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Supplier to showcase breathalyser solution

By: Cameron Mackay     Updated 7 hours ago Alcohol-testing solutions provider ALCO-Safe will launch its new ALCONTROL Version 2 breathalyser solution at the A-OSH Expo event, which will be held from May 31 to June 2 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng. Although ALCO-Safe may not have the required volumes for a full... 

Energy sector expects increase in cyberattacks, research shows

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2022 New research published by risk management and quality assurance company DNV shows that energy executives anticipate life, property and environment-compromising cyberattacks on the sector within the next two years. The ‘Cyber Priority’ report finds that 85% of professionals working in the power,... 

Top ranked CSIR materials scientist Ray praises research centre team

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Centre for Nanostructures and Advanced Materials chief researcher and manager Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray has praised the team at the research centre and said the recognition by peer scientists worldwide means they are making an impact in... 

CSIR Centre for Nanostructures and Advanced Materials chief researcher and manager Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray
CSIR Centre for Nanostructures and Advanced Materials chief researcher and manager Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray

Saben boosts TVET college connectivity

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th May 2022 South African Broadband Education Networks (Saben) has increased bandwidth for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges from 10 Mb/s up to 200 Mb/s using FortiGate devices from NEC XON. Saben has connected and upgraded 256 of a targeted 283 TVET college campuses from 48... 

Paratus starts fibre deployment in Gaborone

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2022 Pan-African network operator Paratus has started deploying the first independent fibre infrastructure in Gaborone’s central business district This step in providing businesses with critical connectivity follows three years of planning the deployment of fibre infrastructure across Botswana. 

BT, MTN partner to form strategic alliance

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th May 2022 South African telecommunications giant MTN Business and UK-based fixed and mobile telecommunications firm BT have partnered to form a strategic alliance to enhance security and communications services to business customers across Africa. The operators will collaborate closely to enhance each... 

Reunert moves to acquire Etion Create to bolster capabilities

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th May 2022 The proposed acquisition of original design manufacturing firm Etion Create will boost JSE-listed Reunert’s manufacturing and original design capabilities, as well as its export market access into key targeted international geographies. On May 20, Reunert Applied Electronics entered a share... 

Blue Label launches bond process for Cell C recapitalisation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2022 JSE-listed Blue Label, in an update to shareholders, has announced the next step in the long-awaited recapitalisation of mobile operator Cell C. This involves a bond process to get approval of the compromise offer that has been made to those secured lenders, who formerly held publicly listed... 

Reunert expects improved full-year performance following solid interim results

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2022 JSE-listed industrial group Reunert’s revenue increased by 11% year-on-year to R5.1-billion for the six months ended March 31, while operating profit increased by 4% to R465-million. The group’s profit after tax increased by 7% to R331-million, while headline earnings a share climbed 1% to R1.95... 

Nasa funding the further development of advanced solar sail concept for space propulsion

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th May 2022 The US space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), has awarded funding of $2-million, over two years, for the further development of an advanced solar sail concept, to take it towards a demonstration mission. Solar sails use the pressure exerted by the light of the Sun... 

An artist’s impression of diffractive solar sails
Photo by Nasa
An artist’s impression of diffractive solar sails

Acumen raises Series B investment to boost My Smart City job creation

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2022 Asset and resource management company Acumen Software has secured a Series B investment that will be used to build out further services for citizens on the My Smart City platform, including a private sector solution that aims to boost job creation across the country. The investment made by... 

Calgro M3 signs exclusive agreement with Sendoff funeral app

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2022 JSE-listed property development company Calgro M3 has signed an exclusive agreement with funeral application (app) developer Sendoff, which aims to digitise the experience of arranging and managing funerals. Under the terms of the agreement, Calgro's five memorial parks – three in Gauteng and two... 

South Africa the fourth-largest fundraiser for blockchain ventures in Africa

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2022 Private venture capital company Crypto Valley Venture Capital (CV VC) and financial services firm Standard Bank’s inaugural ‘African Blockchain Report’ shows that Nigeria raised $49.6-million for 18 new blockchain ventures in Africa in 2021. The Seychelles raised $33.8-million for four companies,... 

