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UJ researchers discover promising anti-cancer drugs

By: African News Agency      28th March 2018 A new family of very promising silver-based anti-cancer drugs has been discovered by researchers in South Africa. Head of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Professor Marianne Cronjé, said on Wednesday that the most promising silver thiocyanate phosphine... 

Financial M&A deals in Africa, Middle East to drop in 2018 – Baker McKenzie

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Law firm Baker McKenzie’s global transactions forecast predicts that the value of financial sector mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Africa and the Middle East will drop to $9-billion in 2018, down sharply from $29.5-billion in 2017.  

EOH grows revenue, but profit falls in H1

By: Schalk Burger     28th March 2018 JSE-listed information technology services multinational EOH has grown its revenue for the six months ended January 31, by 19% to R8.35-billion compared with R7.03-billion in the corresponding period in 2017. Its profit, however, decreased by 6.5% year-on-year to R784-million as a result of... 

Communications Committee recommends removal of Icasa chair

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th March 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Communications has recommended the removal of Rubben Mohlaloga from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) council. This follows a request from Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane to start the removal process after the Pretoria... 

Plug-and-play IoT edge gateway launched for industry, mining

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2018 Information technology (IT) hardware multinational DellEMC and local Internet of Things (IoT) developer IoT.nxt have launched an edge computing device, called the Raptor, which enables businesses to deploy an IoT network in their operational environments to integrate existing sensors and... 

UK defence technology breakthrough could cut titanium parts production costs by half

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2018 The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on Monday that its Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (officially abbreviated to Dstl) had, in cooperation with the University of Sheffield, developed of a radical new method of producing titanium parts. Dstl has so far invested almost £30... 

UK defence technology breakthrough could cut titanium parts production costs by half
Photo by Crown Copyright (UK)
The FAST-forge technology demonstration unit at the University of Sheffield

IoT security spending set to increase in 2018

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2018 Research and advisory multinational Gartner forecasts that worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $1.5-billion in 2018, a 28% increase from 2017’s spending of $1.2-billion. Spending on IoT security is increasing, and a survey has revealed that one in five organisations... 

Helios scraps listing plans

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2018 Sub-Saharan Africa-focused telecommunications tower operator Helios Towers has scrapped plans for a main listing on the LSE and a secondary inward listing on the main board of the JSE after shareholders scuppered the plans. Earlier in March, the tower operator outlined its intention of listing,... 

Digital payments can boost urban economies, support smart cities

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2018 Digital payments technology is a crucial enabler of smart cities and can provide significant benefits to consumers, businesses, governments and economies. Changes to the way in which people and companies pay for goods and services – brought about mainly by digital technologies – present an... 

Cloud services helping companies change business IT

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2018 Transitional cloud services and offerings are helping companies to change their business information technology (IT) and hardware gradually, allowing them to familiarise themselves with the new business objectives of responsiveness, adaptability and data stewardship, says Oracle Africa cloud... 

New research facility to unlock economic potential of South Africa’s biomass waste

By: Shirley le Guern     20th March 2018 The Department of Science and Technology and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Tuesday launched a R37.5-million Biorefinery Development Facility (BIDF) in Durban that will bridge the gap between research and development and industrialisation, while helping to rejuvenate... 

New research facility to unlock economic potential of South Africa’s biomass waste
Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and Biorefinery Development Facility group leader Bruce Sithole

South Africa joins global AI community

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2018 Global nonprofit organisation City.AI has welcomed South Africa as a new member and is inviting local artificial intelligence (AI) practitioners to attend its first Cape Town City.AI event, which will be held on March 27.  

South Africa joins global AI community

Zambia picks Unitel unit as fourth mobile operator

By: Reuters     20th March 2018 Zambia has selected a unit of Dutch company Unitel International Holdings as the country's fourth mobile phone service provider, the communications regulator said on Monday. The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) said in a statement that Unitel had pledged to... 

Joint SA-UK research programmes going well

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th March 2018 South Africa is one of the most successful partner countries for the UK in terms of scientific research and technological development. “The scale of [research and development (R&D)] institutional links and Governmental links are enormous,” highlights British High Commission (Pretoria) UK Regional... 

Conlog kicks off expansion strategy with Joburg office opening

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th March 2018 Durban-based prepayment solutions group Conlog has established a commercial presence in Midrand, Gauteng, as the first step in its new geolocation expansion strategy. The group, which was established in Durban in 1965 and is now a subsidiary of JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG),... 

