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MTN Nigeria assigned highest possible credit ratings by Global Credit Ratings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th June 2021 MTN Nigeria has secured Global Credit Ratings (GCR’s) highest possible short- and long-term ratings on GCR’s national rating scale, becoming the first mobile network operator in Africa to be accorded such ratings by GCR. GCR upgraded MTN Nigeria’s national scale long-term issuer rating to AAA and... 

EOH appoints Ziaad Suleman as iOCO chief commercial officer

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2021 Information technology services company EOH has appointed Ziaad Suleman as iOCO chief commercial officer from July 1. iOCO is the company's systems integrator and its largest business. Suleman will report to EOH group CEO Stephen van Coller. 

Regulator may exempt some Popia conditions in certain circumstances

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd June 2021 The Information Regulator said that it may exempt some public or private bodies from the conditions for the processing of certain personal information in certain circumstances. Stakeholders can, under Section 37 of the Protection of Personal Information Act (Popia), which came into effect July 1,... 

AUDA-Nepad launches centre to accelerate impact of science on Africa's development

By: Schalk Burger     22nd June 2021 The African Union Development Agency New Partnership for Africa's Development (AUDA-Nepad) on June 22 launched a centre of excellence (CoE) in science, technology and innovation to upscale and commercialise home-grown innovations on the continent. The centre was launched in partnership with... 

Scientists report that the planet Venus may still be geologically active

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2021 Scientists at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in the US have reported that they have found evidence of tectonic motion in the crust – also called the lithosphere – of the planet Venus. Tectonics refers to the large-scale movement of rocks, originally in the Earth’s crust or lithosphere. On... 

Wits robotics team to compete in soccer RoboCup

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2021 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) will participate in the three-dimensional simulation league of the RoboCup – a yearly artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics event with the goal to advance the state of the art of intelligent robots. Computer science students from the School of... 

Wits robotics team to compete in soccer RoboCup

MTN Nigeria to inject $1.5bn into broadband expansion plans

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2021 Telecommunications group MTN Nigeria plans to invest 640-billion naira, or $1.5-billion, over the next three years to expand the country’s broadband access. The move is in line with the Nigerian government’s 2020 to 2025 National Broadband Plan ambitions of 90% broadband population coverage by... 

Mobile app reduces ambulance response time for patients in informal areas

By: Donna Slater     21st June 2021 A mobile application (app) developed in Ghana has been designed to cut the response times of ambulances by up to 56% by providing accurate location details without a connection to the Internet – an essential factor for people living in areas with few or unofficial street signs and hard-to-find... 

Mobile app reduces ambulance response time for patients in informal areas

Businesses adopting flexible work policies - Troye

By: Schalk Burger     18th June 2021 Business leaders are evaluating ways to enhance security and employee experience for their workforce, with Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS) becoming the preferred option for many businesses as they move away from physical office spaces to remote working environments, says information technology (IT)... 

Blockchain-based e-livestock supply chain traceability system launched in Zimbabwe

By: Schalk Burger     18th June 2021 A blockchain-based livestock traceability system was launched in Africa and the Middle East on June 17 to provide end-to-end visibility of the cattle supply chain. Zimbabwe is the first African country where the system is being rolled out. 

Blockchain-based e-livestock supply chain traceability system launched in Zimbabwe

Draft data, cloud policy not aimed at controlling data, says Ndabeni-Abrahams 

By: Schalk Burger     18th June 2021 Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on June 18 said the draft Data and Cloud Policy was not intended to control and direct how data should be used, but aims to serve as an enabler for socioeconomic development. She was speaking at a colloquium to discuss the... 

Rolls-Royce announces net zero emissions plans

By: Donna Slater     17th June 2021 Power and propulsion engineering company Rolls-Royce has announced its plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, at the latest. The company’s actions and the development of new low-carbon technologies will enable the users of such products to, in turn, lower their carbon emissions,... 

