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Hostile construction environment to persist until infrastructure spend recovers

By: Nadine JamesConstruction is a depressing place to be at the moment, says Hogan Lovells partner and construction head Clive Rumsey, citing the lack of large infrastructure projects, deriving from lacklustre economic growth and a backlog in tender adjudication, as some of the reasons why the sector is... 

Hostile construction environment to persist until infrastructure spend recovers

Editorial Insight

Listen to the customer?

By: Terence CreamerOne of the most hotly contested technical points debated during the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) nationwide hearings into Eskom’s application for allowable revenue of R863-billion for the coming three-year period related to the elasticity of electricity demand. Eskom is... 

Listen to the customer?

News & Insight

AI systems to be used to fight AI cyberthreats

By: Schalk BurgerCompanies are expected to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) systems and dynamic encryption algorithms to combat the expected complex cyberattacks arising from the growing use of AI by cybercriminals, reports digital security multinational Gemalto. Gemalto Africa identity and data protection... 

AI systems to be used to fight AI cyberthreats

Airbus launches new space-based service for precision agriculture

By: Rebecca CampbellAirbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS), one of the companies of the Europe-based aerospace group Airbus, has launched a new service to support precision agriculture around the world. Precision agriculture is an approach to managing crops using remote sensing technologies (airborne and space-borne),... 

Boeing reports the first flight of ‘Flying Car’

By: Rebecca CampbellUS aerospace group Boeing announced on Wednesday, January 23, that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas in the US State of Virginia on the previous day. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden flight... 

Cryptocurrency trader welcomes SARB policy approach

By: Schalk BurgerLocal cryptocurrency trading platform Luno country manager Marius Reitz praises the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB’s) approach to developing a regulatory response to cryptoassets in South Africa, which aims to protect cryptocurrency users and support the growth and development of the... 

Cryptocurrency trader welcomes SARB policy approach

Fraud in telecoms can be tackled using technology

By: Natasha Odendaal  Smart technology can help regulate the telecommunications sector, eradicate the possibility of fraud and bolster revenue, Global Voice Group (GVG) says. 

Hospital group’s impressive energy savings journey recognised

By: Schalk BurgerPrivate healthcare company Netcare Group replaced 108 000 inefficient lights and light fittings with modern energy efficient alternatives, and reduced its light-load by 40%, offsetting its hospitals’ carbon footprint by 16 000 t/y of carbon dioxide, says Netcare Group CEO Dr Richard Friedland.... 

Nersa weighs tariff request amid dire profit warnings, a debt overhang and social resistance

By: Terence CreamerThe ball is once again firm in the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) court after business, civil society and labour formations put up their usual heavy resistance to Eskom’s latest request for hefty tariff hikes to help it deal with its financial woes. Indeed, Eskom used the... 

Nersa weighs tariff request amid dire profit warnings, a debt overhang and social resistance

Organisations need to rethink business models in 4.0 era

By: Natasha OdendaalAs emerging technologies change the way organisations shape their offerings and service new markets, there is a need to examine how industry 4.0 can be demystified and what it means for Africa’s future. Organisations are starting to rethink industrial architectures and how to optimally harness... 

The UK signs trade continuity agreement with five African countries as Brexit nears

By: Rebecca CampbellAt the end of last month the UK signed a trade continuity agreement with countries from Eastern and Southern Africa. The countries concerned are the Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe. These countries had, in 2009, signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the... 

Transport projects in Africa provide fillip for infrastructure development

By: Schalk BurgerTransport infrastructure projects comprise 40% of the 482 infrastructure development projects surveyed in Africa, and represent a critical element for supporting further infrastructure development, says Deloitte Infrastructure and Capital Projects East and West leader J-P Labuschagne. The... 

Transport projects in Africa provide fillip for  infrastructure development

Water-focused incubation scheme for women shows promising results

By: Natasha OdendaalAn incubation programme aimed at supporting, developing and upskilling female entrepreneurs in the water sector has gained traction since its launch in June 2017, multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm GIBB says. The GIBB incubation programme was borne out of a memorandum of understanding... 

Photo of the Week

FROSTY RECEPTION

By: Creamer Media Reporter Eskom CFO Calib Cassim presenting at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) public hearings in Gauteng last week. Eskom is requesting allowable revenue of R219-billion for 2019/20, R252-billion for 2020/21 and R291-billion for 2021/22, which, if granted, would translate to... 

FROSTY RECEPTION

Columns

Motorised pogo sticks

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyDuring World War 2, it was very important that signals from the various governments involved in the war to the various armies, navies and air forces be kept secret. Signals, or messages, had to be in code or cipher to make them difficult for the opposition to read. A 'code' and a 'cipher' are not... 

Where did it originate?

By: Riaan de LangeHave you ever attended a a rock concert that celebrated a single album FROM a single band? To be clear: the music tracks of a singular album, with no bonus tracks. Yes, there is such an album and such a concert. Just before Christmas, I attended just that. In an era of music streaming, which,... 

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