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World record steel production achieved

By: System Author     25th June 1999 STAINLESS steel giant Columbus Steel, of Middelburg, has achieved a record production of 5 400 tons of stainless steel in three days. This achievement even exceeds the acceptance criteria of 51 heats in three days for the equipment. The steel melting plant was the first section of the Columbus... 

Do not hide your money under the mattress . . .

By: System Author     18th June 1999 South Africans need not hide their money under the mattress as the new millennium approaches, with most large banking corporations having taken precautions against the year 2000 (Y2K) bug well in advance. This is largely due to the fact that the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has taken an... 

Transport sector urged to brake hard for bug

By: System Author     18th June 1999 South Africa’s transport industry should take great care to ensure that computers and systems can handle the year 2000 (Y2K) format, warns Cargo Carriers information technology (IT) director Dawid van Rensburg. The consequences of failure may include delays, lost productivity, spoilt goods,... 

New optical communication centre

By: System Author     18th June 1999 OPTICAL transmission technology leader Marconi Communications is helping to plant the seeds for a new generation of expert personnel and technological innovations in South Africa, with sponsorship of a new centre of cxcellence in optical communications (CoE). Set up by Rand Afrikaans University... 

Mapleton area to ease industrial squeeze

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The Mapleton area, south of Boksburg on the East Rand, could be the answer to the growing saturation of industrial areas such as Jet Park, Hughes Industrial Park and Anderbolt. Boksburg transitional local council (TLC) chief town planner Alriech Bestbier tells Engineering News that at present... 

Total quality model for business urged

By: System Author     18th June 1999 uality of products and services, as well as competi- tiveness, are not determined by a country, but by the companies within the country – multinationals such as vehicle manufacturers have proved this by maintaining a single standard at their operations in First World and Third World... 

‘Business as usual’ for telecom in 2000

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Members of the South African telecom industry have completed a year 2000 (Y2K) tripartite interconnect test, demonstrating that it should be ‘business as usual’ as the world enters the next century. Three telecom companies – Telkom, MTN and Vodacom – have carried out a... 

Y2K bug could threaten automatic billing systems

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Consulting engineers who use telephone-management systems which bill clients automatically for consulting time may find that year 2000 (Y2K) millennium bugs in these systems will render this facility useless come January 1, 2000. However, problems can be avoided if steps are taken to ensure that... 

R188m solar project lights up rural towns

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Twinkling lights, the sound of up-to-the-minute television news broadcasts and lilting radio music are becoming part and parcel of nights in the rolling hills of rural northern Kwazulu-Natal. This follows the launch of a R188-million solar power project that is set to provide power to 60 000... 

Global strategy for chem firms

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A strategy to enable chemical companies to achieve a maximum return on their investment in information technology (IT) has, for more than two years, been consistently worked through and executed by SAP, a developer of enterprise-resource planning (ERP) systems. At present, more than 12 000... 

R2m information technology contract

By: System Author     11th June 1999 LOCAL company Datacentrix has been awarded a R2-million contract by TolLink to supply various information technology (IT) components for the South African side of the Maputo corridor toll-road system. File servers, personal computers (PCs), printers, network switches and routers have been... 

World-first industrial cleansing solutions

By: System Author     11th June 1999 ocal company Vac Air Technology has sold its philosophy of outsourcing industrial cleansing solutions to the experts and supplied equipment and installations to a value of R1,3-million for Saldanha Steel. The team, consisting of Vac Air Technology, Cleancor, Design Cleaning Services, Technical... 

Italian equipment chosen for third cell licence

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has entrusted Hiross with critical aspects of its tender submission for the third cellphone operator’s licence to be awarded by the government in July. With confidence gained from global experience, Nokia demonstrated its faith in the Italian leader in... 

Countdown starts for telecom network No 2

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A local telecommunica- tions expert believes there are three main scenarios that could unfold as the race hots up for the development of a second network operator to compete with Telkom when its monopoly expires in May 2002. However, he warns that the South African Telecommunications Regulatory... 

Dect installation

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Aluminium producer Bayside Aluminium has invested in digital enhanced cordless technology (Dect) to facilitate mobile communications at its Richards Bay operations. Implemented in two phases, the project incorporated the supply of private automatic branch exchange (PABX) equipment developed and... 

Virtual gas gives robots fresh powers

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Neuroscientists and those specialising in artificial intelligence, working together at Sussex University, southern England, have made a world-first discovery which could revolutionise the sciences of robotics. By using nitric oxide, a gas integral to the neurology of the human brain, the workings... 

SA follows global trends

By: System Author     11th June 1999 ELECTRONIC commerce service provider, ECnet (a member of PQ Africa’s Electronic Commerce Division) is seeing a steady increase of South African companies actively conducting electronic business using the Internet and cellular media as transactional platforms. The value of business conducted... 

Hi-tech quality-control system proves a wrap

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The accidental packaging of the wrong drug is a nightmare scenario for any company in the pharmaceutical industry. A new quality-control system at Hoechst Marion Roussel, of Silverton, Pretoria, however, is not only capable of detecting missing capsules or tablets, but also rejects items of the... 

