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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... 

Japanese automaker to join SA export push

By: Irma Venter     14th December 2001 With a major export thrust on the cards, Toyota South Africa looks set to finally join the ranks of significant automotive exporters. 

35 trailers for timber industry

7th December 2001 MOSSEL Bay 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 timber transport industry. 

Overarching regional strategy embraced

By: Deborah Spicer     16th November 2001 Regional co-operation and integration was seen as one of the central pillars of Africa’s economic development when the concept of the African Renaissance started being fleshed out three years ago. 

Rolling-stock contract creates 100 jobs

9th November 2001 The Rolling Stock Division (RSD) of Dorbyl group has entered into a contract, valued at R25-million, with Bombardier Transportation SA for the upgrading of 88 Class 5M2A suburban coaches, made up of 22 motor coaches and 66 trailer coaches. 

Plan to grow local bike market

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd November 2001 The Department of Transport is spearheading a nationwide project that should see bicycles, long-neglected by planners, becoming a significant feature of South Africa’s transport landscape within the next few years. 

BEE firms in Jhb airport upgrade

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd November 2001 The concrete structure of the new domestic terminal being built at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) is on schedule for completion next month, and kitting it out will take another year. 

Transnet 'end state' document awaited

By: Keith Campbell     19th October 2001 IT is highly unlikely that any significant announcement on the restructuring of Transnet will be made before the end of the year. 

. . . $6m Malawi roads project

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th October 2001 Malawi is preparing to carry out annual routine maintenance of its main roads and selected urban roads. 

Potential in SADC transport sector

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th October 2001 Southern Africa’s restructuring transport sector presents immense opportunities for private investors, delegates to this year’s Southern African trade and investment summit were told. 

30% of State engineer on auction block

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th September 2001 Thirty per cent of the shareholding of each of Rotek Industries subsidiaries Rotek Engineering (RE) and Roshcon will be owned privately from February next year, a Johannesburg firm appointed to advise the government on the long-awaited restructuring tells Engineering News. 

'Final shortlist for taxi recap contract by end of the year'

28th September 2001 This month saw taxi operators confirm their support for government’s minibus taxi recapitalisation programme, which will see South Africa’s current 16-seater taxi fleet replaced with the safer and more reliable 18-seater and 35-seater taxis. 

Transport aircraft alliance for Denel

By: Keith Campbell     28th September 2001 Denel Aviation has entered into exploratory contracts with European aerospace companies PZL-Mielec and Alenia, to examine the possibilities for transport aircraft in Africa. 

SA needs to come to terms with road vs rail dilemma

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st September 2001 National rail utility Spoornet is well known for its incessant shrills for a level playing field, which will enable it to compete more effectively with road hauliers for bulky freight. 

SA help sought for 'future vehicle'

By: Keith Campbell     14th September 2001 BRITAIN is offering the South African automotive industry a partnership in the commercialisation of new road vehicle technologies. 

Still long way to go for Shilowa Express

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2001 Consortia interested in constructing the Gautrain Rapid Railway, linking Johannesburg, Pretoria and Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), have been invited to bid. 

Market leader sees growth in demand

By: Deborah Spicer     31st August 2001 An important part of any vehicle manufacturer’s business is predicting correctly how much product demand there will be and then catering for that demand. 

Wheel-bearing kits available

31st August 2001 Bearing manufacturer Bearing Man, one of the largest distributors of Timken bearings throughout Southern Africa, now has a range of Timken MileMate wheel bearing kits that are designed and manufactured to increase truck and trailer uptime. 

Nathi Khena, Putco

31st August 2001 Nathi Khena 

Southern African railways: is it sunrise or sunset?

By: Keith Campbell     31st August 2001 The SADC railway network is a regional physical communication and integration network of enormous importance and potential, but which faces major challenges and needs radical reform 

New safety code for rail industry

31st August 2001 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) will develop safety standards for the local railway industry – an initiative which is believed could facilitate uniform railway safety standards for the entire Southern African Development Community and even the sub-Saharan region. 

Malawi plans to redevelop airport

24th August 2001 Malawi is planning to redevelop its second-largest airport, Chileka Airport, to turn it into a modern feeder airport for local and international flights. 

Where is the systems planning?

10th August 2001 I have noted with irritation and agitation the increasing number of large advertising boards that are being put up along our freeways. 

DTI cuts tyre-imports red tape

9th August 2001 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has heeded persistent complaints by the Tyre Dealers' Association (TDA) and promised to issue their delayed import permits immediately. 

Replica materials for Pta station rebuild

By: Laura Franz     3rd August 2001 The unusual nature of the replica products required to restore the charred Pretoria station to its former glory is creating opportunities for local contractors and artisans in the field of carpentry, tiling, roof construction, and painting, reports Stocks Building Africa MD: Gauteng Johan Brink. 

Union welcomes new rail-restructuring mood

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     3rd August 2001 The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), which believes the intended concessioning of rail parastatal Spoornet’s cash cows – CoalLink and Orex – will deal a body blow to the country’s railway system, says it is “happy that the government is... 

Bullet train from airport to Sandton in 12 minutes

By: Zonika Botha     27th July 2001 Imagine travelling from Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) to Sandton in twelve minutes. 

Taxi hub opens May

By: Zonika Botha     27th July 2001 By the end of May next year, 100 000 taxi and bus commuters will pass through what will be Johannesburg’s largest transport-cum-trading hub. 

Innovative vehicle for rail upkeep

27th July 2001 The re-engineering of its maintenance programme remains a top priority for national carrier Spoornet, which has announced a breakthrough in this field. Spoornet assistant chief engineer for infrastructure maintenance Danie Barnard 

Moz rail-line rehab delayed

By: Laura Franz     29th June 2001 Rehabilitation of the 225 km Limpopo rail line linking Maputo with Macarretane, in southern Mozambique, has been delayed due to the decision by rail-line owner Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Mozambique (CFM) and the US Agency for International Development (USAid) to extend the tender process for... 

Three bridges to span V&A canal

29th June 2001 The first of three, hydraulically operated bridges that will span the V&A Canal in the V&A Marina at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront is now operational. 

$24m tri-nation rail rehab plan

22nd June 2001 Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia – the three countries involved in the joint economic development programme dubbed the Nacala Development Corridor – are planning a $24-million rail development as part of the programme. 

SA has an open door to global products

22nd June 2001 South African firm Alutrade are the sole agents of Alusuisse (members of the Alcan Group) in Southern Africa. 

SA bus-body builder drives empowerment

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2001 South Africa’s oldest bus transport company, Putco, may soon be 26% owned by a black-empowerment group. 

Industry takes up roads challenge

15th June 2001 Transport Minister Dullah Omar has welcomed the findings of a new report on the country’s road backlog, which has been commissioned by the Southern African Bitumen Association (Sabita). 

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