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Companies failing to see risk in disruption – Grant Thornton

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 2 hours 50 minutes ago South African companies are missing an opportunity to leverage disruption and innovation to their favour, while closing their eyes to the negative consequences of not taking the potential impact seriously. The latest survey by Grant Thornton, released on Monday, shows that 63.4% of companies in... 

Telkom doubles reward for capture of saboteurs

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th August 2016 Telecommunications giant Telkom on Friday doubled its reward for information leading to the prosecution of those responsible for malicious damage inflicted on Telkom facilities and its infrastructure over the last few weeks. Telkom is now offering a R1-million incentive to deal with increasingly... 

Telkom doubles reward for capture of saboteurs

Union takes MTN to court over call centre outsourcing

By: News24Wire      26th August 2016 The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has applied for a court interdict against MTN over the company’s decision to outsource part of its call centre facility. The matter is scheduled to be heard on August 31. MTN earlier said it will adopt a hybrid outsource model which would result in retaining... 

Business travellers’ data more at risk than their money – Kaspersky

By: Schalk Burger     26th August 2016 A survey conducted by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has shown that travellers are more likely to be robbed of their private and corporate data than their currency while travelling abroad, and that pressures to work while abroad add to the likelihood of corporate and private data exposure. The... 

Career day drums up interest in science and technology

By: Schalk Burger     26th August 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) career day, part of the Department of Science and Technology’s national science week, garnered significant interest from schoolchildren and undergraduate students, says CSIR human capital development manager Joseph Tshikomba. Chemistry... 

Career day drums up interest in science and technology
CSIR BIOSCIENCES CAREER DAY Dr Jenny-Lee Panayides, PhD student Valerie Ramaotsoa and TUT chemistry undergraduates at the CSIR career day

Centre developing clean tech SMEs to support low-carbon transition

By: Schalk Burger     26th August 2016 The Climate Innovation Centre South Africa (CICSA) of The Innovation Hub plans to increase the number of clean technology small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to support the transition of government and industry to a less carbon-intense economy, says CICSA innovation specialist Nhlakanipho... 

Gas company able to remotely monitor customer sites

     26th August 2016 South African automation specialist Abacus Automation was in July approached by a natural gas supplier, which requested that Abacus provide a solution that would allow the supplier to conduct remote monitoring of its customers’ sites. Prior to the implementation of this solution, the customer... 

Gas company able to remotely monitor customer sites
Photo by Shutterstock
DELIVER US FROM OUTDATED TECH A natural gas supplier approached Abacus to design a system that would facilitate gas delivery

Image processing system upgraded

By: Nadine James     26th August 2016 Multinational electronics company Omron earlier this year launched the upgraded Vision FH high-speed camera controller with enhanced optical character recognition (OCR) to allow for high-speed production line inspection without compromising on quality. Omron South Africa Vision field application... 

Image processing  system upgraded
ALL SEEING EYE The Vision FH high-speed camera can capture highly sensitive, high-resolution images

Software maximises mineral recovery

By: Nadine James     26th August 2016 Process management specialists BluESP’s advanced process control (APC) solution uses software that incorporates multivariable model predictive control to manage and stabilise complex interactions in industrial processes and maximise mineral recovery processes at mining companies, says BluESP... 

Software maximises mineral recovery
VIRTUAL CHANGING REALITY Advanced process control software essentially creates a virtual plant where engineers can predict and manipulate outcomes by changing plant variables

Broadband Infraco shows signs of improvement

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th August 2016 With revenue having reached record levels and losses narrowing significantly during the year to March 31, State-owned entity Broadband Infraco has turned earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation- (Ebitda-) positive for the first time. This is in line with promises made by... 

Tiny Stellenbosch satellite ready for launch from ISS

By: News24Wire      25th August 2016 It is ready, set, go for a nanosatellite developed in Stellenbosch that will be launched along with 49 others from the International Space Station (ISS) early in 2017. Weighing just 2kg, the ZA-Aerosat was developed by at Stellenbosch University's electronic systems laboratory by the university's... 

Blue Label delivers double-digit FY growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2016 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms on Wednesday posted double-digit increases across the board in the 12 months to May 31, mostly on the back of organic growth. Headline and core headline earnings a share increased 22% to 100.35c and 21% to 102.85c respectively, while earnings a share rose 20% to... 

