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Quality Assurance News

Firm believes SABS seal positions it well for big solar roll-out

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th October 2007 Affirming its place in the expanding solar water heater market, Solahart Southern Africa has become the first solar water heater in Africa to get South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) certification. 

New standard emerges for HIV and Aids management in the workplace

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st September 2007 A new South African National Standards (Sans) system, which will improve HIV and Aids management in the workplace, was launched during July by the South African Bearau of Standards (SABS). Education, Training and Counselling (ETC) MD Linzi Smith says that Sans 16001:2007 can be successfully... 

SA weld-inspection tool in China foray

By: Terence Creamer     15th June 2007 The South African developer of radioscopic systems used for inspecting the quality of welds on tank-containers, Paul Bestbier of Cape Town, has made its first foray into the high-potential Chinese market, which has now eclipsed South Africa as the world’s leading tank-container... 

African company receives hygiene management tool certification

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th January 2007 A newly introduced, integrated safety and hygiene management tool is set to bring improved peace of mind to quality assurance and production managers in the food industry. 

Consultants pave the way for quality-management system implementation

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th January 2007 Consultants can play a useful role in the implementation of a quality-management system (QMS), explains South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) accreditation manager, Iain Muir. 

Institute influences paint quality awareness

     19th January 2007 The Rohm and Haas (R&H) Paint Quality Institute (PQI) was launched in South Africa over five years ago. 

Local institute builds quality awareness

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th January 2007 The South African Quality Institute (SAQI) is the national body that co-ordinates the quality effort in South Africa, and seeks to create quality awareness and help implement its principles. 

SABS raises the bar

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th January 2007 Standards South Africa late last year published the SANS 17021 standard, which is identical to the implementation of the ISO/IEC 17021 standard. SANS 1702 is a conformity assessment standard, detailing the requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems. It is set... 

World-class competitiveness initiative enters new phase

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th January 2007 The Workplace Challenge (WPC), a joint initiative between the National Economic Development Labour council (Nedlac) and the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), has moved into a new phase, one which concentrates on creating regional user groups focusing on world class competitiveness. 

DaimlerChrysler's East London plant is declared SA's best

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2006 The best local passenger-car manufacturing plant is DaimlerChrysler South Africa’s East London plant, where the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is produced for the South African and export markets. 

African company wins accreditation for hygiene-management tool

By: Jade Davenport     22nd September 2006 Electrochemical activation technology research and development company Radical Waters has become the first African company to receive South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) accreditation for its safety and hygiene management tool for the food industry. 

Held to account

By: Keith Campbell     16th June 2006 SOUTH Africa business is still not devoting sufficient attention to correctly applying IFRS3 and its South African equivalent. 

Can built-environment professionals now name their price?

By: Liezel Hill     7th April 2006 It�s not breaking news that all employees, save, perhaps, at top executive level, occasionally feel a little short-changed when the salary slips are circulated at the end of the month. But the picture is not quite as cut-and-dried for the South African construction industry, as it prepares to... 

Quality nailed

By: Liezel Hill     3rd March 2006 Roodepoort-based nail manufacturer Abracon, already the country’s largest producer of specialised nails, late last month also became the first South African company in its sector to receive ISO 9001 accreditation. 

Accreditation drives efficiency and quality

By: Mariaan Webb     20th January 2006 One of South Africa’s fast-moving consumer goods companies, National Brands Limited (NBL) has recently been awarded ISO 9001:2000 and Hazard Analysis Critical Controlled Point (HACCP) certification on all four its factories and two distribution centres. 

Brazilian brand meets local quality standards

By: Mariaan Webb     20th January 2006 Selling products in foreign markets requires the assurance that these products meet world-class standards. 

Quality control the key to business success

By: Mariaan Webb     20th January 2006 Worldwide, leading companies are experiencing the benefits gained by using quality-management systems and, in order to provide complete customer satisfaction, local company RGC Engineering has ventured on a path of total quality commitment. 

