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Laser beam technology breakthrough could revolutionise optical communications

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th August 2020 Researchers a the University of Central Florida (UCF) in the US have developed a new category of laser beams that could revolutionise optical communications and laser technologies. These new laser beams have properties that are unique and not possessed by standard laser beams.  The new laser... 

Presidential Commission Report on 4IR to head to Cabinet 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th August 2020 The Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is set to present to Cabinet after President Cyril Ramaphosa received its landmark report on the recommendations to harness the available 4IR opportunities. The report was presented by Communications and Digital Technologies... 

New approach suggests the universe is younger than previously believed

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th August 2020 Using a new approach, a team of scientists at the University of Oregon (UO), in the US, have come up with a new estimate for the age of the universe – 12.6-billion years. Since 2013, the generally accepted age of the universe has been 13.77-billion years. (This figure was derived using data from... 

Embedded, distributed generation will create jobs, enhance energy security

By: Schalk Burger     7th August 2020 Allowing for the greater development of embedded and distributed generation assets will help to create and sustain jobs, as well as bolster energy security and business continuity, says economic development advisory company ED Platform head of strategy and growth Maloba Tshehla. Embedded... 

UK funding capacity building at African Centre of Excellence at Stellenbosch University

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th August 2020 Stellenbosch University’s African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Energy is to receive funding of R12-million over two years from the UK. The money is being provided by Britain’s science, technology and innovation funding agency, UK Research and Innovation... 

Company goes digital to curb challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan     7th August 2020 An increasingly competitive sphere, and a large choice of partners and customers are two of the chemicals industry’s greatest challenges. Specialised chemicals company BASF aims to lead in digital transformation in the chemicals industry to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of its... 

Company goes digital  to curb challenges
DALE WALKER The “new normal” that has been imposed by Covid-19 on the globe, has allowed for radical transformation in the way that the company does business

New interface’s mobile version coming soon 

By: Tracy Hancock     7th August 2020 Data-driven agricultural solutions provider SupPlant has launched a new user interface for its decision support system (DSS), with a mobile version to follow, enabling farmers to keep an eye on their crops wherever they are. The Israeli company first entered the South African market when it... 

New interface’s mobile version coming soon
ADVANCING AGRICULTURE The new platform makes all the data from SupPlant’s sensors, such as the first continuous measurement fruit sensor on Macadamia fruit in South Africa, easily accessible and understood

Researchers elucidate key details of Mars’ internal structure using seismic data

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th August 2020 Seismologists from Rice University in Houston in the US state of Texas have for the first time been able to directly measure the boundaries between the different levels that compose the planet Mars – the crust, the mantle and the core – plus a very important transition zone within the mantle.... 

Researchers elucidate key details of Mars’ internal structure using seismic data
Photo by Nasa
Mars

FTI launches ESG diagnostic tool to expand compliance

By: Donna Slater     6th August 2020 The strategic communications division of NYSE-listed business advisory firm FTI Consulting strengthened its environment social governance (ESG) and sustainability practice with the official launch of the ESG Compass on August 5. ESG Compass is a distinctive diagnostic tool that maps a company’s... 

MTN to exit Middle East markets, focus on Africa 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th August 2020 Telecommunications giant MTN is planning to exit its Middle East markets over the medium term as it turns its focus solely to its African markets. The group’s renewed focus on the future of its pan-African strategy forms part of its ongoing portfolio review programme. 

MTN to exit Middle East markets, focus on Africa
MTN Group president and CEO Rob Shuter discusses MTN’s planned exit from its Middle East markets.

South African stakeholders to bring together partners for AI development discussions

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th August 2020 Academia, private sector and civil society have signed an Expression of Interest (EoI) aimed at bringing together experts to lead the development of artificial intelligence (AI) in South Africa and establish an internationally aligned AI institute. Inked during the virtual AI Dialogue South... 

Microsoft invests R40m into South Africa’s agricultural sector

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th August 2020 Microsoft South Africa plans to invest up to R40-million to bolster the use of technology as an enabler to tackle the challenges facing South Africa’s agriculture sector. The investment aims to drive sustainability in the agriculture sector for South Africa’s smallholder farmers, which have... 

