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Strong rand boosts bus operator's earnings

1st October 2004 The firmer rand, a tight rein on costs and lower interest rates helped Putco to increase headline earnings per share by 12,6% to 179,1 c from 159 c in 2003, for the year to June, the group reported this week. 

First Word

By: Keith Campbell     24th September 2004 TRAFFIC jams! 

Where truck spares go to be reborn

By: Nicola Mawson     17th September 2004 Scrap yards are typically labelled as the place that vehicles go to die. 

Plastic train window isdesigned to thwart criminals

By: Irma Venter     17th September 2004 Johannesburg-based sliding window manufacturer Widney has developed a plastic train window for the South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC). 

Gauteng govt on big infrastructure drive

By: jenny furness     17th September 2004 The Gauteng provincial government will be taking the initiative in terms of infrastructure development in the province, in future, as opposed to waiting for the slow cogs of national government to turn. 

Iscor lessons for SAA?

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2004 Cast your mind back to the late 1990s. South Africa’s steel group Iscor was in dire straits. It, together with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), had, in 1995, decided to pursue the Saldanha Steel Project in the Western Cape. 

Putting Transnet on a new track

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2004 One of the aspects of the proposed new Transnet operational structure is the vertical separation of the infrastructure and operational aspects of the freight businesses - railways, harbours and pipelines - in line with global best practice. 

The other side of the Transnet story

By: Helene Le Roux     10th September 2004 The solid collective performance of struggling State-owned transport utility Transnet’s core assets bode well for turning around the group’s fortunes.?Speaking at the group’s results presentation for the period ending 31 March, which was held in Johannesburg last week, Transnet... 

Much uncertainty over taxi-recap format

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2004 South African commuters may next month expect some answers as to where the taxi recapitalisation process, currently plagued by questions on its affordability, is headed. 

Showdown today over Unitrans-Mvela deal

By: Terence Creamer     3rd September 2004 Construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts - which yesterday revealed that it had accepted an offer, subject to a pre-emptive, for its 44% stake in Unitrans - has confirmed that it has lodged a complaint with the Securities Regulatory Panel (SRP) over what it sees as frustrating action... 

946 jobs on the line at Spoornet

By: Terence Creamer     3rd September 2004 State-owned rail utility Spoornet announced yesterday that it could cut some 946 jobs in the next two months, but that it would enter into a process with its trade unions in a bid to avoid forced retrenchments. 

SRP to hear Unitrans complaint on Friday

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2004 The Securities Regulatory Panel (SRP) will convene on Friday to hear a complaint involving the recently-announced empowerment transaction involving Unitrans and Mvelaphanda Capital. 

Transnet management shake-up under way

1st September 2004 The management shake-up hinted to by Transnet CEO Maria Ramos on Friday is now firmly under way. 

Firm makes buses more accessible

By: jenny furness     31st August 2004 Bus company Putco has launched its access bus for disabled people living in KwaNdebele, Mpumalanga. 

Taxi-rank construction begins next month

By: Nicola Mawson     27th August 2004 Construction of South Africa’s first formalised taxi rank is due to start in September this year in Randfontein, on Johannesburg’s West Rand. 

Durban seeks to launch creative tourist-bus service

By: jenny furness     17th August 2004 A request for proposals on the supply of ten special buses, to service the tourist market in Durban, has been issued by the eThekwini Transport Authority in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Weighbridge certificate pilot project kicks off

By: Riaan de Lange     13th August 2004 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has informed that, with immediate effect, all its branch offices will accept F178 forms electronically attested by ABSA Bank up to July 1, 2005. 

‘How higher-grade maths changed my life’

By: Terence Creamer     6th August 2004 When Sindi Mabaso, 34, who is currently the finance director at State-owned transport giant Transnet, approached her final year at Ogwini High in Umlazi in 1985, her mathematics teacher advised her, along with the rest of the class, to drop from higher to standard grade. 

Truck group enlarges medium-commercial range

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2004 The Freightliner Fuso division at DaimlerChrysler South Africa has expanded its local medium commercial Canter range to four products, as part of a drive to increase Mitsubishi Fuso’s local presence. 

