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Calgro M3 signs exclusive agreement with Sendoff funeral app

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 6 hours ago 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     Updated 7 hours ago 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... 

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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... 

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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... 

CSIR unveils technology to support learners with learning difficulties

By: Darren Parker     11th May 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) unveiled its new learning technology, a voice computing application (app) that translates text into audio, on May 11. Developed by CSIR researchers, the app called iSinkwe was designed to support literacy development by helping learners... 

MTN South Africa invests R2.2bn in Gauteng network modernisation

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2022 Telecommunications group MTN South Africa is investing R2.2-billion into its 2022 network modernisation programme in Gauteng to meet demand, maintain network excellence and extend reach into township areas. MTN’s countrywide modernisation of network South Africa, or Monza, project – 68% of which... 

Industrial software professionals engage during technical streams at conference

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2022 The Industry Software Services and Support (IS3) X-Change User Conference, aimed at providing the attending industrial software professionals with technical overviews and insights into industrial automation solutions and processes, saw the professionals get detailed updates on various industrial... 

Liquid partners with Peace Cable Company

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2022 Pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies has partnered with Peace Cable Company to introduce 800 Gb/s of additional subsea capacity in Mombasa on the global submarine cable, which will be ready in 2022. While acting as a new global Internet route between Asia, Europe and the... 

MTN Group links remuneration of senior executives to ESG goals

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th May 2022 Telecommunications giant MTN Group has linked the remuneration of senior executives with the group’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets, supporting the delivery of its Ambition 2025 strategy and, in particular, the strategic priority to create shared value with ESG at the core.... 

WAPA encourages government to release 1 200 GHz of WiFi 6E spectrum

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th May 2022 New data shows that South Africa could benefit by $57.76-billion over the next 10 years by enabling 1 200 license-exempt megahertz in the 6 GHz band. This comprises $34.81-billion in gross domestic product contribution, $13.32-billion in producer surplus to South African businesses and... 

Industrial cloud can provide intelligent solutions on premise and on site

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2022 Industrial companies can use cloud platforms to link their operations to an array of capabilities and tools that support their ability to track, model, predict and make visible a range of performance metrics, as well as to make this data available to all personnel to perform their jobs better,... 

Aveva, Digital Industries partnership aims for purposeful industrial transformation

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2022 Industrial software companies Aveva and Digital Industries will invest in and formalise their presence in East and West African markets with the purpose of ensuring that industrial companies, and countries, are competitive, efficient and effective by supporting their digital adoption journeys,... 

Vodacom South Africa MD appointed

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2022 Vodacom Tanzania MD Sitho Mdlalose has been appointed as Vodacom South Africa MD, effective July 1, succeeding Balesh Sharma, who is stepping down at the end of June to pursue an external career opportunity. Mdlalose, who has been Vodacom Tanzania MD since August 2021, will return to South Africa... 

inq. expands footprint into South Africa with the acquisition of Syrex

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2022 Pan-African digital services provider and Convergence Partner company inq. is acquiring hyperconverged cloud technology solutions provider Syrex for an undisclosed amount. The deal, which remains subject to Competition Commission and Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa)... 

Ethiopia's State telecom launches 5G services in capital

By: Reuters     10th May 2022 State-owned operator Ethio Telecom launched a fifth-generation (5G) mobile phone service on Monday in a key step ahead of competition from new entrants in an industry that has been closed for international players. Next-generation 5G networks can provide data speeds at least 20 times faster than... 

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