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One privatisation a month

By: System Author     28th May 1999 What could amount to a ‘privatisation a month’ is on the cards for R24-billion-a-year transport parastatal Transnet. Deputy MD Mafika Mkwanazi reports that for the rest of this calendar year, Transnet plans to make a series of announcements involving partial privatisations,... 

SAB plc news blackout hits Engineering News

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Is the South African media facing a news blackout from companies which have decided to move their primary listings from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange to London? This fear surfaced when South African Breweries (SAB plc) refused to answer any Engineering News questions, citing its London listing... 

Control valve is developed for skid-steer loaders

By: System Author     21st May 1999 A NEW control valve for skid-steer loaders has been developed by Casappa, represented in South Africa by Ernest Lowe. The SDM 141/3 is a three-port monobloc control valve with a series circuit, while the new SDM 140/3 series has a parallel circuit. Both products are equipped with interspool check... 

Local valve makers are urged to go global

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Local valve manu facturers need to become world-class if they are to survive and grow, Vent-O-Mat marketing manager Allistair Balutto tells Engineering News, producing figures to prove that the company has ‘put its money where its mouth is’ – export-derived revenue is up to 60%,... 

New compact performance valve terminals redefining pneumatics

By: System Author     21st May 1999 NEW compact performance valve (CPV) terminals from international control technology specialist Festo redefine the local pneumatics industry by representing a true technical revolution in terms of performance, size and flexibility. Although 60% smaller, this innovative range of solenoid valve... 

Technology equity fund

By: System Author     21st May 1999 THE private equity division of the Brait group, Brait Capital Partners, has announced a first closing at R250-million in an equity fund which will be making investments in technology and innovation. This fund, known as Braitec, has secured the R250-million of equity commitments from leading South... 

R400-million project on schedule

By: System Author     21st May 1999 THE R400-million Nedcor North Site development in Sandton, Gauteng, is on track to be completed on time in October 2000, reports project manager Ampros Developments (Amdev) a year after excavations began. Amdev senior project manager Eddie Beckwith says the development’s ambitious deadline... 

US military buys SA wind-up know-how

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Fashion comebacks are a common occurrence, but this seldom applies in the field of technology. However, wind-up technology has caught its second wind and holds the potential to become a serious and permanent hit on the international scene. Turning back the clock is Anglo-South African company,... 

South African heads mobile-phone body

By: System Author     21st May 1999 For the first time in its history a top mobile telecommunications body has appointed a South African as its new chairperson. He is Michael Stocks, who was was appointed chairperson of the Global Systems Mobile (GSM) Association on May 1, and whose term runs until April 30 next year. “I see... 

The sky is the limit for Internet business

By: System Author     21st May 1999 By the year 2000 about 150-million people will be using the Internet, and revenue received through transactions on the Internet will amount to about US$70- billion. With these kinds of statistics, the sky is the limit for computer company Dell Computers, which foresees a large growth in business... 

E-commerce: targeting blue-eyed consumers

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Information technology (IT) group Usko predicts that up to 70% of its operating profits will be derived from electronic-commerce-linked activities within the next three to five years. This is a bold statement given that the business, at present, accumulates very little profit from e-commerce,... 

SA manufacturers slow to adopt Internet technology

By: System Author     21st May 1999 MANUFACTURERS are set to become major users of e-commerce according to a survey by Visa International. The survey is backed up by a study at the manufacturing industry coal-face by the National Association of Manufacturers in the US. Its appraisal of more than 1 000 manufacturing plants in the US... 

Mast manufacturer wins R70m contract

By: System Author     21st May 1999 The largest slice of a major telecommunications infrastructure project has this month been awarded to East Rand company P&D Engineering. Fifty per cent of the mast-manufacturing contract for Telkom – valued at between R40-million and R70-million a year over three years – will be... 

New competitor enters local telecom market

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Multibillion-dollar telecommunications group Nortel Networks has entered the South African market with a strong commitment to community upliftment. This was emphasised by a R900 000 donation to SchoolNet SA, a non-profit initiative to boost the use of information technology in South Africa, at... 

When software becomes a gold-mine of profits

By: System Author     21st May 1999 There is a joke doing the rounds in the mining industry: leaders in the sector giggle to themselves when they hear a business being likened to a gold-mine for its profits potential and say they will never invest in it. But when that gold-mine happens to be a software company with a leading... 

Smart-card factory

By: System Author     21st May 1999 HERIOTDALE, in Johannesburg, will be South Africa’s ‘smart centre’, following a R50-million investment from a UK group to its South African subsidiary, Applied Card Technologies (ACT). The investment is for a smart-card factory which will produce ‘intelligent’ cards,... 

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... 

Local assembly on the cards for PC distributors

By: System Author     14th May 1999 IN a move that is said to be a first for a large branded personal computer (PC) vendor, Hewlett-Packard South Africa has granted its primary distributors the right to assemble a range of PCs locally. Siltek Distribution Dynamics (SDD) and Tarsus Technologies are to start immediate local assembly... 

Simple solution to millennium bug

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Small, medium and micro enterprises that cannot afford to invest millions of rands in high-tech software solutions to the millennium problem will be pleased to know that the answer could be a simple plug-in-clock. The Millennium TimePeace, developed by Trafford, of the UK, is a small retrofit... 

Fine-tuning the logic behind pressure control

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The proportional integral derivative (PID) controller is used in many industries to control variables like temperature, flow, level and pressure. Even where multivariable control and optimisation are used, the base layer still depends on the PID controller. Johannesburg-based engineering company,... 

IT strategy endorsed

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The Electronics Industries Federation of South Africa’s (EIF) executive council has added its endorsement to the South African information technology (IT) industry strategy (Saitis) project being co-funded by the governments of South Africa and Canada. Saitis aims to develop a viable... 

Digital villages to empower communities

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The hi-tech world of information technology (IT) is opening up for South Africa’s historically-disadvantaged communities through the establishment of ‘digital villages’ by Gauteng IT leader Microsoft SA. The company’s community investment programme aims to bring the... 

Towards a third generation of cellphones

By: System Author     14th May 1999 THE GSM Association has predicted that cellular data transmission will grow at a rate of 40 % to 50 % this year. The announcement follows a prediction by the association that a billion GSM text mesages would be sent in April alone. Vodacom group executive Joan Joffe believes that the increasing... 

Brave new world of process intelligence

By: System Author     14th May 1999 In keeping with the company’s goal of being a world leader in technology, Yokogawa’s local branch in Southdale, Gauteng, has introduced the new YTA. This combines the digital accuracy of the DPharp pressure transmitters with the reliability of the YT series, resulting in a temperature... 

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... 

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