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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

Factory File

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Factory 

Mathews Phosa enters SA forestry fray

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Lesser men might have buckled at the prospect of a last-minute withdrawal of a key international partner from their consortium four days before the deadline for submission of firm bids for the State-owned Safcol and Department of Water Affairs Forestry (Dwaf) assets. 

World lines up to buy SA forests

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 The long-awaited privatisation of South Africa’s richly-endowed State-owned forests is set to climax before the end of the year. 

R29m meter contract

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Leading manufacturer of prepayment electricity, water and solar dispensing systems, Conlog of Durban, has been contracted to supply Bambamanzi community standpipe water meters to the Peddie regional water-supply scheme in the Eastern Cape. The scheme, worth R29,1-million, will eventually supply... 

Forestry to boost rural development

By: System Author     25th June 1999 SOUTH Africa’s forestry industry has a major role to play in the rural development drive that President Mbeki is expected to initiate as part of government’s attack on poverty. Foresty has the potential to create jobs and promote industrial development, but must continue to improve... 

Frail SA foundries mull over Swedish ‘lifeline’

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The introduction locally of Swedish technology could see foundries switching to a new input raw material which reportedly holds significant benefits for the frail foundry industry. This follows a R7,8-million investment by foundry and engineering business Thos Begbie & Company in Middelburg,... 

Phalaborwa projects ripe for the picking

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Despite being the ‘baby’ in South Africa’s family of spatial development initiatives (SDI) the Phalaborwa SDI, which covers the area from Tzaneen and Phalaborwa towards Nelspruit, promises to grow into a strapping array of agriculture, tourism, forestry and mining projects.... 

Decision looms for new Cape dam

By: System Author     14th May 1999 THE Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) is on the brink of appointing advisers to assist it to arrange an R760-million build, operate and transfer (BOT) dam and supplement scheme for Cape Town. Director-general Mike Muller tells Engineering News exclusively that its demand studies... 

Constitution averts RDP water crisis

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The constitution is coming to the rescue of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry’s (Dwaf’s) multibillion-rand reconstruction and development programme (RDP) water schemes which are facing a looming cash-flow crisis. Since 1994, the department has rolled out some 1 300 projects... 

Environmental management reaps the rewards

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A study undertaken by KPMG to trace the development of environmental management systems (EMS) in South Africa, identified problems, benefits and trends for future development that companies considering such a system can benchmark against. The study was undertaken with the responses of 72% of 112... 

User-friendly aid to determine water quality

By: System Author     7th May 1999 SOUTH African water consumers now have access to a user-friendly aid to enable them to determine whether the water used in their homes is of an acceptable quality. The Water Research Commission (WRC), in association with the departments of Water Affairs and Forestry, and of Health, has published... 

From infrastructure backlog to boom?

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The South African government is in the final stages of developing a strategy to begin containing the burgeoning backlog in infrastructure spending – the backlog has been estimated to be larger than R170-billion. An inter-ministerial team, embracing all ministers involved in infrastructure... 

Sale of SA forests gathers momentum

By: System Author     26th March 1999 After six long years, the race to privatise State-owned forestry enterprise Safcol is hotting up with an information memorandum having been released to key bidders last week. This is perhaps a signal that government is finally taking heed of the criticism that the process has dragged on too long... 

World’s largest restructuring of forest assets

By: System Author     19th March 1999 What is on offer? The government is offering the assets of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol), and half of the forests of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. All in all, this amounts to 332 000 ha of forest plantations, and five sawmills. This is the largest restructuring of... 

Timber growers oppose timing of Safcol deal

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The privatisation of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol) has generated much debate and comment since the inception of the idea about 15 years ago by the government of the day. Although the deal is certain to have far-reaching implications, few will feel the implications of the unbundling... 

New truss launched

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A new product designed for use in the construction industry has been developed by Johannesburg company International Truss Systems in partnership with Mondi Timber. The new truss, called the Spacejoist, consists of parallel stress-graded lumber flanges manufactured from kiln-dried timber and... 

Forestry Act sows growing uncertainty

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The South African Lumber Millers Association (Salma) is monitoring closely the privatisation of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol), which was announced by Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Kader Asmal and Public Enterprises Minister Stella Sigcau on February 16. Salma executive... 

Forestry industry faces legislative burden

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The forestry industry is struggling to bear the weight of what it perceives to be restrictive and, in some cases, discriminatory legislation affecting every forester in South Africa, reports Forest Owners’ Association (FOA) executive director Mike Edwards. “This legislation is making... 

Focus on global aspirations as company grows beyond borders

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The global aspirations of South African forest-products and fine-paper specialist Sappi are being realised after a protracted focus on growing the company outside of the country’s borders. The company’s march towards globalisation was heralded by its acquisition of Hannover Papier in... 

Cheap products flood SA timber market

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Although the lifting of sanctions was greeted with jubilation by many South African manufacturers, few anticipated the problem of cheap products flooding the market, points out Timber Products Exporters’ Association (TPEA) executive secretary Nora Hill. Funded by contributions from its 24... 

Critically important event

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The privatisation of the South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol) will be the single most important event in the history of the forestry industry, according to Yorkcor chairperson Solly Tucker. “The sawmilling industry has been in limbo ever since Safcol launched its policy of... 

Forest-worker safety sharpened

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The general conditions under which forest workers operate are receiving attention from industry-funded research and development organisation Forest Engineering South Africa (Fesa) in order to optimise productivity and reduce costs. Fesa chairperson Migal Brink defines forest engineering as... 

Taiwanese filter contract for KZN company

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A contract for filters to be used in Taiwan’s Chung Wa pulp mill has been awarded to Sunds Defibrators of Queensburgh, Kwazulu-Natal. Although undisclosed, the contract value is rumoured to be in the high seven-digit bracket, giving South Africa’s balance of trade a welcome boost.... 

Forestry punted as a rural job source

By: System Author     12th March 1999 With the restructuring of State forestry assets now under way, it is hoped that 75% of these – comprising plantations covering roughly 337 000 ha and all processing operations managed by the South African Forestry Company (Safcol) – can be transferred to private black-empowerment... 

Forestry firm seeks enviro certification

By: System Author     26th February 1999 In an effort to meet increasing customer demands for environmental quality assurance and increase its export market, the South African Forestry Company (Safcol) is seeking to become one of the first local forestry companies to be ISO 14001 accredited, reports forest-engineering senior manager... 

US foundry in big equipment order

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE foundry division of John Deere of the US, a leading manufacturer of farming machinery, has ordered equipment from Inductotherm for what has been billed as the largest solid-state, medium-frequency induction melting installation in the world. The local representative for Inductotherm is Efco... 

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