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Aluminium’s next challenge is to move downstream

By: Laura Franz     14th September 2001 Southern Africa’s burgeoning aluminium industry is arguably this region’s greatest industrial story of the late twentieth century. 

State finally responds to SA shipbuilders

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th September 2001 The South African Shipbuilding Consortium (SASC), which has been waiting for months for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to articulate its policy on shipbuilding in order to revitalise the domestic industry, recently had a meeting with senior DTI officials. 

SA aviation firm spreads wings with a US giant

By: Keith Campbell     14th September 2001 South African private-sector aviation company Aerosud is set to expand its operations with an upcoming move to new premises and the imminent signing of a major deal with US aerospace giant Boeing, Engineering News can report. “We hope to sign the contract at the end of this month or early... 

World watches as China edges closer to WTO entry

13th September 2001 South Africa and the rest of the world is holding its breath as China and Taiwan continue to pursue entry to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). 

Troubled constructor in turnaround

13th September 2001 Mid-sized South African construction company Concor is in the throes of a far- reaching restructuring exercise in order to reposition the once troubled company for growth. 

Taxi conference tomorrow

13th September 2001 The long-awaited National Taxi Conference will begin in Durban on Friday. 

SA strategy to bridge digital divide

13th September 2001 South Africa’s Department of Communication is working with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to establish what has been dubbed an ‘ e-SADC task force’. 

Canadians confirm dumping duties against SA

12th September 2001 The Canada Customs and Revenue Agency confirmed that provisional trade duties on certain cold-rolled steel sheets remained against nine countries until a trade tribunal, which began on Monday, completed its inquiry. 

Glass firm’s output to be raised

12th September 2001 South African glass manufacturer African Glass plans to commission two new tempering furnaces worth a combined R15-million, one in Gauteng and another in the Western Cape. 

SA manufacturing output falls

12th September 2001 South Africa’s manufacturing production recorded a disappointing decrease for the three months ending July 2001.  

Agri-liberalisation calls grow louder

11th September 2001 It is becoming increasingly apparent that agricultural issues will have to be fully integrated into any new global trade talks if the developing world is to gain any benefit from the globalisation process. 

Aids vaccine hopes rise

11th September 2001 Leading Aids researchers said they were more optimistic than ever about the prospect for developing a vaccine capable of controlling, if not eliminating, the deadly HIV virus. 

US oil group in West African deals

11th September 2001 US Phillips Petroleum Corporation said it has joined with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Nigerian government to study the possibility of liquefied natural gas (LNG) production in Nigeria. 

Oil firms move to end flaring in Nigeria

10th September 2001 With two multinational oil companies teaming up with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to set up another liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, the federal government has issued fresh directives to oil firms to end gas flaring in their oil installations by the year 2008. 

SA petroleum group has big Zambian plans

10th September 2001 South African oil marketing company Engen has pledged continued investment in Zambia with initial capital investment of K7-billion (US$1=K 3660) on the opening of its first service station in Lusaka last week. 

Fuel-cell system for UK leisure centre

10th September 2001 Britain’s first commercial fuel-cell system, which produces clean electricity through electrochemical reaction, will soon be powering a local authority’s leisure centre, its manufacturers stated. 

SA group hopeful as telecoms tender is reissued

10th September 2001 Electronics and telecoms equipment supplier Grintek is hoping to pick up aspects of a big Telkom project that has come back on to the table following a fallout between the local utility and Telcordia of the US. 

Grim truth not grim at all

10th September 2001 The order book at leading construction and engineering group Aveng has swelled to a whopping R8,2-billion. 

Algeria awards $120m hydrocarbon project

8th September 2001 French engineering and construction firm, Entrepose, won a $120-million deal to build a hydrocarbon-processing unit in Algeria’s Menzel Ledjmat North (MLN) site, State-run hydrocarbon monopoly Sonatrach said. 

