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Europe to become 'massive' buyer of US LNG, Trump says

By: Bloomberg     25th July 2018 Europe will build more terminals to import US liquefied natural gas, the head of the European Commission told US President Donald Trump during a meeting aimed at averting a transatlantic trade war. “They want very much to do that, and we have plenty of it,” Trump said, referring to the US shale... 

STEM career expo seeks to link youth with prospective employers

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 The science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Career Expo will provide school goers, undergraduates and graduates with the opportunity to interact directly with companies to determine what careers are available to those interested in STEM, says STEM Career Expo CEO Eric Wright. The... 

Analytical tools seen as increasingly essential to water management

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 It is inevitable that water utilities will continue to face various challenges, but technology can be used to ensure visibility of water quality throughout the value chain, and automatically communicated to stakeholders and consumers.   In this regard, investment in analytics can be a quick win... 

Schneider Electric innovations shine in Germany

3rd May 2018 In an ever-changing digital world, for everything from new business models and new consumer technologies to new infrastructure, energy and power systems – the digital transformation is inescapable. The fourth industrial revolution, or smart manufacturing, has accelerated the move to digital... 

How smart sensors aid predictive maintenance as part of Industry 4.0

27th February 2018 Franck Roussillon, European Product Manager for Actuator, Parker Hannifin Industry 4.0 is far more than a term that’s simply ‘trending’ in the manufacturing industry, it’s a tool made up of many component parts which are able to offer genuine benefits and competitive gain to plants prepared to... 

Accenture breaks ground on new building in Waterfall

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2018 Construction has started on the new Southern African offices of global professional services company Accenture, which will be relocating from its current offices in Woodmead to a 3 875 m² facility, in Waterfall City, in December, as part of its Africa expansion strategy. Waterfall commercial... 

Focus shifts to power distribution

14th July 2017 Global professional services provider Accenture resources MD and associate director Ken Robinson – who will be speaking at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa – says South Africa’s generation crisis is largely under control, but that power supply challenges loom in distribution. 

Creecy vows to use ICT to improve service delivery in Gauteng

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2017 Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy says the Gauteng Provincial Treasury (GPT) will use its R712.6-million budget this financial year to promote clean governance and protect public funds to ensure the funds are used to deliver services to citizens and not siphoned off. Presenting the 2017/18... 

Residential solar PV poses significant threat to utility model 

By: David Oliveira     9th June 2017 Increasing environmental awareness was driving South Africans to invest in a more sustainable future by installing solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop panels, global professional service company Accenture resources associate director Ashley Maistry said at the African Utility Week, held in Cape Town... 

New approaches needed for utilities, municipalities

8th June 2017 Utilities and municipalities need to innovate and be optimised to address SA’s power challenges and stay relevant, say experts Speaking ahead of the POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and exhibition in Johannesburg, key industry stakeholders have highlighted the need for utilities and... 

MindSphere with new partners, new applications and extended connectivity

25th April 2017 • New infrastructure, app and technology partnerships • Extended connectivity simplifies link-up to machines and plants • New apps for industrial security and condition monitoring Siemens is driving forward the expansion of its cloud-based open IoT operating system MindSphere with new... 

SAP Skills for Africa adds 101 students to digital workforce

7th February 2017 Students, SAP Africa partners, customers and executives gathered at Eskom’s Megawatt Park in Sandton for the SAP Skills for Africa graduation ceremony which celebrated the completion of an intense three-month digital skills training programme. Now in its sixth chapter, the job creation initiative... 

Integra, Goldcorp team with 4 global technology majors seeking disruptive mining technologies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th January 2017 Gold companies Integra Gold and Goldcorp have teamed with four of the world's largest technology companies to explore potential applications of disruptive technologies in the mining sector. #DisruptMining is a marquee event during the yearly Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)... 

Survey shows only modest rise in innovation performance by SA firms

By: David Oliveira     28th October 2016 South African companies have shown only marginal growth in innovation in 2016, business management consultancy Accenture’s Innovation Index finds. A total of 57% of respondents were found to be laggards, 29% acted as leaders in innovation and 8% served as innovation value champions, with an... 

Investing in IT innovation to combat low oil prices and improve efficiency in the Oil and Gas sector

18th October 2016 Taj Elkhayat, Regional Vice President Middle East, Turkey and Africa for Riverbed Technology It is no secret that in recent years, the Oil and Gas industry has been enduring a period of economic slowdown which is showing no signs of improving. Whilst market downturn is often accompanied by the... 

2016 Accenture Innovation Index winner

14th October 2016 Overall Innovation Master (turnover in excess of R35-million): SSG Consulting – For their revolutionary cloud based Business and Project Management solution with exceptional capabilities to handle workflow, data, documents, dashboards, KPI’s, business and staff optimisation together with... 

ICT underpins Economic Recovery and Sustained Growth

13th October 2016 Information and communications technology (ICT) underpins competitive economies and contributes positively towards economic recovery and sustained growth. However, it is important that the correct enabling environments are created to ensure the rapid adoption and effective deployment of ICTs. The... 

Company offers software system to manage PPE across industries

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th September 2016 Health and safety solutions group Bramhope is offering a first-of-its-kind software system that measures, assesses, evaluates and manages personal protective equipment (PPE) free of charge to contracted customers. “Since the system’s initial launch in 2007, many improvements have been introduced.... 

Aurecon strengthens manufacturing client focus in Africa

8th September 2016 Stephan Kotze has been appointed to the newly created role of Client Director Manufacturing − Africa. The appointment forms part of global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon’s ongoing growth strategy in South Africa and the rest of the African continent. Strong leadership is... 

