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FNB launches latest solution in nav» app series

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th June 2017 Banking giant FNB on Wednesday unveiled the latest addition to its mobile banking application, the nav» Car, developed in conjunction with WesBank, in the next chapter of the group’s ambition of building a seamless digital banking ecosystem aimed at making things easier for the customer.... 

Prepare well for a digital future, advises Pragma

By: Kim Cloete     6th June 2017 Leaders in the management of buildings, machinery and assets have been advised to prepare well for a future in which digital solutions will take centre stage. Engineering company Pragma CEO Adriaan Scheeres told attendees at the Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA) conference, in... 

Datatec sells Westcon to US-based Synnex in $830m deal

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th June 2017 Dual-listed Datatec has sold 100% of its technology distribution division Westcon-Comstor North America and Latin America operations and 10% of Westcon International to NYSE-listed Synnex for $800-million and $30-million respectively. The aggregate $830-million consideration comprises payment of... 

Telkom eyes growth through fit-for-purpose operating model

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th June 2017 After four years of an aggressive turnaround, JSE-listed Telkom is now on stable ground and has been left with a fit-for-purpose operating model, housing five entities that are expected to be self-sustaining. The group reported significant strides made in a difficult operating environment to set... 

Telkom eyes growth through fit-for-purpose operating model
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Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko

Telkom reports improved FY financial performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2017 JSE-listed Telkom on Monday declared a dividend of 422c a share – a year-on-year jump of 56.3% – as it reported improved profitability for the year ended March 31. The telecommunications giant reported a 12.4% increase in headline earnings a share to 731.4c on the back of improved operating... 

PIC says in support of Vodacom’s Safaricom acquisition

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd June 2017 JSE-listed telecommunications giant Vodacom on Friday secured the green light from 15.63% shareholder, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), to acquire an indirect 34.94% interest in Safaricom. State investment arm, the PIC, provided Vodacom with a letter of support for the proposed... 

Free WiFi in Tshwane still on, for now

By: News24Wire      2nd June 2017 A project to roll out free WiFi in Tshwane is back on track, despite the Auditor General having raised concerns about it under the previous administration, a city official said on Thursday. "While this city government may not have conceived of free WiFi, our aim is to perfect it," mayoral... 

Digital technology influences rail industry positively

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 Rail infrastructure in South Africa is trending towards smart digital technologies that will influence the industry positively, says consulting engineers company Aurecon. “The integrated three-dimensional (3D) designs used particularly in South Africa are being used to plan and model rail... 

Digital technology influences rail  industry positively
FRANCOIS HEYNS It is not necessarily a case of building more infrastructure, but rather improving the efficiency of existing railways

Electronics supplier to launch latest tech

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 Electronics supplier Actum Electronics will launch railway technology manufacturer Pentair’s three-dimensional (3D) configurator tool program to customise racks and front panels in railway infrastructure at the Africa Rail exhibition on June 13 and 14 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in... 

US agency awards grant to SA IPP for Free State solar study

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd June 2017 The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Johannesburg-based independent power developer Pele Green Energy. The grant will fund a feasibility study to assess the viability of a 75 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant, in the Free State. US Consul General of Cape Town... 

US agency awards grant to SA IPP for Free State solar study
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NECESSARY ANALYSIS The grant funds a feasibility study to assess the viability of a 75 MW solar photovoltaic power plant, in the Free State

Connectivity – the next step for rail

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), it has become a necessity for commuters to be connected, and it is also essential for increased operational efficiency in railway networks. This connectivity can be achieved through WiFi networks, which are heading towards being a prominent... 

Connectivity  – the next step for rail
RIAAN GRAHAM An upcoming trend in the rail industry is cybersecurity, which is paramount when introducing a public Internet connectivity domain

On track for Africa Rail

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 This month, business-to-business media company Terrapinn will host the twentieth annual Africa Rail exhibition and conference at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from June 13 to 14. Africa Rail provides an interactive platform for rail industry stakeholders to share... 

