Consumers love to save money on everyday purchases such as groceries and other items used daily. However, having to wait for the newspaper adverts and then stacking them up in the drawer for the next trip to the store or the mall is an old fashion exercise now. A new service, Broadsheets SA, enables shoppers to pick up their smartphones and instantly find weekly or daily sales from all of their favorite retailers across South Africa. Broadsheets SA is a new app that makes it easier for shoppers to save money on groceries and other items used daily without waiting for paper advertising. Broadsheets SA now provides the weekly and daily specials (broadsheets) digitally, offering large savings on your favorite products from outlets such as Clicks, Pick n Pay, Mica, Flight Centre, Hi Fi Corporation etc. Instead of spending time hunting for deals in the dailies, with Broadsheets SA, it is possible to filter specials by retailers, malls, categories or nearby suburbs, which is updated daily. Users can search and select the specials they like on the easy to use iPhone and Android apps. “Everybody loves to save money and in SA we all shop off the weekly specials we get from the newspapers etc. Now there is a simpler way to do it! Broadsheets SA provides a simple solution to the problem. Saving money is simple with the Broadsheets app – all it takes is a tap to receive hundreds of specials, boosting your monthly savings significantly,” says Brett Elliott, CEO Broadsheets SA. How Broadsheets SA works Broadsheets SA is a free to use app that features an extensive network of retailers. Users can search for specials by retailers, malls, categories or nearby suburbs. The specials will automatically upload and disappear when finished. To increase the benefit, the app runs ongoing competitions wherein users can participate and win shopping vouchers or cash back. “In today’s digital world there really is no more need to wait for the papers or have to go online to . . .
OpiFlex developed a patented fenceless safety solution that makes industrial robots mobile. To provide the required safety measures for people working in a mobile robotic environment, safety devices from SICK were used. SICK Automation supplied and installed remote safety laser scanners and controller at Swedish robot company OpiFlex. The order and installation took place subsequent to a collaborative effort between SICK and OpiFlex in realising a safety solution for movable robots without safety fences. The safety laser scanners and controller provide the required communication to slow robot functionality, or even stop them, when a person approaches a pre-determined distance – the safety zone. In Industry 4.0 production facilities humans and robots are brought into closer proximity than before. Safety fences are disappearing and robots which can be moved to any location are required in order to implement flexible, safe automation solutions. To this end, OpiFlex developed a patented fenceless safety solution that makes industrial robots mobile. To provide the required safety measures for people working in a mobile robotic environment, safety devices from SICK were used. SICK recommended its Flexi Soft safety controller which, due to its modular hardware platform, provides tailored, efficient solutions for a multitude of safety applications; and its S300 Mini Remote, which is ideal for service robots and automated guided vehicles. Robot functionality with SICK safety equipment Two of SICK’s S300 Mini Remote safety laser scanners are now permanently mounted on the mobile robot cell. They detect people when they are near the station at the respective application sites. If a person approaches the robot, the safety laser scanner sends a signal to the Flexi Soft safety controller and the robot reduces its speed. It stops operating completely if a person enters the safety zone. As the robot does not always have to be stopped, productivity is increased. The . . .
Fintech specialist e4 named as a finalist in the 2018 Ecobank Fintech Challenge Technology specialist, e4, has been named among the top 11 finalists in the Ecobank Fintech Challenge for its new Virtual Identity product. The competition aims to identify innovative solutions that address African-centric issues within the financial services sector. According to a McKinsey Report, Africa’s banking landscape is amongst the most exciting in the world and is the second-fastest-growing and second most profitable of any global region. Andrea Tucker, Research and Development Head, e4, says that the Ecobank Fintech Challenge is necessary in these continuously evolving and competitive times: “It’s time for financial institutions to consider alternative solutions to address the challenges within their environments. The competition is thus an important initiative and one that will assist to further develop Africa as one of the most innovative continents.” Tucker says that the Ecobank Fintech Challenge is a great platform for e4 to showcase its innovative technology to a pan-African banking giant: “We are excited about a potential opportunity to partner with Ecobank as part of a collaboration to share knowledge and insights of the state of Fintech in Africa.” Virtual Identity provides a video-conferencing tool, enabling two people to communicate via a web browser or mobile app for the purposes of completing a virtual KYC process in order to verify a new or existing client’s identity. “This exciting technology assists by providing banks with an opportunity to better service previously under-serviced or geographically remote clients. Bank customers with a smartphone are now able to call their bank to verify their identity as opposed to travelling to the nearest branch to do this in person,” says Tucker. She says that by collaborating with these start-ups, Ecobank can focus on becoming more engaged with their customers, increasing customer loyalty and making it easier for . . .
