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Compressed-air plant contract is awarded

14th December 2001 The turnkey contract for the expansion of the compressed-air plant at the Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) near Maputo has been awarded to IST Industrial, part of the IST group. 

Software solutions for aluminium plant

By: Joanne Delaurentis     14th December 2001 Southern African distributor of US Wonderware software, Futuristix has been awarded the contract for the use of industrial structured query language (SQL), InTouch and InControl solutions for the Mozal II plant. 

Phase two power contracts awarded

14th December 2001 Power firm Alstom Switchgear has secured orders estimated at more than R9-million for phase two of BHP Billiton’s Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) smelter project following the completion of its contract for the first phase last year. 

East Rand firm wins aluminium project

By: Joanne Delaurentis     14th December 2001 A R15-million contract for the installation of lighting and cable racking for the two additional pot rooms, constructed as part of the Mozal II expansion project, has been awarded to East Rand contractors Eddcor E & I Projects, a subsidiary of Skelton & Plummer Investment Holdings. 

$860m expansion to double Moz plant's output

By: Joanne Delaurentis     14th December 2001 The ‘dream-team’ of Canadian engineering construction company SNC-Lavalin and South Africa’s Murray & Roberts Engineering Solutions, which is responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction management of the Mozal II expansion project, is on track to hand over the... 

R28m anode stems contract awarded

14th December 2001 The R28-million contract for the assembly of some 7 185 anode stems for BHP Billiton’s Mozal II expansion project has been awarded to Pinetown’s Duys Engineering Group. 

Smelter stands as strong as an elephant

14th December 2001 The symbol of the elephant first became associated with Mozal in May 1998, when Martins Matsolo, traditional leader of the Matsolo family, blessed the land on which the smelter would be built. 

Creating an extensive distribution network

By: Joanne Delaurentis     30th November 2001 Five main channels of distribution with some 3 000 points of presence across the country make up the distribution network of South Africa’s third mobile telecommunications company, Cell C service provider MD Jos 

Partnerships for growth

By: Joanne Delaurentis     30th November 2001 Entering the South African telecommunications industry cannot be achieved independently, advisor to Cell C Norm Ober tells Engineering News. 

Turning a newcomer into a champion

By: Joanne Delaurentis     30th November 2001 The customer champion offering value for money, quality service and a choice of products is how Cell C CEO Talaat Laham describes the company he and his team aim to build in the South African telecommunications market over the next few years. 

Operator launches its first package

30th November 2001 The third cellular network operator Cell C has launched Easy Chat, the first of its prepaid cellular offerings. 

The fastest network rollout continues

By: Joanne Delaurentis     30th November 2001 The team of more than 200 people and more than 15 subcontracting companies from Cell C’s cellular infrastructure solutions provider will be working 24-hours seven-days-a-week right through the upcoming holiday season, says Siemens CEO Pete da Silva. 

Latest IT helps operator's onslaught

By: Joanne Delaurentis     30th November 2001 The third cellular operator’s $30-million next generation set of Information Technology (IT) systems places it with a clear advantage over existing mobile operators legacy systems implemented over the past seven years. 

Grabbing a piece of SA's telecoms market

By: Joanne Delaurentis     30th November 2001 August saw the issuing of Cell C’s frequency spectrum licence to launch its 1 800 MHz network global system for mobile communications (GSM), with additional allocations in GSM 900 and E-GSM bands for early 2002. 

Empowering the historically disadvantaged

By: Joanne Delaurentis     30th November 2001 New mobile operator Cell C is committed to fulfilling its empowerment objectives, and aim to give as many opportunities to empowerment companies as possible, while continuing to operate within the competitive bid process, reports director for procurement and contracts Al Rigney. 

Company's shift from palaces to cellphones

By: Joanne Delaurentis     30th November 2001 What is the link between the Internet and Saudi construction companies? Both build infrastructure, users lease space and architecture plays a crucial role. 

Building an African rail icon

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2001 An incredible level of consensus appears to have emerged between the key social partners – government, management and labour – at State-owned rail company Spoornet over the last few months. 

Blueprint for general freight

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2001 The troubled general freight business (GFB) within State-owned railways company, Spoornet, is putting the final touches to a ‘blueprint’ for improving its service in six separate industry clusters, which cut across some 15 specialised industries. 

