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Company offers laser cladding services

27th August 2021 High-technology coatings specialist Thermaspray is the only ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 3834-2 certified company offering laser cladding services to industry in Southern Africa.  

Laser tech benefits medical implant industry

27th August 2021 The use of laser manufacturing solutions provider LPKF Laser & Electronics’ laser technology ushers in new era in the medical implant industry. A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted, electronic medical device that provides the sense of sound to people with hearing loss. In use for a few... 

Picture of the inside of the laser system
LASER OPPORTUNITIES The laser structuring process is also destined for manufacturing for microwave applications, flexible electronics, and glass

Airbus, Zurich scientists cooperating to grow human tissues in space

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th August 2021 Airbus Defence and Space reported on Thursday that it had cooperated with scientists at the University of Zurich (UZH) Space Hub to develop a technology demonstration experiment which will produce human tissue in almost zero gravity conditions onboard the International Space Station (ISS). The... 

Blue Label reports increase in earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th August 2021 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms has reported an increase in earnings for the year ended May 31, 2021. The group reported core headline earnings for the year under review of R788-million – of which R763-million related to continuing operations and R25-million to discontinued operations. 

Fossil of previously unknown four-legged whale found in Egypt

By: Reuters     26th August 2021 Scientists said on Wednesday they had discovered the 43-million‮-‬year-old‮ ‬fossil of a previously unknown amphibious four-legged whale species in Egypt that helps trace the transition of whales from land to sea. The newly discovered whale belongs to the Protocetidae, a group of extinct whales... 

Interstellar objects might be more common in our Solar System than previously thought

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th August 2021 Interstellar comets, generally believed to be very rare visitors to our Solar System, might be very much more common than normally assumed, two US astrophysicists have suggested. The scientists concerned are Amir Siraj and Avi Loeb of the Centre for Astrophysics/Harvard & Smithsonian. The... 

Altron Fintech launches household financial resilience index 

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th August 2021 Altron Fintech has launched a new index to understand the impact of the current economic environment on the availability of credit. The inaugural Altron Fintech Household Financial Resilience Index (AFHRI), developed on behalf of Altron Fintech by Optimum Investment Group economic advisor Dr... 

New Mars mission passes key Nasa review

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd August 2021 The US space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), has reported that one of its future Mars scientific investigation projects had passed a key mission review, known as Key Decision Point C. The project is designated Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers... 

An artist’s impression of the two Escapade spacecraft in Martian orbit
Photo by Rocket Lab USA/UC Berkeley
An artist’s impression of the two Escapade spacecraft in Martian orbit

Teraco completes Isando-based JB3 data centre facility

By: Donna Slater     19th August 2021 Vendor-neutral data centre and interconnection services provider Teraco Data Environments has completed the JB3 data centre facility, located within the Isando campus, in Ekurhuleni.   JB3 comprises 45 000 m2 of building structure, 12 000 m2 of data hall space and 29 MW of critical power load,... 

EOH provides communications platform for RebuildSA

By: Schalk Burger     18th August 2021 Information technology services firm EOH has partnered with volunteer network RebuildSA to deliver a communications platform from which to instantly engage the growing RebuildSA volunteer base nationally and connect them with businesses and communities impacted by the recent unrest. The... 

Shoprite launches digital business unit, tests AI payment innovation

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2021 The Shoprite Group has officially unveiled its new digital business unit, ShopriteX, which it says “combines data science, technology and innovation with [the group’s] operational strength to provide increasingly enhanced customer experiences”.  Incubated over the past year, ShopriteX aims to... 

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UK provides new funding for research to develop cleaner automotive technologies

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th August 2021 The UK government and UK automotive industry are jointly funding four projects intended to significantly advance low carbon emission vehicle technologies, it was announced on Wednesday. The total funding comes to £91.7-million (about R1.88-billion), and is being awarded through the Advanced... 

