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Jul 24, 2006
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  • Business as usual, says Coega Development Corporation

  • New mining venture for Debmarine

  • SA minister calls for tsunami early warning system

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    Business as usual, says Coega Development Corporation

    The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) says it cannot compromise its transformation agenda, especially when operating in an environment of glaring poverty and joblessness like the Eastern Cape.

    “The CDC will continue its practice of making awards to those companies which comply with both the spirit and letter of the country’s transformation and empowerment agenda, as these goals are expressed through the CDC’s Procurement Policy & Procedures (PPP),” it said in a statement at the weekend.

    The CDC was reacting to a case in the Port Elizabeth High Court brought on July 19 by the civil engineering and plant hire company Scribante. The application calls on the CDC, which is developing the Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) adjacent to the new port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape, to stop work on a contract contested by Scribante pending a review by the High Court of the CDC’s award of the contract to Sakhisizwe JV.

    The R91m contract entails the construction of infills only in a portion of Zone 2 of the Coega IDZ, says the CDC, and includes roads, telecommunication ducting, water connection, electrical reticulation.

    “The work would have serviced 38 percent of Zone 2. Infrastructure construction work in the rest of the Coega IDZ continues undisturbed. Out of the 6 500 hectare core development area where construction is taking place, only a portion of Zone 2 has been affected. It is business as usual in the rest of the IDZ.”

    The CDC did not oppose the application for an interdict by Scribante which it said was attempting to protect what it views as its protected rights.

    “The CDC is a public entity which, in the context of tendering, constantly makes decisions affecting third party tenderers. As an entity charged with public funds which it must use in a responsible manner (including in the conduct of legal proceedings), the CDC took the decision to abide by and to respect whatever decision the Court made in the matter. This was only an application for the court to stop the work on this particular site/contract.”

    According to the CDC Scribante intends to further apply to court for a review of the procurement process with regards their failure to win the contract.

    “With regards to the review process itself, legal papers for the review application have not as yet been served on the CDC. The CDC will study the papers once they are served, and will in consultation with its legal team consider its options then.”

    New mining venture for Debmarine

    De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) has acquired a vessel, the Dock Express 20, a former cable laying ship of 14,800-gt which is to be converted into a marine mining vessel for operation off the Namaqualand coast.

    The vessel is to be converted by British-based A&P Thyne at a cost of ₤ 23 million while South Africa’s Bateman Africa is designing and will provide the diamond treatment plant with a capability of 250 tons an hour. This contract is worth R132 million. A Cape Town company, Marine & Mineral products will design and provide the mooring and mining systems for the vessel at a cost of R110 million.

    The venture, which is taking place south but adjacent to the Namibian Atlantic 1 licence area from which De beers has been harvesting diamonds from the sea for several years, involves an investment worth almost a billion Rand.

    The zone lies 500 km north of Cape Town and is bounded 5km seaward of the coastal towns of Kleinzee in the south and Alexander Bay in the north.

    In 2005 De Beers Marine Namibia became the largest diamond operation in that country, producing 922,000 carats.

    The company hopes to begin operations towards the second quarter of 2007 and the new vessel is expected to yield 240,000 carats annually once fully commissioned. The mining licence covers an area of approximately 9,000 square kilometres.

    In addition to providing up to 155 new jobs the vessel will draw on supplies and equipment from Port Nolloth near the Namibian border.

    - source Cape Business News website (www.cbn.co.za)

    SA minister calls for tsunami early warning system

    by David Masango (BuaNews)

    Pretoria 21 July: Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Sue van der Merwe has emphasised the need to implement the tsunami early warning system in the Indian Ocean, particularly to avert the loss of lives.

    This in light of the recent devastating natural disasters that hit Indonesia - a 5.9 magnitude earthquake on May 27 and a tsunami that was triggered by a 6.8 magnitude undersea earthquake on Monday.

    The earthquake claimed 4,711 lives while the tsunami caused 547 deaths with 323 people missing.

    The two disasters left many more injured and caused billions of Rands worth of damages to buildings, houses and businesses amongst others.

    In this regard, South Africa has donated R1 million to the Indonesian government in support of its relief efforts.

    Handing the money over to the Indonesian Ambassador to the country Sugeng Rahardjo, deputy minister van der Merwe expressed the government and people of South Africa's condolences to Indonesia.

    She said the latest tsunami emphasised the need for the finalisation and implementation of the early warning system in the Indian Ocean. Such a system also exists in the Pacific Ocean.

    The deputy minister added that although the technical part of the system was operational, her understanding was that difficulties were faced particularly regarded the mechanisms in sending out the warning to the public on time for them to move to safer areas.

    "Through our multi-lateral and bilateral cooperation we need to put extra effort in ensuring the full implementation of that system.

    "I express on behalf of our government and people, our condolences to you and to say that we will be thinking of you during this difficult time and to the many thousands of people who have suffered as a result of this fury of nature," she said.

    When accepting the donation, Ambassador Rahardjo said the humanitarian assistance from South Africa was a symbol of the warm relations the two countries shared and expressed gratitude on behalf of the government and people of Indonesia.

    "We will ensure that the assistance will be disbursed to the victims appropriately and it will be dedicated to the reconstruction and rehabilitation stages [of Yogyakarta].

    "Rest assured of the Indonesian government's accountability on the disbursement process, something the international community have acclaimed in the reconstruction of Aceh post-tsunami," promised Ambassador Rahardjo.

    He also expressed Indonesia's commitment to implementing the tsunami early warning system and that the country was working with other countries in that regard.

    The area on Aceh was hit by another tsunami on 26 December 2004, killing an estimated 168,000 people.

    Indonesia's national disaster coordinating board said more than 50,000 people had fled their homes either because the structures were damaged or destroyed, or because people feared another tsunami.

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