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IT strategy endorsed

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The Electronics Industries Federation of South Africa’s (EIF) executive council has added its endorsement to the South African information technology (IT) industry strategy (Saitis) project being co-funded by the governments of South Africa and Canada. Saitis aims to develop a viable... 

Big industrial push mooted for Durban

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The combination of a new container port and a petrochemical hub is just one of the findings contained within a draft South Durban Basin strategic environmental assessment (SEA), to be handed over to the Durban Metro Council by June this year. The study was commissioned more than two years ago by... 

Danes reaffirm commitment to South Africa

By: System Author     30th April 1999 For the first time in the life of the Danish Co-operation for Environment and Development (Danced) its members have had the opportunity to view the activities it funded ‘in the field’ and assess the results of its initiatives in SA over the past five years. Over this period assistance... 

R350m shopping and entertainment centre for Benoni

By: System Author     30th April 1999 THE R350-million Lakeside Mall, which was due to be opened in Benoni this month, is set to transform the city into a sustainable leisure and entertainment node, and open up opportunities for further rapid economic growth. The development of a shopping, leisure and entertainment centre on the... 

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... 

Telkom prepares itself for listing on JSE

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The South African government, through its Department of Communications, is in the early stages of investigating an initial public offering (IPO) which could result in its listing of Telkom on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as early as next year. However, observers suggest the process could take... 

R1,9bn takeover bid for defence and electronics giant

By: System Author     16th April 1999 FINANCIAL services group Brait has submitted a R1,9-billion bid for the assets of electronics and industrial conglomerate Reunert. The cash offer, equivalent to about 950c a Reunert share, was made by Brait Capital Partners (Brait) through private equity funds under its management. Reunert... 

Sanitation for 400 000 users

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Despite budget constraints, the Eastern Gauteng Services Council (EGSC) has been able to provide 400 000 people with effective sanitation and water services in the past three years, water and sanitation manager Danie van der Merwe tells Engineering News. He adds that, in general, budgets are... 

Drop in funding flushes out sanitation policy

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A radical about-turn in the implementation of sanitation policy is occurring as communities and local government come to terms with declining funding from central government, Mvula Trust technical manager Richard Holden tells Engineering News. The trust is an implementing agent of the Department... 

SA must embrace biotechnology – Erwin

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Despite clear potential for the development of a thriving local biotechnology sector, which could be as far-reaching as the advent of information technology, South Africa remains a poor performer in this regard. This was the view of Trade and Industries Minister Alec Erwin in a keynote speech... 

Agricultural Gis system on the cards

By: System Author     9th April 1999 An initiative to estab- lish an agricultural geographic information system (Agis) for South Africa has seen a funding proposal for phase two of the development being submitted to the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology’s (Dacst) Innovation Fund. This follows the... 

R180-million Lubombo road 30% complete

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The new R180-million road that forms the core of the Lubombo spatial development initiative (SDI) is 30% complete in terms of the work done and 16% in terms of the road opened to traffic. The 156-km-long road, which will give easy access to the formerly remote Maputoland beaches and hinterland... 

SA motor industry plan on offer to SADC

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 South Africa is planning to extend its motor industry development programme (MIDP) to the rest of Southern Africa, Engineering News can today report. Department of Trade and Industry director Johan Cloete reveals that it will offer the MIDP to all 11 countries currently participating in the... 

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... 

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... 

Gauteng gets ready to mine IT highway

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Groundwork is expected to start on the R100-million first phase of a greenfields development project called the Gauteng Innovation Hub before the end of this year. Previous reports in Engineering News indicate that Midrand has been chosen as the physical location for this initiative; an area... 

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... 

Johannesburg slashes its capex budget

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Johannesburg’s committed capital expenditure budget will be slashed to only R84-million next year and will fall further to R44-million in 2000–2001, city manager Ketso Gordhan tells Engineering News. However, Gordhan is hoping to direct an additional R200-million-to-R400-million... 

Challenging year for automotive industry

By: System Author     19th March 1999 This year represents another extremely challenging period for the South African vehicle-manufacturing and associated industries, with aggregate industry sales declining by 15,4% on a year-on-year basis, reports National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director... 

