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Passenger Cars, Bakkies & Vans News

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. 

‘Private participation in Transnet unavoidable’

By: Terence Creamer     5th September 2003 State-owned transport and logistics group Transnet has made it apparent that it is keen to open some of its business units to private sector involvement in some form or other - indeed it has even stated that this is unavoidable. 

Thin-layer asphalt technology used on bypass

3rd September 2003 Local roads and reconstruction company, Murray & Roberts Roads and Earthworks, has given a section of the N1 north of Polokwane and the R71 eastern bypass a facelift using thin-layer hot-mix asphalt (HMA) technology. 

$232m project to rehabilitate Kenya’s transport network

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd September 2003 A $232-million project has been proposed by Kenya to rehabilitate its transport network, primarily to facilitate trade and improve market access. 

New cross-border transport board to be set up

By: laurian clemence     2nd September 2003 Acting Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe has announced that the department is seeking new board members for 2004 for the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency. 

Local fleet management system finds much use abroad

By: renay de     29th August 2003 A few years ago, managing large fleets was an almost impossible task, as well as a costly operation. 

SA-made automated aluminium system to be promoted in Europe

By: renay de     29th August 2003 Four years ago, Articulated Structures developed the first automated aluminium structure of its kind, designed specifically to fit small bakkies, trailers and trucks of up to 12 m in length. 

Gauteng declares war on overloading

By: renay de     29th August 2003 South Africa relies on road transportation to convey about 80% of its freight, and its current limit of gross vehicle mass is 56 tons. 

Keeping tabs on drivers

29th August 2003 Drive Report is empowering motorists and other road-users to make a difference in the way buses and heavy vehicles are being driven. 

Bus association questions weighing procedures

By: renay de     29th August 2003 Southern African Bus Operators Association (Saboa) executive manager Eric Cornelius has expressed concern regarding the procedure of weighing buses at weigh-bridges throughout the country. 

Trailer manufacturers’ merger proves successful

29th August 2003 At the end of 2001, two of the largest trailer manufacturing companies in the country, South Africa Truck Bodies and Henred Fruehauf, merged to form a new company with combined experience of 72 years. 

Composite gear casing innovation wins acceptance

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th August 2003 A Johannesburg-based black economic-empowerment (BEE) engineering firm reports that a composite traction motor gear casing for locomotives it developed and started testing in mid-2000 has been well received by the market. 

Moz to upgrade railway system

By: Martin Czernowalow     29th August 2003 The government of Mozambique is planning a project to create cost-effective and efficient transport available for freight and passenger traffic in the central region of the country and the neighbouring countries of Malawi and Zimbabwe. 

Testing central to road-freight sector’s Aids plan

By: Deborah Spicer     29th August 2003 An important part of the road-freight industry’s HIV/Aids strategy will be to determine how many workers in the industry are HIV positive. 

DPE prepares to sell two Transnet units

By: laurian clemence     27th August 2003 South Africa’s largest transport utility, Transnet, and the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) are seeking a transaction advisor for the restructuring of its bus subsidiary, Autopax. 

Kei rail refurb project advances

27th August 2003 The Minister of Public Enterprises and acting Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe said that significant progress had been made in the Kei Rail refurbishment project. 

Private participation in Transnet unavoidable - Khumalo

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2003 State-owned transport and logistics group Transnet has submitted a ‘restructuring plan’ to the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), which it hopes will open the way for a realignment of the corporation, and includes the option for greater private-sector participation in key... 

Unilever looks for speedy growth in Africa

27th August 2003 Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant Unilever said yesterday it hopes to double its annual turnover in Africa by 2007, growing sales at three times the target set for its global business overall. 

Auto group’s African exports rise strongly

25th August 2003 Automotive firm Nissan South Africa reported last week that vehicle exports to Africa rose nearly 46% in the first seven months of this year, compared to the same period of 2002, therefore set to reach its total export target of 6 500 units for the whole of 2003 compared to 5 778 units last year. 

KZN launches freight databank to help planning

25th August 2003 A Freight Transport Databank has been set up by the KwaZulu-Natal transport department, which is designed to play an important role in formulating policies, plans and programmes for the freight sector. 

Cape chamber adds its voice to big transport debate

By: Jill Stanford     22nd August 2003 THE Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry is adding its voice to the great Cape transport debate (see Engineering News August 1, 2003). 

R440m upgrade for home of Freedom Charter

By: nkolola halwindi     22nd August 2003 With a R440-million investment, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) is busy with phase one of the redevelopment of Kliptown, south-west of Johannesburg. 

Sept deadline for Gautrain bids

By: Zonika Botha     22nd August 2003 The submission date for the request for proposals from the two pre-qualified consortia in the R7-billion, 80-km Gautrain rapid-rail project is scheduled for the end of September, some two months later than originally planned. 

Truck and bus maker ups training investment

By: nkolola halwindi     15th August 2003 Subsidiary of Germany firm MAN Nutzufarhrzeuge, MAN Truck and Bus South Africa has invested an additional R1-million to upgrade its R8-million Training Academy in Isando. 

Recapitalisation tantamount to recognition for taxi industry

By: katharine mckenzie     15th August 2003 For many of us the minibus taxis on the country’s roads are a source of constant irritation. 

At last, SA moves to arrest logistics crisis

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2003 It is more than a little disingenuous for government to be claiming that it is purely as a result of South Africa’s extraordinary export performance that there is now a need to capitalise the country’s economic infrastructure. 

MAN profit at top of forecasts as trucks recover

14th August 2003 German industrial group MAN posted quarterly profits at the upper end of expectations yesterday and reiterated its commitment to the core trucks business that put the shine on its results. 

SA tyre king eyes DRC, Angola

By: laurian clemence     8th August 2003 South Africa’s predominant tyre distributor, Maxiprest, announced at a conference in Inanda that its revenue growth had increased by 19,2% from R668 987 at June 30, 2002, to R796 672 at the six months ended June 30, 2003. 

Transnet seeks adviser for sale of road division

By: laurian clemence     8th August 2003 South African transport utility Transnet has invited submissions of proposal for the role of transaction advisor in the restructuring of its road-freight division, Freightdynamics. 

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