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Bullet-proof doors for new SAA planes

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2002 South African Airways (SAA) will install reinforced, bullet-proof cockpit doors on all of its planes flying into the US, according to a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) ruling ordering all foreign airlines flying into the country to feature these doors by April 9, next year. 

Renewable Energy White Paper released

21st June 2002 Minerals and Energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka released the Draft White Paper on the Promotion of Renewable Energy and Clean Energy Development for public comments on Friday. 

French aluminium investment set for Coega - Radebe

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2002 The establishment of the Pechiney aluminium smelter at Coega looks certain, says South Africa’s Public Enterprises Minister Jeff Radebe who met with the French company in Paris earlier this week. 

India approves firm’s move into Sudan

20th June 2002 India's cabinet has approved Oil and Natural Gas Corp's (ONGC) proposal to buy Talisman Energy stake in a controversial Sudanese oil project for $750-million, Petroleum Minister Ram Naik said on Tuesday. 

Decisions needed ahead of Joburg summit

20th June 2002 Preparations for the Johannesburg Summit, starting in late August, are hotting up with world environment and developmental experts and South African President Thabo Mbeki stressing the need for urgency. 

Construction firm may face prosecution

20th June 2002 A construction company working on renovations at the Department of Labour's head office in Pretoria, Costa Zervas, may face possible prosecution, for allegedly ignoring two prohibition notices asking them to provide safety equipment for their workers. 

SA’s biggest jetline order signed

20th June 2002 South African Airways yesterday officially placed Africa’s largest single jetliner order when it formalised its acquisition of 41 new Airbus aircraft which will be used to modernise its entire fleet. 

Cautionary warning on Venezuela

20th June 2002 South Africa's largest export credit insurer, Credit Guarantee, has issued a cautionary warning on Venezuela, announcing that it is no longer able to insure exports to the market. 

Come to senses, Erwin warns Zimbabwe

20th June 2002 South Africa warned neighbouring Zimbabwe on Wednesday that its controversial political and economic policies would ruin the country. 

Tanzania telecoms buyer puts conditions on payment

19th June 2002 A foreign investor in Tanzania’s State telecoms firm said on Monday it would complete paying for its $120-million stake only when issues concerning the company’s financial performance had been resolved. 

Engineering giant sees turnaround

19th June 2002 The Chief Executive of Swedish-Swiss engineering giant ABB said there were signs of a rebound in business in the first quarter and that the trend continued in the second quarter. 

Tanzania wants new deal on air system

19th June 2002 Tanzania is to demand a big reduction from British Aerospace (BAe) for its military air traffic control system after the disclosure by experts commissioned by the World Bank that the Tony Blair-backed deal was a ‘waste of money’ and that they had been sold ‘outdated... 

Nigeria preselects bids for 21 oilfields

19th June 2002 Nigeria said it had pre-qualified bidders for 21 of 24 marginal oilfields on offer as part of its effort to encourage local participation in its mainstay oil industry. 

Payment system deadlock in taxi recap

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2002 The last hurdle in South Africa’s much delayed taxi recapitalisation programme appears to be the electronic management system (EMS), or smart-card payment system. 

Defence re-equipping spins yet another offset contract

19th June 2002 South African company Avitronics, a joint venture owned by Grintek Limited (51%) and SAAB of Sweden (49%), has received an order in excess of R150-million, from the helicopter manufacturer Agusta-Westland, for the provision of the Avitronics multisensor warning system as part of a helicopter... 

SA energy firm lashing telecoms fibre in Nigeria

19th June 2002 South Africa's Eskom Enterprises said on Tuesday it was stringing 5 000 km of fibre optic cable on power lines in Nigeria as part of plans to offer long-distance telecoms services in Africa's most populous state. 

Could South Africa relaunch its shipbuilding industry? 

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2002 The current programme to equip the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) with four patrol vessels – three coastal and one offshore – has again raised the issue of shipbuilding in South Africa. 

SA invests R86m in rural projects

17th June 2002 As part of government’s commitment to take service delivery to remote, poor rural areas, the Mpumalanga provincial government has invested R86,3-million in various projects in the Msukaligwa municipality. 

