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Altron shows positive first-half rebound

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 11 minutes ago JSE-listed Altron has delivered an improved financial performance during the six months to August 31, 2021, as it continues to navigate a challenging environment. During the first half of the year, the company achieved a 238% increase in headline earnings a share to 11c and an operating profit... 

Nasa is targeting February for first launch in its Artemis lunar mission programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 1 hour 1 minute ago Senior officials of the US space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), confirmed on Friday that the first flight in its new crewed space programme, Artemis, will now take place early next year. Although there had been a growing conviction among space journalists and... 

A photo of the Orion spacecraft mounted on top of the SLS in the VAB
Photo by Nasa
The Orion spacecraft mounted on top of the SLS in the VAB

Hydrogen Society Roadmap to guide South Africa’s hydrogen rollout – Nzimande

By: Donna Slater     22nd October 2021 The Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM), which was approved by Cabinet on September 14, provides a “clear indication” of how hydrogen and fuel cell technologies could be a “game changer” for the South African economy, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande noted during the Hydrogen Economy... 

Apply for subsidised TV decoder now, says SA Post Office

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd October 2021 The South African Post Office has called on qualifying households to apply for a free government-subsidised decoder, known as a set-top box (STB). The call comes as the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies accelerates the country’s switch from analogue to digital television (TV)... 

Standard Bank hosting employee customer service solutions hackathon

By: Schalk Burger     20th October 2021 Financial services firm Standard Bank is, this week, hosting a virtual event in which its employees seek to find innovative solutions to consumer problems using technology, with strategies that build on Standard Bank’s digital strategies and value drivers. 

Digital skills required to overcome Covid-19 trade impasse

By: Donna Slater     20th October 2021 In addressing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the lives and livelihoods of many entrepreneurs, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition export promotion director Luke Govender said digital skills need to be bolstered. He spoke during an October 20 webinar, hosted by Trade Forward... 

Huge, Cell C settle dispute

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2021 A dispute between JSE-listed Huge Group-affiliated Huge Cellular and Cell C Service Provider Company, a company affiliated with Cell C, has been settled. The duo have concluded an agreement that settles their respective disputes with the other. 

Vodacom launches Eco-SIM cards made from recycled plastic

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2021 Vodacom is launching Eco-SIM cards made from recycled plastic in South Africa, as the company works to reduce its impact on the environment by halving its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. The South African launch of the half-sized format recycled cards, which will progressively replace SIM cards... 

South Atlantic Cable System reports surging traffic

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2021 The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has reported significant ten-fold increase in traffic since September 2018, when the 6 156 km intercontinental subsea cable went live, nearly halving latency between Africa and the Americas and opening an express digital connection to accelerate digital and... 

Liquid launches new Asia-US global Internet transit route through Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2021 Pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies has launched its shortest terrestrial fibre route from the east to the west coasts of Africa, connecting Mombasa, in Kenya, to Muanda, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The completion of this route establishes a new global Internet... 

MTN, Vodacom join Telkom in temporary spectrum lawsuit

By: Reuters     19th October 2021 South Africa's two biggest mobile operators, MTN and Vodacom, have joined number three Telkom in a lawsuit to stop the regulator withdrawing temporary frequency spectrum assigned at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. The temporary spectrum allowed the operators to deliver faster connectivity to... 

Nasa successfully launches new deep space probe, to explore ancient asteroids

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th October 2021 The latest deep space mission of the US space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), was successfully launched form the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in the US state of Florida at 11:34 South African time on Saturday. The launch was conducted by an Atlas V rocket... 

A photo of the launch of Lucy on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral
Photo by Nasa
The launch of Lucy on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral

IHS Holding's planned IPO should support growth and diversification strategy, S&P says

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2021 Ratings agency S&P Global Ratings said that mobile tower company IHS Holdings' plans to complete an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange will boost the company's growth and diversification strategy. IHS intends issuing 22.5-million shares, including 80% in primary shares and 20% in secondary shares... 

