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Transport subsidy mismatch is now being reviewed

By: Jill Stanford     4th June 2004 THE mismatch between subsidies and the types of public transport used by commuters is one of the factors being considered in a review of the public transport system, which is under way. 

South African sugar gets empowered logistics

28th May 2004 In line with its corporate strategy, Cargo Carriers has put wheels under empowerment by establishing a R4-million empowerment-focused sugarcane transport venture in the southern African sugar belt, called Buhle Betfu Carriers. 

Taxi drivers in deal to acquire Midas franchises

By: jenny furness     25th May 2004 Automotive replacement parts distributor and franchiser Midas yesterday signed a cooperative agreement with the Gauteng Taxi Council, Southern Africa Long Distance Transport Association (Saldta) and the Greater Alberton Taxi Association, representing over 4 000 taxi owners. 

Details on State enterprise investment plans by Sept

25th May 2004 The South African government will announce detailed investment plans for certain State-owned enterprises (SOEs) by the end of September, the country’s new Minister of Public Enterprises said. 

Mbeki chooses a real-economy team that can deliver

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2004 The appointment by President Thabo Mbeki of Mandisi Mpahlwa, Jeff Radebe and Alec Erwin to the trade and industry, transport, and public enterprises portfolios respectively, sends out a strong signal that he is seeking co-ordination from those with direct responsibility for real-economic delivery. 

Winning Gautrain bid to be announced in December

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2004 The winning bidder to construct and operate the Gautrain should be announced early December, says Gautrain spokesperson Dr Barbara Jensen. 

Vehicle giant shows its taxi recap hand

By: lauren rota     14th May 2004 DaimlerChrylser’s Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 416 CDI was launched in South Africa at the end of April, as successor to the 413 CDI model, to meet the requirements of specific target industries. 

Container terminals to get R800m makeover

By: Martin Czernowalow     14th May 2004 South Africa will spend about R800-million during the 2004/5 financial year on upgrading its container terminals, South African Port Operations (Sapo) said yesterday. 

Spoornet in business overhaul in bid to improve service

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2004 Struggling rail utility Spoornet yesterday announced a far-reaching restructuring plan, which it hopes will reposition it to improve customer service and regain some of the market share it has lost to road hauliers over the last decade. 

The Road Freight Association welcomes Radebe

3rd May 2004 The Road Freight Association (RFA) on Friday welcomed the newly-appointed Minister of Transport, Jeff Radebe, pledging “its full support to assist wherever possible”. 

Putco enters into BEE agreement

19th April 2004 South African bus operator Putco has entered into a disposal agreement with Putco Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Putco, subject to the fulfilment or waiver of certain suspensive conditions, in terms of which Putco will sell a substantial portion of its existing unencumbered bus fleet to... 

Team approach needed to make transport systems intelligent

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     16th April 2004 The South African Society for Intelligent Transport Systems (Sasits), which was established in 2001 as a not-for-profit company, says it has achieved considerable success as a catalyst for the deployment of intelligent transport systems (ITS) in this country. 

PPP advances R44-million Cape Town transport hub

By: Jill Stanford     16th April 2004 THE Claremont Improvement District Company (CIDC) and the Cape Town City Council have formed a public–private partnership to build a new R44-million transport hub in Claremont. 

Transport firm to be ‘lifted’ by BEE deal

16th April 2004 The acquisition of 30% of lifting and transport services company BD Sarens by empowered company Bowman Trading will pave the way for the growth of the logistics company into a fully integrated service provider across the sectors. 

'Projects worth R3bn destined for Richards Bay IDZ '

8th April 2004 Kwazulu-Natal development agency the Ithala Development Finance Corporation Limited (Ithala) says projects worth R3-billion are being negotiated for the Richards Bay industrial development zone (IDZ). 

Zambezi pontoons to receive makeover

By: Laura Franz     2nd April 2004 The European Commission has committed €380 000 towards the rehabilitation of the Kazungula border pontoons on the Zambezi river to help sustain the flow of food aid sourced from South African markets. 

Transnet recapitalises SAA to the tune of R6,1bn

1st April 2004 State-owned transport utility Transnet has recapitalised South African Airways (SAA) for a total of R6,1-billion. 

New move to promote Maputo as an alternative trade route

By: candice haase     26th March 2004 The transport infrastructure developed across South Africa’s landlocked Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces to the port at Maputo, in Mozambique, has the potential to serve as the backbone of export and import activity in the region. 

