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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. 

Railways network remains too complex

By: Joanne Delaurentis     2nd August 2002 Besides the challenges of an unreliable and ageing asset base, years of capital disinvestment, management instability, and increasing demand without a corresponding increase in capacity, South Africa’s railway company has the added frustrations of a highly complex rail network to contend... 

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. 

Union Carriage and Wagon

26th July 2002 Union Carriage and Wagon (UCW) specialises in rolling-stock design and manufacture. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Six consortiums bid for Malawi-Moz rail-line

16th July 2002 Six international consortiums are bidding to rebuild a strategic railway line linking landlocked Malawi to Mozambique’s Indian Ocean port of Beira, a cabinet minister has said. 

Putting the general freight business back on track

By: Joanne Delaurentis     15th July 2002 If anyone has their work cut out for them it is newly-appointed GM of Spoornet's General Freight Business (GFB) Ravi Nair. 

Putting the general freight business back on track

By: Joanne Delaurentis     12th July 2002 If anyone has their work cut out for them its newly-appointed GM of Spoornet’s General Freight business (GFB) Ravi Nair. 

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. 

Consortia bid for Moz railway rehab

By: Deborah Spicer     5th July 2002 Consortia that qualify to bid for the rehabilitation and operation of the Sena and Machipanda railway lines in Mozambique should be announced later this year. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Joint venture develops local human capital

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The Bakwena Platinum Highway Project has given rise to employment for previously-disadvantaged South Africans in the form of the involvement of at least 150 small-medium-and-micro enterprises (SMME) in the field of supply and subcontracting to the highway project. 

Big benefits from engineering collaboration

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The collaboration between two well-established participants in the design of the infrastructure of the Bakwena Platinum Highway has been crucial to the success of its construction, GMKS executive chairman Trueman Goba tells Engineering News on behalf of the Bakwena Engineering Joint Venture (BEJV). 

City's subways to get a facelift

By: Joanne Delaurentis     28th June 2002 Contracts for the upgrading of the subways at Braamfontein, George Goch, Springs and Orlando railway stations, all in Johannesburg, together worth just over a million rand, will be awarded early next month. 

Monitoring system to curb taxi violence

28th June 2002 Government will soon be able to regulate the troubled taxi industry in the Eastern Cape and a new monitoring system that is meant to curb violence is set to be introduced, said provincial Safety and Security MEC Dennis Neer during a government outreach programme in Grahamstown earlier this week. 

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. 

SA emerges as export hub for Austrian firm

By: Irma Venter     28th June 2002 About 40% of VAE Africa’s turnover last year was generated through exports, representing a significant increase from the 10% in previous years. 

Gauteng to buy 20 new ambulances

27th June 2002 The Gauteng Health Department is to purchase 20 more ambulances in an effort to improve response times. 

Joburg's Park Station gets a facelift

26th June 2002 Commuters using the Johannesburg Station will have no reason to go in search of facilities beyond its perimeters. 

African resins giant embarks on composites export drive

By: marisa rodrigues     14th June 2002 Returning to private ownership at the end of last year, the largest producer of unsaturated polyester resins in Africa, NCS Resins, is looking to focus its attention on growing the composites market in South Africa. 

New vehicle fleet for Jo'burg

By: Deborah Spicer     14th June 2002 Within 24 months the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) should have a completely new fleet of vehicles following an agreement between the city of Johannesburg and Fleet Services. 

Winning taxi-recap bids by July – Omar

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2002 The first new taxi under government’s taxi recapitalisation programme should roll off the production line at the end of the year, says Transport Minister Dullah Omar. 

Cape Town station to get a facelift

14th June 2002 Rezoning approval by the city of Cape Town has paved the way for massive redevelopment of Cape Town station. 

 

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