Liquid Telecom revamps positioning, identity

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th August 2020 Communications solutions provider Liquid Telecom South Africa has rebranded to Liquid Intelligent Technologies in a strategic repositioning to advance South Africa’s digital future. In 2018, the group embarked on a journey to adapt its operating model as it started the transition towards becoming... 

South African National Space Agency explains its role in launch of Mars 2020 probe

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th August 2020 The Space Operations division of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has completed its involvement in the launch of the Mars 2020 spacecraft, which has now started its cruise through interplanetary space. It is the US National Aeronautics and Space Agency’s (Nasa’s) latest probe to... 

South African National Space Agency explains its role in launch of Mars 2020 probe
Photo by Nasa/Jet Propulsion Laboratory-Caltech
A computer-generated image of the Mars 2020 spacecraft en route to Mars

Cell C defaults on repayments on $184m bond

By: Reuters     4th August 2020 Blue Label Telecoms said on Tuesday that Cell C, in which it is the largest shareholder, had defaulted on the payment of capital on its $184-million note, which was due on Aug. 2. Cell C, a mobile carrier, also defaulted on interest and capital repayments related to the respective bilateral loan... 

New property developments add resiliency to industry in face of Covid-19

By: Donna Slater     3rd August 2020 JSE-listed diversified real estate investment trust (Reit) Redefine Properties says accelerating trends like e-commerce and data centres are adding resiliency to industrial property against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The company points out that, as people’s daily lives move online,... 

New property developments add resiliency to industry in face of Covid-19
Redefine industrial national asset manager Johann Nell

SpaceX’s first crewed mission ends successfully with safe splashdown

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd August 2020 The first ever commercial crewed spacecraft mission ended successfully on Sunday when the Crew Dragon capsule plashed down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of the US state of Florida. The spacecraft, designed, developed, owned and operated by private-sector company SpaceX, was carrying US... 

SpaceX’s first crewed mission ends successfully with safe splashdown
Photo by Nasa
Crew Dragon capsule Endeavour moments before splashdown

Wits researchers achieve major leap forward in secure quantum communication

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st July 2020 University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) scientists have achieved a major advance in the field of secure quantum communications, the university announced on Friday. The team, led by School of Physics Professor Andrew Forbes, has had its research paper published online by Laser & Photonics Reviews.... 

Strategic partnerships in science, technology will aid economic recovery – Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      31st July 2020 Strategic partnerships in science, technology and innovation will play an essential role in economic recovery, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said. Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande delivered the president's speech on his behalf during the National Summit on Science... 

Strategic partnerships in science, technology will aid economic recovery – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

MTN says Shuter to head up BT Enterprise, expects higher half-year earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st July 2020 Telecommunications group MTN said on Friday that its succession process for group CEO was on track and that it would make an announcement in the next four to eight weeks. This comes as outgoing CEO Rob Shuter has been appointed CEO UK-based telecoms firm BT Group's Enterprise division. His... 

MTN says Shuter to head up BT Enterprise, expects higher half-year earnings
Outgoing CEO Rob Shuter

Free State researchers part of international team showing that monkeys can get Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th July 2020 Two scientists from the University of the Free State (UFS), plus a third who is affiliated with the South African institution, are co-authors of a recently published international study of Covid-19. Their paper was published in the internationally peer-reviewed journal Plos One. The UFS... 

South African space agency providing support to Nasa’s latest Mars mission

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th July 2020 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) is supporting the launch and early flight phase of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa’s) Mars 2020 mission, which is carrying the Perseverance rover to the Red Planet. The mission lifted-off from Space Launch Complex 41, at... 

South African space agency providing support to Nasa’s latest Mars mission
Photo by Nasa
The Atlas V rocket carrying the Mars 2020 spacecraft (including the Perseverance rover) within its nose cone, standing at Launch Complex 41 just hours before lift-off.

CSIR makes breakthrough in developing local Covid-19 test 

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th July 2020 The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a faster way of testing for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, which causes the Covid-19 disease. The CSIR’s achievement will replace a two-step testing process with a one-step test. The CSIR is working with... 

CSIR makes breakthrough in developing local Covid-19 test
Photo by CSIR
CSIR senior researcher Dr Lusisizwe Kwezi

MTN Nigeria posts strong first-half growth, despite decline in earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th July 2020 Telecommunications group MTN Nigeria has reported strong growth in its key revenue lines for the six months ended June 30. Service revenue increased by 12.6% to N637-billion, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) grew by 8.2% to N327.1-billion during the... 

