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Davies to launch Phase 1 of revitalised Polokwane industrial park

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd July 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies will next week launch the revitalised first phase of the Seshego Industrial Park, in Polokwane, which is aimed at promoting industrialisation, job creation and economic growth. The revitalisation is being implemented in phases focusing on various areas,... 

Cele warns of further food price hikes as drought continues

By: News24Wire      22nd July 2016 Ongoing drought in South Africa has disrupted food production and threatens to push food prices up, agriculture deputy minister Bheki Cele said on Thursday. He said recent rain has not helped improve water levels in the country’s dams and as a result farmers were unable to produce enough food to... 

Aggregated cloud services portal provides detailed customisation options

By: Schalk Burger     22nd July 2016 The aggregated cloud services platform Skylight, launched by multinational Internet service provider Internet Solutions last month, enables companies to have different use models for each department or workload, and provides access to local and international cloud platforms that can meet their... 

Eastern Cape gas-to-power hub plans on track

     22nd July 2016 The Eastern Cape’s plan to host a gas-to-power hub is well advanced with the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) now clearly the province's preferred location for the development says Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC Sakhumzi Somyo.  

Flight data soon to be sent live through satellite communication technology

By: Dylan Slater     22nd July 2016 The decades-old conventional flight data recorders found in every commercial airliner might soon be replaced, or at least supplemented by a feed of recorded data to a land-based server.  

Manufacturers to profit from ‘connected life’ concept

By: Nadine James     22nd July 2016 Technological developments relating to high-speed connectivity, smart sensors and cloud-based computing, present vehicle manufacturers with an opportunity to develop services based around connected cars and devices. This has provided new impetus to the “Connected Life” concept, says computer... 

The security platform of tomorrow is here

     21st July 2016 Video Management Systems arrived 15 years ago and have been one of the top technologies to transform the IP video surveillance market. Modern VMS has evolved substantially from its start as a simple surveillance system offering video data recording and playback, to going far beyond simplistic... 

India sets up another committee to review iron-ore pricing

By: Ajoy K Das     21st July 2016 The Indian Steel Ministry will soon conduct a review of iron-ore pricing, which will include a probe of the country’s largest miner, NMDC Limited, and the e-auction processes for price discovery. The Steel Ministry plans to set up a committee of experts to complete the pricing review. 

How solar plants and animals match together

     21st July 2016 Sustainable development has been established since long as a priority goal of governments, businesses but also of private investors. As a recently published report of the International Renewable Energy Agency emphasises, solar energy will continue to contribute to this goal: From todays 2% share... 

Acronis Unveils Breakthrough Acronis Backup 12 Solution

     20th July 2016 Acronis, a leading provider of hybrid cloud data protection, today announced Acronis Backup 12, a game-changing new solution that protects businesses’ full digital image. With most business assets now being digital and not confined to a single device or location, businesses need a backup solution... 

Recent events show need for 'nuclear rethink' – professor 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2016 South Africa needs to tread carefully if it is to pursue its nuclear build plans, particularly in light of recent events that require a “nuclear rethink”, suggests University of Johannesburg Department of Physics head Hartmut Winkler. Over the past five years, the dynamics of the nuclear... 

ICT skills survey highlights ongoing reality of South Africa’s skills gap

By: Anine Kilian     19th July 2016 When it comes to information and communication technology (ICT) skills, South Africa continues to fall behind its African peers, according to the University of the Witwatersrand’s Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE), which launched its seventh consecutive skills trends survey of... 

Paramount, QinetiQ sign MoU

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th July 2016 South African defence and aerospace company Paramount Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UK-based QinetiQ to identify areas of mutual interest by sharing opportunity, design, technology and global market intelligence. The MoU is expected to facilitate collaboration on a... 

JCSE ICT skills survey highlights ongoing reality of South Africa’s skills gap

     19th July 2016 Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering has launched its seventh consecutive skills trends survey in the South African information and communications technology sector. The survey is part of the JCSE’s continuous effort to create a meaningful representation of South Africa’s ICT... 