R9bn expenditure

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2001 Railways company Spoornet has started with its 15-year, R9-billion locomotive renewal programmes designed to reduce the average age of the fleet from nearly 30 years to around 12 years. 

Corridor plan for Africa

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2001 South Africa’s State-owned rail services company Spoornet intends participating in the development of sustainable rail freight corridors in Africa. 

From fixed-schedule to dynamic deployment

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2001 At the heart of Spoornet’s current internal systems-development programme is an attempt to move the railways away from its fixed-schedule tradition and create a business model that is able to deploy resources dynamically to demand. 

The repositioning of rail

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2001 The repositioning of rail as a relevant mode of transport within the fast-changing economic and social conditions of South and Southern African is viewed as the overarching challenge for strategy planners at rail monopoly Spoornet. 

Women train drivers reflect transformation aim

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2001 Engineering News Editor Transformation is high on agenda of Spoornet’s GM Specialist Businesses. That is why Tshidi Nyama is happy to report the increasing incidence of women train drivers, the facilitation of black economic empowerment by the coal line, iron ore line, Shoshaloza Meyl and... 

A R300m wagon tagging project

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2001 A R300-million technology project is under way to boost the efficiency of general freight rail service. 

Positioned for growth

16th November 2001 One company, one brand, one strategy and one leadership – the new unitary approach of Murray & Roberts – is already yielding improved financial results and growth in shareholder value for the company which this year celebrates 100 years in the construction industry. 

R500m-plus capex expected

16th November 2001 Construction and engineering company Murray & Roberts has strong cash balances. 

New procurement strategy

16th November 2001 A new procurement, logistics and enabling information-technology (IT) strategy is being developed by the new unitary Murray & Roberts. 

New aluminium foundry

16th November 2001 The bulk of this will be invested in a new greenfields state-of-the-art aluminium foundry in Port Elizabeth to fulfill a contract to supply all of the major iron and aluminium castings for Ford’s new RoCam engines bound for export markets. 

120t lift at Richards Bay harbour

16th November 2001 Murray& Roberts group company Johnson Crane Hire used the only crane of its kind in South Africa to lift a 120 t hopper at the Richards Bay harbour for the State-owned Portnet. 

New transport focus for civils operation

16th November 2001 Transport-related infrastructure – embracing not only roads, railways, airports and harbours, but also pipelines – is the new focus of Murray & Roberts Civils. 

Huge train-upgrade demand on the horizon

16th November 2001 Trainset manufacturer and refurbisher Union Carriage and Wagon (UCW) of Nigel, a wholly-owned operation within the Murray & Roberts group, is in the process of refurbishing 88 suburban trains in what it sees as area of huge future opportunity. 

Competitive in structural steel

16th November 2001 South Africa’s competitiveness in structural steel is being repeatedly emphasised by local companies winning contracts in developed countries. 

Crane firm celebrates 35 years in SA

2nd November 2001 This year, materials-handling company Condra Cranes & Hoists will celebrate 35 years of success in South Africa. 

Crane supplied to water project

2nd November 2001 As one of the contractors of the Injaka dam project undertaken by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf), South African crane and hoist manufacturer Condra Cranes & Hoists has secured a contract for the supply of a 20-t portal crane with a ton auxiliary hoist, Condra MD Josef Kleiner... 

High-lifts experts secure order for R3,5-million

2nd November 2001 High-lift specialist Condra Cranes & Hoists has made inroads into Lesotho, securing an order worth R3,5-million for service cranes, reports Marc Camillo Kleiner of the materials-handling firm. 

Local hoists meet global standards

2nd November 2001 The latest SH range is offering global standards in hoists, reports Condra Cranes & Hoists MD Josef Kleiner. 

Long-term partnerships assist firm

2nd November 2001 One of the companies that has assisted materials-handling firm Condra Cranes & Hoists to become successful is Powermite. 

Hoist supplied to foundry

2nd November 2001 Earlier this year local materials-handling firm Condra Cranes won its first hoist installation to supply Western Cape DaimlerChrysler subsidiary Atlantis Foundries. 

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