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Trade News

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... 

Comprehensive component supplier

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Sandton-based company Circuitronix has been a supplier of goods and services to local telecom equipment and printed-circuit board (PCB) manufacturer and supplier Skywave PCB since 1990. The main activity of the company includes the supply of all materials and equipment used in the manufacture of... 

UK–SA public–private partnerships

By: System Author     16th April 1999 THE UK Department of Trade and Industry is looking for opportunities to engage British companies with their knowledge and expertise in public–private partnership projects (PPP) in conjunction with South African organisations. PPPs are the means by which the private sector provides and... 

Biotechnology funding is now available

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Although not plentiful there are a number of funding initiatives to support the development of a local biotechnology industry. This was what emerged from the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) conference on the commercialisation of biotechnology held last month. A presentation by... 

From 175 to 1 000 electrical units a day

By: System Author     9th April 1999 From a company that was on the verge of closing down, Kelvinator has been turned into a highly productive operation which is now positioned to capitalise on ‘enormous’ potential in the electrical appliance market. In 1996 factory output measured 175 units a day – within nine... 

MIT backs SA pebble-bed reactor

By: System Author     9th April 1999 One of the world’s most respected technical institutions has independently researched and proved the pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) technology as “the nuclear plant of the future”. Eskom intends to become a world-leading exporter of these intrinsically safe mini-nuclear... 

Government reaffirms commitment to Coega

By: System Author     9th April 1999 It is anticipated that firm offers of investment and commitment from the relevant anchor tenants at Coega in the Eastern Cape will have been received by the middle of this year, after years of indecision and stalling by government and would-be investors. This emerged from discussions which the... 

SA must embrace biotechnology – Erwin

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Despite clear potential for the development of a thriving local biotechnology sector, which could be as far-reaching as the advent of information technology, South Africa remains a poor performer in this regard. This was the view of Trade and Industries Minister Alec Erwin in a keynote speech... 

State of emergency needed to halt crime

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 THE high crime rate’s impact on the South African economy has once again been brought to the fore, this time by Association of Quantity Surveyors of South Africa president Dr Solly Preller, who stated that, if it took a six-month state of emergency or a curfew to reverse the country’s... 

SA motor industry plan on offer to SADC

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 South Africa is planning to extend its motor industry development programme (MIDP) to the rest of Southern Africa, Engineering News can today report. Department of Trade and Industry director Johan Cloete reveals that it will offer the MIDP to all 11 countries currently participating in the... 

Bearing industry’s fortunes tied to economy

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The acquisition of Fenner Power Transmission (FPT) by Bearing Man significantly extends the company’s range of top-quality branded products as well as its customer base, Bearing Man bearings division head Mohamed Kardar tells Engineering News. The company’s network now includes 65... 

Tourism development areas identified by study

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The development of tourism infrastructure to support and stimulate tourism development and economic growth in South Africa may be on the cards following the completion of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s infrastructure review in support of tourism development, reports... 

Projects are still eligible for tax holidays

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Despite the announcement by Finance Minister Trevor Manuel that the tax holiday scheme (THS) would not be extended beyond its originally specified cut-off date of September 30, 1999, not all is lost for new or expansion projects that will begin production after this date. This is the word from... 

R21bn in black-empowerment trade

By: System Author     26th March 1999 R21-billion-worth of transactions in black-empowerment deals have been undertaken in 1998, reports Business Map, in this year’s black economic empowerment review. Business Map CEO Jenny Carghill said at the launch of the company’s 1999 publication, held in Johannesburg in March, that... 

Global storm batters South African defence industry

By: System Author     26th March 1999 THE economic crisis which has ravaged so much of the world has been extremely damaging to the South African defence industry, Engineering News can today report. In addition to the economic crisis in Asia, the global oil glut and the concomitant low oil price has spread recession to Middle Eastern... 

Spin-filter module cleans up industry costs

By: System Author     26th March 1999 South African industry could save hundreds of thousands of rands in maintenance costs with the introduction of a self-cleaning spin-filter module manufactured by US company Dollinger, Bona Filters MD Mike Ellis tells Engineering News. He explains that, in South Africa, the bulk of industry uses... 

Revolutionary infra-red drying system

By: System Author     26th March 1999 An innovative infra- red dye-drying sys- tem has been unveiled after running as a pilot project at the Mooi River Textiles plant in Kwazulu-Natal. The infra-red system, which is reportedly a world-first, is the brainchild of local company Radiant Processes and is set to revolutionise the local... 

Southern African free trade by January?

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Steady progress is being made towards the establishment of a free trade area (FTA) for the Southern African Development Community (SADC). A deal could be signed, ratified and implemented by as early as January 1 next year, Engineering News can today report. Two trade negotiating forums have... 

Trade-fair partnership formed

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The globalisation of world economies and markets requires organisers of leading trade fairs to think and act globally. This was exactly the prevailing mindset at Icam Asia, the trade fair for measurement and automation, which culminated in the foundation of a partnership between leading trade... 

