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Bulk-materials market set to soar

By: elizabeth rebelo     26th November 2004 Bateman Africa’s bulk-materials business line, which is bidding for projects worth R800-million, expects the market for bulk materials to double or even treble in the next five years. 

Time running out for Gautrain as soccer World Cup looms

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2004 Time is running out for the Gautrain to be ready before the 2010 soccer World Cup kicks off. 

SA announces Taxi recap reshuffle

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2004 The new-look taxi recapitalisation programme, as announced earlier this month, is part of a broader project to bring the taxi industry into the mainstream of the South African economy, says Department of Transport (DoT) director-general Wrenelle Stander. 

Poor-quality fuel may cost fleet owners dearly

19th November 2004 The quality of South African diesel has become quite an issue, says fuel-analysis firm WearCheck Africa. 

Malawi to tender multimillion-dollar preshipment inspection contract

By: Marcel Chimwala     19th November 2004 Malawi - The Malawian government is preparing to put to tender the multimillion-dollar preshipment inspection contract as a contract with British firm Intertek Testing Services, which currently carries out preshipment inspection work for the government, will expire in nine months’ time. 

Africa must make big air-traffic control decisions

By: Keith Campbell     19th November 2004 IN the next couple of years the countries of Africa will have to decide on whether or not they will adopt a regional approach to air traffic control (ATC) rather than the current national approaches. 

First Word

By: Nicola Mawson     19th November 2004 The taxi recapitilisation programme is at last on track, with Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe announcing early this month that the programme would be going ahead. 

Transport group sells 50% stake to BEE partner

17th November 2004 In major ownership restructuring, Natro Freight, one of South Africa's largest independent logistics and transportation groups, has taken aboard a black partner, setting its sights on an aggressive new business growth path and a JSE listing. 

Indian group invests R40m in bus assembly

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2004 Indian conglomerate Tata is not only selling its cars into South Africa, but reports that it is also setting up a R40-million bus assembly unit in Johannesburg. 

Review of truck-development scheme in play

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2004 All indications are that South Africa’s trucking industry development programme is likely to continue unchanged. 

Car giant expects record local sales for 2004

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2004 Volkswagen of South Africa (VWSA) expects to spend R2,5-billion over the next five years at its Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape and its Midrand corporate office, in Gauteng, says VWSA MD Andreas Tostmann. This is to enable increasing exports for the booming local arm of the German car giant. 

Gauteng unveils five-year transport plan

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th November 2004 Economic successes have put additional pressures on the Gauteng province's infrastructure, while the evolution and implementation of integrated planning and provisioning for infrastructure investments lag behind the changes in the province, Gauteng MEC for Public Transport, Roads and Works... 

Gautrain announcement is now set for March

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2004 The announcement of the winning bidder for the R7-billion Gautrain has been postponed from late this year, to March next year. 

Transnet borrows R2bn for SAA recap

5th November 2004 South African transport utility Transnet said yesterday it borrowed R2-billion from the capital market on October 27, by increasing the issue size of its T018 government guaranteed bond, originally issued on July 6, from R4-billion to R6-billion. 

Cape Town's war on greenhouse gases

By: abdul cook     5th November 2004 Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions result when fossil fuels are burned to produce electricity, heat buildings or power vehicles. 

R2bn investment by Japanese car giant

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2004 Car manufacturer Toyota South Africa (TSA) 

Automobile company makes new play for multipurpose market

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2004 Volkswagen South African (VWSA) this month introduced the Caddy to South Africa. 

Rail competes for consumer transportation market

By: Nicola Mawson     29th October 2004 Commuter trains are being refurbished as part of a bid to entice the commuting public to use rail transport instead of road transport. 

VWSA exports 10 000th Golf to Asia Pacific region

28th October 2004 The 10 000th new Volkswagen Golf has been shipped off to the Asia Pacific region from the Volkswagen of South Africa's Uitenhage plant. 

