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Construction News

Coega skills-needs fall under spotlight

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 At this stage there is still uncertainty as to what skills will be required for the Coega initiative, and the Department of Labour (DOL) is therefore conducting a skills audit to determine what the labour demands will be, reveals Coega Skills Development Committee (CSDC) chairperson Johan Fourie.... 

German consortium is both praised and slated

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Percci) has expressed its delight at the recent breakthrough in the Coega project, which brings the city’s dream of this big economic development closer to reality. News that German consortium Ferrostaal could build its... 

Coega harbour-design is finalised by team

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The proposed new deep-water port at Coega forms part of a planned industrial development zone (IDZ) intended to act as an intermodal transhipment point for bulk cargo for industries in the IDZ and the associated hinterland. The design of the port has been undertaken by a team of port and coastal... 

Urban landscape transformed

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 In an effort to temper the clinical effect created by the hi-tech buildings of the R3-billion Melrose Arch project, Gauteng landscape architect Van Riet & Louw has been contracted to create an intimate urban landscape. The company was involved in the initial planning components and the... 

Alliance to boost oil production

By: System Author     25th June 1999 AN alliance between global enterprise resource planning (ERP) leader, SAP, and Landmark Graphics Corporation, a leading provider of integrated exploration, drilling, production and data management solutions, will benefit Africa’s exploration and production of oil. The two companies have... 

Labour no-show at wage briefing

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The function to announce a landmark wage agreement between labour and employers in the metals industry had to be cancelled after the National Union of Metal-workers of South Africa failed to turn up. A joint labour-business briefing had been planned for 10:00 last Friday at Dorbyl House in... 

This is the banquet tent that engineers built

By: System Author     25th June 1999 While politicians were caught in a race to obtain the most votes at the polls in the June election, the engineers of Arup Consulting Engineers of Durban and Johannesburg were racing against time to design and construct a tent to be used for the formal inauguration banquet. The project, which took... 

Engineering skills shortage rings alarm bells

By: System Author     25th June 1999 There is an alarming shortage of school-leavers entering engineering and technology-orientated professions, a state of affairs which will have drastic repercussions for South Africa’s ability to compete in the global market, Ort-Step CEO Arthur Cotton tells Engineering News. The root of... 

‘Jobs’ vs ‘careers’ in South Africa’s changing work environment

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Over the last two decades, attitudes towards and expectations of ‘careers’ and ‘jobs’ have changed substantially. In a bygone era, you joined a company in your youth and stayed till retirement. But the whole working environment has changed: nowadays a ‘career’... 

Top marks for practical-training facility

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Engineering students from the Rand Afrikaans University (Rau) are the first in what is sure to be a long line of university engineering students to make use of Amalgamated Beverage Indus-tries’ (ABI’s) technical training facility on the West Rand to augment their theoretical knowledge... 

Internet is new teacher

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The department of mechanical engineering at the University of Stellenbosch has been offering Master’s degree programmes and individual postgraduate modules through the Internet and interactive television since the beginning of this year. This is the first time Master’s degree... 

Plant-automation success story

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Hi-tech integration company IST Industria,l of Pretoria, is an appointed system integrator for Schneider Electric products. The company has, over the past eight years, completed various installations using many Schneider products. Its focus lies in the provision of innovative, cost-effective,... 

Work begins on Cape arrivals terminal

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Work has begun on the 4 000 m2 stand-alone building which will become the temporary international arrivals terminal at Cape Town International Airport. When the temporary building has been completed and all existing facilities housed in it, the old building will be demolished. It will be replaced... 

Lesotho electrical contract

By: System Author     25th June 1999 AN electrical subcontract for the Matsoku tunnel and weir project – which forms part of the R1,2-billion phase 1B of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project – has been secured by electrical and instrumentation contractor B&W Electrical. The floodwaters of the Matsoku river will be... 

Training project becomes fully-fledged centre

By: System Author     25th June 1999 training project begun by Fluor Daniel in the early 1980s to ensure a sufficiently-skilled workforce has developed into a fully-fledged, highly-certificated training centre providing better-trained individuals to work in the construction and maintenance industry in South Africa. Located in... 

Control leader offers didactic training

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A global leader in control technology, Festo not only designs, manufactures and supplies products, equipment and systems for control technology, but also offers didactic training in order to assist with the upgrading of worker skills for industry. First established in Germany in 1970, Festo... 

Managing solutions for the aluminium sector

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Industrial-information systems specialist Keops Isis, of Centurion, Gauteng, is the leading provider of operations-management solutions (OMS) in the primary aluminium production sector of Southern Africa. OMS – including manufacturing execution systems (MES) – bridges the gap between... 

Mozal is on schedule and within budget

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Mozal aluminium smelter project at Maputo in Mozambique remains on schedule and on budget. Engineering exceeded the planned 4% progress for April, achieving 5%. Overall progress was on target at the end of April, with a total of 70%. The engineering department has now passed the peak work... 

