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Competition Commission, Icasa to publish data price findings within months – Cwele

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th May 2018 The findings of data inquiries being undertaken by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and the Competition Commission are on track for publication in June and August respectively, Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele said on Thursday.... 

Disposals hit Datatec’s FY18 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th May 2018 International information and communications technology (ICT) group Datatec posted earnings per share (EPS) of 20.5c for the year ended February 28, compared with the 1.4c reported in 2017, owing to the profits on the disposal of two businesses during the period under review. The company,... 

Poynting looks to the rest of Africa as it continues to expand globally

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2018 Johannesburg-based Poynting Group is seeking to expand its business to the rest of the Africa, says CEO Michael Howard. Poynting is already well known outside Africa, with 50% of its revenue flowing from Europe, the US, Australia and Scandinavia. Manufacturing is based in Midrand and China, with... 

Poynting looks to the rest of Africa as it continues to expand globally
The Gotthard tunnel in Switzerland

Home Affairs launches new biometric system as it pursues lofty ideals

By: Schalk Burger     16th May 2018 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday launched an Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), in Cape Town, which will identify and verify citizens using fingerprint, facial recognition and iris biometrics. “ABIS is a fundamental baseline for the broader National Identification... 

Rosatom, Zambia to build nuclear science centre

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2018 Russia’s Rosatom and Zambia have signed an agreement for the construction of the Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) in the Southern African country. Construction of the centre will be the first joint project between Russia and Zambia in the field of nuclear technologies.  

Strong results confirm Capprec’s asset value, growth prospects

By: Schalk Burger     16th May 2018 The strong full year financial results of JSE-listed financial technology (fintech) special-purpose acquisition company Capital Appreciation (Capprec) confirm the value of the assets it acquired over the past few years and promises strong organic growth, said Capprec joint-CEO Bradley Sacks on... 

Logicalis to acquire Coasin Chile for $20m

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th May 2018 A subsidiary of Logicalis is acquiring Chilean information and communications technology services and solutions provider Coasin Chile for up to $20.2-million in cash, parent company JSE-listed Datatec said on Tuesday. Logicalis, which expects to complete the deal in the third quarter of this... 

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Ramping up production in the automotive sector, resuscitating the ailing tooling industry and boosting the clothing, textiles, leather and footwear industries are among successes the government has listed in its review of ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). Despite a... 

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

Vodacom breaks through 100m subscriber mark

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th May 2018 JSE-listed telecommunications giant Vodacom achieved double-digit growth in net profit for the financial year ended March 31, boosted by its acquisition of Safaricom, as well as the profit from the sale of Helios Towers Tanzania. This comes as Vodacom surpasses the 103-million customer mark after... 

Vodacom breaks through 100m subscriber mark
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Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

Hera telescope takes shape in the Karoo 

By: Kim Cloete     11th May 2018 The construction of a radio telescope that will look for the first stars in the universe, is making headway near Carnarvon, in the Northern Cape. It is also making waves for the way it has involved the local community and boosted the local economy.    

Inspiring Fifty SA announces 2018 judges

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2018 Inspiring Fifty South Africa (SA), which recognises the 50 most inspiring women in the technology sector, has announced its panel of judges for this year. Inspiring Fifty SA aims to bring more visibility to the achievements of women in the innovation and technology sector. 

Space agency’s upgraded Space Weather Warning Centre reopened

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th May 2018 The South African National Space Agency’s (Sansa’s) Space Weather Regional Warning Centre, at Hermanus in the Western Cape, was recently officially re-opened by Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane following its recent upgrade. This is the only Space Weather Regional Warning... 

Increased demand for locally manufactured drones in Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 South African fixed-wing drone manufacturer and supplier Aerial Monitoring Solutions (AMS) has seen the biggest demand for its Eagle Owl drones in Africa, mainly for mining surveying and security. The Eagle Owl is perfect for the three Ds of industrial work: dull, dangerous and dirty. With AMS... 

