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Data science to become core part of efficiency, optimisation tools

By: Schalk Burger     9th August 2019 While some industries are early adopters of data science into their processes, all industries will eventually use data sciences as a core part of efficiency and optimisation tools, says data science training organisation Explore Data Science Academy (EDSA) commercial officer Mark Schroeder.... 

Cybersecurity services becoming increasingly important as attacks skyrocket

By: Schalk Burger     9th August 2019 There is a boom in cyberattacks to find credentials to access resources and information stored in cloud systems, and using cybersecurity operations centres is one of the ways through which companies are combating this, says information technology (IT) multinational Dimension Data Cybersecurity... 

Cybersecurity services becoming increasingly  important as attacks skyrocket
MARK THOMAS Cybersecurity organisations play a critical role in combating changing attacks against organisations

Cure oven scheduling key for product performance

9th August 2019 In any industrial paint or powder coating operation, getting the paint cure correct is critical to both the physical and cosmetic performance of the product. 

Competition Commission welcomes spectrum policy

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2019 In the wake of the publication of the long-awaited Policy on High Demand Spectrum and the Policy Direction on the Licensing of a Wireless Open-Access Network, the Competition Commission on Friday said it planned to remain engaged in the spectrum licensing process. The Department of Communications... 

Airbus-OneWeb JV opens world’s first satellite mass-production plant

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd August 2019 Europe-based major aerospace group Airbus and US-based global internet communications company OneWeb have announced that their joint venture, OneWeb Satellites, had recently officially opened the world’s first-ever high-speed and high-volume satellite production facility. The facility is located... 

Open source supports client choice of cloud, enterprise systems

By: Schalk Burger     2nd August 2019 Enterprise open source multinational SUSE is benefitting from the emphasis on client choice and control over software and hardware systems, whether in the cloud or on premise, says SUSE South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa country manager Grant Bennett. There is rising demand for cloud and... 

Engine-condition test system launched in SA

By: Schalk Burger     2nd August 2019 German engine-condition test company MOTORcheckUP has launched an engine and transmission oil, power steering and brake fluid test system locally that helps users to determine what particles are present in the fluids to diagnose any potential problems, says MOTORcheckUP South Africa director... 

Engine-condition test system launched in SA
IDIA ENGINE TEST The oil sample is evaluated based on laboratory tests to determine the condition of the vehicle system

Role of data in establishing, supporting smart cities emphasised

By: Schalk Burger     2nd August 2019 Cities should focus on ensuring that their data is usable as a key first step in establishing and supporting smart city systems, says analytics multinational SAS advanced analytics and artificial intelligence expert Kelly Lu. The preparation of data prior to use is also an effective way for... 

Role of data in establishing, supporting smart cities emphasised
KELLY LU Using existing sensors and including new data feeds over time will create historical data and drive descriptive analytics

AB InBev empowers farmers across Africa through blockchain technology

By: African News Agency      31st July 2019 The world's largest brewer AB InBev said on Wednesday a partnership with US fintech company BanQu was giving smallholder African farmers in its supply chain the resources they needed to grow and prosper. AB InBev Africa is rolling out a blockchain solution developed by BanQu which enables farmers... 

Wits delegation to launch research initiative at AI Expo Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th July 2019 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) will send a delegation to this year’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Expo Africa, where it will also launch a major research initiative. The initiative is intended to bring about a step change in scientific research and commercialisation in Africa. 

Nigeria's central bank awards financial services licence to MTN subsidiary

By: Reuters     30th July 2019 A subsidiary of MTN Nigeria has been awarded a licence by the country's central bank that would allow it to provide financial services, the telecoms firm said on Monday. Nigeria announced last year that it would allow telecom companies to provide banking services, aiming to give millions of... 

Telecoms policy proposes shared approach to spectrum to open market 

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2019 The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has released the long-awaited Policy on High Demand Spectrum, along with the Policy Direction on the Licensing of a Wireless Open-Access Network. The policies suggest the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa assign the high... 

