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Rail News

Corridor plan for Africa

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2001 South Africa’s State-owned rail services company Spoornet intends participating in the development of sustainable rail freight corridors in Africa. 

From fixed-schedule to dynamic deployment

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2001 At the heart of Spoornet’s current internal systems-development programme is an attempt to move the railways away from its fixed-schedule tradition and create a business model that is able to deploy resources dynamically to demand. 

The repositioning of rail

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2001 The repositioning of rail as a relevant mode of transport within the fast-changing economic and social conditions of South and Southern African is viewed as the overarching challenge for strategy planners at rail monopoly Spoornet. 

Women train drivers reflect transformation aim

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2001 Engineering News Editor Transformation is high on agenda of Spoornet’s GM Specialist Businesses. That is why Tshidi Nyama is happy to report the increasing incidence of women train drivers, the facilitation of black economic empowerment by the coal line, iron ore line, Shoshaloza Meyl and... 

India eyes piece of local loco upgrade action

By: Irma Venter     23rd November 2001 There is strong interest from India in Spoornet’s drive to upgrade its locomotives and coaches. 

Overarching regional strategy embraced

By: Deborah Spicer     16th November 2001 Regional co-operation and integration was seen as one of the central pillars of Africa’s economic development when the concept of the African Renaissance started being fleshed out three years ago. 

R9bn rail modernisation announced

13th November 2001 Rail utility Spoornet has announced that it has started with a 15-year programme to renew its locomotive fleet at an estimated cost of R9-billion. 

Rolling-stock contract creates 100 jobs

9th November 2001 The Rolling Stock Division (RSD) of Dorbyl group has entered into a contract, valued at R25-million, with Bombardier Transportation SA for the upgrading of 88 Class 5M2A suburban coaches, made up of 22 motor coaches and 66 trailer coaches. 

Plan to grow local bike market

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd November 2001 The Department of Transport is spearheading a nationwide project that should see bicycles, long-neglected by planners, becoming a significant feature of South Africa’s transport landscape within the next few years. 

BEE firms in Jhb airport upgrade

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd November 2001 The concrete structure of the new domestic terminal being built at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) is on schedule for completion next month, and kitting it out will take another year. 

Southern Africa's Western trade Corridor is opening

By: Keith Campbell     2nd November 2001 The Walvis Bay Corridor is now coming into operation, so shortening the time Gauteng exports destined for the rich Atlantic region (the Americas, Europe, West Africa) will take to market. 

Transnet 'end state' document awaited

By: Keith Campbell     19th October 2001 IT is highly unlikely that any significant announcement on the restructuring of Transnet will be made before the end of the year. 

. . . $6m Malawi roads project

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th October 2001 Malawi is preparing to carry out annual routine maintenance of its main roads and selected urban roads. 

Rail IT rollout

12th October 2001 The South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) has joined existing Spescom flagship customers such as the UK’s Railtrack organisation and London Underground as users of the firm’s eB Configuration Management solution. 

Potential in SADC transport sector

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th October 2001 Southern Africa’s restructuring transport sector presents immense opportunities for private investors, delegates to this year’s Southern African trade and investment summit were told. 

'Final shortlist for taxi recap contract by end of the year'

28th September 2001 This month saw taxi operators confirm their support for government’s minibus taxi recapitalisation programme, which will see South Africa’s current 16-seater taxi fleet replaced with the safer and more reliable 18-seater and 35-seater taxis. 

Transport aircraft alliance for Denel

By: Keith Campbell     28th September 2001 Denel Aviation has entered into exploratory contracts with European aerospace companies PZL-Mielec and Alenia, to examine the possibilities for transport aircraft in Africa. 

Senegal seeks energy partners

28th September 2001 SENEGAL – Potential strategic partners in Senegal’s electricity company, Senelec, presented their offers to the Senegalese government two weeks ago. 

