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Orange, De Beers Marine South Africa develop IoT geofence for offshore mining crew safety

By: Schalk Burger     4th September 2020 Digital services multinational Orange Business Services and diamond miner De Beers' subsidiary De Beers Marine South Africa have jointly installed and tested a customised Internet of Things (IoT) solution to provide geofencing to maintain safe working distances for crew around the heavy machinery... 

Irdeto, IBM launch pre-integrated solution for video file transfer and forensic watermarking

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2020 Digital platform security company Irdeto has integrated its watermarking solution, TraceMark for Distribution, with IBM’s file transfer solution, Aspera on Cloud, offering the film industry a fast-to-market, easy to implement, affordable solution towards the fight against piracy. The full... 

Paratus activates direct terrestrial fibre link from Teraco to Maputo

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2020 Pan-African telecommunications company Paratus has completed a new terrestrial crossing between Johannesburg and Mozambique. The group lit up a 750 km route from Maputo, through Eswatini, to one of Paratus’ international colocation centres, Teraco Isando DC. 

Icasa to issue high demand spectrum ITA by end of September

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) plans to auction the long-awaited high demand spectrum in March next year. The auction of the high demand spectrum, which was originally going to take place during December 2020, will now be completed by no later than March 31,... 

Institute developing app for students

By: Halima Frost     4th September 2020 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) will launch its new Prospectus application (app) for Android and iOS operating systems ahead of 2021’s student registrations. “Prospectus, as the name implies, is a comprehensive guide to all the courses on offer by the SAIW,” says SAIW CEO John... 

Institute developing  app for students
PATH FINDER The new Prospectus app being introduced by The Southern African Institute of Welding will help prospective welders chose their career path

Covid-19 pushes cloud to forefront

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd September 2020 A new study by World Wide Worx, in partnership with F5, Dell Technologies, Digicloud Africa and Intel, has revealed how the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed cloud computing to the front of decision-makers minds. The comprehensive Cloud in Africa 2020 report maps out latest cloud trends across... 

Rolls-Royce reports breakthroughs in practical artificial intelligence ethics

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd September 2020 UK-based global industrial technology group Rolls-Royce announced on Wednesday that it had achieved two breakthroughs in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) ethics. These breakthroughs will be fully published later this year on the Rolls-Royce website under a Creative Commons licence. The... 

Stefanutti Stocks alerts stakeholder of cyberattack on its IT systems

By: Schalk Burger     2nd September 2020 JSE-listed construction and mining services company Stefanutti Stocks on September 1 released a statement alerting stakeholders that it had become aware of a cyberattack on its information technology (IT) systems in the early hours of August 31. "External IT forensic experts have been engaged to... 

AfriForum submits commentary against proposed 5G policy

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st September 2020 The civil rights organisation AfriForum has raised its concerns that the Draft Policy and Policy Direction on Rapid Deployment of Electronic Communication Networks and Facilities, or fifth-generation (5G) policy, will violate property rights and pose specific safety risks to landowners. In a... 

MTN Group appoints new audit committee chair and acting GCFO

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st September 2020 JSE-listed MTN has appointed Sugentharan Perumal as its acting group CFO while it continues its rigorous recruitment process for a permanent replacement for newly appointed group CEO and president Ralph Mupita. Mupita will assume the role of CEO on September 1, as outgoing CEO Rob Shuter steps down. 

Covid-19 lockdown drives South Africa's digital transformation

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2020 While only 37% of South African companies had a digital transformation strategy at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, 94.5% of local companies now recognise the value of digital transformation as a critical aspect of business, says networking specialist Cisco South Africa country manager Garsen... 

Liquid Telecom appoints new group chief business officer

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st August 2020 Communications solutions provider Liquid Telecom has appointed Clayton Naidoo as group chief business officer, effective October 1. Naidoo, who has more than 14 years of experience in the information and communication technology industry, joins Liquid Telecom from Cisco, where he was GM for... 

Technology company launches tailored Industrial IoT solution for TSF insights

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2020 Global Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and cloud technology company sensemetrics Inc is transforming sensor data into real-time business intelligence by launching a tailored IIoT solution that gives mining companies and their insurers real-time, end-to-end tailings storage facilities (TSF)... 

