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Consulting Engineers News

Alstom South Arica

5th April 2002 Mark Wilson Alstom South Africa Leader of 4 000 

Study to seek ways of securing engineering jobs

5th April 2002 A tender for a study to facilitate the formulation of an integrated strategy for the retention and creation of employment in the South African metal and engineering industry has been invited by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). 

Strike threat hangs over engineering sector

3rd April 2002 If a meeting between the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and the South African Engineering Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) on April 12 fails to provide a concrete solution to a dispute, more than 200 000 workers in the local engineering industry will down tools. 

Study to seek ways of securing engineering jobs

27th March 2002 A tender for a study to facilitate the formulation of an integrated strategy for the retention and creation of employment in the South African metal and engineering industry has been invited by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). 

Techno giant mum on debt facility

27th March 2002 Swiss engineering group ABB declined to give details of talks it is holding with creditor banks on terms of $3-billion in short-term loans it drew amid a squeeze in the commercial paper market. 

Global fair a measure of growing hydrogen, fuel-cell interest

By: Karel Smrcka     22nd March 2002 What began at Hanover Fair 1995 as a special-interest event with just ten exhibitors has grown to become the world’s biggest display of hydrogen and fuel-cell technology, which took place at the Hanover Fair last year. This year, the contingent at the Germany fair – to be held in... 

A lot for a little?

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     22nd March 2002 Not too long ago I wrote that standby diesel gensets were frequently oversized. I implied that one of the reasons for their oversizing was that the consulting engineers who specified them specified bigger engines no only to “be on the safe side”, but to increase their fees, these... 

Engineering privatisation being reviewed

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2002 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and Eskom Enterprises (EE) are reviewing the necessity of involving a strategic equity partner (SEP) in State-owned engineering group Rotek Industries, following substantial changes in the viability of the organisation. 

Investment rating downgrade for engineering group

20th March 2002 Industrial engineering group ABB said it did not expect a big rise in its interest costs even though Moody’s Investors Service downgraded its rating. 

Strike threat in metals sector

19th March 2002 f a dispute between the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the Steel, Engineering Industry Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) is not resolved on Wednesday, 200 000 workers in the local engineering industry will embark on a legal strike. 

Klaus Döring Siemens

15th March 2002 Klaus D 

Cracking the 'code of life'

15th March 2002 TWENTY bioinformatics specialists met in Cape Town last month to advance the tools critical to cracking the code of life. 

Former CEOs in pension payback

11th March 2002 Engineering group ABB said two former top executives will repay some 137-million Swiss francs out of 233-million in controversial pensions and benefits. 

SA consulting sector begins to fire

1st March 2002 Members of the consulting engineering sector reported that the industry performed better than expected in the period January to June 2001 with an increase in income of 5,7% over the same period last year. 

Engineering firm's strategy shift pays off

28th February 2002 Engineering group Murray & Roberts continued its turnaround in the six months to December 31, 2001, delivering excellent results that exceeded market expectations. 

24/7 customer access on way as new paperless era dawns

22nd February 2002 ABB-Reyrolle is an electrical engineer and manufacturer of medium-voltage power technology products, including medium/high-voltage switchgear and systems such as turnkey substations, electrical distribution solutions. 

UK engineering group to sell two divisions

21st February 2002 The British engineering group that has axed thousands of jobs in a battle to restore its fortunes, Invensys, said it would chop $2- billion from its debt pile by selling two divisions. 

Engineers not to blame for off-ramp death

20th February 2002 No engineering failure was to blame for the collapse of scaffolding at the Stormvoel Road off-ramp in Pretoria yesterday, when a truck rammed into support structures where upgrading was taking place. 

Project growth could expose skills backlog

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2002 A cursory glance of the tenders and appointment pages in any of South Africa’s leading newspapers makes it abundantly clear that the domestic project pipeline is fast maturing. 

