Across the world, businesses are using digital technologies like IoT and AR to improve knowledge and skill levels of their employees. In this article, Barry Elliott, Managing Director of Rockwell Automation Sub-Saharan Africa, considers the wider potential application for skilling people beyond the immediate environments of organisations… Digital technology is having an immense impact in the operating, maintenance and training environments of industrial companies around the world, allowing them to more adequately acquaint and prepare workers to real-life job situations via an increased capacity to deliver more experiential learning environments. Rockwell Automation is among the industrial automation companies developing augmented reality (AR) technologies simulating machine and plant environments. And with our recent announcement of a $1 billion equity stake in PTC enabling the integration of AR into platforms such as FactoryTalk Analytics and MES software, we’re bringing even more analytical and diagnostic intelligence into manufacturing and plant management applications. As technology allows us to emulate the day-to-day experiences of a given job’s requirements with greater richness and accuracy, we’re able to improve the safety, knowledge and efficiency of our workforce in the environments we operate in. Yet digital technologies such as PTC’s are also positively impacting environments far beyond the more specialist context of industrial automation: the company’s ThingWorx® IoT and Vuforia® AR platforms are used by KTM and Caterpillar to improve knowledge and skills transfer to less experienced mechanics and introduce greater consistency and centralisation in the service methodology of their vehicles and equipment. Delivering real-time visual instructions for service procedures superimposed on the physical product via PTC software is helping these technicians quickly and safely locate and access a mechanical fault and perform complete diagnostic . . .
Cape Town,15 August 2018 – South African biotechnology company, Green Cell Technologies® (GCT®), today announced it has signed an exclusive global licensing agreement for the world’s largest orange juice producer, Citrosuco, to make use of its proprietary Disruptor™ technology, intellectual property, processes and applicable trademarks. Green Cell Technologies’ award-winning, patented Dynamic Cellular Disruption® (DCD®) process, in conjunction with its Disruptor® technology, is busy revolutionising the modern global food and beverage manufacturing industry. Without using harmful heat or chemicals, GCT is able to assist its clients in attaining higher yields, reducing food waste at source and all without denaturing the product. Because the process results in a molecular flow and allows for 99.99998% of the available active ingredients to be harvested, the company already awarded for its work in the area, believes it is able to provide a commercially viable solution to the world’s future food security needs through its technologically advanced extraction and its New Product Development (NPD) capabilities. The agreement – for an initial two year period - will see Citrosuco hold the exclusive licensing rights to GCT’s DCD process for the global orange juice and orange-related speciality ingredients market. This gives Citrosuco a significant competitive edge, taking its orange production into the future, streets ahead of conventional processing, while also reducing waste. Additionally, Citrosuco will have the increased ability to formulate products suitable for the growing consumer appetite for natural goods. The Citrosuco development team commented: “Citrosuco aims to be the best company for natural fruit juices and ingredients in the global food industry. Access to Green Cell Technologies’ machinery and intellectual property will make this more of a reality. We are excited about the prospects this means for us as a global company to develop new products and . . .
Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies brings their innovations to a town close to you in Kwa Zulu Natal South Africa’s leading dental consumables and equipment supplier, Dentsply Sirona, is proud to bring dental innovations that you can rely on into the practices of Pietermartizburg, Ladysmith and Newcastle. This is in line with their brand promise of empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care. The company is well-known for enabling dentists across the country to deliver the best possible dental care to their patients, as well as providing top line dental equipment such as top of the line CAD/CAMs, CBCTs and Treatment Centres ( Made In Germany). They also ensure that dental practitioners have access to world-class Endodontics, Restorative and Preventative materials. The company will be showcasing the ground breaking CEREC technology and will host a master class to educate practitioners on how to use it, as well as introducing WaveOne ©Gold family, another leading dental care system providing a single-file reciprocating technique for shaping root canals. On the back of this, Dentsply Sirona will also introduce its new direct sales platform, which will provide dentists with the opportunity to maximise on the spend of their practice by tailoring personalised product offers and bundles and unlock rewards. The Dentsply Sirona Regional Team, led by Allan Hodgson and the local Dentsply Sirona representatives will also be present to introduce and provide assistance on using the company’s new sales platform. Dentsply Sirona is committed to innovation and education, and to investing in the local dentistry field by growing the industry and making both dentists and patients aware of the benefits of good oral hygiene. The Dentsply Sirona team will be at the African Enterprise Conference, Pietermaritzburg on Monday 20 August 2018, the Royal Hotel, Ladysmith on . . .