MeerKAT image reveals cosmic threads, ribbons and rings

By: Simone Liedtke     17th June 2021 A new study using the MeerKAT radio telescope, in South Africa’s Northern Cape, has produced a striking image showing a combination of cosmic features never seen before, revealing unexpected details of the inner workings of enormous radio galaxies. At the centre of the giant elliptical galaxy IC... 

The Fanaroff-Riley Type I radio galaxy IC 4296
The Fanaroff-Riley Type I radio galaxy IC 4296

MTN Nigeria tells customers about potential disruptions for business continuity

By: Reuters     17th June 2021 MTN Nigeria said on Wednesday it notified some enterprise customers about a potential service disruption to enable them put in place business continuity measures. The local unit of South Africa's telcoms firm MTN runs Nigeria's largest mobile phone network which generates around a third of the... 

MTN picks partners to expand mobile OpenRAN network in Africa

By: Reuters     17th June 2021 South Africa's mobile and broadband operator MTN Group has selected five partners to launch an open radio access network (OpenRAN) in Africa to expand 4G and 5G services more quickly and cheaply, it said on Wednesday. A radio access network (RAN) connects individual devices to other parts of a... 

100 start-ups included in WEF's list of 2021 Technology Pioneers

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2021 International organisation the World Economic Forum (WEF) on June 15 announced its 2021 Technology Pioneers, with 100 new technology firms included in the cohort for this year. The Technology Pioneers are young and growing technology companies taking on top global concerns with innovative... 

Ethiopia seeks expressions of interest for 40% of State telecoms company

By: Bloomberg     14th June 2021 Ethiopia called for expressions of interest for a minority stake in the State-controlled telecommunications company, starting the process of recruiting a second major investor into the country in less than a month. Investors have a month, beginning June 15, to submit interest for 40% of Ethiopia... 

Busa, IQbusiness launch of SAtion ecosystem to boost economic recovery

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2021 IQbusiness and Business Unity South Africa (Busa) have launched an initiative aimed at moving South Africa into economic recovery and digital growth. The SAtion initiative will enable public and private sector stakeholders, including government, large corporations, small, medium-sized and... 

Icasa nears ‘spectrum impasse breakthrough’

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2021 The outlook of the negotiations surrounding the current impasse over high-demand spectrum is encouraging, with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) confident that an amicable agreement will be reached by the end of August. In a statement issued late on June 11, the... 

Digital primary care platform brought to Africa, South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     11th June 2021   A $3-million investment by investment company Webrock in partnership with primary healthcare company Healthforce, owned by pharmaceutical retail chain Dis-Chem, will see the establishment of a digital primary care platform in Africa, with the launch to take place in South Africa. 

Icasa reviews call termination regulations

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th June 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is reviewing the wholesale voice call termination market and the pro-competitive conditions or measures imposed on relevant licensees. Following the start of the review and request for information through a questionnaire at the end... 

USTDA supports digital connectivity in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th June 2021 The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is providing grant funding for a feasibility study to evaluate the technical and economic viability of expanding Dark Fibre Africa’s (DFA’s) fibre network into periurban and rural areas. The study will support efforts by the wholesale open-access fibre... 

Maya Makanjee to succeed Davidson as Datatec chair in 2022

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2021 Information and communications technology multinational Datatec on June 10 announced that independent nonexecutive director Maya Makanjee would succeed Stephen Davidson as chairperson from March 1, 2022. Makanjee joined the Datatec board on November 1, 2018. She has considerable experience as an... 

EOH disposes of Sybrin

By: Donna Slater     9th June 2021 Technology services company EOH has entered into a share purchase agreement for the sale of Sybrin to a consortium group comprising One Thousand & One Voices (1K1V) Management and Crossfin Technology (CFTH) and their black economic empowerment partners led by Isaac Mophatlane. The sale is for a... 

Showcase to be hosted to boost tech SMMEs

By: Donna Slater     9th June 2021 Fourth Industrial Revolution laboratory Forge Academy, in partnership with Nokia and the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) SMME Chamber, will host a showcase for small and medium-sized tech businesses and tech startups in Fourways on June 30. The showcase is aimed at highlighting... 

