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Many parts of the world not ready for super fast 5G network – MTN's CEO

By: Reuters     12th September 2018 Many parts of the world are not ready for next-generation 5G network but would likely be ready to embrace the super-fast technology in the next few years from now, MTN's chief executive of said on Tuesday. 5G networks, now in the final testing stage, will rely on denser arrays of small antennas... 

Ramaphosa wants smart, connected cities, says sci-tech minister

By: African News Agency      11th September 2018 Cities that are digitally connected and ready to benefit from and contribute to the Internet of Things (IoT) are a priority for President Cyril Ramaphosa and the South African government. This is according to Minister of Science and Technology Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who made the remarks on... 

MTN CEO confident about Nigeria dispute as firm applies for injunction

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 Telecoms firm MTN Group said on Monday it was confident a multi-billion dollar dispute with the Nigerian government would be resolved even as it applied for a court injunction to protect its Nigerian assets. Nigeria's central bank last month ordered MTN's Lagos-based unit to hand over... 

MTN Hosts First Ever Global Y’ello Career Day For Youth On The Future Of Work

18th June 2018 MTN will host a Global Y’ello Career Day across 21 of its operations on Thursday, 21 June 2018. This is a first in the company’s history. The Y’ello Career Day is part of the 21 Days of Y’ello Care programme, which kicked off on 1 June 2018 across MTN’s 24-country footprint.  Felleng Sekha, Group... 

Former Statistician-General Pali Lehohla honoured by University of KZN

By: African News Agency      24th April 2018 The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has awarded Dr Pali Lehohla, former Statistician General and head of Statistics South Africa, with an honorary doctorate, the university said on Tuesday . The university made the award on Monday night in recognition of his unprecedented role in... 

Africans are an optimistic and happy lot

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd March 2018 I have a little confession to make: I am an Afro-optimist. This means I am the diametrical opposite of Donald Trump, who, when he hears of Africans wanting to emigrate to the US, goes into a trance and starts seeing visions of our Nigerian brothers and sisters vowing, once they set foot on... 

Gemfields transparent, proactive in rebutting rights allegations

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2018 Coloured gemstones company Gemfields has been transparently proactive in rebutting claims of human rights abuses in Mozambique, where it mines rubies. "We've voluntarily elected to issue this statement," Gemfields, headed by CEO Sean Gilbertson, commented in a release on Monday about UK-based law... 

100 years from now

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     3rd November 2017 When the Trojans found a horse on the beach, I am quite sure that the first thing they thought was not: "How kind of those Greek lads", but rather: "Whatever are they up to?" We have similar horse. Ever friendly and kind Google lets us use Google Earth without charge. We even get a street view of... 

Mad scramble for lithium mines stretches from Congo to Cornwall

By: Bloomberg     25th October 2017 For evidence of just how hot battery ingredient lithium is right now, look no further than Australia’s AVZ Minerals. A penny stock until a few months ago, the mining hopeful has surged about 1 500% this year. The proposition: recasting a remote, century-old tin mine in the Democratic Republic of... 

Unique financing needed for the township economy

By: Sydney Majoko     6th October 2017 One of the township economy's most crippling challenges is the lack of access to easily obtainable finance that is available at short notice. It is generally accepted that financial institutions will do proper due diligence investigations before giving their clients funds for their business... 

South Africa’s defence industry faces serious challenges but also sees future opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     14th July 2017 South Africa’s defence and aerospace industry forms a major part of the country’s high-technology manufacturing and services sector. Moreover, the high-level skills it has developed and is maintaining are benefitting other sectors of the economy as well. According to the South African Aerospace,... 

South Africa’s defence industry faces serious challenges but also sees future opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     14th July 2017 South Africa’s defence and aerospace industry forms a major part of the country’s high-technology manufacturing and services sector. Moreover, the high-level skills it has developed and is maintaining are benefitting other sectors of the economy as well. According to the South African Aerospace,... 

Gold less prone to turmoil as ETF cash eases price swings

By: Bloomberg     9th May 2017 In times of trouble, gold has long been a popular haven for investors expecting that more volatility will increase the value of the commodity. But lately, it’s taking more than threats of war or terrorist attacks to get much of a reaction from the bullion market. Price swings for the precious... 

