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Aluminium-in-vehicles textbook could make varsity debut

By: elizabeth rebelo     11th March 2005 The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) aims to introduce its recently-launched hardcover textbook, Aluminium Designs for the Commercial Vehicle Industry, into the University of Johannesburg. 

Ramos in mood to deliver

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2005 Over the years, much has been made about the best strategic approach for turning around troubled transport utility Transnet. 

Ramos in mood to deliver

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2005 Over the years, much has been made about the best strategic approach for turning around troubled transport utility Transnet. 

Ramos on the rand

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2005 The South African rand – or the weakness of the US dollar as some now prefer to refer to it – remains a strong feature of corporate reporting, with many still lamenting the negative foreign-exchange (forex) impact on their results. 

Supply-chain management course being developed

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2005 The Transport Education Training Authority (Teta) is developing a supply-chain qualification that CEO Dr Piet Bothma says should be finalised next month. 

Effort needed to reduce logistics costs

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2005 The cost of logistics in South Africa represents 14,7%, or R180-billion, of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). 

Malawi prepares tender for major road project

By: Marcel Chimwala     25th February 2005 Malawi - The Malawian government says it is preparing to tender the first component of the long-awaited 101-km-long Karonga-Chitipa road construction project, estimated to cost millions of dollars which the Southern African country has mainly sourced from the African Development Bank (ADB). 

Taxi recap to receive additional R885m

By: Martin Czernowalow     24th February 2005 South Africa's taxi recapitalisation programme, as well as additional resources for improved traffic law enforcement, will receive an additional R885-million over the next three years, the country's Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said in Parliament yesteday. 

Construction of R60m Free State bridge to start next year

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Construction of a new bridge over the Caledon river at Wepener, in the Free State, will begin early next year. 

Consultancy lands chrome-mine job

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Gauteng-based TWP Consulting has been commissioned to design and manage the construction of a new underground chrome-mine. 

SA expert to spearhead Beijing traffic project

18th February 2005 Consulting engineering company Stewart Scott International (SSI) has been given a chance to participate in the development and implementation of a traffic-signal system for Beijing, China. 

Soweto roads upgrade complete this month

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 This month will see the completion of 7,2 km of newly-upgraded and tarred roads in Soweto, Gauteng, by the Nyoni Africa Joint Venture. 

Rand, interest rates fuel property market

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Low interest rates and the strong rand have done much to create a buoyant property market in South Africa, leading to a multiplicity of commercial developments, says LC Consulting director John Truter. 

16-seater taxi sales surge despite regulations void

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2005 While the automotive industry is eagerly awaiting government’s revised regulations for the new-look taxi recapitalisation project, sales of Toyota’s 16-seater Hi-Ace minibus have been surging upwards in recent months. 

SAA will seek R4bn injection from unbundling

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2005 The South African government, Transnet and South African Airways (SAA) are working to a tentative date of May 2006 for the final unbundling of the airline from the rest of the State-owned Transnet group, which is refocusing itself as a freight logistics provider. 

Deadline looms for trans-Kalahari bids

By: Zonika Botha     4th February 2005 Logistics companies still have 19 days left to submit expressions of interest in the development and management of a Trans-Kalahari Express Container Service to and from Walvis Bay. 

New container forum seeks closer ties with rail utility

By: Zonika Botha     4th February 2005 The availability of rolling stock and the planned general rate increases are just some of the issues that the newly-established Container Rail Operators Forum (CROF) wants to discuss with State-owned rail-utility Spoornet. 

Alliances with clients give freight forwarder an edge

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 Freight-forwarding company Strategic Logistical Alliance (SLA) prides itself on being different to other companies in the sector. 

Turning Transnet

By: Terence Creamer     28th January 2005 A public–private partnership (PPP) strategy for South Africa’s railways and harbours, as well as a comprehensive plan for private sector involvement in the ports and a financing plan for troubled transport utility Transnet, are all at an advanced stage. 

SAA will seek R4bn injection when unbundles in 2006

By: Terence Creamer     28th January 2005 The South African government, Transnet and South African Airways (SAA) are working to a tentative date of May 2006 for the final unbundling of the airline from the rest of the State-owned Transnet group, which is refocusing itself as a freight logistics provider. 

