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Guptas inflated Oakbay price through trading by Singapore firm

By: Bloomberg     2nd November 2017 The Gupta family inflated the share price of a company it controlled on its Johannesburg Stock Exchange debut by lending money to a Singapore firm to be used to trade the equities. That came ahead of plans to raise funds for a uranium mine. The Guptas, who are embroiled in a corruption scandal... 

Software giant SAP comes clean on dubious practices in South Africa

By: African News Agency      26th October 2017 Software giant SAP on Thursday said it had voluntarily disclosed its breach of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in relation to allegations its South African operation paid kickbacks to a Gupta-linked company. In a statement on its website, SAP said it has initiated disciplinary procedures... 

Transnet asking suppliers to provide details of any third-party ‘commissions’

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2017 Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama says that the freight logistics group is investigating every allegation of possible corruption in relation to the State-owned group’s procurement programmes, revealing that scope of its inquiries extends beyond the R50-billion locomotive contract, which is the subject... 

McKinsey, KPMG targeted as South Africa graft scandal widens

By: Bloomberg     15th September 2017 After helping topple one of Britain’s best known public-relations companies, South African anti-corruption groups are now targeting US consultancy McKinsey & Co. and auditing firm KPMG for doing work for businesses tied to the Gupta family and President Jacob Zuma’s son. The Guptas, originally... 

City of Joburg to host open days to resolve billing crisis

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2017 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) is embarking on a series of highly concentrated “billing open days” over the next few months to resolve lingering billing issues, reduce the backlog of incorrect accounts and enable ratepayer interaction with frontline staff and senior management. The open days will... 

Payroll – make it easy, make it mobile

     26th July 2017 Companies need to rethink payroll services and follow the international trend of investing more in mobile self-service solutions, advises Lavine Haripersad, a director at the South African Payroll Association (SAPA). “It’s time to put payroll in your employees’ pockets or purses. Mobile devices... 

Singularity University to host inaugural African summit

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th July 2017 Singularity University, a global community leveraging exponential technologies to tackle the world’s key challenges, will host its first international SingularityU South Africa Summit from August 23 to 24 in Midrand, Gauteng.  The two-day summit will highlight the impact of artificial... 

Creecy vows to use ICT to improve service delivery in Gauteng

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2017 Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy says the Gauteng Provincial Treasury (GPT) will use its R712.6-million budget this financial year to promote clean governance and protect public funds to ensure the funds are used to deliver services to citizens and not siphoned off. Presenting the 2017/18... 

Prepare well for a digital future, advises Pragma

By: Kim Cloete     6th June 2017 Leaders in the management of buildings, machinery and assets have been advised to prepare well for a future in which digital solutions will take centre stage. Engineering company Pragma CEO Adriaan Scheeres told attendees at the Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA) conference, in... 

The future of business: technology-led or soon-to-be-dead

     31st May 2017 By Cameron Beveridge, Director: Cloud, SAP Africa     The future of business is in the cloud. That is the message from global analysts as the latest IT sales figures show a marked shift away from hardware. The shift to cloud services and other Digital Business solutions has slashed Gartner's... 

Datatec confident of improvements after modernisation hits FY17 financial results

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2017 Dual-listed Datatec is confident of improving its performance as it enters the final stages of the modernisation programme of subsidiary Westcon-Comstor that had significantly dragged the group’s financial performance in the year ended February 28. Over the last few years, the information and... 

Westcon-Comstor’s Global SAP Platform Brings Benefits for Vendors, Solution Providers

     11th May 2017 Leading distributor’s business platform now live in 54 countries   Westcon-Comstor, the leading value-added global distributor of security, unified communications, network infrastructure and data centre solutions, today announced that its global SAP roll-out has been completed and the company is... 

Gold and silver sponsors sign global reseller agreement

     5th May 2017 German conglomerate company and silver sponsor at this year’s African Utility Week, Siemens, and business analytics company and gold sponsor at the event SAP, have signed a global reseller agreement through which SAP will globally resell Siemens’ market-leading meter data management solution... 

Innovation, home-grown solutions to be showcased at event

     5th May 2017 Conference and exhibition African Utility Week, held in Cape Town from May 16 to 18, will showcase how the continent is coming up with innovative, home-grown solutions to its energy and water challenges and how these are creating exciting and lucrative opportunities for utilities and industry... 

MindSphere with new partners, new applications and extended connectivity

     25th April 2017 • New infrastructure, app and technology partnerships • Extended connectivity simplifies link-up to machines and plants • New apps for industrial security and condition monitoring Siemens is driving forward the expansion of its cloud-based open IoT operating system MindSphere with new... 

Design Thinking: The X factor in your digital transformation

     24th March 2017 You may have heard about the sword of Damocles, hanging above its target by a single hair. It’s a metaphor often used to describe impending doom, yet this is not the actual meaning. The story goes that a servant was taken by all of a king’s wealth and wanted to partake in that luxury. The king... 

