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R350m convention centre on track

By: System Author     9th April 1999 The construction programme for the development of what is believed to be South Africa’s largest conference facility, the R350-million Sandton convention centre, is running on schedule. A R200-million building contract for the construction of the new facility for Tsogo Sun was awarded by... 

Strong growth in the PC market

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Buoyed by strong consumer, small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) and educational sales, the South African personal computer (PC) market notched up exceptional year-on-year growth and marginally topped strong third quarter 1998 sales. This is the word from information technology and... 

Aussie model for SA small business

By: System Author     9th April 1999 IN March the National Small Business Regulatory Review advisory board tabled a discussion paper on the legal and regulatory problems that hamper growth and development of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) and in this regard an Australian reform model is being adapted for South Africa. A... 

SA must embrace biotechnology – Erwin

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Despite clear potential for the development of a thriving local biotechnology sector, which could be as far-reaching as the advent of information technology, South Africa remains a poor performer in this regard. This was the view of Trade and Industries Minister Alec Erwin in a keynote speech... 

Enviro-hazard removed from plastic

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A new worldwide patented technology developed by a South African company cleans and separates granulated polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyethylene contaminated with copper or aluminium. Kew Polymers, in Wynberg, Gauteng, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kew Cables, which supplies electrical cables... 

South Africa builds its own ‘IFC’ unit

By: System Author     9th April 1999 South Africa is in the throes of developing its own International Finance Corporation (IFC)-styled lending institution to provide support for private-sector provision of infrastructure. The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), of Midrand, set up its Private Sector Investments Unit (PSIU)... 

N Cape tourism bid

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Plans to promote and stimulate tourism in the Northern Cape should its bid for a casino licence in Kimberley be successful were revealed by Akani Big Hole at a public hearing before the Northern Cape Gambling Board. The proposed casino, to be developed by Akani’s property development arm,... 

Campaign to minimise building waste

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 TEN waste-disposal and recycling sites are being established by the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) in the UK to demonstrate how 50-million tons of waste produced by builders each year can be minimised. In a determined campaign to show how environmental and... 

Athletes’ village reaches halfway mark

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Sport infrastructure development in preparation for the seventh All Africa Games (AAG) to be held in Johannesburg in September is on track, with 300 units of the athletes’ village, to be known as the Village of the Stars, completed last month, reports games services GM Imtiaz Abdullah. The... 

Future home for stock exchange on the rise

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Work is under way on the new home of the Johannes-burg Stock Exchange (JSE) located on the corner of Maude street and Gwen lane in the heart of Sandton, north of Johannesburg. The building will house a new merged entity, comprising the JSE, the South African Futures Exchange and the Bond Exchange... 

R180-million Lubombo road 30% complete

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The new R180-million road that forms the core of the Lubombo spatial development initiative (SDI) is 30% complete in terms of the work done and 16% in terms of the road opened to traffic. The 156-km-long road, which will give easy access to the formerly remote Maputoland beaches and hinterland... 

UK auto component plant for local firm

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 THE construction of a new production facility in the UK for South African automotive component manufacturer Bosal is due to be completed before the end of April. This follows other group expansions completed during 1998 in South Africa, the Netherlands, Canada and Mexico, with new plants opened... 

Gauteng gets ready to mine IT highway

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Groundwork is expected to start on the R100-million first phase of a greenfields development project called the Gauteng Innovation Hub before the end of this year. Previous reports in Engineering News indicate that Midrand has been chosen as the physical location for this initiative; an area... 

New fish pilot project being hatched

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A joint venture between Rhodes Univer- sity’s Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science (Difs) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is likely to establish a pilot phase commercial operation this year to produce high-value marine aquarium fish. Unlike freshwater ornamental... 

South Africa sets international precedent in stainless steel

By: System Author     26th March 1999 INDIA is following South Africa’s example with the establishment of a stainless- steel awards programme this year. In 1999 India will launch its own awards programme, the aims of which are to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial development while promoting excellence in the... 

Revolutionary infra-red drying system

By: System Author     26th March 1999 An innovative infra- red dye-drying sys- tem has been unveiled after running as a pilot project at the Mooi River Textiles plant in Kwazulu-Natal. The infra-red system, which is reportedly a world-first, is the brainchild of local company Radiant Processes and is set to revolutionise the local... 

Company steels itself for outsourced inspection

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Telecom-infrastructure company Brolaz Projects, of Gauteng, has outsourced steelwork inspections to local government-approved inspection authority Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) of Midrand. Brolaz is a turnkey service company supplying infrastructure for telecom projects, including the... 

Company teaches the ropes of industrial access in Gauteng

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Industrial rope-access company Praxis, of Pretoria, and Centurion-based government inspection authority Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) have had a working agreement since 1997. “IIS makes use of Praxis services for rope access on inspections carried out for other companies,”... 

Piping hot-success in Botswana

By: System Author     26th March 1999 All pipelines supplied for the water-treatment plants of the P1,5-billion North– South Water Carrier project in Botswana have been inspected by local inspection authority Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) of Centurion. Work for the Group Five and LTA joint venture involved inspecting all... 

