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Merger boosts turnkey ability of company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 One of the latest initiatives within General Electric (GE) includes the merger of GE Electrical Distribution and Control (ED&C) and GE Industrial Control Systems (ICS) to form one of its ten core businesses worldwide, known as GE Industrial Systems. The result is a leading global supplier of... 

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... 

Secure data-integrity system is designed

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Industrial information systems supplier Keops Isis, of Centurion, Gauteng, has been contracted to design and implement a data-integrity system (DIS) for Sasol. The petrochemical company required an integrated system that would ensure the overall data integrity of production data at one of its... 

Joint effort to secure electronic commerce

By: System Author     21st May 1999 A JOINT effort to test advanced methods for secure electronic commerce on multi-application smart-cards which provide the best combination of processing speed, cryptographic strength and memory size has been announced by Visa International, Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), National University of... 

E-commerce: targeting blue-eyed consumers

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Information technology (IT) group Usko predicts that up to 70% of its operating profits will be derived from electronic-commerce-linked activities within the next three to five years. This is a bold statement given that the business, at present, accumulates very little profit from e-commerce,... 

R131-million building contract won

By: System Author     21st May 1999 The R131-million phase- one contract for building the underground parking areas at the high-density Melrose Arch residential and trading complex in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs has been awarded to a joint venture between LTA Building (Gauteng) and LTA Building (Free State). Other group... 

Decision looms for new Cape dam

By: System Author     14th May 1999 THE Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) is on the brink of appointing advisers to assist it to arrange an R760-million build, operate and transfer (BOT) dam and supplement scheme for Cape Town. Director-general Mike Muller tells Engineering News exclusively that its demand studies... 

Cape Town to construct R100-million arena

By: System Author     14th May 1999 A R100-million indoor exhibition, event and entertainment facility is to be built at the 250 ha Century City development on the outskirts of Cape Town. The multipurpose venue, being developed by Century City owner and developer Monex and to be designed and managed by AME Events, a division of... 

Cost-effective mode of passenger transport

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Increased vehicle economy in the passenger transport industry could save South Africa’s minibus taxi industry millions of rands each year, reports Iveco Commercial Operations director Frans Cloete. “Light delivery vehicles converted into mini taxis are significantly cheaper than the... 

Govt to study regional satellite

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Government is about to conduct a nine-month study into the feasibility of a domestic regional satellite dedicated to the Southern African Development Community (SADC), communications director-general Andile Ngcaba reports. Based on the present economic outlook, industry experts believe such a... 

Chemical transport facility upgrade

By: System Author     30th April 1999 THE multimillion-rand redevelopment of Cargo Carriers Tanker as a world-class chemical transport facility is proceeding according to plan. The company has become a signatory to ‘Responsible Care’ whose international standards are designed to achieve security and safety throughout the... 

Banking on R7,5m power-supply project

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) manufacturer and supplier Meissners, of Isando, Gauteng, is entering phase two of a R7,5-million project for the supply of two 400 kVA UPSs to leading local banking group Nedcor. The first unit was installed at the bank eight months ago, and has since undergone... 

NZ prisoner home-detention scheme by Oct

By: System Author     30th April 1999 IT seems as if South Africa is not alone in its quest to make its prisoners feel ‘right at home’ with an electronic home-detention electronic monitoring scheme to be implemented by the New Zealand Department of Corrections on October 1 this year. Operational adviser for the project... 

Approval close at hand for virtual prisons

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The Department of Correctional Services’ project to electronically monitor prisoners under house arrest has been referred to the correctional services parliamentary portfolio committee in an attempt to gain approval for the full-scale implementation of the programme (see Engineering News,... 

State property worth R120-billion?

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The Ministry of Public Works is probing the feasibility of setting up a commercial property agency to support government with plans to release value from its enormous property portfolio. Minister Jeff Radebe tells Engineering News exclusively that preliminary studies show this State-owned... 

Maree sprinting towards ‘new’ kind of gold

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 World-renowned athlete Sydney Maree is sprinting towards a new kind of gold: microchips. Maree’s company, Emthonjeni (Zulu for ‘place of shelter’) Investments, has signed a deal with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to take over South Africa’s troubled... 

Black empowerment needed for growth

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 Black economic empowerment is imperative for sustainable economic growth in South Africa, which is one of the biggest challenges facing South Africa, said African Harvest executive chairperson Mashudu Ramano at the South Africa Republic of China Chamber of Economic Relations annual general... 

R600-million African hall of fame

By: System Author     16th April 1999 CONSTRUCTION of a R600-million African music and film hall of fame, that is set to star in the remake of Johannesburg’s inner city, will begin in the second quarter of this year. This monument to African culture will be a multimedia experience designed to expose visitors to the evolution of... 

Sky’s the limit for local telecom-tower firm

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Local tower and mast-manufac- turing and erection company Skywave Manufacturing has complemented its existing range of self-supporting telecom towers with the new Mark VI cost-effective design. The company is reported to be the largest designer and manufacturer of tubular and angle-iron towers in... 

