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Volkswagen to invest R400m in skills development

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2006 Volkswagen of South Africa (VWSA) will invest more than R400-million in training and skills development between now and 2010, in a project called “People for the Future”. 

New propulsion system under test for army's fighting vehicles

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2006 South Africa’s defence acqui-sition, disposals and research and development (R&D) agency, Armscor, will next year start a combat vehicle electric-drive technology test programme for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), using a modified Rooikat armoured fighting vehicle, as the... 

Spoornet incorporate manufacturing spin-off model into procurement scheme

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2006 Railways utility Spoornet, which signed a R1,12-billion locomotive-acquisition deal for the supply of 32 new class 15E electric locomotives for the Sishen–Saldanha iron-ore channel, has promised that some 55% of the contract value will be conducted locally. 

Best October ever for SA car industry sales

2nd November 2006 The South African new car industry achieved its best October ever, last month, National Association of Automobile Manufacturers' figures showed on Thursday. 

SAA launches controversial low-cost carrier, promising best prices

By: Mariaan Webb     30th October 2006 South Africa's national carrier, South African Airlines (SAA), launched its controversial low-cost domestic airline, Mango, on Monday, committing itself to operate flights which will, initially, be priced at around R200 a ticket between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Low-cost operators in South... 

Not just pink

By: Irma Venter     27th October 2006 US car giant General Motors will introduce its luxury Cadillac brand to South Africa in the first quarter of 2007. 

DRIVING SKILLS

By: Irma Venter     27th October 2006 Vehicle manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA), in collaboration with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta), and the Transport Education and Training Authority (Teta), have introduced a professional-driver learnership... 

Strong evidence of global truck-market vibrancy

By: Irma Venter     27th October 2006 This year’s IAA Commercial Vehicle exhibition in Hanover, Germany, served as evidence of an exceptionally vibrant international truck market. 

Rail freight's upscaling won't faze road freight, MAN's Van Graan predicts

By: Matthew Hill     27th October 2006 State-owned rail facility Spoornet's current scale-up programme would not significantly affect medium-term demand for road freight, MAN Tuck and Bus SA group marketing manager Dave van Graan said at Auto Africa on Friday. He told Engineering News Online in an exclusive interview Spoornet would... 

Tata mulls ramp-up of SA vehicle manufacture ahead of 2010

By: Matthew Hill     27th October 2006 India-based vehicle manufacturer Tata Motors was looking to ramping up its South African vehicle-manufacturing activities in the build up to the local hosting of the soccer World Cup in 2010, MD Ravi Kant said at Auto Africa on Friday. 

SA's auto scheme a 'clear differentiator', 'must stay'

By: Matthew Hill     24th October 2006 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) automotive specialist in performance improvement Richard Gane on Tuesday reiterated the local automotive industry's view that the government's Motor Industry Development Plan (MIDP), which was currently being reviewed, should be extended beyond 2012. “The MIDP... 

Schrempp appointed to SAA board

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2006 Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin has appointed six new board members at State-owned airliner South African Airways (SAA), including former DaimlerChrysler CEO Professor Jurgen Schrempp, who has long-standing relations with South Africa. 

Joburg moves to overhaul bus fleet ahead of World Cup

By: Nelendhre Moodley     24th October 2006 A consignment of 126 buses and two coaches officially handed over by DaimlerChrysler to the Johannesburg Metro, on Tuesday, is the first part in a series of new bus consignments, expected to total some 300, aimed at improving public transport ahead of the 2010 soccer World Cup. 

Public transport infrastructure gets boost of R3,8bn

23rd October 2006 Government has set aside R3,8-billion for public transport infrastructure for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, said Transport Minister Jeff Radebe. 

Spoornet gears up to meet 47Mt iron-ore target

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd October 2006 Railway utility Spoornet has entered into a R1,12-billion three-year locomotive-acquisition deal with Venus Railway Solutions for the supply of 32 new class 15E electric locomotives for the Sishen-Saldanha iron-ore line, CEO Siyabonga Gama announced on Monday. Venus is a special-purpose vehicle... 

A motorbike airbag

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2006 German magazine ADAC Motorwelt performed the first independent airbag crash test on Honda’s Gold Wing motorcycle. 

Chinese manufacturer to exhibit commercial-vehicle range at big SA show

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2006 Newcomer to the local market Chana South Africa (CSA) has announced that it will be participating in the Auto Africa vehicle show to be held later this month. 

German truck-market growth not linked to World Cup, says top exec

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2006 Truck sales in Germany have seen substantial growth in recent years. 

First tenants move into E Cape auto park, phase two eyed

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2006 Phase one of the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP) has been completed, says Nelson Mandela Bay Metro economic development manager Belu Mabandla. 

