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EOH CEO in fight to save graft-tainted South African IT company

By: Bloomberg     22nd February 2019 EOH Holdings CEO Stephen Van Coller is in a race against the clock to restructure the sprawling South African IT business before shareholders and lenders run out of patience. Van Coller, a former executive at Barclays Africa Group and MTN Group, was brought in to turn around the troubled business... 

CSIR displays new combined missile and gunshot warning system

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 One of the technologies recently showcased by the Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at its Pretoria campus was an Optical Missile Approach Warning and Gunshot Detection System. This combined system not only detects... 

CSIR displays its defence and security technologies to industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 The Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recently held a technology demonstration day at the CSIR campus in Pretoria. Various technologies developed by DPSS were displayed to representatives of industry and the media.  

SA wind tunnels very busy and other aeronautics projects secure partnerships

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) wind tunnels are currently very busy with two international contracts, Aeronautics Competency Area Manager Kaven Naidoo tells Engineering News. Aeronautics falls under the CSIR's Defence, Peace, Safety and Security division.  

Employee training key to defending small firms from cyberthreats

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) experience slightly more data breaches involving personal information, and the comparative size of data breaches are usually larger, compared to data breaches of larger enterprises. To effectively defend themselves, SMEs must recognise that data is... 

Airbus teams up with 3D software specialist to implement digital transformation

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 Giant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus and France-based 3D design, modelling and engineering company Dassault Systèmes have established a strategic partnership which will allow Airbus to significantly advance its digital transformation and, in the words of the Airbus press release, “lay the... 

IBM moves to support blockchain-based industrial supply chain solutions

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Information technology multinational IBM is working with a wide range of industrial and commercial companies and organisations to develop blockchain-based industrial supply chain systems that improve on a range of value chain functions, including visibility, accuracy and supply-chain... 

IBM moves to support blockchain-based industrial  supply chain solutions
GERHARD DINHOF The solutions provide easy access for all parties in the supply chain and instant sharing of verified information

Cybersecurity to remain a dominant IT topic in 2019

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Cybersecurity is expected to remain a dominant issue in the information technology (IT) industry this year and will underpin sustained investment in cybersecurity systems by companies, including IT service providers, says network services multinational Aruba South Africa business unit manager... 

Cybersecurity to remain a dominant IT topic in 2019
PIETER ENGELBRECHT Smart network solutions enable security teams to protect many clients and complex networks

Client choice and protection at heart of bank’s approach to fintech regulation

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Financial technologies (fintech) are growing worldwide and reshaping the definition of money, financial services and economies. However, while the disruptions roil existing business models, companies and industries, increasing the choice of fintech services users while protecting their rights is... 

Client choice and protection at heart of bank’s approach to fintech regulation

MTN says chief of Iranian associate to retire

By: Reuters     21st February 2019 South African telecoms group MTN said the head of its Iranian associate MTN Irancell is to retire, to be replaced by an academic with expertise in the sector. MTN said Alireza Ghalambor Dezfouli, who had headed MTN Irancell since its 2005 inception, had been integral in building Irancell into the... 

EOH founder and chair resigns

By: Reuters     20th February 2019 South Africa's largest technology group EOH Holdings said on Wednesday its founder and CEO Asher Bohbot would resign from the board, effective Feb. 28. The resignation of Bohbot, who has been at the helm for 19 years, comes days after Microsoft terminated its channel partner agreement with EOH... 

EOH, buffeted by an anonymous tip, starts whistle-blower app

By: Bloomberg     20th February 2019 EOH Holdings, the South African information technology company reeling after an anonymous complaint prompted Microsoft to abruptly cancel a contract, has created an app that will make that process easier for future whistle-blowers. Expose-It, which was made available for download on Monday,... 

Icasa boss sentenced to 20 years in prison for fraud, money laundering 

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) chairperson Rubben Mohlaloga has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for fraud and money laundering. Mohlalonga was sentenced - alongside former acting head of the Land Bank Philemon Mohlahlane and attorney Dinga Rammy Nkwashu - on... 

