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Satellite communications partnership formed to bolster remote operations

By: Donna Slater     6th October 2020 Mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat has entered into an agreement with remote monitoring and communications specialist Harvest Technology Group and satellite and radio communication systems company AST to provide Harvest’s customers in the mining, energy and utilities sectors with... 

China announces selection of new astronauts, for space station programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2020 The China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) has announced that it has selected 18 new astronauts. This marks the end of a process that started in May 2018 and which initially involved 2 500 candidates. While the CMSA’s two previous astronaut training programmes were open only to People’s Liberation Army... 

CSIR celebrates 75 years of research and innovation

By: Donna Slater     5th October 2020 As the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) celebrates 75 years of establishment on October 5, the organisation marks a strategic year of redirecting its focus into industrial development and technological innovation, chairperson professor Thokozani Majozi notes. He says that,... 

Nokia reaches 100 5G deals, 160 commercial 5G engagements

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th October 2020 Information and communications technology group Nokia has reached the milestone of 100 commercial fifth-generation (5G) deals with individual customers and a total of 160 commercial 5G engagements, including paid trials. This following the signing of 17 new 5G commercial deals during the third... 

T-Systems, Fortinet to open Cybersecurity Academy in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2020 Information technology services company T-Systems South Africa and integrated, automated cybersecurity solutions company Fortinet have announced plans to launch a specialised Cybersecurity Academy in South Africa during October. The academy will be incorporated into T-Systems South Africa's... 

Leap-Biz automated business management tool for entrepreneurs launched

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2020 A newly launched automated business management tool Leap-Biz uses integrated information flow to keep business owners consistently up to date about their businesses, enabling them to make informed decisions. “Leap-Biz takes a holistic approach and provides integrated functionality for all... 

4IR key to advanced NDT service

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd October 2020 The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is an extremely significant focus for material testing and inspection services specialist Dekra Industrial because the collection and interpretation of data plays a vital role in forecasting, strategic growth and decision-making in organisations. While... 

4IR key to advanced NDT service
GRUDGE PURCHASE Some of South African metal fabricators only undertaking non-destructive testing to ensure that they are fabrication- and design-code compliant

Govt says release of spectrum will bring certainty to industry 

By: African News Agency      1st October 2020 The long-awaited announcement by the Independent Communications Authority of dates for the release of new spectrum will bring certainty to the industry, Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said on Thursday. On Wednesday, regulator ICASA said its council had... 

Govt says release of spectrum will bring certainty to industry
Communications & Digital Technologies Minster Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

Icasa to issue spectrum ITAs

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th September 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) will publish the invitations to apply (ITAs) for the licensing process for the Wireless Open Access Network (Woan) and the International Mobile Telephony (IMT) spectrum no later than October 2. Icasa, in a September 30 briefing to... 

App to help customers diagnose, fix slow Internet

By: Schalk Burger     30th September 2020 Internet services provider RocketNet has launched its Probe app to help customers diagnose and fix problems with their Internet speed. The app, available for Apple and Android devices, removes the guesswork of diagnosing a customer’s internal network and points the company to the exact issue,... 

Genstar collaborates with US firm to bring antibacterial lighting to South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th September 2020 A South African company has clinched a deal to distribute a new lighting technology that it says is able to suppress bacteria in the air and on surfaces using a narrow spectrum of visible light. The licensing agreement covering the technology involves Johannesburg-based Genstar Emergency Lighting... 

Covid-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund will support 80 research, science advice projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2020 Eighty projects across 17 African countries have been selected for funding under the Covid-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund. The fund was launched in May, valued at close to R80-million, or $4.75-million.  

Sendmarc fund to protect South African healthcare workers against phishing attacks

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2020 Anti-phishing company Sendmarc has established a R1-million fund – the Sendmarc Protect our Protectors programme – to help South Africa’s frontline responders protect their staff, patients and suppliers from phishing attacks amid the Covid-19 global pandemic. The fund was launched in September in... 

TechSoft to support municipalities in revenue recovery, collections management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2020 Technology solutions provider TechSoft International has developed an integrated and data-rich solution to assist in improving revenue management and collection for struggling municipalities. With the company’s C3 platform, municipal entities are said to be able to leverage a software tool that... 

