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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... 

Vodacom Tanzania says MD questioned by police over network use

By: Reuters     3rd April 2019 Vodacom Tanzania said on Wednesday that its managing director and several employees have been questioned by the police over alleged fraudulent use of network facilities, but no charges have been brought. "No formal charges have been (brought) against these employees, but we have been advised that... 

Final spectrum policy directive will be issued by end-April – Ndabeni-Abrahams

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd 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 reiterated this week. Following an information and communications technology industry engagement earlier this week... 

Masterclass to highlight link between neuroscience and safety

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd April 2019 The University of South Africa (Unisa) Centre for Blended-learning Studies will on April 12 host a neuroscience and safety and wellbeing in the workplace masterclass, led by Nutricula Psychology psychologist Paul Potgieter, on the Unisa science campus, in Pretoria. The masterclass follows the... 

SystemicLogic buys Kagiso’s Knowledge Factory

By: Schalk Burger     2nd April 2019 Financial innovation consultancy SystemicLogic has acquired property data and information and communication technology company Knowledge Factory from media organisation Kagiso Media for an undisclosed sum. Knowledge Factory offers a range of solutions based on property data and marketing... 

Gartner expects 100m people to shop using digital reality tech by next year

By: Schalk Burger     2nd 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. In a statement issued on Monday, the company said AR and VR have the potential to shake up the customer... 

Necsa scientist in spotlight with award successes

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd April 2019 A scientist from the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, Dr Jan Rijn Zeevaart, has won two prestigious awards, one local and the other international. These are the Department of Science and Technology’s Top Intellectual Property Creator Award and the European Association of Nuclear... 

Altron appoints risk and compliance executive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st April 2019 JSE-listed technology company Allied Electronics (Altron) has appointed Sayeeda Khan group executive of risk and compliance, effective April 1, as it elevates the risk management and compliance function to an executive committee role. “We see corporate governance, positive control posture and... 

Competition Commission to release provisional data inquiry report, extends conclusion to year-end

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st April 2019 The Competition Commission is preparing to release a provisional report on its data inquiry by the end of April, with the intention of finalising its investigation and releasing the final outcomes by December 31, months later than the initial planned March conclusion. The commission on Monday... 

Transnet awards Gijima IT contract following High Court order

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2019 Transnet has issued JSE-listed information and communications technology company Gijima a letter of intent (LoI) to enter into a five-year information technology (IT) data services contract, valued at R1.3-billion. Transnet said the LoI issuance was a decision taken following thorough... 

Employment within the ICT sector showing growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2019 The information and communications technology (ICT) sector remains one of the biggest employers and contributors to South Africa’s mainstream economy, the ‘State of ICT 2019’ report shows. The fourth iteration of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) review of the... 

Japan urges Africa to ‘own’ its own development

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2019 Japan was convinced that Africa should have ownership of its own development and that the private sector was essential for the continent’s economic progress. These views would be embodied in the latest (seventh) iteration of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad 7), to... 

New tech helps mills improve factory control

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     29th March 2019 During this year’s sugar season, centralised scientific organisation Sugar Milling Research Institute NPC (SMRI) says South African sugar mills will use its Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) analytical system to improve their sugar production and profits. Through the SMRI-NIRS system installed at... 

New tech helps mills improve factory control
Photo by Creamer Media
NEW TECHNOLOGY Sugar mills can use the SMRI-NIRS system to obtain information that can help to better understand and control factory processes

Japanese capital equipment group remains confident about South Africa’s prospects

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2019 The Japanese head office of the global capital equipment manufacturer Komatsu has recently approved the investment of R300-million by its South Africa-based subsidiary, Komatsu Africa Holdings (KAfH), in a re-manufacturing plant at KAfH’s new complex in Sunnyrock, Germiston (Ekurhuleni), just... 

Broader use of biometrics will reduce fraud in public, private sectors

By: Schalk Burger     29th March 2019 Broadening the use of biometrics beyond current applications will help to reduce fraud in the public and private sectors, says biometrics multinational HID Global regional sales manager for Africa Claude Langley. Biometrics is predominantly a fraud-prevention mechanism that is used to manage... 

Technology solution allows retailers to display but protect high-value items

By: Schalk Burger     29th March 2019 Retail technology solution AutoAisle secures items that are of high value or at-risk of theft to reduce retailers’ losses and boosts sales of these items, says South African technology development firm Quattro founder and specialised projects director Vincent Lanz. The loss of at-risk items and... 

Technology solution allows retailers to display but protect high-value items
AUTOAISLE DISPLAY The system allows retailer to increase the range of items with less risk and increase the rate of sale

Environmental plan for South African segment of SKA radio telescope gazetted

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2019 The Integrated Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) for the Phase 1 of the Square Kilometre Array mid-frequency array (SKA1_MID) was gazetted by Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on Friday, the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao) announced on Monday. The SKA is an... 

