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Craft Craze app to boost craft beverage manufacturers’ reach

By: Donna Slater     22nd January 2021 A mobile application (app) – Craft Craze – has been developed to further the market reach and ease of access to South African-made craft beverages, including the growing craft beer market. Prototype app development started in March 2019, after which Craft Craze presented the concept to breweries... 

African tech startup funding passes $700m in record-breaking 2020

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2021 New funding records were set over the course of 2020 as 397 technology startups raised $701.5-million. These figures have increased substantially compared with the previous year, with the number of funded startups having increased by 27.7% compared with 2019, while total funding grew by 42.7%,... 

Skilled people needed for organisations to benefit fully from advanced technologies

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2021 The level of information technology (IT) skills in organisations and the IT ecosystem must catch up with the level of development to ensure that technologies are effective and help people to perform their functions, says IT multinational IBM Southern Africa COO Ziaad Suleman. Advanced... 

Skilled people needed for organisations to benefit fully from advanced technologies
ZIAAD SULEMAN Education and training, entrepreneurship programmes and the development specialist digital skills form a virtuous skills development cycle necessary for new enterprises to flourish and for the economy to grow

Clir provides software to enhance Lake Turkana Wind Power wind farm

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2021 Renewable energy software company Clir Renewables has formed a partnership agreement with renewable energy generator Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP). The partnership will result in Clir enhancing LTWP’s wind farm performance tracking and support its Kenya-based team in realising potential... 

Cyberattacks using supply chains expected to increase in 2021, warns McAfee

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2021 The December 2020 Sunburst campaign revealed the supply chain as a new attack vector that will continue to be exploited, says cybersecurity multinational McAfee senior VP and chief technology officer Steve Grobman. Sunburst exploited the SolarWinds Orion information technology (IT) monitoring and... 

Deep grasp of data and where it’s stored key to ensuring protection of sensitive information

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2021 Organisations must understand what data they have and where it is stored to ensure that sensitive customer information is protected correctly in compliance with data protection regulations and best practices, says data management solutions provider Gabsten Technologies MD Hemant Harie. “In... 

Deep grasp of data and where it’s stored key  to ensuring protection of sensitive information
HEMANT HARIE As each industry understands its cybersecurity and data risks better, it will become clearer what the appropriate responses are to ensure data management, protection and cybersecurity

Low tax reduces solar incentive

By: Darren Parker     15th January 2021 The relatively low value of carbon tax in South Africa, and numerous allowances that government made available in year one of the Carbon Tax Act’s implementation, which took effect in June 2019, have resulted in there being little incentive currently for solar energy, technology company EDS... 

Low tax reduces solar incentive
OFFSET Solar energy is a “carbon positive” method of generating electricity, and those who implement it qualify for carbon credits

MTN offers 1 GB incentive to download Covid-19 Alert app

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th January 2021 Telecommunications giant MTN is offering customers 1 GB of free data for an hour to incentivise the download and zero-rated use of the Covid-19 Alert application. The Covid Alert SA app, designed by Discovery for the National Department of Health, uses Bluetooth contact tracing technology,... 

Tribunal asked to restrain GovChat’s removal from WhatsApp

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th January 2021 Government’s WhatsApp-based citizen engagement platform GovChat has brought an urgent application to the Competition Tribunal to prevent Facebook, WhatsApp and Facebook South Africa from removing it from the WhatsApp platform. The Tribunal will hear arguments on January 13 from the applicants,... 

Economic turbulence, pandemic expected to lead to cybercrime increase in Africa

By: Schalk Burger     12th January 2021 Economic turbulence and the impact of Covid-19 is expected to contribute to an increase in cybercrime across South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria this year, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky in Africa Enterprise cybersecurity adviser Lehan van den Heever. While every country globally has had... 

Managed security services can help mid-sized companies defend against cyberattacks

By: Schalk Burger     4th January 2021 Medium-sized companies face numerous hurdles to implement effective cybersecurity, while smaller and low-margin organisations cannot afford next-generation technology to improve their cybersecurity posture, as these require expert skills to implement not only next-generation security solutions,... 

Altron successfully completes demerger, separate listing of Bytes

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th December 2020 JSE-listed Allied Electronics Corporation (Altron) has completed the demerger of its Bytes Technology Group subsidiary, following the listing of Bytes on the LSE and the JSE. As a result of the demerger of Bytes, Altron shareholders will receive, after tax and transaction costs, about... 