Telkom, YES partner to create ICT job opportunities

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2022 Telecommunications group Telkom has partnered with business-driven initiative Youth Employment Service (YES) to provide 499 South African youth access to job opportunities, learn future-fit skills in the ever-growing information and communications technology (ICT) sector and contribute to their... 

Boeing competitor for Nasa commercial crew transport successfully docked at space station

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd May 2022 The Boeing CST-100 Starliner capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) at 02h28 South African time on Saturday. Members of the ISS crew opened the Starliner’s hatch at 18h04 South African time, that same day. This marked the conclusion of the first part of the second... 

Boeing’s new space capsule successfully launched on second uncrewed test flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th May 2022 Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner space capsule was successfully launched, on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in the US State of Florida at 00h54 on Friday morning, South African time (18h54 Thursday, US Eastern Daylight... 

The Starliner capsule is successfully launched on its second uncrewed test flight by an Atlas V rocket
Photo by Nasa
The Starliner capsule is successfully launched on its second uncrewed test flight by an Atlas V rocket

City of Johannesburg partners with IITPSA to support ICT and digital skills development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2022 The City of Johannesburg’s Department of Economic Development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute for Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) to collaborate on information and communication technology (ICT) sector development and digital skills... 

Valves technology meets necessary standards

By: Sabrina Jardim     20th May 2022 Industrial valves specialist Brimis Engineering uses a safety valve testing machine from machining manufacturer Ventil to test and certify critical application safety valves, in line with the pressure equipment regulations as stipulated in the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The machine has a... 

Image depicting a man, Moeketsi Mpotu, wearing a black and white suit, standing in front of a Ventil safety valve testing machine
MOEKETSI MPOTU Brimis Engineering uses a Ventil safety valve testing machine to test and certify critical application safety valves

Lithium-ion battery assembly plant opened in Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2022 Swedish energy storage specialist Polarium has opened a lithium-ion battery assembly plant in Montague Park, Cape Town. The facility is the group’s third in the world, with the other two plants in Mexico and Vietnam. 

Nedbank invests in RapidDeploy for rapid response technology for public safety

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2022 Financial services firm Nedbank has made an equity investment into emergency response technology platform RapidDeploy to deliver life-saving rapid response technology for public safety. The firm notes that investment in such technologies is necessary owing to the antiquated, legacy technology... 

Nasa and Boeing planning second uncrewed test flight of latter’s spacecraft for this week

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2022 The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) and giant US aerospace group Boeing hoped to launch the latter’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on its second uncrewed test flight on Thursday. This demonstration flight would see the CST-100 Starliner fly to and dock at the International... 

UP Centre for Future of Work to produce publications, provide advisory services and training

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2022 The Centre for the Future of Work (CFoW), launched by the University of Pretoria (UP) on May 17, will be Africa’s centre of excellence on the future of work, producing scientific and popular publications, advisory services and training, said CFoW director and UP Faculty of Economic and Management... 

RMB Ventures invests in Inhance supply chain technology business

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2022 Financial services firm Rand Merchant Bank private equity arm RMB Ventures has concluded an investment in supply chain technology and services business Inhance Supply Chain Solutions. RMB Ventures invested alongside black-owned investment firm New GX Capital Holding, which acquired a majority... 

Pick n Pay, Takealot partner to sell groceries, liquor on Mr D app

By: Darren Parker     17th May 2022 Retail chain Pick n Pay and online store Takealot have signed a commercial services agreement which will enable customers across South Africa to buy Pick n Pay food, groceries and liquor on a new platform on the food delivery services application (app) Mr D.   In a statement issued on May 17, the... 

Pick n Pay delivery bikes parked in front of a store

Google for Startups Black Founders Fund for Africa applications opened 

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th May 2022 Google has opened applications for the second cohort of the Google for Startup Black Founders Fund Africa, which will see 60 eligible black-founded startups across Africa receive a share of $4-million. Prospective applicants have until May 31 to apply, with the winners set to be announced on July... 

