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SAA to increase Nigeria flights, exits Malawi

15th April 2003 South African Airways (SAA) said it wanted to increase its flights to Nigeria to daily from three times a week, but had pulled out of talks on a role in Air Malawi. 

KZN to spend R1bn-plus on roads

14th April 2003 The KwaZulu-Natal transport department is to spend more than a R1-billion on roads and transport infrastructure during the 2003/2004 financial year. 

Early success for R120m N4 load-control project

11th April 2003 A R120-million investment in load control facilities for heavy vehicles on the 500 km N4 toll route has seen overloading on the route drop by over 30%. 

Record of decision on Gautrain enviro, heritage studies is expected in May

By: Zonika Botha     11th April 2003 The draft environmental-impact assessment (EIA) as well as an extended environmental resource economics study and a heritage impact assessment on the R7-billion, 80-km Gautrain rapid-rail project, which forms part of the Gauteng Provincial Government’s ambitious Blue IQ initiative, has been... 

Gautrain: its not about speed but efficiency of travel

By: Kelvin Kemm     4th April 2003 It sounds as if the Gautrain is going off the rails. A few days ago I heard a radio advertisement in which the Gautrain’s speed was emphasised. The press all refer to the fast train, or high-speed train. This is wrong! 

Composites combat bridge wear-and-tear

By: Karel Smrcka     4th April 2003 Advanced fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites have gained significant ground in the construction industry thanks to their extensive and cost effective use in the strengthening of existing structures. 

Road hauliers urged to be responsible chemical carriers

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 Major chemical companies in South Africa are known to outsource their transport arrangements. 

Barloworld buys US dealership for $5m

25th March 2003 South Africa's Barloworld said yesterday it had bought a US-based truck and equipment dealership for $5-million, in line with a strategy to expand its Freightliner business. 

Truck-body manufacturers under new ownership

21st March 2003 The management buy out (MBO) of TFM Industries has been completed and the management team, lead by MD Johan van der Merwe, is now firmly in the saddle at the company. 

Pretoria distributor for stabilisation products

By: Zonika Botha     14th March 2003 UK company Tensar International, a worldwide leader in the manufacture and provision of soil reinforcement and ground stabilisation solutions, has appointed Pretoria-based company Geotrac as its sole distributor in South Africa. 

Japanese car maker sells record number in 2002

14th March 2003 Japanese car manufacturer Toyota sold more than six-million Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino vehicles worldwide for the first time in its history last year. 

Supplier expands its delivery fleet

7th March 2003 Founded in 1937 as a Pretoria family business, Hoxies’ primary business was the export of fresh products, and the import of Portuguese products and seafood from Mozambique. 

Money set aside for Gautrain in Budget

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th March 2003 Gauteng Province will set aside money for the Gautrain Rapid-Rail project during the 2003/4 financial year, the province’s MEC for Finance and Economic Affairs, Jabu Moleketi, told a media briefing yesterday. 

SA-engineered truck parts may find global outlet

By: Keith Campbell     28th February 2003 NO less than 30% by volume of components in Nissan Diesel trucks in this country have been adapted or developed by the company’s South African engineering department to meet local conditions and needs. 

Angry response to toll tariff increases

By: Martin Czernowalow     28th February 2003 The Automobile Association of South Africa has reacted strongly to toll tariff increases announced by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), saying that tariffs should be realistic and not out of reach for the average motorist. 

SA taxi industry to get a facelift

27th February 2003 Taxi operators, commuters and retailers – formal and informal – stand to benefit from a new partnership between the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) and property development company Taxiprop-BR. 

Brian Croock, BD Sarens

21st February 2003 Full name: Brian Stephen Croock Position: MD since April 2002 Main activity of the company: BD Sarens is in the lifting and transport logistics industries and offers five different services under one roof, namely cranage and rigging, road transportation, air and sea freight, project logistics and... 

Durban port concessioning architecture soon

21st February 2003 Speaking during a parliamentary media briefing yesterday, Public Enterprises Minister Jeff Radebe reported that “concession architecture” for the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) in Kwazulu-Natal is in its final stage of development and will be discussed by Cabinet soon. 

