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Information Technology News

Teraco becomes MÉTISS node, boosts regional interconnection

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2021 Data centre operator Teraco on May 6 said it had become an integral node to the Meltingpot Indianoceanic Submarine System (MÉTISS) – a 3 200 km subsea fibre-optic cable system connecting South Africa to the Indian Ocean islands of Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius. MÉTISS consortium members have... 

Mobile push authentication improves transaction security, improves user experience

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2021 Mobile push authentication messages provide a better user experience and protect users more effectively than password-protected accounts and one-time pins (OTP), which is important to protect data as more companies have adopted cloud computing and remote working, says device identity and... 

Technology Innovation Agency funds the development of an affordable Internet solution for townships

By: Yvonne Silaule     5th May 2021 Gauteng-based startup FibrePoynt is developing an alternative antenna-based high-speed fixed Internet solution for low-income communities. The solution is being funded by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation. 

Technology, business strategies should align to ensure businesses are future-ready

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th May 2021 Global advisory services group Deloitte has released its twelfth yearly technology trends report, outlining the evolving technology landscape and the industry disruptors for the next 18 to 24 months. This year’s edition of the Deloitte Tech Trends 2021 report showcases nine trends such as... 

MTN reports strong first quarter results

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th May 2021 Telecommunications group MTN reported strong first quarter operational and financial results with data and fintech revenue driving service revenue beyond the company’s medium-term guidance. The group’s service revenue increased 17.8% to R42.3-billion during the three months to March. 

New chief technology officer to lead on ICT, technology at the PIC

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2021 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has appointed Makano Mosidi as its new chief technology officer (CTO). Her mandate is to provide sound leadership in all aspects of the business’ information and communications technology (ICT), and leverage technology to position the PIC as a leading asset... 

MTN Rwandacell lists on the Rwanda Stock Exchange

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th May 2021 Telecommunications group MTN Rwandacell has become the first mobile network operator to list its shares on the Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE). Crystal Telecoms’ shareholders now hold a direct 20% stake in MTN Rwanda and can trade their MTN Rwanda shares directly on the RSE as part of the May 4... 

Telkom launches new whistleblowing channels

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th May 2021 Telecommunications group Telkom has unveiled a new platform for the public to report any acts or suspected acts of fraud, corruption and irregular conduct within the organisation to ensure that it remains corruption- and fraud-free. As part of the group’s ethics and corporate governance... 

New insurance against cybercrime, data breaches will cover costs and damages

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2021 Insurance technology start-up Surestart has developed an insurance offering for digital businesses and their customers that will cover the costs and damages caused by privacy breaches or network security breaches. Such items were previously uninsurable, says Surestart executive director Travys... 

Waspa elects new chairperson, office bearers for 2021

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd May 2021 The Wireless Application Service Providers' Association (Waspa) has elected BaspaDE Attorneys founding director and long-standing board member Anthony Ekerold as its new chairperson. Ekerold, who previously served as Waspa vice chairperson between 2013 and 2017, as chairperson in 2018 and as... 

Takeover authority grants Adapt IT an extension on Volaris acquisition

By: News24Wire      3rd May 2021 Adapt IT shareholders will have to wait a little longer for Volaris Group’s acquisition offer circular, after the Takeover Regulation Panel granted the company an extension to evaluate the offer. The local technology company has captured the interest of Canada’s Volaris, which announced its... 

EOH assures customers of its transparent and ethical practices as legacy contracts near an end

By: Schalk Burger     30th April 2021 Information technology services provider EOH, responding to media reports in April about its irregular legacy contracts, said issues raised in the media reports are largely as a result of EOH’s transformation strategy, which has been systematically and regularly reported to all stakeholders. The... 

EOH assures customers of its transparent and ethical practices as legacy contracts near an end
EOH CEO Stephen van Coller

Finland supports 4IR education and reducing the digital divide in Southern Africa

By: Schalk Burger     28th April 2021 Local Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) laboratory and education facility Forge Academy on April 28 said Finland has reiterated its intention to help narrow the digital divide in Southern Africa by focusing on skills development in the technology sector. “The global digital divide poses a... 

