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Quality Assurance News

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Upgrade to distribution centre completed

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Warehousing & storage 

Racks, shelves and pallets installed

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Warehousing & storage 

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. 

ISO revisions under way

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Quality Institute 

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. 

Seven new standard priorities set

By: System Author     20th October 2000 The South African Bureau of Standards released its first draft of Priority Projects for National Standards for public comment at the National Standards Conference in Pretoria this month. 

50% growth for pump test lab

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Pumps 

Change in service approach to SADC countries mooted

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Pumps 

It’s quality, not size, for engineering firm

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Established only 21 months ago, East Rand turned metal component manufacturer AWF Engineering & Distributors is establishing a strong foundation to achieve its vision of becoming one of South Africa’s top engineering companies. 

E Europe advance for South African brewing giant

By: System Author     12th May 2000 The merger of the three Czech breweries – Plzensky Prazdroj, Radegast and Velke Popovice – which were acquired last year by South African Breweries, is well under way. 

State commercialising test labs

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Consisting of more than 60 laboratories for a range of technologies, South African Bureau of Standards Test House is one of three new strategic business units created following an extensive restructuring by the State organisation in 1998. 

Pump efficiency a priority

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Pumps 

Plant to fill 14 bottles a second

By: System Author     31st March 2000 International beer producer South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) R705-million Ibhayi brewery in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, is expected to run at full capacity from day one of its completion. 

Fruit processing a growing market

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Food & Beverages 

Call for revision of specification

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Heating and cooling 

Three years to adopt revised standard

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Quality Assurance & World-Class Manufacturing 

Jobs flow from quality small firms

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Quality Assurance & World-Class Manufacture 

21st century to be one of quality

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Quality assurance and world-class manufacture 

Quality conformance is crucial to performance

By: System Author     28th January 2000 The bulk of quality problems are caused by poor communication within an organisation due to executives who do not fully understand the difference between quality of conformance and quality of performance, and CEOs who refuse by choice not to become involved with the quality process. 

Action needed on platinum’s supply shortfall

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Demand for platinum is expected to rise for the seventh successive year to a new high of 5,59-million ounces this year, says the platinum expert Johnson Matthey. 

Measuring up to reproducible standards

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Tech Track 

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