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Automotive Industry

R7,5bn set aside for rail infrastructure

By: Terence Creamer     29th September 2006 State-owned rail utility Spoornet is considering the rollout of a ‘total shutdown’ model across key heavy-duty corridors, following a successful a ten-day shutdown of the Sishen-Saldanha iron-ore export channel in August. 

KZN to launch 2010 transport projects in October

28th September 2006 As part of national Transport Month in October, the Kwazulu-Natal provincial government will launch its transport projects for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup as well as activity plans for the month's events. 

Dragon debut

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2006 A divison of Commercial Vehicle Holdings (CVH), JAC Trucks South Africa, should introduce the first JAC trucks from China at this year’s Auto Africa vehicle show in October. 

Toyota SA invests R500m in new press shop

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2006 Hot on the heels of completing its new R1-billion paint plant, Toyota South Africa (TSA) is set to spend another R500-million on expanding its press shop. 

As fuel prices rise and technology marches on, cars take a giant leap into the future

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2006 Imagine pulling up to a service station, and filling your car with liquid hydrogen – at a cool –253 ?C. Pulling away, a warning signal sounds, noting that you do not have your seat belt on. As you turn the corner, your headlamps swivel to the left,lighting the way for your... 

7 000 Spoornet wagons lie idle as wheel-centre shortage bites

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2006 Some 7 000 Spoornet wagons are currently lying idle as a result of a serious domestic and global shortage of wheel centres and CEO Siyabonga Gama expects the backlog to last until at least the middle of 2007. 

V&A preferred bidder to be announced on Wednesday

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2006 The preferred bidder for an interest in the prime V&A Waterfront property development in Cape Town will be announced on Wednesday afternoon. 

Defence-ready transport sector vital to SA's peace-keeping efforts

18th September 2006 South Africa's Transport Minister Jeff Radebe called upon public and private transport companies to ensure that part of their rolling stock fleet of locomotives, wagons and road transport meet the military standards to ensure cooperation in peace missions and disaster relief operations. 

First innovations start to emerge from light metals-development initiative

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2006 The CSIR has succeeded in casting a light-weight aluminium component for Fiat South Africa in an industrial trial using a newly-patented technology developed in-house at the science council. 

SA exported 35 684 more cars in the first eight months of 2006 than for the same period in 2005

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2006 Vehicle exports for the first eight months of 2006 – at 114 288 vehicles – registered an improvement of 35 684 units, or 45,4%, compared to the 78 604 units exported during the first eight months of 2005, reports the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa... 

Over R100m boost for SA automotive sector

By: Matthew Hill     15th September 2006 A joint venture between a German company and a local empowerment enterprise in the vehicle parts sector is launching a R116-million plant, set to boost the local sector and provide skills. 

Broader scope envisaged

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2006 The Department of Transport is considering the possibility to broadening the scope of the Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) to include elements initially envisaged for an economic regulator in the sector. 

High-speed Durban-Joburg rail link a 'nonstarter', roads evangelist argues

By: Matthew Hill     13th September 2006 A high-speed rail link between Johannesburg and Durban, which the Department of Transport (DoT) had “agreed to in principle” and was awaiting approval for, was an “absolute nonstarter”, Arup South Africa transport economics adviser Andrew Marsay argues. His argument is... 

Auto sector keen to support SA's logistics overhaul

11th September 2006 South Africa's automotive industry is committed to enhance the capacity, reliability and cost competitiveness of the country's infrastructural and logistical support facilities, DaimlerChrysler South Africa's chairperson Dr Hansgeorg Niefer said on Monday. 

SA mulls new ways to reduce transport costs

By: Nelendhre Moodley     11th September 2006 In a bid to tackle high transport costs government has embarked on a programme to identify interventions that would reduce freight and passenger transport costs. 

A builder's must-have

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2006 The demand for used bakkies – especially workhorses – has soared to unprecedented levels, says vehicle auction house Burchmore’s MD Darryl Jacobson. He attributes the trend to the boom in the construction industry. 

KZN welcomes Toyota's contribution to economic growth

8th September 2006 The Kwazulu-Natal government has welcomed an initiative by car manufacturer Toyota South Africa, to open a paint manufacturing plant in Prospecton, Durban. 

Big demands to be placed on host cities, Jordaan warns

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2006 Host cities of the 2010 Soccer World Cup (SWC) will have to do much more than build stadiums for the 64 official matches that comprise the globe’s biggest sports event. 

