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Data mobility seen as key to supporting new cloud, digital era

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2019 Changing from physical to virtual information technology (IT) resources – like cloud systems – requires that companies monitor and manage the movement and security of data across on-premise and external resources, says backup and intelligent data management multinational Veeam Software Southern... 

MTN aims to expand local shareholding of its Ugandan unit to 20% – CEO

By: Reuters     14th March 2019 MTN Group's Uganda unit is looking to boost local shareholding to 20% from 4% this year, the South African telecoms giant's Chief Executive Robert Shuter said. The move to expand local ownership appears a bow to pressure from Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who has said he would like the firm... 

MTN to list Nigeria unit towards April and May – MTN Nigeria CEO

By: Reuters     13th March 2019 MTN Group expects its Nigeria unit to list on the local stock exchange "probably more towards April and May," the unit's chief executive said on Wednesday. The listing should be no later than halfway through the year, said Ferdi Moolman, chief executive officer of MTN Nigeria, speaking to... 

Ten worst South African performers tell tale of battling economy

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2019 It’s not even the end of the first quarter and already there’s a plethora of once-significant South African companies that have either collapsed or had their share prices hit the wall. The likes of sugar producer Tongaat Hulett, tech provider EOH Holdings, Blue Label Telecoms and Aspen Pharmacare... 

South Africa signs treaty establishing the SKA Observatory

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th March 2019 South Africa has signed the international treaty establishing the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) – an intergovernmental organisation tasked with building and operating the world's most powerful radio astronomy telescope. Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane signed... 

South Africa signs treaty establishing the SKA Observatory
Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

AECI’s Lake Foods, Christian Hansen launch dairy application centre

By: Simone Liedtke     12th March 2019 Food and beverage company Lake Foods, a division of South African chemicals group AECI, on Tuesday launched its new dairy application centre in Cape Town. The centre will assist customers with new product innovation and development, as well as product improvements. 

AECI’s Lake Foods, Christian Hansen launch dairy application centre

Fire fraudster Rubben Mohlaloga from Icasa immediately, MPs agree

By: News24Wire      12th March 2019 Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications has resolved that Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) chairperson Rubben Mohlaloga be removed from his position with immediate effect. MPs met on Tuesday to discuss Mohlaloga's future after he was sentenced to 20 years in prison... 

Fire fraudster Rubben Mohlaloga from Icasa immediately, MPs agree
Icasa Chairperson, Rubben Mohlaloga

Social partnerships a cornerstone of skills development – Manamela

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2019 Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Buti Manamela on Tuesday stressed the importance of social partnerships as a cornerstone of skills development. In an opening speech at the Skills Development Summit, he noted that the event was being held against a background of low economic growth... 

Social partnerships a cornerstone of skills development – Manamela
Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Buti Manamela

UAVs, ecommerce set to transform air cargo

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2019 Unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly called drones, and e-commerce (in particular the global giant e-commerce enterprises such as Amazon and Alibaba) look set to transform the air freight industry worldwide, including in Africa. This was the general opinion at a panel discussion at the recent Air... 

Rolfes investigating nanotechnology paints to diversify business

By: Schalk Burger     8th March 2019 Local solvents and chemicals company Rolfes Chemicals is investigating the applications of nanotechnology in coatings to diversify its business in Southern Africa, says Rolfes Chemicals MD Clive Govender. Nanocoatings contain particles in the nanometre scale. These nanoparticles build a... 

Two new liquid analysers added

8th March 2019 South Africa-based company Yokogawa has added two new solutions to the Opre analyser family with the development of the FLXA402 four-wire liquid analyser and the SA11 smart adaptor. These two new liquid analysis products will be offered as part of the Sencom 4.0 series. It is expected that they... 

Two new liquid  analysers added
NEW TECHNOLOGIES This new solution also facilitates connection to the cloud and an industrial Internet of Things environment for improved field maintenance.

Satellite services extending reach of mobile networks

By: Schalk Burger     8th March 2019 Multi-orbit satellite services are helping to extend the reach of mobile networks into areas where the economic feasibility of traditional roll-out models is challenging by providing a mobile Network-as-a-Service offering that includes software-defined radio access network combined with a... 

