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Bitcoins – a quick way to lose it all

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     13th October 2017 We all know that there IS a thing called a bitcoin. All over the show, there are stories about bitcoin investors who are now millionaires. What is the truth? A little story: Tim and I were working at a mining camp in the Congo. The mining camp was dry; no alcohol permitted. We followed the rules... 

Bunch of old bananas or building materials of the future?

By: Reuters     12th October 2017 Potatoes reborn as insulation, peanuts processed into partition boards and mushroom bricks that grow in five days - just some of the ways the building trade could change its wasteful ways and construct virtuous new cities. In a report released on Wednesday, international engineering firm Arup set... 

Giant miner vies with Google, GE, for hires amid automation push

By: Bloomberg     22nd September 2017 Rio Tinto, the world’s second-largest mining company, is focused as much on driver-less trucks and automated drills as conventional shovels and loaders these days. That means it needs a whole lot more high-tech workers. The London-based company is stepping up efforts to lure engineers and... 

Balan Govender

     22nd September 2017 This week we feature Balan Govender, MD of Bosch Ulwazi, a skills development and mentoring company   

Daddy, you don’t know anything about car shopping

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2017 The teenage daughter of Nissan Motor Corporation chief digital officer Madhu Nutakki last year shopped for a car, as California legislation allowed her to drive herself to school and back from the age of 15-and-a-half. Nutakki is based in Silicon Valley. 

Two years to convert post-Millennials to car ownership, warns Nissan

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2017 The teenage daughter of Nissan Motor Corporation chief digital officer Madhu Nutakki last year shopped for a car, as California legislation allowed her to drive herself to school and back from the age of 15-and-a-half. Nutakki is based in Silicon Valley. 

Companies urged to join the digital revolution

By: Kim Cloete     6th September 2017 Companies have been advised to join the digital revolution, as innovations and technology start to change the nature of jobs and work in the rail and other industries. Siemens Mining and Freight Solutions global head Thomas Bieg on Wednesday said there would be huge demand for people with skills... 

South Africa is at war with itself – but why?

By: Riaan de Lange     1st September 2017 Why, indeed? Why worry? My grandfather used to offer an answer that you might be quite familiar with: “If you worry, you die; if you don’t worry. you also die. So, why worry?” If I were asked this question before, I would most likely have offered a similar response to my grandfather's – if it... 

AECOM clinches top honour at 2017 Universum Awards

     24th August 2017 AECOM Africa took home the ‘Most Attractive Key Occupation for Engineering Professionals: Building Architects’ at the Universum Awards held in Sandton, Johannesburg on 11 May 2017. The award was received by Senika Devesheel, AECOM’s HR Director for Africa, who says the latest accolade signifies... 

Business leaders facing the wave of digital transformation

By: Kim Cloete     17th August 2017 Business leaders are urgently trying to keep pace with the surging pace of digital transformation globally.   Frost & Sullivan senior partner Dorman Followwill told delegates at the Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) Africa 2017 summit, in Cape Town, on Thursday that the world was faced with... 

Education institutions struggling with connectivity

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Amid water, electricity and basic infrastructure challenges at various education institutions, the lack of Internet connectivity has also been a challenge, states wireless connectivity firm Ruckus sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham. 

Converging forces set to transform retail banking

     27th July 2017 By Darrel Orsmond, Financial Services Industry Head at SAP Africa Banks need to build new capabilities and adapt quickly to emerging opportunities, threats 

World's biggest tax bill is latest worry for African gold miner

By: Bloomberg     27th July 2017 It was supposed to mark a fresh start for the African business of the world’s biggest gold producer. In November 2014, African Barrick Gold would get a new name and new management to distance itself from a troublesome past and disputes with local politicians. Less than three years later, things... 

Leading South African Engineering Firm Partners with Silversoft to Implement Deltek Project Information Management

     27th July 2017 Deltek, the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses, announced today that CKR Consulting Engineers is partnering with Silversoft to implement Deltek Project Information Management (PIM), the industry’s leading enterprise information... 

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... 

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,... 

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   

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. 

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 

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