South African in the Mars mix as race to the Red Planet heats up

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 It is 2031 and the next space race has started with the launch of the largest-ever interplanetary space rocket and spaceship carrying four carefully selected astronauts on a mission to establish a human settlement on Mars – a planet that is about 225-million kilometres away. Heading for the... 

South African in the Mars mix as race to the Red Planet heats up 

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 It is 2031 and the next space race has started with the launch of the largest-ever interplanetary space rocket and spaceship carrying four carefully selected astronauts on a mission to establish a human settlement on Mars – a planet that is, on average, 225-million km away.  

Africa’s first multidisciplinary design school opens in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     10th March 2017 Africa’s first multidisciplinary design school has been formally launched at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking, commonly known as the d-school, aims to foster innovation and encourage fresh ways of thinking. 

African Utility Week Industry Awards include new gas, small scale and ICT categories to reflect evolution of energy and water sectors

     20th February 2017 Nominations are open for top industry professionals and projects   “I know the energy revolution is powering up and ready to take off. We should embrace energy trade with each other”.  With these words Mr Kandeh Yumkella, UN Under-Secretary-General and Former Special Representative of the... 

GDE and ITA launch R7-billion Schools of Specialisation programme

By: Schalk Burger     26th February 2016 The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) and the Information Technology Association of South Africa (ITA) on Friday announced that they would roll out a R7-billion Schools of Specialisation programme over the next four years. The programme would receive R5-billion in funding from the Gauteng... 

Logistics platform launched to mitigate industry constraints

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th December 2015 Deutsche Telekom information technology (IT) business T-Systems South Africa launched a SmartHub Logistics (SHL) platform in February, in Hamburg, in Germany, to mitigate the constraints that logistics operators currently face. Using a SHL platform, Germany’s Hamburg port currently manages a... 

Digging in to tech to imagine the mine of the future

By: African News Agency      27th October 2015 If you think images of blackened, sweaty miners wearing head torches and canaries in cages being sent down first look a little out of date wait for the outcomes of this week’s meeting in Cape Town that has been billed as “imagining the digital mine of the future”. Many in the beleaguered industry... 

Climate change under fire at summit 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th April 2015 Climate change, with a particular focus on limiting global temperature rise to less than 2 °C, would be under the spotlight at the first-ever Business & Climate Summit, to be held at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation headquarters, in Paris, on May 20 and 21.... 

Some common challenges facing Africa’s CFOs

By: Anine Kilian     13th February 2015 While it is understood that Africa is not a homogeneous entity and that each country has its own dynamics, there are overarching challenges and developments facing the continent. Enterprise software and software-related services company SAP CFO Deena Pillay states that it is important that CFOs... 

SAP offering software tools that analyse product data, context to accelerate design

By: Schalk Burger     31st October 2014 Enterprise resource planning giant SAP is offering customers software tools that analyse product data and context to enable the rapid design of products and solutions, thereby significantly improving responsiveness and innovation. The tools are based on the rapid prototyping and solution... 

Enterprise content management improves performance of Belgian railways

By: Schalk Burger     25th July 2014 State-owned Belgian Railways has been implementing an enterprise content management system to improve its performance and the cost efficiency of its operations, says Belgian Railways project manager Stephane Haelterman. The company manages the transport of 200-million people and 60-million tons a... 

SAP leveraging Hana for core of enterprise offerings

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2014 Enterprise resource planning giant SAP is using its in-memory computing technology, called Hana, as the core platform for all its enterprise offerings. This includes extending the life of existing information technology (IT) infrastructure, providing cloud services and analytics, as well as... 

New business intelligence firm enters market following merger

By: Natalie Greve     12th March 2014 A recent merger between business services firms ASYST Intelligence, BusinessIntelligent and the Microsoft division of DigiQuill has resulted in the formation of a new business intelligence (BI) firm that aims to drive a “radical shift” in the application of BI systems in the African market. CEO... 

R9bn ICT research roadmap moves into implementation stage, but funding remains a challenge  

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2013 Following the April approval by Cabinet of the information and communication technology (ICT) research, development and innovation (RDI) roadmap, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) ICT arm, the Meraka Institute, are... 

R9bn ICT research roadmap moves into implementation stage, but funding remains a challenge

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2013 Following the April approval by Cabinet of the information and communications technology (ICT) research, development and innovation (RDI) Roadmap, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) ICT arm, the Meraka Institute, is... 

SAP, Kenya unite to upskill ICT students

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th July 2013 Enterprise application software group SAP, Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Multi Media University have partnered to deliver an ICT skills training programme. The parties on Friday launched a six-week training module covering technology, business, finance... 

MTN to distribute cloud SAP ERP system to small businesses 

By: Schalk Burger     12th July 2013 Telecommunications group MTN is offering global enterprise software giant SAP’s Business One enterprise resource planning software to small businesses in a mobile cloud format to enable them to manage and monitor their operations in real time, says MTN South Africa chief enterprise business... 

Company Announcement: Psion’s Mobile handheld computers Increased Accuracy - Providing Rapid Return on Investment for SCA Packaging

     19th March 2012 SCA Packaging is a leader in customer-specific packaging solutions with an emphasis on leading-edge design.  

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