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Information Technology News

Training authority, Forge sign MoU to bridge ICT skills gap

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 5 hours ago The Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT Seta) and digital and Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) skills development company Forge Academy and Labs have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to introduce an array of information and... 

Infobip implements chatbot solution for Africell

By: Schalk Burger     5th July 2022 Omnichannel and cloud communications company Infobip has implemented its Answers chatbot solution at mobile network operator Africell. Africell is a fast-growing mobile network operator with a pan-African footprint, providing fast and reliable mobile network coverage and related technology... 

Cell C final recapitalisation in sight as noteholders approve special resolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th July 2022 The final stages of the overall Cell C recapitalisation transaction are being implemented after lenders of the embattled mobile operator voted in favour of the compromise offer of 20c for every R1 of debt. The overall recapitalisation transaction is expected to proceed to final close late in... 

MTN SA Foundation launches 2022 MTN Women in Digital Business Challenge

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th July 2022 The MTN South Africa (SA) Foundation has launched its inaugural 2022 MTN Women in Digital Business Challenge, with a R1-million commitment, to support 10 less established female-owned small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs). The 10 candidates, who are female graduates and/or alumni... 

SAS renews Global Academic Programme partnership with NWU

By: Schalk Burger     5th July 2022 Data science and analytics multinational SAS has renewed its Global Academic Programme (GAP) partnership with the North-West University (NWU) Centre for Business Mathematics and Informatics (BMI) for another five years, extending its impact in data skills development. The partnership has seen... 

RocketNet, Zoom Fibre to bring fibre to Boabab project in Saldanha Bay

By: Schalk Burger     4th July 2022 Internet service provider RocketNet has partnered with fibre optic network provider Zoom Fibre to roll out high-speed fibre Internet in Saldanha Bay. The fibre network will serve as the backbone on which the Saldanha Bay municipality will build its smart city infrastructure, says RocketNet CEO... 

MTN Group announces key appointments

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st July 2022 Telecommunications group MTN has appointed new CEOs for its operations in Cameroon, Rwanda and Uganda, effective September 1. MTN has also created a new senior MTN Group post: operations executive for Liberia, Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau and Congo-Brazzaville effective August 1, reporting to... 

MTN crowd sources generators from small business

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2022 Telecommunications group MTN South Africa (SA) is exploring practical and innovative solutions to the power crisis and seeking out partners with generators as it works to maintain customer connectivity during escalating loadshedding across South Africa. Along with an aggressive rollout of... 

Digital transformation of manufacturing expected to improve efficiencies 

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2022 The transformation of manufacturing processes and operations into connected, integrated, automated and smart operations, collectively known as Industry 4.0, will reduce the amount of low skilled positions but also create new skilled positions, assurance and advisory services multinational PwC... 

Satrix launches smart city infrastructure feeder ETF

By: Darren Parker     28th June 2022 South African index investment business Satrix, a division of Sanlam Investment Management, has announced that its new smart city infrastructure feeder exchange-traded fund (ETF) will offer investors access to the rapidly growing investment opportunity of smart cities. The fund’s initial public... 

Vodacom’s #CodeLikeAGirl programme trains 4 000

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th June 2022 The number of young girls trained under information and communications technology group Vodacom’s #CodeLikeAGirl programme is expected to reach 4 000 by the end of the financial year. Starting from a base of just 20 girls from schools around Tembisa equipped with coding skills under the programme... 

IoT can help drive fundamental ESG solutions, says council

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics can be effectively used to measure and define the impact an organisation has, the trust it engenders and the value it takes beyond the shareholder and into the ecosystem. Solutions powered by the Internet of Things (IoT) can fundamentally drive... 

Joburg to award four smart city challenge winners, applauds quality of solutions

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2022 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) would be announcing four winners for its yearly Smart City Innovation Challenge instead of three owing to the quality of solutions received, said CoJ Smart City Office leader Lawrence Boya. Each of the four winners would receive R500 000 and an opportunity to pilot... 

