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Significant upgrades on the go at Saldanha

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The multipurpose and iron-ore terminals at Saldanha are undergoing significant upgrades aimed at increasing throughput capacities at the port in order to cope with heightened export volumes from Saldanha Steel, due to come on-line later this month, as well as an upsurge in shipping demand from... 

Germiston–Daveyton corridor shapes up

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The first planning phase of the Germiston–Daveyton activity corridor, east of Johannesburg, is rapidly taking shape with a stakeholders’ workshop expected to take place this month, which will lead to a final progress report being submitted to the national Department of Transport. It... 

Second large toll-road project revs up

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The second of three large toll-road projects being pursued in South Africa is approaching implementation stage. The N3 toll concession contract has been signed between the South African National Roads Agency (NRA) and the consortium chosen to fulfil the contract, N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) –... 

New industrial software

By: System Author     11th June 1999 New software ‘functionality’ for the engineering and construction industry has recently been launched by German software giant SAP, Engineering News can report. This is the latest functional addition to SAP’s R/3 software, for the engineering and construction (E&C) industry,... 

Pump-set designed for shiploader

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A high-pressure pump-set has been designed and supplied for Ultrasonic Manufacturing by Hydro Power Engineering (HPE) for inclusion in a new Caillard shiploader which is under construction at Richards Bay harbour. HPE’s high-pressure pump-set will be able to deliver water at 320 l/m at a... 

R140-million project on schedule

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Construction of the R140-million high-purity ethanol plant for Sasol Chemical Industries’ Sasol Solvents division is on schedule for completion in September. The lump-sum turnkey contract to construct the plant, which will produce 85 000 t/y of 99,99% pure ethanol, was awarded to Krupp Uhde... 

Nelspruit casino on track

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Nelspruit has been dealt a winning hand with the construction of Tsogo Sun’s new R32-million Emnotweni Casino having started. The construction contract is being undertaken by local company Norse Grinaker, a fully-owned subsidiary of Grinaker Construction. The casino will add to the surge of... 

R65-million Cape Town airport upgrade contract awarded

By: System Author     11th June 1999 LOCAL company Grinaker Building (GBC) has been awarded a R65-million contract for the reconstruction of the international arrivals terminal at Cape Town International Airport by Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). Work is to start immediately and the new international arrivals terminal is... 

R1m coatings contract won

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Gauteng firm Plastertech has been awarded a R1-million contract to provide colour-enhanced cementitious coatings for the 1 800 houses to accommodate participants in the 1999 All Africa Games (AAG). The houses, under construction at present on the east bank of the Jukskei river, opposite Alexandra... 

Innovative techno for jetty construction

By: System Author     11th June 1999 PILING for the new dry bulk terminal jetty at Richards Bay, part of the third export expansion project, has been constructed using technology never before seen in a South African marine application. It involved the use of an environment-friendly polymer drilling fluid which poses no threat to... 

Composite material technique developed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 RESEARCHERS at a UK university have developed a way of creating composite materials with shapes that were previously impossible. The research enables materials reinforced with glass fibre to find new uses in cars and construction and could pave the way for making composites in space. Composite... 

New joint helicopter company formed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 THE helicopter activities of the UK’s Westland helicopter company and Agusta, of Italy, are to be brought together in a new joint company. The link-up will give Europe one of the world’s main constructors in helicopter manufacture with an aggregate order book of US$8,5-billion. The... 

Building event supported

By: System Author     11th June 1999 THE Gauteng Provincial Government’s Department of Housing and Land Affairs was the most recent public sector institution to choose Afribuild ’99, South Africa’s international infrastructure, building and construction exhibition, to showcase its achievements and ambitions. In its... 

Tap opens on R780m Western Cape dam

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Construction of the R780-million Skuifraam dam and Skuifraam supplement scheme on the upper Berg river in the vicinity of Franschhoek and Paarl are going ahead. The implementation of these two development options form part of an integrated water-resource management approach for the Greater Cape... 

Port-reform plan sees parastatal split into two

By: System Author     11th June 1999 restructuring process under way at Portnet will effectively split the parastatal into two distinct business units, each focusing on core competencies. The process, announced at the end of last month by Public Enterprises Minister Stella Sigcau, is the first step in Transnet’s port-reform... 

Maritime safety authority launch a success

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The transformation of the Department of Transport’s (DoT’s) chief directorate: shipping into the partially self-funded South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa), which has the task of ensuring safe shipping practice and pollution-prevention control around the country’s 2... 

Equipment supplier targets the aftermarket

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Diversification and export growth are fast becoming the maxim for container-handling equipment supplier Portquip, the agent for Germany’s Noell product range, which is exploring various avenues to exploit opportunities within the local and global harbour industries. Having already delivered... 

R1,2-million lifts for new ship unloaders

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The R1,2-million contract for the supply of passenger lifts for the Richards Bay project, which was awarded to Libra Plant and Equipment of Spartan, Gauteng, in January last year, is close to completion. Entrusted to provide Alimak lifts for new ship unloaders at the port, Libra supplied the... 

