Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, recently launched its Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (AWS EEIP), designed by Amazon Web Services South Africa and Amazon Data Services South Africa. The AWS EEIP will see over R365 million invested in the development of sustainable 100% black-owned South African small businesses in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, supporting them to become cloud computing experts using the AWS Partner Network (APN). The EEIP is a programme of the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), aimed at providing multinational companies an opportunity to take part in the development of South African black-owned small businesses and contribute towards broad-based black economic empowerment in South Africa.

Swiss technology company Paradox Engineering has introduced a new dimension to its PE Smart Urban Network platform for interoperable Open Cities – integrating blockchain technology to establish the highest possible cybersecurity and enable the monetisation of urban device-generated data. It has also introduced new components for smart lighting and smart parking.

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Crown Publications, one of South Africa’s largest business-to-business publishing houses, came into existence in 1986. Since then, the company has grown from producing a single magazine, Electricity SA (renamed Electricity+Control), to publishing six monthly magazines, three quarterlies, and a number of engineering handbooks.

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