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Quality Assurance News

. . . water-quality safeguards assessed

By: Jill Stanford     11th February 2005 THE Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) says it has a host of measures up its sleeve which it can implement if the Berg Water Project causes a deterioration in the quality of water in the lower Berg river. 

Industrial matchmaking iniative launched

By: Zonika Botha     4th February 2005 A new project, which can best be described as an online industrial matchmaking service, has been launched by government and industry to drive supplier performance as a global competitive strength. 

Quality and ISO are not always the same thing

By: Nicola Mawson     21st January 2005 A senior executive at global manufacturing and operations consultancy Competitive Capabilities International (CCI) argues that ISO 9001 certification does not automatically guarantee quality. 

Europeans turn to SA firm for 3G-equipment testing

By: Nicola Mawson     21st January 2005 When local cellular-network operators rolled out 3G technology towards the end of last year, they were able to test it with equipment that had proved itself in Europe. 

Initiative enables SMEs to become world-class companies says AIDC

By: Nicola Mawson     21st January 2005 Quality assurance is the minimum requirement for small and medium and black-empowered companies that desire to extend their market base internationally. 

Quality helps auto-component firm to break into European market

By: Nicola Mawson     21st January 2005 Between 50% and 60% of Walro Flex’s product is being exported to Europe, says works director Deon Mattheus. 

French quality-assurance group takes up Mbeki's gauntlet

By: Nicola Mawson     21st January 2005 President Thabo Mbeki would like to see stronger ties between South Africa and France. 

Cape winemaker's ISO double act

19th November 2004 Cape winemaker Durbanville Hills is the first South African cellar to be certified as ISO 9001:2000- and ISO 14001-compliant. 

Better-public-buildings appeal by minister

By: Zonika Botha     19th November 2004 Minister of Public Works Stella Sigcau has urged South Africa’s built environment industry to establish closer links with its UK counterparts in order to locally promote the concept of better public buildings. 

A strategic step towards improving processes

19th November 2004 Local beer maker South African Breweries (SAB) has launched a Strategic Operating Practices (SOP) programme, an analytical approach that improves processes by adding value through information management, reducing lead-time and variability. 

Quality in focus next week

5th November 2004 From November 8 to November 13, the Department of Trade and Industry will be hosting various events in celebration of National Quality Week (NQW). 

Electrically speaking, South Africa’s buildings are sound . . . for now

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     29th October 2004 To be the editor of my column is to plough an ocean. The poor editor never ceases to ask me (and others) to meet our respective deadlines and we almost never do. 

Grintek system achieves world-class qualification

16th September 2004 Technology group Grintek's latest digital airborne communication management system, embodying state-of-the-art technology, has achieved an important qualification milestone, the company reported yesterday. 

Standards body and gas association sign MOU

2nd September 2004 A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between Standards South Africa and the Southern Africa Compressed Gases Association. 

Construction sector procurement standard launched

By: Helene Le Roux     20th August 2004 The South African construction industry now has a complete range of standards to guide the procurement of goods and services. ?The country’s national standards-generating body, Standards South Africa (StanSA), earlier 

Standardisation of African engineering is key to trade

By: Kelvin Kemm     23rd July 2004 Recently the new expanded European Union came about and this gained some coverage in our newspapers, but not that much. 

Engineering group gets standard reaccreditation

12th July 2004 Engineering company Andrew Mentis has been reaccredited to the latest ISO 9001:2000 quality assurance system. The company first received ISO accreditation in 1993. 

New SABS chief focuses on transformation

By: Zonika Botha     9th July 2004 Transformation is one of the key issues that the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) will address under the leadership of new CEO Martin Kuscus. 

Heat flow replaces hammering in composites

By: Karel Smrcka     2nd July 2004 Whether it’s inspecting glider wings or modern windmill rotor blades, today’s method is archaic. 