5G the fastest growing mobile technology – report

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2022 Fifth-generation (5G) technology is scaling faster than any previous mobile technology generations, with predictions that it will account for 60% of global mobile network data traffic by 2027. The June 2022 Ericsson Mobility Report revealed that, currently, about a quarter of the world’s... 

MTN SA targets 25% 5G coverage in 2022

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2022 Telecommunications group MTN South Africa (SA) aims to have 25% of South Africa’s population covered by fifth-generation (5G) connectivity by the end of 2022, as it ramps up its deployment. MTN currently has over 1 000 active 5G sites servicing dozens of towns and cities across South Africa... 

Noteholder meeting for Cell C compromise offer postponed to July 5

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2022 A two-week delay in the noteholder vote to approve an extraordinary resolution on a compromise offer will have no impact on the timing of the overall Cell C recapitalisation transaction, which is expected to proceed to final close in July 2022, JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms assured shareholder... 

Aveva, Digital Industries partnership aims for purposeful industrial transformation

By: Schalk Burger     14th June 2022 Industrial software companies Aveva and Digital Industries will invest in and formalise their presence in East and West African markets with the purpose of ensuring that industrial companies, and countries, are competitive, efficient and effective by supporting their digital adoption journeys,... 

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Telkom revenue declines, flat Ebitda results reported for FY22

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2022 JSE-listed Telkom remained under pressure during the year ended March 31, 2022, with underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) contracting 0.5% to R11.9-billion. The group’s Ebitda margin expanded by 0.2 percentage points to 27.9% during the year under review. 

Cisco Security Cloud to provide end-to-end cybersecurity for ecosystems

By: Schalk Burger     14th June 2022 Networking, cloud and cybersecurity multinational Cisco has launched its Cisco Security Cloud, which aims to provide end-to-end cybersecurity visibility and defence for business ecosystems, in the Europe, Middle East, Africa & Russia (EMEAR) region, said Cisco EMEAR head of technology Gordon... 

Salesforce launches sustainability cloud for users to manage climate objectives

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2022 Customer relationship management software multinational Salesforce has released its Net-Zero Cloud service, which takes data from disparate systems into a reporting platform so that companies can make informed calculations to drive their sustainability efforts, in South Africa. Salesforce... 

Sanral to introduce one ticket system for all public transport, tolling 

By: Darren Parker     10th June 2022 State-owned South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is aiming to move away from traditional toll accounts to mobility accounts, Sanral northern region project manager Siveshni Pillay revealed this week. Speaking at the African Smart Cities Summit, in Midrand, on June 8, she said the... 

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Covid-19 continues to haunt manufacturing companies

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th June 2022 The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and its resulting lockdowns continues to be felt in the manufacturing sector despite a move towards eased regulations. Challenges, such as the shortage of electronic components, global shipping delays and overall uncertainty, have impacted on the growth of the... 

An image of a MCC made by Iritron
COVID DELAYS STRETCH Owing to pandemic-related delays, a MCC can now take up to between 30 and 40 weeks to complete

Digital technologies can support industries in achieving sustainability, net-zero goals

By: Schalk Burger     9th June 2022 Digital technologies can support industries in achieving their sustainability and net-zero emissions goals. Efficiency is the largest driver of sustainability, but also of profitability, says industrial software multinational Aveva global head of digital acceleration Michele Cacciari. 

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Icasa chairperson steps down

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2022 Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) chairperson Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng is stepping down, citing a need to take some time off after an enervating period. Modimoeng tendered his resignation on Wednesday and will now start serving notice to ensure a smooth handover, with... 

Icasa re-evaluating Woan ambitions 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th June 2022 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is still committed to pursuing a Wireless Open Access Network (Woan); however, it has to be done properly, said Icasa chairperson Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng. Presenting to the Portfolio Committee on Communications on Tuesday, he... 

