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Blue Label to conclude 3G Mobile deal, Blue Label Mobile at advanced stage

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2020 JSE-listed Blue Label is set to receive its R544-million asking price, after all suspensive conditions relating to the disposal of subsidiary The Prepaid Company’s (TPC’s) interest in the 3G Mobile handset trading operations were on Friday fulfilled. In September last year, Blue Label announced... 

Digital transformation initiative for smallholder farmers

By: Schalk Burger     14th February 2020 The Eswatini Water and Agricultural Development Enterprise (ESWADE), in partnership with network operator Eswatini Mobile and South African agri-fintech company eSusFarm Africa, will use the eSusFarm Africa platform to provide information and services for 10 000 farmers on small-holdings. ESWADE... 

MTN to post double-digit growth in full-year earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th February 2020 JSE-listed MTN expects to report double-digit growth in headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended December 31. Reported on an International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 16 basis, the group expects a 30% to 50% increase in HEPS to between 438c and 506c for the year under review,... 

Skills shortages threaten South Africa’s 4IR progress

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2020 Skills shortages will be the single biggest challenge facing the South African information and communication technology (ICT) sector over the next ten years, the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) says. While South Africa’s highly innovative and... 

Employment services assist facilities go digital

7th February 2020 Temporary employment services (TES) provide the missing link in helping healthcare facilities on their journey to digital transformation, says information and communication technology company T-Systems South Africa operational excellence manager Theresa Ackerman. Healthcare costs continue to... 

South African, Chinese researchers in quantum communications breakthrough

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2020 A joint team composed of researchers from South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in Johannesburg, and China’s Huazhang University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, has successfully demonstrated the transmission of “multiple quantum patterns of twisted light” down a 250... 

Workplace equality seen as key to attracting and retaining talent

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2020 A sustained, measured and directed approach to workplace diversity and gender equality bolsters the corporate entities that leverage them to attract and retain the desired talent from within a competitive pool of candidates, says information technology services company Dimension Data System... 

Workplace equality seen as key to attracting and retaining talent
THEMBA CHAKELA Allowing people to develop their skills while maintaining diverse and effective teams helps to sustain and grow services

Telematics company introduces live streaming

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2020 Fleet and asset management solutions company MiX Telematics has added a live streaming service to its MiX Vision solution. The streaming service enables fleet managers to live-stream footage from up to eight cameras simultaneously using MiX Fleet Manager – MiX Telematics’ online software solution... 

Telematics company introduces live streaming
IN REAL-TIME The live streaming service helps fleet managers to improve driver safety and compliance

Vodacom posts 6.6% rise in quarterly revenue

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th February 2020 Telecommunications giant Vodacom reported 6.6% growth in group revenue to R23.6-billion for the quarter ended December 31, as two-million customers were added to the network. The South African operations recorded 5.9% year-on-year growth in revenue to R18-billion, while the international... 

Icasa to review IMT responses

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd February 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has set its sights on the next milestone for the licensing of International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum. The licensing process is scheduled for first quarter of the 2020/21 financial year – starting April 1 – following... 

Further postponement announced in Boeing 737 MAX return to service

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st January 2020 US aerospace giant Boeing has reported that its 737 MAX single-aisle airliner would remain grounded for longer than the company had hoped. The grounding of the aircraft was imposed after two fatal crashes, in late 2018 and early 2019, which killed a total of 346 people. A system fitted to the 737... 

Secure channel for direct engagement with clients on WhatsApp

By: Schalk Burger     31st January 2020 Companies can set up direct communication channels using the WhatsApp business application programming interface (API) to securely engage with clients while providing a responsive and rich experience, says business communication company Infobip South Africa senior sales manager Andre Joubert. The... 

Secure channel for direct engagement with clients on WhatsApp
ANDRE JOUBERT Infobip’s teams develop ready-to-use solutions and services, and can help clients to design client platforms that best suit their needs

SA space agency’s new strategic plan incorporates continental initiatives

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st January 2020 The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has developed a new strategic plan for the next five years, which it hopes will soon be approved and implemented with effect from the start of the next financial year (April 1, 2020). “In terms of the process, we’re going through the formal... 

