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Imvula Education Empowerment Fund Trust undertakes landmark JSE-listed investment

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2021 Imvula Education Empowerment Fund Trust is embarking on its first investment in a JSE-listed company through its broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) agreement with Ellies Holdings. The R18.5-million deal will see Imvula acquire 185-million ordinary Ellies shares, representing a 23%... 

Banking sector can transform through data, APIs and automation - Kearney

By: Schalk Burger     16th July 2021 The global Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to the need for the retail banking sector to more quickly transform to a customer-centric service that is digitised, personal and convenient. Data, application programming interfaces (APIs) and automation could be leveraged to satisfy these... 

BMW Group launches quantum computing challenge in collaboration with Amazon Web Services

By: Yvonne Silaule     16th July 2021 Automotive manufacturer BMW Group has launched a quantum computing challenge in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to crowd-source innovation. The challenge encourages entrants to come up with innovative quantum algorithms and test their solutions on real quantum computing technologies. 

Telkom working on recovering after riots

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th July 2021 Telecommunications group Telkom is counting the costs of the mass riots, destruction of property and looting across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng over the past week as it starts the recovery of its affected operations. The company said in a statement on July 16 that it is on course with the recovery... 

Opportunities to improve artisan programme despite slow start

By: Cameron Mackay     16th July 2021 While the Artisan 4.0 programme is still in its first year, there are various opportunities to improve the programme going forward, says industry education entity the Colliery Training College (CTC) MD Johan Venter. CTC introduced the Artisan 4.0 programme last year in four phases, as the... 

JOHAN VENTER
All employers, regardless of industry, are at various stages of digitalization; and those that are further down the road of digitalization are showing more interest
JOHAN VENTER All employers, regardless of industry, are at various stages of digitalization; and those that are further down the road of digitalization are showing more interest

Specialised services offered by engineering group

16th July 2021 Detection services company Bosch Munitech and consulting engineering company Bosch Projects – both part of multidisciplinary consulting engineering group Bosch Holdings in KwaZulu-Natal – is offering specialised services that encompass aerial surveys, laser scanning and three-dimensional (3D)... 

LONG TIME RUNNING
Bosch Holdings celebrates 60 years of business this year
LONG TIME RUNNING Bosch Holdings celebrates 60 years of business this year

Cybercrimes Act a good foundation to build case law, develop capacity, says advocate 

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2021 The Cybercrimes Act, which is yet to enter into force, provides key definitions of cybercrimes, cyber-dependent and cyber-enabled crimes; guidelines for gathering evidence; deals with issues of jurisdiction; and sets out obligations for electronic communications services providers and financial... 

IoT use in South Africa to grow by 14% a year to 2025

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2021 The use of Internet of Things (IoT) in South Africa is expected to grow by 14% a year from 2020 to 2025, says information and communications technology market research firm IDC Middle East, Africa and Turkey associate VP for sub-Saharan Africa Mark Walker. He notes that IoT adoption is expected... 

Etion, Altron extend conditions date for LawTrust acquisition

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2021 JSE-listed firms Allied Electronics (Altron) and Etion have extended the fulfillment or waiver date for the conditions precedent to the LawTrust acquisition until August 31. Altron subsidiary Altron TMT signed an agreement with Etion in April to acquire Etion’s cyber and information security... 

MTN maintains best mobile network status

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2021 Telecommunications group MTN has maintained its position of South Africa’s best mobile network during the second quarter MyBroadband Insights report. The mobile operator achieved a network quality score of 9.79 during the second quarter of 2021, an increase on the score of 9.73 reported in the... 

Icasa urges communities to help protect towers

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has written to the National Joints Operations and Intelligence Services to prioritise the safeguarding and protection of critical telecommunications infrastructure and calls on communities to assist. This comes as the ongoing acts... 

Wits, France CNRS sign scientific excellence cooperation agreement

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2021 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Zeblon Vilakazi and French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) CEO Professor Antoine Petit have signed a bipartite agreement for research cooperation to foster scientific excellence. The framework... 

Nasa finalises key crewed lunar exploration programme contract

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th July 2021 The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has finalised a $935-million firm fixed-price contract with major US aerospace group Northrop Grumman for the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (Halo) module of the Gateway outpost. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will be responsible... 

