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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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Growing international demand for local armoured vehicles

4th June 2004 There are a few things South Africans have a good international reputation for, and security and protection are some of them. 

Work on R190-million Marion Island base is under way

28th May 2004 Work on the first phase of the new R190-million research base and weather station for the cold sub-Antarctic Marion Island has started. 

Durban terminal making productivity progress

28th May 2004 The Durban container terminal has seen a 20% increase in productivity in the last year, says Container Liner Operator Forum (Clof) chairperson Dave Rennie. 

Utility offers IT hosting solution for small firms

21st May 2004 South Africa’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have a new option to consider when it comes to IT outsourcing. 

New high-tech skin for SA-made luxury cars

21st May 2004 The new C-Class Mercedes, spruced up following its launch four years ago, wears a shiny new coat – a nanoparticle clearcoat DaimlerChrysler says offers greater scratch resistance and improved gloss. 

Automaker moves to lower the cost of armoured vehicles

21st May 2004 Responding to what it sees as customers’ needs, local auto maker Nissan South Africa has introduced armoured protection on its Almera cars, Hardbody pickups and X-Trail and Patrol sports-utility vehicles. 

Convergence in platinum and palladium prices likely – survey

21st May 2004 Palladium, that other platinum-group metal (PGM), which has been struggling under the burden of diminished demand over the last two years, could be set for something of a comeback as a broadbase of PGM consumers seek a substitute for high-priced platinum. 

Modest water-demand growth puts Lesotho scheme back in the frame

14th May 2004 Gauteng's water demand has increased slower than anticipated by such a magnitude from previous Vaal River water demand projections, that the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) expects the new date of further augmentation to be after 2020, rather than around 2010. 

Winning Gautrain bid to be announced in December

14th May 2004 The winning bidder to construct and operate the Gautrain should be announced early December, says Gautrain spokesperson Dr Barbara Jensen. 

Steel-wheel firm alleges dumping, lays complaint

14th May 2004 Car component manufacturer Dorbyl Automotive Technologies (DAT) has taken action against what it considers the dumping of steel wheels on to the South African market. 


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