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Defence bidders will be brave to renege – Armscor

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South Africa’s defence procurement agency, Armscor, is convinced that there is no way for the preferred suppliers of R30-billion-worth of defence equipment to renege on their industrial participation promises. It is also firm in its view that the country is not being over-charged for the... 

Contract soon for e-billboards at Jhb stations

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The winner of a contract to erect electronic billboards at 40 Wits Metrorail stations in Johannesburg area will be announced this month. The billboards will improve on the existing system of communicating with passengers regarding train schedules. “The present system is a little clumsy and... 

SA guided parachutes for Kosovo aid plan?

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South African product could benefit many ‘internally displaced people’ (IDP) in war-torn Kosovo, Engineering News can today report. That product is a guided cargo parachute system, developed by IST Dynamics of Pretoria. Ethnic cleansing has caused thousands upon thousands of Kosovar... 

Transport partnership trend to continue

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The traditional lines that distinguished the role of the private as opposed to the public sector in the South African transport environment have been significantly blurred over the last few years – a trend which is set to continue. Outgoing Transport Minister Mac Maharaj says that the era... 

Prototype wagon for R600m contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A world leader in heavy-haulage transport Spoornet will be exhibiting a prototype at Africa Rail ’99 used to develop a wagon that has resulted in a supply contract to Sweden totalling potentially more than R600-million. “The contract was awarded to us in February last year by Swedish... 

First rotary-screw compressor for SA rail

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The first prototype rotary-screw compressor to be used in a rail-transportation application in South Africa has been installed in a Spoornet Class ‘E’ freight locomotive operating in the Belfast, Mpumalanga, area. The TrackAir Mahle rotary-screw compressor was installed by CompAir... 

Ticket machine contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A feature of Reunert Communication Systems’ (RCS) exhibit at Africa Rail ’99 will be its redevelopments of ticket-issuing machines. One of the activities of the company is the development, integration and maintenance of ticket-issuing devices, as well as communication networks for... 

Black empowerment on the right track

By: System Author     4th June 1999 WHAT is believed to be the largest black-owned company in the railway construction and rail maintenance business, Zomba Civils & Building, has bought a 50% interest in Racec Gauteng, a leading private railway contractor. Effective as of May 1, the deal will see Zomba CEO Charles Modise assuming... 

Ring-rail system to revitalise Pretoria area

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Although an estimated 325 000 passengers commute on the Pretoria rail network daily, it is generally agreed that the facility is under-used. “We have identified a section within the existing Pretoria rail system that forms a circle and could be developed to benefit all in an attempt to... 

Modelling tools designed for railway sector

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Computer-based engineering solutions company TLC Software, of Johannesburg, and Spoornet TTC will be participating in the upcoming Africa Rail ’99 exhibition. TLC Software is involved actively in the development of specialised systems and modelling tools for the railway industry, including... 

Repair vehicles delivered

By: Archivist     4th June 1999 IN line with its policy of predictable service, transport operator Spoornet has taken delivery of three Nissan Diesel UD55s for their newly developed in-service maintenance repair vehicles. “The concept of predictable service urged us to concentrate more on maintaining rail wagons... 

Transport sector set for transformation

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The final version of the national Department of Transport’s 14-month study – Moving South Africa (MSA) – to determine the transport challenges facing South Africa at the start of the twenty-first century was released earlier this month, containing several ‘action... 

IT upgrade for local transport company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 ROAD transport company Cargo Carriers has installed an end-to-end networking solution comprising a 3Com wide-area network (Wan) and local area networks (Lans). The installation, which is already yielding substantial operational benefits, forms an integral part of Cargo’s multi-million rand... 

Road-training programme planned

By: System Author     28th May 1999 UK transport research company TRL and CSIR Transportek will be jointly hosting a training programme on ‘Managing and Financing Rural Transport’ in Pretoria towards the end of the year. The training programme, which is being promoted by the World Bank, is the third of its kind to be... 

Station upgrades uplift economy

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Manager and developer of State-owned property Intersite is generating millions of rands in income for the local rail and construction industries. Since its inception in 1992, the company has created some 80 000 direct and indirect jobs and has made an overall financial impact on the economy of... 

Urban rail to open up to the private sector

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The State-owned South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) is in the final stages of preparing a concession for some 10% of its rail network. A decision on the final route and rolling stock package could be made by June. The initiative, which is designed to begin on April 1, 2000, is part of... 

R21-million-worth of signalling contracts clinched by SA firm

By: System Author     28th May 1999 A TOTAL of R21-million-worth of signalling contracts have been won by Railway Signalling in the last eight months. “In landing these orders we have succeeded in being awarded the majority of all available local contracts in our field,” says Railway Signalling MD Hugh Riekert. A total... 

One privatisation a month

By: System Author     28th May 1999 What could amount to a ‘privatisation a month’ is on the cards for R24-billion-a-year transport parastatal Transnet. Deputy MD Mafika Mkwanazi reports that for the rest of this calendar year, Transnet plans to make a series of announcements involving partial privatisations,... 

Iron-ore line No 2 is being investigated

By: System Author     28th May 1999 State rail corporation Spoornet is amenable to assessing the possibility of reopening its rail infrastructure from the Northern Cape down to the Eastern Cape for the export of iron-ore through the proposed Coega harbour. Transnet deputy MD and Spoornet head Mafika Mkwanazi says it remains... 