Icasa boss sentenced to 20 years in prison for fraud, money laundering
Icasa chairperson Rubben Mohlaloga

Boeing reports the first flight of ‘Flying Car’

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th February 2019 US aerospace group Boeing announced on Wednesday, January 23, that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas in the US State of Virginia on the previous day. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden flight... 

Airbus launches new space-based service for precision agriculture

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th February 2019 Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS), one of the companies of the Europe-based aerospace group Airbus, has launched a new service to support precision agriculture around the world. Precision agriculture is an approach to managing crops using remote sensing technologies (airborne and space-borne),... 

AI systems to be used to fight AI cyberthreats

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Companies are expected to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) systems and dynamic encryption algorithms to combat the expected complex cyberattacks arising from the growing use of AI by cybercriminals, reports digital security multinational Gemalto. Gemalto Africa identity and data protection... 

AI systems to be used to fight AI cyberthreats
NEIL COSSER Encryption renders data useless to any unauthorised person, effectively protecting it from being misused

Cryptocurrency trader welcomes SARB policy approach

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Local cryptocurrency trading platform Luno country manager Marius Reitz praises the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB’s) approach to developing a regulatory response to cryptoassets in South Africa, which aims to protect cryptocurrency users and support the growth and development of the... 

Cryptocurrency trader welcomes SARB policy approach
MARIUS REITZ The regulations aim to ensure that the platforms are safe for people to use and combat illicit capital flows

Huawei to build data centres in South Africa

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 China's Huawei will build two data centres in South Africa from March, it said, as part of plans to expand cloud services across Africa. "The company is working with South African partners for the construction of the data centres in Johannesburg initially and later Cape Town," Huawei said in a... 

Minister withdraws telecoms amendment Bill

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has withdrawn the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, which was tabled before Parliament in October last year. This decision, she explained in a statement on Tuesday, would enable further consultations and to align the Bill with the drive... 

EOH tumbles as Microsoft moves to pull resale licence

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2019 Shares in information technology services company EOH plunged on Tuesday as the company announced that software multinational Microsoft planned to terminate its channel partner agreement with EOH Mthombo within 30 days. The impact on profit of no longer being a direct reseller will be about... 

Learners represent South Africa at Taiwan International Science Fair

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2019 Pretoria-based Hoërskool Waterkloof learner Christiaan Bauman won the fourth prize in the engineering category at the 2019 Taiwan International Science Fair, which was held from January 26 to February 1. Bauman’s project, titled ‘Mine Safety – The Robotic Way’, addresses the problem of miners and... 

Learners represent South Africa at Taiwan International Science Fair
Hoërskool Waterkloof learner Christiaan Bauman

Jasco’s Reflex dispute heads to arbitration

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2019 A dispute over JSE-listed Jasco Electronics' majority ownership of Reflex Solutions by the fairly new addition’s minority shareholders is heading for arbitration. Jasco in November warned shareholders in its 2018 annual financial statements that the minority shareholders of Reflex Solutions have... 

Denel urges govt to use, support its new cybersecurity unit

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2019 State-owned defence industrial group Denel has urged the Government to support the development of and make use of the capabilities of the group’s recently established division, Denel Sovereign Security Solutions (Denel S3). The aim is to ensure that cyber security for Government information and... 

Data emerging as high-value asset for businesses

By: Schalk Burger     8th February 2019 Data is one of the most valuable assets businesses can leverage and will drive digital agendas in 2019, with a focus on rapid analysis and use, says data management firm PBT Group executive Kevin Kemp. It is at the forefront of most digital and technology business strategies, and allows for... 

Adapt IT aims to expand African footprint

By: Schalk Burger     8th February 2019 JSE-listed information technology services company Adapt IT has grown its turnover by 4% year-on-year to R667-million and its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) by 10% year-on-year to R118-million for the six months ended December 31. The company’s headline... 

