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Four new toll-roads by 2006

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2002 South Africa will have four new toll-roads by 2006, following an invitation by government to the private sector last year to submit road-development proposals. 

Fuel-cell challenge

24th May 2002 Sasol Oil’s research and development department’s longer-term challenge is to keep abreast of development in engine design. 

Boost for airline's cargo-handling turn-around time

10th May 2002 The cargo division of South African Airways, with the Psion Teklogix Narrowband solution, significantly increased its contribution to the airline's profit through improved efficiency, better use of assets and streamlining of systems to provide improved customer service. 

Gauteng's express train: white elephant or elegant solution?

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2002 Anthony Diepenbroek questions whether the proposed speed train between Pretoria, Johannesburg and the Johannesburg International Airport is the appropriate solution to Gauteng’s congestion problem. 

Andries Tshabalala Alstom Transport

19th April 2002 Andries Tshabalala Alstom Transport Leader of 250 

Western Cape in agri, tourism push

19th April 2002 A total of R108-million and R103-million have been allocated respectively to agriculture and tourism in the Western Cape says the province’s Minister of Agriculture, Tourism and Gambling Johan Gelderblom. 

Window of opportunity widens for local manufacture

By: Marius Roodt     12th April 2002 A window of opportunity is widening in South Africa, Bosal CEO Karel Bos tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Logistics partner for Namibia garment plant

12th April 2002 Logistics company P&O Nedlloyd has been appointed as preferred supplier to Malaysian corporation Ramatex Berhad, which is building a $100-million integrated textiles and garment manufacturing plant in Namibia’s capital Windhoek. 

Joint rail operations plan for Malawi and Mozambique

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th April 2002 MALAWI– Plans are under way to merge rail operations for Malawi and Mozambique to provide constant haulage between the two countries. 

Ship repair (port project)

12th April 2002 Name of the project and location Ship repair facility project, Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Project description The scope of the project has not yet been finalised. It could be a dry-dock or just a ship repair facility, but is planned to cater for all vessel sizes mainly bigger... 

BEE transport outsourcing deal

29th March 2002 One of South Africa’s leading domestic delivery service companies, Sun Couriers, has signed a deal worth about R40-million a year, whereby 74 former employees who worked in the trucking division, have taken control of the company’s inter-city road transport deliveries. 

Championing local manufacture

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 The window of opportunity is widening for South Africa’s local manufacturers who have retained strong engineering departments, honed their global competitiveness and gained black economic-empowerment status. 

Locomotives refurbished

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 The transport division of Alstom of Driehoek, Germiston, has won a contract to refurbish and upgrade 31 heavy-haul locomotives for South Africa’s State-owned rail company Spoornet. 

Tenders this year for Cape toll ring road

29th March 2002 Tender documents for the construction of a proposed toll ring road around the Cape metropolitan area could be prepared before the end of this year. 

Malawi airline privatisation advances

By: Marcel Chimwala     29th March 2002 MALAWI – Plans to privatise Malawi's sole airline, state-owned Air Malawi, are at an advanced stage. 

Exports of wheel rims, exhausts in prospect

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2002 Newly-formed Nissan Diesel South Africa will explore options to manufacture components locally, including wheel rims and exhaust systems, for its global Japanese parent, Nissan Diesel Motor Company (NDMC). 

Mossel Bay firm wins R14-m timber trailer contract

15th March 2002 Mossel Bay-based engineering and transportation solution company John Daniel Containers (JDC) has been awarded a R14-million contract for the supply of 35 trailers and the fitment of truck bodies, which will be used in the transportation of timber. 

Travelling the merry road to confusion

By: Kelvin Kemm     15th March 2002 Previously I griped about the changing of road names and I pointed out that the naming of anything should not be used as an exercise to honour anybody, but should be an exercise in enabling travellers, or the postman, to find their way about. 

