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Jaguar Land Rover reveals lightweight E-type | BizNis Africa

Jaguar Land Rover reveals lightweight E-type | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
Jaguar has revealed the prototype of its new Lightweight E-type, a further six of which will be built and sold.
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Denel awarded ZAR260 million tender for new Airbus | BizNis Africa

Denel awarded ZAR260 million tender for new Airbus | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
Denel Aerostructures has been awarded a fourth multi-million rand contract to manufacture and produce key parts on the Airbus 400M.
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Denel Aerostructures has been awarded a fourth multi-million rand contract to manufacture and produce key parts on the Airbus 400M, one of the world’s most advanced military airlifter.

The company will, in future, manufacture ISO locks, a combination of aluminium rails and cross tracks, to be fitted into the cargo hold of each of the giant aircrafts which are to be delivered to international clients over the next six years. The contract is valued at more than ZAR260 million.

“The new work package confirms Denel Aerostructures’ reputation as an emerging player in the global aerospace environment,” says Riaz Saloojee, Denel Group CEO.

“It is a vote of confidence in the South African engineering and high-tech manufacturing sectors.”

The tender was won through a bidding process against international competitors. “It is quite clear that Airbus Defence and Space is satisfied with the quality of work we have delivered on other contracts over the past nine years and decided to place another work package with Denel, ” says Saloojee.

The contract will cascade down to other companies in the aerospace and high tech sectors with some of the manufacturing processes being sub-contracted to Denel’s Aerostructures’ local supplier base.

Ismail Dockrat, the CEO of Denel Aerostructures (DAe) says, the ISO locks are manufactured at the company’s facilities in Kempton Park according to the designs received from Airbus Defence and Space. Each Airbus A400M has a system of rails and cross tracks inside the cargo hold to guide the effective movement of massive ISO containers.

There are four parallel sets of aluminium rails and 32 cross tracks within the aircraft’s giant cargo hold. The transported equipment is packed inside the containers which are then loaded along the rails into the fuselage of the aircraft. An intricate system of locking mechanisms keeps the containers secured during flight.

DAe will manufacture and deliver the ISO locks to be fitted to each of the 174 aircraft already ordered from Airbus Defence and Space by international customers. The process of industrialisation has already started and the first ship set will be delivered to Airbus’ fuselage assembly facility in Bremen, Germany, by September.

The serial production will be ramped up in 2015 and DAe will deliver at least 20 ship sets a year over the six year contract period. Dockrat says Denel will also manufacture a different rail system for the loading of smaller containers as required by some of the international customers. The Central Guide Vehicle Restraint System (CGVRS) will facilitate the movement of emergency supplies which are dropped from the air by the A400M. The smaller containers are usually filled with humanitarian aid, food and emergency supplies. This contract is valued at more than ZAR70-million.

According to Saloojee, Denel Aerostructures is one of a select few companies outside Europe that manufactures critical parts for the A400M. The company is also responsible for the airlifter’s wing-to-fuselage fairing, the top shells that protect the wing section and the “ribs, spars and swords” which form the internal structures of the aircraft’s tail section.

“The new contract strengthens our relationship with Airbus Defence and Space, but also sends a signal to the global aerospace sector about the know-how and experience that are available within the South African manufacturing industry,” he says.

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Digital publishing in South Africa enters new phase | BizNis Africa

Digital publishing in South Africa enters new phase | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
BizNisAfrica focuses on Africa’s 3 major business economic sectors – ICT (Information and Communications Technology), Mining and Energy.
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Amorphous New Media announces the launch of its new digital publishing division to enable clients to offer enhanced versions of their publications.

Digital agency Amorphous New Media today introduced Amorphous Digital Publishing, its digital publishing arm that will focus on offering content producers and consumers an enhanced experience of traditionally print publications.

Amorphous Digital Publishing is one of only two Adobe Digital Publishing Suite accredited agencies in Africa and is uniquely positioned to offer customers a high standard of digital publishing products.