SA needs to come to terms with road vs rail dilemma

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st September 2001 National rail utility Spoornet is well known for its incessant shrills for a level playing field, which will enable it to compete more effectively with road hauliers for bulky freight. 

SA needs to come to terms with road vs rail dilemma

21st September 2001 National rail utility Spoornet is well known for its incessant cries for a level playing field, which will enable it to compete more effectively with road hauliers for bulky freight. 

Still long way to go for Shilowa Express

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2001 Consortia interested in constructing the Gautrain Rapid Railway, linking Johannesburg, Pretoria and Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), have been invited to bid. 

SA help sought for 'future vehicle'

By: Keith Campbell     14th September 2001 BRITAIN is offering the South African automotive industry a partnership in the commercialisation of new road vehicle technologies. 

Great Lakes rail study gets rolling

6th September 2001 The South African company Makhosi Holdings is working on a feasibility study for the development of a rail network linking the Great Lakes region to Southern Africa, a report of the Ugandan Ministry of Tourism,Trade and Industry has revealed. 

Investor interest in Shilowa Express

5th September 2001 The Gauteng provincial government is proceeding with the development of its speed train project, which could see the construction of a modern rail connection linking Johannesburg, Pretoria and the Johannesburg International Airport. 

Nathi Khena, Putco

31st August 2001 Nathi Khena 

Southern African railways: is it sunrise or sunset?

By: Keith Campbell     31st August 2001 The SADC railway network is a regional physical communication and integration network of enormous importance and potential, but which faces major challenges and needs radical reform 

New safety code for rail industry

31st August 2001 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) will develop safety standards for the local railway industry – an initiative which is believed could facilitate uniform railway safety standards for the entire Southern African Development Community and even the sub-Saharan region. 

Moves to level road, rail playing field

31st August 2001 The establishment of a local rail safety regulator is a step in the direction of levelling the competition parameters between rail and road transport, says Department of Transport (DoT) director general Sipho Msikinya. 

Southern African railways:is it sunrise or sunset?

By: Keith Campbell     31st August 2001 The SADC railway network is a regional physical communication and integration network of enormous importance and potential, but which faces major challenges and needs radical reform. 

Fast refuellers for mining firm

31st August 2001 Mpumalanga company Middelburg Mine Services has standardised on a fast refuelling system from IMS Industrial Products for its fleet of Cat 785 trucks and other machines to reduce downtime and eliminate spillage of diesel fuel. 

Vehicles help fight crime in Mozambique

31st August 2001 Mozambican crime fighters are making use of Isuzu vehicles to patrol in appalling conditions in often remote and inaccessible areas of the country. 

Assembly change for SA truck producer

31st August 2001 Reflecting rapidly changing conditions in the local vehicle market and in the medium and heavy commercial sectors specifically, Nissan SA will change its diesel assembly operation in Rosslyn from completely-knocked-down kits to semi-knocked-down assembly process. 

Compactor drivers' lives made simpler

31st August 2001 The lives of drivers behind the wheel of garbage compactors is going to be made far simpler by a new factory-approved gearbox conversion offered on Toyota SA Trucks’ Hino 15-204. 

Tyre industry faces meltdown

31st August 2001 Tempers at the Tyre Dealers Association annual general meeting in Kempton Park were hot enough to melt rubber as a result of import-permit delays by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). 

Empowerment programme for bus operators

By: Deborah Spicer     31st August 2001 The South African bus industry has had to change itself fundamentally since the pre-1994 days when it was made up of a small number of white-owned and managed firms. 

Partnerships help company to grow

By: Deborah Spicer     31st August 2001 Truck supplier Tyco believes that its partners have played an important role in ensuring that it retains its market share and that this share grows in the future, reports sales director Bob Jones. 

Axle producer sees high growth rate

By: Deborah Spicer     31st August 2001 One of the largest axle manufacturesr in South Africa is benefiting from extensive tanker-trailer replacement programmes and from increased penetration into the tipper-trailer market. 

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