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Veeam foresees growth as changed world of work, IT makes data backup important

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2021 The significant changes adopted by organisations to enable remote working on an unprecedented scale worldwide has contributed to an increase in opportunistic and targeted cyberattacks on the larger attack surface of companies. This has resulted in an increase in requirements for effective data... 

Committee calls for nominations for positions at Icasa

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st July 2021 The Portfolio Committee on Communications is calling for members of the public and organisations to nominate suitably qualified persons to fill four vacancies at the council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). Nominations for the vacancies, to be filled in terms... 

Banking sector can transform through data, APIs and automation - Kearney

By: Schalk Burger     16th July 2021 The global Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to the need for the retail banking sector to more quickly transform to a customer-centric service that is digitised, personal and convenient. Data, application programming interfaces (APIs) and automation could be leveraged to satisfy these... 

BMW Group launches quantum computing challenge in collaboration with Amazon Web Services

By: Yvonne Silaule     16th July 2021 Automotive manufacturer BMW Group has launched a quantum computing challenge in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to crowd-source innovation. The challenge encourages entrants to come up with innovative quantum algorithms and test their solutions on real quantum computing technologies. 

Specialised services offered by engineering group

16th July 2021 Detection services company Bosch Munitech and consulting engineering company Bosch Projects – both part of multidisciplinary consulting engineering group Bosch Holdings in KwaZulu-Natal – is offering specialised services that encompass aerial surveys, laser scanning and three-dimensional (3D)... 

LONG TIME RUNNING
Bosch Holdings celebrates 60 years of business this year
LONG TIME RUNNING Bosch Holdings celebrates 60 years of business this year

Cybercrimes Act a good foundation to build case law, develop capacity, says advocate 

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2021 The Cybercrimes Act, which is yet to enter into force, provides key definitions of cybercrimes, cyber-dependent and cyber-enabled crimes; guidelines for gathering evidence; deals with issues of jurisdiction; and sets out obligations for electronic communications services providers and financial... 

IoT use in South Africa to grow by 14% a year to 2025

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2021 The use of Internet of Things (IoT) in South Africa is expected to grow by 14% a year from 2020 to 2025, says information and communications technology market research firm IDC Middle East, Africa and Turkey associate VP for sub-Saharan Africa Mark Walker. He notes that IoT adoption is expected... 

Etion, Altron extend conditions date for LawTrust acquisition

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2021 JSE-listed firms Allied Electronics (Altron) and Etion have extended the fulfillment or waiver date for the conditions precedent to the LawTrust acquisition until August 31. Altron subsidiary Altron TMT signed an agreement with Etion in April to acquire Etion’s cyber and information security... 

MTN maintains best mobile network status

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2021 Telecommunications group MTN has maintained its position of South Africa’s best mobile network during the second quarter MyBroadband Insights report. The mobile operator achieved a network quality score of 9.79 during the second quarter of 2021, an increase on the score of 9.73 reported in the... 

Icasa urges communities to help protect towers

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has written to the National Joints Operations and Intelligence Services to prioritise the safeguarding and protection of critical telecommunications infrastructure and calls on communities to assist. This comes as the ongoing acts... 

Nokia, Africell to scale telco network in Angola

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th July 2021 Information and communication technology group Nokia and Angola’s new mobile telecommunications operator Africell have signed a deal that will result in the deployment of a new network in Luanda. Nokia will deploy its comprehensive network technologies to Africell to provide second-generation... 

Around-the-clock vaccine freezer monitoring

By: Claire O'Reilly     9th July 2021 Local automation and control industry electronic products manufacturer Omniflex is providing Data2Desktop technology to monitor and detect slight internal temperature deviation in Covid-19 vaccine storage facilities.  

More companies looking to digital adoption platforms to accelerate digital programmes

By: Schalk Burger     8th July 2021 More companies are looking to digital adoption platforms (DAPs) to add value to and realise their technology investments. Digital adoption enables employees to fully understand the company’s digital tools and assets, thereby maximising the use of applications. 

