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Farm fences fall

By: elizabeth rebelo     24th June 2005 300 landowners back new big-five reserve 

Move to reverse rail’s falling market share in Africa

By: Liezel Hill     22nd June 2005 South African rail utility Spoornet, together with the Southern African Rail Association (Sara), is looking at ways to increase rail’s diminishing market share in Africa, CEO Siyabonga Gama said yesterday. 

Intelligent transport solutions for South Africa

By: thamashni naidoo     10th June 2005 The third international conference and exhibition of the South African Society for Intelligent Transport Systems (SASITS) – held from May 10 to May 13 in Cape Town – has raised hopes for the alleviation of South Africa’s road congestion through the implementation of intelligent... 

Soccer World Cup 2010 will launch new intelligent transport systems

By: thamashni naidoo     10th June 2005 The National Department of Transport is making R3-billion available for the soccer World Cup in 2010 and this welcome sum of money will be used to also finance intelligent transport system (ITS) projects relating to the football spectacle 

Train project award delayed again

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2005 The announcement of the successful bidder to build and operate the multibillion rand Gautrain has again been postponed. 


By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd June 2005 The final specifications for the taxi recapitalisation programme will be released as regulations in mid-June, and roll out of the first new taxi vehicles is expected as early as next month, says South African National Taxi Council president (Santaco) Tom Moufhe. 


By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd June 2005 The process of creating and maintaining skills in the transport sector is crucial for South Africa’s economic and social development, says the president of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, Willie Madisha. 

Electric motor specialist ups empowerment credentials

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 Black economic empowerment (BEE) is increasingly becoming a standard feature of South Africa’s commercial sector but the progress towards BEE partnerships within the heavy industrial sector is noticeably slower. 

Vehicle group mulls bus export plan

By: Terence Creamer     27th May 2005 The South African arm of German truck and bus multinational MAN is consolidating its bus-assembly facilities around its Olifantsfontein plant in Gauteng as a precursor to an ambitious export-led expansion plan. 

Rail utility agrees to wage increase

25th May 2005 Rail-utility Spoornet will increase all junior employees' salaries by 4,5%, across the board, it was announced yesterday. 

Radebe prioritises rail and taxi recap

By: Nicola Mawson     23rd May 2005 Out of all the modes of transport available, Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe highlighted the taxi recapitalisation programme and shortcomings in rail during his department's budget vote in parliament. 

Ultramodern printing in 50 languages on West Rand

By: elizabeth rebelo     20th May 2005 Situated on the West Rand, in Krugersdorp, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, which forms part of a worldwide organisation, houses one of the most modern, state-of-the-art printing facilities in the world. 

Housing project demonstrates benefits of concrete blocks

20th May 2005 A road grid on a new housing estate in the greater Pretoria area has proven the superiority of concrete block paving (CBP) as a road surface both in terms of aesthetic appeal and cost performance. 

Cement sales buoyent, skills remain a challenge

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2005 Cement sales are a good indicator of a country’s economic activity and last year was an outstanding year for the South African cement industry with several sales records being broken. 

Anchoring SA’s harbours

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2005 While the controversial proposal to concession the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) to private-sector operators was a hot topic only a year ago, the focus has since shifted dramatically and the issue is no longer even on the agenda. 

Bringing taxi industry into training-levy loop a challenge

By: elizabeth rebelo     13th May 2005 Getting the taxi industry to participate in the levy system is one of the biggest challenges facing the Transport Education and Training Authority (Teta), says CEO Dr Piet Bothma. 

Gautrain announcement postponed

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2005 The announcement of the successful bidder to build and operate the multibillion rand Gautrain has been postponed to the end of this month.?The announcement was initially expected at the beginning of May. 

Revamped taxi plan embraced, new specs ready this month

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2005 There is great interest from car and commercial vehicle companies in the new-look taxi recapitalisation project, says South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) national executive member Reggie Mutsi. Santaco represents the majority of taxi owners in the country. 

When State ownership makes sense

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2005 One of the biggest uncertainties clarified within months of the start of the second Thabo Mbeki administration has been in the area of public enterprises. 

Spoornet evaluating locomotive tender for iron-ore line

By: Nicola Mawson     6th May 2005 The Transnet group is to revitalise its rail and harbour operations through capital expenditure of R40,8-billion over the next five years. 