Quality-management strategy a national imperative

By: Mariaan Webb     20th January 2006 South African companies are increasingly focused on complying with internationally-accepted standards to grow their business by gaining an advantage through consistency in their systems. 

Water-blasting technology increases foundry’s efficiency

By: Mariaan Webb     20th January 2006 To improve surface quality and increase efficiency within its foundry, Rely Precision Castings has recently started to make use of water-blasting technology to remove shell and clean its castings completely. 

New health and safety accreditation for speed drives

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 A new health and safety accreditation has recently been awarded to Rockwell Automation’s Powerflex 700 vetor-control (VC) variable-speed drives, which will reportedly improve safety in hazardous environments. 

New standards for switchgear and controlgear explained

     27th May 2005 South Africa is leading the world with an innovative approach toward the different levels of low voltage (LV) assembly designs required for particular applications. 

Stadiums for Africa with a French flair

By: abdul cook     6th May 2005 Johannesburg-based Ing 

2006 deadline to meet revised standards

By: Helene Le Roux     8th April 2005 Companies that are certified to the ISO 14001 and ISO 14004 standards have until May 2006 to adopt the amended standards ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14004:2004. 

Cosourcing - a unique project-based alternative

By: Jade Davenport     25th March 2005 Outsourcing service firm, Andrew Stafford & Associates (AS&A), established in 1994, is a small consultancy firm specialising in development, implementation certification and maintenance of management systems. 

Safety torches operate in potentially-explosive conditions

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Gauteng-based Denver Technical Products have introduced one of the first ATEX directive compliant safety lights to South Africa. 

. . . water-quality safeguards assessed

By: Jill Stanford     11th February 2005 THE Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) says it has a host of measures up its sleeve which it can implement if the Berg Water Project causes a deterioration in the quality of water in the lower Berg river. 

Industrial matchmaking iniative launched

By: Zonika Botha     4th February 2005 A new project, which can best be described as an online industrial matchmaking service, has been launched by government and industry to drive supplier performance as a global competitive strength. 

Europeans turn to SA firm for 3G-equipment testing

By: Nicola Mawson     21st January 2005 When local cellular-network operators rolled out 3G technology towards the end of last year, they were able to test it with equipment that had proved itself in Europe. 

French quality-assurance group takes up Mbeki's gauntlet

By: Nicola Mawson     21st January 2005 President Thabo Mbeki would like to see stronger ties between South Africa and France. 

Initiative enables SMEs to become world-class companies says AIDC

By: Nicola Mawson     21st January 2005 Quality assurance is the minimum requirement for small and medium and black-empowered companies that desire to extend their market base internationally. 

Quality and ISO are not always the same thing

By: Nicola Mawson     21st January 2005 A senior executive at global manufacturing and operations consultancy Competitive Capabilities International (CCI) argues that ISO 9001 certification does not automatically guarantee quality. 

Quality helps auto-component firm to break into European market

By: Nicola Mawson     21st January 2005 Between 50% and 60% of Walro Flex’s product is being exported to Europe, says works director Deon Mattheus. 

A strategic step towards improving processes

     19th November 2004 Local beer maker South African Breweries (SAB) has launched a Strategic Operating Practices (SOP) programme, an analytical approach that improves processes by adding value through information management, reducing lead-time and variability. 

Better-public-buildings appeal by minister

By: Zonika Botha     19th November 2004 Minister of Public Works Stella Sigcau has urged South Africa’s built environment industry to establish closer links with its UK counterparts in order to locally promote the concept of better public buildings. 

Cape winemaker's ISO double act

     19th November 2004 Cape winemaker Durbanville Hills is the first South African cellar to be certified as ISO 9001:2000- and ISO 14001-compliant. 

Quality in focus next week

     5th November 2004 From November 8 to November 13, the Department of Trade and Industry will be hosting various events in celebration of National Quality Week (NQW). 

Electrically speaking, South Africa’s buildings are sound . . . for now

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     29th October 2004 To be the editor of my column is to plough an ocean. The poor editor never ceases to ask me (and others) to meet our respective deadlines and we almost never do. 

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