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Drone cinematography programme launched to boost skills

By: Donna Slater     15th February 2021 As part of its Human Capital Development programme, provincial State entity and film industry support organisation, the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Film Commission has launched the Drone Technology Training programme. Since 2014, when the KZN Film Commission says the use of drones in filmmaking became... 

MTN commits to net zero emissions by 2040

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th February 2021 Telecommunications group MTN has set ambitions of achieving net zero emissions by 2040, setting science-based targets to achieve a 47% average reduction in absolute emissions for scope 1, 2 and 3. MTN said its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission-reduction targets are in line with the information and... 

South Africa risks more inequality if it does not digitalise, says the WEF

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th February 2021 The World Economic Forum (WEF) in its latest 'Global Risks Report 2021' finds that Covid-19 has not only claimed millions of lives, but also risks widened long-standing health, economic and digital disparities. The WEF, together with report collaborators professional services firms Marsh... 

Broadband critical to small business success

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th February 2021 As the Covid-19 pandemic and resultant restrictions necessitate a move online for citizens and businesses, broadband is playing an essential role that should be embraced. With the emergence of new technologies, new advanced instruments and tools for online engagement, networking and businesses... 

Speedy spectrum allocation is the low-hanging, confidence-building fruit

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th February 2021 The swift allocation of high-demand spectrum is the “low-hanging” fruit toward international investor confidence and growth, said RMB Corporate and Investment banking division telecoms, media and technology sector head Thobeka Tubela. However, like in many countries worldwide, South Africa’s... 

Vox’s fibre initiatives get capex funding boost

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th February 2021 The deployment of fibre infrastructure by Vox subsidiary Frogfoot has been boosted by access to debt facilities to fund their fibre ambitions. The addition capital expenditure (capex) boost from mandated lead arranger Investec will enable Vox to continue to provide communities with fast and... 

Adapt IT appoints independent expert to assess Huge Group offer

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th February 2021 JSE-listed technology company Adapt IT Holdings has issued a further cautionary while a newly appointed independent expert reviews Huge Group’s buy-out offer. Adapt IT has appointed Nodus Capital TS to determine whether or not the consideration offered by Huge Group for Adapt IT shares is fair... 

WEF recognises local SharkSafe tech innovation

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2021 The SharkSafe Barrier, developed by Stellenbosch University (SU) research commercialisation company Innovus, was recognised by the World Economic Forum (WEF) digital platform UpLink as one of the top ocean innovators and was chosen as one of eleven innovations that have the potential to address... 

Two countries place probes in Martian orbit for the first time

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th February 2021 This week two countries have been able to celebrate the safe insertion into Martian orbit of their space probes. And neither country had ever before launched an interplanetary mission. They are the United Arab Emirates (UAE), whose Hope (in Arabic, Amal) spacecraft entered Martian orbit on... 

Mars, imaged by China’s Tianwen-1 at a distance of 2.2-million kilometres
Photo by China National Space Administration
Mars, imaged by China’s Tianwen-1 at a distance of 2.2-million kilometres

South Africa’s digital migration to move ahead from March

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th February 2021 After many delayed starts and renewed deadlines, South Africa is on track to start the year-long phased switch off of analogue television (TV) transmitters in March. In his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on February 11, President Cyril Ramaphosa said he expected the province-by-province... 

Blended apprenticeship and digital artisan training proposed for Africa

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2021 New approaches to artisan education in line with Industry 4.0 paradigms are being crafted that use a blend of digital training and apprenticeships, and are being proposed as a sustainable training model for Africa. Digital artisan training facilitator BluLever Education is launching a new... 

City of Joburg invites smart city innovation proposals

By: Schalk Burger     11th February 2021 The City of Johannesburg’s Smart City Office, in collaboration with digital innovation hub Tshimologong Innovation Precinct, invites technology and Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) start-up companies to submit proposals for smart city innovative solutions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.... 

Changing Ethiopian ICT landscape presents attractive opportunities and potential, says market research firm

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2021 Information and communication technology (ICT) market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) says there are positive opportunities in Ethiopia as the government focuses on liberalising the telecommunications sector and allowing for foreign investment. This move creates space for... 

