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Digital platform opens up ‘new collar’ work vista for millions of Africans

By: Schalk BurgerDigital devices and systems are crucial components of almost all professions and are changing industries and economies worldwide. Familiarity and competence with these technologies are usually the result of education and access to the technologies. Technology multinational IBM’s Digital-Nation... 

Digital platform opens up ‘new collar’ work vista for millions of Africans

Editorial Insight

Missing ingredient

By: Terence CreamerBefore compiling the National Development Plan (NDP), the drafters diagnosed South Africa’s socioeconomic predicament as follows: widespread poverty and extreme inequality persist; too few South Africans are employed; the quality of education for poor black South Africans is substandard; poorly... 

Missing ingredient

News & Insight

AfDB approves $253m for Uganda–Kenya connecting road upgrades

By: Mia BreytenbachThe African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved $253-million in loans to the governments of Kenya and Uganda for the upgrading of a 118 km road section connecting the two countries and construction of the 32km Eldoret town bypass, in Kenya. Kenya will receive $147.3-million and Uganda... 

AfDB approves $253m for Uganda–Kenya connecting road upgrades

Aspiring South African space cadet receives US space exposure

By: Dylan SlaterEngineering services and aerospace systems company Honeywell recently hosted Eastern Cape resident Matthew Arnolds at its yearly aerospace training initiative, the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy.  

Aspiring South African space cadet receives US space exposure

Bloodhound land-speed record attempt postponed to 2018

By: Irma VenterThe Bloodhound team’s attempt to set a new world land-speed record has been postponed to 2018. Initially planned for 2015, the UK-driven record attempt has faced a number of deferments, owing largely to budgetary constraints. 

Business R&D showing signs of recovery

By: Keith CampbellThe South African Government seeks to increase the country’s investment in research and development (R&D) by 100% from the R29-billion of 2014/2015 to to about R60-billion/year by 2020. In terms of percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), this would involve an increase from 0.77% to 1.5%.... 

CNH Industrial launches local youth training programme

By: Mia BreytenbachCapital goods company CNH Industrial launched the new TechPro2 2017 programme in Ennerdale, Johannesburg, last month. TechPro2 is a technical training programme for young people, with the aim of preparing highly qualified personnel to be placed in the automotive industry. The joint initiative is... 

CNH Industrial launches local youth training programme

Coega industrial zone outlines R1bn investment pipeline

By: David OliveiraThe Coega Development Corporation (CDC) announced earlier this month that investment projects worth more than R1-billion are ready for implementation in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape. This announcement follows the unaudited 2016 financial year results, during... 

Development of SA spatial data infrastructure needs to be accelerated

By: Keith CampbellDespite the fact that South Africa's Spatial Data Infrastructure Act was passed nearly 14 years ago, in 2003, with the intent of establishing the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure (SASDI), the Committee for Spatial Information (CSI) and the Electronic Metadata Catalogue, among other... 

Digital platform opens up ‘new collar’ work vista for millions of Africans

By: Schalk BurgerDigital devices and systems are crucial components of almost all professions and are changing industries and economies worldwide. Familiarity and competence with these technologies are usually the result of education and access to the technologies. Technology multinational IBM’s Digital-Nation... 

Digital platform opens up ‘new collar’ work vista for millions of Africans

Downgrades to be felt across entire auto value chain

By: Irma VenterThe effects of Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings having downgraded South Africa to junk status will wash “through the entire value chain of automotive production”, warns Frost & Sullivan Mobility Africa programme manager Craig Parker. The impact of the downgrade, leading to a weaker rand, among... 

Financial services firm’s mentorship and training scheme delivers

By: David OliveiraFinancial services provider Vunani Securities, a subsidiary of Vunani Group, paid homage to the 23 equity analyst alumni who received training and mentorship through its Vunani Securities Training Academy (VSTA) initiative at a gala dinner in Sandton last month. The event also coincided with the... 

Financial services firm’s mentorship and training scheme delivers

First survey of publicly funded intellectual property in SA launched

By: Keith CampbellScience and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor launched the first “South African National Survey of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at Publicly Funded Research Institutions” recently in Pretoria. “The survey reveals many trends that we did not know before …. [T]his survey constitutes... 

Global shake-up in earth observation will affect South African sector, warns CSIR

By: Keith CampbellWorldwide, the Earth Observation (EO) sector is being shaken-up by disruptive innovations by major enterprises. "Globally, traditional EO value chains are changing radically due to technological developments, rapid commercialisation and operationalisation by, especially, leading IT [information... 

