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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. 

Mozal potline contract awarded

29th August 2001 The contract for the extension to the Mozal potlines has been awarded to the joint venture consisting of Basil Read, Murray & Roberts and Grinaker-LTA. 

SA steel groups continue to struggle

29th August 2001 South African metals group Highveld Steel and its partial subsidiary Columbus Steel reported dismal results for the half-year ended June 30, 2001 on the back of poor market conditions. 

Air patrol tenders in 2002

28th August 2001 The tender for the aerial support component of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat)’s acquisition of three inshore and one offshore patrol vessels will be issued locally in the next financial year. 

Africa seeks to build nuclear market

28th August 2001 Africa is seeking to create an internal market for nuclear technological goods and services which will contribute to the sustainability of the industry on the continent. 

Gas company up for sale

28th August 2001 One of South Africa’s leading gas companies, Messer Fedgas, is still up for sale. 

New era in fishing-rights allocation begins

27th August 2001 An innovative process to ensure that the allocation of fishing rights across 22 commercial fishing sectors is credible and equitable starts today at the Sea Point Offices of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT). 

Engineering giant reports record order book

27th August 2001 Global engineering firm Rolls-Royce’s interim results for the half-year ended June 30, 2001, revealed sales to be up 15% at  

We’re still tops in protea production

27th August 2001 The South African Protea Producers and Exporters Assocation (Sappex) has rejected press reports that South Africa is lagging behind foreign countries in the production of proteas. 

Cell firm gets early Christmas present

27th August 2001 Newly licensed cellular operator Cell C has formally been issued a frequency spectrum licence by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), enabling the cellphone operator to launch its 1 800 MHz service before Christmas. 

Can SA avoid becoming the next California?

24th August 2001 Is South Africa, with its energy sector that is set to undergo significant restructuring in the near future, in danger of experiencing a power crisis, as is being experienced in California, in the US? 

'Lion' could snare $1,4bn in FDI

24th August 2001 South Africa has plans to source natural gas from the Pande and Temane gasfields in Mozambique and possibly from the Kudu gasfield in Namibia. However, the country could see its own natural gas flowing as early as 2004 from a field just 100 km off its West Coast. 

Nigeria gas-to-liquids deal signed

24th August 2001 Joint venture agreements for the third phase of the Escravos Gas Project (EGP) and the Escravos Gas-to-Liquids (EGTL) project between Chevron and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have been signed. 

Concessioning of port operations set for next year

24th August 2001 Government hopes to start concessioning port operations in the first quarter of next year. 

Smokeless fuel project for Africa

23rd August 2001 An official of Royal Dutch/Shell has reported that the company is studying the possibility of making a smokeless energy brick for cooking in African villages to reduce firewood consumption. 

R150m spent in support of innovative manufacturers

23rd August 2001 South Africa's latest technology was celebrated this week at the Industrial Innovation Awards held in Port Elizabeth. 

Europeans back Gauteng train ahead of investor conference

23rd August 2001 European train operators are impressed with Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa's high-speed rail project and are convinced that it will be economically viable. 

Exports vital for SA defence sector’s survival

23rd August 2001 The South African defence budget will remain limited and insufficient to sustain a fully-fledged defence industry, warns Defence Deputy-Minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, speaking at the African Defence 2001 Summit Conference in Sandton. 

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