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Safaricom faces $4.5m fine for failing to connect small firms

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Kenya's biggest telecoms operator Safaricom faces a fine of around $4.5-million for failing to connect calls made to smaller firms, according to company and regulatory documents reviewed by Reuters. The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has imposed a fine on Safaricom, part-owned by South... 

MTN Uganda bets on music streaming as voice business slows

By: Reuters     31st August 2018 Telecom firm MTN Uganda is betting on a new music streaming product to boost revenue and counter declining voice call sales, its chief marketing officer said in an interview. The carrier, a unit of Johannesburg-listed MTN Group, is the largest in the East African country where it has a subscriber... 

Narrowing divide

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st August 2018 The mobile phone has undergone an almost dramatic transition in the past two decades from a status symbol affordable only by the well-to-do to a ubiquitous device that even those of very modest means now regard as a must-have. The market penetration of this handy invention has been facilitated by... 

Chile's SQM expects lithium prices to dip in second half

By: Reuters     27th August 2018 Chilean lithium miner SQM said it forecast lithium prices dropping as much as 10% in the second half of the year compared to the first but stressed it saw no problems with potential water restrictions in the Atacama salt flat where it operates. CEO Patricio de Solminihac said on a second-quarter... 

MSA Africa launches latest Bluetooth-enabled hearing protection

17th August 2018 MSA Africa has introduced Bluetooth technology into several product groups in its Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) range, such as hearing devices. This latest development in technology enhances health and safety even further in dangerous working environments such as underground mining.... 

Our innovations are the key partnership to your future

By: Yolande Botes     17th August 2018 “The EIE Group is known for its innovative state-of-the-art machinery and associated technologies on their automated and semi-automated solutions. Similarly, our reputation for applying solutions that ensure that our customer’s operations are fully optimised and fully supported through our... 

App monitors spread of FAW in Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 The Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) application (app) can save 300-million people in Africa from food insecurity and prevent significant economic losses in maize of up to $4.8-billion, caused by the infestation of the fall armyworm (FAW), says Food and Agriculture... 

Radio broadcasting sector faces hurdles

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd August 2018 There is still a lot of room for investment and growth in the radio broadcasting sector, despite an increasing shift to digital and other broadcasting mediums in recent years that has left the industry in an influx, says Kagiso Media. Speaking during the Independent Communications Authority of... 

In praise of Millennial ‘laziness’

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 Millennials are often depicted in popular culture as having a complete disregard for traditional work ethic, foregoing deadlines and overtime for a more rounded personal and professional life. But is it really Millennials who exhibit the risky business behaviour, or is it the generations that... 

New Aperio® H100: Wireless access control technology inside a stylish door handle

18th July 2018 The new Aperio® H100 packs the power and flexibility of wireless access control into one slim, cleverly designed door handle. With easy retrofitting to almost any interior door and comprehensive RFID compatibility, the new Aperio® H100 handle makes extending access control to more doors... 

New Aperio® H100: Wireless access control technology inside a stylish door handle

18th July 2018 The new Aperio® H100 packs the power and flexibility of wireless access control into one slim, cleverly designed door handle. With easy retrofitting to almost any interior door and comprehensive RFID compatibility, the new Aperio® H100 handle makes extending access control to more doors... 

Modest growth in device shipments expected this year – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     10th July 2018 Worldwide shipments of devices, including personal computers (PCs), tablets and mobile phones, are on pace to record 0.9% growth this year to reach 2.28-billion units, says market research and advisory multinational Gartner. The PC and tablet market is expected to decline by 1.2% this year, while... 

PSAM hosts discussion on improving public access to government budget data

10th July 2018 Rhodes University’s Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) gathered members from the National Treasury (NT), the Legal Resources Centre, Afesis Corplan, and open data activist institute OpenUp for a panel discussion last week at Olive Schreiner Monument Hall. The dialogue was focused on... 

