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We survived masks and lockdown restrictions during the pandemic, only to be confronted by a new challenge: load shedding. With Eskom’s ageing infrastructure and the slow pace of the transition to renewable energy alternatives, load shedding is likely to become more frequent in the foreseeable future, and it will...
Today’s vehicles have become if you’d excuse the pun, computer-driven machines. Software forms a vital part of the entire manufacturing lifecycle, from production to testing to in-car navigation. However, with each manufacturing milestone up to decommissioning, modern vehicles generate a significant amount of data. Plus, if you add the connected vehicle...
Opportunity knocks when you know which doors to open. As the Group Chief Commercial Officer for the Paratus Group, Martin Cox is busy opening around a dozen large doors in Africa. “Our strategy is to dramatically accelerate the Paratus Group’s growth,” Cox explains. “What Paratus has already achieved is to create...
The economic challenges in South Africa are daunting for most businesses. When coupled with the impact of load-shedding, there are compelling reasons why many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are actively seeking out alternatives to the current reliance on a power grid that is not stable. Right now, a wait-and-see...
Education is, without a doubt, a fundamental human right. And today, digitalisation enables us to improve education and provide equal access to all. But where do we even begin? In a world where everything is online and any business that isn't online is losing money, failing to teach our children digital...
The retail industry in South Africa remains a major contributor to the economy, employing more than a million people, which makes it the second largest employer after the government. It is also the third biggest industry sector and contributes some 20% of the country’s gross domestic product. Based on the recent...
In the fourth quarter of 2021, South Africa’s rape figures were up by 13.7%. There were 1300 more rapes compared to the same period in the previous year. 10,818 rapes were reported in the first three months of 2022, with 4,635 rapes taking place at the victim’s home, or...
Cloud adoption continues to be important for many organizations as they transform how they do business in today’s digital world. While there are many benefits associated with cloud adoption, the security implications of moving to the cloud cannot be ignored if organizations are to fully embrace it. This blog outlines...
Cryptocurrencies gained global traction during the pandemic, increasing exponentially and gaining an impressive foothold in Africa, says a policy brief released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). It also unearthed some impressive statistics – currently, there are more than 19,000 cryptocurrencies available, there were only...
Nowadays, threat actors are leaning on new tools and techniques to improve the efficiency of their attacks. Only artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning move quickly enough to defend organisations in this evolving cyber threat landscape. “In the past three months, we've been seeing more speed and speed can kill,”...
Since the beginning of 2022, several trends have emerged as newsworthy front-runners, now well into the second half of the year, will these trends keep their importance? CTO Wayne Yan and architect Saša Slankamenac at South African specialised software development firm Dariel, take a closer look at Web3, passwordless authentication,...
Chinese electronics group Xiaomi recently launched its Xiaomi 12 Lite smartphone in South Africa. The device is considered a mid-range smartphone within the brand's flagship series, just above the affordable Redmi series and just below the main numbered flagship devices. The 12 Lite packs smooth performance, great visuals and a...
Of course, there are plenty of women working at a high level in male-dominated industries around the world and, for sure, they have worked hard and smart to get to the top.  So, what merits singling out this woman’s achievements, other than the fact that it’s Women’s month and...
Digitalization brings new opportunities in trade and creates the potential to underpin resilience in times of crisis. The digital transformation of customs and borders in Africa could improve efficiencies in processes and yield trade gains on the continent of $20 billion a year. With digital trade in place, pre-existing bottlenecks...
Access to reliable Wi-Fi connectivity has become as much a utility as opening a tap for water. Whether a business, coffee shop, healthcare facility, or educational institution, providing Wi-Fi access to various audience profiles is critical to creating a differentiated experience and leveraging the environment for tailored marketing communication. The...
We've come a long way since Thomas Edison and General Electric created the first substantial power grids in the 1880s. But one thing hasn't changed much: work stops when the power goes out. South Africans have endured front-row seats to this reality as load shedding causes real damage and consequences...
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