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MTN crowd sources generators from small business

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2022 Telecommunications group MTN South Africa (SA) is exploring practical and innovative solutions to the power crisis and seeking out partners with generators as it works to maintain customer connectivity during escalating loadshedding across South Africa. Along with an aggressive rollout of... 

Digital transformation of manufacturing expected to improve efficiencies 

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2022 The transformation of manufacturing processes and operations into connected, integrated, automated and smart operations, collectively known as Industry 4.0, will reduce the amount of low skilled positions but also create new skilled positions, assurance and advisory services multinational PwC... 

Court ruling pushes out digital migration wrap-up

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th June 2022 The Constitutional Court of South Africa has upheld an appeal to set aside the High Court decision to switch off South Africa’s analogue signal and complete the long-delayed digital migration by June 30. In April, e.tv lodged an urgent appeal to the Constitutional Court against the judgment and... 

European Space Agency awards new satellite project to Airbus

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2022 The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded Airbus Defence and Space a €160-million contract to develop the agency’s Far-infrared Outgoing Radiation Understanding and Monitoring (FORUM) satellite. The work will be led and largely undertaken at the Airbus facility in Stevenage in England. The... 

Artist’s impression of FORUM in orbit
Photo by Airbus
Artist’s impression of FORUM in orbit

Airbus highlights its key role, through ESA, in Nasa’s Artemis crewed space programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2022 With the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) having declared that the testing programme for the Artemis I Moon mission had been concluded and that its Space Launch System (rocket) and Orion spacecraft would be readied for launch in late August, Europe-based aerospace giant... 

The Orion spacecraft on top of the Space Launch System rocket on the launch pad, with the ESM in the centre of the photo, immediately under the gantry.
Photo by Nasa
The Orion spacecraft on top of the Space Launch System rocket on the launch pad, with the ESM in the centre of the photo, immediately under the gantry.

South Africa is back in contention for the birthplace of humankind

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2022 Fossils of early human ancestors in South Africa may be 1 million years older than previously thought, according to a new study, putting the country back in contention for the place where humankind may have originated. The study of hominin remains from the Australopithecus genus found at the... 

Satrix launches smart city infrastructure feeder ETF

By: Darren Parker     28th June 2022 South African index investment business Satrix, a division of Sanlam Investment Management, has announced that its new smart city infrastructure feeder exchange-traded fund (ETF) will offer investors access to the rapidly growing investment opportunity of smart cities. The fund’s initial public... 

Mitochondria Energy to build a fuel cell manufacturing facility in the Vaal SEZ in 2023

By: Donna Slater     28th June 2022 Hydrogen fuel cell developer Mitochondria Energy is planning to build a hydrogen fuel cell manufacturing facility in the Vaal Special Economic Zone (SEZ) forming part of the wider Hydrogen Valley development concept, with sod turning to start in 2023. In 2018, Mitochondria entered into a... 

An image of hydrogen fuel cells
An artist's impression of five 50 kW Mitochondria Energy fuel cells in a 250 kW generator, and related equipment.

Vodacom’s #CodeLikeAGirl programme trains 4 000

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th June 2022 The number of young girls trained under information and communications technology group Vodacom’s #CodeLikeAGirl programme is expected to reach 4 000 by the end of the financial year. Starting from a base of just 20 girls from schools around Tembisa equipped with coding skills under the programme... 

Nasa has determined that its Artemis I Moon mission should be prepared for launch

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th June 2022 The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has announced that the test phase for the Artemis I space mission had been completed. This decision followed the analysis of the data collected during the launch ‘wet dress rehearsal’ conducted at the Kennedy Space Centre in the US State... 

Reform, State capability, corruption must be addressed before South Africa can progress – Mavuso

By: Donna Slater     24th June 2022 Three critical issues stand in the way of South Africa moving forward in terms of developing and attracting investment, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso said at the Southern Africa France Business Forum on June 22. Hosted by Business France, French Foreign Trade Advisors and the... 

An image of Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso

Five provinces fully migrated to digital broadcasting

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th June 2022 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) will, by July 1, have access to the high demand spectrum from the five provinces that have fully migrated from analogue to digital broadcasting. Updating media on Friday, Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo... 