Gold's top forecaster says prices may hit $1 350 by year-end

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2017 Gold will end the year higher, spurred by faster inflation and political tensions in Russia, Syria and North Korea, according to Intesa Sanpaolo, the best forecaster for the metal last quarter. Prices could take a V-shaped path this year, with a swoon coming mid-year as the Federal Reserve raises... 

Volatile global politics arouses bulls with gold at 5-month high

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2017 Worries about the unpredictability of a Donald Trump presidency are revitalising gold. Bullion is trading at the highest level since the week in November when Trump won the US election as rising global tensions surrounding Syria and North Korea strain investors’ nerves. A standoff between the US... 

Weapon system controlled from vehicle 

By: Victor Moolman     17th March 2017 Defence vehicle manufacturer Denel Vehicle Systems will deliver four Self Defence Remotely Operated Weapons (SD-ROW) systems and eight RG32M defence vehicles to the Namibian government by the end of this month for defence purposes and tactical observation. 

South African maize production doubles despite droughts worsening across East Africa

By: African News Agency      3rd March 2017 As drought and worsening food security hits swathes of East Africa, maize harvests in Southern Africa, previously slashed by El Niño, are forecast to recover this year, with South Africa’s output expected to increase by more than 50 percent from 2016. A new United Nations (UN) report states that... 

Growth in copper supply to slow through 2020 – ICSG

By: Henry Lazenby     24th February 2017 Global copper mine production growth is expected to slow to 2.5% a year through 2020, down from an average growth rate of almost 4% a year in the last five years, the International Copper Study Group (ICSG) said on Thursday. The Lisbon, Portugal-based think tank cited continued delays in project... 

Smart multi-modal supply chain unlocks Central African Republic

11th January 2017 Since Ecolog was awarded its contract by the United nations mission MINUSCA in the Central African Republic in September 2014, the company manages successfully the delivery of 1.5 million kilograms of food and water every month to 22 different locations in the Central African Republic. Despite... 

Top-class maintenance, repair and training augments Husky’s success

1st December 2016 Arguably the most durable vehicle in the US military’s wheeled fleet, the Husky’s success in the field has been secured by ongoing field support – in training, maintenance and logistics – by US-based Critical Solutions International (CSI). Working in close partnership with DCD Protected Mobility,... 

The US faces an ‘interesting’ election and SA should be prepared

By: Keith Campbell     28th October 2016 Well, we are definitely living in interesting times, at home and abroad. China, under the leadership of Xi Jinping, has adopted a nationalist assertiveness in the East and especially South China Seas. Russia, under President Vladimir Putin, has been even more assertive, bringing the Crimea under... 

The Great Wall of Trump

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     16th September 2016 In this and future columns (well, in at least one), I will be discussing some of the electrical engineering issues coming out of the US election campaign and the promises made by the candidates. There is a song which goes: “If you’re white, you’re all right; if you’re brown, stick around; if... 

TechAccess Completes Milestone as HDS Authorised Training Centre

5th September 2016 TechAccess, the leading value added distributor in the Middle East, North Africa, LEVANT, Pakistan and Afghanistan has successfully completed one year as a Hitachi Data Systems’ Authorised Training Center. In the past year TechAccess has conducted numerous training at its Solutions Centre in... 

SA citizens need more visa-free deals to up global ranking

By: News24Wire      17th June 2016 South Africa, which ranks 89th out of 161 on a new index that measures the quality of a nationality, should improve visa-free travel status for its citizens to increase its ranking. That’s the message from Henley & Partners SA spokesperson Sandra Woest, who spoke to Fin24 about the release of... 

Iqarus targets international growth with new appointment

14th June 2016 Healthcare and medical solutions company Iqarus has appointed Andrew Hames as Chief Commercial Development Officer to drive the company’s strategy for global organic growth in remote and difficult operating environments. With an extensive track record in developing healthcare, security and safety... 

