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Quality Assurance News

Will low-sulphur diesel reduce lubricity?

By: Zonika Botha     26th September 2003 Government and the oil industry have agreed to the reduction of sulphur levels in diesel from the current level of 0,3% to 0,05% to coincide with the replacement of leaded fuel with unleaded fuel by 2006. 

New inspection era looms for SACU

By: Deborah Spicer     19th September 2003 The fact that the South African Customs Union (SACU) will have a free-flow of goods and services between the member countries by 2007 will mean that the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) will change the way that it inspects goods, CEO Eugene Julies reported at a business breakfast earlier... 

SABS confident new structure will deliver

By: Deborah Spicer     19th September 2003 The South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’s) decision to separate its commercial from its non-commercial business seems to be bearing fruit if one considers that this month the company announced a profit for the year to March 31. 

Demand grows for non-contact measuring technology

By: Karel Smrcka     5th September 2003 A large number of suppliers are engaged in tasks related to quality assurance, concentrated largely on surface inspection, completeness checks, and measuring techniques. Identification and position detection play a big role in automated production. 

New standard for portable fire extinguishers

     3rd September 2003 A new standard, SANS 1910, for portable, refillable fire extinguishers was published last month. 

Standards body to restructure

     8th August 2003 The standards-generating arm of the South African Bureau of Standards, Standards South Africa, has started to process restructuring its technical committees. 

Standard established for donkey cars

     21st July 2003 The standards-generating arm of the SABS, Standards South Africa, has produced the country’s first known standard for donkey cars. 

Number of building plans passed falls

     17th July 2003 Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) announced yesterday that the seasonally adjusted real value of building plans passed (at constant 2000 prices) for the three months ended May 2003 decreased by 9,5% compared with the previous three months. 

Africa needs to focus on standards divide

     27th June 2003 There is no question that product standards will be crucial to ensuring Africa’s success or otherwise in growing and developing through trade, as it is against these standards that the quality, safety, and authenticity of African products will be judged. 

Tensions rise between Iscor and Numsa

By: laurian clemence     11th June 2003 South African steel giant Iscor has said that contingency measures to ensure normal production are in place and that operations were running normally at all its plants notwithstanding the strike action by some members from the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa). 

SADC standards bodies seek harmonisation

By: Deborah Spicer     6th June 2003 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) reports that country-to-country negotiations about standards are under way between South Africa and its Southern African Development Community (SADC) neighbours, as well as between South Africa and Nigeria, Ghana and Rwanda, among other countries, as... 

Revised standards for motor control centres available soon

By: nkolola halwindi     30th May 2003 Standards South Africa (Stansa), formerly the Standards Division of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is in the process of finalising the revised standards governing distribution boards and motor control centres (MCCs). 

Manufacturers association warns on quality certification

     23rd May 2003 The Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) warns the South African consumer that some manufacturers of concrete products are making false claims with regards to South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) certification. 

SA slips in new competitiveness rankings

By: laurian clemence     14th May 2003 South Africa ranks eighteenth in a newly-compiled world competitiveness survey – down two places from a year ago. 

New plastic bag standard published by SABS

     9th May 2003 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) this week announced its involvement in a new technical regulation, pertaining to the new standard for plastic bags in the country, which has been issued by the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. 

Guidelines for sand-cement screeds and concrete toppings revisited 

By: candice haase     18th April 2003 The practice of laying semidry sand-cement screeds tends to be used to ensure quick installation of these surfaces. 

Pretoria laboratory conducts 120 project tests a year

By: Helene Le Roux     11th April 2003 The South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’) Fire Protection Engineering laboratory in Pretoria is one of only two laboratories of its kind in the country, and offers a wide variety of local and international testing capabilities. 

New standard for interactive TV

     9th April 2003 The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has announced the approval of a new standard that allows content providers to roll out value-added interactive TV (iTV) services to any network without modification. 

