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African road transport models falling short

By: tom robbins     31st October 2003 Attempts to kick-start Africa’s road infrastructure, seen as a vital cog in developing the continent’s economy, have often failed, government leaders told the 22nd PIARC (World Road Association) World Road Congress. 

Taxi recap hits another speed bump

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th October 2003 As a result of an application for an urgent court interdict brought against the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) and government in the Pretoria High Court yesterday, government did not sign the anticipated memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Santaco on the taxi recapitalisation... 

Cape Town’s poor commuters get poorer

By: katharine mckenzie     19th September 2003 When Acting Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe presented the Department of Transport’s budget in June this year, he announced that subsidies for public transport would henceforth be allocated in line with income distribution. 

Transport group gears up for R80bn investment

By: Deborah Spicer     5th September 2003 Transport parastatal Transnet announced at its yearly results last month that it will spend R10,5-billion for the financial year starting in April as part of its five-year R30-billion capital expenditure programme. 

‘Private participation in Transnet unavoidable’

By: Terence Creamer     5th September 2003 State-owned transport and logistics group Transnet has made it apparent that it is keen to open some of its business units to private sector involvement in some form or other - indeed it has even stated that this is unavoidable. 

$232m project to rehabilitate Kenya’s transport network

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd September 2003 A $232-million project has been proposed by Kenya to rehabilitate its transport network, primarily to facilitate trade and improve market access. 

Thin-layer asphalt technology used on bypass

3rd September 2003 Local roads and reconstruction company, Murray & Roberts Roads and Earthworks, has given a section of the N1 north of Polokwane and the R71 eastern bypass a facelift using thin-layer hot-mix asphalt (HMA) technology. 

New cross-border transport board to be set up

By: laurian clemence     2nd September 2003 Acting Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe has announced that the department is seeking new board members for 2004 for the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency. 

Composite gear casing innovation wins acceptance

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th August 2003 A Johannesburg-based black economic-empowerment (BEE) engineering firm reports that a composite traction motor gear casing for locomotives it developed and started testing in mid-2000 has been well received by the market. 

Moz to upgrade railway system

By: Martin Czernowalow     29th August 2003 The government of Mozambique is planning a project to create cost-effective and efficient transport available for freight and passenger traffic in the central region of the country and the neighbouring countries of Malawi and Zimbabwe. 

Testing central to road-freight sector’s Aids plan

By: Deborah Spicer     29th August 2003 An important part of the road-freight industry’s HIV/Aids strategy will be to determine how many workers in the industry are HIV positive. 

DPE prepares to sell two Transnet units

By: laurian clemence     27th August 2003 South Africa’s largest transport utility, Transnet, and the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) are seeking a transaction advisor for the restructuring of its bus subsidiary, Autopax. 

Private participation in Transnet unavoidable - Khumalo

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2003 State-owned transport and logistics group Transnet has submitted a ‘restructuring plan’ to the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), which it hopes will open the way for a realignment of the corporation, and includes the option for greater private-sector participation in key... 

KZN launches freight databank to help planning

25th August 2003 A Freight Transport Databank has been set up by the KwaZulu-Natal transport department, which is designed to play an important role in formulating policies, plans and programmes for the freight sector. 

Auto group’s African exports rise strongly

25th August 2003 Automotive firm Nissan South Africa reported last week that vehicle exports to Africa rose nearly 46% in the first seven months of this year, compared to the same period of 2002, therefore set to reach its total export target of 6 500 units for the whole of 2003 compared to 5 778 units last year. 

R440m upgrade for home of Freedom Charter

By: nkolola halwindi     22nd August 2003 With a R440-million investment, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) is busy with phase one of the redevelopment of Kliptown, south-west of Johannesburg. 

Sept deadline for Gautrain bids

By: Zonika Botha     22nd August 2003 The submission date for the request for proposals from the two pre-qualified consortia in the R7-billion, 80-km Gautrain rapid-rail project is scheduled for the end of September, some two months later than originally planned. 

Cape chamber adds its voice to big transport debate

By: Jill Stanford     22nd August 2003 THE Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry is adding its voice to the great Cape transport debate (see Engineering News August 1, 2003). 

Recapitalisation tantamount to recognition for taxi industry

By: katharine mckenzie     15th August 2003 For many of us the minibus taxis on the country’s roads are a source of constant irritation. 

