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South African abolone for Japan

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Mid-July saw the first exportation of a batch of abalone cultivated on Irvin and Johnson’s (I&J) abalone farm at Danger Point in the Western Cape. 

Control solution for engine plant

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Automotive manufacturer Ford/Samcor is in the process of upgrading several of the key production lines at its Port Elizabeth engine plant in preparation for some large export orders. 

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... 

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... 

R22m reticulation works on course

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Good progress is being made on the R21,5-million Driftsands water-reticulation works for the Port Elizabeth municipality, Engineering News can today report. Gauteng consulting engineer Jeffares & Green has been appointed by the main consultant and overall project manager, JE Glibbery &... 

Invasive plants threaten SA economy

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Invasive species are one of the single biggest threats to the South African economy, warns Working for Water Programme (WFW) national programme leader Dr Guy Preston. Although no estimate has been calculated for South Africa, scientists in Australia have put their figure at R35-billion damage a... 

Cylindrical fenders ordered for Richards Bay

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 PORT authority Portnet Richards Bay has ordered seven Fentek cylindrical fenders from Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco), a market leader in rubber products for mining, marine and general industry, to extend the quay at the Richards Bay coal terminal. All seven fenders were designed in Hamburg in... 

Export critical to ensure industrial growth

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 ocal demand for stain- less steel should equal or surpass international growth figures of between 5% and 6% for this year, says Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director Dave Slater. Although this picture is decidedly rosier than the outlook for the... 

New series of dry vacuum pumps launched

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 new series of dry vacuum pumps designed to perform in industrial applications has been launched by Edwards High Vacuum International. GV Drystar pumps have displacements of from 90 m3/h to 540 m3/h. The pumps have two pairs of claw-shaped rotors on two shafts, which rotate in opposite directions... 

R1bn for coal terminal No 2

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 State-owned transport provider Transnet has set aside about R1-billion to facilitate the creation of a second coal outlet at Richards Bay – the new terminal is known as the South Dunes Coal Terminal (SDCT). Those close to the project believe construction will begin during the last quarter... 

Global steel news

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The merger of British Steel and Koninklijke Hoogovens has been announced, reports the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI). The resulting company, provisionally called BSKH, will rank as the world’s largest steel producer after Nippon Steel and Posco, and Europe’s largest... 

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,... 

Port upgrades to be government priority

By: System Author     16th July 1999 PORT authority Portnet has welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alec Erwin, that the ports of Richards Bay and Durban, as well as the planned port at Coega, are included in major government projects to improve South Africa’s infrastructure. Reacting to the... 

Optical fibre technology focus on Africa

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The transfer of leading-edge optical fibre technology, products and services will be made available to private and public network operators throughout Southern Africa following the signing of a strategic alliance between South African cable manufacturer Aberdare Cables and US-based company... 

New currency-centre ‘factories’ planned

By: System Author     16th July 1999 planned multimillion- rand development of South African currency centres by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) forms part of a major strategy by the bank to upgrade its currency-processing ability, deputy GM business systems and technology department Francois van Pletsen tells Engineering... 

Eastern Cape industrial park planned

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Up to 2 000 skilled jobs could be directly and indirectly created in the Eastern Cape by a planned aerospace and general engineering industrial park. This park would be established by British Aerospace (BAe) as part of its industrial participation programme (IP) in return for a contract for 24... 

Growing trend towards automation in SA

By: System Author     16th July 1999 A growing trend towards automation in the South African packaging industry can be expected within the next few years, says Weighing & Packaging Systems regional manager Nick Oliver. Based in Johannesburg and Cape Town, the company is a leading local designer and manufacturer of packaging... 

Cape mulling pilot wind-farm project

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Adecision to proceed with a pilot wind-farm project in the Western Cape is expected by the end of this year. Project leader: wind Lizelle Kok reports that State-owned power utility Eskom has been conducting desktop studies on wind energy for two years, looking at the feasibility of such an... 

Novel control strategy

By: System Author     9th July 1999 An innovative control strategy, which allows information to flow from the production environment to the business system through TCP/IP and Ethernet technologies, is one of the main drives of Schneider Automation, of Midrand, application specialist Rob Entzinger tells Engineering News. The... 