Increased demand for  locally manufactured drones in Africa
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ADAM ROSMAN The Eagle Owl is a robust, multipurpose drone that has a modular design

Decorative concrete market looking good

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Decorative concrete solutions can raise the aesthetic value of both new projects and renovations, and construction chemicals company Chryso Southern Africa is participating in the market to supply such solutions for aesthetic and practical applications, company CEO Norman Seymore tells... 

Decorative  concrete market looking good
LUMINESCENT LUMINTECH This technology contains particles that are incorporated into the concrete skin and glow in the dark

NNR conference a key stakeholder platform for nuclear industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     11th May 2018 State-owned entity National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) will host its second nuclear regulatory information conference at the Indaba Hotel & Conference Centre, Johannesburg, from May 16 to 18. The key themes for this year’s conference are the energy mix; safety and security culture; lessons learned... 

NNR conference a key stakeholder platform for nuclear industry
SECOND CONFERENCE The conference will be an interactive platform for the NNR to share regulatory information

Data stewardship skills key to unlocking value from data

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2018 Managing data according to its value and relevance, which change throughout the life cycle of the data, is key to realising and unlocking this value as a fundamental part of business processes, says business data multinational Commvault territory account manager for South Africa Mike Rees. Data... 

Edge platform adds industrial strength to software applications

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2018 Critical availability specialist company Stratus Technologies has launched an edge computing device that provides high availability for software applications used in industrial environments, such as mines, factories and processing facilities says Stratus Technologies consultant head Greg... 

AI can help break down data silos to augment human decision-making

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2018 Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are best suited to help companies explore and exploit the data that they have, simultaneously improving their business models and processes, a range of information technology (IT) experts say. The main improvements and benefits of AI derive from being able to... 

AI can help break down data silos to augment human decision-making

Technology key to improving education – EY

By: Anine Kilian     10th May 2018 Technology is rapidly contributing to improvements in the quality of education on the African continent, says EY Africa People Advisory Services Leader Chad Schaefer. Speaking at EY’s Strategy Growth Forum Africa conference, in Johannesburg, on Thursday, he noted that digital learning could be... 

Emerging markets more vulnerable to cyberattacks

By: Anine Kilian     10th May 2018 Africa has one the highest cyberattack rates in the world, says EY cybersecurity leader Samresh Ramjith. “We are seeing mobile penetration at more than 100% across Africa. To most people on the continent, mobile phones are the most expensive piece of equipment they own. 

FujiFilm unveils innovation centre to get closer to clients 

10th May 2018 Fujifilm has opened its new, more compact innovation centre, in Johannesburg, in an effort to get closer to its customers. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

FujiFilm unveils innovation centre to get closer to clients
FujiFilm unveils innovation centre to get closer to clients

Altron posts double-digit improvements for FY18

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2018 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) on Thursday posted double-digit growth in revenue and earnings from continuing operations for the year ended February 28. Revenue for the continuing operations rose 14% to R14.7-billion during the year under review, while earnings before interest, taxes,... 

DST outlines plans to boost mining, manufacturing

By: Kim Cloete     9th May 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has outlined its investments in innovations in mining, with R186-million over the next three years being earmarked for targeted research and development to modernise South Africa’s mining industry. Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko... 

DST committed to making inroads despite tight budget

By: Kim Cloete     9th May 2018 The Department of Science and Technology will be working on a tight budget of R7.8-billion this year, but hopes to make inroads in programmes and innovations across South Africa. The money will be used to address transformation, through key research, development and support initiatives.  

MTN’s Iran headaches return as US reimposes economic sanctions

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2018 In the wake of fresh US sanctions against Iran, telecommunications group MTN will remain alert to the challenges of continuing the repatriation of its cash from 49%-owned MTN Irancell. The US on Tuesday withdrew from the multilateral Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement and... 