Diabetes research centre launched at UP Health Sciences

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2021 South Africa's first Diabetes Research Centre at a public academic institution is operational and is a collaborative initiative that brings together research that is often happening in silos in different departments, says UP Diabetes Research Centre senior project manager Dr Patrick Ngassa... 

CSIR, UNDP partner on 4IR research and development

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2021 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will strengthen research, development and innovation (RDI) into the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and digitisation, and promote digital inclusion and the creation of socioeconomic... 

Property company the first in South Africa to accept crypto for rental deposits

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th August 2021 Affordable residential and student housing specialist Quorum Holdings is the first in South Africa to accept rental deposits in cryptocurrency, and to allow tenants to potentially benefit from an increase in value, the company says in a statement. While rental deposits are standard practice in... 

Data is the key to the power of IoT, says industry council

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2021 The Internet of Things (IoT) has been described as a disruptive technology, which has led to high expectations, but these expectations are realistic, owing to the technology's ability to unlock significant insights from seemingly insignificant data and to use these insights to save money and... 

Boeing spacecraft being returned to company facility after malfunctions on launch pad

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th August 2021 The US space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), and giant US aerospace and defence group Boeing agreed on Friday that the latter’s CST-100 Starliner capsule had to be removed from the top of its Atlas V launch rocket and returned to a Boeing facility for more... 

An image of a Starliner capsule on top of the Atlas V rocket in the VIF
Photo by Nasa
Starliner capsule on top of the Atlas V rocket in the VIF

Icasa extends condolences on passing of former CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th August 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has extended its condolences to former CEO Pakamile Pongwana’s family, former colleagues and friends following his passing. Pongwana was at the helm of Icasa from 2013 to 2017, where he contributed immensely to the work and... 

2Africa subsea cable system gets new branches

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2021 The 2Africa consortium has added four new branches to the 2Africa cable, extending its connectivity to the Seychelles, the Comoros Islands and Angola, as well as bringing a new landing to south-east Nigeria. The new branches will join the extension to the Canary Islands. 

Telkom mourns the passing of Dr Gabrielle Celli

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th August 2021 Telecommunications group Telkom said the telecommunications industry has lost a stalwart and the sector is poorer following the passing of Dr Gabrielle Celli. “It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of former colleague Dr Gabrielle Celli,” the company said in a statement, sending... 

Digital platforms can provide scale and access through partnerships

By: Schalk Burger     13th August 2021 The use and growth of digital platforms worldwide will provide greater value to users, but also enable and require a variety of companies to provide their services at scale to solve specific user requirements, which necessitates partnerships and greater collaboration among value chain... 

MTN meets targets during H1, earnings down on one-off transactions 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th August 2021 MTN Group reported a contraction in its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebidta) margin to 40% during the first half of 2021, compared with 49.7% in June 2020. In constant currency terms and excluding the effects of one-off items, the margin expanded by 1.6 percentage... 

An image of MTN's head office sign
MTN Group president and CEO Ralph Mupita discusses the highlights of MTN’s results for the six months ended June 30, 2021.

MTN abandons Syria operations, drops Ethiopia licence bid

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th August 2021 MTN Group has decided to abandon its Syria operations immediately on the back of untenable operations owing to regulatory actions and demands and is reserving its right to seek redress through international legal processes. During a media briefing on the financial results for the six months ended... 

An image of the entrance to MTN's head office in South Africa

Smart buildings and infrastructure data must be designed to protect personal data

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2021 Smart buildings can yield considerable value when it comes to monitoring occupancy rates and supporting a safe and healthy environment, but it must be remembered that digitally engineered buildings generate a substantially large quantity of data, says construction sector information company... 

UP's Onderstepoort veterinary hospital invests in new device to test dog deafness

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2021 The University of Pretoria’s (UP's) Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH), in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, has invested in a Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) device to test deafness in dogs. The veterinary hospital is currently testing 20 to 30 dogs a month, most of... 

An image of a dog's hearing being tested using the UFI BAERCOM device acquired by the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital.

