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Robotics surgery offers peace of mind to more men with prostate cancer

By: Kim Cloete     21st August 2017 As the field of robotics advances, South Africans are increasingly opting for robotics surgery for prostate cancer as an alternative to conventional procedures. Urological and robotics surgeon Dr Greg Boustead says medical schemes are beginning to appreciate the long-term, overall benefits of the... 

Cell C appoints new chairperson, deputy chairperson

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2017 Telecommunications giant Cell C has appointed Kuben Pillay and Larry Nestadt to its board. The appointments follow the recent recapitalisation of Cell C whereby telecommunication company’s Blue Label Telecoms and Net1 respectively acquired 45% and 15% of the company’s share capital.   “We are... 

Competition Commission sets sights on high data costs 

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th August 2017 The Competition Commission has initiated a market inquiry into data services following widespread calls by consumers for lower data costs and subsequent queries from at least three Ministers over high data costs and data affordability. With the gazetting of the terms of reference (ToR) of the... 

Discovery CE scoops innovation award

By: Kim Cloete     18th August 2017 Discovery Group CE Adrian Gore has been awarded the 2017 Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) Visionary Innovation Award: Africa 2017. He received the award from global research and consulting organisation Frost & Sullivan, which, this week, hosted its yearly GIL Africa summit, in Cape Town.... 

African conference strives to boost bioenergy industries

     18th August 2017 Global conference organiser Centre for Management Technology (CMT) notes that its Biomass Trade & Bioenergy Africa conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton on September 28 and 29. CMT hopes that the conference will further development of the African biomass and bioenergy... 

African conference  strives to boost  bioenergy industries
GORGE FARM The commercial vegetable farm in Naivasha, Kenya, hosts a biogas plant as part of a larger renewable energy project - the Gorge Farm Energy Park

Asian giant proceeds with latest nuclear expansion project with Russia

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 The ASE Group of Companies, a subsidiary of Russia’s State-owned Rosatom nuclear energy group, has announced that key contracts for Stage III of India’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant (NPP) had been signed on the last day of July. The contracts cover priority design work, and working design and... 

Bentley Systems releases update for AutoPIPE Connect edition

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 Global infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley Systems has released the most recent update of its AutoPIPE Connect edition, which supports ASME B31J piping code document calculations. AutoPIPE Connect edition provides engineers with a comprehensive and advanced software application for pipe... 

Bentley Systems releases update for AutoPIPE Connect edition
Photo by Bentley Systems
MAINTAINING EFFICIENT WORKFLOWS The addition increases the accuracy of the stress intensification factors for tees based on the work done with FEA 2012 and newer ASME B31.1 and B31.3 codes

Cloud virtualization platform adds flexibility to legacy enterprise networks

By: Schalk Burger     18th August 2017 Cloud wide-area network (CloudWan), unifies and centralises complex corporate networks, as well as provide flexibility and control over hybrid cloud deployments, says information and communication technology firm Internet Solutions Software-defined networking (SDN) and Internet executive head... 

Construction contract awarded for Kenya’s techno city

By: John Muchira     18th August 2017 Kenya has has awarded the construction contract for East Africa’s first smart city. The $390-million engineering, procurement, construction and financing contract – entailing the construction of roads, water and sewerage infrastructure within the 400 acre first phase of  Konza Techno City, about... 

Draft empowerment code for the defence industry gazetted

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved and gazetted for public comment the draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) code for the defence industry, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced on August 4. In line with the BBBEE Act, there will now be a 60-day... 

Education and training imperative for modern supply chain management

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 Increased automation in the South African manufacturing sector could aggravate the country’s unemployment rate if supply chain management education and skills training initiatives are not prioritised, says supply chain and logistics consultancy Industrial Logistic Systems (ILS) chairperson Martin... 

Education and training imperative for modern supply chain management
FUTURE-FOCUSED Companies are increasingly upgrading their manufacturing facilities to streamline operations and remove constraints through automation

Modern materials handling systems support operational improvements

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 With the Internet of Things driving large-scale automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, drive engineering company SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa national sales manager Norman Maleka believes that materials handling systems will become increasingly integral for improving... 