R13m dry-dock revamp finishes phase one

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Phase one of the R13-million revamp of Selborne dry dock at Simon’s Town naval dockyard has been completed by Concor Engineering, of Amalgam, Gauteng, in a joint venture with Marine & Mineral Resources (MMR) of Cape Town. The contract is a first for the fabrication and projects division of... 

Nine upgrade projects at Cape Town harbour

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Nine upgrade projects are under way at present at Cape Town harbour which will greatly enhance the capacity of the port. A deed of sale has been signed, finalising Portnet’s purchase of the old Eskom power station site adjacent to the harbour, and the parastatal has applied for funds with... 

Umzimkulu Marina receives R450m boost

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The notoriously erratic and seasonal economy of the Kwazulu-Natal south coast is to receive a considerable boost if the remaining R150-million for a R600-million dedicated yacht marina is secured, Engineering News can today report. An in-principle commitment for R450-million has been received... 

‘Chemical-city’ project reflects changes

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The scope of the ChemCity initiative in Sasolburg, Free State, has changed drastically since August last year when the company was created. Initially the concept focused on the establishment of industrial parks aimed at the fine and speciality-chemicals industry (Engineering News, July 31, 1998).... 

Chemicals expo promises to be bigger and better

By: System Author     11th June 1999 With a substantial intensification of financial infrastructure and support, the third Raw-Chem Expo, to be held in October this year, is expected to have a much different appearance from the previous ones. Exhibition organiser Upmarket Exhibitions has been acquired by media giant Kagiso Media... 

Crane hire contract

By: System Author     11th June 1999 LOCAL company Johnson Crane Hire has been awarded a crane-hire contract by SLE, an SNC-Lavalin-EMS joint venture, for the Mozal site. Johnson’s ability for handling an intricate contract of this nature was instrumental in the company securing this contract. Not only is the company able to... 

South African developers begin work in Malawi

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Two South African developers, Group Five International and TCI Capital, are to start with the development of what will be the largest and most modern shopping centre in Malawi – a R60-million regional retail complex in Blantyre – in partnership with the National Insurance Company of... 

SME financier exceeds its own targets

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The financial services group which invests in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), Business Partners, has exceeded its own targets by approving a record R445,3-million to SMEs countrywide in the 1998–99 financial year. In comparison, last year’s approvals amounted to... 

Traditional slag properties enhanced by new strategy

By: System Author     4th June 1999 As part of its strategy to regain market share in the South African cement industry, specialist slag producer Slagment has employed leading-edge technology to develop Slag 5000, a more finely-ground blast-furnace slag that enhances the properties of traditional slag, reveals MD Shaun Patterson.... 

Leading SA supplier celebrates 75 years

By: System Author     4th June 1999 General engineering equipment and service supplier to the Southern African market Stratford Engineering is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. As a supplier of electrical, mechanical and electronic products to industry, it has built a reputation on understanding and meeting the challenges... 

Mixed bag of global and local technologies

By: System Author     4th June 1999 One of the largest and oldest privately-owned general engineering equipment and service suppliers in Southern Africa, Stratford Engineering is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The company offers a mix of global and local technologies and associated services. It is distinguished by its ability to... 

Switching on to importance of safety

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Safety throughout industry is of critical importance, and in materials-handling situations perhaps more so than some others. On conveyor belts, large masses of materials are often moving at quite high speeds over long distances. The ability to stop the belt if some emergency arises is thus an... 

Instrumentation company measures up

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Leading South African supplier of ac electrical transducers, dc signal conditioners and measurement systems Measurtronic was acquired by the Stratcon group of companies in 1993. Stratcon comprises Measurtronic, Stratford Engineering, a mechanical power transmission company which is celebrating... 

Electronic-product provider powers up its solutions range

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Power electronic product and solution provider Saftronics was established in 1966 by Bonne Posma. The company has built its reputation on supplying power electronic products from international suppliers and developing custom-manufactured power electronic solutions of the highest quality to meet... 

New ball-and-cone torque limiter

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A new type of ball-and-cone torque limiter for extra-large shafts, newly launched by British Autogard of the UK, has been a big success, particularly in the cement industry. Stratford Engineering is the sole representative of British Autogard for Sub-Saharan Africa. In one application, two of... 

Revamped Web site a hit for engineering firm

By: System Author     4th June 1999 In honour of the celebration of its 75th anniversary, Stratford Engineering has undergone a big revision of its Internet Web site in an attempt to bring its products and services more directly to the attention of potential users. In response to the revamp the site is reportedly receiving almost 6... 

Range of time switches

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A range of Grasslin electronic time switches is available from Stratford Engineering, the sole distributor for Grasslin in sub-Saharan Africa. The V 86 range can be supplied for one to four channels of switching, and are the ultimate in ease of operation. Its operational philosophy allows users... 

Black empowerment on the right track

By: System Author     4th June 1999 WHAT is believed to be the largest black-owned company in the railway construction and rail maintenance business, Zomba Civils & Building, has bought a 50% interest in Racec Gauteng, a leading private railway contractor. Effective as of May 1, the deal will see Zomba CEO Charles Modise assuming... 

Technology access programme for women

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South Africa has been rated number 37 out of 47 countries in terms of human resource development and science and technology. Women comprise 51,9% of the total local population and more than half of all women are unemployed. For these reasons, and to improve the overall competitiveness of South... 

 

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