Liquid Telecom appoints CEO for Nigeria business

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2020 Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has appointed Wole Abu CEO for Liquid Telecom Nigeria and its new Africa Data Centre (ADC) in Nigeria, effective January 2021.  "Abu [has] over 14 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, which will be integral as we continue to expand our... 

Liquid Telecom appoints CEO for Nigeria business
Liquid Telecom Nigeria CEO Wole Abu

Industrial blockchain expected to reach $2bn/y revenue in 2025

By: Schalk Burger     11th December 2020 While global blockchain revenues fell by 35% between 2018 and 2020, industrial blockchain revenues specifically have grown by 131% to $374-million this year, says global technology market advisory firm ABI Research. The industrial segment is the key driver for the blockchain market overall, with... 

Pandemic reshapes remote work, cybersecurity risks in Africa

By: Schalk Burger     11th December 2020 A cybersecurity awareness survey conducted in Africa by cybersecurity awareness and training solutions company KnowBe4 Africa has found that nearly 50% of respondents will continue to work from home going forward.  Further, 24% of respondents said they were affected by cybercrime while working... 

Sacpo, Huawei to roll out ICT academies across South African TVET colleges by 2021

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th December 2020 The South African College Principals Organisation and Huawei have signed a memorandum of understanding to roll out information and communication technology academies in all of South Africa’s 50 technical and vocational education and training colleges, by 2021, Higher Education, Science and... 

Sacpo, Huawei to roll out ICT academies across South African TVET colleges by 2021
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande

IBM launches support for digital agriculture in Africa initiative

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2020 Information technology (IT) multinational IBM on December 7 announced its active support for the Digital4Agriculture Initiative (D4Ag), which aims to foster African startups in the agricultural sector and strengthen the long-term living conditions of local small-scale farmers by increasing... 

HP appoints new Africa MD

By: Donna Slater     7th December 2020 Technology product company HP has appointed Bradley Pulford VP and HP Africa MD. Supporting customers and partners across the region, his responsibilities span country leadership and the profitable growth of HP’s printing, personal systems and services businesses.  

HP appoints new Africa MD
Bradley Pulford

Visa adds partner toolkit, new fintechs to fast-track programme to help restore global economy

By: Schalk Burger     4th December 2020 As money management becomes increasingly digital, fintechs play a pivotal role in helping to restore and rebuild the global economy, says global payments and financial services company Visa. Visa has added a new Partner Toolkit and Visa Ready Fintech Enabler certification to its Fast Track... 

Large-scale IoT use can improve services, quality of life and resource efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     4th December 2020 Broad use of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and systems to support every day civil and business functions can reduce waste and improve speed and efficiency, while large-scale uses, such as infrastructure and utility use monitoring and asset management can provide significant benefits to society... 

Digital agriculture to assist sugar growers

By: Darren Parker     4th December 2020 The South African Sugar Research Institute (Sasri), a division of the South African Sugar Association (Sasa), is focusing its research and technological development on digital agriculture to support canegrowers in decision-making, in their choice of cane varieties, to establish more accurate crop... 

Digital agriculture to assist sugar growers
PESKY PROBLEM The Eldana saccharina larvae bore into sugar cane and can ruin entire crops

“Adapt or Die” – enter the API economy

3rd December 2020 The world is converging, and this convergence is increasingly held together by the API environment. APIs – Application Programming Interfaces – are much talked about, but not always well understood. So let’s begin at the beginning. APIs are pieces of software which define and automate... 

“Adapt or Die” – enter the API economy

EOH cuts debt as it approaches end of restructuring

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2020 Information technology services firm EOH has narrowed its headline loss a share for the year ended July 31 by 72% year-on-year to 495c. It reported on December 2 that it had also reduced its gross debt by 20% to R2.6-billion. 

Altron releases Bytes UK prelisting statement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd December 2020 As Allied Electronics (Altron) continues its strategy to unbundle and list its UK subsidiary Bytes Technology Group separately on the London Stock Exchange, with a secondary listing on the JSE, the group has released its abridged prelisting statement for the proposed offer of ordinary shares of... 