Telecoms policy proposes shared approach to spectrum to open market
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Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

STEM conference to play matchmaker between graduates, business

By: Simone Liedtke     26th July 2019 Closing the skills gap in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has become imperative. In a bid to tackle youth unemployment and seek innovative solutions to the STEM skills crisis in South Africa, the yearly STEM Conference and Career Expo will be held on October... 

Roll-out of digital healthcare system should begin at the clinic

By: Schalk Burger     26th July 2019 Digital enterprise management systems can help to address some of the problems in public healthcare facilities in South Africa, and a good starting point would be the clinics that feed into the broader hospital network, says information technology services company T-Systems South Africa... 

Communications Ministry revamped to pursue 4IR

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th July 2019 The mergence of the previously fragmented departments of Communications and Telecommunications and Postal Services is underway as Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams eyes a futuristic ministry. The new Department of Communications and Digital Technologies is being designed to align... 

Government commits to digital skills revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th July 2019 South Africa is committing to the delivery of a “skills revolution” to enable human capital to match the rapid evolution of the digital economy. President Cyril Ramaphosa promised the training of one-million youth in data science and related skills by 2030, as well as the embedding of critical... 

Peer-to-peer payment platform grows amid changing transactional habits

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th July 2019 As South African consumers’ appetite for a cashless society steadily escalates, Virgin Money’s seamless integrated bank agnostic peer-to-peer payment platform Spot is experiencing its own growth. The rising cost of cash withdrawals, an increasing requirement for safety and security and a growing... 

Industrial development at heart of CSIR’s new-look strategy

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th July 2019 In late May, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), represented by its Board Chairperson Prof Thokozani Majozi and its CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini, announced it has developed and adopted a new strategy and structure. The fundamental objective of this new approach, created under a... 

Industrial development at heart of CSIR’s new-look strategy

Spectrum policy to be issued in the next few days 

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th July 2019 Cabinet has approved the latest iteration of the long-awaited Policy and Policy Direction for the Licensing of the High Demand Spectrum. It is expected that Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams will, within the next few days, issue the Cabinet-approved final policy and brief the media. 

Spectrum policy to be issued in the next few days
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Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

Johannesburg power body hit by ransomware attack

By: Reuters     25th July 2019 City Power, responsible for powering South Africa's financial capital Johannesburg, said on Thursday it had been hit by a ransomware virus that had encrypted all of its databases, applications and network. The municipal body, owned by the City of Johannesburg, said its website was down and that... 

MTN Nigeria board to get a revamp

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th July 2019 Several MTN Nigeria directors have announced their retirement from the board as part of the company’s board evolution. Chairperson Dr Pascal Dozie and vice-chairperson Col Sani Bello, as well as nonexecutive directors Chief Victor Odili, Gbenga Oyebode, Babatunde Folawiyo and Mallam Dasuki will... 

Vodacom’s international operations continue to grow

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th July 2019 JSE-listed Vodacom’s international operations have once again outperformed the South African operations during the quarter ended June 30. The telecommunications giant on Thursday posted strong international service revenue growth of 19.6% to R5.1-billion for the three months under review,... 

Vodacom’s international operations continue to grow

Further info on spectrum policy to be communicated in due course

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd July 2019 The much-anticipated policy direction on unassigned high-demand spectrum has been finalised. The policy is now undergoing “requisite processes” prior to publication, the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies said in a statement. 

Industry 4.0 the main focus at KITE

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     19th July 2019 The KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (KITE) – which will be held at the Durban Exhibition Centre on July 24 to 26, 2019 – continues to adopt an increased focus on Industry 4.0, particularly its impact on the market and manufacturing, says organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery... 

Industry 4.0 the main focus at KITE
INFORMATION OVERLOAD The SAIMechE Seminar Theatre will have speaking slots during which various Industry 4.0 topics will be discussed

‘Liveness’ testing makes biometrics more effective

By: Schalk Burger     19th July 2019 As consumption and business models become more digital and mobile, there is a need for authentication that does not hobble the user experience while providing robust security measures. Biometrics is an effective way of providing security without negatively impacting on user experience. However,... 

