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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). 

Big project vision for Nile Basin

11th June 2001 Nile Basin countries have identified joint development projects worth $122-million for presentation to donors later this month. 

SA has 42 privatisation deals under its belt

11th June 2001 The restructuring of South Africa's State-owned enterprises (SOEs), launched in mid-1997, had brought in R18,9-billion by January this year, with R11,9-billion – or about two-thirds – of this amount flowing into the State's coffers. 

Port utility's unbundling complete

8th June 2001 The separation of Portnet into a Port Authority Division (Pad) and a Port Operation Division (Pod) – unbundled as two separate entities under transport parastatal Transnet – is complete. The Pad will assume the responsibility of landlord of the ports and surrounding land, as well as... 

KZN coal terminal decision by August

8th June 2001 A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the holders of export entitlement at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) – Sasol, Ingwe, Anglo Coal, Duiker Mining, Total Coal, Kangra and Eyesizwe – to expand the terminal's capacity by ten-million tons a year. 

Bot airport plan for Tunisia

7th June 2001 The Republic of Tunisia’s Airports and Civil Aviation Authority (OACA) has issued a tender for consulting and assistance in the allocation procedure of a build, operate and transfer (Bot) concession for the airport of the Central East of Tunisia. 

Tanzania post reform programme

7th June 2001 The Parastatal Reform Commission of Tanzania is looking for expressions of interest from qualified consultants to undertake a study on the further commercialisation of the Tanzania Posts Corporation (TPC). 

Tender for patrol boats in July

6th June 2001 Tenders for the four patrol boats to be bought by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) should be issued next month, with the fishery-protection vessels expected to be in the water in three years, revealed Deat Minister Valli Moosa at a media briefing. 

New SA trade body to fight unfair competition

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2001 A draft Bill proposing the establishment of a commission for international trade administration (Cita) was presented to the parliamentary portfolio committee on trade and industry yesterday. 

Steel mill exceeds 90% of design capacity

5th June 2001 Western Cape state-of-the-art steel mill Saldanha Steel has announced that it has exceeded 90% of its design capacity for the month of May 2001. 

R35-million for enviro clean up

4th June 2001 Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Valli Moosa says poverty relief projects worth around R35-million will soon be rolled out to deal with the large quantities of waste in South Africa. 

SA boilers steaming up world markets

4th June 2001 South African boiler manufacturer John Thompson Africa (JTA) appears to have cracked the export market with a number of lucrative orders. 

Giant telescope to be operational by year end

1st June 2001 Currently under construction in the Khomas Highland, 100 km west of Windhoek, in Namibia, the first of four telescopes which make up phase one of the R30-million high-energy stereoscopic system (Hess) project is nearing completion and is expected to be operational near the end of the year. 

R60-million waste management facility to be constructed

1st June 2001 Plans for a R60-million industrial and infectious waste management facility to be built in partnership with Amandla Environmental, an environmental technology company, have been announced by black-owned integrated waste management company Phambili Services. 

Dutch-SA alliance in banana biotech

By: System Author     27th October 2000 A partnership between Dutch plant company Pothos and local black-empowerment Northern Province company African Biotechnologies is paving the way for increased involvement in the global market, while creating possibilities of further employment for rural women in South Africa. 

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