Altron to report significant surge in earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th April 2021 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) expects its basic earnings per share (BEPS) to increase more than 100% for the year-ended February 28 owing to the Bytes Technology Group demerger in December. Altron expects its BEPS to be between 3 256c and 3 270c apiece, compared with the restated BEPS of... 

South African companies' cyber-preparedness lacking

By: Schalk Burger     23rd April 2021 Email security and cyber-resilience company Mimecast's '2021 State of Email Security' report showed that 47% of South African companies surveyed were infected by ransomware during 2020 and that 48% of South African organisations reported significant increases in the volume of email, but 12% still... 

EOH clarifies SIU statement, says started repaying State funds in October

By: Schalk Burger     23rd April 2021 Information technology services company EOH on April 23 clarified that it had entered into an acknowledgement of debt (AoD) with the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) at the end of September 2020 and that it had started monthly payments in terms of the AoD from October 5, 2020. It also highlighted... 

IT professionals institute questions plan to create State IT infrastructure company

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2021 Industry association the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) has questioned the need for the creation of a a State Digital Infrastructure Company (SDIC) and High-Performance Computing and Data Processing Centre (HPCDPC), as outlined in the Department of... 

Icasa calls for public comment on review of disaster frequency regulations

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2021 Telecommunications regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has called for written comments on the review of the Information and Communications Technology Covid-19 National Disaster Regulations. The issues of consultation in the submissions must include the... 

Vodacom, AUDA-Nepad launch mVacciNation digital toolbox 

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st April 2021 Telecommunications giant Vodacom Group and the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-Nepad) have joined forces to deploy a mobile technology platform that manages vaccination appointments and stock availability. Developed by Vodacom Group member Mezzanine, the mVacciNation digital toolbox will... 

Vodacom, AUDA-Nepad launch mVacciNation digital toolbox

Altron subsidiary to buy LawTrust

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th April 2021 Allied Electronics (Altron) subsidiary Altron TMTSA is planning to acquire JSE-listed Etion cyber and information security subsidiary LawTrust for R245-million. The duo entered into an agreement that will see Altron TMT absorb LawTrust to enhance its information technology (IT) security service... 

Eskom says Oracle halts technical support 

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2021 Eskom Holdings said it was urgently seeking new providers of technical support after Oracle Corp’s South African unit withdrew its services over a payment dispute. The State power utility has been in a disagreement with Oracle, which initially claimed Eskom underpaid it by about R7.3-billion,... 

Eskom says Oracle halts technical support

Industry 4.0 tech adoption requires forethought

16th April 2021 For the successful adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies, several considerations must be taken into account from both a technology and human standpoint, says technology solutions provider Dwyka Mining Services CEO Jamie van Schoor. “Changing mindsets to embrace technology adoption is no easy... 

Industry 4.0 tech adoption requires forethought
THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF ALL THINGS connectivity forms the foundation of industrial control and automation

Pandemic paves the way for Industry 4.0 course

By: Darren Parker     16th April 2021 A positive consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic is that it has accelerated the progression of Industry 4.0, as it has prepared us all for a life online, says industry education entity Colliery Training College (CTC) MD Johan Venter. One of CTC’s flagship offerings is the Artisan 4.0 training... 

Pandemic paves the way for Industry 4.0 course
TECHNO TRAINING To implement and maintain Industry 4.0 technologies, artisans need to acquire appropriate skills

Telcolink named project house on Gauteng Broadband Network

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th April 2021 Altron Nexus has appointed information and communications technology solutions provider Telcolink as a project house on the Gauteng Broadband Network (GBN) initiative. The appointment will see Telcolink managing and assisting small, medium-sized and microenterprises in the West-Rand that form... 

EOH expects restructuring to be completed soon; will pursue growth from later this year

By: Schalk Burger     14th April 2021 Information and communication technology services group EOH reported in its interim results for the six months ended January 31, 2021, that it had stabilised its businesses, achieved an operating profit for the first time in two years and narrowed its headline loss a share. It achieved an... 

