Apr 13, 2012
UJ initiative takes casting technologies to the communityBack
Engineering|Africa|CCP|MCTS|PROJECT|Africa|South Africa|Metal Casting Technology Station|University Of Johan-nesburg|Appropriate Technology|Manufacturing|Manufacturing Process|Metal Casting|Products|Farouk Varachia|Appropriate Technology
© Reuse this
The CCP is aimed at help-ing rural and peri-urban women and youth at different centres that are linked to local job creation initiatives. The project leaders are called in to assess the women’s work and determine ways to inter-vene with the appropriate technology.
Under normal circumstances, craftwork, such as jewellery making, becomes an expensive trade because of added costs as a result of the time needed to make items. One of the many ways that the CCP assists is by transferring mould making and pewter casting skills and technology to speed up the manufacturing process. The items can then be reproduced at a faster rate, making the business a viable one.
It also turns the products into saleable items. “With rapid technology, these women can make better, more intricate items,” says MCTS station manager Farouk Varachia. “What we would like to do for them is give their products added value.”
The CCP also provides the women with better materials such as pewter and silica-based raw material, which is the main ingredient of glass products. This enables the women to branch out into making other products, like ornaments, further empowering their businesses. “It opens up new and more profitable markets,” says Varachia.
The MCTS was established on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology, in 2004, under the UJ Faculty of Engineering as a nonprofit outreach institution. It is funded by the Tech-nology Innovation Agency and provides technology transfer assistance to small, medium-sized and microenterprises in the metal casting industry.
Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Video News
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
This Week's Magazine
In the next 20 years, it was expected that, in Africa, more people would live in cities and towns than in rural areas, United Nations Habitat executive director Dr Aisa Kirabo Kacyira said at the Human Settlements Indaba that took place earlier this month in...
Tough-talking Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has committed government to building 1.5-million low-cost houses over the next five years, telling the Human Settlements Indaba in Johannesburg on Wednesday that the State would achieve this target through the...
Over the past 20 years there has been persistent concern about deindustrialisation in South Africa, as well as the fact that locally produced manufactured products have been increasingly displaced by imports.
Financial agreement for Ghanian independent power producer (IPP) Cenpower Generation Company’s $900-million, 350 MW combined-cycle gas-turbine power plant was finalised earlier this month, paving the way for the project’s construction to begin before 2015 in Tema,...
The revenue implications for South Africa of ‘base erosion and profit shifting’ by corporate taxpayers are firmly in the crosshairs of the Davis Tax Committee (DTC) and Judge Dennis Davis hinted last week that recommendations were being considered to “detect and...