SpaceX selected for another important Nasa contract

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th February 2021 The US space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), has chosen renowned private-sector space company SpaceX to launch the core elements of the agency’s Moon-orbiting space station, Lunar Gateway. SpaceX was founded by South African-born engineer and entrepreneur Elon... 

Airbus goes big on 3D printing for satellite contract

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th February 2021 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus is now engaged in large volume manufacturing of radio frequency (RF) components for satellites using additive layer manufacturing (ALM). Also known simply as additive manufacturing, ALM is popularly called 3D printing. RF components are of course... 

Computer image of an Eurostar Neo satellite in orbit
Photo by Airbus
Computer image of an Eurostar Neo satellite in orbit

Altron gears up for 2.0 strategy, to sell three businesses  

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th February 2021 The success of the One Altron strategy has set the base for the Altron 2.0 strategy; however, some “tough” choices had to be made to reposition the company for its new growth path amid economic turmoil and a global pandemic. The group, which has over the past few years focused on a vision of One... 

Altron CEO Mteto Nyati
Altron group CEO Mteto Nyati discusses the Altron 2.0 strategy. Date recorded: 10.02.2021. Videowork: Kutlwano Matlala. Video editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Digitalisation to drive standardisation in construction, engineering industries

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2021 The digitalisation of construction companies' processes and tools and the introduction of sensors and connectivity on project sites are driving deep changes in the construction and engineering industries. This will improve efficiencies across the supply chain, including the design, development... 

Unusual type of supernova identified in the Milky Way

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2021 A team of scientists from China, Japan, the Netherlands and the US have used data obtained from the US National Aeronautics and Space Agency’s Chandra X-ray space telescope to identify the first known example in our own galaxy (the Milky Way) of an unusual type of stellar explosion, known as a... 

Danfoss merges heating, cooling businesses to tackle climate change

By: Donna Slater     9th February 2021 Electronics and technological solutions company Danfoss has changed its group structure to combine the heating and cooling segments into Danfoss Climate Solutions in an effort to intensify its focus on the “green agenda” in attractive global markets. The company notes that “everywhere in the... 

MTN to sell stake in BICS for R1.8bn 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th February 2021 Telecommunications group MTN has concluded an agreement to sell its 20% stake in Belgacom International Carrier Services (BICS) to Proximus NV/SA for R1.8-billion (€100-million). MTN plans to use the proceeds to pay down US dollar debt and for general corporate purposes. 

Kemtek to distribute Crosscall durable smartphones in SADC

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2021 French durable smartphone manufacturer Crosscall has signed a distribution agreement with technology solutions distributor and equipment reseller Kemtek, which will make Crosscall’s range available to its more than 700 South African resellers and Southern African Development Community (SADC)... 

'Please Call Me' inventor gears up for last stretch of battle against Vodacom 

By: News24Wire      9th February 2021 After over a decade of fighting Vodacom, the country's biggest cellular company, the inventor of "Please Call Me" is hopeful that his protracted legal battle is now entering the last mile. In May, Nkosana Makate will once again square off against Vodacom in a review of a R47-million compensation... 

Half of global 5G economic impact to accrue to health and social care, says PwC

By: Schalk Burger     8th February 2021 The impact of the growth of fifth-generation (5G) telecommunications infrastructure and new and existing applications will add an estimated $1.3-trillion to global gross domestic product by 2030, with health and social set to add $530-billion from productivity and efficiency gains, advisory... 

5G health threats unfounded – CSIR 

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2021 With concerns around fifth-generation (5G) technologies being raised by citizens across social media in recent months, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has put to bed the theories surrounding the new technologies' deployment on human health. Over the past few months,... 

5G health threats unfounded – CSIR
CSIR senior researcher Dr Essa Suleman and CSIR chief researcher Dr Fisseha Mekuria discuss the speculation that 5G causes health issues. Date recorded: 08/02/2021.

The Square Kilometre Array Observatory has been launched 

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2021 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) highlighted on Monday that the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Observatory (SKAO) was now active, following the first meeting of the SKAO Council on February 4. The current members of the SKAO are Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal,... 

