ECA amendment bill “void for vagueness”

Commenting on the Electronic Communications Act (ECA) amendment bill at a recent media briefing, Raymond Louw, executive director of the Free Market Foundation (FMF) summed up the bill as “void for vagueness, terrible idea, failed idea, anti-progress idea and corrupt idea”. Rumours have been circulating that government has decided to scrap the amendment bill and […]

South African satellite to support Operation Phakisa

The Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, participated in a ceremony to send off South Africa’s second nanosatellite to India, where it will be launched on 18 July 2018. ZACUBE-2 will provide remote sensing and communication services to South Africa and the region. The 4 kg satellite was developed by the French South African […]

Automation and digitisation will benefit Africa, create jobs

The view that automation will create jobs, and that this and digitisation will benefit Africa was the overriding opinion from panelists taking part in various panel and the collaboration deck discussions held during the two-day ABB Customer World Africa 2018 held in Sandton, Johanneburg. ABB chief technology officer, Bazmi Husain, said that automation and digitisation will […]

Promoting digital innovation through collaboration

Apart from well-established innovations in robotics, drives, control systems and energy solutions at the recent ABB Customer World Africa 2018, a new drive for local innovation bloomed as ABB signed an agreement with the University of the Witwatersrand technology centre, known as the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct. The memorandum of understanding (MoU), which was signed […]

Software development is not about software

Software developers today should be more than developers – they are business problem solvers, and as such they need to change their models and focus on communication and their ability to learn. This is according to German trainer, coach and software developer Marco Heimeshoff, of Germany’s domain driven design (DDD) community, who opened this year’s […]

Chinese space station plunges into the sea

Tiangong-1, China’s first prototype space station, re-entered the earth’s atmosphere over the South Pacific Ocean at 02h16 (CAT) on 2 April 2018 and its remains plunged into the sea somewhere North West of Tahiti. On 21 March 2016 the China Manned Space Engineering Office announced that Tiangong-1 had officially ended its service. The telemetry link […]