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Four shortlisted for Education PPP

12th July 2001 The National Department of Public Works has issued tenders to four shortlisted consortia for the designing, financing, building, maintaining and management of the first-ever government accommodation by the private sector. 

Technology: a tool in human development

11th July 2001 The 2001 Global Human Development report entitled ‘Making New Technologies Work for Human Development’ has ranked South Africa 39th in the world and a dynamic adaptor in terms of a technological achievement index. 

Business confidence increasing again

By: Keith Campbell     11th July 2001 Sacob's Business Confidence Index registered a sharp upward move of 4,4 points in June, taking it to 108 points. 

Two cattle projects to ‘beef’ up industry

10th July 2001 Two new projects, which will boost the South African beef industry, have been launched by the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (Dacst) together with the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and the Australian Centre for International Research (ACIAR). 

Leaders prepare to put Africa on world economic map

9th July 2001 This week sees the launch of the Millennium Africa Recovery Plan (MAP), now merged with Senegal’s Omega Plan, at the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit in Lusaka, Zambia – an event which many are counting on to kickstart Africa’s economic renaissance. 

Expert-body recommendations on California power crisis

6th July 2001 A white paper issued by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) presented technical recommendations for solving the power crisis that began in California last year and now involves the 11-state Western power grid, with the potential for expanding further. 

SA's civil aviation sector flies into stormy weather

6th July 2001 IF there is one word which can sum up the South African civil aviation industry today, it is turbulence. Some observers would, however, prefer two words – severe turbulence. 

Black oil firms cry foul over state fuel tenders

6th July 2001 Black-empowerment oil industry interests have called for a complete overhaul of the government fuel tendering procedure, which, they say, favours the large entrenched oil industry giants and effectively discriminates against smaller black-empowerment oil companies. 

Exhaust firm explains plant closure

5th July 2001 The economies-of-scale in South Africa and globally make consolidation of exhaust manufacturing essential in order to increase efficiencies and remain competitive in the domestic and export markets. 

SA-German scientists collaborate on 40 projects

5th July 2001 More than 40 scientific and technical projects are either in progress or have been completed since the signing of the South African-German science and technology agreement in 1995, and the subsequent signing of the agreement between the German Research Association and the South African National... 

SA’s networking industry in a slump

4th July 2001 Last year was a disastrous one for the South African networking industry, says BMI-T networking analyst Craig Kolb, who attributes the sharp decline to a number of factors, both psychological and economic. 

Uncertainty keeps banks out of PPPs

3rd July 2001 Notwithstanding the fact that a number of significant public-private partnerships (PPPs) have been finalised in the past few years, an uncertain regulatory environment in certain sectors, budget constraints and the lack of a definitive PPP strategy by government are inhibiting factors in the... 

R775m to BEEs from Public Works

3rd July 2001 In this financial year, the Department of Public Works has spent R775-million accelerating black economic empowerment (Bee) through targeted procurement programmes. 

Submarine project continues despite probe

2nd July 2001 The project work on the three class 209 type 1400 SAN submarines for the South African Navy that form part of the defence deal package is proceeding on a routine basis, reports representative of the German submarine consortium Captain Siegfried Netzband. 

Lesotho sets aside R55m for industrial infrastructure development

2nd July 2001 The Lesotho government has set aside R55-million for the provision of industrial infrastructure such as roads, water, electricity and telecommunications during the 2001/2 fiscal year. 

Energy-hungry world relooks at nuclear

29th June 2001 The golden age of nuclear energy ended nearly 30 years ago, but its return to favour is on the horizon at a time when energy needs are getting bigger, electricity plants are getting smaller and environmental pressures are getting stronger. 

Marine tender to be issued shortly

29th June 2001 The marine tender for the construction of the proposed Coega deep-water port near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape is on its way, Engineering News can report. Portnet Authority Division (Pad) 

SA firm loses R80m Mozal 2 contract

28th June 2001 A leading South African engineering firm, Dorbyl Heavy Engineering (DHE), has reacted with anger to the news that it has lost out to a French multinational in an R80-million contract to supply steel superstructures for the second-phase expansion of the Mozal aluminium smelter in Mozambique. 

