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Kenya's Safaricom's overdraft service exceeds expectations – CEO

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago Kenya's biggest telecoms operator, Safaricom, notched up one million users for its new overdraft feature on the M-Pesa platform in just eight days, surpassing its CEO's expectations, he said on Thursday. Started 11 years ago as a service to allow Kenyans without access to the banking network to... 

Ford, IBM among quartet in Congo cobalt blockchain project

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 Carmaker Ford, technology giant IBM, South Korean cathode maker LG Chem and China's Huayou Cobalt have joined forces in the first blockchain project to monitor cobalt supplies from Democratic Republic of Congo. The pilot, overseen by responsible-sourcing group RCS Global, aims to help... 

Uganda's president 'astonished' MTN charged less for telecom licence renewal

By: Reuters     15th January 2019 Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has criticised the telecommunications regulator after it slashed MTN Uganda's fee for renewing its telecoms licence, according to a letter seen by Reuters. Local media reported on Tuesday that the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) had decided to charge MTN... 

Reserve Bank publishes policy proposals for crypto assets  

By: African News Agency      15th January 2019 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on Tuesday asked for public comment on a policy paper outlining the perceived risks and benefits associated with crypto assets, the available regulatory approaches around them and proposals to industry participants and stakeholders. In 2014, the National... 

Reserve Bank publishes policy proposals for crypto assets

Helios Towers enters South Africa with Vulatel partnership

By: Bloomberg     14th January 2019 Helios Towers entered the South African market by forming a partnership with Vulatel to build out wireless and fixed-line infrastructure in the country. Helios Towers expects South Africa to lead the way on 5G rollout in sub-Saharan Africa, it said in a statement on Monday. 

South Africa’s space agency becomes space weather centre for aviation across Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th January 2019 The Ministry of Science and Technology announced on Monday that the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) had been chosen by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to be the provider of space weather information for the aviation sector across Africa and/or using African... 

South Africa’s space agency becomes space weather centre for aviation across Africa

MTN best mobile network in South Africa – MyBroadband Insights report

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th January 2019 Mobile operator MTN has secured the top position in MyBroadband Insights’ fourth-quarter 2018 ‘Mobile Network Quality’ report. The quarterly report revealed MTN as South Africa’s best mobile network, based on 383 479 speed tests conducted between October 1 and December 31, 2018. 

Vodacom pays former worker for 'Please Call Me' idea after deadlock  

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Vodacom Group is paying out “reasonable compensation” to a former employee of the South African mobile-network operator for his idea to develop a popular call-back service after a former chief executive officer first took credit for the product. The settlement comes almost a decade after Kenneth... 

Africa’s telco industry sees a mobile-powered 2019, but 5G still on the agenda

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th January 2019 Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a rapid shift from second-generation (2G) to fourth-generation (4G) mobile technology, driven by improved infrastructure and access to cost-effective smartphones. The continent is increasingly becoming connected, with mobile broadband expected to account for 87%... 

Adapt IT to acquire Wisenet Group businesses

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th January 2019 Adapt IT, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, has entered into agreements to acquire the businesses of the Wisenet Group, as well as the business intellectual property (IP) and existing IP rights of Wakatipu Management (Wisenet SG) for at least S$5.22-million. The Wisenet Group comprises Kura... 

Intelsat joins GMSA to strengthen mobile connections

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th January 2019 Integrated satellite communications company Intelsat has become a full member of London-based association GMSA in an effort to build stronger working relationships and develop business models that accelerate the expansion of more powerful mobile networks. The association represents more than 750... 

New COO to start at Huge in March

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th January 2019 Newly appointed COO and director Andrew Openshaw will assume his new roles at Huge Group from March 1. Huge announced Openshaw’s appointment in December; however, the start date remained subject to his restraint of trade commitments to Reunert being waived or fulfilled. 

Global Business Services incentive to bolster youth employment opportunities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th January 2019 The Global Business Services (GBS) incentive, which came into effect from January 1, will create employment opportunities for the youth in South Africa, says Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies. He notes that the opportunities will be especially in the areas of medium to high complexity... 

Global Business Services incentive to bolster youth employment opportunities
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Liquid Telecoms to launch 'multi-billion rand' wholesale 4G network

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st December 2018 Liquid Telecom South Africa, part of pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, on Friday announced that it would establish a multi-billion rand 4G network in South Africa. From early 2019, wholesale roaming services will be made available across its network nationwide. 

Liquid Telecoms to launch 'multi-billion rand' wholesale 4G network

MTN announces executive appointments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th December 2018 Telecommunications giant MTN has announced several new executive appointments, including the position of chief technology and information officer and executive for corporate services and sustainability. Charles Molapisi has been appointed as the company’s group chief technology and information... 

Naspers approved for secondary listing on A2X

By: African News Agency      18th December 2018 South Africa-based global internet and entertainment group Naspers, the largest listed company in the country, has been approved for a secondary listing on the A2X platform, the latter said on Tuesday. Naspers will retain its primary listing on the JSE and its issued share capital will be... 

Naspers leads $540m investment in Indian tech startup

By: Reuters     17th December 2018 Naspers and Canada's State pension fund have invested $540-million in Indian educational technology startup Byju's, the South African internet giant said on Monday. Bengaluru-based Byju's launched a learning app in 2015 that offers tools for school students in India, a country with the world's... 

Tracing the path of a meteorite

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th December 2018 International cooperation involving researchers at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and Madagascar’s University of Antananarivo (UA), supported by an Italian laboratory, has successfully described, classified and traced the history of an meteorite that fell in the area of the... 

