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Côte d’Ivoire smart grid improves power security, access to power pool

By: Schalk Burger     14th June 2019 A smart electricity grid solution, developed and built by electricity multinational ABB, provides connectivity for all critical elements of the grid, helps operators to balance supply and demand and, crucially, enables Côte d’Ivoire to access the West African Power Pool (Wapp), says ABB Power... 

Approach, not technology, key to success in advanced manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     14th June 2019 The only way for small and large companies to become and remain globally competitive in advanced manufacturing supply chains is to embrace the latest technologies and processes that are available, says machined components manufacturer Daliff Precision Engineering chairperson Rowland Chute.... 

Approach, not technology, key to success in advanced manufacturing
LOCAL YET GLOBAL Real-time analysis of operating data will provide information for where future improvements are required

ParkUpp start-up monetising inner city parking

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2019 Property technology firm ParkUpp is monetising idle parking spaces in inner cities by allowing private and commercial property owners to list available parking spaces on its website and persons looking for long-term parking to browse available options. There are many cars parked on the side of... 

Machine tools sector preparing local manufacturing for 4IR

By: Tracy Hancock     7th June 2019 Technological advancements in the local machine tools industry will help grow South Africa’s struggling manufacturing sector, says corporate association of manufacturers Manufacturing Circle (MC) executive director Philippa Rodseth. The manufacturing sector’s contribution to South Africa’s gross... 

Machine tools sector preparing local manufacturing for 4IR
PHILIPPA RODSETH A skilled workforce that can benefit from innovation and investments in new technologies is key to driving manufacturing competitiveness

Mkhwanazi appointed EOH chairperson

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2019 JSE-listed information technology services group EOH has appointed Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi chairperson, effective immediately. “His record of providing courageous leadership in challenging business environments, coupled with his commitment to sound corporate governance, were key drivers for his... 

Mkhwanazi appointed EOH chairperson
EOH chairperson Xolani Mkhwanazi

TIPS Forum discusses how 4IR is helping efficiency, environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2019 Industrialisation leads to socioeconomic growth, often at a cost to the environment in the form of emissions and pollution, and, therefore, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) presents a promising opportunity for sustainable development. Speaking at the Trade and Industry Policy Strategies... 

TIPS Forum discusses how 4IR is helping efficiency, environment
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TIPS researcher Bhavna Deonarain

Policy catching up to 5G technology

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2019 When discussing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and industrial policy that adapts to it accordingly, one has to consider fifth-generation (5G) cellular network technology that has been introduced in some parts of the world since last year, technology initiative 5GBarcelona chief technical... 

Policy catching up to 5G technology
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5GBarcelona chief technical officer Dr Sergi Figuerola

Boeing making ‘steady progress’ on returning the 737 MAX to safe operations

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st May 2019 Giant US aerospace and defence group Boeing has announced that it has concluded the development of updated software for its 737 MAX single-aisle airliner type, as well as the associated simulator testing and engineering flight test. The updated software is for the 737 MAX’s Manoeuvring... 

Digital accounting service to help startups, small businesses

By: Schalk Burger     31st May 2019 A digital accountant service was designed to help startups and small businesses manage their daily operations, tax and registration matters, which also change as they grow, says digital accountant company Osidon co-founder and CEO Hennie Ferreira. The Osidon service comprises an automated... 

Digital accounting service to help  startups, small businesses
HENNIE FERREIRA The automated service writes financial data to compliance and accounting documents based on regulations and client needs

App focus in cloud environments improves business agility

By: Schalk Burger     31st May 2019 Accessible and stable applications (apps) hosted in cloud systems and distributed to where a business needs them help to improve its agility, responsiveness and resistance to disruption, says cloud and security app company F5 Networks Europe, Middle East and Africa senior VP David Helfer. Apps... 

App focus in cloud environments improves business agility
DAVID HELFER The value and importance of apps for businesses makes managing and securing apps across hybrid IT environments essential

Brazilians score following African Utility Week

By: Kim Cloete     28th May 2019 Brazilian companies are expected to generate business of $5.3-million over the next year as a result of the recent African Utility Week and PowerGEN Africa conference and exhibition. The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, Apex-Brasil, in partnership with the Brazilian Association of... 

Brazilians score following African Utility Week
Delegates from Brazil attended the African Utility Week in South Africa

Transnet became 'captive client' after selling off comms network, inquiry hears

By: News24Wire      28th May 2019 Transnet should never have sold off its vital fibre communications network to an external service provider in 2007, the state capture commission has heard. The commission of inquiry has been investigating allegations of state capture, corruption and fraud since August 2018. Subscribe to Fin24’s... 

