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Passenger Cars, Bakkies & Vans News

Facilities offered for taxi revamp

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Although Nissan Diesel did not submit a proposal for the renewal of South Africa’s mini-bus taxi fleet late last year, it will make available its facilities for any taxi-manufacturing consortium wishing to utilise them. 

New bus-assembly plant to be ready by April

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Swedish truck and bus manufacturer Scania and its South African arm are to benefit substantially from a R240-million contract to supply 340 buses to the largest bus operator in the Northern Province. 

Locomotive company being liquidated

By: System Author     10th December 1999 The liquidation of Bessinger Locomotives has been hampered by the departure of the company’s director to the UK. 

Multibillion-rand rebirth plan for SA taxi industry

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 In October next year, the long-awaited recapitalisation of South Africa’s 126 000-strong taxi fleet is set to begin in earnest, but there is already a flurry of activity in preparation for the event. 

Mobile techno unit to plug into SA youth

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 The hopes and dreams for a renewed interest by South Africa’s youth in engineering are set to hit the road early next year in the form of the Tsebo Koloing Technology in Motion mobile unit. 

SA firm in ‘armour-plated’ global deal

By: System Author     26th November 1999 South African-based defence company Vickers OMC has become the design, development and manufacturing centre for wheeled armoured fighting vehicles for the Vickers group worldwide. 

A skip, a hop provides transport solution

By: System Author     26th November 1999 It’s always a risk starting one’s own business, but with risk comes returns, which has certainly proved the case with Wray Shaw, who has designed a new multipurpose vehicle. 

Car exporter earns R4,2bn/year for SA

By: System Author     26th November 1999 As the largest exporter of vehicles in Africa, Volkswagen SA’s CEO Hans-Christian Maergner reports the outlook both for the company and South Africa to be most positive. 

Transport interchange, Western Cape

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Tenders are invited for the construction of a station transport interchange. 

Cairo taxi-goers defy death on daily basis

By: System Author     29th October 1999 Tech Track 

The engineering challenge of bus safety

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Tech Track 

New bus range sees the light in SA

By: System Author     8th October 1999 “A peep at the shape of public transport in the Cape Metropolitan Area of the future” 

Bridge collapse hearing resumes

By: System Author     17th September 1999 The second stage of the Department of Labour’s hearing into the collapse of the Injaka bridge near Bush Buck Ridge, Mpumalanga, was resumed at the end of August following a two-month recess. 

Tomorrow’s smart car drives into the spotlight

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Developments to Watch 

New brake system pulls out stops on safety

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Truck, Trailer, Bus & Bakkie 

SA truck-leasing sector in ‘shocking’ state

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Truck, Trailer, Bus & Bakkie 

New truck-tractor to rev up competition

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie 

US distribution changes hands in SA

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie 

New medium commercial truck unveiled

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie 

Trucking-logistics company formed

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Materials-handling and logistics 

Automated answer to lifting, loading problems

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Materials-handling and logistics 

R3-million conveyor contract for Mozal

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Materials-handling and logistics 

Automation, computerisation more prominent

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Textiles and clothing manufacture 

Distance measuring wheels

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Measuring wheels that can measure distances of up to 10 000 m have been developed in the US. 

Railway line, Eastern Cape

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Tenders are invited for a feasibility study of the East London–Umtata railway line project. 

Coega development zone and port

By: System Author     6th August 1999 An integrated transportation study and a sewage treatment and return effluent study for the Coega development zone and port. 

Mozambican car-import deal for new entrant

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Merely a year after officially re-entering the South African market, international car manufacturer Fiat Auto has signed an agreement with Mozambican auto trader SIR Com 

Transport minister brings ‘justice’ to roads

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Implementing the strategies set out in the Moving South Africa action agenda and ensuring that effective law enforcement is in place are the two main issues that newly-appointed Transport Minister Dullah Omar will pursue. In an exclusive interview he tells Engineering News that the strategies... 

R1-million sort and process upgrade at JIA

By: System Author     30th July 1999 International air express operator DHL Worldwide Express has spent R1-million upgrading and expanding the sort and process flows at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) to cater for business growth and to ensure faster shipment transfers and improved shipment security. The gateway, which has... 

R1bn for coal terminal No 2

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 State-owned transport provider Transnet has set aside about R1-billion to facilitate the creation of a second coal outlet at Richards Bay – the new terminal is known as the South Dunes Coal Terminal (SDCT). Those close to the project believe construction will begin during the last quarter... 

R50m road contract begins

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Design work has begun on the project to rebuild and upgrade the Kei Cuttings on the N2 freeway in the Eastern Cape, for which the South African National Roads Agency has allocated close to R50-million. The site is located north of the Kei river, between East London and Umtata. Due for completion... 

Largest trailers built in South Africa

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Transport company Chayah Transport has taken delivery of its first two non-tipping Cargo-Floor trailers. These semitrailers have been designed and build by Henred-Freuhauf trailers, in conjunction with Cargo Floor represenative Rene Wegkamp. The 16 m semitrailers are the largest... 

New rail link makes tracks into Africa

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Setting the wheels in motion for increased trade between South Africa and its Southern African neighbours, a new 150 km railway line, which connects Beitbridge in Zimbabwe with an existing line at West Nicholson, has been opened officially to international traffic this week, reports Spoornet rail... 

High-speed trains for the new millennium

By: System Author     16th July 1999 fleet of high-speed tilting trains will be supplied to the Virgin Rail group under a deal worth  

R6,8m train detection equipment supply contract

By: System Author     16th July 1999 LOCAL company Transport Railway Signalling has secured a contract worth R6,8-million from a UK signalling company for the supply of 300 sets of high-voltage impulse track circuit (HVITC) train detection equipment. The HVITC equipment will be installed along 600 km of track by the international... 

Ringing in the changes of Y2k compliance

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Acontract worth sev- eral million rands to ensure Year 2000 compliance for telecommunications provider Telkom is progressing well. The contract, subcontracted by Siemens to engineering software developer TLC Software, of Johannesburg, involves an engineering management system, client server... 

New truck rolls on to local market

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Commercial vehicle manufacturer AMC Commercial Vehicles, of Randburg, launched a new 1,5 t truck, the AMC Super Loader, in June. “We expect this vehicle to capture about 50% of the market,” reports AMC marketing manager Rod Drake. The company expects the vehicle to be used by... 

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