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Telkom starts restructuring process 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th March 2020 Embattled telecommunications group Telkom on Friday announced the start of the first phase of its two-phase restructuring process. The group, starting its consultation processes, issued Section 189 notices, in addition to the offer of voluntary severance packages (VSPs) and voluntary early... 

Company upgrades its ERP for companies in food and bev industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th March 2020 Software company SYSPRO is working on upgrades to its SYSPRO Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) version 8 including some additional functionalities suitable for two large consumer products companies in South Africa and is also implementing the solution at two other food companies. “The SYSPRO ERP... 

Herotel works to consolidate acquisitions

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th March 2020 Last mile telecommunications group Herotel has kicked off the process of consolidating all of its assets under one brand following a successful acquisition drive. Herotel’s fibre assets and wireless Internet service provider (Wisp) brands will now be merged into a single, scaled-up national... 

ICT industry to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 45% by 2030

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th March 2020 A new International Telecommunications Union (ITU) standard will require the global information and communication technology (ICT) industry to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 45% from 2020 to 2030. The ITU L.1470 standard puts forward emission-reduction trajectories for operators of... 

Lenovo leveraging channel partners to enhance solutions, customer experience

By: Schalk Burger     13th March 2020 Information technology equipment company Lenovo reports good success of its strategy to use its channel partners to garner feedback from clients on what solutions and products they need, thereby honing the company’s solutions and offerings, says Lenovo Southern African territory channel and... 

Lenovo leveraging channel partners  to enhance solutions, customer experience
ABRIE VAN STADEN The company supplies customers with devices suited to their needs, as well as enabling them to interface with converged business environments

Data prices to fall 

12th March 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about Vodacom's agreement with the Competition Commission to reduce its data prices by 40% over a two-year period and what this means for other telecoms companies. 

Data prices to fall
Data prices to fall

Vodacom agrees to drop data prices by 40% over next two years  

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th March 2020 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has reached an agreement with South Africa's Competition Commission that will result in it reducing its prepaid data prices by 40% and enable digital inclusion over the next two years. Following the publication of the commission’s ‘Final Findings and... 

Vodacom agrees to drop data prices by 40% over next two years
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Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

Cloud service provider attains Level 1 BEE status

By: Simone Liedtke     9th March 2020 Cloud service provider Amazon Web Services South Africa (AWS ZA) has attained Level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) status. To achieve this, AWS ZA scored the maximum points for enterprise development, supplier development and ownership elements of the scorecard upon first... 

Companies urged to tap IT skills concentrated in some regions

By: Schalk Burger     6th March 2020 Concentrations of high-level information technology (IT) skills in various regions worldwide can be tapped to provide expertise and overcome constraints in local talent pools for companies concentrated in a region or market and multinational companies, says local industrial enterprise resource... 

Companies urged to tap IT skills  concentrated in some regions
TERENCE MOOLMAN Companies must have ongoing training initiatives to arm the workforce with the correct skills in an ever-changing world

Local foundry leads to AI partnership

By: Cameron Mackay     6th March 2020 With a strong focus on growing its international business, machine learning solutions provider, DataProphet, has signed a partnership with a leading metallic parts enhancement company, Norican Group, to accelerate the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in the foundry industry. This came... 

Local foundry leads to AI partnership
SMART FOUNDRIES The aim is to improve manufacturing processes using AI in the foundry industry

Companies urged to embrace disruptive technology

By: Kim Cloete     5th March 2020 Companies and governments have been urged to embrace disruptive technology, as it can contribute to decarbonising energy and make it cleaner, greener and more accessible. Executives and experts attending the Africa Energy Indaba, in Cape Town, this week, outlined huge advances in electric... 

Altron gets green light for Ubusha buyout

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th March 2020   JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) has secured Competition Commission approval for its R360-million acquisition of identity security company Ubusha Technologies. 

PIC terminates employment of listed equities head

3rd March 2020 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has terminated the employment contract of its executive head of listed investments, Fidelis Madavo.  Madavo was suspended by the PIC board in January 2019 on the basis of a preliminary report into the PIC’s investment in listed technology company Ayo... 

Sita sponsors cyberlab at school in rural KZN

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th February 2020 The State Information Technology Agency (Sita) has sponsored an information and communication technology (ICT) laboratory at Manhlenga junior secondary school in Gazini village, in the uMhlabuyalingana local municipality. The sponsorship of a cyberlab for the rural KwaZulu-Natal school, 7km from... 

Cisco unveils multiyear plan for ‘building a new Internet’

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2020 Information, communication and networking equipment and software multinational Cisco’s long-term technology strategy is based on development and investments in the three key technology areas of silicon, optics and software for building a new Internet, Cisco chairman and CEO Chuck Robbins says.... 

Private equity fund eyes growth from early-stage 4IR startups

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th February 2020 As Campan exits its 20% stake in Ubusha Technologies, following JSE-listed Allied Electronics’ (Altron’s) 100% acquisition of the identity security provider, the private equity group is intensifying its focus on transformative Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) early-stage start-ups. Campan,... 

Skilled-worker gap to widen as technology develops

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st February 2020 The gap between jobs and skilled workers is continuing to widen as the unprecedented speed of technological development brings rise to innovations and new business models that have changed the face of global economies. While 2019 proved to be a significant year for the technology sector, and 2020... 

4IR vocational training a viable alternative to Grade 12

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2020 The digital world being ushered in by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) requires more than just office workers; it requires engineers, technicians and artisans. Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) enables learners to further their studies, as it creates more opportunities... 

R2K to picket over Rica privacy failure

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th February 2020 Advocacy organisation, the Right2Know (R2K) Campaign on Wednesday held protests in Pretoria and Cape Town against what it says is the failure of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (Rica) to protect South African citizens’ right... 

R2K to picket over Rica privacy failure

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... 

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