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Harbour and Offshore Services

Congo's port authority to call for Matadi bids

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     6th June 2003 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) rail and ports authority, Onatra, is to issue an international tender worth $11,5-million this month for the rehabilitation of Matadi port, in the south-west of the sprawling central African country. 

Building the Renaissance

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2003 Forget Africa’s Big Five. The continent is looking for Africa’s Big Fifteen. Fifteen – or more – projects that will kickstart development. 

Offset boost for electronic surveillance company

By: Jill Stanford     6th June 2003 Government’s Industrial Participation (IP) strategy has boosted Avitronics’ turnover to $16-million (about R125-million) with two additional orders for submarine electronic surveillance equipment. 

Sugar cane transport empowerment deal signed

30th May 2003 An R4-million empowerment-focused sugar cane transport venture has been established by Cargo Carriers for small and emergent sugar growers in Mpumalanga. 

W Cape takes the public transport policy high road

By: katharine mckenzie     30th May 2003 Recent policy announcements in the Western Cape about public transport, point to the importance that this key area is taking on in the economically powerful provinces seeking to maximise economic development, job creation and improve the quality of life of citizens. 

Cape Town studies rapid bus scheme

By: Jill Stanford     30th May 2003 Cape Town is in a much better position to implement a rapid bus transit system than Bogot 

NPA signs lease deal with Unilever

29th May 2003 This week the South African National Ports Authority (NPA) signed a milestone lease agreement with Unilever, a prominent tenant in the Maydon Wharf area at the Port of Durban. 

SA continues to move toward port concessioning

By: Martin Czernowalow     28th May 2003 South African Minister of Public Enterprises Jeff Radebe this week emphasised the strategic and critical link that ports and harbours play, not only for individual countries and regions, but also within the global economy, and added that – though faced with many problems – the reform... 

Local subsidiary clinches contract to supply 28 000 dolosse to Coega

By: candice haase     23rd May 2003 The development of South Africa’s harbour infrastructure is stimulating activity in the local concrete industry. 

First batch of taxi permits issued

By: Zonika Botha     9th May 2003 The first batch of taxi permits, which will allow taxi operators to qualify for government’s recapitalisation programme, was issued to 1 551 Gauteng applicants late last month. 

Transport company to sue truckmaker

By: laurian clemence     6th May 2003 A local transport company has instituted legal proceedings against a German truck and bus manufacturer for alleged breach of contract. 

Dube Port PPP model under review

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd May 2003 The final report on the most suitable public-private partnership (PPP) format for the multibillion-rand Dube trade port, in Kwazulu-Natal, is expected to be completed by July. 

SA a top maritime trading nation

28th April 2003 In terms of ‘real’ sea transport activity, traffic passing through South African ports generates some 12-billion ton-miles of maritime freight activity a year or about 6% of global activity – a performance that places South Africa within the top twelve nations on the... 

East London Car Terminal set for further growth

28th April 2003 Three years on, the East London Car Terminal operated by South African Port Operations (SAPO), is on the brink of a new era. 

R300m public-transport project for the W Cape

25th April 2003 CONSTRUCTION of an estimated R300-million project to transform the Western Cape’s public transport system is to begin this financial year.?The Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town are to pool their resources to develop a city-wide network of public transit corridors and... 

Study rules out train tunnel under Pta

By: Irma Venter     24th April 2003 Following months of conflict between the provincial government and residents on whether the proposed Gautrain should run underground in Pretoria, as is the planning for large parts of Johannesburg, an addendum to the draft environmental impact-assessment (EIA) report has suggested tunnelling in... 

Ultra-large ships to be focus of global ports meet

23rd April 2003 Ports throughout the world are faced with the decision whether to cater for ultra large container ships (ULCS) that are already too big to enter most ports. 

Credit-card licence poker game

By: Kelvin Kemm     18th April 2003 Card games usually provide entertainment, and certainly the whole country was greatly entertained by the national game, ‘get your credit-card driver’s licence’. 

Malawi earmarks 52 firms for privatisation

By: Marcel Chimwala     18th April 2003 Malawi – The Malawian government has embarked on a fast-track sale of the remaining 52 companies from the eligible 110 State-owned companies it earmarked for privatisation at the onset of its privatisation process in 1996. 