Frost & Sullivan lauds MiX Telematics’ rise as the leading provider of information and related services for mobile assets

     19th July 2016 Based on recent analysis of the telematics market, Frost & Sullivan recognises MiX Telematics as the recipient of the 2016 South African Company of the Year Award. As a leading global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions, MiX Telematics serves a range of industries and customer... 

Total data erasure and complete hard drive destruction

     19th July 2016 An increasing number of government regulations, industry standards and internal risk mitigation policies require organisations to sanitise storage media prior to disposal or reuse. Xperien has now introduced a hard drive degausser and physical destroyer, specifically designed to help companies... 

Don't let corruption, State capture, recolonise Africa – Phosa

By: News24Wire      18th July 2016 Africa is re-colonising itself through corruption, nepotism, and state capture, former African National Congress treasurer-general Mathews Phosa has warned. “Such a second wave of colonialism would, in my view, be as bad as the first one, when Africa was colonised politically and economically,”... 

Turnbull names new Resources Minister, expands Environment and Energy portfolio

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th July 2016 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made minor changes to his Cabinet, removing the position of a sole Environment Minister and replacing it with an expanded Environment and Energy portfolio, headed by former Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg. Greg Hunt will move from the environment... 

Nigeria Signs Landmark Agreement With Ipp Consortium To Address Power Deficit Through Commisioning Of 300mw Of Renewable Solar Power

     18th July 2016 On Thursday 14 July 2016 in London a consortium consisting of Nigus Greenergy [Nigeria] and Volt Renewables [South Africa] signed a landmark agreement with the Government of Nigeria for the development commissioning and operation on an IPP basis of 300MW of Solar PV Power Plants. The Power Plants... 

DMCC and Dubai Civil Aviation Authority Join Forces to Introduce Drones Trading in the UAE

     18th July 2016 DMCC, the Government authority on trade, enterprise and commodities in Dubai, today announced an ongoing collaboration with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority to create and launch drones trading platform, the first of its kind in the UAE. To mark this partnership, Gautam Sashittal, DMCC Chief... 

African passport 'launched' at AU summit 

By: News24Wire      18th July 2016 Outgoing African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has managed to tick at least two big items off the to-do list she had in her term at the helm of the continental body. In her last opening speech at the AU’s heads of state on Sunday, she said the one item the AU managed to tick... 

Boeing, Mango in Africa's first jet biofuel flight 

By: Anine Kilian     15th July 2016 Aircraft manufacturer Boeing, along with South African Airways (SAA) and its low-cost carrier Mango on Friday celebrated Africa’s first commercial passenger flights using sustainable aviation biofuel. The flights used sustainable jet biofuel produced from research and development company... 

Budding app economy to provide broad benefits for commerce and society

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2016 The application (app) economy in South Africa can provide the benefits of mobility for many aspects of civil service and commerce, as well as support business growth and broader access to government resources. However, the immaturity of the local app economy, compared with those in developed... 

Airbus Defence & Space believes its tactical transports are ideal for Africa

By: Keith Campbell     15th July 2016 With 57 of its twin-engined light and medium tactical transport aircraft already in service with 14 countries in Africa, Airbus Defence and Space (DS), part of the Airbus Group, believes its products are ideal to meet the continent’s needs, both regarding transport and intelligence, surveillance... 

Budding app economy to provide broad benefits for commerce and society

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2016 The application (app) economy in South Africa can provide the benefits of mobility for many aspects of civil service and commerce, as well as support business growth and broader access to government resources. However, the immaturity of the local app economy, compared with those in developed... 

Iata inks MoU with African Union Commission

By: Samantha Herbst     14th July 2016 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the African Union (AU) Commission to expand strategic cooperation and further the continent’s economic and social development, through the benefits of safe, efficient and sustainable air... 

