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AI opens new cyberattack front, but could also bolster defences

By: Schalk BurgerMachine 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

Editorial Insight

Is there a plan?

By: Terence CreamerThe change to South Africa’s electricity balance over the past few years has been well documented. Nevertheless it is still quite remarkable. The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) now estimates that excess capacity will be about 3 912 MW in 2018/19. In fact, in its reasons for... 

Is there a plan?

News & Insight

Aerosud Aviation warns of tough times for the South African aerospace industry

By: Rebecca CampbellSouth Africa’s largest private-sector commercial aviation aerostructures manufacturing company, Aerosud Aviation (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aerosud Holdings), warns that the local aerospace industry is going through tough times and is not receiving the kind of support that competitors in other... 

Conlog kicks off expansion strategy with Joburg office opening

By: Natasha OdendaalDurban-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),... 

ICT infrastructure still following the money, but new model possible

By: Schalk BurgerInformation 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... 

Investments in business controls result in shift in economic crime detection

By: Schalk BurgerInvestments 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... 

Joint SA-UK research programmes going well

By: Rebecca CampbellSouth 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... 

New building player showcases modular building innovation

By: Natasha OdendaalNewly formed Cape Town-based company Innovative Modular Concepts (IMC) has unveiled a new modular building innovation for residential and commercial buildings. Leveraging a water-conserving and environment-friendly building process using repurposed material, IMC is constructing energy-efficient,... 

New generation exemption framework creates fresh hurdles for IPPs

By: Terence CreamerA warning has been sounded that recent amendments to the Electricity Regulation Act relating to licence exemptions for generation plants could create further impediments to the deployment of private generation facilities. Titled ‘Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice’, the amendment was... 

Small-scale power projects fast becoming part of new wave of electricity generation

By: Creamer Media Reporter “A Tale of Two cities”. The dynamic energy landscape of South Africa When one thinks of the current state of the energy industry, the immortal words of iconic author and thespian Charles Dickens come to mind: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” It really is a tale of two cities. 

Photo of the Week


By: Creamer Media Reporter A hydrogen fuel pump stands at a TrueZero station in Mill Valley, California. Bloomberg reports that the US is spending more than $2.5-billion to accelerate sales of hydrogen and battery vehicles. That includes $900-million earmarked to complete 200 hydrogen stations and 250 000 charging stations... 



Engineering design that’s deplorable

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyMy experience with my Mercedes-Benz C180 has been an engineering delight. The driving and ride and interior are a matter for discussion in a motoring magazine – I am talking about engineering, bru. Look at the following: you are driving along and a dog runs in front of the car. In many  cars, you... 

Irreconcilable and self contradictory

By: Riaan de LangeIn his maiden State of the Nation address (Sona), President Cyril Ramaphosa pledged that land expropriation with compensation, which government regards as one of several measures to accelerate land redistribution, will be undertaken "in a way that promotes agricultural production, improves food... 


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