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Digital Realty to acquire majority of Teraco

By: Schalk Burger     4th January 2022 NYSE-listed cloud and carrier-neutral data centre multinational Digital Realty has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 55% of carrier-neutral data centre company Teraco Data Environments from a consortium of investors, including investment companies Berkshire Partners and Permira, with... 

Richard Leakey, who found ‘Turkana Boy’ fossil, dies at 77

By: Reuters     3rd January 2022 Richard Leakey, a Kenyan conservationist and paleontologist whose discoveries of fossils including “Turkana Boy” helped transform views on human evolution, has died. He was 77. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the death and expressed condolences in a statement on Sunday, praising... 

MTN announces management changes

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2021 Telecommunications group MTN has announced a number of management changes in support of its Ambition 2025 strategy to accelerate growth, deleverage debt faster and unlock value. Godfrey Motsa will be step down as the CEO of MTN South Africa (SA) with effect from January 1 and will be succeeded by... 

Maseko to step down as Telkom CEO six months early

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2021 Telecoms company Telkom says CEO Sipho Maseko will step down with effect from December 31. This is six months earlier than previously expected. 

International team, including local scientist, reports Einstein’s theory passes major test

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th December 2021 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory has announced that its Chief Scientist, Dr Fernando Camilo, was a member of an international team of 29 scientists from ten countries who have successfully concluded a 16-year experiment to test the renowned physicist Albert Einstein‘s Theory of... 

MTN Nigeria, Mafab Communications get Nigeria's first 5G licences

By: Reuters     14th December 2021 MTN Nigeria and Mafab Communications will each pay $273.6-million for Nigeria's first fifth-generation (5G) high-speed spectrum licences that they were awarded following an auction held by country's telecoms regulator on Monday. The auction, which lasted more than five hours, followed a promise... 

Bottom-line technology to provide business opportunities that cybercriminals will target in 2022

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2021 Next year is likely to hold many possibilities for companies and cybercriminals alike, says cybersecurity company Trend Micro Cloud and Alliances. Business development manager Willem Barnard and Trend Micro sub-Saharan Africa senior cybersecurity sales engineer Yash Pillay, therefore, advise... 

South Africa’s Sumbandila satellite has finally fallen back into the atmosphere

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th December 2021 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has reported that South Africa’s second satellite, Sumbandila, deorbited on Friday, and almost certainly burnt up in the Earth’s atmosphere. Sumbandila – the name meant ‘pathfinder’ in the Venda language – was the country’s first ‘official’... 

A SumbandilaSat image of Cape Town
Photo by Sansa
A SumbandilaSat image of Cape Town

CSIR HIV/AIDS, TB research innovations to alleviate pressure on health system 

By: Yvonne Silaule     10th December 2021 Researchers at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research briefed the media on Friday on some of the organisation’s research, development and innovation efforts aimed at addressing the HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis epidemics in South Africa. CSIR researcher Dr Advaita Singh shed light on an... 

MeerKAT radio telescope makes another major discovery

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th December 2021 South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array has provided the data for yet another major astronomical discovery. This time it has enabled an international team of astronomers to discover an unprecedentedly large series of clouds of elemental hydrogen gas, without any associated stars. MeerKAT,... 

Icasa issues spectrum ITA

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has issued the final Invitation To Apply (ITA) for the licensing process for the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum. Interested stakeholders are required to submit their applications by January 31, 2022, with the... 

Telecommunications towers

Airbus wins contract for major European space telescope mission

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th December 2021 Airbus Defence and Space, a division of the Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus, has been contracted by the European Space Agency (ESA) to build the spacecraft for the agency’s latest mission in its ‘Cosmic Vision’ programme. That mission, which is the fourth medium-class mission... 

Rapidly expanding emergency marketplace Aura secures R62m in funding

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2021 Africa-based security and medical response marketplace Aura has secured R62-million in a Series A funding round led by MultiChoice Group (MCG), KLT Holdings and Buffet Investments.  Aura says this funding will boost its global expansion plans. 

Sahpra approves affordable, locally developed Covid-19 antigen test

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th December 2021 South Africa's fight against Covid-19 has received a boost with the approval by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) of a locally developed Covid-19 antigen detection kit. The approved antigen detection device is a rapid visual immunoassay for the qualitative detection... 

Sahpra approves Pfizer booster dose in S Africa to curb Omicron variant

By: Sane Dhlamini     9th December 2021 The South African Health Products Authority (Sahpra) has approved a third booster dose for South Africans following the outbreak of the Omicron Covid-19 variant. This follows concerns at early evidence suggesting that the Omicron has a higher re-infection risk. 

Image of Covid-19 vaccines

Sasol, NRF partner to boost science, engineering research

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2021 Global energy and chemicals company Sasol has, through its Foundation and Research & Technology function, entered into two cooperation agreements with the National Research Foundation (NRF) to jointly sponsor and support South Africa’s next generation of science and engineering researchers. The... 

MTN appoints chief technology and information officer for digital, fintech

By: Donna Slater     8th December 2021 Telecoms company MTN Group has appointed Hermann Tischendorf chief technology and information officer for digital and fintech, effective December 1. MTN Group chief digital and fintech officer Serigne Dioum says the group is “delighted” to have a seasoned executive of Tischendorf’s calibre... 

Japanese project successfully identifies new sinkhole risk spots within a city using satellites

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th December 2021 Japanese specialists have used satellite data to detect new locations in Guatemala City, the capital of the Central American state of Guatemala, which are at risk from sinkholes or landslides. The data was collected using synthetic aperture radar (SAR) on satellites developed and operated by... 

Tyme completes $180m capital raise

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2021 Digital banking group Tyme has successfully secured investments from China-based internet and technology company Tencent and UK development finance institution CDC to complete its $180-million Series B capital raise. The investments from Tencent and CDC are pegged at an additional $70-million. 