Tanzania rail concession advances

6th May 2005 The preferred bidder for the Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) will be announced in July 2005, while financial proposals will be open on June 1. 

SAA set to grow freight's revenue contribution

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2005 With some air-cargo observers forecasting volumes to triple over the next two decades, South Africa's State-owned airline, South African Airways (SAA), is intensifying efforts to devise a comprehensive freight strategy. 

State gets 'real' with transport strategy

By: Terence Creamer     29th April 2005 It is widely accepted that greater priority has to be given to the needs of the real economy if South Africa’s investment and growth ambitions are to be met. 

Taxi safety specs by May

29th April 2005 Government is optimistic that by mid-May, taxi operators and vehicle manufacturers will know about the safety requirements for the proposed new and safer 18 and 35-seater taxis. 

Govt's taxi recap project receives major boost

27th April 2005 South African Transport Minister Jeff Radebe has welcomed the decision by Wesbank to commit R3,6-billion towards the country's taxi recapitalisation programme. 

Limpopo to host big transport event

26th April 2005 The Limpopo Province is to host a week long International Transport Convention in Polokwane between May 15 and May 21. 

Former steel boss appointed as Transnet COO

26th April 2005 The Transnet group yesterday announced several key appointments following some months of uncertainty over leadership, appointing highly respected former Iscor CEO Louis van Niekerk as its new chief operating officer (COO). 

Transport training authority outlines five-year plan

By: Nicola Mawson     21st April 2005 Legislative changes now mean that companies filing workplace skills plans and annual training reports have to file both simultaneously from next year. 

Rail-services firm hopes for a portion of Spoornet projects

By: elizabeth rebelo     15th April 2005 Formed to capture a broader footprint of the rail sector, black-economic empowerment company Lennings DEC Rail Services has invested several million rands in new equipment since its establishment in October last year, says chairperson Wouter De Gidts. 

Branch-line rail concessions are on the cards

By: Terence Creamer     1st April 2005 State-owned transport utility Transnet will continue to assess public-private partnership (PPPs) on a case-by-case basis, but is now ready to concession certain railway branch lines, Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin reports. 

SAA seeks big freight growth

By: Terence Creamer     1st April 2005 National airline South African Airways (SAA) is considering ways to boost its freight offering, with Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin suggesting that it could be an opportune time to make some strategic investments into that aspect of the business. 

UN awards SA air-traffic body R8m DRC deal

1st April 2005 The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) of South Africa has been awarded a R8-million contract by the United Nations Procurement Division in New York, to provide aeronautical information, airspace design and training for ten airports in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

Ready, steady, go . . . who will have 54 months to build the Gautrain?

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2005 The winning bidder for the Gautrain rapid-rail link between Johannesburg, Pretoria and the Johannesburg International Airport will be announced at the end of April, says Gautrain project leader Jack van der Merwe. 

Gauteng pursues 'smart freeway' plan to ease road congestion

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2005 A Gauteng freeway-management project, set to start later this year, will attempt to alleviate pressure on the infamously-congested Ben Schoeman highway, stretching between Johannesburg and Pretoria. 

Tender seeks to spur survey-industry reform

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th March 2005 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) expects to award a contract for the provision of a comprehensive engineering, topographical and cadastral service survey, by the end of May. 

SAA mulls strategy to grow freight

By: Terence Creamer     21st March 2005 National airline South African Airways (SAA) is considering ways to boost its freight offering, with Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin suggesting at the weekend that it could be an opportune time to make some strategic investments into that aspect of the business. 

Iron-ore deal sets tone for South Africa rail renaissance

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2005 Although minimalist plastic ballpoint pens may have used by Transnet CEO Maria Ramos and her Kumba Resources counterpart Dr Con Fauconnier to seal a breakthrough new commercial agreement between the two companies early last week, the economic significant of the agreement are far more momentous. 

Construction group in R10m rail depot upgrade

17th March 2005 Construction group Protekon's growing involvement in Transwerk's rehabilitation programmes recently led to Protekon Perway – in conjunction with Protekon Rail (Project Engineering) – being contracted for an assessment of the perway infrastructure at Transwerk's Bloemfontein depot. 

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