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Roads News

Road-stabilising-polymer firm targeting Africa

16th April 2004 As development of Africa continues, the need for road infrastructure has been identified by Botswana company Renolith Africa as a growth area for its product, a road stabilising polymer. 

KZN asphalt for uShaka project

16th April 2004 Phambili Surfacing, working in alliance with South Africa’s leading asphalt producer Much Asphalt supplied 1 000 t of continuously medium-graded asphalt for the surfacing of the roads for uShaka Marine World, which opens this month. 

Toll-road concessionaire takes on BEE women partners

By: Helene Le Roux     16th April 2004 A multimillion-rand operating partnership agreement signed by Murray & Roberts’s (M&R’s) wholly-owned subsidiary Toll Road Concessionaires, and Kwazulu-Natal-based company, Lehumo Women’s Investment Holdings, is paving the way for more black economic 

Randfontein facelift begins with taxi-rank project

By: laurian clemence     9th April 2004 Empowered property development group Taxiprop, alongside the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works (Gautrans) last week held a sod-turning ceremony on the site of the proposed Randfontein station area, on the West Rand. 

'Projects worth R3bn destined for Richards Bay IDZ '

8th April 2004 Kwazulu-Natal development agency the Ithala Development Finance Corporation Limited (Ithala) says projects worth R3-billion are being negotiated for the Richards Bay industrial development zone (IDZ). 

Zambezi pontoons to receive makeover

By: Laura Franz     2nd April 2004 The European Commission has committed €380 000 towards the rehabilitation of the Kazungula border pontoons on the Zambezi river to help sustain the flow of food aid sourced from South African markets. 

Roads agency confident that N2 will pass enviro muster

By: Zonika Botha     2nd April 2004 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) remains optimistic that the proposed N2 Wild Coast toll-road between the Gonubie interchange near East London, in the Eastern Cape, and the Isipingo interchange south of Durban, in Kwazulu-Natal, will go ahead despite various appeals lodged against... 

KZN targets community access roads backlog

By: Zonika Botha     2nd April 2004 In its attempt to eradicate the backlog of community access roads in the province, the Kwazulu-Natal Department of Transport has, to date, spent more than R487-million to construct 3 251 km of access roads in various areas within the province, but with 10 975 km of roads that still needs to be... 

Murray & Roberts in BEE deal for N2 contract

2nd April 2004 Infrastructure group Murray & Roberts has announced the formation of an operating partnership between its subsidiary, Toll Road Concessionaires (Tolcon), and empowerment company Lehumo Women’s Investment Holdings. 

Transnet recapitalises SAA to the tune of R6,1bn

1st April 2004 State-owned transport utility Transnet has recapitalised South African Airways (SAA) for a total of R6,1-billion. 

New move to promote Maputo as an alternative trade route

By: candice haase     26th March 2004 The transport infrastructure developed across South Africa’s landlocked Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces to the port at Maputo, in Mozambique, has the potential to serve as the backbone of export and import activity in the region. 

Athens sports 250m Olympic security plan

By: Laura Franz     19th March 2004 The prime concern with hosting the first Olympics, the world’s biggest sporting event, post September 11, is to ensure a safe environment for athletes, spectators and journalists, reported Athens 2004 MD Ionannis Spanudakis last month at a Siemens global opinion leader conference held in... 

Soweto road upgrade project ahead of schedule

18th March 2004 The contract awarded by the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) – for the upgrade of several kilometres of gravel roads in Meadowlands, Soweto – to a consortium comprising Nabcat Civils, MBS and Blacktop, is progressing smoothly. 

Transport group ‘neutral’ on the rand’s strength

By: Zonika Botha     12th March 2004 The strong rand, which has had an adverse effect on many South African businesses, brought both positives and negatives to the transport and mobility group Imperial Holdings during the six months to December 25, 2003. 

Rehabilitation of the N2 freeway completed

9th March 2004 The seven-month contract for the rehabilitation of a section of the N2 freeway, near Durban, was completed on schedule and within budget during December 2003, UWP Consulting reported. 

R250m capex spin-off from big truck export order

By: Zonika Botha     5th March 2004 As the third-largest car manufacturer in South Africa, NIssan South Africa has received another feather in its cap by securing a R1-billion contract from its Japanese parent company to export locally-manufactured hard-body single-cab pickup trucks to Europe, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. 

Rail short-changed in 2004–2005 Budget

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2004 What is the value of a Cabinet Lekgotla in July 2003 if it comes up with proposals for which the Finance Minister is unable to find funding in his February 2004 Budget? 

