Archive for April, 2012

Surveyors gather for Northern Provinces branch AGM

The SAGI Northern Provinces branch held their annual general meeting on 30 March 2012 at Pumulani Lodge, north of Pretoria. Prior to the AGM the Cadastral and Engineering Commissions held meetings to discuss matters of specific concern. Highlights from the Engineering Commission was the address by Joe Fraser of the MANCO-Aurecon JV on the revised […]

Near-field communications still far in SA’s future

South African banks and retailers are likely to be slow to adopt near-field communications (NFC) technology for mobile payments because of the high costs of installing point-of-sale (PoS) terminals and other enabling infrastructure, according to Nashua Mobile. It is said that there is little appetite among institutions to drive adoption of yet another new PoS […]

Software security is an end-to-end process

by Leon Watkins, Altech ISIS The objective of secure software development is to design, implement, configure, and sustain software systems –with security being an integral part of the complete systems development life cycle and beyond, from the requirement definition to retirement of application. The security of software is threatened at various points throughout its life […]

Guided mortar project challenges Denel engineers-in-training

Steven van Heerden and Tshilidzi Mukwevho showing the guided mortar. Van Heerden was responsible for the aerodynamic design and Mukwevho for the electronics. Denel Dynamics has a philosophy that engineers graduating from university need to enter an internship so that they can link their academic achievements to the real world of engineering. Once bursary recipients […]

How will the SKA impact on residents of the astronomy advantage area?

by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT South Africa’s new Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act protects 12,5-million hectares in the Northern Cape as a radio astronomy reserve to ensure the future of radio astronomy in the region. The question is – how will it affect people living in the area? Will they still have acces to TV, […]

Satellite myths debunked

by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT While in some quarters fibre is being touted as the be all and end all, if there are any myths and misconceptions about satellites, then top of the list would be “satellites are a dying breed” and “satellites are expensive.” I agree that sub-marine and terrestrial fibre has brought […]

Industry Alerts

National Policy Colloquium – just another talkshop? The National Policy Colloquium, arranged by the Department of Communications, appears to most telecoms commentators to be yet another talk-shop. The new communications minister Dina Pule and her director-general, Rosey Sekese, promised a full review of information and communications technology policy – a Green Paper this year, a […]


Not a phone, not a tablet but a hybrid of both The Galaxy Note is a new category of product – a hybrid device that combines core on-the-go benefits of various mobile devices while maintaining smartphone portability, It is a smart device that is lighter, thinner, bigger and brighter, offering both tablet and traditional cellphone […]

Business Connexion acquires Quad Automation

Business Connexion has announced that it has acquired 100% of the issued share capital of Quad Automation – a South African company that specialises in the industrial sector in programmable logic controllers (PLC), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and manufacturing execution systems. It provides specialised engineering design, development and consulting services to its clients […]

External storage solution gets capacity boost

Western Digital’s next generation of its top-selling My Passport line of portable hard drives, offers consumers a fresh new enclosure design and the first-ever 2 TB capacity in a portable drive. Now available in five popular colours: white, black, silver, blue, and  red, with a range of capacities beginning from 500 GB, the new sleeker […]