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Railway commuter carriages upgrade, Western Cape

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Potential long-term savings to the South African economy – projected at about R25-billion – could flow from the signing of a co-operation agreement between local manufacturing company Nustart and Canadian engineering company Baultar, flooring specialists in the overhaul and... 

First motorcycle with hybrid engine

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Developments to Watch 

Taxi, bus terminals for airport next year

By: System Author     8th September 2000 Public transport facilities and systems at Africa’s busiest airport, Johannesburg International Airport, are being redesigned to make a world-class transportation system available to arriving users. 

Tippers make loading easier

By: System Author     11th August 2000 Transportation logistics company John Daniel Containers, of Mossel Bay, Western Cape, has entered into a manufacturing agreement with Australian company Trufab to manufacture a new roller-tipper. 

New port-control tower doubles as weather centre 

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Nautical imagery, shells and budding sugar-cane shoots are the inspiration for the design of the state-of-the-art port control tower which will grace Durban – Africa’s busiest port – by April next year. 

Measuring car cuts surveying time

By: System Author     14th July 2000 The first infrastructure-measuring car that can measure track and overhead line parameters simultaneously, was launched by Plasserail last month. 

All aboard the Shilowa express

By: System Author     7th July 2000 By 2005, commuters travelling between Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Johannesburg International Airport may be persuaded to leave the convenience of their motorcars for the time-savings and comfort of a higher-speed train. 

Rail cargo traceable on the Internet

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Southern Africa is one step closer to an integrated regional railway system, with the last railway due to be connected to the region’s rolling stock information system by December. 

SA rail efficiency is not on track – Omar

By: System Author     30th June 2000 While South Africa can boast some of the most advanced transport infrastructure in the world, efficiency in terms of its rail network is still not on track. 

Will taxpayers subsidise taxi recapitalisation?

By: System Author     30th June 2000 The taxi recapitalisation project has invited laudatory and cautionary comment since its announcement last year. 

Shipbuilder uses 140 tons of aluminium every year

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Aluminium 

SA must be transport-smart

By: System Author     16th June 2000 The implementation of intelligent transport systems in South Africa will play a significant role with respect to the South African government’s five-year transport focus. 

State ports authority moves forward

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Harbour infrastructure & equipment 

Refurbishment, replacement and specialised services are the name of the port game

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Harbour infrastructure & equipment 

Restructuring policy expected by September

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Harbour infrastructure & equipment 

Policy to encourage black economic empowerment

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Harbour infrastructure & equipment 

New designs and products for clients

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Harbour infrastructure & equipment 

Global expertise for South Africa

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Harbour infrastructure & equipment 

Coega’s comeback confirmed

By: System Author     5th May 2000 The long-awaited deepwater harbour and industrial development zone planned for a 17 000 ha property east of Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape, is making something of a comeback. 

Saldanha upgrade starts next month

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Implementation of Portnet’s plan for a R400-million upgrade to the Port of Saldanha’s 23-year-old iron-ore export plant is due to begin by the end of May. 

Do-or-die time to avoid SA commuter-rail train smash

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Decision time is looming for South Africa if it has any hope of salvaging its commuter rail service which operates in the main urban centres of Gauteng, the Western and Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal. 

Maiden voyage for South Africa’s marine showcase

By: System Author     24th March 2000 The first international showcase for South Africa’s maritime business sector, Maritme Africa 2000, is on course for a successful ‘maiden voyage’. 

UK firm hopes to put brakes on SA train smash

By: System Author     24th March 2000 The appointment of Halcrow Rail as the turnaround specialist to support the restructuring of Spoornet’s mainline passenger services and general freight is expected to prepare the parastatal for commercialisation so that it can become a sustainable stand-alone business entity. 

New life for old fishing harbours

By: System Author     10th March 2000 The first contracts for the R4,1-million upgrades of the Hout Bay, Lamberts Bay, Kalk Bay and Laaiplek fishing harbours in the Western Cape are expected to be awarded next month. 

Interest in local company

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Transport parastatal Transnet has received “substantial interest” for the disposal of 70% of its design and construction business, Protekon. 

Racing roll-cage for taxis

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Local entrepreneur Japie Ludick has adapted the roll-cage – typically used in motor racing – for taxis. 


By: System Author     25th February 2000 Taxi recap: can it pass the affordability test? 

Gauteng’s re-industrialisation plan

By: System Author     18th February 2000 The Gauteng spatial development initiative has seen a number of nodes having been identified for industrial projects. 

This container has it all

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Innovative self-offloading and multifunctional side-tipping containers are among the products developed by Mossel Bay firm John Daniel Containers. 

Contract signals company’s success

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road, rail and airport infrastructure 

Taxi! A new order dawns in SA

By: System Author     21st January 2000 South Africa’s long-awaited taxi recapitalisation project will begin in earnest next week with an exhibition at the Kyalami race circuit in Gauteng where the eight short-listed bidders will be able to show their offerings. 

Facilities offered for taxi revamp

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Although Nissan Diesel did not submit a proposal for the renewal of South Africa’s mini-bus taxi fleet late last year, it will make available its facilities for any taxi-manufacturing consortium wishing to utilise them. 

New bus-assembly plant to be ready by April

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Swedish truck and bus manufacturer Scania and its South African arm are to benefit substantially from a R240-million contract to supply 340 buses to the largest bus operator in the Northern Province. 

Locomotive company being liquidated

By: System Author     10th December 1999 The liquidation of Bessinger Locomotives has been hampered by the departure of the company’s director to the UK. 

Multibillion-rand rebirth plan for SA taxi industry

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 In October next year, the long-awaited recapitalisation of South Africa’s 126 000-strong taxi fleet is set to begin in earnest, but there is already a flurry of activity in preparation for the event. 

Mobile techno unit to plug into SA youth

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 The hopes and dreams for a renewed interest by South Africa’s youth in engineering are set to hit the road early next year in the form of the Tsebo Koloing Technology in Motion mobile unit. 

Dry-dock, Kwazulu-Natal

By: System Author     26th November 1999 Tenders invited for the construction of a dry dock 

SA firm in ‘armour-plated’ global deal

By: System Author     26th November 1999 South African-based defence company Vickers OMC has become the design, development and manufacturing centre for wheeled armoured fighting vehicles for the Vickers group worldwide. 

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