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Rail News

Plans to fast-track concession for S Africa's 'haemorrhaging' harbour

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 In a bid to reach the performance levels required to meet the growing domestic and international demand, Public Enterprises Minister Jeff Radebe announced plans to fast track the granting of a concession to operate Durban harbour in an address to parliament last month. 

R1,5bn Richards Bay complex on again

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 The establishment of a dry-dock and ship repair complex at the port of Richards Bay is once again being investigated by the National Ports Authority (NPA). 

Reduced port costs to increase competitiveness

7th June 2002 Cargo importers and exporters will be the main beneficiaries of the reduced wharfage rates being implemented across South African ports by the National Ports Authority of South Africa (NPA), according to CEO Siyabonga Gama. 

R3,3bn upgrade steams ahead

7th June 2002 Over the past 18 months, South African Port Operations (Sapo) has embarked on Development 2005 – a major R3,3-billion upgrade of operations, of which the lion's share of the investment will be spent on Durban. 

Richards Bay ups service quality

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 The currents of change continue to course through the National Ports Authority (NPA) in Richards Bay as it transforms to meet the demands of customers and society. 

Gauteng development expands

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2002 The three-year Blue IQ initiative aiming to develop the tourism, transport and high value-added manufacturing sectors in Gauteng has increased its budget from R1,2-billion to R3,5-billion, and expanded its scope to include an extra project – the development of Kliptown in Soweto – to... 

Four new toll-roads by 2006

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2002 South Africa will have four new toll-roads by 2006, following an invitation by government to the private sector last year to submit road-development proposals. 

Gauteng firm to make rail-profilers for world

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st May 2002 Gauteng-based Lennings Rail Services (LRS), which in April became the first South African company to commission rail profiling machines, reports that it could make more of the multimillion-rand units for export customers. 

Toll road, rapid rail not in competition

22nd May 2002 The proposed tolling of five sections of the Pretoria-Johannesburg road network corridor, including parts of the Ben Schoeman highway and R21 airport freeway, if accepted and implemented, will be an initiative parallel to the implementation of the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link, says Jack van der... 

Boost for airline's cargo-handling turn-around time

10th May 2002 The cargo division of South African Airways, with the Psion Teklogix Narrowband solution, significantly increased its contribution to the airline's profit through improved efficiency, better use of assets and streamlining of systems to provide improved customer service. 

Rail utility gets voice-recording system

By: Laura Franz     10th May 2002 In a multimillion-rand contract, information and communications technology (ICT) company Spescom is providing the complete equipment and software solution to enable rail utility Spoornet to record and centrally monitor the verbal train-movement authorisations between regional control centres and... 

Gauteng's express train: white elephant or elegant solution?

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2002 Anthony Diepenbroek questions whether the proposed speed train between Pretoria, Johannesburg and the Johannesburg International Airport is the appropriate solution to Gauteng’s congestion problem. 

The pleasure of good rail transport

By: Kelvin Kemm     3rd May 2002 The innovative transport proposal dubbed the Gautrain is sure to generate heated discussion in any pub, possibly second only to the cricket, okay I am talking about Gauteng. 

Two consortia prequalify for Gauteng rapid-rail project

3rd May 2002 Two consortia have prequalified to participate in the rest of the tender phase of the Gauteng rapid-rail link. 

Big rail coach refurbishment gets rolling

By: Joanne Delaurentis     26th April 2002 Trainset manufacturer and refurbisher Union Carriage and Wagon (UCW) of Nigel, Gauteng, a wholly-owned operation within the Murray & Roberts group, has begun work on the first phase of its new three phase follow-on contract to refurbishment an additional 30 suburban coaches for the South African... 

Firm gets second rail commutator contract

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 Langlaagte-based Transwerk has awarded electro-mechanical engineering specialist, Contact Engineering, a major contract to manufacture and supply a range of commutators. 

Mining is key to electrification growth

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 Specialists in electrical infrastructure, Tractionel Enterprises, which will have been operating in South Africa for its twentieth year this November, claims to be one of only a handful of companies in this country that is able to offer complete turnkey projects for railway electrification and... 