‘Liveness’ testing makes biometrics more effective
LANCE FANAROFF Biometrics improves information and registration systems and can help limit damage done by organised crime

How technology is starting to change logistics ecosystems

By: Schalk Burger     19th July 2019 New technologies being applied to supply chains – helping to digitalise them further – can provide significant intelligence that will improve control and streamline business processes. This will be grounded in more real-time information and predictions based on analytical outputs of the data,... 

How technology is starting to change logistics ecosystems

CIPC to implement key iXBRL Phase 2 changes by Oct 1

By: Nadine James     17th July 2019 It has been about a year since the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) rolled out an automated mechanism to regulate financial reporting disclosures and compliance, becoming the first regulator to do a full-scale implementation of inLine eXtensible Business Reporting Language... 

Altron reviewing options as City of Tshwane contract is set aside

By: Nadine James     17th July 2019 Allied Electronics Corporation (Altron) is considering its potential next steps after a broadband contract between the City of Tshwane and a special purpose vehicle (SPV) involving its Altron Nexus subsidiary was set aside by a court. The Gauteng High Court, in Pretoria, on Tuesday, approved the... 

EOH says bribery, corruption limited to a few individuals, subsidiaries 

By: Schalk Burger     16th July 2019 JSE-listed information technology services company EOH on Tuesday revealed the preliminary findings of a forensic investigation conducted by legal firm ENSafrica into suspected bribery and corruption at the R18-billion-a-year-turnover company. EOH CEO Stephen van Coller said the scale of the... 

EOH says bribery, corruption limited to a few individuals, subsidiaries
EOH CEO Stephen van Coller

Flexible modular drive system added to range

By: Cameron Mackay     12th July 2019 Automation solutions provider Schneider Electric has added the new Altivar Process Modular (APM) drive system to its range of Altivar Process variable-speed drives (VSDs), which were displayed at the company’s stand at the Africa Automation Fair, held in Johannesburg last month. “This is a... 

Flexible modular drive system  added to range
DRIVE FOR FLEXIBLE LOADS The APM drive system provides flexibility for end-users in terms of late changes to the load in the design and installation phase of a project

Automation of business processes to change expectations and services

By: Schalk Burger     12th July 2019 New methods of rapidly and accurately delivering services using robotic process automation (RPA) is driving a shift in the expectations of end-users and, similar to other automation innovations, will underpin a change in economies, says RPA multinational UiPath chief strategy officer Vargha... 

Enterprise software spending to grow faster than general IT spending in 2019 – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2019 While global spend on information technology (IT) is projected to grow by only about 0.6% to $3.74-trillion this year, the enterprise software market will growth by an estimated 9% to $457-billion, IT market research and consulting multinational Gartner research VP John-David Lovelock said this... 

Datatec’s Logicalis acquires Mars Technologies

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th July 2019 JSE-listed Datatec on Monday announced that its subsidiary Logicalis South Africa had acquired managed information technology (IT) services business Mars Technologies. This will enhance Logicalis’ managed services business in intellectual property telephony, call centre, cloud, managed desktop,... 

Gauteng leading in South Africa’s response to 4IR

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2019 South Africa’s response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Friday. He spoke at the inaugural... 

Gauteng leading in South Africa’s response to 4IR
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Premier David Makhura

Ramaphosa speaks out against using companies as pawns in trade wars

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th July 2019 South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday slammed the use of private companies as pawns in trade disagreements between States. Speaking at the inaugural Digital Economy Summit, in Midrand, he reiterated South Africa’s support of telecommunications giant Huawei amid now-alleviated US... 

Ramaphosa throws weight behind 4IR as South Africa’s growth accelerator 

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th July 2019 South Africa is positioning itself not as an adopter but rather as a leader and driver of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) worldwide, President Cyril Ramaphosa promised on Friday, throwing his weight fully behind the imminent digital disruption. He believes that taking the global lead on... 

Ramaphosa throws weight behind 4IR as South Africa’s growth accelerator
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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Creating innovative digitalisation solutions

5th July 2019 The steel industry faces its own set of challenges and metallurgical plant supplier SMS group MD Pieter Bezuidenhout says digitalisation is vital in navigating these challenges. 

Creating innovative digitalisation solutions
HIGH TECH LEAPS US steel producer Big River Steel is the first learning steel plant in the world
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