On track for Africa Rail
INCLUSIVE GROWTH Africa Rail provides an interactive platform for rail industry stakeholders with the view to improve railway performance and its contribution to economic development

Eskom and Huawei team up to deliver smart grid by 2030

By: David Oliveira     2nd June 2017 To take better advantage of the increasing adoption of smart grid technology, State-owned power utility Eskom announced a partnership with global information communication technology (ICT) company Huawei at the African Utility Week, which took place in Cape Town last month. The Huawei-Eskom... 

Biometrically secured banking cards seen as way to improve security

By: Schalk Burger     2nd June 2017 Biometric identification can help to overcome the typical problem facing industries, where introducing more rigorous security imposes delays on customer services and worsens the experience, says cybersecurity multinational Gemalto Africa Banking and Payments marketing manager Viwe Ndzamela.... 

Biometrically secured banking cards seen as way to improve security
VIWE NDZAMELA Combining smart card technology with biometrics allows strong verification of cardholder identity and authentication of transactions

Turkcell’s licensing fight with MTN gets go-ahead in South African courts

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2017 Turkish mobile operator Turkcell’s protracted $4.2-billion claim against South African mobile operator MTN is heading for trial in the South Gauteng High Court after years of legal battles over a 2004 telecommunications operating licence bid in Iran. The Turkish rival had brought several... 

Net1 exits Blue Label vendor placement, continues to acquire direct Cell C stake

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2017 Dual-listed Net1 UEPS Technologies on Thursday said it will continue to progress its plans to acquire a 15% direct interest in mobile operator Cell C for R2-billion after cancelling its agreement to subscribe for shares in Blue Label. Net1 had initially committed to subscribe for R2-billion of... 

Connecting the IoT evolution dots

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2017 As technological disruption continues throughout the globe, the evolution of the Internet of things (IoT) is expected to progress in three phases – connect, smart and autonomous – at least according to the vision mapped out by information and communication technology giant Intel. Speaking at an... 

South Africa’s latest nanosatellite now in orbit

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2017 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) announced on Wednesday that South African nanosatellite nSight1 had been successfully launched from the International Space Station last week, on May 24. nSight1 was designed and built by SCS Space, part of the local SCS Aerospace Group, and is the... 

South Africa’s latest nanosatellite now in orbit
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The nSight1 nanosatellite, before it was sent into space

Minister offers assurances on spectrum 

     31st May 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about the progress that has been made in a standoff between government and telecoms operators regarding high-demand spectrum. 

Minister offers assurances on spectrum
Minister offers assurances on spectrum

South Africa participates in international astronomy programme

By: African News Agency      30th May 2017 Astronomers from around the world, including South Africa, will attempt to study the rings of an exoplanet orbiting a star 63.4 light years away from earth. The international programme, being conducted between April 2017 and January 2018, would have astronomers observing Beta Pictoris, the second... 

Reunert posts strong H1

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th May 2017 JSE-listed Reunert is optimistic of continued growth in the new financial year after delivering solid “real growth” during the six months ended March 31. Profit for the period edged up 4% to R469-million, with basic and headline earnings a share steady at a respective 275c and 276c in the first... 

Liquid appoints new CEO for Neotel

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2017 Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has appointed Kyle Whitehill CEO of its newly acquired subsidiary Neotel. Liquid fully concluded its R6.55-billion buyout of Neotel in February, with plans to focus on delivering enhanced network services to enterprises and consumers. 

South Africa’s space agency develops system to monitor crops

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 The Earth Observation (EO) Directorate of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has developed an advanced crop-monitoring system for South Africa that will also be made available to other African countries, in due course. “We are able to monitor their [the crops’] condition through... 

Chairside milling beneficial for dental industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 With the dental industry moving towards chairside milling for clinics, digital production solutions company Telpro Management launched electronics manufacturer Roland’s DWX-52DC tooth milling machine last month.  