Prison contract won

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The contract to design, build, finance and manage a 3 000-bed maximum security prison in Bloemfontein has been awarded to the Ikhwezi joint venture, comprising Group 4 Correction Services South Africa and contractor Murray & Roberts, together with local empowerment partners Fikile Projects and... 

Radio trunking tunes in to digital era

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The digital era has reached radio trunking, and Nokia, of Finland, is introducing its terrestrial trunked radio (Tetra) technology to South Africa through strategic partner Grintek Electronics Systems (GES). “All four of South Africa’s trunked-radio networks, of which GES has supplied... 

Construction sector in ‘survival mode’

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Confidence in South Africa’s construction industry has dropped to levels last seen at the start of the decade when the sector was in the throes of its worst recession in recorded history. The index is now on average 40% lower than during any quarter in 1997. South African Federation of... 

Tourism could be SA’s leading employer

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Tourism has proved to be the easiest, most efficient way worldwide of increasing employment and stimulating economic growth. With the right infrastructure, the South African tourism industry could become the country’s leading employer, reports Tourism Johannesburg executive director Keith... 

‘Gloves-off, hands-on’ tourism workshop

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 MEASURES to assist emerging tourism entrepreneurs gain access to the mainstream industry could finally become a reality following a pledge by Michael Farr of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa to tackle the matter at a national level. Speaking at a provincial workshop in Cape Town... 

EU funds for school electrification

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The European Union (EU) is providing 15-million Euro for the remote electrification of 1 000 rural schools in South Africa that are outside of Eskom’s grid expansion plan using solar energy. Eskom non-grid electrification project leader Henry van Rensburg tells Engineering News that the EU... 

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... 

Sports trust calls for uplifting proposals

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The Sports Trust is gearing up for its yearly receipt of proposals for community-based sports projects, which play a vital role in the upliftment of previously disadvantaged communities through the promotion of their sporting and cultural lives. Sports Trust technical consultant Eugene van Vuuren... 

Launch of integrated messaging system

By: System Author     26th March 1999 An integraded fax and e-mail messaging system has been launched by telecom company Orion Telecom to provide users with cost-effective messaging solutions. Known as eM@X, the system allows a single message to be fully personalised (mail-merged) and broadcast from a standard PC to any number of fax... 

No stain from Y2k bug

By: System Author     26th March 1999 South African integrated stainless-steel producer Columbus Stainless, of Middelburg, Mpumalanga, has taken up the challenge of ensuring that, when the new millennium rolls around, it can rest easy. As the only stainless-steel producer in South Africa, the company sold more than 337 000 t of... 

Sale of SA forests gathers momentum

By: System Author     26th March 1999 After six long years, the race to privatise State-owned forestry enterprise Safcol is hotting up with an information memorandum having been released to key bidders last week. This is perhaps a signal that government is finally taking heed of the criticism that the process has dragged on too long... 

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... 

Shot in arm for vehicle security

By: System Author     19th March 1999 An increased concern for the safety of people in vehicles is driving the South African bullet-resistant glass industry to develop stronger security glass, reveals SA Bullet Resistant Glass MD Hilton Franks. Soaring vehicular crime levels have resulted in the establishment of a specialised vehicle... 

Hi-tech theft solution

By: System Author     19th March 1999 South Africa has one of the highest rates of vehicle theft in the world, and this has led Midrand-based electronics developer Analysis, Management & Systems (AMS) to offer a hi-tech solution that brings hope to embattled owners and drivers. CarSafe is a novel and inexpensive vehicle-security... 

Critically important event

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The privatisation of the South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol) will be the single most important event in the history of the forestry industry, according to Yorkcor chairperson Solly Tucker. “The sawmilling industry has been in limbo ever since Safcol launched its policy of... 

Forestry Act sows growing uncertainty

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The South African Lumber Millers Association (Salma) is monitoring closely the privatisation of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol), which was announced by Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Kader Asmal and Public Enterprises Minister Stella Sigcau on February 16. Salma executive... 

Electronic agreement clinched by local firm

By: System Author     19th March 1999 NEW self-service terminals (SST) and internal printed-circuit boards (PCBs) will be manufactured for the Prism group by Log-Tek Holdings subsidiary Conlog. The agreement covers procurement of all materials, manufacture and assembly of the PCBs, final assembly of various sub-assemblies (for... 

Affordable security for farmers

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Violent crime against farmers has reached epidemic proportions, and numerous South African companies have risen to the challenge of developing systems that will bring an end to this worrying trend. One of the technological solutions is now available from electronics developer Analysis, Management... 

Forestry industry faces legislative burden

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The forestry industry is struggling to bear the weight of what it perceives to be restrictive and, in some cases, discriminatory legislation affecting every forester in South Africa, reports Forest Owners’ Association (FOA) executive director Mike Edwards. “This legislation is making... 

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