Environmental plan for South African segment of SKA radio telescope gazetted
Photo by Sarao
An artist’s impression of the core of the South African segment of the SKA

MTN drops as Nigeria urges court not to block $2bn penalty  

By: Bloomberg     26th March 2019 MTN Group shares fell almost 7% after Nigeria’s government said Africa’s biggest mobile operator evaded taxes and urged a Lagos court not to block a $2-billion penalty. The High Court of Lagos should throw out the Johannesburg-based company’s attempt to stop it from paying backdated taxes, TA... 

Local company ADC stresses it, not Paramount, owns the Ahrlac military aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2019 South African private-sector company Aerospace Development Corporation (ADC) on Tuesday 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 Performance... 

Local company ADC stresses it, not Paramount, owns the Ahrlac military aircraft design
Photo by Aerospace DEvelopment Corporation
An Ahrlac aircraft under assembly

Icasa appoints acting chairperson

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th March 2019 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Monday announced the appointment of Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng as acting chairperson, effective immediately. Modimoeng, appointed following a special council meeting, will remain in the acting position until a permanent successor to... 

EOH Microsoft licence partnership woes deepen

By: Schalk Burger     25th March 2019 JSE-listed information technology services company EOH announced in a statement on Monday that it had, on March 12, received a 30-day notice period from software multinational Microsoft Ireland of its intention to terminate the Partner Network Agreement with a number of EOH group companies, and... 

Cape Town forum to look at how data can enable South African cities to build resilient govts

By: African News Agency      25th March 2019 Cape Town is hosting a conference from Monday which will explore how cities can utilise data to build resilient and responsive local governments. In a statement, the city said the British High Commission had brought in representatives from United Kingdom organisations specialising in the use of... 

Japan focusing attention on Indian Ocean rim countries for mutual benefit

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd March 2019 Japanese international strategy was today focusing on the rim of the Indian Ocean, highlighted Keio University Faculty of Law Professor Yuichi Hosoya in a recent address to the South African Institute of International Affairs at its headquarters on the University of the Witwatersrand campus in... 

Denel seeking contingency funding as it outlines turnaround strategy

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd 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 2019/2020 Budget speech. “We know that [the] Government is cognisant of the fact that Denel is in need of... 

Communications Minister removes Mohlaloga as Icasa chair

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has given effect to a National Assembly resolution and removed Rubben Mohlaloga as a councillor and chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). On March 19, the National Assembly resolved that Mohlaloga should be... 

Convicted fraudster seeks to stop parliamentary processes aimed at removing him as Icasa chair

By: News24Wire      18th March 2019 Fraud and money-laundering convict Rubben Mohlaloga will not only be fighting to stay out of prison but to also remain chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). Sentenced to 20 years imprisonment last month but currently on bail pending an appeal of his... 

SA, French space agencies sign MoU on future cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th 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) in Pretoria at the end of February, laying the foundations for future cooperation between... 

Radioisotope maker faces heavy losses this year but should regain market share

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2019 NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), 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... 

Journey of Water focuses on river catchment

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 Freshwater scarcity in South Africa is a topical issue which is why nongovernmental organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) stages a Journey of Water every two years to highlight the importance of protecting the country’s strategic water source areas. WWF’s Journey of... 

Grain conveyor solution system offered

15th March 2019 Heavy lift forklift supplier BLT World offers dependable solutions for specific problems at the transfer points of conveyor systems in bulk materials handling, such as grain in the food and beverage industry. “ScrapeTec Trading’s German-engineered products have been specially developed for the... 

Quality inspection results in significant time and money savings

15th March 2019 With quality inspection being critical in all manufacturing and packaging lines, especially in the food and beverage sector, industrial automation solutions provider Omron vison product manager Werner Das says being able to catch a defective product before the products are shipped to customers in... 

Software simplifies food manufacturing processes

By: Thabi Madiba     15th March 2019 With supply chain waste, as well as health and safety issues, affecting the food and beverage industry, software company Syspro Africa’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can allow for and help simplify food manufacturing processes. Syspro Africa professional services manager Doug... 

Software simplifies food manufacturing processes
Photo by Bloomberg
POOR PLANNING Too often, poor planning in the supply chain results in too many incorrect products, which leaves too little cash to keep the right products in stock

Commonwealth digital connectivity initiative to be led by SA and the UK

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2019 The UK and South Africa have 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 between the international body’s... 

Customer behaviour specialist moves to grow engineering teams

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2019 Artificial intelligence (AI) customer behaviour company Xineoh will use a $1.5-million equity investment completed in December to grow its engineering team and its marketing and sales team to sustain its growth, says Xineoh CEO Vian Chinner. Xineoh’s engineering team grapples with complex data... 

Customer behaviour specialist  moves to grow engineering teams
VIAN CHINNER The company expects demand for its services to increase over the next few years owing to digitalisation

Local firm tackles general-use mobile payments

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2019 Local mobile payments company Celbux has developed a platform to address the crucial enablers of low-costs and ease of use for an open, general-use mobile payments environment, says Celbux CEO Kobus du Plooy. The platform-as-a-service architecture is open to consumers and businesses. There are no... 

Local firm tackles general-use mobile payments
KOBUS DU PLOOY The simplest technology solution is the way to solve real problems

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