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Local packaging machine beats imported version

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The first locally-made packaging machine for handling water-soluble film is now available from National Packaging Systems (NPS) of Kwazulu-Natal at a fraction of the cost of the imported version. Business partners Geoff Thomason and John Pelucci developed the machine using the latest packaging... 

Turmoil in SADC merely a blip

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Despite some turmoil within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and limited economic growth, global engineering and technology group ABB has recommitted itself to its African operations, with renewed focus on Southern Africa. The group now has a more focused approach to business... 

La Mercy project still awaits clearance

By: System Author     16th July 1999 THE controversial relocation of Durban International Airport (DIA) to a proposed new site at La Mercy has reached an impasse due to financial difficulties. In an exclusive interview with Engineering News Acsa MD Dirk Ackerman stated quite frankly that “nothing has changed; we have finished... 

Final stages in SADC free-trade agreement

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Tthe elusive Southern African Development Community (SADC) free-trade agreement, which was almost derailed by disputes about the clothing and textile sectors, was expected to be finalised this week at a meeting in Botswana, secretary-general Kaire Mbuende said. “Negotiations are almost... 

South African export week announced for October

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The Department of Trade and Industry has announced that it will stage the 1999 South African Export Week alongside the South African International Trade Exhibition (Saitex). An exhibition of the recently-established Kagiso Exhibitions, Saitex is to be held at the Expo Centre, Nasrec,... 

SA firms still keep their heads in the sand

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Many South African companies are ignorant of international trade developments, and remain uninterested in participating in trade negotiations – despite the severe impact this could have on their business, reveals Deloitte & Touche customs and international trade consultancy associate... 

Port upgrades to be government priority

By: System Author     16th July 1999 PORT authority Portnet has welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alec Erwin, that the ports of Richards Bay and Durban, as well as the planned port at Coega, are included in major government projects to improve South Africa’s infrastructure. Reacting to the... 

Industrial hub plans for Ivory Coast

By: System Author     9th July 1999 As is the case with most West African countries, the Ivory Coast imports the bulk of machinery and manufactured goods at present, a situation the country plans to reverse to become the industrial hub of the subregion. The country produces only 21% of all manufactured products consumed and hopes... 

High-powered UK team to visit South Africa

By: System Author     9th July 1999 High-powered representatives from Britain’s business and political establishment will be converging on South Africa during the course of the rest of the year to continue a process of seeking partnerships and business opportunities. The process began a couple of years ago when South Africa... 

Norwegians give SA R320m

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Details of the development co-operation programme – in which Norway will make R320-million available to South Africa over 2000 to 2004 – were announced in June. The new programme represents an extension of an existing co-operation on development between the two countries. One of the... 

Confidence in SA emerges from UK trade mission

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Positive, optimistic and confident was the general feeling about the potential of the South African economy among the representatives of a group of nine British companies visiting South Africa last week. The trade mission, organised by the North East Development Agency (NEDA) with the support of... 

Lessons for economic policy from GDP revision

By: System Author     9th July 1999 It is not often that the subjective character of the ‘dismal science’ of economics is so obviously exposed. Usually it is carefully dissembled in the kind of scientific and objective language which dazzles everyone into admiring the Economics Emperor and ‘his beautiful... 

Search is hotting up for duff coal use

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The feasibility of using low-grade discard coal as a fuel source will begin within the next few weeks, chairperson of the joint study steering committee, comprising representatives from Eskom, Ingwe, Anglo Coal, government and the Chamber of Mines Eddie Khanda tells Engineering News. The study,... 

Building up for big international trade expos

By: System Author     9th July 1999 In one of her first public functions as the new Minister of Public Works, Stella Sigcau will officially open the Afribuild and Afriwater trade exhibitions in August. Afribuild is the international trade exhibition focused on the building, construction and infrastructure sectors, while Afriwater... 

R106-million condensate-import project

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Good progress is being made at Mossgas in Mossel Bay on the company’s new R106-million condensate-import project, which will boost its yearly output by up to 450-million litres, or 26%, and add about R40-million to its yearly net operating surplus. This business opportunity arose partly as... 

Even resource industry can be resourceful

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Something said by the Deputy PM of Canada, Herb Gray, during a luncheon organised by the South Africa-Canada Chamber of Business in Johannesburg a couple of weeks back, really got me thinking. In his speech, Gray insisted that successful economies of the twenty-first century will be determined... 

Canadians add extra byte

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A bilateral projectvalued at C$3,5-million over three years is being realised between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Canadian government through the Canadian International Development Agency (Cida) to study and develop the South African information technology (IT) industry.... 

Coega project is set to make big waves

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 South Africa is in dire need of the dose of confidence that the Coega initiative would give the economy. As such, Portnet will position itself to do whatever it can to stimulate this confidence, and ensure that it is ready for operation as soon as an anchor tenant is in place, Western Ports GM... 

SA chemical industry is largest in Africa

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 South Africa’s chemical industry is of substantial economic significance to the country, contributing around 5% to gross domestic product, and about 22% of its manufacturing sales. The industry is the largest of its kind in Africa, and is highly complex and widely diversified, with... 

