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Information Technology News

Blockchain can facilitate development of communal lands

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 Blockchain systems can provide a trusted registry of property ownership in communal lands, which can facilitate their development into productive assets, says Zimbabwean former commercial farmer and former chairman of the National Association of Dairy Farmers Dave Conolly. Conolly is researching... 

Unctad, Alibaba say Africa is ripe for e-commerce opportunities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2018 Across Africa, e-commerce platforms flanked by payments, logistics, tourism and big data partners, are beginning to lift local economies, says e-commerce giant Alibaba’s Business School and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), which co-hosted the Netrepreneurs: The... 

GCIS, Busa launch anticorruption pledge campaign

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) has, in partnership with Business Unity South Africa (Busa), launched the Anti-Corruption #ThumaMina pledge campaign. 

ARC to acquire 100% of TymeDigital

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 African Rainbow Capital (ARC), led by chairperson Patrice Motsepe, has reached an agreement to acquire, through its 50.1% held subsidiary, ARC Financial Holding Company (FinHoldCo), 90% of TymeDigital by Commonwealth Bank, for an undisclosed consideration. When concluded, FinHoldCo will own 100%... 

Supply-chain blockchain can improve traceability, customer experience

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2018 Using a blockchain-based supply chain management system can significantly improve the transparency of supply chains, provide information for customers about quality and to trace product origins, as well as improving the agility and adaptability of supply chains, says information technology (IT)... 

Supply-chain blockchain can improve  traceability, customer experience
VISHAL BARAPATRE Blockchain can help to counter disruptions in complex supply chains

French backing for Joburg digital content hub

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2018 The Ambassador of France to South Africa Christophe Farnaud at the launch of the Digital Content Hub, in Johannesburg, highlighted the cooperation between South Africa and France on innovation, which is one of the economic priorities of France as articulated by French President Emmanuel Macron.... 

French backing for Joburg digital content hub
Photo by Dylan Slater
CHRISTOPHE FARNAUD Economies must adjust, change and evolve in response to globalisation to remain competitive

Internet connectivity increases property value

By: Melissa Zisengwe     3rd August 2018 Bundling WiFi connectivity is a commercial and industrial property value-proposition, which attracts potential buyers and boosts property value, says wireless networking company Ruckus Networks. “South African property developers are proving to be enthusiastic WiFi adopters because the... 

Internet connectivity increases property value
RIAAN GRAHAM says all property owners and tenants now expect functional and reliable Internet connection

Altron to reveal new brand

By: Nadine James     2nd August 2018 JSE-listed information and communications technology service provider Altron on Thursday unveiled a new brand aimed at ensuring the company goes to market under a single identity. “Our new brand brings with it a new culture of how we do business,” said Altron CE Mteto Nyati. “Part of this is our... 

Report shows Cape Town is Africa’s tech capital

By: Anine Kilian     31st July 2018 A report commissioned by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi), Wesgro and the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation – with the support of the Western Cape government – has confirmed that the greater Cape Town area, including Stellenbosch, is Africa’s tech capital. The report, compiled by... 

Conference to address shortage of STEM graduates

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 The second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference and Career Expo will aim to address a shortage of technically skilled STEM graduates in South Africa. The conference will be held at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from July 27 and 28. STEM... 

Better integration between systems and machines on offer

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 With the automotive industry having shown a need for better integration between machines and systems, software company Syspro simplifies operational effectiveness. “Syspro Software, an enterprise resource planning system, is designed with the automotive industry in mind. It aims to help... 

Better integration  between systems and  machines on offer
DEIDRE FRYER Enterprise resource planning designed with the automotive industry in mind

AECOM focused on funding STEM education for women

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 This year, integrated infrastructure delivery firm AECOM’s Educational Trust received more that 4 000 applications for bursaries for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) degrees from universities across South Africa – a significant increase from the 50 applications received last... 

AECOM focused on funding STEM  education for women
TSHILIDZI LUTSINGE Keabetswe Beverly Sehoole and Nokubonga Lady-Peace Nxumalo will receive funding from the AECOM Educational Trust this year

Blended learning can improve maths, science results

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 Blended learning, a combination of traditional classroom learning and online learning, can assist South African high school and university students in understanding complex formulas in mathematics and science, says wireless connectivity firm Ruckus Networks sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan... 

