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Quality Assurance News

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... 

Farmers need to comply with global standards

     22nd November 2002 THE imperatives of globalisation and access to foreign markets mean that South African farmers are being forced to comply with international standards, the most important being EurepGAP. 

Change of name for standards division

     19th November 2002 The Standards Division of the SABS has changed its name, and will henceforth develop and publish standards as Standards South Africa. 

Car maker's suppliers to be ISO 14001 accredited by 2005

     8th November 2002 Car manufacturer Toyota South Africa has launched its environmental purchasing guidelines for suppliers to its manufacturing and assembly operations in Durban. 

Quality system deadline looms

     1st November 2002 More than 2000 ISO 9000-certified companies in South Africa must update their quality system before December next year in order to meet the new ISO requirements. 

Malawi puts out preshipment inspection tender

By: Marcel Chimwala     1st November 2002 Malawi – The Malawian government is inviting tenders from companies, which are members of the International Federation of Inspection Agencies, for a two year preshipment services contract. 

Fabricator's East Rand workshop expanded

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 In order to take best advantage of opportunities for growth within the local stainless steel industry, Styria Stainless Steel Fabrication is placing its focus on improving its facilities and the quality of its products. 

Blasting barricade designed for mine industry

By: candice haase     20th September 2002 A Johannesburg-based manufacturer and supplier of tie-down straps, lifting chain slings, and lifting- and restraint-nets, has formed a design partnership with HB Hydraulics for a blasting barricade for underground mining applications. 

R30m invested in test facility

     30th August 2002 The Eurotype Test Centre is a subsidiary of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), and specialises in all aspects of environmental and safety testing across the complete range of motor vehicles. 

An opportunity is hidden in the quality-assurance market

     16th August 2002 Member of the JSE-listed Altech Group, Keops Isis Industrial Information Systems (Keops Isis), has recently identified a new opportunity in the industrial quality assurance market. 

Firm calls for adequate software testing

     16th August 2002 It is not uncommon for people to complain about the quality of the software they use, and one might reasonably ask why poor quality software is so common. 

SA tank giant gets nod of approval from China

     9th August 2002 The world’s leading supplier of liquid and gas containers Consani has achieved the Safety Quality Licensing Office of the People's Republic of China certification (SQLO Certification) for the use of its tank containers for the transportation of hazardous and food-grade liquids in China. 

Consulting firm signs empowerment deal

     9th August 2002 Empowerment company the Kwezi Group has acquired a 40% stake in V3 Consulting Engineers, following 12 months of negotiations between the companies. 

Company awarded ISO quality certification

     9th August 2002 Consulting engineering companies, Liebenberg & Stander International and Liebenberg & Stander Western Cape, have been awarded the SABS ISO 9001:2000 certification. 

US quality award for local firm

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 A South African manufacturing facility of automotive giant BMW, BMW SA, has received a major US quality award, an achievement commended by President Thabo Mbeki in his budget speech to Parliament. 

Centre to develop light-metals industry

     2nd August 2002 The CSIR is engaged in a number of activities to develop the automotive industry in South Africa. 

Delivery on R1,2b cat deal next year

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 The R1,2-billion contract that Bosal signed with Delta in May for catalytic converters is as much a result of its well-established international relationships as it is for the company’s world-renowned quality and expertise. 

Less waste is more profit for all

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 Industry should understand the important role it plays and the responsibilities it has towards water, and should become more involved in applying and determining water quality standards. 

Training centre awarded government contract

     21st June 2002 “Fluor Daniel training centre in Secunda was recently awarded its biggest ever contract from the Department of Labour. “This significant award is in support of the training centre’s successful programmes, track record and commitment to training,” says Fluor Daniel training... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Design prototypes also to get awards

     7th June 2002 For the second consecutive year, in addition to its Design Institute Awards, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Design Institute will run a stand-alone Prototype Design Awards initiative. 

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. 

'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. 

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