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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... 

Hyperscale cloud being used to increase scope of financial services

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2018 Financial services companies in South Africa are using hyperscale cloud systems to increase their range of services, lower costs and reach into new markets, says financial services technology firm Synthesis Software Technologies MD Michael Shapiro. The capabilities of cloud services, including... 

Hyperscale cloud being used to increase scope of financial services
MICHAEL SHAPIRO Financial services can scale and change dramatically by using cloud services to increase their range of services, lower costs and reach into new markets

Wastewater company aims to attract new clients at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 South African wastewater management company East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) returns to African Utility Week (AUW) for the second time to showcase its “vital” energy and water services.   

Wastewater company  aims to attract new  clients at AUW
WATER TREATMENT EXPERTISE Erwat has the expert skills and capabilities to be a key player in the water and energy sectors

Virtualisation to improve African rural telecoms services

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2018 The quality of services for rural and remote users, often served using 2G technology, can be significantly improved using virtualisation technologies, such as network function virtualisation and software-defined networking, says network virtualisation company Parallel Wireless president,... 

Virtualisation to improve African rural telecoms services
RAJESH MISHRA Virtualised network orchestrator gateways and small-cell converged wireless systems can improve service quality and lower costs to roll out telecommunications infrastructure

MTN’s subscriber base, revenue grow in Q1

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2018 Mobile network operator MTN’s subscribers increased by 1.9% quarter-on-quarter with net additions of 4.1-million in the first quarter of this year, while active MTN mobile money users increased by 3.9% quarter-on-quarter to 22.7-million.  

MTN’s subscriber base, revenue grow in Q1

Kenya's Safaricom pilots messaging app linked to mobile money

By: Reuters     2nd May 2018 Safaricom, Kenya's biggest telecoms company, is piloting a social messaging app that will link to its mobile money platform in an attempt to move the company into the application business, the company said on Tuesday. Bonga, meaning 'chat' in Kiswahili, will be integrated with the company's... 

CEOs’ priorities shifting to embrace digital business – survey

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd May 2018 Growth, corporate strategies, information technology (IT) and workforce issues continue to top CEOs’ priorities for this year, says research and advisory company Gartner.  

Icasa announces new regulations for mobile network service providers

By: African News Agency      26th April 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday issued new regulations which seek to prohibit mobile network providers from charging out-of-bundle tariffs without the consent of their subscribers in a bid to regulate runaway data prices.  This comes after Icasa last... 

MTN commits to creating 1 000 jobs in support of the YES initiative

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th April 2018 Telecommunications company MTN Group has committed to the creation of 1 000 jobs within the first year of the Youth Employment Service (YES) initiative. President Cyril Ramaphosa last month launched the initiative – a business-led collaboration with government and labour which aims to empower... 

Cartrack achieves robust subscriber, revenue growth for FY17

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th April 2018 JSE-listed telematics service provider Cartrack recorded robust subscriber and revenue growth in the financial year ended February 28.  

Cartrack achieves robust subscriber, revenue growth for FY17
Cartrack CEO Zak Calisto

Semiconductor revenue buoyed by industrial, automotive, IoT – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     23rd April 2018 Revenue generated by the global semiconductor market grew by 21.6% to $420.4-billion in 2017, driven by strong growth in the memory market. Suppliers for the top 25 semiconductor vendors experienced significant growth as two key markets – industrial and automotive – continued to achieve... 

Vodacom Tanzania bets on data and mobile money to stay on top

By: Reuters     23rd April 2018 Vodacom Tanzania is focusing on growing its data business, mobile payments system and cloud services to stay on top of the East African nation's competitive telecoms market, the head of the company said on Friday. Investment in these areas will ensure the company retains first mover advantage,... 

Upgraded Sansa Space Weather Warning Centre rededicated

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 The South African National Space Agency’s (Sansa’s) Space Weather Regional Warning Centre, at Hermanus in the Western Cape, was officially rededicated on Thursday by Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane following its recent upgrade. This is the only Space Weather Regional... 

Upgraded Sansa Space Weather Warning Centre rededicated
Photo by Sansa
Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and Sansa Space Science MD Dr Lee-Anne McKinnell in the centre, right and left respectively, holding the rededication plaque. Sansas CEO Dr Val Munsami is at the extreme left. The other staff in the photo are unidentified

Sars introduces electronic reporting requirements for customs clients

By: African News Agency      20th April 2018 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) said on Friday it would at the weekend introduce a new electronic cargo reporting system to track the movement of cargo into and out of the country. Sars said the paperless system would bring an end to one of its last remaining paper-based processes and... 

Sars introduces electronic reporting requirements for customs clients

Cape institution uses space to train students and benefit country at same time

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Engineers and researchers at the French South African Institute of Technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) are in an advanced stage of developing the institution’s second nanosatellite, designated ZACube-2. “CPUT has used CubeSat programmes to encourage students to train... 

Distributed generation can mitigate transmission constraints in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Investment in the African transmission grid and distributed generation solutions could be viable in mitigating the challenge of providing access to electricity, says power generation original-equipment manufacturer Himoinsa. “Whether owing to transmission constraints or distribution issues,... 

Distributed generation can mitigate transmission constraints in Africa
MATTHEW BELL Himoinsa has spent a lot of time developing a distributed generation offering to the marketplace

Renewable energy crucial to Africa’s power

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Many African leaders have realised the crucial role that renewable energy can and will play in “bringing power to their people”, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa power transmission and distribution director Dinesh Buldoo. “The return-on-investment of renewable power... 

