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Assembly-line extension ensures efficient automotive production

By: Cameron Mackay     12th April 2019 An assembly-line extension at a major automotive producer in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, which included replacing the existing MOVITRANS contactless energy transfer system with the latest version, has allowed for more efficient assembly of vehicles on the production line, says... 

Technology helping financial firms to modernise risk management practices

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2019 Regulatory and market pressures are prompting financial services organisations to modernise, and integrate their risk and finance processes, says analytics multinational SAS Africa head of risk Gabor Szalontai. There is much more data available to assess risks, with platforms designed to help... 

Technology helping financial firms to modernise risk management practices
GABOR SZALONTAI The risk processes of banks and financial service providers will continue to evolve in the digital space, increasing analytics requirements

IoT to improve health and healthcare provision

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2019 The use of information technology- (IT-) driven innovations and Internet of Things (IoT) systems will help to combat and treat non-communicable diseases and communicable diseases, says digital security multinational Gemalto Commonwealth of Independent States, Middle East and  Africa IoT solutions... 

IoT to improve health and healthcare provision
SHERRY ZAMEER Mobile- and e-health technology can drive efficiency, improve patient outcomes and boost preventative healthcare

4IRSA announces launch of South Africa’s first digital economy summit

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th April 2019 The launch of South Africa’s first digital economy summit, endorsed by Cabinet, was announced on Thursday at the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innovation Hub by Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. The summit is due to take place at the end of June. 

MTN granted more Nigerian spectrum after long regulator battle

By: Bloomberg     11th April 2019 MTN Group was awarded additional broadband spectrum in Nigeria related to its 2015 acquisition of Visafone Communications following a lengthy regulator battle. The Nigerian Communications Commission approved the transfer of 800-megahertz spectrum following a public inquiry into the boost the move... 

First ever image of Black Hole released by international consortium 

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th April 2019 The international science consortium called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) on Wednesday unveiled, in six simultaneous press conference around the world, the first image ever taken of a Black Hole. The object imaged was the supermassive Black Hole in the centre of the M87 galaxy, 55-million... 

First ever image of Black Hole released by international consortium
Photo by Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration
First image of a black hole

Rolls-Royce, European aviation regulator, agree accelerated inspections for new engine

10th April 2019 UK industrial technology group Rolls-Royce announced on Wednesday that it had agreed an accelerated inspection programme for its Trent 1000 TEN turbofan engines with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This stems from the company’s work to address the earlier than expected deterioration... 

Rolls-Royce, European aviation regulator, agree accelerated inspections for new engine
Photo by Rolls-Royce
The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 production line

Inspiring Fifty calls for the nomination of women in STEM

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th April 2019 Inspiring Fifty has called for South Africans and those in the technology ecosystem to nominate their most inspiring female role models for this year’s Inspiring Fifty South Africa – a nonprofit initiative that benchmarks and awards the 50 most inspiring women in science, technology, engineering... 

Inspiring Fifty calls for the nomination of women in STEM

South Africa needs to encourage more local patents – Davies 

By: African News Agency      10th April 2019 South Africa's government is striving to strike a balance between granting monopoly rights to support innovation, the dissemination of knowledge and addressing the country's socio economic challenges, trade and industry minister Rob Davies says. Davies told a forum on intellectual property and... 

South Africa needs to encourage more local patents – Davies
Trade & Industry Minister Rob Davies

Major science education project launched by CERN

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th April 2019 Pan-European particle physics laboratory CERN has announced that it has launched its Science Gateway project. This is a scientific outreach and education centre that will be funded entirely through external donations. The cost of the centre is estimated at 79-million Swiss francs, of which... 

South Africa’s IP regime must evolve to adapt to Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th April 2019 What the digital (Third) Industrial Revolution achieved on the intellectual property front in 40 years, the Fourth Industrial Revolution has achieved in ten years, Sasol IP counsel principal Jabulani Mthombeni said on Monday, stressing that South Africa has to ensure that it keeps pace with the... 

MTN has best mobile network – MyBroadband Insights

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2019 Telecommunications giant MTN has once again secured the top position in MyBroadband Insights’ quarterly ‘Mobile Network Quality’ report. The first quarter 2019 report, which ranks South Africa's mobile networks on a network quality score, shows MTN boasts South Africa’s best mobile network. 

