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Aura launches inaugural crime trend report, noting surge in domestic violence

By: Irma Venter     8th February 2022 Security and medical response marketplace Aura has released its inaugural Crime Trend Report. The report gathered data over the past year from Aura’s nationwide network of more than 250 private security and medical companies comprising thousands of response vehicles and more than 300 000 active... 

Nuclear corporation starts process to replace its venerable SAFARI-1 reactor

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2022 On Sunday the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) released its Request for Information (RFI) for a new multipurpose (nuclear) research reactor (MPR). This is intended to replace the organisation’s current 56-year old SAFARI-1 research reactor. The project was approved by the South... 

Telkom reports strong operational performance in Q3 despite under pressure revenue

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2022 Telecommunications group Telkom has reported a strong operational performance during the quarter ended December 31, 2021. However, the JSE-listed company, in a trading update for the third quarter of the year, showed that its group revenue remains under pressure. 

Smart manufacturing spend to reach $950bn in 2030 - ABI Research

By: Schalk Burger     3rd February 2022 Market intelligence company ABI Research's 'Digital Factory Data' report notes that spending on smart manufacturing by factories adopting Industry 4.0 solutions, such as autonomous mobile robots, asset tracking, simulation and digital twins, will grow from $345-billion in 2021 to more than... 

Wits team's AI-enabled solution helps retail managers gain better insight into customer behaviour

By: Schalk Burger     2nd February 2022 A University of Witwatersrand (Wits) team of innovators have developed a Wi-Fi-based solution for managing and monitoring foot count, physical distancing and consumer behaviour in shopping malls. The solution uses artificial intelligence (AI) to allow retail managers to make future predictions,... 

Cloud-based management tool ‘heart and soul’ in company success, customer retention

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd February 2022 The advent of mobile computing means that mobile sales teams can now use their mobile devices to improve their sales processes, especially considering that sales teams manage huge volumes of data and can do this much better with mobile devices and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software,... 

Pic of BluWave Software deputy CEO Dylan Cooke-Tonnesen
BluWave Software deputy CEO Dylan Cooke-Tonnesen

Royal Academy of Engineering shortlists 16 African innovations

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2022 The UK Royal Academy of Engineering has shortlisted a range of products for the 2022 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. These include an off-grid neonatal crib for jaundiced babies, a portable vaccine fridge, a hydrogen fuel-cell generator that runs on gas and a natural, plant-based fibre... 

CSIR CEO reappointed

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st February 2022 The current CEO of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Thulani Dlamini, has been reappointed to the position, for a second five-year term. Dlamini started his first term as CEO of the science council in 2017. His new term came into effect on Tuesday. The CSIR board made... 

CSIR CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini
Photo by CSIR
CSIR CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini

Vodacom reports third quarter revenue growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st February 2022 Telecommunications giant Vodacom reported growth in revenue during the quarter ended December 31, 2021. Reported group revenue expanded 6.4% to R26.7-billion during the quarter under review, with revenue from South Africa growing 5.8% to R20.9-billion and the International operations achieving a... 

Six operators apply for high demand spectrum

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st February 2022 Six information and communications technology firms have applied for the high demand spectrum set to be auctioned in March. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) received applications from Cell C; MTN; Vodacom; Telkom; Rain Networks; and Liquid Telecoms. 

Europe’s next generation space launch rocket ready for final assembly at spaceport 

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st January 2022 The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Friday that the lower stage of its new Ariane 6 launch rocket had reached the launch vehicle assembly hall at Europe’s Spaceport, at Kourou, in French Guiana, on the Caribbean coast of South America. The Ariane 6 is ESA’s next generation space launch... 

The Ariane 6 lower stage in the assembly hall at Kourou
Photo by ESA
The Ariane 6 lower stage in the assembly hall at Kourou

Cabinet green lights second phase of SA Connect

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st January 2022 Cabinet has approved the roll out of the second phase of the South Africa (SA) Connect project. The SA Connect plan, the first phase of which piloted the provision of 10 Mb/s broadband services to about 970 critical government facilities, gives effect to the country’s Broadband Policy that... 