Renewable energy  crucial to Africa’s power
Photo by Creamer Media
POWER OF NATURE Many African leaders have realised the crucial role that renewable energy can and will play in bringing power to their people

Africa pursuing diversified energy investments to deliver power

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Africa has an abundance of energy resources that can be brought online rapidly and cost effectively, says engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch sub-Saharan Africa business development director Webb Meko. With governments realising that no single technology... 

Africa pursuing diversified energy investments to deliver power
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Biometrics set to play crucial verification role in digital identity ecosystems

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Digital identities, identification and verification systems are at the heart of modern business and civil processes and form the core of global trends of Internet of Things and customer-centric service models. The speed of interactions and the broad use of digital identities, for everything from... 

Fibrelike satellite connectivity to bolster African telecoms

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Satellite connectivity provides a key link in the African telecommunications ecosystem by improving the delivery of data services and digital video content in support of and partnership with mobile network operators and telecommunications service providers, says satellite operator SES Africa... 

Fibrelike satellite connectivity to bolster African telecoms
CLINT BROWN High-throughput spot-beams and medium Earth orbit satellites provide fibre-like broadband connectivity regardless of location

Johnson Controls launches new products as it marks SA milestone

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Building technology systems multinational Johnson Controls launched the new range of YZ York chillers and the new R-1233zd low-global warming potential and low-pressure refrigerant in South Africa as part of its fiftieth anniversary in the country. Johnson Controls South Africa GM Neil Cameron... 

Business value often missing in drive towards IoT adoption in SA

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Businesses should start implementing technology solutions with business outcomes in mind. Better alignment between the business value and the implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) systems and projects will improve digital transformation projects in companies, says information technology... 

Another hydrogen boost for platinum fuel cells

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The introduction of platinum-using fuel cells has received another boost with the latest success in hydrogen compression announced by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Wednesday.   Last week, Amplats revealed plans for a fuel cell dozer, which makes use of hydrogen in liquid, to make a 2019... 

Another hydrogen boost for platinum fuel cells
Photo by Creamer Media
Amplats PGM investment programme CEO Andrew Hinkly

Nanoclay technology being developed as possible means to treat AMD

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is developing low-cost polymer-based adsorbents for the removal of toxic pollutants such as heavy metals, anions and organics, from wastewater, that could be applied in the treatment of acid mine drainage (AMD). AMD is the outflow of... 

CSIR developing water treatment, biodegradable plastic solutions

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2018 Most of the plastics used in South Africa are nonbiodegradable, especially in the packaging industry, and end up in landfills, posing environmental threats and health concerns, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) polymer modification group leader Dr Avashnee Chetty says.... 

South Africa readies latest ocean-watching satellite for launch

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will unveil South Africa's most sophisticated satellite on Tuesday ahead of its launch in India in July. The nanosatellite, dubbed ZACUBE-2, was developed by Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the French South African... 

4Sight to establish JV in China

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 JSE-listed 4Sight Holdings has signed an agreement with Chinese company Shenzhen Rongmei Science and Technology (RM) to establish a 50:50 joint venture (JV) in China. 4Sight said in a statement on Monday that it aims to expand its business operations, opportunities and customer footprint in the... 

Icasa tables discussion document for digital audio broadcasting services

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th April 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has launched an inquiry to review and determine the prospects of digital sound broadcasting (DSB) services in South Africa. The inquiry also aims to unpack how the implementation of DSB – an audio broadcasting technology – could... 

UK project could halve titanium parts production costs

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2018 The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced late last month 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... 

Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2018 Drones, otherwise known as remotely piloted aircraft systems, continue to gain footholds in an increasing number of industries, with adoption rates in safety and security industry growing worldwide. In fact, safety and security drone sales totalled $145-million in 2016, according to a market... 

Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

Mobile enterprise technology use in SA on the rise – Syspro

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2018 About two-thirds of large companies in South Africa commonly use mobile enterprise technologies, and almost half noted their intentions to adopt new business technologies, including robotics and Internet of Things (IoT), says enterprise software multinational Syspro Africa MD Mark Wilson. ‘The... 

Altron’s FY18 earnings up 14% to 18%

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2018 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) expects to deliver a 14% to 18% increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) on a normalised basis for continued operations for the year ended February 28. The continuing operations’ revenue is expected to increase by... 

CCTV cameras deployed to help Cape Town's Shotspotter programme identify shooters

By: African News Agency      12th April 2018 The City of Cape Town on Thursday announced it would now use CCTV cameras in conjunction with its ShotSpotter technology in a bid to identify shooters in areas where the system is installed. "It is hoped that the beady electronic eyes could help identify and locate suspects involved in shooting... 

Mistra launches new book on the ethics, applications of nanotechnology

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2018 The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) on Wednesday officially launched its new research book ‘Beyond Imagine: The Ethics and Applications of Nanotechnology and Bio-Economics’, in Pretoria. The book looks at countries like India, where nanotechnology is being supported as a... 

ABB forms digital research, innovation partnership with Wits

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2018 Power management multinational ABB on Wednesday signed a research and development and innovation partnership agreement with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) with the view to support and tap into digital innovation to augment its own research, development and engineering work, said ABB... 

New technologies key to driving Africa’s growth

By: Anine Kilian     10th April 2018 Africa has a historic opportunity to accelerate growth and development by tapping into the potential that new technologies hold, ABB Asia, Middle East and Africa region President Dr Chun-Yuan Gu said on Tuesday. Delivering the keynote speech at the ABB Customer World Africa 2018 conference in... 

MTN expects IPO of Nigerian business this year

By: Reuters     10th April 2018 South Africa's MTN aims to list its Nigerian unit in an initial public offering this year, subject to market conditions, group chief executive Rob Shuter told Reuters on Tuesday. Shuter said plans were well advanced and the company would provide exact terms of the IPO in the next few months. 

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