An artist’s impression of the integrated Halo and PPE modules orbiting the Moon
Photo by Northrop Grumman
An artist’s impression of the integrated Halo and PPE modules orbiting the Moon

Nokia, Africell to scale telco network in Angola

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th July 2021 Information and communication technology group Nokia and Angola’s new mobile telecommunications operator Africell have signed a deal that will result in the deployment of a new network in Luanda. Nokia will deploy its comprehensive network technologies to Africell to provide second-generation... 

Virgin Galactic conducts first space test flight with full crew in cabin

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th July 2021 US sub-orbital space tourism company Virgin Galactic successfully executed, on Sunday, the first test flight of its ‘Virgin Space Ship Unity’ (VSS Unity) with the spaceplane carrying into space a full crew in its cabin. That flight was also VSS Unity’s 22nd test flight. The test flight crew... 

A shot of the interior of VSS Unity’s cabin after it had achieved zero gravity conditions in space, with Sir Richard Branson upsidedown in the foreground and Sirisha Bandla just visible in the background on the right
The interior of VSS Unity’s cabin after it had achieved zero gravity conditions in space, with Sir Richard Branson and Sirisha Bandla

UK provides another funding grant to company developing revolutionary rocket technology

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th July 2021 The UK Space Agency has made a further grant of £3.9-million (R76.75-million) to British high-tech engineering company Reaction Engines, to further support the development of revolutionary SABRE technology. SABRE stands for Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, which, as its name says, is an... 

Network vandalism impacts connectivity, holds back wider coverage - Telkom

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th July 2021 Telecommunications giant Telkom could have built 35 to 40 base stations with the money spent on replacing the 7 841 stolen batteries last year. Telkom mobile networks managing executive Hugo van Zyl said that the scale of theft and vandalism of South Africa’s network sites is “enormous” and the... 

Drone and NDT firm join forces

By: Halima Frost     9th July 2021 Materials testing and inspection service provider Dekra Industrial has joined forces with aerial solutions and drone services company Sky Africa Drones to offer a drone inspection service that combines the technologies of high scope non-destructive testing (NDT) systems with the manoeuvrability... 

SKY HIGH
The use of drones to conduct non-destructive testing on taller installations and hard to reach areas is even more possible
SKY HIGH The use of drones to conduct non-destructive testing on taller installations and hard to reach areas is even more possible

Around-the-clock vaccine freezer monitoring

By: Claire O'Reilly     9th July 2021 Local automation and control industry electronic products manufacturer Omniflex is providing Data2Desktop technology to monitor and detect slight internal temperature deviation in Covid-19 vaccine storage facilities.  

Digital indicator launched

9th July 2021 Load cells manufacturer and supplier Loadtech’s recently launched LT1320, which is a precision digital indicator for belt weighing applications. 

New liquid analysis sensors launched

9th July 2021 Measurement instrumentation, services and solutions company Endress+Hauser launched Memosens 2.0 digital technology last month, which provides simple, safe and connected liquid analysis. 

New thermal imaging camera launched

By: Claire O'Reilly     9th July 2021 Portable measurement instrumentation company Testo South Africa, a subsidiary of Testo SE & Co. KGaA, in Germany, launched a new handheld testo 883 thermal imaging camera in the second quarter of 2021. 

THERMAL CAPTURER
The testo 883 Thermal Imaging Camera offers an infrared resolution which can even be expanded to 640 x 480 pixels
THERMAL CAPTURER The testo 883 Thermal Imaging Camera offers an infrared resolution which can even be expanded to 640 x 480 pixels

Monitoring instrument promotes local health

By: Claire O'Reilly     9th July 2021 In order to protect community health, it is essential to measure particle matter (PM) levels on a continuous basis through the installation of specialised instrumentation, such as the PMsense PM transmitter from Italy-based measuring and control equipment company Delta OHM.  

PMSENSE
Particle matter transmitter
PMSENSE Particle matter transmitter

New range launched in March

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     9th July 2021 Compressor manufacturer Mattei launched its 55 kW, 75 kW and 90 kW range of Rotary Vane Xtreme Inverter- (RVXi-) controlled air compressors at a live online streaming event from Mattei’s global headquarters in Milan, Italy. Mattei CEO Giulio Contaldi presented the new features and benefits of the... 

