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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. 

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
Redefine industrial national asset manager Johann Nell

MTN Nigeria posts strong first-half growth, despite decline in earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th July 2020 Telecommunications group MTN Nigeria has reported strong growth in its key revenue lines for the six months ended June 30. Service revenue increased by 12.6% to N637-billion, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) grew by 8.2% to N327.1-billion during the... 

Africa50 shortlists 7 in first Innovation Challenge

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2020 Seven finalists have been shortlisted from 673 applicants in the inaugural African50 Innovation Challenge. Launched in May 2019, the Innovation Challenge aimed to crowdsource innovative solutions that can improve last-mile connectivity to increase access to reliable and affordable Internet in... 

JSE fines EOH R7.5m for prior incorrect financial statements

By: Schalk Burger     29th July 2020 The JSE on July 29 imposed a R7.5-million fine on information technology services multinational EOH for the material errors and inaccuracies contained in its 2017 and 2018 financial statements, but has suspended R2.5-million of the fine for a period of five years. EOH, in a July 29 statement,... 

Researchers build AI tool capable of identifying individual birds

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2020 New research demonstrates for the first time that artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to train computers to recognise individual birds; a task humans are unable to do. Researchers from the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, based at the University of Cape Town (UCT); the French... 

MTN to report higher first-half earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th July 2020 JSE-listed MTN expects to post a triple-digit climb in earnings for the six months ended June 30. The telecommunications group anticipates earnings per share (EPS) to be more than 592c for the six months under review, a rise of 345 c or 140% on the 247c reported in the corresponding six months... 

New technology offers effective communication  

By: Halima Frost     24th July 2020 Blockchain solution provider DoshEx’s newest offering, Sherlock blockchain, is adapted for project managers and engineers to effectively communicate within a communal ecosystem. DoshEx CEO Alex de Bruyn explains that the Sherlock network combines the Internet of Things (IoT), distributed document... 

New technology offers effective communication
DoshEx CEO Alex de Bruyn discusses the use of its Sherlock blockchain solution in the project management sector. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 25.06.2020

EOH, Risk Insights bringing digital education solution to South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     23rd July 2020 Information technology services multinational EOH, in collaboration with risk management advisory and consultancy company Risk Insights, is making good progress on EOH’s commitment to help solve South Africa’s educational challenges by introducing a globally recognised digital education solution... 

Report identifies effective digital response to Covid-19 in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd July 2020 A digital response using proven digital innovation can help the African continent curb the spread, strengthen resilience and better address the impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Currently, the health, economic and social impact of Covid-19 across Africa continues to evolve. 

Telkom migrating customers from copper to fibre

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd July 2020 Information and communications technology group Telkom is underway with its migration from copper-based asymmetric digital subscriber line (DSL) Internet to new-generation fibre technology for customers in all fibre-ready regions across South Africa. The switch from copper to fibre where current... 

Datatec reduces operating costs as revenues tread slightly down

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st July 2020 Information and communications technology group Datatec reported slightly lower group revenues for the period from March to June compared with the revenues for the four months ended June 30, 2019. However, significantly lower operating costs during the period under review boosted operating... 

MTN opens academic element of yearly App of Year Awards

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th July 2020 Telecommunications group MTN hopes to build an ecosystem of budding problem-solving entrepreneurs and businesspeople as it introduces an academic element to the 2020 edition of the MTN Business App of the Year. The MTN Business App of the Year Awards, now in its ninth year, will see the... 

SU Data School launches data science academy

By: Schalk Burger     17th July 2020 Stellenbosch University's (SU's) new School for Data Science and Computational Thinking has opened the African Data Science Academy (ADSA) and is offering two courses in July. "Many universities across the world have identified data science as a very important discipline, because of the data-rich... 

Crosscall Mobile launches new range of devices, with industry first three-year warranty

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th July 2020 France-headquartered outdoor mobile technology specialist Crosscall has launched a new range of rugged and durable mobile devices in South Africa, all equipped with an industry-first three-year warranty. The latest suite of devices from the French brand include three new smartphones and a tablet,... 

Samsung South Africa launches new equity equivalent investment programme initiatives

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2020 Samsung South Africa has announced its Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (EEIP) plans, which are aimed at empowering previously disadvantaged South Africans, with a focus on women and youth in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. The programme initiatives are set to... 

Thermal scanning system helps speed up Covid-19 screening

By: Schalk Burger     10th July 2020 Pretoria-based technology company Foresight Security has installed a locally developed thermal scanning system at a mine in the Northern Cape to help detect any possible cases of Covid-19. The system is capable of scanning two rows of mineworkers walking at a normal pace without them having to... 

HealthSpace signs first paid contract with contact tracing solution

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th July 2020 Vancouver-headquartered HealthSpace Data Systems has signed the first paid contract in a package that includes the use of its extensive contact tracing solution. Mecklenburg County Health Department, in North Carolina, will use HealthSpace’s HSCloud Suite for contact tracing in a deal worth $157... 