Car replacement-parts sector sees 30% demand increase

By: Matthew Hill     1st September 2006 The local market for automotive replacement parts has shown a 30% increase in demand from last year, and things should get even better, Goodyear Engineered Products’ Automotive GM Colin Preddy reports. 

Transwerk contracts with foreign wheels suppliers as demand causes bottleneck

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2006 State-owned transport utility Transnet has signed contracts for wheel centres with three European supplies and one Australian supplier as South Africa’s sole domestic manufacturer struggles to keep pace with demand. 

R3,8-billion for 2010 to leverage much more

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2006 The Department of Transport (DoT), provincial transport MECs and chairpersons of transport agencies have approved a R3,8-billlion 2010 action agenda for public transport infrastructure development for the Soccer World Cup. 

SAA's low-cost offering would not be anticompetitive, says Erwin

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2006 National airliner South African Airways (SAA) and the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) were convinced that an entry into the low-cost carrier market would not be viewed as anticompetitive by South Africa's increasingly-robust competition authorities - it had also received legal opinion to... 

South Africans turning to diesel vehicles, in line with world trend

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2006 As fuel prices keep on rising, South African motorists are turning increasingly towards diesel-powered vehicles – this according to vehicle auction house Burchmore’s MD Darryl Jacobson. 


By: Irma Venter     25th August 2006 Capital expenditure in South Africa’s automotive industry is expected to reach R8,413-billion this year – 

Rail Safety chief concerned about rising human-error related accidents

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2006 An analysis of rail incidents over the year to March 31, 2006, indicates that more than 60% of accidents are human-factor related. 

Gautrain route changes approved by province, public invited to comment

By: Matthew Hill     22nd August 2006 The Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment has approved route changes in three areas of the Gautrain's route that were proposed by the preferred bidder, the Bombela Consortium, and the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works (GDPTRW). Bombela recommended a... 

Some 80 600 SA-made cars exported in first six months

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2006 Vehicle exports for the first half of this year reached 80 651 units, an improvement of 28 828 units, or 55,6%, compared to the 51 823 vehicles exported during the first six months of 2005. 

SA autocat industry secures work linked to new-generation emission-control systems

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2006 South Africa’s R8-billion-rand-a-year catalytic converter industry has managed to secure some diesel-particulate filter (DPF) manufacturing business. 

Although Spoornet's general freight business continues to struggle, Transnet wants to maintain diversity

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet was determined not to see Spoornet reduced to a two-commodity transport business and was considering new ways to recapture general-freight volumes from road, CEO Maria Ramos stressed recently. 

Moral hazard is a real threat

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 Officially, South Africa is still pursuing a policy of vertically separating harbour and railways infrastructure from operations. However, progress on this key issue, which would facilitate greater competition in both sectors, has been painfully slow. 

New flag-emblazoned taxi fleet to make debut in September

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 The final specifications for South Africa's new generation of mini- and midi-bus taxis will be gazetted in a matter of days, opening the way for the roll-out of a new white-painted, South African-flag branded, taxi fleet from September. Speaking during a post transport-Lekgolta media briefing in... 

SA and Ethiopia commit to open-skies push

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 A transport-related memorandum of understanding signed between South Africa and Ethiopia on Friday was hailed as a precursor to an increasingly concerted effort by South Africa to ensure a further opening of the skies over the continent. 

Transnet likely to scale up capex beyond budgeted R64,5bn

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2006 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet was considering project plans that could see it materially enlarging its already ambitious capital-expenditure programme, currently pegged at R64,5-billion for the next five years, CEO Maria Ramos has confirmed. Speaking at an editor's briefing in... 

SA auto group launches third new model in nine months

11th August 2006 The arrival of the Avensis in South Africa spells the third new vehicle nameplate to be introduced by Toyota South Africa (TSA) in nine months. 

Rosslyn plant records assembly milestone, renews quality push

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2006 Truck company Nissan Diesel South Africa (NDSA) last month produced its 1 000th UD 440 unit at its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane. 

New KZN airport to be operational by 2010 - Radebe

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2006 South Africa will build a new airport at La Mercy, near the port of Durban, at a cost of at least R2.5-billion. 

Namibia to build $119,7m road near Angola border

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2006 Namibia will build an 809 million Namibian dollar ($119.7 million) road near its border with Angola, said Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. 

SA friction products company strengthens its aftermarket position

By: Keith Campbell     28th July 2006 Alfred Teves Brake Systems last year invested in the construction of a new brake pad manufacturing facility at their Boksburg North works. 

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