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R192m investment creates 1 610 local jobs

By: System Author     30th July 1999 A PROJECT to encourage the establishment of new business in South Africa has created 1 610 new jobs and brought in R192-million in fixed investments in 1998. A team of just 11 people, employed under Eskom’s new-business promotion (NBP) department, was instrumental in creating nearly 2 000... 

Co-operative spirit is forged between suppliers

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The co-operative spirit that has prevailed between steel-pipe producer Hall Longmore, of Wadeville, Gauteng, and its primary-product suppliers, Iscor and Highveld Steel, has opened the doors for a wealth of export opportunities for the companies. In order to run Hall Longmore’s new... 

R8m Cape winery nearing completion

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 CONSTRUCTION of an R8-million winery at Waterford Estate, near Stellenbosch, in Cape Town, is nearing completion. The project is the result of a team effort involving winemaker Kevin Arnold, project engineer Johan Biesenbach, architect Alex Walker, landscape architect Ian Ford, Fulcrum... 

R200m for Gauteng community projects

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Accelerating the pace of delivery in terms of projects and services as well as creating job opportunities are two of the biggest challenges which face the Eastern Gauteng Services Council (EGSC) in its 1999–2000 financial year, executive committee chairperson William Mahlangu tells... 

UK-built power station for Indonesia

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 A BRITISH-built power station in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, is bringing much-needed electricity to the town of Samarinda and its surrounding area. The combined-cycle station, built under a package deal by the Rolls-Royce (RR) aerospace and industrial group for Indonesian power utility Perusahaan... 

Electric vehicle cluster proposed

By: System Author     16th July 1999 BY creating an electric-vehicle (EV) cluster by the end of the year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) hopes to set the wheels in motion of a new export industry for South Africa. With the country being a low-cost producer of electricity, and an internationally-accepted small-scale car... 

Is there an engineer available in the house?

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Martin Gottlieb is an engineer. He is also president of the American Institute of Engineers, and he currently has a mission. He is looking for a new name for ‘engineer’. Actually he is looking for a synonym. Gottlieb says doctors can be called physicians, lawyers can be called... 

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... 

Electricity sector prepares for transformation

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The restructuring of the Johannesburgs electricity distribution system and subsequent application by Pretoria West to take on private sector partners is proof of the urgency with which electricity distribution throughout South Africa needs to be revamped. Speaking at an informal lunch with... 

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... 

US$550m hydroelectric project

By: System Author     9th July 1999 A US$550-million project to construct a 1 140 MW hydropower plant on the Pelotas river in southern Brazil, is progressing according to schedule, with diversion of the river planned for October this year. This will be followed by the filling of the reservoir in January 2002 and construction of the... 

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... 

Tidal, biomass also being probed

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Tidal power generation-desalination and the use of biomass fuel are two renewable energy options under investigation by the State’s power utility, Eskom. The two technological advances, though still in their infancy, are being probed under Eskom’s Southern African Bulk Renewable... 

Search is hotting up for duff coal use

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The feasibility of using low-grade discard coal as a fuel source will begin within the next few weeks, chairperson of the joint study steering committee, comprising representatives from Eskom, Ingwe, Anglo Coal, government and the Chamber of Mines Eddie Khanda tells Engineering News. The study,... 

R80m housing project

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The Gauteng Housing Board has awarded an R80-million contract for the development of 5 068 subsidised houses in Midrand to the Kaalfontein Development Company, Engineering News can today report. The company is owned by shareholders Grinaker Housing (45%), Group Five (30%), and credit-linked... 

Canadians add extra byte

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A bilateral projectvalued at C$3,5-million over three years is being realised between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Canadian government through the Canadian International Development Agency (Cida) to study and develop the South African information technology (IT) industry.... 

Tale of an electrostatic precipitator

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 An ‘ESP’ is shorthand for an ‘electrostatic precipitator’, which is a device used to remove dust and particulate matter from a stream of gas which normally is discharged through a chimney stack. My friend Paul and I had the chance to supervise the design and commissioning... 

R5-million electrical contract awarded

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 ADOPTING a reportedly unique approach to infrastructure funding, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) and the Infrastructure Finance Corporation (Inca) have provided R65-million for the construction of the newly-opened Ceres Koekedouw dam. This figure represents the Koekedouw Irrigation Board’s portion... 

Additional electricity generation not required

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 THERE will be no need for new electricity-generating capacity before the end of this year, provided plans to implement demand-side management options are put in place. This emerged from the Eskom environmental media seminar, where this year’s corporate environmental report was released... 

