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Painting up a storm at Mozambican aluminium smelter

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Various painting and coating contracts for the Mozal aluminium smelter, collectively worth more than R7-million, have been secured by Reef Industrial Painters (RIA) of Alrode, Gauteng. The company, a member of Cape Investments Holdings, a leading black-empowerment industrial services consortium,... 

Pumps for trucks

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A FURTHER seven progressing-cavity pumps have been delivered to Sasol Mining Explosive (SMX) of Witbank, Mpumalanga, for installation in the company’s down-the-hole explosive trucks. The pumps will be used for on-site mixing and dispensing of an emulsion-type explosive directly in to... 

Elephant park and Coega have synergy

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Two seemingly disparate projects proposed for the poor Eastern Cape province – the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) and R1,5-billion deep water port and the US$40-million to US$50-million Greater Addo Elephant Park development – are to be close neighbours yet no clashes are... 

Knife-edge of drying technology

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A new technology for various drying applications that has been introduced by Port Elizabeth marketing and sales company A-Tech will be on show at the upcoming Engineering Technologies ’99 exhibition. MD Clinton van Dyk reports that the company represents Air Control Industries (ACI), the... 

SA studies second iron-ore rail line

By: System Author     16th April 1999 South Africa is studying the possibility of creating a second iron-ore rail line from Sishen in the Northern Cape to the as-yet-undeveloped Coega harbour near Port Elizabeth. If implemented, it would lift overall ore exports to 38-million tons a year from the Northern Cape mines, and offset the... 

Prospects grow for SA abalone industry

By: System Author     16th April 1999 With none of the existing South African abalone farms at full production yet, this industry is expected to generate around US$20-million in two years through abalone sales when most farms reach full production capacity. “With total world demand at around 4 000 t a year at present, South... 

Y2k compliance upgrade for Swaziland’s electricity-billing system

By: System Author     16th April 1999 ELECTRICITY giant Eskom is assisting the Swaziland government in ensuring its electricity-billing system is Year 2000 compliant. The billing system, developed in-house by Eskom through application development software from SPL, is flexible, being ported from a mainframe to a Unix environment in... 

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... 

25th anniversary as radio-frequency specialist

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Leading manufacturer and supplier of top- quality equipment to the telecom industry, Skywave, is celebrating its 25th anniversary as radio-frequency (RF) specialists. Founded in 1974, the company has established a solid reputation for the design, manufacture and supply of an extensive range of... 

Exports stretch SA ports capacity

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Transport report Moving South Africa (MSA) has identified ‘significant problems’ with the alignment of local freight transport, especially with regard to its capacity to support the country’s value-added export strategy. In particular, the restructuring of South Africa’s... 

Egypt joins network

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The Egyptian Telecom Company (Telecom Egypt) has agreed to purchase capacity in Project Oxygen, the planned global optical-fibre undersea cable network. The carrier will also provide access to the network through landing points in Port Said, Suez and Alexandria. “Telecom Egypt decided to... 

R20-million Mozal contract

By: System Author     9th April 1999 The delivery of a system functional analysis specification – the first milestone in the project to implement real time supervisory (RTS) systems at the Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) smelter – is nearly complete. Centurion company Keops Isis, awarded the R20-million contract last year,... 

EU: Now it’s time to meet the challenge

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Not only opportunities, but also numerous challenges have been created for South Africa through the conclusion of the trade, development and co-operation agreement with the European Union (EU) – it is now imperative that trade and industry members familiarise themselves with the... 

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... 

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... 

R1-million control software for smelter

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Industrial automation software distributor Futuristix Advanced Control Systems has been subcontracted by Keops Isis, an industrial information systems consultancy, for the supply of Wonderware software for the Mozal project. Futuristix was, in fact, awarded the almost R1-million contract in... 

State-approved inspection authority stands tall

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Originally selected as one of two contractors to look after all Vodacom towers and masts countrywide, government-approved inspection authority Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) of Centurion, Gauteng, has been appointed the preferred contractor, and is now the only inspection authority working... 

Fourfold expansion for top elephant park

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Tourism in the Eastern Cape is anticipated to gain a jumbo boost through a multimillion-rand project to expand the Greater Addo Elephant Park to about four times its present size. “Although the total project is not yet finalised, land is already being purchased to add to the park... 