Digital platforms mitigate water processing risks

By: Darren Parker     15th October 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted significant risks to water processing operations across various sectors. All of these sectors depend on these operations being fully operational and for maintenance services to function properly, says water technology and services company Veolia Services... 

A photo of a man at a computer using the Hubgrade system
HUBGRADE Hubgrade is part of the quality improvement process continuously adopted by Veolia for clients

IHS announces IPO pricing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th October 2021 Telecommunications shared infrastructure independent owners, operators and developers IHS Holdings has announced the pricing of its initial public offering (IPO) of IHS Towers’ 18-million ordinary shares at a public offering price of $21 a share. MTN, in a statement issued on October 14, said... 

Vantage to build R15bn data centre in Waterfall City

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2021 Data centre multinational Vantage Data Centers plans to invest more than R15‐billion to build its first‐ever African campus, which will be based in the mixed-use precinct Waterfall City. The 80 MW campus will help foster economic growth, stimulate job creation and use an energy‐efficient design,... 

An artist's impression of the Vantage data centre to be built at Waterfall City
An artist's impression of the Vantage data centre to be built at Waterfall City

Sansa reports on magnetic storm triggered by coronal mass ejection from the Sun

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th October 2021 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) announced on Tuesday that moderate disturbances had been caused in the Earth’s magnetic field, creating moderate space communications disruptions, by a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the Sun. The CME occurred on October 9. Most CMEs miss the... 

Icasa intends to oppose litigation by Telkom on the temporary spectrum 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th October 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has resolved to oppose Telkom’s litigation to stop the expiry of the temporary Covid-19 spectrum allocation. In August, the authority directed the various telecommunications companies to return the temporary spectrum it assigned to... 

BioCode receives second R7m grant from UTF for development of inflammation screening

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2021 Rapid-test and laboratory platform development start-up company BioCode has received a second grant of R7-million from research commercialisation fund the University Technology Fund to finance its development of a rapid inflammation test that can be used as a screening and monitoring tool for... 

South Africa’s space and air traffic management agencies sign MoU

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2021 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and the State-owned national air traffic management company, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday. The MoU will strengthen cooperation between the two agencies, Sansa having expertise in a... 

FSD Africa backs fintech pioneer to build new platform increasing access to carbon markets

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th October 2021 FSD Africa, the UK government’s flagship financial sector programme in Africa, is making an initial investment of £650 000 in a digital solution connecting carbon credits from small-scale green projects across the global south with international buyers. The investment will deliver funding through... 

Altron to report dip in half year earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2021 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) expects to report a 80% to 100% decline in earnings for the six months ended August 31, 2021. The company anticipates a basic loss a share of between 3c and 16c in the six months to August this year, a more than 100% decline on the basic earnings a share of... 

85% of industrial businesses to increase digital investments - Aveva

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2021 A survey done by industrial software multinational Aveva shows that 85% of industrial businesses plan to increase their investment in digital transformation over the next three years to tackle climate change, embrace automation and unlock the performance benefits of advanced technologies. The... 

MTN clinches best network rating again

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th October 2021 Telecommunications group MTN has retained the crown of best mobile network in South Africa with a network quality score of 9.58 in the third quarter of 2021. The MyBroadband Mobile Network Quality Report shows that Vodacom secured a network quality score of 6.25, followed by Telkom with 5.18,... 

European Service Module for US-led Orion crewed space programme delivered by Airbus

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th October 2021 The second European Service Module (ESM) for the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) -led Artemis crewed spaceflight programme was successfully delivered by air to Nasa’s Kennedy Space Centre, in the US state of Florida, on Friday. The ESM is the responsibility of the European... 