At last, SA moves to arrest logistics crisis

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2003 It is more than a little disingenuous for government to be claiming that it is purely as a result of South Africa’s extraordinary export performance that there is now a need to capitalise the country’s economic infrastructure. 

Truck and bus maker ups training investment

By: nkolola halwindi     15th August 2003 Subsidiary of Germany firm MAN Nutzufarhrzeuge, MAN Truck and Bus South Africa has invested an additional R1-million to upgrade its R8-million Training Academy in Isando. 

MAN profit at top of forecasts as trucks recover

14th August 2003 German industrial group MAN posted quarterly profits at the upper end of expectations yesterday and reiterated its commitment to the core trucks business that put the shine on its results. 

Transnet seeks adviser for sale of road division

By: laurian clemence     8th August 2003 South African transport utility Transnet has invited submissions of proposal for the role of transaction advisor in the restructuring of its road-freight division, Freightdynamics. 

The Great Cape Transport Debate

By: Jill Stanford     4th August 2003 While commuters in the Western Cape paint a bleak picture of public transport, a debate is simmering between the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), provincial and local government and business over whether a rapid-bus transit system, which has been proposed as the first phase of a... 

State set to inject capital into State Enterprises to boost logistics performance

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2003 The South African government – criticised for nearly a decade for under-investing in road, rail and harbour infrastructure – is putting the final touches to a far-reaching logistic-improvement programme designed to keep pace with export-led demand. 

SA’s essential-oils industry gains momentum

By: nkolola halwindi     1st August 2003 There is significant scope for South Africa to produce a wide range of quality organic and conventional essential oils, the head of a newly-privatised company set up to pursue commercial opportunities in this area tells Engineering News. 

Cooperative governance is needed to tackle transport problems

By: katharine mckenzie     1st August 2003 When South Africa’s Constitution-makers crafted the new Constitution, adopted in 1996, they included a South African innovation: a chapter on ‘co-operative government’, which aims to ensure good relations between South Africa’s three spheres of government, but also to... 

South Africa’s Zebra battery reincarnated by Swiss firm

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st August 2003 A local company has started using Swiss-made sodium-nickel chloride batteries – the development of which started in South Africa in the mid-1970s – to power part of its electric-vehicle fleet. 

SA, India, Brazil set up G3 to foster South–South links

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2003 Development of the “Group of Three” (SA, Brazil, India) could be of long-term importance to local industries, particularly those in the aerospace, defence, and other high-technology fields. 

The Great Cape Transport Debate

By: Jill Stanford     1st August 2003 While commuters in the Western Cape paint a bleak picture of public transport, a debate is simmering between the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), provincial and local government and business over whether a rapid-bus transit system, which has been proposed as the first phase of a... 

US giant localises loco refurb work

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th July 2003 Local company Metallurgical Manufacturing Services (MMS) has clinched a deal in terms of which it is to refurbish the cylinder assemblies of GE locomotive engines in Johannesburg, rather than shipping them back to the US, as has been the case for many years. 

Transport champion needed

18th July 2003 Users of Gauteng freeways will know that road capacity is becoming worryingly scarcer. 

Global roads gathering set for Durban

By: laurian clemence     10th July 2003 The World Road Congress, scheduled to take place at the International Convention Centre in Durban from October 19 to 25, will showcase some of the latest technologies and innovations emerging globally in the sector. 

Big roads renaissance under way in KZN

By: laurian clemence     7th July 2003 The head of implementation at the Kwazulu-Natal Roads Department Chris Hlabisa reports that extensive progress has been made in its R1-billion “African Renaissance Road Upgrading Programme (Arrup)”, since its initial start-up in 2000. 

Did SA policy makers fail to read containerisation signals?

4th July 2003 Global containerisation growth over the past decade has been unprecedented, with volumes rising from 142-million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 1995 to around 222-million TEUs in 2000. 

Plan to make SA roads high-tech

By: nkolola halwindi     4th July 2003 An Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) laboratory set to boost safe and effective transport in Southern Africa has been launched by the CSIR. 

Tanzania seeks backing for transport project

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th July 2003 In a bid to improve its transport network, Tanzania has approached the World Bank for assistance with the proposed $66-million Central Transport Corridor Project. 

Empowerment assessment for W Cape transport projects

16th June 2003 Western Cape Transport, Public Works and Property Management MEC Tasneem Essop has announced a R181-million budget allocation for the creation of jobs and restructuring of the province’s public transport sector. 

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