R20-million Mozal control contract awarded

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A contract for real- time supervisory (RTS) systems, better known in the aluminium industry as Level 2 RTS, which will perform supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) functions in six sectors of the Mozal aluminium smelter project in Maputo, has been awarded to industrial information... 

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... 

‘Open sesame’ for SA automotive exports

By: System Author     19th March 1999 ocal car manufacturer Samcor is now capable of supplying every market, following the Ford Q1 quality certification awarded to its assembly plant, supply operations and parts distribution centre. Samcor group MD Lewis Booth tells Engineering News that the company will be able to supply into any... 

R1,2 bn capex forecast

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Port Elizabeth vehicle assembler Delta Motor Corporation remains positive about its long-term future, which is reflected in its strategic planning and expenditure forecasts over the next five years, which total close to R1,2-billion, reports corporate communications manager Ed Emmett. Much of the... 

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... 

R300m GSM network extension completed

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A R300-million extension contract for South Africa’s largest global systems mobile (GSM) operator, Vodacom, has been completed by Alcatel Altech Telecoms. This contract included the delivery of Evolium GSM base stations, micro base stations, base station controllers and the associated... 

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... 

Sole African rights for Japanese instrumentation

By: System Author     5th March 1999 In a dramatic shift of loyalties, Kyoritsu, the Japanese instrumentation manufacturer, has granted sole rights for its product range in Africa to Elandsfontein, Gauteng, instrumentation distributor Major Tech. The ‘alliance’, a term coined by Major Tech MD Pat Shaw, was initiated in... 

Trucks make way for exhaust plant

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Eastern Cape vehicle manufacturer Delta Motor Corporation has recommitted itself to local truck assembly following a R9-million relocation of its truck-building plant from Markam Township to Kempston Road in Port Elizabeth. The move, the company claims, is integral to its drive to become the... 

SA–Gulf air-con partners

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A partnership has been formed between air-conditioning and ventilation company Howden Donkin and the Beta Trading group subsequent to the Big Five trade show which was held in Dubai in October 1998. Beta is tipped to be a powerful trade partner due to its considerable presence in the Gulf region,... 

Centre supports manufacturing sector

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The Port Elizabeth Regional Manufacturing Advisory Centre (Permac), which celebrated its first anniversary last month, has achieved remarkable successes in the manufacturing sector, reports Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry spokesperson Denise van Huyssteen. In its first... 

Black parts- maker gets an award

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A YOUNG black-owned vehicle-parts manufacturing company in Port Elizabeth, Yenza Manufacturing, has been awarded an ISO 9002 quality certificate from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). This places the company, which was launched two years ago, on a par with the top vehicle component... 

World-class mill offers expandability

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The vision for the Kliprivier, Gauteng, mill was to provide not only much-needed additional grind and finishing channel capacity, but also to build a world-class facility with easy expandability, that can provide for African Products’ future local and export requirements, reports African... 

R40-million catalyst-plant expansion a hit

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A R40-million expan- sion of the existing Degussa automotive-catalyst plant in Port Elizabeth has been completed in a record six months, in line with increased demand for coated monoliths for export to European, South American and Far Eastern markets. A new company, Degussa Catalyst, was... 

Coega go-ahead expected ‘before election’

By: System Author     19th February 1999 AN announcement is expected that construction of the Coega or Nquru port and building contracts related to the industrial development zone (IDZ) will begin in the second half of the year, says University of Port Elizabeth economics lecturer Stephen Hosking. Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of... 

Coega project needs decision ‘now’

By: System Author     12th February 1999 WE need an answer now – this is the emphatic plea from Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Percci) president Chris Steenekamp in response to the continued wrangling about construction of the R1,5-billion deepwater harbour at the mouth of the Coega river in the Eastern... 

New conveyor program

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The development of a new version of Helix delta-T conveyor-design program has been completed by Helix Technologies. The new program, which is the fourth generation of conveyor-design software developed by the company, has many new functions and is aimed at professionals who require an in-depth... 

Supply-chain management event on the cards

By: System Author     12th February 1999 This year marks the twenty-first year that Sapics, the education society for supply-chain management, (previously known as the South African Production and Inventory Control Society), is holding its yearly conference and exhibition. Since 1976 the conference has been South Africa’s foremost... 

PE is set to become local export capital

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Business in the Port Elizabeth–Uitenhage area is gearing up to become the export capital of South Africa, reports Denise van Huyssteen of the Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The city is also perfectly positioned to become the major shipping hub of Africa. The... 

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