IBM plans to expand its global research network into South Africa by establishing a research lab in
Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein. The lab will focus on advancing big data, cloud computing
and mobile technologies.
The adoption of new technologies in the mining sector and innovation around robotics
and mechanisation is helping to enhance South Africa's global competitiveness, writes Brand SA
board member Rick Mennell.
South African enterprises have a relatively high and novel innovation rate, and the
country is increasingly investing in research and development. Now, the Innovation
Bridge is closing the gap between R&D and the market, and contributing to economic
Cape Town's plans to become Africa's first digital city received a boost on Tuesday when it switched
on its new open data portal, making public-sector information – such as the latest budget, tenders
and bus station routes – easily and freely available to the city's residents.
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