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State acts to manage dolomite risk

     30th August 2002 The Department of Public Works (DPW) is managing a Dolomite Risk Management Strategy, amidst international acclaim, to halt the threat posed by dolomitic subsidence to the built environment. 

SA cell giant convinced of expansion in Moz

     30th August 2002 South African mobile phone group Vodacom said on Wednesday it expected the Mozambican cellphone market to grow by about 10 times to between 1,5-million and 2-million users within a decade. 

Gautrain enviro study ready for public comment

     30th August 2002 A series of public meetings will be held in Midrand, Sandton, Rosebank, Kempton Park, Pretoria and Centurion, during September, to present the findings of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) undertaken for the proposed Gautrain rapid rail link. 

Southern African banks in big gas-project deal

     30th August 2002 Petrochemicals giant, Sasol, has announced the appointment of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Standard Bank Group as joint lead arrangers for the debt financing of the Mozambique natural gas project. 

US pledges $30m for Malawi projects

     30th August 2002 The US on Wednesday gave $30,7-million in aid to Malawi, one of Africa’s least developed countries, to finance projects in agriculture, security and health. 

Venture fund proposed for solar projects

     29th August 2002 American elected officials and Green Cross representatives are to call for the establishment of a Solar Venture Fund by delegates of the World Summit on Sustainable Development. 

States should support farmers – Kasrils

     29th August 2002 Water affairs and forestry minister Ronnie Kasrils says governments of developing countries must support their farmers with subsidies so that they become self-sustainable. 

Japan pledges to boost aid to Africa in 2003

     29th August 2002 Japan is to substantially increase aid to Africa next year, Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi said on Monday at the start of a visit to Ethiopia. 

R95m telecoms equipment for Moz

     29th August 2002 Siemens Telecommunications announced today it has signed a $9,5-million (R95-million) contract to supply Telecommunications de Mozambique (TDM), Mozambique's fixed line operator, with switching equipment to support their network modernisation process. 

Staggered ADSL roll-out planned

     29th August 2002 Telkom yesterday began the commercial trial of its Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) service in Gauteng, ahead of a staggered national rollout that will see an ADSL presence established in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Free State by March next year. 

Energy expert sees 1,4b without power by 2032

     29th August 2002 Rapid population growth means 30 years from now almost one in five people on earth will lack electricity, based on current patterns of energy investment. 

Water security key issue at Joburg summit

     29th August 2002 Water security will be a key issue at the UN's World Summit on Sustainable Development, under way in Johannesburg until September 4. 

Project to flatten SA's tyre mountain

     29th August 2002 The project to solve the increasingly serious waste (scrap) tyre problem in South Africa is expected to be launched early next year, with an aim to support the local tyre industry’s bid to ensure a cleaner environment and increase tyre safety on South African roads. 

Group confirms construction sector recovery

     29th August 2002 Construction giant Murray and Roberts believes prospects for its major project capabilities in South and southern Africa have improved in line with higher levels of fixed investment. 

Africa to benefit from Summit’s energy legacy

     28th August 2002 It is hoped that the World Summit on Sustainable Development will leave several legacy projects in Africa when it closes on September 4. 

Shetlands, Angola create novel oil alliance

     28th August 2002 Community groups from the Shetland Islands off Scotland set up a novel partnership with Angola on Monday to show the war-racked African nation how to tap big oil for prosperity rather than conflict. 

Engineering group’s finance unit to be sold

     28th August 2002 Industrial engineering group ABB will announce the sale of most of its Structured Finance activities later this week, as final details need sorting out, industry sources said yesterday. 

Online vehicle-registration pilot moves ahead

     28th August 2002 The Gauteng Department of Transport and Motoronline’s online vehicle registration pilot programme is going full steam ahead. 

Construction sector building skills base

     28th August 2002 South Africa’s construction industry is preparing to roll out a R50-million project to fast-track thousands of experienced workers in the construction industry to formal trade qualification standards – and better paying jobs. 