South African parts match world’s best

By: System Author     19th March 1999 There is a false perception among participants in the automotive industry that products manufactured and assembled abroad are of a higher quality than those manufactured locally, argues South African Motoring Corporation (Samcor) quality-systems manager Duncan Macphail. Last month the Gauteng... 

Export council in first mission

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (CEEC), the first export council to kick off following recommendations made in the cluster reports released last year, will launch its first outward selling mission next month. The value of the capital equipment industry sector in South Africa is... 

Auto industry warned: up export drive

By: System Author     19th March 1999 While proposed changes to the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP), due to be gazetted this month, will create a more sensible environment in which participants can operate, the local automotive industry will have to increase its export drive and international competitiveness further if it... 

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... 

Demand for organically-produced food

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Consumer demand for organically-produced food is on the rise, and provides new market opportunities for farmers and businesses around the world, reports the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Under the right circumstances, the market returns from organic agriculture can... 

Forestry punted as a rural job source

By: System Author     12th March 1999 With the restructuring of State forestry assets now under way, it is hoped that 75% of these – comprising plantations covering roughly 337 000 ha and all processing operations managed by the South African Forestry Company (Safcol) – can be transferred to private black-empowerment... 

National enviro report by year-end

By: System Author     26th February 1999 THE Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) has launched a project to produce South Africa’s first ‘National State of the Environment Report’ (NSoER). The report will be completed by the end of the year, and is being co-ordinated by the CSIR’s Division of... 

Forestry firm seeks enviro certification

By: System Author     26th February 1999 In an effort to meet increasing customer demands for environmental quality assurance and increase its export market, the South African Forestry Company (Safcol) is seeking to become one of the first local forestry companies to be ISO 14001 accredited, reports forest-engineering senior manager... 

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... 

First phase of road K4 north of Pta complete

By: System Author     26th February 1999 THE first phase of road K4, which provides access to a new residential area in Shoshanguve north of Pretoria, is complete. This new road will be about 4,5 km long, with an interchange from the PWV9 freeway between Pretoria and Mabopane. It provides direct access to new infrastructure and formal... 

R94-million roll-out for innovation drive

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Funding to the value of R93,6-million will be provided by the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (Dacst) to local innovators over the next three years. Dacst chief economist Johan Neethling tells Engineering News that the 19 projects funded by the department at present are mostly... 

Environmental certification on the rise

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Why is environmental management so important? The backbone of environmental management is sustainable development, which covers the concept of needs and the idea of limitation imposed by the state of technology and social organisation on the environment’s ability to meet present and future... 

White Paper sparks review of energy plan

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With the target of electrifying 2,5-million households in rural areas by the end of the year within reach, government is laying the groundwork for future electrification projects in the White Paper on Energy Policy released in December last year. Until now, the national electrification programme... 

Renewed vision on non-grid electrification

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In the new White Paper on Energy Policy released in December last year, government recognises the need to bring the role of non-grid electrification projects in line with grid electrification projects. “Biomass forms the main energy source in the rural domestic sector, while other renewable... 

Business confidence gets executive thumbs-down

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Executives of the top 100 industrial companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange are negative about business confidence and the political situation in South Africa this year compared to 1998. This view is in contrast to the expectations expressed towards the end of 1997 with regard to... 

Zim dam hydro project

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A MEMORANDUM of understanding has been signed between the Zimbabwean government, the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa), the E7 Fund for Sustainable Development, and the Mwenezi Development Corporation to initiate the finalisation of all project agreements required to construct and... 

Housing and transport go hand-in-hand

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Housing developments, the provision of infrastructure and transport needs will have to be planned together if the full potential of development initiatives is to be realised, Department of Transport director general Dipak Patel tells Engineering News. He explains, that in the planning of low-cost... 

The bitter pill of labour-market reform

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Deputy President Thabo Mbeki’s new year announcement that there may be some review of South African labour legislation has been well-received by commentators, who have argued that former Labour Minister Tito Mboweni’s programme of heightened labour protection had put undue strain on... 

Disaster White Paper paves way forward

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Co-ordinated disaster-relief efforts may not stop the devastating effects of natural and manmade disasters, but will save money and human lives. This was the message delivered by Provincial Affairs and Constitutional Development Minister Mohammed Valli Moosa when he launched the White Paper on... 

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