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South Africa renews bid to accelerate digital migration process 

By: African News Agency      19th October 2018 The South African government on Friday announced steps to join fellow African nations which have migrated to broadcast digital terrestrial television, despite missing the June 2015 target. "The mere fact that 11 years since Cabinet has approved this project, and we are still this far behind... 

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... 

June summit to focus on rural, township economy development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th March 2018 A township and rural economy summit will be held in June to discuss issues affecting rural economy development, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Rural and Township Industrial Economic Development programme director Mbofholowo Tsedu revealed on Wednesday. “By the end of the year, we want a... 

Programme to prepare digital talent in SA industries

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2018 The Africa Industrial Internet Programme (AIIP) is a series of education courses that aims to equip junior and mid-level engineers and industry professionals with the necessary skills to harness artificial intelligence, the industrial Internet of Things and advanced analytics for their... 

Bureau Veritas 2020 strategy includes strong digital component

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Inspection, testing, verification and certification multinational Bureau Veritas chief digital officer Thomas Daubigny is leading the company’s digital transformation strategy, which aims to improve the efficiency of the company, provide new tools to conduct its work and reform its operating... 

Smart city initiatives must be ‘part of long-term vision’ – Huawei

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 Using information and communication technologies, and more broadly digital technologies, in cities must be part of long-term, sustained transformative visions to ensure that a city and its systems improve over time, says Huawei Enterprise Government and Public Utility Sector VP Edwin Diender.... 

Showcase of SA's manufacturing prowess to debut in 2019

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2018 To showcase the best South Africa has to offer in terms of local manufacturing and South African-produced capital equipment, capital equipment manufactures lobby group the South African Capital Equipment Exporters Council (Saceec) has partnered with exhibition organisers Specialised Exhibitions... 

Mining technology gets boost from new Wits-Sibanye partnership

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2017 Mining technology is being given a Fourth Industrial Revolution boost through the new partnership struck between precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater and the Wits Mining Institute. Wits Mining Institute director Professor Fred Cawood outlined in a news release on Thursday that... 

World Bank blames lack of innovation for South Africa’s dismal productivity performance 

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2017 The World Bank’s tenth and latest South Africa Economic Update points to serious weaknesses in the area of domestic innovation, which it says lies at the heart of a worrying divergence in the country’s productivity performance when compared with both advanced economies and the country’s Brics... 

Servest acquires stake in ICT services company

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 International facilities management provider Servest has partnered with investment company Bottega InvestCo in the acquisition of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) services company Getronics. The transaction, which is supported by specialist banking and asset management... 

Huge tech rewards for SA opencast mines, but underground operations lag behind

By: David Oliveira     12th May 2017 The adoption of new technology, aimed at improving operational efficiency and lowering costs, is driving the future of the resources sector globally. However, South Africa’s deep-level underground platinum and gold mining sectors, with their unique challenges, have proven to be slower in adopting... 

New agroprocessing-, metals-focused Ipap to be released in April

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2017 A new Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) focused on supporting the agroprocessing and metals industries, including foundries and the casting sector, will be released in April, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October says. “We are aiming to strategically support... 

ICT council progresses sector's BBBEE code

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th March 2017 The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services’ Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Sector Council has met all of its initial mandates and will now continue its work to guide and review the implementation of the amended and... 

New agroprocessing-, metals-focused Ipap to be released next month

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2017 A new Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) focused on supporting the agroprocessing and metals industries, including foundries and the casting sector, will be released in April, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October said at the Metal Casting Conference, in Kempton... 

Physical, virtual integration can improve safety in African cities

By: Schalk Burger     23rd September 2016 The integration of physical infrastructure and information technology (IT) systems will improve the safety of cities, but these capabilities will also underpin smart city systems that will improve the efficiency of Africa’s cities, says multinational IT firm NEC chief engineer Shinya Kukita.... 

Saab Grintek Defence to provide South African Navy with TactiCall system 

By: Samantha Herbst     15th March 2016 South African defence and security company Saab Grintek Defence (SGD), the local subsidiary of Swedish aerospace and defence group Saab, has been awarded a contract by Armscor’s Institute for Maritime Technology for a TactiCall integrated communications system, which will be used to enhance the... 

SolderStar Out SMART with Reflow Oven Data at National Electronics Week 2016 in South Africa

14th March 2016 SolderStar, a world leading specialist manufacturer in the design and development of thermal profiling equipment for the electronics industry, previewed the very latest in internet based technology with their territory distributor at National Electronics Week 2016. Enabling ‘big data’ capture... 

Eskom must find way of becoming part of renewables ‘in a big way’ 

By: Terence Creamer     19th November 2015 A senior Eskom official has made the case for the utility playing a more active role in deployment of large- and small-scale renewable-energy solutions in South Africa, suggesting that previous arguments against its participation in the sector were becoming less relevant. In fact, Barry MacColl,... 

REMOTEWORX® is a customizable hardware and software platform that enables users to rapidly deploy and integrate cloud based data...

5th November 2015 REMOTEWORX® was recently launched and is a solution jointly developed by Adroit Technologies and Systems Automation and Management and enters the Machine-to-Machine market with this end-to-end offering.  Managing Director of Adroit, Dave Wibberley said, “We have taken the difficult aspects of M2M... 