HealthSpace signs first paid contract with contact tracing solution

Icasa, NMISA ink MoU for collaboration

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th July 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) have signed a strategic collaboration agreement for the exchange of information and expertise. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed during a video conference... 

Gauteng Covid-19 visualisation platform enables monitoring, prediction

By: Schalk Burger     7th July 2020 A visual analytics tool allows Gauteng Government users to visualise prediction models provided by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) to see predicted active Covid-19 cases, as well as predicted bed availability over time. This can help determine where to focus resources ahead of when... 

Reliable connectivity essential for effective IoT

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2020 A global study conducted by satellite communications multinational Inmarsat found that only 15% of mining organisations consistently have access to reliable connectivity for their Internet of Things- (IoT-) enabled projects. Inmarsat’s research programme into IoT trends 'The Rise of IoT in... 

Supply chain liquidity and digitisation support fund launched

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2020 A R25-billion Covid-19 Instant Supplier Payment Scheme and digitisation drive has been launched for private and public sector institutions in South Africa and selected African markets, supply chain payments company Tradeshift and trade and supply chain finance and services platform Raindew Trade... 

New digital technologies improve manufacturing capabilities

3rd July 2020 Metallurgical plant supplier SMS group has developed digital technology called the X-Pact MES 4.0, along with the Safety Locator Suite system, which both aid in the digital transformation of organisations and help to gain faster insights and more informed management decision-making, with the... 

Plant productivity could be increased by virtual support

3rd July 2020 Metallurgical plant supplier SMS group aims to increase the technical resources of its clients’ plants by using local service teams from SMS Group with virtual support from global experts around the world using virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies. The aim is to improve... 

South African professor elected to chair Unesco expert group on AI

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2020 University of Pretoria department of philosophy Professor Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem has been elected as the chairperson of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) on Artificial Intelligence (AI), which will formulate a recommendation for... 

MTN launches 5G network

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2020 Telecommunications group MTN has launched its fifth-generation (5G) network, with 100 sites live across areas in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth. During a live-streamed launch event, MTN South Africa CEO Godfrey Motsa said that 5G will deliver higher peak data speeds,... 

Local app helps beauty salons manage queues as Covid-19 lockdown measures ease

By: Schalk Burger     26th June 2020 The Fleeker platform, created by four University of Cape Town (UCT) students, allows users to schedule appointments with hairstylists, barbers, make-up artists and nail technicians and manage long in-salon queues to meet physical distancing regulations during the Covid-19 pandemic. Physical... 

US research group says quantum computing at least a decade away for most businesses

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th June 2020 US research and data company Lux Research has, in its most recent report, “Preparing for Quantum Computing”, cautioned that quantum computing is still at least a decade away from being a useful, reliable technology for most businesses. While quantum computing promises to be able to solve complex... 

Competition Tribunal confirms MTN agreement

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th June 2020 The Competition Tribunal has approved a consent agreement between the Competition Commission and telecommunications group MTN on data pricing. In terms of the agreement, MTN will reduce the data prices of its 30-day prepaid bundles across channels; offer all its customers a daily free capped data... 

Altron progresses potential listing of Bytes Technology UK

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th June 2020 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) is actively progressing the potential separation and listing of its UK subsidiary Bytes Technology on the main market of the London Stock Exchange with a secondary listing on the JSE. The group on June 25 said it had appointed Numis Securities as the... 

New Digital Economy Master Plan nearly ready

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd June 2020 A new Digital Economy Master Plan is being developed to build a sustainable future digital ecosystem enabling South Africa to become a hub of all digital infrastructure serving the African continent. The Department Communications and Digital Technologies is preparing to publish the Digital... 

Telkom redirects dividend payouts to spectrum, capital investment programme 

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2020 JSE-listed Telkom has suspended its dividend payouts for the next three years from the 2021 financial year to redirect the capital to acquire much-needed spectrum and complete its capital expenditure (capex) programme to ensure future sustainability. The group, which announced its intention of... 

Telkom redirects dividend payouts to spectrum, capital investment programme
Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko and Group CFO Tsholofelo Molefe discuss the group’s financial results for the year ended March 31, 2020.

Mobile data traffic in sub-Saharan Africa to grow 12 times by 2025

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th June 2020 Sub-Saharan Africa remains one of the fastest growing mobile markets, with mobile traffic set to expand 12 times its current rates by 2025. The latest edition of global information and communication technology giant Ericsson’s Mobility Report shows mobile traffic in sub-Saharan Africa growing... 

UK announces cybersecurity research grants to university research team

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2020 The British government has awarded £10-million, spread over four years, to nine research teams at UK universities, to develop innovative cybersecurity technologies. These nine research teams were the winners in the latest round of Britain’s Digital Security by Design grant competition. The aim of... 

Huawei launches IdeaHub for sub-Saharan Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th June 2020 Information and communication technology (ICT) giant Huawei has launched a new intelligent productivity and collaboration tool to drive enterprise collaboration in sub-Saharan Africa. Huawei IdeaHub will enable an all-scenario smart office, with an intelligent endpoint integrating multiple... 

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