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Irma Venter

Irma Venter

Irma Venter is a Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Email: newsdesk@engineeringnews.co.za

Africa's dreadful technology divide widens

27th July 2001 The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP’s) human development index (HDI) for this year shows a widening gap between Africa and the rest of the world, especially in terms of a lack of integration into the information technology (IT) age. 

Top new mining technologies probed

20th July 2001 Mining companies proving willing to introduce new technology, and to educate and empower their people in using this technology optimally, will continue mining far into this new century. 

Car exports accelerate but component makers struggle

20th July 2001 South Africa’s motor industry development programme (MIDP) will probably be seen as one of the country’s greatest economic success stories to date – a bestseller strategy aimed at ensuring that the country manufactures vehicles and components at internationally-competitive levels. 

Engineering contracting companies merge

20th July 2001 Three closely-associated South African engineering contracting companies have merged to form Murray & Roberts Engineering Solutions, which will target business in emerging economies. 

Poor upkeep blamed for square collapse

13th July 2001 The collapse of Strijdom Square, in Pretoria can most probably be attributed to a lack of maintenance on the structure, says Gauteng transport and public works department Jack Van der Merwe. 

Plans to obtain more hexene and octene

13th July 2001 New technology options are being investigated by South African indigenous coal-to-fuel producer, Sasol, to ensure that lucrative hexene and octene can be obtained from other olefin streams that are currently being utilised as fuel, Engineering News can report. 

Innovation fund now fully subscribed

6th July 2001 The applications received for the R75-million Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII) have, for the first time, matched the funds available in the last financial year, indicating the growing awareness and value of this scheme towards technology development in South Africa. 

Old telescope gets

29th June 2001 The 110-year-old Boyden telescope, in the Free State, will map the stars with new vigour once a R1,7-million project involving the upgrading of the telescope, and collaborative research and educational programmes between the University of the Free State, and three US institutions is completed. 

2002 start for heritage museum

29th June 2001 Construction of the interpretation centre at the cradle of humankind world heritage site (COHWHS), straddling Gauteng and the North West Province, will start early next year, with tenders possibly going out towards the end of 2002. 

Plastic waste recovery could lead to R200m project

22nd June 2001 South Africa's waste stream will soon be diminished as one of the most voluminous pollutants finally enters a recycling programme. 

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