Safaricom uses Nokia Customer Experience Management on Demand to differentiate its services in Kenya

     14th July 2016 Uses CEM on Demand to understand and improve the daily network experience of each Safaricom customer Prioritises network investments based on customer experience insights including cell/MSISDN level details that guide decisions like which sites to upgrade first to 3G or 4G Has greatly improved... 

Capitalise on huge investment in the manufacturing sector

     14th July 2016 The future for manufacturing in the KwaZulu-Natal region is looking especially bright, with a number of substantial recently completed projects and newly announced projects seeing a large cash injection from well-known companies. In mid-April, the second phase of the upgrade and expansion to... 

South Africa has crossed the cyber Rubicon

     14th July 2016 The recent spate of well-publicised cyber-attacks on South African organisations should be a wake-up call to government and corporates indicating that the country is amongst those being targeted globally, says Evert Smith, Threat Intelligence Lead at Deloitte South Africa. “South Africa is no... 

Defence & Technology Giant Brings Huge Career Expo And Innovative Productsto Rural Eastern Cape Learners

     13th July 2016 High school learners in the Eastern Cape will be inspired to follow careers in science, technology and other critical and scarce skills at a big career exhibition hosted by Denel at the Mthatha Military Base next week. At least 3000 learners from five districts in the eastern side of the Province... 

Broadlink Expands its Micro Wave and Fibre services

     13th July 2016 Telecommunications provider, Broadlink has announced its upgraded network expansion project has begun and already over 40 new high sites are live. This new look network is expanding the capabilities and product performance in new geographic areas with increased capacities. To complement its... 

Solidarity to fight forced retrenchments at Cooke 4

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th July 2016 With some 30 000 jobs already coming under threat in South Africa’s mining sector over the past year, trade union Solidarity on Tuesday said it would “pull out all the stops” to prevent further retrenchments. The union, which presented a retrenchment analysis to the Department of Minerals... 

HAZLETON PUMPS comes out top at the SADC Annual Quality Awards as only company to win two main awards.

     12th July 2016 The sixth SADC Annual Quality Awards presentation ceremony was held on the evening of the 16th March 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana. The aim of the SADC Annual Quality Award competition is to recognize and appreciate organizations and individuals who are contributing to quality advancement in all... 

Alexander Graham Bell's Invention Still Critical To Business

     12th July 2016 OTEL Telecoms' Internet via LTE adds another layer of reliability to voice-based business communication that remains an important part of daily commercial life. LTE, or long-term evolution, is a 4G wireless technology commonly used to connect mobile phones, tablets, personal computers and data... 

Fortinet Achieves 99.9% Security Effectiveness Score In NSS Labs Data Center IPS Test

     12th July 2016 News Summary: Fortinet the global leader in high-performance cyber security solutions, today announced the results of NSS Labs’ recent Data Center Intrusion Prevention System report. NSS Lab’s DCIPS report is the industry’s most comprehensive test to date with their Security Value Map revealing... 

Falling commodity prices, Chinese slowdown weigh on economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa 

By: Anine Kilian     11th July 2016 Sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA’s) economy is likely to grow by 2.6% this year, says international trade credit insurer Coface.   It points out that commodity prices had plummeted 45% in two years, while the oil price had fallen almost 60% to around $50/bl, placing strain on countries that are heavily... 

Milestone for Rocklands as plant produces first concentrate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2016 Emerging copper producer CuDeco’s flagship Rocklands operation, in Cloncurry, Queensland, has produced its first concentrate, another milestone as the company transitioned from development to production. On Sunday, ore slurry from the ball mill was put through the flotation circuit, thickener... 

Bodies of nine more illegal miners retrieved from Welkom mine

By: African News Agency      11th July 2016 The bodies of nine more illegal miners were retrieved from underground at the Bambanani Mine west shaft in Welkom on Sunday, bringing the total to 12, Free State police said. "Last week three bodies were retrieved from Bambanani Mine east shaft. Today [Sunday] it is nine bodies which brings the... 

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