Scandinavians follow SA’s helicopter-purchase lead

26th June 2001 The Agusta A109 light utility helicopter, of which 30 are on order for the South African Air Force, has won a $110,5-million order from the Swedish armed forces, it has been announced at the Paris air show at Le Bourget airport. 

Industrial power transmission acquisition

26th June 2001 There has been a changing of the guard in South Africa's industrial power transmission sector via a new acquisition of part of a South African operation by a German subsidiary operating locally. 

Demand management needed to manage fuel crisis

25th June 2001 With 13 tankers on their way to South Africa (in fact, the first one arrived at the weekend) the issue is no longer one of supply but rather of demand management, South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) director Colin McClelland tells Engineering News Online. 

$3,5bn Chad–Cameroon oil pipeline takes-off

25th June 2001 Chad and Cameroon are set to receive $600-million in financing from a consortium of private banks and the World Bank for their interstate oil- pipeline project. 

SA oilfield development gets nod from govt

22nd June 2001 State-owned oil exploration and production company Soekor E and P has reported that the Minister of Minerals and Energy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, has approved the development of the Sable oilfield. 

$100m Lesotho denim plant in wake of US Act

22nd June 2001 The construction of a $100-million denim mill and garment plant in Lesotho is being hailed as further proof that the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (Agoa) is benefiting sub-Saharan Africa. 

Phase two of Moz aluminium smelter gets the go-ahead

22nd June 2001 The boards of Billiton, Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) have announced the decision to go ahead with the Mozal expansion project, Mozal 2. 

Roads blueprint needed - Omar

21st June 2001 The Transport Ministry is set to take the lead in producing a road development plan for South Africa, revealed Minister Abdulah Omar in his budget speech earlier this week. 

Entitlement breakdown for RBCT terminal

20th June 2001 The coal division of Iscor Mining will receive two-million tons of the ten-million-ton capacity to be added at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) R600-million phase five, Iscor Mining MD Con Fauconnier tells Engineering News Online. 

R450-m Jo’burg airport terminal taking off

20th June 2001 Work on the R450-million domestic terminal at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) is on track for completion in October 2002. 

R190m N.Province casino construction

19th June 2001 A R190-million casino and entertainment resort development in the Northern Province is set to create 418 direct and 1 322 indirect jobs. 

Rate cut could boost fixed investment

19th June 2001 Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni’s announcement last week of a one percentage point cut in the repo rate is vitally important for South Africa’s real economy as it could significantly help boost gross fixed capital formation (GFCF) – that is investments into bricks-and-mortar... 

UK and SA building business partnerships

By: Keith Campbell     15th June 2001 Encouraging British investment in this country was an important theme of President Thabo Mbeki’s state visit to the UK this week. 

SA survives 'deindustrialisation', but now needs investment

14th June 2001 South Africa has managed to avoid a massive ‘deindustrialisation’ of its economy despite far-reaching structural reform over the last six years, but investment in manufacturing remains weak. 

First high-resolution imagery received

14th June 2001 In a development that is set to revolutionise the South African geospatial industry, the first directly-acquired high-resolution satellite image over southern Africa has been received at the CSIR Satellite Applications Centre (SAC). 

Fertiliser exports earn SA R1,95-billion

14th June 2001 South Africa earned R1,95-billion in foreign exchange through the exportation of phosphoric acid and NPK compounds in 2000. 

R600m coal terminal expansion announced

13th June 2001 The long-awaited expansion at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal has finally been given the go-ahead. Richards Bay Coal Terminal Company (RBCT) has announced that, together with South Dunes Coal Terminal Company (SDCT), it intends to embark on an expansion of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal which will... 

SA firm upbeat about Malaysian projects

12th June 2001 The commissioning of two world-scale plants at Kerith, on the eastern seaboard of the Malaysian peninsula, are considered an integral part of Sasol Polymers’ biregional strategy, which focuses on new growth opportunities in Asia-Pacific and Africa, reports Sasol executive director Trevor... 

SA citrus leaves for Japan, Korea

12th June 2001 The first shipment of South African containerised steri-citrus this season has been delivered to Korea and Japan, reports P&O Nedlloyd reefer product manager, Tissa Fuchsloch. 

W Cape distillates plant contracts start flowing

12th June 2001 A memorandum of understanding has been signed between Lesotho and South Africa, thus establishing the Maloti-Drakensberg transfrontier conservation area (TFCA). 

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