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Inside one of Joburg’s flagship urban renewal projects

By: Dylan SlaterUrban property fund Divercity is helping City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba to realise his concept of restoring the Johannesburg central business district (CBD) to a degree of its former glory, as well as his wish to “turn Johannesburg into a construction site”, with old buildings being... 

Inside one of Joburg’s flagship urban renewal projects

Editorial Insight

The real challenge facing the Eskom task team

By: Terence CreamerThe most recent financial and operational crises at Eskom have brought to the fore the serious economic risks associated with relying on an entity that is simply too big to fail. Its governance problems, meanwhile, have highlighted the social, political and reputational risks of allowing such an... 

The real challenge facing the Eskom task team

News & Insight

Asset management systems seen as way to bolster utility sustainability

By: Schalk BurgerEnterprise asset management (EAM) systems, including metering and billing solutions, help utilities to run more efficiently and, thereby, support utility and infrastructure provision, says information technology services multinational Wipro Africa business development head Marleze van... 

Connectivity and security balance critical as smart cities grow

By: Schalk BurgerA balance between the hyperconnected-and-vulnerable and overly-cautious, developmentally moribund poles of the smart-city spectrum must be sought to support and protect smart cities, says networking multinational F5 Networks major channel account manager Simon McCullough. As smart cities expand,... 

Half of the world’s population now using the Internet

By: Natasha OdendaalFor the first time, more than half the world’s population is using the Internet, marking an important milestone for connecting people to the digital economy. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) estimates that, by the end of 2018, 51.2% of the global population, or 3.9-billion people,... 

High-tech to become fully embedded in core business processes

By: Schalk BurgerDuring the next five years, the steadily growing adoption and application of innovative technologies will be firmly embedded in many of the core processes and technologies of businesses, says information technology services multinational Dimension Data group CTO Ettienne Reinecke. This prediction... 

IoT, data seen as way to offset legacy revenue declines

By: Natasha OdendaalOperators should consider increasing their investments in emerging growth areas such as Internet of Things (IoT), next-generation fixed networks and other business services to offset the considerable declines in legacy services. Revenue growth in the South African enterprise market remains weak;... 

Middle East operators seen leading global 5G roll-out

By: Natasha OdendaalPioneering mobile operators in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Arab States are expected to be the global leaders in the deployment of fifth-generation (5G) networks, driving innovative new services across the region and spurring future growth. All six markets, namely Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman,... 

New board has important issues to consider regarding Necsa

By: Rebecca CampbellMajor 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 has old “Engineering News”. A totally new Board for the corporation was announced by the Government on December 6, the new Board’s term... 

Tool designed for German football team opened to other sporting codes

By: Schalk BurgerSports teams and administrators can use the enterprise resource planning multinational SAP Sports One unified platform to manage teams and players efficiently and use powerful analytical insights for performance optimisation, says SAP New Markets & Strategic Customers Sport & Entertainment global... 

Zurich data centre to process malware for global transparency initiative

By: Schalk BurgerCybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab’s new data centre in Zurich, Switzerland, will process malicious and suspicious files shared by users of Kaspersky Lab products in Europe, and forms part of its Global Transparency Initiative, says Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky. The relocation of... 

Zurich data centre to process malware for global  transparency initiative

Photo of the Week

GROUND BREAKING

By: Creamer Media Reporter Earlier this month, Tesla’s Elon Musk presided over a ground-breaking ceremony in Shanghai, China, where the company is building its first car-production site outside of the US. The ceremony took place amid heavy rain and followed on from four years of planning. Bloomberg reports that Tesla... 

GROUND BREAKING

Columns

And so it begins

By: Riaan de LangeThe title of this piece is a phrase used by King Théoden, South African-born JRR Tolkien's fictional character in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, just before the major battle at Helms Deep, as depicted in the movie The Two Towers. And here we are at the start of 2019, mulling South Africa’s own... 

Cash flow

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyIn the cartoon the two guys are talking. One says, I have a design problem. The other guy says, there are no problems, only challenges. One such challenge in any consulting engineering business is cash flow. All clients of consulting engineers know that, if they go to the supermarket, they have... 

Reflections on global conventions in a postliberal order

By: Saliem FakirI was in Sharm-El Shaik, Egypt, in November at a gathering of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) of the Conference of the Parties (COP). This enclave of holiday resorts is characterised by daily jostling by tourists mostly from Kiev. At least four flights a day come and in out of the... 

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