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Rand-Air ‘amps up’ to meet increased demand from customers with major investment in generator fleet

16th April 2018 Consistent and reliable electrical power supply is an absolute necessity for the smooth functioning of all sectors of industry and modern society today. Over the past few years in South Africa, there has however been growing uncertainty about the reliability of regular AC mains supply. This has... 

Same-day delivery to be the norm by 2022, survey finds

By: Anine Kilian     13th April 2018 Manufacturers, transportation and logistics firms and retailers are moving to meet the growing needs of the on-demand economy, in which the online buying, smartphone-wielding consumer expects a seamless, faster purchasing journey, a global survey has shown. The ‘Future of Fulfilment Vision... 

Financial M&A deals in Africa, Middle East to drop in 2018 – Baker McKenzie

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Law firm Baker McKenzie’s global transactions forecast predicts that the value of financial sector mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Africa and the Middle East will drop to $9-billion in 2018, down sharply from $29.5-billion in 2017.  

EOH announces restructuring, management changes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2018 Technology services group EOH on Monday announced a major restructuring and said that it had appointed founder and former CEO Asher Bohbot as executive chairperson. The restructuring would entail the creation of two independent businesses, each with its own identity, growth strategy, go-to market... 

Fortinet Delivers Third Generation of Network Security with the Evolution of its Security Fabric

7th March 2018 Jonathan Merrell, chief information officer at Alorica FortiOS 6.0 delivers more than 200 new capabilities across Security Fabric to automate security operations and protect the digital attack surface   Michael Xie, founder, president and chief technology officer at Fortinet “Digital... 

Packaging: multiple purposes, one platform

6th March 2018 Modern day packaging plays many roles, from containing and preserving products to informing customers about contents, ingredients, dosage instructions and so forth. It is also a valuable platform for brand communication, where product owners and marketers can display their brand identities,... 

Working-at-height training programme incorporates VR tech

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 Steel and mining company ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has incorporated virtual reality (VR) technology into the apprenticeship and training programmes at its Vanderbiljpark plant. The VR training solution, which has been operational since December last year, is currently used to determine... 

Drones offer inspection and maintenance benefits for built environment

By: Dylan Slater     16th February 2018 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASes) offer a cost-effective and safe mechanism, with significant benefits, for the built environment sector, especially in terms of inspection and maintenance, according to enterprise applications company Softworx MD Jane Thomson.  

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0, says Paramount head

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 Africa is not alone in its unpreparedness for shifting into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, but it has the potential to gain the most out of such a development by finding new ways of manufacturing, says aerospace and defence company Paramount group executive chairperson Ivor... 

Essentials of Digital Media Management

12th January 2018 Summary The Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership offers a range of professional, accredited and certificated media management short courses for practising media managers from across Africa. So far, more than 2,500 participants have attended these courses since the launch of the SPI in... 

Miners to focus on M&A activity, sustainability in year ahead

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th December 2017 Nearly two-thirds, or 63%, of mining and metals respondents to the latest EY Capital Confidence Barometer (CCB) say they intend to pursue deals in the next 12 months, demonstrating a higher inclination to transact than the average across all industries (56%). The findings support the EY third... 

Ansys boosts its IP, skills to capture future business

By: Schalk Burger     29th November 2017 AltX-listed digital technology solutions company Ansys has invested in developing its intellectual property (IP) and human capital to capture new business as a result of the digitalisation of operations in the sectors in which it operates, Ansys Group CEO Teddy Daka said during a presentation of... 

Vedanta’s Zinc International, GE collaborate on digitalisation initiative at Gamsberg 

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources' Zinc International (VZI) has announced a greenfield digitalisation initiative, which will see a ‘Smart Ore Movement’ system built into its flagship Gamsberg zinc project. The project, which is being undertaken in collaboration with digital industrial company... 

Monitoring system streamlines maintenance activities

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Global test equipment manufacturer Fluke is enjoying significant market success following the launch of Fluke Connect ™, which combines high-quality test tools and digital technology to help small, medium-sized and large industrial companies streamline critical maintenance operations. 

International distributor adds bearings to selection

10th November 2017 Last month, international components distributor RS Components, which acts as the trading brand for parts distributor Electrocomponents plc, announced that a significant expansion to its portfolio of available power transmission application had been completed. The company has added components... 

Software that supports innovation, productivity and profitability on your packaging line

1st November 2017 Digital technology and data has a valuable role to play in modern production and packaging lines, where speed, efficiency and uptime are the cornerstones of success. Some businesses in this industry have been slower to adopt digital technology than others, especially in the context of “Industry... 

Mine.D hackathon seeks to ensure health and safety in mining sector

By: Ilan Solomons     26th October 2017 The Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in collaboration with open innovation firm RIIS, will host the Mine.D hackathon from November 3 to 5, at the precinct, which is located in Braamfontein, in Johannesburg. The precinct, a project managed by the University of the Witwatersrand, is used... 

Digital disruption to drive financial inclusion in Africa

20th October 2017 Digital disruption in the financial services sector is likely to gain further momentum and lead to exciting new business models that will facilitate financial inclusion in Africa, says advisory services provider Deloitte Africa financial services industry leader Roger Verster. 

