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Altron marks completed turnaround with double-digit growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2019 JSE-listed technology company Allied Electronics on Thursday posted double-digit increases across the board for the year ended February 28, 2019. The technology company achieved a 30% increase in normalised revenue to R19.2-billion and a 24% increase in normalised earnings before interest, tax,... 

South Africans play key roles in latest achievement for international astronomy project

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th May 2019 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory announced on Thursday that the international consortium of computing specialists, which included South Africans, had completed its engineering design work on the Science Data Processor (SDP) for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope... 

South Africans play key roles in latest achievement for international astronomy project
Photo by SKA Organisation
An artist’s impression of part of the SKA-Mid array in South Africa

MTN posts strong first-quarter service revenue growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2019 Telecommunications giant MTN Group has met its medium-term revenue growth guidance, posting a 10% year-on-year increase to R33.2-billion, supported by a continued rise in voice, data and financial technology revenue, during the three months to March 31, 2019. This was led by strong first-quarter... 

MTN Nigeria gets listing approval, securities regulator says

By: Reuters     9th May 2019 Nigeria's securities regulator has approved South African telecoms firm MTN's listing application for its $5-billion Nigerian unit. MTN Nigeria registered more than 20-billion shares before the planned listing in the West African country, MTN's biggest market with 58-million users in 2018 and... 

Nigerian court to hear case between MTN, Attorney General on June 26

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th May 2019 The legal battle between telecommunications giant MTN and Nigerian Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) will be heard on June 26. This followed the Federal High Court’s rejection this week of the Notice of Preliminary Objection filed by the AGF in response to MTN Nigeria’s lawsuit. 

Datatec’s underlying, headline earnings expected to swing back into the black

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th May 2019 The underlying earnings and headline earnings of information and communications technology firm Datatec are expected to swing into positive territory for the financial year ended February 28. In a trading statement issued to shareholders on Tuesday, the company reported anticipated underlying... 

Young South African radio astronomers shine with MeerKAT observation proposals

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th May 2019 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao) has announced that 38 South African-led astronomy projects will use the 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope array. The leaders of these projects include postdoctoral researchers (“postdocs”) as well as senior professors, based at ten South African... 

Young South African radio astronomers shine with MeerKAT observation proposals
Photo by Sarao
Some of MeerKAT’s 64 dishes

Nigeria stock exchange receives MTN listing application, regulator says

By: Reuters     6th May 2019 The Nigerian stock exchange has received South African telecoms firm MTN's listing application, the regulator said on Monday. Two people with knowledge of the matter disclosed the application last week, but the regulator did not confirm the registration until Monday. 

Nigeria stock exchange receives MTN listing application, regulator says

Bharti is said to kick off IPO of $5bn Africa arm in May

By: Bloomberg     6th May 2019 Bharti Airtel, India’s second-biggest wireless carrier, is preparing to kick off the initial public offering of its Africa unit in a deal that could raise about $1-billion, people familiar with the matter said. Airtel Africa is planning to make a formal announcement about the London listing this... 

Fifth IASP Africa president to be announced this month

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2019 The Innovation Hub will, on May 23 and 24, host the 2019 International Association of Science Parks (IASP) Africa division workshop at its grounds in Tshwane. The workshop is part of a series of Science and Technology Parks (STP) build-up events that are taking place globally ahead of the main... 

MTN appoints Jonas chairperson designate, establishes international advisory board 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd May 2019 JSE-listed telecommunications giant MTN Group has established an international advisory board (IAB), led by political and business heavyweights. The group also plans on effecting an “evolution of the board”, with former Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas appointed chairperson designate, as it enters... 

MTN appoints Jonas chairperson designate, establishes international advisory board
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Mcebisi Jonas

Kenya's Safaricom FY earnings jump on upbeat M-Pesa growth

By: Reuters     3rd May 2019 Safaricom, Kenya's biggest telecoms operator, said on Friday its core earnings for the full year rose to 89.6-billion shillings ($889.33-million). The company had reported an earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) of 79.3 billion shillings in the previous year. 