Shipper boosts W African capacity

By: Jill Stanford     30th July 2004 Multitrade carrier Safmarine is introducing a fourth multipurpose vessel (MPV) to carry breakbulk and project cargo from South Africa to West Africa specifically for the growing oil and gas industry. 

Moz load control centres up next week

30th July 2004 A joint venture between Trans African Concessions (TRAC), ANE and the Mozambican Traffic Police has resulted in the construction of two load control centres in the Matola and Boane areas, in Mozambique. 

Save truck building, pleads doyen

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2004 The last vestige of South Africa’s depleted truck-building industry is poised to collapse unless the government carries out two urgent interventions, MAN Truck and Bus MD Adolf Moosbauer warned at the weekend. 

The Olympic fleet: An exercise in logistics

By: Karel Smrcka     23rd July 2004 Athens is in gridlock. The daily traffic chaos is as common as gyros and retsina wine. 

Shilowa to meet with Gautrain bidders

23rd July 2004 Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa, MECs and officials left for Europe this week to meet with members of the two consortia that are bidding for a contract to build the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link – Bombela and Gauliwe. 

Logistics contract is renewed

16th July 2004 Transportation company Cargo Carriers reports that its partnership with Iscor has been renewed by five years. 

‘Poor performance, disease affect transport industry’

13th July 2004 Poor performance and the effect of diseases such as Aids were two major challenges facing the African transport industry, Transport Minister Jeff Radebe said yesterday. 

SAA remains committed to alliance choice

By: jenny furness     12th July 2004 There is unlikely to be any change in strategy on South African Airways’ (SAA) decision to join the Star Alliance airline network, despite the resignation of CEO Andr 

Gautrain looks beyond legal spats to land acquisition

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2004 Gautrain project leader Jack van der Merwe hopes to start buying the land necessary for the Gautrain development early next year. 

R250m oil tanker is key to empowerment deal

By: Jill Stanford     9th July 2004 THE Southern Unity, a new R250-million ship designed to transport refined fuel around the Southern African and Namibian coasts, was officially named in Cape Town on June 29 by South Africa’s first lady Zanele Mbeki. 

First Word

By: Keith Campbell     2nd July 2004 SOME weeks ago I was in Germany – Stuttgart to be precise, on business.?I, along with other journalists from South Africa and all over the world, stayed in a hotel in Vaihingen, on the edge of the city, and right next to that hotel was a tram terminus. 

Africa’s transport infrastructure key to Nepad, says Radebe

By: Jill Stanford     2nd July 2004 The 1,2-million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) moved each year by South Africa’s ports are expected to double by 2010 and double yet again by 2020, while traffic volumes between Cape Town and Gauteng have more than doubled between 1997 and 2003 to reach over six million tons. 

R3,3bn public works budget announced

29th June 2004 Tabling his department’s budget vote in the Gauteng Legislature yesterday, Public Transport, Roads and Works MEC Ignatius Jacobs announced a R3,3-billion budget for the province’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). 

Erwin details plan to grow private investment in energy, transport and defence

By: Jill Stanford     25th June 2004 Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin wants to raise the levels of private investment in energy, transport and defence, the key sectors reporting to his department. 

Taxi body welcomes subsidisation study

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2004 South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) GM Reggie Mutsi has welcomed government’s study into the possible subsidisation of the taxi industry. 

First Word

By: Jill Stanford     18th June 2004 IN South Africa the golden hour is not that euphoric hour after FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced we were to host the World Cup 2010, but the hour from when your car is stolen to when you can buy it as spare parts. 

Radebe urges multimodal transport development

By: Martin Czernowalow     18th June 2004 South African Transport Minister Jeff Radebe said it was critically important to examine ways to overcome structural and spatial discriminations within the country’s transport sector. 

Transport dept responding to EPWP challenges: D-G

10th June 2004 Public entities are successfully responding to the challenges of the expanded public works programme (EPWP) and increased public investment in social and economic infrastructure, transport department director-general Wrenelle Stander said yesterday. 

'Firm basis laid for Gauteng integrated transport plan'

9th June 2004 Gauteng public transport, roads and works MEC Ignatius Jacobs yesterday welcomed the challenges laid down by Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa, at a briefing on key priorities of the provincial government during the current five-year term. 

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