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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... 

Robots under Swedish forest breathe life into ancient mines

By: Reuters     4th October 2017 Hundreds of metres below the lush forests of rural Sweden, one of the world’s most ancient mines has been transformed into one of the most modern. Sensors linked to robotic equipment in Boliden’s Garpenberg zinc mine – which has been in operation since the 13th century – feed data to operators... 

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. 

Swinging the balance of power: now the customer really is in charge!

     26th January 2017 Genesys Interactive Intelligence forum gives insight into how companies can improve the customer experience in today’s digital age. In the new digital age, customers hold all the power and businesses around the world are sitting up and paying attention. This emerged at the recent Customer... 

South Africa lags digital construction

     17th January 2017 The 2016 Building Information Modelling (BIM) Institute survey shows that there is a significant lack of education in terms of digital construction and building information modelling for complex building projects in South Africa. “A cursory glance at construction projects in our major cities... 

Home Affairs kicks off civil records digitisation project

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2016 The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) have taken the first steps in the R200-million digitisation of South Africa’s 286-million civil records – 90% of which are in paper format. DHA and Stats SA have combined their resources to digitise birth, marriage and... 

Hytera Expands DMR Portfolio by Introducing Entry-level Radios

     1st November 2016 Hytera, a world leading solution provider of Professional Mobile Radio communications, has officially released a brand new Digital Mobile Radio series, the BD series, a cost-effective entry-level series of handheld radios, together with an array of feature enhancement to the existing PD3/4/5... 

The end of one-size-fits all HCM

     31st October 2016 Today’s Human Capital Management (HCM) professional has to contend with shifting business demands and an evolving workforce. At the same time, HCM itself is changing - and one of the key drivers of that change is technology. Whether this is seen as a threat or an opportunity depends on the... 

Impact of digital disruption starting to be felt by business

By: David Oliveira     28th October 2016 Availability and business recovery company Veeam hosted its VeeamON Tour conference earlier this month, where trend analysis consultancy Flux Trends owner and top South African trend analyst Dion Chang discussed global digital and technology trends that are promoting the “on-demand economy” and... 

Digital services offering stimulus to wealth management industry

By: Schalk Burger     23rd September 2016 The wealth management industry is ideally positioned to leverage and scale up using digital technology to improve efficiency and responsiveness, despite only 25% of wealth management firms globally offering more than email access to clients. When this is compared with the average... 

Integration of digital tech seen as critical to future business success

By: David Oliveira     23rd September 2016 Companies that incorporate digital technology that is customer-centric are most likely to succeed in the business world of tomorrow, says research-based consultancy Forrester Consulting VP and principal analyst Nigel Fenwick. In a presentation following the release of a paper titled ‘Business and... 

Parliament grills Muthambi over 'slow' digital migration

By: News24Wire      16th September 2016 Communications Minister Faith Muthambi was chastised during a portfolio committee meeting on Thursday about the delays in government’s rollout of digital migration. “Your management of this process is found wanting,” said Mmamaloko Kubayi, ANC MP and chairperson of the portfolio committee on... 

Cisco to digitally reinvent Barrick’s business

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2016 US networking equipment provider Cisco has partnered with gold major Barrick Gold to digitally reinvent the miner’s business, the companies announced Monday. The focus will be on research and development over the course of the collaboration, starting the development of a flagship digital... 

Human capital trends changing the business management landscape

By: Anine Kilian     8th September 2016 Amid the increasing use of technologies such as mobile devices, three-dimensional printing, sensors, cognitive computing, and the Internet of Things, which is changing the way companies design, manufacture and deliver almost every product and service, digital disruption and social networking... 

Iziko Planetarium digital upgrade project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd September 2016 The project involves the major digital upgrade of the Iziko Planetarium, which will culminate in a state-of-the-art, digital full-dome immersive theatre facility. 

Digital technology key to companies’ future business models – research firm

By: David Oliveira     1st September 2016 Companies that incorporate digital technology that is customer-centric are most likely to succeed in the business world of tomorrow, says research-based consultancy Forrester Consulting VP and principal analyst Nigel Fenwick. In a presentation following the release of a paper titled ‘Business and... 

SACSC annual congress to lead the way for retail

     23rd August 2016 Bringing South African shopping centre industry the best in leadership, a number of highly regarded speakers are set to dominate the stage at the 20th Congress of the South African Council of Shopping Centre’s (SACSC) to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from 7 to 9 September 2016. Hosted... 

Businesses face disruptive forces

     27th July 2016 • The effects of globalization, digitalization and technological disruption pose fundamental challenges to many businesses • The emergence of industry 4.0 could result in higher risk of large-scale losses • Corporates operating in Africa have a particular role in embracing and responding to new... 

Understanding Industry 4.0

     19th July 2016 The term Industry 4.0 refers to the combination of several key innovations in digital technology, all maturing now and all set to transform the energy and manufacturing sectors. The idea is that these technologies – robotics, cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), data capture and... 

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