Digital publishing creates magazines, catalogues, sales tools, annual reports and internal communication publications that have immersive and engaging experiences built into the product to make the reader’s experience more interesting.

The content offered in a digital publication can be far more exciting than just written copy. Additional video interviews, bigger picture features and interactive polls are some of the ways in which readers are able to engage with a digital publication.

Conde Nast has found that the average reader spends 60 minutes reading a monthly digital publication, and with 1.5 million tablets sold in South Africa in 2013, and 195 million tablets sold globally; there is enormous potential to engage with customers in this exciting space.

The feedback data provided by digital platforms means that companies and publishers have in-depth statistical data about their readers, enabling them to continually produce more accurately targeted content to keep readers engaged.

Amorphous Digital Publishing is committed to helping businesses and publishers alike who are looking to create innovative digital solutions for their respective markets.

Digital publishing also offers unique cost saving and profit-producing opportunities. The elimination of printing costs means that distribution is not limited by physical copies and there are opportunities to monetize digital publications through download or subscription fees and advertising.

Amorphous Digital Media offers publishing solutions across a number of different sectors, including corporate and marketing magazines, retail and business catalogues, sales tools, annual reports and client facing communications.

Corporate magazines and marketing communications

In the corporate and marketing magazine sector, Amorphous Digital Publishing offers clients the opportunity to create beautiful interactive business magazines with full screen galleries, videos and audio. Advertisers also benefit from highly interactive adverts that can link directly to external websites.

Amorphous digital offering can be used for customer relationship management (CRM) magazines, membership magazines and brochures.

Retail and business catalogues and sales tools

With no space limitations, digital publications offer companies the opportunity to show customers their full catalogue, giving them a more comprehensive perspective of the products and ranges available. Interactive features, such as options to view different colours and styles of a particular product, demonstrate the full range of a sales catalogue and drive revenue by plugging into existing CRM and sales solutions.

This form of digital publishing can be effectively used for retail catalogues, e-commerce enabled catalogues, sales presentations and product specification sheets.

Annual reports and client facing communications

Amorphous Digital Publishing can create sophisticated showcases for companies and deliver a more personalised experience for shareholders and stakeholders. Communications could include personalised video messaging, creative graphs and more detailed reports, all of which is additional content that is difficult to provide in print.

The digital solution offered by the new Amorphous division can be implemented for annual reports, quarterly investment reviews, sustainability reports and asset manager portfolio reports.

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Toyota gets hybrid innovation award | BizNis Africa

Toyota gets hybrid innovation award | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
Eric Dede has always been interested in the future. Futuristic concepts such as space and astronautics have always consumed Eric’s attention.
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Vodacom Journalist of the year awards mark 20 years of democracy | BizNis Africa

Vodacom Journalist of the year awards mark 20 years of democracy | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it

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Maya Makanjee, Vodacom Group Chief Officer for Corporate Affairs 

As South Africa marks 20 years of democracy, Vodacom is proud to announce this year’s coveted Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards, as Vodacom itself also celebrates its 20th anniversary.

 

The awards seek to acknowledge journalists who have shown exceptional commitment to reporting excellence across media platforms, and are recognised as a premier catalyst in rewarding distinction in the ever-more crucial arena of dissemination of news and information. They are recognised as a prestigious career achievement, with the overall winner receiving a ZAR100 000 prize

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Security is no longer a catch-up game | BizNis Africa

Security is no longer a catch-up game | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
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Up until now, security has been mostly a catch-up game. A vulnerability is discovered, a patch is issued and applied, and so on and so forth.

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Court TV – a new frontier for media strategists | BizNis Africa

Court TV – a new frontier for media strategists | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
BizNisAfrica focuses on Africa’s 3 major business economic sectors – ICT (Information and Communications Technology), Mining and Energy.
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The time is now for media strategists to consider how they will advise their clients and advertisers should the spectre of Court TV in SA become a reality.