Solution for the puzzle of dark energy proposed by scientists in Hawaii

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th September 2020 Scientists at the University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa, in the US, have developed a theory to explain the mysterious force known as dark energy. For some 20 years now, scientists have known that not only is the universe expanding, but that this expansion is also accelerating. The force driving this... 

Breakthroughs in practical artificial intelligence ethics reported by Rolls-Royce

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th September 2020 UK-based global industrial technology group Rolls-Royce recently announced that it had achieved two breakthroughs in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) ethics. These breakthroughs will be fully published later this year on the Rolls-Royce website under a Creative Commons licence. The group... 

South Africa should ramp up e-waste recycling

By: Tracy Hancock     25th September 2020 The level of e-waste recycling in South Africa is extremely low. While 6 kg/y to 7 kg/y of e-waste is generated for every South African citizen only 360 000 t/y of e-waste is placed on the market. Only 7% to 12% of the total volume is being recycled formally. This percentage could be doubled when... 

South Africa should ramp up e-waste recycling
REUSING RESOURCES With up to 99% of all components that comprise information technology devices being recyclable, the world’s finite resources can be saved

WiFi solution overcomes poor connectivity to provide free content

By: Schalk Burger     25th September 2020 A WiFi content delivery solution can provide free wireless access to rich and curated education, training and entertainment content in areas that have minimal connectivity and where data costs prevent the majority of people from using digital channels. The solution is an integrated WiFi and... 

WiFi solution overcomes poor connectivity  to provide free content
VIEW4ALL HARDWARE The solution provides access to entertainment content and e-learning materials and can be used in areas with limited connectivity

Digitally enabled Bureau Veritas completes 5 000 remote inspections

By: Schalk Burger     25th September 2020 Testing, inspection and certification multinational Bureau Veritas Southern Africa has completed more than 5 000 remote inspections of clients' assets and operations in Africa amid restricted-movement regulations to combat the spread of Covid-19. Bureau Veritas Southern Africa VP Sal Govender... 

Inequalities hamper remote learning in S Africa – UCT study

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd September 2020 A recent University of Cape Town study has revealed that technical and vocational education and training students are faring worse than university students in terms of internet access for remote learning. The study was conducted by researchers Dr Nicola Branson, Emma Whitelaw and Samantha... 

Inequalities hamper remote learning in S Africa – UCT study

Alaris Holdings holds steady, despite Covid-19 challenges 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2020 Radio frequency (RF) technology group Alaris Holdings’ financial results for the year ended June 30, was severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent hard lockdown, leading to a 24% decrease in headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 25.8c. “There would have been some growth, had it... 

Alaris Holdings holds steady, despite Covid-19 challenges
Alaris executive finance director Elsie Müller gives more detail on the company's results for the 2020 financial year. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

JSE-listed Telkom tells of mixed hit from Covid-19 restrictions

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th September 2020 The impact of Covid-19 and the national lockdown has impacted JES-listed Telkom’s business to varying degrees. In an update to the market, Telkom said that, while its consumer business benefitted from the increased demand from people working from home and online schooling, its BCX and Small... 

Affordability of communications critical for impact

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th September 2020 As the Covid-19 pandemic brings South Africa’s widening digital divide into sharp focus in South Africa, having the latest generation connectivity, unaffordable for many, will not make much of an economic impact without lowering the costs. South Africa has had some success with its various... 

Cybersecurity has to remain ‘front of mind’ for miners, says panel

By: Simone Liedtke     18th September 2020 As the world becomes more connected through information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT), ABB local division manager for mining solutions John Manuell warns that cybersecurity will need “to remain front of mind”. With the advent and increasing use of digital technologies,... 

Cybersecurity has to remain ‘front of mind’ for miners, says panel

British government announces major quantum computing initiatives

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th September 2020 The UK government recently and formally launched the country’s National Quantum Computer Centre. The creation of this centre was first announced in 2018 and the government has committed £93-million to the initiative. The launching of the centre was announced at the Virtual Quantum Summit at the... 