Shabalala resigns as Adapt IT CEO, director

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2021 JSE-listed information technology services company Adapt IT CEO Sibusiso Shabalala has resigned as a director of the company and its subsidiaries with effect from August 6. Adapt IT announced on August 10 that the board had accepted his resignation. 

UK moves to demonstrate satellite laser communications

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th August 2021 The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced on Monday that the country’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) had awarded a £9.5-million contract to British company In-Space Missions to build the ‘Titania’ future defence communications technology research satellite. This will use... 

Control tower effectively monitors transport of chemicals

By: Halima Frost     6th August 2021 Specialist transport company Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions has noted a 42% improvement in driver awareness, while distracted driving incidents have decreased by 45%, since the launch of its centralised control tower in January 2017. The control tower manages Unitrans’ chemical, petrochemical,... 

An image of a large Unitrans truck bearing an abnormal loads sign
VANTAGE POINT Unitrans' new control tower uses new tech, trained staff and an aerial view of its yard to successfully dispatch its trucks throughout S. Africa

Sansa to host key office of Digital Earth Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th August 2021 Earth observation data services and products organisation Digital Earth Africa signed an agreement on Thursday with the South African National Space Agency (Sansa), which will see the latter host the former’s Programme Management Office (PMO). Digital Earth Africa exists to provide partners... 

EOH to list on A2X

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th August 2021 JSE-listed technology services company EOH has  been approved for secondary listing on A2X Markets and its ordinary shares will be available for trade from August 13. “EOH’s decision to list on A2X will give our shareholders access to an additional platform with lower transaction fees. This is in... 

Telkom appoints Serame Taukobong as group CEO designate

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th August 2021 Telecommunications group Telkom has appointed Serame Taukobong as group CEO designate with effect from October 1, 2021. “Taukobong is a seasoned executive, with deep experience in the information and communication technology sector in South Africa and the continent,” said Telkom chairperson Sello... 

Boeing’s Starliner space capsule programme suffers another delay

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th August 2021 Giant US aerospace and defence group Boeing has suffered another delay with its element of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa’s) Commercial Crew Programme (CCP). Nasa announced that the launch attempt planned for Wednesday had been scrubbed and that the spacecraft would... 

An image of the Starliner capsule being integrated with the Atlas V rocket
Photo by Nasa
The Starliner capsule being integrated with the Atlas V rocket in the VIF

Telkom delivers strong first-quarter results

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th August 2021 Telecommunications group Telkom has reported strong growth in the first quarter of the 2022 financial year, mostly driven by its mobile business. In the three months to June 30, group earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) increased 7.3% to R2.7-billion, with the... 

MTN expects decline on half-year earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2021 Telecommunications group MTN expects a decline in earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2021. In a trading update to shareholders on August 2, the group said it anticipates a 75% to 85%, or 506c to 573c, drop in earnings per share (EPS) for the six months under review to between 101c and 169c. 

UK joins space defence organisation race

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd August 2021 The UK became the latest country to activate a space-focused defence organisation, with the official opening of UK Space Command. The new command was formally created on April 1 – just as the Royal Air Force (RAF) had been, 103 years before. It is currently headquartered at RAF Station High... 

An image of a UK Space Command Space Operator’s badge
Photo by UK Space Command
UK Space Command Space Operator’s Badge

EOH expects improved full-year gross profit margin despite lower second-half revenue

By: Schalk Burger     30th July 2021 Information and communications technology services multinational EOH says it expects to report a gross profit margin improvement of between 4% and 6% for the financial year ending July 31. While total group revenue in the second half of the financial year had been negatively impacted on by the... 

IBM's $1bn investment in partner ecosystem to accelerate digital transformation of businesses

By: Schalk Burger     29th July 2021 Information technology (IT) multinational IBM has started a new technology unit that encompasses all its brands and technology community, placing its business partners at the forefront of the goal to provide client organisations with access to integrated technology teams to solve their challenges... 

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