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Malawi plans to redevelop airport

24th August 2001 Malawi is planning to redevelop its second-largest airport, Chileka Airport, to turn it into a modern feeder airport for local and international flights. 

Where is the systems planning?

10th August 2001 I have noted with irritation and agitation the increasing number of large advertising boards that are being put up along our freeways. 

DTI cuts tyre-imports red tape

9th August 2001 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has heeded persistent complaints by the Tyre Dealers' Association (TDA) and promised to issue their delayed import permits immediately. 

Replica materials for Pta station rebuild

By: Laura Franz     3rd August 2001 The unusual nature of the replica products required to restore the charred Pretoria station to its former glory is creating opportunities for local contractors and artisans in the field of carpentry, tiling, roof construction, and painting, reports Stocks Building Africa MD: Gauteng Johan Brink. 

Union welcomes new rail-restructuring mood

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     3rd August 2001 The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), which believes the intended concessioning of rail parastatal Spoornet’s cash cows – CoalLink and Orex – will deal a body blow to the country’s railway system, says it is “happy that the government is... 

Bullet train from airport to Sandton in 12 minutes

By: Zonika Botha     27th July 2001 Imagine travelling from Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) to Sandton in twelve minutes. 

Taxi hub opens May

By: Zonika Botha     27th July 2001 By the end of May next year, 100 000 taxi and bus commuters will pass through what will be Johannesburg’s largest transport-cum-trading hub. 

Innovative vehicle for rail upkeep

27th July 2001 The re-engineering of its maintenance programme remains a top priority for national carrier Spoornet, which has announced a breakthrough in this field. Spoornet assistant chief engineer for infrastructure maintenance Danie Barnard 

Moz rail-line rehab delayed

By: Laura Franz     29th June 2001 Rehabilitation of the 225 km Limpopo rail line linking Maputo with Macarretane, in southern Mozambique, has been delayed due to the decision by rail-line owner Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Mozambique (CFM) and the US Agency for International Development (USAid) to extend the tender process for... 

Three bridges to span V&A canal

29th June 2001 The first of three, hydraulically operated bridges that will span the V&A Canal in the V&A Marina at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront is now operational. 

$24m tri-nation rail rehab plan

22nd June 2001 Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia – the three countries involved in the joint economic development programme dubbed the Nacala Development Corridor – are planning a $24-million rail development as part of the programme. 

SA has an open door to global products

22nd June 2001 South African firm Alutrade are the sole agents of Alusuisse (members of the Alcan Group) in Southern Africa. 

SA bus-body builder drives empowerment

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2001 South Africa’s oldest bus transport company, Putco, may soon be 26% owned by a black-empowerment group. 

Industry takes up roads challenge

15th June 2001 Transport Minister Dullah Omar has welcomed the findings of a new report on the country’s road backlog, which has been commissioned by the Southern African Bitumen Association (Sabita). 

R50m heavy-mineral port terminal

By: Laura Franz     1st June 2001 Construction of a R50-million bulk export terminal in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, to be used by Iscor Heavy Minerals (IHM) for the export of its Hillendale mine and Empangeni processing plant output, is on target for completion by August, reports design engineering and project management firm... 

Omar drives merger of law and transport

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Making rail the transport choice; Fast-tracking concessioning of ports; Privatising aviation; Making democrats of taxi warlords 

Public transport service for the deaf, Western Cape

By: System Author     8th December 2000 In a significant technical breakthrough, the deaf can now obtain public transport information over the telephone 

Japanese automaker sets up SA network

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Vehicle manufacturer Honda has announced that it is parting ways with DaimlerChrysler to establish its own distribution network in South Africa. 

Taxi recapitalisation: late but ‘on track’

By: System Author     24th November 2000 ‘Enormous progress’ has been made on plans for the recapitalisation and rationalisation of South Africa’s 120 000-strong taxi fleet. 

Transportation portal, worldwide

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Five major ocean carriers have joined forces to create a neutral transportation portal on the Internet. 

70 000 South African auto manifolds for China

By: System Author     24th November 2000 The design and manufacture of a Volkswagen inlet manifold and a resulting contract for some 70 000 manifolds to be exported to China was one of the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme technology transfer success stories revealed at the Technology Transfer Conference held in... 

R400m on Cape Town station 

By: System Author     17th November 2000 The biggest modal interchange in the Western Cape is about to undergo a much-needed face-lift, the first phase of which is estimated at R400-million. 

Competition attrition

By: System Author     17th November 2000 South African industrial companies are being denied vitally-important global potential by narrow competition policy, says business leader Leslie Boyd, executive vice-chairperson of Anglo American plc. 

Automotive, worldwide

By: System Author     10th November 2000 BMW South Africa will export about R6,5-billion-worth of motor vehicles to BMW markets all over the world this year, while its leather business – SA Trim – will export about R1-billion-worth of leather seat cover and trim sets. 

SA becomes hub for US truck firm

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 The South African arm of US company International Truck and Engine has assumed full responsibility for the company’s Australian and New Zealand operations. 

South Africa–Canada coach-refurbish deal

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Potential long-term savings to the South African economy – projected at about R25-billion – could flow from the signing of a co-operation agreement between local manufacturing company Nustart Enterprises and Canadian engineering company Baultar. 

Contribution to SA increases

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 German contribution to SA 

‘Departures will not hamper taxi plan’

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Assurances have been given that the controversial and delayed taxi-recapitalisation programme remains on track, despite a series of high-level departures from the Department of Transport. 

Railway commuter carriages upgrade, Western Cape

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Potential long-term savings to the South African economy – projected at about R25-billion – could flow from the signing of a co-operation agreement between local manufacturing company Nustart and Canadian engineering company Baultar, flooring specialists in the overhaul and... 

First motorcycle with hybrid engine

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Developments to Watch 

Auto industry policy in top gear

By: System Author     6th October 2000 The benefits of a clearly-defined government policy are seldom as obvious as in the case of the Motor Industry Development Programme. 

Taxi, bus terminals for airport next year

By: System Author     8th September 2000 Public transport facilities and systems at Africa’s busiest airport, Johannesburg International Airport, are being redesigned to make a world-class transportation system available to arriving users. 

Tippers make loading easier

By: System Author     11th August 2000 Transportation logistics company John Daniel Containers, of Mossel Bay, Western Cape, has entered into a manufacturing agreement with Australian company Trufab to manufacture a new roller-tipper. 

Measuring car cuts surveying time

By: System Author     14th July 2000 The first infrastructure-measuring car that can measure track and overhead line parameters simultaneously, was launched by Plasserail last month. 

All aboard the Shilowa express

By: System Author     7th July 2000 By 2005, commuters travelling between Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Johannesburg International Airport may be persuaded to leave the convenience of their motorcars for the time-savings and comfort of a higher-speed train. 

Rail cargo traceable on the Internet

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Southern Africa is one step closer to an integrated regional railway system, with the last railway due to be connected to the region’s rolling stock information system by December. 

SA rail efficiency is not on track – Omar

By: System Author     30th June 2000 While South Africa can boast some of the most advanced transport infrastructure in the world, efficiency in terms of its rail network is still not on track. 

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