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Harbour and Offshore Services

Angry response to toll tariff increases

By: Martin Czernowalow     28th February 2003 The Automobile Association of South Africa has reacted strongly to toll tariff increases announced by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), saying that tariffs should be realistic and not out of reach for the average motorist. 

No clarity yet on extent of corvette delay

By: Keith Campbell     28th February 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. 

SA taxi industry to get a facelift

27th February 2003 Taxi operators, commuters and retailers – formal and informal – stand to benefit from a new partnership between the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) and property development company Taxiprop-BR. 

Durban port concessioning architecture soon

21st February 2003 Speaking during a parliamentary media briefing yesterday, Public Enterprises Minister Jeff Radebe reported that “concession architecture” for the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) in Kwazulu-Natal is in its final stage of development and will be discussed by Cabinet soon. 

Brian Croock, BD Sarens

21st February 2003 Full name: Brian Stephen Croock Position: MD since April 2002 Main activity of the company: BD Sarens is in the lifting and transport logistics industries and offers five different services under one roof, namely cranage and rigging, road transportation, air and sea freight, project logistics and... 

Taxi recapitalisation programme advances

20th February 2003 Government has short listed six bidders for the production of new 18 and 35 seater vehicles, set to replace the country’s current fleet of minibus taxis. 

Coega port project concludes labour deal

10th February 2003 The Coega port project has signed an agreement to standardise relations between labour and employers in the deepwater port of Ngqura construction site, near Port Elizabeth. 

Small airlines will struggle to meet noise regulations

10th February 2003 Noise abatement procedures that are expected to be implemented by the South African government this year, to make aircraft quieter and safer, are expected to have serious implications for both local and international airlines. 

Transparency key in transport reform – former Canadian minister

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     7th February 2003 Former Canadian Transport Minister Douglas Young believes South Africa can learn a few lessons from the North American country’s transport-sector reforms. 

Shipping line orders new vessels

7th February 2003 Shipping line Safmarine has ordered three new container vessels specifically designed for trade at West African ports. 

Tshwane’s rail signals set for upgrade

4th February 2003 The South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) will be upgrading the signalling system on the commuter routes in the Tshwane area over the next few months. 

Group wins contract to supply maritime identification system

By: Zonika Botha     31st January 2003 Following the strict security climate post September 11, 2001, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has moved forward its mandatory implementation schedule for large cargo vessels, tankers and passenger vessels to be equipped with universal automatic identification systems (AIS) by four... 

M&R wins big iron-ore stacker reclaimer contract

28th January 2003 Engineering and contracting group, Murray & Roberts, has been awarded the complete mechanical and structural site erection of three iron-ore stacker reclaimers in Saldanha Bay. 

Inaction on public transport costs lives

By: katharine mckenzie     24th January 2003 The yearly discussion about road deaths can always be relied upon to generate a healthy national debate and much finger pointing. 

Traffic management needs scientific approach

By: Kelvin Kemm     24th January 2003 Now for some more about the road accident issue and general traffic management. 

Gautrain EIA expanded to include new info

23rd January 2003 Findings of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) study, conducted around Gauteng communities who will be affected by the proposed Gautrain project, are expected in mid-February. 

To toll or not to toll: Gauteng mulls user-pays road options 

By: Zonika Botha     20th January 2003 Although blessed with an extensive road infrastructure, South Africa’s provincial road network is believed to have deteriorated significantly over the past decade where, currently, fewer than 40% of Gauteng roads are classified as being in a good or very good condition. 

Four BEE contractors in Ngqura construction

By: marisa rodrigues     17th January 2003 Four black empowerment companies make up Ngqura Empowerment Contractors, which forms part of the Ngqura Harbour Contractors Joint Venture, awarded the R1,4-billion contract to construct the breakwaters, quay walls and related earthworks at the Port of Ngqura. 

An interview with George Stephenson’s ghost

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     17th January 2003 I am in York (somebody has to be) and the British National Railway Museum (NRM) is here. 

