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Committed to skills development

By: Shannon de Ryhove     25th July 2008 Engineering group Siemens Southern Africa says that the company's skills development investment is between R20-million and R30-million a year, which indicates its commitment to skills development and retention. 

Global awareness leads legal way

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th July 2008 With global awareness focusing more on corporate governance, a trend has emerged which sees companies paying more attention to legal compliance. To address this challenge, technology firm Siemens has seen a substantial growth in its legal resource function. 

Adding value across the pulp and paper cycle

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2007 As with just about every other commodity, China is currently offering the main price underpin for pulp prices, which have risen strongly over the last few months, but remain volatile. However, Mondi's Strategy and Business Development Director Andrew King tells Engineering News that the... 

Civil engineering feeling boom’s wind in its sails

By: Sylvester Haskins     30th November 2007 The civil engineering unit within multidisciplinary construction organisation, Grinaker-LTA, has experienced an unprecedented flow of work that is not only influenced by the preparations for the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Grinaker-LTA Civil Engineering MD David Spooner tells... 

Hungry to feed into emerging power market

By: Sylvester Haskins     30th November 2007 The mechanical and electrical business unit of construction giant Grinaker-LTA, which also incorporates structural steel fabrication subsidiary DSE, is positioning itself to capitalise on the anticipated growth in the power generation industry in South Africa, says mechanical and electrical MD... 

SA unit’s BEE-plus makes it charter ready

By: Chanel de Bruyn     30th November 2007 Black empowered Mondi Packaging South Africa (MPSA) - with Mondi and the Shanduka Group as its main shareholders- believes that the new forestry sector charter, which could be unveiled soon, will be aligned as far as possible to the generic broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) codes, as... 

Recycling an informal sector growth engine

By: Chanel de Bruyn     30th November 2007 Recycling is a big informal sector growth engine and job creator and Mondi Packaging South Africa’s (MPSA’s) CEO Theo van Breda says he is committed to ensuring that it continues to develop and evolve despite the lack of enabling legislation. 

Leveraged to the resources super-cycle

By: Sylvester Haskins     30th November 2007 The mining-focused business unit within Grinaker-LTA is experiencing unprecedented growth and the unit has been restructured in a bid to position itself for the current strong project flow, as well as the increasing demand for contract mining services, underground mining contracting chairperson... 

Development key to East Rand success, says Eaton

By: Chanel de Bruyn     30th November 2007 Development is key to the turnaround of Pamodzi Gold’s East Rand operations, says COO Tony Murdoch Eaton. 

Employees drive funds for rape victims

30th November 2007 Employees of paper and packaging solutions company Mondi Packaging South Africa (MPSA), together with the Gauteng Department of Health opened a trauma centre at the Far East Rand Hospital, east of Johannesburg in November. 

'At the bottom of an exponential growth curve'

By: Sylvester Haskins     30th November 2007 Diversified construction company Grinaker-LTA is "at the bottom of an exponential growth curve and is aligning the business, which is emerging from a protracted turnaround, to capitalise on the myriad opportunities available in the construction industry from affordable housing through to the... 

Renewed vision sees turnaround in company fortunes

By: Sylvester Haskins     30th November 2007 The buoyancy of the construction market, as well as a renewed vision and value system within the roads and earthworks business unit in the Grinaker-LTA group, has changed the fortunes of the company following a spell of “historically poor performance”, says roads and earthworks MD... 

Partnership the key to unlocking PPPs

By: Sylvester Haskins     30th November 2007 Multidisciplinary construction company Grinaker LTA is giving renewed focus to concession opportunities in South Africa having had only modest success in the are area for the past few years, newly appointed concessions unit head Mike Edington tells Engineering News. 

SA paper giant eyes Russia's softwood riches

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2007 Newly independent paper and packaging group Mondi - which unbundled from resources giant Anglo American in July and became only the second company to take up dual primary listings on the JSE and the London Stock Exchange - believes its low-cost fibre advantage is being further entrenched by a... 

BASF the chemical comany

By: sue charlton     23rd November 2007 South Africa is the key market in Africa for BASF, and is a role model for the rest of the African continent in terms of a stable government implementing sound and realistic economic and financial policies, says BASF MD South Africa Dr Hubert Mandery. "I am optimistic about the future of... 

New trade course aims to alleviate skills shortage

23rd November 2007 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is in the process of creating a new trade course, the structural steel assembler course, to help alleviate the dire need for trained structural platers (boilermakers) in the steel construction industry. 

Steel institute responds to a changing industry

23rd November 2007 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq tells Engineering News that unprecedented developments and renewed dynamism in the steel construction industry have resulted in the institute having to make significant changes if it wants to... 

Demand for light steel frames increases

23rd November 2007 The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (SASFA), a division of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction, reports that the demand for light steel frame building is rapidly increasing.  

