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MTN opens academic element of yearly App of Year Awards

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th July 2020 Telecommunications group MTN hopes to build an ecosystem of budding problem-solving entrepreneurs and businesspeople as it introduces an academic element to the 2020 edition of the MTN Business App of the Year. The MTN Business App of the Year Awards, now in its ninth year, will see the... 

SU Data School launches data science academy

By: Schalk Burger     17th July 2020 Stellenbosch University's (SU's) new School for Data Science and Computational Thinking has opened the African Data Science Academy (ADSA) and is offering two courses in July. "Many universities across the world have identified data science as a very important discipline, because of the data-rich... 

Crosscall Mobile launches new range of devices, with industry first three-year warranty

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th July 2020 France-headquartered outdoor mobile technology specialist Crosscall has launched a new range of rugged and durable mobile devices in South Africa, all equipped with an industry-first three-year warranty. The latest suite of devices from the French brand include three new smartphones and a tablet,... 

Samsung South Africa launches new equity equivalent investment programme initiatives

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2020 Samsung South Africa has announced its Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (EEIP) plans, which are aimed at empowering previously disadvantaged South Africans, with a focus on women and youth in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. The programme initiatives are set to... 

Thermal scanning system helps speed up Covid-19 screening

By: Schalk Burger     10th July 2020 Pretoria-based technology company Foresight Security has installed a locally developed thermal scanning system at a mine in the Northern Cape to help detect any possible cases of Covid-19. The system is capable of scanning two rows of mineworkers walking at a normal pace without them having to... 

HealthSpace signs first paid contract with contact tracing solution

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th July 2020 Vancouver-headquartered HealthSpace Data Systems has signed the first paid contract in a package that includes the use of its extensive contact tracing solution. Mecklenburg County Health Department, in North Carolina, will use HealthSpace’s HSCloud Suite for contact tracing in a deal worth $157... 

HealthSpace signs first paid contract with contact tracing solution

Icasa, NMISA ink MoU for collaboration

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th July 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) have signed a strategic collaboration agreement for the exchange of information and expertise. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed during a video conference... 

Gauteng Covid-19 visualisation platform enables monitoring, prediction

By: Schalk Burger     7th July 2020 A visual analytics tool allows Gauteng Government users to visualise prediction models provided by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) to see predicted active Covid-19 cases, as well as predicted bed availability over time. This can help determine where to focus resources ahead of when... 

Reliable connectivity essential for effective IoT

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2020 A global study conducted by satellite communications multinational Inmarsat found that only 15% of mining organisations consistently have access to reliable connectivity for their Internet of Things- (IoT-) enabled projects. Inmarsat’s research programme into IoT trends 'The Rise of IoT in... 

Supply chain liquidity and digitisation support fund launched

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2020 A R25-billion Covid-19 Instant Supplier Payment Scheme and digitisation drive has been launched for private and public sector institutions in South Africa and selected African markets, supply chain payments company Tradeshift and trade and supply chain finance and services platform Raindew Trade... 

New digital technologies improve manufacturing capabilities

3rd July 2020 Metallurgical plant supplier SMS group has developed digital technology called the X-Pact MES 4.0, along with the Safety Locator Suite system, which both aid in the digital transformation of organisations and help to gain faster insights and more informed management decision-making, with the... 

Plant productivity could be increased by virtual support

3rd July 2020 Metallurgical plant supplier SMS group aims to increase the technical resources of its clients’ plants by using local service teams from SMS Group with virtual support from global experts around the world using virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies. The aim is to improve... 

South African professor elected to chair Unesco expert group on AI

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2020 University of Pretoria department of philosophy Professor Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem has been elected as the chairperson of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) on Artificial Intelligence (AI), which will formulate a recommendation for... 

MTN launches 5G network

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2020 Telecommunications group MTN has launched its fifth-generation (5G) network, with 100 sites live across areas in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth. During a live-streamed launch event, MTN South Africa CEO Godfrey Motsa said that 5G will deliver higher peak data speeds,... 

Local app helps beauty salons manage queues as Covid-19 lockdown measures ease

By: Schalk Burger     26th June 2020 The Fleeker platform, created by four University of Cape Town (UCT) students, allows users to schedule appointments with hairstylists, barbers, make-up artists and nail technicians and manage long in-salon queues to meet physical distancing regulations during the Covid-19 pandemic. Physical... 

US research group says quantum computing at least a decade away for most businesses

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th June 2020 US research and data company Lux Research has, in its most recent report, “Preparing for Quantum Computing”, cautioned that quantum computing is still at least a decade away from being a useful, reliable technology for most businesses. While quantum computing promises to be able to solve complex... 

Competition Tribunal confirms MTN agreement

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th June 2020 The Competition Tribunal has approved a consent agreement between the Competition Commission and telecommunications group MTN on data pricing. In terms of the agreement, MTN will reduce the data prices of its 30-day prepaid bundles across channels; offer all its customers a daily free capped data... 

Altron progresses potential listing of Bytes Technology UK

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th June 2020 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) is actively progressing the potential separation and listing of its UK subsidiary Bytes Technology on the main market of the London Stock Exchange with a secondary listing on the JSE. The group on June 25 said it had appointed Numis Securities as the... 

New Digital Economy Master Plan nearly ready

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd June 2020 A new Digital Economy Master Plan is being developed to build a sustainable future digital ecosystem enabling South Africa to become a hub of all digital infrastructure serving the African continent. The Department Communications and Digital Technologies is preparing to publish the Digital... 

Telkom redirects dividend payouts to spectrum, capital investment programme 

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2020 JSE-listed Telkom has suspended its dividend payouts for the next three years from the 2021 financial year to redirect the capital to acquire much-needed spectrum and complete its capital expenditure (capex) programme to ensure future sustainability. The group, which announced its intention of... 

Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko
Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko and Group CFO Tsholofelo Molefe discuss the group’s financial results for the year ended March 31, 2020.

Mobile data traffic in sub-Saharan Africa to grow 12 times by 2025

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th June 2020 Sub-Saharan Africa remains one of the fastest growing mobile markets, with mobile traffic set to expand 12 times its current rates by 2025. The latest edition of global information and communication technology giant Ericsson’s Mobility Report shows mobile traffic in sub-Saharan Africa growing... 

UK announces cybersecurity research grants to university research team

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2020 The British government has awarded £10-million, spread over four years, to nine research teams at UK universities, to develop innovative cybersecurity technologies. These nine research teams were the winners in the latest round of Britain’s Digital Security by Design grant competition. The aim of... 

Huawei launches IdeaHub for sub-Saharan Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th June 2020 Information and communication technology (ICT) giant Huawei has launched a new intelligent productivity and collaboration tool to drive enterprise collaboration in sub-Saharan Africa. Huawei IdeaHub will enable an all-scenario smart office, with an intelligent endpoint integrating multiple... 

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... 

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