Satellite services extending  reach of mobile networks
CHRISTIAN OLSSON The low cost of satellite backhaul enables delivery of connectivity to remote areas

MTN posts significantly higher FY18 earnings 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th March 2019 JSE-listed telecommunications giant MTN on Thursday posted a 85.2% increase in its reported headline earnings per share (HEPS), from 182c in 2017 to 337c during the year ended December 31, 2018. While a significant jump on the prior year, HEPS could have reached 565c apiece; however MTN had to... 

UCT academic wins global chemical engineers award

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th March 2019 University of Cape Town (UCT) academic Dr Dyllon Randall has become the first African recipient of the prestigious global Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Warner Prize. The prize is awarded biennially to people who show “exceptional promise” in sustainable chemical process technology,... 

UCT academic wins global chemical engineers award
University of Cape Town academic Dr Dyllon Randall

CSIR develops medicine dispensing robot 

7th March 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has, in partnership with Right ePharmacy, developed a pharmacy automation robot for medicine dispensing. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

CSIR develops medicine dispensing robot
CSIR develops medicine dispensing robot

MTN is said to earmark stake in Botswana venture for sale

By: Bloomberg     6th March 2019 MTN Group is considering the sale of its stake in Botswana’s largest wireless carrier, according to people familiar with the matter, as CEO Rob Shuter seeks to reduce the number of countries in which the company operates. A disposal of the interest in Botswana’s Mascom could generate as much as... 

Denel aiming to access contingency fund, confident about future despite ratings cut 

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th March 2019 State-owned South African defence industrial group Denel is preparing an application for funding from the R13-billion contingency reserve announced by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his 2019/20 Budget speech. “We know that [the] government is cognisant of the fact that Denel is in need of... 

Denel aiming to access contingency fund, confident about future despite ratings cut
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One of Denel’s signature products, the 6x6 G6 155 mm self-propelled gun, on display at the group’s head office

Britain and South Africa to jointly lead Commonwealth digital connectively initiative

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th March 2019 The UK and South Africa jointly announced on Tuesday that they had agreed to co-lead the Commonwealth Digital Connectivity Agenda. This is aimed at supporting inclusive growth and sustainable development in Commonwealth countries by promoting the exchange of best practices, experiences and views... 

Britain and South Africa to jointly lead Commonwealth digital connectively initiative
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Dr Liam Fox (left) meets Dr Rob Davies (right), in London

Young South African scientists to participate in prestigious international physics meeting 

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th March 2019 Twenty of South Africa’s top young scientists will attend the week-long 2019 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which is dedicated to physics, later this year. This will be the sixty-ninth such meeting held at the city, in Bavaria, Germany. South Africa has also been chosen as the “host country” for... 

South African, French space agencies sign MoU on future cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st March 2019 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and its French counterpart, the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES – the National Centre for Space Studies), signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday in Pretoria, laying the foundations for future cooperation between the two... 

South African, French space agencies sign MoU on future cooperation
Photo by Sansa
Jean-Pascal Le Franc (left) shakes hands with Dr Valanathan Munsami (right) after they signed the MoU

MTN expects up to 90% jump in 2018 profit

By: Reuters     1st March 2019 Africa's biggest mobile phone operator MTN Group expects to increase profits by as much as 90% in 2018, as the company continues to recover from a regulatory fine in Nigeria. Founded with the South African government’s help after the end of apartheid in 1994, MTN is touted as one of South... 

Airbus to end production of its flagship A380 airliner

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st March 2019 Europe-based global aerospace major group Airbus has announced that production of its flagship four-engined A380 Superjumbo airliner would end in 2021. This is because the main customer for the aircraft, Emirates, had decided to cut its order for the airliner by 39 units, and because there is no... 

Advanced Materials Initiative widening its focus

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st March 2019 The Advanced Materials Initiative (AMI) is expanding its area of interest to include all advanced materials, such as ceramics, composites and polymers/plastics, as well as metals. (AMI originally stood for Advanced Metals Initiative.) This process started with renaming of the initiative in early... 

Virtual reality emerging as a mainstream skills-development tool

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2019 Virtual Reality (VR) has hitherto been associated largely with the gaming industry. But as rates of digital penetration rise and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) increases the demand new skills sets, the technology is also becoming a mainstream business and skills-development tool.... 