SA truck sector positioned for future growth

By: Martin Czernowalow     27th October 2004 The South African truck sector is poised for significant growth, after achieving its best sales year ever in 2004, barring an unnatural spike in sales more than two decades ago. 

SA to start producing new Mercedes model in 2007

By: Martin Czernowalow     26th October 2004 Automotive giant DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) is poised to start production of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class in 2007, which will be delivered to several new export markets, in addition to the group's existing foreign markets. 

BEE transport group in R82m deal with Total SA

21st October 2004 Transport group Ezethu Logistics yesterday announced the start of its first large-scale outsourced contract in the fuel and chemicals industry, worth more than R82-million. 

R165bn power, transport capex plan unveiled

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2004 Cabinet yesterday considered the long-awaited financing strategy for two key State-owned Enterprises (SoEs), Eskom and Transnet, and outlined a R165-billion investment programme for the power, rail, port and pipeline sectors. 

Administered-prices impact study initiated

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2004 Only days after an announcement by government that Statistics South Africa will be introducing an administered price index to monitor prices set in the electricity, communications, transport, water, health and education sector, a tender has been issued for a consultant to conduct a study into the... 

Sea-freight group recapitalises fleet

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2004 Container line Safmarine has five new ships that are either being built or that have just been launched for the Europe/West Africa and Europe/South Africa routes. The last of the five vessels will enter the Europe-South Africa trade route early in 2005. 

Aluminium producer tenders for Gautrain project

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 Aluminium and packaging solutions company Alcan, has tendered to supply aluminium extrusion systems for the Gautrain rapid rail link project to one of the two tendering consortiums. This is according to Andre De Wet of Gauteng based Alutrade – the local agent of Alcan 

'Strong global truck demand set to continue'

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2004 The world’s second-biggest truck manufacturer, Volvo Truck Corporation, expects a 21% jump in worldwide sales this year, up from last year’s 75 300 units to 87 000 units, says company CEO and president Jorma Halonen. 

R13bn for Gauteng transport ahead of soccer World Cup

By: Helene Le Roux     1st October 2004 The 2010 soccer World Cup has set the ball rolling for large investment in Gauteng’s transportation infrastructure. 

Strong rand boosts bus operator's earnings

1st October 2004 The firmer rand, a tight rein on costs and lower interest rates helped Putco to increase headline earnings per share by 12,6% to 179,1 c from 159 c in 2003, for the year to June, the group reported this week. 

20 000 cylinder heads manufactured

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 To date, Murray & Roberts Foundries has already manufactured some 20 000 aluminium cylinder heads for Volkswagen Germany’s LT2 commercial vehicle range, says marketing director Bernard Brussow. 

First Word

By: Keith Campbell     24th September 2004 TRAFFIC jams! 

Where truck spares go to be reborn

By: Nicola Mawson     17th September 2004 Scrap yards are typically labelled as the place that vehicles go to die. 

Plastic train window isdesigned to thwart criminals

By: Irma Venter     17th September 2004 Johannesburg-based sliding window manufacturer Widney has developed a plastic train window for the South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC). 

Gauteng govt on big infrastructure drive

By: jenny furness     17th September 2004 The Gauteng provincial government will be taking the initiative in terms of infrastructure development in the province, in future, as opposed to waiting for the slow cogs of national government to turn. 

'Give truck assembly' the break it needs’

By: Ollie Madlala     10th September 2004 The South African government could save the last vestige of truck assembly in South Africa and, in fact, rebuild the entire truck-building industry with one minor change to existing successful regulations. 

Iscor lessons for SAA?

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2004 Cast your mind back to the late 1990s. South Africa’s steel group Iscor was in dire straits. It, together with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), had, in 1995, decided to pursue the Saldanha Steel Project in the Western Cape. 

Putting Transnet on a new track

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2004 One of the aspects of the proposed new Transnet operational structure is the vertical separation of the infrastructure and operational aspects of the freight businesses - railways, harbours and pipelines - in line with global best practice. 

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