R65m rail wagon export to Mauritania

26th April 2002 A division of Johannesburg-based Dorbyl, RSD, will start work shortly on a R65-million contract signed with SNIM, of Mauritania, for the design, manufacture and commissioning of 150 iron-ore wagon bodies. 

Eastern Cape, KZN rail link mooted

23rd April 2002 The Eastern Cape government is visualising another extension to the planned Umtata-to-East London railway to make a connection with Kwazulu-Natal. 

Rail company does rate U-turn

22nd April 2002 South African rail utility Spoornet said it had scaled back increases in grain freight rates for the year in response to concerns that rising inflation was hitting staple food costs for the poor. 

Andries Tshabalala Alstom Transport

19th April 2002 Andries Tshabalala Alstom Transport Leader of 250 

Western Cape in agri, tourism push

19th April 2002 A total of R108-million and R103-million have been allocated respectively to agriculture and tourism in the Western Cape says the province’s Minister of Agriculture, Tourism and Gambling Johan Gelderblom. 

225 km rail rehab under way in Moz

By: Deborah Spicer     19th April 2002 A Grinaker-LTA/Harsco joint-venture team is on site in Mozambique erecting offices so that construction can begin on the flood-damaged rail line between Maputo and Macarretane, in the south of the country. 

Window of opportunity widens for local manufacture

By: Marius Roodt     12th April 2002 A window of opportunity is widening in South Africa, Bosal CEO Karel Bos tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Logistics partner for Namibia garment plant

12th April 2002 Logistics company P&O Nedlloyd has been appointed as preferred supplier to Malaysian corporation Ramatex Berhad, which is building a $100-million integrated textiles and garment manufacturing plant in Namibia’s capital Windhoek. 

Joint rail operations plan for Malawi and Mozambique

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th April 2002 MALAWI– Plans are under way to merge rail operations for Malawi and Mozambique to provide constant haulage between the two countries. 

Ship repair (port project)

12th April 2002 Name of the project and location Ship repair facility project, Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Project description The scope of the project has not yet been finalised. It could be a dry-dock or just a ship repair facility, but is planned to cater for all vessel sizes mainly bigger... 

Ten bid for Gauteng speed train

11th April 2002 Ten companies have presented bids following a request for prequalification (RFQ) submissions for the Gauteng Rapid Rail Project. 

Software derails rail asset inaccuracies

By: Deborah Spicer     5th April 2002 The rail industry may become a significant market for Spescom’s configuration-management (CM) software following its use by the South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) and Railtrack, in the UK. 

BEE transport outsourcing deal

29th March 2002 One of South Africa’s leading domestic delivery service companies, Sun Couriers, has signed a deal worth about R40-million a year, whereby 74 former employees who worked in the trucking division, have taken control of the company’s inter-city road transport deliveries. 

Championing local manufacture

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 The window of opportunity is widening for South Africa’s local manufacturers who have retained strong engineering departments, honed their global competitiveness and gained black economic-empowerment status. 

Locomotives refurbished

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 The transport division of Alstom of Driehoek, Germiston, has won a contract to refurbish and upgrade 31 heavy-haul locomotives for South Africa’s State-owned rail company Spoornet. 

Tenders this year for Cape toll ring road

29th March 2002 Tender documents for the construction of a proposed toll ring road around the Cape metropolitan area could be prepared before the end of this year. 

Malawi airline privatisation advances

By: Marcel Chimwala     29th March 2002 MALAWI – Plans to privatise Malawi's sole airline, state-owned Air Malawi, are at an advanced stage. 

SA's rail tariffs shoot up

26th March 2002 South African rail utility Spoornet will sharply increase tariffs to move maize, wheat, oilseeds and other basic foods, raising concerns from food producers that the rise will further push up inflation. 

Public meetings for bullet train

22nd March 2002 Members of the public who are interested in or affected by the proposed new rapid rail link project, known as Gautrain, have an opportunity to attend public meetings to be held in Midrand, Sandton, Rosebank, Kempton Park, Pretoria and Centurion during April. 

Travelling the merry road to confusion

By: Kelvin Kemm     15th March 2002 Previously I griped about the changing of road names and I pointed out that the naming of anything should not be used as an exercise to honour anybody, but should be an exercise in enabling travellers, or the postman, to find their way about. 


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