Traffic congestion hampering economic growth, but projects-in-waiting could alleviate the pressure

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2006 Despite this year’s interest rate hikes, South Africa should add another 700 000 new vehicles to an already filled-to-the-brim road system – which would be an all-time high. Last year, in a spending boom, new-vehicle sales reached what was then a record-breaking 618 028 units, up from... 

GMSA promises to raise local content in H3, which currently stands at just 15%

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2006 Port Elizabeth last week saw the latest addition to vehicle exports from South Africa as the first Hummer 3 (H3) rolled off the assembly line. 

Integrate or derail!

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2006 Parliamentary portfolio committee chairperson on transport Jeremy Cronin is correct when he says that the success or failure of the R20-billion-plus Gautrain project now hinges materially on its ability to support public-transport integration in the province. 

Project pipeline to mitigate traffic congestion

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2006 Despite this year's interest rate hikes, South Africa should add another 700 000 new vehicles to an already filled-to-the-brim road system - which would be an all-time high. Last year, in a spending boom, new-vehicle sales reached what was then a record-breaking 618 028 units, up from 480 879... 

R350m facility upgrade for new GM-Isuzu truck entity

20th October 2006 A R350-million two-year facility upgrade would accompany the launch of a new South African truck entity, General Motors South Africa (GMSA) and Isuzu Japan said on Friday. 

Opening up air transport could create 70 000 jobs, says report

By: Mariaan Webb     18th October 2006 Opening up air transport in Southern Africa could boost the region's economic activity by more than R1,5-billion and could create around 70 000 new jobs, mainly in the tourism sector, a report on liberalisation of Southern African skies unveiled on Wednesday. 

Despite having 10% more selling days than August, sales fell in September

By: Irma Venter     13th October 2006 September figures reveal that new car sales in South Africa are cooling down. 

Container throughput at Maputo harbour expected to double by 2010

By: Matthew Hill     13th October 2006 Throughput at the Port of Maputo container terminal is expected to more than double by 2010, as its operator, Mozambique International Port Services (MIPS), endeavors in its campaign to attract more business from Southern African countries. The port currently has excess container capacity, and... 

Electronic-tolling system likely to be tested on SA roads

By: Nelendhre Moodley     12th October 2006 A new electronic toll system, which is part of the freeway improvement scheme, is set to hit the roads in the near future. 

Cadillac set for entry into SA’s simmering car market

By: Nelendhre Moodley     11th October 2006 Car manufacturer Cadillac has announced that its luxury brand will be available in South Africa in early 2007. 

First Hummer rolls off PE plant's production line

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2006 The first left-hand-drive Hummer H3 rolled off the production line at General Motors South Africa's (GMSA's) Port Elizabeth manufacturing facility on Monday. 

Japanese truckmaker mulls sourcing of SA components

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2006 Japanese truck and bus manufacturer Mitsubishi Fuso president and CEO Harald Boelstler says a decision on sourcing components from South Africa for the global group will be made within the next 12 to 24 months. 

Chinese-made luxury buses likely to enter SA as from year-end

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2006 Member of the Imperial group, Commercial Vehicle Holdings (CVH), will sell Chinese-made luxury buses into the South Arican market as from the end of this year. 

Japan's humanoid robot to make SA debut

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2006 Among all the fast cars and big trucks, this year’s Auto Africa show will also introduce a hunk of metal not famed for its speed or power – but rather its agility. 

First flag-branded taxis expected before month-end - Msibi

By: Mariaan Webb     6th October 2006 The first fleet of South African-flag branded taxis under government's R7,7-billion taxi recapitalisation programme was expected to make its appearance on South Africa's roads before month-end, Transport spokesperson Collin Msibi said on Friday. 

A diesel additive that passes the test 

By: Keith Campbell     6th October 2006 It meets the requirements of the specification of South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) SANS 342 automotive diesel fuel standard. 

Rail safety regulator beefs up inspectorate

5th October 2006 Government has announced an inspectorate to monitor the rail industry's safety and compliance with the regulatory framework. 

Africa's biggest airport will be 'safe, construction-free' by 2010

By: Mariaan Webb     5th October 2006 Security at South Africa's busiest airport, Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), would be scaled up ahead of 2010 and Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) GM for JIA, Chris Hlekane, has promised a safe and construction-free airport for the soccer World Cup. He told journalists at a quarterly... 

Metorex expects full production at Ruashi during October, sniffs other DRC prospects

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd October 2006 The opening of the first phase of South African miner Metorex's Ruashi copper-cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), over the weekend, has set it on track to complete its multimillion-dollar investment in that country and paved the way for Metorex to look at other opportunities... 

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