SA space agency’s new strategic plan incorporates continental initiatives

Sendmarc offers solution to protect domains against fraudsters

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2020 Technology startup Sendmarc has rapidly expanded its partner and customer base since it was established in 2018 and is making strides in ensuring widespread email protection against fraudsters. The company is the first in South Africa to help small and large businesses implement the Domain... 

Sendmarc offers solution to protect domains against fraudsters
Sendmarc founders Sam Hutchinson, Keith Thompson and Sacha Matulovich

South African, Chinese researchers jointly make quantum communications breakthrough

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th January 2020 A joint team composed of researchers from South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in Johannesburg, and China’s Huazhang University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, has successfully demonstrated the transmission of “multiple quantum patterns of twisted light” down a 250... 

MTN realises R14bn in asset sales in 2019

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th January 2020 JSE-listed telecommunications giant MTN has secured proceeds of R14-billion to date through its asset realisation programme (ARP). The programme kicked off in March last year with the aim of simplifying the group’s portfolio, reducing debt and risk, improving returns and realising proceeds of at... 

MTN relaunches MoMo in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th January 2020 JSE-listed telecommunications group MTN is going live with its mobile money (MoMo) service in South Africa. The company’s third attempt at deploying MoMo services in the country follows the finalisation of engagements with all the relevant regulatory bodies and authorities, including the South... 

IoT revenue expected to more than double in Middle East and Africa by 2023

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th January 2020 Africa and the Middle East (AME) is set to be the second-fastest growing region, behind Asia Pacific, for Internet of Things (IoT) revenue, as interest gains momentum. While IoT is still in the early stages of uptake, stakeholders are exploring and identifying key areas of growth throughout a... 

EV pilot programme can help Rwanda go green

By: Cameron Mackay     24th January 2020 Electric mobility through electric vehicles (EVs) in Rwanda can help the country in its efforts to go green, says Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) CEO Thomas Schäfer.  This comes after Volkswagen launched a pilot project in the country in October last year, where it introduced its first EV in Africa. 

EV pilot programme can help Rwanda go green
Photo by Creamer Media
THOMAS SCHÄFER Africa will develop in many ways with cooperation. We need to learn to work together across the continent, find shared value, and ways of collaborating

Blue Label expects half-year earnings improvement

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd January 2020 JSE-listed Blue Label is optimistic of a more than 20% increase in half-year earnings. Basic, headline and core headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended November 30, 2019, are expected to improve by 2.52c, 3c and 2.28c. 

Boeing announces further delay in return-to-service of its 737 MAX

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd January 2020 US aerospace giant Boeing reported on Tuesday that its 737 MAX single-aisle airliner would remain grounded for longer than the company had hoped. The grounding of the aircraft was imposed after two fatal crashes, in late 2018 and early 2019, which killed a total of 346 people. A system fitted... 

Boeing announces further delay in return-to-service of its 737 MAX
Photo by Bloomberg
Grounded 737 MAX airliners parked near Boeing Field, Seattle

Dual submarine cable restoration process under way

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2020 Telkom’s infrastructure provisioning division, Openserve, on Tuesday confirmed that the cable consortia for both of the undersea fibre cables that broke last week have tasked their respective restoration processes to a single chief of mission aboard the Leon Thevinin. The Leon Thevinin is a... 

Dual submarine cable restoration process under way
The Leon Thevinin

Openserve hit by dual submarine cable outage

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2020 Infrastructure provider Openserve has been hit by reduced speed on international browsing, with international voice calling and mobile roaming also impacted, after an “unusual” dual cable break on the submarine systems connecting South Africa to Europe. The West Africa Cable System (WACS) and... 

Granular data to drive supply chain productivity

By: Schalk Burger     17th January 2020 Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) supply chain companies must aim to collect granular data – detailed, accurate data– to improve productivity and reduce costs in the sector, says information technology logistics solutions company MACmobile commercial director Andrew Dawson. FMCG supply chain... 