Fieldbus solution for pneumatic valves first step to smart assembly

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd May 2019 The incorporation of a fieldbus solution to control pneumatic valves could be an important step towards cloud-connected Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) innovations on the assembly line, says multinational motion and control technologies provider Parker Hannifin South Africa account manager... 

Fieldbus solution for  pneumatic valves first  step to smart assembly
SELINA NAIDOO Asset monitoring and management of an automated system remotely, from anywhere in the world, will create opportunities and solutions that were once only envisaged

Rolls-Royce developing advanced aero engine technologies

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd May 2019 UK industrial technology group Rolls-Royce gives a high priority to research and development (R&D), particularly with regard to aeroengines. “We are focused on pioneering the power that matters and are at the forefront of research into the future of flight,” affirms Rolls-Royce VP Customers:... 

Affiliate Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution launched in SA

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd May 2019 South African Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has highlighted that the country's future development probably depended on how fast it mastered the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). She was addressing a recent breakfast forum to mark the setting up of... 

Africa gains traction as trade destination

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 Africa, as a trade and export destination, is looking increasingly attractive from a South African perspective, and represents an opportunity for growth for many South African companies, says research and consulting specialist Africa House MD Liz Whitehouse. Africa offers South African companies... 

Africa gains traction as trade destination
Photo by Creamer Media
MAKING PROGRESS Several industries and factors are driving growth in sub-Saharan Africa, including agricultural development and power

Capital markets in Africa are evolving

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 Africa’s financial and capital markets are on a “path of evolution” and this is impacting on foreign investment and competition on the continent, says exchange trading platform 4 Africa Exchange (4AX) business development head Noah Greenhill. The evolution of the markets is creating... 

Capital markets in  Africa are evolving
Photo by Bloomberg
TRADING TIME Listing on an exchange is critical and gives companies some credibility

BAE Systems successfully flies UAV without conventional flaps, ailerons or elevators

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd May 2019 British major aerospace and defence group BAE Systems (BAES) announced on Wednesday that its MAGMA unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had become the first aircraft ever to be manoeuvred in flight using “blown air”. The MAGMA has been designed and developed by University of Manchester researchers and... 

BAE Systems successfully flies UAV without conventional flaps, ailerons or elevators
Photo by BAE Systems
The MAGMA UAV

CCTV cameras help Cape Town in the prevention of crimes

By: Kim Cloete     30th April 2019 The City of Cape Town is using a network of 1 600 close- circuit television (CCTV) cameras in a bid to prevent and detect crime, as well as monitor other incidents. The network is one of the largest of its kind in Africa. 

Tribunal approves CIVH, Vumatel deal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th April 2019 The Competition Tribunal has approved, subject to conditions, the proposed merger whereby Community Investment Ventures Holdings (CIVH) seeks to increase its shareholding in Vumatel. Following the merger, CIVH, which acquired its initial shares in Vumatel in June 2018, will have sole control of... 

Sars wants tech to help it stop illicit tobacco revenue leaks

By: Schalk Burger     30th April 2019 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) is seeking to introduce a track-and-trace marker technology in the cigarette industry, which will enable it to monitor the journey from cigarette manufacturing plants to points of sale and/or import or export trades. This is aimed at curbing revenue... 

Sars wants tech to help it stop illicit tobacco revenue leaks

Kenya secures $666m from China for tech city, highway

By: Reuters     29th April 2019 Kenya has secured 67.5-billion shillings ($666-million) in funding from China to build a data centre in a tech city currently under construction and a highway in Nairobi, the president's office said on Friday. Kenya has turned to China over the past few years for funds, technology and equipment... 

Energy businesses not yet geared for cybersecurity – Inmarsat Enterprise

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2019 Energy businesses are exposing themselves to security risks by failing to address weaknesses in their cybersecurity defenses, says Inmarsat Enterprise. “Businesses in the energy sector recognise that their approaches to cybersecurity must be strengthened, but are not yet taking the practical... 

