Epiroc, a productivity partner for the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries, has signed a cooperation agreement with Ericsson to jointly help mining companies achieve optimal wireless connectivity in their operations through LTE and 5G technologies. Mining companies are increasingly seeking to digitalise and automate their operations to increase productivity,...
The softening of our economy over the past couple of years has brought us the somewhat Pyrrhic victory of easing our energy crisis. Rolling blackouts and dramatic electricity price increases are – for the time being – not appearing in our newspaper headlines and our dinner-table conversations. But with our...
South Africa has one of the most abundant mineral reserves in the world. Different estimates suggest that the country could be sitting on $2.5-$5 trillion worth of mineral reserves. Mining, therefore, is an essential economic activity in the country with the sector contributing 6.8% of the country’s GDP. The country...
Security, both physical and cyber security, is a top priority for any organisation, especially in light of the year-on-year rise in cybercrime. However, for certain industries, not having the proper security measures in place can put more than just the company’s reputation on the line. The Oil, Gas, and...
The world we live in has become increasingly digital and connected, and we now have the ability to collect data from many new sources. Sophisticated sensor technology has given rise to the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication, embedding intelligence, integrating more data sources than ever and providing...
The South African mining industry performed poorly over the past ten years, shrinking to become even smaller today than it was in 1994. However, if major constraints impeding accelerated growth and development are lifted, estimates show that the mining sector could expand annually by 3% to 4% up to the...
Huawei recently participated in the China - South Africa Internet Roundtable where Huawei MD of Enterprise Business Group SA, Du Min, spoke about focusing on ICT Infrastructure and System for a Better Connected South Africa. “The evolution in the ICT industry has shown us amazing possibilities, we saw it grow...
IFS, a global enterprise applications company, has announced that Rwanda Energy Group’s (REG) operating companies have gone live with IFS Applications 9 in the first phase of the implementation of an Integrated Business Management Solution (IBMS). REG is Rwanda’s national grid operator, comprising Energy Utility Corporation Limited (EUCL) and Energy...
South Africa is the world’s 30th driest country. Let that sink in for a moment. As climate change continues to wreak havoc on natural ecosystems around the globe, we’re in a precarious position. Our average annual rainfalls of 450mm are almost half that of the world average – 860mm. Over the...
3D printing may have burst onto the scene a few years ago with much hype, but it hasn’t yet revolutionised industrial sectors as some analysts exuberantly predicted. However, forward-thinking Mining organisations are realising that industrial-scale 3D printing in the mines could skim costs from their operations and reduce the frustrations...
Cornelia Richter, Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), concluded a five-day visit to Kenya where she met with Deputy President William Ruto and other high-ranking government officials to discuss expanding successful rural development investments to include stronger links between public and private sector. “With more than 75 per...
Global utility, ENGIE, is confirming its focus on off-grid energy provision in Africa, with plans to continue expanding their solar home system (SHS) and mini-grid activities. ENGIE is launching new mini-grid projects in Zambia with ENGIE PowerCorner and starting commercial sales of SHS in Ivory Coast with its subsidiary Fenix. This...
An independent research commissioned by Inmarsat has revealed that energy companies will struggle to derive maximum value from Internet of Things (IoT) without access to improved high-speed connectivity. ‘The Future of IoT in Enterprise - 2017’ found that majority of companies are in the process of deploying or developing...
Renewables, smart homes, AI and IoT will have a massive impact on how energy companies need to address the market in 2018, predicts Colin Beaney, IFS’s Global Industry Director for Energy & Utilities. Renewables hot up—global capacity will double over the next 10 years Every year we’re seeing a virtuous circle...
South Africa’s Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, confirmed that the country no longer has a nuclear deal with Russia. This announcement follows Deputy President David Mabuza’s official visit to the Russian Federation in May and the BRICS Summit taking place in Johannesburg this week. "The submission of that intergovernmental agreement of...
Nearly 600 million, or 48% of Africa’s population, still lack access to electricity, with the majority living in rural areas Africa will not fully develop if hundreds of millions of its people continue to live without electricity, Economic Commission for Africa’s Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe said Thursday. Addressing a Res4Africa business-to-government...
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