Modern materials handling systems support operational improvements
NORMAN MALEKA Technologies like SEW-EURODRIVE’s MOVITRANS are paving the way to the fully integrated and automated future of materials handling

Neutral Internet exchange point reports strong growth in African demand

By: Schalk Burger     18th August 2017 Local neutral access Internet exchange peering service NAPAfrica achieved 200 Gb/s of traffic in July as a result of significant demand from neighbouring countries and sub-Saharan Africa (sSA), says data centre company Teraco Data Environments business development manager Michele McCann. The... 

Neutral Internet exchange point reports strong growth  in African demand
MICHELE MCCANN Teraco has invested in hardware and systems to support critical infrastructure in multiple countries

Processing power, analytics enabling machine learning across industries

By: Schalk Burger     18th August 2017 Analysts, businesses and whole industries have become empowered with the flood of data that can be processed to build stronger models and make data-driven decisions in shorter periods of time, says credit bureau Compuscan senior data analyst Jacobus Eksteen. The powerful combination of machine... 

Project aids community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 With 70% of the R370-million Cornubia Interchange project complete, construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV and the eThekwini roads provision department say the project is likely to be completed in January next year.  

Project aids  community development
PILING UP Royal HaskoningDHV construction project manager Drew Wilson says the biggest challenge has been piling and the foundation of the structure

South Africa supplying critical medical radioisotope to 50 countries

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 South African nuclear company NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa), has increased its production of, and its share in the global market for, the Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) radioisotope, the company announced recently.... 

Telematics fleet management solutions guarantee increased profitability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 When fleet operators are suitably equipped, they are guaranteed to see an increase in profitability as a result of improved fuel consumption, driver behaviour and equipment use while ensuring the safety of their employees and security of their vehicles, says fleet management solutions provider... 

Telematics fleet management solutions guarantee increased profitability
INFORMATION AT A GLANCE The MiX Journey Management tool presents all information relating to cargo’s journey in a clear and efficient manner to facilitate quicker decision-making

Thermal imaging cameras, speakers deployed in bid to protect rhino

By: David Oliveira     18th August 2017 Swedish security camera manufacturer Axis Communications is showing its commitment to combating the scourge of rhino poaching in South Africa. Axis Communications country manager Roy Alves explains that the company has been involved in several conservation efforts, but highlights a 30 ha rhino... 

Africa can benefit from global volatility

By: Kim Cloete     17th August 2017 Despite major global challenges, including global trade, Africa has the opportunity to step up to global change and benefit from the volatility that is shaking up the world, says Thomson Reuters Africa MD Sneha Shah. “Africa has the richest resource pool in the world, but we always lose, because... 

Business leaders facing the wave of digital transformation

By: Kim Cloete     17th August 2017 Business leaders are urgently trying to keep pace with the surging pace of digital transformation globally.   Frost & Sullivan senior partner Dorman Followwill told delegates at the Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) Africa 2017 summit, in Cape Town, on Thursday that the world was faced with... 

Icasa, CEO part ways

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday issued a statement confirming the “mutual separation” of the authority and its CEO Pakamile Pongwana. This followed the announcement in July that Pongwana had been placed on precautionary suspension pending an... 

Infraco to get new CEO as Kwele’s term ends

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 Cabinet on Thursday reported the appointment of AD Matseke as CEO of State-owned Broadband Infraco for a five-year term from September 1, 2017, to August 30, 2022. Further, the fixed-contract of current CEO Phuleng Kwele has been extended by three months from September 1 to November 30. 

Cybersecurity must be foundation for digital economy, but skills deficit problematic – BMI-T

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2017 Information technology (IT) security incidents, such as ransomware attacks carried out this year, occasion a large, but reactionary, response from companies and industries; however, this typically happens only after significant damage has been done. “IT security can no longer be an afterthought... 

Global information security spending to reach $86.4bn in 2017

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th August 2017 Worldwide spending on information security products and services will increase 7% year-on-year to $86.4-billion this year, driven by the business impact of security incidents and an evolving regulatory landscape. This spending is expected to grow further to $93-billion in 2018, the latest... 

