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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 

Cairo taxi-goers defy death on daily basis

By: System Author     29th October 1999 Tech Track 

The engineering challenge of bus safety

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Tech Track 

New bus range sees the light in SA

By: System Author     8th October 1999 “A peep at the shape of public transport in the Cape Metropolitan Area of the future” 

Bridge collapse hearing resumes

By: System Author     17th September 1999 The second stage of the Department of Labour’s hearing into the collapse of the Injaka bridge near Bush Buck Ridge, Mpumalanga, was resumed at the end of August following a two-month recess. 

Automated answer to lifting, loading problems

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Materials-handling and logistics 

R3-million conveyor contract for Mozal

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Materials-handling and logistics 

Distance measuring wheels

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Measuring wheels that can measure distances of up to 10 000 m have been developed in the US. 

Railway line, Eastern Cape

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Tenders are invited for a feasibility study of the East London–Umtata railway line project. 

South Africa team finishes Zim’s first Bot railway

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Consulting Engineers 

Coega development zone and port

By: System Author     6th August 1999 An integrated transportation study and a sewage treatment and return effluent study for the Coega development zone and port. 

Transport minister brings ‘justice’ to roads

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Implementing the strategies set out in the Moving South Africa action agenda and ensuring that effective law enforcement is in place are the two main issues that newly-appointed Transport Minister Dullah Omar will pursue. In an exclusive interview he tells Engineering News that the strategies... 

R1-million sort and process upgrade at JIA

By: System Author     30th July 1999 International air express operator DHL Worldwide Express has spent R1-million upgrading and expanding the sort and process flows at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) to cater for business growth and to ensure faster shipment transfers and improved shipment security. The gateway, which has... 

R1bn for coal terminal No 2

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 State-owned transport provider Transnet has set aside about R1-billion to facilitate the creation of a second coal outlet at Richards Bay – the new terminal is known as the South Dunes Coal Terminal (SDCT). Those close to the project believe construction will begin during the last quarter... 

R50m road contract begins

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Design work has begun on the project to rebuild and upgrade the Kei Cuttings on the N2 freeway in the Eastern Cape, for which the South African National Roads Agency has allocated close to R50-million. The site is located north of the Kei river, between East London and Umtata. Due for completion... 

Cultural future for Cape unused railway line

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 A public call for development proposals was made subsequent to Spoornet’s decision to sell-off the unused stretch of railway-line between De Doorns and Kleinstraat in the Western Cape province. The line – which includes the scenic Hex River Pass and the historically significant... 

R16m retrofit for Cape tunnel on track

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The R15,7-million retrofit upgrade of the Huguenot tunnel’s control systems, to be completed in November this year, will leave the tunnel with state-of-the-art systems designed to increase surveillance and safety levels. Eleven years after completion of the 3,9 km tunnel in the Western... 

Over 3 000 catalogued steel grades available

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Steel is a metal composed of iron plus varying amounts of carbon, as well as other elements such as chromium, nickel, molybdenum, zirconium, vanadium, tungsten, and so on. Different types of steel – that is, steel with different properties and characteristics – are produced by... 

New rail link makes tracks into Africa

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Setting the wheels in motion for increased trade between South Africa and its Southern African neighbours, a new 150 km railway line, which connects Beitbridge in Zimbabwe with an existing line at West Nicholson, has been opened officially to international traffic this week, reports Spoornet rail... 

High-speed trains for the new millennium

By: System Author     16th July 1999 fleet of high-speed tilting trains will be supplied to the Virgin Rail group under a deal worth  

Largest trailers built in South Africa

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Transport company Chayah Transport has taken delivery of its first two non-tipping Cargo-Floor trailers. These semitrailers have been designed and build by Henred-Freuhauf trailers, in conjunction with Cargo Floor represenative Rene Wegkamp. The 16 m semitrailers are the largest... 

R6,8m train detection equipment supply contract

By: System Author     16th July 1999 LOCAL company Transport Railway Signalling has secured a contract worth R6,8-million from a UK signalling company for the supply of 300 sets of high-voltage impulse track circuit (HVITC) train detection equipment. The HVITC equipment will be installed along 600 km of track by the international... 

Ship deal puts the wind in SA’s sales

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The unbundling and sale of Safmarine’s container line division to the Copenhagen-based AP Moller group, effective from last month, has already resulted in improved benefits for customers of Safmarine Container Lines (SCL). Although SCL will continue to independently market its Southern... 

Thabo to support spatial-development initiatives

By: System Author     9th July 1999 More emphasis is expected to be given to spatial-development initiatives (SDIs) and industrial development zones (IDZs) by government under the leadership of President Thabo Mbeki. In his speech to parliament late last month, Mbeki stated that major investment projects were underpinned by the... 

Ringing in the changes of Y2k compliance

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Acontract worth sev- eral million rands to ensure Year 2000 compliance for telecommunications provider Telkom is progressing well. The contract, subcontracted by Siemens to engineering software developer TLC Software, of Johannesburg, involves an engineering management system, client server... 

Transport plan in Pretoria hits a brick wall

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council (GPMC) cannot advance plans to improve the metro’s transport situation since funding and the new demarcation of Pretoria, as well as other unresolved provincial and national issues, are slowing progress. “We have many proposals on how to... 

R106-million condensate-import project

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Good progress is being made at Mossgas in Mossel Bay on the company’s new R106-million condensate-import project, which will boost its yearly output by up to 450-million litres, or 26%, and add about R40-million to its yearly net operating surplus. This business opportunity arose partly as... 

Five-year outsourced fleet transport contract signed

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 TRANSPORT company PPC Transport has concluded an agreement with Corobrick to take over its existing motor transport fleet. The division traditionally serviced its sister company PPC in the transportation of cement goods, but plans to diversify half of its business. PPC Transport will move... 

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