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Radebe urges multimodal transport development

By: Martin Czernowalow     18th June 2004 South African Transport Minister Jeff Radebe said it was critically important to examine ways to overcome structural and spatial discriminations within the country’s transport sector. 

Innovative truck body for SA conditions

14th June 2004 Specialist truck body manufacturer TFM Industries reported that it has delivered 49 curtainsiders to Super Group that were specially designed to transport flour in very rugged conditions. 

Transport dept responding to EPWP challenges: D-G

10th June 2004 Public entities are successfully responding to the challenges of the expanded public works programme (EPWP) and increased public investment in social and economic infrastructure, transport department director-general Wrenelle Stander said yesterday. 

'Firm basis laid for Gauteng integrated transport plan'

9th June 2004 Gauteng public transport, roads and works MEC Ignatius Jacobs yesterday welcomed the challenges laid down by Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa, at a briefing on key priorities of the provincial government during the current five-year term. 

Transport subsidy mismatch is now being reviewed

By: Jill Stanford     4th June 2004 THE mismatch between subsidies and the types of public transport used by commuters is one of the factors being considered in a review of the public transport system, which is under way. 

Foundry makes progress with engine-component contract

By: Helene Le Roux     4th June 2004 South African company Murray and Roberts (M&R) Foundries has started manufacturing engine components for the multimillion-rand contract awarded to the firm by Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA).?The contract forms part of the R12-billion supply agreement whereby the Volkswagen group in Germany will... 

South African sugar gets empowered logistics

28th May 2004 In line with its corporate strategy, Cargo Carriers has put wheels under empowerment by establishing a R4-million empowerment-focused sugarcane transport venture in the southern African sugar belt, called Buhle Betfu Carriers. 

Taxi drivers in deal to acquire Midas franchises

By: jenny furness     25th May 2004 Automotive replacement parts distributor and franchiser Midas yesterday signed a cooperative agreement with the Gauteng Taxi Council, Southern Africa Long Distance Transport Association (Saldta) and the Greater Alberton Taxi Association, representing over 4 000 taxi owners. 

Details on State enterprise investment plans by Sept

25th May 2004 The South African government will announce detailed investment plans for certain State-owned enterprises (SOEs) by the end of September, the country’s new Minister of Public Enterprises said. 

Mbeki chooses a real-economy team that can deliver

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2004 The appointment by President Thabo Mbeki of Mandisi Mpahlwa, Jeff Radebe and Alec Erwin to the trade and industry, transport, and public enterprises portfolios respectively, sends out a strong signal that he is seeking co-ordination from those with direct responsibility for real-economic delivery. 

Winning Gautrain bid to be announced in December

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2004 The winning bidder to construct and operate the Gautrain should be announced early December, says Gautrain spokesperson Dr Barbara Jensen. 

Vehicle giant shows its taxi recap hand

By: lauren rota     14th May 2004 DaimlerChrylser’s Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 416 CDI was launched in South Africa at the end of April, as successor to the 413 CDI model, to meet the requirements of specific target industries. 

Container terminals to get R800m makeover

By: Martin Czernowalow     14th May 2004 South Africa will spend about R800-million during the 2004/5 financial year on upgrading its container terminals, South African Port Operations (Sapo) said yesterday. 

Spoornet in business overhaul in bid to improve service

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2004 Struggling rail utility Spoornet yesterday announced a far-reaching restructuring plan, which it hopes will reposition it to improve customer service and regain some of the market share it has lost to road hauliers over the last decade. 

Murray & Roberts Foundries secures orders in VW export contract

By: jenny furness     4th May 2004 Engineering group Murray & Roberts Foundries has been awarded a multi million rand contract by Volkswagen South Africa to supply aluminium cylinder heads and cast iron blocks for VW engines. 

The Road Freight Association welcomes Radebe

3rd May 2004 The Road Freight Association (RFA) on Friday welcomed the newly-appointed Minister of Transport, Jeff Radebe, pledging “its full support to assist wherever possible”. 

Truck manufacturer appoints new head

29th April 2004 The South African arm of German truck and bus manufacturer MAN has appointed Adolf Moosbauer as managing director with immediate effect. 

Putco enters into BEE agreement

19th April 2004 South African bus operator Putco has entered into a disposal agreement with Putco Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Putco, subject to the fulfilment or waiver of certain suspensive conditions, in terms of which Putco will sell a substantial portion of its existing unencumbered bus fleet to... 

