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ABB deal on OGP oil unit possible this week

16th September 2003 Debt-laden engineering group ABB could complete the sale of its oil, gas and petrochemicals (OGP) business this week, a source close to the negotiations said yesterday, tying up a deal said to be worth over a billion dollars. 

Research to reduce mobile-phone emissions

By: Karel Smrcka     12th September 2003 A major breakthrough in antenna technology in the UK could enable safer mobile phone communication for all. 

Aids activists launch treatment programme in SA

10th September 2003 Leading South African Aids lobby group Treatment Action Campaign (Tac) on Monday launched a drug treatment programme that they hope will reach 1 000 people by the end of next year. 

ABB divestments set to raise $2bn in 2003

9th September 2003 Debt-laden engineering group ABB remains on track to raise a net $2-billion this year by divesting non-core businesses, CFO Peter Voser said in a newspaper interview published at the weekend. 

Growing interest in face recognition technology

By: Zonika Botha     5th September 2003 South Africa is believed to have an estimated share of between 60% and 70% of the total biometrics market in Africa. 

Testing central to road-freight sector’s Aids plan

By: Deborah Spicer     29th August 2003 An important part of the road-freight industry’s HIV/Aids strategy will be to determine how many workers in the industry are HIV positive. 

Move to entrench safety success

By: Zonika Botha     29th August 2003 Following the success of BHP Billiton’s Zero Harm safety initiative at its Mozal and Hillside expansions, the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) is in the process of forming a working group with the aim of exploring ways in which safety in the construction... 

ABB in $705m convertible bond

29th August 2003 Engineering firm ABB tapped investors for one billion Swiss francs in cash yesterday, reclaiming some financial respectability after it almost went bust last year and boosting its stock by 12%. 

ABB showcases power business with Alaska system

28th August 2003 Engineering firm ABB, hoping to gain from an expected spending spree on the North American power grid, showcased some of its power technology yesterday when it announced an Alaskan system had come online. 

ABB set to raise fresh cash as shares climb

26th August 2003 Indebted engineering firm ABB may take advantage of the near doubling of its share price in the last month and raise fresh cash soon in the form of a convertible bond issue, market sources said at the weekend. 

Aids is key concern for Southern African summit

25th August 2003 Unless Southern Africa can sort out its Aids epidemic, now affecting an estimated 14-million people, it might as well forget development, a senior regional official said last week ahead of a summit in Tanzania. 

Prospect of US power-grid order buoys ABB

25th August 2003 Shares of ABB climbed last week on growing hopes that the Swiss engineering company may win large contracts to improve the US power grid after blackouts last week exposed the system's frailty. 

R440m upgrade for home of Freedom Charter

By: nkolola halwindi     22nd August 2003 With a R440-million investment, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) is busy with phase one of the redevelopment of Kliptown, south-west of Johannesburg. 

New simulation tool progresses radiotherapy

By: Karel Smrcka     22nd August 2003 Radiotherapy is one of the major forms of cancer treatment, undergone by roughly a third of all cancer patients. 

Energising the fight against electricity crime

By: nkolola halwindi     22nd August 2003 Electricity distribution giant Eskom is investing R15-million towards a campaign to sensitise communities on the impact of electricity-related crimes, such as conductor theft, illegal connections and vandalism. 

ABB's oil unit sale hit by minor delay

21st August 2003 Heavily indebted Swiss-Swedish engineering company ABB has encountered a last-minute delay in the $1-billion sale of its Oil, Gas and Petroleum unit, sources close to the deal said on Tuesday. 

Road-freight sector announces Aids strategy

By: laurian clemence     19th August 2003 The road-freight industry announced yesterday that a new “cohesive and proactive” HIV/Aids awareness strategy would be implemented for drivers in the industry. 

ABB likely to agree to $1bn oil, gas unit sale soon

19th August 2003 Swiss-Swedish engineering firm ABB will next week agree the sale of its Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals (OGP) division to a consortium of private equity firms for around $1-billion, sources close to the situation said last week. 

KZN implements agricultural starter-pack scheme

By: candice haase     15th August 2003 The Kwazulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs is in the process of rolling out a scheme to tackle hunger and malnutrition. 

