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Roads News

World’s No 1 forklift dealer

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2004 Company puts 1 200 forklifts into the South African market a year 

SA group completes ambulance contracts

20th August 2004 In three separate contracts, truck-body manufacturer TFM Industries has manufactured and supplied ‘box-body’ ambulances to SuperGroup’s Fleet Africa, the Botswana Civil Aviation Authority and the North West Department of Health. 

New truck-body plant established

19th August 2004 In response to client demand, Alberton truck bodybuilder M&P Bodies has established a dedicated manufacturing plant to accommodate its move into the large-tipper market. 

Durban seeks to launch creative tourist-bus service

By: jenny furness     17th August 2004 A request for proposals on the supply of ten special buses, to service the tourist market in Durban, has been issued by the eThekwini Transport Authority in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Weighbridge certificate pilot project kicks off

By: Riaan de Lange     13th August 2004 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has informed that, with immediate effect, all its branch offices will accept F178 forms electronically attested by ABSA Bank up to July 1, 2005. 

Save truck-building in SA, pleads industry doyen

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2004 The last vestige of South Africa’s depleted truck-building industry is poised to collapse unless the government carries out two urgent interventions, MAN Truck and Bus MD Adolf Moosbauer warned at the weekend. 

SA firms resurrect Malawi engineering company

By: Marcel Chimwala     6th August 2004 Malawi – South African firms Route Holdings and Henred Fruehauf South Africa have taken over one of Malawi’s biggest engineering companies, Plumbing and Engineering Works (Pew), rescuing it from a possible shut-down. 

‘How higher-grade maths changed my life’

By: Terence Creamer     6th August 2004 When Sindi Mabaso, 34, who is currently the finance director at State-owned transport giant Transnet, approached her final year at Ogwini High in Umlazi in 1985, her mathematics teacher advised her, along with the rest of the class, to drop from higher to standard grade. 

Truck group enlarges medium-commercial range

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2004 The Freightliner Fuso division at DaimlerChrysler South Africa has expanded its local medium commercial Canter range to four products, as part of a drive to increase Mitsubishi Fuso’s local presence. 

. . . while intelligent-guidance systems are promoted for trucks

By: Keith Campbell     30th July 2004 THE global trend of increasing road congestion will require more intelligent guidance of vehicles. 

Shipper boosts W African capacity

By: Jill Stanford     30th July 2004 Multitrade carrier Safmarine is introducing a fourth multipurpose vessel (MPV) to carry breakbulk and project cargo from South Africa to West Africa specifically for the growing oil and gas industry. 

Moz load control centres up next week

30th July 2004 A joint venture between Trans African Concessions (TRAC), ANE and the Mozambican Traffic Police has resulted in the construction of two load control centres in the Matola and Boane areas, in Mozambique. 

Save truck building, pleads doyen

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2004 The last vestige of South Africa’s depleted truck-building industry is poised to collapse unless the government carries out two urgent interventions, MAN Truck and Bus MD Adolf Moosbauer warned at the weekend. 

The Olympic fleet: An exercise in logistics

By: Karel Smrcka     23rd July 2004 Athens is in gridlock. The daily traffic chaos is as common as gyros and retsina wine. 

Shilowa to meet with Gautrain bidders

23rd July 2004 Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa, MECs and officials left for Europe this week to meet with members of the two consortia that are bidding for a contract to build the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link – Bombela and Gauliwe. 

SA firms working on Malawi road project

By: Marcel Chimwala     23rd July 2004 Malawi – As part of its World Bank-funded multimillion-dollar national road rehabilitation initiative dubbed the road maintenance and rehabilitation project (Romarp), the Malawian government has launched the $5,5-million road rehabilitation works for selected urban roads in the capital,... 

Logistics contract is renewed

16th July 2004 Transportation company Cargo Carriers reports that its partnership with Iscor has been renewed by five years. 

Tipper trucks delivered for construction projects

15th July 2004 Industrial equipment firm TFM Industries has delivered 20 11-m Meiller tippers to Grinaker-LTA Earthworks Plant, for use in various construction projects in Botswana and Namibia. 

‘Poor performance, disease affect transport industry’

13th July 2004 Poor performance and the effect of diseases such as Aids were two major challenges facing the African transport industry, Transport Minister Jeff Radebe said yesterday. 

