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Public Transport and Infrastructure

Smooth, integrated logistical chain needed to sustain freight rail 

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2011 The creation of a smooth, integrated logistical chain that meets the needs, but which also requires the cooperation, of users, operators, asset owners and financiers, is necessary to sustain a long-term model of freight and bulk materials rail transport in Africa, says engineering, management and... 

Rail critical to SA’s development

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th October 2010 An effective and efficient rail infrastructure is key to South Africa’s successful participation in global trade and movement, which will enable the growth and development of the country 

South Africa’s rail agency’s 
five-year strategy

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th October 2010 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has developed a new five-year strategy, which will see the company transforming itself into a commercially viable entity that will evolve into a top public transport operator in the country’s high-volume passenger corridors, by 2015. 

Ecodriving for Western Cape’s metered-taxi drivers

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th October 2010 An ecodriving training pilot project, in the Western Cape province, aims to have its ecodriving training material integrated into the unit standard professional driver qualification under the national Transport Education Training Authority (TETA). 

Challenges in sight, but encouraging response to BRT system 

By: Eleanor Seggie     4th December 2009 City of Johannesburg executive director for transportation Lisa Seftel says that commuter feedback, despite a few teething problems, for phase 1A of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system, which has been running since September, has been encouraging. The overall feedback from commuters... 

BRT system contributes 
to job creation

4th December 2009 Numerous job and skills training opportunities in local communities have been created through the development of infrastructure for the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system, in Johannesburg.

From June 2008 to the end of June 2009, 3 300 people, including a large number of women, were employed... 

Bus operators should be aware of 
recent changes to legislation

4th December 2009 Bus operators transporting 2010 FIFA World Cup passengers should note the recent changes to the public entity Road Accident Fund (RAF) legislation and adjust their third-party insurance accordingly, says insurance broker and risk consultants Glenrand MIB manager of commercial product solutions... 

Freeway improvement project makes provision for public transport

By: Amanda Strydom     30th October 2009 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has included high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in the design of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). 

Economic strategy under way for Maputo corridor

By: Amanda Strydom     30th October 2009 Consulting engineering company PD Naidoo & Associates’ subsidiary Econogistics is developing an economic strategy to optimise the Maputo transport corridor. 

Call for more investment, not more road space, in future

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     30th October 2009 Voluntary association for independent consulting engineers Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Graham Pirie envisions an integrated public transport system for the country in future.  

Consultancy looks to expand public 
transport footprint

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     30th October 2009 Engineering consultancy SSI reports that it looking to further increase its presence in Africa through opportunities in public transport. SSI’s project manager Ignatius Ntsala says the company aims to achieve this through strategic partnerships with its partners on the continent, in conjunction... 

Integrated ticketing system could assist SA transport network

By: Loni Prinsloo     12th September 2008 The Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Voster says it is important that South Africa provide its commuters with an attractive public transport network as an alternative to using private transport. 

OR Tambo station on track for 2010

By: Loni Prinsloo     12th September 2008 The OR Tambo International Airport station of the Gautrain rapid-rail project will be completed before South Africa hosts the Fifa World Cup Soccer in 2010, asserts Gautrain stations and depot manager Dr Herman Joubert. 

National Transport Master Plan plots the path to 2050

By: Loni Prinsloo     12th September 2008 The South African Cabinet has initiated a project through the Department of Transport (DOT) to develop a National Transport Master Plan (Natmap) that will develop and establish a multimodal, transportation system to meet South Africa's needs as far in the future as 2050. The project started in... 

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