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Health and Safety

Firm reaping benefits of hi-tech tracking

By: System Author     12th March 1999 One of South Africa’s large sugar processors, Transvaal Sugar, is beginning to reap the benefits of the latest application for the Avonwood Eureka 411 fully-automated vehicle-identification and tracking technology. The system, which was commissioned in October last year, controls the... 

SA vehicles to get laser IDs in R2,7m project

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A R2,7-million grant has been awarded to CSIR from the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology’s innovation fund to apply multiple-parts marking to the national car park using laser-marking technology for crime prevention. The project is being undertaken in conjunction with the... 

Revenue service outsources printing work

By: System Author     12th March 1999 As part of its drive to restructure itself into a focused business unit, the South African Revenue Services (SARS) has outsourced the laser printing, enclosing and mailing of its computerised tax forms to Paragon Business Forms of Cape Town, in a R60-million, two-year contract. This follows an... 

Defence equipment puzzle falls into place

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Walking along the hallways where Armscor’s top management resides, one almost expects a respectful silence. Instead, the rooms are abuzz with hot discussions revolving around the arms programme. With the preferred bidders for the various weapons platforms an-nounced, financing and technical... 

Specialised test facilities determine risk

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The vehicle-test facility which is part of Gerotek Test Facilities has been awarded a second contract to the tune of R1,4-million by the Department of Transport for a training programme for taxi drivers. Initially established by Armscor to assist it in the procurement and marketing of armaments,... 

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... 

Fuel cell as big as Model T

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The fuel-cell electric vehicle, due to be produced in 2004, has the potential to make as big an impact on the twenty-first century as the Model T did in the twentieth century Ford Environmental & Safety public affairs assistant manager Sara Tatchio tells Engineering News. Motor manufacturers Ford... 

Metal industry furnaces

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Increased output, reduced energy costs, better product quality and improved safety are among the important benefits for customers from the furnaces developed by Carbolite for the metals industry, reports South African agent Labotec. Applications cover a process range from heavy forgings to the... 

Contract for hearing- protection units awarded

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Acontract for the sup- ply of 1 127 Vari- phone custom-made hearing-protection units has been awarded to Hass Industrial by South African Airways. The units are for use by SAA’s ground crew and technical staff who perform maintenance procedures on the national carrier’s fleet of... 

R50-million payphone-security system contract

By: System Author     19th February 1999 IN a contract worth R50-million to date, Nanoteq has completed the 100 000th TIM-Plus implementation at Telkom, providing enhanced security for card-based payphones. A number of international companies have expressed interest in the technology, including Siemens and Schlumberger. In 1992, Telkom... 

UK aid in kind, not cash

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

More control of LPG sector

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Association of Southern Africa has taken on a stronger policing role to ensure dealer safety standards following its annual general meeting held in October last year, reports MD Colin Bain. The active policing of LPG dealers received the full ratification of members... 

Flow store test facility well-used

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The flow store test facility supplied by Interbelt has been put to good use over the past six months, the company reports. Its objective is to increase the use of this facility and encourage existing and potential customers to make use of the test rig. Operational functionality can be optimised,... 

Returnable packaging units

By: System Author     12th February 1999 As the world moves towards global sour- cing and returnable packaging it is vital that companies retain control over their distribution equipment and returnable packaging, and this can be achieved with a system from Johannesburg company Rent-A-Tainer, CEO Len Whittal tells Engineering News. The... 

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,... 

R3bn ‘town within a city’ project kicks off

By: System Author     5th February 1999 An intense 24-month first-phase building programme valued at R3-billion kicked off last week with the sod-turning ceremony of Mine Pension Fund Properties’ (MPFP) Melrose Arch. Nestled between the M1 and Corlett Drive in Johannesburg, the new ‘town within a city’ will be the... 

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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