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Rail News

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... 

Cheap approach pays off

3rd August 2001 While South African Airways’ (SAA’s) former CE Coleman Andrews was spending hundreds of millions on consultants such as Bain & Co, SAA’s sister organisation, Spoornet, was being far more frugal. And, what’s more, it appears as if the rail corporation is getting much more... 

Replica materials for Pta station rebuild

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. 

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. 

Marine tender to be issued shortly

29th June 2001 The marine tender for the construction of the proposed Coega deep-water port near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, is on its way. 

$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. 

Details on R600-million coal-terminal expansion

22nd June 2001 Contracts are expected to be awarded soon for the R600-million expansion of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), in Kwazulu-Natal. 

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). 

Get freight back on rail, association pleads

By: Zonika Botha     15th June 2001 The RailRoad Association of South Africa (RRA) is fighting hard to restore the imbalance between the road- and rail-freight industry by swinging the pendulum back to railways. 

Firm captivated by rail opportunity

14th June 2001 The colourful Zulu beaded loveletter pinned on his cardigan almost mirrors the passion former University of Natal graduate electrical engineer and Alstom Transport MD Andries Tshabalala has for the rail industry. 

Rail conference steaming ahead after four years

14th June 2001 One of Africa's top events for rail executives Africa Rail 2001, now in its fourth year, is looking to set the agenda for the African rail industry. 

Track system provides continuous support to rails

14th June 2001 One of the more interesting technologies to have hit the rail industry in the last few years is the ballastless beam-track system, Tubular Track. 

Maintaining the right safety approach in the rail sector

14th June 2001 Southern Africa has the same ability to minimise rail risks as rail regimes elsewhere – the important ingredients are robust safety systems and the culture to implement them, advises UK Wragge & Co rail consultant Roger Gunson. 

E-commerce iniative transforming business

14th June 2001 The co-sponsor of the Africa Rail 2001 conference and related business unit of Transnet, Promat, is gearing itself to becoming the leading e-procurement company in South Africa. 

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 

State financier promises ‘development’ focus

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Given the current fixation over balance sheets in business and in government, it is not surprising that some of South Africa’s development finance institutions suffer bouts of schizophrenia. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

‘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 

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. 

Track’s end approaches for commuter rail monopoly

By: System Author     8th September 2000 South African commuter rail transport firm Metrorail is one step closer to becoming a concessionaire following the official signing of an agreement with the South African Rail Commuter Corporation last month. 

Iron-ore locomotives in R200-million upgrade

By: System Author     8th September 2000 South African rail utility Spoornet has awarded Alstom a R200-million contract to upgrade and overhaul its 31 Class 9E electric locomotives operating on the Sishen–Saldanha Bay export iron-ore line. 

Putting old coaches back in the running

By: System Author     1st September 2000 Coach-renewal company Wictra Consultants celebrated the completion of its 50th coach for general overhaul for the South African Rail Commuter Corporation last month, in Cape Town. 

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. 

R15-billion rail revamp ready to roll

By: System Author     4th August 2000 National carrier Spoornet has announced its commitment to modern railway technology as a means to improve its efficiency and to survive in the new millennium. 


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