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Jan 29, 2016
Cloud systems require careful planning and testing to ensure the deployment of high-performing solutions and services that achieve reduced costs and complexity, but higher efficiency, says Chinese electronics multinational Huawei Technologies Cloud Computing VP Chen...
Jan 29, 2016
INTERNET OF THINGS IoT systems support advanced security and automation of lighting, heating and cooling for consumers
Swedish telecommunications multinational Ericsson will launch three Internet of Things (IoT) service offerings – smart metering, IoT data analytics services and Narrowband IoT network software – this year to enable consumers, companies and industry to use such...
Jan 29, 2016
Comprehensive land and sea border surveillance and security systems are entirely feasible with today’s technology. So assures specialist German-based Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security, part of Airbus Defence and Security, itself part of the Airbus Group. “We...
Jan 29, 2016
The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Beijing Automotive Group Corporation Limited (BAIC) intend to establish a new vehicle manufacturing facility in South Africa, in a $800-million investment, excluding land and buildings, says IDC spokesperson Mandla...
Jan 29, 2016
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has announced that corporate administration senior VP Andrew Kirby has been appointed as executive VP and COO at the local arm of the Japanese vehicle manufacturer. In his new position, Kirby will oversee all operational aspects of...
Jan 29, 2016
Fibre-optic broadband connectivity service provider Metrofibre Networx has been awarded the contract to install fibre-optic cable in the Beaulieu, Heathcliff and Blue Hills estates in Midrand, Johannesburg. Residents in these estates will soon be able to enjoy the...
Jan 29, 2016
FUNDAMENTAL ENDEAVOUR The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation will enhance understanding of the benefits of trade facilitation in the public and private sectors
Three private-sector organisations have collaborated to launch a significant new partnership to support the effective implementation of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) landmark Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The TFA seeks to ease and expedite global trade...
Jan 29, 2016
Suzuki Auto South Africa (SA) will introduce a new commercial vehicle to the local market in 2016. The introduction of the four-door Baleno hatchback is also on the cards, with no launch date confirmed yet.   Suzuki Auto SA MD Yukio Sato says the commercial vehicle...
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Jan 29, 2016
The University of Cape Town (UCT) last month became the first African university and the eleventh member of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), which boast membership from some of the world’s leading universities. From UCT – which has...
Jan 22, 2016
The fact that North American carriers are currently driving global airline profitability cannot simply be ascribed to the fact that they are private-sector companies, International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and CEO Tony Tyler has cautioned, in...
Jan 22, 2016
European major airliner manufacturer Airbus, part of the Airbus Group, announced significant developments in its two most recent wide-body airliner programmes, the A350 XWB and A380 Superjumbo at its recent global press conference. (The press conference was...
Jan 22, 2016
Owing to the inherently open and exposed nature of wireless networks, securing them requires active and robust monitoring and analysis of user and device behaviour to identify potential risks or intrusions, says network security firm Fortinet Africa regional director...
Jan 22, 2016
The Trialogue 2015 CSI Handbook was launched last month at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg, Gauteng. The yearly Trialogue CSI Handbook, now in its eighteenth edition, reports on primary research into corporate social investment (CSI) spending...
Jan 22, 2016
Digitalisation will continue to bring disruptive changes to the automotive industry, said BMW head of development Klaus Fröhlich at the L as Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Tuesday. These disruptions include the fact that information technology will offer...
Jan 22, 2016
Ten new technology startup companies were established in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, in 2015 with the help of the local Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) of the Department of Small Business Development. The Seda Nelson Mandela Bay information and...
Jan 22, 2016
A South African energy storage start-up has developed a containerised battery back-up solution that it plans to install free-of-charge at enterprises seeking to reduce their electricity consumption during high-tariff peak demand periods, while sharing in the savings...
Jan 22, 2016
Gautrain has started the process of acquiring 12 new trains of four cars each. Bombela Concession Company, the operator of the Gautrain system, has launched a request for qualification (RFQ) for the new rolling stock.  A RFQ seeks to invite suppliers into a bidding...
Jan 22, 2016
Strong growth in passenger travel has resulted in record profitability for the global airline industry. "Our outlook for this year [2015] has improved to a $33-billion net profit expectation, for a margin of 4.6%," highlighted International Air Transport Association...
 
 
 