IT, OT cybersecurity gaps must be closed as industrial digital transformation advances

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2020 Companies are optimising their development, production and logistics processes based on operational and status data. As a result, industrial control systems lose their previously insular position once production machines are networked. The increased adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) and big... 

Indaba aims to encourage sector growth

By: Darren Parker     27th November 2020 Revitalising and growing manufacturers is the theme of this year’s Manufacturing Indaba, which aims to get the South African manufacturing industry stakeholders together to unpack the way forward towards growing their businesses. This year’s event was originally slated to take place on June 9 and... 

Indaba aims to  encourage sector growth
THIS TIME IT’S VIRTUAL This year’s Manufacturing Indaba will be entirely virtual and, therefore, free to attend

Forge Academy launches AI lab in Johannesburg

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2020 Nokia-powered education facility Forge Academy has unveiled a fully inclusive artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory in Johannesburg. The laboratory, based at The Gantry, in Fourways, aims to equip students with theoretical, laboratory and on-the-job training for the Fourth Industrial Revolution... 

McAfee reports increase in cyberattacks amid Covid-19 lockdowns

By: Schalk Burger     25th November 2020 Cybersecurity multinational McAfee's 'Quarterly Threats' report shows that there were nearly 7.5-million external attacks on cloud user accounts during the second quarter of this year across all major industries globally, including financial services, healthcare, public sector, education, retail,... 

Etion H1 earnings contract

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th November 2020 JSE-listed Etion reported a decline in net profit to R4.9-million for the six months ended September 30, 2020, from R5.4-million reported in the corresponding six months last year. The group’s profit before tax increased by 45% from R5.4-million in the first half of 2019 to R7.9-million during... 

SA urged to pursue cybersecurity frameworks based on global best practice

By: Schalk Burger     20th November 2020 The data that public and private organisations capture and use, as well as its sensitivity, risk, and protection, are central not only to international best practices of cybersecurity, but also to laws and regulation. Information and communication technology (ICT) and law experts indicate that... 

SA urged to pursue cybersecurity frameworks based on global best practice

AWS solutions unlock machine learning potential for Arçelik

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2020 Global household appliances manufacturer Arçelik is establishing a companywide analytics and machine learning programme, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), as it transforms its appliance manufacturing business into a data-driven organisation. AWS was selected as the preferred cloud provider... 

Kagiso Capital invests in local IoT commercial technology development company

By: Schalk Burger     13th November 2020 Transformative investment holding company Kagiso Capital has invested R100-million in Stellenbosch-based specialised technology investment group Alphawave Group, which is focused on the Internet of Things (IoT). The Alphawave Group’s 12 businesses traverse technologies from sensor technology,... 

Digital network launched to support wine sector

13th November 2020 The Western Cape government, in partnership with agency for tourism, trade and investment promotion for Cape Town and the Western Cape, Wesgro, as well as wine marketing specialists Wines of South Africa (WoSA), have announced the launch of the Cape Export Network (CEN). Launched in September,... 

Digital network launched to support wine sector
TECH TALK The Cape Export Network uses technology to introduce producers and buyers on a secure platform

Africa’s Internet economy gaining traction with increased contribution to GDP

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2020 It is estimated that Africa’s Internet economy has the potential to reach 5.2% of the continent’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025, contributing about $180-billion to the continent’s economy, a report released by Google and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on November 11 shows.... 

New 5G lab unveiled at Tshimologong Innovation Precinct 

12th November 2020 Chinese information and communication technology giant Huawei, data-only network operator Rain and the University of the Witwatersrand have partnered to launch South Africa’s first 5G laboratory, located at the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, in Johannesburg. Natasha Odendaal tells... 

New 5G lab unveiled at Tshimologong Innovation Precinct
New 5G lab unveiled at Tshimologong Innovation Precinct

Competition Commission reviews inputs to strategy to tackle digital economy competition

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th November 2020 The Competition Commission is reviewing the submissions it has received in response to its proposed competitive strategy for South Africa’s digital economy in the future. The draft paper on Competition in the Digital Economy was published in September for public comment before October 30,... 

Teraco starts construction on 38 MW hyperscale data centre

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd November 2020 Interconnection hub and vendor-neutral data centre provider Teraco Data Environments has broken ground on the construction of a new hyperscale data centre with 38 MW of critical power load in Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg. The facility, known as JB4, is expected to be the largest single site data... 

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