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South African students compete globally

By: System Author     14th May 1999 South African students are participating in international science and technology fairs in Europe, the US, and South America through the local Expo for Young Scientists Programme. Winning students of different categories in the expo are selected to represent South Africa in different science fairs... 

Genetic modification may hold the key to Africa’s food-production dilemma

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Within the next five to ten years, 95% of South Africa’s processed foods will be derived from genetically-modified sources. Far from rejecting this trend, however, South Africans should embrace the idea of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), if only for the simple reason of all the good... 

R15m Durban trade centre completed

By: System Author     14th May 1999 INDUSTRIAL and buil-ding developer Clearspan has completed the construction of a R15-million Trade Centre for Metcash at Mt Edgecombe in Durban. The 13 000 m2 centre was completed in a fastrack period of only four-and-a-half months to allow the centre to meet its critical opening dates.... 

R1,8-bn project is ahead

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The R1,8-billion development of the Marconi Beam site in the Western Cape is two years ahead of schedule, with R1-billion having been spent on the project in just more than three years. The project is well past the halfway mark, with 40% of the total residential land and 60% of the industrial... 

Foundation for new development agency

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Why was the TNDT established? Prior to the 1994 elections, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs) played a significant role in South Africa’s transition process by providing the necessary upliftment services the State could not provide. However, after... 

R180-million allocated for research

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Researchers at universities, technikons and science councils will benefit from funding to the tune of more than R180-million during 1999 through the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (Thrip). “Thrip has had great success in boosting industry-related research due to the... 

African radiation protection centre set up

By: System Author     14th May 1999 South Africa is set to strengthen its position at the forefront of global radiation protection following a decision by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the Council for Nuclear Safety (CNS), with strong support from parastatal power... 

SA niche in emerging Euro missile giant?

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The latest development in the continuing large-scale consolidation of the European aerospace and defence industries – the start of talks to merge major European guided-weapons companies – could very well draw in South Africa, Engineering News can today report. British Aerospace (BAe),... 

Learner-aids fast-track skills push

By: System Author     14th May 1999 A way to speed up the learner competency process as outlined by the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) has been developed by the National Productivity Institute (NPI). NPI senior productivity adviser George Chamberlain explains to Engineering News that, although the NQF, through its unit... 

Modified-bitumen contracts in the pipeline

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Despite severely-depressed market conditions, modified bitumen manufactured at Bituguard South Africa’s newly-completed production facility near Bethlehem in the Free State is being used on a number of contracts. Most notable of these are for the coating of 25 km of pipeline – 5 km... 

Piping in changes to the market

By: Roelf Diedericks     7th May 1999 After a major product development over the last two years, pipe galvaniser RIH Tube, of Elandsfontein, Gauteng, can now offer a comprehensive customer-control programme to complement and support the changes. “We have been largely responsible for pioneering the product changes that we... 

High-temp polymer for corrosion protection

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Research and development chemists have introduced a new, high-temperature polymer coating that provides protection against erosion-corrosion under conditions of full immersion at temperatures of up to 185?C. The new coating is expected to open the door to markets which, until now, have not been... 

Specialist construction coating

By: System Author     7th May 1999 ASouth African ma- nufacturer of spe- cialist coatings for the construction industry, Marmoran, is launching a new product throughout the country. Alltek is a 2 mm to 3 mm thick spray-applied plaster that adheres to walls with great strength. It is normally applied by a team of three, one of whom... 

One of world’s longest conveyors is coated

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Corrosion-resistant coatings for one of the world’s longest mine conveyor systems, provided by South African conveyor fabricator, Lorbrand, have been sandblasted and painted by Robo Blasting, of Germiston, Gauteng. Coatings for the 24 km conveyor, which runs through the Rockies in Colorado... 

Regional power trade nets R150m for SA

By: System Author     7th May 1999 In an extremely difficult economic climate Eskom’s traders last year managed to make a gross profit of more than R150-million, simply by buying and selling electricity in Africa. The power utility reports that South Africa is the largest producer and consumer of electricity in the... 

Earthmover launches training programme

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The local distributor of Caterpillar earthmoving machinery, Barlows Equipment, is implementing a training programme that brings South Africa’s national qualifications framework (NQF) structure to life. Barlows human resources development (HRD) service manager Tienie Viljoen explains to... 

R1,2-billion ‘Disney World’ for Centurion

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Plans are on the map to develop a R1,2-billion theme park in Centurion, Gauteng, which, if implemented, would cap Disney World, Orlando, in the US in size. The first of four phases in the development, called Centurion Wonder World, is a proposed R300-million undertaking which would comprise a... 

New airport project cleared for take-off

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The project to construct a R250-million international airport for the lowveld at Primkop, near Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, has received approval from all relevant provincial and national government departments and agencies and now is awaiting only the closure of the necessary financial package,... 