Athens sports 250m Olympic security plan

By: Laura Franz     19th March 2004 The prime concern with hosting the first Olympics, the world’s biggest sporting event, post September 11, is to ensure a safe environment for athletes, spectators and journalists, reported Athens 2004 MD Ionannis Spanudakis last month at a Siemens global opinion leader conference held in... 

Transport group ‘neutral’ on the rand’s strength

By: Zonika Botha     12th March 2004 The strong rand, which has had an adverse effect on many South African businesses, brought both positives and negatives to the transport and mobility group Imperial Holdings during the six months to December 25, 2003. 

Rail short-changed in 2004–2005 Budget

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2004 What is the value of a Cabinet Lekgotla in July 2003 if it comes up with proposals for which the Finance Minister is unable to find funding in his February 2004 Budget? 

Three-pronged strategy cuts N4 toll-road overloading

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2004 Overloading on the N4 Maputo corridor toll-road has decreased dramatically. 

Meeting Africa’s transport challenges

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th February 2004 Speaking at the opening of the second African Intermodal Conference on Thursday, Public Enterprises Minister Jeff Radebe commented that the deliberations come at a significant moment in South Africa’s port development, and that of the continent as a whole, as the New Partnership for... 

Putco acquires five new buses

5th February 2004 Bus operator Putco announces the addition of five new buses to its fleet yesterday, at a function hosted at the Comuta depot in Selby, Johannesburg. 

Coega airport PPP on the cards

2nd February 2004 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is conducting a detailed study into establishing a freight airport in the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape. 

R45m Jo’burg renewal project advances . . .

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2004 The newly revamped Faraday precinct in the Johannesburg city centre opened its doors in December, even though development at the R45-million project remains ongoing. 

Cape Town airport becomes quieter

By: renay de     30th January 2004 The acoustics for Cape Town International Airport’s arrivals and departures terminal and its new office block were designed by Acoustic Design and Engineering Services. 

R500m Swazi airport under way

By: renay de     30th January 2004 At Sikhuphe, in the lowveld of Swaziland, the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland has embarked on the devel- opment of a new international airport with an estimated cost of R500-million. 

R228m traffic system being installed

By: renay de     30th January 2004 Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) is in the process of implementing the South African Advanced Air Traffic System (SAAATS), valued at R228-million, which is due for completion by the end of this year. 

R300m project on the cards for Cape Town airport

30th January 2004 Having recently upgraded the international terminals to provide sufficient medium term capacity, the focus has not shifted to domestic terminals at Cape Town International Airport (CIA). 

Timber industry moves to curb overloading

By: tom robbins     16th January 2004 Major players in the timber industry have launched a self-regulating load accreditation programme aimed at reducing overloading, as well as under-loading, on their trucks. 

Privatisation of bus operator awaits Cabinet nod

By: laurian clemence     13th January 2004 State-owned transport and logistics group Transnet, which is in collaboration with the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) to sell bus subsidiary Autopax, is still awaiting Cabinet approval for the proposed sale. 

Natro Freight in BEE move

12th December 2003 South Africa’s largest independent transportation and logistics company, Natro Freight, has established a new subsidiary company aimed at bringing greater participation of black ownership and professional expertise into the largely white-dominated transportation industry. 

New dates set for taxi recap programme

By: Martin Czernowalow     5th December 2003 In a boost for the South African government’s taxi recapitalisation programme, deadlines have been set for the initiation of the process, the Department of Transport announced last week. 

Bus company urgently seeks trailer supplier

By: laurian clemence     11th November 2003 State-owned Autopax, the bus service subsidiary of transport company Transnet, is urgently seeking bidders to supply it with twelve 3,5-t and twelve seven-ton luggage trailers for its buses before peak season in December. 

Man completes R75m bus order

10th November 2003 Commercial vehicle manufacturer Man Truck & Bus has handed over the 100th rebuilt Northwest Star bus to Northwest Transport Investments (NTI), as part of a R75-million contract to upgrade the NTI fleet. 

Tyre developments on a roll

By: Karel Smrcka     7th November 2003 Wheel and tyre producers will soon be offering super single SuSi tyres. Thanks to their reduced weight, compared to dual tyres, maximum freight capacity is increased. 

Pay your fare by flashing a smartcard

By: Karel Smrcka     31st October 2003 Flash your Proximity card not at the driver but at a card reader to pay your bus fare. The convenience of this method of payment has awakened unprecedented interest in city cards and smartcards which can be precharged at bank cash points. 

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