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Academy launched to align learners with Industry 4.0

By: Halima Frost     19th April 2019 Competency-based training institute Polytech Africa and industrial switchgear and automation management supplier ElectroMechanica (EM) launched the Mechatronics Academy, at the EM head office, in Johannesburg, last month. The venture is a collaborative benchmark for the South African education... 

Digital transformation pros and cons

19th April 2019 All businesses are having to transform digitally and embrace technology in order to survive in this smart digital world, says digital technology solutions provider Etion. “We’re living in a technology-driven environment that is defined by a succession of catchphrases such as digitalisation, the... 

Digital transformation pros and cons
MAESON MAHERRY Businesses have to transform to meet the expectations of a society that won’t tolerate complexity

New revolution prompts need for tight security

19th April 2019 With the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the rapid growth of the Internet and the speed at which the cyber environment is developing, State-owned aerospace and military technology conglomerate Denel says security spaces need to be tightly monitored.   The defence and national security environments... 

New revolution prompts need for tight security
‘TANKS’ A LOT Denel defends South Africa on land, in the air and now in cyberspace

Minister says spectrum policy directive should be issued this month

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th April 2019 After years-long delays, the now-urgent final policy directive on spectrum allocation is expected to be issued by the end of April, Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams reiterates. Over the past few months, movement has been seen in resolving the years-long limbo over the high-demand... 

Nokia secures thirtieth commercial 5G deal

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th April 2019 The March addition of a commercial contract with Austria's A1 has marked Nokia’s thirtieth fifth-generation (5G) deal spanning the full end-to-end spectrum of 5G technologies across major global regions. The 30 commercial deals – including 16 with publicly named service provider customers – offer... 

Digital initiatives could unlock trillions in value for SA, research shows

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2019 South Africa can unlock financial value and create meaningful outcomes for citizens in their daily lives by implementing key digital initiatives across government services and key industry sectors, professional services multinational Accenture says. Research indicated that the value that can be... 

Digital initiatives could unlock trillions in value for SA,  research shows
VUKANI MNGXATI Unlocking the value from digital transformation within the economy will require efforts by the public and private sectors

Technology disruption becoming the business of technology

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2019 The continuing disruption of businesses caused by technological developments is evolving into the “business of technology”, or how business and technology leaders are harnessing the forces of change sweeping through industries and economies to improve their operations, says the tenth yearly... 

Global IT spend to tick up by 1.1% this year – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     18th April 2019 Worldwide spending on information technology (IT) is projected to reach $3.79-trillion this year, a 1.1% increase from 2018, according to a forecast released by IT market research and advisory firm Gartner this week. Spending on data centre systems and devices will decrease by 2.8% and 1.9%,... 

Dimension Data, Cisco sign co-innovation agreement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th April 2019 Information and technology groups Dimension Data and Cisco have entered into a new co-innovation agreement to develop a deeper collaboration environment and framework to jointly solve clients’ business needs. The agreement will provide the duo scale and market reach, leveraging the companies’... 

Angola mobile tender dials back on transparency pledge

By: Bloomberg     17th April 2019 Since assuming power in 2017, Angolan President Joao Lourenco has repeatedly vowed to steer sub-Saharan Africa’s second-biggest oil producer into a new era of transparency. Last week, he missed a golden opportunity to deliver on that promise. The sale of the country’s fourth telecommunications... 

S&P Global downgrades Cell C on liquidity risks 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th April 2019 Ratings agency S&P Global Ratings has downgraded South Africa’s third largest mobile operator Cell C to 'CCC-', with a developing outlook, on the back of considerable short-term liquidity and refinancing risks. The mobile operator’s rating was lowered from ‘CCC+’ and ‘B-‘ on S&P’s issuer credit... 

EOH shares surge as restructuring takes form 

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2019 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) service provider EOH’s share price rose by 55.76% on Tuesday as the company reported its financial results for the six months ended January 31. The company reported a loss for the six months of R3.3-billion mainly owing to one-off costs... 

Fourth Industrial Revolution Centre launched in South Africa  

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th April 2019 South African Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on Tuesday highlighted that the country's future development probably depended on how fast it mastered the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She was addressing a breakfast forum to mark the setting up of a... 

