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Information Technology News

First free WiFi hotspots for Witsand installed

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th June 2020 The first WiFi-enabled solar street lights have gone live as hotspots in Witsand, Atlantis, three months after nonprofit organisation GreenCape and Cape Town based service provider ThinkWiFi teamed up under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). GreenCape’s Alternative Service Delivery Unit (ASDU)... 

Future trends report points to rapidly changing business environment

By: Donna Slater     11th June 2020 Progressing from Covid-19 will require a realignment of business fundamentals, with increased demand for products and services consumers find meaningful and socially and environmentally responsible, says professional services firm Accenture Interactive’s design and innovation practice Fjord.... 

Digital tools can help South Africans improve their password security

By: Schalk Burger     11th June 2020 Various digital tools can improve the security of passwords used in South Africa by helping users to generate secure complex passwords for a large number of applications, securely store them and change them regularly, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky consumer product marketing head... 

Helios subsidiary prices notes, enters new credit facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th June 2020 Helios Towers indirect wholly owned subsidiary the HTA Group has announced the successful $750-million pricing of its offering of 7% senior notes due 2025, guaranteed on a senior basis by the company and certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries. HTA will pay interest on the notes... 

One-time verification an alternative to OTP for customer identity validation processes

By: Schalk Burger     9th June 2020 One-time verification (OTV) is a biometric-based technology that is used to validate customer identities remotely and securely, while also enabling companies to more effectively capture, store and protect customer data, says biometric identity service provider WhoYou business development director... 

Insurance, finance and retail most at risk from cybercrime in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     9th June 2020 An increase in cyberattacks by criminals taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic has introduced new structural and operational risks, with insurance, finance and retail sectors the most targeted sectors in South Africa, says information technology service multinational Dimension Data Security... 

Huge appoints commercial director

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th June 2020 JSE-listed Huge Group has appointed Stephen Morony as subsidiary Huge Telecom commercial director, effective June 8. Morony, who joins Huge from Cell C, where he headed up the end-to-end management of Cell C’s Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) business, has over 20 years of experience in the... 

CCMA launches digital platform for case processes

By: Simone Liedtke     9th June 2020 To ensure efficient and effective case referral and application processes, which are also safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has introduced a free digital platform for CCMA users to refer conciliation and arbitration disputes and... 

EOH reports positive third-quarter Ebitda

By: Schalk Burger     9th June 2020 Information technology services company EOH on June 9 reported that it had achieved positive earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) during the third quarter, ended April 30. While revenue did experience downward pressure owing to the lock down, the company... 

IoT to be part of new business operations and digital presence, says SqwidNet

By: Schalk Burger     8th June 2020 Business, commerce and industry will increasingly use the Internet of Things (IoT) to provide visibility of assets and production, support digital channels to market and create a clear online presence, says industrial networking and IoT firm SqwidNet MD Phathizwe Malinga. The first step is to... 

Connectivity, collaboration important for remote working

By: Schalk Burger     5th June 2020 Enabling effective remote working requires that companies and remote workers have the tools to collaborate and share, and these tools must also work well together to avoid duplication of data and efforts, says digital business tools multinational Zoho Africa region manager Andrew Bourne.... 

Digital hub to develop IT, animation, gaming skills in Tshwane

By: Schalk Burger     5th June 2020 Nonprofit organisation AfricaBeyond4IR's (AB4IR's) Digital Hub is hosting a series of webinars to develop animation, gaming and programme development skills among the youth and entrepreneurs in Tshwane. The Digital Hub, located in Mabopane Odi Campus, is a collaboration between the Small... 

Vodacom achieves level 1 BEE status

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd June 2020 Telecommunications group Vodacom Group has achieved a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) contributor score of Level 1 its local subsidiaries accelerate a concerted transformation strategy. As a result of these efforts, the group exceeded its financial year 2019/20 targets against all... 

Rockwell releases industrial cybersecurity assessment app

By: Schalk Burger     2nd June 2020 Industrial technology multinational Rockwell Automation has released a new app to help operations managers, plant floor managers and information technology/operational technology (IT/OT) professionals gauge levels of operational risk within their connected infrastructures. The Assessment Hub app... 