Metal sector jobs conundrum

15th February 2002 Thousands of metalworkers are continuing to lose jobs in the engineering, steel, aluminium, motor, automotive, tyre and component-manufacturing industries. 

Historic ban placed on SA engineer

15th February 2002 The South African engineering watchdog, the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), approved, for the first time, a recommendation by a committee of inquiry to disqualify a professional engineer permanently from registration due to gross misconduct. 

Construction accidents damage country's reputation

8th February 2002 South African engineers are at risk of damaging their world renowned reputation as highly-skilled professionals after a number of construction accidents in the last few years. 

New vocabulary for engineers

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     1st February 2002 I don’t think that anybody who has ever racked up an 11 000 V oil-insulated circuit breaker will forget the sound that the circuit breaker spout contacts make as they come into contact with the live contact fingers in the truck housing. 

Steel support structure for Africa's new 'eye to the sky'

1st February 2002 Constructing a steelframe weighing 40 t and measuring a towering 18 m, consisting of numerous steel pipes to a precise design is a challenge. 

Construction accidents damage SA's reputation

1st February 2002 South African engineers are at risk of damaging their world renowned reputation as highly-skilled professionals after a number of construction accidents in the last few years. 

Surging demand for engineering skills

28th January 2002 South Africa’s demand for skilled engineers seems to be surging. 

Our young engineers

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     25th January 2002 When my friend Claudia found out that I would do work for nothing and further that I was the original electrical engineering bore (capable of ranting on for hours about how Nicolai Tesla invented polyphase theory and the best means of plotting power line sagging curves and other riveting topics),... 

Engineering News – the writer's friend

By: Keith Campbell     25th January 2002 Story relates how Engineering News was used by US author Samuel C Florman to contact EN columnist Kelvin Kemm, and how Kemm helped Florman research his novel "The Aftermath". 

Metal-sector study into job creation

8th January 2002 A research project intended to generate proposals for the retention and creation of employment in the South African metal and engineering industry will begin early this year. 

French group plans a new E Rand investment

By: Terence Creamer     14th December 2001 French energy and transport multinational, Alstom, plans to take advantage of South Africa’s weakening currency position and increasing manufacturing competitiveness by upgrading its facilities in Boksburg, Gauteng, and integrating the unit more fully into its worldwide transmission and... 

Using nuclear tech to nuke malaria

By: Jill Stanford     7th December 2001 The International Atomic Energy Agency and some African states are trying to develop the sterile insect technique (SIT) to control or eradicate malaria transmitting mosquitoes, which are responsible for two-million deaths a year. 

Bidders prequalify for engineering privatisation

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2001 A handful of companies have prequalified to bid for the 30% stakes up for sale in two subsidiaries of State-owned Rotek Industries, namely Rotek Engineering (RE) and Roshcon. 

Sticks and stones

By: Philip Lloyd     30th November 2001 Sticks and stones may break my bones But words will never hurt me There is a lot of truth in the old rhyme. I have been called many things, and I cannot think of any that have done me harm. 

Innovative process profiles

By: Karel Smrcka     30th November 2001 A revolution is currently taking place at Hoesch Hohenlimburg GmbH in the manufacture of special sections. The company is collaborating with the materials and joining technology laboratory of Paderborn University and doctors Lappe and Niemeier-Profiltechnik to develop the Davex process to... 

Sam Mosikili, Alstom South Africa

30th November 2001 Sam Mosikili Alstom South Africa 

SA electrical group in R105m R&D drive

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2001 Electronics and electrical engineering company, Reunert, will spend a significant R105-million on research and development (R&D) projects during the next financial year. 

Black-empowerment trend picks up speed in consulting engineering

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd November 2001 South African Association of Consulting Engineers (Saace) executive director Graham Pirie says the recent merger between black-owned consulting firm Goba Moahloli & Associates and well-established consultancy Keeve Steyn is the latest in a trend which is set to continue. 

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