SAA remains committed to alliance choice

By: jenny furness     12th July 2004 There is unlikely to be any change in strategy on South African Airways’ (SAA) decision to join the Star Alliance airline network, despite the resignation of CEO Andr 

SA vehicle maker expands to Malawi

By: Marcel Chimwala     9th July 2004 Malawi – South African subsidiary of Swedish vehicle manufacturer Scania, Scania SA, has launched its operations, which include the selling and servicing of buses, truck horses, 16-ton trucks and industrial and marine generators in Malawi. 

Gautrain looks beyond legal spats to land acquisition

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2004 Gautrain project leader Jack van der Merwe hopes to start buying the land necessary for the Gautrain development early next year. 

R250m oil tanker is key to empowerment deal

By: Jill Stanford     9th July 2004 THE Southern Unity, a new R250-million ship designed to transport refined fuel around the Southern African and Namibian coasts, was officially named in Cape Town on June 29 by South Africa’s first lady Zanele Mbeki. 

First Word

By: Helene Le Roux     9th July 2004 Stop the killing.?If the national news broadcast were to show a person wearing a placard with these words around his neck for five seconds, without putting the event into context, what would most viewers think about? 

First Word

By: Keith Campbell     2nd July 2004 SOME weeks ago I was in Germany – Stuttgart to be precise, on business.?I, along with other journalists from South Africa and all over the world, stayed in a hotel in Vaihingen, on the edge of the city, and right next to that hotel was a tram terminus. 

Africa’s transport infrastructure key to Nepad, says Radebe

By: Jill Stanford     2nd July 2004 The 1,2-million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) moved each year by South Africa’s ports are expected to double by 2010 and double yet again by 2020, while traffic volumes between Cape Town and Gauteng have more than doubled between 1997 and 2003 to reach over six million tons. 

H A Plant Maintenance

2nd July 2004 H A Plant Maintenance is the sole agent in South Africa for Vipac vibratory pedestrian rollers and Weber compaction equipment. 

Visibility products for road safety developed

1st July 2004 The amended road traffic and transport legislation will require that newly-registered vehicles, with a length of more than six metres, be fitted with contour markings from today. 

R3,3bn public works budget announced

29th June 2004 Tabling his department’s budget vote in the Gauteng Legislature yesterday, Public Transport, Roads and Works MEC Ignatius Jacobs announced a R3,3-billion budget for the province’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). 

Erwin details plan to grow private investment in energy, transport and defence

By: Jill Stanford     25th June 2004 Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin wants to raise the levels of private investment in energy, transport and defence, the key sectors reporting to his department. 

Taxi body welcomes subsidisation study

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2004 South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) GM Reggie Mutsi has welcomed government’s study into the possible subsidisation of the taxi industry. 

First Word

By: Jill Stanford     18th June 2004 IN South Africa the golden hour is not that euphoric hour after FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced we were to host the World Cup 2010, but the hour from when your car is stolen to when you can buy it as spare parts. 

Radebe urges multimodal transport development

By: Martin Czernowalow     18th June 2004 South African Transport Minister Jeff Radebe said it was critically important to examine ways to overcome structural and spatial discriminations within the country’s transport sector. 

$220m road rehab advances in Malawi

By: Marcel Chimwala     18th June 2004 Malawi – The Malawian government is recording substantial progress in its $220-million road maintenance and rehabilitation project (Romarp), which is meant to improve the proportion of that country’s road network in good condition from below 50% to over 80%. 

Innovative truck body for SA conditions

14th June 2004 Specialist truck body manufacturer TFM Industries reported that it has delivered 49 curtainsiders to Super Group that were specially designed to transport flour in very rugged conditions. 

Transport dept responding to EPWP challenges: D-G

10th June 2004 Public entities are successfully responding to the challenges of the expanded public works programme (EPWP) and increased public investment in social and economic infrastructure, transport department director-general Wrenelle Stander said yesterday. 

'Firm basis laid for Gauteng integrated transport plan'

9th June 2004 Gauteng public transport, roads and works MEC Ignatius Jacobs yesterday welcomed the challenges laid down by Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa, at a briefing on key priorities of the provincial government during the current five-year term. 

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