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SA to launch largest telescope

7th October 2003 Hundreds of tourists are expected to flock to South Africa visiting the region's largest telescope in Sutherland, Northern Cape. 

Mission possible: productivity with jobs

By: nkolola halwindi     6th October 2003 The concept of productivity is generally understood as the ratio of input to output. 

SA scientist to join Euro biocatalysis research network

6th October 2003 A South African scientist is, for the first time, to collaborate in a European cooperation in scientific and technical research (COST) network. 

Automation market remains tough – ABB

6th October 2003 Engineering firm ABB's automation technologies division chief, Dinesh Paliwal, told journalists last week that conditions in its market remained tough, although the unit was on track to reach its operating margin goal of 7,1% in 2003. 

ICT firms launches skills development programme

6th October 2003 Voice transaction management solutions firm Spescom DataVoice has launched a skills development programme in collaboration with the Department of Communications (DoC) aimed at providing graduates with valuable workplace experience. 

SA launches first off-board navigation product

By: laurian clemence     6th October 2003 An innovative off-board navigation product, which enables motorists to use their mobile phones to chart out the best route to their destination, was launched in Midrand at the weekend. 

Numsa, Delta seek mutually acceptable deal

By: Martin Czernowalow     6th October 2003 Carmaker Delta Motor Corporation said on Friday that it was working with the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa (Numsa) to find a mutually acceptable revision to the company’s sick-leave policy. 

Telecom Egypt to buy stake in Vodafone Egypt

6th October 2003 Vodafone Egypt has agreed in principle to sell a portion of its equity to state-owned Telecom Egypt and hopes the deal will be concluded soon, Vodafone Egypt's chief executive was quoted as saying yesterday. 

Chile timber firm to expand paper mill capacity

6th October 2003 Chilean forestry and industrial conglomerate Empresas CMPC plans to invest $120-million to expand by 25% the capacity of its pulp and paper mill in southern Chile, the company said at the weekend. 

SA streamlines antidumping process

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd October 2003 An analysis of the success rate of antidumping investigations, undertaken by South Africa’s International Trade Administration Commission (Itac), showed that currently a larger percentage of cases result in the imposing of import duties than was the case five years ago. 

SA firm completes Zambian bridge maintenance contract

3rd October 2003 Construction company Murray & Roberts Roads and Earthworks returned to the interior of Zambia to restress the cable stays on the landmark Luangwa Bridge, as part of a maintenance programme. 

Upturn in office property market forecast

3rd October 2003 Office demand in South African cities generally seems to have taken a turn for the better but industrial property remains in a slump, property economists Rode & Associates state in their latest quarterly review of the property market. 

SA study highlights the benefits of R&D

3rd October 2003 A recently-conducted study by the National Advisory Council on Innovation (Naci) confirmed that innovation is a key driver of international competitiveness in business, and that innovation is driven by research and development (R&D). 

Telecoms investors still wary - survey

3rd October 2003 A survey released by global audit and business advisory firm, Ernst & Young, entitled 'Breaking Away: Leading the Telecommunications Turnaround', reveals that telecoms executives and financial investors have strongly contrasting views on the future trajectory of the industry. 

Hybrids can be cheap to make, Toyota says

3rd October 2003 Toyota Motor Corporation showed off the production site of its gasoline-electric hybrid cars to journalists for the first time yesterday with a powerful message: they don't have to be expensive to make. 

Rural partnership scheme created 13 000 jobs

3rd October 2003 The South African Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Community Public Private Partnership Programme (CPPP), in its third year of existence, showcased its various projects and achievements yesterday. 

Nuclear training pact between SA, France

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd October 2003 The South African Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement with French company Areva, which will provide training to South Africans in exchange for credits in terms of the industrial participation programme. 

Vehicle sales continue impressive climb

3rd October 2003 For the third successive month, new vehicle sales registered impressive gains in September with passenger car sales coming in at their highest level in nearly seven years. 

Swaziland seeks to construct hydropower station and dam weir

By: laurian clemence     3rd October 2003 Swaziland’s Electricity Board is seeking contractors to design and operate electromechanical equipment for the Maguga hydropower project, as well as a construction company to build a regulating weir for the Maguga Dam, near the power station. 

