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Chemical transporter gets empowered

7th June 2002 Black-owned investment company Mvelaphanda Strategic Investments (MSI) has acquired a 25% stake in Unitrans Fuel and Chemical UFC), a recently-established provider of transport and logistics services to the liquid petroleum and chemical industries. 

Germans could manufacture an oil-recovery vessel in SA

7th June 2002 German firm Bremen is studying the possibility of manufacturing a multipurpose oil recovery vessel in South Africa, and is looking for a partner to this end. 

Job-seekers registration at Coega

6th June 2002 An ambitious job-seekers’ registration campaign that will see some 600 000 free registration forms being distributed throughout the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan area has been launched by the Coega Development Corporation (CDC). 

Minister upholds Coega decision

3rd June 2002 The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, decided to uphold the decision to authorize the development of the Coega harbour and the Industrial Development Zone (IDZ). 

Gauteng development expands

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2002 The three-year Blue IQ initiative aiming to develop the tourism, transport and high value-added manufacturing sectors in Gauteng has increased its budget from R1,2-billion to R3,5-billion, and expanded its scope to include an extra project – the development of Kliptown in Soweto – to... 

Four new toll-roads by 2006

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2002 South Africa will have four new toll-roads by 2006, following an invitation by government to the private sector last year to submit road-development proposals. 

Call for expressions of interest in East London IDZ

29th May 2002 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has called for expressions of interest in the development of an Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) in East London, Eastern Cape. 

R350m worth of tenders for Coega IDZ

28th May 2002 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is expected to issue tenders to value of R350-million over the next few months, with R250-million already published. 

Coega alumnium decision expected by January

24th May 2002 French aluminium producer Pechiney is expected to decide by January next year whether to locate its new $1,8-billion primary aluminium smelter at the proposed Coega harbour in the Eastern Cape. 

Fisheries vessel could still be built in SA

By: Keith Campbell     24th May 2002 It is still possible that the largest of the four fisheries and environmental protection vessels (FEPVs) being acquired by the Departmental of Environmental Affairs (DEA) could be built in Durban. 

Moz brushes aside attack on $520m port plan

15th May 2002 The Mozambican government said plans to build a $520-million new deep-water harbour in the south would go ahead despite protests that there were two major ports nearby and the area was environmentally sensitive. 

Export boom leads to ports crisis

14th May 2002 A dramatic increase of nearly 24% in the number of containers passing through Cape Town harbour has created a crisis in the port with costly delays of up to 60 hours being experienced. 

Local industry protests enviro boat contract

14th May 2002 AN appeal is under way to gain clarity as to why the entire scope of the 80m offshore protection vessel of the R500-million tender to supply four state-of-the-art sea fishery and environmental protection vessels to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism was awarded offshore. 

Boost for airline's cargo-handling turn-around time

10th May 2002 The cargo division of South African Airways, with the Psion Teklogix Narrowband solution, significantly increased its contribution to the airline's profit through improved efficiency, better use of assets and streamlining of systems to provide improved customer service. 

Gauteng's express train: white elephant or elegant solution?

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2002 Anthony Diepenbroek questions whether the proposed speed train between Pretoria, Johannesburg and the Johannesburg International Airport is the appropriate solution to Gauteng’s congestion problem. 

The world's biggest cruise liner handed over

By: Karel Smrcka     3rd May 2002 At Finland’s Turku shipyard the biggest world cruise liner, ‘voyager class’ Adventure of the Seas was handed over to the royal Caribbean Cruise Line shipping company at the end of last year. 

Future of navy fleet charted . . .

By: Keith Campbell     3rd May 2002 THE South African Navy (SAN) has charted out the shape of its fleet over the next 20 years. 

. . . but local shipbuilding unlikely

By: Keith Campbell     3rd May 2002 IT is unlikely that future naval acquisition programmes will see the local construction of vessels for the South African Navy (SAN), Engineering News can report. 

