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Like Topsy, Jhb airport just grows and grows

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 A R1,6-billion five-year master-plan for the further redevelopment and expansion in capacity of Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) has been announced by Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). The plan came into effect on April 1, and will be completed in 2004. Officially called the western... 

South Africa plans to rope in its drivers

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) has placed the first local order for a wire-rope safety fence system, which is a proved method of reducing fatalities from accidents occurring on motorways and dual carriageways in the UK. The Brifen wire-rope safety fence system, manufactured by... 

South Africa winning a bucket of exports

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 As much as 75% of dragline bucket pro- duction at the new Caterpillar Boksburg, Gauteng, manufacturing facility is expected to be exported to Australia and the US this year. This was announced at the official opening of the new facility this month. The new factory follows Caterpillar’s... 

Transport empowerment project

By: System Author     16th April 1999 TRANSPORTATION company Haulcon has concluded two new agreements designed to give emerging entrepreneurs a viable entry into the road-haulage industry. “These agreements represent a significant development as they are large, detailed contracts,” says Haulcon director Lynn Combrink.... 

R14m structural steel contract

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R14-million structural steel contract for the casthouse at the Mozal smelter in Mozambique has been awarded to Cemenco Steel Structures, a Cementation group company. Awarded by project manager SLE, the contract involves fabrication and erection of about 1 300 t of steel. Detailing and... 

New bidder for fixed-line network no 2

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Telecom provider to Transnet, Transtel might become a legal entity in its own right by the end of the year, Transtel transmission networks CEO Michael Nuttall tells Engineering News. “If we are to become involved in a second fixed-line telecom network, we will have to become a legal entity... 

Stronghold established in emergency-vehicle market in the US

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The well-known series 60 engine from the Detroit Diesel Corporation is establishing a stronghold in the emergency vehicle market with standard inclusion in the US Pierce fire engines, supplied to the South African market by local agent HAB International. The electronically-controlled engine is... 

Coloured tyres the latest fashion craze

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Colour co-ordination has become a trend in an unlikely industry. In line with the latest European trends, international engineering firm Krupp Elastomertechnik, of Germany, has developed technology that will allow tyres to be manufactured in the colour of choice, making these the latest in a... 

Long road to reducing SA’s tyre stockpile

By: System Author     9th April 1999 South Africa’s mounting stockpile of used tyres is threatening to become an environmental disaster of epic proportions if they are not efficiently disposed of, Tosas marketing manager Ian Rademeyer tells Engineering News. This growing mountain of rubber is proving to be something of a... 

Jhb airport terminal cladding on track

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Upgrading and cladding of the north fa 

R198-million loan agreement for Namibia

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A R198-million loan agreement has been signed between the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the government of Namibia, for on-lending to the Windhoek City Council. This is part of the DBSA’s fulfilment of its mandate to build foundations for development in the Southern African... 

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)... 

First shipment of new bearings arrives

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Sole distributor of SRB split roller-bearings, OE Bearings, of Selby, Gauteng, released the mark 20 split roller-bearing on to the South African market at the beginning of the year. “The first shipment of the new bearings has arrived, and there are more on their way,” reports OE... 

Bridge to ‘Newtown’ and new city

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 OVER the next 18 months, the Johannesburg council hopes to make progress on the creation of two new access points into Newtown on the western side of the city in one of its first real attempts to begin reviving the central business district. The precinct, together with Ellis Park on the eastern... 

Diesel vehicle emission-control campaign

By: System Author     26th March 1999 IN a move likely to affect thousands of diesel-powered trucks, the Cape Metropolitan Council (CMC) has launched a diesel vehicle emission- control campaign to improve the quality of air for people in the area. Sparked by recommendations of the Brown Haze Report produced by the Energy Research... 

Finishing touches for R110-million plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The finishing touches are being applied to a new R110-million lignosulphonate plant at Saiccor, Umkomaas, an operation owned by Lignotech SA, a joint-venture company established by Sappi and Borregaard Lignotech of Norway. The decision to invest in the plant was made in mid-1996, with the... 

Shipbuilder for cable project

By: System Author     19th March 1999 KOREAN company Daewoo Heavy Industries has been selected to supply cable ships for the maintenance of the global Oxygen optical fibre undersea cable network. The contract calls for an original order of six ships, with options to buy up to a total of 23 vessels as further phases of the network are... 

SA’s first waste-by-rail station opens

By: System Author     19th March 1999 South Africa’s first containerised waste-by-rail transfer and transport station has been officially opened in Knysna on the southern Cape coast. It is seen as a test case by many of the surrounding municipalities, such as Plettenberg Bay and George, which have all shown great interest in... 

New ‘double slip’ turnout design launched

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A new railway component that is set to enhance the quality of South Africa’s permanent way system was launched this month by Transwerk in a joint venture with an Austrian company. The fruits of the historic collaboration of Transwerk’s perway business and VAE of Vienna are embodied in... 

Humidity and temperature monitor released

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A HUMIDITY and temperature monitor marketed by local agent Protectaire has been released by Ryan Instruments. This monitor provides the user with critical information on environmental conditions needed to manage perishables throughout the supply chain. The unit can be programmed to monitor in one... 

