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Business use of wellness and performance wearables growing

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 3 hours ago The insights generated from wearable and connected devices are expected to enable more effective management of employee wellness and productivity within the next four years, says Deloitte human capital technology and digital learning associate director André Vermeulen. On average worldwide, a... 

Holistic business approach advised amid complex cybersecurity risks

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 3 hours ago The cybersecurity risks that businesses face are complex, making them difficult to defend against and requiring technical and managerial responses at all levels of the enterprise, says Kaspersky Lab anti-targeted attack business solution lead Oleg Glebov. The complexity of cyberthreats means that... 

Holistic business approach advised amid complex cybersecurity risks
OLEG GLEBOV New skills are needed in enterprises to automate data gathering, identify incidents, analyse information and execute effective responses

IAEA says SA nuclear regulator effective, but warns on control gaps in health

By: Keith Campbell     Updated 3 hours ago South Africa's National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is in good shape, but the oversight of radiation safety in the country, which is the responsibility of the Directorate of Radiation Control of the Department of Health, could be improved. These were findings of an Integrated Regulatory Review... 

Scientists use high-tech methods to deliver accurate agricultural information

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 3 hours ago Scientists at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) are using high-technology methods to provide accurate information and research for the agricultural sector, such as the use of genomics to significantly and rapidly improve breeding of animals and plants, and using high precision mapping to... 

Scientists use high-tech methods to deliver accurate  agricultural information
STANDARDISED PRECIPITATION INDEX 2010 – 2014 The gradual shift in dry areas can be observed on the 36-month time scale from June 2010 to June 2014

CSIR heeds call for more young people in photonics industry

     16th January 2017 There is a growing need to boost the number of and accelerate progress within tertiary education of young people embarking on a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) senior researcher Dr Sandile Ngcobo says.... 

Zimbabwe reverses telecoms price hike after public backlash

By: Reuters     13th January 2017 Zimbabwe has reversed a decision to impose a drastic increase in mobile phone data charges, which provoked an angry response from customers and critics who accused President Robert Mugabe's government of trying to curtail the use of social media. Last year activists used the Internet to mobilise... 

South African National Space Agency announces its new CEO 

By: Keith Campbell     12th January 2017 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) announced on Thursday that its new CEO is Dr Valanathan Munsami. His appointment took effect on January 3. He has replaced Sansa’s first CEO, Dr Sandile Malinga, who resigned last August after five years in the office. (Potlaki Maine acted as... 

South African National Space Agency announces its new CEO
Photo by South African National Space Agency
Dr Valanathan Munsami

Nigeria stock exchange says working with MTN to list its shares in 2017

By: Reuters     12th January 2017 Nigeria's stock exchange NSE is working "very closely" with South African cell operator MTN on a listing of its shares this year, the head of the bourse said on Thursday. "The pressure on MTN has never been higher to list," NSE CE Oscar Onyema told a business conference. "There's a project team... 

Angolan lawyers appeal ruling on president naming daughter oil CEO

By: Reuters     4th January 2017 Angolan lawyers, who argue that President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' billionaire daughter was illegally appointed as the chief executive of the state oil company, have applied for their case to be heard in the Constitutional Court. Angola's Supreme Court on December 27 rejected an application by... 

Angolan lawyers appeal ruling on president naming daughter oil CEO

NexOptic prototype lens to go on road show in New Year

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd December 2016 Canadian imaging technology developer NexOptic Technology expects the imminent completion of assembly of the ground breaking Blade Optics lens, planning to take the prototype on a road show from January early in the New Year. “We are indeed very close to completing the project now, with final... 

NexOptic prototype lens to go on road show in New Year
Photo by NexOptic Technologies
A rendering of the Spectrum Optix Telescope

Telkom to support subsidiaries with R1.1bn cash injection

By: Ilan Solomons     19th December 2016 State-owned telecommunications services provider Telkom on Monday informed its shareholders that it would grant R1-billion in financial assistance to its subsidiary Business Connexion (BCX). The information and communication technology (ICT) firm was bought by Telkom for R2.6-billion in 2015,... 