Study finds best method for drones to observe elephants with least impact

By: Donna Slater     6th December 2021 Researchers from Stellenbosch University (SU) have been involved in the first ever paper to be published containing practical guidelines and a suggested ethical protocol on how to cause as little disturbance as possible to elephants when flying over them with drones. The paper, in the journal... 

An image of elephants taken with a drone

MTN Group commits to Côte d’Ivoire with new head office, 5G trial

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th December 2021 Telecommunications giant MTN Group has started the construction of headquarters for its MTN Côte d’Ivoire operations. The group is also starting a local trial of fifth-generation (5G) services in Abidjan. 

Ramaphosa reappoints four members of Information Regulator for five-year term

By: Schalk Burger     3rd December 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa has reappointed advocate Pansy Tlakula as chairperson of the Information Regulator. Advocate Lebogang Stroom-Nzama and Advocate Collen Weapond have also been reappointed as full-time members of the Information Regulator. 

Data protection critical during power cuts

By: Darren Parker     3rd December 2021 Although downtime and damage to electrical equipment are common concerns for businesses during load-shedding, many business owners do not sufficiently consider the protection of their data, information technology (IT) company Silver Moon IT manager Raeford Liebenberg tells Engineering News. When... 

A photo of Silver Moon IT manager Raeford Liebenberg
RAEFORD LIEBENBERG A backup strategy for your backup is more important than making sure your equipment stays on during load-shedding

Broadband Infraco relaunches Basadi in Telecoms initiative

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st December 2021 Broadband Infraco (BBI), in collaboration with Sentech, has resuscitated the Basadi in Telecoms Programme to empower to women-owned businesses and help provide business opportunities. The programme was initially launched in 2015 by the late former BBI CEO Puleng Kwele. 

Unicef, Liquid partner in Giga initiative

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2021 Pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies has partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) to support the Giga initiative’s ambitions of connecting every school to the Internet. Liquid will share anonymised data to support the work of Giga, which was founded by... 

Etion reports improved half-year results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st December 2021 JSE-listed Etion has reported an improved financial performance during the six months ended September 30, 2021. The group posted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R100.1-million during the six months to September 30, 2021, a significant improvement on the... 

Public interest objectives of spectrum licensing must be prioritised, webinar participants hear

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2021 South Africa's telecommunications industry, policy makers and regulators must prioritise the various developmental objectives sought from radio frequency spectrum's use to overcome the multiyear challenges to assigning spectrum for use, mobile telecommunications company Vodacom policy and... 

Drone regulations stifling use of modern technology

By: Donna Slater     30th November 2021 Regulations governing the use of drones in South Africa and an inability by the Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS) to grant access to airspace were limiting service providers who want to use drones for short, but beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations, such as so-called “last mile”... 

Icasa awards provisional spectrum

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has awarded temporary spectrum to Rain Networks, Vodacom, Cell C, Telkom, Liquid Intelligence Technologies and MTN. Under the new information and communications technology (ICT) Covid-19 National State of Disaster Regulations, the... 

ITA, Paratus connects East Angola to rest of the world

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th November 2021 Internet Technologies Angola (ITA) has launched its first broadband Internet service in Moxico, in Angola. The new service by ITA, which is part of the Paratus Group, covers more than 1 000 km, from Lobito, in Benguela province, linking across the central plateau through the Huambo and Bié... 

WIOCC secures $80m equity capital raise

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th November 2021 A new multimillion-dollar capital raise will enable WIOCC to accelerate its growth across Africa while introducing a new investor into the company. Verdant Capital advised WIOCC on an $80-million equity capital raise, $75-million of which was invested by CAPE IV, a fund managed by African private... 

Liquid Intelligent Technologies achieves BBBEE Level 1

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th November 2021 Liquid Intelligent Technologies South Africa has achieved broad-based black economic empowerment level 1 status, a goal it had been working toward since expanding its operations in the country through the 2017 acquisition of Neotel. “This is an excellent achievement for us, which we do not take... 

Australopethicus sediba lower vertebrae indicate they walked upright and climbed like apes

By: Schalk Burger     25th November 2021 The recovery of new fossil lumbar, or lower back, vertebrae of a single individual of the hominin species Australopithecus sediba, and portions of other vertebrae of the same female from Malapa, South Africa, together with previously discovered vertebrae from one of the most complete lower backs... 

An Australopithecus sediba silhouette showing the newly-found vertebrae along with other skeletal remains from the species
An Australopithecus sediba silhouette showing the newly-found vertebrae along with other skeletal remains from the species

South Africa still tracking well on renewed digital migration efforts 

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th November 2021 South Africa is firmly on the path to digital migration, said Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni during a monthly update on the country’s long-delayed transition from analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television under the broadcasting digital... 

Chemicals, media Setas team up to drive digital transformation

By: Schalk Burger     24th November 2021 The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (Chieta) and the Media, Information & Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority ((MICT Seta) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to encourage greater cross-Seta collaboration on digital transformation... 

First #ActivistEngineering project calls on engineers to tackle indoor air pollution

By: Schalk Burger     23rd November 2021 Industrial and electronic products distributor RS Components has launched an activist engineering programmem urging the DesignSpark community to engineer for a better world. The first project calls on engineers to tackle indoor air pollution using the new DesignSpark environmental sensor... 

DesignSpark environmental sensor development

Reunert posts strong financial results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd November 2021 JSE-listed Reunert has posted an improvement of its financial results for the year ended September 30, 2021, on the back of restructuring and productivity improvement actions implemented in 2020. During the year under review, group revenue increased 19% to R9.57-billion, while operating profit... 

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