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Rays of opportunity rising in the east for Acsa

By: peter cromberge     28th January 2005 Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) is one step closer to owning an exclusive business-class ticket to India. 

No tailing off on airport upgrades

By: peter cromberge     28th January 2005 Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) may see the tails of many aircraft lifting from its runway, but the airport is certainly not tailing in any of its plans for upgrades. 

Blacktop backlog

By: Helene Le Roux     21st January 2005 State increasingly turns to tolling to deal with roads shortfall 

Cessna introduces advanced aircraft

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 Rated as the largest manufacturer of aviation equipment in units sold, Cessna, whose franchise in South Africa is held by Comair, is growing rapidly. 

Aircraft sales soar as rand strength continues

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 With the South African economy booming and the rand remaining strong, aircraft sales have been buoyant, says National Airways and Finance Corporation (NAC) executive director Graeme Conlyn. 

Global industrial group acquires NDT specialist

14th January 2005 GE Inspection Technologies, a division of GE Transportation, has completed its acquisition of Hocking NDT (Hocking), after receipt of all required regulatory approvals. 

Attack choppe's enviro-control system being upgraded

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 Gauteng-based Booyco Engineering is upgrading the environmental-control system (ECS) of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) Rooivalk attack helicopter, in collaboration with Denel Aerospace. 

Firm invents business tool for airlines

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 Pretoria-based Airline Control Systems has introduced a new business tool for airlines called PerformAir. 

Boeing's contribution to South African business

14th January 2005 The world's largest aerospace and defence company, Boeing, concluded 2004 by increasing its contribution to business and the community in South Africa and the region in several ways. 

Reference guide for bus, taxi operators

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2005 Local automotive company DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) has launched a reference guide for bus and taxi operators called Buslane, ultimately aimed at uplifting the professionalism in the industry, says DCSA management board member commercial vehicles Geoff du Plessis. 

Door still open for N2 toll-road environmental approval

By: tom robbins     14th January 2005 Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk says a new application for environmental approval of the N2 Wild Coast toll road may be submitted. 

Passenger-rail merger plans on fast track

By: Terence Creamer     10th December 2004 The first phase of a two-phase passenger-rail consolidation plan - involving a merger of Metrorail and the South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) - should be completed by the end March, Department of Transport DG Wrenelle Stander tells Engineering News Online. 

Expected passenger increases lift JIA into upgrade mode

By: abdul cook     10th December 2004 Projected increases in flights and passenger numbers have led to new infrastructure developments at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA). 

Firm introduces high-tech air-traffic management

By: abdul cook     10th December 2004 Johannesburg-based company Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) has introduced in this country an innovative way of managing air-traffic services, known as the South African Advanced Air Traffic System (Saats). 

Most upgrades will be complete in next 4 years

By: abdul cook     10th December 2004 A big portion of a R3,8-billion programme being implented by Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) to upgrade the country's national and international airports in preparation for the 2010 soccer World Cup will be completed over the next four years. 

Gigantic cranes deployed at construction site

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 Hauler of large equipment and machinery Mammoet has supplied three cranes for the construction of two large breakwaters at the Port of Ngqura. 

Rail projects will be investor-driven

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 Johannesburg-based company R&H Railway Consultants embarked on a rail framework study for a project at the Port of Ngqura and Coega industrial development zone in early 1997. 

Urgent need to harmonise SADC road policies

By: tom robbins     3rd December 2004 Freight-truck delays at Southern African border posts are costing the regional economy approximately $48-million a year, according to Federation of East and Southern African Road Transport Associations (Fesarta) executive officer Barney Curtis. 

Ekurhuleni Metro buys 18 new buses

29th November 2004 The People Transport Division of DaimlerChrysler South Africa handed over 18 new 0 500M 1725 60-seater Mercedes-Benz buses to the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, at the Germiston Stadium last week. 

Bulk-materials market set to soar

By: elizabeth rebelo     26th November 2004 Bateman Africa’s bulk-materials business line, which is bidding for projects worth R800-million, expects the market for bulk materials to double or even treble in the next five years. 