Africa50 shortlists 7 in first Innovation Challenge

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2020 Seven finalists have been shortlisted from 673 applicants in the inaugural African50 Innovation Challenge. Launched in May 2019, the Innovation Challenge aimed to crowdsource innovative solutions that can improve last-mile connectivity to increase access to reliable and affordable Internet in... 

JSE fines EOH R7.5m for prior incorrect financial statements

By: Schalk Burger     29th July 2020 The JSE on July 29 imposed a R7.5-million fine on information technology services multinational EOH for the material errors and inaccuracies contained in its 2017 and 2018 financial statements, but has suspended R2.5-million of the fine for a period of five years. EOH, in a July 29 statement,... 

African Centre of Excellence at Stellenbosch University to receive UK research grant

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th July 2020 Stellenbosch University’s African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Energy is to receive funding of R12-million over two years from the UK. The money is being provided by Britain’s science, technology and innovation funding agency, UK Research and Innovation... 

New research suggests the universe is younger than previously believed

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th July 2020 Using a new approach, a team of scientists at the University of Oregon (UO) in the US have come up with a new estimate for the age of the universe – 12.6-billion years. Since 2013, the generally accepted age of the universe has been 13.77-billion years. The universe started with the Big Bang, and... 

Researchers build AI tool capable of identifying individual birds

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2020 New research demonstrates for the first time that artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to train computers to recognise individual birds; a task humans are unable to do. Researchers from the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, based at the University of Cape Town (UCT); the French... 

China successfully launches its first Mars lander mission

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th July 2020 The China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Thursday successfully launched its first mission aimed at landing on the planet Mars. Not only that, but the mission, named Tianwen-1, will deploy a rover on the surface of the Red Planet. (Tianwen means ‘Questions to Heaven’.) The probe was... 

MTN to report higher first-half earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th July 2020 JSE-listed MTN expects to post a triple-digit climb in earnings for the six months ended June 30. The telecommunications group anticipates earnings per share (EPS) to be more than 592c for the six months under review, a rise of 345 c or 140% on the 247c reported in the corresponding six months... 

New technology offers effective communication  

By: Halima Frost     24th July 2020 Blockchain solution provider DoshEx’s newest offering, Sherlock blockchain, is adapted for project managers and engineers to effectively communicate within a communal ecosystem. DoshEx CEO Alex de Bruyn explains that the Sherlock network combines the Internet of Things (IoT), distributed document... 

New technology offers effective communication
DoshEx CEO Alex de Bruyn discusses the use of its Sherlock blockchain solution in the project management sector. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 25.06.2020

Astronomers announce they have imaged two planets orbiting a Sun-like star

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd July 2020 The European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced on Wednesday that its Very Large Telescope (VLT) had taken the first ever image of a young Sun-like star with two giant exoplanets orbiting it. The star is designated TYC 8998-760-1 and lies some 300 light years away. The planets have been... 

EOH, Risk Insights bringing digital education solution to South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     23rd July 2020 Information technology services multinational EOH, in collaboration with risk management advisory and consultancy company Risk Insights, is making good progress on EOH’s commitment to help solve South Africa’s educational challenges by introducing a globally recognised digital education solution... 

ShotSpotter assisting in reducing rhino poaching in Kruger National Park

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd July 2020 Gunshot detection systems provider ShotSpotter says the ranger service of the Kruger National Park has successfully achieved an almost 60% reduction in the number of rhino killed within the areas where the company's ShotSpotter technology has been deployed. Since November 2018, ShotSpotter has... 

Vodacom’s revenue grows on strong South African performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd July 2020 JSE-listed telecommunications giant Vodacom’s group service revenue and group revenue grew 7.6% and 5.6% respectively during the quarter ended June 30, on the back of strong growth in South Africa. While the group benefited from customer demand increasing during the lockdown period in South... 

Report identifies effective digital response to Covid-19 in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd July 2020 A digital response using proven digital innovation can help the African continent curb the spread, strengthen resilience and better address the impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Currently, the health, economic and social impact of Covid-19 across Africa continues to evolve. 

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