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Partnerships enable HighJump to bring new supply chain technology to Africa

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 With the help of its partners, supply chain software company HighJump is bringing new logistics, freight and warehouse technologies into South Africa and Africa. These technologies include the use of voice commands, which will be important to interact with automated systems and robots that are a... 

Cloud-based business tools can assist SMEs to integrate with large supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can use low-cost, cloud-based enterprise resource tools that can be customised to automate and improve business processes and reduce costs, says enterprise resource planning software firm Palladium Software CEO Stephen Corrigan. Basic uses of modern... 

MTN shares rise after Nigeria says reviewing information to resolve $8.1bn dispute

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 Shares in South Africa's MTN rose 5% on Thursday, after Nigeria's central bank said on Wednesday that it was reviewing information provided by the telecoms firm and four banks over a dispute on the repatriation of dividends. "The statement suggests there are some talks going on and the market... 

Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch 

20th September 2018 Vodacom has officially launched its standards-based, commercial fifth-generation, or 5G, service in Lesotho, delivering early access technology initially to two enterprise customers, with ambitions of eventually launching the service commercially in South Africa. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch
Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch

Uganda to renew MTN Group's telecoms operating licence

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 Uganda will renew the operating licence of the local unit of South African telecom company MTN Group, the state-run Uganda Media Centre said on Tuesday. The renewal comes with "with new stringent terms," the agency tweeted, without providing details. 

South African A-Darter guided missile test programme successfully concluded

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th September 2018 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Monday the successful completion of the guided missile qualification test series for the A-Darter infrared (IR) homing short range air-to-air missile system. The A-Darter is a fifth generation missile that uses an imaging IR... 

South African A-Darter guided missile test programme successfully concluded
Photo by Denel
An A-Darter missile on a wingtip launcher of a Gripen fighter

Mandela Mining Precinct to bolster mining sector  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th September 2018 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on Friday stressed the need for the mining industry to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Speaking at the launch of the Mandela Mining Precinct, in Melville, Johannesburg, she reassured the industry... 

Mandela Mining Precinct to bolster mining sector
Science & Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubyi-Ngubane discusses the role of the Mandela Mining Precinct in driving innovation in South Africa, while Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa chairperson Freddy Mugeri talks about exporting products from South Africa. Video: Nicholas Boyd; Editing: Christo Greyling.

DST prioritises innovation in new draft White Paper 

14th September 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about the contents of the new draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation. 

DST prioritises innovation in new draft White Paper
DST prioritises innovation in new draft White Paper

Trailblazers, innovators win awards at GIL

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 Trailblazers, innovators and entrepreneurs have been honoured with Best Practices Awards by global market research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. The company held its Growth, Innovation and Leadership awards banquet, in Cape Town, this week, to recognise the achievements of people in South... 

State companies, small businesses must be global players in ICT, says minister 

By: African News Agency      14th September 2018 The South African government was working to position state entities and small businesses as global players in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), according to telecommunications minister Siyabonga Cwele. “Our priority focus is to demonopolise the electronic and... 

State companies, small businesses must be global players in ICT, says minister
Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele

Top trends that are likely to change the way we work and live

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 Quantum computing and flying cars are two of the top trends that Frost & Sullivan has outlined within its top trends for 2018/19 at its CEO Think Tank in Cape Town.  The company has looked at trends that are changing the way we work and live. 

Bharti Airtel picks banks for London flotation of Africa business – sources

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 India's biggest mobile carrier Bharti Airtel has chosen UBS, JP Morgan and Citi to coordinate the London initial public offering of its Africa business, two sources familiar with the matter said. In February Bharti Airtel said the holding company for its Africa operations was looking at a... 

CSIR NLC to develop local photonics industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) National Laser Centre (NLC), in Pretoria, aims to contribute to the development of the South African photonics industry, says NLC head Delon Mudaly. “In relation to the global environment and the number of companies that exist worldwide,... 

CSIR NLC to develop  local photonics industry
PHOTONICS DEVELOPMENT The Photonics Prototyping Facility will officially be launched during the 2018/19 financial year

Laser leaving mark on product identification

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 Various industries are becoming increasingly aware of product identification solutions, owing to the upsurge of counterfeit products entering the local market from the Far East, says identification and traceability company Traceability Solutions MD Kelby Parker. This has resulted in a growing... 