SA back in top 50 of global competitiveness index

By: African News Agency      30th September 2015 Improvements in “technological readiness” helped South Africa reverse a four-year decline and leapfrog seven positions to land back into the top 50, at position 49, in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) released on Wednesday. The Global Competitiveness Index analyses... 

Futuristic Workplaces and the adaption of building services

4th August 2015 Office buildings are becoming more futuristic in order to accommodate the needs of changing workforces, changing business practices, new technology, globalisation and client needs. In this interview, Aurecon’s Pete Greaves, Technical Director: Buildings and Jeff Robinson, Development Leader:... 

IT giant introduces financing programme to help SMMEs access new technologies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd July 2015 Financial solutions provider Cisco Capital has launched its new easylease low-rate financing programme in South Africa as part of US-based information technology giant Cisco’s ongoing commitment to help the country’s small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) invest in next generation technology.... 

Convergence Results in Cross-pollination of Industry Sectors

16th July 2015 Frost & Sullivan will present key trends influencing the African landscape at the Growth Innovation Leadership Africa congress in August. Convergence is rapidly leading to a cross-pollination of industry expertise as organisations start to acknowledge how one business sector impacts another. In... 

Convergence Results in Cross-pollination of Industry Sectors

15th July 2015 Frost & Sullivan will present key trends influencing the African landscape at the Growth Innovation Leadership (GIL) Africa congress in August. Convergence is rapidly leading to a cross-pollination of industry expertise as organisations start to acknowledge how one business sector impacts... 

Local steel demand suffers 5% yearly contraction

By: Bruce Montiea     10th July 2015 Steel demand in South Africa has suffered a steep decline over the past eight years, having contracted by an average of 5% a year since 2007, says growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan Africa. Frost & Sullivan industrial business unit research analyst Tilden Hellyer notes that this dip was... 

Education a driver of broadband uptake

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd September 2014 Access to the Internet was fundamental to educating South Africa’s uneducated, unemployed and rural citizens, a panel of speakers at the Southern Africa Telecommunication Network and Application Conference (Satnac), held in Port Elizabeth, agreed on Tuesday. The need for education was... 

Talks for integrated pan-African high-speed rail network under way

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th August 2014 Talks to implement the vision of a modern, integrated high-speed train service traversing and criss-crossing Africa’s capitals and commercial centres have kicked off, as the African Union Commission (AUC) marked it among three flagship projects the organisation hoped to see come to fruition under... 

'Internet of Things' technology platforms being built, but Africa set to lag

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2014 With the average ten-year time cycle between two generations of communications infrastructure narrowing, several companies and organisations worldwide are accelerating research and development into the technology platforms that will lay the basis for the “next frontier” of mobile innovation.... 

'Internet of Things' technology platforms being built, but Africa set to lag

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2014 With the average 10-year time cycle between two generations of communications infrastructure narrowing, several companies and organisations worldwide are accelerating research and development into the technology platforms that will lay the basis for the “next frontier” of mobile innovation.... 

Fears of propaganda, fragmentation emerge as Communications Department divided

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th May 2014 The division of the Department of Communications (DoC) will not lay a platform for an ideal communications environment nor is it a positive step forward for the industry, proponents argue as they take aim at the new Ministries of “propaganda”. This week’s announcement by newly re-elected... 

Blue Label acquisition reaches ‘final hurdle’

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th February 2014 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecom’s largest acquisition to date has reached the final hurdle as competition authorities mull the R307-million buy-out of Retail Mobile Credit Specialists (RMCS). However, Blue Label joint CEO Brett Levy did not foresee a problem in securing the Competition Commission’s... 

Survey reveals engineers not happy with degree

22nd November 2013 According to the results of a new survey carried out in October, conducted by financial services company PPS, 43% of over 700 South African engineers feel that the current engineering degree does not train students sufficiently. 

Competition aims to expedite commercialisation of technological innovations

By: Samantha Herbst     20th September 2013 Individuals and small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) aiming to fast-track the commercialisation of their technological innovations have until the end of the month to pitch their ideas to SMME development strategy specialist Traction for the Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition,... 

LLU regulations revoked owing to error

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th September 2013 The finalisation of the long-awaited local-loop unbundling (LLU) regulations have been delayed, once again, after the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) reported an error in the draft publication of August 7. “… due to an error in publication of a page of definitions in... 

Frost & Sullivan Identifies the Mega Trends that will Shape the Future of the South African Economy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2013 Audacious predictions and strategic plans unveiled at GIL 2013: Africa 

Strong interest in technology innovation competition

26th July 2013 Online registrations for entry into South Africa's newest technology innovation competition, the Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition, have been phenomenal for a competition in its inaugural year, says Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition manager Martin Feinstein. 

DTI unveils guidelines to reduce municipal red tape 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd July 2013 The departments of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) on Wednesday unveiled guidelines aimed at directing municipalities on their options for enhancing the business environment for small, medium-sized and micro enterprises (SMMEs). The ‘Guidelines... 

Company Announcement: SMS remains the best channel for business messaging

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2013 By Pieter Streicher, BulkSMS.com managing director  

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