TechAccess Unveils Unify SME Initiative and Announces Partner Promotion

14th June 2016 TechAccess, the leading value added distributor in the Middle East, North Africa, LEVANT, Pakistan and Afghanistan has just unveiled its Unify SME Initiative and new promotion to partners. An update session, which was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Dubai, introduced partners to the new initiative... 

‘Aftershocks’ hit MTN Q1 subscriber numbers

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st April 2016 Telecommunications giant MTN got off to a shaky start to the year, as events towards the end of 2015 hit first-quarter subscriber numbers and pushed the group to take a “back-to-basics” approach to get back on track. MTN last year took an earnings hit on the back of operational challenges,... 

Iqarus acquires Exmed to expand health provision capability into world’s remote and difficult operating environments

19th April 2016 Offshore and onshore healthcare and medical solutions company Iqarus has acquired Exmed, a leader in remote medical support, equipment and clinical education, as it further progresses its global growth strategy. Exmed’s customers include prominent international government and humanitarian... 

Casspir vehicle shedding its apartheid links as it takes on peacekeeping role

By: Dylan Slater     8th April 2016 Defence vehicle systems company Denel Land Systems (DLS) is continuing to update and broaden the versatility of the Casspir family of mine-protected vehicles – a move that is not only safeguarding the South African-developed platform, but also helping the vehicle to shed its controversial past... 

Casspir vehicle shedding its apartheid links as it takes on peacekeeping role

By: Dylan Slater     8th April 2016 Defence vehicle systems company Denel Land Systems (DLS) is continuing to update and broaden the versatility of the Casspir family of mine-protected vehicles – a move that is not only safeguarding the South African-developed platform, but also helping the vehicle to shed its controversial past... 

Denel modifies Casspir to accommodate varying firepower needs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th February 2016 State-owned aerospace and defence technology group Denel has modified its Casspir mine-protected vehicles to accommodate clients’ varying firepower requirements. Clients would be able to select the type and range of firepower that they required, which would serve as platforms for 81 mm mortar... 

Military training ground cleared for housing development 

19th February 2016 Demining and clearance company Mechem, which is part of defence products and solutions company Denel, was called in to inspect vacant land next to Loftus Gardens in Pretoria that has been earmarked for a new housing development. Denel acting group CE Zwelakhe Ntshepe says the land was used as a... 

With the A400M now operational in Europe, export sales targeted

By: Keith Campbell     4th December 2015 Airbus Defence and Space (Military Aircraft) is highly optimistic for exports sales of its A400M military transport and air-to-air refuelling aircraft, outside the programme’s seven European core partner nations (Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey and the UK). “Our clear target... 

India and Afghanistan won't pursue mining, steel project

By: Ajoy K Das     27th November 2015 India and Afghanistan have called off all talks on a proposed $11-billion iron-ore mining and steel mill project by a consortium of Indian metal companies. According to a senior government official, the Indian government, which had been supporting the Indian consortium through bilateral talks... 

S&P downgrades MTN amid Nigeria woes

By: News24Wire      30th October 2015 Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P's) has downgraded MTN’s credit rating and put the mobile network on a watch negative amid a $5.2bn fine in Nigeria. S&P said on Thursday that it’s lowering its ratings on MTN from ‘BBB’ and ‘zaAA+’ to ‘BBB-’ and ‘zaAA-’. S&P also put MTN on a CreditWatch with... 

Some catching up needed

By: Keith Campbell     30th October 2015 Over the years, I have been to quite a few defence technology and industry conferences in South Africa. Invariably, they include lots of fascinating presentations and show just how impressive and high-tech the South African defence industry is. It certain areas, South Africa is one of only a tiny... 

SA companies should seek more UN business

By: Keith Campbell     16th October 2015 South African businesses have been encouraged to increase their participation in the United Nations (UN) procurement processes. UN Procurement Division Field Procurement Service Chief Sean Purcell pointed out recently that the amount of goods purchased by the UN from South African companies... 

R700m buy could be behind Denel suspensions

By: News24Wire      28th September 2015 Serious cash flow problems after the recent acquisition of the local vehicle manufacturing component of BAE Systems Land Systems for more than R700-million are rumoured to be a possible reason for the suspension of three top managers at SA weapons manufacturer Denel, Netwerk24 reported on Monday.... 

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