Blue Label delivers double-digit FY growth
Blue Label joint CEOs Mark and Brett Levy

Denel optimistic about its regional aircraft project

By: Keith Campbell     24th August 2016 The Denel Group, South Africa’s State-owned defence and aerospace business, is upbeat on the future of its Small African Regional Aircraft (Sara) project. “We have progressed well on the Small African Regional Aircraft concept, and have developed a full-scale mock-up as part of the R&D [research... 

Denel optimistic about its regional aircraft project
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
A model of the Denel Sara

Cabinet sets up ‘Broadband War Room’ amid policy, spectrum uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 Amid extended delays in the finalisation of South Africa’s information and communications technology (ICT) policy and a legal dispute over the auctioning of broadband spectrum, Cabinet has announced the formation of a ‘Broadband War Room’ to address the uncertainty. Minister in The Presidency for... 

Cabinet sets up ‘Broadband War Room’ amid policy, spectrum uncertainty
Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe on the creation of a ‘Broadband War Room'. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 22.8.2016.

Joburg promises free WiFi for 'all residents'

By: News24Wire      22nd August 2016 Plans are afoot to have all four-million citizens in Johannesburg connected to free WiFi within five years. Zolani Matabese, Head of Broadband for the City of Johannesburg, told Fin24 that 1 000 hot-spots for access to the internet would be installed around the municipality by year-end. 

War of words as Telkom strike drags on

By: News24Wire      22nd August 2016 Local telecommunications company Telkom [JSE:TKG] and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are locked in a bitter battle over continuing strike action. Hundreds of Telkom staff have launched strike action against the company over a pay dispute. The CWU, which is behind the strike, says Telkom... 

MTN launches new R9.9bn BBBEE transaction as Zakhele winds up

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd August 2016 As JSE-listed MTN Group unwinds its six-year-old empowerment vehicle, MTN Zakhele, work is under way to establish a new R9.9-billion broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) transaction to fulfill core targets. The new special purpose vehicle, MTN Zakhele Futhi, owning an equity ownership... 

MTN launches new R9.9bn BBBEE transaction as Zakhele winds up

Embrace digitisation with care, GIL speakers advise

By: Kim Cloete     19th August 2016 Countries in Africa need to “lean in” towards cloud computing even though it may be uncomfortable and could cost jobs, says T-Systems South Africa MD Gert Schoonbee. “Data is the new currency. One of the key enablers of digitisation is the cloud, and it’s no good running away from it. We must... 

Adapt IT delivers FY16 earnings growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th August 2016 JSE-listed Adapt IT this week reported a “shining” performance for the year ended June 30, as increases were achieved across the board. The specialised software solutions and services company posted a 36% increase in headline earnings a share to 57.54c in the 2016 financial year. 

Cognitive computing removes human bias, augments decisions

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2016 Cognitive computing systems help to remove human biases and augment decisions owing to the breadth of information they use, says technology and software multinational IBM Cognitive Solutions GM Jay Bellissimo. Cognitive systems understand content in context, reason with purpose, learn at scale,... 

Games stimulate development of problem-solving skills, Intel avers

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2016 Games offer effective methods for students to engage with and master problem-based learning, and stimulate critical thinking and active learning, says Intel Middle East, Turkey and Africa director of innovation Hitendra Naik. The use of games in education is still in its formative stages, but... 

Games stimulate development of problem-solving skills, Intel avers
HITENDRA NAIK There are few more effective ways to get pupils to engage with educational content and technology than through the use of games

Google SA partners with enterprise developer to tutor entrepreneurs

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2016 The South African division of technology giant Google has partnered with enterprise and supplier development agency Shanduka Black Umbrellas (SBU) to train local entrepreneurs using research conducted by Google internationally, says Google Africa human resources head Smadar Weisman. The aim of... 

Microjobbing can help graduates gain professional experience – M4JAM

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2016 Employers want practical, work-based experience, which graduates often do not have prior to entering the workplace, so graduates often cannot gain employment owing to the lack of experience, says microjobbing platform Money for Jam (M4JAM) CEO Richard Dunn. This chicken-and-egg problem can... 

Research identifies barriers, suggests new approach to building black industrialists

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th August 2016 The South African economy requires a new approach to regulation, competition and industrial policy to open the economy for greater participation, particularly for black industrialists, according to research released last month by the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development... 

