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The Great Cape Transport Debate

By: Jill Stanford     4th August 2003 While commuters in the Western Cape paint a bleak picture of public transport, a debate is simmering between the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), provincial and local government and business over whether a rapid-bus transit system, which has been proposed as the first phase of a... 

State set to inject capital into State Enterprises to boost logistics performance

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2003 The South African government – criticised for nearly a decade for under-investing in road, rail and harbour infrastructure – is putting the final touches to a far-reaching logistic-improvement programme designed to keep pace with export-led demand. 

The Great Cape Transport Debate

By: Jill Stanford     1st August 2003 While commuters in the Western Cape paint a bleak picture of public transport, a debate is simmering between the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), provincial and local government and business over whether a rapid-bus transit system, which has been proposed as the first phase of a... 

SA’s essential-oils industry gains momentum

By: nkolola halwindi     1st August 2003 There is significant scope for South Africa to produce a wide range of quality organic and conventional essential oils, the head of a newly-privatised company set up to pursue commercial opportunities in this area tells Engineering News. 

Cooperative governance is needed to tackle transport problems

By: katharine mckenzie     1st August 2003 When South Africa’s Constitution-makers crafted the new Constitution, adopted in 1996, they included a South African innovation: a chapter on ‘co-operative government’, which aims to ensure good relations between South Africa’s three spheres of government, but also to... 

South Africa’s Zebra battery reincarnated by Swiss firm

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st August 2003 A local company has started using Swiss-made sodium-nickel chloride batteries – the development of which started in South Africa in the mid-1970s – to power part of its electric-vehicle fleet. 

SA, India, Brazil set up G3 to foster South–South links

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2003 Development of the “Group of Three” (SA, Brazil, India) could be of long-term importance to local industries, particularly those in the aerospace, defence, and other high-technology fields. 

First SA Corollas land in Australia

1st August 2003 The first shipment of South African built Toyota Corollas arrived in Australia early in April. 

PC control implemented for Polo engine production

1st August 2003 Over the last five years nearly all the assembly lines in the engine assembly area at the Volkswagen factory at Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape, have been converted on the basis of personal computer (PC) based control technology from Beckhoff. 

Industry in grips of economic downturn, says economist

By: candice haase     1st August 2003 The motor industry in Europe and North America is in a very sad way at the moment, because of the cyclical downturn of these economies, explains Econometrix senior economist Tony Twine. 

Last Beetle rolls off production line in Mexico

1st August 2003 This week saw the last original Beetle leave the production line at Volkswagen de M 

Logistics group boosts fleet for Gauteng hub

22nd July 2003 Logistics and supply chain management group Tibbett & Britten Africa said yesterday that it has started to take delivery of a R25-million order for 22 Nissan trucks, which will form the core of a fleet that will be dedicated to the group’s new R200-million automated Gauteng Distribution... 

US giant localises loco refurb work

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th July 2003 Local company Metallurgical Manufacturing Services (MMS) has clinched a deal in terms of which it is to refurbish the cylinder assemblies of GE locomotive engines in Johannesburg, rather than shipping them back to the US, as has been the case for many years. 

Transport champion needed

18th July 2003 Users of Gauteng freeways will know that road capacity is becoming worryingly scarcer. 

Global roads gathering set for Durban

By: laurian clemence     10th July 2003 The World Road Congress, scheduled to take place at the International Convention Centre in Durban from October 19 to 25, will showcase some of the latest technologies and innovations emerging globally in the sector. 

Big roads renaissance under way in KZN

By: laurian clemence     7th July 2003 The head of implementation at the Kwazulu-Natal Roads Department Chris Hlabisa reports that extensive progress has been made in its R1-billion “African Renaissance Road Upgrading Programme (Arrup)”, since its initial start-up in 2000. 

Trailer maker ordered to pay out retrenched workers

4th July 2003 Trailer manufacturer Hendred Fruehaulf of Germiston has been ordered by the Johannesburg Labour Court to pay nearly R3-million to 53 National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) members. 