 

As media agency Carat SA recently revealed, the Oscar Pistorius trial drew unprecedented audiences, yet advertisers responded sluggishly despite the potential for increased exposure...

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2016: Michelin to become MotoGP tyre supplier | BizNis Africa

2016: Michelin to become MotoGP tyre supplier | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
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Dorna Sports, promoter and organiser of the MotoGP World Championship, which is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), has announced that Michelin will be the sole supplier of tyres to teams participating in the series from 2016...

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How to use SMS messaging to compliment business calls | BizNis Africa

How to use SMS messaging to compliment business calls | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
BizNisAfrica focuses on Africa’s 3 major business economic sectors – ICT (Information and Communications Technology), Mining and Energy.
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The evolution of cellular technology has greatly impacted when, where and how people interact and communicate with each other. Smartphone penetration is at roughly 30% in the South African market, set to grow to 45% by 2017 giving more and more South Africans easy access to a wealth of information in the palm of their hands...

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Huawei opens first official store in Africa | BizNis Africa

Huawei opens first official store in Africa | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
Huawei has announced the launch of its first store in Africa, offering customers direct access to devices and technical support.
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SA professionals confidence knocked by weakening Rand « BizNis Africa

SA professionals confidence knocked by weakening Rand « BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
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PPC first in SA to implement SAP Fiori | IT News Africa- Africa's Technology News Leader

PPC first in SA to implement SAP Fiori | IT News Africa- Africa's Technology News Leader | Technology | Scoop.it
PPC Ltd.is the first company in South Africa to integrate SAP® Fiori™ into its operations from a functional implementation point of view (Image source: (PPC first in SA to implement SAP Fiori | IT News Africa- Africa's Technology News Leader
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DFA to acquire CONDUCT for fibre connectivity | BizNis Africa

DFA to acquire CONDUCT for fibre connectivity | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) is in the process of acquiring South Africa- based CONDUCT, in a move to overcome the last mile barrier.
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BMW Group to develop systems for inductive charging of electric cars | BizNis Africa

BMW Group to develop systems for inductive charging of electric cars | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
Driving pleasure and sustainability are fused together in unprecedented fashion in the all-electric BMW i3 and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.
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Driving pleasure and sustainability are fused together in unprecedented fashion in the all-electric BMW i3 and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. Their high-voltage batteries can be recharged quickly and easily by means of the BMW i Wallbox that forms part of the 360° Electric portfolio. This sophisticated charging station with fast-charge facility for feeding cars with power either at home or at work underlines the all-embracing approach adopted by the BMW i brand when it comes to developing products and services for sustainable mobility of premium calibre. In the process, the BMW Group has assumed a pioneering role in this field and is therefore pressing keenly ahead with the development of innovative technologies for making driving with zero tailpipe emissions more and more attractive. Systems for inductive charging of high-voltage batteries are the next step forward for energy supply. The development objective in the medium term is to put reliable, non-wearing and user-friendly solutions for inductive charging into production that have been tailored to both the batteries in the BMW i cars and the high-voltage batteries in future plug-in hybrid models from the BMW Group. The crucial advantage of inductive power supply over conventional charging stations is the cable-free connection between the supply point and the vehicle’s high-voltage battery. Carmakers Daimler and the BMW Group have signed an agreement on the joint development and implementation of a standardised technology for inductive charging of electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The system consists of two components, a secondary coil in the vehicle floor as well as a base plate with integral primary coil that is located underneath the car, for example on the garage floor. The arrangement of the coils, and consequently of the field pattern, is based on a design derived from their circular shape that offers a number of crucial benefits. These include the extremely compact and lightweight construction along with effective spatial confinement of the magnetic field. The electrical energy is transmitted via an alternating magnetic field generated between the coils, contact-free, without charging cables and at a charging rate of 3.6 kW. With an efficiency factor of over 90 percent, this method enables the high-voltage batteries in vehicles to be charged efficiently, conveniently and safely. A further development target is to minimise the charging time for contactless power transmission. At a charging rate of 3.6 kilowatts, the high-voltage batteries in many plug-in hybrid vehicles can be fully charged in under three hours. It takes less than two hours to charge the BMW i8 using a fully working prototype of an inductive charging station. In order to make allowance for the higher storage capacities of high-voltage batteries in pure-electric vehicles, the future technology standard also foresees the possibility of increasing the charging rate to 7 kW. This ensures that the battery in the BMW i3 could still be fully charged overnight when using the inductive system. Inductive charging makes life considerably easier for the driver of an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle, as there is no need to connect any cables to top up the power reserves. Once it has been correctly positioned above the primary coil, the driver can simply start the charging process at the push of a button using the vehicle’s own operating system. Data is transmitted via a WiFi connection between vehicle and charging station to help the driver even with parking. The inductive charging facility can be used regardless of the weather conditions. Not even rain or snow has a negative effect on the power feed as all of the system’s conductive components are protected, which means the primary coil can even be installed outdoors. During charging, ambient electromagnetic radiation is also kept to an absolute minimum. The space between the primary and secondary coils is permanently monitored, allowing charging to be halted instantly if any foreign bodies are detected. As with today’s BMW i Wallbox, the inductive power supply systems of the future will also make it possible to activate and monitor the charging process from a smartphone. The relevant smartphone app will let drivers call up the data transmitted online on the battery’s charge status, for instance, or the time remaining until charging is complete.
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Range Rover Evoque wins reader award for in-car technology | BizNis Africa

