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Conlog launches blockchain incubation programme in partnership with Tshimologong Precinct

18th February 2019 Leading smart metering solutions provider, Conlog, has partnered with Wits University’s Tshimologong Precinct to launch an innovative technology programme. With a strong focus on blockchain and smart city solutions, Conlog approached the Precinct to assist in developing and promoting innovation,... 

IoT threats still a concern despite a focus on security

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st February 2019 Despite an increased focus on Internet of Things (IoT) security, only 48% of companies can detect if any of their IoT devices suffer a breach, a new study by digital security giant Gemalto shows. Nearly 90% of the companies surveyed believe that it is a “big consideration” for customers, with... 

Lucara’s digital sales platform delivers positive outcome for inaugural sale

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th January 2019 TSX-, Nasdaq- and Botswana Stock Exchange-listed Lucara Diamond Corporation finalised its inaugural diamond sale through its digital sales platform, Clara Diamond Solutions, in December. Seven manufacturers participated in the sale, five of whom matched and received their orders through the... 

Gold miners to focus on mitigating risks – Fitch Solutions 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th January 2019 Consultancy company Fitch Solutions believes the gold mining industry will remain fragmented, with the top five companies producing just one-fifth of global output. Despite the company’s expectation of a slight rebound in prices, it stated in its latest ‘Outlook for gold miners’ report, published... 

'Blood gold' controversy forces industry transparency push

By: Bloomberg     26th October 2018 It’s been labeled “blood gold,” a jarring phrase that ties one of the world’s most valuable metals with brutal mining practices and illicit profits that legitimate miners and refiners are rushing to end. With miners facing increasing pressure to guarantee the provenance of gold, the group that... 

Lucara to hold first sale through Clara digital sales platform

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2018 TSX-listed Lucara Diamond Corp will hold the first diamond sale through its 100%-owned digital sales platform, Clara Diamond Solutions, in November. It has invited a select group of large vertically integrated jewellery houses and global diamond manufacturers to participate in the sale. 

Iamgold invests in blockchain-based gold system

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th October 2018 Gold miner Iamgold has joined fellow gold miner Yamana Gold and other partners, including Sprott and Valcambi, in investing in technology company Emergent Technology Holdings (EmTech), which uses blockchain technology to track the provenance of responsibly sourced gold. EmTech's Responsible... 

KYC models need to upgrade

25th September 2018 Know Your Customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering approaches will need a complete overhaul to cope with the wave of digital change, the mainstreaming of blockchain technology and efforts to bank two billion unbanked people, says Ideco. Know your customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) is... 

SAPICS Inspires Young Graduates And Students To Tackle Supply Chain Profession’s Skills Gap

7th September 2018 Reflecting its commitment to attracting and developing a pipeline of talent to address the critical skills gap in the supply chain profession, SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, recently hosted its 4th annual Young Professional and Student Conference in Johannesburg.... 

Diamond sector must do more to tackle transparency challenge – rights groups

By: Anine Kilian     31st August 2018 The diamond industry continues to be tainted by links between diamonds and human rights abuses, conflict finance and corruption. This is according to Global Witness conflict resources campaign leader Michael Gibb, who notes that, although the diamond industry is not the only sector facing these... 

MTN conference showcases IoT excellence

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th August 2018 Telecommunications giant MTN’s 2018 Business Internet of Things (IoT) conference and awards showcased the “next generation of IoT trailblazers” as several companies walked away with honours for their innovations in the IoT space. Mine RP and FlowCentric scooped the 2018 MTN Business IoT Solution... 

Key issues in focus at Africa’s power forum

13th July 2018 New power sector priorities are emerging across Africa, such as the financing of new power projects, integration of independent power projects, sustainable plant management and the role of the digital revolution in power generation and distribution today. According to local and international... 

