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Consulting Engineers News

Local academics pursue vanadium-battery research

23rd November 2001 A research project involving a system that is able to supply reliable and continuous electricity has been launched at the University of Stellenbosch. 

SA electrical group in R105m R&D drive

By: Terence Creamer     20th 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. 

Engineering-merchant bank hybrid emerges

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     16th November 2001 Engineering-solutions company Bateman Project Holdings (Batepro) is evolving its strategy to include the facilitation of finance for the projects it implements, CE Dr John Herselman tells Engineering News. 

Enserve Engineering

16th November 2001 Enserve Engineering provides a one-stop valve-management service, which includes specification, supply and reconditioning of a range of valves, including safety, pressure relief, actuated and control valves. 

Mozal is global project of the year

16th November 2001 At an award ceremony in Memphis, Tennessee, earlier this month, the joint venture, SNC-Lavalin Murray & Roberts received the prestigious 2001 Project o the Year award of the Intentional Project Management Institute (PMI) as recognition for the delivery of the Mozal aluminium smelter in... 

Effective risk management facilitates growth

16th November 2001 Investment opportunities in Africa have grown over the past few years. This has resulted in South African organisations now actively participating in large developments in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Rolling-stock contract creates 100 jobs

9th November 2001 The Rolling Stock Division (RSD) of Dorbyl group has entered into a contract, valued at R25-million, with Bombardier Transportation SA for the upgrading of 88 Class 5M2A suburban coaches, made up of 22 motor coaches and 66 trailer coaches. 

A letter from The D Warner

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     2nd November 2001 I got a letter from a person who signs themselves ‘D Warner’. The letter is as follows: 

Bridge-collapse inquiry coming to a head

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2001 More than two years after the start of the Department of Labour’s (DoL) inquiry into the tragic collapse of the Injaka bridge in Mpumalanga in 1998, proceedings are expected to conclude on November 30, says DoL presiding officer Larry Kloppenborg. 

Steel jobs nearly half 1981 level

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     19th October 2001 The number of employees in the steel and engineering sector has dropped from 450 000 to 230 000 over the last 20 years, outgoing Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) president Carl Grim said last week. 

'Fix terrorism once and for all'

By: Kelvin Kemm     12th October 2001 The disgraceful attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington have shocked the world into an altered state of mind. 

Power, heat and cooling from manure

By: Karel Smrcka     12th October 2001 Alternative energy sources currently enjoy good market prospects in Germany: from 1998 to 2000 alone, the number of biogas plants doubled to 1 200. 

Electrical industy faces skills crisis

By: Keith Campbell     12th October 2001 THE geatest challenge facing the engineering industry today is the shortage of skilled workers. 

New software for virtual factory planning

By: Karel Smrcka     5th October 2001 At first glance, a factory consists of a chaotic array of cables, pipes and machinery. To facilitate an overview of these increasingly complex systems, planners visualise and optimise them in a virtual-reality environment. 

Boiler firm starts local manufacturing

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2001 East Rand-based Allmech earlier this year changed gears from acting only as an agent for electrode boilers, to manufacturing at the company’s facilities in Benoni, on the East Rand. 

Weir EnviroTech

5th October 2001 Weir EnviroTech manufactures pumps, valves and process equipment. The pump range includes slurry, clear water and petrochemical units. 

Engineers on the march

By: Philip Lloyd     28th September 2001 For years a common topic of conversation was “What were you doing when you heard Kennedy had been shot?” 

If engineers weren't apolitical

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th September 2001 One of the threats that a person, hell-bent of destruction, can carry out with relative ease to make a social point is the destruction or disruption of the power system of a country. 

SA smarting at loss of big steel contract

By: Keith Campbell     28th September 2001 Dorbyl Heavy Engineering is angry at the fact that ECL, a subsidiary of Pechiney, won the contract for the supply of steel superstructures for Mozal phase 2. 

30% of State engineer on auction block

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th September 2001 Thirty per cent of the shareholding of each of Rotek Industries subsidiaries Rotek Engineering (RE) and Roshcon will be owned privately from February next year, a Johannesburg firm appointed to advise the government on the long-awaited restructuring tells Engineering News. 

30% of State engineer on auction block

28th September 2001 Thirty per cent of the shareholding of each of Rotek Industries subsidiaries Rotek Engineering (RE) and Roshcon will be owned privately from February next year, a Johannesburg firm appointed to advise the government on the long-awaited restructuring tells Engineering News. 

SA firm wins from defence offset deals

21st September 2001 Local communications and defence electronics company Tellumat has won several multimillion-rand contracts for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) strategic package acquisitions. 

Industrial engineers in image shake-up

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st September 2001 Many South African businesses are not aware of the contribution that industrial engineers can make to a company’s bottom line. 

A dog's life

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     14th September 2001 The other day I was at a site meeting. There were many of us there, some new faces. We were appointed to do the main power supply of the building. 

Still long way to go for Shilowa Express

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2001 Consortia interested in constructing the Gautrain Rapid Railway, linking Johannesburg, Pretoria and Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), have been invited to bid. 

SA help sought for 'future vehicle'

By: Keith Campbell     14th September 2001 BRITAIN is offering the South African automotive industry a partnership in the commercialisation of new road vehicle technologies. 

Troubled constructor in turnaround

13th September 2001 Mid-sized South African construction company Concor is in the throes of a far- reaching restructuring exercise in order to reposition the once troubled company for growth. 

Grim truth not grim at all

10th September 2001 The order book at leading construction and engineering group Aveng has swelled to a whopping R8,2-billion. 

Smaller, faster, smarter micro systems

By: Karel Smrcka     7th September 2001 Micro System Technic is the buzzword for one of the key technologies of the 21st century, especially in automation. 

Local suppliers not overlooked – Salt management

7th September 2001 Project manager Kobus Meiring is confident that he and his team are maximising South African content in the $30-million Southern African Large Telescope (Salt) project. 

South Africa's development A capacity conundrum rather than capital crisis

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2001 The capacity conundrum The men managing South Africa’s infrastructure development dilemma says it is a capacity conundrum rather than a capital crisis. 

Privatisation moves at State engineering group

3rd September 2001 The long-awaited restructuring and possible privatisation of maintenance and engineering group Rotek of Gauteng, appears to be moving ahead with the appointment of African Harvest Capital as transaction advisers for the deal. 

Transformation hits engineering sector

3rd September 2001 Transformation has finally reached the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) with the appointment of Sharoda Rapeti as vice-president of the council. 

For the engineer's reference shelf

By: Karel Smrcka     31st August 2001 An electrical installations handbook is a classic reference designed to provide authoritative guidance for engineers and technicians who have responsibility for planning, designing, building and operating electrical installation systems. 

Engineering giant reports record order book

27th August 2001 Global engineering firm Rolls-Royce’s interim results for the half-year ended June 30, 2001, revealed sales to be up 15% at  

Kudos for M'bique aluminium project

24th August 2001 The 253 000 t/y Mozal I aluminium smelter, on the outskirts of Maputo, in Mozambique, has won the Project Management Institute of South Africa's (PMISA's) Project Management Excellence Award for 2001. 

Can SA avoid becoming the next California?

24th August 2001 Is South Africa, with its energy sector that is set to undergo significant restructuring in the near future, in danger of experiencing a power crisis, as is being experienced in California, US? 

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