SA manufacturers still operating with Third Industrial Revolution models

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2017 South African industry needs to find ways of adapting and using the technologies driving the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industrial Revolution 4.0) to remain globally competitive yet maintain and create jobs in a high-unemployment environment. So argued productONE MD Charles... 

SKF enters the world of manufacturing using world-class digital technology

4th October 2017 SKF's operations in Sweden are set to be given a boost with the inauguration of a completely new, fully automated and digital production process in Gothenburg, adapted for the manufacture of spherical roller bearings. The new production unit is the first of its type to be put into operations... 

South African industry must adapt 4th Industrial Revolution to local needs

By: Keith Campbell     29th September 2017 South African industry needs to find ways of adapting and using the technologies driving the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0) to remain globally competitive, yet maintain and create jobs in a high-unemployment environment. So argued productONE MD Charles Anderson at the... 

HSRC out to measure innovation levels in thousands of SA entities

By: African News Agency      5th September 2017 The Human Sciences Research Council’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) on Tuesday launched the Business Innovation Survey which will examine the innovation activities in 5 000 enterprises, which are small to very large, and across a range of industries. The survey... 

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.  

Technology, digital solutions part of Botswana firm’s microfinance arsenal as it expands across Africa 

By: David Oliveira     28th July 2017 Botswana-based microfinance company Letshego Holdings, which operates in 11 African countries, aims to use technology and digital solutions to affect economic redress in Africa and provide financial inclusion for the continent’s most underserved markets. Letshego MD Chris Low explains that the... 

Smart cities require effective cyberinfrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 The growth and development of Africa are inextricably linked to its cities and urbanisation, but smart cities that improve the conditions for people and businesses require robust information technology (IT) systems that will effectively act as cyberinfrastructure, South African engineering and IT... 

Miners rewarded for improved capital discipline

By: Henry Lazenby     11th July 2017 Increased cash flows, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity and new debt issues have helped many of the world’s top miners strengthen their balance sheets in 2016, reflecting miners’ response to investor messages around capital discipline, according to new analysis from PwC Canada. "As the global... 

Zuma arrives in Germany for G20 Summit

By: African News Agency      6th July 2017 South Africa President Jacob Zuma arrived in Hamburg, Germany, on Thursday morning for the Group of 20 (G20) Leaders’ Summit which is scheduled to take place on July 7 and 8 under the theme “Shaping an Interconnected World”. South Africa is one of the 19 member countries of the G20 which, in... 

GIL Africa: How are companies using digital tech to gain the ultimate competitive edge?

6th July 2017 Frost & Sullivan to host 360 degree Industry Think Tanks that will demonstrate digital growth opportunities across industry sectors A number of organisations are entering the race for “digital transformation”, striving to gain the ultimate competitive edge within their industry and against... 

Company brings consulting engineering into digital age  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 With advanced technologies replacing pen-and-paper approaches across all industries, engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa MD Salani Sithole stresses that consulting engineering companies must find ways to embrace the era of digitalisation in their... 

General Electric bets big on digital

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th June 2017 While the industrial ecosystem lags the productivity gains seen in the consumer economy as a result of digital disruption, General Electric (GE) is betting its future on digital industrial transformation and the powerful gains that will emerge from fully leveraging what the Internet of Things... 

Better supply chains will help turn SA business around

9th June 2017 As South Africa slips into recession following two consecutive quarters of negative growth, supply chain experts met in Cape Town at SAPICS 2017 this week to share ways of keeping business competitive in a volatile but tech-enhanced world.   Geo-politics, trade rules and robotics jostled on the... 

South African companies must prioritise cybersecurity

By: Robyn Wilkinson     19th May 2017 While the information technology (IT) security systems available in South Africa are highly competitive, corporate spend on this aspect of business remains too low if the country is to keep up with international trends, says hacking and industrial espionage protection company Neworder Industries... 

Digital advances in mining out of sync with scale of potential – EY report

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th April 2017 Mining companies are failing to take advantage of digital technology to address productivity issues, says advisory firm Ernst & Young (EY), which believes that digital transformation is a critical enabler to tackle productivity and margin challenges in the mining and metals sector. A new EY... 

New system expands product range

17th March 2017 The condition monitoring equipment range from technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has been expanded by the newly launched portable SPM Leonova Diamond Aligner (SPM Leonova) system. 

UK, S Africa universities study impact of digital technology in higher education

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th March 2017 As digital technology continues to influence and disrupt how students learn and are taught, a new transcontinental research project by the University of Leeds, in the UK, and the University of Cape Town (UCT) will examine its effect on staff, students and employers. The ‘Unbundled University:... 

Digitisation and the rise of Generation C

15th February 2017 Charles Darwin said that it won’t be the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it’s the one that is the most adaptable to change. With the rapid evolution of digitisation, and Cisco’s predictions that 40% of business will die in the next ten years, digital... 

Digitisation and the rise of Generation C

15th February 2017 Charles Darwin said that it won’t be the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it’s the one that is the most adaptable to change. With the rapid evolution of digitisation, and Cisco’s predictions that 40% of business will die in the next ten years, digital... 

Industry needs to adapt to digital technology to improve

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 To remain competitive this year, companies in the materials handling and logistics industry will be forced to act to optimise efficiency, improve business processes and advance the customer experience, says technology solutions provider Jasco Enterprise service portfolio manager Ian Summerfield. 

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