SA’s Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association (WASPA) has updated its Code of Conduct. It now addresses in more detail, inter alia, potential challenges posed by malware and ransomware inadvertently downloaded from app stores by unsuspecting mobile users, as well as proactive requirements implemented by the country’s mobile networks to prevent and mitigate the associated risks. The 400-plus members of the self-regulating industry body ratified a series of updates to their Code of Conduct to clarify requirements addressing securing their platforms against fraudulent attacks and the new steps required by the networks to protect consumers against unauthorised activity on their mobile devices. “WASPA continually refines the code according to which all members are expected to conduct their business. The potential threat posed by malware is a growing one and one that needed to be addressed,” says WASPA General Manager, Ilonka Badenhorst. Version 15.9 of the WASPA Code of Conduct was adopted by the Industry Representative Body's Management Committee (Mancom) following the recent WASPA General Meeting held in May. A PDF version of the Code showing the changes from the previous version is available for download via the Code archive page: http://waspa.org.za/coc/archive/. A copy of the revised Code can be found here: http://waspa.org.za/coc/15.9/. The WASPA Code of Conduct has been continuously revised since May 2014 to reflect new challenges within the wireless application service provider (WASP) industry that provides South Africa's cellular users with mobile content and applications. "WASPA's world-leading Code of Conduct sets the standard for responsible self-regulation," adds Ms Badenhorst. WASPA first introduced a Code of Conduct to regulate the then emerging mobile content and applications industry in 2004. From a collection of like-minded firms wanting to offer increased protection to the local mobile consumer in line with developments . . .
Bongani Chauke* was born with a tumour on his brain. He needed lifesaving surgery within the first few days of his life. Bongani was transferred from a local hospital in Johannesburg to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital’s (NMCH) state-of-the-art neurosurgery theatre to undergo an operation to have the tumour removed. Bongani is just one of more than a thousand children who have received life-saving treatment at the hospital, which celebrated one year of operations on 21 June. Along with performing neurosurgeries, NMCH has opened various critical services namely: Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Units (the largest in the country), Cardiology, Renal, Radiology, Cardiothoracic surgery and General Paediatric surgery. Neurosurgery procedures range from large cases such as tumour and cyst removals from the brain and spinal cord, to smaller cases such as the insertion of stents for hydrocephalus patients. The majority of neurosurgery patients admitted to the NMCH are between zero and three years old. “Most of the babies are born with congenital abnormalities, which need to be repaired in the first few days of their lives. This is, of course, delicate work which requires intense focus,” says neurosurgeon, Dr Jason Labuschagne. The work of the medical staff is made easier with high-quality medical equipment such as the ZEISS OPMI Pentero 900 Microscope, which boasts state-of-the-art magnification and illumination, ensuring doctors have a crystal-clear view of all neural structures and are able to remove tumours safely. This microscope also has a co-observation tube, which allows viewers to observe the neurosurgeon’s procedures. The ZEISS OPMI Pentero 900 is integrated with the hospital’s software and allows for all procedures to be recorded for research and teaching purposes. Tumours are amongst the top three types of cancer in children, only second to leukaemia and lymphoma. “The work is complex, but it’s also rewarding to know that we can give . . .
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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 . . .