R1,5m to avert environmental disaster

By: System Author     25th June 1999 THE Cape Metropolitan Council (CMC) has allocated R1,5-million to Blaauwberg municipality to help avert a potential oil-pollution disaster at Milnerton Lagoon. Fuel pipelines from the Caltex refinery to Table Bay harbour, and underground municipal services, are in danger of being damaged due to... 

R2m Indian hydroelectric contract

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A CONSORTIUM, comprising Indian company Jaiprakash Indus-tries and a group of Canadian companies, has been awarded a C$500-million (R2-million) contract with the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation in New Delhi, for the turnkey construction of the Chamera II hydroelectric development in... 

SA investment in Africa given a boost

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Agence Fran 

System integrators bridge gap with clients

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Achieving world-class competitiveness demands world-class solutions. For any business today, this includes identifying the best possible route to maximise productivity, minimise costs, and obtain direct access to the kind of information that forms the basis of proactive, good-quality... 

IT system rollout in KZN

By: System Author     25th June 1999 SOFTWARE company AST Kwazulu-Natal has completed the redevelopment of all the core production application systems for Iscor’s integrated profile products steelworks in Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal. The project once more confirms the effectiveness of the successful ‘big-bang’... 

Peruvian flag carrier to fly again?

By: System Author     25th June 1999 PERU’S erstwhile national airline, Aeroperu, may fly again following a decision by US carrier Continental Airlines to take a 49% share in the bankrupt company, reveals Aeroperu president Roberto Abusada. He did not, however, reveal how much this investment would cost Continental, but... 

Electrifying training

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The electrical and electronics arm of Stantronic, the Standard Electrical group, has subcontracted 40% of its R9-million electrical contract on the Gold Reef City casino, convention centre and hotel project to emerging contracting company, CMIT. A 100% black-owned initiative, the contractor... 

Smelter strives to keep rising costs at bay

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Intended to assist in securing Bayside Aluminium’s position in the global aluminium market, a business process re-engineering exercise undertaken by Deloitte Consulting is realising substantial benefits for this Richards Bay smelter. “In a commodity market where prices are constantly... 

R2,4m civil services contract awarded

By: System Author     18th June 1999 CIVIL engineering company Ruthcon Civil Contractors has been awarded a R2,4-million contract for the installation of civil services at Kamagugu in Mpumpalanga. The contract comprises the installation in two stages of water, sewer and stormwater reticulation as well as surfaced roads, and forms... 

Major German merger benefits SA subsidary

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The merging of two large German companies – and a new alliance with a US engineering firm – has helped a wholly-owned South African subsidiary to win a refinery-upgrade contract. Following the coming together in Germany of steel contender Thyssen and stainless-steel giant Krupp,... 

New diesel engine era powers ahead

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The transformation of the South African diesel engine environment has been taken a step further with the creation of a new company in South Africa dedicated to supplying internationally-renowned products. Known as Perkins Power, the company, which is headquartered in Boksburg on the East Rand,... 

Australian export order secured

By: System Author     18th June 1999 ELECTRIFICATION and refrigeration company Stantronic has completed an export order of self-contained refrigerated display cases to Australia. It was the Group’s ‘Cooltech’ branded vertical display chiller that was exported to one of Western Australia’s fastest-growing... 

Y2K bug could threaten automatic billing systems

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Consulting engineers who use telephone-management systems which bill clients automatically for consulting time may find that year 2000 (Y2K) millennium bugs in these systems will render this facility useless come January 1, 2000. However, problems can be avoided if steps are taken to ensure that... 

Pretoria firm set for R1bn arms windfall

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Orders to the value of R1-billion could be placed on Grintek in the first phase of the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF) R30-billion re-equipping exercise. Although the contracts have yet to be finalised, Grintek, of Pretoria, is anticipated to be the largest single beneficiary... 

Development of Centurion industrial park on track

By: System Author     18th June 1999 THE development of Truck City, forming part of Century Business Park, is on track with three out of eight sites left for development. The balance of the sites at the park have been earmarked for the development of retail, light industrial operations and warehousing and will be proclaimed in... 

New R368m Umtata hospital 10% complete

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Construction of a new R368-million academic health services complex (AHSC) in Umtata, which began in November last year, is 10% complete. The project is the result of years of integrated planning and co-operation among various national and provincial departments together with the University of... 

Composites sector is coming apart – warning

By: System Author     18th June 1999 What is the state of the composites industry? Generally poor, as it services industries in turmoil themselves, such as automotive, aerospace, leisure and construction. Most sectors are overtraded, with declining demand. What are the latest technological developments? Conversion processes have... 

First steps towards umbrella organisation

By: System Author     18th June 1999 There is a thirst for knowledge and training in the South African composites industry, indicating a need for an umbrella organisation to deal with this – and such a move is indeed in the embryonic stages, reveals Scott Bader field technical service manager Steve Woodhall. “At the... 

Mapleton area to ease industrial squeeze

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The Mapleton area, south of Boksburg on the East Rand, could be the answer to the growing saturation of industrial areas such as Jet Park, Hughes Industrial Park and Anderbolt. Boksburg transitional local council (TLC) chief town planner Alriech Bestbier tells Engineering News that at present... 

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