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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). 

Aids is the single biggest human-development risk

By: Keith Campbell     18th July 2003 IF there is one single overarching reason why sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, is losing so much ground in terms of human development – clearly shown in the latest annual Human Development Report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), published last week – it... 

Cargo-scanning PPP advances

By: Deborah Spicer     18th July 2003 A transaction adviser should be appointed by South African Revenue Services (Sars) in July to assist it with a public-private-partnership cargo-scanner implementation project. 

University conducting several research projects

By: candice haase     11th July 2003 A variety of research projects that range from the genetic improvement of wine yeasts to the improvement of animal nutrition and the possible development of an HIV/Aids vaccine are underway at the University of Stellenbosch (US). 

Proper Aids treatment a must

11th July 2003 The UN Development Programme (UNDP) released its latest annual Human Development Report this week and it makes grim reading for South Africans. 

Annan says Africa must fight harder against AIDS

11th July 2003 UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urged Africans yesterday to make fighting AIDS their top priority and told international donors they had to do more. 

ABB asbestos deal approved

11th July 2003 A US court yesterday removed a major stumbling block for ABB by approving the Swiss engineering firm's $1,3-billion asbestos settlement and clearing the way for a crucial disposal needed to cut debt. 

Human Development Shock for SA

By: Keith Campbell     9th July 2003 South Africa has slid to 111th out of 175 countries in terms of human development, the UNDP reported yesterday – down from 107th last year and 90th in 1997. 

ABB upbeat as asbestos deal seen this week

8th July 2003 Engineering group ABB said yesterday it was encouraged by a district judge's likely calling of a status conference on its proposed $1,3-billion asbestos settlement, indicating preliminary approval would come soon. 

Plan to make SA roads high-tech

By: nkolola halwindi     4th July 2003 An Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) laboratory set to boost safe and effective transport in Southern Africa has been launched by the CSIR. 

ABB unsure on length of any asbestos appeal

2nd July 2003 ABB is unsure of the duration and outcome of any appeal against its proposed $1,3-billion asbestos settlement, the firm said late on Monday in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. 

Time to mine SA’s traditional-medicine treasure trove

By: Zonika Botha     27th June 2003 Despite incredible breakthroughs in modern medicine, there are an array of chronic ailments and diseases which, to this day, are incurable.?And, even though many drugs can effectively treat diseases such as tuberculosis, patients often have to bear negative side-effects. 

Emergency services group to expand ambulance fleet to 200

By: nkolola halwindi     27th June 2003 With a total investment of R50-million, ER24, owned by two of South Africa’s leading private hospital groups Afrox Health Care and Medi Clinic Corporation, has acquired twelve ambulance service providers and has launched two new local branches, growing its owned fleet (from zero) to 100... 

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