Virtual reality emerging as a mainstream skills-development tool

New technologies set to transform global food chain in next five years – IBM

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2019 Information technology multinational IBM predicts that technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and cloud, will help to transform the global food chain over the next five years, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software senior VP Arvind Krishna says.... 

New technologies set to transform global  food chain in next five years – IBM
ARVIND KRISHNA IBM unveiled five solutions in February to improve the food chain and food security

Process automation launched in SA to drive productivity

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2019 Robotic process automation (RPA) company UiPath, headquartered in New York, US, has opened a local office to provide its automation services so that local companies can unlock more productivity without deploying new hardware, says UiPath South Africa sales director Lenore Kerrigan. Software... 

Process automation launched in SA to drive productivity
LENORE KERRIGAN The company is developing the ecosystem to support RPA growth

Blue Label reports sterling half-year performance, despite perceived Cell C weight

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th February 2019 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms on Thursday posted a 19% increase in core headline earnings, excluding the Cell C and SPV revaluations that dragged overall financial performance during the six months to November 30, 2018. The group, facing a share price plunge of nearly 14% at the time of writing... 

Cell C COO steps in as interim CEO

By: Nadine James     28th February 2019 Telecommunications company Cell C on Thursday announced the appointment of COO Douglas Craigie Stevenson as interim CEO, effective March 1. He will hold the position until a permanent appointment is made in “due course.” 

South Africa pushes ahead with ocean monitoring satellite programme

By: News24Wire      28th February 2019 The government, through the Department of Science and Technology, has affirmed a further commitment to the Maritime Domain Awareness satellite programme. In addition to funding of R16.5-million, the department will pump another R27-million into the programme over the next three years, department... 

Vodacom cuts OOB rates, reconsiders data rollover fees

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th February 2019 Telecommunications giant Vodacom will not charge contract and hybrid consumers subscribed to data-only packages or data-inclusive integrated packages for the automatic rollover, for one month, of data. However, remaining data on bundle purchases by all customers will be rolled over at no... 

NTP Radioisotopes faces heavy losses this year but is confident of regaining market share  

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th February 2019 NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, is expected to make a loss this year of R224-million, in comparison to profits of R108-million last year and of R184-million in 2017. This was stated in a written reply to a Parliamentary question... 

NTP Radioisotopes faces heavy losses this year but is confident of regaining market share
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An aerial view of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation complex at Pelindaba, which contains the NTP facilit

Rain launches 5G data network

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th February 2019 Mobile data-only network operator Rain is preparing for a mid-2019 commercial launch of South Africa’s first fifth-generation (5G) network. In partnership with global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider Huawei, Rain has built the first 5G commercial network, with... 

MultiChoice lists on the JSE

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th February 2019 Multichannel digital satellite and pay-television (TV) giant MultiChoice Group (MCG) on Wednesday listed on the JSE’s main board, and slotted into the top 40, with an opening share price of R95.50. The listing, which was the first at the JSE for this year, followed afetr parent company Naspers... 

Icasa won't take Vodacom data rollover charge 'lying down', MPs told

By: African News Agency      27th February 2019 The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) on Tuesday said it was probing whether Vodacom is guilty of any compliance breaches following its decision to charge consumers R49 to rollover unused data. Briefing member of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday, Icasa chief executive Willington... 

CSIR showcases medicine dispensing robot's capabilities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th February 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has, in partnership with Right ePharmacy, developed a pharmacy automation robot for medicine dispensing. The robot is being showcased in conjunction with the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems ManuVation 4.0 workshop, which is being held on... 

CSIR showcases medicine dispensing robot's capabilities
The pharmacy automation robot for medicine dispensing

Helios to build 1 000 towers in South Africa 5G networks push

By: Bloomberg     25th February 2019 Helios Towers wants to build 1 000 telecommunication towers in South Africa in the next three years as it tries to capitalize on rapid growth in mobile services and shape up for an initial public offering. The company operates cellphone towers in countries including Ghana, Tanzania and the... 

Cell C signs term sheet with Buffet Consortium, Dos Santos to step down

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd February 2019 Jose Dos Santos will step down as Cell C CEO, effective March 1. He will take up a role as a consultant offering strategic advice to the Cell C chairperson. In this role, he will be involved in the delivery of Cell C’s strategic intent, which includes the reshaping of Cell C’s debt to ensure the... 

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