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Internal digital content serves as repository of truth for AI in companies – Hyland

By: Schalk Burger     27th May 2024 The current focus for businesses is to automate the ingestion and use of content, and to use the advent of AI to analyse it and create business value, Hyland Europe, Middle East and Africa associate VP for sales Jean van Vuuren has said. To ensure AI and generative AI (genAI) solutions generated... 

Telkom shareholders green light masts, towers deal

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th May 2024 JSE-listed Telkom’s shareholders have approved the proposed R6.75-billion sale of its masts and towers infrastructure subsidiary Swiftnet to a consortium. The consortium comprises infrastructure fund Actis Ohio Fund managed by Actis and an infrastructure vehicle 100% owned by Royal Bafokeng... 

Mining’s shift highlighted in SmartMine IoT

24th May 2024 With the advent of Industry 5.0, which will be characterised by the fusion of digital technologies, data analytics and automation, mining and industrial consultant Schauenburg Systems asserts that the mining industry is experiencing a profound shift towards digitalisation.  Industry 5.0 heralds a... 

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KEVIN SCHLORKE The SmartMine IoT platform's open architecture software leverages data-driven insights for smarter solutions and informed decision making, ensuring a safer and productive future

Technology increasingly being used to improve control, accuracy in logistics value chains

By: Schalk Burger     23rd May 2024 The freight and transport logistics sectors are seeing ever greater use of technologies in warehouses, as well for stock-picking, consignment loading and delivery checks, among other applications, as the sectors work to automate a range of processes and improve the accuracy of those processes.... 

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Microsoft, dtic enter empowerment agreement

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st May 2024 Microsoft and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) on Tuesday entered into an empowerment agreement to unlock programmes to support skills and capability development, as well as enterprise development for youth and small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs). The... 

Vumacam surveillance tech yields 10% boost in crime interceptions, arrests in Gauteng

By: Darren Parker     20th May 2024 The Gauteng provincial government (GPG) has reported a “substantial impact” on criminal activities across the province has been achieved 100 days into the rollout of its surveillance project, which has been leveraging Vumacam SafeCity cameras. Since its inception in February, the project has... 

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Altron expects double-digit earnings increases from continuing operations

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th May 2024 JSE-listed Altron expects to deliver higher earnings from continuing operations for the year ended February 28, 2024. In a revised trading statement on Friday, Altron said that its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for continuing operations are expected to be 35% to 38% higher, at between 115c... 

Mining-focused manufacturers see innovation as key to survival and future growth

By: Sabrina Jardim     17th May 2024 Amid the challenges of loadshedding, logistical constraints and volatile commodity prices, South Africa’s mining-focused manufacturers and equipment suppliers view ongoing innovation, including embracing digitalisation and artificial intelligence (AI), as increasingly central to their survival... 

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MTN Q1 performance muted on ongoing macroenvironment challenges

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th May 2024 JSE-listed MTN on Tuesday posted a dip in service revenue and earnings during the first quarter of the year, amid ongoing high inflation and local currency devaluations in some of its key markets. The group reported a 28.7% contraction in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

Vodacom FY earnings dip on challenges, revenue up

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th May 2024 JSE-listed Vodacom Group on Monday posted double-digit increases in revenue, however, its earnings a share for the year ended March 31, 2024, declined. The group reported a 11.2% decrease in earnings a share to 842c, along with a 10.8% decline in headline earnings a share to 846c during the year... 

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61% of organisations report cloud security incidents, up from 24% a year ago

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2024 Cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies' ‘2024 Cloud Security Report’ shows a critical surge in cloud security incidents, with 61% of organisations reporting significant disruptions, compared with 24% in 2023. This sharp rise underscores the risks associated with cloud environments... 

Personality affects susceptibility of people to cybercrime

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th May 2024 Personality type is a major factor in people’s vulnerability to cybercrime, a Stellenbosch University (SU) researcher has established. People with an “agreeable” personality were more vulnerable than others to “social engineering” cyberattacks. The research was carried out by systems analyst Vian... 