Tractor sales steady

4th July 2003 The June tractor sales of 325 units were just one unit less than the 326 units sold in June last year, the South African Agricultural Machinery Association announced. 

Did SA policy makers fail to read containerisation signals?

4th July 2003 Global containerisation growth over the past decade has been unprecedented, with volumes rising from 142-million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 1995 to around 222-million TEUs in 2000. 

Plan to make SA roads high-tech

By: nkolola halwindi     4th July 2003 An Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) laboratory set to boost safe and effective transport in Southern Africa has been launched by the CSIR. 

Tanzania seeks backing for transport project

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th July 2003 In a bid to improve its transport network, Tanzania has approached the World Bank for assistance with the proposed $66-million Central Transport Corridor Project. 

Gauteng plans to convert 5 000 vehicles to LPG

By: Deborah Spicer     4th July 2003 The Gauteng provincial government announced last month that phase one of a plan to make its 5 000 government-owned cars more environment-friendly had begun with the retrofitting of 210 vehicles with technology that allows petrol-engined vehicles to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). 

VWSA set to raise component exports to R2bn

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd July 2003 Car manufacturer Volkswagen South Africa has been awarded two major component export contracts – valued at about R350-million a year – which will boost the company’s component export value to over R2-billion this year. 

Treasury calls for comments on PPP guidelines

20th June 2003 The South African National Treasury has embarked on the process of providing guidance to Public Private Partnerships (PPP) on the content of the legal document that governs the relationship between the private party and the public entity. 

Toyota climbs auto league table

20th June 2003 Japan’s Toyota Motor Corporation is having on of the best years in its 65-year history, both in terms of sales and profits. 

Empowerment assessment for W Cape transport projects

16th June 2003 Western Cape Transport, Public Works and Property Management MEC Tasneem Essop has announced a R181-million budget allocation for the creation of jobs and restructuring of the province’s public transport sector. 

Brazilian semitrailer firm eyes SA market

By: Keith Campbell     13th June 2003 THE world’s fifth-largest manufacturer of semitrailers, the Brazilian group Randon, is looking to enter the South African market. 

Driver demerit point system needs fair basis

By: Kelvin Kemm     13th June 2003 The Department of Transport has announced that it intends to introduce a demerit point system for motorists later this year. 

Building the renaissance

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2003 Forget Africa’s Big Five. The continent is looking for Africa’s Big Fifteen. Fifteen – or more – projects that will kickstart development. 

Building the Renaissance

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2003 Forget Africa’s Big Five. The continent is looking for Africa’s Big Fifteen. Fifteen – or more – projects that will kickstart development. 

W Cape takes the public transport policy high road

By: katharine mckenzie     30th May 2003 Recent policy announcements in the Western Cape about public transport, point to the importance that this key area is taking on in the economically powerful provinces seeking to maximise economic development, job creation and improve the quality of life of citizens. 

New commercial vehicle option for SA

By: Zonika Botha     30th May 2003 The newest addition to the best-selling truck range in South Africa has been introduced to the local medium-commercial vehicle industry by Toyota South Africa’s Toyota Truck division. 

Sugar cane transport empowerment deal signed

30th May 2003 An R4-million empowerment-focused sugar cane transport venture has been established by Cargo Carriers for small and emergent sugar growers in Mpumalanga. 

Cape Town studies rapid bus scheme

By: Jill Stanford     30th May 2003 Cape Town is in a much better position to implement a rapid bus transit system than Bogot 

TFM Industries

9th May 2003 TFM Industries is a specialist manufacturer of load bodies for commercial vehicles. 

First batch of taxi permits issued

By: Zonika Botha     9th May 2003 The first batch of taxi permits, which will allow taxi operators to qualify for government’s recapitalisation programme, was issued to 1 551 Gauteng applicants late last month. 

Transport company to sue truckmaker

By: laurian clemence     6th May 2003 A local transport company has instituted legal proceedings against a German truck and bus manufacturer for alleged breach of contract. 

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