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Harbour and Offshore Services

Road freight employers optimistic on wage settlement

By: Matthew Hill     30th January 2007 Road freight employers and truck drivers are likely to reach an agreement by February 12 after wage disputes, thereby avoiding a national strike in mid-February, the Road Freight Employers Association (RFEA) said on Tuesday. RFEA executive officer Magretia Brown told Engineering News Online that... 

Gautrain consortium secures R3bn loan

By: Mariaan Webb     30th January 2007 The Bombela Concession company, government's private partner in building the 80-km Gautrain rapid-rail link, and its joint lenders, Standard Bank and Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), have finalised negotiations to fund its R3-billion commitment to the project. Standard Bank and RMB are the lead... 

Taxi alliance to finalise recap legal challenge this week

By: Matthew Hill     29th January 2007 Taxi industry association the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) hoped to have finalised the legal action that it will be taking against the Department of Transport, regarding government's taxi recapitalisation programme, by the end of this week. Speaking in a telephonic interview with Engineering... 

Jo'burg bus strike had 'very little impact' - Metrobus

By: Matthew Hill     29th January 2007 Johannesburg commuter bus service provider Metrobus said that Monday's strike by South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members had had “very little impact” and 80% of its buses were running according to schedule. 

Gauteng begins appointing experts for new transport integration body

By: Matthew Hill     24th January 2007 The Gauteng Department of Transport, Roads and Works (GDTRW) is in the process of appointing transport experts to the board of its new brainchild, the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA), a department spokesperson told Engineering News Online on Tuesday. In answer to emailed questions, Tebogo... 

Nissan Diesel SA to invest R95m in infrastructure, skills

22nd January 2007 Truck manufacturer Nissan Diesel has announced that it would spend R89-million on new infrastructure developments across South Africa. 

Truck drivers threaten February strike as wage talks fail

By: Matthew Hill     18th January 2007 South African truck drivers will begin a nationwide strike in mid-February, after talks between the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) and the road freight sector collapsed, the union cautioned on Thursday. 

Self-service check in to improve flying convenience

By: Nelendhre Moodley     17th January 2007 South Africa�s national carrier South African Airways (SAA), which launched the first of its new self check-in facility, known as Flightcheck, at Johannesburg�s OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) on Wednesday, intends to roll out a further 70 such kiosks in the near future. 

Low-cost newcomer launches second Kenyan flight route

By: Nelendhre Moodley     15th January 2007 Africa-focused logistics group Lonrho Africa, on Monday announced that Fly540, a recently established low-cost airline based in Nairobi, Kenya, launched its second route, from Nairobi�s main international airport to Kisumu in Western Kenya, last Friday. Fly540, in which Lonrho has a 49% stake,... 

Safmarine to upgrade its SA services as trade-volumes continue to rise

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2006 Shipping company Safmarine is in the process of upgrading its shipping services to and from South Africa, due to increasing trade volumes, says Safmarine South Africa trades executive Alex de Bruyn. 

A380 gets safety thumbs up

13th December 2006 The world�s largest commercial airliner, the 555-seat Airbus A380, received joint European Aviation Safety Agency and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification this week. 

Gautrain tunnelling work to begin in February

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2006 Tunelling work on the Gautrain project will start in February next year. 

Gautrain costs mount as work begins in earnest

By: Nelendhre Moodley     8th December 2006 The R20-billion-plus Gautrain rapid-rail link, a state-of-the-art public-transport system, which government hopes will ease mounting traffic congestion in the Gauteng province, is costing more than R20-million a day, says project manager Jack van der Merwe. 

'No conflict of interest in Gautrain decision' - Cabinet

7th December 2006 Cabinet had no influence in the tender decision for the R23-billion Gautrain project, Government Communication Information System head Themba Maseko told journalists on Thursday. 

Comair expects interim earnings to rise 40%-60% y-on-y

6th December 2006 Airliner group Comair announced on Wednesday that it expected its headline earnings a share and earnings a share to be between 40% to 60% higher for the six months ended December 31, than those of the prior corresponding period. 

Imperial says buys construction- and mining-equipment firm

4th December 2006 Diversified transport group Imperial has bought the entire issued share capital of Terex Africa, a construction, mining and road-building equipment distributor, it said on Monday. 

Transnet approves acquisition of 212 new general-freight locomotives

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2006 State-owned transport utility Transnet confirmed on Thursday that its board had sanctioned a plan for the purchase of 212 diesel and electric locomotives to overcome capacity constraints in the general freight business (GFB). The procurement comes in the wake of a R1,12-billion deal with a... 

Grindrod announces new director

By: Matthew Hill     24th November 2006 JSE-listed shipping company Grindrod Limited announced late on Thursday that David Polkinghorne has been appointed as a company director, effective from November 22. 

Newly refurbished coach to meet 2010 passenger demands

22nd November 2006 Transport Minister Jeff Radebe has unveiled a newly refurbished coach to enhance customer services ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well as to meet future passenger demands. 