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Telecommunications to play a critical role in upcoming elections

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th May 2024 As South Africa approaches its 2024 national elections, scheduled for May 29, telecommunications infrastructure will play a key role in ensuring seamless communication among voters, electoral bodies and all stakeholders involved in the electoral process, the Communication Risk Information Centre... 

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MTN achieves record 98% network availability in Limpopo

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th May 2024 As telecommunications giant MTN South Africa accelerates its nationwide modernisation programme, the company has achieved a record 98.33% network availability daily in Limpopo. The 2024 resilience plan, which was completed in the first quarter of 2024, aims to ensure that all sites have power... 

Telkom set to support 2024 elections

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th May 2024 Telecommunications group Telkom is preparing to support South Africa’s upcoming national elections as the information and communications technology partner to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). South Africa’s 2024 elections are set to be held on May 29. 

Ransomware payments increase 500% in past year, attack rate falls slightly

By: Schalk Burger     3rd May 2024 The average payment for ransomware attacks has increased by 500% in the past year to $2-million, up from $400 000 in 2023, cybersecurity firm Sophos reports in its 'State of Ransomware 2024' report. Additionally, excluding ransom payments, the survey found the average cost of recovery reached... 

Access to farming equipment boosts mechanisation

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd May 2024 Agricultural technology company Hello Tractor, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, aims to improve small-scale farming practices through its app Hello Tractor, which facilitates increased access to farming equipment. With a core focus on improving African agriculture through... 

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FARM MECHANISATION Farm equipment can supplement the need for physical labour, minimising the impact of labour shortages on small-scale farms

Outa demands information on Sanral, Ceta tenders

By: Darren Parker     24th April 2024 Nonprofit watchdog the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has accused the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) of keeping contracts with questionable companies secret, which it says is in line with a government... 

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MTN South Africa, Investec, Electrum collaborate to introduce PayShap on MoMo

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th April 2024 Information and communications technology group MTN South Africa has partnered with Investec and Electrum to introduce the PayShap solution on its Mobile Money (MoMo) platform. The collaboration aims to provide users with an instant, cost-effective mobile payment system, with MoMo becoming the... 

Cisco launches AI-powered Hypershield service to protect modern data centres

By: Schalk Burger     23rd April 2024 Networking and security multinational Cisco has launched its Hypershield service, which is a cloud-native, artificial intelligence- (AI-) powered approach to highly distributed security for AI-scale data centres that is built into the fabric of the network, says Cisco executive VP and security... 

Cell C appoints chief data and analytics officer

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd April 2024 Communications group Cell C has appointed Bryan O'Donovan as chief data and analytics officer, effective May 2024. He will be responsible for spearheading the management of the organisation's data and analytics assets, championing data-driven decision-making processes and leveraging data assets... 

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Icasa officially appoints new chairperson

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd April 2024 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has appointed Councillor Mothibi Ramusi as chairperson, effective May 2, for a five-year term. The official appointment of Ramusi followed Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Mondli Gungubele’s announcement in the... 

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Project envisions rollout of smart LPG, solar systems, hydrogen stoves to 3.51m indigent households

By: Darren Parker     22nd April 2024 Energy solutions company Kili Energy is spearheading a large-scale initiative, the Kili Energy Clean Energy Democratisation Project, to provide smart liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) canisters and stoves, smart solar systems and novel hydrogen-powered stoves to 3.51-million indigent households in... 

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Automated project manager scorecards enhance operations

By: Trent Roebeck     19th April 2024 Gold mining and exploration company Harmony Gold’s project management office (PMO) recently showcased its digital project manager scorecard – developed by project solutions company Project Portfolio Office (PPO) – which provides “clear direction” for project managers and administrators by... 

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DRIVING EFFICIENCY Harmony will automate mundane tasks that will prove to be efficient for business processes

Robotics, AI beneficial for business

19th April 2024 The manufacturing industry is currently at the doorstep of a transformational era, one marked by the seamless integration of robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and augmented reality or virtual reality (AR/VR), says GridRaster co-founder and COO Dijam Panigrahi.   This fusion is “not merely a... 

