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New pan-African trade bloc holds much promise for SA business

By: Rebecca CampbellFrom March 17 to March 21 this year, African Heads of State and Government held an Extraordinary Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. This was the 10th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) Assembly and the last day saw the signature of the agreement to establish the African Continental Free Trade... 

New pan-African trade bloc holds much promise for SA business

Editorial Insight

Building bridges to future

By: Terence CreamerBy circumstance rather than design, the end states of several of South Africa’s largest – and most troubled – State-owned companies (SoCs) are becoming increasingly discernible. National carrier South African Airways (SAA) is unlikely to be closed, but it will eventually have a strategic equity... 

Building bridges to future

News & Insight

Aerospace technology could help uplift Africa in many sectors, Airbus claims

By: Rebecca CampbellGiant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus has affirmed that aerospace technologies can play a key role in dealing with many of the socioeconomic challenges confronting Africa. It did so in a report, which it called a White Paper, that was released at the end of last month. at a special event in... 

Business intelligence tools becoming more collaborative

By: Schalk BurgerBusiness intelligence tools are adopting various collaboration features and tools to better match the collaborative aspects of business processes and workflows, says business information software firm AIGS Insights sales and marketing director Gustav Piater. Users need to be able to put their... 

Connectivity seen as key to leveraging digital spinoffs in farming

By: Natasha OdendaalDisruptive technologies will impact Africa the most, with innovation greatly transforming the continent’s economic potential and delivering the greatest amount of change – and industry can assist farming communities to embrace this digital future. “Agriculture plays a critical role in meeting... 

Ekurhuleni BRT system extended to OR Tambo International

By: Schalk BurgerThe Ekurhuleni bus rapid transit (BRT) system, called Harambee, has been extended from Tembisa to OR Tambo International Airport, says Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mzwandile Masina. The Harambee project is part of the overarching objective of developing an integrated public transport network to... 

IoT tools can be used to improve water management

By: Natasha OdendaalThe Internet of Things (IoT) can help preserve scare resources, as pollution and climate change results in greater pressure on water supply and increasing human population and urbanisation leads to a higher demand, Apex Innovation MD Brynn Williams says. “The consequence [of this trend] is higher... 

SA electromechanical firm steadily growing its international presence

By: Schalk BurgerLocal electro-mechanical service provider Marthinusen and Coutts continues to receive service and repair contracts locally, in Africa and internationally, and expects demand for its outsourced services and maintenance offerings to continue to grow, says Marthinusen and Coutts marketing executive... 

SA electromechanical firm steadily growing its  international presence

Toll firm sees resolution of e-toll impasse as critical to unlocking investment

By: Natasha OdendaalFuture upgrades, new developments and freeway links under the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) are being threatened by the public’s non-compliance with the e-tolling system, Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) CEO Coenie Vermaak says. Should the development of the second and third phase of... 

Photo of the Week


By: Creamer Media Reporter A recent study into the amount of energy required to “mine” for cryptocurrencies, found the process to be extremely energy intensive – even more so than traditional mining. The paper, titled the ‘Quantification of energy and carbon costs for mining cryptocurrencies’, reveals one dollar’s worth of... 



A small town in Germany

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy"Come on, Terence, " said Harry, "don't you know about the Hannover Fair ?" "In Hannover, Germany?" I said. "Exactly," he answered. 

The more things change . . .

By: Riaan de LangeAs the age-old adage goes, the more things change, the more they remain the same. What this means is that turbulent changes do not affect reality on a deeper level and serve to cement the status quo. If anything, there is arguably no more a succinct adage of what has become to personify present... 


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