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VW SA plans to boost component exports

11th December 2002 Carmaker Volkswagen South Africa will be increasing its investment in plant infrastructure, product upgrades and improved facilities at its Uitenhage plant to R2,1-billion over the next six years. 

Spoornet to conduct HIV prevalence study

By: Zonika Botha     6th December 2002 State-owned transport utility Spoornet will conduct a HIV/Aids prevalence study next year to determine to what extent its employees are affected by the deadly disease. 

R40m invested to boost agricultural equipment firm

6th December 2002 WESTERN Cape engineering and manufacturing company Agrid SA, producer of a range of mechanised agricultural equipment, automotive components and all-terrain vehicles, has invested about R40-million in a world-class manufacturing facility in Atlantis Foundries Business Park. 

Car manufacturer aims to double production, increase local content

By: candice haase     6th December 2002 Engineering News offers its condolences to the Wessels family on the untimely passing of Bert Wessels, whom this news magazine had come to love and respect. 

SA’s first gas filling station for Cape Town

4th December 2002 A black economic empowerment (BEE) company, based in Cape Town, will launch its first gas filling station at on December 8, 2002. 

First commercial fuel-cell cars hit streets of Japan

4th December 2002 Automotive giant, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), of Japan, announced that the Toyota FCHV has become the first-ever market-ready fuel-cell vehicle to be certified by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. 

Toyota's Bert Wessels dies suddenly

3rd December 2002 Bert Wessels, executive chairperson of Toyota South Africa, died suddenly last night of an aneurism near the heart. 

Mixed reaction to Gautrain plan

By: Zonika Botha     29th November 2002 The R7-billion Gautrain rapid-rail project,which forms part of the Gauteng Provincial Government’s ambitious Blue IQ initiative, has drawn mixed response from the public. 

Best practice study for SA transport

26th November 2002 The Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with FOREM, of Belgium, to benchmark South Africa's supply chain and logistics operations against world best practice standards, now operating in Belgium – funding of R1,3-million has been... 

Durban Container Terminal ends backlogs

26th November 2002 The backlog at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) has been removed and the average delay for ships is now 10 hours, and is being monitored, South African Port Operations (Sapo) said in a statement. 

Taxi recap’s scrapping allowance may exceed R4-billion

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2002 The long-awaited taxi-recapitalisation project has made progress towards?implementation – this amidst comment that the scrapping allowance initially?estimated may now prove insufficient, and that the price tag on the project?may soar to well beyond R20-billion. 

Fuel-cells part of rail group’s future plans

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd November 2002 Rail transport company Spoornet is considering the potential for conversion to fuel-cell technology as part of its long-term technical programme. 

Access ramps to be built locally

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2002 The increasing concern in South Africa about the needs of the disabled, especially with regard to issues like access to public transport, has attracted the attention of a UK company which specialises in the production of bus access ramps for the disabled. 

Rail corporation spends R200m to boost efficiencies

18th November 2002 Group CE of Transnet, Mafika Mkwanazi, announced last week that an additional R200-million had been allocated to Spoornet to increase efficiency levels that will positively impact on service to customers. 

Results of pollution study expected soon

By: Deborah Spicer     15th November 2002 The results of a R1,6-million study to examine the potential socio-economic impact of measures to reduce air pollution from combustion in South Africa are expected to be out in six months. 

Questions on ports concessioning

15th November 2002 The State's seriousness about port concessioning comes at a time when South Africa's status as a true trading nation is being consolidated. 

Taxi recap’s scrapping allowance may exceed R4bn

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2002 The long-awaited taxi-recapitalisation project has made progress towards implementation – this amidst comment that the scrapping allowance initially estimated may now prove insufficient, and that the price tag on the project may soar to well beyond R20-billion. 

Chemical spillage prevention campaign producing results

By: marisa rodrigues     8th November 2002 An initiative that is being driven by the Chemical and Allied Industries Association (CAIA) to reduce damaging spillages by hauliers transporting chemical products is proving to be successful. 