IIoT-enabled businesses expected to boost revenues by 10% by 2023

By: Schalk Burger     24th July 2018 Companies across the global supply chain expect the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to increase their yearly revenues by 10% within five years, a global study by mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat, released on Tuesday, showed. IIoT is the application of networked sensors, which... 

MTN’s Van Coller takes the reins at EOH Holdings

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2018 Telecommunications giant MTN digital services, data analytics and business development VP Stephen van Coller has resigned, effective August 31, to take the reins at JSE-listed EOH Holdings on September 1. Van Coller joins EOH as group CEO following the announcement of a strategy shake-up that... 

Alphabet to deploy balloon Internet in Kenya in 2019

By: Reuters     19th July 2018 Alphabet's Loon said on Thursday it would deploy its system of balloons to beam high-speed Internet access with Telkom Kenya from next year to cover rural and suburban populations, marking its first commercial deal in Africa. Known as Project Loon, the technology was developed by Alphabet's X,... 

Data-driven HR can augment, rather than weaken, human touch

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 Data-driven human resource (HR) management systems are arming managers with facts to improve employee management and are also helping the company to attract and retain staff more effectively, says JSE-listed information technology multinational Dimension Data Middle East and Africa HR executive... 

Home Affairs to automate births, marriages and deaths certification system

By: Nadine James     11th July 2018 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday announced a significant system upgrade aimed at facilitating the automation of the births, marriages and deaths (BMD) certification system. The BMD automation process forms part of the Department of Home Affairs’ (DHA’s) flagship R2.2-billion... 

Home Affairs to automate births, marriages and deaths certification system
Photo by Nadine James
Home Affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni, Minister Malusi Gigaba and deputy director-general Thulani Mavuso

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... 

Digital content incubator launched at Tshimologong precinct 

By: Schalk Burger     9th July 2018 An incubation hub for digital audio-visual content opened on Monday in the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, through the support of the French development institution Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS). A... 

Digital content incubator launched at Tshimologong precinct
Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct CEO Lesley Williams

Second-hand textbook sales app wins e-commerce competition

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 A second-hand textbook transaction application (app) written by a University of Cape Town (UCT) student was used from the start of the current academic year, and is being developed further to manage transactions after it won the UCT incubation competition. The app, Quillo, was developed by UCT... 

Intelligent management of data key to human-machine interactions

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 The way data is viewed, managed and used is becoming more complex, requiring intelligent management to enable people to interact with machines, devices and services, says enterprise information management multinational OpenText product marketing VP Stephen Ludlow. The effects and combinations of... 

Intelligent management of data key to human-machine interactions
STEPHEN LUDLOW The growth of connected devices, systems and people necessitates a change in the concepts of production and use of data

Teraco to invest R1bn to expand Isando data centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Neutral data centre provider Teraco will be expanding its largest infrastructure build project to date, the Teraco Isando Campus (JB1), in Gauteng, by adding 2 000 cabinets during Phase 1, which will boost JB1’s capacity to 5 700 cabinets.  

Teraco to invest R1bn to expand Isando data centre
Teraco CFO Jan Hnizdo

South Africa works on policy as fintech gives rise to innovation

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd July 2018 South Africa’s complex financial technology (fintech) domain is in flux and morphing into never-seen-before services within every aspect of the financial sector, with regulators and policymakers working on a coordinated approach to policymaking that will leverage fintech innovation in a way that... 

Intelligent data management capabilities support future services

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 Intelligent data management across a company’s information technology environment is a key element supporting faster and more effective use of business data and new technologies and capabilities, such as Internet of Things (IoT) systems, which can involve thousands of different data-generating... 

Intelligent data management  capabilities support future services
GREGG PETERSEN Data in enterprises includes multiple devices and data sources per user, as well as multiple public and private cloud systems

Opportunity for smaller exporters amid global ecommerce trend

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The growth of e-commerce and changing retail industry trends provide entrepreneurs and small businesses with new opportunities to sell their products and services to international markets, says courier multinational FedEx Express Southern Africa operations VP Mike Higley. According to the PayPal... 