Kenya’s Konza Techno City emerging as Africa’s smart-city frontrunner

By: Schalk BurgerThe Konza Techno City, in Kenya, being developed about 60 km south-east of Nairobi, will be a smart city to better serve citizens and manage city operations, says wireless connectivity firm Ruckus Wireless sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham. The focus will be on service delivery,... 

Meeting 60% local content goal would transform economy, create 49 000 jobs

By: Irma VenterAchieving 60% local content on vehicles assembled in South Africa will make a significant impact on the South African economy, including the creation of 49 000 new jobs and an additional R68-billion in gross domestic product, says Automotive Masterplan lead and B&M Analysts chairperson Dr Justin... 

Scaw expands chain-making capacity with R110m investment in automated plant

By: Terence CreamerSpecialist steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals has invested R110-million to expand and modernise the production of large-diameter chain and masterlink components at its McKinnon Chain factory in Vereeniging, in southern Gauteng. Large-diameter chains are used in various industries for lifting... 

Shift away from coal good for jobs and more

By: Creamer Media Reporter US President Donald Trump’s executive order to repeal former President Barrack Obama’s environmental policies without offering an alternative for how the US will address climate change shows poor leadership and a lack of long-term vision. The executive order will not bring back the coal industry,... 

Software platform enables multiple-channel social media messaging

By: Schalk BurgerCustomer engagement platform developer BrandChat’s newest software tool enables companies to control social media engagement with customers over multiple channels simultaneously, says BrandChat director Pete Matthaei. Organisations can share targeted content across multiple social media and... 

Software platform enables multiple-channel social  media messaging

SpaceX’s reusable rocket completes second return journey

By: Dylan SlaterPrivate rocket company SpaceX has successfully reused one of its Falcon 9 rockets to launch a commercial communications satellite – SES-10 – for communications satellite operator SES.  

SpaceX’s reusable rocket completes second return journey

Trend of declining SA vehicle exports to the rest of Africa continued in 2016

By: Irma VenterNew-vehicle exports from South Africa into the rest of Africa continued its steep decline in 2016, notes the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its newest quarterly business review. Export sales of new vehicles have declined from 78 787 units in 2013, to... 

Truck group says downgrade turbulence could affect market outlook

By: Irma VenterThe South African truck market demonstrated ongoing resilience in the first quarter of 2017, despite political and economic turmoil, says UD Trucks Southern Africa MD Gert Swanepoel. However, South Africa’ s recent downgrade by two ratings agencies will determine if the marginal growth achieved... 

Photo of the Week

BACK TO THE FUTURE

By: Creamer Media Reporter In January, Kodak announced that it would be bringing back its iconic Ektachrome film, discontinued in 2012, owing to declining demand. Pictured above are canisters of newly manufactured film in a warehouse at the Eastman Kodak Company film production labs in Rochester, New York. The company... 

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Columns

Anti-Zuma campaigners should rather pressure ruling party to eject him

By: Aubrey MatshiqiTo defeat former President Thabo Mbeki, the coalition that supported the then deputy president of the African National Congress (ANC), Jacob Zuma, did two things. Firstly, they decided to step outside the disciplinary framework of the ANC and created structures outside the ruling party in support... 

Anti-Zuma campaigners should rather pressure ruling party to eject him

Independent agencies can have teeth and autonomy

By: Keith CampbellSome South Africans, with some knowledge of events in Brazil, have expressed a degree of envy at the successful impeachment, last year, of the President Dilma Rousseff. This was, in fact, the second time since the restoration of democracy in Brazil in 1985 that popular pressure has brought down a... 

Misgivings about ratings agencies

By: Kelvin Kemm“For all the talk of all this being such a deliberative scientific process . . . to have this decision was remarkable to me.”  That was US Congresswoman Jackie Speier speaking. She went on to say that the analysis “should have been disciplined, and they should have gone back and looked at their... 

Statistically, nothing is ever quite what it seems

By: Riaan de Lange‘It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It is what you know for sure that just ain’t so.’, this according to Mark Twain. Love it or hate it, you simply cannot deny that mathematics (and statistics, for that matter) evokes polarised emotions. Arguably, no subject scars and scares... 

Winging it

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyNot too long ago, I asked a young engineer to build an item of equipment. It was not very complicated; when the temperature rose above a certain level, a relay should close, which would energise a socket outlet to power a cooling device. At the same time, if the temperature fell below a certain... 

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