Contract and the Heathrow tunnel collapse

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Several institutions, including the London Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the South African NEC Users Group and Eskom, have come out in support of the New Engineering Contract (NEC) following articles in the Engineering News and other local and international journals regarding the... 

R1,2-million electrical contract completed

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Electrical installation at, and distribution to, South Africa’s first commercial cassava-starch project, in the Northern Province, has been completed by Gauteng consulting electrical engineer Eksteen & Le Roux. The company was awarded the contract in March last year, which included the... 

Lesotho electrical contract

By: System Author     25th June 1999 AN electrical subcontract for the Matsoku tunnel and weir project – which forms part of the R1,2-billion phase 1B of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project – has been secured by electrical and instrumentation contractor B&W Electrical. The floodwaters of the Matsoku river will be... 

Electrifying training

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The electrical and electronics arm of Stantronic, the Standard Electrical group, has subcontracted 40% of its R9-million electrical contract on the Gold Reef City casino, convention centre and hotel project to emerging contracting company, CMIT. A 100% black-owned initiative, the contractor... 

Control leader offers didactic training

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A global leader in control technology, Festo not only designs, manufactures and supplies products, equipment and systems for control technology, but also offers didactic training in order to assist with the upgrading of worker skills for industry. First established in Germany in 1970, Festo... 

The name of the game is staying ahead of the pack

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Staying ahead of the pack in electrical distribution, industrial control and automation requires adapting a company constantly to future market and customer needs, argues Schneider Electric MD Jean-Pierre Mura. “It is not always easy to convince people to adapt constantly, particularly if... 

Dynamic changes for company on the move

By: System Author     25th June 1999 IN addition to the launch of a new name and logo to face a new era, Schneider Electric South Africa is moving to new premises in Midrand, Gauteng. The main reason for the move is to have one company with a single vision as, for the first time since the formation of Groupe Schneider in South... 

‘Transparent’ factory leads way in virtual technology

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The main focus of Schneider Automation is to build long-term strategic partnerships with its customers, both authorised system integrators (SI) and end-users. Within the realm of a complete turnkey solution in terms of electrical distribution, industrial control and automation, the company... 

Customer demand for innovative solutions

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A worldwide specialist in electrical distri- bution, industrial control and automation, Schneider Electric is active through a highly-skilled network of local and international partners, reports marketing manager Dudley Miller. These include distributors, systems integrators (SIs), panel builders... 

System integrators bridge gap with clients

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Achieving world-class competitiveness demands world-class solutions. For any business today, this includes identifying the best possible route to maximise productivity, minimise costs, and obtain direct access to the kind of information that forms the basis of proactive, good-quality... 

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... 

Plant-automation success story

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Hi-tech integration company IST Industria,l of Pretoria, is an appointed system integrator for Schneider Electric products. The company has, over the past eight years, completed various installations using many Schneider products. Its focus lies in the provision of innovative, cost-effective,... 

New Johannesburg gas owner by September

By: System Author     25th June 1999 One of South Africa’s few local government gas distributors, Johannesburg’s Metro Gas is to be privatised by the beginning of next year. The selection of prequalification bidders, of which there are expected to be between two to five local and international companies, should be... 

R2m Indian hydroelectric contract

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A CONSORTIUM, comprising Indian company Jaiprakash Indus-tries and a group of Canadian companies, has been awarded a C$500-million (R2-million) contract with the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation in New Delhi, for the turnkey construction of the Chamera II hydroelectric development in... 

Novel plasma dross-treatment project hots up

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A dross-treatment project using plasma as the heat source is being researched by Eskom’s research and development section, Technology Research Investigations (TRI), together with an industrial partner. This type of system is already being operated by an international company in Canada using... 

Tobacco plant contract awarded

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Due for completion in July, RBF Technology has been contracted to carry out the electrical installation work on a Tanzanian tobacco plant as an extension of work undertaken last year. The contract comes from US-based Universal Leaf Tobacco and is for Tanzania Tobacco Processor’s plant in... 

Australian export order secured

By: System Author     18th June 1999 ELECTRIFICATION and refrigeration company Stantronic has completed an export order of self-contained refrigerated display cases to Australia. It was the Group’s ‘Cooltech’ branded vertical display chiller that was exported to one of Western Australia’s fastest-growing... 

Still no end in sight for Cahora Bassa tussle

By: System Author     18th June 1999 There has been no progress in resolving the stand-off between South Africa and Portugal over Cahora Bassa. The dispute over tariff charges for electricity emanating from the Cahora Bassa power station in Mozambique has been under way for three decades. The conflict arose due to differences... 

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