MTN Nigeria posts strong FY21 results

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st January 2022 Telecommunications group MTN Nigeria has reported strong growth during the year ended December 31, 2021. Driven by the strong operational performance, MTN Nigeria CEO Karl Toriola said the company delivered growth across all revenue lines, which demonstrated the underlying strength and momentum... 

EOH's share price falls as it mulls options to settle R750m in debt, raise growth capital

By: Darren Parker     28th January 2022 The share price of JSE-listed technology group EOH fell by more than 18% on Friday afternoon after it announced that it was considering strategic options to settle R750-million in debt and raise liquidity to pursue growth opportunities. As part of the group's turnaround in recent years, revenue... 

Cloud, AI, data governance and DataOps remain top Big Data trends in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     28th January 2022 The most relevant Big Data trends for South Africa will centre on the familiar themes of cloud adoption and data platform readiness, the maturation of artificial intelligence (AI) models into operational uses, while data operations (DataOps) formations in organisations are expected to mature and... 

Integrated communications important for a successful hybrid work environment

By: Schalk Burger     28th January 2022 The transition by businesses to a hybrid work environment model requires investment and, crucially, connectivity and communication platforms that complement digital and remote working, says digital infrastructure company Liquid Cloud and Cyber Security chief business development officer Winston... 

Liquid Cloud and Cyber Security chief business development officer Winston Ritson
Liquid Cloud and Cyber Security chief business development officer Winston Ritson

MeerKAT secures an unprecedented image of the Galactic core

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th January 2022 South Africa’s already world-renowned MeerKAT radio telescope array, located in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape province, has again ‘delivered the goods’. An international team has released an unprecedentedly clear and detailed radio wavelength image of the centre of our galaxy, the Milky... 

This image shows a small part of the new image of the Galactic core, with the supernova remnant G359.1-0.5 in the centre. The bright object to the left is a ‘runaway’ pulsar, known as ‘the Mouse’. In the upper right is one of the longest known radio filaments, called ‘the Snake’
Photo by Dr Ian Heywood/SARAO
This image shows a small part of the new image of the Galactic core, with the supernova remnant G359.1-0.5 in the centre. The bright object to the left is a ‘runaway’ pulsar, known as ‘the Mouse’. In the upper right is one of the longest known radio filaments, called ‘the Snake’

Mineworkers Provident Fund backs African digital infrastructure roll-out

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th January 2022 Retirement fund the Mineworkers Provident Fund (MWPF) has committed $20-million, or about R305-million, to investment management firm Convergence Partners’ Digital Infrastructure Fund. Convergence has backing from several international development finance institutions with the aim of accelerating... 

Africa digital agriculture needs growth-stage capital and robust, scalable business models

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2022 Digital technologies in agriculture have the potential to transform Africa’s food systems to deliver better livelihoods for farmers, high-quality and more consistent ingredients for processors and healthy and sustainable diets for consumers. However, without adequate growth-stage capital and a... 

Artificial intelligence M&A deals grew by 33.5% in the past 12 months – GlobalData

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2022 Artificial intelligence (AI) sector deals have grown by 33.5% in the past 12 months, with the average deal valued at $159-million, says data and analytics company GlobalData. It adds that the number of AI deals is likely increasing as the technology becomes more advanced and more companies see... 

Telkom’s iWayAfrica, Africa Online Mauritius and Multi-Links transaction under the SIU spotlight 

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th January 2022 Telecommunications group Telkom has assured stakeholders that it follows robust governance principles following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s green light for an investigation into possible maladministration in the sale or disposal of iWayAfrica, Africa Online Mauritius and Multi-Links... 

Cisco 2022 tech trend predicts ethical, responsible, explainable AI

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2022 Information and communications network technology company Cisco says the growing use of artificial intelligence (AI) to process extreme quantities of data means AI needs to be transparent, so everyone using the system understands how the insights have been produced. Transparency must be present... 

Cisco Middle East and Africa CTO Osama Al-Zoubi
Cisco Middle East and Africa CTO Osama Al-Zoubi

TIA gets new board to maximise technology innovation and commercialisation impact

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2022 The public technology commercialisation agency the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) has had a new board of directors appointed by Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande at a time when the agency is increasingly being called upon to find ways to maximise its impact... 