SA facing capacity not capital crisis

7th September 2001 The men managing South Africa's infrastructure development dilemma say it is a capacity conundrum rather than a capital crisis 

Local suppliers not overlooked – Salt management

7th September 2001 Project manager Kobus Meiring is confident that he and his team are maximising South African content in the $30-million Southern African Large Telescope (Salt) project. 

India plans titanium dioxide project

7th September 2001 India’s largest private steelmaker, Tata Iron and Steel Company (Tisco), said it will sign a pact with the Tamil Nadu State government by October to set up a unit to make titanium dioxide. 

Great Lakes rail study gets rolling

6th September 2001 The South African company Makhosi Holdings is working on a feasibility study for the development of a rail network linking the Great Lakes region to Southern Africa, a report of the Ugandan Ministry of Tourism,Trade and Industry has revealed. 

Gas law promised for year-end

6th September 2001 The final version of the Department of Minerals and Energy’s (DME’s) proposed Bill on gas, is currently in front of the parliamentary portfolio committee, and is likely to be presented to parliament during the present sitting. 

Sasol has big gas plans

5th September 2001 South African petrochemical colossus Sasol expects gas to become a far bigger part of its future growth plans, reporting 6,5% compound growth from this sector over the past four years. 

Investor interest in Shilowa Express

5th September 2001 The Gauteng provincial government is proceeding with the development of its speed train project, which could see the construction of a modern rail connection linking Johannesburg, Pretoria and the Johannesburg International Airport. 

US steel war of attrition continues

4th September 2001 The US steel industry fired yet another salvo in its war of attrition against the international steel industry – including South Africa’s – when it announced that it would petition for new anti-dumping measures ahead of the US Labor Day public holiday. 

No real progress made in Mexico on key WTO issues

4th September 2001 Two days of informal discussions in Mexico City attended by trade ministers from 16 countries, including the United States and the European Union, have failed to reach concrete decisions on critical issues such as agricultural subsidies and antidumping rules. 

Ghana port privatisation to start this month

3rd September 2001 The first phase of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) privatisation programme under which cargo-handling and stevedoring services will go wholly to the private sector would start this month. 

Privatisation moves at State engineering group

3rd September 2001 The long-awaited restructuring and possible privatisation of maintenance and engineering group Rotek of Gauteng, appears to be moving ahead with the appointment of African Harvest Capital as transaction advisers for the deal. 

Transformation hits engineering sector

3rd September 2001 Transformation has finally reached the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) with the appointment of Sharoda Rapeti as vice-president of the council. 

Southern African railways:is it sunrise or sunset?

By: Keith Campbell     31st August 2001 The SADC railway network is a regional physical communication and integration network of enormous importance and potential, but which faces major challenges and needs radical reform. 

State undermining cable sector

By: Keith Campbell     31st August 2001 South African electric cables manufacturers are being endangered by lack of support from municipalities and parastatals, and by dumping by foreign manufacturers. 

Kabila wants SA business as partner in reconstruction of DRC

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2001 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila has appealed to South African business to partner with his government in the reconstruction of the vast mineral-rich country. 

Work starts on $3bn Angola oil platform

30th August 2001 Italian energy giant Eni has started work on a $3-billion offshore Angola deepwater oil plant, in which it has a 20% stake. 

SA prickles with industrial-zone initiative

30th August 2001 In line with the South African government’s commitment to foster sustainable industrial development, Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin has published his intentions to designate an industrial development zone (IDZ) at East London in the Eastern Cape. 

Aussie losses will not hurt SA engineering group

30th August 2001 As expected, Aveng’s Australian subsidiary McConnell Dowell reported an operating loss of A$3,932-million for the six months ended June 30, 2001. 

Contracting firm still high on Dubai

29th August 2001 South Africa’s biggest contracting company, Murray & Roberts, has won $300-million-worth of construction work in Dubai, Engineering News Online can today report. 

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