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Consulting Engineers News

Engineering group may break up finance unit

20th August 2002 Europe's biggest industrial engineering group ABB is planning to break up its structured finance unit by selling most or all of its lease portfolio, sources close to the deal said on Friday. 

Weather hedges introduced to emerging markets

16th August 2002 In an investment that will help reduce poverty in rural areas, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group, has invested $10-million in a weather risk management project aimed at introducing weather hedges to emerging markets. 

Tie-up brings new scope to mechanical engineering landscape

By: Joanne Delaurentis     9th August 2002 With combined experience of more than 43 years, the coming together of heavy machining company Parnis Engineering and medium to precision engineering firm Etruria Engineering will offer the market a comprehensive service for all machining requirements. 

Company awarded ISO quality certification

9th August 2002 Consulting engineering companies, Liebenberg & Stander International and Liebenberg & Stander Western Cape, have been awarded the SABS ISO 9001:2000 certification. 

Innovative tent solution for Joburg summit

26th July 2002 The organiser of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) has commissioned the construction of the world’s largest portable venue at the Wanderers Club Complex, in Gauteng. 

Platinum boom drives R400m Midrand–Rustenburg pipeline

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 Bulk water supplier Rand Water will be spending R500-million in capital expenditure in the next five years, instead of spending the amount over the next ten years, as was originally planned a year ago. 

Joburg summit puts SA water strategy under the spotlight

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 Water will be one of the focal points during the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), which will be held in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from August 26 to September 4. 

SA to spend R414m fighting alien plants in 2002

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 The Working for Water (WfW) programme, which focuses on clearing invading alien plants, will implement 350 projects worth R414-million this year in its drive to promote the sustainable development of South Africa’s natural resources. 

New product prevents lime formation

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 East Rand-based South African water-heating equipment manufacturer Kwikot, has added an innovative new product to its range – an electronic anti-lime formation unit that crystallises scale without the use of chemicals. 

Acquisitions open door to steel-pipe conveyance market

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 The acquisition of Barloworld’s Robor Stewarts and Lloyds distribution centres based in Kwazulu-Natal was effected by Johannesburg-based steel merchant NJR Steel Holdings in March this year. 

Facelift on the cards for steelworks' furnace

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 Cape Town Iron and Steel Works’ (Cisco) plans to upgrade the existing 35 t electric arc furnace (EAF). 


19th July 2002 ECL Services Africa Engineering, of Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, supplies equipment for primary aluminium smelters. 

Metals sector jobs study under way

16th July 2002 A major research project aimed at facilitating the formulation of an integrated strategy to create and retain employment in the Southern African metal and engineering industries was initiated last month. 

SA needs cadre of skilled professionals

16th July 2002 South Africa needs a strong core of highly skilled professionals in science, engineering and technology to compete among the best globally, says arts, culture, science and technology minister Ben Ngubane. 

Railway lines pose surveying challenge

By: vanessa vasques     5th July 2002 Perhaps the biggest challenge affecting all aspects of the Nelson Mandela Bridge, a 176 m-long structure which is to connect Newtown to Braamfontein, is the fact that it has to be built over about 42 operating railway lines managed by Metro Rail and Spoornet. 

Students prove that cooking oil can power car engines

5th July 2002 Chemical engineering students Donovan Jacobs and Deon Adams at the University of Cape Town ended their final-year research project on a high note. 

Upgrade of oil vessel moves ahead

28th June 2002 Engineering company SA Five has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract for the upgrade of the floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) Glas Dowr. 

Project management JV rises to logistical challenge

By: marisa rodrigues     28th June 2002 The successful management of the R450-million, 80 000m2 new domestic terminal at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) has been a logistical challenge, Turner & Townsend partner Robin Jones informs Engineering News. 

Engineering council shifts to outcomes-based education

By: marisa rodrigues     21st June 2002 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is currently focusing its attention on shifting its system of accrediting engineering programmes, at the university and technikon level, to an outcomes basis. 

Training centre awarded government contract

21st June 2002 “Fluor Daniel training centre in Secunda was recently awarded its biggest ever contract from the Department of Labour. “This significant award is in support of the training centre’s successful programmes, track record and commitment to training,” says Fluor Daniel training... 

The greatest mining engineering feat

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st June 2002 The leaks persisted and then, as bolts started blowing off flanges, it was decided to abandon the pump station. 

Bids this month for engineering privatisation

By: Deborah Spicer     21st June 2002 Following the call for expressions of interest in acquiring a stake in Eskom Enterprise-owned engineering firm Roshcon earlier this month, non-binding offers are to be submitted by June 28. 

Engineering giant sees turnaround

19th June 2002 The Chief Executive of Swedish-Swiss engineering giant ABB said there were signs of a rebound in business in the first quarter and that the trend continued in the second quarter. 

Innovations to kick-start economic upturn

By: Karel Smrcka     14th June 2002 In the previous Developments column, published in the June 7 to 13 edition of Engineering News, we dealt with trends that appeared at several specialist trade fairs as part of Hanover Fair 2002. 

Innovations galore at industrial fair

By: Karel Smrcka     7th June 2002 Rarely have so many new technical products and processes or innovative services been launched at the world’s largest industrial fair than at Hanover Fair 2002, which took place in April, where some 6 926 exhibitors showcased their latest advances. 

Anderson Engineering

7th June 2002 Anderson Engineering specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of specialised processing equipment, mainly in stainless steel, for the food, chemical, dairy, pharmaceutical and other related industries. 

Black empowerment key in engineering privatisation

4th June 2002 Companies interested in bidding for controlling interest in Roshcon, a State-owned diversified engineering business, should have a strong black empowerment component to their consortium. 

New electric motors to the market

31st May 2002 The industrial gearbox and geared motor division, Power Drives, of engineering component suppler Bearing Man has made its debut in the electric motor business, with the recent launch in this country of Fenner Motoline electric motors. 

European firm adapts to SA

31st May 2002 One of Europe's largest electric motor manufacturers and one of the world's leading electro-mechanical engineering companies Leroy-Somer continues to extend its activities throughout Southern Africa and create motors to meet clients’ needs. 

SA firm wraps up $50m sugar factory rehabilitation in Moz

31st May 2002 In association with Schaffer and Associates International, provider of technical services to the sugar industry, Techserve, has recently completed the assignment as project managers for the $50-million rehabilitation of the Acucareira de Xinavane sugar factory and estate in Mozambique. 

Key acquisition marks 10 years of business success

By: Marius Roodt     31st May 2002 An East Rand company is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its founding by acquiring a complementary business that will immediately increase its yearly sales turnover by more than a third. 

Transdeco GTMH

31st May 2002 Transdeco was established in 1970 to design, fabricate and erect steel lattice structures for high-voltage overhead transmission lines 

A bit more about acoustics

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     31st May 2002 Last week I said that I would write more about acoustics in buildings. Starting with the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, US. 

How key technologies are managed

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2002 Sasol has established a special technology-management department for seven key technologies. The seven – which are being advanced under the leadership of technology-management head Rudi Heydenrich – are: 

R50-billion for new projects

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 South Africa’s home-grown world-leader in the commercial production of liquid fuels and chemicals from coal and crude oil has a record R51,5-billion worth of projects in various stages of implementation. 

Natural gas project in step with Nepad

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 The cross-border agreements between Sasol and the governments of Mozambique and South Africa to bring natural gas from Mozambique to South Africa early in 2004 represents a substantial step towards achieving President Thabo Mbeki’s vision of a New Partnership for Africa’s Development... 

Leading the way in fuels research

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 As a market leader in the field of research and development (R&D), Sasol has achieved remarkable milestones over the years. 

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