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Big African trade-facilitation plan

     26th July 2001 A World Bank project on trade facilitation, standards and economic development has been launched to help five African countries strengthen trade prospects. 

Telecom bombshell expected on Thursday

     25th July 2001 The much-awaited telecoms policy directive from the Department of Communications, expected for release on Thursday, is likely to deviate drastically from its policy direction issued earlier this year – this is anticipated to meet with mixed response. 

New SA acid plant by 2003

     25th July 2001 Following board approval, Merisol, the Sasol-Merichem joint venture, has announced its intention to build a plant to manufacture para-hydroxy benzoic acid (PHBA) in South Africa. 

State rail firm in R1bn capex rollout

     24th July 2001 State-owned rail corporation Spoornet plans to spend R1-billion on capital projects next year, much of which will go to the upgrading of locomotives. 

Moz sugar industry receives boost

     23rd July 2001 A new project guaranteed by the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (Miga), a member of the World Bank group, will help rehabilitate and partially privatise Mozambique’s largest sugar estate, creating thousands of jobs and generating significant economic and social benefits in the... 

Car exports accelerate but component makers struggle

     20th July 2001 South Africa's motor industry development programme (MIDP) will probably be seen as one of the country's greatest economic success stories to date – a bestseller strategy aimed at ensuring that the country manufactures vehicles and components at internationally-competitive levels. 

SA must keep pace in nanotech race

     20th July 2001 A report released by Computer Sciences Corporation's thinktank, the Leading Edge Forum, predicts that one of the significant technological trends for the next three to seven years should come from nanotechnology; the ability to build things one atom at a time. 

Big gas search on in Saudi Arabia

     20th July 2001 UK-based BP energy group is to take a significant stake in a search to find and develop gas reserves in an area of more than 100 000 km2 in eastern Saudi Arabia. 

SA should not fear India FTA – Erwin

     19th July 2001 South African business has no reason to be nervous about the introduction of a free trade agreement with India, South African Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin told the inaugural ceremony of the Made in India Show being held in Johannesburg yesterday. 

Argentina default will hit SA

By: Keith Campbell     18th July 2001 SOUTH Africans should not lull themselves into a false sense of security – a default by Argentina will hit this country, along with all other emerging markets, warns a Buenos Aires economist. 

African engineering protocol signed in Harare

     18th July 2001 Engineers from various African states have signed a historic protocol of understanding at a regional meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe. 

R400m KZN agro-industry plan

     17th July 2001 Kwazulu-Natal’s Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs Narend Singh has announced investment proposals of more than R400-million for Makhathini Flats, a remote area in the north-east of the province. 

Africa pins down eight development priorities

     16th July 2001 The New African Initiative, a merger of the Millennium Partnership for the African Recovery Programme and the Omega Plan, has identified eight so-called priority sectors which African leaders hope will eradicate poverty, place the continent on a path of sustainable growth and development, and at... 

Contract manufacturing services’ revenue set to double by 2005

     16th July 2001 Contract manufacturing services will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. IDC, a global market intelligence and advisory firm, maintains that the worldwide market will more than double from $103-billion in 2000 to $231-billion in 2005. 

National health threatened by crumbling sewerage systems

     13th July 2001 Several sewerage systems in many parts of the country are reportedly falling apart owing to crumbling infrastructure and poor management, posing a worrying threat to national health. 

Announcement on IT PPP expected soon

     13th July 2001 South Africa’s first information technology (IT) public-private partnership (PPP) is likely to be concluded in the last quarter of this year. 

Four shortlisted for Education PPP

     12th July 2001 The National Department of Public Works has issued tenders to four shortlisted consortia for the designing, financing, building, maintaining and management of the first-ever government accommodation by the private sector. 

Technology: a tool in human development

     11th July 2001 The 2001 Global Human Development report entitled ‘Making New Technologies Work for Human Development’ has ranked South Africa 39th in the world and a dynamic adaptor in terms of a technological achievement index. 

Business confidence increasing again

By: Keith Campbell     11th July 2001 Sacob's Business Confidence Index registered a sharp upward move of 4,4 points in June, taking it to 108 points. 

Two cattle projects to ‘beef’ up industry

     10th July 2001 Two new projects, which will boost the South African beef industry, have been launched by the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (Dacst) together with the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and the Australian Centre for International Research (ACIAR). 