A composite computer nocturnal image showing the South African SKA on the left and the Australian SKA on the right
Photo by SKAO/SARAO/ICRAR
A composite computer nocturnal image showing the South African SKA on the left and the Australian SKA on the right

Telkom posts robust results for nine months to December

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2021 Telecommunications group Telkom has posted increases of 0.9% and 8.5% respectively in revenue and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) during the nine months to December 31, 2020. Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko attributed the results to a robust mobile growth, the... 

In US, Biden administration confirms Artemis programme is still go

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th February 2021 The new US administration of President Joe Biden has confirmed that it is committed to continuing with the Artemis programme. Artemis is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (Nasa's) new crewed space programme, intended to return men and take the first women to the Moon. Artemis... 

Huge updates market on R800m Adapt IT bid, withdraws cautionary

5th February 2021 A week after making a general offer to acquire up to 100% of the issued Adapt IT shares, JSE-listed Huge Group has withdrawn its cautionary after mapping out the proposal. Huge, which is “ready, able and willing” to implement the offer, made a firm bid earlier this week, irrevocably offering to... 

Govt has secured vaccines for 26-million people 

By: Sane Dhlamini     5th February 2021 Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize revealed on Friday that government had secured enough Covid-19 vaccines for 26-million people, so far, with more agreements in the pipeline. He revealed that China could be one of the countries that South Africa procures vaccines from. On Monday, the country... 

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize

MTN to report higher year-end earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th February 2021 Telecommunications group MTN expects double-digit growth in earnings for the year ended December 31, 2020. The telecommunications group anticipates earnings per share (EPS) to be between 886c to 987c for the year under review, a rise of between 75% and 95%, or 380c to 481c, on the 506c reported... 

Endress+Hauser certifies its industrial cloud as industrial digitalisation steams ahead

By: Schalk Burger     5th February 2021 Industrial instrumentation and automation multinational Endress+Hauser reported its latest industrial technology developments during a virtual briefing on February 4, and detailed new developments of its Netilion industrial cloud platform that enables customers to derive greater value from their... 

US-based scientists develop global extreme wind speed atlas to help wind energy sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th February 2021 Scientists at Cornell University’s Cornell Atkinson Centre for Sustainability, in Ithaca in New York state in the US, have developed a new, digital, global wind atlas. Entitled “A Global Assessment of Extreme Wind Speeds for Wind Energy Applications”, it was unveiled in a paper published in the... 

Telkom appoints new CFO

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th February 2021 Telecommunications group Telkom has appointed Dirk Reyneke as its Group CFO, effective February 5. Reyneke has been acting group CFO since December 7 following the resignation of Tsholofelo Molefe. 

New pressure gauge incorporates IoT tech

By: Halima Frost     5th February 2021 Measuring instruments supplier Wika Instruments has aligned the global launch of its Bourdon tube pressure gauge, the company’s most advanced gauge to date, with its new business strategy. Although the new gauge uses the old gauge’s design, it includes Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)... 

PRESSURE GAUGE
The pressure to move to a more technology orientated company has seen the introduction of the Internet of Things to its devices
PRESSURE GAUGE The pressure to move to a more technology orientated company has seen the introduction of the Internet of Things to its devices

Society drives initiatives to improve instrumentation sector

By: Halima Frost     5th February 2021 The Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control (SAIMC) has announced that its trust fund will be introduced to the instrumentation and control sector this year, which is among other initiatives being developed by the society for the coming years. “The trust fund is being... 

HELPING HAND
The  Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control hopes its trust fund will drive change in education in the sector
HELPING HAND The Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control hopes its trust fund will drive change in education in the sector

SA and French space agencies agree on implementation of their latest partnership

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th February 2021 The French Embassy in South Africa has highlighted the cooperation between the two countries’ space agencies. These are Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES – the National Centre for Space Studies) and the South African National Space Agency.  This followed the two agencies reaching an... 

Airbus wins new contract for essential modules for Artemis crewed Moon spacecraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd February 2021 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus has been awarded a repeat order by the European Space Agency (ESA) for three service modules for use in the US National Aeronautics and Space Agency’s (Nasa’s) Artemis programme. (ESA is not an agency of the European Union.) This takes Airbus’... 

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