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Rail News

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. 

African railways are in a crisis

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Africa’s railways are at a critical junction. 

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. 

Will taxpayers subsidise taxi recapitalisation?

By: System Author     30th June 2000 The taxi recapitalisation project has invited laudatory and cautionary comment since its announcement last year. 

SA must be transport-smart

By: System Author     16th June 2000 The implementation of intelligent transport systems in South Africa will play a significant role with respect to the South African government’s five-year transport focus. 

Rail industry changes to be discussed

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Railtrack system of the future to be exhibited

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

International VIPs expected

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

New rail concept to be launched

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Graphic display at rail exhibition

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Rail event a valuable opportunity

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Upgrade project on track

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Railway engineers on display

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Do-or-die time to avoid SA commuter-rail train smash

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Decision time is looming for South Africa if it has any hope of salvaging its commuter rail service which operates in the main urban centres of Gauteng, the Western and Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal. 

UK firm hopes to put brakes on SA train smash

By: System Author     24th March 2000 The appointment of Halcrow Rail as the turnaround specialist to support the restructuring of Spoornet’s mainline passenger services and general freight is expected to prepare the parastatal for commercialisation so that it can become a sustainable stand-alone business entity. 

Interest in local company

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Transport parastatal Transnet has received “substantial interest” for the disposal of 70% of its design and construction business, Protekon. 

Racing roll-cage for taxis

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Local entrepreneur Japie Ludick has adapted the roll-cage – typically used in motor racing – for taxis. 

TAXI WAR!

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Taxi recap: can it pass the affordability test? 

Gauteng’s re-industrialisation plan

By: System Author     18th February 2000 The Gauteng spatial development initiative has seen a number of nodes having been identified for industrial projects. 

This container has it all

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Innovative self-offloading and multifunctional side-tipping containers are among the products developed by Mossel Bay firm John Daniel Containers. 

Contract signals company’s success

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road, rail and airport infrastructure 

Southern Africa leads in ‘Cape to Cairo’ rail dream

By: System Author     4th February 2000 A score of topographical, monetary and political constraints still render Cecil John Rhodes’s dream to link the African continent from ‘Cape to Cairo’ by rail just a dream for the foreseeable future. 

The road to recovery

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road. rail and airport infrastructure 

Taxi! A new order dawns in SA

By: System Author     21st January 2000 South Africa’s long-awaited taxi recapitalisation project will begin in earnest next week with an exhibition at the Kyalami race circuit in Gauteng where the eight short-listed bidders will be able to show their offerings. 

Facilities offered for taxi revamp

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Although Nissan Diesel did not submit a proposal for the renewal of South Africa’s mini-bus taxi fleet late last year, it will make available its facilities for any taxi-manufacturing consortium wishing to utilise them. 

New bus-assembly plant to be ready by April

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Swedish truck and bus manufacturer Scania and its South African arm are to benefit substantially from a R240-million contract to supply 340 buses to the largest bus operator in the Northern Province. 

Locomotive company being liquidated

By: System Author     10th December 1999 The liquidation of Bessinger Locomotives has been hampered by the departure of the company’s director to the UK. 

Multibillion-rand rebirth plan for SA taxi industry

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 In October next year, the long-awaited recapitalisation of South Africa’s 126 000-strong taxi fleet is set to begin in earnest, but there is already a flurry of activity in preparation for the event. 

Mobile techno unit to plug into SA youth

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 The hopes and dreams for a renewed interest by South Africa’s youth in engineering are set to hit the road early next year in the form of the Tsebo Koloing Technology in Motion mobile unit. 

SA firm in ‘armour-plated’ global deal

By: System Author     26th November 1999 South African-based defence company Vickers OMC has become the design, development and manufacturing centre for wheeled armoured fighting vehicles for the Vickers group worldwide. 

A skip, a hop provides transport solution

By: System Author     26th November 1999 It’s always a risk starting one’s own business, but with risk comes returns, which has certainly proved the case with Wray Shaw, who has designed a new multipurpose vehicle. 

Transport interchange, Western Cape

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Tenders are invited for the construction of a station transport interchange. 

Train condition-monitoring on track

By: System Author     12th November 1999 A multimillion-rand project to install an integrated train condition-monitoring system on Spoornet/ 

Railway and port upgrade, Mozambique

By: System Author     12th November 1999 The World Bank has approved a US$100-million loan for the restructuring of Mozambique’s railway and port network 

SA set to win R500m rail-wagon contract

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Transwerk seems likely to win a R500-million contract 

 

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