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New programme targeting development of smaller companies

14th March 2003 While the Motor Industry Development Plan (MIDP) has undoubtedly been of great benefit to original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), there has been some concern that automotive industry suppliers further down the value chain have not realised the same benefits. 

First of R2-billion spend starts at OEM’s Pretoria facility

14th March 2003 The first R300-million of the R2-billion allocated by BMW South Africa for technological improvement of its Rosslyn plant in Pretoria has been spent on developing its paint-preparation facilities. 

OEM aiming for increased exports, more local content

14th March 2003 The South African arm of Japanese original equipment manufacturer, Nissan, hopes to take its export successes to new heights this year. 

Car maker considering component sourcing from SA

14th March 2003 The Subaru brand is experiencing growth in the South African market at the moment. 

Recruiter says the unions’ behaviour will take its toll

14th March 2003 Although the automotive industry continues to grow and attract much needed foreign investment into South Africa, it has to face the fact that there is growing international competition, points out Leaders Unlimited partner Chris van Tonder. 

Price hike leads to flurry of activity in gold sector

28th February 2003 When Mining Weekly interviewed Department of Minerals and Energy precious metals and ferrous commodities deputy director Anthony Harding 18 months ago, he painteda gloomy picture of the long-term future of gold-mining in South Africa. 

Further West African developments possible for SA-based gold-miner

28th February 2003 One of the world’s largest and highest-margin producers, Morila gold-mine in Mali, produced 1,05-million ounces for the year ending 31 December 2002, at a cash operating cost of $74/oz. 

R500m for smart electricity use programme

19th February 2003 The efficient use of electricity could prevent the need to build another power station in South Africa, which is likely to become necessary by 2007 (according to current growth estimates) in order to meet peak demand. 

DRC prepayment contract is just the beginning

14th February 2003 Electronic and electrical engineering firm Siemens Southern Africa hopes to use the contract it has won for the implementation of the Kinshasa network normalisation and prepayment meter project as an entry point into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

N KZN to receive 3 800 solar systems in 2003

14th February 2003 With the pilot programme completed and the project launched officially, Nuon-Raps Utilities (NuRa), intends to install at least 3 800 solar home systems at households in 2003 in a bid to complete its allocated 50 000 installations in five years. 

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