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Eastplats halts chrome concentrate production for Covid-19 testing, cleaning

17th June 2020 Canada-based platinum group metals and chrome miner Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) has temporarily halted its chrome concentrate production in South Africa. The operation at the Crocodile River Mine, in the North West province, was halted over the weekend of June 13 and 14 as a result of a... 

Garden Route dam raising duckbill spillway increases capacity, enhances safety

12th June 2020 Engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon developed a ‘duckbill’ spillway as part of the project to raise the Garden Route dam, which is the main supply for water-scarce George, in the Western Cape. This not only increased the dam’s existing storage capacity by 25%, but also significantly... 

Local scientists isolate Covid-19 RNA from sewage

11th June 2020 A commercial South African laboratory says it has extracted Covid-19 ribonucleic acid (RNA) from various sewage samples in the country as a proof of concept, after the Netherlands research agency KWR entered into an agreement with the South Africa Business Water Chamber in April. It was KWR that... 

Digital tools can help South Africans improve their password security

11th June 2020 Various digital tools can improve the security of passwords used in South Africa by helping users to generate secure complex passwords for a large number of applications, securely store them and change them regularly, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky consumer product marketing head... 

Sun Exchange secures R50m, marks close of R67m Series A funding round

11th June 2020 Solar finance and leasing platform Sun Exchange on June 9 announced it had secured a R50-million ($3-million) investment from Mauritian private equity African Renewable Power Fund (ARPF), marking the close of a R67-million ($4-million) Series-A funding round. ARPF is advised by London-based... 

One-time verification an alternative to OTP for customer identity validation processes

9th June 2020 One-time verification (OTV) is a biometric-based technology that is used to validate customer identities remotely and securely, while also enabling companies to more effectively capture, store and protect customer data, says biometric identity service provider WhoYou business development director... 

Adoption of automation, robotics expected to accelerate

9th June 2020 Increasingly automated processes and the use of robotics are expected to support greater production and the provision of services safely in a contactless society, says robotics multinational Yaskawa Southern Africa chairperson Terry Rosenberg. He notes that many businesses are rapidly adopting... 

Insurance, finance and retail most at risk from cybercrime in South Africa

9th June 2020 An increase in cyberattacks by criminals taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic has introduced new structural and operational risks, with insurance, finance and retail sectors the most targeted sectors in South Africa, says information technology service multinational Dimension Data Security... 

EOH reports positive third-quarter Ebitda

9th June 2020 Information technology services company EOH on June 9 reported that it had achieved positive earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) during the third quarter, ended April 30. While revenue did experience downward pressure owing to the lock down, the company... 

IoT to be part of new business operations and digital presence, says SqwidNet

8th June 2020 Business, commerce and industry will increasingly use the Internet of Things (IoT) to provide visibility of assets and production, support digital channels to market and create a clear online presence, says industrial networking and IoT firm SqwidNet MD Phathizwe Malinga. The first step is to... 

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