Taxi recapitalisation programme advances

20th February 2003 Government has short listed six bidders for the production of new 18 and 35 seater vehicles, set to replace the country’s current fleet of minibus taxis. 

Truck maker bearish on world economic recovery

10th February 2003 Sweden's AB Volvo, the world's second-biggest truck producer, reported better than expected fourth quarter pre-tax profits on Friday, but said there would be no swift recovery in its two key markets. 

Small airlines will struggle to meet noise regulations

10th February 2003 Noise abatement procedures that are expected to be implemented by the South African government this year, to make aircraft quieter and safer, are expected to have serious implications for both local and international airlines. 

Shipping line orders new vessels

7th February 2003 Shipping line Safmarine has ordered three new container vessels specifically designed for trade at West African ports. 

Track-maker opens new facility

By: Keith Campbell     6th February 2003 Truck-maker Nissan Diesel South Africa has completed concentrating all its activities and entities under one roof. 

Tshwane’s rail signals set for upgrade

4th February 2003 The South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) will be upgrading the signalling system on the commuter routes in the Tshwane area over the next few months. 

M&R wins big iron-ore stacker reclaimer contract

28th January 2003 Engineering and contracting group, Murray & Roberts, has been awarded the complete mechanical and structural site erection of three iron-ore stacker reclaimers in Saldanha Bay. 

Inaction on public transport costs lives

By: katharine mckenzie     24th January 2003 The yearly discussion about road deaths can always be relied upon to generate a healthy national debate and much finger pointing. 

Traffic management needs scientific approach

By: Kelvin Kemm     24th January 2003 Now for some more about the road accident issue and general traffic management. 

Gautrain EIA expanded to include new info

23rd January 2003 Findings of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) study, conducted around Gauteng communities who will be affected by the proposed Gautrain project, are expected in mid-February. 

To toll or not to toll: Gauteng mulls user-pays road options 

By: Zonika Botha     20th January 2003 Although blessed with an extensive road infrastructure, South Africa’s provincial road network is believed to have deteriorated significantly over the past decade where, currently, fewer than 40% of Gauteng roads are classified as being in a good or very good condition. 

An interview with George Stephenson’s ghost

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     17th January 2003 I am in York (somebody has to be) and the British National Railway Museum (NRM) is here. 

Cop bad drivers, not speedsters

By: Kelvin Kemm     17th January 2003 Three weeks before Christmas I was travelling along various freeways at speeds between 220 km/h and – when we were going slowly – 140 km/h. I was not driving. I was relaxed knowing that we could not get caught in any speed trap. 

To toll or not to toll: Gauteng mulls user-pays road option

By: Zonika Botha     17th January 2003 Although blessed with an extensive road infrastructure, South Africa’s provincial road network is believed to have deteriorated significantly over the past decade where, currently, fewer than 40% of Gauteng roads are classified as being in a good or very good condition. 

Gautrain project under fire from JCCI

15th January 2003 Head of the Gauteng Department of Transport, Jack van der Merwe, has responded to criticism levelled at the proposed Gautrain rapid rail project, by the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). 

SA-Senegal air partnership announced

10th January 2003 South African Airways (SAA) has struck a deal with Air Senegal International for the West African airline to feed passengers into Dakar for a new SAA flight from the Senegalese capital to New York. 

Toll-roads are inevitable, believes Alli

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 South Africans should change the culture of non-payment for services and the belief that government should provide everything, for country to develop and improve its infrastructure, charges National Roads Agency CEO Nazir Alli. 

N4 toll-road experiences 12% growth

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 Although traffic along the N4 toll-road to Maputo started on a lower note last year, with business far below expectations following completion of the road, this year has seen a 12% traffic growth. 

Locally-developed toll-collection system achieves success abroad

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 The ten-year infrastructure development programme outlined by the South African National Roads Agency (NRA) to boost the economy and development of the country has resulted in an increase in the number of toll-road projects countrywide. 

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