https://www.engineeringnews.co.za
R/€ = 17.54 Change: 0.01
R/$ = 15.41 Change: -0.04
Au 1819.29 $/oz Change: -3.03
Pt 985.00 $/oz Change: 8.28
 

Technology & Communications News

Vodacom reports Q3 growth as South Africa sees strong demand

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd February 2021 Telecommunications group Vodacom reported service revenue growth of 3.9% to R19.62-billion during the three months to December 31, 2020, driven by a strong performance in the South African operations. In South Africa, service revenue increased 5.4% to R14.3-billion on the back of strong demand... 

Wärtsilä South Africa achieves Level 4 BBBEE rating

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st February 2021 Technology group Wärtsilä South Africa has achieved a Level 4 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) rating. The company has been operating in South Africa since 1994 and has a good record in Africa, having supplied more than 7 000 MW of power plants across the continent. 

EOH says executing growth initiatives, expects return to profit, positive earnings

By: Schalk Burger     29th January 2021 Information technology services provider EOH, in a January 29 update to stakeholders, reported that it was well positioned to execute on its growth initiatives while still navigating volatile local and global market conditions. This is as a result of the significant improvement in its liquidity... 

Icasa to oppose the High Court application filed by MTN 

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th January 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa plans to oppose the High Court application filed by telecommunications giant MTN. Following receipt of MTN’s urgent court application on January 27, relating to the Invitation To Apply for high demand spectrum or International Mobile... 

MTN wants court to scrap or fix 5G spectrum sale process

By: Reuters     29th January 2021 South African mobile network operator MTN Group has asked the Gauteng High court to scrap or review the telecom regulator's auction process for awarding spectrum vital for rolling out 5G technology. MTN is the latest mobile operator to take the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa... 

Drone tech allows for expansion

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     29th January 2021 With technology advancement in the drone industry and drone access expanding from military to commercial use, rope access specialists Skyriders found that drones could be successfully used in the inspection of boilers and other confined spaces. “Industries are constantly developing, and the... 

TEENY TINY SPACES
Drones have good lighting and high-resolution imaging technology that can take accurate images of the environment within a boiler
TEENY TINY SPACES Drones have good lighting and high-resolution imaging technology that can take accurate images of the environment within a boiler

Company leverages global partnership for virtual events

By: Cameron Mackay     29th January 2021 Eastern Cape-based events organising company Inkanyezi Event Organisers has created the Global Partner Network, a group of leading event managers and trade facilitation leaders who will jointly organise several international business exhibitions and trade shows this year. Inkanyezi CEO Andrew... 

ANDREW BINNING
While virtual events are not the preferred option, many companies would rather take part in virtual events than nothing as a way to market themselves
ANDREW BINNING While virtual events are not the preferred option, many companies would rather take part in virtual events than nothing as a way to market themselves

CSIR, Nedbank join RES4Africa to further renewable energy development

By: Donna Slater     28th January 2021 Pretoria-based research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and financial services provider Nedbank have become members of renewable energy lobby organisation the Renewable Energy Solutions for Africa (RES4Africa) Foundation. Their membership was approved and... 

MTN donates $25m to the AU vaccine programme for health workers

By: Yvonne Silaule     28th January 2021 Telecoms group MTN has donated $25-million to the African Union's vaccine programme to immunise health workers. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also chairperson of the AU, made the announcement on Wednesday during the African Covid-19 Vaccine Financing and Deployment Strategy... 

KnowBe4 warns of AI, deepfakes in social engineering attacks this year

By: Schalk Burger     27th January 2021 Cybersecurity awareness and training solutions company KnowBe4 Africa warns that the volume and sophistication of phishing emails – fraudulent emails designed to steal information and credentials or infect devices with malware –will continue to increase this year. KnowBe4 Africa Content Strategy... 

US implements new travel restrictions 

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th January 2021 From January 30, at 12:01am EST, entry will be suspended for all foreign nationals who were in South Africa during the 14-day period preceding their travel to the US. In a statement from the US Embassy on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden’s proclamation comes into effect until further notice, as... 

US implements new travel restrictions

Growth in digital reality, RAN, cloud and sports tech intensify 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th January 2021 The latest Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions report reveals that open and virtualised radio access networks (RANs) are accelerating, the 8k television (TV) wave will expand and fifth-generation (5G) myths are being debunked. The twentieth yearly edition of the TMT... 

Growth in digital reality, RAN, cloud and sports tech intensify
Deloitte Global TMT head of research Paul Lee discusses the outcomes of the twentieth yearly edition Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions report. Date recorded: 27.01.2021. Video recording: Kutlwano Matlala. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd

University of Johannesburg scientist’s work boosted by astronomical observation data

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2021 A model to predict gamma ray burst (GRB) behaviour, developed by a team headed by University of Johannesburg Centre for Astro-Particle Physics director Prof. Soebur Razzaque, has been strongly supported by observational data. The data came from observations of a GRB detected on April 15 last year... 