Professional Body For Supply Chain Management Launched At 40th Sapics Conference

21st June 2018 The 40th annual SAPICS Conference wrapped up in Cape Town last week. The organisers report that in addition to providing African supply chain practitioners with an unrivalled opportunity to share knowledge and network, a high point of this year’s event was the launch by SAPICS of Africa’s first... 

Stability, maintenance, digital revolution: key issues in focus at Africa’s premier power forum

1st June 2018 New power sector priorities are emerging across Africa, such as the financing of new power projects, integration of independent power projects, sustainable plant management and the role of the digital revolution in power generation and distribution today. According to local and international... 

Corruption, healthcare and blockchain on the agenda at Supply Chain conference

30th May 2018 Africa’s leading knowledge sharing and networking event for supply chain professionals kicks off in Cape Town on 10 June. With supply chain issues increasingly in the spotlight in South Africa - from the education department’s alleged oversupply of sanitary towels in schools, to the Estina Dairy... 

D1 Mint buys 1 500 investment-grade diamonds for new diamond-backed crypto coin

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 The emergence of blockchain technology is helping to turn diamonds into a new investment asset class that, in turn, could drive future demand for natural diamonds, the creator of a new diamond-backed crypto coin said on Friday. Singapore-based D1 Mint, the creator of the diamond-backed D1 Coin,... 

Signet joins De Beers' Tracr blockchain platform pilot

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2018 Signet Jewelers will become the first retailer to join De Beers Group's end-to-end diamond blockchain pilot programme, known as Tracr. Tracr aims to complete the first digital link all the way from diamond production through to retail. 

The Future’s Smartest Supply Chains Will Leverage Blockchain

23rd April 2018 “I envision blockchains as the orchestrator of the supply chain process, where supply chain events – or transactions – can originate from applications as well as ‘things’. A smart contract will determine the next action to be conducted along the supply chain, based on blockchain transactions... 

Africa’s first SAP Next-Gen Lab in partnership with the University of Cape Town enables innovation with purpose between corporate SA and millennial talent

16th April 2018 By 2020, nearly half of the total workforce will be made up of Millennials, the young, connected and tech-savvy demographic born between the early 1980s and the mid-1990s. Despite this, the latest PwC CEO survey found that one of the biggest challenges for organisations will be engaging and... 

Stand a chance to win a car at the 40th SAPICS conference

5th April 2018 To mark four decades of bringing supply chain professionals from around the world together to network and share knowledge in supply chain management, SAPICS says that its 40th annual conference in June will be a milestone event. In addition to an exceptional line up of dynamic presenters, the... 

Goldcorp makes 3 000 oz ‘genesis block’ deposit as first blockchain technology used to store hard assets

By: Henry Lazenby     29th March 2018 Major gold producer Goldcorp has made a 3 000 oz gold deposit into Tradewind Markets’ VaultChain platform, representing a significant milestone for blockchain technology to track and store hard assets. Goldcorp’s deposit reflects the ‘genesis block’ – the first block in a blockchain – and is the... 

US power group touts microgrids ‘as the way forward’

By: Simone Liedtke     29th March 2018 Decentralisation, through the implementation of microgrids, could be the key to improving grid resilience, US-based electricity supplier Illinois Power Company and Tucson Electric Power Company CEO Charles Bayless told an audience in Johannesburg this week. The design of microgrids, which... 

S&P makes case for positive blockchain disruption, amid cryptocurrency concern

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2018 Global ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P’s) currently views cryptocurrencies as speculative instruments that will have an “insignificant effect on global financial stability if its value were to collapse”, but that blockchain – a shared digital transaction ledger – presents an opportunity... 

Cryptocurrencies speculative, but blockchain can bring positive disruption – S&P’s

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2018 Global ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P’s) currently views cryptocurrencies as speculative instruments that will have an “insignificant effect on global financial stability if its value were to collapse”, but that blockchain – a shared digital transaction ledger – presents an opportunity... 