Spectrum progress being made, but allocation unlikely in 2021  

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th April 2021 While the auction of high demand spectrum has experienced another setback and is not likely to be allocated this year, much progress has been made compared with a year ago. The release date of high demand spectrum remains uncertain, owing to several legal battles over the Independent... 

Students developed Covid-19 symptoms chatbots for 4IR hackathon challenge

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2021 Seven students in three teams developed chatbots - interactive programmes to aide customer enquiries - during a hackathon hosted by Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) education facility Forge Academy in Fourways, Gauteng. The software programmes had to serve as a digital solution to guide... 

First cohort completes tech centre course

By: Schalk Burger     9th April 2021 The first group of students enrolled in the newly established Stellenbosch University (SU) data science and entrepreneurial development upskilling initiative Techpreneurship Centre, have completed a six-week programme. Seventy per cent of those who completed the course have been offered full-time... 

Pandemic accelerated digital education, but some way to go to make tool truly effective

By: Schalk Burger     9th April 2021 Enabling effective education and the development of foundational, specialist and new skills that are needed across industries and societies – in part through adopting digital education tools – requires a broad partnership among civil, commercial, educational and governmental organisations, a... 

Pandemic accelerated digital education, but some way to go to make tool truly effective

Mine protocols adapted for Covid-19

By: Theresa Bhowan     9th April 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly affected the mining industry, owing to employees often having to work in close proximity to one another and the consequent difficulty of isolating tasks. To mitigate these difficulties, America-based industrial medical support service provider Remote... 

Mine protocols adapted for Covid-19
QUALITY SCREENING Remote Medical International has adapted its proprietary Health Dashboard to capture and track Covid-19 information on mine employees

Absa to train staff on cloud skills

By: Schalk Burger     8th April 2021 Financial services group Absa has launched a cloud incubator initiative in collaboration with cloud services multinational Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enhance the cloud computing skills across its operations in Africa. The cloud incubator initiative will equip more than 1 500 staff across Absa’s... 

Absa to train staff on cloud skills
Absa group chief technology officer Andrew Baker

National Treasury e-tender portal down

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2021 The National Treasury confirms that its e-Tender Portal is currently experiencing technical difficulties. The information and communications technology (ICT) server infrastructure that hosts the portal suffered a crash caused by a technical failure, which has resulted in data corruption leading... 

AB4IR to host digital solutions hackathon

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2021 Township digital technology nonprofit AB4IR will host a hackathon in partnership with digital services multinational Liquid Intelligent Technologies from April 16 to 18. Participants will have to develop technology solutions to overcome challenges faced by communities, government and the private... 

South Africans have good and bad cybersecurity habits, but lag global levels

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2021 South Africa was ranked sixteenth out of 21 countries in terms of national privacy and cybersecurity awareness and practices and local participants in virtual private network service company NordVPN's National Privacy Test achieved good scores in their awareness of and responses to online threats... 

Local company shines in furnace rebuilds

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is conducting several major furnace rebuilds locally and globally. Locally, the company is manufacturing and supplying the copper furnace components of platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) in Rustenburg, in... 

Local company shines  in furnace rebuilds
ALL-ROUND SOLUTION Thos Begbie uses advanced casting simulation and machining simulation programs to reproduce what has been designed on computer-aided design programs by design houses

PwC report identifies payment as a core digital economy value proposition

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2021 Digital payments, and the ecosystem partnerships required to enable them, are a cornerstone of the new digital economy and customers and businesses are increasingly relying on digital options to buy and sell goods and services, says advisory multinational PwC Strategy& Payments Transformation... 

Competition Tribunal grants GovChat interim relief against WhatsApp, Facebook

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th March 2021 The Competition Tribunal has interdicted and restrained Facebook, WhatsApp and Facebook South Africa from removing GovChat’s WhatsApp-based citizen engagement platform from the WhatsApp platform for a period of six months. This follows GovChat and its subsidiary #Let’sTalk’s application for... 

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