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Erwin urges SA to be ‘Sleepless in Seattle’

By: System Author     15th October 1999 The South African government has urged business and labour to nominate representatives urgently for the upcoming ministerial round of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). 

Legal process delaying SA’s biotech progress

By: System Author     15th October 1999 The drawn-out nature of the promulgation of South Africa’s genetically modified organisms Act of 1997 is adversely affecting the development of South Africa’s fledgeling biotechnology industry. 

Local hemp trials begin this month

By: System Author     8th October 1999 The first trials in South Africa’s effort to rejuvenate the global hemp industry are scheduled to start in the middle of this month in the Eastern Cape. 

The sad story of poverty-stricken Africa

By: System Author     8th October 1999 Poverty, increased food insecurity due to rapid population growth, deforestation, desertification, urbanisation and air pollution are the key issues threatening Africa’s environment. 

The terrible ripple effects of droughts

By: System Author     8th October 1999 With research suggesting that the regional climate in Southern Africa is likely to become drier and warmer as we enter the next millennium, neighbouring countries will have to work together to combat this problem. 

Difficult trading conditions tie up chain, lifting sector

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Wire, Rope, Sling & Chain 

Phase two of big glass-recycling project

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Waste-Management and Recycling 

South African still lacks effective co-ordinated system for regulating pollution

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Waste-Management and Recycling 

Labour joins Cooper’s plea for industry

By: System Author     27th August 1999 The non-existence of a national manufacturing strategy or policy is costing South Africa jobs every day. 

Swedes to help SA harness fibre wealth

By: System Author     27th August 1999 South Africa’s untapped wealth of 24 000 species of indigenous plants, which make this the richest country in the world in terms of indigenous plant variety, is to be harnessed under a bilateral project between South Africa and Sweden. 

Funding stunts South African biotechnology

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Agriculture engineering, irrigation and plant propagation 

World of growth opens up for SA agriculture

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Agricultural engineering, irrigation & plant propagation 


By: System Author     20th August 1999 Editorial 

Entrepreneurs coming out of the closet

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Although South Africa is not a naturally entrepreneurial country – with a 2% average against an international average of 10% – as interaction with the rest of the world, and Africa in particular, increases this will change, predicts Ntsika CEO Kate Moloto. 

Khotso Mokhele - NRF

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Leaders 

Duties, theft short-circuit solar-energy sector

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Steep customs duties on imported photovoltaic (PV) components and the theft of PV modules are hampering the growth of the local solar-energy manufacturing industry, Africa Solar MD John Doster tells 

Facelift for Johannesburg sewage works 

By: System Author     30th July 1999 The facelift of the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council sewage works, which included the replacement of its outdated manual control system, has been completed in record time by Gauteng firm Ram-Tec Systems. The old manual control panels of the sewage works, located off the R28 highway, have... 

SA–EU free-trade deal expected before 2000

By: System Author     30th July 1999 The long-negotiated free-trade agreement between South Africa and the European Union (EU) might be signed in South Africa before the end of the year, reports Finnish Ambassador to South Africa Tapani Brotherus. He tells Engineering News that this will most likely be one of the highlights of the... 

R48-million bearing-supply contract signed

By: System Author     30th July 1999 A contract was signed between bearing- distributor Hudaco and steel giant Iscor last month, covering bearing supplies worth about R16-million a year. “The contract makes us one of two preferred suppliers, whereby we pick up a significant portion of Iscor’s bearing business,”... 

SA technikons research in the spotlight

By: System Author     30th July 1999 The technikon programme of the National Research Foundation (NRF) has come into its own with a series of research seminars aimed at showcasing the technikons’ various research activities as well as allowing the NRF to monitor the projects it is supporting, reports technikon programme... 

180 projects envisaged for Mpumalanga

By: System Author     16th July 1999 More than 180 investment projects worth US$7-billion have already been identified in Mpumalanga in order to unlock its potential as part of the Maputo development corridor (MDC), reports Mpumalanga Investment Initiative (MII) CEO Gordon Griffiths. These projects in the stainless steel, timber,... 