Range Rover Evoque wins reader award for in-car technology | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
The Range Rover Evoque has won three more awards, taking its global haul of accolades to a total of 161 in just over three years.
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The Range Rover Evoque has won three more awards, taking its global haul of accolades to a total of 161 in just over three years. Already widely acclaimed by journalists, critics and owners, the most recent successes have come from the readers of key global titles. In one recent survey the Evoque scored a near-perfect 94 per cent when participants were asked to rate their cars’ audio and entertainment systems as well as other technology, such as phone connectivity and the user-friendliness of on-board computers. Murray Dietsch, Director of Land Rover Programmes said,“To be recognised by magazine readers is a great honour. It confirms the success of our efforts in building a unique premium SUV that buyers find truly desirable. Land Rover has raised the standard of in-car technology to class-leading levels.” In South Africa, the introduction of Extended Navigation on Range Rover Evoque represented an industry first as a factory-fitted integrated system, combining the latest generation of Tracks4Africa with Nokia Here to provide unrivalled coverage of sub-Sahara Africa in the rural and urban environment respectively. The Range Rover Evoque includes a suite of customer focused in-car technologies and safety features with some dedicated purely to off-road capability. Class Leading Off-Road Features The 4x4i system monitors the vehicle dynamics continuously, providing illustrated information through the infotainment display on the centre console. In addition to this, the Land Rover off-road navigation system provides a comprehensive aid to driving in unmapped areas. Land Rover Wade Sensing™ uses sensors in the door mirrors to provide the driver with information when driving through water, which is particularly beneficial when visibility is poor and at night. A visual display and warning chimes alert the driver as the water level rises around the vehicle. Maximum wading depth for the Evoque is 500mm. Innovative Safety Features Surround Cameras improve visibility and driver awareness using five digital cameras, discreetly placed around the vehicle, providing a near 360-degree, real-time view of the surrounding area. Blind Spot Monitoring uses side-mounted radar sensors to survey potential blind spots behind or either side of the vehicle, whilst Closing Vehicle Sensing detects vehicles which are closing quickly from behind and could cause a threat during a lane change manoeuvre. Drivers are alerted by a rapid flashing of the Blind Spot warning light in the corresponding door mirror helping to improve awareness for faster reactions. Reverse Traffic Detection is an additional enhancement to these systems and monitors traffic approaching from either side of the vehicle during a reversing manoeuvre (eg reversing out of a parking space). If a hazard is detected, the driver is swiftly informed via both audible and visual warnings. The ECO-Drive feature provides a continuous flow of information and feedback via the 8-inch touchscreen, including instantaneous fuel consumption readings, historical data comparisons as well as tips on improving driving styles. Since its launch in 2011, the Range Rover Evoque has won 161 international awards for its combination of leading-edge design, striking interior craftsmanship, in car technology and off-road capability. With highly competitive pricing, a range of powerful yet efficient petrol and diesel engines, ‘on demand’ active driveline to enhance agility and a responsive, fuel-efficient 9-speed automatic ZF transmission, the Evoque continues to appeal with more than 310 000 sales worldwide, making it the fastest-selling Land Rover of all time.
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Toyota plans to roll-out fuel cell vehicle - Watch Video | BizNis Africa

