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Gautrain agency crunching numbers on new lines, tunnels and rolling stock

29th July 2016 Building and operating the Gautrain rail system has always been a complex numbers game, ever since former Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa first announced the project in 2000. Six years from the start of operations in 2010, not much has changed. 

South African auto plant now producing plug-in hybrid luxury sedan

29th July 2016 Following the premiere of its hybrid technology in the S-Class, Mercedes-Benz has expanded the technology to the C-Class, in the form of the C 350 e sedan. One of the plants producing the newly launched C-Class sedan is Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA’s) facility in East London. 

Amid opposition, MyCiti bus service reports passenger record

29th July 2016 Cape Town’s MyCiti bus service transported its highest ever number of passengers in May this year, says Cape Town Transport MMC Brett Heron. He says MiCiti saw 700 000 passenger journeys in May. The total number of passenger journeys since the service rolled out in 2010 now numbers more than... 

Gautrain agency crunching numbers on new lines, tunnels and rolling stock

29th July 2016 Building and operating the Gautrain rail system has always been a complex numbers game, ever since former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa first announced the project in 2000. Six years on from the start of operations in 2010, not much has changed. 

Size of vehicle and asset loans shrinking, suggests Compuscan

27th July 2016 There has been a 29% decrease in the number of vehicle and asset finance (VAF) accounts between the value of R400 001 and R999 999 recorded in the first quarter of 2016, compared with the last quarter of 2015, reports credit bureau Compuscan. Compuscan says this trend suggests that credit... 

Public transport operators need to do ‘more with less’

22nd July 2016 South African public transport operators need “to do more with less” as the economy contracts and the national fiscus faces increasing financial pressure, says National Treasury intergovernmental relations deputy director-general Malijeng Ngqaleni. She notes that the current system of public... 

Transport costs undermining African farmers

22nd July 2016 A study shows that agricultural fertiliser can land at the Kenyan Port of Mombasa at $350/t, and then sell for 300% to 400% more 1 000 km inland, says Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa CEO Argent Chuula. “The same is... 

Bloodhound land-speed record attempt set for October 2017

22nd July 2016 The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC), with Andy Green at the helm, will challenge the current world land-speed record in October next year, the project team has announced. The current record of 1 277.98 km/h was also set by Green, in the Thrust SSC. 

High-speed BRT lanes not silver bullet they appear to be – UP study

21st July 2016 Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in South Africa generally have lower passenger demand, poorer financial performance and higher subsidy requirements than initially forecast, says Professor Christo Venter of the University of Pretoria’s Centre of Transport Development. One cause of poor passenger... 

Local truck sales struggle, but exports jump as rand strengthens

20th July 2016 South Africa’s commercial vehicle industry faces some tough challenges at the halfway mark of 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa acting VP Gert Swanepoel. Sales in the truck industry are closely linked to macroeconomic conditions in South Africa, with both facing an uphill battle to recover.  

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