AI and machine learning expected to boost productivity

By: Schalk Burger     8th February 2019 An increase in the productivity and pace of business processes can be expected owing to the use of artificial intelligence (AII) and machine learning (ML), says cloud service firm Oracle South Africa MD Niral Patel. An autonomous enterprise requires less time for manual tasks and lower chances of... 

CSIR displays new combined missile and gunshot warning system

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2019 One of the technologies showcased by the Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at its Pretoria campus on Thursday was an Optical Missile Approach Warning and Gunshot Detection System. This combined system not only detects... 

Nigerian court adjourns MTN case until March 26

By: Reuters     7th February 2019 A judge has adjourned a Lagos court case between South African telecoms firm MTN Group and Nigeria’s attorney general over a $2-billion tax demand until March 26, the court said on Thursday. MTN faces the demand from the country’s attorney general, a claim which the company has said is without... 

UCT scientists part of international study of Antarctic waters

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th February 2019 University of Cape Town (UCT) scientists, Dr Marcel du Plessis and Isabelle Giddy, are part of an international study team that is attempting to occupy and collect vital measurements of the frigid ice-covered waters of Antarctica – the least studied place on the planet. During winter, Antarctic... 

Airbus teams up with 3D software specialist to implement digital transformation

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th February 2019 Giant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus and France-based 3D design, modelling and engineering company Dassault Systèmes have established a strategic partnership which will allow Airbus to significantly advance its digital transformation and, in the words of the Airbus press release, “lay the... 

Boeing enters partnership to develop supersonic business jet

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th February 2019 US aerospace giant Boeing has announced that it is partnering with much smaller US aeronautics company Aerion to accelerate and complete the design, development and production of the latter’s AS2 supersonic business jet. The partnership includes the making of a “significant” investment in Aerion... 

Boeing enters partnership to develop supersonic business jet
Photo by Aerion
An artist’s impression of the Aerion AS2

VEON says aims to buy out Egypt's Global Telecom for $600m

By: Reuters     5th February 2019 Telecoms operator VEON Ltd said on Tuesday it intends to offer 5.30 Egyptian pounds ($0.3005) per share for the 42.3% of Cairo-listed Global Telecom Holding it does not already own. The offer for the stake in Global, formerly known as Orascom, represents a 20% premium to its closing price on... 

Aerospace group launches new space-based service for precision agriculture

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th February 2019 Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS), one of the companies of the Europe-based aerospace group Airbus, has launched a new service to support precision agriculture around the world. Precision agriculture is an approach to managing crops using remote sensing technologies (airborne and space-borne),... 

Aerospace group launches new space-based service for precision agriculture

MTN expects 20% improvement in FY18 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th February 2019 Telecommunications giant MTN expects its earnings for the year ended December 31, 2018, to increase by 20%. Its headline earnings per share (HEPS) and attributable earnings per share (EPS) are anticipated to be 36.4c and 49.2c respectively higher than the HEPS and EPS of 182c and 246c recorded in... 

Research shows West Africa is facing more frequent severe storms

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st February 2019 A multinational research consortium of British, French and West African institutes and scientists, funded by the UK Government, has ascertained that “mega storms” in West Africa occur three times more frequently today than they did 35 years ago. The results of the research are being applied to... 

Disruptive forces set to change power utility business models

1st February 2019 It appears that several disruptive forces are set to threaten the traditional power utility business model. Distributed power generation, technological advances and changing customer perspectives are among some of the major influencers responsible for this transformative change. This volatile... 

Disruptive forces set to change power utility  business models
Photo by Creamer Media
ENERGY FUTURE The theme of this year’s Africa Energy Indaba is Africa’s Energy Future

IoT threats still a concern despite a focus on security

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st February 2019 Despite an increased focus on Internet of Things (IoT) security, only 48% of companies can detect if any of their IoT devices suffer a breach, a new study by digital security giant Gemalto shows. Nearly 90% of the companies surveyed believe that it is a “big consideration” for customers, with... 

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