Transnet became 'captive client' after selling off comms network, inquiry hears

Big data business solutions lab launched at Wits

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2019 A new research and design laboratory at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), called Scilinx, was developed to address the needs of businesses and industries that require high-level, specialised expertise to develop solutions for their agile, freely evolving operational systems and... 

Construction companies urged to streamline businesses

24th May 2019 With South Africa’s construction sector under growing pressure as a result of slow government infrastructure spending and a tightening economy, construction companies should be looking at ways to streamline their business processes, improve cash flow management and tighten risk management,... 

Construction companies urged to streamline businesses
ANDREW SKUDDER Challenges faced by the industry are compounded by the fact that many construction groups have not digitised operations such as cost-consulting

Software provides support for project’s design phase

By: Thabi Madiba     24th May 2019 To help avoid construction failures for building contractors and consulting engineers, construction fastening and fixing supplier fischer fixings SA’s design software FIXPERIENCE has been developed as a tool to provide safe, reliable and professional support for the design phases of construction... 

Software provides support for project’s design phase
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ON ITS KNEES The construction industry is currently “dismal and pitiful” considering the inherent infrastructure that exists in South Africa and the opportunities that abound

BMG extends supply of gearboxes and variators

24th May 2019 Engineering consumables and components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG), as exclusive distributors for gears and drives manufacturer Varvel Group in sub-Saharan Africa for more than 40 years, has extended the supply of Varvel gearboxes and variators for small- and medium-power applications.... 

BMG extends supply of  gearboxes and variators
TRACKING THE SUN BMG’s Varvel worm gearboxes are installed on solar panels to ensure that they are in an ideal position to track the sun

New motor released to electric drives and controls industry

24th May 2019 Automation technology solutions provider Tectra Automation’s new MS2N Synchronous Servo Motor is the company’s latest innovative product offering to the electric drives and controls industry. The MS2N servo motor range combines high dynamics with compact dimensions and energy efficiency, with... 

New motor released to electric drives and controls industry
VERSATILITY IN APPLICATION The MS2N includes over 50 motor types in six motor sizes, five motor lengths and more than 20 fully configurable options

New VSD software offers energy savings

By: Cameron Mackay     24th May 2019 Electrical and energy solutions provider Zest WEG Group is deploying a new plug-and-play variable speed drive (VSD) software solution that achieves automatic energy savings when used with any standard electric motor. The solution was developed by WEG Group software engineers in Brazil. 

New VSD software offers energy savings
LIGHTEN THE LOAD While there are a variety of different sized motors that will have different efficiencies, energy savings increase exponentially as the load decreases

Cloud adoption prompting new ways of using tech

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2019 While the migration of workloads into public cloud systems requires different strategic approaches to information technology (IT) resources, transitioning to the cloud prompts companies to become more agile and more secure by exposing them to security and IT consumption best practices, says... 

Cloud adoption prompting new ways of using tech
CORNÉ DU PREEZ Skilled IT personnel remain crucial and should focus on supporting in-house needs and developing new products and services

Africa’s solutions to its challenges lie in 4IR

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd May 2019 Africa’s readiness to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) will be dependent on its youth and the pressure it puts on government to create an enabling environment that will foster collaboration in developing solutions to the challenges facing communities, says Innovation Hub CEO... 

Africa’s solutions to its challenges lie in 4IR
Inforcomm MD Andile Tlhoaele

South Africa urged to consider the benefits of 4IR

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st May 2019 Although South Africa faces many challenges, it is in a good position in terms of its uptake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), University of Johannesburg Institute for Intelligent Systems director Professor Babu Paul said on Tuesday. “While many ask what will happen to the poor once 4IR... 

South Africa urged to consider the benefits of 4IR
University of Johannesburg Institute for Intelligent Systems director Professor Babu Paul

Kaspersky Lab to open Rwanda office

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st May 2019 Cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab plans to open a new office in Kigali, Rwanda, to support the rapid growth of its business in East Africa. This strategic move will provide more room for development, as well as closer proximity to new partners in the region, allowing Kaspersky Lab to continue... 

Digital education offers new experiential training opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2019 Digital technologies are helping to improve education and leading to experiential training – a learning-by-doing approach that helps students to apply fundamental learning and merging experience and training, says Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (Lausanne Hospitality School) associate professor Dr... 

Fourth Industrial Revolution could offer manufacturing and mining boost

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2019 Digitally-enabled changes, called the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – the most profound changes in the past 2 000 years – can boost and reinvigorate the mining and manufacturing industries if they seize on the opportunities presented by the digital disruption. This is one of the views of... 

