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Quality Assurance News

Global markets require global accountability

By: Keith Campbell     7th June 2002 THE lack of generally accepted global reporting standards for business and other organisations is a problem in an increasingly globalised economy. 

Learnerships being designed for South African draughting industry 

By: vanessa vasques     7th June 2002 The body which aims to promote and maintain the science and professional practice of draughtsmanship, the South African Institute of Draughtsmen (Said), is currently in the process of generating new unit standards which will result in a learnership for draughtspersons. 

New standard for information security

By: Keith Campbell     7th June 2002 WITHIN as few as five years South African companies seeking to do business internationally, and particularly in the EU, will probably need to be ISO 17799 certified. 

Richards Bay ups service quality

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 The currents of change continue to course through the National Ports Authority (NPA) in Richards Bay as it transforms to meet the demands of customers and society. 

'Moderate' growth in demand for concrete in 2002

By: marisa rodrigues     24th May 2002 The cement and concrete market in South Africa continues to be fairly flat with the demand for concrete in 2001 growing by 1,9% compared to 2000. 

Flawed application of standards in SA

By: marisa rodrigues     24th May 2002 The quality and control standards in the South African cement and concrete industry are very good, but it is in the application of these standards where the local industry may be lacking, believes Beton-Lab’s Alan de Kock. 

New system to maximise alcohol-recovery process

     24th May 2002 Sasol Chemical Industries has appointed Honeywell Hi-Spec Solutions to install an advanced process control (APC) system on one of its alcohol recovery units. The new system will maximise the recovery processes of alcohol-related co-products. 

Manufacturer renews its focus on quality

By: vanessa vasques     17th May 2002 Valve manufacturer and distributor Insamcor, of Edenvale, in Johannesburg, is taking a number of steps towards raising the level of its internal service and skills. 

Valves specified by US institute

     17th May 2002 Specification by the American Petroleum Institute (API) means that a valve manufacturer has passed stringent quality conformance tests. 

Big marketing drive for quality seal

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2002 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) mark is staging a comeback, with an advertising campaign and road show which will again market the stamp of approval as one South African consumers can trust. 

New standard for precast-concrete flooring slabs

     19th April 2002 For the first time South Africa has a standard for the manufacture of precast-concrete suspended floor slabs. 

Department to grow inspectorship

By: nkolola halwindi     12th April 2002 The South African industry does not adhere to the South African Bureau of Standards(SABS) requirements of fire and explosion prevention a this is evident from the horrific fires and accidents that occur, says Department of Labour director Jakes Malatse. 

Illegal operators multiply as legislation goes unenforced

By: nkolola halwindi     12th April 2002 As the controversy on illegal companies operating in the fire industry rages on, the South African Qualification and Certification Committee (SAQCC) has accused the Department of Labour and Occupational Health (DLOH) and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) of deliberately turning a deaf... 

Standard revised for safer driving

By: vanessa vasques     5th April 2002 The poor quality of retread tyres has forced the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to revise its standards relating to reconditioned tyres. 

SA makes vehicle-parts standards leap

     20th March 2002 Transport Minister Dulah Omar says the decision by the South African government to adopt United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) regulations makes it possible for industry to enter into larger international markets while allowing the South African consumer to have access to a wider... 

Metal-finishing firm aims for top enviro rating

     8th March 2002 Having obtained an SABS ISO 9002 quality assurance listing at the end of last year, metal finishing company African Electroplating is now focusing its attention on achieving SABS ISO 14001 environmental rating. 

British and SA standards joint venture

     25th January 2002 The British Standards Institution (BSI) has entered into a joint venture with South Africa’s International Risk Control Africa (IRCA), to provide safety, health, environmental and quality (SHEQ) certification and risk assessment services throughout Southern Africa. 

Dearth of standards for SA's potable water media

     25th January 2002 West Rand-based Klamflex Pipe Couplings maintains that there is a lack of local regulations pertaining to mediums that convey potable water, including the use of flexible couplings and flange adaptors in this application. 

Metrology laboratory more than measures up

     25th January 2002 The National Metrology Laboratory (NML) is a key provider of internationally-equivalent measurements and measurement standards to South Africa. Manager Francois Denner speaks to Engineering News Feature Writer Richard Jansen van Vuuren about the laboratory’s 2001 achievements. 

Quality watchdogs unite

     25th January 2002 Last year, much progress was made in achieving and maintaining quality in South Africa, South African Quality Institute (SAQI) MD Dr Michael Carruthers informs Engineering News. 

New code for gas containers

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     7th December 2001 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has released the latest edition of its standard covering the requirements for the design, manufacture, use and maintenance of refillable gas containers. 

Engineering News wins standards media award

     19th October 2001 South Africa’s standards champion, the South African Bureau (SABS), last week presented two new awards recognising excellence the promotion of standardisation – the Standards Media Award, and the Standards Development Award. 

SADC in standards-harmonisation move

     19th October 2001 Standards are currently being harmonised in the South African Development Community (SADC) in a project called Standardisation (SADC STAN), Standards Association of Zimbabwe director general Maureen Mutasa reports. 

Quality award for clay-brick maker

     7th September 2001 The biggest independent clay-brick manufacturer in the Western Cape, Crammix Bricks, reports to be the first in South Africa to qualify for SABS ISO 9002 certification, a quality standard recognised in 70 countries. 

Merging the art of design with the science of efficiency

     31st August 2001 The South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’s) Design Institute of South Africa is devising a strategy that will make it more efficient. 

New safety code for rail industry

     31st August 2001 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) will develop safety standards for the local railway industry – an initiative which is believed could facilitate uniform railway safety standards for the entire Southern African Development Community and even the sub-Saharan region. 

Corporate goverance receiving more focus in Africa

By: Keith Campbell     30th July 2001 Corporate governance a new concept in Africa, because African capital markets themselves relatively new. Such markets important to Africa, and Corporate Governance needs African nuances. 

Standards watchdog bares its teeth

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th July 2001 Companies which imagine that they can flout the standards laid down by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) could be in for a rude shock. The strickness meted out to bus manufacturer Afinta Motor Corporation (AMC) bears testimony to the new zero-tolerance stance of the SABS under the... 

ISO president prefers ‘consensus approach’ to standards building

By: System Author     8th December 2000 International non-governmental standards body the International Standards Organisation is initiating a world forum to improve communication on standardisation and to ensure that standards are built on consensus, rather than unilaterally. 

New standards for fire extinguishers

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Four years after the South African Bureau of Standards tightened regulations concerning the reconditioning of handheld fire extinguishers in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, injuries and accidents as a result of substandard servicing of these pressure vessels continue to make news headlines. 

Racks, shelves and pallets installed

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Warehousing & storage 

Upgrade to distribution centre completed

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Warehousing & storage 

ISO revisions under way

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Quality Institute 

SA will have to work to ‘go downstream’

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin has warned that a move down the value chain was not ‘automatic’, and has called for concerted private-sector and government effort to help enliven the beneficiation drive. 

Incinerators can be ‘clean’

By: System Author     27th October 2000 While incinerators are continuously being bombarded by environmental lobbying groups and manufacturers of alternative technologies as a ‘dirty’ means of medical waste disposal, many believe that incinerators do not have to pollute the environment. 

Increase in exports expected

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Stainless Steel 

Design advances in mining to medicine

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Local designers are at the forefront of major advances made in mining and medical equipment. 

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