$70m Maputo port recapitalisation launched

By: Martin Czernowalow     17th April 2003 A $70-million investment programme, for the development and rehabilitation of the Maputo Port, was launched this week following the signing of a concession agreement between the Mozambique government and the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC), which came into effect on Monday. 

CSIR-Siemens in transport deal

16th April 2003 A memorandum of understanding, concluded between the CSIR and Siemens, is set to benefit the transport industry in southern Africa by creating a framework for collaboration between the two organisations. 

Mokgatle appointed as new Spoornet CE

16th April 2003 Transnet said on Tuesday that Dolly Mokgatle had been appointed the new CEO of Spoornet and would take over from acting CEO Tshidi Nyama on June 1. 

SAA to increase Nigeria flights, exits Malawi

15th April 2003 South African Airways (SAA) said it wanted to increase its flights to Nigeria to daily from three times a week, but had pulled out of talks on a role in Air Malawi. 

KZN to spend R1bn-plus on roads

14th April 2003 The KwaZulu-Natal transport department is to spend more than a R1-billion on roads and transport infrastructure during the 2003/2004 financial year. 

Record of decision on Gautrain enviro, heritage studies is expected in May

By: Zonika Botha     11th April 2003 The draft environmental-impact assessment (EIA) as well as an extended environmental resource economics study and a heritage impact assessment on the R7-billion, 80-km Gautrain rapid-rail project, which forms part of the Gauteng Provincial Government’s ambitious Blue IQ initiative, has been... 

Early success for R120m N4 load-control project

11th April 2003 A R120-million investment in load control facilities for heavy vehicles on the 500 km N4 toll route has seen overloading on the route drop by over 30%. 

Gautrain: its not about speed but efficiency of travel

By: Kelvin Kemm     4th April 2003 It sounds as if the Gautrain is going off the rails. A few days ago I heard a radio advertisement in which the Gautrain’s speed was emphasised. The press all refer to the fast train, or high-speed train. This is wrong! 

Composites combat bridge wear-and-tear

By: Karel Smrcka     4th April 2003 Advanced fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites have gained significant ground in the construction industry thanks to their extensive and cost effective use in the strengthening of existing structures. 

Maputo port set for $70m upgrade

By: Keith Campbell     28th March 2003 THE Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) plans to invest $70-million over the next three years to restore and modernise Maputo’s harbour.? 

Road hauliers urged to be responsible chemical carriers

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 Major chemical companies in South Africa are known to outsource their transport arrangements. 

More resources expected for African water projects

28th March 2003 Africa can expect that more money will be available for water projects following the Third World Water Forum which ended on March 23 in Kyoto, Japan. 

SA-Ghana ports authorities sign agreement

27th March 2003 The South African National Ports Authority (NPA) and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) have established an inter-port relationship that is set to drive the countries’ to cooperate in port management. 

Maputo port concessioning announced

26th March 2003 A final agreement was reached this week on the concessioning and handover of the Port of Maputo by the government of Mozambique and Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Mo 

SA to pre-qualify Durban port bidders next month

By: Martin Czernowalow     18th March 2003 The South African government is to pre-qualify bidders for concessions at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) before the end of April, a step which is set to demonstrate the State’s commitment to the ports reform programme. 

Pretoria distributor for stabilisation products

By: Zonika Botha     14th March 2003 UK company Tensar International, a worldwide leader in the manufacture and provision of soil reinforcement and ground stabilisation solutions, has appointed Pretoria-based company Geotrac as its sole distributor in South Africa. 

Corvette programme back on track - navy

14th March 2003 The South African Navy's corvette acquisition programme is back on track after a delivery delay, chief of navy staff Rear-Admiral Johannes Mudimu said yesterday. 

Money set aside for Gautrain in Budget

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th March 2003 Gauteng Province will set aside money for the Gautrain Rapid-Rail project during the 2003/4 financial year, the province’s MEC for Finance and Economic Affairs, Jabu Moleketi, told a media briefing yesterday. 

No clarity yet on extent of corvette delay

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2003 It is still not clear just how much the South African Navy’s corvette programme will be delayed as a result of the faulty cabling found in the first ship in the class, the SAS Amatola, Engineering News can report. 

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