Steel recovery not a given

By: System Author     19th March 1999 While July this year should see the start of a recovery in global sheet steel prices, it should not be taken for granted. Commodities Research Unit of London steel expert John Johnson warns that China and Japan will have negative growth this year and fairly stagnant economies in 2000 as well,... 

Export council in first mission

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (CEEC), the first export council to kick off following recommendations made in the cluster reports released last year, will launch its first outward selling mission next month. The value of the capital equipment industry sector in South Africa is... 

Special steel set to boost Newcastle works

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A breakthrough has been made in the production of special bar quality (SBQ) steel at Iscor’s Newcastle works in Kwazulu-Natal, which will see a boost in production of this high-value-added steel. A loss-making activity until February this year, SBQ steel production is now set to become a... 

Finishing touches for R110-million plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The finishing touches are being applied to a new R110-million lignosulphonate plant at Saiccor, Umkomaas, an operation owned by Lignotech SA, a joint-venture company established by Sappi and Borregaard Lignotech of Norway. The decision to invest in the plant was made in mid-1996, with the... 

Step-by-step guide to world markets

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The first edition of a long-awaited exporter’s manual has been launched by the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). The JCCI exporter’s manual was compiled to encourage new and existing businesses to realise the advantages of trading wisely into world markets, and to... 

Tourism infrastructure audit 70% complete

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The chief directorate of tourism in the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism is well advanced in an audit of the country’s tourism infrastructure, Engineering News can today report. “The infrastructure audit is 70% complete – we’re now looking at the finer... 

African trade opportunities outlined

By: System Author     19th March 1999 For South African businesses, real opportunities exist in Africa, especially in the infrastructure, telecommunications and agro-industrial sectors, Engineering News can today report. “Many infrastructural projects in Africa are funded by the World Bank, the African Development Bank (ADB),... 

Division measures SA industry shortfalls

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The trade metrology division of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is measuring up the shortfalls of industry to ensure fairness and consumer protection. SABS trade metrology manager Brian Beard explains to Engineering News that the department is busy with several projects on packaging... 

Don’t be misled by upswing – Rutter

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Artificial demand created in the machine tools industry by buyers trying to avoid the consequences of new tax laws coming into play by September this year could dangerously mislead suppliers, warns Machine Tool Merchants Association of South Africa chairperson Dennis Rutter. “As everyone... 

Small-traders’ Cape Town facility a success

By: System Author     12th March 1999 After a year in oper- ation, the small- traders’ facility at Epping fresh produce market, Cape Town, is exceeding all expectations in attracting business. Before the facility was completed, these traders had to conduct business on the loading ramps outside the market. This situation... 

SA becoming a truck dumping ground

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Illegal or ‘grey’ imports of heavy and medium vehicles are beginning to wreak havoc on the South African industry, Engineering News can today report. The problem has arisen as a result of the severely depressed market for commercial vehicles in Asia, following the meltdown of those... 

South Africa’s links with Belgium grow

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Oovershadowed, perhaps, by neighbours Germany, France and – across the Channel – the UK, Belgium is nevertheless a valuable and growing trading partner for South Africa, and one with whom this country runs a nice trade surplus. “We always run a trade deficit with South Africa... 

The miracle that became a crisis

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Japan demystified the ‘economic miracle’ that took place in the late 1970s when it resisted the effects of the second global oil crisis, by taking a hard knock economically in the 1990s. University of Tokyo professor Kiichi Fujiwara, speaking to members of the African Asian Society... 

What are we getting for our money? – Gill Marcus

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A KEY question that begs an answer as many South African government departments experience crippling financial crises is why, despite the huge increases in the funding allocated to departments such as education, there still remains an apparent lack of capacity. This was the view of Deputy Finance... 

Swaziland fridge manufacturer cools costs

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Swaziland refrigerator-manufacturing group Masterfridge has embarked on the second phase of its three-part profitability plan. CEO Geoff Mangan reports that, in the first phase, ending in December last year, the company’s overdraft was reduced by R14-million through the implementation of a... 

Steel giant urged to grow small; stay tall

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Just as Lewis Carroll’s Alice drank a potion to shrink herself down to a size which would enable her to pass through the door leading to a beautiful garden, so South African steel giant Iscor is hoping to do the same. In ‘growing itself smaller’, the firm hopes to boost margins... 

Environmental certification on the rise

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Why is environmental management so important? The backbone of environmental management is sustainable development, which covers the concept of needs and the idea of limitation imposed by the state of technology and social organisation on the environment’s ability to meet present and future... 

Cable-manufacturer empowering people

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Cable-maker Aberdare Cables has sold a 10% equity stake to empowerment group Kwezi Investments as part of a drive to further support economic empowerment. Valued at R162-million, the deal came into effect at the beginning of March, and will enable Kwezi Investments to assume an active role in the... 

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