Team approach needed to make transport systems intelligent

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     16th April 2004 The South African Society for Intelligent Transport Systems (Sasits), which was established in 2001 as a not-for-profit company, says it has achieved considerable success as a catalyst for the deployment of intelligent transport systems (ITS) in this country. 

PPP advances R44-million Cape Town transport hub

By: Jill Stanford     16th April 2004 THE Claremont Improvement District Company (CIDC) and the Cape Town City Council have formed a public–private partnership to build a new R44-million transport hub in Claremont. 

Transport firm to be ‘lifted’ by BEE deal

16th April 2004 The acquisition of 30% of lifting and transport services company BD Sarens by empowered company Bowman Trading will pave the way for the growth of the logistics company into a fully integrated service provider across the sectors. 

Automotive foundry functional by May

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 In a strategic quest to support first-tier original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Zealous Pressure Casting has constructed an independent , 1 200 m2 automotive die-casting foundry to serve the automotive industry. 

Rand puts pressure on carmaker’s localisation efforts

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2004 Automaker Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) expects component exports to exceed ?the €300-million mark for 2004, says VWSA divisional head purchasing Udo Janke. 

VWSA wins R12,2bn engine export contract

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2004 Carmaker Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has won a R12,2-billion export contract to supply engines to the Volkswagen group over the next six years. 

'Projects worth R3bn destined for Richards Bay IDZ '

8th April 2004 Kwazulu-Natal development agency the Ithala Development Finance Corporation Limited (Ithala) says projects worth R3-billion are being negotiated for the Richards Bay industrial development zone (IDZ). 

Foundries group scoops award from carmaker

7th April 2004 Many months of hard work have paid off for the team at Murray & Roberts Foundries’ Alucast Plant 2, which earlier this month scooped a supplier of the year award from key customer Volkswagen South Africa. 

Zambezi pontoons to receive makeover

By: Laura Franz     2nd April 2004 The European Commission has committed €380 000 towards the rehabilitation of the Kazungula border pontoons on the Zambezi river to help sustain the flow of food aid sourced from South African markets. 

VWSA unveils R8m technology support centre

2nd April 2004 Carmaker Volkswagen of South Africa has unveiled its R8-million technology support centre (TSC), a ‘nerve centre’ linking the company and its franchised dealers to Volkswagen and Audi AG’s technical operating divisions. 

Transnet recapitalises SAA to the tune of R6,1bn

1st April 2004 State-owned transport utility Transnet has recapitalised South African Airways (SAA) for a total of R6,1-billion. 

VWSA wins R12,2bn engine export contract

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2004 Carmaker Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has won a R12,2-billion export contract to supply engines to the Volkswagen group over the next six years. 

New move to promote Maputo as an alternative trade route

By: candice haase     26th March 2004 The transport infrastructure developed across South Africa’s landlocked Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces to the port at Maputo, in Mozambique, has the potential to serve as the backbone of export and import activity in the region. 

Athens sports 250m Olympic security plan

By: Laura Franz     19th March 2004 The prime concern with hosting the first Olympics, the world’s biggest sporting event, post September 11, is to ensure a safe environment for athletes, spectators and journalists, reported Athens 2004 MD Ionannis Spanudakis last month at a Siemens global opinion leader conference held in... 

Transport group ‘neutral’ on the rand’s strength

By: Zonika Botha     12th March 2004 The strong rand, which has had an adverse effect on many South African businesses, brought both positives and negatives to the transport and mobility group Imperial Holdings during the six months to December 25, 2003. 

Paper and pulp involvement for over 50 years

12th March 2004 For more than 50 years, Campbell Bernstein and Irving (CBI) has provided project management, consulting engineering, architectural and quantity surveying services to the large companies in the South African pulp and paper industry, reports CBI senior partner Clive Raaff. 

R250m capex spin-off from big truck export order

By: Zonika Botha     5th March 2004 As the third-largest car manufacturer in South Africa, NIssan South Africa has received another feather in its cap by securing a R1-billion contract from its Japanese parent company to export locally-manufactured hard-body single-cab pickup trucks to Europe, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. 

Rail short-changed in 2004–2005 Budget

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2004 What is the value of a Cabinet Lekgotla in July 2003 if it comes up with proposals for which the Finance Minister is unable to find funding in his February 2004 Budget? 

New heavy-duty engine set for SA debut in 2005

By: Zonika Botha     27th February 2004 The newly-launched D20 Common Rail engine range for heavy-duty commercial vehicles developed by MAN Nutzfahrzeuge, the largest company in the MAN group, will be available in South Africa from next year. 

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