Ship deal puts the wind in SA’s sales

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The unbundling and sale of Safmarine’s container line division to the Copenhagen-based AP Moller group, effective from last month, has already resulted in improved benefits for customers of Safmarine Container Lines (SCL). Although SCL will continue to independently market its Southern... 

High-powered UK team to visit South Africa

By: System Author     9th July 1999 High-powered representatives from Britain’s business and political establishment will be converging on South Africa during the course of the rest of the year to continue a process of seeking partnerships and business opportunities. The process began a couple of years ago when South Africa... 

R106m condensate-

By: System Author     9th July 1999 State-owned synthetic fuels producer Mossgas is to embark upon a R106-million project that will see its product output increase by up to 24% through the importation of oil condensate for refining at its plant near Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. This project will add nearly R40-million to the... 

Transport plan in Pretoria hits a brick wall

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council (GPMC) cannot advance plans to improve the metro’s transport situation since funding and the new demarcation of Pretoria, as well as other unresolved provincial and national issues, are slowing progress. “We have many proposals on how to... 

Aussie order

By: System Author     9th July 1999 A locally-designed tube leak detection system used successfully in South Africa, Germany, India and China to detect steam leaks on power station boilers, is now being installed in Australia. This first Australian contract for Instrotech, valued at R1-million, consists of two Inspecta FFT systems... 

R5-million 380-unit extension completed

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The first 380 homes have been completed at the R5,28-million Olievenhoutbosch Extension 13, in Centurion, Gauteng, through the efforts of the National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency (Nurcha) and emerging developer Ahanang Hardware & Construction. The Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council... 

Coega project is set to make big waves

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 South Africa is in dire need of the dose of confidence that the Coega initiative would give the economy. As such, Portnet will position itself to do whatever it can to stimulate this confidence, and ensure that it is ready for operation as soon as an anchor tenant is in place, Western Ports GM... 

Coega enviro permits are to get green light

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Although no environmental permits have yet been granted for the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), various studies are being undertaken to deal with the numerous permits that will be required for the many activities, such as rezoning of land, construction of sewage works, building of new... 

German consortium is both praised and slated

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Percci) has expressed its delight at the recent breakthrough in the Coega project, which brings the city’s dream of this big economic development closer to reality. News that German consortium Ferrostaal could build its... 

Three years into the initiative

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The initiative to investigate the feasibility of an industrial development zone (IDZ) and port at Coega was launched in August 1996. With the support of national government, a Section 21 company, known as the Coega IDZ Initiative, was formed to promote the project and co-ordinate all the relevant... 

Arguing for Coega

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Global economic growth continues to present industrial development opportunities to supply world markets, while a shortfall in certain strategic world markets has been forecast. New industrial development is needed to meet this demand. The trend towards the global village increasingly means that... 

R106-million condensate-import project

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Good progress is being made at Mossgas in Mossel Bay on the company’s new R106-million condensate-import project, which will boost its yearly output by up to 450-million litres, or 26%, and add about R40-million to its yearly net operating surplus. This business opportunity arose partly as... 

Coega harbour-design is finalised by team

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The proposed new deep-water port at Coega forms part of a planned industrial development zone (IDZ) intended to act as an intermodal transhipment point for bulk cargo for industries in the IDZ and the associated hinterland. The design of the port has been undertaken by a team of port and coastal... 

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... 

Catalytic converter export market grows

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Catalytic converter manufacturers in the Port Elizabeth-Uitenhage area currently account for around 70% of the total South African manufacturing market reports Precision Exhaust Systems MD Robin Holmes. “South Africa is on the map as a catalytic converter manufacturing country,” he... 

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... 

First steps towards umbrella organisation

By: System Author     18th June 1999 There is a thirst for knowledge and training in the South African composites industry, indicating a need for an umbrella organisation to deal with this – and such a move is indeed in the embryonic stages, reveals Scott Bader field technical service manager Steve Woodhall. “At the... 

Small firms are ignoring big bug problem

By: System Author     18th June 1999 lthough South Africa is considered one of the top year 2000 (Y2K)-ready countries in the world, many smaller firms are not yet aware of the implications of the problem, and live under the false impression that they will not be affected once the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 1999, reveals... 

New R368m Umtata hospital 10% complete

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Construction of a new R368-million academic health services complex (AHSC) in Umtata, which began in November last year, is 10% complete. The project is the result of years of integrated planning and co-operation among various national and provincial departments together with the University of... 

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