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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. 

New traffic offence agency studied

By: Zonika Botha     9th August 2002 In a drive to lift some of the burden from South Africa’s magistrates courts, the Department of Transport is investigating the possibility of establishing a dedicated national agency to deal with outstanding traffic offence payments. 

R150-million cash injection is set to boost tyre quality

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 The injection of R150-million into the tyre-production facilities at Bridgestone Firestone South Africa’s (BFSA) plants in Port Elizabeth and Brits will facilitate the improvement of the quality of the company’s product. 

Green transport solutions for Africa on show at Joburg summit

2nd August 2002 The Gauteng Economic Development Agency (Geda) and Greening the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) have joined forces to showcase vehicle emmission-reduction technologies at the summit later this month. 

Traffic offence agency studied

By: Zonika Botha     2nd August 2002 In a drive to lift some of the burden from South Africa’s magistrates courts, the Department of Transport is investigating the possibility of establishing a dedicated national agency to deal with outstanding traffic offence payments. 

New smart system will reduce collision injuries

2nd August 2002 Automotive manufacturing giant Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), of Japan, has developed ‘Pre-crash Safety’, an innovative system that reduces collision injury by foreseeing unavoidable collisions to pre-emptively activate safety devices. 

Uitenhage bids kombi farewell

2nd August 2002 Hundreds of Volkswagen South Africa employees gathered at the end of June to say bon voyage to the last Volkswagen T3 Microbus to roll off the production line at the Uitenhage-based plant. 

Fuel enhancer to reduce emissions

26th July 2002 A CAPE Town company has developed an innovative new fuel enhancer that allows fossil-based fuels to be mixed with water in a ratio of about three-to-one with apparent dramatic reductions in greenhouse-gas exhaust emissions. 

Container line upgrades W Africa services

26th July 2002 STRONG growth in trade from Asia to West Africa, has prompted P&O Nedlloyd to upgrade its West Africa services. 

R45bn transport renewal project gets going

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2002 The long-awaited period of infrastructure renewal and extension at State-owned transport and logistics company, Transnet, is beginning to take shape with the announcement of R45,8-billion-worth of capital expenditure to run from this year until beyond 2006. 

Transport group's earnings rise

26th July 2002 South Africa's Transnet yesterday reported a 30% surge in operating profit in the year to March 2002, despite a slump in major markets, and said it expected the trend to continue over the next four years. 

Wessels family yields to global market demands

By: Irma Venter     26th July 2002 The Wessels family name has, for more than 40 years, been associated with the Toyota brand name in South Africa. 

New Congo oil transport firm launched

24th July 2002 Three Western oil firms and the government of Congo Republic have formed a new company to transport oil products to the capital of the Central African country, officials have said. 

Japanese giants invest in local truck firm

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     19th July 2002 In a show of confidence in South Africa’s economy, Japanese companies Nissan Diesel Motor Company (NDMC) and Mitusi & Company have acquired the trucking division of Nissan South Africa, now trading as Nissan Diesel South Africa (NDSA). 

Preparing to redraft South Africa's successful auto strategy

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2002 The Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) should have come to an end this year, according to the original blueprint of the scheme, but has again received an extension, adding to the earlier one allowing the programme to run until 2007. 

Freight firm bags R45m steel contract

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 As a part of East Rand-based freight company Cargo Carriers’ strategic focus on the steel industry, the company tendered for and was awarded the contract for the transport of Columbus Stainless Steel’s products destined for export to Durban. 

Steel construction firm ventures into Africa

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 An opportunity for the development of the steel construction industry’s move into Africa has been identified by West Rand-based construction company Omni Struct. 

Turbocompressor selected by automaker

19th July 2002 After years of experience with other types of compressors and in the in-depth study of the advantages of the Cooper Turbocompressors, Volkswagen elected to purchase a TA3000 Cooper Turbocompressor from CompAir South Africa, the Southern African agents for these units. 

Japanese auto giant take big slice of SA unit

18th July 2002 Japanese auto giant Toyota has reached an agreement with joint-venture partner Wesco Investments to boost the percentage of shares that the company holds in Toyota South Africa from 35.7% to 74,9%. 

Enviro study starts for Jhb-Pta superhighway

10th July 2002 The environmental-impact assessment (EIA) study for the proposed Johannesburg Pretoria toll-road corridor network is currently under way. 

Joburg station upgrade puts safety first

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th July 2002 Passenger flow, baggage handling, communication systems and access control, at the site where a stampede claimed seven lives in March last year, will be upgraded as part of a R27-million project to improve the facilities of the Shosholoza Meyl long-distance passenger liner at Johannesburg’s... 

Funds found for $58m road project

By: Marcel Chimwala     5th July 2002 MALAWI – Malawi has identified all funding for a $58-million project involving the construction of a 93-km road from the Northern district of Karonga to the district of Chitipa, on the boarder with Tanzania and Zambia. 

Payment system deadlock in taxi recap

By: Irma Venter     5th July 2002 The last hurdle in South Africa’s much delayed taxi recapitalisation programme appears to be the electronic management system (EMS), or smart-card payment system. 

SA tractor sales soar 50% in June

4th July 2002 South African new tractor sales leapt 50% year-on-year in June, thanks to farmers replacing their ageing equipment and rosy crop prospects, SA Agricultural Machinery Association (SAAMA) said yesterday. 

SA-Canada in railways agreement

4th July 2002 The Rail Road Association of South Africa (RRA)) and its Canadian counterpart, the Railway Association of Canada (RAC), have agreed in principle to cooperate in promoting efficient land transport public policies and to share rail-related technical expertise. 

R6,5m upgrade for Polokwane bus terminal

3rd July 2002 The busy bus station in Limpopo’s capital city of Polokwane is being renovated at a cost of R6,5-million to better accommodate commuters from across the country as well as southern Africa. 

Smelter coup for SA haulage firm

By: Zonika Botha     28th June 2002 Overland haulage company and flagship of Imperial Holdings, Truck Africa of Germiston, Gauteng has secured a lucrative contract to transport equipment to both the Mozal and Hillside aluminium smelter expansions projects. 

Banning trucks will harm the economy – industry body

28th June 2002 The Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) has expressed its concern about the proposed plan of the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works to restrict trucks from highways and freeways in the province during peak hours. 

Manual, electronic tolling envisaged

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The Carousel Toll Plaza on the Bakwena Platinum Highway was opened in March this year, seven weeks ahead of schedule. 

Southern Africa being linked coast-to-coast

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The progression of the construction of the Bakwena Platinum Highway has been commended by the National Roads Agency (NRA) chief executive Nazir Alli. 

15-bus fleet supplied to upgraded airport terminals

28th June 2002 The contract for the supply of passenger buses for apron services at Johannesburg International Airport has been secured by black-owned fleet management group, Viamax Fleet Solutions. 

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