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Matrox Wins Four Prestigious Industry Awards at InfoComm 2016

     24th June 2016 Matrox® today announced that its new Mura™ IPX 4K IP decode & display multiviewer cards, Maevex™ 6100 multi-channel 4K encoders, C900 nine-output graphics cards, and Monarch LCS lecture capture appliance were the recipients of four of the industry’s most prestigious industry honors presented at... 

Britain votes to leave EU, Cameron quits

By: Reuters     24th June 2016 Britain has voted to leave the European Union, forcing the resignation of Prime David Cameron and dealing the biggest blow to the European project of greater unity since World War Two. Global financial markets plunged as results from Thursday's referendum showed a near 52% to 48% split for leaving. 

Could your smartphone store your ID, passport and licence?

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2016 Identity documents (IDs) can be securely stored and carried on smartphones, which also allows for providing IDs for citizens through mobile networks, says identity systems multinational HiD Global Government ID (GoID) Solutions sales director Joby Mathew. The HiD GoID platform for mobile IDs also... 

Microwave communication range launched after company link-up

By: David Oliveira     24th June 2016 Information and communications technology (ICT) provider Netshield South Africa, a Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa company, launched the product range of leading microwave research and production company Youncta in Pretoria earlier this month. Netshield is the sole distributor of Youncta products... 

New cyberprotection system launched amid rise in attacks on ATMs

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2016 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab has launched an enterprise-grade, dedicated automatic teller machine (ATM), point-of-sales (PoS) and point-of-service machine protection and detection system for Windows-based platforms, called Kaspersky Lab Embedded Systems Security. ATMs are usually... 

Serious stresses remain at local level, but will they affect the elections?

By: Keith Campbell     24th June 2016 As is no doubt by now well known, the Institute for Security Studies recently reported that its violence monitoring project had identified 2 880 public protests in this country between 2013 and 2015, of which 53% had been violent. These protests are often, if not nearly always, described as... 

Summit brings governments, operators and investors together

     24th June 2016 Regional and international stakeholders for East and Central Africa's transport infrastructure sector will be gathering once again at the seventh East & Central Africa Roads & Rail Infrastructure Summit 2016 (Roads & Rail 2016) to be held on September 27 and 28 in Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania. 

At least 100 injured in KZN train collision

By: News24Wire      23rd June 2016 At least 100 people have been injured after two trains collided between the Mobeni and Havenside areas of KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday afternoon, Marshall Security said. The private security company said it was unclear what had caused the accident. 

New Philippine Minister says openpit mining is 'madness'

By: Reuters     23rd June 2016 The incoming Minister in charge of Philippine mining has slammed the use of openpits to extract minerals, describing it as "madness" even to consider the method in the resource-rich country because of the environmental impact. The stance by Regina Lopez, an environmentalist who on Tuesday... 

Imperial’s Five-Pillar Approach Reduces Transport Risk

     23rd June 2016 Imperial Logistics’ proactive, multi-pronged approach to managing transport risk is yielding big benefits for the supply chain and logistics leader and its clients, including fewer hijackings, more successful convictions and the collapse of hijacking syndicates. Imperial Logistics, Health Safety... 

Young innovators vital to overcoming local water challenges

By: David Oliveira     22nd June 2016 Although South Africa faced complex challenges relating to water and sanitation, it also provided opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators to find solutions to those challenges, Water Research Council (WRC) innovation and impact group executive Mandla Msibi said on Wednesday. Speaking at... 

Top 10 Guidelines to Address Operational Technology Vulnerabilities in Critical Infrastructure Organisations

     22nd June 2016 Fortinet – the global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, states that almost 80 percent of industrial security incidents in critical infrastructure organisations are caused by unintentional internal issues such as software misconfigurations from human error and malfunctioning... 

Big data – a secret weapon for SMEs?

