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Construction companies urged to streamline businesses

24th May 2019 With South Africa’s construction sector under growing pressure as a result of slow government infrastructure spending and a tightening economy, construction companies should be looking at ways to streamline their business processes, improve cash flow management and tighten risk management,... 

Effective change needed for smooth transition to Industry 4.0

24th May 2019 Moving to an Industry 4.0 environment is key for future success in the industrial and manufacturing sector, but migration to this new world does not have to take place in a disruptive, big bang manner, says toy company Lego elements and moulds VP Jesper Toubol. “South African enterprises are... 

Vodacom to buy IoT.nxt to accelerate IoT strategy

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2019 JSE-listed Vodacom is planning to acquire a majority stake in end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider IoT.nxt for an undisclosed amount to provide traction for its own IoT strategy and transform its dedicated IoT business unit. The acquisition will enable Vodacom to operate across... 

Importance of scientific cooperation with South Africa reaffirmed by Japan

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd May 2019 Japan regards South Africa as an important research partner. This was affirmed on Thursday during the first session of the 4th South Africa-Japan University (SAJU) Forum Conference, at the University of Pretoria. "South Africa is a very important country for Japan," highlighted Ministry of... 

Africa’s Manufacturing Sector – An Awakening Giant

21st May 2019 Industrialisation is considered the engine of economic growth, leading to the accumulation of physical and human capital. In recent years, African countries have witnessed steady economic growth owing to their vibrant manufacturing sectors. This has subsequently boosted exports of many African... 

Thesele takes 40% stake in Knowledge Integration Dynamics (Pty) Ltd. (KID)

21st May 2019 Thesele Group (Thesele) has bought a 40% stake in Knowledge Integration Dynamics  (KID), marking the investment holding company’s first foray into the ICT space, and making KID South Africa’s largest black-owned focused data management solutions company. The multi-million rand deal, which came... 

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities

By: Halima Frost     17th May 2019 The first Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME), which aims to highlight the capabilities of local manufacturers and, subsequently the ability to export, will be held from May 21 to 23, 2019 at the Expo Centre Nasrec, in Johannesburg. The expo will be hosted by the South African Capital... 

New skills needed for people to succeed in the 4IR workplace 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2019 As the world continues to evolve and adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), education is no longer the only requirement for success in the workplace. Skills such as communication, learning, attitude and emotional intelligence have also become important, economist Mike Schüssler said... 

The always-on economy gives cloud data management trends a seat at the boardroom table

13th May 2019 The digital transformation of today’s enterprises requires being able to operate in an ‘always on’ economy; offering instant service delivery for today’s modern consumers with their expectations of immediate fulfilment. With regards to both data centre and cloud offerings, data management... 

Google launches AI lab in Ghana

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2019 Ghana-based Google Artificial Intelligence (AI) Centre Accra – Google’s latest AI lab – has brought together top machine learning researchers and engineers dedicated to AI research and its applications. The centre is also a central roleplayer in pursuing ‘AI by Africa, for the world’, which forms... 

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