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IoT use in South Africa to grow by 14% a year to 2025

30th July 2021 The use of Internet of Things (IoT) in South Africa is expected to grow by 14% a year from 2020 to 2025, says information and communications technology market research firm IDC Middle East, Africa and Turkey associate VP for sub-Saharan Africa Mark Walker. He notes that IoT adoption is expected... 

STEM skills important for Africa to realise growth opportunities

30th July 2021 Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills and education are a key lever for economic transformation and will form the foundation of the future workforce to support sustainable growth and development on a continent targeted for its investment potential, says engineering... 

Sustainable mining possible, if ecosystem and individual company approach taken - Michelin

29th July 2021 Making mining sustainable requires an ecosystem approach in which mining sector supply chain partners and service providers play their part to ensure mining benefits people, the planet and is profitable for companies, says mobility multinational Michelin Africa, India and the Middle East head of... 

Sasol says its energy business delivers satisfactory full-year performance

27th July 2021 Integrated energy and chemicals multinational Sasol's energy business had delivered a satisfactory performance, in line with expectations, for the financial year ended June 30. The company on July 27 reported that its integrated value chain had benefitted from higher oil prices in the second half... 

Exxaro rolls out vaccination drive at Matla mine

27th July 2021 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources has launched a Covid-19 vaccination rollout programme at its Matla coal mine, in Mpumalanga. The launch of the rollout programme is part of a national campaign under the auspices of Department of Health and in partnership with the Mpumalanga Department of Health... 

WhatsApp chatbot helping diabetes patients

23rd July 2021 Healthcare specialists at Stellenbosch University (SU) have launched a WhatsApp-based chatbot to help patients with diabetes effectively navigate risks associated with diabetes and Covid-19 from the comfort and safety of their homes. The GREAT4Diabetes chatbot is a free service that sends... 

5G can add value in Africa, help address mobile broadband inefficiencies

16th July 2021 Fifth-generation (5G) mobile telecommunications technologies can add value and solve several consumer and business challenges in Africa. Previous generation mobile broadband technologies have limitations regarding network capacity, spectral efficiency and latency, but 5G is well-positioned to... 

PwC warns of rising cyber-threats against manufacturers, miners

16th July 2021 Advisory multinational PwC has highlighted emerging cyber-threats affecting the mining and manufacturing sectors, particularly among South African and other Africa-based organisations. The technologies most targeted by attackers within these sectors are industrial control systems (ICS), which are... 

Local manufacturer supplies apron feeders to DRC mine

16th July 2021 Mining equipment manufacturer Takraf has supplied two apron feeder machines for a leading copper/cobalt producer, in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The apron feeders, which are being installed in two new crushing stations at the mine, are 1.83 m wide, 11.2 m long (180° incline) and feed... 

Centre launched to commercialise African innovations

9th July 2021 The African Union Development Agency New Partnership for Africa's Development (AUDA-Nepad) on June 22 launched a centre of excellence (CoE) in science, technology and innovation to upscale and commercialise home-grown innovations on the continent. The centre was launched in partnership with... 

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