Granular data to drive supply chain productivity
ANDREW DAWSON Better analytical infrastructure will enable companies to better engage with customers and supply chain partners

Smart infrastructure that meets broad needs crucial for smart cities

By: Schalk Burger     17th January 2020 Developing infrastructure that caters to the needs of society is fundamental to create smart cities, which are not the result of new buildings, but of the increasingly critical role that technology plays in making urban buildings smart, says Johnson Control sub-Saharan Africa GM Archibald... 

Asset discovery improves security response and efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     17th January 2020 Information technology (IT) asset discovery software provides an accurate picture of assets that enables organisations to identify which technology needs to be refreshed or replaced, leading to better IT asset management, says IT multinational BT commercial contracts chief information security... 

Kaspersky partners with jeweller on biometric data protection

By: Schalk Burger     16th January 2020 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky has partnered with the three-dimensional (3D) accessory designer Benjamin Waye and creative agency Archetype to create a special ring that has a printed artificial fingerprint pattern that can be used for authentication, the company announced on Wednesday.... 

South Africans show interest in innovative mobility services, connected technologies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th January 2020 Deloitte’s ‘2019 Global Automotive Consumer Study’ reveals that while South Africans still aspire to own their own vehicles – and concerns around autonomous, as well as connected vehicles remain – they are interested in innovative mobility services and willing to pay for connected technologies.... 

Ndabeni-Abrahams announces major ICT sector overhauls 

By: Mariaan Webb     19th December 2019 State-owned companies Sentech and Broadband Infraco will be merged to create a new State digital infrastructure company, Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams announced on Thursday. The Communications and Digital Technologies Minister said her department was finalising the business case for the merger... 

Ndabeni-Abrahams announces major ICT sector overhauls
Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

EOH sells dental information business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2019 JSE-listed technology services group EOH’s EOH Abantu subsidiary has announced it will sell all of its shares in Dental Information Systems Holdings (Denis) to Afrocentric Health for R250-million. Denis and its subsidiaries were acquired by EOH in 2012 to provide the group with healthcare... 

Staff training one of the ways to reduce companies’ cyberattack risk

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2019 People remain one of the key weak links in cybersecurity defence, but training them and testing their propensity to fall for phishing attacks delivered by email, social media messages or WhatsApp can significantly reduce the risks of cyberattacks against companies, says cybersecurity training... 

Staff training one of the ways to reduce companies’ cyberattack risk
ANNA COLLARD Enterprises should include training to reduce the cybersecurity risks from attacks on employees

Government reaffirms support for rural, township economies

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th December 2019 To improve access to information and bring economic infrastructure support closer to township and rural-based enterprises, government is expanding incubators and digital hubs to townships and rural areas, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

Government reaffirms support for rural, township economies
Photo by SA Investment Conference
VIBRANT THINKING South Africa's small, medium-sized and microenterprises are demonstrating out-of-the-box thinking in business skills

MTN argues Commission's data recommendations not based on bigger view  

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2019 Telecommunications giant MTN on Thursday argued that the Competition Commission has localised their recommendations to an area that accounts for only a third of the operators current data revenue, with MTN’s pricing realistically deemed “in the middle of the road”. The issuance of the Competition... 

Reliable, affordable data connectivity issues still plague Africa – Seacom

By: African News Agency      12th December 2019 Despite developments on international subsea infrastructure, reliable and affordable data connectivity issues continue to plague Africa, with internet penetration only increasing in recent years largely due to the roll out of mobile networks, pan-African telecoms company Seacom says. Sixteen of... 

Icasa to review end-user charter’s impact 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2019 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) plans to investigate whether the amended End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations are being adhered to. The authority is calling for public comments and submissions, within 30 days, on its intention to undertake a... 

Income redistribution no ‘silver bullet’ for inequality, UN says

By: Bloomberg     10th December 2019 Inequality has spread through so many areas of life that tilting tax systems in favor of the less well-off won’t be enough to address the gap, a new UN report said. While a full redistributive package that includes more progressive income taxes and earned income discounts at low income levels... 

Altron to buy next-gen IT security services provider

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th December 2019 Allied Electronics (Altron) has entered into a R360-million deal to buy identity security provider Ubusha Technologies to strengthen its existing capability in the information technology (IT) security market. Through subsidiary Altron TMT, the group inked a share sale agreement with Ubusha... 

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