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Consulting Engineers News

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? 

South African firm in Tanzania coffee project

17th August 2001 South African technical expertise is being employed at a coffee plantation in Tanzania. 

Tough materials find wide use

3rd August 2001 A team of researcher from Ohio State University has found a way to make heat-resistant an tough plastics for automotive and aircraft engines. 

Pan Mixers SA

27th July 2001 Pan Mixers SA claims to be Africa’s largest manufacturer of turbine and counter-current pan mixers with capacities from 10 l to 1 500 l, also producing weighbatching systems for the concrete, refractory and extruded-clay industries. In addition, the company manufactures concrete brick and... 

SA taps into R8bn Nigeria power project

27th July 2001 Some of the larger South African suppliers to the power generation sector have missed out on significant export opportunities and multimillion-rand contracts with oil-rich, but power-starved Nigeria. 

Engineering contracting companies merge

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2001 Three closely-associated South African engineering contracting companies have merged to form Murray & Roberts Engineering Solutions, which will target business in emerging economies. 

Engineering training ready to roll

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2001 After what newly-appointed CEO Brendan Pearce describes as a lengthy process of establishing its structures, the Metal, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) now has both feet firmly on the ground and is ready to help boost the skills levels of the 500... 

SA well placed in bid for $1bn Iraq power rehab

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th July 2001 South African companies are “extremely well positioned” to clinch some of the $1-billion power-sector rehabilitation contracts to be awarded by Iraq during the next two to three years under the United Nations (UN) oil-for-food programme, says South African Electrotechnical Export... 

Plans to obtain more hexene and octene

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2001 New technology options are being investigated by South African indigenous coal-to-fuel producer, Sasol, to ensure that lucrative hexene and octene can be obtained from other olefin streams that are currently being utilised as fuel, Engineering News can report. 

Mechatronics – an overarching discipline

22nd June 2001 In recent years, a new technological discipline has been created – mechatronics. 

May your future glow like a plant

15th June 2001 I have before warned of the danger of trying to predict the future especially in these times of rapidly-moving technology. 

Collective responsibility is tripe

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Spells it Out 

Engineering transformation to be debated

By: System Author     10th November 2000 The transformation challenges facing the engineering profession will be the topic of discussion at a workshop to be presented by the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering, the South African Institution of Civil Engineering, and the Institute of Professional Engineering Technologists. 

Is South Africa ‘set’ for science, engineering and tech challenge?

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 At the beginning of the twenty-first century, which has been anticipated throughout the last 50 years to be a technological watershed for humankind, the question of whether South Africa is, in fact, prepared for a science, engineering and technological future remains largely unanswered. 

Engineers’ showcase in North West

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 At an engineering exhibition hosted by Bolt & Engineering Distributors in the North West Province, Premier Popo Molefe reported that construction on the Trans-Kalahari highway, which will link the bay in Maputo with Walvis Bay, Namibia, is due to begin in January. 

Recipes for success

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Developments to Watch 

Appropriate engineering to get kudos

By: System Author     20th October 2000 While the winners of this year’s South African Institution of Civil Engineering and South African Black Technical and Allied Careers Organisation awards were nowhere near the size of past awarded projects. 

Engineers concerned about built-environment laws

By: System Author     13th October 2000 In a move that has surprised the Engineering Council of South Africa, which called for a delay in the passing of seven Bills outlining guidelines for the built-environment professions, (Engineering News, September 8 to 14), the legislation has been passed by parliament. 

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