Time running out for Gautrain as soccer World Cup looms

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2004 Time is running out for the Gautrain to be ready before the 2010 soccer World Cup kicks off. 

SA announces Taxi recap reshuffle

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2004 The new-look taxi recapitalisation programme, as announced earlier this month, is part of a broader project to bring the taxi industry into the mainstream of the South African economy, says Department of Transport (DoT) director-general Wrenelle Stander. 

Poor-quality fuel may cost fleet owners dearly

19th November 2004 The quality of South African diesel has become quite an issue, says fuel-analysis firm WearCheck Africa. 

Malawi to tender multimillion-dollar preshipment inspection contract

By: Marcel Chimwala     19th November 2004 Malawi - The Malawian government is preparing to put to tender the multimillion-dollar preshipment inspection contract as a contract with British firm Intertek Testing Services, which currently carries out preshipment inspection work for the government, will expire in nine months’ time. 

Africa must make big air-traffic control decisions

By: Keith Campbell     19th November 2004 IN the next couple of years the countries of Africa will have to decide on whether or not they will adopt a regional approach to air traffic control (ATC) rather than the current national approaches. 

First Word

By: Nicola Mawson     19th November 2004 The taxi recapitilisation programme is at last on track, with Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe announcing early this month that the programme would be going ahead. 

Transport group sells 50% stake to BEE partner

17th November 2004 In major ownership restructuring, Natro Freight, one of South Africa's largest independent logistics and transportation groups, has taken aboard a black partner, setting its sights on an aggressive new business growth path and a JSE listing. 

Gauteng unveils five-year transport plan

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th November 2004 Economic successes have put additional pressures on the Gauteng province's infrastructure, while the evolution and implementation of integrated planning and provisioning for infrastructure investments lag behind the changes in the province, Gauteng MEC for Public Transport, Roads and Works... 

Gautrain announcement is now set for March

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2004 The announcement of the winning bidder for the R7-billion Gautrain has been postponed from late this year, to March next year. 

Transnet borrows R2bn for SAA recap

5th November 2004 South African transport utility Transnet said yesterday it borrowed R2-billion from the capital market on October 27, by increasing the issue size of its T018 government guaranteed bond, originally issued on July 6, from R4-billion to R6-billion. 

Rail competes for consumer transportation market

By: Nicola Mawson     29th October 2004 Commuter trains are being refurbished as part of a bid to entice the commuting public to use rail transport instead of road transport. 

BEE transport group in R82m deal with Total SA

21st October 2004 Transport group Ezethu Logistics yesterday announced the start of its first large-scale outsourced contract in the fuel and chemicals industry, worth more than R82-million. 

R165bn power, transport capex plan unveiled

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2004 Cabinet yesterday considered the long-awaited financing strategy for two key State-owned Enterprises (SoEs), Eskom and Transnet, and outlined a R165-billion investment programme for the power, rail, port and pipeline sectors. 

Administered-prices impact study initiated

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2004 Only days after an announcement by government that Statistics South Africa will be introducing an administered price index to monitor prices set in the electricity, communications, transport, water, health and education sector, a tender has been issued for a consultant to conduct a study into the... 

Sea-freight group recapitalises fleet

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2004 Container line Safmarine has five new ships that are either being built or that have just been launched for the Europe/West Africa and Europe/South Africa routes. The last of the five vessels will enter the Europe-South Africa trade route early in 2005. 

Aluminium producer tenders for Gautrain project

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 Aluminium and packaging solutions company Alcan, has tendered to supply aluminium extrusion systems for the Gautrain rapid rail link project to one of the two tendering consortiums. This is according to Andre De Wet of Gauteng based Alutrade – the local agent of Alcan 

'Strong global truck demand set to continue'

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2004 The world’s second-biggest truck manufacturer, Volvo Truck Corporation, expects a 21% jump in worldwide sales this year, up from last year’s 75 300 units to 87 000 units, says company CEO and president Jorma Halonen. 

R13bn for Gauteng transport ahead of soccer World Cup

By: Helene Le Roux     1st October 2004 The 2010 soccer World Cup has set the ball rolling for large investment in Gauteng’s transportation infrastructure. 

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