Tech startup looks to bring innovation to municipalities and property owners

Posted on July 8th, 2016

Today's top entrepreneurship and business stories (8 July)
Hlelokuhle Technologies (Pty) Ltd – a newly established software and technology company that strives to be a service provider for small-medium sized business, non-profit organizations, municipalities and commercial businesses – will launch its core product, Muniserv (Municipality at your Service). Muniserv is a mobile application that makes use of various tools such as SMS, email, biling sytems and more to provide a single user interface.

There are many existing mobile application around the world that are designed for cities, countries and local government, but they all focus on features such as maps, GPS functionality, driving directions or quite often a simple mobile version of a website. However, none provide a way to capitalize on government revenues and improve communication between government and its local residents. MuniServ will ensure that municipalities have the most up-to-date, accurate and relevant data relating to account owners and property information. This will improve revenue management, service delivery and quality of life.

Users will have real-time communication with their local municipalities and have full access to their municipal accounts, make instant payments, and more. The app will be available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone operating systems.

This ‘MuniServ’ app will be launched and ready from early 2017 , it will be available to any South African municipalities nationally, and can be adapted for any municipality around the African continent. Beyond that, Hlelokuhle envisions partnering with the KZN local municipalities and thereafter expand to other municipality while simultaneously providing other IT services and satisfying its current and future clients.

Huge international interest for South African company’s RMIS robot
Ryonic Industries this week launched its RMIS robot, which has generated huge interest from around the globe in less than 48 hours after its release, with a number of blue-chip international companies indicating their intention to visit South Africa to view the technology and discuss potential strategic partnerships.

The RMIS robot aims to remove humans from dangerous situations and incorporates state-of-the-art industry and world-first technology, such as 3D modelling with virtual reality integration, to address the challenges that these harsh environments present. It also has the ability to integrate an array of other sensors for analysis and testing.

Ryonic Robotics both designed and built the unit in South Africa, as well as producing the majority of the necessary components locally (and are working towards a long-term goal of producing 100% of the components locally).

The company aims to start exporting this state-of-the-art technology in the coming weeks.The RMIS robot, designed and built by Ryonic Robotics (the in-house robotics division of Ryonic Industries), is the company’s first project and has been under development for the last two years. It has been designed for heavy industries and confined space inspections and analysis, such as pipelines and mines.

Ryonic Robotics has already started development of its next project, a magnetic robot that cleans ship hulls at sea, minimizing in-port costs. Cleaner hulls reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency by as much as 8%.

ADDaBIT partners with MoneyWeb to get South Africans saving this national savings month

ADDaBIT has teamed up with Moneyweb at their Expo, on Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th of July, to jump start your social savings habits, combining the concept of crowd-saving with the ease of technology and the web.

In a recent press statement, the company states that in today’s economy, saving is not a priority and is often put off for more pressing financial concerns.

“It’s hard not to believe the strength of the German, Swiss and Chinese economies has anything to do with the entrenched savings habits in these three cultures. The savings journey does not have to be entered into alone and the experience can be shared between friends and family,” the statement read.

Collaborative saving has been embraced by many cultures around the world and is an intrinsic way of helping communities thrive.