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Irma Venter

Irma Venter

Irma Venter is a Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Poor upkeep blamed for square collapse

13th July 2001 The collapse of Strijdom Square, in Pretoria can most probably be attributed to a lack of maintenance on the structure, says Gauteng transport and public works department Jack Van der Merwe. 

Plans to obtain more hexene and octene

13th July 2001 New technology options are being investigated by South African indigenous coal-to-fuel producer, Sasol, to ensure that lucrative hexene and octene can be obtained from other olefin streams that are currently being utilised as fuel, Engineering News can report. 

Innovation fund now fully subscribed

6th July 2001 The applications received for the R75-million Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII) have, for the first time, matched the funds available in the last financial year, indicating the growing awareness and value of this scheme towards technology development in South Africa. 

SA diamond giant's Canadian foray

29th June 2001 Diamond company De Beers' first underground mine outside Africa will probably be commissioned in 2004, says international projects GM Dave Porter. 

Old telescope gets

29th June 2001 The 110-year-old Boyden telescope, in the Free State, will map the stars with new vigour once a R1,7-million project involving the upgrading of the telescope, and collaborative research and educational programmes between the University of the Free State, and three US institutions is completed. 

2002 start for heritage museum

29th June 2001 Construction of the interpretation centre at the cradle of humankind world heritage site (COHWHS), straddling Gauteng and the North West Province, will start early next year, with tenders possibly going out towards the end of 2002. 

Wise co-operation saves $60-million

25th June 2001 Working together on the Pandora project near Brits, in the North West Province, will save Lonmin Platinum and Anglo Platinum $60-million in capital costs, says Lonmin Platinum (Lonplats) MD Peter Ledger. 

Plastic waste recovery could lead to R200m project

22nd June 2001 South Africa's waste stream will soon be diminished as one of the most voluminous pollutants finally enters a recycling programme. 

R560m budgeted for E Cape roads

22nd June 2001 The Eastern Cape provincial government has increased its road infrastructure development budget for the current financial year by 31% compared to last year to ensure development in this impoverished province. 

New economy is not paperless

22nd June 2001 It was supposed to be a sleek, seamless information technology (IT) driven economy; a paperless environment where the press of a button would have replaced the turning of a page. 

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