Airbus unveils first base for its very high altitude UAV

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th December 2018 Europe-based global aerospace and defence company Airbus Defence and Space recently announced, in Australia, that it had opened the first operational launch site for its Zephyr “High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite” (Haps) at the Western Australian town of Wyndham. The Zephyr is a very high... 

Software-defined storage proposed to improve data access

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2018 The need for companies to balance the costs, performance and capacity of their data storage resources has resulted in a complex mix of storage tiers, which also limits the benefits that can be derived from the faster access and analysis of data. However, software-defined storage solutions can... 

ATNS launches 3D mobile simulator

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2018 Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on Thursday unveiled Air Traffic and Navigation Services’ (ATNS’) new three-dimensional (3D) mobile simulator during the commemoration of the annual International Civil Aviation Day, in Mbombela, Mpumalanga. ATNS chairperson Simphiwe Thobela said the 3D... 

MTN, Nigerian central bank dispute will be over 'very soon' – regulator

By: Reuters     13th December 2018 The Nigerian telecoms regulator said on Thursday that an $8.1-billion dispute between South African telecoms group MTN and the Nigerian central bank "is being resolved and very soon it will be over." Nigeria's government "is disposed to (an) amicable resolution," Umar Garba Dambatta, executive... 

Government launches e-Recruitment system  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th December 2018 The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) has officially launched government’s e-Recruitment system, which enables job seekers to apply for positions in the public service through an online platform. The system was launched by Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda... 

Government launches e-Recruitment system
Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo

Advocate Pieter Holl appointed Innovation Hub CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2018 The Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GDDA) and its subsidiary Innovation Hub have appointed Advocate Pieter Holl CEO of Innovation Hub. He succeeds Dr McClean Sibanda, who served as acting CEO from June to November.  

Scientists discover how immune systems remember, retreat pathogens

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2018 A study published in Nature Genetics earlier this month has detailed, for the first time, the mechanism that allows the immune system to remember prior exposures to, for example, pathogens (micro-organisms causing infection), and then trigger the right response to reinfection. The study was... 

5G spectrum could boost global GDP by $565bn

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2018 A new study by GSMA shows that the release of the right fifth-generation (5G) spectrum could generate an additional $565-billion in global gross domestic product (GDP) and $152-billion in tax revenue from 2020 to 2034. Next-generation 5G services, leveraging sufficient millimetre wave (mmWave)... 

Nigerian court adjourns MTN, central bank case until January 22

By: Reuters     12th December 2018 A Nigerian judge adjourned on Wednesday a hearing over an $8.1-billion dispute between South African telecoms giant MTN and the central bank until January 22. The dispute is over the transfer of $8.1-billion of funds which Nigeria's central bank said the company had sent abroad in breach of... 

New Necsa board has important issues to consider

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th December 2018 Major decisions are going to have to be taken about the future of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), new Necsa board chairperson Dr Rob Adam told Engineering News Online on Tuesday. A totally new board for the corporation was announced by the government on December 6, the new... 

New Necsa board has important issues to consider
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Necsa chairperson Dr Rob Adam

EOH CEO review leads group to focus on four operating units

By: Schalk Burger     11th December 2018 A review of the business by JSE-listed EOH CEO Stephen van Coller during his first 100 days in the position has led the company to refine and expand its reporting and management into four distinct operating units, which enables it to better support these businesses with different focuses, capital... 

Liquid secures $180m investment

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2018 Liquid Telecom has obtained a $180-million investment from UK development finance institution CDC Group to expand its high-speed broadband connectivity and Internet and cloud-based services into underserved communities and the technology start-up ecosystem across Africa. The investment will... 

High-performance computing conference stimulates cyberinfrastructure development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2018 The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) Conference, held in Cape Town earlier this month, provided a platform for students to showcase their skills in building supercomputers and ideas around preventing cybercrime. The CHPC is one of three primary pillars of the national... 

Bloodhound supersonic car project halted

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th December 2018 Project Bloodhound, the initiative to break the land-speed world record, has been halted, owing to a lack of funds, BBC News and other media reported at the weekend. Engineering News in October reported that Bloodhound Programme, the UK company behind the project, had entered into administration,... 

MTN says still in talks with Nigerian authorities 

By: Reuters     10th December 2018 South African telecoms firm MTN Group was still in talks with Nigerian authorities over an $8.1-billion dispute and a $2-billion tax demand in a bid to reach an agreement, Africa's biggest mobile operator said on Monday. The dispute is over the transfer of $8.1-billion of funds which Nigeria's... 

Liquid to invest $400m in Egypt over three years

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2018 Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom plans to inject $400-million into Egypt’s network infrastructure and data centres over the next three years. This follows the signing of a partnership agreement between Telecom Egypt, which is working to connect Egyptian businesses to the rest of Africa... 

New CSIR board unveiled

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th December 2018 Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announced the new board for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Monday. The CSIR is a multidisciplinary research and development (R&D) organisation that falls under the aegis of the Department of Science and... 

Europe was growing wary of Huawei even before CFO's arrest

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 The shock arrest of Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer comes at a crunch time in Europe, as governments decide whether to crack down on the Chinese technology giant. Before Canadian officials detained Wanzhou Meng on December 1 over potential violations of US sanctions on Iran,... 

Sci-Ba reports increase in demand for green-tech advice

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2018 Technical and scientific consulting services report an increase in demands from mines and industries to advise them about sustainability and green technologies, as well as how these will impact on processing and standards, says Sci-Ba co-founder and director Chazanne Long. Much of the consulting... 

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