R470m toll upgrade nears end

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th March 2002 The R470-million contract to upgrade the N3 highway from Johannesburg to Durban – being undertaken by Dabulantaba, a joint venture involving Grinaker-LTA, Murray & Roberts and Fikile Projects – is expected to be completed by mid-year. 

Overloaders beware, the contractors are coming

15th March 2002 While rail companies have to bankroll the development and maintenance of their own infrastructure, road-freight companies do not incur direct expenses for highway construction or maintenance. 

Exports grow beyond Africa's borders

15th March 2002 Toyota South Africa (TSA) finally looks set to join the ranks of South Africa’s significant automotive exporters, following its announcement at the end of January that it will be assuming responsibility for Corolla exports to Australia during 2003. 

European export feat for SA automaker

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 In the last four years, Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA), has gone from only supplying this country’s market, to being recognised as an established exporter of the VW brand back to European markets. 

Consensus at last on SA rail restructuring

8th March 2002 Government and Spoornet labour representatives have reached an agreement regarding the recommendations of the task team that set out the final model for the restructuring of Spoornet. 

50 new buses roll out in Soweto

8th March 2002 Bus operator Putco has introduced 50 new buses into its Greater Soweto fleet, valued at R40-million. 

Blue IQ – Gautrain Rapid Rail Link, Gauteng

6th March 2002 At the time of going to press the tendering process for the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link Project has begun with the request for pre-qualification (RFQ). 

Gov excited by public–private infrastructure opportunities

1st March 2002 Investment in infrastructure holds the potential to stimulate economic development, while at the same time representing a substantial investment in people as a result of job creation, the development of entrepreneurs and, training and skills transfer. 

Bullet train enviro study by August

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2002 Following a number of open days held to provide more information to the public and other partners, the next phase in laying tracks for the Shilowa express are focus group meetings which takes place from this month until July. 

East Rand truck maker shifting gear in export drive

22nd February 2002 CHINESE truck manufacturer FAW reports it has boosted exports into neighbouring African states substantially, chalking up R50-million-worth of export sales last year. 

Road congestion costs country R1bn/y

By: Irma Venter     22nd February 2002 Gauteng road users are in for a shake-up as the provincial Department of Public Transport and Public Works is implementing 18 projects in an attempt to ease road congestion. 

Transport inefficiencies need urgent attention

22nd February 2002 Inefficiency problems across South African transport networks have become a matter of urgency at a time when South African business should be ultra competitive in international markets, as a result of the considerable depreciation of the rand in 2000 and 2001. 

Taxi recap plan still in reverse?

4th February 2002 It seems to have disappeared in the bureaucratic void specially reserved for struggling government projects, to now only be quietly muttered about as such as a good idea at the time, but political suicide should it continue. 

Taxi recap plan still in reverse?

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2002 It seems to have disappeared in the bureaucratic void specially reserved for struggling government projects, to now only be quietly muttered about as such as a good idea at the time, but political suicide should it continue. 

Nine stations planned for Gauteng bullet

30th January 2002 The Gauteng provincial government has announced the location of the nine stations for the proposed speed-train link between Johannesburg and Pretoria, as well as Sandton and the Johannesburg International Airport. 

Japanese carmaker announces R3,5bn capex plan

29th January 2002 Car manufacturer Toyota South Africa is finally joining the ranks of significant automotive exporters with its R3,5-billion projected capital expenditure (capex) over the next five years. 

Jo'burg to get 200 new buses by May

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2002 By May this year, 200 new buses will grace the streets of Johannesburg in a R270-million contract to refurbish the ageing Metrobus public transport fleet. 

Container giants leaving South Africa high and dry

By: Keith Campbell     18th January 2002 SA ports are quite unable to handle the new giant post Panamax container ships now in service – worldwide these ships are forcing harbour construction at established or new sites. 

Bids invited for East London–Umtata rail link

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th December 2001 The planned East London–Umtata railway line project, in the Eastern Cape, edged closer to implementation late last month, when the province’s Transport Department invited local and international firms to submit bids for preliminary designs, incremental detailed designs for priority... 

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