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Building on record attendance of more than 2 280 visitors to Africa's leading transport, materials handling, logistics and fleet management event the TruckX Conference and Expo (TruckX) at the Kyalami grand prix circuit, in Midrand, last year, TruckX 2018 hopes to increase this year’s attendance... 

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year
BIGGER SPACE EQUALS BIGGER VISIBILITY The capacity for larger outdoor stands is seen in Sasol’s TruckX 2017 stand

Entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration, education needed to advance Fourth Industrial Revolution – WEF chairperson  

By: Nadine James     28th June 2018 South Africa must create ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial activity and multistakeholder collaboration, while furthering innovation and education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) fields, if it is going to benefit from opportunities that result from the Fourth... 

Entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration, education needed to advance Fourth Industrial Revolution – WEF chairperson
Photo by Dylan Slater
World Economic Forum executive chairperson Professor Klaus Schwab

South African computer boffins claim third place at international high-performance computing contest

By: News24Wire      28th June 2018 South African computer boffins have claimed third place at an international high-performance computer competition in Germany. The team, made up of Meir Rosendorff, Joshua Bruton, Kimessha Paupamah, Katleho Mokoena, Nathan Michlo and Njabulo Sithole, from Wits and the University of Limpopo,... 

Rebranded Ansys posts double-digit plunges in earnings, revenue

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th June 2018 Diversified digital technology group Etion, formerly known as Ansys, on Wednesday posted significant double-digit declines in earnings and revenue for the financial year ended March 31, owing to challenging market conditions. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) plunged 50% to 7.29c, while earnings... 

EOH names specialised solutions company Nextec as restructuring takes shape

By: Schalk Burger     27th June 2018 JSE-listed EOH has revealed the name of its new specialised solutions company as Nextec, while its information and communication technology (ICT) business will continue to operate under the EOH brand, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. This follows after the group, in March, announced... 

Years-long delayed digital terrestrial television project assigned dedicated PMO

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th June 2018 As the years-delayed digital terrestrial television (DTT) project remains beset with numerous challenges inhibiting the full transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, the Department of Communications (DoC) has starting building a dedicated project management office (PMO) outside the... 

Dimension Data acquires majority stake in e2y

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th June 2018 To add digital commerce capabilities to its digital business solutions portfolio, Dimension Data is acquiring a majority stake in digital commerce consultancy e2y for an undisclosed amount. e2y is expected to add further skills to Dimension Data’s digital infrastructure consulting and services... 

‘No significant barriers’ to Africa’s adoption of advanced computing systems

By: Schalk Burger     22nd June 2018 The infrastructure environment can support complex, high-technology uses in businesses with inherent security and at high speed, says enterprise technology multinational IBM Systems GM Alex Gogh. The basis for the wide-scale use of high-technology business systems, including artificial... 

Free camera placement tools, IP solution aiding tech renewal

By: Schalk Burger     22nd June 2018 Security imagery specialist Graphic Imaging Technologies (GIT) has made a free-to-use camera placement tool available and has launched a solution that enables Internet protocol (IP) streams to be sent over older analogue coaxial cables, enabling users to use existing infrastructure to support new... 

Free camera placement tools, IP solution aiding tech renewal
LAURENCE SMITH All data of the TruWitness body-worn cameras are encrypted on the devices

Gama cites need for digital change to ensure greater economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2018 With an unemployment rate of about 27% in South Africa, State-owned Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama highlights the need for creating, on an urgent basis, more job absorption strategies. This vision, he explained at the Vision 2030 Summit, in Johannesburg, on Thursday, will involve employing more of... 

Gama cites need for digital change to ensure greater economic growth
Photo by Dylan Slater
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

S African automotive sector encouraged to embrace Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2018 The automotive industry is undergoing tremendous transformation and change and there are various challenges that need to be addressed within South Africa’s automotive industry, African Innovators director Sherrie Donaldson said at the Manufacturing Indaba, in Sandton, on Wednesday. Speaking as... 

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