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SA mulls new ways to reduce transport costs

By: Nelendhre Moodley     11th September 2006 In a bid to tackle high transport costs government has embarked on a programme to identify interventions that would reduce freight and passenger transport costs. 

Big demands to be placed on host cities, Jordaan warns

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2006 Host cities of the 2010 Soccer World Cup (SWC) will have to do much more than build stadiums for the 64 official matches that comprise the globe’s biggest sports event. 

Transwerk contracts with foreign wheels suppliers as demand causes bottleneck

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2006 State-owned transport utility Transnet has signed contracts for wheel centres with three European supplies and one Australian supplier as South Africa’s sole domestic manufacturer struggles to keep pace with demand. 

R3,8-billion for 2010 to leverage much more

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2006 The Department of Transport (DoT), provincial transport MECs and chairpersons of transport agencies have approved a R3,8-billlion 2010 action agenda for public transport infrastructure development for the Soccer World Cup. 

Public has until mid-September to comment on route variation

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2006 The Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment (GDACE) has approved the proposed variant route alignments between Mushroom Farm Park, Sandton and the M1 highway; what would be the Marlboro tunnel portal and the N3 highway; and between Rhodesfield and the Johannesburg... 

SAA's low-cost offering would not be anticompetitive, says Erwin

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2006 National airliner South African Airways (SAA) and the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) were convinced that an entry into the low-cost carrier market would not be viewed as anticompetitive by South Africa's increasingly-robust competition authorities - it had also received legal opinion to... 

Rail Safety chief concerned about rising human-error related accidents

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2006 An analysis of rail incidents over the year to March 31, 2006, indicates that more than 60% of accidents are human-factor related. 

Gautrain route changes approved by province, public invited to comment

By: Matthew Hill     22nd August 2006 The Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment has approved route changes in three areas of the Gautrain's route that were proposed by the preferred bidder, the Bombela Consortium, and the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works (GDPTRW). Bombela recommended a... 

Although Spoornet's general freight business continues to struggle, Transnet wants to maintain diversity

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet was determined not to see Spoornet reduced to a two-commodity transport business and was considering new ways to recapture general-freight volumes from road, CEO Maria Ramos stressed recently. 

Moral hazard is a real threat

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 Officially, South Africa is still pursuing a policy of vertically separating harbour and railways infrastructure from operations. However, progress on this key issue, which would facilitate greater competition in both sectors, has been painfully slow. 

New flag-emblazoned taxi fleet to make debut in September

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 The final specifications for South Africa's new generation of mini- and midi-bus taxis will be gazetted in a matter of days, opening the way for the roll-out of a new white-painted, South African-flag branded, taxi fleet from September. Speaking during a post transport-Lekgolta media briefing in... 

SA and Ethiopia commit to open-skies push

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 A transport-related memorandum of understanding signed between South Africa and Ethiopia on Friday was hailed as a precursor to an increasingly concerted effort by South Africa to ensure a further opening of the skies over the continent. 

Transnet likely to scale up capex beyond budgeted R64,5bn

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2006 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet was considering project plans that could see it materially enlarging its already ambitious capital-expenditure programme, currently pegged at R64,5-billion for the next five years, CEO Maria Ramos has confirmed. Speaking at an editor's briefing in... 

Bombardier expresses interest in SA commuter-rail partnerships

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2006 A member of the consortium which is the preferred bidder for the multibillion rand Gautrain, has indicated that it “is interested, and has already had discussions with people in South Africa about pursuing other possible public–private partnerships (PPPs) in the commuter-rail... 

Significant progress being made to include private sector in African railway networks

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2006 There are 35 railway networks in Africa, with 12 concessions in operation, and ten concessions under way or being planned, says infrastructure commercialisation consultant CPCS Transcom principal Elan Cusiac-Barr. 

New KZN airport to be operational by 2010 - Radebe

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2006 South Africa will build a new airport at La Mercy, near the port of Durban, at a cost of at least R2.5-billion. 

Namibia to build $119,7m road near Angola border

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2006 Namibia will build an 809 million Namibian dollar ($119.7 million) road near its border with Angola, said Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. 

Costing and the environment are two key issues for debate

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2006 Financial negotiations between government and Bombela around the Gautrain public–private partnership project could be concluded within the next 30 days, says a senior Murray & Roberts executive. 

Stranded wagons, 'ghost' workers haunt Transnet

By: Terence Creamer     3rd August 2006 Efforts by State-owned freight logistics group Transnet to progress the overhaul of its wagon fleet were being stymied, in part, by a shortage of cast-iron wheels, which had led to some refurbished wagons being stranded. 