Manufacturing sector slows Q2 spending, Q3 outlook more promising

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2017 While the manufacturing sector slowed its overall investment during the second quarter of the year, there are indications of a recovery in the third quarter, new data released by the Manufacturing Circle suggests. The latest Manufacturing Composite Investment Tracker (MCIT) shows continued –... 

Manufacturing sector slows Q2 spending, Q3 outlook more promising
Photo by Duane Daws
Manufacturing Circle chairperson Andre de Ruyter

Three new trends key to businesses’ digital economy survival

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI), transparently immersive experiences and digital platforms are the emerging technologies set to dominate the business arena in the next ten years, according to Gartner’s latest Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report. Key to businesses surviving and thriving in... 

Limit artificial intelligence to ‘specific use cases’, companies urged

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI) should be used only when organisations have a specific use case for the systems or risk wasting time and investment, says customised software company Entelect solutions architect Rishal Hurbans. AI – technically called narrow AI as opposed to general and super AI – is... 

Oil and gas companies falling victim to cyberattacks

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2017 Information technology-based cyberattacks are being used to disrupt oil and gas companies or hold them to ransom, while subversion of legitimate software allows criminals to steal from and defraud them, says global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab Critical Infrastructure Protection business... 

Open Design festival to be held in Cape Town this month

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 The yearly design and innovation gala the Open Design Cape Town Festival will be held in conjunction with a new symposium on the way in which art, design, mathematics, science and technology can collaborate to ignite innovation.  

Safety at the forefront with first spray-cooled roof

     11th August 2017 Swedish steel producer Ovako has awarded technology provider Systems Spray-Cooled with a contract to modernise and increase safety on its electric arc furnace (EAF) with the first Spray-Cooled roof in the Nordic region, located at its bar, billet, tube and rings facility in Hofors, Sweden. After... 

Safety at the forefront with first spray-cooled roof
NEW SYSTEM Electric arc furnace with spray-cooled equipment in the charging phase

Smart factory systems boosting product customisation

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2017 Smart factory systems – specifically digital information technology systems that support highly detailed, varied and variable industrial work – are integral to enabling effective customisation of products and their management across disparate supply chains, says enterprise resource planning... 

South Africa sets up entity to house all radio astronomy facilities

By: Keith Campbell     11th August 2017 South Africa has consolidated its radio astronomy facilities into a single institution, the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO). This happened at the end of last month when Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced that the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory... 

Survey identifies protecting market share as one of top priorities for South African organisations

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 Protecting market share, strengthening customer relationships and driving efficiencies are key priorities for South African organisations, according to survey findings presented at the Experian 2017 Innovation Summit in Johannesburg last month. While South African businesses are gearing up for... 

Survey identifies protecting market share as one of top priorities for South African organisations
SIMON RUSSELL Creating a presence that separates businesses from the pack is critical for improving competitiveness

TITAN vacuum furnace purchased to support aerospace industry

     11th August 2017 With a focus on pursuing additional market sectors, such as the aerospace industry, last month, heat-treating company Diamond Heat Treat purchased a TITAN H6 vacuum furnace with six-bar gas quenching to expand its capabilities. The TITAN H6 vacuum furnace is one of industrial vacuum and... 

TITAN vacuum furnace purchased to support aerospace industry
Photo by Bloomberg
PURSUING INDUSTRIES Diamond Heat Treat will use the TITAN vacuum furnace to pursue the aerospace industry

Helios Towers Tanzania acquires Zantel’s mainland tower portfolio

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th August 2017 Telecommunications infrastructure firm Helios Towers Tanzania (HTT) is acquiring all mainland unique telecoms tower sites from Zanzibar Telecom (Zantel) for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will bring the Helios Towers Africa (HTA) subsidiary’s telecoms tower sites in Tanzania to around 3... 

Deloitte urges stakeholders to comment on Cybersecurity Bill

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2017 With the deadline for the submission of comments for the proposed Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill closing on Thursday, Deloitte has urged stakeholders to provide views on the proposals set to govern the cyberworld. The new Bill had been introduced in a move aimed at establishing a coordinated... 

Icasa tackles data expiry woes

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Monday gazetted proposed regulatory amendments aimed at mitigating mobile operators’ expiry of data and out-of-billing practices. The End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Amendment Regulations 2017 aim to dictate that the... 

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