Solar-asset marketplace using cryptocurrency, blockchain to monetise solar energy

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 SUNEX, a new South African cryptocurrency representing the value of power produced and dispatched from the bearer's solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, helps to support and accelerate the rollout and use of PV solar renewable-energy technologies, says Sun Exchange co-founder and CEO Abraham... 

IBM open-source food-safety blockchain system launched

By: Schalk Burger     2nd February 2018 Computing multinational IBM in December launched an open-source, blockchain system designed to provide transparency on food safety in China. The Blockchain Food Safety Alliance has as its initial signatories US mass retailer Walmart, Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com, as well as IBM and the Tsinghua... 

Wind of change sees DMR grant prospecting licences to De Beers 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2018 After a two-year procrastination, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has approved 16 prospecting licence applications submitted by De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM). The licences are all in the Kimberley area of the Northern Cape, where DBCM began mining diamonds 130 years ago. (Also... 

Blockchain set to change transactions, information flow and business processes

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 Trust is the underlying factor supporting financial systems – from the value of currency and financial transactions to public spending. Similarly, trust underpins almost all information transfers, and money is a medium that allows people to ‘communicate’ value throughout an economy, says... 

Blockchain set to change transactions, information flow and business processes

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 Trust is the underlying factor supporting financial systems – from the value of currency and financial transactions to public spending. Similarly, trust underpins almost all information transfers, and money is a medium that allows people to communicate value throughout an economy, says financial... 

De Beers spearheading diamond traceability digital platform service

By: Anine Kilian     4th December 2017 Diamond giant De Beers is investing in a new digital platform service that provides a single, immutable record tracing a diamond’s individual journey through the value chain. This diamond traceability platform is underpinned by blockchain technology, which allows for a highly secure digital... 

Blockchain technology set to shake up business in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     13th October 2017 The advent of blockchain technology is set to radically change the way businesses operate, several speakers at the Thomson Reuters Africa Summit have said. “Blockchain is so much more transformative than even the Internet revolution because it allows you to transact,” said media and marketing... 

4Sight Holdings to list on AltX in October

By: Anine Kilian     7th September 2017 Technology company 4Sight Holdings will list on the JSE’s Alternative Exchange (AltX) in October. The company seeks to raise up to R300-million, which will be used for acquisitions and the incubation of new products in sectors as diverse as retail and healthcare.   “We foresee a growth in demand... 

Revolutionary industrial changes set to shift the heavy haul industry

By: Kim Cloete     4th September 2017 Heavy haul rail operators across the world have been urged to adapt to rapid advances in technology and improvements in cybersecurity. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution will change everything. The rise in technology will be profound, but it will also open up bridges for us,” World Economic Forum... 

How Blockchain Technology Can Transform Global Supply Chains & Logistics

17th July 2017 By Kamogelo Mmutlana, CEO, Barloworld Logistics As part of our 2017 supplychainforesight study, we are actively exploring and identifying the key technology trends that are shaping global supply chains. By understanding major trends, as well as their inherent risks and opportunities, leaders and... 

Blockchain will have big impact on electricity sector, KPMG asserts

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2017 A number of new technology developments are expected to impact the global electricity sector, including virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT), however, tax, audit and advisory firm KPMG South Africa senior manager Nevellan Moodley says... 

Real-world applications of blockchain-enabled supply chains

29th May 2017 This is the second of a two-part series examining the impact of blockchain technology on supply chains. In part I we examined how blockchains work, and the potential game changing impact of this new technology on supply chains as a record keeping, verification, tracking and transaction switching... 

Real-world applications of blockchain-enabled supply chains

26th May 2017 This is the second of a two-part series examining the impact of blockchain technology on supply chains. In part I we examined how blockchains work, and the potential game changing impact of this new technology on supply chains as a record keeping, verification, tracking and transaction switching... 

Blockchains for supply chains

10th May 2017 This is a two-part series examining the impact of blockchain technology on supply chains. Blockchain is widely known for its most famous application, Bitcoin, and other virtual currencies. However, it is the conviction of many that in the fullness of time blockchain will make its biggest mark as... 

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