Government wants State-owned enterprises to go extra mile in developing 'competitive' local suppliers

By: Terence Creamer     28th July 2006 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and South Africa’s State-owned enterprises (SoEs) are finalising various supplier-development programmes in a bid to raise the level of local content in the multibillion-rand public infrastructure drive, involving large-scale power, transport and... 

SAPS viewed as integral to future rail-security solution

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2006 The budget to provide security on South Africa’s commuter trains has increased from R90-million in 1995 to R257-million in the last financial year, says South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) group executive operations compliance Enos Ngutshane. 

Dedicated freighter fleet emerging at national carrier

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2006 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) has started to establish a dedicated freighter fleet in a bid to expand SAA Cargo’s capacity as well as to deal with rising competitive pressures. 

Consortium selected to lead scrapping of unsafe taxis

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2006 The Department of Transport (DoT) has announced that the Siyazi consortium is the preferred bidder in the process to appoint a scrapping administration agency (SAA) in the taxi recapitalisation project. 

Stalwart exits

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2006 Production of South Africa’s top-selling taxi vehicle for many years, Toyota South Africa’s (TSA’s) Hi-Ace, is due to come to an end in 2009. 

Transnet sets up structures to manage R64,5bn capex roll out

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2006 State-owned freight-logistics group Transnet has set up a specialist division to manage its big-ticket capital projects, which form part of a R64,5-billion, five-year capital-expenditure plan for its railways, harbour and pipeline businesses. 

Road is still king in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2006 From the 2002/03 to the 2005/06 financial year, heavy trucks registered in South Africa have increased by 16,5%; this while the number of locomotives have declined by 33%. 

Sapo introduces a manufacturing element to its procurement strategy

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2006 State-owned harbour operator South African Port Operations (Sapo) claims to be taking a manufacturing view of its procurement processes and is encouraging foreign equipment suppliers, with which it places contracts, to integrate South African manufacturers into their global supply chains. 

Last study conducted in 2002, steady deterioration expected

By: Jade Davenport     7th July 2006 In 2002, it was estimated that 35% of South Africa’s 752 000 km road network was in a poor to very poor condition. 

SAA pins growth ambition on low-cost carrier, freight business

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2006 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) is pinning its expansionary ambitions on the introduction of a low-cost operator as well as a substantially-expanded cargo offering. The group, which emerged gingerly from a strike-affected operational and financial period, reported only modest... 

Transnet sets up structures to manage R64,5bn capex roll out

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2006 State-owned freight-logistics group Transnet has set up a specialist division to manage its big-ticket capital projects, which form part of a R64,5-billion, five-year capital-expenditure plan for its railways, harbour and pipeline businesses. At present, the division, headed by project-management... 

US government supports American firm and BEE partner in their bid for SA peaking-power project

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2006 A US government agency has approved a $550 900 technical-assistance grant for a black economic-empowered (BEE) company partnering the giant US energy group, AES, in its bid to build one of the private peaking-power plants currently out to tender from the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME). 

Stainless steel industry hopes to benefit from Gautrain

30th June 2006 As the Gautrain project progresses, the South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) realises the significant opportunities that it presents to the local stainless steel industry, as many modern train stations worldwide make extensive use of the attractive wear-resistant material. 

Local supplier explores Gautrain opportunities

30th June 2006 Among the multi-disciplinary components of any mass transit system, escalators are a key component and the Gautrain is no exception. 

Work begins as financial closure nears

By: Matthew Hill     30th June 2006 While the concession agreement between the government and the preferred bidder for the Gautrain project, Bombela, is currently being finalised, the draft Final Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for Gautrain has been submitted to the Gauteng Department of Agricultural, Conservation and... 

Complex planning behind Gautrain station locations

By: Matthew Hill     30th June 2006 As initial works on the Gautrain project progress, the size and complexity of the undertaking are becoming increasingly evident. Gautrain Rapid Rail Link technical advisor Dr Herman Joubert tells Engineering News that extensive planning went into the linking of Johannesburg, Pretoria and... 

Project ‘will not be a white elephant’

By: Bert Swart     30th June 2006 MEC for Transport Roads and Works in Gauteng, Ignatius Jacobs announced in his budget speech to the Gauteng Legislature this month, that his department will table a Bill in the legislature, to establish the Gautrain Agency. 

R11bn SA ports spend emphasises container capacity

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2006 State-owned harbour operator South African Port Operations (Sapo) is prioritising infrastructure and superstructure investment at its six commercial ports and has confirmed a five-year capital budget of R11-billion starting this financial year. It has also confirmed a material skills-development... 

First compliant taxis on the road, Toyota sales soar

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2006 Seven years since the announcement of the taxi recapitalisation project, the first minibus taxis adhering to the regulations formulated under this process are finally on the road. 

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