Industrial technology multinational Rockwell Automation has released a new app to help operations managers, plant floor managers and information technology/operational technology (IT/OT) professionals gauge levels of operational risk within their connected infrastructures. The Assessment Hub app helps professionals assess networks, automation assets and cybersecurity against current best practice and delivers a risk rating upon which remedial work can be prioritised, explains Rockwell Automation customer support and maintenance Europe, Middle East and Africa regional director Marc Baret.
To take advantage of a digitally-connected, remote workforce, enterprises should use digital workers, such as robotic process automation, chatbots and virtual assistants, to do repetitive work or data analysis while employees focus on decision-, direction- and emotional tasks supported by the digital workers, suggests digital workforce technology company Clevva co-CEO Ryan Falkenberg. "To make the most of our employees’ time and skills, we need to look at a different way of engaging people and take a new attitude to digital workers. Organisations need to prepare to ramp up their digital workforces to enable employees to be more creative and innovative and think up new ways of doing things that improve the organisation and the value it offers its customers.
Binational catchment authority, the Zambezi River Authority in a June 1 update on the state of the Kariba dam at the end of the rainy season said it has predominantly maintained the allocation of 23-billion cubic metres of water to power uitilities Zesco, in Zambia, and the Zimbabwe Power Company. The authority plans to ensure the continued availability of water for power generation at the dam for the remaining months of this year and beyond.
The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) says draft amendments to the Electricity Regulations on New Generation Capacity enabling municipalities to develop or procure their own power generation fall short of addressing needs of either industry or municipalities. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe released the draft amendments for a 30-day period of public comment on May 5.
Services, trading and distribution group, the Bidvest Group, expects its headline earnings a share and earnings a share for the financial year to June 30 to be more than 20% lower year-on-year, as a result of the impact of Covid-19 on some of its businesses.
While trading profit has been acceptable, Bidvest is expecting that headline results for the financial year will be impacted by the overall weak macro conditions and business rightsizing, as well as changes in accounting standards.