Company expands offering through IoT partnership

By: Paige Müller     16th March 2018 Industrial automation software developer and supplier Adroit Technologies has expanded its offerings through its partnership with Internet of Things (IoT) network provider SqwidNet.   Adroit Technologies MD Dave Wibberley says the global industrial automation industry is robust and growing... 

Company expands  offering through  IoT partnership
CHETAN GOSHALIA, RESHAAD SHA, DAVE WIBBERLEY, GRANT JOYCE, JOHAN NIEUWENHUIZEN Adroit Technology recognises the Internet of Things as a rapidly growing local market which has resulted in its recent partnership with Internet of Things network provider SqwidNet

Increased demand for user-friendly measuring equipment

By: Paige Müller     16th March 2018 Optimass Coriolis mass flowmeters supplied by industrial process instrumentation manufacturer and supplier KROHNE, now all include Entrained Gas Management (EGM’s) algorithm technology. The EGM algorithm has greatly improved flowmeter capabilities, says KROHNE national sales manager Clayton... 

Increased demand for user-friendly  measuring equipment
OPTIMASS CORIOLIS FLOWMETER The entire KROHNE Optimass Coriolis flowmeter now incorporates KROHNE’s patented Entrained Gas Measurement algorithm

PQ Box 150 meets user-friendly measuring equipment demand

By: Paige Müller     16th March 2018 There has been notable consumer demand for the supply of reliable and more user-friendly industrial measuring equipment, says electrical solutions engineer and supplier Magnet Group’s a.eberle sales engineer Tjaart van der Walt. “Industry automation and digitisation are becoming increasingly... 

PQ Box 150 meets  user-friendly measuring equipment demand
ANALYSIS SOFTWARE The PQ Box 150 analysis software automatically generates reports adhering to IEC 61000-2-2 standard

Investments in business controls result in shift in economic crime detection

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2018 Investments made to detect fraud and corruption have resulted in more of these economic crimes being detected by corporate controls and oversight mechanisms, corporate services multinational PwC Forensics Services partner Trevor White says. Detailing the findings for South Africa of the... 

AI opens new cyberattack front, but could also bolster defences

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2018 Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the way cybercriminals and their bots scan for and exploit vulnerabilities in corporate and utility networks, but the same tools can also be used to defend against adapting cyberthreats. Cybersecurity multinationals Fortinet, Trend... 

AI opens new cyberattack front, but could also bolster defences

ICT infrastructure still following the money, but new model possible

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2018 Information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure being built to support the growing use of digital technologies is following wealth and, by extension, apartheid spatial-patterns, but this can be corrected through development financing and city planning, says University of... 

University upgrades electronic engineering laboratory equipment

By: Paige Müller     16th March 2018 Process control equipment solutions provider Comtest has recently completed the refurbishment of Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT’s) Electrical Engineering Department’s Electronic Engineering laboratory. The refurbishment project, which was finalised and fully functional by the second... 

University upgrades electronic  engineering laboratory equipment
NEWLY UPGRADED Tshwane University of Technology’s Electrical Engineering Department has recently undertaken a major refurbishment on its laboratory

New Boeing jets will bring lower costs for local airline group

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2018 The entry into service of eight next generation Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with South Africa’s private-sector Comair airline group will cut the airline’s fuel expenditure per seat by 15%. This was highlighted by Comair CEO Erik Venter at a press conference on Thursday. (This assumes that the fuel... 

New Boeing jets will bring lower costs for local airline group
Photo by Boeing
A Boeing 737 MAX 8 flight test development aircraft

Africa's first pharmacy ATM to cut Gauteng hospital queues

By: African News Agency      15th March 2018 Regular visits to public hospitals and clinics in Gauteng are dreaded by many, principally because of the typical queues and the long hours one has to sacrifice just to get one's hands on life-saving chronic medication. In the sprawling Alexandra township, north-east of Johannesburg, patients on... 

 Africa's first pharmacy ATM to cut Gauteng hospital queues
Pharmacy Dispensing Unit

Regulation still a constraint, despite potential benefits of IoT

By: Schalk Burger     14th March 2018 The regulatory framework and new regulations governing the applications and use of new technologies is still restrictive and does not make allowance for Internet of Things (IoT) use cases that can improve efficiencies and benefit civil society, speakers at the IoT Forum Africa, in Midrand, said... 

