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To toll or not to toll: Gauteng mulls user-pays road options 

By: Zonika Botha     20th January 2003 Although blessed with an extensive road infrastructure, South Africa’s provincial road network is believed to have deteriorated significantly over the past decade where, currently, fewer than 40% of Gauteng roads are classified as being in a good or very good condition. 

An interview with George Stephenson’s ghost

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     17th January 2003 I am in York (somebody has to be) and the British National Railway Museum (NRM) is here. 

Cop bad drivers, not speedsters

By: Kelvin Kemm     17th January 2003 Three weeks before Christmas I was travelling along various freeways at speeds between 220 km/h and – when we were going slowly – 140 km/h. I was not driving. I was relaxed knowing that we could not get caught in any speed trap. 

To toll or not to toll: Gauteng mulls user-pays road option

By: Zonika Botha     17th January 2003 Although blessed with an extensive road infrastructure, South Africa’s provincial road network is believed to have deteriorated significantly over the past decade where, currently, fewer than 40% of Gauteng roads are classified as being in a good or very good condition. 

Gautrain project under fire from JCCI

15th January 2003 Head of the Gauteng Department of Transport, Jack van der Merwe, has responded to criticism levelled at the proposed Gautrain rapid rail project, by the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). 

SA-Senegal air partnership announced

10th January 2003 South African Airways (SAA) has struck a deal with Air Senegal International for the West African airline to feed passengers into Dakar for a new SAA flight from the Senegalese capital to New York. 

Toll-roads are inevitable, believes Alli

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 South Africans should change the culture of non-payment for services and the belief that government should provide everything, for country to develop and improve its infrastructure, charges National Roads Agency CEO Nazir Alli. 

N4 toll-road experiences 12% growth

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 Although traffic along the N4 toll-road to Maputo started on a lower note last year, with business far below expectations following completion of the road, this year has seen a 12% traffic growth. 

Locally-developed toll-collection system achieves success abroad

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 The ten-year infrastructure development programme outlined by the South African National Roads Agency (NRA) to boost the economy and development of the country has resulted in an increase in the number of toll-road projects countrywide. 

R2,3-bn N2 development to tame Wild Coast

13th December 2002 The N2 Wild Coast toll-road, which will upgrade the existing road link between East London and Durban is the most important road development in the country in the last 20 years as it will open up the region of the North Eastern Cape, that has historically been one of the most disadvantaged areas... 

Electronic tag use taking off on N4 

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 To date, more than 5 000 electronic tags have been sold to commuters and heavy vehicle drivers who use the new N4 Platinum Highway on a daily basis. 

Toll-road to benefit surrounding communities

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 Toll-roads have been a controversial subject in parliament, as well as among the general public. 

N3 showcases toll-roads as a business venture

13th December 2002 Following a lengthy public tender process, the South African National Roads Agency (NRA) appointed N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) as the concessionaire for the N3 from Cedara in Kwazulu-Natal to Heidelberg in Gauteng for a 30-year concession period, which begun in 1999. 

Computer program developed to aid concrete pavement design

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 An innovative mechanistic design method for concrete pavements has been developed by the Cement and Concrete Institute. 

Spoornet bites back at cable thieves with 'tiger' wire

By: Zonika Botha     13th December 2002 The theft of copper overhead cables is directly costing State-owned transport utility Spoornet R11-million a year. 

Growth beckons for Maputo port as Spoornet signs Moz deal

By: Irma Venter     12th December 2002 Waking the sleepy rail corridor between Mozambique and South Africa will necessitate the Maputo port to step up a gear. 

SAA returns to profit in first half

11th December 2002 South African Airways posted a first-half profit in the 2002 financial year – its first since 1999 – its chief executive said, giving Africa's biggest carrier firepower to grow its regional dominance. 

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. 

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