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SA lags, but has much to gain from boosting energy efficiency

By: Schalk BurgerThe energy intensity of South Africa’s economy – defined as energy consumption as a function of gross domestic product – is about twice the international average and electrical energy consumption is about 40% higher than the international average, says the Academy of Science South Africa (ASSAf).... 

SA lags, but has much to gain from boosting energy efficiency

Editorial Insight

Powering a jobs compact

By: Terence CreamerThe recent comment period on the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 (IRP 2018) proved useful in bringing to the fore a number of important issues relating to the future of electricity generation in South Africa. The process also represented a refreshing departure from previous failed attempts at... 

Powering a jobs compact

News & Insight

Analytics to play a critical role in AI growth

By: Natasha OdendaalThe democratisation of analytics and algorithms will drive the success of the artificial intelligence(AI) boom, says SAS CTO, COO and executive VP Oliver Schabenberger. Having cemented a central role in the heart of the AI revolution, analytics and data science can become a real growth... 

As AI moves into mainstream, ethics becomes hot topic

By: Natasha OdendaalWith rapid developments in artificial intelligence (AI), ethics has now moved to the front line of many companies as they consider how to use AI and avoid the unintended consequences of large-scale automation and algorithmic decision-making. After facing an AI winter on the back of overhyped... 

Business intelligence tools becoming more collaborative

By: Schalk Burger     Updated -1425 minutes agoBusiness intelligence tools are adopting various collaboration features and tools to better match the collaborative aspects of business processes and workflows, says business information software firm AIGS Insights sales and marketing director Gustav Piater. Users need to be able to put their... 

Cities need to invest up to $5.4tn a year to develop resilient infrastructure

By: Schalk BurgerAll forms of infrastructure are critical for the expected global urban growth, yet cities face a $4.5-trillion- to $5.4-trillion-a-year investment gap to develop resilient infrastructure. Smart cities are a response to infrastructure and funding challenges, says consulting engineering firm WSP... 

Cities need to invest up to $5.4tn a year to develop resilient infrastructure

Drones revolutionising Gauteng’s management of infrastructure projects

By: Rebecca CampbellThe Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID), with the assistance of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Centre for Applied Research and Innovation in the Built Environment, is achieving unprecedented monitoring of the infrastructure development and construction projects that it... 

Necsa’s annual report delayed to 2019 owing to auditing complications

By: Rebecca CampbellThe South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has confirmed, in a press release, that the completion of its 2017/2018 audit has been delayed. Parliament has granted the corporation an extension until February 15, 2019, to present its 2017/2018 annual report. “I am proud to say that in the... 

Rural mobile connectivity drive

By: Natasha OdendaalIntegrated satellite communications group Intelsat has partnered with Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) to bring mobile connectivity to unserved rural communities across multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Through a strategic investment in AMN, Intelsat aims to accelerate the adoption of... 

Photo of the Week

END OF AN ERA

By: Creamer Media Reporter German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not to seek re-election as head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Merkel has led the CDU for 18 years and has been Chancellor for 13. She announced on October 29 that she would not stand for re-election at the CDU’s annual conference in December or seek... 

END OF AN ERA

Columns

Investment – counting the chickens

By: Riaan de LangeIt is not too difficult to get carried away by one’s emotions. Only minutes before I sat down to write this article, my beloved Sharks had beaten Western Province in the Currie Cup final. That said, I quite possibly have not done their sponsors any service, by not prefixing their names. Truth be... 

My Mini Budget speech

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyI read an article that summed up the points made in the speech of our latest Finance Minister, Tito Mobweni. It is a document that is full of this new unit of currency, the 'bn'. Forgive me, I am guessing here but the bn has been created to save paper, I think. Well, not really.  Before, one... 

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