Toyota plans to roll-out fuel cell vehicle - Watch Video | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
Toyota has revealed the exterior design and Japanese market guide pricing of its hydrogen-powered Fuel Cell Sedan.
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How to run your home from your Toyota | BizNis Africa

How to run your home from your Toyota | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
Toyota and Panasonic will soon make it possible to avoid those forgetful moments after leaving home, such as forgetting to switch off the air-conditioner.
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Where are tomorrow’s software engineers? | BizNis Africa

Where are tomorrow’s software engineers? | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
BizNisAfrica focuses on Africa’s 3 major business economic sectors – ICT (Information and Communications Technology), Mining and Energy.
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Barry Dwolatzky, Software Engineering Professor and Director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering

The struggle to increase the number of graduating software engineers has been an ongoing challenge throughout the last two decades.

 

The Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) Director and Head of Software Engineering at Wits University,Prof Barry Dwolatzky says that while there are improvements, South Africa’s matric maths and science results remain poor. He says this continues to have a lasting impact on the software sector and is not only a local issue...

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Demand for backup solution grows | BizNis Africa

Demand for backup solution grows | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
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Hamptons International, an international residential property company, has invested in the Titanium Appliance onsite backup and recovery solution from its service provider Attix5, a global data protection software and cloud solution provider.

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Outsourcing – know your partners business continuity plans | BizNis Africa

Outsourcing – know your partners business continuity plans | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
BizNisAfrica focuses on Africa’s 3 major business economic sectors – ICT (Information and Communications Technology), Mining and Energy.
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Widely recognised as a great way to improve efficiency and allow for a focus on core business, outsourcing also presents specific risks to business continuity.

That’s because an incident at a service provider can have a knock-on effect, interrupting production at your company even though you might have a thorough business continuity plan of your own...

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How to prove the attractiveness of listed markets in Africa | BizNis Africa

How to prove the attractiveness of listed markets in Africa | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it

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It is becoming increasingly clear that African listed equity may serve as a compelling complement to any general investor’s portfolio.

With sufficient analysis to determine where the real risks lie, the growth potential and diversification benefits of African markets are significant motives for capital allocation, for those with a long-term view.

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Siza Mzimela « BizNis Africa

Siza Mzimela « BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
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Siza Mzimela, served as the Chief Executive Officer of South African Airways State Owned Company (SOC) Limited from April 2010 to October 2012.

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Eskom declares electricity emergency in South Africa « BizNis Africa

Eskom declares electricity emergency in South Africa « BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
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Facebook to acquire WhatsApp « BizNis Africa

Facebook to acquire WhatsApp « BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
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Alcatel-Lucent, Tunisie Telecom seal broadband deal | BizNis Africa

Alcatel-Lucent, Tunisie Telecom seal broadband deal | BizNis Africa | Technology | Scoop.it
Alcatel-Lucent and Tunisie Telecom announced a three-year agreement to transform the carrier’s voice and data network.
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