NGC 253, the Sculpture Galaxy, whose central region was the source of the GRB 200415A burst
Photo by European Southern Observatory
NGC 253, the Sculpture Galaxy, whose central region was the source of the GRB 200415A burst

Huge Group aims for secondary listing on Aim

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th January 2021 JSE-listed Huge Group is planning a secondary listing on the Alternative Investment Market (Aim) of the London Stock Exchange. In an update to shareholders on January 25, the group said that the board of directors have resolved to make application for admission as a secondary listing. 

Iodine used as a spacecraft propellant for the first time

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd January 2021 In what could very well prove to be a major development for space technology, a satellite has used an iodine propellant to alter its orbit around the Earth. This is the first time that iodine has been used as a propellant on a spacecraft.  The iodine thruster was fitted to a commercial research... 

Extraterrestrial oceanography sees scientists probing the depths of Titan’s largest sea

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd January 2021 Astronomers at Cornell University, at Ithaca in the US state of New York, have used radar data to determine that the biggest sea on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is, near its centre, at least 300 m deep. The sea is named Kraken Mare, and it is estimated to have a surface area of some 400 000... 

An artist’s impression of the Kraken Mare
Photo by Nasa
An artist’s impression of the Kraken Mare

Tribunal issues order for interim arrangement in GovChat, WhatsApp and Facebook matter

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2021 The Competition Tribunal has released an order for an interim arrangement until it issues its decision in the interim relief application against WhatsApp and Facebook by Government’s WhatsApp-based citizen engagement platform. The order, which will regulate the arrangements between GovChat,... 

Craft Craze app to boost craft beverage manufacturers’ reach

By: Donna Slater     22nd January 2021 A mobile application (app) – Craft Craze – has been developed to further the market reach and ease of access to South African-made craft beverages, including the growing craft beer market. Prototype app development started in March 2019, after which Craft Craze presented the concept to breweries... 

A selection of craft beers typically found on the Craft Craze app
A selection of craft beers typically found on the Craft Craze app

African tech startup funding passes $700m in record-breaking 2020

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2021 New funding records were set over the course of 2020 as 397 technology startups raised $701.5-million. These figures have increased substantially compared with the previous year, with the number of funded startups having increased by 27.7% compared with 2019, while total funding grew by 42.7%,... 

Skilled people needed for organisations to benefit fully from advanced technologies

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2021 The level of information technology (IT) skills in organisations and the IT ecosystem must catch up with the level of development to ensure that technologies are effective and help people to perform their functions, says IT multinational IBM Southern Africa COO Ziaad Suleman. Advanced... 

ZIAAD SULEMAN

Education and training, entrepreneurship programmes and the development specialist digital skills form a virtuous skills development cycle necessary for new enterprises to flourish and for the economy to grow
ZIAAD SULEMAN Education and training, entrepreneurship programmes and the development specialist digital skills form a virtuous skills development cycle necessary for new enterprises to flourish and for the economy to grow

Satellites successfully used to count wild elephants

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st January 2021 A team of scientists from British and Dutch universities have, for the first time, used satellite imagery combined with ‘deep learning’ (data processing artificial intelligence) to successfully count large animals in complex and varied terrestrial landscapes. Previously, this approach had been... 

Siemens partners to extend Covid-19 facility at Eastern Cape hospital

By: Donna Slater     20th January 2021 Technology company Siemens South Africa has joined forces with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Eastern Cape Department of Health to provide a separate modular hospital solution to the... 

Govt chooses electronic vaccine roll-out system  

By: African News Agency      20th January 2021 The South African government is establishing an electronic vaccination data system to assist with the management and surveillance of the Covid-19 vaccine. The EVDS will help the government monitor vaccine effectiveness, planning and safety monitoring, as well as uptake and coverage, explained the... 

Govt chooses electronic vaccine roll-out system

Concerns about future viability drove M&A activity in last months of 2020

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2021 In its latest 'Global Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Industry Trends' analysis, PwC finds that deal volumes went up 18% in the second half of 2020, while deal values increased by 94%, compared with the first half of the year. Deal activity in the second half of last year experienced a surge... 

South African radio telescope array makes another breakthrough  

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th January 2021 South Africa’s world-leading 64-dish radio telescope array MeerKAT, which was inaugurated in July 2018, has registered another significant success and again increased our knowledge of the cosmos. In a study published on Monday in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, a team of... 

A view of some of the MeerKAT array’s dishes.
Photo by South African Radio Astronomy Observatory
A view of some of the MeerKAT array’s dishes.

Clir provides software to enhance Lake Turkana Wind Power wind farm

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2021 Renewable energy software company Clir Renewables has formed a partnership agreement with renewable energy generator Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP). The partnership will result in Clir enhancing LTWP’s wind farm performance tracking and support its Kenya-based team in realising potential... 