Forearm rests to combat work strain

By: System Author     4th June 1999 It has been found that working on a typewriter or computer terminal tends to cause more neck, shoulder and arm complaints, as well as functional troubles, than doing varied office work does. Work requiring concentration and precision necessitates maintaining head, neck, shoulders and forearm in a... 

New force in IT

By: System Author     4th June 1999 LOCAL telecom integration and networking company NetCom Solutions SA and emerging black company Thaluja Holdings have joined forces in what is likely to become one of South Africa’s foremost information technology (IT) and telecom organisations. Established by a group of entrepreneurs who... 

Time-to-market key for third cell bid

By: System Author     4th June 1999 THE rapid and efficient roll-out of network infrastructure will be crucial to the seamless introduction and success of a third cellular network operator in the South African market. This is the word from Siemens ICN Communication on Air president Lothar Pauly, whose company is extending its... 

Telecom injection for rural medical services

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South African medical services in rural areas will soon be getting a boost with the help of the latest telecom technology. The Department of Health (DOH) first ex-pressed an interest in telemedicine, as it is known, as early as December 1995, but has only now awarded a R10-million tender for... 

Switching system selected

By: System Author     4th June 1999 TELECOM firm Global One, the world-wide joint venture of Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom and Sprint, has selected a Newbridge/Siemens-developed ATM switching system for the development of the next stage of its world-wide backbone network. The MainStreetXpress multiservice switch is a key feature... 

Four satellites launched

By: System Author     4th June 1999 LEADING satellite operator Globalstar has launched an additional four satellites, taking Vodacom subscribers a step closer to enjoying blanket mobile telephone coverage of South Africa and the world. “With this third successful launch this year, Globalstar remains on schedule to initiate... 

New foreign investment trend noted in SA

By: System Author     28th May 1999 A new trend in foreign investment has been noted by Investment South Africa (ISA), which sees good-quality investments by world-leading companies that could help speed up South Africa’s globalisation process. “These multinational corporations are socially-responsible corporations that... 

R1,2bn IT outsourcing

By: System Author     28th May 1999 An agreement valued at about R1,2-billion for the purchase of the assets and goodwill of Sasol’s information technology (IT) division has been signed with Q Data Consulting, the professional services division of PQ Africa. This comprehensive outsourcing agreement, which will span ten years,... 

IT upgrade for local transport company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 ROAD transport company Cargo Carriers has installed an end-to-end networking solution comprising a 3Com wide-area network (Wan) and local area networks (Lans). The installation, which is already yielding substantial operational benefits, forms an integral part of Cargo’s multi-million rand... 

Software giant forges greater alliance

By: System Author     28th May 1999 SOFTWARE company Systems Applications and Products (SAP) Southern Africa (SA) has forged closer relationships with two leading SAP R/3 consulting and implementation houses as part of a programme to ensure customer access to the best implementation skills available. Deloitte Consulting and... 

One privatisation a month

By: System Author     28th May 1999 What could amount to a ‘privatisation a month’ is on the cards for R24-billion-a-year transport parastatal Transnet. Deputy MD Mafika Mkwanazi reports that for the rest of this calendar year, Transnet plans to make a series of announcements involving partial privatisations,... 

E-commerce: targeting blue-eyed consumers

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Information technology (IT) group Usko predicts that up to 70% of its operating profits will be derived from electronic-commerce-linked activities within the next three to five years. This is a bold statement given that the business, at present, accumulates very little profit from e-commerce,... 

South African heads mobile-phone body

By: System Author     21st May 1999 For the first time in its history a top mobile telecommunications body has appointed a South African as its new chairperson. He is Michael Stocks, who was was appointed chairperson of the Global Systems Mobile (GSM) Association on May 1, and whose term runs until April 30 next year. “I see... 

Mast manufacturer wins R70m contract

By: System Author     21st May 1999 The largest slice of a major telecommunications infrastructure project has this month been awarded to East Rand company P&D Engineering. Fifty per cent of the mast-manufacturing contract for Telkom – valued at between R40-million and R70-million a year over three years – will be... 

New competitor enters local telecom market

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Multibillion-dollar telecommunications group Nortel Networks has entered the South African market with a strong commitment to community upliftment. This was emphasised by a R900 000 donation to SchoolNet SA, a non-profit initiative to boost the use of information technology in South Africa, at... 

Genetic modification may hold the key to Africa’s food-production dilemma

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Within the next five to ten years, 95% of South Africa’s processed foods will be derived from genetically-modified sources. Far from rejecting this trend, however, South Africans should embrace the idea of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), if only for the simple reason of all the good... 

R180-million allocated for research

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Researchers at universities, technikons and science councils will benefit from funding to the tune of more than R180-million during 1999 through the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (Thrip). “Thrip has had great success in boosting industry-related research due to the... 

IT strategy endorsed

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The Electronics Industries Federation of South Africa’s (EIF) executive council has added its endorsement to the South African information technology (IT) industry strategy (Saitis) project being co-funded by the governments of South Africa and Canada. Saitis aims to develop a viable... 

Digital villages to empower communities

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The hi-tech world of information technology (IT) is opening up for South Africa’s historically-disadvantaged communities through the establishment of ‘digital villages’ by Gauteng IT leader Microsoft SA. The company’s community investment programme aims to bring the... 

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