregional East African trade

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd February 2018 The multinational TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) initiative has been bearing fruit and, with its first phase having proved a success, it is now moving into its second phase. TMEA involves Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and is focused on promoting trade between the... 

IBM open-source food-safety blockchain system launched

By: Schalk Burger     2nd February 2018 Computing multinational IBM in December launched an open-source, blockchain system designed to provide transparency on food safety in China. The Blockchain Food Safety Alliance has as its initial signatories US mass retailer Walmart, Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com, as well as IBM and the Tsinghua... 

Hotels urged to capitalise on sharing economy

By: Schalk Burger     2nd February 2018 The hospitality industry is facing strenuous competition from short-term rental services provided through the Internet, such as those provided by Airbnb, so hoteliers should see how they can join in, says renowned Swiss hospitality management school Ecole hôteliere de Lausanne senior lecturer... 

South Africa needs to look closer at how innovation can benefit everyone – Pandor

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st February 2018 Amid unprecedented global technological change, South African stakeholders need to ask how the opportunities presented can be leveraged to deal with the nation’s own unique and complex challenges. As deliberations on technology and innovation continue, the question of how the opportunity can be... 

South Africa needs to look closer at how innovation can benefit everyone – Pandor
Photo by Duane Daws
Science & Technology Minister Naledi Pandor

New Southern Africa payment infrastructure being designed 

1st February 2018 Southern African payment clearing utility BankservAfrica and the regional banking community are working together to design a new payment architecture and infrastructure that will help to lower interbank transaction costs and allow new services to be offered, with a special focus on improving... 

New Southern Africa payment infrastructure being designed
New Southern Africa payment infrastructure being designed

Airbus’ new long-range narrow-body airliner makes first flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st January 2018 The latest model in Europe-based aerospace group Airbus’ single-aisle airliner family, the A321LR, made its maiden flight from Hamburg in Germany on Wednesday. The aircraft is MSN7877 and is a long range version of the A321neo (new engine option), hence the suffix “LR”. It is powered by CFM... 

Airbus’ new long-range narrow-body airliner makes first flight
Photo by Airbus
The A321LR takes off from Hamburg on its maiden flight

Vodacom revenue climbs 6.7%, makes solid gains in South Africa, internationally

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st January 2018 JSE-listed Vodacom has reported a strong group performance during the quarter ended December 31, as growth continues in the South African and international operations. Vodacom posted a 6.7% increase in group revenue to R22.6-billion and a 5.5% rise in service revenue to R18.4-billion. 

Altron appoints new human capital group executive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2018 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) has appointed Dolores Mashishi human capital group executive. Mashishi will be part of the Altron group executive committee and report directly to Altron CEO Mteto Nyati. 

Reunert acquires SkyWire

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2018 JSE-listed electronics and electrical engineering company Reunert has moved to acquire wireless broadband service provider SkyWire Technologies in an effort to expand its information and communications technology (ICT) portfolio. This acquisition complements the ICT segment’s expansion strategy... 

MTN expects improved FY17 headline earnings 

By: Anine Kilian     29th January 2018 JSE-listed MTN expects to report an improvement of at least 20% year-on-year for headline earnings per share (HEPS) and earnings per share (EPS) for the 12 months ended December 31, 2017. The telecommunications group reported a 77c headline loss a share and a 144c attributable loss a share in... 

Nigeria's 9mobile takeover looms as advisers evaluate bids – sources

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 Barclays Africa is examining takeover bids from five prospective buyers for Nigeria's debt-laden 9mobile, two banking sources said, although a deal may take a few months as it will involve restructuring the company's debt after a default last year. Barclays Africa, appointed by Nigerian banks to... 

Oldest human remains outside Africa found in Israeli cave

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 A partial jawbone bearing seven teeth unearthed in a cave in Israel represents what scientists are calling the oldest-known Homo sapiens remains outside Africa, showing that our species trekked out of that continent far earlier than previously known. Researchers on Thursday announced the... 

Rosatom competition winners tour nuclear facility

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom’s African subsidiary Rosatom Africa sponsored an all expenses paid trip to Russia for winners of the yearly student competition, held for the third time last year. The students visited the Novovoronezh nuclear power plant (NPP), as well as its training... 

Rosatom competition winners tour nuclear facility
RED SQUARE The prize comprised of a site visit to a Nuclear Power Plant and a cultural tour of Moscow, including Red Square and the Museum of Cosmonautics

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