Opening of new Cape Town call centres to boost the city’s R14bn industry 

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2022 The opening of new call-centre sites in Cape Town shows that the city’s business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is shining brighter than ever, says City of Cape Town Economic Growth MMC James Vos. Teleperformance’s Observatory site currently hosts 1 500 staff, servicing four clients from the... 

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My Smart City adds leisure, services and insights functions

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2022 Citizen public service platform My Smart City has launched the In the City feature, which provides local leisure offerings, performance insights and value-added services for city residents to connect to a city and to boost citizen activity, positively affecting the economy, says software... 

MIC Khulisani Ventures concludes first allocation with tech companies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th May 2022 The Mineworkers Investment Company’s (MIC’s) Khulisani Ventures has concluded its first allocation of R43.5-million to technology companies Kelo and Rentoza. In July 2021, MIC launched MIC Khulisani Ventures, a R150-million early-stage investment vehicle targeting black-owned innovative,... 

Developing countries have opportunity to call for greater access to nuclear energy, technology

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2022 States that do not have nuclear weapons, which include most developing countries, have an opportunity to demand greater access to nuclear sciences and technologies for peaceful purposes, including for energy, industry and medicine, at the tenth review conference of the Treaty on the... 

The Koeberg nuclear power station
Photo by Creamer Media
The Koeberg nuclear power station

Altron reports double-digit growth in year-end earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th May 2022 JSE-listed technology company Altron posted a 37.8% increase in headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 51c apiece, and a 82.9% increase in normalised HEPS to 75c a share during the year ended February 28, 2022. This is despite a “tough” year owing to the sustained Covid-19 pandemic, a global... 

Vodacom posts earnings increases as it concludes watershed transition year

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th May 2022 As telecommunications group Vodacom posts increases across the board for the year ended March 31, group CEO Shameel Joosub describes the year under review as being watershed for the evolving technology group. Vodacom has made significant strides in transitioning into a pan-African technology... 

IS3 recognises industrial software clients for excellent technology application

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2022 Industrial software company Industry Software Solutions and Support (IS³) recognised excellence among its end-users for the implementation of AVEVA solutions, which showed significant return on investment and business value across all industries. As the finale for IS3's X-Change User Conference,... 

Black hole at centre of the Milky Way successfully imaged

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th May 2022 The international scientific collaboration known as the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) has published the first ever images of the black hole, designated Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), which sits at the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way. In 2019, the EHT collaboration, which is composed of more than... 

The Sagittarius A* black hole at the centre of our own galaxy
Photo by Event Horizon Telescope
The Sagittarius A* black hole at the centre of our own galaxy

MTN posts strong Q1 performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th May 2022 Telecommunications group MTN has reported a strong first quarter, delivering double-digit service revenue growth and expanding earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) margins. During the three months to March 31, group Ebitda increased by 21.1%, with the Ebitda... 

A customer walks past an MTN sign

Forge Academy to host healthcare technology hackathon

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2022 Digital technologies education company Forge Academy will host a healthcare technology hackathon to conceptualise how health professionals can better use robotics in the healthcare sector. The event will be held at the Forge Academy & Labs building at the Gantry, in Fourways, on May 17. 

Necsa starts process to replace venerable Safari-1 reactor

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th May 2022 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has, with the approval of Cabinet, started the process that should result in it acquiring a new nuclear research reactor, to replace its current Safari-1 research reactor. The new reactor, dubbed the multipurpose reactor (MPR), would, like... 

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AVEVA commits to net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030; net-zero Scope 3 emissions by 2050

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2022 Industrial software provide AVEVA has committed to achieving net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030 and to have net-zero Scope 1,2 and 3 emissions by 2050, AVEVA Europe, Middle East and Africa global head of digital acceleration Michele Cacciari said this week. "A proper sustainability message... 

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