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People, visibility and timely updates key steps for SMEs to improve cybersecurity

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2020 Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can improve their cybersecurity by focusing on three aspects, namely empowering their personnel through regular training, ensuring that the information technology (IT) department has visibility across the business and staff have secure access, and... 

There’s a lot of trees in what people thought was North African desert

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th October 2020 Scientists have been surprised by the number of trees that they have been able to detect in the Western Sahara, Sahel and Sudanian regions of Africa. Using satellite imagery, they were able to count more than 1.8-billion trees in a region generally regarded as being desert. The study was focused... 

ABB process control systems connect with IBM security platform to provide digital threat visibility

By: Schalk Burger     16th October 2020 Global engineering and industrial technologies group ABB and enterprise cybersecurity subsidiary company IBM Security on October 15 announced a collaboration focused on connecting cybersecurity and operational technology (OT). The first result of this collaboration resulted in ABB developing a... 

New secure data exchange platform expected to lower fraud risks

By: Schalk Burger     16th October 2020 Financial services information exchange company Astute Financial Services Exchange has established a secure data exchange platform that reduces fraud and costs related to insurance and financial controls, says Astute Financial Services Exchange CEO Jacques Rossouw. This platform builds on its... 

South Africa becoming a major international business outsourcing destination

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2020 Government and private sector efforts to build digital skills capacity among South Africa’s youth over the past five years are bearing fruit, says nonprofit organisation Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPESA). CEO Andy Searle says these initiatives, along with several other factors, have... 

Robots can play vital role in Covid-19 fight

By: Donna Slater     15th October 2020 Robots have seen increased use during Covid-19, especially within the human assistance role in the healthcare sector, according to panellists who spoke during the SingularityU South Africa Summit 2020 on October 14. Nigeria-based robot company Reach Robots CEO Silas Adekunle and Denmark-based... 

Airbus wins contract to help develop European lunar lander spacecraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th October 2020 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus has been chosen by the European Space Agency (ESA) as one of two prime contractors to develop the concept of a large and multirole lunar logistical lander. Officially known as the European Large Logistic Lander (EL3), this spacecraft is intended to... 

Airbus wins contract to help develop European lunar lander spacecraft
Photo by Airbus
An artist’s impression of an EL3 on the lunar surface

The Artemis crewed space programme becomes more international

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th October 2020 The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has signed agreements with seven international partners to support Nasa’s Artemis crewed space programme and to establish a set of practical principles for space exploration cooperation between the signatory countries, which will be... 

The Artemis crewed space programme becomes more international
Photo by Nasa
An artist’s impression of the Lunar Gateway orbiting the Moon

MTN withdraws Supreme Court challenges against Ghana market regulator

By: Reuters     13th October 2020 South African mobile operator MTN's Ghana unit said on Tuesday it was withdrawing a legal challenge it had filed to the Supreme Court over the market regulator's move to designate it a significant market power. "It is our expectation that this action will pave the way for further discussions and... 

Liquid Telecom South Africa appoints new CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2020 Communications solutions provider Liquid Telecom South Africa has appointed Deon Geyser as CEO, effective January 1, 2021. Geyser, who is currently head of Nokia Southern Africa and Vodafone Africa and has held senior management positions at Siemens and Millicom International Cellular, holds a... 

UJ Academy for Computer Science and Software Engineering turns 50

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th October 2020 This academic year, the Academy for Computer Science and Software Engineering (ACSSE) in the Faculty of Science at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), is celebrating its fiftieth birthday. Co-founded in 1970 by UJ Centre for Cyber Security director Professor Sebastiaan von Solms, it was one of... 

UK provides funding for ‘self-eating’ space rocket project

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th October 2020 The UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), an agency of the country’s Ministry of Defence, has committed £90 000 (about R1.92-million) to support the development of a potentially revolutionary ‘autophage’ rocket engine. Autophage literally means self-eating, and the rocket is being... 

Schneider Electric CEO urges acceleration of digital transformation

By: Simone Liedtke     8th October 2020 Energy management and automation provider Schneider Electric CEO and chairperson Jean-Pascal Tricoire has urged businesses to accelerate their digital transformation to better position themselves to recover from the upheaval brought about as a result of climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.... 