Laser leaving mark on  product identification
KELBY PARKER Traceability Solutions provides custom and standard solutions for all industries

SA computing expertise benefits world’s most powerful particle accelerator

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th September 2018 South African researchers have played a key role in developing and running the very powerful computer system, and the subsequent data analysis, that supports the Atlas detector in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is the world’s biggest and most powerful particle accelerator. The LHC lies on... 

Glider reaches unprecedented altitudes in experimental programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th September 2018 In just eight days during late August and early September, Airbus’ Perlan 2 glider set three new world altitude records for a glider. Moreover, during the third of these flights, it reached an altitude that has been exceeded in level flight by only two other types of aircraft. These flights were... 

First Xeno 1 laser installation complete

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 Product identification equipment manufacturer Cab Technology South Africa has completed the installation of a Xeno 1 laser marking system at cable and connector solutions supplier Hiconnex Industrial’s new facility, in Centurion, in Gauteng, says Cab Technology South Africa technical sales... 

First Xeno 1 laser  installation complete
XENO 1 LASER SYSTEM The Xeno 1 is a desktop system that meets all the requirements for a cyber-physical system

Safety laser scanner sets new navigation standards

14th September 2018 The Leuze RSL 400 safety laser scanner with measurement value output is setting new standards in the reliable navigation of automated guided vehicles (AGVs). Available from sensor solutions provider Countapulse Controls, the new Leuze RSL 400 safety laser scanner is the result of many years of... 

Safety laser scanner sets new navigation standards
LEUZE RSL 400 The Leuze RSL 400 offers extremely detailed scanning of the environment across the entire measurement range of up to 50 m

In situ measurement of hydrogen made possible

14th September 2018 The reliable in situ measurement of hydrogen in multiple gas process streams is something that refinery and petrochemical plant process control engineers would like to have been able to do previously, but have never had the capability to, until this year. In a global first, Norwegian laser-based... 

In situ measurement of  hydrogen made possible
HYDROGEN ANALYSER Neo Monitors has developed a method of measuring hydrogen in situ – the LaserGas II SP H2

Machine learning, knowledge management tools changing legal industry

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 The legal profession, as with most other knowledge professions, is changing through the use of machine learning tools applied to ensure that legal information is leveraged and disseminated efficiently to lawyers to fulfil their tasks more quickly and more accurately, law firm Cliffe Dekker... 

New tech will change nature of work, but could also create jobs

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 New technologies, including advanced computing systems and the automation of various job activities, will change about 30% of activities in about 60% of occupations, and will require new skills across most industries, management consulting multinational McKinsey Global Institute global economic... 

Moves under way to lift SA film industry out of the doldrums

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 The South African film industry has been going through some troubled times, as local films battle to draw audiences and provinces fail to attract as many foreign film and commercial shoots as in previous years.   The hardships have propelled various partners in the film industry to work together... 

Moves under way to lift SA film industry out of the doldrums

Many parts of the world not ready for super fast 5G network – MTN's CEO 

By: Reuters     12th September 2018 Many parts of the world are not ready for next-generation 5G network but would likely be ready to embrace the super-fast technology in the next few years from now, MTN's chief executive of said on Tuesday. 5G networks, now in the final testing stage, will rely on denser arrays of small antennas... 

DST draft White Paper changes science, technology and innovation focus

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology’s (DST’s) recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) contained a number of policy shifts in comparison with its predecessor, the 1996 White Paper on Science and Technology. These are intended to allow STI to fulfil its... 

MTN says Nigeria's attorney general exceeded powers in $2bn tax bill

By: Reuters     11th September 2018 Nigeria's attorney general exceeded his powers in demanding $2-billion in taxes and charges from MTN Group, the telecoms firm said in papers filed with Nigeria's High Court and reviewed by Reuters. The papers, filed on Monday in a move by the Nigerian arm of the South African firm aimed at... 

