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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). 

Recommended route to be announced this month

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2002 The recommended route alignment of the Gautrain, the proposed speedtrain between the Johannesburg International Airport, Pretoria and Johannesburg, is to be announced by the publication of a draft environmental impact assessment (EIA) on October 21. 

SAA finalises acquisition of Air Tanzania

7th October 2002 South African Airways (SAA) has finalised its R200-million bid to acquire a 49% stake in Air Tanzania, emerging as a winner in the closely contested bid. 

Yag laser system to be introduced to SA

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 Ever since government began to intensify the development of the automotive component industry, the potential for laser technology has been identified by tooling technology company Retecon. 

New coach terminus plan for Pretoria

30th September 2002 Pretoria’s main luxury coach terminus will be relocating to new premises on the Pretoria Station precinct, it was announced last week. 

SAA sole bidder for Air Tanzania – official

23rd September 2002 South African Airways is the sole bidder for a 49% stake in Air Tanzania being sold by the government, a Tanzanian official said last week. 

Auto firm stipulates new enviro guidelines for suppliers

20th September 2002 Carmaker Toyota South Africa has launched its Environmental Purchasing Guidelines, for suppliers to its manufacturing and assembly operations in Durban. 

Gauteng’s truck-restriction pilot begins

By: Martin Czernowalow     16th September 2002 From today, all heavy vehicles (5 tons and over) travelling on the R59 freeway will have to observe certain restrictions, as part of a pilot project to reduce traffic congestion launched by the MEC for Public Transport, Roads and Works in Gauteng, Khabisi Mosunkutu. 

Truck-maker moves into Africa

30th August 2002 Chinese truck manufacturer FAW is extending its sales and service network in South African and neighbouring states. 

Bearing kits to increase vehicle uptime

30th August 2002 The largest distributor of Timken bearings in Southern Africa, Bearing Man, now has a range of Timken MileMate wheel bearing kits available that are designed and manufactured to increase a vehicle’s uptime. 

Firm exports to Aus, NZ

30th August 2002 South African-based manufacturer of equipment for the transport industry, Jost South Africa, is expanding its exports to the Australian and New Zealand markets. 

R30m invested in test facility

30th August 2002 The Eurotype Test Centre is a subsidiary of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), and specialises in all aspects of environmental and safety testing across the complete range of motor vehicles. 

Transformation challenges industry

30th August 2002 On South Africa’s transport routes the sight of road hauliers has become synonymous with economic success. The more trucks on the road, the more South Africa is assured that the economy is on the move. 

Gauteng's rapid-rail link will need integrated transport feeder services

By: vanessa vasques     30th August 2002 Public transport is becoming more important with congested highways and traffic jams becoming the norm for frustrated South Africans. 

Carbon-fibre bicycle launched in S Africa

By: Joanne Delaurentis     30th August 2002 Malaysian aeronautical and automotive company EPM launched its EPX carbon performance bicycle brand into the South African market at the Ride Cycle Show in Johannesburg this month. 

Gautrain enviro study ready for public comment

30th August 2002 A series of public meetings will be held in Midrand, Sandton, Rosebank, Kempton Park, Pretoria and Centurion, during September, to present the findings of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) undertaken for the proposed Gautrain rapid rail link. 

Total truck ban improbable; could cost SA economy R13,5-billion

By: vanessa vasques     30th August 2002 The announcement by the Gauteng Transport and Roads MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu some time ago, but due to be enforced in September, detailing the province’s restrictions on the movement of trucks on Gauteng’s freeways has caused a stir both in the industry and amongst ordinary South Africans. 

Used equipment market growing

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2002 Three eighteen year old Euclid rigid frame dump trucks have been given a new lease of life by Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa. 

Intermodal deliveries cut distribution costs

23rd August 2002 Self loading and off loading sidelifters by Steelbro reportedly unlock vast potential in hub and spoke supply chain service delivery. 

Gas pipeline haulage contract awarded

16th August 2002 Earlier this month it was announced that transportation firm Cargo Africa Overborder (CAOB), a division of Cargo Africa and part of Imperial Logistics and Transport, has won the line haul contract for the transport of specialised, coated steel pipes for use in the construction of the Sasol... 

Omar calls for Africa's rail development

13th August 2002 Transport minister Dullah Omar has called on African railway owners and operators to co-operate in the promotion of development on the African continent. 

Transnet's developmental role highlighted at last

9th August 2002 Striking a balance between profitability on the one hand and development objectives on the other has long been a struggle for State-owned transport utility Transnet. 

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