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Quality Assurance News

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. 

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. 

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. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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