http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
R/€ = 14.65 Change: 0.16
R/$ = 12.52 Change: 0.06
Au 1292.14 $/oz Change: -0.74
Pt 901.50 $/oz Change: -0.19
 

Technology & Communications News

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... 

New companies can now hit the ground running

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Leading competitors in the information technology (IT) industry SAP, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard (HP) have formed a tripartite alliance to offer affordable enterprise resource planning solutions to the previously neglected small and medium-sized business spectrum. At about R3-million for 200... 

Turnkey hydraulic package offered in SA

By: Deborah Spicer     7th May 1999 The range of hydraulic equipment manufactured by Denison, and imported from the US and Europe to South Africa through the Denquip group, has a stronger-than-ever presence in the country. “With some changes taking place in the group itself, as well as a change of agency in South Africa, some... 

Tanzania sweetens telecom privatisation

By: Roelf Diedericks     7th May 1999 Tanzania’s government intends to sweeten the privatisation process of the State-owned Tanzania Telecommunications Company (TTCL) by granting it a cellular licence before any other company in the country, Engineering News can today report. Information obtained from the Tanzania High... 

Pneumatic system for trenchless piping

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A range of pneumat- ic equipment used to install underground pipes and cables without digging trenches is available from Reef Trenchless Technology SA (RTT), a wholly-owned company of Reef Pneumatics and Industrial Supplies. “The conventional method of digging trenches when one needs to... 

Sector galvanised by R1,4bn mast project

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The local corrosion-control industry has received a significant boost by the announcement that Telkom is to go ahead with its plan to erect 4 500 radio masts each year over the next three years. One of Telkom’s main aims is to ensure that the lifecycle cost of creating the radio-based... 

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... 

Cell costs approach fixed-line costs

By: System Author     30th April 1999 In the seven years since its launch, global systems for mobile communications (GSM) technology has achieved 150-million subscribers worldwide, with up to 60% penetration in countries like Finland, compared to about 6% in South Africa. Even the US, previously having to deal with nine operating... 

Madagascar dogged by poor infrastructure

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Madagascar is a country with a promising future, Siemens South Africa CE Dr Klaus Doring tells Engineering News. “I visited Madagascar in February, on an exploratory visit, to see if there were any opportunities there – we had a lot of support from the German ambassador there, who... 

NZ prisoner home-detention scheme by Oct

By: System Author     30th April 1999 IT seems as if South Africa is not alone in its quest to make its prisoners feel ‘right at home’ with an electronic home-detention electronic monitoring scheme to be implemented by the New Zealand Department of Corrections on October 1 this year. Operational adviser for the project... 

Adding sparks to big cordless debate

By: System Author     30th April 1999 SOUTH African consumers still associate cordless tools with second-rate performance and a lack of power, comments Peter Schneider in the April issue of The Home Handyman. Whereas every household in Australia has at least one cordless power tool, the situation in South Africa is quite different.... 

From the Archimedes screw to multistage impeller pumps

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The new release of All About Pumps is now available from the Animated Software Company. This program has received high praise from users and reviewers, and is quickly becoming a standard teaching tool in the pump industry. Available on CD-Rom for just US$59,95, All About Pumps teaches the... 

Pump company boosts quality

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Extensive applications knowledge and technical expertise has seen MAH Pump Sales & Installations maintain its solid reputation for consistently-high quality standards on all its installations. MD Michael Hartridge maintains that attention to detail on an installation, as well as a commitment to... 

Complete solution for power industry

By: System Author     30th April 1999 It is imperative that the quality of water in steam-generation plants is controlled to high standards. Burkert Contromatic has products suitable for this demanding environment, and it will be releasing 37 new products this year alone, one of which is Top Control. This is heralded by the company... 

New pressure-measurement transmitter

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Process field instrumentation specialist Endress+Hauser will be exhibiting an extensive range of process measurement instrumentation at the Process ’99 exhibition to be held in the MTN Sundome from May 18 to 20. Process ’99 will be a part of the Engineering Technologies ’99... 

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... 

Website boosts small business sector

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 A novel way of bring- ing together small businesses and potential buyers using an Internet website known as the business referral and information network (Brain), has been launched by the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) centre for small business promotion. Brain functions as a... 

Voice for small companies

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 ORGANISERS of Electrics Africa, the international electrical exhibition, have created a village area of affordable stands for smaller South African companies. This will give suppliers the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits associated with full-scale participation at the event. “We... 

Latest News

more

Latest Videos

more

Press Office

more

Topics In These Articles

RSS Feed

About

Engineering News is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa
Polity

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on Engineering News is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Free daily email newsletter Register Now
Register Close