Traffic yearbook cites busiest roads in Midrand

By: System Author     12th March 1999 THE figures of the 1998 traffic-observation yearbook show that the Allandale and Old Pretoria roads are the busiest roads in Midrand, with a yearly weekday average of 45 691 vehicles. The yearbook is a compilation of traffic information obtained at various traffic stations around Midrand. It... 

Rural development gets boost following acquisition

By: System Author     12th March 1999 In a departure from its historic focus, the Land Bank has acquired a 35% stake in 12-year-old entrepreneur support organisation Rutec, together with the Mineworkers Development Agency’s (MDA) acquisition of 40%. The R70-million-a- year business’s focus on micro-economic development... 

Company wins oil-supply contracts worth R18,6m

By: System Author     12th March 1999 EMERGING black oil marketing company Tepco Petroleum has won two multi- million-rand contracts to supply petrol and diesel to Eskom and the Uitenhage Town Council over the next three to four years. The tender, awarded by Eskom, is valued at R9-million and will involve the supply of 2,6 milllion... 

Firm reaping benefits of hi-tech tracking

By: System Author     12th March 1999 One of South Africa’s large sugar processors, Transvaal Sugar, is beginning to reap the benefits of the latest application for the Avonwood Eureka 411 fully-automated vehicle-identification and tracking technology. The system, which was commissioned in October last year, controls the... 

Mabopane freeway construction well under way

By: System Author     5th March 1999 CONSTRUCTION is well under way on the Mabopane freeway (road P200-1), north of Pretoria, using a combination of conventional and emerging contractors, and completion is expected well ahead of schedule. Other contracts have also been awarded in the Klipfontein/Kruisfontein area south of Soshanguve... 

Specialised test facilities determine risk

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The vehicle-test facility which is part of Gerotek Test Facilities has been awarded a second contract to the tune of R1,4-million by the Department of Transport for a training programme for taxi drivers. Initially established by Armscor to assist it in the procurement and marketing of armaments,... 

SA becoming a truck dumping ground

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Illegal or ‘grey’ imports of heavy and medium vehicles are beginning to wreak havoc on the South African industry, Engineering News can today report. The problem has arisen as a result of the severely depressed market for commercial vehicles in Asia, following the meltdown of those... 

Trucks make way for exhaust plant

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Eastern Cape vehicle manufacturer Delta Motor Corporation has recommitted itself to local truck assembly following a R9-million relocation of its truck-building plant from Markam Township to Kempston Road in Port Elizabeth. The move, the company claims, is integral to its drive to become the... 

R953-million budgeted for roads upkeep

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) has budgeted R953,5-million this year for road maintenance, rehabilitation and new roads, Sanra CEO Nazir Alli tells Engineering News. Of that sum R503,5-million will be spent on maintenance, with R285,7-million on road rehabilitation and... 

SA firm pulls its weight in Bangladesh

By: System Author     5th March 1999 In a welcome boost for South Africa’s export market, crane safety and traffic centre management company Pietzch Automatieserungstechnik (PAT) has secured the R1,2-million contract to build a weigh-in-motion facility for the newly-constructed Bangabundhu bridge, the world’s eleventh... 

Majuba conveyor feasible

By: System Author     26th February 1999 STUDIES to date have shown that the transportation of coal by rail or conveyor to Majuba power station near Volksrust in Mpumalanga will definitely be economically feasible, provided the volume of coal transported is large enough. Due to lower-than-expected growth in electricity demand, the... 

Final dust-control contract completed

By: System Author     26th February 1999 THE second and final dust-control contract for the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council’s multimillion-rand ‘Jo-Gro’ compost-production project at Olifantsfontein, south of the city, has been completed by Air Cleaning Equipment of Springs. Worth a total of R2,3-million, the... 

R50-million station project a boon

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE R50-million Katlehong station project is certainly living up to its promise of delivering real empowerment to emerging contractors and local workers. The project is being undertaken by Intersite Property Management Services on behalf of the SA Rail Commuter Corporation (Sarcc), while the... 

Toll-road company scores Asian contracts

By: System Author     19th February 1999 TOLL-road company Intertoll has secured two new contracts in Asia, reports Group Five CEO Mike Lomas. In India and Bangladesh, these contracts are further confirmation of Intertoll’s successful entry into the highly-competitive toll-road operation market. In India, the company has secured a... 

Fast-track second licence for fixed-line operator

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE issuing of a licence for South Africa’s second fixed-line telecom operator should be seen as a matter of urgency, Transtel chief executive Alf Schulze tells Engineering News. Transtel is the telecom business unit of Transnet. “The government needs to fast-track the process of... 

Japan is all set to train local auto-part makers

By: System Author     19th February 1999 South African motor-component manufacturers have “a bright future ahead of them”, and can expect to start winning procurement contracts from especially Eastern automotive manufacturers in the near future. However, cost and management problems will first have to be resolved, point out... 

Used-truck scheme to crack tough market

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In a market dogged by overtrading, high interest rates and uncertain new legislation, truck manufacturer MAN has taken the bull by the horns and introduced a used-truck programme with its own backing, and aftersales support provided by its national dealer network. Speaking at the official launch... 

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