     22nd June 2016 According to Forbes magazine, 89% of business leaders believe big data will revolutionise business operations in the same way the Internet did. Naturally this does not only refer to big business, as small and medium sized companies are becoming more significant daily. The World Bank says that... 

Africa uniquely placed to develop a diverse and sustainable energy mix

     22nd June 2016 Africa is uniquely placed to build a sustainable, renewable energy matrix with immense potential, says Rentia van Tonder, Head: Power at Standard Bank.  “However, how quickly, efficiently and at what cost the continent builds this energy infrastructure will be influenced by sovereign wealth,... 

Govt plans jobs summit, says Ramaphosa 

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2016 Government and labour are set to organise a summit to discuss ways to retain and create jobs in the tough current economic climate, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has said. Following a meeting on Tuesday of the presidential working group on labour involving the Presidency, labour federation... 

South Africa, US free-trade agreement discussions on the cards

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2016 The impasse between the US and South Africa over meat exports and imports has highlighted the need for a shift in approach with regards to the negotiations over a free-trade agreement (FTA) when the current African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) expires in 2025. While South Africa gained a... 

Zuma urges labour to work with government

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 President Jacob Zuma has praised organised labour and business for working with the government to avert a recent ratings downgrade, and said the cooperation should continue. Speaking at the opening of a meeting of the presidential labour working group in Pretoria on Tuesday, he thanked trade... 

Rebels, army seen profiting from Congo gold despite controls

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2016 International regulations aimed at curbing the trade in so-called conflict minerals have failed to stop rebel groups and elements of the army in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo profiting from gold mining in the region, according to a United Nations group of experts. The lack of a functioning... 

CuDeco signs offtake term sheet for Rocklands copper

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 ASX-listed CuDeco signed a term sheet with major shareholder China Oceanwide on Tuesday for the offtake of all native copper from its Rocklands copper project,in Cloncurry, Queensland. The term sheet included a fair processing charge and a payable copper value of no less than 96.5% of contained... 

First Asset Management certification training in South Africa

     21st June 2016 Company executives will finally be able to effectively control their IT Assets, reduce risk and maximising return on investment. Local IT Asset Disposal specialist Xperien, together with IT Asset Management specialist services company ITAMSA, has now introduced the first IAITAM certification... 

Beyond the cloud: what your business will look like in the future

     21st June 2016 South African companies moving to cloud-based infrastructure need to understand that the cloud is not the end of the journey – it is just the first step on the way to truly revolutionary new ways of doing business, says Interactive Intelligence. Cloud Adoption After a slow start in South Africa,... 

Average capex overrun for mining companies hits 37% – EDC study

By: Simon Rees     20th June 2016 The average cost overrun for mining projects studied by Export Development Canada (EDC) has reached 37% over the capital expenditure (capex) budgeted, EDC managing principal Tin Lwin told an audience at a recent meeting of the Canadian Institute of Mining’s Management and Economics Society in... 

SMEs can benefit from commercial property investments

     20th June 2016 Regardless of whether a small business wants to diversify its investment portfolio or intends to own the premises from which it operates, owning commercial property can provide entrepreneurs with great returns. Attie Anderson, Head of Commercial Property Finance at FNB says returns on commercial... 

Telefonica and Fortinet Announce Strategic Alliance Agreement to Offer Managed Security Services

     20th June 2016 Telefonica, one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, and Fortinet® , a global leader in high-performance cyber security solutions, today announced a strategic alliance agreement that will add Fortinet’s Security Fabric architecture into Telefonica’s portfolio... 

Eskom gets new hydro plant fully linked to grid

By: Reuters     20th June 2016 Eskom hailed a milestone in its efforts to overcome South Africa's chronic electricity shortages on Sunday, saying it had linked up the last of four units at its new Ingula hydro-electric power plant to the grid. "We look forward to Ingula rapidly nearing commercial completion and meeting the... 