Rich country farm subsidies slammed

     28th August 2002 The world's richest nations faced calls at the Earth Summit on Tuesday to scrap billions of dollars in farm subsidies blamed for exacerbating hunger and hampering trade from Africa and Asia. 

Weak science base in poor countries impeding development

     28th August 2002 The Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development, a parallel event to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, was officially opened in Johannesburg yesterday. 

African centre for gene research established

     28th August 2002 The Southern Education and Research Alliance (SERA) has established the African Centre for Gene Technologies (ACGT) as a biotechnology platform in third generation biotechnology, with a particular focus on gene and genome analysis and applications thereof. 

Business reaffirms support for development goals

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th August 2002 Big business yesterday reaffirmed its support for partnerships between companies, governments and civil society to achieve sustainable development goals. 

US trade body rejects a new tariff on imported steel

     28th August 2002 A federal trade panel in the US has rejected pleas by the American steel industry to impose new tariffs on imports of cold-rolled steel, a move that brought sighs of relief around the world but angered many ailing American producers. 

Stakeholders to meet on plastic-bags ban

     27th August 2002 The Minister of Environment Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa convened a meeting of stakeholders to discuss the plastic bag regulations, which were promulgated on May 9 this year and which come into effect in May 2003. 

Rail utility to address infrastructure backlog

     27th August 2002 State rail company, Spoornet, had a “comprehensive plan” to address the estimated R16-billion backlog in rail infrastructure alone, that accumulated over the last 20 years, public enterprise minister Jeff Radebe reported. 

China to champion developing world cause at summit

     27th August 2002 China, one of the world's worst polluters, is set to take up the cause of poorer nations at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg by pressing advanced countries to write off mountains of debt. 

Manuel calls for development-finance shake-up

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2002 A strong call has been made for a radical shake-up of the development-finance regime in Africa so as to ensure the sustainable development of the continent. 

SA releases renewable-energy policy

By: Martin Czernowalow     27th August 2002 The Department of Minerals and Energy last week released the draft White Paper on the promotion of renewable energy. 

Electricity regulator calls for GIS bids

     27th August 2002 The National Electricity Regulator (NER) has made a call for proposals for the introduction and implementation of a Geographical Information System (GIS). 

Joburg bourse probes Mittal’s steel-share dealings

     27th August 2002 The Johannesburg stock exchange said yesterday it was investigating the late disclosure of London-based LNM Holdings' director Lakshmi Mittal's share dealings in South African steel maker Iscor. 

Chinese group to build oil, gas pipelines in Libya

     26th August 2002 China's top oil and gas company China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) said last week it has been awarded a $230-million contract to build twin 520km oil and gas pipelines in Libya. 

Metals-to-petals project in Carletonville

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2002 South Africa's second-largest gold producer is in the process of establishing an agricultural hub in the West Wits area near Carletonville as part of a comprehensive sustainable development plan to ensure economic activity in the area once the mines close in 30 years. 

Agricultural subsidies remains big issue for SA

     26th August 2002 The contentious issue of agricultural subsidies, which impact negatively on the economic growth of emerging markets remains a subject of engagement, department of agriculture director-general Bongiwe Njobe said in Pretoria last week. 

French aid agency secures €350m for Africa

     26th August 2002 The private sector financing arm of the French Development Agency (AfD), Soci 

Environmentalists want multinationals controlled

By: Deborah Spicer     26th August 2002 Among the issues that groups are lobbying for at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) is for the United Nations (UN) to create an instrument to control multinationals’ activities, reveals Groundwork spokesperson Linda Ambler. 

Cape wind farm begins producing

     26th August 2002 In a sub-Saharan African first, the blades of South Africa's first modern wind turbine started turning this week. 

Atmosphere positive for finding common ground - Desai

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2002 The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) starts today in various venues across the city. 

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