Green light for group’s global compliance

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Every plant we build will represent not only the best operating technology, but the best environmental technology available at the time, no matter where it happens to be, and what the local politics or regulations are,” said Dow Chemical CEO and chairperson Frank Popoff in an interview with... 

Tale of an electrostatic precipitator

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 An ‘ESP’ is shorthand for an ‘electrostatic precipitator’, which is a device used to remove dust and particulate matter from a stream of gas which normally is discharged through a chimney stack. My friend Paul and I had the chance to supervise the design and commissioning... 

The global e-commerce revolution

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Both the CeBIT and Industry Fair in Hanover this year showed that electronic commerce (e-commerce) is rapidly being adopted by an increasingly wide spectrum of companies in Europe. Much more than simply another distribution channel, e-commerce is revolutionising business practices and... 

An Afrikaner pioneer in commerce

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Afrikaner pioneer in commerce, financier, and leader in the economic field, Dr Marthinus Smuts Louw, the son of the Rev Johannes Wynand Louw and his wife Anna Catharina Bergh, was born on August 15, 1888. As a clergyman’s son at Ladismith, the young Louw was greatly affected by the unequal... 

Arguing for Coega

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Global economic growth continues to present industrial development opportunities to supply world markets, while a shortfall in certain strategic world markets has been forecast. New industrial development is needed to meet this demand. The trend towards the global village increasingly means that... 

Ozone treatment for Kwazulu-Natal textile mill effluent

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A CONTRACT to supply ozone for a new effluent-treatment process that will allow a Kwazulu-Natal textile mill to recycle up to 75% of its effluent, has been awarded to industrial gas specialist Messer Fedgas. The Mym Textiles mill, at Umzinto, on the south coast, has installed a unique, patented... 

Funds shortage hinders telecom competition

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Satra) does not have the resources in its R64-million budget to begin the process of setting up the framework for a competitive domestic telecommunications environment. Industry observers believe that, unless such a framework is worked... 

Hurry, apply for a competitiveness grant

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A competitiveness fund has been established by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through a R100-million loan from the World Bank which will provide financial support for improving the competitiveness of private sector South African companies. As a cost-sharing grant scheme (CSGS) the... 

Imported profiles now made in South Africa

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Automation specialist RM Automation, of Randburg, Gauteng, has opted for local manufacture of aluminium profiles previously imported at high cost. These profiles are required to build various frameworks used, in turn, to build special-purpose machinery for clients, turnkey projects, or system... 

Sole SA importer is appointed

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Roodepoort-based importer and distributor of electrical switchgear, Anglo Allied Engineering, has been appointed sole importer of the Square D brand of electrical switchgear products in South Africa. Schneider Electric took over the Square D product globally in 1994, and had made a decision not... 

Wake-up call for SA‘s organised business

By: System Author     25th June 1999 New South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) CEO Kevin Wakeford has sent out a wake-up call to organised business in South Africa. The new voice, speaking for 40 000 local companies under the Sacob banner, seems to be contradicting one of the favourite South African national sports –... 

Engineering skills shortage rings alarm bells

By: System Author     25th June 1999 There is an alarming shortage of school-leavers entering engineering and technology-orientated professions, a state of affairs which will have drastic repercussions for South Africa’s ability to compete in the global market, Ort-Step CEO Arthur Cotton tells Engineering News. The root of... 

Training project becomes fully-fledged centre

By: System Author     25th June 1999 training project begun by Fluor Daniel in the early 1980s to ensure a sufficiently-skilled workforce has developed into a fully-fledged, highly-certificated training centre providing better-trained individuals to work in the construction and maintenance industry in South Africa. Located in... 

System integrators bridge gap with clients

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Achieving world-class competitiveness demands world-class solutions. For any business today, this includes identifying the best possible route to maximise productivity, minimise costs, and obtain direct access to the kind of information that forms the basis of proactive, good-quality... 

New SA lamp lasts for 11,5 years

By: System Author     25th June 1999 SOUTH Africa is claiming a world-first for the design and development of a light-emitting diode (LED) lamp that has a single lamp-life of 100 000 hours or 11,5 years. Designed and developed by Waco Distributors, of Gauteng, in collaboration with Elrom Electronics, of Cape Town, the... 

Trade opens up in Nigeria

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The organiser of the South Africa trade week – which takes place in Lagos from July 12 to 17 – has reported significant interest from Nigerians wanting to establish trade links with South African companies. The trade is part of a joint initiative between the South African Department... 

Fewer manufacturing jobs for the unskilled

By: System Author     18th June 1999 dded to the general downtrend in employment, there now seems to be a downtrend in the employment of unskilled workers in the manufacturing sector as South African industry moves towards automation and mechanisation. Only 33% of respondents in a monthly survey of confidence levels in the... 

SA leads emerging markets in Y2K race

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The South African government’s determination to avoid disruption to the economy by the millennium bug has seen South Africa emerge as one of the top year 2000 (Y2K)-aware countries among emerging markets, reports National Y2K Support Centre communications manager Allim Milazi. Compared to... 

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