Aerospace Development Corporation affirms its ownership of Ahrlac aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 In a statement issued on March 26, South African private-sector company Aerospace Development Corporation (ADC) clarified that it, and not the Paramount Group, is the original equipment manufacturer, design authority and manufacturer of the Ahrlac aircraft. (Ahrlac is an acronym for Advanced High... 

Environmental plan for South African segment of SKA radio telescope gazetted

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao) has announced that the Integrated Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) for the Phase 1 of the Square Kilometre Array mid-frequency array (SKA1_MID) was gazetted recently by Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane. The SKA is an... 

Early crypto-asset regulations indicate firmer rules on the way

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2019 The initial regulations proposed by a crypto-asset regulations consultation paper, released by the South African Reserve Bank in January, indicate that a firmer regulatory regime will be put in place, says legal firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr finance and banking director Bridget King and Cliffe... 

More accurate data being used as industrial environments become more connected

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2019 Industrial enterprise resource specialist company Syspro says data will become more consistent and accurate as more machines and business systems are connected, which will also lead to greater volumes of data. This will necessitate that companies analyse this stream of data intelligently, as well... 

More accurate data being used as industrial environments  become more connected
DEIRDRÉ FRYER AI provides insight into probability so that users are equipped to deal with business challenges and manage expectations

Nihilent opens first user experience lab on African continent

By: Nadine James     4th April 2019 Global consulting firm Nihilent officially launched its first user experience (UX) laboratory on the African continent on Thursday. The facility, located in Bryanston, is the second of its kind globally, aside from Nihilent’s Indian facility, and was inaugurated by Public Enterprises Minister... 

Digital initiatives can unlock value for South Africa – Accenture

By: Schalk Burger     4th April 2019 South Africa can unlock financial value and create meaningful outcomes for citizens in their daily lives by implementing key digital initiatives across government services and key industry sectors, professional services multinational Accenture said in a statement on Thursday. Research indicated... 

EOH expects Microsoft investigations to be completed by end-May

By: Schalk Burger     4th April 2019 JSE-listed information technology services group EOH expects the investigations into alleged impropriety in the resale of multinational technology company Microsoft’s licences to be completed by the end of May, EOH CEO Stephen van Coller said in an update to shareholders sent out on Wednesday.... 

Africa's largest tower company plans growth in Middle East

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2019 IHS Holding plans to enter new markets in the Middle East and Southeast Asia to bulk up ahead of a potential attempt to sell shares in either New York or London. Africa’s largest operator of the telecommunications towers is looking to build on two recent deals in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, CEO Sam... 

Consumers moving away from traditional forms of entertainment, media consumption – study

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd April 2019 PwC’s ‘2019 Global Consumer Insights Survey’ has revealed that consumers are increasingly using digital technology for more than just shopping, with a revolution occurring in how customers access entertainment and media. For example, 38% of global consumers stream entertainment at least daily... 

Vodacom Tanzania says MD questioned by police over network use

By: Reuters     3rd April 2019 Vodacom Tanzania said on Wednesday that its managing director and several employees have been questioned by the police over alleged fraudulent use of network facilities, but no charges have been brought. "No formal charges have been (brought) against these employees, but we have been advised that... 

Final spectrum policy directive will be issued by end-April – Ndabeni-Abrahams

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd April 2019 After years-long delays, the now-urgent final policy directive on spectrum allocation is expected to be issued by the end of April, Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams reiterated this week. Following an information and communications technology industry engagement earlier this week... 

Masterclass to highlight link between neuroscience and safety

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd April 2019 The University of South Africa (Unisa) Centre for Blended-learning Studies will on April 12 host a neuroscience and safety and wellbeing in the workplace masterclass, led by Nutricula Psychology psychologist Paul Potgieter, on the Unisa science campus, in Pretoria. The masterclass follows the... 