Andries Tshabalala Alstom Transport

19th April 2002 Andries Tshabalala Alstom Transport Leader of 250 

Western Cape in agri, tourism push

19th April 2002 A total of R108-million and R103-million have been allocated respectively to agriculture and tourism in the Western Cape says the province’s Minister of Agriculture, Tourism and Gambling Johan Gelderblom. 

Logistics partner for Namibia garment plant

12th April 2002 Logistics company P&O Nedlloyd has been appointed as preferred supplier to Malaysian corporation Ramatex Berhad, which is building a $100-million integrated textiles and garment manufacturing plant in Namibia’s capital Windhoek. 

Joint rail operations plan for Malawi and Mozambique

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th April 2002 MALAWI– Plans are under way to merge rail operations for Malawi and Mozambique to provide constant haulage between the two countries. 

Ship repair (port project)

12th April 2002 Name of the project and location Ship repair facility project, Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Project description The scope of the project has not yet been finalised. It could be a dry-dock or just a ship repair facility, but is planned to cater for all vessel sizes mainly bigger... 

Window of opportunity widens for local manufacture

By: Marius Roodt     12th April 2002 A window of opportunity is widening in South Africa, Bosal CEO Karel Bos tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Tariff changes to boost competitiveness of SA's ports

3rd April 2002 Cargo importers and exporters will be the main beneficiaries of the reduced wharfage rates being implemented across South African ports by the National Ports Authority of South Africa (NPA), according to the CEO of the NPA, Siyabonga Gama. 

BEE transport outsourcing deal

29th March 2002 One of South Africa’s leading domestic delivery service companies, Sun Couriers, has signed a deal worth about R40-million a year, whereby 74 former employees who worked in the trucking division, have taken control of the company’s inter-city road transport deliveries. 

Championing local manufacture

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 The window of opportunity is widening for South Africa’s local manufacturers who have retained strong engineering departments, honed their global competitiveness and gained black economic-empowerment status. 

Locomotives refurbished

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 The transport division of Alstom of Driehoek, Germiston, has won a contract to refurbish and upgrade 31 heavy-haul locomotives for South Africa’s State-owned rail company Spoornet. 

Tenders this year for Cape toll ring road

29th March 2002 Tender documents for the construction of a proposed toll ring road around the Cape metropolitan area could be prepared before the end of this year. 

Malawi airline privatisation advances

By: Marcel Chimwala     29th March 2002 MALAWI – Plans to privatise Malawi's sole airline, state-owned Air Malawi, are at an advanced stage. 

New billing system for S African port operations

22nd March 2002 South African Port Operations (SAPO) will go live on March 27 with the new Corebis billing system at the ports of the Cape and Durban. 

Namibia develops new ports masterplan

By: Keith Campbell     22nd March 2002 THE master plan drawn up by the Namibian Ports Authority has identified an area near the present port of Walvis Bay which could be developed into a terminal for post-panamax container ships. 

Travelling the merry road to confusion

By: Kelvin Kemm     15th March 2002 Previously I griped about the changing of road names and I pointed out that the naming of anything should not be used as an exercise to honour anybody, but should be an exercise in enabling travellers, or the postman, to find their way about. 

R470m toll upgrade nears end

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th March 2002 The R470-million contract to upgrade the N3 highway from Johannesburg to Durban – being undertaken by Dabulantaba, a joint venture involving Grinaker-LTA, Murray & Roberts and Fikile Projects – is expected to be completed by mid-year. 

Overloaders beware, the contractors are coming

15th March 2002 While rail companies have to bankroll the development and maintenance of their own infrastructure, road-freight companies do not incur direct expenses for highway construction or maintenance. 

50 new buses roll out in Soweto

8th March 2002 Bus operator Putco has introduced 50 new buses into its Greater Soweto fleet, valued at R40-million. 

Consensus at last on SA rail restructuring

8th March 2002 Government and Spoornet labour representatives have reached an agreement regarding the recommendations of the task team that set out the final model for the restructuring of Spoornet. 

Blue IQ – Gautrain Rapid Rail Link, Gauteng

6th March 2002 At the time of going to press the tendering process for the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link Project has begun with the request for pre-qualification (RFQ). 

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