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KZN to launch 2010 transport projects in October

28th September 2006 As part of national Transport Month in October, the Kwazulu-Natal provincial government will launch its transport projects for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup as well as activity plans for the month's events. 

7 000 Spoornet wagons lie idle as wheel-centre shortage bites

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2006 Some 7 000 Spoornet wagons are currently lying idle as a result of a serious domestic and global shortage of wheel centres and CEO Siyabonga Gama expects the backlog to last until at least the middle of 2007. 

V&A preferred bidder to be announced on Wednesday

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2006 The preferred bidder for an interest in the prime V&A Waterfront property development in Cape Town will be announced on Wednesday afternoon. 

Defence-ready transport sector vital to SA's peace-keeping efforts

18th September 2006 South Africa's Transport Minister Jeff Radebe called upon public and private transport companies to ensure that part of their rolling stock fleet of locomotives, wagons and road transport meet the military standards to ensure cooperation in peace missions and disaster relief operations. 

Broader scope envisaged

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2006 The Department of Transport is considering the possibility to broadening the scope of the Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) to include elements initially envisaged for an economic regulator in the sector. 

High-speed Durban-Joburg rail link a 'nonstarter', roads evangelist argues

By: Matthew Hill     13th September 2006 A high-speed rail link between Johannesburg and Durban, which the Department of Transport (DoT) had “agreed to in principle” and was awaiting approval for, was an “absolute nonstarter”, Arup South Africa transport economics adviser Andrew Marsay argues. His argument is... 

SA mulls new ways to reduce transport costs

By: Nelendhre Moodley     11th September 2006 In a bid to tackle high transport costs government has embarked on a programme to identify interventions that would reduce freight and passenger transport costs. 

Big demands to be placed on host cities, Jordaan warns

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2006 Host cities of the 2010 Soccer World Cup (SWC) will have to do much more than build stadiums for the 64 official matches that comprise the globe’s biggest sports event. 

Navy confirms discussions on Durban harbour site

By: Keith Campbell     1st September 2006 The South African Navy (SAN) has no objections in principle to the National Ports Authority’s (NPA’s) taking over its Salisbury Island site – but the parastatal would have to compensate the Navy in kind. 

Transwerk contracts with foreign wheels suppliers as demand causes bottleneck

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2006 State-owned transport utility Transnet has signed contracts for wheel centres with three European supplies and one Australian supplier as South Africa’s sole domestic manufacturer struggles to keep pace with demand. 

R3,8-billion for 2010 to leverage much more

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2006 The Department of Transport (DoT), provincial transport MECs and chairpersons of transport agencies have approved a R3,8-billlion 2010 action agenda for public transport infrastructure development for the Soccer World Cup. 

SAA's low-cost offering would not be anticompetitive, says Erwin

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2006 National airliner South African Airways (SAA) and the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) were convinced that an entry into the low-cost carrier market would not be viewed as anticompetitive by South Africa's increasingly-robust competition authorities - it had also received legal opinion to... 

Port of Maputo expects continued rises in throughput as logistics improve

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2006 Throughput at the Port of Maputo grew by 16% in 2005 over 2004 figures as rehabilitation work continues. 

Rail Safety chief concerned about rising human-error related accidents

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2006 An analysis of rail incidents over the year to March 31, 2006, indicates that more than 60% of accidents are human-factor related. 

Gautrain route changes approved by province, public invited to comment

By: Matthew Hill     22nd August 2006 The Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment has approved route changes in three areas of the Gautrain's route that were proposed by the preferred bidder, the Bombela Consortium, and the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works (GDPTRW). Bombela recommended a... 

Although Spoornet's general freight business continues to struggle, Transnet wants to maintain diversity

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet was determined not to see Spoornet reduced to a two-commodity transport business and was considering new ways to recapture general-freight volumes from road, CEO Maria Ramos stressed recently. 

Moral hazard is a real threat

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 Officially, South Africa is still pursuing a policy of vertically separating harbour and railways infrastructure from operations. However, progress on this key issue, which would facilitate greater competition in both sectors, has been painfully slow. 

New flag-emblazoned taxi fleet to make debut in September

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 The final specifications for South Africa's new generation of mini- and midi-bus taxis will be gazetted in a matter of days, opening the way for the roll-out of a new white-painted, South African-flag branded, taxi fleet from September. Speaking during a post transport-Lekgolta media briefing in... 

SA and Ethiopia commit to open-skies push

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 A transport-related memorandum of understanding signed between South Africa and Ethiopia on Friday was hailed as a precursor to an increasingly concerted effort by South Africa to ensure a further opening of the skies over the continent. 

Transnet likely to scale up capex beyond budgeted R64,5bn

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2006 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet was considering project plans that could see it materially enlarging its already ambitious capital-expenditure programme, currently pegged at R64,5-billion for the next five years, CEO Maria Ramos has confirmed. Speaking at an editor's briefing in... 