R80-million Cape fruit export initiative

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Expenditure of R80-million is planned in the next two years to facilitate the upgrading of cold-storage and port loading facilities at Cape Town harbour for the export of fruit. The Capespan group, which, during 1999, plans to export between 80-million and 90-million cartons of fruit valued at... 

Tenders out for farmer training project

By: System Author     25th June 1999 An extension and training support model for emerging farmers in the Nkomazi region in Mpumalanga is being developed by the Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture. “The overall purpose of this pilot project is to reorganise and improve extension and training services on the Nkomazi irrigation... 

New diesel engine era powers ahead

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The transformation of the South African diesel engine environment has been taken a step further with the creation of a new company in South Africa dedicated to supplying internationally-renowned products. Known as Perkins Power, the company, which is headquartered in Boksburg on the East Rand,... 

Chemicals expo promises to be bigger and better

By: System Author     11th June 1999 With a substantial intensification of financial infrastructure and support, the third Raw-Chem Expo, to be held in October this year, is expected to have a much different appearance from the previous ones. Exhibition organiser Upmarket Exhibitions has been acquired by media giant Kagiso Media... 

Tap opens on R780m Western Cape dam

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Construction of the R780-million Skuifraam dam and Skuifraam supplement scheme on the upper Berg river in the vicinity of Franschhoek and Paarl are going ahead. The implementation of these two development options form part of an integrated water-resource management approach for the Greater Cape... 

R188m solar project lights up rural towns

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Twinkling lights, the sound of up-to-the-minute television news broadcasts and lilting radio music are becoming part and parcel of nights in the rolling hills of rural northern Kwazulu-Natal. This follows the launch of a R188-million solar power project that is set to provide power to 60 000... 

Land reform to promote new agri enterprises

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The creation of new commercial agricultural enterprises is a major objective of the government’s land reform programme, Engineering News can today report. “The aim is to create commercial farming operations by people who previously didn’t have any land,” points out... 

South Africa must dance to competitiveness drum – Erwin

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The only way South Africa would create jobs was by restructuring its economy and becoming internationally competitive, stated Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin at a press function in May. “To become internationally competitive, South Africa requires a new strategy and a new form of... 

Technology access programme for women

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South Africa has been rated number 37 out of 47 countries in terms of human resource development and science and technology. Women comprise 51,9% of the total local population and more than half of all women are unemployed. For these reasons, and to improve the overall competitiveness of South... 

South African flowers blooming in Europe

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Exports of indigenous flowers and plants to Europe are increasingly offering new opportunities to the South African flower industry. In addition to the R204-million-worth of fresh cut flowers and foliage exported from South Africa every year – mainly to the Far East – protea exports... 

SA construction firm going strong in Botswana

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Local construction company Concor is busy with a R28-million contract to build a technology centre and an R8-million extension to a private hospital in Gaborone, Botswana. Concor building division MD Brian Robertson tells Engineering News that the R28-million contract to build the technology... 

Spinach still packs a punch

By: System Author     21st May 1999 THE production of spinach using home-based hydroponics can make a substantial contribution towards the economic upliftment of urban communities, a study commissioned by the Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council has found. The study also considers the growing of green peppers, spinach and tomatoes... 

Phalaborwa projects ripe for the picking

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Despite being the ‘baby’ in South Africa’s family of spatial development initiatives (SDI) the Phalaborwa SDI, which covers the area from Tzaneen and Phalaborwa towards Nelspruit, promises to grow into a strapping array of agriculture, tourism, forestry and mining projects.... 

Hemp industry hits a high note

By: System Author     21st May 1999 A DIAGNOSTIC field tool has been developed by the CSIR which may be key in unblocking legislation which currently outlaws the commercial cultivation of industrial hemp. CSIR programme manager Dr Lawrance Hunter reports that the tool takes the form of an on-the-spot clinical evaluation using... 

Africa is engine of growth for company

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The identification of Africa beyond the borders of South Africa by Endress+Hauser as a future growth area has seen the company appoint a number of distributors throughout the region. “It became apparent in the mid-1990s that a number of South African engineering companies were becoming more... 

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... 

Participation in expo opens floodgates

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Submersible-pump distributor ABS has made major advances in its drive to expand its market outside South Africa through its participation in the Water Africa exhibition held in Kenya. The entire range of ABS products was on show at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi. Special... 

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