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Maintenance and Refurbishment

Navy promises local support

By: Keith Campbell     19th April 2002 THE South African Navy (SAN) is planning to make more extensive use of South African industry to support its fleet in the coming years and decades. 

Value-chain focus for maintenance projects

8th March 2002 Millions of rand are spent every year in South Africa in an effort to minimise maintenance costs and maximise uptime by using the traditional approach of building all systems and infrastructure first. 

Public works maintenance on fast track

8th February 2002 Following the approval to proceed with the repair and maintenance of an additional 146 prisons and 41 military bases across the country, the Department of Public Works will be spending a total of R26-million in the next five weeks on consultancy fees carried out in its repair and maintainence... 

State in big maintenance push

25th January 2002 The National Department of Public Works has appointed a further 81 professional engineering firms to spearhead the repairs and maintenance programme on an additional 146 prisons and 41 military bases as part of its strategy to address maintenance backlog on state's fixed properties. 

R1,4bn State maintenance extended to 179 prisons

22nd January 2002 The R1,4-billion repair and maintenance programme (Ramp) by the National Department of Public Works has now been extended to include all 179 prisons in South Africa. 

New maintenance management software

23rd November 2001 Work and asset maintenance management have been boosted with the launch of software giant MRO Software’s Maximo 5.0, an Internet-based enterprise asset management solution. 

Incentives for maintenance excellence

23rd November 2001 One of the most important direct and visible ways to uplift the status of the maintenance practitioner is to provide incentives and rewards for people and organisations that are excelling in the maintenance environment, maintains the Southern African Maintenance Association (Sama). 

New system for producer

23rd November 2001 Local company Pragma has assisted Clover SA in improving its asset measurement. 

Proactive maintenance mooted

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd November 2001 Since the end of World War II, there has been a wealth of information gathered on maintenance, replacement and reliability. 

Remote maintenance system launched

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd November 2001 A new era in distributed control systems (DCS) has dawned with the introduction of Centum CS 3000 for remote maintenance service to monitor internal registers, output patrol and possible future failure. 

Lab maintenance contract awarded

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd November 2001 An air-filtration and maintenance firm has been awarded a contract to service bio-hazard safety cabinets at National Health laboratories nationwide. 

Making window cleaning easy

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd November 2001 Not only does air pollution affect glass surfaces, but the lixiviation of the concrete and brickwork of buildings causes greyish films or irritation stripes on glass surfaces. 

System reduces transformer maintenance

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd November 2001 Maintaining transformer insulation in a properly dried-out -state to reduce ageing can be a difficult and costly capital process requiring capital intensive equipment and significant transformer outages. 

Malawi embraces South African road technology

By: Marcel Chimwala     16th November 2001 Malawi – A Malawi contractor for South Africa's Con-Aid International, JV Homepride and Business Associate, has launched a South African road-maintenance product, Con-Aid chemical soil stabiliser in Malawi. 

Lift quality slash blamed on bad maintenance

By: Deborah Spicer     12th October 2001 Lift manufacturers’ efforts to ensure that buildings’ transport needs are adequately catered for are being hampered by the trend towards the outsourcing of building maintenance. 

30% of State engineer on auction block

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th September 2001 Thirty per cent of the shareholding of each of Rotek Industries subsidiaries Rotek Engineering (RE) and Roshcon will be owned privately from February next year, a Johannesburg firm appointed to advise the government on the long-awaited restructuring tells Engineering News. 

End of resource wastage

7th September 2001 Mismanagement of most implementations of computerised maintenance systems (CMMS) can result in huge financial losses, particularly to small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs). 

Scot-Rack

31st August 2001 Scot-Rack designs and manufactures light- and heavy-duty scaffolding, made from SABS 657/1 hot-rolled round tube. 

Innovative vehicle for rail upkeep

27th July 2001 The re-engineering of its maintenance programme remains a top priority for national carrier Spoornet, which has announced a breakthrough in this field. Spoornet assistant chief engineer for infrastructure maintenance Danie Barnard 

Poor upkeep blamed for square collapse

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2001 The collapse of Strijdom Square, in Pretoria can most probably be attributed to a lack of maintenance on the structure, says Gauteng transport and public works department Jack Van der Merwe. 

Communication will be the focus in 2001

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Maintenance 

New technology replaces chrome coating

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Maintenance 

New division for crane modernisation and rehabilitation

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Maintenance 

Internet improves MRO supplies

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Maintenance 

Switch in battery technology advocated

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Maintenance 

R40-million full-service contract boosts productivity

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Maintenance 

French navy to use Simon’s Town again

By: System Author     27th October 2000 For the second time under an arrangement between France and South Africa, the French Navy is to use the Naval Dockyard at Simon’s Town to carry out maintenance work on a ship from its Indian Ocean fleet. 

Graphic display at rail exhibition

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Twelve weigh-stations to beat overloaders on new N3 toll-road

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Overloaded trucks are adding R600-million a year to the backlog bill of maintenance and repairs of South African roads, which stands at R37-billion, but public–private partnerships could help solve the problem. 

Swiss company buys SA maintenance firm

By: System Author     28th April 2000 ABB Service worldwide has entered into a strategic alliance with local company Predict Engineering of Midrand, Gauteng, further spearheading its drive into Africa. 

Maintenance in a minute

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Pumps 

State utility striving to be the best

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Electricity power generation & transmission 

New valve cuts maintenance costs at power stations

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Electricity power generation & transmission 

Service contract to be awarded

By: System Author     7th April 2000 The jury is out on who will be awarded the contract or contracts for the maintenance and operation of services in the ex-Eskom townships of Komati, Pullenshope, Rietkuil and Wilge, of Mpumalanga, reportedly worth about R2,5-million collectively. 

Maintenance finalists named

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Finalists have been selected for the first yearly maintenance-excellence award, which will be presented by the Southern African Maintenance Association on March 29. 

Govt derails road finance

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road, rail and airport infrastructure 

Local pipe-freezing maintenance is proving to be a real hot item

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Pipes, Tubes & Hoses 

First-aid kit for hydraulic hoses

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Pipes, Tubes & Hoses 

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