EASY ACCESS
The air compressors are accessible through the Internet of Things and can provide real-time operating and performance data anywhere globally
EASY ACCESS The air compressors are accessible through the Internet of Things and can provide real-time operating and performance data anywhere globally

Deloitte’s Dr Davies appointed to 4IR Task Force by Namibian government

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th July 2021 The Namibian government has appointed professional services network Deloitte Emerging Markets and Africa MD Dr Martyn Davies to its Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Task Force. The eight-member panel, which was announced this week and was appointed by President Hage Geingob of Namibia, is set... 

More companies looking to digital adoption platforms to accelerate digital programmes

By: Schalk Burger     8th July 2021 More companies are looking to digital adoption platforms (DAPs) to add value to and realise their technology investments. Digital adoption enables employees to fully understand the company’s digital tools and assets, thereby maximising the use of applications. 

Nedbank, AWS Cloud providing 15 youths with cloud practitioner skills

By: Schalk Burger     8th July 2021 Financial services firm Nedbank and cloud infrastructure multinational Amazon Web Services (AWS) are providing 15 unemployed youths with free cloud computing skills development and job training through the AWS re/Start programme – a free, 12-week training programme covering fundamental AWS Cloud... 

Eutelsat, Aspen in broadband drive for rural vaccination centres

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th July 2021 Satellite communications operator Eutelsat Communications has partnered with pharmaceutical company Aspen Pharmacare to provide high-speed broadband Internet access to 13 Covid-19 vaccination centres in Mpumalanga. The socioeconomic development partnership, which is cofounded by the two... 

Pandemic accelerates key business growth drivers of digitalisation, sustainability

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th July 2021 Digitalisation is critical to driving business growth and operational stability with sustainability at the core, and digital technologies can be used to achieve a more sustainable and resilient future, speakers indicated during energy management solutions provider Schneider Electric’s Innovation... 

Aveva signs partnership with RIB Software to enhance project execution solution

By: Schalk Burger     7th July 2021 Industrial software multinational Aveva has signed a partnership agreement with construction digital technologies company RIB Software to enhance Aveva's project execution portfolio offering for process and plant industries. The integration will extend the Aveva Unified Project Execution solution... 

Another new astronomical discovery achieved using South Africa’s MeerKAT array

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th July 2021 South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array has allowed another breakthrough in astronomy. Using data gathered by the MeerKAT International Gigahertz Tiered Extragalactic Exploration (MIGHTEE) survey, a team of international and South African researchers have discovered what is probably the most... 

An image showing a part of the MeerKAT telescope array in South Africa
Photo by SARAO
A view of part of the MeerKAT array

EOH reiterates commitment to transparency amid possible blacklisting

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2021 The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) is due to make its recommendations to the National Treasury soon about whether information technology services company EOH should be blacklisted from participating in State tenders. In response, EOH on July 6 reiterated its stance that it has treated... 

New joint industry-research institution laboratory for aviation materials created in France

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th July 2021 French aerospace group Dassault Aviation, renowned for its Mirage and Rafale fighters and Falcon business jets, has combined with leading French research institutions to establish a laboratory to research and develop new materials for use in aviation, particularly regarding acoustics, anti-icing... 

WhatsApp chatbot helping diabetes patients

By: Schalk Burger     5th July 2021 Healthcare specialists at Stellenbosch University (SU) have launched a WhatsApp-based chatbot to help patients with diabetes effectively navigate risks associated with diabetes and Covid-19 from the comfort and safety of their homes. The GREAT4Diabetes chatbot is a free service that sends... 

Liquid, Facebook partner to build fibre network in DRC

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th July 2021 Liquid Intelligent Technologies (LIT) and Facebook have partnered to build a fibre network in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to help connect East and West Africa. The project will see Facebook invest in the fibre build and support network planning, while LIT will own, build and... 

Airbus integrates robotic arm on new module for International Space Station

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th July 2021 Airbus Defence and Space, part of the Europe-based global Airbus group, announced on Monday that it had installed the European Robotic Arm (ERA) on to the ‘Nauka’ multipurpose laboratory module (MLM) for the International Space Station (ISS). The installation included the equipping of the Nauka... 

European Space Agency reports major progress in Mars probe landing parachute tests

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th July 2021 The European Space Agency (ESA) has reported that the first successful high-altitude drop tests for the braking parachutes for the joint ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars probe have taken place. The ExoMars mission is scheduled for launch in September 2022 and will be composed of ESA’s Rosalind Franklin... 

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