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Telecoms News

Forearm rests to combat work strain

By: System Author     4th June 1999 It has been found that working on a typewriter or computer terminal tends to cause more neck, shoulder and arm complaints, as well as functional troubles, than doing varied office work does. Work requiring concentration and precision necessitates maintaining head, neck, shoulders and forearm in a... 

Pros and cons of a domestic satellite

By: System Author     4th June 1999 It might be too soon for South Africa to start looking at a government-owned regional domestic satellite. Following government’s decision to launch a study into the feasibility of such a venture, VisionSet CE Harold Bopalamo reflects industry perspectives as cautious. “The advantages... 

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... 

New foreign investment trend noted in SA

By: System Author     28th May 1999 A new trend in foreign investment has been noted by Investment South Africa (ISA), which sees good-quality investments by world-leading companies that could help speed up South Africa’s globalisation process. “These multinational corporations are socially-responsible corporations that... 

R14bn, five-year capex spend

By: System Author     28th May 1999 With plans to invest an estimated R14-billion over the next five financial years in significant capital-investment projects, Sasol is continuing its focus on the production and marketing of higher-value chemicals, reports communications manager Alfonso Niemand. During the 1996, 1997 and 1998... 

R1,2bn IT outsourcing

By: System Author     28th May 1999 An agreement valued at about R1,2-billion for the purchase of the assets and goodwill of Sasol’s information technology (IT) division has been signed with Q Data Consulting, the professional services division of PQ Africa. This comprehensive outsourcing agreement, which will span ten years,... 

IT upgrade for local transport company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 ROAD transport company Cargo Carriers has installed an end-to-end networking solution comprising a 3Com wide-area network (Wan) and local area networks (Lans). The installation, which is already yielding substantial operational benefits, forms an integral part of Cargo’s multi-million rand... 

Software giant forges greater alliance

By: System Author     28th May 1999 SOFTWARE company Systems Applications and Products (SAP) Southern Africa (SA) has forged closer relationships with two leading SAP R/3 consulting and implementation houses as part of a programme to ensure customer access to the best implementation skills available. Deloitte Consulting and... 

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... 

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... 

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,... 

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,... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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 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... 

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... 

$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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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