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Big ‘advanced’ nitrogen plant

By: System Author     28th July 2000 Industrial and healthcare gas supplier Afrox’s new R40-million 40-t-a-day nitrogen pressure-swing-adsorption plant is to be commissioned this month. 

Engineering IT still ‘ineffective’

By: System Author     28th July 2000 For more than 30 years, business has used information technology as a tool to improve management practices, efficiency and profits but, despite the decades of experience in dealing with the problems of effective information management and a multitude of new developments, some sectors are still... 

IT@WORK editorial section: Linking ‘clicks’ to ‘bricks’

By: System Author     28th July 2000 Weekly, from August 4, 2000, we will be introducing IT@WORK – new sections in both Engineering News and Mining Weekly – aimed at bridging the gap between the new economy and industry. 

IT-automation JV creates new leader

By: System Author     28th July 2000 South African information technology company AST and Austrian automation solutions provider Voest Alpine Industrieanlagenbau have joined forces to create a new manufacturing execution systems, automation services and solutions firm. 

Software streamlines business processes

By: System Author     28th July 2000 International workflow technology vendor Staffware launched its eProcess software in South Africa this month to enable companies using the Internet to streamline relationships with customers and intermediaries better. 

Mind-stretching exercises

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Tech Track 

Horizontal B2B site launched in SA

By: System Author     21st July 2000 South African digital marketplace, focused on the high-potential maintenance, repair and operations market, will be officially launched next month, although it is already in full swing. 

E-commerce: delight or demise

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Electrically Speaking 

The other e-business – ethics and the new global economy

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Will South Africa have to resort to inhumane practices, such as child labour, sweatshops and non-livable wages, in order to compete in a global economy? 

36% of software pirated

By: System Author     21st July 2000 It is easy to underestimate the effect of software theft because it is perceived to be a victimless crime. 

The hotseat of decision-making

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Tech Track 

New building method on offer

By: System Author     14th July 2000 A new patented building method, which draws on the principles of brick, block and concrete building, is cheaper and requires less labour and skill than conventional building techniques. 

A step into the future

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Developments to Watch 

More research into design needed

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Packaging 

Real-time engineering design on-line

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Local companies in the building and construction industry and in the manufacturing environment will soon have access to two market-specific on-line trading communities, which could change the way in which they do business. 

The laying of SA’s link to world

By: System Author     14th July 2000 The $600-million fibre optic submarine cable system, known as Sat-3/Wasc/Safe, which will connect 15 countries in Africa, Europe and Asia directly, will be laid at speeds of about 10 km/h by purpose-designed ships, with certain sections being laid at depths of around 6 000 m. 

Auto parts firm goes B2B

By: System Author     14th July 2000 South African automotive component firm Midas has embarked on a multimillion-rand project to develop its electronic-business network. 

South Africa catches on to the robot trend

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Automation & Computerisation 

Vacuum lifting devices

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Developments to Watch 

Future shock: science in control

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Tech Track 

Science and technology key to African Renaissance

By: System Author     7th July 2000 The national drive to create a high-tech globally-competitive South Africa has gone up a gear with the launch of the South African Association for Management of Technological Innovation last month. 

SA technology cleans up Brazilian lake

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Technology originally developed in South Africa has been successfully used to clean up an artificial lake in Brazil. 

Why Greensat stayed grounded

By: System Author     7th July 2000 South Africa’s first, aborted, space programme originated as a military programme, as reported in Engineering News June 23, 2000. 

Computer cabling

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Electrically Speaking 

SA faces severe IT skills dearth

By: System Author     7th July 2000 A report issued by one of the leaders in networking for the Internet, Cisco Systems, reveals the shortfall in the supply of skilled networking professionals in South Africa is forecast to be among the most severe throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 

Trends in IT seen at CeBIT 2000

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Hitech Briefs 

Rail cargo traceable on the Internet

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Southern Africa is one step closer to an integrated regional railway system, with the last railway due to be connected to the region’s rolling stock information system by December. 

New petroleum-science studies

By: System Author     30th June 2000 A new studies programme is being implemented by three Cape Town universities to equip students with the necessary qualifications to work in the petroleum industry in South Africa and abroad. 

SA–Iran in science tie

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 South Africa has signed a science and technology co-operation agreement with Iran, the focus of which will be student exchange programmes, technology transfer, and joint research and development projects between the countries. 

New life for thatch roofs

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 An innovative method of treating grass and reeds for thatch roofing and timber for construction is breathing new life into the local thatching and wood-treatment industry. 

IT training a vital component

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Education & training 

International IT college arrives in SA

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Education & training 

Research organisation broadens focus

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Composites 

Air-traffic control decision imminent

By: System Author     16th June 2000 A final decision on the establishment of a proposed regional air-traffic control centre for the Southern African Development Community is expected this month. 

SA and China bridging the cultural divide

By: System Author     16th June 2000 The drive towards technological innovation has become the bridge over the cultural divide between South Africa and China. 

New Web-based marketplace on way

By: System Author     16th June 2000 South Africa’s leading information technology company, Dimension Data, is setting up what it calls a ‘horizontal’ Web-based marketplace, which could facilitate R6-billion a year of on-line trade. 

R1,2 billion IT contract

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Johannesburg information technology firm debis IT Services Southern Africa, which won a R1,2-billion five-year contract with Sanlam last year, is looking for a black-empowerment partner. 

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