Connectivity expected to drive entrepreneurship across Africa – World Mobile

By: Schalk Burger     31st May 2022 The expansion of Internet connectivity in Africa will be a key contributor to an anticipated increase in entrepreneurial activity over the next three years on the back of an improved environment for business and greater political stability, a study undertaken for blockchain-based mobile network... 

Khulisani Ventures provides R20m for e-commerce platform Rentoza

By: Schalk Burger     30th May 2022 The Mineworkers Investment Company (MIC) Khulisani Ventures fund has provided a R20-million funding boost to on-demand subscription platform Rentoza, which developed a subscription model to drive access to consumer goods, including consumer electronics, appliances and baby goods, at affordable... 

Energy sector expects increase in cyberattacks, research shows

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2022 New research published by risk management and quality assurance company DNV shows that energy executives anticipate life, property and environment-compromising cyberattacks on the sector within the next two years. The ‘Cyber Priority’ report finds that 85% of professionals working in the power,... 

Saben boosts TVET college connectivity

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th May 2022 South African Broadband Education Networks (Saben) has increased bandwidth for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges from 10 Mb/s up to 200 Mb/s using FortiGate devices from NEC XON. Saben has connected and upgraded 256 of a targeted 283 TVET college campuses from 48... 

BT, MTN partner to form strategic alliance

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th May 2022 South African telecommunications giant MTN Business and UK-based fixed and mobile telecommunications firm BT have partnered to form a strategic alliance to enhance security and communications services to business customers across Africa. The operators will collaborate closely to enhance each... 

Reunert expects improved full-year performance following solid interim results

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2022 JSE-listed industrial group Reunert’s revenue increased by 11% year-on-year to R5.1-billion for the six months ended March 31, while operating profit increased by 4% to R465-million. The group’s profit after tax increased by 7% to R331-million, while headline earnings a share climbed 1% to R1.95... 

Acumen raises Series B investment to boost My Smart City job creation

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2022 Asset and resource management company Acumen Software has secured a Series B investment that will be used to build out further services for citizens on the My Smart City platform, including a private sector solution that aims to boost job creation across the country. The investment made by... 

Calgro M3 signs exclusive agreement with Sendoff funeral app

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2022 JSE-listed property development company Calgro M3 has signed an exclusive agreement with funeral application (app) developer Sendoff, which aims to digitise the experience of arranging and managing funerals. Under the terms of the agreement, Calgro's five memorial parks – three in Gauteng and two... 

South Africa the fourth-largest fundraiser for blockchain ventures in Africa

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2022 Private venture capital company Crypto Valley Venture Capital (CV VC) and financial services firm Standard Bank’s inaugural ‘African Blockchain Report’ shows that Nigeria raised $49.6-million for 18 new blockchain ventures in Africa in 2021. The Seychelles raised $33.8-million for four companies,... 

Telkom, YES partner to create ICT job opportunities

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2022 Telecommunications group Telkom has partnered with business-driven initiative Youth Employment Service (YES) to provide 499 South African youth access to job opportunities, learn future-fit skills in the ever-growing information and communications technology (ICT) sector and contribute to their... 

City of Johannesburg partners with IITPSA to support ICT and digital skills development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2022 The City of Johannesburg’s Department of Economic Development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute for Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) to collaborate on information and communication technology (ICT) sector development and digital skills... 

Valves technology meets necessary standards

By: Sabrina Jardim     20th May 2022 Industrial valves specialist Brimis Engineering uses a safety valve testing machine from machining manufacturer Ventil to test and certify critical application safety valves, in line with the pressure equipment regulations as stipulated in the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The machine has a... 

Image depicting a man, Moeketsi Mpotu, wearing a black and white suit, standing in front of a Ventil safety valve testing machine
MOEKETSI MPOTU Brimis Engineering uses a Ventil safety valve testing machine to test and certify critical application safety valves
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