Telkom to support subsidiaries with R1.1bn cash injection

Bespoke hybrid power system for outdoor telecoms sites

By: Schalk Burger     16th December 2016 The eSite x10 hybrid power system aims to provide outdoor telecommunications sites, such as cellular towers, with high uptime and low power costs. The system is purpose built to outdoor telecommunications equipment standards for such sites. The sealed tamper-proof unit with passive convection... 

Engineering solutions provider showcases manufacturing capabilities

By: David Oliveira     16th December 2016 Engineering solutions provider Ansys earlier this month hosted investors and media on a tour of its technology investment business unit Parsec’s manufacturing facility, in Irene, Gauteng. Ansys CEO Rynier van der Watt highlighted that the facility is dedicated to the manufacture of high-end... 

Fast-dissolving sugar to help reduce sugar in chocolate by 40%

By: Schalk Burger     16th December 2016 A new fast-dissolving sugar developed by Swiss food multinational Nestlé will help it to reduce the amount of sugar used in its chocolates by 40% by 2018 without reducing the sweetness of the chocolates, says Nestlé chief technology officer Stefan Catsicas. “Using only natural ingredients,... 

Fast-dissolving sugar to help  reduce sugar in chocolate by 40%
Photo by Duane Daws
SWEET CHOCOLATE Even while much less sugar is used in the chocolate, the tongue perceives an almost identical sweetness to before

New decoder promises ultra-high definition viewing experience

By: Schalk Burger     16th December 2016 The video and broadband equipment multinational Arris set top boxes – including the latest DStv Explora 2 decoder in South Africa being made for video entertainment company MultiChoice, will form a part of increasingly connected homes by providing new video compression for broadcast and streaming... 

South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator hosts international nuclear mission

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2016 An Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited South Africa from December 5 to December 15. The purpose of the IRRS mission was to examine South Africa’s nuclear regulatory system and compare it with the IAEA’s safety standards and... 

Umkhonto missile export programme now in its final stages

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2016 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced at the end of last month that extensive testing of the Denel Dynamics Umkhonto (“Spear”, in English) naval surface-to-air missile, for an export customer, would take place early next year. The Umkhonto forms part of the armament... 

Hudaco buys two new businesses

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2016 JSE-listed Hudaco Industries has acquired two businesses to complement its existing offerings in a deal valued at up to R111-million. Hudaco, which will pay an initial combined R28-million, will absorb voice and data solution provider SST Telecoms and core information technology systems and... 

'Pressure on' for African govts in 2017 in ICT

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2016 The involvement of governments across Africa will be a critical factor in the rise of information and communications technology (ICT) in 2017. Next year will be the year that solid ICT plans to guide investors and other stakeholders need to be developed, with the “pressure on” for governments to... 

Govt renegotiating software contracts to cut costs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2016 The National Treasury, the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and Microsoft are renegotiating the existing contract between the parties, which will effect significant savings to the national fiscus on the government-wide software licences and services contract. In addition, it is... 

Open data initiative to boost African research, development and innovation – ASSAf

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Friday launched an Africa-wide initiative to promote the development and coordination of data policies, data training and data infrastructure. The African Open Science Platform aims to promote the value – and exploit the potential – of open data... 

South African Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO reappointed for three more years

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2016 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on Friday that its CEO, Phumzile Tshelane, has had his contract extended for another three years. The decision was taken by the Cabinet. The reappointment of Tshelane was recommended by the Necsa Board, which was appointed in March.... 

South African Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO reappointed for three more years
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane

Windhoek goes hi tech in bid to be Africa’s safest

By: African News Agency      9th December 2016 Radwin, the global broadband wireless provider, on Thursday said it had installed a state-of-the-art wireless video surveillance network for the Windhoek Police Department as part of Namibia’s vision to be the safest African country by 2020. Radwin’s point-to-multipoint and point-to-point systems... 

App ensures improved security for businesses

By: Victor Moolman     9th December 2016 To further improve security for businesses, technological engineer and mobile application (app) provider ttrumpet has designed a mobile app that will enable businesses to monitor their surroundings, link camera systems and provide new information on any security risks. 

App ensures improved security for businesses
CONNECTED SECURITY Users and businesses can connect monitoring equipment to the application

Biometric company targets payment processing industry

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 Biometric identification multinatonal Ideco aims to grow its presence in the $2-trillion- a-year global payment processing industry and increase the use of mobile biometric identification systems to secure and process mobile transactions. Mobile biometrics are predicted to generate $34.6-billion... 

