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Interest rates dent October new vehicle sales

5th November 2002 South African new vehicle sales fell nearly nine percent in the year to October, as high interest rates put pressure on disposable income and dampened appetite for credit, manufacturers said yesterday. 

Minister welcomes taxi statement

4th November 2002 South African minister of transport, Dullah Omar, has welcomed the statement released by the South African National Taxi Association Council (SANTACO), which indicates that there is now basic agreement between the industry and government on all major aspects of the taxi re-capitalisation programme. 

SA needs public-transport shake-up

By: marisa rodrigues     1st November 2002 South Africa’s dependance on private transport and the amount that is spent on it is clearly a cause for concern. 

Auto industry the basis of SA-Germany trade relations

1st November 2002 The strong historical and business links between Germany and South Africa has made for a lucrative love affair. 

Auto maker to invest R1,6-billion

1st November 2002 Volkswagen South Africa has opened a new entrance at its Uitenhage Plant that brings it in line with its growing global presence within the Volkswagen Group. 

25% empowerment targeted at dealerships

1st November 2002 Automotive company DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) is about to embark on a black economic empowerment (BEE) funding initiative that will assist in the acquisition of a 25% black shareholding in local Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, Jeep, Mitsubishi and Freightliner dealerships within the next three... 

Auto manufacturer receives training and development award

1st November 2002 At a gala function in September, attended by government ministers, dignitaries and business leaders, BMW South Africa MD Ian Robertson accepted the Investors in People accreditation certificate from Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana. 

The biggest South African rail project in history

By: marisa rodrigues     1st November 2002 The largest transport project to be undertaken in South Africa’s history, the rapid-rail link dubbed the Gautrain, will see R7-million rand spent a day on the project for 1 200 days, from February 2004 till the end of 2006 or early 2007. 

Malawi puts out preshipment inspection tender

By: Marcel Chimwala     1st November 2002 Malawi – The Malawian government is inviting tenders from companies, which are members of the International Federation of Inspection Agencies, for a two year preshipment services contract. 

Concessioning won’t halt value-addition plan - Sapo

1st November 2002 The head of South African Port Operations (Sapo), Tau Morwe, says he remains committed to adding value to the troubled Durban Container Terminal (DCT) despite the fact the government plans to concession the terminal either during the course of 2003 or in early 2004. 

Vehicle registration pilot expanded

31st October 2002 The online vehicle registration pilot study, run by Motoronline and the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works has been expanded, due to its success, thus far, at the Johannesburg, Loveday Street, office. 

Stainless industry in white-goods drive

By: marisa rodrigues     28th October 2002 The local stainless-steel industry continues to be one of the fastest-growing markets in the world and it is expected that local consumption will grow from 120 000 t last year to 300 000 t by 2006 and a million tons by 2010. 

Company's motion-control systems dept hits half-century

25th October 2002 An average of 50 units a month, ranging from general electro-pneumatic control cabinets to servo-electric systems, are being produced by Festo South Africa’s Systems Division in Johannesburg. 

Industry in drive to establish standards and qualifications

By: candice haase     25th October 2002 The successful establishment of a qualification for the South African hydraulics and pneumatics industry could be of great benefit to the enhancement of skills of workers in this particular industry, believes South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) president Russell Gill. 

Hydraulic floor system launched for road transport

By: candice haase     25th October 2002 Hydraulic floor systems for road transport applications were introduced into the local market in May this year by the hydraulics division of IMS Industrial Products. 

More hi-tech traffic-management developments

By: Karel Smrcka     25th October 2002 A range of factors are prompting a growing number of companies to invest in fleet management systems: traffic congestion, keener competition, legal constraints, greater awareness among customers and availability of leading-edge technology, such as the Internet and mobile communications. 

Infrastructure is key to intra-African trade

25th October 2002 WHILE trade between European countries accounts for about 80% of their total gross domestic product, Africans are not trading with each other as much as they could, said acting chief operating officer of Trade and Investment South Africa Ismail Dockrat at the Safcec convention held in... 

Port congestion on agenda of marine convention

25th October 2002 Representatives from all across Southern Africa are expected to attend the South African Ports, Shipping and Freight Convention that will take place at the International Convention Centre in Durban on November 27 and 28. 