Steel more energy-efficient in construction – SAISC

23rd November 2007 One of the most important challenges for the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is to show the general construction industry just how sustainable steel is as a construction material.  

SAISC keeps top steel fabricators in the loop

By: Shannon de Ryhove     23rd November 2007 Construction solutions group Cosira International says that it is beneficial for steel fabricators to belong to the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), since it represents all reputable structural steel companies in the country. 

Steel construction exports save the day

23rd November 2007 South African International Steel Fabricators (ISF) director Neels van Niekerk tells Engineering News that during the last 20 years or so, when the local steel construction industry had shrunk significantly, with estimated overall manpower reductions as high as 50%, exports played a significant... 

Engineering, contracting company shares institute’s aim

By: Shannon de Ryhove     23rd November 2007 Structural engineering and contracting company DSE, a company in the Aveng group, says that it shares the goals of the industry governing body the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC).  

Institute seeks local manufacture for local projects

23rd November 2007 High on the priority list of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is to ensure that the steel for the power stations to be built in South Africa over the next few years is manufactured locally.  

Institute’s influence affects steel fabrication volumes

By: Shannon de Ryhove     23rd November 2007 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (SAISC’s) marketing of steel as the material of choice for past and new projects, can and will have an indirect influence on the volume of steel fabrication in the industry, Genrec Engineering, a Murray & Roberts subsidiary, MD Jaco van... 

Leading business travel group rebrands

By: Dennis Ndaba     26th October 2007 Travel solutions company Rennies Travel is rebranding to Hogg Robinson Group (HRG) South Africa. 

Powertech - the group with powerful connections

By: sue charlton     19th October 2007 Power Technologies (Powertech) has grown into one of the largest power electronics and telecommunications entities in Southern Africa. With an emphasis on growth through local infrastructure growth, exports and acquisitions, the company subscribes to strong business ethics, black economic... 

A new strategic outlook for established pumps company, says MD

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     5th October 2007 South African pump manufacturer Sulzer's MD Deon Vorster, says that while the company celebrates its 85th anniversary this year, its changed its focus to concentrate on its long-term position and survival in the South African market.  

85 year old pump supplier to the mining industry begins a new chapter

5th October 2007 Sulzer Pumps SA (Pty) Ltd has been an integral partner in the mining industry since its establishment in South Africa in 1922 and has grown in tandem with the mines over the years, proving just what can be achieved through mutually advantageous relationships or partnerships. 

Infrastructure spending to spur welding industry

By: Guy Copans     14th September 2007 Public and private infrastructure spending to 2010 and beyond will have a substantial impact on the South African welding industry, says Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Jim Guild. 

Technology centre adds value to welding training

14th September 2007 The Southern African Institute of Welding�s (SAIW) Technology centre, launched last year, is playing an important role in adding value to the institute�s training activities, says SAIW technology manager John Du Plessis. 

Awards highlight SA welding industry professionalism

14th September 2007 To acknowledge contributions made to the industry, and to recognise excellence and achievement in the field of welding, a number of awards were recently presented by the Southern African institute of Welding (SAIW) to an array of high achievers in the welding industry. 

Academic praises welding institute�s skills development endeavours

By: Guy Copans     14th September 2007 The financial support that the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) receives from the steel industry in South Africa through the South African Iron and Steel Institute is evidence of SAIW's importance to local industry, says Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria�s... 

Growth demands 12 500 welders a year

14th September 2007 It is estimated that South Africa will need to train 50 000 welding artisans by 2010 in order to fulfill infrastructural growth commitments, which means that 12 500 artisans will need to be trained every year, says SAIW training manager Etienne Nell. 

Welding electrode manufacturer acquires Botswana plant

By: Guy Copans     14th September 2007 Submerged arc welding consumable manufacturer specialist Vorarc Welding expanded its business eight months ago through the acquisition of a welding manufacturing plant from Gaborone, Botswana. This acquisition means that the company will be able to produce a much larger scale of welding... 

Intaka Tech - A quest for engieering excellence in Africa

29th June 2007 Making a practical and meaningful difference in Africa is Intaka Tech, manufacturer and marketer of innovative, state-of-the-art equipment, in particular water purification plants and on-site oxygen and medical air generation plants. 

Maintenance of quality qualifications essential

By: sue charlton     16th March 2007 With technical skills shortages coming to the fore in certain industrial sectors, and the need to 'import' foreign expertise In the short-term, it has become essential that the qualifications and standards set to address local skills development are maintained and regularly revised, and that the... 

Eastern Cape puts its name on the global map

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th February 2007 Several major developments & accomplishments have, in the last few years, put the Eastern Cape firmly on the global map. In particular, the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) and the concurrent deepwater port have positioned the western region of the Eastern Cape as a key export and... 

New automotive contract to boost local economy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th February 2007 DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) was awarded the contract to manufacture the new Mercedes-Benz C-class series. 

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