Simple devices no replacement for skilled people

By: Kelvin Kemm     28th January 2005 I was writing an exam in air navigation theory and one of the sample questions was kinda sort of ... 

SA toll-road developer secures Hungary concession

By: elizabeth rebelo     28th January 2005 South African toll and motorway facilities developer, Intertoll, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JSE Securities Exchange-listed construction company Group Five, has secured yet another European project for the operations and maintenance of a 58-km stretch of the M6 motorway in Hungary over a 20 year... 

Blacktop backlog

By: Helene Le Roux     21st January 2005 State increasingly turns to tolling to deal with roads shortfall 

Rail-bearing remanufacture spurred on by BEE deal

By: Zonika Botha     21st January 2005 The newly-created company Timken Bearing Services South Africa (TBSSA), in which empowerment consortium Bokamoso has a 26% equity share, will mainly be used as vehicle to grow Timken South Africa’s rail-bearing remanufacturing business in the Southern African market. 

Spoornet pulls off operational coup despite turmoil

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2005 Despite perceptions of widespread turmoil at State rail utility Spoornet, the company was able to pull off something of an operating coup last week with throughput on the crucial Sishen-Saldanha iron-ore line exceeding an annualised 30-million tons for the first time in history. 

Cessna introduces advanced aircraft

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 Rated as the largest manufacturer of aviation equipment in units sold, Cessna, whose franchise in South Africa is held by Comair, is growing rapidly. 

Aircraft sales soar as rand strength continues

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 With the South African economy booming and the rand remaining strong, aircraft sales have been buoyant, says National Airways and Finance Corporation (NAC) executive director Graeme Conlyn. 

Global industrial group acquires NDT specialist

14th January 2005 GE Inspection Technologies, a division of GE Transportation, has completed its acquisition of Hocking NDT (Hocking), after receipt of all required regulatory approvals. 

Attack choppe's enviro-control system being upgraded

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 Gauteng-based Booyco Engineering is upgrading the environmental-control system (ECS) of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) Rooivalk attack helicopter, in collaboration with Denel Aerospace. 

Firm invents business tool for airlines

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 Pretoria-based Airline Control Systems has introduced a new business tool for airlines called PerformAir. 

Boeing's contribution to South African business

14th January 2005 The world's largest aerospace and defence company, Boeing, concluded 2004 by increasing its contribution to business and the community in South Africa and the region in several ways. 

Reference guide for bus, taxi operators

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2005 Local automotive company DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) has launched a reference guide for bus and taxi operators called Buslane, ultimately aimed at uplifting the professionalism in the industry, says DCSA management board member commercial vehicles Geoff du Plessis. 

Door still open for N2 toll-road environmental approval

By: tom robbins     14th January 2005 Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk says a new application for environmental approval of the N2 Wild Coast toll road may be submitted. 

Spoornet may seek seconded managers from private sector

By: Martin Czernowalow     12th January 2005 South African rail utility Spoornet yesterday announced the surprise resignation of chief executive officer Dolly Mokgatle – a move which further plunged the group into organisational chaos and indicated that Transnet, Spoornet's parent, and government, its owner, remain deeply unhappy with... 

Consultants wanted for Soweto road upgrade

7th January 2005 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), in association with the South African National Roads Agency and the City of Johannesburg, has called for expressions on interest from consulting engineering companies to assist with the preliminary design and project management of the implementation of the... 

Spoornet revamps involvement in African concessions

By: Martin Czernowalow     6th January 2005 South Africa's rail utility is still bullish about participating in three multimillion-dollar East African rail concessions, despite numerous delays in the respective tender processes. 

Ex-rail boss clinches rail bearings BEE deal

By: Zonika Botha     6th January 2005 A broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE) consortium, Bokamoso Investments, led by former Spoornet CEO Zandile Jakavulu, has acquired a 26% equity share of Timken Bearing Services South Africa (TBSSA). 

Passenger-rail merger plans on fast track

By: Terence Creamer     10th December 2004 The first phase of a two-phase passenger-rail consolidation plan - involving a merger of Metrorail and the South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) - should be completed by the end March, Department of Transport DG Wrenelle Stander tells Engineering News Online. 

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