Nedbank, AWS Cloud providing 15 youths with cloud practitioner skills

By: Schalk Burger     8th July 2021 Financial services firm Nedbank and cloud infrastructure multinational Amazon Web Services (AWS) are providing 15 unemployed youths with free cloud computing skills development and job training through the AWS re/Start programme – a free, 12-week training programme covering fundamental AWS Cloud... 

Eutelsat, Aspen in broadband drive for rural vaccination centres

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th July 2021 Satellite communications operator Eutelsat Communications has partnered with pharmaceutical company Aspen Pharmacare to provide high-speed broadband Internet access to 13 Covid-19 vaccination centres in Mpumalanga. The socioeconomic development partnership, which is cofounded by the two... 

Aveva signs partnership with RIB Software to enhance project execution solution

By: Schalk Burger     7th July 2021 Industrial software multinational Aveva has signed a partnership agreement with construction digital technologies company RIB Software to enhance Aveva's project execution portfolio offering for process and plant industries. The integration will extend the Aveva Unified Project Execution solution... 

EOH reiterates commitment to transparency amid possible blacklisting

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2021 The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) is due to make its recommendations to the National Treasury soon about whether information technology services company EOH should be blacklisted from participating in State tenders. In response, EOH on July 6 reiterated its stance that it has treated... 

Liquid, Facebook partner to build fibre network in DRC

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th July 2021 Liquid Intelligent Technologies (LIT) and Facebook have partnered to build a fibre network in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to help connect East and West Africa. The project will see Facebook invest in the fibre build and support network planning, while LIT will own, build and... 

Fraunhofer Institute to further research manufacturing IT vulnerability

By: Schalk Burger     2nd July 2021 After having determined that manufacturing companies that network their machines and systems are particularly at risk from security vulnerabilities and attacks on their information technology (IT) infrastructure, research organisation the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) wants... 

ARB CEO Neasham to retire

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd July 2021 JSE-listed ARB on July 2 announced the retirement of CEO Billy Neasham. Neasham, who will retire within the next six months, joined ARB as financial director in June 2000 before being appointed as CEO in February 2015. 

PwC warns manufacturing, mining ICS systems facing cyber-threats

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2021 Advisory multinational PwC has highlighted emerging cyber-threats affecting the mining and manufacturing sectors, particularly among South African and other Africa-based organisations. The technologies most targeted by attackers within these sectors are industrial control systems (ICS), which are... 

ACE cable boosts Teraco regional interconnection hubs

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2021 The now-live Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable is interconnecting at three of Teraco’s data centres across South Africa. The 17 000 km cable, the eighth to connect to Teraco, stretches along the West Coast of Africa, landing into 19 countries before being backhauled by landing partner... 

Rise in healthcare cybercrime leading to increase in practices taking out cyber-liability insurance

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2021 The increase in cybercrime affecting the healthcare industry in South Africa is contributing to private practices turning to cyber-liability to protect themselves from data breaches and ransomware. It pays for insurance brokers to assist clients with a cyber-liability policy, say Indwe Risk... 

RMB sees blockchain supporting intra-African trade facilitation, growth

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2021 The growing adoption of blockchain in African trade could make a material difference to the economic growth of many African countries, especially as they emerge from the pandemic. Intra-African trade could rise by 20% to 30% within the next five years with the use of digitisation and blockchain,... 

Digital skills hub to provide free access to MS Office 365 for South Africa's youth

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2021 Information technology (IT) multinational Microsoft South Africa and digital skills organisation SAtion have formed a partnership to enhance the employability of youth through online platform the SAtion Digital Skills Hub. The hub will provide free access to Microsoft Office 365 suite technology,... 

