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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. 

60m investment underpins engine rollout

By: Zonika Botha     27th February 2004 MAN Nutzfahrzeuge has invested €60-million in its Nuremberg factory to allow for the production of its newly-launched D20 Common Rail engine range. 

New supply-hub status leads to expansion at automaker

By: Irma Venter     20th February 2004 Automaker Toyota South Africa (TSA) has been advancing to become one of its parent company’s regional parts supply hubs, with the responsibility for all Toyota parts distribution within Africa. 

Three-pronged strategy cuts N4 toll-road overloading

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2004 Overloading on the N4 Maputo corridor toll-road has decreased dramatically. 

Meeting Africa’s transport challenges

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th February 2004 Speaking at the opening of the second African Intermodal Conference on Thursday, Public Enterprises Minister Jeff Radebe commented that the deliberations come at a significant moment in South Africa’s port development, and that of the continent as a whole, as the New Partnership for... 

Minibus sales continue

By: Irma Venter     6th February 2004 Amid continued delays in the implementation of the country’s taxi recapitalisation programme, Toyota South Africa has experienced an increase in demand for its Hi-Ace 16-seater minibus by the taxi industry, as a result of the need to replace the current long-running fleet. 

Putco acquires five new buses

5th February 2004 Bus operator Putco announces the addition of five new buses to its fleet yesterday, at a function hosted at the Comuta depot in Selby, Johannesburg. 

Coega airport PPP on the cards

2nd February 2004 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is conducting a detailed study into establishing a freight airport in the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape. 

R45m Jo’burg renewal project advances . . .

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2004 The newly revamped Faraday precinct in the Johannesburg city centre opened its doors in December, even though development at the R45-million project remains ongoing. 

Timber industry moves to curb overloading

By: tom robbins     16th January 2004 Major players in the timber industry have launched a self-regulating load accreditation programme aimed at reducing overloading, as well as under-loading, on their trucks. 

Privatisation of bus operator awaits Cabinet nod

By: laurian clemence     13th January 2004 State-owned transport and logistics group Transnet, which is in collaboration with the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) to sell bus subsidiary Autopax, is still awaiting Cabinet approval for the proposed sale. 

Natro Freight in BEE move

12th December 2003 South Africa’s largest independent transportation and logistics company, Natro Freight, has established a new subsidiary company aimed at bringing greater participation of black ownership and professional expertise into the largely white-dominated transportation industry. 

New dates set for taxi recap programme

By: Martin Czernowalow     5th December 2003 In a boost for the South African government’s taxi recapitalisation programme, deadlines have been set for the initiation of the process, the Department of Transport announced last week. 

Battle for medium commercial vehicle market heats up

By: Zonika Botha     14th November 2003 By introducing the LT range of panel vans, one of Europe’s most popular cargo carriers, into South Africa, Volkswagen South Africa is hoping to gain a significant share of the local medium commercial vehicle market in the next 12 to 18 months. 

Bus company urgently seeks trailer supplier

By: laurian clemence     11th November 2003 State-owned Autopax, the bus service subsidiary of transport company Transnet, is urgently seeking bidders to supply it with twelve 3,5-t and twelve seven-ton luggage trailers for its buses before peak season in December. 

RMI welcomes focus on unroadworthy vehicles

11th November 2003 The Retail Motor Industry (RMI) organisation says it welcomes the announcement of the Department of Transport that ‘Operation Juggernaut's’ action is to be levelled at unroadworthy vehicles. 

GM drops hybrid small SUV, adds hybrid pickups

10th November 2003 General Motors Corporation has dropped plans to sell a hybrid gasoline-electric small sport utility vehicle, but will offer the fuel-saving technology on its large pickup trucks and SUVs, officials said last week. 

Man completes R75m bus order

10th November 2003 Commercial vehicle manufacturer Man Truck & Bus has handed over the 100th rebuilt Northwest Star bus to Northwest Transport Investments (NTI), as part of a R75-million contract to upgrade the NTI fleet. 

Tyre developments on a roll

By: Karel Smrcka     7th November 2003 Wheel and tyre producers will soon be offering super single SuSi tyres. Thanks to their reduced weight, compared to dual tyres, maximum freight capacity is increased. 

Pay your fare by flashing a smartcard

By: Karel Smrcka     31st October 2003 Flash your Proximity card not at the driver but at a card reader to pay your bus fare. The convenience of this method of payment has awakened unprecedented interest in city cards and smartcards which can be precharged at bank cash points. 

African road transport models falling short

By: tom robbins     31st October 2003 Attempts to kick-start Africa’s road infrastructure, seen as a vital cog in developing the continent’s economy, have often failed, government leaders told the 22nd PIARC (World Road Association) World Road Congress. 

OEM reports soaring commercial vehicle sales

24th October 2003 Commercial vehicle sales for September at DaimlerChrysler (DCSA) reached an all time high, closing on a total of 439 units, realising an overall market share of 27% in the over 3,5 t gross vehicle mass (GVM) reported segments. 

Taxi recap hits another speed bump

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th October 2003 As a result of an application for an urgent court interdict brought against the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) and government in the Pretoria High Court yesterday, government did not sign the anticipated memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Santaco on the taxi recapitalisation... 

Upgraded steel inspection line to feature laser welding

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 The upgrade of steel producer Iscor’s inspection line, due for final commissioning this month, incorporates synthetic single-crystal yttrium aluminium garnet (Yag) laser technology. 

Crankshaft maker in R200m move to close gap on rival

By: Jill Stanford     3rd October 2003 A manufacturer of connecting rods and crankshafts for the automotive export industry, Atlantis Forge, will make capital investments of about R200-million over the next 24 months creating about 400 additional jobs in its Atlantis Industria plant on the West Coast. 

Cape Town’s poor commuters get poorer

By: katharine mckenzie     19th September 2003 When Acting Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe presented the Department of Transport’s budget in June this year, he announced that subsidies for public transport would henceforth be allocated in line with income distribution. 

Chev makes SA comeback

By: Zonika Botha     17th September 2003 The car which has been immortalised in more than 200 songs is set to make its return to South Africa after an absence of more than 20 years. 

Govt, taxi body discuss taxi recapitalisation concerns

12th September 2003 The Director-General of the National Department of Transport (NDoT) Wrenelle Stander has met with a taxi organisation to discuss concerns regarding government's Taxi Recapitalisation Programme. 

SA tractor sales slip 22% in Aug

8th September 2003 South African tractor sales fell 22% in August compared to the same month a year ago as farmers delayed their buying decisions, the South African Agricultural Machinery Association (Saama) said. 

Transport group gears up for R80bn investment

By: Deborah Spicer     5th September 2003 Transport parastatal Transnet announced at its yearly results last month that it will spend R10,5-billion for the financial year starting in April as part of its five-year R30-billion capital expenditure programme. 

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