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Altron’s Mteto Nyati receives honorary doctorate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th October 2021 JSE-listed Altron Group CEO Mteto Nyati has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Johannesburg’s College of Business and Economics. “The institution recognises the outstanding contribution of Mteto Nyati, driven by elevating others, service, integrity, excellence and fairness,”... 

Phase 2 of Smart City platform to focus on job creation through private services

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2021 The second phase rollout of the My Smart City citizen platform will focus on job creation through private services that will be offered on the platform, like car washing, dog walking, gardening, pool maintenance or tutoring, says asset and resource management software company Acumen Software CEO... 

CSIR nears launch of 4IR Learning Factory to bolster local skills

By: Donna Slater     25th October 2021 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in partnership with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education Training Authority, has opened the doors of its newly developed Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Learning Factory (LF), which is designed to help... 

CSIR nears launch of 4IR Learning Factory to bolster local skills

Altron shows positive first-half rebound

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2021 JSE-listed Altron has delivered an improved financial performance during the six months to August 31, 2021, as it continues to navigate a challenging environment. During the first half of the year, the company achieved a 238% increase in headline earnings a share to 11c and an operating profit... 

Apply for subsidised TV decoder now, says SA Post Office

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd October 2021 The South African Post Office has called on qualifying households to apply for a free government-subsidised decoder, known as a set-top box (STB). The call comes as the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies accelerates the country’s switch from analogue to digital television (TV)... 

Standard Bank hosting employee customer service solutions hackathon

By: Schalk Burger     20th October 2021 Financial services firm Standard Bank is, this week, hosting a virtual event in which its employees seek to find innovative solutions to consumer problems using technology, with strategies that build on Standard Bank’s digital strategies and value drivers. 

Digital skills required to overcome Covid-19 trade impasse

By: Donna Slater     20th October 2021 In addressing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the lives and livelihoods of many entrepreneurs, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition export promotion director Luke Govender said digital skills need to be bolstered. He spoke during an October 20 webinar, hosted by Trade Forward... 

IHS Holding's planned IPO should support growth and diversification strategy, S&P says

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2021 Ratings agency S&P Global Ratings said that mobile tower company IHS Holdings' plans to complete an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange will boost the company's growth and diversification strategy. IHS intends issuing 22.5-million shares, including 80% in primary shares and 20% in secondary shares... 

Digital platforms mitigate water processing risks

By: Darren Parker     15th October 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted significant risks to water processing operations across various sectors. All of these sectors depend on these operations being fully operational and for maintenance services to function properly, says water technology and services company Veolia Services... 

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HUBGRADE Hubgrade is part of the quality improvement process continuously adopted by Veolia for clients

Vantage to build R15bn data centre in Waterfall City

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2021 Data centre multinational Vantage Data Centers plans to invest more than R15‐billion to build its first‐ever African campus, which will be based in the mixed-use precinct Waterfall City. The 80 MW campus will help foster economic growth, stimulate job creation and use an energy‐efficient design,... 

An artist's impression of the Vantage data centre to be built at Waterfall City
An artist's impression of the Vantage data centre to be built at Waterfall City

Altron to report dip in half year earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2021 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) expects to report a 80% to 100% decline in earnings for the six months ended August 31, 2021. The company anticipates a basic loss a share of between 3c and 16c in the six months to August this year, a more than 100% decline on the basic earnings a share of... 

85% of industrial businesses to increase digital investments - Aveva

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2021 A survey done by industrial software multinational Aveva shows that 85% of industrial businesses plan to increase their investment in digital transformation over the next three years to tackle climate change, embrace automation and unlock the performance benefits of advanced technologies. The... 

Digital skills development platform provides low-bandwidth access to critical training

By: Schalk Burger     8th October 2021 The Nedbank DigiSkills online training platform aims to upskill and create sustainable income opportunities for 1 000 South Africans by the end of this year, with plans to grow this number to 5 000 in the longer term. The low-bandwidth platform offers five free online short courses and learning... 

Machine learning can enhance manufacturing productivity

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th October 2021 The South African manufacturing sector is diverse and contributes 11.8% to gross domestic product and 10.3% to employment. Although these figures are small, compared with the figures of other countries, embracing machine learning could enhance the sector and assist in its growth, says University... 

Teraco completes phase 1 of CT2 data centre to meet enterprise demand

By: Schalk Burger     7th October 2021 Data centre and interconnection services company Teraco has completed Phase 1 of its CT2 hyperscale data centre, in Brackenfell, Cape Town, to support growing demand by enterprises and cloud providers for data centre capacity. CT2 offers highly resilient and secure co-location facilities in line... 

A photo of Teraco's CT2 data centre, in Cape Town
Teraco's CT2 data centre, in Cape Town

Google to invest $1bn in Africa over five years

By: Reuters     6th October 2021 Google plans to invest $1-billion in Africa over the next five years to ensure access to fast and cheaper internet and will back startups to support the continent's digital transformation, it said on Wednesday. The unit of US tech company Alphabet Inc made the announcement at a virtual event... 

South Africa’s digital migration accelerates

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th October 2021 South Africa’s long-delayed transition from analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television (TV) under the broadcasting digital migration (BDM) programme has been accelerated, with an ambition of concluding the analogue switch off (ASO) across all nine province by the end of January 2022.... 

MTN Uganda to float 20% of shares on Uganda Securities Exchange

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th October 2021 Telecommunications group MTN Uganda plans to proceed with an initial public offer (IPO) and subsequently list on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE) following approval from the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) and USE for MTN Group to sell 20% of its shareholding in MTN Uganda to the public. The... 