TruckX on track to open in just 7 days

5th July 2018 The countdown to the most anticipated trucking and fleet event of the year has begun. With less than a week to go until TruckX, participants and industry stakeholders are preparing for two days of interactive events, expertise, knowledge-sharing, business building, deal-making and fun. TruckX... 

Hybrid power generation on the rise – HIMOINSA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 Interest in hybrid energy generation is high, says generator manufacturer HIMOINSA Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell.  

Solutions engender safety, reliability for chemical fasteners

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2018 Construction industry service and technology provider Hilti South Africa is offering two “innovative technologies” – the HIT-Z rod and advanced on-site testing – to ensure safety and reliability for chemical fasteners, Hilti South Africa head of engineering Christiaan Davel tells Engineering... 

Plans afoot to pilot project to bring broadband connectivity to rural Uganda

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2018 Internet service provider iWayAfrica and off-grid renewable energy operator and technology integrator Winch Energy are preparing to embark on a pilot programme to bring high-quality, affordable broadband connectivity to five rural communities in Uganda. The companies will deploy ‘The Winch Hub’,... 

Winch Energy and iWayAfrica Partner to launch The Winch Hub® to Accelerate Energy and Internet Access into Rural Areas of Uganda

11th June 2018 Winch Energy is a global off-grid renewable energy operator and technology integrator, providing turnkey remote power and communication solutions for rural communities iWayAfrica is a leading African ISP, offering pan-regional connectivity solutions over satellite, fibre and wireless access networks 

Land ceded by Zimplats to be used for Karo's $4.2bn project

By: Bloomberg     7th June 2018 A platinum-bearing mine concession ceded by a subsidiary of Impala Platinum will be used by Karo Resources to develop a $4.2-billion mining complex, Zimbabwe’s mines minister said. Impala, based in Johannesburg, on Wednesday said its Zimplats subsidiary had agreed to release 23 903 ha of land to... 

Tanzania charges telecoms executives with fraud in tax evasion crackdown

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 Tanzanian prosecutors on Wednesday charged two chief executives of mobile phone companies and four other suspects with fraud as part of a crackdown against tax evasion in the East African nation. The executives charged were Le Van Dai, 35, managing director of Halotel Tanzania, owned by... 

ELB welcomes Josh Hodgkinson as Implementation Engineer - Intelligent Solutions

6th June 2018 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB), is pleased to announce that Josh Hodgkinson has been appointed as Implementation Engineer – ELB Intelligent Solutions (EIS), to help drive the business into the 4th Industrial Revolution. Josh has work experience in over 12 different countries, graduating... 

Smartphone sales back in the black in Q1 – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     29th May 2018 Global sales of smartphones to end-users increased by 1.3% during the first quarter of the year to 384-million, market research multinational Gartner reported on Tuesday. Huawei and Xiaomi experienced the most growth during the quarter, and Apple returned to growth after sales declined during the... 

Botswana court backs regulator's push for lower mobile call rates

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Botswana's telecoms regulator said on Friday its order that mobile phone companies cut fees they charge rivals to use their network by 41% has been endorsed by a local court. The ruling comes after Mascom, the country's biggest telecoms company, filed a court application last July seeking to have... 

Acquisitions allow for access to tech, developments in industry

By: Shannon de Ryhove     25th May 2018 Global motors and drives manufacturer and supplier Zest WEG Group’s Brazil headquarters has made several new acquisitions over the past few years, which has enabled the company to access a larger expertise pool and new technology, says Zest WEG Group manager of rotating machines Fanie Steyn. WEG... 

The opportunity cost of insurance compliance

18th May 2018 Regulatory compliance is a must for any South African business operating in the insurance market. The cost of operational compliance and risk management is substantial and is incurred across the business value chain which includes technology infrastructure, human capital, and professional... 

Ctrack launches fleet-tracking solution for small businesses

By: Irma Venter     11th May 2018 Ctrack, a member of the Nasdaq-listed Inseego group, has launched a low-cost fleet tracking and optimisation tool, called Drive, for small and medium companies. Ctrack says Drive is ideal for companies with fleets of 30 vehicles or less, such as florists, plumbers, pathology labs and towing... 