Delta strike to spread – Numsa

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd October 2003 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said yesterday that the strike at Delta Motor Corporation's assembly plant, based in Port Elizabeth, is set to continue for an indefinite period – until all contentious issues under dispute are resolved. 

Bill Venter appointed chair of BTG

3rd October 2003 Technology company Bytes Technology Group (BTG) have announced that Bill Venter, chairperson of the Altron Group, has assumed the chairmanship of BTG. 

SA launches productivity month

2nd October 2003 Yesterday, National Productivity Month started, which aims to build the productive capacity of people as the main initiative of the concept. 

Construction firm achieves safety standard accolade

2nd October 2003 Broad-based infrastructural group Group Five announced this week that it had achieved millions of disabling injury free manhours worked over two years as well as a five-star Nosa rating over the past 12 months. 

SA to compete in global winelands event

2nd October 2003 Cape Town will be competing with the world’s most celebrated winelands in this year’s "The Best of Wine Tourism" competition, an initiative of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. 

Cape Town seeks to market rural areas as tourist destinations

2nd October 2003 An ambitious strategy of the City of Cape Town and the Provincial Government of the Western Cape to market the city and the province’s rural regions to national and international tourists has taken another step with the announcement of the transitional Destination Marketing Organisation... 

Joburg property manager wants to be council’s agent

By: Martin Czernowalow     2nd October 2003 The property management and development arm of the City of Johannesburg, the Joburg Property Company (JPC), has achieved several milestones since its inception in 2000. 

Call made for Dube Tradeport masterplan bids

By: laurian clemence     2nd October 2003 Kwazulu-Natal development finance institution, the Ithala Development Finance Corporation, has issued a tender calling for a lead consultant for the development of a master plan for the proposed Dube Tradeport (DTP) at La Mercy, north of Durban. 

Bank to inject R197m into Joburg HQ

2nd October 2003 South African bank Standard Bank announced that it is to inject R197-million into the Johannesburg central business district (CBD) in a major project aimed at consolidating and upgrading the Standard Bank Centre head office in Simmonds Street. 

Big new petroleum empowerment deal

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2003 A white-led petroleum giant and a black-owned petroleum newcomer yesterday applied to the competition authorities for approval to merge their two businesses, Engineering News Online can today report. 

No resolution to Delta impasse

By: Martin Czernowalow     2nd October 2003 A strike involving some 3 000 workers at carmaker Delta Motor Corporation’s plant, in Port Elizabeth, has been described as a “crisis situation” by the National Union of Mineworkers (Numsa). 

Sars halts R100m tender after 'unfair influence'

2nd October 2003 In an effort to stamp out corruption, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) has disbanded a panel set up to assess a tender process that involved the supply of information technology (IT) hardware to the value of more than R100-million to the revenue service. 

New air quality bill presented to NCOP

2nd October 2003 The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) on Tuesday presented the Air Quality Management Bill to Parliament's National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in Cape Town. 

SA auto firms should seek China ties

By: Deborah Spicer     2nd October 2003 The fact that South African exporters in the automotive sector have a head start on Chinese companies which are only starting to venture out of China presents an opportunity for South African firms, reported The Beijing Axis MD Kobus van der Wath at the Autocluster Africa conference late last month. 

Sappi wins competition case

1st October 2003 Paper manufacturing giant Sappi confirmed yesterday that it has received notification from the Competition Appeal Court that its case against the Competition Commission's attempt to re-open a matter involving Papercor has succeeded. 

Korea and SA sign business-to-business deal

By: laurian clemence     1st October 2003  

Petrol price decreases

1st October 2003 With effect from midnight the price of fuel was adjusted with petrol decreasing by 22c, the Department of Minerals and Energy announced that petrol, 93 and 97 octane leaded and unleaded has gone done by 22 c/l in retail price, while 95 unleaded and 97 octane unleaded will have decreased in retail... 

London small business delegation on mission to SA

1st October 2003 African Caribbean SME's from London share will be visiting South Africa on a trade mission to build relationships with corporate entities locally. 

Producer inflation falls again in August

1st October 2003 Statistics South Africa said yesterday that the production price index (PPI) for all commodities for South African consumption showed a year-on-year annual rate of increase of 0,2% at August 2003. 

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