Altron to sell Altron People Solutions business

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st October 2021 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) has split its Altron People Solutions business and sold them to two buyers, effective October 1, after holding it for sale over the past year. The Altron People Solutions’ Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Customer Experience Technology business has... 

Icasa set to auction spectrum from March 2022

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st October 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is preparing to start the auction of the high demand spectrum from March 1, 2022. A new roadmap envisages the publication of invitation to apply for the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum by December 10, 2021. 

Telkom to list mast and towers unit

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd September 2021 Telecommunications group Telkom is pursuing a separate listing of its masts and towers business, Swiftnet, on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. A final determination on the listing of the Telkom subsidiary, which is under management by Gyro, will be made by the end of the financial year. 

Digital authentication solution wins MTN enterprise app award

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2021 The biometric digital authentication and automated onboarding solution of technology company iiDENTIFii has won the Best Enterprise Solution award of the MTN Business App of the Year Awards 2021. While technically complex, the solution assures that an individual is a real person and present at... 

New working group to encourage smartphone increase for the unconnected

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th September 2021 Vodafone Group and the United Nation’s (UN’s) International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have partnered to launch an initiative aimed at identifying policy, commercial and circular-economy interventions to increase smartphone access. Of the 3.7-billion not connected to the Internet, 3.4-billion... 

SA telcos moving aggressively to add fintech offerings to mobile money base

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th September 2021 South Africa’s major telecommunications companies are accelerating their financial technology (fintech) strategies and betting big on Africa’s untapped digital economy potential to bolster dwindling traditional revenues in an ever-evolving digital era. Boasting huge volumes of customers with... 

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Latest Altron Fintech index reveals short-term credit decline hurts economy, jobs and taxes 

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th September 2021 A decline in the extension of short-term credit in South Africa has impacted the economy through loss of sales, fewer jobs and lower tax collections, Altron Fintech's inaugural Altron Fintech Short-term Credit Impact (AFSCI) Index shows. The AFSCI Index, unpacking the economic impact of... 

Liquid connects the DRC, Congo Brazzaville with high-speed connectivity

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th September 2021 Technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies has bridged communications between Kinshasa and Congo Brazzaville after leveraging wireless optical communication technology (WOC) from Project Taara at X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory, to deliver affordable high-speed connectivity to communities in... 

Nokia, ATU team up to drive Africa’s digital transformation

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th September 2021 Information and communication technology (ICT) group Nokia and the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to drive digital transformation and the knowledge economy for socioeconomic development across Africa. The two parties aim to leverage the... 

Bytes COO steps in as interim CFO

By: Donna Slater     14th September 2021 JSE-listed software, security and cloud services company Bytes Technology Group CFO Keith Richardson has informed the company of his intention to retire after having served nearly three decades with the company. Current COO Andrew Holden will assume leadership of Bytes’ finance function as... 

Vodacom installs new solar-powered sites to reduce carbon emissions

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2021 Information and communication technology giant Vodacom has invested more than R8-million to install new solar-powered sites in Polokwane, Vereeniging and Bloemfontein as the company continues to secure alternative energy sources to power its operations where feasible. The three new solar-powered... 

ABB launches new Digital Solutions Centre in Johannesburg

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2021 Automation company ABB on September 9 unveiled its new South African Digital Solutions Centre, which aims to help companies across industries to overcome their most pressing technology and digitalisation challenges. The centre, which is based at ABB’s Longmeadow facility, in Johannesburg, gives... 

Pic/Image of ABB's new South African Digital Solutions Centre
ABB's new South African Digital Solutions Centre

MTN partners with Flutterwave in new mobile money partnership

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th September 2021 Information and communications technology group MTN has partnered with payments technology company Flutterwave to enable Flutterwave business customers to use MTN Mobile Money (MoMo) as a payment method. This means that businesses integrating Flutterwave in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Uganda... 

Wits invites research community to join consortium advancing AI use for Africa

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2021 Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) offer huge opportunities for development and progress in Africa, and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) invites Africa’s research community to join its newly formed AI Africa Consortium, which aims to develop a collaborative network... 

Icasa consents to set aside order for spectrum ITAs

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th September 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and South Africa’s telecommunications operators have not reached an out-of-court settlement on the current spectrum impasse. Icasa has decided to consent to an order setting aside its decision to publish the Invitations To Apply... 

PwC Africa announces focus areas as part of global strategy

By: Schalk Burger     3rd September 2021 Advisory services multinational PwC Africa has announced its six focus areas to support the group's global New Equation strategy, which aims to deliver sustained outcomes for its clients. PwC Africa’s six key focus areas are trust; growth and value creation; environmental, social and governance... 

South Africa’s radio telescope success stimulates international expansion investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd September 2021 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) has already awarded the contracts for the construction of the infrastructure required for the expansion of the country’s world-leading MeerKAT radio telescope array. Located in the Karoo region, roughly west of the Northern Cape town of... 

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Cybersecurity attacks in Kenya, South Africa and Zim have increased

By: Schalk Burger     1st September 2021 The 'State of Cyber Security in Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe 2021' report, released by information technology services multinational Liquid Intelligent Technologies (LIT) on September 1, shows that a majority of organisations in these countries experienced an increase in cybersecurity threats... 

Venture capital firms contribute to ensure free access to African Tech Startups Funding report

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2021 Startup-focused news and research company Disrupt Africa will make its 'African Tech Startups Funding Report 2021', available for free for a second year through a partnership with Africa-focused venture capital firms Novastar Ventures, Quona Capital, 4Di Capital and Future Africa. The yearly... 

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