Blue Label sells 47.56% interest in Blue Label Mexico

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2020 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms is selling its 47.56% interest in Blue Label Mexico to co-shareholder Grupo Bimbo for $11.5-million. Blue Label will use the proceeds to settle its total parent guarantee obligations of $3.25-million payable to RBL Bank on behalf of Oxigen Services India, as well as... 

Tata International Africa records another year of growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th September 2020 Tata International Africa, a subsidiary of Tata International, has recorded another profitable year despite the challenging economies, shrinking markets and the pandemic. The group provides skills, expertise and various products in automotive, engineering, mining, farming and farm equipment, in... 

Study points to increased cybersecurity risks for oil and gas companies

By: Schalk Burger     16th September 2020 International oil and gas companies are facing an increased risk of cyber-attacks and will need to change the way they approach risk management to reduce the impact of cyberthreats, a recent master study by Stellenbosch University political scientist Kayla Mc Ewan shows. She says that, by... 

Digital technologies drive transformation in mining

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2020 With many things having changed, never to be the same, Microsoft South Africa enterprise director Amr Kamel says of the power of technology: “It will always help people and organisations to adapt, re-invent and transform”. South Africa’s mining industry contributed R360-billion to the country's... 

Digital technologies drive transformation in mining
Microsoft South Africa enterprise director Amr Kamel

Global marketplace launched for manufacturing industry assets

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th September 2020 A new digital marketplace, backed by asset disposal company Liquidity Services, is aimed at changing the way local manufacturing companies buy and sell assets to a national, regional and international buyer base. The company has long-running disposal contracts with organisations such as Boeing,... 

Global marketplace launched for manufacturing industry assets screenshot

Signs of life on Venus?

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th September 2020 An international (UK-US-Japan) team of astronomers have stunned the scientific world by announcing the discovery of a rare molecule in the atmosphere of Venus, the third planet from the Sun, and Earth’s nearest neighbour (often called Earth’s ‘non-identical twin’, because the two are so similar... 

Signs of life on Venus?
Photo by Nasa
A 1974 visible wavelength image of Venus, taken by the Mariner 10 spacecraft and recently reprocessed with modern technology to make the structure of its clouds more visible.

City of Johannesburg resumes free WiFi hotspots roll-out

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2020 The City of Johannesburg has relaunched its free Joburg WiFi hotspots roll-out project after four years. Digital inequality continues to be high in the city with at least 50% of people in Johannesburg and 80% of residents in informal settlements still without access to the Internet. 

Puleng to offer buguroo behavioural biometric solution to South African banking clients

By: Schalk Burger     11th September 2020 Local user, data and cybersecurity architectures company Puleng Technologies has partnered with Madrid-based online fraud prevention specialist multinational buguroo to reduce the impact of online bank fraud in South Africa. Puleng Technologies will offer and support buguroo’s behavioural... 

Cosmic rays, background radiation could hamper quantum computing

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th September 2020 Quantum computing promises to bring huge improvements over conventional computing, if it can be scaled up from the current, basically laboratory test, installations. It would be able to process much more complex problems than conventional computing and do so at far, far higher speeds. But... 

Battery metals to boom despite widespread Covid-19 disruption

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 Battery metals, which are used in modern energy efficient electrical products, are playing an increasingly important role in climate change mitigation and the shift towards a lower carbon-intensive future. Battery metals, including lithium, vanadium, copper, cobalt, nickel, lead and graphite are... 

Battery metals to boom despite widespread Covid-19 disruption

Liquid Telecom launches managed cybersecurity service for Africa

By: Schalk Burger     10th September 2020 Africa-focused network and telecommunications group Liquid Telecom has launched a cybersecurity unit, which provides end-to-end managed services for digital security and is designed to protect customers' digitally transformed businesses including networks, people and systems. Liquid Telecom CEO... 

Sasol gives insight into its automation, digital journey

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2020 Implementing a digital transformation strategy is a “must”, rather than an option, and is driven by both external and internal forces, petrochemicals company Sasol Chemicals digital lead Oratile Sematle said on September 8. Speaking during an automation-themed webinar as part of this year’s... 

Sasol gives insight into its automation, digital journey
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