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Environmental Protection

Health and hygiene awareness a priority

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Providing health and hygiene awareness is the first priority of the National Sanitation Co-ordination Office (Nasco), with the actual construction of infrastructure a secondary consideration, technical co-ordinator Piers Vickers tells Engineering News. Nasco was established as an interministerial... 

Lasers for process control

By: System Author     26th March 1999 In the industrial environment, new technology is constantly in demand and, as a result, the laser was designed, bearing in mind the harsh conditions under which instrumentation has to work. The Lasermeter range manufactured by Laser Measurement has proved itself over the past number of years in... 

Running water tops

By: System Author     26th March 1999 THE provision of running water is seen by South Africans as the most important service priority, followed by affordable housing, electricity, health care and local policing. These findings regarding service delivery emerged from the Human Sciences Research Council’s (HSRC) latest survey of... 

Auto industry warned: up export drive

By: System Author     19th March 1999 While proposed changes to the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP), due to be gazetted this month, will create a more sensible environment in which participants can operate, the local automotive industry will have to increase its export drive and international competitiveness further if it... 

More developed land for Free State industry

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Through an unusual public–private partnership (PPP), a solution has been found to develop large portions of land for industrial and other use, which have come to a halt in many regions as local authorities’ and developers’ budgets and resources diminish. With 13 of the 280... 

Big job-creating projects push

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Twelve manufacturing project ideas worth an estimated R2,6-billion have been identified by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) for immediate further action following extensive scoping studies. The projects have been prioritised from a bank of some 200 employment-intensive projects... 

R9m detinning plant

By: System Author     12th March 1999 PROGRESS has been made in the detinning operations of Collect-a-Can with the establishment of a R9-million shredding and briquetting plant at Vanderbijlpark. This investment allows used steel beverage cans to be used in new, imaginative ways other than being sold as scrap to steelmakers. Future... 

Food waste turned into compost supply

By: System Author     12th March 1999 FOOD waste from canteens and restaurants is a large potential source of clean, odourless compost. New aerobic accelerators from Sweden, requiring a little electrical power and sawdust additive, are now available in user-operated units. The converters render a product that feels and smells like... 

Catering company offers a wide spread

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Catering company Royal Food Services, of Gallo Manor, Gauteng, has established a national network of offices, and operates catering contracts at health, education, South African National Defence Force and mining institutions countrywide, as well as a number of industrial and corporate contracts... 

Fat content detection

By: System Author     12th March 1999 NEW equipment that determines the exact amount of fat content in food and feed in less than ten minutes has been released in South Africa by B 

Medical-laser industry is alive and kicking

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The medical-laser industry is alive and well, and expected to continue growing as more and more doctors become familiar with the enormous benefits that lasers can offer, Hitech Lasers MD Wicus Olivier tells Engineering News. However, he cautions that the government needs to become more aware of... 

Participation required in environment studies

By: System Author     5th March 1999 It is required by law that any company in South Africa which undertakes an environmental impact assessment (EIA) or commissions an environmental management programme report (EMPR) must employ an independent public participation practitioner. “The Department of Environmental Affairs and... 

The future vision for world energy initiatives

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Although current fossil fuel resources are sufficient to sustain global economic growth well into the next century and will be used in increasing quantities, severe environmental, economic and technological challenges may well follow unless pollution control measures are employed and steps are... 

Business solution and Cad integration vital for efficiency

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Successful and efficient business practices can be achieved through integrated business solutions incorporated into SAP and computer-aided design (Cad) systems, Combined Design Engineers (CDE) GM and incoming MD Hennie Coleman tells Engineering News. This results in a single source of information... 

Waterval smelter emissions approach zero

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Duct emissions from Amplats’ RPM Waterval smelter, near Rustenburg, in the North West province, have been reduced to almost zero since the company introduced an environmental monitoring and technical investigation programme five years ago. “The company has been spending the money to... 

Phase two of R85-million Hout Bay project begins

By: System Author     26th February 1999 WORK is now in full swing on phase two of the R85-million The Village development in Hout Bay, a project pioneered by the consortium of Christo Trautmann, Sam Montsi, Tom Hemsted, John Zietsman, Tony Davenport, Tim Attlee and Chris Speirs. Trautmann can take credit for some eight years of... 

A comprehensive quality system critical

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The key ingredient for the manufacture of world-class products is a comprehensive quality system which specifies every task and test and to meet all objectives in the form of standards, specifications and standard operating procedures (SOPs), reports Adcock Ingram Critical Care divisional... 

Winds of change evident

By: System Author     19th February 1999 SINCE 1990 wind energy, as a source of renewable energy, has been growing at a rate of 20% a year, making it the fastest-growing energy resource worldwide. South Africa possesses attractive renewable resources, particularly solar and wind, applications which are cost-effective in many instances,... 

New customer service initiative launced

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With customer service becoming an increasingly important component of the business environment, one of the leading lubricant specialists, Castrol SA, has introduced a customer service initiative, Castrol +Plus, said to be the first of its kind in South Africa. The service aims to assist the... 

Ins, outs of meter choice

By: System Author     19th February 1999 There is more to choosing a meter than finding one with the right functions and features for the job, explains Fluke Industrial Electronics product specialist Randy Mather. “To protect your investment and, more importantly, yourself, choose a meter that can withstand the electrical hazards... 

Nitrogen air-separation membranes

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A distribution agreement with world-leading industrial gas firm MG Generon has been concluded by Alpha Air Separation for its nitrogen air-separation membranes. The systems are cost-effective, providing the lowest-cost supply of nitrogen because users pay only for the quantities and purities... 

UK aid in kind, not cash

By: System Author     12th February 1999 THE three-year  

Herbicide upgrade provides new markets

By: System Author     5th February 1999 The R100-million brownfield project to upgrade Sanachem’s tebuthiuron-producing plants, initiated by parent-company Dow AgroSciences of the US last year, is well on its way to providing new markets for the herbicide. As reported in Engineering News of September 25–October 1, 1998,... 

From the bottom of the sea to a giant waterbag

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 In July last year Norwegian geologists descended to a depth of 5 600 m to investigate the mid-Atlantic ridge west of Svalbard, known before as Spitzbergen. For this venture, the scientists were lowered to perilous depths by the Russian mini-submarines MIR 1 and MIR 2, which were used to film the... 

‘Green’ plastic from UK for home and heavy industry is a wrap

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 THE environment-unfriendly method of manufacturing the kind of plastic used in things such as buckets and rubbish bins could soon be as dated as horse-drawn streetcars. Scientists have discovered a new way of producing the plastic, which has thousands of uses from around the home to heavy... 

Disaster White Paper paves way forward

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Co-ordinated disaster-relief efforts may not stop the devastating effects of natural and manmade disasters, but will save money and human lives. This was the message delivered by Provincial Affairs and Constitutional Development Minister Mohammed Valli Moosa when he launched the White Paper on... 

R10,6m hospital revamp

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 A R10,6-million contract for additions and renovations to the Sunward Park hospital in Boksburg, Gauteng, has been completed by Rainbow Construction in joint venture with WBHO. The contract included construction of a 34-bed ward and a round chapel. Also included was a new administration block, a... 

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