IBM SA, Tshimologong Precinct launch acceleration bootcamp

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th September 2018 IBM South Africa, through its Equity Equivalence Investment Programme (EEIP), together with with the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, has launched a Startup Accelerator, which will run from October 8 to November 16.  The Startup Accelerator is designed to enable the development of... 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine  

By: Terence Creamer     11th September 2018 A South African start-up has developed a vertical-axis wind-turbine that employs a groundbreaking morphing wing design, which seeks to mimic the movements of the Cape vulture. A prototype of the turbine, developed by Brayfoil Technologies in collaboration with WorleyParsons, is currently being... 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine
Brayfoil Technologies founder Robert Bray on how he drew inspiration from the Cape Vulture for his innovative flexible wing invention, which he says could have application in wind turbines, hydro turbines, sail yachts, aeroplanes and automobiles. Video and video editing: Darlene Creamer

South Africa to set up a 'sovereign innovation fund'

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST), in its recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), stated that a “sovereign innovation fund” is to be created. “There is a need for increased commercialisation funding,” said section 6.2 of the draft White Paper.... 

Ramaphosa wants smart, connected cities, says sci-tech minister

By: African News Agency      11th September 2018 Cities that are digitally connected and ready to benefit from and contribute to the Internet of Things (IoT) are a priority for President Cyril Ramaphosa and the South African government. This is according to Minister of Science and Technology Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who made the remarks on... 

Ramaphosa wants smart, connected cities, says sci-tech minister
Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

Alaris aiming to grow global footprint with solid FY18 results

By: Simone Liedtke     11th September 2018 AltX-listed Alaris Holdings on Tuesday said its continuing operations performed well during the financial year ended June 30, with a number of large orders received from Europe and the Middle East. During the period, the technology holding company managed to grow revenue by 17% from... 

Govt to accelerate licensing of new radio spectrum – Ramaphosa

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that the government will accelerate the long-delayed licensing of radio frequency spectrum to mobile operators. Allocation of spectrum is seen as key to expanding broadband services in Africa's most industrialized economy, where the high cost of... 

MTN CEO confident about Nigeria dispute as firm applies for injunction

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 Telecoms firm MTN Group said on Monday it was confident a multi-billion dollar dispute with the Nigerian government would be resolved even as it applied for a court injunction to protect its Nigerian assets. Nigeria's central bank last month ordered MTN's Lagos-based unit to hand over... 

High-level meeting planned to set innovation agenda as new draft White Paper launched

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th September 2018 The Presidency is to lead a Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) “Plenary meeting” involving major sectors of South African government and society, Science and Technology Minister (Ms) MT Kubayi-Ngubane told the media on Monday. No date for the meeting was given. “South Africa needs to set... 

High-level meeting planned to set innovation agenda as new draft White Paper launched
Photo by Dylan Slater
Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

Youth, women, SMMEs at centre of Fourth Industrial Revolution – Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      10th September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that unless women, the youth and small businesses were intrinsically involved in technological advancement, the Fourth Industrial Revolution would fail. Ramaphosa made the remarks on Monday during his opening address at the International Telecoms Union (ITU)... 

Youth, women, SMMEs at centre of Fourth Industrial Revolution – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

New mobile science, maths, tech laboratory using robotics to inspire children 

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 The latest mobile laboratory of the Department of Science and Technology, launched on Friday, has robotics kits that children use to build and program robots, thereby inspiring them to pursue careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The inspire science, engineering and... 

New mobile science, maths, tech laboratory using robotics to inspire children
i-Set project leader & Unisa lecturer Patricia Gouws discusses the i-Set Programme. (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

SAIW receives robot welding system for training  

By: Donald Makhafola     7th September 2018 South Africa-based Japanese automation and robotic company Yaskawa Southern Africa is handing over a complete robot welding system to the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) for its new robot-welding training programme. The programme comprises the training of robotic-welding operators,... 

SAIW receives robot welding system for training
Yaskawa Southern Africa chairperson and key account manager Terry Rosenberg provides his perspective on robotic welding in South Africa, and Yaskawa’s relationship with the Southern African Institute of Welding. Camerawork & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Philip Lloyd – a passionate educator and energy thought leader 

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Energy Institute researcher, South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE) Fellow, energy expert and passionate educator professor Philip Lloyd passed away last month. He championed the role of science and how one needs to learn the language of... 

Philip Lloyd – a passionate educator and energy thought leader
PHILIP LLOYD Philip Lloyd contributed to the nation as an eminent engineer, as well as through mathematics and science education programmes for underprivileged children

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