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Manufacturing sector bore brunt of industrial cyberattacks in first half of 2017

By: Schalk Burger     4th October 2017 The manufacturing sector emerged as the hardest hit by cyberattacks during the first half of 2017 as the target of one in every three attacks on industrial control system (ICS) computers, global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday. The Threat Landscape for Industrial Automation... 

Information systems in the field for 10+ years

     8th September 2017 The phrase ‘information is power’ is a widely used term. However, RCT believes its relevant information that empowers customers; which is why for the past 10 years, the company has been providing exactly that. This information journey began in 2005 when RCT saw the opportunity to expand into a... 

MBSA preparing to enter ‘competitive’ bakkie market early next year

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 With a new-bakkie market of roughly 110 000 units a year, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) would like to secure its “fair share” of this lucrative, “but highly competitive” segment with the launch of the new X-Class in the local market in the first half of next year, says Mercedes-Benz Vans... 

Education institutions struggling with connectivity

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Amid water, electricity and basic infrastructure challenges at various education institutions, the lack of Internet connectivity has also been a challenge, states wireless connectivity firm Ruckus sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham. 

Mercedes-Benz seeks ‘fair share’ of growing bakkie market with new X-Class 

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2017 With a new-bakkie market of roughly 110 000 units a year, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) would like to secure its “fair share” of this lucrative, “but highly competitive” segment with the launch of the new X-Class in the local market in the first half of next year, says Mercedes-Benz Vans... 

Amplats' exit from Brazil platinum prospect sparks London listing

By: Martin Creamer     19th June 2017 The withdrawal of South Africa’s Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) from a platinum group metals (PGM) project in Brazil has opened the way for Jangada Mines to acquire the asset and head for the London Aim to raise an initial £2-million in equity capital to fund the project. Jangada chairperson... 

Connectivity – the next step for rail

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), it has become a necessity for commuters to be connected, and it is also essential for increased operational efficiency in railway networks. This connectivity can be achieved through WiFi networks, which are heading towards being a prominent... 

Online agricultural education platform set to create trained farmers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2017 A new online education platform, Agricolleges, aims to help create a fresh wave of farmers and agriculturalists in Africa. It is expected to assist in the provision of education and training for small-scale farmers on the continent, which is one of four factors identified by the World Economic... 

Wireless communication to drive economic growth in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     5th May 2017 Large-scale information communication technology (ICT) investment can play a crucial role in fuelling gross domestic product growth through increased economic activity, innovation and productivity, but government, the private sector, donors and civil society need to take bolder steps to... 

Wireless becomes key integrated component of enterprise systems

     24th April 2017 Wireless networks have traditionally been viewed and managed as an ‘add-on’ to the corporate network, but new security threats demand that they now be integrated into the heart of the enterprise, says Fortinet. The traditional approach to enterprise wireless was to treat it as an independent... 

Alternative power supply approach to benefit low-income areas

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 Alternative energy supply company Specialized Solar Systems (SSS) is making significant headway in driving the large-scale implementation of its solar-powered distributed direct current microgrids, which incorporate the Internet of Things (IoT) to supply energy to low-income areas in the form of... 

High-speed wireless provides fibrelike connectivity to underserved areas

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2017 A 28 GHz last-mile wireless access solution is being rolled out in South Africa to provide fibre-like connectivity for underserved areas, says telecommunications operator Paratus Telecom SA MD Kallie Carlsen. The solution uses a combination of 28 GHz wireless line-of-sight solution for last-mile... 

Is your FTTH connectivity service provider short-changing you?

     1st March 2017  Fibre to the Home is sweeping the nation, and many people are caught up in the excitement of the possibilities it offers. The prospect of high speed, stable connectivity is being well-received and has many consumers facing the challenge of selecting a service provider from many of them out... 

Equipment supplier sets 40% target for women representation by 2020

By: Dylan Slater     18th November 2016 Equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment – a division of JSE-listed Barloworld – recently launched its 40/20 strategy, which aims to increase women representation to about 40% of the company’s staff by 2020.  

PRASA unit, Vodacom in R1bn ICT services, dark-fibre-optic network lease deal

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2016   Vodacom has signed a 15-year deal with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), through its subsidiary Intersite Asset Investments, valued at more than R1-billion. Intersite is responsible for property and asset development within PRASA. It aims to raise additional revenue for the... 

Autodesk working with varsities, communities to tackle service delivery issues

By: Dylan Slater     14th October 2016 Design software company Autodesk highlighted local education and skills development campaigns as catalysts to spur interest in and insight into the design industry during its Autodesk University Extension programme, which took place in Cape Town last month.  

PRASA, Vodacom sign R1bn, 15-year fibre deal

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016  Vodacom has signed a 15-year deal with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), through its subsidiary Intersite Asset Investments, valued at more than R1-billion. Intersite is responsible for property and asset development within PRASA. It aims to raise additional revenue for the... 

Africa needs to create ‘business case’ for digital investments 

By: Terence Creamer     20th September 2016 Reliable connectivity and innovation are “no longer nice-to-haves, but essential tools for development” and African policymakers needed to create the “business case” to encourage private investment to support digital transformation, Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Dr Siyabonga... 

Development of mobile SHE management tool under way

By: Kimberley Smuts     16th September 2016 Mining consultancy The MSA Group is currently developing a mobile safety, health and environment (SHE) management toolset that integrates with a client’s existing SHE management systems.  The company explains that, at present, many small mines and exploration sites run tedious paper based systems... 

