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African supply network is being expanded

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Telecommunications 

R500-million to halt SA customs fraud

By: System Author     17th September 1999 A R500-million programme to transform the inept customs-control function in South Africa to world-class level was kick-started this year. 

Feb scheduling for new transmission line

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Construction on the second phase of the 400 kV transmission line stretching from Aries in South Africa to Auas outside Windhoek in Namibia is progressing ahead of schedule. 

Make SADC development a priority – Mbeki

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Development in the Southern African Development Community is possible if governments in the region make it their priority. 

Global fieldbus standard a quantum leap

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Instrumentation & Control 

New truck-tractor to rev up competition

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie 

Gauteng firm setting development example

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Kya Sand access automation company is setting an example for small South African companies in terms of in-house training and development of its historically disadvantaged staff. 

New construction firm boss up-beat

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Despite the recessionary conditions in the South African construction sector, one of the 

Sisulu moves into mobile technology

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 New information technology empowerment group Ukukhanya Technologies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in June and looks set to grow rapidly, particularly in the field of mobile technologies 

US distribution changes hands in SA

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie 

Pillar of new parastatal outreach finds success

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Specialist engineering group Rotek, in celebrating its tenth birthday, looked back at a decade in which a once loss-making operating division of Eskom became a profitable limited liability company, which last year achieved a turnover of R750-million, and looking forward to a new era in which it... 

R30m telescope for Namibia

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Construction of a R30-million gamma ray telescope near Gamsberg, Namibia, will start in January next year. 

Swazi road building begins in September

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Construction of the R89-million highway between Mbabane and Oshoek, which was awarded to WBHO Swaziland in July, is due to start at the beginning of September. 

Container stacking given a lift

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Empty container stacking is being taken to new heights by United Container Depot (UCD), the Paarden Eiland company which stores and repairs containers for shipping lines and leasing companies. 

Gauteng firm clinches big Swazi contract

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Following the successful establishment of innovative computerised water-management systems throughout Southern Africa, Gauteng water-system information technology specialist Hydraulic Computer Service is undertaking an additional project in Swaziland, reports Southern Africa manager Allan... 

Contract secured for 12 gravity sand filters

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Gauteng water-treatment systems and components supplier ASW Engineering has secured a significant contract for the refurbishment of 12 rapid gravity sand filters at Umgeni Water’s Wiggins road water-purification works. The water authority has been experiencing severe filter media loss... 

R100-million Namibian water project begins

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Extensions worth R100-million to the Goreangab water-reclamation plant in Windhoek, Namibia, said to be the only one of its kind in the world, have started. The plant is renowned internationally for its achievements over the past 30 years in producing potable water from treated sewage effluent.... 

Transport minister brings ‘justice’ to roads

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Implementing the strategies set out in the Moving South Africa action agenda and ensuring that effective law enforcement is in place are the two main issues that newly-appointed Transport Minister Dullah Omar will pursue. In an exclusive interview he tells Engineering News that the strategies... 

Okavango SDI points to increased revenue

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Apreliminary assessment of the Okavango Upper Zambezi International Tourism (Ouzit) spatial development initiative (SDI), completed last week, estimates that the project will net at least US$500-million in tax revenue for the governments of Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Angola over a... 

Powering up R20-million Namibian contract

By: System Author     16th July 1999 South African transmission and distribution company Alstom Power Systems has won a R20-million turnkey contract to construct the 220/66 kV outdoor Harib substation for Nampower near Karasburg in southern Namibia. The new substation, which will tap power from the Aggeneis–Kokerboom 220 kV... 

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... 

Privatisation looms for 200 world airports

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) is poised to take advantage of the 200 airports that will be up for privatisation around the world within the next ten years, through the formation of strategic alliances. This was revealed at the release of the company’s annual results where Acsa... 

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... 

Banking on five deals

By: System Author     16th July 1999 GAUTENG financial institution Nedbank has announced a further expansion of the group’s representation in Africa through a series of new ventures into Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. Five deals, which have been under negotiation with different parties, have been announced... 

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... 

World clamours for South African engineers

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Since launching its services outside South Africa five years ago, Gauteng engineering and management firm BKS has established itself successfully as a competitor in the international market. Today about 20% of the company’s total business is derived outside South Africa in countries such as... 

Say cheese, and earn R75-million for SA

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Local cheese pro- ducers could generate more than R75-million a year in foreign currency if they grasp the opportunities spreading from the South Africa-European Union (EU) trade agreement concluded earlier this year. A concession for cheese in the agreement provides for 5 000 t of cheese a year... 

Mobile phone network No 2 for Malawi

By: System Author     9th July 1999 THE contract to supply the equipment for the first-phase development of the second global systems mobile (GSM) network to be established in Malawi has been awarded to Siemens Carrier Solutions, a division of Siemens Information and Communication Networks (ICN). The contract for this initial phase... 

Electricity sector prepares for transformation

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The restructuring of the Johannesburgs electricity distribution system and subsequent application by Pretoria West to take on private sector partners is proof of the urgency with which electricity distribution throughout South Africa needs to be revamped. Speaking at an informal lunch with... 

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... 

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... 

R20-million speed-balancing facility unveiled

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Turbo machinery maintenance and repair company Turborep Demag Delaval unveiled a new operating speed balancing and over-speed test facility valued at R20-million earlier in June. The company mainly services industrial turbo machinery equipment such as that used in the chemical, petrochemical and... 

New course offers idiot’s guide to money markets

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A stock-market training course offered by Wentech, of Sandown, Gauteng, has transformed traditionally-inaccessible financial money-markets into a viable income-earner for ordinary members of the public. The course, aimed at educating the private sector and opening the portal of wealth creation... 

Big natural gas plan for Southern Africa

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Arange of discussions are under way between the South African Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) and a “variety of parties,” concerning the construction of natural gas pipelines between Gauteng and the Namibian Kudu gas fields and Gauteng and the Mozambican Pande and Temane gas... 

On a roll for 25 years

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Established in Durban 25 years ago as a one-stop bearing company, Bearing Man has extended its operation significantly to become what it claims is Africa’s largest supplier of bearings, seals, power transmission components, industrial gearboxes and belting. “Bearing Man’s... 

Export training still available in SA

By: System Author     18th June 1999 THE closure last year of the South African Foreign Trade Organisation – better known as Safto – has not meant the end of the export training programmes that were offered under the aegis of the organisation, Engineering News can today report. “When Safto was closed down by the... 

Appetite for SA firms grows worldwide

By: System Author     11th June 1999 South Africa is the place to be for young, dynamic businesses as Africa opens up to international trade and investment. Listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange this week, Allan Wolff & Associates (Wolff) is a refreshingly optimistic African process engineering company that has seen... 

Design, application must be cast in stone

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The correct design and application of concrete products are the main challenges faced by the concrete industry and, as such, the Concrete Manufacturers’ Association (CMA) produces large quantities of literature to enable the designer, architect, engineer and contractor to do this correctly,... 

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