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Harbour and Offshore Services

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, which creates an arena for the maritime industry to interact and trade online. 

Spoornet to conduct HIV prevalence study

By: Zonika Botha     6th December 2002 State-owned transport utility Spoornet will conduct a HIV/Aids prevalence study next year to determine to what extent its employees are affected by the deadly disease. 

R40m invested to boost agricultural equipment firm

6th December 2002 WESTERN Cape engineering and manufacturing company Agrid SA, producer of a range of mechanised agricultural equipment, automotive components and all-terrain vehicles, has invested about R40-million in a world-class manufacturing facility in Atlantis Foundries Business Park. 

SA’s first gas filling station for Cape Town

4th December 2002 A black economic empowerment (BEE) company, based in Cape Town, will launch its first gas filling station at on December 8, 2002. 

Mixed reaction to Gautrain plan

By: Zonika Botha     29th November 2002 The R7-billion Gautrain rapid-rail project,which forms part of the Gauteng Provincial Government’s ambitious Blue IQ initiative, has drawn mixed response from the public. 

Best practice study for SA transport

26th November 2002 The Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with FOREM, of Belgium, to benchmark South Africa's supply chain and logistics operations against world best practice standards, now operating in Belgium – funding of R1,3-million has been... 

Durban Container Terminal ends backlogs

26th November 2002 The backlog at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) has been removed and the average delay for ships is now 10 hours, and is being monitored, South African Port Operations (Sapo) said in a statement. 

Fuel-cells part of rail group’s future plans

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd November 2002 Rail transport company Spoornet is considering the potential for conversion to fuel-cell technology as part of its long-term technical programme. 

Taxi recap’s scrapping allowance may exceed R4-billion

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2002 The long-awaited taxi-recapitalisation project has made progress towards?implementation – this amidst comment that the scrapping allowance initially?estimated may now prove insufficient, and that the price tag on the project?may soar to well beyond R20-billion. 

SA boat builder refurbishes vessels for Angola

22nd November 2002 THREE Angolan patrol boats have been refurbished and revamped by Cape Town boat-building company Farocean Marine in a project worth more than R10-million. 

Access ramps to be built locally

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2002 The increasing concern in South Africa about the needs of the disabled, especially with regard to issues like access to public transport, has attracted the attention of a UK company which specialises in the production of bus access ramps for the disabled. 

Rail corporation spends R200m to boost efficiencies

18th November 2002 Group CE of Transnet, Mafika Mkwanazi, announced last week that an additional R200-million had been allocated to Spoornet to increase efficiency levels that will positively impact on service to customers. 

Questions on ports concessioning

15th November 2002 The State's seriousness about port concessioning comes at a time when South Africa's status as a true trading nation is being consolidated. 

Big reform of ports in the offing

15th November 2002 THE separation of Portnet into the National Ports Authority (NPA) and South African Port Operations is key to improving the efficiencies of our port system and will provide a platform for improving trade and logistics in South Africa. 

Sacob wants ports to pick up costs of delays

By: Deborah Spicer     15th November 2002 The South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) is in negotiations with South African Ports Operations (Sapo) about who should pick up the tab for ship delays in Durban harbour, Sacob director of policy Peggy Drodskie reports. 

Results of pollution study expected soon

By: Deborah Spicer     15th November 2002 The results of a R1,6-million study to examine the potential socio-economic impact of measures to reduce air pollution from combustion in South Africa are expected to be out in six months. 

Taxi recap’s scrapping allowance may exceed R4bn

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2002 The long-awaited taxi-recapitalisation project has made progress towards implementation – this amidst comment that the scrapping allowance initially estimated may now prove insufficient, and that the price tag on the project may soar to well beyond R20-billion. 

SA hands over patrol boats to angola

12th November 2002 Three Angolan patrol boats, that were refurbished and revamped by a Cape Town-based boat building company, Farocean Marine, were handed over to the Angolan Consul-General Mario Leonel Correia during a ceremony yesterday. 

Nearly 100 contractors get cracking at Coega

11th November 2002 The Coega Development Corporation has already appointed almost 100 contractors to work on various infrastructure projects within the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) and 1 500 people are employed on various construction sites in the zone, with thousands of other job-seekers being... 

Two ports to fall under environmental scrutiny

8th November 2002 With the conclusion of the Johannesburg Earth Summit, sustainable development is high on the agenda of government and business. 

Chemical spillage prevention campaign producing results

By: marisa rodrigues     8th November 2002 An initiative that is being driven by the Chemical and Allied Industries Association (CAIA) to reduce damaging spillages by hauliers transporting chemical products is proving to be successful. 

SA needs public-transport shake-up

By: marisa rodrigues     6th November 2002 South Africa's dependence on private transport and the amount that is spent on it is clearly a cause for concern. 

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. 

Partner sought for $500m Mozambican port construction project

By: Deborah Spicer     1st November 2002 An additional partner for a proposed $500-million port at Ponta Dobela, 100 km south of the Maputo harbour, is being sought. 

Concessioning of ports not the answer – labour

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st November 2002 The government’s plans to accelerate the restructuring of South Africa’s troubled ports could face a fierce challenge from the labour movement, which is unhappy that concessioning is the only option being considered. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

SA unveils plan to unclog busiest harbour

29th October 2002 South Africa's port authority has put in place a plan to get rid of major cargo delays at Durban, one of Africa's most important harbours, by next week. 

Coega highway construction begins

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th October 2002 Construction of the multimillion-rand Neptune road systems interchange on the N2 highway, which is one of the key stages in the progress of the R3,4-billion Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) and deep-sea harbour development, in the Eastern Cape, started in mid-October. 

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