Lakefield To Benefit From High Speed, Low Crime Fibre Internet

     31st August 2016 Lakefield's anticipated broadband roll-out kicks-off in the first week of September as Teralink and OTEL team up to deliver super-fast Internet access to residents and business owners. "Spring starts on a high speed note for Benoni as Internet access delivered via fibre optic cable promises to... 

Cost of telecoms limiting BPO growth in SA

     30th August 2016 Even though South Africa is considered to be an attractive emerging offshoring destination for business process outsourcing (BPO), there are several factors limiting the growth potential of the country, according to Deloitte South Africa. In 2014, the South African BPO industry accounted for 1%... 

Broadband opportunities and challenges for Africa

     19th August 2016 By Kuseni Dlamini In a global economy increasingly characterised by information, broadband networks are the essential pathways along which the information content, services and applications travel. Broadband network infrastructure has transformed economic activity in much the same way as the... 

DEHN Africa safeguards golf estates from lightning and surges

     1st August 2016 Golf courses usually extend over large areas and include facilities such as clubhouses, caddy sheds, change rooms, halfway houses, shelters, golf cart parking lots and widespread irrigation and sprinkler systems that ensure the quality of the greens. They are also often located in areas where low... 

Polystyrene homes for North West orphans

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Nonprofit organisation Mobile Education and Training Trust (METT), in a joint venture (JV) partnership with polystyrene recyclers’ association Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC), is finalising construction of 75 housing units of 68 m2 each using polystyrene and cement-admixture panels to house... 

Big potential for SA to use ICT investments to stimulate growth

By: Schalk Burger     20th May 2016 South Africa is among the top three developing countries that have the most potential to use information and communication technology (ICT) to boost their economic growth, along with China and Chile, according to the 2015 Global Connectivity Index, says information technology firm In2IT... 

Ict Veterans Continue The Push For Wi-Fi

     18th May 2016 With two-thirds of South Africans out in the cold when it comes to Internet access, the Wi-Fi Forum SA will redouble its advocacy for public access Wi-Fi across South Africa. This commitment to universal service was made by the WFFSA's "top three" who were again installed at the helm of the... 

WEF leaders campaign to bring Internet to all in Africa

By: African News Agency      4th May 2016 Members from more than 90 hubs of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community, extending from Cape Town to Cairo, are driving a campaign to ensure that all Africans can enjoy the economic and societal benefits of Internet access, the WEF said on Wednesday. The Shapers, a worldwide network... 

Calls for more free Internet services in African cities

By: Kim Cloete     24th February 2016 Those countries in Africa that are moving ahead with better broadband are helping boost their economies and bringing more people into the Internet economy, said Project Isizwe founder and CEO Alan Knott-Craig at the Bloomberg African Business and Economic Summit on Wednesday. Knott-Craig said... 

Solar Powered Computer Lab handover to Buffelsdale Secondary School

     22nd February 2016 The company Give IT Back was formed in 2009 with an aim to source and provide technology and people less fortunate. In just over 2 years of operating the organisation offered a complete computer lab and can proudly boas that they have 18 fully functioning computer labs throughout the country... 

Giving IT Back to Communities in Tongaat

     22nd February 2016 Today marks a special day in the lives of the teachers and learners of Buffelsdale Secondary School, Tongaat when they were the recipient of a solar powered computer lab. This R500 000 innovative project was sponsored by Airports Company South Africa King Shaka International Airport and is the... 

Amadeus leads $40M investment in Africa’s fast growing online travel agency, Travelstart

     3rd February 2016 Amadeus, the global technology investor, today announced a $40m investment in Travelstart in partnership with MTN, Africa’s leading mobile and digital life services operator. Travelstart is the leading online travel agency in Africa, and has built a market leadership position in South Africa,... 

Computer Laboratory Container handover

     1st February 2016 Whole new world of possibility has opened up for learners at Mabotha Secondary School in the small rural village of Ga-Kibi near All Days in Limpopo Province. This follows Barloworld Equipment’s generous donation of a computer laboratory on 28 January 2016. The computer laboratory, housed in a... 

Fibre roll-out ushering in new connectivity future for South Africa

By: David Oliveira     29th January 2016 The roll-out of fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) promises to change the connectivity landscape of South Africa’s consumer and small-business markets, which have largely been neglected by the country’s prominent telecommunications companies, South African technology research company World Wide Worx MD... 

Fibre roll-out ushering in new connectivity future for South Africa

By: David Oliveira     29th January 2016 The roll-out of fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) promises to change the connectivity landscape of South Africa’s consumer and small-business markets, which have largely been neglected by the country’s prominent telecommunications companies, South African technology research company World Wide Worx MD... 

Digital dividend of technological advances falls short

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2016 While the number of Internet users worldwide has more than tripled since 2005, the anticipated digital dividends of higher growth, more jobs and better public service provision have fallen short of expectations, a new World Bank report shows. The 'World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends’... 

Tshwane free WiFi hits one-million users 

By: News24Wire      29th October 2015 The City of Tshwane’s free WiFi programme hit a milestone of one million unique devices on Wednesday. The free WiFi rollout programme is part of the metro’s eKaelo strategy to boost engagement and government response with citizens. “It's just a number, but it’s a biggie. It means that Tshwane has... 

Self-storage complex under development

     23rd October 2015 Self-storage company Stor-Age in July announced the development of its flagship storage complex in Sunninghill, Gauteng. 

Awarding of Cape Town Wi-Fi tender 'imminent'

By: News24Wire      19th October 2015 Free Wi-Fi on Cape Town’s public transport infrastructure is nearing a finalisation phase, despite financial challenges, says a senior official. “The City has issued a tender to identify a service provider for providing Wi-Fi on MyCiti buses. This tender has closed, adjudicated and the... 

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