CSIR, Deloitte ink MoU for 4IR centre collaboration

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th June 2021 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Deloitte South Africa have signed a memorandum of understanding to support the World Economic Forum Affiliate Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution South Africa (C4IR SA) as it accelerates the application of emerging... 

University of Pretoria scientists using artificial avocados to investigate fruit damage in transit

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th June 2021 Researchers at the Engineering 4.0 facility of the University of Pretoria (UP) are conducting a project to determine damage suffered by fresh produce while being transported intercontinentally from the growers to the retailers. They are doing so by using artificial ‘avocados’, produced by means... 

CSIR launches programme to develop graphene capabiltiies, technologies

By: Schalk Burger     8th June 2021 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has established a graphene programme to help South Africa develop capabilities, technologies and products based on graphene, the research organisation says. The platform is set to open the door to a range of industries to collaboratively... 

Telkom launches virtual card for transacting on WhatsApp

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2021 Information and communications technology group Telkom has teamed up with Mastercard, Nedbank and fintech enablement partner Ukheshe Technologies to launch Africa’s first Mastercard virtual card for use on WhatsApp. The addition of the Mastercard virtual card to digital payments wallet Telkom... 

ESA Mars rover programme makes significant advance with tests of duplicate unit

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th June 2021 The European Space Agency (ESA) has reported that its duplicate ExoMars rover is now fully assembled and has started test and training operations at the Mars Terrain Simulator, which is hosted by Italy’s Aerospace Logistics Technology Engineering Company, in Turin. This is in preparation for the... 

MTN will bid in second Ethiopia telecoms licence round

By: Reuters     4th June 2021 MTN Group will bid again for an Ethiopia operating telecom licence in the second round if mobile financial services are included, its CEO said on Friday after losing the first round. Mobile financial services is key to MTN's strategy as it continues to evolve from just providing voice to also... 

CSIR, Coega collaborate on biofibre product research

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th June 2021 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Coega Development Corporation (CDC), in the Eastern Cape, will together develop an industrial research facility that is dedicated to the production of commercially viable biofibre products and applications. The CEOs of the... 

South African researchers hope to deter rhino poachers with radioactive markers 

By: Reuters     4th June 2021 Researchers in South Africa are working on a potentially new method to deter rhino poachers and smugglers by using radioactive markers to make smuggled horns detectable at global ports of entry and less desirable to buyers. South Africa is home to the world's largest rhino population but has... 

South African researchers hope to deter rhino poachers with radioactive markers

Industry insight opportunity for students

By: Anna Moross     4th June 2021 Owing to the fast-paced changes in the boilers and burners sector, technical vocational education and training (TVET) colleges have initiated an Occupational Qualification Dual System programme that entails sending students into the industry to ensure that they are prepared when they obtain an... 

The programme . . . aims to provide students with an opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge from the college while attaining real-time experience at a company
BOILERMAKING QUALIFICATION The programme . . . aims to provide students with an opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge from the college while attaining real-time experience at a company

Liquid reaches 100k fibre milestone 

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd June 2021 Digital solutions provider Liquid Intelligent Technologies (LIT) has deployed 100 000 km of fibre infrastructure across most of Africa in a milestone that makes it the largest independent fibre network provider in emerging markets globally. Over the past two decades, the company which evolved... 

Liquid reaches 100k fibre milestone
Liquid Intelligent Technologies CEO Nic Rudnick discusses the company's 100 000 km fibre network milestone

IITPSA welcomes Sars’ moves to harness big data, AI for tax collection

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2021 The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) has welcomed plans by the South African Revenue Service (Sars) to use big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve revenue collection and locate tax evaders. IITPSA board member Moira de Roche welcomed... 

Growth in cashless payments reshaping payments infrastructure - PwC

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2021 Payments are increasingly becoming cashless and, as digital money draws stronger interest, the financial services industry must recognise the entire infrastructure of payments is being reshaped, with new business models emerging, advisory multinational PwC says. Given the key role digitisation... 

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