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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,... 

Company cleans up with big R5m contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Cleanroom technology specialist Deryck Smith Consulting Engineers has completed the first phase of a R5-million air-conditioning (AC) upgrade project for pharmaceutical manufacturer Warner Lambert, of Cape Town. The consultancy began last year with the R500 000 project for three new stability... 

R1-million equipment for large chrome mine

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Rosslyn-based buyer and seller of new and reconditioned electric motors, Benco Machines, has supplied a contracting chrome mine with equipment to the value of R1-million. Regional manager Johan van Vuuren reports that the contract entailed the supply of rebuilt electric motors, reduction... 

New automation division drives forward

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Automation, drive control and instru- mentation products will be the focus of the new automation division of ABB South Africa. Divisional manager: drive products Howard Dunn reports that the new ABB Automation Instrumentation and Control division features a products division that includes... 

R1-million-worth of export orders secured

By: System Author     28th May 1999 PROCESS and packaging specialist Accutech Weighing Services has secured export orders worth about R1-million over the last six months for its products to Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya Swaziland and Britain. “These orders, along with increasing local demand for Accutech... 

A leading pioneer celebrates 100 years

By: System Author     28th May 1999 leading supplier of equipment in the field of electrical and electronic engineering, including motor control centres (MCCs), celebrates its hundredth anniversary this year. The year has also brought a change in the names of group companies worldwide from the previous name of Klockner Moeller.... 

R2,5m valve contract for big diamond mine

By: System Author     21st May 1999 R2,5-million con- tract for the supply of a range of valves for the Orapa 2000 upgrade at the Debswana diamond-mine in northern Botswana has been completed by valve manufacturer Insamcor, of Sebenza, Gauteng. Orders have been placed since February last year, and full commissioning of the plant... 

Company ups exports to the Pacific Rim area

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Exports are at the top of the agenda for valve manufacturer Ainsworth Engineering, of Robertsham, Gauteng, with its marketing division taking a co-operative and proactive stance in the fight to bolster output volumes. Emperor Gold Mines’ Fijian operation is the recipient of the... 

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... 

Botswana considering an air force upgrade

By: System Author     14th May 1999 BOTSWANA could be considering a re-equipping programme for its Defence Force Air Arm that could be worth as much as US$100-million. Reliable sources tell Engineering News that Gaborone has made unofficial enquiries about the acquisition of at least six jet trainers to act as lead-in... 

South African students compete globally

By: System Author     14th May 1999 South African students are participating in international science and technology fairs in Europe, the US, and South America through the local Expo for Young Scientists Programme. Winning students of different categories in the expo are selected to represent South Africa in different science fairs... 

Hard times energise changes in SADC

By: System Author     14th May 1999 NAMIBIA’s Fuel Rationalisation Plan (Ratplan) is to be deregulated over the next two months and abolished as soon as the Petroleum Products and Energy Amendment Act 1999 has been approved by the country’s Parliament. Namibian deputy director of energy Markus von Jeney says this will... 

Regional power trade nets R150m for SA

By: System Author     7th May 1999 In an extremely difficult economic climate Eskom’s traders last year managed to make a gross profit of more than R150-million, simply by buying and selling electricity in Africa. The power utility reports that South Africa is the largest producer and consumer of electricity in the... 

Hydraulic bearing-pullers delivered

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Specialised hydraulic-equipment manufacturer, Hydraulic Power Tools of Benoni, Gauteng, has delivered two hydraulic bearing-pulling devices to remove bearings from railway wheels for Transnet division Transwerk. The units, weighing in at just under 470 kg each, use US technology, and are... 

Undersea cable deal predicted for June

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The construction and maintenance agreement for the building of an undersea fibre optic cable from Portugal, around Africa, to Malaysia could be signed in June, Engineering News can today report. Six leading global operators have added their weight to the project, which is set to be operational by... 

R57-million telecom monitoring contract won

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R57-million contract awarded by Telkom represents the measurement solutions business unit of Grintek Telecom’s largest order to date. The company will supply and maintain the GeoProbe test system to monitor and control Telkom’s new intelligent signalling system 7 (SS7). Manufactured... 

R198-million loan agreement for Namibia

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A R198-million loan agreement has been signed between the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the government of Namibia, for on-lending to the Windhoek City Council. This is part of the DBSA’s fulfilment of its mandate to build foundations for development in the Southern African... 

Critical period for SA gas sector at hand

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The first six months of this year are going to be a critical period in determining whether South Africa’s largely underdeveloped gas industry realises its long-held potential to develop and thrive. This is the view of Fluor Daniel business manager energy and chemicals, Philip Morkel, who... 

Black-empowerment water-care initiative

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A joint venture (JV), known as Water- care Africa, has been formed between wholly-owned AECI subsidiary Kynochem and Lupoid International, a black-empowerment consortium. The new company will supply a range of chemicals supported by technical service, installation of tanks, operation of plants,... 

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... 

Smooth road ahead for R1-billion Gauteng plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 How would you characterise the local automotive industry at present? Last year there was a significant downturn in new-car sales, with only 203 817 new passenger cars being sold, compared to the predicted 260 000, which resulted in most original-equipment manufacturers experiencing difficult... 

African paint firm receives new export coating

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A new paint distributor has been created by leading African paint manufacturer Plascon and specialist coatings group Marmoran as a result of Plascon being sufficiently impressed by Marmoran CE and 1996 winner of the State President’s Export Award Gavin Commins’ international marketing... 

Enzymes supplier to represent Danish firm

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Supplier of enzymes and speciality chemicals to African Products, Johannesburg company Enzymes SA was appointed the official Novo Nordisk office for enzymes in sub-Saharan Africa effective from January. The Danish company Novo Nordisk is reported to be the world leading enzyme supplier and boasts... 

New SA agent for UK lubes

By: System Author     19th February 1999 An agreement has been finalised with UK company Esso, part of the Exxon Corporation, to enable Engen to supply a range of specialised lubricants, meeting the stringent requirements of the South African market. The agreement includes the use of Esso technology and the supply of Esso base oils for... 

SA gas industry boom on the horizon

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Despite South Africa’s small known gas resources, the country could soon be witnessing a boom in the gas industry if negotiations with neighbouring countries Mozambique and Namibia for the cross-border transport of natural gas are concluded successfully, Department of Minerals and Energy... 

Building of R116m technocentre on track

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Contributing to the building of technology in South Africa, the Grinaker group is involved in the construction of properties for cellular service provider Vodacom and computer giant Microsoft. The Vodacom technocentre contract awarded to Grinaker in Bellville, Western Cape, is valued at... 

Firms look for greener global pastures

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The stagnant construction industry in South Africa is forcing many civil engineering and construction companies to seek greener pastures across the border. “We are concerned about the future sustainability of the current workload and are therefore looking across the border for new... 

Utility seeks to galvanise business in SA

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Electricity utility Eskom is developing new business opportunities and foreign investment through the investigation of opportunities for electricity-intensive industries in South Africa, which has the lowest-priced electricity in the world, says Eskom new-business promotion manager Don Govender.... 

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