Laser tech key to developing economy

By: Tracy Hancock     28th August 2020 It is vital that South Africa has an in-depth understanding of the impact photonics-based technologies will have on its economic development, as they underpin the communication systems and sensors needed to drive the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The country also needs to ensure that it can... 

Laser tech key to developing economy
LASER FOCUS The present focus of the Rental Pool Programme is to improve the commercialisation of research done by research groups

Sendmarc seeks to help healthcare sector in fight against phishing attacks

By: Schalk Burger     27th August 2020 Email, anti-phishing and domain protection cybersecurity company Sendmarc will, in September, launch a new programme to help protect the medical sector against phishing attacks. Phishing attacks − fraudulent communications aimed at gathering information or spreading malware − against healthcare... 

Blue Label returns to black in 2020, Cell C recap to be concluded this year

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th August 2020 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms has successfully turned around its earnings for the year ended May 31, 2020, as Cell C’s recapitalisation deal discussions continue. Cell C’s lengthy recapitalisation deal is likely to be concluded this year, with a term sheet expected in due course, said Blue Label... 

Network slicing key to monetising 5G networks

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th August 2020 Fifth-generation (5G) networks 5G, with their built-in programmability and advanced capabilities, will drive new monetisation opportunities for service providers; however, network slicing will be key. “Moving from the traditional third- or fourth-generation one-size-fits-all approach to one based... 

Starbucks clients can now trace their coffee, and so can farmers

By: Bloomberg     26th August 2020 Starbucks Corp fans can now trace their coffee. And so can farmers, who will know for the first time where their beans end up. Starting Tuesday, customers buying coffee at Starbucks stores across the US will be able to use a code on the bags to find out where their beans came from, where they... 

Vodacom Group appoints Raisibe Morathi as Group CFO

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th August 2020 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has appointed Raisibe Morathi as its new Group CFO, effective November 1. Morathi, who is joining Vodacom from Nedbank Group, where she was the Group CFO since 2009, is the successor to Till Streichert, who left the position in June. 

Covid-19 impacts business landscape in the steel manufacturing industry, says Macsteel

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th August 2020 African manufacturer, merchandiser and distributor of steel and value-added products Macsteel is planning to leverage on technology to sustain its business growth as part of its post-Covid-19 business continuity plan. This after the spread of Covid-19 created business disruption around the world,... 

Covid-19 impacts business landscape in the steel manufacturing industry, says Macsteel
Nival Porun

Blue Label expects significant rise in 2020 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2020 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms expects to swing back into the black during the year ended May 31, 2020. The group’s trading statement indicates that earnings per share will increase between 740.97c and 742.42c apiece to between 13.16c and 14.6c in the year under review. 

Phishing attacks in Africa diversify, target small companies

By: Schalk Burger     21st August 2020 Phishing attacks – a type of social engineering digital attack – are becoming increasingly more targeted in Africa, especially at small companies, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky security expert Tatyana Sidorina. Security solutions detected 2.02-million phishing attacks in South... 

Reliable infrastructure needed to meet fibre demand  

By: Halima Frost     21st August 2020 With physical distancing encouraged amid Covid-19, the need for reliable fibre connectivity and infrastructure has increased, says open access network provider Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) strategy, mergers and acquisitions and innovation executive Vino Govender.  “We have seen a significant increase... 

Reliable infrastructure needed to meet fibre demand
Dark Fibre Africa strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and innovation executive Vino Govender discusses the increased demand for bandwidth and data during Covid-19. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 23.07.2020

Mupita appointed as MTN group president and CEO

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th August 2020 MTN Group CFO Ralph Mupita has been appointment as successor for group president and CEO Rob Shuter, effective September 1. Shuter will step down from his executive responsibilities on August 31 and will provide support until the end of his fixed-term contract early next year. 

DTIC establishes Botshabelo Digital Hub site in Mangaung

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th August 2020 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) has established a digital hub in the Botshabelo Industrial Park, in Mangaung, in the Free State, as part of a programme to bolster digital training and create jobs. The revitalised Botshabelo Digital Hub site is one of ten digital hubs... 