 
Jan 22, 2016
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) Business Confidence Index (BCI) fell by 5.7 index points to 82.7 in November – 8.1 points lower than in November 2014. Sacci states that the BCI is finding it difficult to break from the 80 to 85 point range.
Jan 22, 2016
The sixteenth African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and trade exhibition, which will be held in Cape Town from May 17 to 19, is expected to host 6 000 engineers, stakeholders and solutions providers from around the world, who will be exposed to 250...
Jan 22, 2016
NEW BUSINESS CHANNELS Apps provide a new method of requesting and providing services and form a growing part of Africa’s economies
An expanding array of services with mobile technologies as their backbone are typifying the modern economies emerging in many African countries, and capitalising on this new method of requesting and providing services is essential for the continent’s growth, says...
Jan 22, 2016
The National Consumer Commission (NCC), which is the chief regulator of consumer-business interaction in South Africa, celebrated its fifth year of operation in 2015, said NCC principal Thezi Mabuza at a food labelling seminar, hosted by the Department of Trade and...
Jan 22, 2016
The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) signed an agreement with the State Nuclear Power Technology Company (SNPTC) of China last month that entails sending senior officials to China for training in project management regarding the construction of...
Jan 22, 2016
South African new-vehicle sales declined by 4.1% in 2015 compared with 2014. This follows a 0.7% drop in 2014 compared with 2013. s Unaudited data released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that South African new-vehicle sales decreased to 617 927 units in...
Jan 22, 2016
The manner and rigour with which businesses destroy obsolete devices and data will become more robust to meet the exacting specifications of the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act, but the requirements are best practice that will benefit South African...
Jan 22, 2016
The Aerotropolis development taking place along the eastern outskirts of Gauteng around the OR Tambo International Airport aims to leverage the airport and related road and rail transport links to spur economic development in the region. The project aims to grow a...
Jan 22, 2016
Local fuel distributor Afric Oil’s $1-million upgrade project at the Beitbridge oil depot, in Zimbabwe, which Afric Oil bought in October 2014, is expected to be complete by April. Once completed, the fully-automated depot will distribute about 20-million litres of...
Jan 22, 2016
A landmark study by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that concluded fracking causes no widespread harm to drinking water is coming under fire – this time, from the agency’s own science advisers. The EPA’s major finding in June’s preliminary report, that...
 
 
 
 
Jan 22, 2016
INYOSI Significant progress has been made on the 100% locally manufactured Inyosi workboat
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) announced last month that significant progress has been made on the 100% locally manufactured Inyosi workboat that will support TNPA’s new R889-million Ilembe trailing suction hopper dredger when dredging work starts at South...
Jan 22, 2016
It has been 69 years since the world-famous Mrs Ples – the  most complete skull of an Australopithecus africanus – was discovered in South Africa in 1947 by palaeontologist Robert Broom at the  Sterkfontein caves in the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng. New research,...
Jan 15, 2016
African Ministers’ Council on Water (Amcow) water resource development unit the Africa Water Facility (AWF) engaged stakeholders from November 25 to 27 in a series of meetings to evaluate its performance in the past decade and map out a long-term strategy. On the...
Jan 15, 2016
Rail group Alstom has signed an agreement to purchase 51% of South African rail company Commuter Transport & Locomotive Engineering (CTLE), for an undisclosed amount. CTLE, specialising in the modernisation of trains, was previously known as Union Carriage and Wagon...
Jan 15, 2016
SHAILENDRA SINGH Analytics can provide senior management with valuable inputs at each stage in the customer life cycle, improving customer experience and enabling banks to differentiate on service
Owing to similar financial services and products, effective marketing and exceptional service provision are the most effective ways for banks and financial services firms to distinguish themselves from competitors, says global IT firm Wipro Africa and Europe banking...
Jan 15, 2016
MACADAMIA NUT FACTORY Eliminating wasteful production processes and driving additional revenue streams provide positive environmental impacts
Reducing the impact of agriculture on the environment, called ecological intensification, is most effective when it involves the entire agricultural value chain, rather than just the primary producers. This was proven by the results achieved by South African...
Jan 15, 2016
The entry-level car market ain’t what it used to be. The crowded, highly competitive segment has seen some steep price jumps in recent years as the rand plummeted against almost all currencies, pushing up import costs – this while salary increases have largely failed...
Jan 15, 2016
State-owned electricity utility Eskom has stressed that the regulator’s “prudency” review of its R22.8-billion claw-back application could well result in it receiving a lower determination. But CFO Anoj Singh warns that a marked deviation from the claim could pose a...
Jan 15, 2016
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Foton South Africa (SA) will introduce the Chinese manufacturer’s Sauvana sports-utility vehicle (SUV) to the country next year. The model name is derived from the Spanish word ’savannah’, which refers to a tropical plateau.
 
 
 
 
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Jan 15, 2016
German automation manufacturer Festo is in talks to sign a memorandum of understanding with South African Energy and Water services Sector Education and Training Authority to enable local training organisations to present its Aquatronics diploma course, which is a...
Jan 15, 2016
JACQUES LAUBSCHER Business and society must change from viewing water as a service to viewing it as a limited commodity worthy of careful management
While water conservation and demand management are not practised widely enough in South Africa, incentives can improve private-sector water management, and water-stewardship requirements can improve municipal water management, says engineering firm GIBB Integrated...
Jan 15, 2016
MICHAEL FRANS The key to unlocking the future potential of M2M is developing platforms to handle the explosion of data
The automotive industry is regarded as perfectly primed to capitalise on the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication advancements, with high-technology companies like Tesla, Apple and Uber having raced into leading positions in the...
Jan 15, 2016
Mozambique’s capital Maputo was the large African city with the highest potential for inclusive growth, according to the 2015 MasterCard African Cities Growth Index (ACGI). Casablanca, in Morocco, and Lagos, in Nigeria, ranked second and third respectively.   Now in...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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