The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) NPC, the administrator of South Africa’s .ZA presence on the worldwide web, has extended its congratulations to Board Member Xoliswa Kakana on her recent successful summiting of Mount Kilimanjaro as part of the Trek4Mandela team. “Xoliswa’s endeavour as a ZACR Non-Executive Director in the run-up to Women’s Month helps illustrate the tremendous achievements of the many women leading South Africa’s ICT sector. Not content to help steer the .ZA domain towards its bright future, Xoliswa further took it upon herself to do her bit for the Trek4Mandela initiative by summiting Africa’s tallest mountain,” said Lucky Masilela, CEO of ZACR NPC. Key to the Trek4Mandela initiative is the Caring4Girls campaign that aims to keep a girl child in school by supplying them with sanitary towels. ZACR NPC has pledged to support 100 girls through the Caring4Girls initiative to ensure they have access to proper, decent sanitary towels every month for three years. An ICT industry veteran with 25-year’s in the industry, Ms. Kakana is a previous recipient of the Women in Technology award, was a finalist in the Telecommunications Business Woman Awards 2011 and a finalist in the Business Woman of the Year Award 2012. She is an Electrical Engineer by profession and founded the successful ICT-Works company in 1999. Her support for the Trek4Mandela initiative and its aims of girl child empowerment is in line with her stated interest in directing the evolution of the greater ICT industry towards the development of women. “Both Xoliswa and ZACR recognise the potential ICT has for realising a better life for the millions of African women who remain on the sidelines two decades after the transition to democracy that was supposed to give everybody a voice,” said Mr Masilela. “We congratulate Xoliswa and all South African women who every day summit their own personal Mount Kilimanjaros,” Mr Masilela added. The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) NPC is a . . .
Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies brings their innovations to a town close to you. South Africa’s leading dental consumables and equipment supplier, Dentsply Sirona, is proud to bring dental innovations that you can rely on into the practices of Middleburg, Ermelo and Piet Retief. This is in line with their brand promise of empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care. The company is well-known for enabling dentists across the country to deliver the best possible dental care to their patients, as well as providing top line dental equipment such as top of the line CAD/CAMs, CBCTs and Treatment Centres ( Made In Germany). They also ensure that dental practitioners have access to world-class Endodontics, Restorative and Preventative materials. The company will be showcasing the ground breaking CEREC technology and will host a master class to educate practitioners on how to use it, as well as introducing WaveOne ©Gold family, another leading dental care system providing a single-file reciprocating technique for shaping root canals. On the back of this, Dentsply Sirona will also introduce its new direct sales platform, which will provide dentists with the opportunity to maximise on the spend of their practice by tailoring personalised product offers and bundles and unlock rewards. The Dentsply Sirona Regional Team, led by Berenice Muller and the local Dentsply Sirona representatives will also be present to introduce and provide assistance on using the company’s new sales platform. Dentsply Sirona is committed to innovation and education, and to investing in the local dentistry field by growing the industry and making both dentists and patients aware of the benefits of good oral hygiene. The Dentsply Sirona team will be at the Southern Sun The Ridge on Monday 13 August 2018, the Izimbali Lodge on Tuesday, 14 August 2018 and Welgekozen Country Lodge on . . .
Empowering women in the technology industry needs more than just 31 days a year Johannesburg, South Africa 08 August 2018: RubiBlue, intelligent business solutions provider, has implemented a strategic growth and expansion policy for 2018 that’s focused on empowering women and building a culture of inclusion. The company’s goal to increase its staff complement by 45% has paid attention to the value that women bring to the technology industry and to the company’s dynamic culture. “We believe that diversity is key to a successful company,” says Chris Ogden, CEO, RubiBlue. “At RubiBlue, we have a really vibrant culture that’s supported and driven by the women that lead our business units and the face of our company. We don’t believe that gender dictates how passionate a person is about technology and our staff are all incredibly driven and motivated in this industry.” For RubiBlue, Women’s Month isn’t just 31 days of recognising the value women add to the industry. It’s about a consistent investment into their potential and recognising their ability to lead, transform and inspire. “Women add remarkable insights and perspectives to the business, introducing fresh ways of thinking and looking at problems or challenges,” says Ogden. “They also demonstrate superb leadership skills and lead their teams with compassion. Skills and talent aren’t defined by gender and we long since recognised that women are pivotal to our long-term growth and to creating a strong internal culture of warmth, consideration and support.” RubiBlue’s staff complement is steadily increasing month on month and continues to showcase how an investment into talent, rather than gender, delivers long-term results. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Deaf girls to learn Apple’s coding language Swift – used in over 250,000 apps on the Apple App Store 8 August 2018 – SANDTON – iSchoolAfrica, an education initiative that reaches schools across South Africa in rural and township settings, is proud to announce that it is in partnership with Think Ahead and the Tshepiso Mokoena Foundation, teaching 10 deaf high school girls to code. This is the first programme in the #DeafGirlsCode initiative, with the aim to roll the programme out to many more deaf girls across the country. Over the course of 6 weeks, the Dominican School for the Deaf in Hammanskraal is hosting an iSchoolAfrica facilitator as they teach the girls how to code using Apple’s coding language, Swift. Swift is used in over 250,000 apps on the Apple App Store and by many of the top brands in the world. In each of the two-hour sessions – every Tuesday and Wednesday – the girls will be exposed to “Learn to Code 1” that explores the fundamentals of code by getting students to work through rich puzzles on the Swift Playgrounds app. Michelle Lissoos, Director at iSchoolAfrica, commented, “This is ground-breaking training in the technology sphere let alone our country. Through the universal language of computing we are excited for our DeafGirlsCode programme participants to fulfil the opportunities awaiting them.” She continues, “Technology and computational thinking skills can break down the barriers that have prevented deaf people in the past from succeeding in our economy. In order to fill this disparity, we believe that by incorporating coding into deaf education, we can take our programme participants to a new level of economic participation.” iSchool Africa aims to give all South African students access to an opportunity to acquire 21st century skills, and to find their passion to excel in today’s world. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, Aug 1, 2018 - A Nigerian has harnessed the power of apps to bring South Africans a social media app with a twist. The app is Worldjunction for iPhone. The developer company is Worldjunction LLC. We all know how social media has created a paradigm shift in our world where most people use social media to network with their friends and family as compared to old traditional age of social networking. Most social media apps provide features for you to chat with friends and family, but this app in question is different. It enables South Africans to chat with friends, share music, read news and watch videos, all at the same time. Henry I. Ihedoro, the CEO of Worldjunction said, “We were thinking about creating an app when social media dawned on us”. “We did some research and realized that people who used social media couldn’t read news or watch videos while chatting with friends, so we decided to create an app that could help people chat with friends along side read news, watch videos and share music.", he said. Worldjunction is a consumer-centric company. Our mission is to provide a unique media sharing environment to the world. We create a network that will accommodate all kinds of people and businesses. At Worldjunction, Users can share or promote anything ranging from videos, music, eCommerce products, news, cars, gift cards, vouchers, photos and many more. “We began the development process and incorporated features like video, music, news in assonance with chat,” he said. “Also, we created another enthralling feature, where job seekers could find jobs within the same app while chatting with friends.” This is a social media app can be downloaded for free on App Store or Play Store. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
RubiBlue, intelligent business solutions provider, has invested into new talent and skills as part of its 2018 strategic growth plans and to further its commitment to provide much-needed employment opportunities. Several new employees have joined the organisation since January 2018, each one bringing a rich set of skills and abilities to the company. “Our strategy for 2018 is to increase our staff by 45% so we can consistently expand our capabilities and deliver exceptional client solutions across Africa,” says Chris Ogden, Managing Director, RubiBlue. “To this end, we welcome Kgothatso Mabaso, Sizanani Zungu, Holly Guard and Grant Rees-Bevan to RubiBlue.” Kgothatso Mabaso has joined RubiBlue as an easiPol Sales Executive and brings with him an impressive array of expertise and talent. At 26, he is a Microsoft Certified IT Professional who has been working since the age of 19, building his skills in technology and developing an affinity for working with people. “I sell solutions to problems,” says Mabaso. “My role is to make my clients’ business functions both seamless and easy to manage. I enjoy this role because every day is an adventure and I get the opportunity to make somebody’s life easier. I find the products and services that RubiBlue offer very relevant today and I knew that this is where I belong. There is also so much support and encouragement here that, for the first time in a long time, I wake up with a smile.” Holly Guard and Grant Rees-Bevan both work in easiPoint sales and bring their own unique flavours to the role. Guard started her professional career at Momentum and then moved to Twincare International as a National Sales and Education Manager which allowed her to challenge herself and grow. She moved RubiBlue because she appreciated the ethos and the company culture. “It’s important for me to be part of an organisation which has values aligned to my own,” she says. “I found that in RubiBlue – their core values are reflected not . . .
RubiBlue, intelligent business solutions provider, donated food, clothes and essential items to Othandweni Community Development Services in Mooiplaas to uphold its commitment to the legacy of Mandela Day. The day, held on Madiba’s birthday of 18 July, marks a significant moment in South African history and inspires people to make a difference. This year, RubiBlue focused on a NGO that’s committed to helping people with HIV, AIDS and Tuberculosis. “This year we asked all of our staff to dig deep and find ways in which they could contribute to Othandweni,” says Chris Ogden, CEO, RubiBlue. “We collected food, toys, clothes, blankets and other essential items for the month leading up to the day and then arranged to have them delivered on Mandela Day.” The employees at RubiBlue managed to collect a huge variety of kid’s, men’s and ladies’ clothes, coffee, milk and sugar, plus they made more than 300 sandwiches for the people helped by Othandweni. The toys and child-related items were also taken to the creche next door. Every item went towards making the lives of people in the Mooiplaas information settlement easier and more comfortable. Othandweni Community Development Services provides support and care for those who have serious illnesses such as HIV, AIDS and Tuberculosis. Its work is essential to the community and the donation made by RubiBlue made a much-needed difference this winter. “We couldn’t believe it,” says Saseni Mabaso, community lead at Othandweni Community Development Services. “People were so grateful – one gentleman was on his way to beg for food when they arrived and he was now able to eat a meal without having to beg. The children were so happy, they are still laughing about the gifts they have been given.” To find out more about RubiBlue and how it can work with your business to create intelligent technology and ignite revenue, visit www.rubiblue.com, call 27 (0) 861 48 48 99, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To engage with Saseni . . .