The Internet of Things Africa Summit (IoTAS 2016 & SMART Expo) will be held from the 6 – 7 July 2016, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.

4th July 2016 IoTAS 2016 & SMART Expo is a 2 day professional summit focused on helping African ecosystem players to harness the IoT opportunities, address existing concerns and to shape their strategies. IoTAS 2016 will discuss local, regional and global state of IoT with its progress, challenges and outlook.... 

Chameleon workers – how they can help your business flourish

24th June 2016 As businesses are being forced to change, become more agile and disruptive to remain competitive, the pressure on employees to adapt is increasing. The rapid way in which technology has changed and the inability, as well as resistance from employees to keep up, is leaving organisations in a... 

Private–public partnership could improve service delivery

6th May 2016 The lack of capacity, both financial and human, in municipal departments remains a challenge according to strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations solutions provider Accenture resources MD Melusi Maposa, who says that the private sector should be allowed to take part in utility... 

Honouring key projects in utilities supply industry

6th May 2016 This year’s African Utility Week Industry Awards will once again honour pioneering projects and people in the energy and water industry on the continent. The third edition of the awards takes place on May 18, during the annual African Utility Week exhibition and conference in Cape Town. 

Report stresses primacy of people in ongoing tech evolution

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2016 Global management consultancy Accenture’s ‘Tech Vision 2016’ report confirmed the primacy of people in the way technology is shaping business and societies, Accenture South Africa digital practice head Lee Naik said at the report launch last month. The proliferation of technology, and the... 

Circular economy key driver in moving the 4th Industrial Revolution forward

3rd February 2016 Every year, the World Economic Forum brings together the world’s business, economic and political leaders in Davos to discuss the challenges and future of the world economy. The theme for this year is Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Learning how humankind can benefit from this... 

‘Frack mining’ mooted as a future mining innovation

By: Ilan Solomons     29th January 2016 Miners currently face many challenges, from low commodity prices to the exhaustion of accessible high-quality orebodies and high development costs. However, by drawing on the oil and gas industry’s process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, miners may have new ways to tackle those problems... 

Towards growing African economies: Addressing the African power and water sectors

4th January 2016 The 16th annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and trade exhibition returns to Cape Town from 17-19 May 2016 will be a gathering of some 6000 engineers, stakeholders and solution providers from around the globe. The event will feature 250 exhibitors, over 220 speakers, a... 

Interactive Intelligence Launches Enhanced Global Partner Program

9th December 2015 Changes include new systems integrator and telco/carrier programs; enhancements to simplify partner engagement, while increasing partner revenue opportunities. Interactive Intelligence Group Inc., a global provider of software and cloud services for customer engagement, unified communications and... 

PPE supplier’s new management system reduces TCO

By: Nadine James     2nd October 2015 Personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Bramhope Health and Safety has introduced holistic solutions to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of PPE and safety items, including its award-winning PPE management system. Bramhope CEO Isak Marais notes that the system, which provides a... 

No business immune to the impact of digitisation

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th June 2015 Digitally ready or not, it is time for companies to evolve to remain relevant to their customers as digitisation moves out of a technology realm and into a business imperative. A three-city panel debate spearheaded by Telkom Business saw participants unpack the inevitability of “digital” – driven... 

LNG to contribute A$55bn to Australia’s GDP by 2020 – report

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th May 2015 Australia’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry has the potential to contribute more than A$55-billion to the country’s gross domestic product by 2020, but the country will have to improve international competitiveness, remove regulatory constraints and introduce a more flexible labour regime to... 

US President Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative joins African Utility Week as country partner in Cape Town in May

15th April 2015 “We are excited to participate and engage with thousands of power professionals” African Utility Week has announced that Power Africa, US President Barack Obama’s initiative to improve access to power in sub-Saharan Africa, will be the official country partner of the upcoming conference and expo... 

eNCA to broadcast live from African Utility Week in Cape Town in May

15th April 2015 “This landmark collaboration will take African Utility Week to a whole new level” African Utility Week has entered into an exclusive television broadcasting partnership with eNCA and will receive live coverage during the conference and exhibition from 12-14 May in Cape Town. The annual event... 

Energy Minister Joemat-Pettersson to address African Utility Week in Cape Town in May as Department of Energy becomes official event partner

15th April 2015 “We look forward to the Department engaging with the industry and to join the debate” South Africa’s Department of Energy is throwing its full weight behind efforts by the utility industry to find urgent and sustainable solutions to current energy challenges, says African Utility Week event... 

Consumer spending to drive economies in future

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th March 2015 The global trend of economies shifting from being commodity driven to being consumer driven has started to find its footing in Africa. “The one true driver of gross domestic product growth in any country is now consumer driven. Even in South Africa, the economy is only 19% hard commodity driven,”... 

Africa’s top utility projects and power professionals honoured at African Utility Week in May

4th February 2015 Cape Town utility event to gather more than 5000 power professionals. Africa’s leading utility, energy and water professionals and projects are to be honoured again at the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa that is taking place in Cape Town from 12-14 May this year. Designed to... 

African Utility Week returns to Cape Town and shows that Africa is open for business

4th February 2015 Regional collaboration in the power and water sectors, the untapped potential of renewable energy and investment challenges will be top of the agenda at the 15th African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition, returning to the CTICC in Cape Town from 12-14 May next year.... 

GIBB named Engineering Firm of the Year

6th November 2014 GIBB Engineering outdid the competition at the recent South African Professional Services Awards when the firm was named, Engineering Firm of the Year. GIBB was judged on business pedigree, transformation, empowerment among other rigorous criteria. Other finalists in the category of Engineering... 

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