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SA help sought for 'future vehicle'

By: Keith Campbell     14th September 2001 BRITAIN is offering the South African automotive industry a partnership in the commercialisation of new road vehicle technologies. 

State finally responds to SA shipbuilders

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th September 2001 The South African Shipbuilding Consortium (SASC), which has been waiting for months for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to articulate its policy on shipbuilding in order to revitalise the domestic industry, recently had a meeting with senior DTI officials. 

Tenders issued for Durban port berths

By: Laura Franz     7th September 2001 As part of the R1,34-billion Port of Durban Development 2005 project, National Ports Authority will be building five new deep-water berths to replace under-utilised shallow-water berths, reports port engineer Patrick Raw. 

Ghana port privatisation to start this month

3rd September 2001 The first phase of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) privatisation programme under which cargo-handling and stevedoring services will go wholly to the private sector would start this month. 

Nathi Khena, Putco

31st August 2001 Nathi Khena 

Southern African railways: is it sunrise or sunset?

By: Keith Campbell     31st August 2001 The SADC railway network is a regional physical communication and integration network of enormous importance and potential, but which faces major challenges and needs radical reform 

New safety code for rail industry

31st August 2001 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) will develop safety standards for the local railway industry – an initiative which is believed could facilitate uniform railway safety standards for the entire Southern African Development Community and even the sub-Saharan region. 

Concessioning of port operations set for next year

24th August 2001 Government hopes to start concessioning port operations in the first quarter of next year. 

Malawi plans to redevelop airport

24th August 2001 Malawi is planning to redevelop its second-largest airport, Chileka Airport, to turn it into a modern feeder airport for local and international flights. 

Where is the systems planning?

10th August 2001 I have noted with irritation and agitation the increasing number of large advertising boards that are being put up along our freeways. 

DTI cuts tyre-imports red tape

9th August 2001 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has heeded persistent complaints by the Tyre Dealers' Association (TDA) and promised to issue their delayed import permits immediately. 

Replica materials for Pta station rebuild

By: Laura Franz     3rd August 2001 The unusual nature of the replica products required to restore the charred Pretoria station to its former glory is creating opportunities for local contractors and artisans in the field of carpentry, tiling, roof construction, and painting, reports Stocks Building Africa MD: Gauteng Johan Brink. 

Union welcomes new rail-restructuring mood

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     3rd August 2001 The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), which believes the intended concessioning of rail parastatal Spoornet’s cash cows – CoalLink and Orex – will deal a body blow to the country’s railway system, says it is “happy that the government is... 

Coega has merit as trans-shipment hub – study

2nd August 2001 An independent study by Stellenbosch-based Maritime Education Research and Information Technology (Merit) has found that the Port of Ngqura is viable without the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) and that South Africa needs a deepwater container facility at the port. 

Bullet train from airport to Sandton in 12 minutes

By: Zonika Botha     27th July 2001 Imagine travelling from Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) to Sandton in twelve minutes. 

Taxi hub opens May

By: Zonika Botha     27th July 2001 By the end of May next year, 100 000 taxi and bus commuters will pass through what will be Johannesburg’s largest transport-cum-trading hub. 

Innovative vehicle for rail upkeep

27th July 2001 The re-engineering of its maintenance programme remains a top priority for national carrier Spoornet, which has announced a breakthrough in this field. Spoornet assistant chief engineer for infrastructure maintenance Danie Barnard 

Marine tender to be issued shortly

29th June 2001 The marine tender for the construction of the proposed Coega deep-water port near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, is on its way. 

Submarine project continues despite probe

By: Deborah Spicer     29th June 2001 The project work on the three class 209 type 1400 SAN submarines for the South African Navy that form part of the defence deal package is proceeding on a routine basis, reports representative of the German submarine consortium Captain Siegfried Netzband. 

Moz rail-line rehab delayed

By: Laura Franz     29th June 2001 Rehabilitation of the 225 km Limpopo rail line linking Maputo with Macarretane, in southern Mozambique, has been delayed due to the decision by rail-line owner Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Mozambique (CFM) and the US Agency for International Development (USAid) to extend the tender process for... 

Three bridges to span V&A canal

29th June 2001 The first of three, hydraulically operated bridges that will span the V&A Canal in the V&A Marina at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront is now operational. 

$24m tri-nation rail rehab plan

22nd June 2001 Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia – the three countries involved in the joint economic development programme dubbed the Nacala Development Corridor – are planning a $24-million rail development as part of the programme. 

SA has an open door to global products

22nd June 2001 South African firm Alutrade are the sole agents of Alusuisse (members of the Alcan Group) in Southern Africa. 

SA bus-body builder drives empowerment

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2001 South Africa’s oldest bus transport company, Putco, may soon be 26% owned by a black-empowerment group. 

Industry takes up roads challenge

15th June 2001 Transport Minister Dullah Omar has welcomed the findings of a new report on the country’s road backlog, which has been commissioned by the Southern African Bitumen Association (Sabita). 

Straddle carriers contract announcement imminent

8th June 2001 The cargo container-handling industry in South Africa is eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winning tender to supply Durban's container terminal with new straddle carriers, as well as the invitation to tender for the replacement of container cranes and container-handling spreaders. 

Action to clear up fishy harbour management

8th June 2001 Users of South Africa's 12 proclaimed fishing harbours have voiced their widespread dissatisfaction with a dualistic situation whereby the Department of Public Works (DPW), as national property manager, is responsible for administering the leasing of sites at the harbours, while the Department of... 

Ports will make SA sink or swim

8th June 2001 The efficiency of South Africa's ports will effect the degree to which the country can compete in a global and competitive market. 

Port expansions offer growth for company

8th June 2001 The growth of manufactured goods and containerised cargo leaving South Africa's ports is expected to expand appreciably as the country launches itself into value-added export overdrive. 

Port utility's unbundling complete

8th June 2001 The separation of Portnet into a Port Authority Division (Pad) and a Port Operation Division (Pod) – unbundled as two separate entities under transport parastatal Transnet – is complete. The Pad will assume the responsibility of landlord of the ports and surrounding land, as well as... 

R50m heavy-mineral port terminal

By: Laura Franz     1st June 2001 Construction of a R50-million bulk export terminal in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, to be used by Iscor Heavy Minerals (IHM) for the export of its Hillendale mine and Empangeni processing plant output, is on target for completion by August, reports design engineering and project management firm... 

State-of-the-art container terminal for Coega

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Coega project 

Omar drives merger of law and transport

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Making rail the transport choice; Fast-tracking concessioning of ports; Privatising aviation; Making democrats of taxi warlords 

Public transport service for the deaf, Western Cape

By: System Author     8th December 2000 In a significant technical breakthrough, the deaf can now obtain public transport information over the telephone 

Taxi recapitalisation: late but ‘on track’

By: System Author     24th November 2000 ‘Enormous progress’ has been made on plans for the recapitalisation and rationalisation of South Africa’s 120 000-strong taxi fleet. 

Transportation portal, worldwide

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Five major ocean carriers have joined forces to create a neutral transportation portal on the Internet. 

R400m on Cape Town station 

By: System Author     17th November 2000 The biggest modal interchange in the Western Cape is about to undergo a much-needed face-lift, the first phase of which is estimated at R400-million. 

Patrol boats, South Africa

By: System Author     10th November 2000 South African boatbuilder Far Ocean Marine and nine international boatbuilders are on a shortlist to provide four new patrol boats to Marine and Coastal Management. 

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