Usability enhancements from Fieldbus Foundation

The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the latest updates to its open, non-proprietary Foundation fieldbus technical specifications. The new features will enhance the usability of Foundation technology, with the ultimate goal of making the digital fieldbus automation experience easier than conventional analogue control systems. The updated version of the Foundation specification includes additional advanced support for […]

IFAC: 19th World Congress held in SA for first time

  The 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) took place from 24 to 29 August 2014 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. This was the first time for South Africa to host this conference. 2020 delegates from 63 countries registered to participate in the congress and an additional 500 […]

SAIMC Durban branch news

  The Durban branch held its AGM on 5 February 2014 at the Durban Country Club. It was a well attended function made all the more enjoyable by the presence of  SAIMC president Vinesh Maharaj who outlined the new vision and plans for the future of the SAIMC after a very successful 2013. The other […]

Data storage and recovery event

  The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa Special Interest Group in data storage and recovery hosted a SIG event on 26 February 2014. The presenter was James Grcic, CEO of CSSI. Contact Tony Parry, IITPSA, Tel 011 315-1319,

South Africa, Switzerland review successful science and technology cooperation

  Derek Hanekom, the minister of science and technology, met Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, the Swiss state secretary for education, research and innovation in Berne, Switzerland, recently. South Africa and Switzerland enjoy very fruitful scientific and technology cooperation, backed by high-level interactions at a political level. The meeting was a follow-up to the meeting which was held […]

National Electronics Week and ADEC Expo South Africa – well worth a visit!

  by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT The NEW/ADEC  Expo which started yesterday has turned out to be a great show  –  surprising even those that had believed such an event could not be successfully held every year. They were clearly wrong. Yes, the turnout by ADEC member companies was disappointing, but the […]

Telkom MTN mating dance awaits consummation

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EE Publishers It is amazing how fast things can change in the mobile space – one day acrimonious and unseemly public disputes between hostile competitors, a week later overtures to get into bed together! After last week’s spat where Telkom accused MTN and Vodacom of holding the country back […]

Launch of African ICT infrastructure fund

  African investment management firm, Convergence Partners has launched the Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund (CPCIF), said to be the only infrastructure fund that is dedicated purely to the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in Africa. With a first close of $145-million, it is one of the largest African based infrastructure funds, notwithstanding its […]

Telkom CEO warns MTN and Vodacom to stop hurting SA

  by Hans van de Groenedaal, features editor, EngineerIT In an open letter published in the weekend media, Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko urged MTN and Vodacom to stop hurting South Africa. This follows legal action by Vodacom and Cell after ICASA published new call termination rates which will favour Telkom Mobile and Cell C. The two companies’ […]

Microchip Technology receives top honours for business excellence

  Microchip Technology has announced that the company recently received top honours from some of the most prestigious national and local business organisations. Microchip won the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for the seventh straight year.  This award distinguishes Microchip as one of the top practitioners of workplace flexibility […]