Engineering body achieves ISO 9001

20th May 2004 Business organisation the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (Saace) has announced that it has successfully achieved ISO 9001 certification, making it the second service association in South Africa and one of the first consulting engineering member associations within the... 

Workshop focuses on non-motorised transport

By: Helene Le Roux     27th February 2004 Next year, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Design Institute will again host an interdesign workshop, bringing together designers from different countries and cultures to find solutions for specific challenges commonly affecting developing countries. 

Business confidence hits plateau due to inflation drop

By: laurian clemence     6th February 2004 The South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) reported yesterday that its January business confidence index (BCI) decreased slightly from 122,4, in December 2003, to 122,3. 

SABS establishes Australian presence

By: Helene Le Roux     23rd January 2004 Certification according to recognised standards underpins the quality assurance of South African products and services. 

SMMEs’ quality performance on the agenda

By: Helene Le Roux     23rd January 2004 This year, the South African Quality Institute (SAQI) – the umbrella body coordinating the national quality effort – plans to launch several new initiatives. 

DTI initiative increases job security and profits

By: Helene Le Roux     23rd January 2004 The National Productivity Institute (NPI) reports that the second phase of the country’s workplace challenge programme (WPC), which is aimed at assisting local companies to become world-class manufacturers and service providers, is progressing well. 

Generic test-benches achieve economies of scale

By: Helene Le Roux     23rd January 2004 The defence industry is the cradle of many technologically-advanced inventions and implements an array of strict quality-assurance standards to ensure the performance and safety of military equipment and systems. 

Quality electrical equipment necessary

By: Helene Le Roux     23rd January 2004 Electrical equipment and accessories manufacturer Legrand maintains that the company’s commitment to the enhanced safety and optimum performance of electrical equipment in local industry is confirmed by a substantial investment in developing electrical components, wiring and accessories... 

Nosa gets global praise for Aids management standard

21st October 2003 Nosa’s Aids Management Standard, the AMS 16001 and AMS 16004 Audit Guidelines, have received an overwhelming reception among international organisations in Geneva. 

Electronics firm impacted by rand, telecoms delays

16th October 2003 South African electronics group Jasco announced that its results for the period to 31 August 2003 were impacted by the strong rand and delays in the take-up of orders in the telecommunications division. 

Erwin launches business zones in rural towns

15th October 2003 Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin, will give impetus to a new approach to delivery of economic services and opportunities especially to rural communities during the fifth National Imbizo Focus Week. 

Will low-sulphur diesel reduce lubricity?

By: Zonika Botha     26th September 2003 Government and the oil industry have agreed to the reduction of sulphur levels in diesel from the current level of 0,3% to 0,05% to coincide with the replacement of leaded fuel with unleaded fuel by 2006. 

New inspection era looms for SACU

By: Deborah Spicer     19th September 2003 The fact that the South African Customs Union (SACU) will have a free-flow of goods and services between the member countries by 2007 will mean that the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) will change the way that it inspects goods, CEO Eugene Julies reported at a business breakfast earlier... 

SABS confident new structure will deliver

By: Deborah Spicer     19th September 2003 The South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’s) decision to separate its commercial from its non-commercial business seems to be bearing fruit if one considers that this month the company announced a profit for the year to March 31. 

Demand grows for non-contact measuring technology

By: Karel Smrcka     5th September 2003 A large number of suppliers are engaged in tasks related to quality assurance, concentrated largely on surface inspection, completeness checks, and measuring techniques. Identification and position detection play a big role in automated production. 

New standard for portable fire extinguishers

3rd September 2003 A new standard, SANS 1910, for portable, refillable fire extinguishers was published last month. 

Standards body to restructure

8th August 2003 The standards-generating arm of the South African Bureau of Standards, Standards South Africa, has started to process restructuring its technical committees. 

Standard established for donkey cars

21st July 2003 The standards-generating arm of the SABS, Standards South Africa, has produced the country’s first known standard for donkey cars. 

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