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Irma Venter

Irma Venter

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

Tel: +2711 622 3744


Top new mining technologies probed

20th July 2001 Mining companies proving willing to introduce new technology, and to educate and empower their people in using this technology optimally, will continue mining far into this new century. 

Car exports accelerate but component makers struggle

20th July 2001 South Africa’s motor industry development programme (MIDP) will probably be seen as one of the country’s greatest economic success stories to date – a bestseller strategy aimed at ensuring that the country manufactures vehicles and components at internationally-competitive levels. 

Engineering contracting companies merge

20th July 2001 Three closely-associated South African engineering contracting companies have merged to form Murray & Roberts Engineering Solutions, which will target business in emerging economies. 

When being a woman miner was illegal

13th July 2001 When South Africa’s first woman mining engineer graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in 1994, it was against the law for her or any other woman to work underground in the country’s mines. 

. . . and gold No 2 plans investing in catch-up programme

13th July 2001 South Africa’s second-largest producer of gold, Gold Fields’ technology section head Ken Matthysen says the high gold price experienced in the past did not encourage the implementation of newer cost-saving technologies at South Africa’s mines. 

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. 

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