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Rail News

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... 

New ‘double slip’ turnout design launched

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A new railway component that is set to enhance the quality of South Africa’s permanent way system was launched this month by Transwerk in a joint venture with an Austrian company. The fruits of the historic collaboration of Transwerk’s perway business and VAE of Vienna are embodied in... 

Humidity and temperature monitor released

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A HUMIDITY and temperature monitor marketed by local agent Protectaire has been released by Ryan Instruments. This monitor provides the user with critical information on environmental conditions needed to manage perishables throughout the supply chain. The unit can be programmed to monitor in one... 

Traffic yearbook cites busiest roads in Midrand

By: System Author     12th March 1999 THE figures of the 1998 traffic-observation yearbook show that the Allandale and Old Pretoria roads are the busiest roads in Midrand, with a yearly weekday average of 45 691 vehicles. The yearbook is a compilation of traffic information obtained at various traffic stations around Midrand. It... 

Rural development gets boost following acquisition

By: System Author     12th March 1999 In a departure from its historic focus, the Land Bank has acquired a 35% stake in 12-year-old entrepreneur support organisation Rutec, together with the Mineworkers Development Agency’s (MDA) acquisition of 40%. The R70-million-a- year business’s focus on micro-economic development... 

Company wins oil-supply contracts worth R18,6m

By: System Author     12th March 1999 EMERGING black oil marketing company Tepco Petroleum has won two multi- million-rand contracts to supply petrol and diesel to Eskom and the Uitenhage Town Council over the next three to four years. The tender, awarded by Eskom, is valued at R9-million and will involve the supply of 2,6 milllion... 

Mabopane freeway construction well under way

By: System Author     5th March 1999 CONSTRUCTION is well under way on the Mabopane freeway (road P200-1), north of Pretoria, using a combination of conventional and emerging contractors, and completion is expected well ahead of schedule. Other contracts have also been awarded in the Klipfontein/Kruisfontein area south of Soshanguve... 

Specialised test facilities determine risk

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The vehicle-test facility which is part of Gerotek Test Facilities has been awarded a second contract to the tune of R1,4-million by the Department of Transport for a training programme for taxi drivers. Initially established by Armscor to assist it in the procurement and marketing of armaments,... 

Majuba conveyor feasible

By: System Author     26th February 1999 STUDIES to date have shown that the transportation of coal by rail or conveyor to Majuba power station near Volksrust in Mpumalanga will definitely be economically feasible, provided the volume of coal transported is large enough. Due to lower-than-expected growth in electricity demand, the... 

Toll-road company scores Asian contracts

By: System Author     19th February 1999 TOLL-road company Intertoll has secured two new contracts in Asia, reports Group Five CEO Mike Lomas. In India and Bangladesh, these contracts are further confirmation of Intertoll’s successful entry into the highly-competitive toll-road operation market. In India, the company has secured a... 

Japan is all set to train local auto-part makers

By: System Author     19th February 1999 South African motor-component manufacturers have “a bright future ahead of them”, and can expect to start winning procurement contracts from especially Eastern automotive manufacturers in the near future. However, cost and management problems will first have to be resolved, point out... 

Fast-track second licence for fixed-line operator

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE issuing of a licence for South Africa’s second fixed-line telecom operator should be seen as a matter of urgency, Transtel chief executive Alf Schulze tells Engineering News. Transtel is the telecom business unit of Transnet. “The government needs to fast-track the process of... 

Portable remote comms device

By: System Author     12th February 1999 AN inexpensive, easy-to-use handheld device which uses cellular technology for mobile communication has been developed in South Africa by Accord R&D, a subsidiary of Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Accord Technologies. The robust device can be adapted to suit a myriad of applications in any... 

Maputo toll-road on track

By: System Author     12th February 1999 WORK is proceeding apace on the Maputo Corridor project, reports Trans African Concessions (Trac), the concessionaire appointed to build and operate the project, and transfer it back to the respective governments after 30 years. The first toll-plaza has been opened west of Middelburg, and the... 

New foldable forklift

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A new foldable portable forklift called the Crayler, from Palfinger, is available in South Africa from Magon Cranes, The forklift, with a 1,8 t or 2 t carrying capacity, is carried below the truck semi-trailer in a transportation box which is installed between the axles on a trailer or... 

Housing and transport go hand-in-hand

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Housing developments, the provision of infrastructure and transport needs will have to be planned together if the full potential of development initiatives is to be realised, Department of Transport director general Dipak Patel tells Engineering News. He explains, that in the planning of low-cost... 

SA rail-freight services repositioned

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Rail operator Spoornet is in the process of repositioning its freight rail services to align them with the needs of the customer, GM strategic marketing Herman Evert tells Engineering News. He explains that this means that there will, in all probability, be no large infrastructure developments... 

Tenders invited for rail coaches

By: System Author     5th February 1999 In the third of four tenders aimed at upgrading South Africa’s rolling stock, the South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) is inviting tenders for the upgrading of 88 coaches stationed in Cape Town. Upgrading the 22 chopper-controlled motor coaches and 66 trailer coaches will include... 

Fourth agency launched

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The launch of the Department of Transport’s (DoT’s) fourth agency is a milestone for civil aviation in South Africa, said Transport Minister Mac Maharaj. In April last year three agencies were created out of the restructured DoT to run as independent, statutory authorities operating... 

Leader of 7 800

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Full name: Jo Grov 

Public-private partnerships

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 THE Beitbridge-to-Bulawayo railway line in Zimbabwe and the Phakisa International raceway in Welkom are two public-private partnerships in which V3 Consulting Engineers has been involved. The concession for Zimbabwe’s first railway line to be financed through a build, operate and transfer... 

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