Tech crucial to market sales in local industry

By: Cameron Mackay     14th August 2020 Automation solutions provider MACmobile MD Andrew Dawson stresses that technology that offers mobility, automation and the ability to engage customers while maintaining social distance will be crucial to driving market sales in the local industry. “The key technology at this stage is mobility –... 

Tech crucial to market sales in local industry
ANDREW DAWSON What’s important is enabling retailers, with their own methodology software-wise, to generate orders and use the call centres to create new sales and awareness

Steel awards go virtual

By: Darren Parker     14th August 2020 The South African Institute for Steel Construction’s (SAISC’s) yearly Steel Awards will be judged and hosted virtually through a dedicated application (app) this year. This comes on the back of efforts to mitigate restrictions on social gatherings and take advantage of the digital marketing... 

Steel awards go virtual
VIRTUOSITY ASSESSED Small teams of judges attend sites physically, observing Covid-19 health and safety protocols, while others attend site visits virtually

Etion widens losses

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th August 2020 JSE-listed Etion has reported a significant widening of its loss after tax for the year ended March 31, on the back of economic weakness, one-off restructuring costs and write-offs and impairments. The group posted a 1 237% plunge in loss after tax, from a loss of R2.7-million in the prior year... 

Cassava, Liquid Telecom launches Sasai WiFi Finder

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th August 2020 Cassava Fintech International (CFI) and Liquid Telecom Group (LTG) have teamed up to develop a service aimed at accelerating digital and financial inclusion in Africa. Through the newly launched Sasai WiFi Finder, the duo plan to establish an expansive network of data access points across Africa... 

DeepMind grants first postgraduate AI scholarships at Stellenbosch University 

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2020 London-based artificial intelligence (AI) research and application company DeepMind has awarded eight scholarships for postgraduate studies in the fields of applied mathematics, statistics, electrical and electronic engineering and computer science at Stellenbosch University (SU). The DeepMind... 

Presidential Commission Report on 4IR to head to Cabinet 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th August 2020 The Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is set to present to Cabinet after President Cyril Ramaphosa received its landmark report on the recommendations to harness the available 4IR opportunities. The report was presented by Communications and Digital Technologies... 

Embedded, distributed generation will create jobs, enhance energy security

By: Schalk Burger     7th August 2020 Allowing for the greater development of embedded and distributed generation assets will help to create and sustain jobs, as well as bolster energy security and business continuity, says economic development advisory company ED Platform head of strategy and growth Maloba Tshehla. Embedded... 

FTI launches ESG diagnostic tool to expand compliance

By: Donna Slater     6th August 2020 The strategic communications division of NYSE-listed business advisory firm FTI Consulting strengthened its environment social governance (ESG) and sustainability practice with the official launch of the ESG Compass on August 5. ESG Compass is a distinctive diagnostic tool that maps a company’s... 

MTN to exit Middle East markets, focus on Africa 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th August 2020 Telecommunications giant MTN is planning to exit its Middle East markets over the medium term as it turns its focus solely to its African markets. The group’s renewed focus on the future of its pan-African strategy forms part of its ongoing portfolio review programme. 

MTN to exit Middle East markets, focus on Africa
MTN Group president and CEO Rob Shuter discusses MTN’s planned exit from its Middle East markets.

South African stakeholders to bring together partners for AI development discussions

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th August 2020 Academia, private sector and civil society have signed an Expression of Interest (EoI) aimed at bringing together experts to lead the development of artificial intelligence (AI) in South Africa and establish an internationally aligned AI institute. Inked during the virtual AI Dialogue South... 

Microsoft invests R40m into South Africa’s agricultural sector

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th August 2020 Microsoft South Africa plans to invest up to R40-million to bolster the use of technology as an enabler to tackle the challenges facing South Africa’s agriculture sector. The investment aims to drive sustainability in the agriculture sector for South Africa’s smallholder farmers, which have... 

New property developments add resiliency to industry in face of Covid-19

By: Donna Slater     3rd August 2020 JSE-listed diversified real estate investment trust (Reit) Redefine Properties says accelerating trends like e-commerce and data centres are adding resiliency to industrial property against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The company points out that, as people’s daily lives move online,... 

New property developments add resiliency to industry in face of Covid-19
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