New heavy-duty engine set for SA debut in 2005

By: Zonika Botha     27th February 2004 The newly-launched D20 Common Rail engine range for heavy-duty commercial vehicles developed by MAN Nutzfahrzeuge, the largest company in the MAN group, will be available in South Africa from next year. 

60m investment underpins engine rollout

By: Zonika Botha     27th February 2004 MAN Nutzfahrzeuge has invested €60-million in its Nuremberg factory to allow for the production of its newly-launched D20 Common Rail engine range. 

Three-pronged strategy cuts N4 toll-road overloading

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2004 Overloading on the N4 Maputo corridor toll-road has decreased dramatically. 

Tenders imminent for a $58m Malawi road project

By: Marcel Chimwala     13th February 2004 Tenders are expected to be released for both consultancy and construction works for the long-awaited $58-million construction of the Karonga-Chitipa road in Northern Malawi, following the signing of a loan agreement between the Malawi government and the African Development Bank (ADB) for the... 

Meeting Africa’s transport challenges

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th February 2004 Speaking at the opening of the second African Intermodal Conference on Thursday, Public Enterprises Minister Jeff Radebe commented that the deliberations come at a significant moment in South Africa’s port development, and that of the continent as a whole, as the New Partnership for... 

Specialised dirt-road grader now made in SA

By: candice haase     6th February 2004 December saw the manufacture of South Africa’s first Savannah Smooth Roads Africa (SSRA) 1506 road-grader by a Gauteng factory. 

Minibus sales continue

By: Irma Venter     6th February 2004 Amid continued delays in the implementation of the country’s taxi recapitalisation programme, Toyota South Africa has experienced an increase in demand for its Hi-Ace 16-seater minibus by the taxi industry, as a result of the need to replace the current long-running fleet. 

Putco acquires five new buses

5th February 2004 Bus operator Putco announces the addition of five new buses to its fleet yesterday, at a function hosted at the Comuta depot in Selby, Johannesburg. 

Aveng’s earnings could fall on road cutbacks

3rd February 2004 South African construction firm Aveng warned yesterday its earnings could fall by as much as half – sending its shares spiralling – after clients cancelled road contracts because of a strong rand. 

Coega airport PPP on the cards

2nd February 2004 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is conducting a detailed study into establishing a freight airport in the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape. 

R45m Jo’burg renewal project advances . . .

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2004 The newly revamped Faraday precinct in the Johannesburg city centre opened its doors in December, even though development at the R45-million project remains ongoing. 

State denies dune-mining link to N2 decision

By: tom robbins     30th January 2004 South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) CEO Nazir Alli hopes to have the winning bidder of the N2 Wild Coast toll-road on site within 18 to 24 months. 

Taxi recap delay gives new life to old minibus favourite

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2004 Amid continued delays in the implementation of the country’s taxi recapitalisation programme, Toyota South Africa has experienced an increase in demand for its Hi-Ace 16-seater minibus by the taxi industry, as a result of the need to replace the current long-running fleet. 

R40m KZN road rerouting contract awarded

28th January 2004 The M4 coastal road – officially known as Main Road 398 – that currently divides Zimbali in two, will be rerouted as part of the overall development plan set out in the joint venture between IFA Hotels & Resorts and Moreland Property. 

Limpopo public works serves as a blueprint

By: Irma Venter     23rd January 2004 The public works jobs programme in the Limpopo has since its start in 2002 provided 1 589 jobs (each for a period of six months only) to 847 women and 742 men. 

SA firms eligible to bid for Peru highway work

By: Keith Campbell     23rd January 2004 SOUTH African companies are eligible to bid for concession contracts for the construction or reconstruction, maintenance and operation of highways in Peru. 

Timber industry moves to curb overloading

By: tom robbins     16th January 2004 Major players in the timber industry have launched a self-regulating load accreditation programme aimed at reducing overloading, as well as under-loading, on their trucks. 

N2 Wild Coast enviro process defended

By: Martin Czernowalow     16th January 2004 South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) has quashed accusations that the N2 Wild Coast toll-road environmental-impact assessment (EIA) process did not include adequate participation of interested and affected parties. 

Enviro group welcomes EIA appeal extension

16th January 2004 The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa) said it was relieved that the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) has extended the date to appeal the record of decision on the N2 Wild Coast toll road, until January 31. 

Privatisation of bus operator awaits Cabinet nod

By: laurian clemence     13th January 2004 State-owned transport and logistics group Transnet, which is in collaboration with the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) to sell bus subsidiary Autopax, is still awaiting Cabinet approval for the proposed sale. 

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