DA launches petition against purchase of presidential jet

By: News24Wire      20th June 2016 The Democratic Alliance (DA) has launched an online petition against the purchase of a presidential jet, the party said on Saturday. In a speech prepared for delivery at a youth event in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said South Africa was experiencing a "chronic jobs crisis" and... 

Turnbull pledges A$49m for new equipment for Arrium

By: Mariaan Webb     20th June 2016 Troubled mining and steel group Arrium Mining and Materials has been promised a A$49.2-million injection, if the Malcolm Turnbull coalition government is re-elected in the July 2 federal election. The lifeline would allow Arrium to remain competitive and would save about 2 700 jobs at the... 

Rye Patch closes C$49.1m financing to fund Florida Canyon mine buy

By: Henry Lazenby     17th June 2016 TSX-V-listed Rye Patch Gold has closed a C$49.1-million financing through a syndicate of agents which exercised their overallotment option. The Vancouver-based development company said it would use the net proceeds to fund the $15-million cash portion of its commitment to buy the the Florida... 

Telefonica and Fortinet Announce Strategic Alliance Agreement to Offer Managed Security Services

     17th June 2016 Agreement Extends 15 Year Relationship to Deliver Seamless and Adaptive Security from IoT to Cloud Networks   Telefonica, one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, and Fortinet®, a global leader in high-performance cyber security solutions, announced a... 

Lantek: Software offering custom-built solutions for the railway industry

     17th June 2016 Ever faster, ever more reliable... From the first steam trains to old-time locomotives right up to the high speed TGV, the railway world has always been at the cutting edge of progress and technological innovation. To meet the challenges of today and particularly tomorrow, key companies within... 

SA citizens need more visa-free deals to up global ranking

By: News24Wire      17th June 2016 South Africa, which ranks 89th out of 161 on a new index that measures the quality of a nationality, should improve visa-free travel status for its citizens to increase its ranking. That’s the message from Henley & Partners SA spokesperson Sandra Woest, who spoke to Fin24 about the release of... 

Centaurus embarks on potash growth strategy with new JV

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th June 2016 Formerly Brazil-only iron-ore company Centaurus Metals is continuing its diversification strategy and has now, in addition to copper and gold, also added potash to its portfolio. The ASX-listed company announced on Friday that it would embark on a 50:50 joint venture (JV) with Tavarua... 

Agricultural technologies to drive growth and development, survey finds

By: Schalk Burger     17th June 2016 The increasing use of agricultural technologies in Africa, as reported in a survey of 25 large agricultural companies, can dramatically improve yields, food security and product quality, as well as provide raw materials for new products in new markets, says PwC Africa Agribusiness industry leader... 

Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th June 2016 Unit 4 of the Ingula pumped-storage power station has come into commercial operation. 

Mpumalanga paying huge enviro price owing to poor regulation by govt departments – report

By: Ilan Solomons     17th June 2016 Mining is a destructive activity that poses significant threats to the environment, health and livelihoods. Managing these threats to avoid the violation of Constitutional rights requires strong, well-resourced and principled regulation. This is according to Cape Town-based nonprofit organisation... 

New video search functionality improves security analysis

By: Schalk Burger     17th June 2016 Searching security video footage for missing and new objects and identifying the time at which events occurred enable users to actively monitor key areas of live video footage and search archived footage to find evidence and build cases, says video surveillance specialist company Graphic Imaging... 

‘Hacking-as-a-service’ an increasing risk for businesses

By: Schalk Burger     17th June 2016 Access to professional cybercrime services and the formalisation of cybercrime is one of the causes for growing cyberattacks, and this can only be effectively combated through cooperation and vigilance, says computing multinational Intel Security VP Raj Samani. “The cybercriminals are working... 

First phase of Botshabelo industrial park launched

By: Anine Kilian     15th June 2016 The promotion of industrialisation and industrial development should go together with radical and inclusive economic growth, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said at the launch of the completion of the first phase of the revitalised Botshabelo industrial park, in Botshabelo, in the Free... 

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