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Harbour and Offshore Services

Cooperative governance is needed to tackle transport problems

By: katharine mckenzie     1st August 2003 When South Africa’s Constitution-makers crafted the new Constitution, adopted in 1996, they included a South African innovation: a chapter on ‘co-operative government’, which aims to ensure good relations between South Africa’s three spheres of government, but also to... 

South Africa’s Zebra battery reincarnated by Swiss firm

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st August 2003 A local company has started using Swiss-made sodium-nickel chloride batteries – the development of which started in South Africa in the mid-1970s – to power part of its electric-vehicle fleet. 

SA, India, Brazil set up G3 to foster South–South links

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2003 Development of the “Group of Three” (SA, Brazil, India) could be of long-term importance to local industries, particularly those in the aerospace, defence, and other high-technology fields. 

The Great Cape Transport Debate

By: Jill Stanford     1st August 2003 While commuters in the Western Cape paint a bleak picture of public transport, a debate is simmering between the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), provincial and local government and business over whether a rapid-bus transit system, which has been proposed as the first phase of a... 

Security a priority for Maputo port

By: Laura Franz     18th July 2003 Port Maputo has announced that the first two months of private management have been successful and encouraging. 

Cargo-scanning PPP advances

By: Deborah Spicer     18th July 2003 A transaction adviser should be appointed by South African Revenue Services (Sars) in July to assist it with a public-private-partnership cargo-scanner implementation project. 

US giant localises loco refurb work

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th July 2003 Local company Metallurgical Manufacturing Services (MMS) has clinched a deal in terms of which it is to refurbish the cylinder assemblies of GE locomotive engines in Johannesburg, rather than shipping them back to the US, as has been the case for many years. 

Transport champion needed

18th July 2003 Users of Gauteng freeways will know that road capacity is becoming worryingly scarcer. 

SA ports invest heavily in security

14th July 2003 South Africa’s National Ports Authority (NPA) announced last week that it is investing more than R200-million in raising security at the country’s commercial ports, which constitute national borders. 

Global roads gathering set for Durban

By: laurian clemence     10th July 2003 The World Road Congress, scheduled to take place at the International Convention Centre in Durban from October 19 to 25, will showcase some of the latest technologies and innovations emerging globally in the sector. 

Big roads renaissance under way in KZN

By: laurian clemence     7th July 2003 The head of implementation at the Kwazulu-Natal Roads Department Chris Hlabisa reports that extensive progress has been made in its R1-billion “African Renaissance Road Upgrading Programme (Arrup)”, since its initial start-up in 2000. 

Hospitality industry burgeoning

4th July 2003 Hotels and bed and breakfasts across Nelson Mandela Bay are experiencing a boom thanks to the Coega project. 

Port on track for 2005 completion

4th July 2003 The Port of Ngqura site is bustling with activity as the breakwaters and sand bypass system for the country’s third deepwater port are beginning to take shape. 

Project on target, says development corporation

By: Luxolo Tyali     4th July 2003 The development of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, is on schedule, reports Coega Development Corporation (CDC) spokesperson Vuyelwa Vika. 

Port requires major earthworks

4th July 2003 The civils and earthworks project for the construction of the maritime works for the deep water Port of Ngqura was awarded on open tender by the National Ports Authority in September last year to the joint venture company Ngqura Harbour Contractors (NHC). 

Did SA policy makers fail to read containerisation signals?

4th July 2003 Global containerisation growth over the past decade has been unprecedented, with volumes rising from 142-million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 1995 to around 222-million TEUs in 2000. 

Plan to make SA roads high-tech

By: nkolola halwindi     4th July 2003 An Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) laboratory set to boost safe and effective transport in Southern Africa has been launched by the CSIR. 

Tanzania seeks backing for transport project

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th July 2003 In a bid to improve its transport network, Tanzania has approached the World Bank for assistance with the proposed $66-million Central Transport Corridor Project. 