Car maker's suppliers to be ISO 14001 accredited by 2005

8th November 2002 Car manufacturer Toyota South Africa has launched its environmental purchasing guidelines for suppliers to its manufacturing and assembly operations in Durban. 

SA needs public-transport shake-up

By: marisa rodrigues     6th November 2002 South Africa's dependence on private transport and the amount that is spent on it is clearly a cause for concern. 

Minister welcomes taxi statement

4th November 2002 South African minister of transport, Dullah Omar, has welcomed the statement released by the South African National Taxi Association Council (SANTACO), which indicates that there is now basic agreement between the industry and government on all major aspects of the taxi re-capitalisation programme. 

The biggest South African rail project in history

By: marisa rodrigues     1st November 2002 The largest transport project to be undertaken in South Africa’s history, the rapid-rail link dubbed the Gautrain, will see R7-million rand spent a day on the project for 1 200 days, from February 2004 till the end of 2006 or early 2007. 

SA needs public-transport shake-up

By: marisa rodrigues     1st November 2002 South Africa’s dependance on private transport and the amount that is spent on it is clearly a cause for concern. 

Malawi puts out preshipment inspection tender

By: Marcel Chimwala     1st November 2002 Malawi – The Malawian government is inviting tenders from companies, which are members of the International Federation of Inspection Agencies, for a two year preshipment services contract. 

Concessioning won’t halt value-addition plan - Sapo

1st November 2002 The head of South African Port Operations (Sapo), Tau Morwe, says he remains committed to adding value to the troubled Durban Container Terminal (DCT) despite the fact the government plans to concession the terminal either during the course of 2003 or in early 2004. 

Auto maker to invest R1,6-billion

1st November 2002 Volkswagen South Africa has opened a new entrance at its Uitenhage Plant that brings it in line with its growing global presence within the Volkswagen Group. 

Vehicle registration pilot expanded

31st October 2002 The online vehicle registration pilot study, run by Motoronline and the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works has been expanded, due to its success, thus far, at the Johannesburg, Loveday Street, office. 

Hydraulic floor system launched for road transport

By: candice haase     25th October 2002 Hydraulic floor systems for road transport applications were introduced into the local market in May this year by the hydraulics division of IMS Industrial Products. 

More hi-tech traffic-management developments

By: Karel Smrcka     25th October 2002 A range of factors are prompting a growing number of companies to invest in fleet management systems: traffic congestion, keener competition, legal constraints, greater awareness among customers and availability of leading-edge technology, such as the Internet and mobile communications. 

Infrastructure is key to intra-African trade

25th October 2002 WHILE trade between European countries accounts for about 80% of their total gross domestic product, Africans are not trading with each other as much as they could, said acting chief operating officer of Trade and Investment South Africa Ismail Dockrat at the Safcec convention held in... 

Port congestion on agenda of marine convention

25th October 2002 Representatives from all across Southern Africa are expected to attend the South African Ports, Shipping and Freight Convention that will take place at the International Convention Centre in Durban on November 27 and 28. 

Gauteng truck curtailment programme extended

23rd October 2002 Monday marked the beginning of the second stage of the Department of Transport’s holistic roads congestions management programme. 

State moves to accelerate ports restructuring

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2002 Government is moving to accelerate the restructuring of South Africa’s troubled ports, despite serious objections from organised labour. 

Enviro green light for Gautrain

By: Martin Czernowalow     22nd October 2002 Gautrain rapid-rail link has been given the go-ahead in an environmental impact assessment (EIA). 

Iron-ore railer wins logistics awards

22nd October 2002 Iron-ore railer Spoornet’s heavy haul unit Orex, was nominated as joint, overall winner at the 2002 Logistics Achiever Awards in Johannesburg on October 15. 

BPW Axles

18th October 2002 BPW Axles is a manufacturer and distributor of trailer axles, suspensions and running gear components, and also has spare-parts and services facilities through its distributor and dealer network in Southern Africa and neighbouring territories. 

Motorcycle industry revs up auto show

17th October 2002 The motorcycle industry will be represented at Auto Africa Expo 2002 for the first time ever – following an agreement with the Association of Motorcycle Importers and Distributors (AMID). 

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