MTN secures best network ranking with Rohde & Schwarz score

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th January 2022 Telecommunications giant MTN has been named South Africa’s best network after securing the highest score in Rohde & Schwarz SwissQual’s Network Performance Score findings. MTN ranked first in quality and performance with a score of 763 out of 1000 points, ahead of the 722 achieved by its nearest... 

PBT Group to list on A2X

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2022 JSE-listed data and analytics services company PBT Group has been approved for a secondary listing on South African stock exchange A2X and its shares will be available for trade on A2X from February 1. PBT Group will retain its primary listing on the JSE and its issued share capital will be... 

Helios in talks with Africa mobile operators on fintech billions

By: Bloomberg     25th January 2022 Helios Investment Partners is in talks with African telecom operators and banks about ways the private-equity firm can help them cash in on their mobile-money and digital-payments platforms. Africa’s largest wireless carriers, including MTN Group and Airtel Africa, are among companies exploring... 

Schneider Electric launches green-focused business software suite

By: Donna Slater     24th January 2022 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric is introducing an integrated solutions suite tailored to creating smart, green infrastructure. The Infrastructure of the Future suite offers a holistic approach to power tomorrow’s businesses and economies, while tackling the challenges... 

Science, innovation vital for country’s economic recovery, Ramaphosa says  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th January 2022 As South Africa strives to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, science and innovation are playing a prominent role both in the efforts to overcome the disease and to rebuild the economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa says in his weekly newsletter. He notes that he recently attended the... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Telkom halts spectrum interdict application to expedite review 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st January 2022 Telecommunications group Telkom has agreed to halt its application for an urgent interdict to prevent the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) from moving ahead with the spectrum auction in March. The company said an agreement was reached with all the respondents on the... 

Tech startup legislation, incentives needed to drive Africa's digital economy

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 Africa’s digital economy could contribute nearly $180-billion to the region’s growth by mid-decade, but, with only 39% of the population using the Internet, Africa is currently the world’s least connected continent. Governments should pass startup legislation, embed startup incentives in... 

AI could help reduce SA crime as early as 2023 – Aura

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2022 When a social media site throws out an advert for a product you were just discussing over the phone, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that ‘they’ must be listening, says Aura CEO and co-founder Warren Myers. The truth, however, is that the site employed artificial intelligence (AI) to predict... 

5G, integration key to unlocking South African technology value

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2022 Most South African companies, 80%, are adopting digital technologies and 78% plan to invest in fifth generation- (5G-) enabled campus networks. However, 65% of executives perceive tremendous challenges in navigating the network and digital technology integration complexity, extracting return on... 

Modern disruptions priming chemicals industry for new way of doing business – Chieta

By: Donna Slater     19th January 2022 Despite the chemicals industry being the fifth hardest-hit industry globally as a result of supply chain challenges, oil price fluctuations and deglobalisation, the disruption has “primed” the industry for new business models, new partnerships and a new approach to problem-solving, says Chemical... 

an image of Chieta CEO Yershen Pillay
Chieta CEO Yershen Pillay

Bridging ICT infrastructure gap critical, requires innovative funding

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2022 Creative new investment solutions are required to fund information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure that can accelerate the rollout of fast, unlimited Internet and provide low-income households with access to quality affordable data that can bridge the digital divide, Old Mutual... 

Cyber-risks a major concern for South African, African businesses – Allianz

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2022 Cyber-risks are the biggest concern for companies globally, in South Africa, Africa, the Middle East and Nigeria in 2022, and the threat of ransomware attacks, data breaches or major information technology outages are of greater concern to companies than business and supply chain disruption,... 

Cybersecurity perception gap remains, public safety threatened as cyberattacks spike – WEF

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2022 Ransomware attacks increased by 151% in 2021, and there were on average 270 attacks per organisation, or a 31% increase compared with 2020. However, 92% of business executives surveyed say cyber-resilience is integrated into enterprise risk-management strategies, while only 55% of cybersecurity... 

Vodacom’s acquisition of Vodafone Egypt gets shareholder go-ahead

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th January 2022 Vodacom Group’s proposed acquisition of a 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt has secured shareholder approval. Vodacom minority shareholders overwhelmingly voted in favour of the transaction at a general meeting held on January 18. 

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