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CSIR is looking to transform how infrastructure is built in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to research innovations and initiatives to transform the local construction industry. This was reported by CSIR Principal Researcher Llewellyn van Wyk at the recent 6th CSIR Conference in Pretoria.  

Transport key to continental integration, says minister 

By: Anine Kilian     11th October 2017 Intercontinental integration is not feasible without transport playing a critical and strategic role in ensuring that African countries are linked through roads, railway lines, shipping routes and air transport connections, says Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga. Speaking at the... 

Barloworld celebrates 90-year Caterpillar milestone

By: Dylan Slater     15th September 2017 Barloworld Equipment, which is the distributor and service supplier of US earthmoving equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, celebrated a 90-year partnership with Caterpillar in South Africa at the end of last month.  

Three-tier approach necessitated to tackle water losses

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 A combination of proper water management systems, incentivisation, and solid water infrastructure will enable South Africa to address the prevalent problem of municipal water losses before reaching industrial and residential consumers, suggests smart technology and solutions provider Jasco Group... 

Barloworld Equipment celebrates 90 years in South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     16th June 2017 South African distributor of US-based construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s products, Barloworld Equipment turns 90 years old this year – a milestone set in place in 1927 when Charles “Punch” Barlow built a lasting relationship with Caterpillar.  

Zille’s antics a big disservice to the DA  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     16th June 2017 There is an interesting irony about the tension between Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane and his predecessor, Helen Zille. The irony lies less in the fact that Zille mentored Maimane but is more about how Zille changed the DA. Maimane, as the first black leader of the party, is a... 

Ethiopia set to expand the Modjo dry port

By: John Muchira     5th May 2017 Landlocked Ethiopia is set to start expanding the Modjo dry port, after receiving a $150-million loan from the World Bank. The country, with one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, plans to double the capacity of the dry port to improve logistics efficiencies and increase trade. 

South Africa remains largest FDI hub in Africa – report

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd May 2017 South Africa remains the leading foreign direct investment (FDI) destination in Africa, with a 6.9% increase in FDI projects in 2016, according to financial services advisory firm EY’s latest ‘Africa Attractiveness’ report, published on Wednesday. The report provides an analysis of FDI investment... 

Africa urged to transform dependence on commodities

By: African News Agency      25th April 2017 Even as the world emerges from the worst of the global commodity price meltdown, African countries were urged on Tuesday to make the most of the next upward cycle to diversify and industrialise away from over-reliance on exports of raw materials. In a statement, Dr Martyn Davies, Deloitte... 

Netshield SA announces Data Centre in a Box now 100% IoT enabled

     19th April 2017 Netshield South Africa, a WestconGroup company, is pleased to announce that as a result of the finalisation of its recent developments to its Data Centre in a Box (DCiB), the self-contained cabinets (SCC) are now 100% IoT and cloud-enabled.    This recent development enables Netshield and... 

Arup Talks Cities

     10th November 2016 “Cities by their traditional definition are places of opportunity and access, yet for many people living in African cities today this is not the case. Historical spatial and economic exclusions have created ‘large and poor’ cities. At Arup we believe that the future of African cities should offer... 

Greater investment needed in inner city development

By: Anine Kilian     27th September 2016 Inner cities are important nodes for local economic development and investing in them is necessary for future growth, inner city property financier TUHF CEO Paul Jackson said at the Rode-REIM Property Conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday. He noted that urban living was often associated with... 

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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