Cop bad drivers, not speedsters

By: Kelvin Kemm     17th January 2003 Three weeks before Christmas I was travelling along various freeways at speeds between 220 km/h and – when we were going slowly – 140 km/h. I was not driving. I was relaxed knowing that we could not get caught in any speed trap. 

To toll or not to toll: Gauteng mulls user-pays road option

By: Zonika Botha     17th January 2003 Although blessed with an extensive road infrastructure, South Africa’s provincial road network is believed to have deteriorated significantly over the past decade where, currently, fewer than 40% of Gauteng roads are classified as being in a good or very good condition. 

Gautrain project under fire from JCCI

15th January 2003 Head of the Gauteng Department of Transport, Jack van der Merwe, has responded to criticism levelled at the proposed Gautrain rapid rail project, by the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). 

SA-Senegal air partnership announced

10th January 2003 South African Airways (SAA) has struck a deal with Air Senegal International for the West African airline to feed passengers into Dakar for a new SAA flight from the Senegalese capital to New York. 

Contracts awarded for SA's first new port in 26 years

By: marisa rodrigues     13th December 2002 It was more than 30 years ago that a harbour was mooted for the mouth of the Coega river, about 20 km north-east of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. 

A hundred contractors appointed, nine sites operational

By: marisa rodrigues     13th December 2002 Although many thought it would never materialise, the Coega project (near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape) has begun in earnest this year, with close to 100 contractors appointed so far and nine sites already in operation. 

Toll-roads are inevitable, believes Alli

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 South Africans should change the culture of non-payment for services and the belief that government should provide everything, for country to develop and improve its infrastructure, charges National Roads Agency CEO Nazir Alli. 

N4 toll-road experiences 12% growth

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 Although traffic along the N4 toll-road to Maputo started on a lower note last year, with business far below expectations following completion of the road, this year has seen a 12% traffic growth. 

Locally-developed toll-collection system achieves success abroad

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 The ten-year infrastructure development programme outlined by the South African National Roads Agency (NRA) to boost the economy and development of the country has resulted in an increase in the number of toll-road projects countrywide. 

R2,3-bn N2 development to tame Wild Coast

13th December 2002 The N2 Wild Coast toll-road, which will upgrade the existing road link between East London and Durban is the most important road development in the country in the last 20 years as it will open up the region of the North Eastern Cape, that has historically been one of the most disadvantaged areas... 

Electronic tag use taking off on N4 

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 To date, more than 5 000 electronic tags have been sold to commuters and heavy vehicle drivers who use the new N4 Platinum Highway on a daily basis. 

Toll-road to benefit surrounding communities

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 Toll-roads have been a controversial subject in parliament, as well as among the general public. 

N3 showcases toll-roads as a business venture

13th December 2002 Following a lengthy public tender process, the South African National Roads Agency (NRA) appointed N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) as the concessionaire for the N3 from Cedara in Kwazulu-Natal to Heidelberg in Gauteng for a 30-year concession period, which begun in 1999. 

Computer program developed to aid concrete pavement design

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 An innovative mechanistic design method for concrete pavements has been developed by the Cement and Concrete Institute. 

Spoornet bites back at cable thieves with 'tiger' wire

By: Zonika Botha     13th December 2002 The theft of copper overhead cables is directly costing State-owned transport utility Spoornet R11-million a year. 

R60m Cape Waterfront expansion on cards

12th December 2002 The Cape Town Waterfront is poised to expand and get a new terminal at the Cape Town Harbour. 

Growth beckons for Maputo port as Spoornet signs Moz deal

By: Irma Venter     12th December 2002 Waking the sleepy rail corridor between Mozambique and South Africa will necessitate the Maputo port to step up a gear. 

SAA returns to profit in first half

11th December 2002 South African Airways posted a first-half profit in the 2002 financial year – its first since 1999 – its chief executive said, giving Africa's biggest carrier firepower to grow its regional dominance. 

Port operator launches interactive Website

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2002 State ports company South African Port Operations (SAPO) unveiled its new web site www.saponet.com, which creates an arena for the maritime industry to interact and trade online. 

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