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Physical, virtual integration can improve safety in African cities

By: Schalk Burger     23rd September 2016 The integration of physical infrastructure and information technology (IT) systems will improve the safety of cities, but these capabilities will also underpin smart city systems that will improve the efficiency of Africa’s cities, says multinational IT firm NEC chief engineer Shinya Kukita.... 

Upgrade And Revitalisation Of Seshego Industrial Park Will Provide A Business Friendly Environment – Davies

     29th July 2016 The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says that the upgrading and revitalisation of the Seshego Industrial Park will provide a business friendly environment which will enable an efficient way of doing business for existing players and attract industrial activity on a larger scale from... 

Don’t give up on being connected when working remotely

     10th May 2016 The harsh working environments that many South Africans and in fact Africans in general are faced with, can make the idea of establishing a robust network for multiple users to connect to seem like mission impossible. Especially in places like constructions sites, where there are many people... 

Bridge City’s co-ordinated security measures produce results

     18th April 2016 As development of the Bridge City mixed use precinct north of Durban gathers pace, essential services are being rolled out in tandem with the laying down of physical infrastructure. A key component to realising the vision of a viable and vibrant retail, business, residential and light industrial... 

Virtualisation and dynamic IT loads

     16th March 2016 Without question, IT virtualisation – the abstraction of physical network, server, and storage resources – has greatly increased the ability to utilise and scale compute power. Indeed, virtualisation has become the very technology engine behind cloud computing itself. While the benefits of this... 

Auto execs provide insight into 2016’s biggest risks and opportunities

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2016 This year offers few silver linings for the local automotive industry. Faced with a faltering rand, a jittery global and domestic economy, as well as the trepidation local elections and triennial wage negotiations bring, it seems local vehicle importers and manufacturers will have to hunt for a... 

Auto execs provide insight into 2016’s biggest risks and opportunities

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2016 This year offers few silver linings for the local automotive industry. Faced with a faltering rand, a jittery global and domestic economy, as well as the trepidation local elections and triennial wage negotiations bring, it seems local vehicle importers and manufacturers will have to hunt for a... 

Positive growth predicted for logistics sector this year

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th January 2016 Despite the rate of growth of the South African materials handling and logistics industry advancing slower than comparable sectors in its Brics trade bloc partner countries Brazil, Russia, India and China, for the past two years, audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG expects positive growth... 

High risk implementation planning for data centres

     31st August 2015 Data centres are strategic business assets and they facilitate a company’s performance and the services they are able to provide their customers. The criticality of data centres continues to rise, leading more industry-wide discussions regarding what ‘mission critical’ means and how data centre... 

Hauling away bigger profits with more efficient trucks and excavators

     26th June 2015 Infrastructure plays a key role in economic growth while the lack of infrastructure reduces productivity and hinders business competitiveness. According to PWC, physical infrastructure is one of the most frequently cited barriers to entry and economic growth in Africa. This was highlighted in its... 

Joburg seeks to sustain ICT intensity by ‘hacking’ into local innovation

By: Sashnee Moodley     5th June 2015 The City of Johannesburg recently called on entrepreneurs to take advantage of the economic public space it has created through its inaugural Hack.Jozi Challenge to boost the productivity of the city’s economy through information and communication technology (ICT) innovations. The Hack.Jozi... 

Joburg seeks to sustain ICT intensity by ‘hacking’ into local innovation

By: Sashnee Moodley     5th June 2015 The City of Johannesburg recently called on entrepreneurs to take advantage of the economic public space it created, through its inaugural Hack.Jozi Challenge, to boost the productivity of the city’s economy with information and communications technology (ICT) innovations. The Hack.Jozi... 

Africa should partner with Asia – Ramaphosa 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2015 With Africa holding 60% of the world’s arable land, agriculture held one of the keys to unlocking economic opportunities for the continent, but could only be achieved through cooperation with other countries in regions such as Asia. Speaking at the Asia–Africa Business Summit in Jakarta,... 

AfDB approves $124m loan to Angola for water infrastructure

By: Natalie Greve     2nd April 2015 The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a $123.77-million loan to Angola to finance the country’s Institutional and Sustainability Support to Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Service Delivery project. The project was aimed at improving water sector governance, strengthening... 

Mozambique economic growth likely to stay strong – IMF

     6th January 2015 Despite the heightened risks owing to an uncertain global outlook, Mozambique’s economic growth is expected to remain strong and be broad-based in the medium term, boosted by a natural resources boom – including the coal basin in the Tete province – and infrastructure investment, the... 

Satellites essential for Africa’s future growth

     5th January 2015 The satellite industry is destined to become an essential element in bolstering Africa’s future economic growth and the social wellbeing of its inhabitants in areas such as education, improved living standards, food security, and health. New technologies and continual miniaturization in the field... 

R150m fund seeks to support education entrepreneurs 

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th December 2014 Business Partners Limited has launch a R150-million Education Fund to provide existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in the educational sector with the risk capital and mentorship required to pursue projects. “Education remains a major challenge in South Africa and has a direct impact on the current... 

Schneider Electric Integrates StruxureWare™ DCIM Solution with HP ITSM for Converged Management of IT and Facilities

     25th July 2014 Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, has announced at HP Discover that the integration of its Data Center Infrastructure Management solution, StruxureWare for Data Centers, with HP's Universal Configuration Management Database, is complete. Enabling an increased level of... 

Inaugural music festival to fuel economic boost of historical mining town

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th November 2013 The recently announced Tribe One: Dinokeng festival, a public–private partnership, is set to create substantial economic-, social- and cultural-development opportunities in the historic mining town of Cullinan, in the Dinokeng region of northern Gauteng. Tshwane acting city manager Lindiwe Kwele... 

Using the cloud to improve the management of business infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2013 Sending data from equipment, instruments and sensors in a building to cloud servers is an effective way of collecting the data and then performing analytics to monitor and manage the devices and systems to improve effective use, says IBM Smarter Planet Industry Solutions VP David Bartlett. “There... 

Hybrid data centre models emerging to cope with volume, security demands

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2012 The large scope and scale of data movements in the near future will radically change the way data centres, data transmission and networks operate, says global networking giant Cisco Consulting Systems Security Solutions engineer Greg Griessel. A key issue to facilitate this expansion is the... 

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