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Continent-wide digital skills development initiative aims to train half a million young Africans in one week

     20th June 2017 The 2017 edition of Africa Code Week officially kicked off yesterday in Flic-En-Flac, Mauritius. Now in its third year, Africa Code Week aims to spread coding literacy among African youth, with a key focus on female skills development and training.   Inaugurated in 2015 by SAP Corporate Social... 

Barry Owen

     9th June 2017 This week we feature Barry Owen, MD of Bobcat Equipment, Bobcat Rental and Goscor Earthmoving Equipment, which are involved in the sale, service and rental of compact and other earthmoving equipment   

Artificial Intelligence - heading for The Cloud(s)

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2017 By Saurabh Kumar, CEO at In2IT Tech PTY LTD Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Cloud are making an impact in everyone’s business and personal lives. The sheer volume of data being generated daily, by billions across the globe, has accelerated the development of both, and prompted the need for... 

Neutral Internet exchange point reaches 170 Gb/s and five-year milestones

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2017 Data centre company Teraco’s neutral Internet exchange point (IXP) peering subsidiary NAPAfrica has grown to 170 Gb/s with 386 members since 2012, and is ranked as the third-largest IXP in the southern hemisphere, says Teraco CEO Lex van Wyk. The NAPAfrica IXPs are collocated in all Teraco data... 

The impact of wearable devices on Warehouse Management

     9th May 2017 The rise of automation and the Internet of Things on traditional manufacturing cannot be underestimated but innovation in wearable user devices can also not be ignored as the fusion of technology with the human labour force increases. For example witness wearable Google glasses which allow... 

Ross Collard

     14th April 2017 This we feature Ross Collard, MD of Chase Construction, which distributes distributes Case earthmoving equipment throughout South Africa   

Want to sell more wind, solar power? Find corporate buyers

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 Contracts to sell electricity directly to corporate users are among the key demand drivers for wind and solar power, while the influence of state mandates wanes, according to a report by Moody’s Investors Service. Multiple factors are spurring corporate power deals, especially from companies that... 

Google hits 1m digital skills training target ahead of schedule 

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th March 2017 With Google reaching its target of upgrading the digital skills of one-million people across Africa ahead of its 12-month deadline, it now seeks to expand its offerings offline and in different languages. The Digital Skills programme, launched last year, offers 89 courses through the online... 

Gunter Vogel

     24th February 2017 This week we feature Gunter Vogel, chairperson of Kwatami (previously Joest), an original-equipment manufacturers that supplies customised engineered vibrating equipment to the African mining and industrial sectors   

World domination through the Internet

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     17th February 2017 About 43 years ago, my friend Charles and I decided to see if we could make the letter 'E' appear on an oscilloscope screen. I could easily explain to you how we did it by varying the Z intensity of the oscilloscope, the time base, the 'Y' deflection . . . But would you really care? 

Think layers of security – and start with the physical

     16th February 2017 It takes more than security software to protect your corporate network, says Netshield. As security vendors predict more focused and personalised cyberattacks in 2017, companies should consider multiple layers of security to protect their companies. This is the word from Inus Dreckmeyr, CEO of... 

Raymond Obermeyer

     27th January 2017 This week we feature Raymond Peter Obermeyer, MD of drive technology solutions company SEW-Eurodrive South Africa     

TeleEye SA Combines Online Convenience With Real World Confidence

     12th December 2016 After being founded by certified thermographers and thermal imaging experts over a decade ago, TeleEye SA has this week launched GoThermal.co.za. This pioneering web portal showcases offerings within categories that include thermal devices, commercial security, outdoor, tactical, instrumentation,... 

Monet submarine cable network project, Brazil and the US

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd December 2016 The Monet project comprises a 10 500-km-long fibre-optic cable, which stretches from Brazil to the US. 

Ria Pelser

     2nd December 2016 This week we feature Ria Pelser, owner/director of Interpast, which is involved in the manufacturing and development of quality control equipment for companies such as South African Breweries and SABMiller (ABInbev), Distell, Coca-Cola, Heineken and Pioneer Foods   

Angola Cables, Etix team up to provide direct US–Africa connection

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2016 Angolan telecommunications company Angola Cables and Luxembourg-headquartered data centre and cable landing station specialist Etix Everywhere have partnered to build infrastructure to reduce the latency between the US and Africa, thereby eliminating the data route through Europe. The parties... 

Rob MacKenzie

     11th November 2016 This week we feature MacKenzie Position, MD of process instrumentation, solutions and services company Endress+Hauser 

Biometric identification is fine, but just don’t share private information

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     4th November 2016 A growing technology is that of biometric interfaces. 'Biometrics' is just a smart way of saying "recognising the identity of a person by their fingerprints, voice or the pattern of the iris of one of their eyes”. It seems that using biometrics to identify a person is convenient for all parties:... 

Western Cape librarian wins Sabinet-sponsored award.

     2nd November 2016 Sabinet, a sponsor of the Library and Information Association of South Africa’s (LIASA) 2016 conference, proudly sponsored the prize for the first runner-up in the 2016 awards. Mercia Sias of the Western Cape branch was this year’s deserving recipient. Announced at the gala dinner at the LIASA... 