Fourth Industrial Revolution Centre launched in South Africa
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Science and Technology Minister Mmamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane

Malaria vaccine took 30 years and it's still a work in progress

By: Bloomberg     16th April 2019 After more than three decades of work and almost $1-billion of investment, GlaxoSmithKline and its partners are ready to deploy a vaccine for malaria, the mosquito-borne disease that kills almost half a million people each year. The vaccine, developed with the nonprofit organisation PATH, comes... 

Israeli researchers print 3D heart using patient's own cells

By: Bloomberg     15th April 2019 Israeli researchers have printed a three-dimensional (3D) heart using a patient’s own cells, something they say could be used to patch diseased hearts – and possibly, for full transplants. The heart the Tel Aviv University team printed in about three hours is too small for humans – about 2.5... 

Employment in SA telecoms sector rose in 2018

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2019 The information and communications technology (ICT) sector remains one of the biggest employers and contributors to South Africa’s mainstream economy, the latest ‘State of ICT 2019’ report shows. The fourth iteration of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) review... 

Assembly-line extension ensures efficient automotive production

By: Cameron Mackay     12th April 2019 An assembly-line extension at a major automotive producer in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, which included replacing the existing MOVITRANS contactless energy transfer system with the latest version, has allowed for more efficient assembly of vehicles on the production line, says... 

Assembly-line extension ensures efficient  automotive production
NEW HEIGHTS A height table needs to be built into the system, providing flexibility in changing the height of the stations as the requirement changes

Technology helping financial firms to modernise risk management practices

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2019 Regulatory and market pressures are prompting financial services organisations to modernise, and integrate their risk and finance processes, says analytics multinational SAS Africa head of risk Gabor Szalontai. There is much more data available to assess risks, with platforms designed to help... 

Technology helping financial firms to modernise risk management practices
GABOR SZALONTAI The risk processes of banks and financial service providers will continue to evolve in the digital space, increasing analytics requirements

IoT to improve health and healthcare provision

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2019 The use of information technology- (IT-) driven innovations and Internet of Things (IoT) systems will help to combat and treat non-communicable diseases and communicable diseases, says digital security multinational Gemalto Commonwealth of Independent States, Middle East and  Africa IoT solutions... 

IoT to improve health and healthcare provision
SHERRY ZAMEER Mobile- and e-health technology can drive efficiency, improve patient outcomes and boost preventative healthcare

4IRSA announces launch of South Africa’s first digital economy summit

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th April 2019 The launch of South Africa’s first digital economy summit, endorsed by Cabinet, was announced on Thursday at the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innovation Hub by Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. The summit is due to take place at the end of June. 

MTN granted more Nigerian spectrum after long regulator battle

By: Bloomberg     11th April 2019 MTN Group was awarded additional broadband spectrum in Nigeria related to its 2015 acquisition of Visafone Communications following a lengthy regulator battle. The Nigerian Communications Commission approved the transfer of 800-megahertz spectrum following a public inquiry into the boost the move... 

First ever image of Black Hole released by international consortium 

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th April 2019 The international science consortium called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) on Wednesday unveiled, in six simultaneous press conference around the world, the first image ever taken of a Black Hole. The object imaged was the supermassive Black Hole in the centre of the M87 galaxy, 55-million... 

First ever image of Black Hole released by international consortium
Photo by Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration
First image of a black hole

Rolls-Royce, European aviation regulator, agree accelerated inspections for new engine

10th April 2019 UK industrial technology group Rolls-Royce announced on Wednesday that it had agreed an accelerated inspection programme for its Trent 1000 TEN turbofan engines with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This stems from the company’s work to address the earlier than expected deterioration... 

Rolls-Royce, European aviation regulator, agree accelerated inspections for new engine
Photo by Rolls-Royce
The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 production line

Inspiring Fifty calls for the nomination of women in STEM

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th April 2019 Inspiring Fifty has called for South Africans and those in the technology ecosystem to nominate their most inspiring female role models for this year’s Inspiring Fifty South Africa – a nonprofit initiative that benchmarks and awards the 50 most inspiring women in science, technology, engineering... 

