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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. 

Alternative routes for Gauteng speed train probed

11th June 2002 Various alternative route alignments for the proposed new rapid rail link project, known as Gautrain, are being considered by the Gautrain Provincial Government. 

Panama offers its shipping expertise

By: Keith Campbell     7th June 2002 ALTHOUGH a small country, Panama is nevertheless one of the leading shipping countries in the world today, and is interested in sharing its experience in this sector with South Africa. 

Chemical transporter gets empowered

7th June 2002 Black-owned investment company Mvelaphanda Strategic Investments (MSI) has acquired a 25% stake in Unitrans Fuel and Chemical UFC), a recently-established provider of transport and logistics services to the liquid petroleum and chemical industries. 

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... 

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