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Roads News

Port Elizabeth road project completed by year-end

By: elizabeth rebelo     29th October 2004 The Nelson Mandela metropolitan municipality appointed Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA), which forms part of the B&A Group, for the design and construction management of asphalt-surfaced streets in Soweto-on-Sea, a township near Port Elizabeth.? 

Overloading causes R600m worth of damage to roads

By: elizabeth rebelo     29th October 2004 Eighty per cent of freight is transported on the national road network. 

Unroadworthy trucks and buses contribute to the death toll

By: elizabeth rebelo     29th October 2004 Leader in roadworthy vehicle testing AA Test & Drive has turned its attention to assisting authorities in the cleaning up of the corrupt trucking and bus vehicle testing industry. 

SA truck sector positioned for future growth

By: Martin Czernowalow     27th October 2004 The South African truck sector is poised for significant growth, after achieving its best sales year ever in 2004, barring an unnatural spike in sales more than two decades ago. 

BEE transport group in R82m deal with Total SA

21st October 2004 Transport group Ezethu Logistics yesterday announced the start of its first large-scale outsourced contract in the fuel and chemicals industry, worth more than R82-million. 

R165bn power, transport capex plan unveiled

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2004 Cabinet yesterday considered the long-awaited financing strategy for two key State-owned Enterprises (SoEs), Eskom and Transnet, and outlined a R165-billion investment programme for the power, rail, port and pipeline sectors. 

Start-date for $58m Malawi road project set for 2005

By: Marcel Chimwala     15th October 2004 Malawi - The long-awaited African Development Bank (ADB)-funded construction work for Malawi’s $58-million northern Karonga-Chitipa road project will start in August 2005. 

SA firms introduce road rehab technology to Malawi

By: Marcel Chimwala     15th October 2004 Malawi - Malawi is working to adopt the application of the foam bitumen technology in road rehabilitation following the successful use of the technology in the country by South African construction firms Group Five International and Loudon International. 

Administered-prices impact study initiated

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2004 Only days after an announcement by government that Statistics South Africa will be introducing an administered price index to monitor prices set in the electricity, communications, transport, water, health and education sector, a tender has been issued for a consultant to conduct a study into the... 

Sea-freight group recapitalises fleet

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2004 Container line Safmarine has five new ships that are either being built or that have just been launched for the Europe/West Africa and Europe/South Africa routes. The last of the five vessels will enter the Europe-South Africa trade route early in 2005. 

Aluminium producer tenders for Gautrain project

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 Aluminium and packaging solutions company Alcan, has tendered to supply aluminium extrusion systems for the Gautrain rapid rail link project to one of the two tendering consortiums. This is according to Andre De Wet of Gauteng based Alutrade – the local agent of Alcan 

'Strong global truck demand set to continue'

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2004 The world’s second-biggest truck manufacturer, Volvo Truck Corporation, expects a 21% jump in worldwide sales this year, up from last year’s 75 300 units to 87 000 units, says company CEO and president Jorma Halonen. 

R13bn for Gauteng transport ahead of soccer World Cup

By: Helene Le Roux     1st October 2004 The 2010 soccer World Cup has set the ball rolling for large investment in Gauteng’s transportation infrastructure. 

Strong rand boosts bus operator's earnings

1st October 2004 The firmer rand, a tight rein on costs and lower interest rates helped Putco to increase headline earnings per share by 12,6% to 179,1 c from 159 c in 2003, for the year to June, the group reported this week. 

First Word

By: Keith Campbell     24th September 2004 TRAFFIC jams! 

Rustenburg bypass to be complete by December

23rd September 2004 The Rustenburg Bypass, currently under construction on the N4-west section of the Bakwena Platinum Highway, is reportedly running according to schedule with planned completion in December 2004. 

Where truck spares go to be reborn

By: Nicola Mawson     17th September 2004 Scrap yards are typically labelled as the place that vehicles go to die. 

Plastic train window isdesigned to thwart criminals

By: Irma Venter     17th September 2004 Johannesburg-based sliding window manufacturer Widney has developed a plastic train window for the South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC). 

Gauteng govt on big infrastructure drive

By: jenny furness     17th September 2004 The Gauteng provincial government will be taking the initiative in terms of infrastructure development in the province, in future, as opposed to waiting for the slow cogs of national government to turn. 