The digital transformation driving change in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     18th August 2016 Digital transformation is sweeping the world and making big inroads in Africa, where 600-million people are expected to be Internet users by 2025, when there will be four-billion connected devices on the continent. This was outlined at the Growth, Innovation and Leadership Africa 2016 conference... 

Telkom considers suing Icasa over spectrum

By: News24Wire      18th August 2016 Local telecommunications company Telkom has threatened launching legal action against communications regulator Icasa over a planned spectrum auction. Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele has asked the North Gauteng High Court to interdict and set aside Icasa’s... 

Union denies sabotage of Telkom facilities

By: News24Wire      18th August 2016 Striking Telkom workers have denied involvement in the alleged sabotage of several network facilities across the country. On Thursday, Telkom put up a R500 000 reward for information regarding the sabotage of numerous facilities around the country. 

Blue Label’s Cell C acquisition deal ‘on track’

By: News24Wire      18th August 2016 Blue Label Telecoms has said that plans to acquire 35% of Cell C for R4-billion as part of a recapitalisation plan are still “on track”. In December last year, the boards of Cell C and its holding company 3C Telecommunications accepted an offer from Blue Label Telecoms for the deal. 

Telkom takes stand against strike intimidation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2016 Telecommunications giant Telkom on Monday obtained an urgent interim court order against the Communication Workers Union (CWU), barring striking trade union members from blocking access to the group’s property and intimidating working employees. Following reports of around 100 CWU members... 

Telkom takes stand against strike intimidation

Blue Label to report double-digit FY earnings increases

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th August 2016 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms expects to report double-digit increases in earnings for the year ended May 31, when it publishes its results on August 24. The company anticipates a 20% to 22% rise in headline earnings per share (HEPS) to between 98.71c and 100.36c for the year under review, as... 

Telkom strike turns 'violent' as staff intimidated

By: News24Wire      15th August 2016 Telkom said that a union-led strike outside its Centurion offices in Gauteng turned ugly on Monday with employees being “aggressively intimidated” and “threatened with violence”. Jacqui O’Sullivan, Telkom communication and PR executive, said that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) chose to... 

Union embarks on strike at Telkom

By: News24Wire      12th August 2016 Hundreds of Telkom staff have launched strike action against the company this week over a pay dispute. The Communication Workers Union (CWU), which is behind the strike, says Telkom workers need a cost-of-living inflation linked salary increase. 

Slow uptake of data voice calls in SA, say analysts

By: News24Wire      12th August 2016 While Over-The-Top (OTT) messaging services or instant messaging apps continue to dominate South Africa as a communication tool, the uptake of Voice over IP (VoIP) is slower, say experts. Global digital specialist adviser, Analysys Mason, has said that local users are more resistant to... 

Blockchain technology can improve multistakeholder process integrity

By: Schalk Burger     12th August 2016 The blockchain technology promises to improve the integrity and transparency of a variety of process and workflows in industry and commerce, says Wipro global treasury and payments services executive business advisor Mary Ann Francis. Blockchain is a method that relies on stakeholders having... 

Cybersecurity against whaling attacks depends on vigilance, controls

By: Schalk Burger     12th August 2016 Defending senior managers and executives – the so-called whales of enterprises – against targeted cyberattacks requires that they and their support staff be aware of potential attacks and query any suspicious activities, says cybersecurity consultancy and auditing firm Galix MD Simeon Tassev. The... 

Cybersecurity against whaling attacks depends on vigilance, controls
SIMEON TASSEV The best way to protect against these types of social engineering cyberattacks is to verify the information

F1 competition exposes children to engineering and technologies

By: Schalk Burger     12th August 2016 The Formula One (F1) in Schools Technology Challenge, a worldwide competition in which 44 countries participate, promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills, as well as their role in commercial operations, says South African education equipment company Sangari MD Bez Sangari.... 

F1 competition exposes children to engineering and technologies
AURORA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL TEAM Kamohelo Petlele, Nompumelelo Masuku, Jeanette Manengula, Nompumelelo Mawa, Malindi Ngobese and Asiphe Mgangane with the gas-powered F1 model car

New manager for ICT business incubator

By: Dylan Slater     12th August 2016 Nelson Mandela Bay-based information and communications technology (ICT) incubator SNII appointed executive manager Phumza Mfenyana in July.  

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