Cost-effective mode of passenger transport

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Increased vehicle economy in the passenger transport industry could save South Africa’s minibus taxi industry millions of rands each year, reports Iveco Commercial Operations director Frans Cloete. “Light delivery vehicles converted into mini taxis are significantly cheaper than the... 

Pneumatic system for trenchless piping

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A range of pneumat- ic equipment used to install underground pipes and cables without digging trenches is available from Reef Trenchless Technology SA (RTT), a wholly-owned company of Reef Pneumatics and Industrial Supplies. “The conventional method of digging trenches when one needs to... 

Train communication system is on track

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A reportedly unique South African developed train communication system worth more than R10-million to support CoalLink in coal transport – with the ultimate goal of moving more than 70-million tons of coal a year to Richards Bay Coal Terminal – is in the process of being rolled out by... 

Hydraulic bearing-pullers delivered

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Specialised hydraulic-equipment manufacturer, Hydraulic Power Tools of Benoni, Gauteng, has delivered two hydraulic bearing-pulling devices to remove bearings from railway wheels for Transnet division Transwerk. The units, weighing in at just under 470 kg each, use US technology, and are... 

From infrastructure backlog to boom?

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The South African government is in the final stages of developing a strategy to begin containing the burgeoning backlog in infrastructure spending – the backlog has been estimated to be larger than R170-billion. An inter-ministerial team, embracing all ministers involved in infrastructure... 

Streamlining slurry

By: System Author     30th April 1999 THE transportation of abrasive and corrosive solids is often coupled with a costly maintenance budget. The GIW works of KSB Pumps has developed a unique problem-solving solution that maximises the capital investment of slurry pumps. This approach begins by analysing the system and pump... 

Chemical transport facility upgrade

By: System Author     30th April 1999 THE multimillion-rand redevelopment of Cargo Carriers Tanker as a world-class chemical transport facility is proceeding according to plan. The company has become a signatory to ‘Responsible Care’ whose international standards are designed to achieve security and safety throughout the... 

10% GDFI in sight, predict engineers

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Despite low confidence levels by industry in general in the construction sector, new president of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) Dr Rodney Milford believes that gross domestic fixed investment (GDFI), excluding plant and equipment, will again reach the level of about... 

Transport empowerment project

By: System Author     16th April 1999 TRANSPORTATION company Haulcon has concluded two new agreements designed to give emerging entrepreneurs a viable entry into the road-haulage industry. “These agreements represent a significant development as they are large, detailed contracts,” says Haulcon director Lynn Combrink.... 

R14m structural steel contract

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R14-million structural steel contract for the casthouse at the Mozal smelter in Mozambique has been awarded to Cemenco Steel Structures, a Cementation group company. Awarded by project manager SLE, the contract involves fabrication and erection of about 1 300 t of steel. Detailing and... 

New bidder for fixed-line network no 2

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Telecom provider to Transnet, Transtel might become a legal entity in its own right by the end of the year, Transtel transmission networks CEO Michael Nuttall tells Engineering News. “If we are to become involved in a second fixed-line telecom network, we will have to become a legal entity... 

R198-million loan agreement for Namibia

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A R198-million loan agreement has been signed between the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the government of Namibia, for on-lending to the Windhoek City Council. This is part of the DBSA’s fulfilment of its mandate to build foundations for development in the Southern African... 

South Africa builds its own ‘IFC’ unit

By: System Author     9th April 1999 South Africa is in the throes of developing its own International Finance Corporation (IFC)-styled lending institution to provide support for private-sector provision of infrastructure. The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), of Midrand, set up its Private Sector Investments Unit (PSIU)... 

First shipment of new bearings arrives

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Sole distributor of SRB split roller-bearings, OE Bearings, of Selby, Gauteng, released the mark 20 split roller-bearing on to the South African market at the beginning of the year. “The first shipment of the new bearings has arrived, and there are more on their way,” reports OE... 

Bridge to ‘Newtown’ and new city

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 OVER the next 18 months, the Johannesburg council hopes to make progress on the creation of two new access points into Newtown on the western side of the city in one of its first real attempts to begin reviving the central business district. The precinct, together with Ellis Park on the eastern... 

Diesel vehicle emission-control campaign

By: System Author     26th March 1999 IN a move likely to affect thousands of diesel-powered trucks, the Cape Metropolitan Council (CMC) has launched a diesel vehicle emission- control campaign to improve the quality of air for people in the area. Sparked by recommendations of the Brown Haze Report produced by the Energy Research... 

Finishing touches for R110-million plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The finishing touches are being applied to a new R110-million lignosulphonate plant at Saiccor, Umkomaas, an operation owned by Lignotech SA, a joint-venture company established by Sappi and Borregaard Lignotech of Norway. The decision to invest in the plant was made in mid-1996, with the... 

SA’s first waste-by-rail station opens

By: System Author     19th March 1999 South Africa’s first containerised waste-by-rail transfer and transport station has been officially opened in Knysna on the southern Cape coast. It is seen as a test case by many of the surrounding municipalities, such as Plettenberg Bay and George, which have all shown great interest in... 

 

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