Long-distance taxi operators take delivery of new vehicles

By: Nelendhre Moodley     15th November 2006 Ten taxi owners recently took delivery of the first batch of twenty-five Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Commuter mini-buses from the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealership in Centurion. 

Taking ten days longer to move goods through port of Durban

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2006 Container ships at the port of Durban has been experiencing berthing delays averaging 70 hours since late August, says shipping company Safmarine Africa trades executive Alex de Bruyn. 

Spoornet incorporate manufacturing spin-off model into procurement scheme

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2006 Railways utility Spoornet, which signed a R1,12-billion locomotive-acquisition deal for the supply of 32 new class 15E electric locomotives for the Sishen–Saldanha iron-ore channel, has promised that some 55% of the contract value will be conducted locally. 

SAA launches controversial low-cost carrier, promising best prices

By: Mariaan Webb     30th October 2006 South Africa's national carrier, South African Airlines (SAA), launched its controversial low-cost domestic airline, Mango, on Monday, committing itself to operate flights which will, initially, be priced at around R200 a ticket between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Low-cost operators in South... 

Schrempp appointed to SAA board

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2006 Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin has appointed six new board members at State-owned airliner South African Airways (SAA), including former DaimlerChrysler CEO Professor Jurgen Schrempp, who has long-standing relations with South Africa. 

Joburg moves to overhaul bus fleet ahead of World Cup

By: Nelendhre Moodley     24th October 2006 A consignment of 126 buses and two coaches officially handed over by DaimlerChrysler to the Johannesburg Metro, on Tuesday, is the first part in a series of new bus consignments, expected to total some 300, aimed at improving public transport ahead of the 2010 soccer World Cup. 

Public transport infrastructure gets boost of R3,8bn

23rd October 2006 Government has set aside R3,8-billion for public transport infrastructure for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, said Transport Minister Jeff Radebe. 

Spoornet gears up to meet 47Mt iron-ore target

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd October 2006 Railway utility Spoornet has entered into a R1,12-billion three-year locomotive-acquisition deal with Venus Railway Solutions for the supply of 32 new class 15E electric locomotives for the Sishen-Saldanha iron-ore line, CEO Siyabonga Gama announced on Monday. Venus is a special-purpose vehicle... 

Integrate or derail!

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2006 Parliamentary portfolio committee chairperson on transport Jeremy Cronin is correct when he says that the success or failure of the R20-billion-plus Gautrain project now hinges materially on its ability to support public-transport integration in the province. 

Project pipeline to mitigate traffic congestion

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2006 Despite this year's interest rate hikes, South Africa should add another 700 000 new vehicles to an already filled-to-the-brim road system - which would be an all-time high. Last year, in a spending boom, new-vehicle sales reached what was then a record-breaking 618 028 units, up from 480 879... 

R350m facility upgrade for new GM-Isuzu truck entity

20th October 2006 A R350-million two-year facility upgrade would accompany the launch of a new South African truck entity, General Motors South Africa (GMSA) and Isuzu Japan said on Friday. 

Opening up air transport could create 70 000 jobs, says report

By: Mariaan Webb     18th October 2006 Opening up air transport in Southern Africa could boost the region's economic activity by more than R1,5-billion and could create around 70 000 new jobs, mainly in the tourism sector, a report on liberalisation of Southern African skies unveiled on Wednesday. 

Container throughput at Maputo harbour expected to double by 2010

By: Matthew Hill     13th October 2006 Throughput at the Port of Maputo container terminal is expected to more than double by 2010, as its operator, Mozambique International Port Services (MIPS), endeavors in its campaign to attract more business from Southern African countries. The port currently has excess container capacity, and... 

Electronic-tolling system likely to be tested on SA roads

By: Nelendhre Moodley     12th October 2006 A new electronic toll system, which is part of the freeway improvement scheme, is set to hit the roads in the near future. 

Facelift Ahoy!

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2006 The six commercial ports within the South African Port Operations (Sapo) fold has received a large tranche of new equipment as part of this year’s R1,8-billion capital expenditure plan. 

First flag-branded taxis expected before month-end - Msibi

By: Mariaan Webb     6th October 2006 The first fleet of South African-flag branded taxis under government's R7,7-billion taxi recapitalisation programme was expected to make its appearance on South Africa's roads before month-end, Transport spokesperson Collin Msibi said on Friday. 

Rail safety regulator beefs up inspectorate

5th October 2006 Government has announced an inspectorate to monitor the rail industry's safety and compliance with the regulatory framework. 

Africa's biggest airport will be 'safe, construction-free' by 2010

By: Mariaan Webb     5th October 2006 Security at South Africa's busiest airport, Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), would be scaled up ahead of 2010 and Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) GM for JIA, Chris Hlekane, has promised a safe and construction-free airport for the soccer World Cup. He told journalists at a quarterly... 

R7,5bn set aside for rail infrastructure

By: Terence Creamer     29th September 2006 State-owned rail utility Spoornet is considering the rollout of a ‘total shutdown’ model across key heavy-duty corridors, following a successful a ten-day shutdown of the Sishen-Saldanha iron-ore export channel in August. 

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