MTN, Telecom Infra Project partner to evolve MTN’s transport infrastructure

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2020 JSE-listed MTN Group and Telecom Infra Project (TIP) have joined forces to support the evolution of MTN’s communication transport infrastructure, which will become a platform for future revenue growth and profitability. Through the partnership, communication transport capacity will be deployed to... 

South African receives $150 000 Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Grant

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2020 Selected from a record entry of 217 applications from 26 different countries in Africa, Dr Bernard Coetzee, from the University of the Witwatersrand’s Global Change Institute, has been announced as the winner of the second yearly $150 000 Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Grant, at an event hosted by... 

South African receives $150 000 Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Grant
Dr Bernard WT Coetzee (standing centre), has been announced as the winner of the second, yearly $150 000 Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Grant, at an event hosted by Oppenheimer Generations at Circa Gallery, Rosebank, Johannesburg. With him from (L-R) Jonathan Oppenheimer, Executive Chairperson of Oppenheimer Generations, Bridget Fury, Head, Oppenheimer Generations Philanthropies and Chair of the JWO grant expert panel, Nicky Oppenheimer, Chairman of Oppenheimer Generations and Dr Duncan MacFadyen, Head of Research and Conservation at Oppenheimer Generations.

South Africa’s space agency and science academy sign MoU on collaboration

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th October 2020 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) jointly announced on Wednesday that they had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). Both bodies are entities of the Department of Science and Innovation.  The MoU would permit them to establish... 

Consultancy urges government to revive R&D spend

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2020 Consultancy Cova Advisory has called on government to boost its support for research and development (R&D) in South Africa forts to help weather the economic storm that Covid-19 has brought about. Director Tumelo Chipfupa on October 1 hosted a webinar about the impact of the pandemic on the R&D... 

Ndabeni-Abrahams establishes merger oversight forum 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th October 2020 Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Minster Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has established a joint oversight forum to ensure a smooth merger process of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services and the Department of Communications. The formation of the Department of... 

Ndabeni-Abrahams establishes merger oversight forum
Stella-Ndabeni Abrahams

Minister Nzimande congratulates and praises CSIR

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th October 2020 Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has congratulated the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on its seventy-fifth anniversary. The Council was established by an Act of Parliament and came into being on October 5, 1945. “Over the years, I have... 

Satellite communications partnership formed to bolster remote operations

By: Donna Slater     6th October 2020 Mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat has entered into an agreement with remote monitoring and communications specialist Harvest Technology Group and satellite and radio communication systems company AST to provide Harvest’s customers in the mining, energy and utilities sectors with... 

China announces selection of new astronauts, for space station programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2020 The China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) has announced that it has selected 18 new astronauts. This marks the end of a process that started in May 2018 and which initially involved 2 500 candidates. While the CMSA’s two previous astronaut training programmes were open only to People’s Liberation Army... 

CSIR celebrates 75 years of research and innovation

By: Donna Slater     5th October 2020 As the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) celebrates 75 years of establishment on October 5, the organisation marks a strategic year of redirecting its focus into industrial development and technological innovation, chairperson professor Thokozani Majozi notes. He says that,... 

Nokia reaches 100 5G deals, 160 commercial 5G engagements

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th October 2020 Information and communications technology group Nokia has reached the milestone of 100 commercial fifth-generation (5G) deals with individual customers and a total of 160 commercial 5G engagements, including paid trials. This following the signing of 17 new 5G commercial deals during the third... 

T-Systems, Fortinet to open Cybersecurity Academy in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2020 Information technology services company T-Systems South Africa and integrated, automated cybersecurity solutions company Fortinet have announced plans to launch a specialised Cybersecurity Academy in South Africa during October. The academy will be incorporated into T-Systems South Africa's... 

Leap-Biz automated business management tool for entrepreneurs launched

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2020 A newly launched automated business management tool Leap-Biz uses integrated information flow to keep business owners consistently up to date about their businesses, enabling them to make informed decisions. “Leap-Biz takes a holistic approach and provides integrated functionality for all... 