Major overhaul for Durban port

By: renay de     27th June 2003 The Port of Durban has been plagued by delays and criticism of inefficiency in recent times. 

Car terminal in R100m upgrade

By: renay de     27th June 2003 The National Ports Authority (NPA) is upgrading of the Port of Durban car terminal as part of the project to renew the busy Kwazulu-Natal hub. 

R271m quay wall to be completed by the end of this year

By: renay de     27th June 2003 The R2-billion Port of Durban Development 2005 project is underway, beginning with phase one, a R271-million contract to construct a new quay wall at the Durban city terminal. 

SA defence firms could win Portuguese submarine work

By: Keith Campbell     27th June 2003 South African defence equipment manufacturers Denel Eloptro and Avitronics could be beneficiaries of the Portuguese Navy’s new submarine acquisition programme. 

Auto decision will have impact on East London port expansions

By: Deborah Spicer     20th June 2003 The port of East London’s future expansions will be determined to a great degree by whether DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) is awarded a larger C-class Mercedes-Benz contract and by whether the neighbouring East London industrial development zone (IDZ) becomes a reality. 

Empowerment assessment for W Cape transport projects

16th June 2003 Western Cape Transport, Public Works and Property Management MEC Tasneem Essop has announced a R181-million budget allocation for the creation of jobs and restructuring of the province’s public transport sector. 

Driver demerit point system needs fair basis

By: Kelvin Kemm     13th June 2003 The Department of Transport has announced that it intends to introduce a demerit point system for motorists later this year. 

Shipbuilding sector needs IT support

13th June 2003 If South Africa is to gain a serious foothold in the international shipbuilding and marine engineering world, it has to ensure it has the right systems in place to manage the complexity of modern shipbuilding, as well as tough global competition. 

R84m project to boost key fishing ports

12th June 2003 The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has closed its Saldanha slipway in a bid to speed up the repair and maintenance programme at 12 proclaimed fishing harbours in the Western Cape. 

Building the renaissance

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2003 Forget Africa’s Big Five. The continent is looking for Africa’s Big Fifteen. Fifteen – or more – projects that will kickstart development. 

Company improves its rubber fender design

6th June 2003 Marine, industrial and mining rubber specialist Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) has, over the last decade, supplied many different designs and types of rubber fenders for tugboats and other working vessels in harbours around the country, as well as rubber solutions for other marine projects... 

R3,5-billion to be invested in SA ports

6th June 2003 The National Ports Authority of South Africa (NPA) has embarked on a major spending programme. 

Namibian ports earmark West Coast as their target market

6th June 2003 Namibian national port authority Namport is playing a pivotal role in the Walvis Bay Corridor, reports marketing assistant manager Johny Smith. 

International interest in SA cargo system

6th June 2003 ?The information technology division of South African Port Operations (Sapo), based in Durban, is in the process of obtaining copyright on the General Cargo Operating System (GCOS) that it has developed. 

KZN South Coast awaits the start of R2bn development 

By: Luxolo Tyali     6th June 2003 The Kwazulu-Natal South Coast is set to have its own harbour in the near future. 

East London port rises from struggling harbour to a vibrant export gateway

6th June 2003 The port of East London has achieved its highest turnover yet. 

Durban car terminal expansion on track

6th June 2003 January this year saw the start of a new era for the Durban car terminal with the start of the much awaited expansion project. 

Ship unloader proving to be a versatile asset

By: Luxolo Tyali     6th June 2003 Supplier of food processing plant and equipment Buhler, is also a specialist in port terminal and storage systems unit design and in the construction of ship unloading and loading facilities. 

New train-weighing system available in SA

By: Luxolo Tyali     6th June 2003 The weighing of loads of imported and exported goods is one of the main activities in harbours. 

Air-conditioning systems for new straddle carriers

6th June 2003 Demanding environmental and operating conditions will be overcome through the installation of Booyco Engineering air-conditioning systems on the new straddle carriers destined for operation at the port of Durban. 

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