Stories by Computing SA staff

Aberdare Cables sells 30 percent stake to consortium

JOHANNESBURG (03/11/2004) - Aberdare Cables (Pty) Ltd., a South Africa power and telecommunication cable manufacturer, and a member of the Altron Group of companies, Thursday announced the sale of 30 percent of its equity to a Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) grouping led by the newly established Izingwe consortium, in a transaction valued at approximately R165 million (US$25 million).

PartneRewards joins forces with Seekers Travel

JOHANNESBURG (03/09/2004) - PartneRewards, the joint Tarsus Technologies (Pty) Ltd. and ACT customer loyalty program, has announced a partnership with Seekers Travel World to provide members with additional travel options and advice when converting their loyalty points to rewards.

New digital music camera from BenQ

JOHANNESBURG (03/09/2004) - Drive Control Corp. (DCC) has expanded its BenQ Corp. offering to include the new DC S30 digital camera 0150; a digital music camera that aims to combine high-resolution features and an FM/MP3 radio in one device.

Entuity expands globally through channel

JOHANNESBURG (03/09/2004) - Entuity Inc., U.K.-based developer of holistic network management solutions for the enterprise, Tuesday announced additional channel partnerships to accelerate deployment of Eye of the Storm (Eye). Entuity claims that Eye is the only comprehensive network management solution that provides the triple advantage of performance, fault and resource management through one sleek interface, while delivering out-of-the box ROI.

Security merger improves support and services

JOHANNESBURG (03/09/2004) - U.K.-based Blick PLC, which supplies integrated security, communication and time management solutions, has been acquired by The Stanley Works, a worldwide supplier of tools, door systems, security solutions and related hardware for professional, industrial and consumer use.

New high-tech office for Alexander Forbes

JOHANNESBURG (03/09/2004) - Alexander Forbes Risk Services, part of the Alexander Forbes Group (Pty) Ltd., recently signed a multi-million Rand deal with Dimension Data to facilitate its move to new premises in Sandton, South Africa. The move to the new location, says the company, presented Alexander Forbes with the opportunity to utilize the latest technology in creating an office of the future.

New deputy CEO at Faritec

JOHANNESBURG (03/09/2004) - Faritec Holdings Ltd. Tuesday announced the appointment of Dr. Hasmukh Gajjar as deputy CEO of the company. It says that Gajjar's focus will be to develop the BEE and transformation framework for Faritec, as well as to assist in developing new business offerings, and to grow Faritec's client base.

SIS restructures

JOHANNESBURG (03/09/2004) - According to SIS, the fast pace of business growth and technology convergence is driving companies to look toward strategic partners that can provide aggregated business services through a single relationship.

MCI guarantees against DoS attacks

JOHANNESBURG (03/04/2004) - MCI (WorldCom Inc.) has introduced the industry's first Denial of Service (DoS) Service Level Agreement (SLA) to help Internet customers better thwart and defend against Internet threats and attacks.

Telkom celebrates first anniversary as a listed company

JOHANNESBURG (03/04/2004) - Telkom SA is celebrating its first anniversary as a listed company on the JSE Securities Exchange SA and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Thursday. According to the company, Telkom's shares listed at R28 (US$4.10) a share on the JSE Securities Exchange during its initial public offering (IPO) a year ago.

Symbol and BCT Global launch SA mall hot spot

JOHANNESBURG (03/04/2004) - Symbol Technologies Inc. and Broadband Communication Technologies Pty Ltd. (BCT), a broadband wireless connectivity specialist, Thursday announced the establishment of what they believe to be the largest hot-spot to offer wireless Internet access for visitors at the Sandton City Mall.

Internet users caught in the cross-fire

JOHANNESBURG (03/04/2004) - Internet and e-mail users the world over are under attack. A dozen new viruses have been released into the Internet over the last three days, and virus vendors simply cannot keep up with supplying patches and updates fast enough.

BMI-T expects changes in SA telecoms sector

JOHANNESBURG (03/04/2004) - BMI-TechKnowledge Group has announced the publication of the Changing South African Telecommunications Landscape: Competition and Convergence report, which looks at various issues, such as the Convergence Bill and the proposed licensing of the country's second national operator (SNO), and how these will affect the sector as a whole.

Dell introduces Inspiron 9100

JOHANNESBURG (03/03/2004) - Dell Inc. Wednesday introduced its Inspiron 9100, which it says is optimized to provide all the power of a desktop PC for entertainment and home/home office functionality.