4IR key to advanced NDT service

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd October 2020 The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is an extremely significant focus for material testing and inspection services specialist Dekra Industrial because the collection and interpretation of data plays a vital role in forecasting, strategic growth and decision-making in organisations. While... 

4IR key to advanced NDT service
GRUDGE PURCHASE Some of South African metal fabricators only undertaking non-destructive testing to ensure that they are fabrication- and design-code compliant

Govt says release of spectrum will bring certainty to industry 

By: African News Agency      1st October 2020 The long-awaited announcement by the Independent Communications Authority of dates for the release of new spectrum will bring certainty to the industry, Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said on Thursday. On Wednesday, regulator ICASA said its council had... 

Govt says release of spectrum will bring certainty to industry
Communications & Digital Technologies Minster Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

Icasa to issue spectrum ITAs

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th September 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) will publish the invitations to apply (ITAs) for the licensing process for the Wireless Open Access Network (Woan) and the International Mobile Telephony (IMT) spectrum no later than October 2. Icasa, in a September 30 briefing to... 

App to help customers diagnose, fix slow Internet

By: Schalk Burger     30th September 2020 Internet services provider RocketNet has launched its Probe app to help customers diagnose and fix problems with their Internet speed. The app, available for Apple and Android devices, removes the guesswork of diagnosing a customer’s internal network and points the company to the exact issue,... 

Genstar collaborates with US firm to bring antibacterial lighting to South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th September 2020 A South African company has clinched a deal to distribute a new lighting technology that it says is able to suppress bacteria in the air and on surfaces using a narrow spectrum of visible light. The licensing agreement covering the technology involves Johannesburg-based Genstar Emergency Lighting... 

Covid-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund will support 80 research, science advice projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2020 Eighty projects across 17 African countries have been selected for funding under the Covid-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund. The fund was launched in May, valued at close to R80-million, or $4.75-million.  

Sendmarc fund to protect South African healthcare workers against phishing attacks

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2020 Anti-phishing company Sendmarc has established a R1-million fund – the Sendmarc Protect our Protectors programme – to help South Africa’s frontline responders protect their staff, patients and suppliers from phishing attacks amid the Covid-19 global pandemic. The fund was launched in September in... 

TechSoft to support municipalities in revenue recovery, collections management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2020 Technology solutions provider TechSoft International has developed an integrated and data-rich solution to assist in improving revenue management and collection for struggling municipalities. With the company’s C3 platform, municipal entities are said to be able to leverage a software tool that... 

Solution for the puzzle of dark energy proposed by scientists in Hawaii

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th September 2020 Scientists at the University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa, in the US, have developed a theory to explain the mysterious force known as dark energy. For some 20 years now, scientists have known that not only is the universe expanding, but that this expansion is also accelerating. The force driving this... 

Breakthroughs in practical artificial intelligence ethics reported by Rolls-Royce

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th September 2020 UK-based global industrial technology group Rolls-Royce recently announced that it had achieved two breakthroughs in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) ethics. These breakthroughs will be fully published later this year on the Rolls-Royce website under a Creative Commons licence. The group... 

South Africa should ramp up e-waste recycling

By: Tracy Hancock     25th September 2020 The level of e-waste recycling in South Africa is extremely low. While 6 kg/y to 7 kg/y of e-waste is generated for every South African citizen only 360 000 t/y of e-waste is placed on the market. Only 7% to 12% of the total volume is being recycled formally. This percentage could be doubled when... 

South Africa should ramp up e-waste recycling
REUSING RESOURCES With up to 99% of all components that comprise information technology devices being recyclable, the world’s finite resources can be saved

WiFi solution overcomes poor connectivity to provide free content

By: Schalk Burger     25th September 2020 A WiFi content delivery solution can provide free wireless access to rich and curated education, training and entertainment content in areas that have minimal connectivity and where data costs prevent the majority of people from using digital channels. The solution is an integrated WiFi and... 

WiFi solution overcomes poor connectivity  to provide free content
VIEW4ALL HARDWARE The solution provides access to entertainment content and e-learning materials and can be used in areas with limited connectivity
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