Local satellite programme needs funding boost

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th March 2018 South Africa's current Earth observation satellite programme, presently known as EO-Sat1, is still not fully funded, South African National Space Agency (Sansa) executive director for the space programme, Amal Khatri, told Engineering News Online. He was speaking on the sidelines of the Sansa... 

Minister says data prices in South Africa won't fall because industry is highly concentrated

By: African News Agency      14th March 2018 The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele said on Tuesday that the cost of communication and data prices in South Africa were not declining because the industry was "highly concentrated" with customers enjoying no competition. The #DataMustFall campaign gained... 

ELB pulls South Africa into Fourth Industrial Revolution with IoT.nxt

By: Simone Liedtke     13th March 2018 JSE-listed ELB Engineering Services believes it can “leapfrog” South Africa into the Fourth Industrial Revolution by implementing Internet of Things (IoT) platforms at mineral processing plants. The company aims to achieve this through an exclusive technology partnership with software developer... 

ELB pulls South Africa into Fourth Industrial Revolution with IoT.nxt
Photo by Martin Creamer
IoT.nxt mining director of partnerships Eric Croeser and ELB CE Stephen Meijers

Stone Age people in South Africa unharmed by supervolcano eruption

By: Reuters     13th March 2018 A supervolcano eruption about 74 000 years ago on Indonesia's island of Sumatra caused a large-scale environmental calamity that may have decimated Stone Age human populations in parts of the world. But some populations, it seems, endured it unscathed. Scientists on Monday said excavations at two... 

EOH announces restructuring, management changes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2018 Technology services group EOH on Monday announced a major restructuring and said that it had appointed founder and former CEO Asher Bohbot as executive chairperson. The restructuring would entail the creation of two independent businesses, each with its own identity, growth strategy, go-to market... 

Space agency highlights constraints and opportunities for local space sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th March 2018 The development of South Africa's space sector and, within that, the space industry, has been hampered by financial constraints. So highlighted South African National Space Agency (Sansa) CEO Dr Val Munsami in his address to the Sansa Space for National Development Conference on Monday. "We've... 

Exciting prospects for national space agency

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th March 2018 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has a number of exciting opportunities for the next few years, CEO Dr Val Munsami told Engineering News Online on Monday. These include collaborations with other countries in Africa as well as with major global space agencies. Some of the proposed... 

Comair announces selection of Honeywell avionics for its new airliners

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 South Africa’s second largest airline company, Comair, and American software-industrial group Honeywell announced on Friday that the airline has chosen the US group’s advanced cockpit technologies suite to equip the Boeing 737-800 MAX 8 airliners that it is acquiring. The suite will include a... 

Comair announces selection of Honeywell avionics for its new airliners
Photo by Honeywell
An IntuVue RDR-4000 radar in the nose of Honeywell’s Convair 580 flying test bed

Conference to shed light on CO2-based production technologies

9th March 2018 The sixth edition of the international Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemicals and Polymers conference will take place in Cologne, Germany in mid-March. More than 200 industry and research experts are expected to attend the symposium. Organiser, independent institute Nova-Institute, has... 

Conference to shed  light on CO2-based  production technologies
CAPTURED CARBON-DIOXIDE It is only a matter of time before carbon dioxide is an important feedstock of the chemicals and energy industries

SA’s radioisotope producer restarts production

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on February 21 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... 

Global industry leaders to address World Petrochemical Conference

9th March 2018 Global chemicals, refining, and oil industry leaders and experts will be among those to address the World Petrochemical Conference (WPC) 2018 taking place at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston, in the US from March 19 to 23. The thirty-third annual WPC will welcome more than 80 speakers and 1... 

Global industry leaders to address  World Petrochemical Conference
DIVERSE ATTENDANCE There will be 1 300 attendees from more than 40 countries at this year’s World Petrochemical Conference

Rope access company using new technology at petrochemicals giant

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders Access Specialists has started using the Elios drone, from Swiss drone manufacturer Flyability, at a large petrochemicals company, in Mpumalanga. “Skyriders is at the forefront in terms of using drones in tandem with rope access services; they complement... 

Rope access company  using new technology at petrochemicals giant
DYNAMITE DRONES The collision-tolerant drones can enter confined spaces indoors and ensure that conditions are safe and adequate for the rope access team to inspect

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