New KZN airport to be operational by 2010 - Radebe

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2006 South Africa will build a new airport at La Mercy, near the port of Durban, at a cost of at least R2.5-billion. 

Namibia to build $119,7m road near Angola border

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2006 Namibia will build an 809 million Namibian dollar ($119.7 million) road near its border with Angola, said Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. 

Mobile crane lifts containers from stranded vessel

By: khalid patel     4th August 2006 South African crane supplier Johnson Crane Hire was contracted by Smit Salvage to remove containers from the stricken 16 800-t Safmarine Agulhas that ran aground in June off the coast of East London. 

New offshore repair facility at Walvis Bay could spoil Cape Town's repair party

By: Jade Davenport     28th July 2006 The ship repair facility at the port of Cape Town is facing increased competition from Walvis Bay in Namibia with the purchase of a 11 500 t floating repair dock by the Namibian Ports Authority (NamPort) earlier this year. 

Government wants State-owned enterprises to go extra mile in developing 'competitive' local suppliers

By: Terence Creamer     28th July 2006 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and South Africa’s State-owned enterprises (SoEs) are finalising various supplier-development programmes in a bid to raise the level of local content in the multibillion-rand public infrastructure drive, involving large-scale power, transport and... 

New port complex for the Gulf of Suez

By: Keith Campbell     21st July 2006 Build, operate, transfer (Bot) is the principle that Egypt adopted for its new port on the western (African) coast of the Gulf of Suez. 

Dedicated freighter fleet emerging at national carrier

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2006 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) has started to establish a dedicated freighter fleet in a bid to expand SAA Cargo’s capacity as well as to deal with rising competitive pressures. 

Transnet sets up structures to manage R64,5bn capex roll out

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2006 State-owned freight-logistics group Transnet has set up a specialist division to manage its big-ticket capital projects, which form part of a R64,5-billion, five-year capital-expenditure plan for its railways, harbour and pipeline businesses. 

SA's relevance to be strained unless one of its ports emerges a global hub

By: Laura Tyrer     7th July 2006 South Africa needs to position one of its harbours as a ‘hub port’ within the world trading system, Captain Dave Rennie told a gather- ing at a recent South African Port Operations business networking breakfast. 

Sapo introduces a manufacturing element to its procurement strategy

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2006 State-owned harbour operator South African Port Operations (Sapo) claims to be taking a manufacturing view of its procurement processes and is encouraging foreign equipment suppliers, with which it places contracts, to integrate South African manufacturers into their global supply chains. 

SAA pins growth ambition on low-cost carrier, freight business

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2006 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) is pinning its expansionary ambitions on the introduction of a low-cost operator as well as a substantially-expanded cargo offering. The group, which emerged gingerly from a strike-affected operational and financial period, reported only modest... 

Transnet sets up structures to manage R64,5bn capex roll out

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2006 State-owned freight-logistics group Transnet has set up a specialist division to manage its big-ticket capital projects, which form part of a R64,5-billion, five-year capital-expenditure plan for its railways, harbour and pipeline businesses. At present, the division, headed by project-management... 

US government supports American firm and BEE partner in their bid for SA peaking-power project

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2006 A US government agency has approved a $550 900 technical-assistance grant for a black economic-empowered (BEE) company partnering the giant US energy group, AES, in its bid to build one of the private peaking-power plants currently out to tender from the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME). 

How the humble steel box is shaping trade and transport in South Africa and the world

By: Helene Le Roux     30th June 2006 When South Africa’s freight-transport executives speak, they talk in the international language of twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). A TEU is the 38,5 m3 of transport capacity that a steel container – which measures 6,1 m (20 feet) in length, 2,44 m in width and 2,59 m in height... 

Twelve all-electric cranes ordered for Durban port

23rd June 2006 South African Port Operations (SAPO), the terminal operating division of South Africa’s transportation conglomerate Transnet is continuing its mutually beneficial relationship with Kalmar Industries with an order of 12 all-electric E-One, 6+1 wide and 1-over-5 high rubber-tyred-gantry (RTG)... 

Carrier-maker marks supply milestone

23rd June 2006 The South African Port Operations (Sapo), a division of Transnet, was recently presented with seventh-generation straddle carrier number 4 000 manufactured by Finland-based Kalmar. 

Port logistics management a multifaceted challenge

23rd June 2006 The coordination and expansion of port logistics is characterised by a wide range of extremely varied tasks. 

Cape Town city, port in cooperation pact

23rd June 2006 In a major boost for Cape Town’s port operations, the city of Cape Town has set up a pro-active planning and co-operative framework with the National Port Authority (NPA), leading to the establishment of a Port City Forum. 

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