MTN’s Iran headaches return as US reimposes economic sanctions

Africa is opportune for energy, smart solutions development – Schneider Electric

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2018 Automation and energy management multinational Schneider Electric on Tuesday revealed its strategy for the African continent and how it relates to creating smart cities – taking cognisance of challenges and opportunities.  

Africa is opportune for energy, smart solutions development – Schneider Electric
Photo by Marleny Arnoldi
Schneider Electric Middle East and Africa region president Casper Herzberg & Schneider Anglophone Africa cluster president Albert Fuchet

Only 10% of global manufacturing companies are championing digital transformation – PwC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2018 Industry 4.0 is rapidly transforming the manufacturing sector and digital transformation has been on many a CEO’s agenda for a number of years, but despite this, only a small group of companies is in a position to gain real competitive advantage from this operations revolution, says... 

Altron’s Bytes UK signs five-year R2.5bn deal with NHS

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th May 2018 JSE-listed technology group Allied Electronic’s (Altron’s) wholly-owned subsidiary Bytes UK has signed a five-year, £150-million (R2.5-billion) contract with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to roll out Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, to all NHS computers. The... 

FNB to roll out biometric banking transaction points in South African townships

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2018 Financial services firm First National Bank (FNB) will roll out 50 self-service kiosks that use fingerprint biometrics to verify a user’s identity in South African townships over the next six months, FNB Points of Presence CEO Lee-Anne van Zyl said on Monday. The “TouchPoint” is a self-service... 

FNB to roll out biometric banking transaction points in South African townships
The FNB TouchPoint reads a user's thumbprint to identify the user

Jonas, Tshabalala join MTN board

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th May 2018 Former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and consulting and investment holding company Barbican Advisory Group executive director Bajabulile Tshabalala will join the board of telecommunications heavyweight MTN as nonexecutive directors, effective June 1. Tshabalala and Jonas bring extensive... 

Innovators emerge with novel ways to treat, conserve water

By: Kim Cloete     4th May 2018 Innovators from South Africa and Austria have met with potential partners and investors in Cape Town to present ideas to reduce the amount of water currently used in agriculture. The 17 innovators were chosen as finalists in the Agri-Water Open Innovation Challenge out of a pool of 70... 

South African NPO suing Indian IT multinational for intellectual property theft

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th May 2018 One of India’s largest multinational companies, information technology firm Wipro, is being taken to court for allegedly appropriating the intellectual property (IP) of a small South African nonprofit organisation.  

Mark van Vuuren to succeed Da Silva as Jasco CEO

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th May 2018 JSE-listed Jasco COO Mark van Vuuren is taking the helm as CEO on July 1, as Pete da Silva steps aside to take up the position of nonexecutive director following the group’s restructure. Van Vuuren and Da Silva have, over the past 18 months, worked closely in preparation to ensure leadership... 

Firm sees taxis and mine trucks as logical hydrogen transport pioneers

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology can serve the local taxi industry and be used in large opencast mines where several haul trucks operate in a limited radius. One hydrogen fuelling station could serve an entire fleet. Such applications would eliminate the need for a dispersed suburban and urban... 

Initiative brings more German companies to AUW

4th May 2018 The German Energy Solutions Initiative which is coordinated and financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy will be bringing seven German companies to African Utility Week (AUW) for the German pavilion. According to the German Energy Solutions Initiative head of division... 

Initiative brings more German companies to AUW
RENEWABLE ENERGY The initiative supports the implementation of flagship energy projects

UK enters financial cooperation and development partnerships with African States

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th May 2018 The Bank of England, the South African Reserve Bank, the Bank of Ghana and the Bank of Sierra Leone (the last two being their countries’ central banks) have entered into a partnership to share their expertise, improve regulation and decrease the risks of banks failing in their respective... 

Industry body pioneers awareness programme to upgrade vending systems

4th May 2018 The South African metering standards industry body Standard Transfer Specification Association (STSA) will hold a workshop presentation and take part in the strategic conference during the African Utility Week (AUW) to urge the utilities industry to upgrade electricity meters to STS600. STSA is a... 

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