Wind industry celebrates a million jobs

     28th October 2016 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) reports that wind industry growth has meant a 5% increase in employment in the sector, which has employed 1.1-million people globally. GWEC highlights the socioeconomic benefits generated by the global wind industry, in addition to supplying clean power.... 

Schalk Venter

     21st October 2016 This week we feature Schalk Venter, CEO of African Oxygen, an industrial gases and welding technologies company 

Energy metal demand to outpace output in wake of $20bn battery build boom

By: Henry Lazenby     14th October 2016 “The megafactories are coming.” This is the mantra of market analyst, founder and MD of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Simon Moores, citing research showing more than $20-billion currently committed to creating new, or expanding existing lithium- (Li-) ion battery cell plants.  

Alex Ackron

     7th October 2016 This week we feature Alex Ackron, MD of High Power Equipmnent Africa, the sole distributor of Hyundai earthmoving equipment in Southern Africa 

Darryl Campbell

     30th September 2016 This week we feature Darryl Campbell, MD of The Fastener Factory, an importer of Heico-Lock wedge lock washers and distributor of SKF power transmission, seals and mechatronics products, as well as distributor and seller of leading brands of fasteners, tools, abrasives, bearings and engineering... 

Velaphi Ratshefola

     23rd September 2016 This week we feature Velaphi Ratshefola, MD of Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa, a soft drinks bottling company 

Growthpoint debuts in South Africa’s 50 Most Valuable Brands

     22nd September 2016 Growthpoint Properties has debuted in 50th place in Brand Finance’s list of South Africa’s 50 Most Valuable Brands. In doing so, it has also become only SA REIT to be included in this prestigious index. Each year, leading brand valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance puts thousands of... 

Ricoh’s giving people hassle-free document sharing for the digital age

     19th September 2016 Ricoh’s new A3 black and white multifunction printer range is ready for the digital age in which people expect hassle-free information sharing, easy interactive finger swipes and taps on responsive touch screens, with cloud-connected and mobile-ready functionality.   The new range of imaging... 

MOOCs won’t ease higher-education stresses, but add diversity and flexibility

By: Schalk Burger     16th September 2016 Massive open online courses – MOOCs – are exposing many people to the educational content and academic quality of universities, with these courses forming part of increasingly diverse, flexible study options that enable a wider range of students to access quality tertiary education. Even though... 

MOOCs won’t ease higher-education stresses, but add diversity and flexibility

By: Schalk Burger     16th September 2016 Massive open online courses – MOOCs – are exposing many people to the educational content and academic quality of universities, with these courses forming part of increasingly diverse, flexible study options that enable a wider range of students to access quality tertiary education. MOOCs have... 

South African space agency mulls future course in rapidly changing sector

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2016 Space science and technology are developing ever more rapidly. And this has consequences for South Africa and especially the South African National Space Agency (Sansa). “We’re living in exciting times, in terms of space,” highlighted the founder-CEO of Sansa, Dr Sandile Malinga. “There are many... 

SA space agency mulls future course in rapidly changing sector 

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2016 Space science and technology is developing ever more rapidly. And this has consequences for South Africa and especially the South African National Space Agency (Sansa). “We’re living in exciting times, in terms of space,” highlighted the founder-CEO of Sansa, Dr Sandile Malinga. “There are many... 

The data obtained is key to leveraging IoT

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th September 2016 Common themes are being seen in the shift from traditional asset-heavy business models in the transition to the Internet of Things (IoT), and this includes comprehending the generated data and applying the insights gained  to add real value. The interconnection of billions of devices can... 

PwC South Africa, Google enter joint business relationship

By: Anine Kilian     1st September 2016 PwC South Africa has entered into a joint business relationship with Google to bring new and innovative solutions to companies across Africa through PwC’s Africa Network. In a statement released on Thursday, PwC said the rapid pace of innovation in technology had fundamentally changed how and... 

Drones Now Regulated Heat-Seeking Troubleshooters

     26th August 2016 New rules regulating the use of remotely-piloted aircraft systems, colloquially known as drones, are now firmly in effect after having been signed by the Minister of Transport. "The regulations governing the use of drones in South Africa are welcome because they bring clarity," says Philip... 

A tax on surplus means

By: Riaan de Lange     26th August 2016 “People always say, ‘The pure and simple truth of the matter is . . .’ But the [whole] truth is rarely pure and never simple.” I was reminded of these immortal words by Oscar Wilde when I read an article on the imposition of a wealth tax, a topic of debate that continues to linger, simply... 

Kemm’s piece on alternative take on history spot-on

     26th August 2016 Editor –I thoroughly enjoyed Kelvin Kemm’s column in the Engineering News edition published on July 29, 2016, concerning presenting an alternative take on history not seen through the lens of politics. His article skimmed over the main scientific, technological and economic issues of the last few... 

The digital transformation driving change in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     18th August 2016 Digital transformation is sweeping the world and making big inroads in Africa, where 600-million people are expected to be Internet users by 2025, when there will be four-billion connected devices on the continent. This was outlined at the Growth, Innovation and Leadership Africa 2016 conference... 

Barloworld’s supports Enactus in driving youth-led social change

     26th July 2016 University students compete nationally for the opportunity to represent South Africa at the 2016 Enactus World Cup in Toronto with Barloworld’s help. At the global Enactus World Cup last year Barloworld showcased innovation with a custom-built application made for Google Cardboard 3D headset. 

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