Biometrics addresses old flaws before adding new technology – KPMG

By: Victor Moolman     9th December 2016 Before South African businesses start to invest in new security technology, old security flaws need to be addressed to ensure maximum security, says professional services firm KPMG. 

Biometrics addresses old flaws before adding new technology – KPMG
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW TECHNOLOGY Biometric technology could prevent cybercriminals from obtaining user data

Home-grown gunshot detection system sifts through noise clutter

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is building South Africa’s first own developed gunshot detection system. A gunshot detection system aims to provide quick and accurate confirmation of shooting incidents to law enforcement agencies. 

Network performance seen as key digital transformation platform

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 The ability to manage a hybrid business network effectively, ensure that all the applications and processes have the correct connectivity and control all the policies and permissions from a single platform is necessary for the digital transformation of businesses, says application performance... 

Network performance  seen as key digital  transformation platform
TAJ ELKHAYAT Riverbed’s partner strategy aims to enable mixed network systems and devices of many vendors and manufacturers to be unified onto a single platform

Power instability leads to security technology changes in South Africa 

By: Victor Moolman     9th December 2016 Owing to South Africa’s power instability, smart technology and solutions provider Jasco Group says it has designed solar-powered security systems. 

Power instability leads to security technology changes in South Africa
Jasco head of business development Eckart Zollner explains the challenges, opportunities and future of security technology in South Africa.

Rosatom looks forward to result of South Africa’s nuclear debate

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2016 Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has reaffirmed its respect for South Africa’s domestic policy debates and decisions. “We respect South African government processes and decisions,” states Rosatom International Regional VP: Sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov. “The new [South African]... 

Space agency’s operations directorate marks two milestones

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2016 The Space Operations directorate of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) recently achieved a new high when it successfully supported the simultaneous launch of four satellites. “Four Galileo satellites were simultaneously launched by an Ariane rocket from Kourou [in French Guiana] on... 

Technology group calls on innovators to enter industrial drive competition

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 International power and automation technology group ABB announced last month that innovation platform The IdeaHub is recruiting hardware and software innovators worldwide. These innovators are needed to take on the challenge of transforming the role of drives in an industrial setting that might... 

‘Intelligence amplification’ solution provides real-time cybersecurity

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 Data analytics company Snode will deploy its ‘intelligence amplification’ cybersecurity system in South Africa, which uses machine-learning in conjunction with human expertise, predictive analytics and behavioural pattern analysis to provide real-time threat protection. The system uses advanced... 

‘Intelligence amplification’ solution provides real-time cybersecurity
NITHEN NAIDOO The system uses advanced mathematical algorithms, machine learning and predictive analytics to provide real-time intelligence to any size business

Defence group Denel unveils new version of 20 mm semiautomatic weapon

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2016 South African defence company Denel PMP, part of the State-owned Denel group, highlighted on Thursday the latest version of its iNkunzi PAW semiautomatic weapon, the iNkunzi PAW A2 (iNkunzi means Bull). The iNkunzi PAW (the acronym stands for Personal Area Weapon) fires 20 mm bursting ammunition... 

BitData: A peer-to-peer mobile data system 

     2nd December 2016 South African researcher and a senior electrical engineer Daneel Uys has produced a paper introducing a new proposed peer-to-peer (P2P) mobile data platform in response to high data rates and the #DataMustFall movement. In the attached White Paper, BitData: A Peer-to-Peer Mobile Data System, he... 

South African nuclear regulator to host international review mission

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 An Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be active in South Africa from December 5 to 15, the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) announced on Thursday. The purpose of the IRRS mission will be to examine South Africa’s nuclear... 

South African nuclear regulator to host international review mission
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Dr Mzubanzi Bismark Tyobeka

Cloud-based solution enables companies to manage staff in real time

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2016 Companies can manage the allocation, productivity and planning of human resources in real-time using a new cloud-based people resource management solution, says human resource management solutions company PRP Solutions CEO Kriya Govender. The solution can be used to integrate any existing... 

Cloud-based solution enables companies to manage staff in real time
KRIYA GOVENDER The real-time nature of the solution enables all levels of employees to proactively manage productivity
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