Taxi phone roll-out began last month

By: elizabeth rebelo     17th September 2004 The rollout of pay phones in South Africa’s most widely used form of transport, taxis, began on August 30. 

'Give truck assembly' the break it needs’

By: Ollie Madlala     10th September 2004 The South African government could save the last vestige of truck assembly in South Africa and, in fact, rebuild the entire truck-building industry with one minor change to existing successful regulations. 

Iscor lessons for SAA?

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2004 Cast your mind back to the late 1990s. South Africa’s steel group Iscor was in dire straits. It, together with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), had, in 1995, decided to pursue the Saldanha Steel Project in the Western Cape. 

Putting Transnet on a new track

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2004 One of the aspects of the proposed new Transnet operational structure is the vertical separation of the infrastructure and operational aspects of the freight businesses - railways, harbours and pipelines - in line with global best practice. 

The other side of the Transnet story

By: Helene Le Roux     10th September 2004 The solid collective performance of struggling State-owned transport utility Transnet’s core assets bode well for turning around the group’s fortunes.?Speaking at the group’s results presentation for the period ending 31 March, which was held in Johannesburg last week, Transnet... 

SA group signs Polish toll-road deal

8th September 2004 South African toll and motorway facilities developer, Intertoll - a wholly-owned subsidiary of JSE-listed construction giant, Group Five - has entrenched its position as one of the leading toll operators in the world, with the signing of the lucrative 35-year concession contract to build and... 

Much uncertainty over taxi-recap format

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2004 South African commuters may next month expect some answers as to where the taxi recapitalisation process, currently plagued by questions on its affordability, is headed. 

Showdown today over Unitrans-Mvela deal

By: Terence Creamer     3rd September 2004 Construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts - which yesterday revealed that it had accepted an offer, subject to a pre-emptive, for its 44% stake in Unitrans - has confirmed that it has lodged a complaint with the Securities Regulatory Panel (SRP) over what it sees as frustrating action... 

946 jobs on the line at Spoornet

By: Terence Creamer     3rd September 2004 State-owned rail utility Spoornet announced yesterday that it could cut some 946 jobs in the next two months, but that it would enter into a process with its trade unions in a bid to avoid forced retrenchments. 

Engine group enters southern African rail market

2nd September 2004 Global engine group Cummins Diesel SA has marked its entry into the southern African rail power field with the delivery of four Chinese-built locos to Namibia to transport minerals for export and haul materials for the construction of a new rail link to Angola, the company announced yesterday. 

SRP to hear Unitrans complaint on Friday

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2004 The Securities Regulatory Panel (SRP) will convene on Friday to hear a complaint involving the recently-announced empowerment transaction involving Unitrans and Mvelaphanda Capital. 

Transnet management shake-up under way

1st September 2004 The management shake-up hinted to by Transnet CEO Maria Ramos on Friday is now firmly under way. 

Firm makes buses more accessible

By: jenny furness     31st August 2004 Bus company Putco has launched its access bus for disabled people living in KwaNdebele, Mpumalanga. 

Skills for Northern Cape roads upgrading

31st August 2004 The Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) has stepped in to fill a serious shortage of road maintenance workers in the Northern Cape with a skills development project linked to the government’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). 

Industry growth hampered by truck shortage

By: Nicola Mawson     27th August 2004 The gains made by the rand have hit the quarrying and ready-mix industries where they least expected it. 

Diamond-prospecting rig is customised

By: Nicola Mawson     27th August 2004 At the beginning of August a? diamond-prospecting rig was? ready to leave the Engineering? Top Tech (ETT) factory,? which specialises in once-off customised vehicles.?The 40 t rig carries a hydraulic crane and containers to carry sample bags and drill bits.?The vehicle is an off-road articulated... 

Vehicle-detection system launched

By: Nicola Mawson     27th August 2004 A vehicle-detection system that replaces the inductive loop to detect vehicles at barriers, toll gates and traffic lights has been launched. 

Coega is 65% complete

By: Nicola Mawson     27th August 2004 The giant Coega project is rapidly changing Algoa Bay’s landscape and at the heart of the project is a fleet of Mercedes Benz trucks. 

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