Protesters demand Ethiopia cancel billionaire's gold licence

By: Bloomberg     8th May 2018 Protesters in Ethiopia’s restive Oromia region demanded the government withdraw a gold-mining permit from a company owned by Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi because of alleged pollution. Demonstrators have blockaded roads in Shakiso, 358 km south of the capital, Addis Ababa, since April 30... 

Kenya's Safaricom pilots messaging app linked to mobile money

By: Reuters     2nd May 2018 Safaricom, Kenya's biggest telecoms company, is piloting a social messaging app that will link to its mobile money platform in an attempt to move the company into the application business, the company said on Tuesday. Bonga, meaning 'chat' in Kiswahili, will be integrated with the company's... 

Vodacom Tanzania bets on data and mobile money to stay on top

By: Reuters     23rd April 2018 Vodacom Tanzania is focusing on growing its data business, mobile payments system and cloud services to stay on top of the East African nation's competitive telecoms market, the head of the company said on Friday. Investment in these areas will ensure the company retains first mover advantage,... 

Lionsgold moves to buy out other TRAC shareholders

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Aim-quoted Lionsgold on Friday announced its £1.35m share-for-share offer to the remaining shareholders of TRAC Technology with a view to increasing Lionsgold's shareholding in Goldbloc from 55% to 100%. “Lionsgold intends to significantly increase its ownership from the current 55% of its... 

New technologies key to driving Africa’s growth

By: Anine Kilian     10th April 2018 Africa has a historic opportunity to accelerate growth and development by tapping into the potential that new technologies hold, ABB Asia, Middle East and Africa region President Dr Chun-Yuan Gu said on Tuesday. Delivering the keynote speech at the ABB Customer World Africa 2018 conference in... 

MTN expects IPO of Nigerian business this year

By: Reuters     10th April 2018 South Africa's MTN aims to list its Nigerian unit in an initial public offering this year, subject to market conditions, group chief executive Rob Shuter told Reuters on Tuesday. Shuter said plans were well advanced and the company would provide exact terms of the IPO in the next few months. 

Tackling malaria with solar-powered mosquito traps

9th April 2018 Malaria remains the number one killer of people worldwide, with 272-million infections and 495 000 deaths occurring annually. This excludes the statistics generated by other mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya, West Nile, Yellow fever and the Zika Virus. In 2016 the Zika outbreak... 

Australia pumps A$50m into drilling research

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th March 2018 The Australian federal government on Wednesday announced a A$50-million investment into research aimed at better equipping the mining and resources sector to manage future challenges. Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan said the funding would come from the Cooperative... 

Zambia picks Unitel unit as fourth mobile operator

By: Reuters     20th March 2018 Zambia has selected a unit of Dutch company Unitel International Holdings as the country's fourth mobile phone service provider, the communications regulator said on Monday. The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) said in a statement that Unitel had pledged to... 

Trends transforming the local security landscape

19th March 2018 The South African security industry has been described as cutting-edge, comprising a number of segments from physical- to cybersecurity. The sector boasts a current growth rate of around 15 percent per annum, and is estimated (in its entirety, including commercial, industry and domestic security)... 

Biggest Ghana mine union plans strikes over Gold Fields jobs

By: Bloomberg     9th March 2018 Ghana’s largest mineworkers’ union plans protests and strikes throughout operations in the country if the government allows Gold Fields’s local unit to dismiss more than 2,000 staff as it starts the process of hiring a contractor to operate its biggest mine in the West African nation. Gold Fields... 

Tanzania internet users hit 23m; 82% go online via phones – regulator

By: Reuters     23rd February 2018 The number of internet users in Tanzania rose by 16% at the end of 2017 to 23-million, with the majority of those using their handsets to go online, the telecom industry regulator said on Friday.    Mobile phone use has surged in Tanzania and other African countries over the past decade, helped... 

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