Digital enterprises needed to ensure effective remote working

By: Schalk Burger     2nd June 2020 To take advantage of a digitally-connected, remote workforce, enterprises should use digital workers, such as robotic process automation, chatbots and virtual assistants, to do repetitive work or data analysis while employees focus on decision-, direction- and emotional tasks supported by the... 

Telenor, Sony and Ericsson team to develop smart IoT devices

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2020 Ericsson, Sony Network Communications Europe and Telenor Connexion are collaborating to enhance intelligent real-time location, tracking and monitoring solutions for different sectors using the Internet of Things (IoT). The trio are leveraging Telenor's network, Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator for... 

Jasco CEO steps down, company monitors Covid-19 impact

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th May 2020 JSE-listed Jasco Electronics CEO Mark Janse van Vuuren has resigned, effective May 31, after a restructure. Deputy chairperson alternate Pete da Silva will serve as interim CEO as the board evaluates potential successors. 

Huawei unveils P40 Pro in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th May 2020 Information and communication technology giant Huawei has launched its new Huawei P40 series in South Africa. The new generation mobile phone series, powered by Kirin 990 fifth-generation (5G) and supporting high-speed 5G and WiFi 6 Plus, represents Huawei’s vision of the future of mobile imaging... 

Absa donates R5m to Universities South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th May 2020 Banking group Absa has sponsored learning devices and mobile data valued at R5-million to Universities South Africa (USAf). USAf and Absa plan to distribute the devices to six identified universities to enable online or remote learning for students. 

Small businesses urged to continuously upskill IT personnel

By: Schalk Burger     29th May 2020 Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) must define the scope of information technology (IT) work and skills they require, and should continuously invest in the upskilling of these individuals through courses and exams, ensuring they have all necessary qualifications to support the SME's... 

Kaspersky develops cybercapacity training programme to bolster IT resilience

By: Schalk Burger     29th May 2020 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky announced on May 19 that, as part of the Global Transparency Initiative, it had developed a cybersecurity skills development programme. The Cyber Capacity Building Programme will be available during the latter part of the year, says Kaspersky public affairs... 

Agility needed in sector transformation

By: Darren Parker     29th May 2020 The world is rapidly changing, with the onslaught of Covid-19 catalysing and concentrating the drivers behind this change. Consequently, manufacturers need to be agile in adapting their systems and processes, remain lean and use digital enablers in a digital transformation to remain relevant and... 

Agility needed in  sector transformation
CONNECTING THE DOTS Digitalisation leads to connected plants and connected supply chains, which provides immediate benefits of reliability, stability, immediacy and agility

Manufacturers can use lockdown to fine-tune ERP

By: Darren Parker     29th May 2020 The priority for many manufacturers amid the Covid-19 lockdown involves “getting back to basics” in terms of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management, says ERP systems provider Syspro professional services head Doug Hunter. “This includes ensuring visibility of what is... 

Manufacturers can use lockdown to fine-tune ERP
TAKING STOCK OF THE SITUATION The lockdown has provided a good opportunity for companies to check their ERP systems and ensure that they are being used properly and to their full potential

Vodacom zero rates what3words website

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th May 2020 Telecommunications group Vodacom has zero-rated the emergency location tracker platform ‘what3words’ for its more than 43-million subscribers across South Africa. The what3words technology, available as a mobile application or an online map, has divided the world into a grid of 3m squares, with... 

Vodacom zero rates what3words website

Wyzetalk secures Dutch investor to drive European footprint growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th May 2020 Dutch software-focused investment company CNBB Venture Partners has made a multimillion-euro investment in digital employee engagement company Wyzetalk. Wyzetalk connects large organisations with their frontline employees through its software solution to improve communication, increase employee... 

NWU comes up with creative solution to screen pupils for Covid-19 using cellphones

By: News24Wire      27th May 2020 In the times in which we currently find ourselves, adequate healthcare and accompanying screening are of the utmost importance to limit the spread of the coronavirus. As the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, announced that Grade 7 and Grade 12 pupils will be able to return to schools... 