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DIJAM PANAGRAHI GridRaster co-founder and COO Dijam Panigrahi that robotics and AI will have an impact on the manufacturing industry

MTN, Huawei launch joint technology innovation lab

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th April 2024 Telecommunications giant MTN Group and information and communication technology group Huawei have jointly launched Technology Innovation Lab to accelerate digital transformation and sustainable development across Africa. The establishment of the lab at MTN’s headquarters in Roodepoort, marking a... 

University of Pretoria inaugurates new immersive technology lab

By: Darren Parker     16th April 2024 The University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology has launched a new immersive technology lab at the Department of Information Science as a way of further integrating advanced immersive technologies into its curriculum and research initiatives. The... 

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Digital Earth Africa breaks barriers to participation in space economy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2024 The Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (RIIS) has been appointed as the interim host for the pan-African Digital Earth Africa Programme Management Office. Digital Earth Africa is used extensively by stakeholders throughout Africa as a free platform providing satellite imagery... 

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ABB becomes minority investor in GridBeyond

By: Darren Parker     16th April 2024 Technology company ABB has joined investors EDP, ESB, TotalEnergies, Act and DublinBIC in becoming an investor in energy management solutions company GridBeyond, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and data science to enable customers to improve distributed energy resources and industrial... 

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Seacom launches LEO satellite service for enterprise clients

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2024 Telecommunications and managed services provider Seacom has launched its low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite service for its enterprise clients after a two-year process of consultation with industry partners. LEO satellites orbit the Earth at an altitude of up to 2 000 km – the same altitude at which... 

Paratus express route from Johannesburg to Europe goes live

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th April 2024 Pan-African telecommunications group Paratus Group has launched the fastest fibre express route from Johannesburg to Europe. Using Infinera FlexILS and GX Series DWDM equipment, latency on the new route is 123 milliseconds and the Infinera equipment can support wavelengths of up to 800 Gb. 

Reunert to merge IQbusiness, +OneX subsidiaries

By: Schalk Burger     10th April 2024 JSE-listed electrical and electronic engineering group Reunert Group plans to merge its technology management and consulting firm IQbusiness and digital services firm +OneX subsidiaries into a single client-focused business that brings together their almost 1 500 team members. The intention is to... 

MTN, Vodacom ranks top in valuable brands survey

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th April 2024 Telecommunications groups MTN Group and Vodacom Group have secured the top two spots in the latest Brand Finance survey. Despite an 8% decrease in brand value to R68.2-billion, MTN Group maintained its position as South Africa’s most valuable brand, while Vodacom, increasing its brand by 10% to... 

Africa Data Centres breaks ground on new solar farm in the Free State

By: Darren Parker     8th April 2024 Technology group Cassava Technologies subsidiary Africa Data Centres (ADC) has broken ground on the construction of a solar farm in the Free State in collaboration with solar power company Distributed Power Africa (DPA) Southern Africa. The first phase will entail the construction of a 12 MW... 

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MTN named South Africa’s best mobile network 

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2024 Telecommunications giant MTN Group has maintained the title of South Africa’s best mobile network in the latest MyBroadband Insights report. The first quarter 2024 Mobile Network Quality Report shows that MTN achieved a network quality score of 9.66. 

Icasa publishes draft plans for radio frequency spectrum

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2024 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Monday published the Draft Radio Frequency Migration Plan (RFMP) and the Draft International Mobile Telecommunication Roadmap (IMTR) for public consultation. The draft documents aim to ensure proper alignment and coordination of... 

Schneider launches entry-level circuit breakers for basic applications

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2024 Energy management and automation group Schneider Electric has launched two new entry-level market products – the GoPact Moulded Case Circuit Breaker (MCCB) and the Manual Transfer Switch (MTS). The products have been designed with the basic entry level of the market in mind that require... 

Schneider Electric's new GoPact Moulded Case Circuit Breaker
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
Schneider Electric's new GoPact Moulded Case Circuit Breaker
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