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Preferred bidder selected for eSwatini solar PV projects

7th May 2021 Independent power generation company Globeleq and renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) Sturdee Energy Southern Africa have been awarded preferred bidder status for two 15 MW projects in the first tranche eSwatini’s procurement programme for new renewable generation capacity. Globeleq... 

Teraco becomes MÉTISS node, boosts regional interconnection

6th May 2021 Data centre operator Teraco on May 6 said it had become an integral node to the Meltingpot Indianoceanic Submarine System (MÉTISS) – a 3 200 km subsea fibre-optic cable system connecting South Africa to the Indian Ocean islands of Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius. MÉTISS consortium members have... 

Mobile push authentication improves transaction security, improves user experience

6th May 2021 Mobile push authentication messages provide a better user experience and protect users more effectively than password-protected accounts and one-time pins (OTP), which is important to protect data as more companies have adopted cloud computing and remote working, says device identity and... 

IFC, Absa partner on green loan for energy projects

6th May 2021 International financial institution the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has provided financial services group Absa with a loan of up to $150-million to support the bank’s strategy to expand its climate finance business and help South Africa meet its greenhouse-gas (GHG) reduction targets.... 

Tribunal approves Premier's buyout of Mister Sweet, with conditions

6th May 2021 The Competition Tribunal has approved the acquisition by consumer goods manufacturer Premier of confectionery manufacturer Mister Sweet with the condition that it fill vacated nonexecutive roles with the 19 employees facing retrenchment. The merger parties had previously agreed to a moratorium on... 

Sappi says recovery steady in second quarter as Ebitda climbs

6th May 2021 Pulp and paper producer Sappi says its operations are steadily recovering from the ongoing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. For the quarter ended March 31, its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) continued to improve to $112-million, compared with... 

Online organisational transformation course launched for project managers

6th May 2021 Project professionals association the Project Management Institute (PMI) has launched an online course to support organisational transformation. The new course provides project professionals with the building blocks and fundamental knowledge needed to understand how organisations transform... 

SKF testing autonomous electric goods transport on public roads in Sweden

6th May 2021 Bearing and seal manufacturer SKF is testing a self-driving electric truck to transport goods on a public road between its factory and warehouse in Gothenburg, Sweden. It has partnered with Swedish transport technology company Einride. 

Online data science courses launched for students in Africa

6th May 2021 South African data science training institute Explore Data Science Academy (EDSA) is making a range of online data science and data engineering courses available to students in the rest of Africa, but with a specific focus on youth and talent within Nigeria and Kenya. The aim with the data... 

Successful localisation programme requires consistent renewables procurement pipeline

6th May 2021 To achieve a successful localisation programme with incremental local content thresholds as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), a consistent procurement pipeline needs be established, says industry association South Africa Wind Energy... 

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