World Bank critical of Tanzania air traffic plan

17th June 2002 A World Bank commissioned report raises serious concerns about Tanzania’s plan to spend $39-million on an air traffic control system to be provided by British aerospace company BAE Systems, in a contract which was backed by the British government last year. 

Nigeria extends bid deadline for telecoms

17th June 2002 Nigeria has extended the deadline for international telecoms operators to express interest in managing national phone company Nitel, a government official said. 

SA highlights fight on poverty for Joburg summit

17th June 2002 The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, there is an agreement that poverty eradication should be the central focus of the World Summit on Sustainble Development. 

SA-EU pleased with free-trade progress

17th June 2002 South Africa and the European Union have made a positive joint assessment of their overall relations, particularly in the fields of trade, development cooperation and scientific and technological cooperation. 

US reviews policy on oil in Africa

14th June 2002 The US is looking at Africa and its emerging potential as a major oil producer to diversify its energy supply - at present some 15% of that country's oil arises from Africa. 

SA exports to EU rise by 50% since 2000

14th June 2002 The European Commission indicated that, following the encouraging SA-EU trade figures for 2000, the strong growth pattern had continued throughout the year 2001. 

Zambia to sell majority stake in oil refinery

14th June 2002 Zambia said it will sell a majority stake in its Indeni oil refinery as part of its privatisation plan, and that it has received bids from four companies to operate its Tanzania-Zambia (Tazama) pipeline. 

SA builds mobile weights, measures lab for Moz

14th June 2002 The CSIR’s National Metrology Laboratory (NML) is in the final stages of completing a mobile metrology laboratory for Mozambique, under contract to the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). 

Poor countries call on West to cut agricultural subsidies

14th June 2002 Leaders of developing countries at a UN food summit in Rome, Italy, have urged the EU and the US to remove farm subsidies and open their markets. 

Deal breathes new life into Nigerian steel plant

14th June 2002 A multinational consortium led by Solgas Energy, has signed an agreement to complete and operate the Ajaokuta Steel Complex in Nigeria, which has consumed more than $4,5-billion. 

Southern African famine to top agenda of SADC meeting

14th June 2002 Famine in southern Africa will top the agenda of a ministerial meeting of the 14-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) to be held in Gaborone today and tomorrow. 

Cabinet gets State-owned enterprises update

14th June 2002 Cabinet has received a report on the continuing work being done to restructure State Owned Enterprises (SOE). 

No decision on interim telecoms licence

13th June 2002 The Department of Communications (DOC) has not made a decision on whether it will award a temporary operating licence to Esi-tel and Transtel, together with the black economic empowerment (BEE) stake winner, as had been requested by the two State-owned enterprises. 

UN urged to adopt home-grown Africa strategy

13th June 2002 An expert panel recommended that the United Nations embrace Africa’s home-grown development strategy rather than maintain its own aid framework, which it said had failed. 

US blocks China's steel panel request

13th June 2002 The US blocked China’s first-time request for a panel, stating that the safeguard measures were fully consistent. 

Scientists consider use of indigenous knowledge

13th June 2002 More than 40 top scientists and ministers from the Commonwealth countries have entered the final day of their two-day meeting, aimed at finding innovative ways to fight poverty, underdevelopment and unemployment in the developing nations through technological advancement. 

More resources needed for SA roads

13th June 2002 Transport minister Dullah Omar says the country needs to allocate more resources and efforts to improve the standards of roads nationwide. 

No decision on Joburg Summit plan

13th June 2002 The fourth and final preparatory committee meeting for the Johannesburg World Summit in Bali was attended by a large number of ministers from both developed and developing countries. By the early hours of the morning of 8 June consensus was not reached on the Draft Plan of Implementation for the... 

Nigeria cell growth beefs firm's results

13th June 2002 The listed telecommunications group that owns 100% of MTN, M-Cell, has announced that turnover for the last 12 months has risen by 49% to R12,43-billion. 

African consulting engineers commit to Nepad

12th June 2002 African Consulting Engineers have committed themselves to interacting with their various governments to facilitate the implementation of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad). 

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