EOH confirms it is seeking damages from former CEO, CFO and other execs

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2021 Information technology services company EOH on June 29 confirmed that it has filed civil claims and is suing several former EOH executives including former CEO Asher Bohbot, former CFO John King, former public sector head Jehan Mackay and former EOH International head Ebrahim Laher for about... 

Former EOH CEO Asher Bohbot
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Former EOH CEO Asher Bohbot

CT Lab to install 1 300 Otello edge devices for real-time power grid visibility

By: Schalk Burger     25th June 2021 Stellenbosch technology company CT Lab will deploy 1 300 Otello edge computing devices on State-owned power utility Eskom's grid to change how power is seen and managed on the grid, enabling full visibility of the power grid in real-time. Visibility is becoming a deciding factor in the... 

Industry 4.0 training key to ensuring South Africa is not left behind

By: Darren Parker     25th June 2021 To fully realise the potential of Industry 4.0 and remain relevant as the way of conducting business evolves, South African organisations should consider making strategic investments in infrastructure and technology as soon as possible. However, these investments will be rendered ineffective if... 

Industry 4.0 training key to ensuring South Africa is not left behind

EOH appoints Ziaad Suleman as iOCO chief commercial officer

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2021 Information technology services company EOH has appointed Ziaad Suleman as iOCO chief commercial officer from July 1. iOCO is the company's systems integrator and its largest business. Suleman will report to EOH group CEO Stephen van Coller. 

Regulator may exempt some Popia conditions in certain circumstances

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd June 2021 The Information Regulator said that it may exempt some public or private bodies from the conditions for the processing of certain personal information in certain circumstances. Stakeholders can, under Section 37 of the Protection of Personal Information Act (Popia), which came into effect July 1,... 

Mobile app reduces ambulance response time for patients in informal areas

By: Donna Slater     21st June 2021 A mobile application (app) developed in Ghana has been designed to cut the response times of ambulances by up to 56% by providing accurate location details without a connection to the Internet – an essential factor for people living in areas with few or unofficial street signs and hard-to-find... 

Mobile app reduces ambulance response time for patients in informal areas

Businesses adopting flexible work policies - Troye

By: Schalk Burger     18th June 2021 Business leaders are evaluating ways to enhance security and employee experience for their workforce, with Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS) becoming the preferred option for many businesses as they move away from physical office spaces to remote working environments, says information technology (IT)... 

Blockchain-based e-livestock supply chain traceability system launched in Zimbabwe

By: Schalk Burger     18th June 2021 A blockchain-based livestock traceability system was launched in Africa and the Middle East on June 17 to provide end-to-end visibility of the cattle supply chain. Zimbabwe is the first African country where the system is being rolled out. 

Blockchain-based e-livestock supply chain traceability system launched in Zimbabwe

Draft data, cloud policy not aimed at controlling data, says Ndabeni-Abrahams 

By: Schalk Burger     18th June 2021 Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on June 18 said the draft Data and Cloud Policy was not intended to control and direct how data should be used, but aims to serve as an enabler for socioeconomic development. She was speaking at a colloquium to discuss the... 

100 start-ups included in WEF's list of 2021 Technology Pioneers

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2021 International organisation the World Economic Forum (WEF) on June 15 announced its 2021 Technology Pioneers, with 100 new technology firms included in the cohort for this year. The Technology Pioneers are young and growing technology companies taking on top global concerns with innovative... 

Busa, IQbusiness launch of SAtion ecosystem to boost economic recovery

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2021 IQbusiness and Business Unity South Africa (Busa) have launched an initiative aimed at moving South Africa into economic recovery and digital growth. The SAtion initiative will enable public and private sector stakeholders, including government, large corporations, small, medium-sized and... 

Digital primary care platform brought to Africa, South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     11th June 2021   A $3-million investment by investment company Webrock in partnership with primary healthcare company Healthforce, owned by pharmaceutical retail chain Dis-Chem, will see the establishment of a digital primary care platform in Africa, with the launch to take place in South Africa. 

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