IoT can help drive fundamental ESG solutions, says council

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics can be effectively used to measure and define the impact an organisation has, the trust it engenders and the value it takes beyond the shareholder and into the ecosystem. Solutions powered by the Internet of Things (IoT) can fundamentally drive... 

Greater support for, inclusion of women in sciences will accelerate development

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2022 Encouraging more women to participate in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI) will not only help to reduce underrepresentation in these industries, but will also help to grow the number of people investigating, understanding and solving the challenges societies... 

Nasa and US Department of Energy award contracts to develop lunar nuclear power systems

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2022 The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) announced on Tuesday that three proposed design concepts for nuclear fission power on the surface of the Moon had been selected for further development. Nasa was working jointly with the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop nuclear... 

A lunar nuclear fission surface power concept
Photo by Nasa
A lunar nuclear fission surface power concept

European Union seeking radioactive power for space missions

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2022 Belgium-based international engineering and consultancy group Tractebel has been selected to head a research and innovation consortium, designated Pulsar, to conduct research into dynamic radioactive power systems (RPS), on behalf of the European Union (EU). The RPS being researched would be... 

An artist’s impression of ESA’s proposed Moon Village
Photo by European Space Agency
An artist’s impression of ESA’s proposed Moon Village

Roche reveals compact molecular diagnostics system 

22nd June 2022 Pharmaceuticals and medical diagnostics technology company Roche has unveiled its new compact molecular diagnostics system, which is geared towards improving access to medical diagnostics capabilities across Africa and elsewhere around the world. Darren Parker tells us more. 

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Roche reveals compact molecular diagnostics system

Operation Vulindlela making progress in driving priority structural reforms  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st June 2022 The Presidency’s Operation Vulindlela (OV) has made markable process on accelerating implementation of priority structural reforms since its establishment in October 2020. Presidency project management office head Rudi Dicks addressed delegates during the Manufacturing Indaba, held in Sandton on... 

Solar PV panels
Presidency private office director Saul Musker explains how far Operation Vulindlela has come with assisting structural reform

Joburg to award four smart city challenge winners, applauds quality of solutions

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2022 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) would be announcing four winners for its yearly Smart City Innovation Challenge instead of three owing to the quality of solutions received, said CoJ Smart City Office leader Lawrence Boya. Each of the four winners would receive R500 000 and an opportunity to pilot... 

5G the fastest growing mobile technology – report

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2022 Fifth-generation (5G) technology is scaling faster than any previous mobile technology generations, with predictions that it will account for 60% of global mobile network data traffic by 2027. The June 2022 Ericsson Mobility Report revealed that, currently, about a quarter of the world’s... 

MTN SA targets 25% 5G coverage in 2022

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2022 Telecommunications group MTN South Africa (SA) aims to have 25% of South Africa’s population covered by fifth-generation (5G) connectivity by the end of 2022, as it ramps up its deployment. MTN currently has over 1 000 active 5G sites servicing dozens of towns and cities across South Africa... 

Hackathon set to unlock 4IR jobs, business growth in townships

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st June 2022 Technology company Microsoft, nonprofit organisation Empire Partner Foundation and multifaceted national ecosystem SAtion will be hosting a hackathon from June 24 to 26 at the Empire Partner Foundation in Sandton, Johannesburg. Hackathon teams have the option to hack virtually overnight on... 

Noteholder meeting for Cell C compromise offer postponed to July 5

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2022 A two-week delay in the noteholder vote to approve an extraordinary resolution on a compromise offer will have no impact on the timing of the overall Cell C recapitalisation transaction, which is expected to proceed to final close in July 2022, JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms assured shareholder... 

UCT vice-chancellor appointed IARU chair

By: Darren Parker     20th June 2022 University of Cape Town (UCT) vice-chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has been elected as International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) chairperson, marking the first time in the organisation’s history that it has been led by an African. IARU, which was established in 2006, is a... 

Eaton to expand collaboration with Microsoft on grid-interactive UPS technology

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th June 2022 Intelligent power management company Eaton has announced it will expand its collaboration with technology group Microsoft to accelerate applications of its EnergyAware uninterruptible power system (UPS) technology in key segments worldwide. The expansion is part of a new strategic framework... 

