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First high-resolution imagery received

14th June 2001 In a development that is set to revolutionise the South African geospatial industry, the first directly-acquired high-resolution satellite image over southern Africa has been received at the CSIR Satellite Applications Centre (SAC). 

Fertiliser exports earn SA R1,95-billion

14th June 2001 South Africa earned R1,95-billion in foreign exchange through the exportation of phosphoric acid and NPK compounds in 2000. 

R600m coal terminal expansion announced

13th June 2001 The long-awaited expansion at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal has finally been given the go-ahead. Richards Bay Coal Terminal Company (RBCT) has announced that, together with South Dunes Coal Terminal Company (SDCT), it intends to embark on an expansion of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal which will... 

SA firm upbeat about Malaysian projects

12th June 2001 The commissioning of two world-scale plants at Kerith, on the eastern seaboard of the Malaysian peninsula, are considered an integral part of Sasol Polymers’ biregional strategy, which focuses on new growth opportunities in Asia-Pacific and Africa, reports Sasol executive director Trevor... 

SA citrus leaves for Japan, Korea

12th June 2001 The first shipment of South African containerised steri-citrus this season has been delivered to Korea and Japan, reports P&O Nedlloyd reefer product manager, Tissa Fuchsloch. 

W Cape distillates plant contracts start flowing

12th June 2001 A memorandum of understanding has been signed between Lesotho and South Africa, thus establishing the Maloti-Drakensberg transfrontier conservation area (TFCA). 

Big project vision for Nile Basin

11th June 2001 Nile Basin countries have identified joint development projects worth $122-million for presentation to donors later this month. 

SA has 42 privatisation deals under its belt

11th June 2001 The restructuring of South Africa's State-owned enterprises (SOEs), launched in mid-1997, had brought in R18,9-billion by January this year, with R11,9-billion – or about two-thirds – of this amount flowing into the State's coffers. 

Port utility's unbundling complete

8th June 2001 The separation of Portnet into a Port Authority Division (Pad) and a Port Operation Division (Pod) – unbundled as two separate entities under transport parastatal Transnet – is complete. The Pad will assume the responsibility of landlord of the ports and surrounding land, as well as... 

KZN coal terminal decision by August

8th June 2001 A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the holders of export entitlement at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) – Sasol, Ingwe, Anglo Coal, Duiker Mining, Total Coal, Kangra and Eyesizwe – to expand the terminal's capacity by ten-million tons a year. 

Bot airport plan for Tunisia

7th June 2001 The Republic of Tunisia’s Airports and Civil Aviation Authority (OACA) has issued a tender for consulting and assistance in the allocation procedure of a build, operate and transfer (Bot) concession for the airport of the Central East of Tunisia. 

Tanzania post reform programme

7th June 2001 The Parastatal Reform Commission of Tanzania is looking for expressions of interest from qualified consultants to undertake a study on the further commercialisation of the Tanzania Posts Corporation (TPC). 

Tender for patrol boats in July

6th June 2001 Tenders for the four patrol boats to be bought by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) should be issued next month, with the fishery-protection vessels expected to be in the water in three years, revealed Deat Minister Valli Moosa at a media briefing. 

New SA trade body to fight unfair competition

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2001 A draft Bill proposing the establishment of a commission for international trade administration (Cita) was presented to the parliamentary portfolio committee on trade and industry yesterday. 

Steel mill exceeds 90% of design capacity

5th June 2001 Western Cape state-of-the-art steel mill Saldanha Steel has announced that it has exceeded 90% of its design capacity for the month of May 2001. 

R35-million for enviro clean up

4th June 2001 Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Valli Moosa says poverty relief projects worth around R35-million will soon be rolled out to deal with the large quantities of waste in South Africa. 

SA boilers steaming up world markets

4th June 2001 South African boiler manufacturer John Thompson Africa (JTA) appears to have cracked the export market with a number of lucrative orders. 

Giant telescope to be operational by year end

1st June 2001 Currently under construction in the Khomas Highland, 100 km west of Windhoek, in Namibia, the first of four telescopes which make up phase one of the R30-million high-energy stereoscopic system (Hess) project is nearing completion and is expected to be operational near the end of the year. 

R60-million waste management facility to be constructed

1st June 2001 Plans for a R60-million industrial and infectious waste management facility to be built in partnership with Amandla Environmental, an environmental technology company, have been announced by black-owned integrated waste management company Phambili Services. 

Dutch-SA alliance in banana biotech

By: System Author     27th October 2000 A partnership between Dutch plant company Pothos and local black-empowerment Northern Province company African Biotechnologies is paving the way for increased involvement in the global market, while creating possibilities of further employment for rural women in South Africa. 

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