Sewers could help clean the atmosphere

26th April 2019 Sewage treatment – an unglamorous backbone of urban living – could offer a cost-effective way to combat climate change by flushing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Last year, researchers at Princeton University concluded that sewer plants serving municipalities globally offer a major option... 

First-ever Black Hole images produced with aid of SA simulation package

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th April 2019 Researchers at the University of Pretoria have played an important role in the international science consortium that captured the first ever real images of a Black Hole. That consortium is the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), which earlier this month announced its achievement at six simultaneous... 

Rolls-Royce affirms the importance of the African market

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th April 2019 Africa is a important market for the aeroengines business of renowned British industrial technology company Rolls-Royce, the company’s VP Customers: Africa Kevin Evans tells “Engineering News”. “We see Africa as a large and growing market, one of strategic importance to us.”  

Regulator wants greater clarity on cybersecurity roles and responsibilities

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th April 2019 Cybersecurity is a multifacet concept and a multistakeholder challenge that requires enabling legislation to clarify roles and avoid duplication of resources, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has found. There is also a need to collaborate with public and private... 

In 2020, 100m people will shop using digital reality tech

By: Schalk Burger     26th 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. AR and VR have the potential to shake up the customer experience by individualising retailers’ offers and... 

Rapid IoT response required to evolving customer needs

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2019 Rapid research and development cycles and the ability to design solutions quickly to meet customer uses are crucial to provide commercially viable Internet of Things (IoT) services and solutions in the fast-evolving IoT ecosystem, says information and communications technology consulting and... 

Rapid IoT response required to evolving customer needs
CRAIG FREER The benefit of an agile IoT team is that the company serves as a strategic adviser to clients

Clickatell, MTN launch commerce-over-WhatsApp chat

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th April 2019 Telecommunications giant MTN South Africa and global customer engagement company Clickatell have teamed up to launch a service enabling customers to engage with MTN through popular chat application, WhatsApp. The new MTN Chat offering, as part of the telecommunications operator’s digital business... 

SA data costs too high 

25th April 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Contributing Editor Nadine James about the findings of the Competition Commission’s provisional report on the cost of data in South Africa. 

SA data costs too high
SA data costs too high

Vodacom, MTN shares fall on outcome of Competition Commission's data market inquiry

By: Nadine James     24th April 2019 The share prices of South Africa's two largest mobile operators, MTN and Vodacom, fell on Wednesday, after the Competition Commission announced that international benchmarking had confirmed that the country performs poorly in terms of data pricing, with unnecessarily high prices, particularly for... 

MTN converts Nigerian unit to public company before planned listing

By: Reuters     24th April 2019 MTN has converted its Nigerian unit into a public company from a private one before a planned listing on the Nigerian bourse in the first half of the year, the unit of the South African telecoms firm said. MTN Nigeria said the conversion was a legal requirement to prepare for the listing and that... 

New technologies to change supply chain operating models, says Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     23rd April 2019 New technologies, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, can potentially and significantly disrupt existing supply chain operating models, information technology research and advisory multinational Gartner VP analyst Christian Titze said on Tuesday. Gartner... 

MSU receives $7.8m grant for agricultural research institute in Malawi

By: Schalk Burger     23rd April 2019 Researchers at the Michigan State University (MSU), in the US, received a $7.8-million grant from nonprofit Agricultural Transformation Initiative (ATI) to build an independent policy research institute in Malawi dedicated to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and transforming the... 

Nearly R3bn in investment raised for Cape Town, Western Cape in 2018/19

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2019 The Western Cape’s investment promotion agency Wesgro said on Tuesday it had helped secure R2.85-billion in investments in the province during the 2018/19 financial year which would be realised over a five year period and create nearly 1 000 jobs. It said this followed a successful fourth quarter... 

Nearly R3bn in investment raised for Cape Town, Western Cape in 2018/19

IMF slates unpredictable policies in report Tanzania blocked

By: Bloomberg     23rd April 2019 The International Monetary Fund said that Tanzania’s economy is being harmed by the government’s “unpredictable and interventionist policies” in a report whose release the East African country has blocked. Tanzania refused to authorize the publication of the report, the IMF said Wednesday in a... 

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