SystemicLogic buys Kagiso’s Knowledge Factory

By: Schalk Burger     2nd April 2019 Financial innovation consultancy SystemicLogic has acquired property data and information and communication technology company Knowledge Factory from media organisation Kagiso Media for an undisclosed sum. Knowledge Factory offers a range of solutions based on property data and marketing... 

Gartner expects 100m people to shop using digital reality tech by next year

By: Schalk Burger     2nd April 2019 Technology research and advisory multinational Gartner expects 100-million people to use augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology to shop online and in-store by next year. In a statement issued on Monday, the company said AR and VR have the potential to shake up the customer... 

Necsa scientist in spotlight with award successes

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd April 2019 A scientist from the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, Dr Jan Rijn Zeevaart, has won two prestigious awards, one local and the other international. These are the Department of Science and Technology’s Top Intellectual Property Creator Award and the European Association of Nuclear... 

Altron appoints risk and compliance executive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st April 2019 JSE-listed technology company Allied Electronics (Altron) has appointed Sayeeda Khan group executive of risk and compliance, effective April 1, as it elevates the risk management and compliance function to an executive committee role. “We see corporate governance, positive control posture and... 

Competition Commission to release provisional data inquiry report, extends conclusion to year-end

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st April 2019 The Competition Commission is preparing to release a provisional report on its data inquiry by the end of April, with the intention of finalising its investigation and releasing the final outcomes by December 31, months later than the initial planned March conclusion. The commission on Monday... 

Transnet awards Gijima IT contract following High Court order

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2019 Transnet has issued JSE-listed information and communications technology company Gijima a letter of intent (LoI) to enter into a five-year information technology (IT) data services contract, valued at R1.3-billion. Transnet said the LoI issuance was a decision taken following thorough... 

Employment within the ICT sector showing growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2019 The information and communications technology (ICT) sector remains one of the biggest employers and contributors to South Africa’s mainstream economy, the ‘State of ICT 2019’ report shows. The fourth iteration of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) review of the... 

Japan urges Africa to ‘own’ its own development

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2019 Japan was convinced that Africa should have ownership of its own development and that the private sector was essential for the continent’s economic progress. These views would be embodied in the latest (seventh) iteration of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad 7), to... 

New tech helps mills improve factory control

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     29th March 2019 During this year’s sugar season, centralised scientific organisation Sugar Milling Research Institute NPC (SMRI) says South African sugar mills will use its Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) analytical system to improve their sugar production and profits. Through the SMRI-NIRS system installed at... 

New tech helps mills improve factory control
Photo by Creamer Media
NEW TECHNOLOGY Sugar mills can use the SMRI-NIRS system to obtain information that can help to better understand and control factory processes

Japanese capital equipment group remains confident about South Africa’s prospects

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2019 The Japanese head office of the global capital equipment manufacturer Komatsu has recently approved the investment of R300-million by its South Africa-based subsidiary, Komatsu Africa Holdings (KAfH), in a re-manufacturing plant at KAfH’s new complex in Sunnyrock, Germiston (Ekurhuleni), just... 

Broader use of biometrics will reduce fraud in public, private sectors

By: Schalk Burger     29th March 2019 Broadening the use of biometrics beyond current applications will help to reduce fraud in the public and private sectors, says biometrics multinational HID Global regional sales manager for Africa Claude Langley. Biometrics is predominantly a fraud-prevention mechanism that is used to manage... 

Technology solution allows retailers to display but protect high-value items

By: Schalk Burger     29th March 2019 Retail technology solution AutoAisle secures items that are of high value or at-risk of theft to reduce retailers’ losses and boosts sales of these items, says South African technology development firm Quattro founder and specialised projects director Vincent Lanz. The loss of at-risk items and... 

Technology solution allows retailers to display but protect high-value items
AUTOAISLE DISPLAY The system allows retailer to increase the range of items with less risk and increase the rate of sale

Environmental plan for South African segment of SKA radio telescope gazetted

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2019 The Integrated Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) for the Phase 1 of the Square Kilometre Array mid-frequency array (SKA1_MID) was gazetted by Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on Friday, the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao) announced on Monday. The SKA is an... 

Environmental plan for South African segment of SKA radio telescope gazetted
Photo by Sarao
An artist’s impression of the core of the South African segment of the SKA

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