R68 766 000 invested in Covid-19 research – Nzimande  

By: Sane Dhlamini     18th January 2021 The Higher Education, Science and Innovation Ministry on Monday announced that it has invested R68 766 000 towards coronavirus (Covid-19) research and development. Addressing the media, Minister Dr Blade Nzimande said the funds were approved to support Covid-19 research and development in... 

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande
Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande

Virgin Orbit successfully puts CubeSats into space on its second launch mission

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th January 2021 US space company Virgin Orbit, part of the UK-based Virgin group (and a sister company to space tourism enterprise Virgin Galactic) successfully launched ten nanosatellites into orbit on Sunday. This was the company’s first successful space launch, achieved on its second launch demonstration... 


Virgin Orbit’s modified Boeing 747 Cosmic Girl takes off from Mojave with a LauncherOne rocket under its wing
Photo by Virgin Orbit
Virgin Orbit’s modified Boeing 747 Cosmic Girl takes off from Mojave with a LauncherOne rocket under its wing

Cyberattacks using supply chains expected to increase in 2021, warns McAfee

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2021 The December 2020 Sunburst campaign revealed the supply chain as a new attack vector that will continue to be exploited, says cybersecurity multinational McAfee senior VP and chief technology officer Steve Grobman. Sunburst exploited the SolarWinds Orion information technology (IT) monitoring and... 

New theory suggests that dark matter is made up of black holes formed by exotic events

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th January 2021 Scientists at the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at the University of Tokyo, in Japan, have proposed a new theory to explain the mysterious phenomenon of dark matter. Dark matter makes up some 27% of the universe, whereas ‘normal’ matter is responsible for less... 

Mixture of strategies will provide suitable water treatment solution

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th January 2021 A mixture of strategies will provide the best water treatment solution for a water-scarce country, such as South Africa, says global technology company ABB Energy Industries South Africa sales manager Joyce Moganedi. “The scarcity of water has led to the Department of Water and Sanitation... 

DECISIONS, DECISIONS Big data is an output that is targeted at high level management, to enable plant managers to make company strategic decisions
DECISIONS, DECISIONS Big data is an output that is targeted at high level management, to enable plant managers to make company strategic decisions

Low tax reduces solar incentive

By: Darren Parker     15th January 2021 The relatively low value of carbon tax in South Africa, and numerous allowances that government made available in year one of the Carbon Tax Act’s implementation, which took effect in June 2019, have resulted in there being little incentive currently for solar energy, technology company EDS... 

OFFSET
Solar energy is a “carbon positive” method of generating electricity, and those who implement it qualify for carbon credits
OFFSET Solar energy is a “carbon positive” method of generating electricity, and those who implement it qualify for carbon credits

Deep grasp of data and where it’s stored key to ensuring protection of sensitive information

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2021 Organisations must understand what data they have and where it is stored to ensure that sensitive customer information is protected correctly in compliance with data protection regulations and best practices, says data management solutions provider Gabsten Technologies MD Hemant Harie. “In... 

HEMANT HARIE

As each industry understands its cybersecurity and data risks better, it will become clearer what the appropriate responses are to ensure data management, protection and cybersecurity
HEMANT HARIE As each industry understands its cybersecurity and data risks better, it will become clearer what the appropriate responses are to ensure data management, protection and cybersecurity

Boeing awarded contract to increase space station power supply with new solar arrays

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th January 2021 US aerospace giant Boeing has been contracted by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) to construct six new and additional solar arrays for the International Space Station (ISS). These will increase the ISS’ power supply by 20% to 30% and so allow it to undertake greater... 

The International Space Station
Photo by Nasa
The International Space Station

Uganda orders internet blackout until further notice - MTN

By: Reuters     14th January 2021 Uganda's communications regulator ordered telecoms operators in the country to suspend all internet gateways from Wednesday evening until further notice, South African telecoms company MTN Group said. The blackout came on the eve of a presidential election in which long-time leader Yoweri... 

Cell C starts migrating customers 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2021 Mobile operator Cell C has started migrating its customers onto partner networks. The migration of contract and broadband customers is expected to be completed within the next two months, while the phased transition of prepaid customers will be confirmed in due course. 

UK launches study into using nuclear power for space exploration

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th January 2021 The UK Space Agency (UKSA) has signed a contract with global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce to study future nuclear power options for space missions. This is the first such contract awarded by the UK and is also the first ever contract between the UKSA and Rolls-Royce.  The intent... 

13 14 15 16
17
18 19 20 21

Company Post

more

Latest News

more

Latest Videos

more

Press Office

more

 
RSS Feed

About

Engineering News is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa
Polity

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on Engineering News is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Subscribe Now for $119
Free daily email newsletter Register Now