Company nails its colours to the mast

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Communications-infrastructure company Infracom contracted Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) at the end of 1997 to facilitate quality-assurance inspection services in the fabrication of telecom structures. The inspection authority provides Infracom with expertise in the inspection field, says... 

An invitation to come up and see the lab . . .

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Government-approved inspection authority Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) has been making use of an independent laboratory, Implabs, from Boksburg, for the past 18 months. Work has mainly been done on weld procedures and material analysis, reports Implabs section head: mechanical testing Mark... 

Mast quality an integral concern

By: System Author     26th March 1999 R22-billion-strong telecom network provider Vodacom employs a Centurion-based inspection authority to inspect the integrity of its masts throughout South Africa. Vodacom property manager Rishaad Tayob reports that, with more than 3 500 base stations throughout the country, the function of... 

State-approved inspection authority stands tall

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Originally selected as one of two contractors to look after all Vodacom towers and masts countrywide, government-approved inspection authority Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) of Centurion, Gauteng, has been appointed the preferred contractor, and is now the only inspection authority working... 

Research in chemical and biological defence

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Centurion company Protechnik Laboratories conducts research and development in all the main areas of chemical and biological defence, as well as quality control and quality assurance of chemically protective materials, systems and equipment, and provides technological support and advisory service... 

Leading engineer at conference

By: System Author     26th March 1999 You might not expect an engineer to know much about business, but it is this profession that is generating some of the most fascinating new theories about the way business is structured and managed. And the engineer regarded as the world’s leading thinker in systems design for business,... 

Small turbines a worldwide energy source

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Worldwide micro-hydro turbine technology is winning popularity as a flexible medium-sized rural power source. Having progressed from research and development to commercialisation in just four years, former World Electricity Council chairperson John Baker pointed out at last year’s congress... 

SA can now drink its fog

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A project to build a fog-collecting system which provides drinkable water to Tshanowa Junior Primary, located in the Soutpansberg mountains in the Northern Province, was completed this month. Funded by the Water Research Commission (WRC), this project served as a pilot project aimed at assessing... 

Ensuring quality a gas for synfuel maker

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Assistance on statu- tory inspections at synthetic-fuel (synfuel) producer Mossgas has been contracted to Centurion-based government inspection authority, Innovative Inspection Services (IIS), since April 1996, when it carried out inspections on one of the company’s Synthol units.... 

Forest-worker safety sharpened

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The general conditions under which forest workers operate are receiving attention from industry-funded research and development organisation Forest Engineering South Africa (Fesa) in order to optimise productivity and reduce costs. Fesa chairperson Migal Brink defines forest engineering as... 

Steel recovery not a given

By: System Author     19th March 1999 While July this year should see the start of a recovery in global sheet steel prices, it should not be taken for granted. Commodities Research Unit of London steel expert John Johnson warns that China and Japan will have negative growth this year and fairly stagnant economies in 2000 as well,... 

Affordable security for farmers

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Violent crime against farmers has reached epidemic proportions, and numerous South African companies have risen to the challenge of developing systems that will bring an end to this worrying trend. One of the technological solutions is now available from electronics developer Analysis, Management... 

New range of robots has 20% fewer parts

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A new range of Motoman robots offering increased handling capabilities above that of its predecessors, and with 20% fewer parts, is being launched at Hanover Fair, Germany, by Motoman Robotec this month, reveals Robotic Systems SA MD Terry Rosenberg. The mechanically-simplified machine is... 

R110m for research, student bursaries

By: System Author     12th March 1999 MORE than R110-million will be allocated by the Foundation for Research Development (FRD) for research grants and student bursaries during 1999. At present more than 1 200 grant holders and a large number of team members undertaking research will benefit from these grants to be awarded by the... 

SA sink-maker in UK

By: System Author     12th March 1999 MOBENI-based sink and specialist stainless-steel sanitaryware manufacturer, City Metal Products (CMP), has embarked on a export drive to the UK following the appointment of a distributor in that country. CMP has reached an agreement with Sissons, Europe’s leading fabricator and supplier of... 

Ice-cream maker opts for new solution

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Ice-cream manufacturer Ola, part of Unilever South Africa, was the first South African organisation to implement SAP’s solution for the consumer-products industry using the AcceleratedSAP (ASAP) fast-track methodology. The company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of ice-cream in South... 

South African bread industry on the rise

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Since the deregulation of the baking industry eight years ago, there has been a considerable rise in the number of over-the-counter (OTC) and retail bakeries in South Africa. “Until 1991, the industry was highly regulated due to a bread subsidy granted by the government. “Thus it was... 

Local firm sets sights on global laser industry

By: System Author     12th March 1999 South African laser and electro-optic systems company Scientific Development & Integration (SDI), of Pretoria, is set to become an international participant in the laser industry with the announcement of a strategic alliance with global laser company Edinburgh Instruments, of Scotland. “SDI... 

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