Collaboration seen as key as SA moves to position for 4IR epoch

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th May 2019 While President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) visions for South Africa are gaining some traction, the success of a new digital future will require extensive coordination and deep collaboration across every sphere and sector. Following a technology-centred State of the... 

Collaboration seen as key as SA moves to position for 4IR epoch

Finance professionals urged to become proficient in digital technologies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th May 2019 The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (Cima) has emphasised the need for finance professionals to embrace digital technology. This was highlighted during a Future of Finance discussion, hosted by Cima on Wednesday, which explored how finance is being redefined in terms of a digital... 

Datatec expects continued improvements following a strong 2019 performance

By: Simone Liedtke     16th May 2019 International information and communications technology (ICT) company Datatec’s integration and managed services division, Logicalis, produced strong results for the financial year ended February 28, despite emerging market currency headwinds, especially in its key Latin America region, CEO Jens... 

User experience lab could assist in product development, government programmes  

16th May 2019 Global consulting firm Nihilent officially launched its first user experience laboratory on the African continent last month. The facility, located in Bryanston, is the second of its kind globally and was inaugurated by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. Nadine James has the story. 

User experience lab could assist in product development, government programmes
User experience lab could assist in product development, government programmes

Vodacom reports full-year profit decline, but rise in service revenue 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th May 2019 JSE-listed Vodacom on Monday posted muted growth in earnings and a rise in service revenue for the financial year ended March 31. The telecommunications giant reported earnings a share of 867c for the 12 months under review, an 8.7% decline on the prior year, along with a 6.6% year-on-year... 

Vodacom reports full-year profit decline, but rise in service revenue
Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub outlines the company's performance for the year ended March 31, 2019. Videowork and editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd

Noninvasive industrial cybersecurity aims to make South African industries resilient

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2019 France-headquartered cybersecurity multinational GECI has launched its suite of industrial cybersecurity services and solutions in South Africa to help make local industrial companies and sites resilient to cyberattacks, says GECI South Africa director Mike Bergen. The solutions can be deployed... 

Noninvasive industrial cybersecurity aims  to make South African industries resilient
MIKE BERGEN The cybersecurity solution monitors industrial networks to identify known and unknown anomalous code

Altron marks completed turnaround with double-digit growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2019 JSE-listed technology company Allied Electronics on Thursday posted double-digit increases across the board for the year ended February 28, 2019. The technology company achieved a 30% increase in normalised revenue to R19.2-billion and a 24% increase in normalised earnings before interest, tax,... 

MTN appoints Jonas chairperson designate, establishes international advisory board 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd May 2019 JSE-listed telecommunications giant MTN Group has established an international advisory board (IAB), led by political and business heavyweights. The group also plans on effecting an “evolution of the board”, with former Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas appointed chairperson designate, as it enters... 

MTN appoints Jonas chairperson designate, establishes international advisory board
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Mcebisi Jonas

Africa gains traction as trade destination

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 Africa, as a trade and export destination, is looking increasingly attractive from a South African perspective, and represents an opportunity for growth for many South African companies, says research and consulting specialist Africa House MD Liz Whitehouse. Africa offers South African companies... 

Africa gains traction as trade destination
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MAKING PROGRESS Several industries and factors are driving growth in sub-Saharan Africa, including agricultural development and power

Capital markets in Africa are evolving

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 Africa’s financial and capital markets are on a “path of evolution” and this is impacting on foreign investment and competition on the continent, says exchange trading platform 4 Africa Exchange (4AX) business development head Noah Greenhill. The evolution of the markets is creating... 

Capital markets in  Africa are evolving
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TRADING TIME Listing on an exchange is critical and gives companies some credibility

Affiliate Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution launched in SA

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd May 2019 South African Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has highlighted that the country's future development probably depended on how fast it mastered the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). She was addressing a recent breakfast forum to mark the setting up of... 

CCTV cameras help Cape Town in the prevention of crimes

By: Kim Cloete     30th April 2019 The City of Cape Town is using a network of 1 600 close- circuit television (CCTV) cameras in a bid to prevent and detect crime, as well as monitor other incidents. The network is one of the largest of its kind in Africa. 

Sars wants tech to help it stop illicit tobacco revenue leaks

By: Schalk Burger     30th April 2019 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) is seeking to introduce a track-and-trace marker technology in the cigarette industry, which will enable it to monitor the journey from cigarette manufacturing plants to points of sale and/or import or export trades. This is aimed at curbing revenue... 

Sars wants tech to help it stop illicit tobacco revenue leaks
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