Daily Archives: November 28, 2017
As South Africa grapples with the ongoing drought and increasing water demand from the burgeoning urban population, the development and maintenance of water infrastructure is expected to move higher up on the agenda. With government budgets already under pressure, the private sector could play a meaningful role in the financing, development and management of water and sanitation infrastructure.
Providing energy to help save 100 billion hours of labour every year for the world’s most vulnerable communities
Africa, filled with many developing nations, provides the ideal opportunity for the application of renewable energy solutions and technologies. About 635 million Africans still live without electricity and demand for energy is rising rapidly. Given the lack of power supply, especially in the rural regions of the continent, the growth and demand for applications of small-scale solar, wind and geothermal technologies providing power to people and business, is rapidly expanding. The use of renewable technologies is especially useful in the further and outlying areas as it is easier to install a more cost-effective solution in order to be less reliant on transporting electricity from power plants via transmission lines, which becomes very expensive. Renewable energy has the potential to substantially assist many African countries and their people to have access to energy, essential for the reduction of poverty and to ensure economic growth.
Mimicking global trends, South Africa can expect an increased demand for cloud storage on the back of several trends including Microsoft’s recent Azure announcement. It is estimated that more than 50% of global information is now housed in a cloud and according to Brent Cary, regional sales manager, Genetec Inc., a leading innovator of open architecture, IP-based security systems, this trend will continue through sub-Saharan Africa. He says that the physical security industry will see an increased demand for video surveillance as a result of the local cloud storage options. This high demand for cloud-based storage, he says, is largely related to an increase in enterprise data and this trend will propel the sector as a whole forward for another five years.