Auto industry's stainless steel use growing rapidly

By: marisa rodrigues     23rd October 2002 Last year, Columbus Stainless supplied 33 000 t of stainless steel to the automotive industry, making this sector the stainless-steel industry's largest consumer. 

Erwin moots auto-type plan for aerospace

By: Martin Czernowalow     23rd October 2002 Speaking at the official opening of Auto Africa Expo 2002 last night, South African Minister of Trade and Industry, Alec Erwin, said the phenomenal growth of the local automotive industry should serve as an example to other sectors. 

Gauteng truck curtailment programme extended

23rd October 2002 Monday marked the beginning of the second stage of the Department of Transport’s holistic roads congestions management programme. 

State moves to accelerate ports restructuring

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2002 Government is moving to accelerate the restructuring of South Africa’s troubled ports, despite serious objections from organised labour. 

Auto showcase revs up

By: Martin Czernowalow     22nd October 2002 The Auto Africa Expo 2002, the biennial Africa International Automotive Trade Exhibition and Conference, started yesterday at the Nasrec expo centre in Johannesburg. 

Enviro green light for Gautrain

By: Martin Czernowalow     22nd October 2002 Gautrain rapid-rail link has been given the go-ahead in an environmental impact assessment (EIA). 

Iron-ore railer wins logistics awards

22nd October 2002 Iron-ore railer Spoornet’s heavy haul unit Orex, was nominated as joint, overall winner at the 2002 Logistics Achiever Awards in Johannesburg on October 15. 

Auto industry's stainless use growing rapidly, but can it be sustained?

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 Last year, Columbus Stainless supplied 33 000 t of stainless steel to the automotive industry, making this sector the stainless steel industry’s largest consumer. 

Growing industry is moving closer to white-goods programme implementation

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 The local stainless steel industry continues to be one of the fastest growing markets in the world and it is expected that local consumption will grow from 120 000 t last year to 300 000 t by 2006 and one million tons by 2010. 

Company to expand tank range

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 Randburg-based manufacturer of four-wheel drive equipment makes long-range stainless steel tanks predominately for four wheel drive vehicles. 

Recycled cars enter industrial raw-material stream

By: Karel Smrcka     18th October 2002 It only takes a couple of hours to turn a car form a piece of junk into ready-sorted raw materials. As much as half of the metals in industrial use are recycled. Here is an example of a successful recycling operation for Finland. 

Traffic management gets hi-tech treatment

By: Karel Smrcka     18th October 2002 It is a commonplace to say that electronics, informatics, telematics and other scientific disciplines ending in ‘ics’ now govern our lives. 

BPW Axles

18th October 2002 BPW Axles is a manufacturer and distributor of trailer axles, suspensions and running gear components, and also has spare-parts and services facilities through its distributor and dealer network in Southern Africa and neighbouring territories. 

Steel giant offers R125/t for auto tooling fund

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2002 South Africa’s leading steel company, Iscor, has offered to contribute R20-million a year towards the development of the secondary steel industry in South Africa as part of an innovative pricing proposal to the automotive industry. 

Motorcycle industry revs up auto show

17th October 2002 The motorcycle industry will be represented at Auto Africa Expo 2002 for the first time ever – following an agreement with the Association of Motorcycle Importers and Distributors (AMID). 

US auto firms to jointly develop new transmission

14th October 2002 US carmakers General Motors and Ford Motor Company said last week they will join forces in an unprecedented alliance to develop a new 6-speed transmission, saving millions of dollars in costs. 

Spare tyre inflation made easy

By: michael hunt     11th October 2002 Description A rubber pipe with a connector that links to a car's spare wheel and an exterior valve which is used to inflate the tyre. Problem No need to open or unload luggage or goods that may be kept in the boot directly above the spare wheel when checking tyre pressure. This will benefit all... 

What auto component makers need from the MIDP

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2002 Import price parity in steel and aluminium is threatening the competitiveness of local manufacture and the government is urged to act 

Recommended route to be announced this month

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2002 The recommended route alignment of the Gautrain, the proposed speedtrain between the Johannesburg International Airport, Pretoria and Johannesburg, is to be announced by the publication of a draft environmental impact assessment (EIA) on October 21. 

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