Leaders prepare to put Africa on world economic map

     9th July 2001 This week sees the launch of the Millennium Africa Recovery Plan (MAP), now merged with Senegal’s Omega Plan, at the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit in Lusaka, Zambia – an event which many are counting on to kickstart Africa’s economic renaissance. 

Expert-body recommendations on California power crisis

     6th July 2001 A white paper issued by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) presented technical recommendations for solving the power crisis that began in California last year and now involves the 11-state Western power grid, with the potential for expanding further. 

SA's civil aviation sector flies into stormy weather

     6th July 2001 IF there is one word which can sum up the South African civil aviation industry today, it is turbulence. Some observers would, however, prefer two words – severe turbulence. 

Black oil firms cry foul over state fuel tenders

     6th July 2001 Black-empowerment oil industry interests have called for a complete overhaul of the government fuel tendering procedure, which, they say, favours the large entrenched oil industry giants and effectively discriminates against smaller black-empowerment oil companies. 

Exhaust firm explains plant closure

     5th July 2001 The economies-of-scale in South Africa and globally make consolidation of exhaust manufacturing essential in order to increase efficiencies and remain competitive in the domestic and export markets. 

SA-German scientists collaborate on 40 projects

     5th July 2001 More than 40 scientific and technical projects are either in progress or have been completed since the signing of the South African-German science and technology agreement in 1995, and the subsequent signing of the agreement between the German Research Association and the South African National... 

SA’s networking industry in a slump

     4th July 2001 Last year was a disastrous one for the South African networking industry, says BMI-T networking analyst Craig Kolb, who attributes the sharp decline to a number of factors, both psychological and economic. 

Uncertainty keeps banks out of PPPs

     3rd July 2001 Notwithstanding the fact that a number of significant public-private partnerships (PPPs) have been finalised in the past few years, an uncertain regulatory environment in certain sectors, budget constraints and the lack of a definitive PPP strategy by government are inhibiting factors in the... 

R775m to BEEs from Public Works

     3rd July 2001 In this financial year, the Department of Public Works has spent R775-million accelerating black economic empowerment (Bee) through targeted procurement programmes. 

Submarine project continues despite probe

     2nd July 2001 The project work on the three class 209 type 1400 SAN submarines for the South African Navy that form part of the defence deal package is proceeding on a routine basis, reports representative of the German submarine consortium Captain Siegfried Netzband. 

Lesotho sets aside R55m for industrial infrastructure development

     2nd July 2001 The Lesotho government has set aside R55-million for the provision of industrial infrastructure such as roads, water, electricity and telecommunications during the 2001/2 fiscal year. 

Energy-hungry world relooks at nuclear

     29th June 2001 The golden age of nuclear energy ended nearly 30 years ago, but its return to favour is on the horizon at a time when energy needs are getting bigger, electricity plants are getting smaller and environmental pressures are getting stronger. 

Marine tender to be issued shortly

     29th June 2001 The marine tender for the construction of the proposed Coega deep-water port near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape is on its way, Engineering News can report. Portnet Authority Division (Pad) 

SA firm loses R80m Mozal 2 contract

     28th June 2001 A leading South African engineering firm, Dorbyl Heavy Engineering (DHE), has reacted with anger to the news that it has lost out to a French multinational in an R80-million contract to supply steel superstructures for the second-phase expansion of the Mozal aluminium smelter in Mozambique. 

Scandinavians follow SA’s helicopter-purchase lead

     26th June 2001 The Agusta A109 light utility helicopter, of which 30 are on order for the South African Air Force, has won a $110,5-million order from the Swedish armed forces, it has been announced at the Paris air show at Le Bourget airport. 

Industrial power transmission acquisition

     26th June 2001 There has been a changing of the guard in South Africa's industrial power transmission sector via a new acquisition of part of a South African operation by a German subsidiary operating locally. 

Demand management needed to manage fuel crisis

     25th June 2001 With 13 tankers on their way to South Africa (in fact, the first one arrived at the weekend) the issue is no longer one of supply but rather of demand management, South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) director Colin McClelland tells Engineering News Online. 

$3,5bn Chad–Cameroon oil pipeline takes-off

     25th June 2001 Chad and Cameroon are set to receive $600-million in financing from a consortium of private banks and the World Bank for their interstate oil- pipeline project. 

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