Internet banking made safer by using local technologies

15th August 2003 The recent identity fraud at Absa Bank has been something of a wake-up call to the entire e-commerce industry, says Dr Walter Smuts, MD of Expertron, a local company situated at The Innovation Hub, in Pretoria. 

Telecoms group says cellphone banking is safe

15th August 2003 With the recent occurrence of Internet hacking, MTN South Africa says it assures all its contract subscribers that its mobile banking system is safe and secure. 

Hackers make cellphone banking an attractive option

15th August 2003 On the back of recent concerns regarding the security of Internet banking, Vodacom expects an increase in the number of its customers registering for cellphone banking. 

Mission hospital gets a new lease of life

By: Jill Stanford     8th August 2003 PORT Elizabeth architectural firm Brinkman, Ndayi and McAll (BNM) has several major healthcare projects under way in the Eastern Cape. 

SA's Aspen to launch first AIDS drug

7th August 2003 South Africa's Aspen Pharmacare will launch what it said was the continent's first locally made anti-retroviral for HIV/AIDS, a major breakthrough in Africa's fight against the pandemic. 

US judge approves ABB's asbestos deal

4th August 2003 A US District judge on Thursday approved Swiss engineering firm ABB's proposed $1,2-billion settlement of its asbestos claims, lawyers involved in the case said. 

Eastern Cape automotive development centre on the cards

By: candice haase     1st August 2003 The Eastern Cape is the next province to benefit from the creation of Automotive Industry Development Centres (AIDC), says Gauteng AIDC MD Dr Paulo Fernandes. 

Tech group assists to raise funds for Aids centre

1st August 2003 Global technology group Dimension Data announced that, as part of its social responsibility initiatives to sponsor a range of activities in various communities, the company will assist in raising R1-million for the St Raphael Centre for Aids in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. 

Pretoria auto maker continues to adapt

By: candice haase     1st August 2003 Pretoria-based original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Nissan South Africa (Nissan SA) has an existing production capacity of about 50 000 units a year at its 37-year-old plant. 

Local generics crucial in global Aids fight

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2003 LOCAL production of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) by countries seriously threatened or affected by the HIV/Aids pandemic will be essential to meeting the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) goal of providing free treatment to 3-million HIV-positive people in developing countries by 2005. 

Policymakers must act now to avert Aids-led economic meltdown

1st August 2003 If South Africa is truly serious about transforming its economy from one based on the exploitation of resources to one that fully employs its abundant human resources in activities based on skill and innovation, then the scourge of Aids has to be tackled, and tackled with a sense of urgency. 

SA’s essential-oils industry gains momentum

By: nkolola halwindi     1st August 2003 There is significant scope for South Africa to produce a wide range of quality organic and conventional essential oils, the head of a newly-privatised company set up to pursue commercial opportunities in this area tells Engineering News. 

ABB loss widens and debt rises

30th July 2003 ABB reported a net loss of $55-million for the second quarter and said its debt increased, although the engineering firm stuck to its 2003 financial goals which include slashing its huge borrowings. 

Security market is latest pursuit

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th July 2003 Hudaco entered the security business 30 months ago to serve a market that is growing faster than the other segments in which it operates. 

Now there's central-locking for houses

25th July 2003 When they have left, perhaps to go on holiday, probably most people at one time or another have had that nagging thought: "Did I lock all the doors of the house?"  

Economic impact of Aids more devastating than first calculated

24th July 2003 A new World Bank research report warns that HIV/AIDS will cause far greater long-term damage to national economies than previously assumed and that South Africa needs to act to limit the impact. 

ABB sees no asbestos deal until August

23rd July 2003 Swiss engineering firm ABB said it does not expect a US district judge to sign off on its key $1,3-billion asbestos settlement until August. 

Final ABB asbestos approval not seen until August

22nd July 2003 ABB does not expect a US district judge to sign off on its key $1,3-billion asbestos settlement until August, it said yesterday, adding there was no appeal so far against a lower court ruling in the deal's favour. 

PBMR: Greens see red, but SA sees gold

By: Kelvin Kemm     18th July 2003 A significant milestone was reached when the Director-General of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism announced the approval of the environmental impact assessment for the pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR). 

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