R22m loan for Knysna projects

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Socioeconomic development in the greater Knysna area was boosted at the end of last month when the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Knysna transitional local council (KTLC) signed a R22,7-million loan agreement. The loan is for the financing of the Knysna infrastructure... 

Emerging enterprises boosted

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), with The Internet Solution (IS) as strategic partner, is launching an initiative to bring together providers of venture capital with promising emerging companies requiring a cash injection. The JSE’s emerging enterprise zone (EEZ) went live last month,... 

Train communication system is on track

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A reportedly unique South African developed train communication system worth more than R10-million to support CoalLink in coal transport – with the ultimate goal of moving more than 70-million tons of coal a year to Richards Bay Coal Terminal – is in the process of being rolled out by... 

Govt to study regional satellite

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Government is about to conduct a nine-month study into the feasibility of a domestic regional satellite dedicated to the Southern African Development Community (SADC), communications director-general Andile Ngcaba reports. Based on the present economic outlook, industry experts believe such a... 

Launch of innovative product

By: System Author     30th April 1999 One of the largest local integration houses, IST Industrial, of Pretoria, is set to launch an innovative product which will have an impact on the majority of industrial and mining sectors, reports marketing manager Jacques Joubert. Details regarding this product seem to be a tightly guarded... 

SA lagging behind world in telecom pricing

By: System Author     30th April 1999 South Africa does not compare well with telecommunication price standards in other countries, where costs are falling dramatically, according to the latest yearly worldwide survey of telephone charges by National Utility Services (NUS) of South Africa. NUS provides a telecommunications, energy... 

Merger leads to creation of R&D powerhouse

By: System Author     30th April 1999 new giant in the power-generation industry has been announced with the merger between the power-generation divisions of ABB and Alstom to create a 50:50 joint company to be known as ABB Alstom Power. ABB South Africa communications manager Chesney Bradshaw refused to comment on the merger.... 

Voltage is upped on thriving expansion drive

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Medium-voltage (MV) specialist Marqott Holdings is conducting a thriving expansion drive, which is the culmination of more than 12 years experience in the industry. A contributing factor to this initiative is the fact that, through its subsidiary Marqott Power Industries, Siemens awarded the... 

Big breakthrough in heat-pump technology

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Generator-absorber heat exchange (GAX) is a breakthrough in thermally-activated heat-pump technology that promises to heat and cool more efficiently; that will last 20 years with minimal maintenance; and that is environmentally benign because it uses neither chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) nor... 

Solar roof development

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A solar roofing system, jointly developed by Gapp Architects and Urban Designers and Solar Heat Exchangers, is being used to roof part of a public bathhouse built for the Katorus Market Society. This society is a non-governmental organisation representing the townships of Katlehong, Tokoza and... 

$5-million global satellite contract won

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A US$5-million three-year contract for the installation of satellite services in Khartoum, Sudan, has been won by South African firm Hix Technologies. “Through this project we can gain the experience in satellite installation necessary in the future in South Africa, particularly because we... 

Star performance from South African satellite

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Stellenbosch University’s low-earth orbit Sunsat satellite has successfully passed most of its checks since entering orbit, Engineering News can today report. “We’re happy with progress, although glitches set us back a week, but we suffered no mission-critical failures and most... 

Telecom market set to reach R50bn by 2003

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A second fixed-line and third cellular operator should both be able to succeed in the South African communications market, BMI-Techknowledge director Andre Wills reports. “Our research indicates that the local telecommunications market should grow from a gross turnover of R20-billion in... 

SA power innovations galvanise the world

By: System Author     30th April 1999 South African technology for innovative applications and developments in the electric power-generation and transmission industry is typically leading-edge and highly-regarded internationally, says South African Institute of Electrical Engineers president Alf Schulze. “These latest... 

Grants worth R31,5m approved

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 A TOTAL of 35 grants valued at R31,5-million were approved as part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) support programme for industrial innovation (SPII) between October 1997 and March 1998. The department has released the fifteenth biannual report on the SPII, one of the... 

South Africa plans to rope in its drivers

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) has placed the first local order for a wire-rope safety fence system, which is a proved method of reducing fatalities from accidents occurring on motorways and dual carriageways in the UK. The Brifen wire-rope safety fence system, manufactured by... 

Black empowerment reaches billion-rand mark

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 One rand in every three being disbursed by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is going towards black economic empowerment. Chief financial director Gert Gouws reveals that 31% of total proposition approvals, worth more than R1-billion, have been directed towards empowerment schemes over... 

Like Topsy, Jhb airport just grows and grows

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 A R1,6-billion five-year master-plan for the further redevelopment and expansion in capacity of Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) has been announced by Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). The plan came into effect on April 1, and will be completed in 2004. Officially called the western... 

Laser device sniffs out explosives

By: System Author     16th April 1999 UK scientists have developed a laser device which can detect minute amounts of explosives and can offer airline passengers increased protection from terrorists. Physicists at Leeds University, in northern England, say the instrument is so sensitive it can detect explosives the size of a pin- head... 

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