Chairside milling beneficial for dental industry
ROLAND DWX-52DC The dental industry is moving towards chairside milling to shorten teeth replacement manufacturing time and reduce production costs

Personalised medicine beneficial for medical industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 Medical laboratory DNAlysis Biotechnology has added the mygeneRx – which analyses genotypes to highlight drug responsiveness for cardiovascular disease, psychiatric and pain management – to its testing portfolio.  

Personalised medicine beneficial for medical industry
PERSONALISED MEDICINE The mygeneRx test enables patients to get on the right medication quicker

Country’s science and technology budget remains stable

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 The annual budget of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) remains stable, in real terms. “It’s in line with inflation,” DST Director General Dr Phil Mjwara told Engineering News Online at a recent press briefing. “It’s not declining, it’s not growing.” However, exchange rate volatility... 

Local company invests in space worthiness of new generation of space imagers

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 South African private-sector space company SCS Space is looking forward to establishing the spaceworthiness credentials of its Gecko imager, which is mounted on South Africa’s nSight-1 nanosatellite and which was scheduled to have been launched from the International Space Station on May 23.... 

Work-based experience for graduate interns

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 Technology ecosystem company Resolution Circle has welcomed 115 South African graduates to its graduate internship programme, which aims to develop them into high-quality, employable individuals that can excel in South Africa’s economy. Resolution Circle, an ‘idea-to-barcode’ ecosystem that... 

Work-based experience  for graduate interns
GAINING EXPERIENCE Resolution Circle’s internship will provide the 115 participants with practical skills in decision making and client services

New WD solid-state drives launched in SA

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2017 Data storage multinational Western Digital has launched its new WD Green and Blue range of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) in South Africa for business and private users. The drives can be used to boost the performance of computer equipment, says Western Digital Storage Technology... 

Data preparation should be part of business intelligence offering

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2017 Business intelligence (BI) service providers should offer data preparation as an integral part of analytic platforms to overcome the delays and problems caused by unprepared, incorrectly formatted or “dirty” data, says business intelligence subsidiary AIGS Yellowfin South Africa sales and... 

Active citizenry mobile platform launched in Eastern Cape

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2017 The OR Tambo district municipality, in the Eastern Cape, rolled out a citizen engagement omni-channel digital platform – Thetha Nathi, which means “talk to us” in isiXhosa – that enables citizens to engage directly with the municipality on service delivery issues, says telecommunication service... 

New COO for data management company

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 Local data management and security company M2TD announced the appointment of new COO Melusi Gumbi earlier this month, who joins the company from local information and communications (ICT) technology service provider Khauleza IT Solutions, where he was the ICT operations executive.   M2TD aims to... 

Mobile app aims to help South Africans save and invest better

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 South African financial services provider Liberty launched its Stash investment application (app) earlier this month to help improve a local savings culture by providing a solution that removes the complexity and fear associated with investing. Stash is designed to mitigate all the complicated... 

Data costs to be subject of market inquiry 

By: African News Agency      25th May 2017 A market inquiry into high data costs in South Africa is on the horizon. “We will also in the budget speech, note that I will be making request to the Competition Commission to conduct a market inquiry into the high cost of data,” Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said during a media... 

Jasco acquires majority stake in Reflex

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2017 JSE-listed Jasco Electronics has acquired a majority 51% stake in Johannesburg-based information technology (IT) managed services group Reflex Solutions for R39.8-million. The acquisition of Reflex, which recently expanded into fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) solutions, adding to a portfolio of hosted... 

Cabinet approves revised National Radio Frequency Plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2017 South Africa’s Cabinet on Wednesday endorsed the revised National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP) 2017, submitted by the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, which aims to ensure the most efficient use of radio frequency spectrum. The Independent Communications Authority of South... 

Govt, industry agree on way forward for State-owned wireless network

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2017 As the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) spends the next few months developing the implementation plan for the recently tabled National Integrated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy, Telecommunications Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele on Wednesday assured... 

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