A photo of the complete ESM-2 at Airbus’s Bremen facility
Photo by Airbus
The complete ESM-2 at Airbus’s Bremen facility

Alaris announces firm intention with consortium for buy-out offer, delisting

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2021 Radio frequency technology group Alaris Holdings has announced that a consortium plans to make an offer to acquire the entire issued share capital of Alaris, excluding treasury shares, not already held, and delist the company from the JSE. The consortium, comprising Tadvest, CRH Investments,... 

Digital skills development platform provides low-bandwidth access to critical training

By: Schalk Burger     8th October 2021 The Nedbank DigiSkills online training platform aims to upskill and create sustainable income opportunities for 1 000 South Africans by the end of this year, with plans to grow this number to 5 000 in the longer term. The low-bandwidth platform offers five free online short courses and learning... 

Machine learning can enhance manufacturing productivity

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th October 2021 The South African manufacturing sector is diverse and contributes 11.8% to gross domestic product and 10.3% to employment. Although these figures are small, compared with the figures of other countries, embracing machine learning could enhance the sector and assist in its growth, says University... 

Teraco completes phase 1 of CT2 data centre to meet enterprise demand

By: Schalk Burger     7th October 2021 Data centre and interconnection services company Teraco has completed Phase 1 of its CT2 hyperscale data centre, in Brackenfell, Cape Town, to support growing demand by enterprises and cloud providers for data centre capacity. CT2 offers highly resilient and secure co-location facilities in line... 

A photo of Teraco's CT2 data centre, in Cape Town
Teraco's CT2 data centre, in Cape Town

MTN appoints Adekunle Awobodu as digital, fintech CFO

By: Schalk Burger     7th October 2021 Telecommunications multinational MTN Group has appointed Adekunle Awobodu as its digital and financial technology (DigiFin) CFO. His responsibilities include ensuring the growth of these platforms in line with the group’s strategic intent as set out in its 'Ambition 2025: Leading digital... 

A photo of MTN DigiFin CFO Adekunle Awobodu
MTN DigiFin CFO Adekunle Awobodu

Sansa to host programme office for Earth observation data and products service for Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th October 2021 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has been appointed as the Programme Management Office (PMO) for Digital Earth Africa. The latter entity has been established to make Earth observation data easily available and to provide ‘decision-ready’ products to African countries and... 

City launches e-Joburg portal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th October 2021 City of Johannesburg executive mayor Mpho Moerane on October 6 launched e-Joburg, a municipal bill presentation and payment portal. The e-Joburg platform is a self-service portal that enables ratepayers, homeowners, companies, property managing agents and tenants to view and download their... 

Google to invest $1bn in Africa over five years

By: Reuters     6th October 2021 Google plans to invest $1-billion in Africa over the next five years to ensure access to fast and cheaper internet and will back startups to support the continent's digital transformation, it said on Wednesday. The unit of US tech company Alphabet Inc made the announcement at a virtual event... 

South Africa’s digital migration accelerates

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th October 2021 South Africa’s long-delayed transition from analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television (TV) under the broadcasting digital migration (BDM) programme has been accelerated, with an ambition of concluding the analogue switch off (ASO) across all nine province by the end of January 2022.... 

MTN Uganda to float 20% of shares on Uganda Securities Exchange

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th October 2021 Telecommunications group MTN Uganda plans to proceed with an initial public offer (IPO) and subsequently list on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE) following approval from the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) and USE for MTN Group to sell 20% of its shareholding in MTN Uganda to the public. The... 

Hormone therapy does not increase the risk of dementia in older women – UK researchers

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st October 2021 The most comprehensive study yet undertaken, incorporating the most reliable risk estimates so far achieved, has shown that hormone replacement therapy (HRT), also known as menopausal hormone therapy (MHT), did not increase the risk of dementia in women. The research team was led by Dr Yana... 

Altron to sell Altron People Solutions business

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st October 2021 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) has split its Altron People Solutions business and sold them to two buyers, effective October 1, after holding it for sale over the past year. The Altron People Solutions’ Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Customer Experience Technology business has... 

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