SpaceX given conditional environmental clearance to launch its new Starship spacecraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2022 The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given conditional environmental clearance to SpaceX to launch its latest and biggest spacecraft, the Starship, on its latest and biggest rocket, the Super Heavy, from the company’s Starbase test facility, at Boca Chica in the US State of Texas,... 

Aveva, Digital Industries partnership aims for purposeful industrial transformation

By: Schalk Burger     14th June 2022 Industrial software companies Aveva and Digital Industries will invest in and formalise their presence in East and West African markets with the purpose of ensuring that industrial companies, and countries, are competitive, efficient and effective by supporting their digital adoption journeys,... 

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Telkom revenue declines, flat Ebitda results reported for FY22

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2022 JSE-listed Telkom remained under pressure during the year ended March 31, 2022, with underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) contracting 0.5% to R11.9-billion. The group’s Ebitda margin expanded by 0.2 percentage points to 27.9% during the year under review. 

Cisco Security Cloud to provide end-to-end cybersecurity for ecosystems

By: Schalk Burger     14th June 2022 Networking, cloud and cybersecurity multinational Cisco has launched its Cisco Security Cloud, which aims to provide end-to-end cybersecurity visibility and defence for business ecosystems, in the Europe, Middle East, Africa & Russia (EMEAR) region, said Cisco EMEAR head of technology Gordon... 

World Bank approves R7.6bn loan to boost vaccination drive

By: Donna Slater     14th June 2022 Following a request by the South African government for assistance in financing vaccine procurement contracts, the World Bank Group, on June 13, approved a R7.6-billion ($480-million) loan for South Africa’s Covid-19 Emergency Response Project. The project will retroactively finance the... 

An image of a vaccine scientist
The R7.6-billion loan will help accelerate vaccine deployment in South Africa

Salesforce launches sustainability cloud for users to manage climate objectives

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2022 Customer relationship management software multinational Salesforce has released its Net-Zero Cloud service, which takes data from disparate systems into a reporting platform so that companies can make informed calculations to drive their sustainability efforts, in South Africa. Salesforce... 

Sanral to introduce one ticket system for all public transport, tolling 

By: Darren Parker     10th June 2022 State-owned South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is aiming to move away from traditional toll accounts to mobility accounts, Sanral northern region project manager Siveshni Pillay revealed this week. Speaking at the African Smart Cities Summit, in Midrand, on June 8, she said the... 

Sanral e tolls and highway

Covid-19 continues to haunt manufacturing companies

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th June 2022 The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and its resulting lockdowns continues to be felt in the manufacturing sector despite a move towards eased regulations. Challenges, such as the shortage of electronic components, global shipping delays and overall uncertainty, have impacted on the growth of the... 

An image of a MCC made by Iritron
COVID DELAYS STRETCH Owing to pandemic-related delays, a MCC can now take up to between 30 and 40 weeks to complete

New call centres to boost Cape Town’s R14bn BPO industry

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2022 The opening of new call-centre sites in Cape Town shows that the city’s business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is shining brighter than ever, says City of Cape Town Economic Growth MMC James Vos. Teleperformance’s Observatory site currently hosts 1 500 staff, servicing four clients from the... 

Digital technologies can support industries in achieving sustainability, net-zero goals

By: Schalk Burger     9th June 2022 Digital technologies can support industries in achieving their sustainability and net-zero emissions goals. Efficiency is the largest driver of sustainability, but also of profitability, says industrial software multinational Aveva global head of digital acceleration Michele Cacciari. 

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Technology-driven vibratory equipment manufacturer emerges stronger 

9th June 2022 As South African engineered vibratory equipment manufacturer Kwatani emerges stronger, having overcome the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the technology-driven company is reviewing options of expanding to meet anticipated growth. Natasha Odendaal has the story. 

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Technology-driven vibratory equipment manufacturer emerges stronger

Icasa chairperson steps down

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2022 Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) chairperson Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng is stepping down, citing a need to take some time off after an enervating period. Modimoeng tendered his resignation on Wednesday and will now start serving notice to ensure a smooth handover, with... 

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