NWU comes up with creative solution to screen pupils for Covid-19 using cellphones

Datatec posts strong results as Westcon turns around fortunes 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th May 2020 JSE-listed Datatec on Wednesday May 27 posted strong results for the year ended February 29, as Westcon International returns to profitability and Logicalis Latin America produces an “exceptional performance”. The information and communications technology (ICT) group reported earnings before... 

Datatec posts strong results as Westcon turns around fortunes
Datatec CEO Jens Montana and CFO Ivan Dittrich discuss the company's results for the year ended February

IT professionals report increased cybersecurity threats related to remote working

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2020 A survey has found that 71% of information technology (IT) and security professionals have reported an increase in security threats related to remote working, while Interpol and Europol have warned of a huge spike in Covid-19-related fraud, says cybersecurity multinational Check Point Africa... 

WEF provides action plan principles to combat Covid-19 cybersecurity risks

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2020 The World Economic Forum (WEF) on May 26 launched its 'Cybersecurity Leadership Principles: Lessons learned during the Covid-19 pandemic to prepare for the new normal' report to support business leaders to reinforce the cyber resilience of their organisations. In a matter of weeks, the pandemic... 

Trend Micro research highlights emerging deepfake ransomware, AI bot threats

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2020 Cybersecurity multinational Trend Micro has warned businesses about emerging threats, such as Deepfake ransomware, artificial intelligence (AI) bots, access-as-a-service and targeted subscriber identity module- (SIM-) swapping. "A layered, risk-based response is vital for mitigating the risk... 

WEF launches blockchain principles to protect users

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2020 The World Economic Forum (WEF) on May 22 launched 16 user rights for building blockchain applications that respect participant rights, safeguard data and protect users, and to serve as the foundational values for a decentralised future. "For blockchain technology to scale in its next phase,... 

Video streaming platform launched to empower content creators, open revenue stream

By: Donna Slater     22nd May 2020 To reinvent itself and preserve jobs, a Johannesburg-based startup has quickly built and launched an end-to-end online video streaming platform – Send it – that enables content creators to monetise their audiences through free, or pay-to-view, live broadcasts. Co-founders James Coetzee and... 

Pandemic prompts diverse solutions development

By: Theresa Bhowan     22nd May 2020 The outbreak of Covid-19 has prompted identification and traceability solutions company MITAS Corporation, to develop solutions that aid clients during and after the pandemic. 

Pandemic prompts diverse solutions development
LABELLED AND COVERED MITAS Corporation plays an active role in the monitoring of goods throughout the lockdown period

Covid-19 exposes businesses to risk of cyberattacks

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd May 2020 Owing to the current Covid-19 lockdown, initiatives are being rolled out in many countries, and owing to interruption, many businesses believe that they may have to deal with an industrial control systems (ICS) cyberattack, says cybersecurity solutions provider Kapersky Africa’s enterprise sales... 

Covid-19 exposes businesses to risk of cyberattacks
BETHWEL OPIL Companies must ensure that staff are armed with the latest skills and knowledge, especially when considering how quickly cyber incidents evolve.

Industry 4.0 adoption muted in South Africa

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd May 2020 The adoption and impact of Industry 4.0 in South Africa is still relatively muted, compared to the rest of the world, with its biggest challenges being education, connectivity, and electricity and accessibility, says automation and machine building solutions provider S4 Integration marketing... 

Industry 4.0 adoption muted  in South Africa
NO CHALLENGE IS TOO BIG Industry 4.0 is here to make manufacturing more efficient and also improve daily lives

Resilience paramount for Society 5.0 era

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd May 2020 New strategies are necessary for socioeconomic inclusivity and sustainable development given the novelty of the era of Society 5.0 combined with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). In this era, the fusing of biological, ecological, physical, technological and socio-political worlds is... 

Konnect Africa to supply free broadband connectivity to clinics

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st May 2020 Satellite operator Eutelsat Communications subsidiary Konnect Africa plans to provide temporary free broadband connectivity to eight clinics in Mpumalanga. The clinics, which do not have access to terrestrial networks with appropriate broadband, will each receive 300 GB of data monthly over the... 

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