Inspiring Fifty calls for the nomination of women in STEM

South Africa needs to encourage more local patents – Davies 

By: African News Agency      10th April 2019 South Africa's government is striving to strike a balance between granting monopoly rights to support innovation, the dissemination of knowledge and addressing the country's socio economic challenges, trade and industry minister Rob Davies says. Davies told a forum on intellectual property and... 

South Africa needs to encourage more local patents – Davies
Trade & Industry Minister Rob Davies

Major science education project launched by CERN

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th April 2019 Pan-European particle physics laboratory CERN has announced that it has launched its Science Gateway project. This is a scientific outreach and education centre that will be funded entirely through external donations. The cost of the centre is estimated at 79-million Swiss francs, of which... 

South Africa’s IP regime must evolve to adapt to Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th April 2019 What the digital (Third) Industrial Revolution achieved on the intellectual property front in 40 years, the Fourth Industrial Revolution has achieved in ten years, Sasol IP counsel principal Jabulani Mthombeni said on Monday, stressing that South Africa has to ensure that it keeps pace with the... 

MTN has best mobile network – MyBroadband Insights

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2019 Telecommunications giant MTN has once again secured the top position in MyBroadband Insights’ quarterly ‘Mobile Network Quality’ report. The first quarter 2019 report, which ranks South Africa's mobile networks on a network quality score, shows MTN boasts South Africa’s best mobile network. 

Aerospace Development Corporation affirms its ownership of Ahrlac aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 In a statement issued on March 26, South African private-sector company Aerospace Development Corporation (ADC) clarified that it, and not the Paramount Group, is the original equipment manufacturer, design authority and manufacturer of the Ahrlac aircraft. (Ahrlac is an acronym for Advanced High... 

Environmental plan for South African segment of SKA radio telescope gazetted

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao) has announced that the Integrated Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) for the Phase 1 of the Square Kilometre Array mid-frequency array (SKA1_MID) was gazetted recently by Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane. The SKA is an... 

Early crypto-asset regulations indicate firmer rules on the way

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2019 The initial regulations proposed by a crypto-asset regulations consultation paper, released by the South African Reserve Bank in January, indicate that a firmer regulatory regime will be put in place, says legal firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr finance and banking director Bridget King and Cliffe... 

More accurate data being used as industrial environments become more connected

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2019 Industrial enterprise resource specialist company Syspro says data will become more consistent and accurate as more machines and business systems are connected, which will also lead to greater volumes of data. This will necessitate that companies analyse this stream of data intelligently, as well... 

More accurate data being used as industrial environments  become more connected
DEIRDRÉ FRYER AI provides insight into probability so that users are equipped to deal with business challenges and manage expectations

Nihilent opens first user experience lab on African continent

By: Nadine James     4th April 2019 Global consulting firm Nihilent officially launched its first user experience (UX) laboratory on the African continent on Thursday. The facility, located in Bryanston, is the second of its kind globally, aside from Nihilent’s Indian facility, and was inaugurated by Public Enterprises Minister... 

Digital initiatives can unlock value for South Africa – Accenture

By: Schalk Burger     4th April 2019 South Africa can unlock financial value and create meaningful outcomes for citizens in their daily lives by implementing key digital initiatives across government services and key industry sectors, professional services multinational Accenture said in a statement on Thursday. Research indicated... 

EOH expects Microsoft investigations to be completed by end-May

By: Schalk Burger     4th April 2019 JSE-listed information technology services group EOH expects the investigations into alleged impropriety in the resale of multinational technology company Microsoft’s licences to be completed by the end of May, EOH CEO Stephen van Coller said in an update to shareholders sent out on Wednesday.... 

Africa's largest tower company plans growth in Middle East

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2019 IHS Holding plans to enter new markets in the Middle East and Southeast Asia to bulk up ahead of a potential attempt to sell shares in either New York or London. Africa’s largest operator of the telecommunications towers is looking to build on two recent deals in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, CEO Sam... 

Consumers moving away from traditional forms of entertainment, media consumption – study

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd April 2019 PwC’s ‘2019 Global Consumer Insights Survey’ has revealed that consumers are increasingly using digital technology for more than just shopping, with a revolution occurring in how customers access entertainment and media. For example, 38% of global consumers stream entertainment at least daily... 

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