Standards first for SA firm

     21st March 2003 Environmental Quality Certification Services Africa is one of the first South African certification companies to achieve South African National Accreditation System accreditation without the backing of a foreign accreditation. 

Research bodies sign deal to boost black business

     19th March 2003 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have this week signed a formal agreement in Pretoria to work together. 

SABS and CSIR to sign deal in support of R&D strategy

     17th March 2003 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today Pretoria. 

Water bottler invests R90-million in new plant

By: candice haase     7th March 2003 After a fire, caused by an electrical fault, destroyed its operation in October last year, Nestl 

Firm emphasises importance of controlling pests in food factories

By: candice haase     7th March 2003 Systems to control pests in a factory environment are being increasingly emphasised as the health and safety requirements for food and beverage manufacturing processes become even more stringent. 

Fostering appropriate indigenous design remains a challenge

By: Joanne Delaurentis     3rd March 2003 Africa has a long and proud history of ingenious design. 

SA-based nuclear inspector qualified 

By: Keith Campbell     28th February 2003 South Africa’s pebble-bed modular reactor programme has led international inspection and certification company Lloyd’s Register to qualify one of its South Africa-based senior surveyors as a nuclear inspector, believed to be the first such to be based in this country. 

Fostering appropriate indigenous design remains a challenge

By: Joanne Delaurentis     28th February 2003 Africa has a long and proud history of ingenious design. For centuries its people have intrigued humanity with creations that range from the great Egyptian pyramids, intricately designed textiles and jewellery, up to the South African designed automatic pool cleaner and first wind-up radio. 

New enviro auditing system set for launch

By: Joanne Delaurentis     21st February 2003 A new set of auditing standards and guidelines for quality and/or environmental management systems auditing, to be known as SANS 19011, was launched by Standards South Africa (Stansa) last month. 

Revised standards for refrigeration systems announced

By: nkolola halwindi     21st February 2003 The new fourth edition of the SABS 0147 standard for the refrigeration systems, including plants associated with air conditioning systems has been announced by South Africa National Standards (SANS), a division of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). 

Cape to host global genomics gathering

By: marisa rodrigues     14th February 2003 World-renowned super-scientists working to eradicate HIV, TB and Malaria through genetic engineering are to attend a ground-breaking human genome conference in South Africa this year. 

SABS responds to tyre manufacturers

By: Martin Czernowalow     7th February 2003 Responding to allegations by tyre manufacturers that the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is failing to deliver service to the industry and consumers, the body said it does not provide a service to any industry, but merely acts as a regulator. 

New optical network standards launched

     4th February 2003 Two new standards from ITU will allow service-providers to offer a raft of new services. 

Joint quality, enviro auditing standard launched

     29th January 2003 The eagerly awaited joint auditing standard for both quality and environmental management systems, recently published as an international standard by ISO (ISO 19011) has been adopted as a South African national standard (SANS 19011). 

The link between quality and competitiveness

By: Helene Le Roux     24th January 2003 South African companies’ ability to compete lag far behind those of their European and US counterparts when rated according to performance models. 

Conversion to new quality system imminent

By: Helene Le Roux     24th January 2003 Having a recognised quality management system is a key that can unlock export opportunities for South African manufacturers. 

New year promises to be busy for standards body

By: Helene Le Roux     24th January 2003 This year, the leading standardisation body in sub-Saharan Africa, and, arguably, in Africa, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), will be the driving force behind several projects aimed at improving the competitiveness of the country. 

First phase of institute's workplace programme now completed

By: Helene Le Roux     24th January 2003 The National Productivity Institute is implementing the second phase of the country’s Workplace Challenge Programme, after the first phase, which started in 1998, came to an end in November. 

Distribution-board manufacturers express concern over new testing standards

By: Deborah Spicer     24th January 2003 The introduction of new standards governing distribution boards and motor control centres has some small manufacturers concerned that they might go out of business due to what they describe as excessive costs that they will have to incur for testing, which had previously only been a requirement... 

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