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DPE prepares to sell two Transnet units

By: laurian clemence     27th August 2003 South Africa’s largest transport utility, Transnet, and the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) are seeking a transaction advisor for the restructuring of its bus subsidiary, Autopax. 

Kei rail refurb project advances

27th August 2003 The Minister of Public Enterprises and acting Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe said that significant progress had been made in the Kei Rail refurbishment project. 

Private participation in Transnet unavoidable - Khumalo

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2003 State-owned transport and logistics group Transnet has submitted a ‘restructuring plan’ to the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), which it hopes will open the way for a realignment of the corporation, and includes the option for greater private-sector participation in key... 

Freedom Park roads tender released

By: laurian clemence     26th August 2003 The agency responsible for the upgrading and development of Freedom Park, the Freedom Park Trust, is seeking a contractor to upgrade and rebuild the main access roads into the Park itself. 

Auto group’s African exports rise strongly

25th August 2003 Automotive firm Nissan South Africa reported last week that vehicle exports to Africa rose nearly 46% in the first seven months of this year, compared to the same period of 2002, therefore set to reach its total export target of 6 500 units for the whole of 2003 compared to 5 778 units last year. 

KZN launches freight databank to help planning

25th August 2003 A Freight Transport Databank has been set up by the KwaZulu-Natal transport department, which is designed to play an important role in formulating policies, plans and programmes for the freight sector. 

Cape chamber adds its voice to big transport debate

By: Jill Stanford     22nd August 2003 THE Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry is adding its voice to the great Cape transport debate (see Engineering News August 1, 2003). 

R440m upgrade for home of Freedom Charter

By: nkolola halwindi     22nd August 2003 With a R440-million investment, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) is busy with phase one of the redevelopment of Kliptown, south-west of Johannesburg. 

Sept deadline for Gautrain bids

By: Zonika Botha     22nd August 2003 The submission date for the request for proposals from the two pre-qualified consortia in the R7-billion, 80-km Gautrain rapid-rail project is scheduled for the end of September, some two months later than originally planned. 

Roads project enables Free State community access

By: Zonika Botha     22nd August 2003 Following the successful completion of the R42-million third phase of the Thabong Roads Project three months before the project deadline, the Thabong Bypass in Welkom, in the Free State, was officially opened earlier this month. 

Truck and bus maker ups training investment

By: nkolola halwindi     15th August 2003 Subsidiary of Germany firm MAN Nutzufarhrzeuge, MAN Truck and Bus South Africa has invested an additional R1-million to upgrade its R8-million Training Academy in Isando. 

Recapitalisation tantamount to recognition for taxi industry

By: katharine mckenzie     15th August 2003 For many of us the minibus taxis on the country’s roads are a source of constant irritation. 

At last, SA moves to arrest logistics crisis

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2003 It is more than a little disingenuous for government to be claiming that it is purely as a result of South Africa’s extraordinary export performance that there is now a need to capitalise the country’s economic infrastructure. 

State set to inject billions to boost logistics sector

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2003 The South African government is putting the final touches to a far-reaching logistic-improvement programme designed to keep pace with export-led demand. 

$58m road project studied for Malawi

By: Marcel Chimwala     15th August 2003 Malawi – An engineering study, which will lead to the onset of construction work for the long-awaited $58-million construction project for the 93-km-long road from Malawi’s northern town of Karonga to the district centre of Chitipa, near the Zambian border, is under way. 

MAN profit at top of forecasts as trucks recover

14th August 2003 German industrial group MAN posted quarterly profits at the upper end of expectations yesterday and reiterated its commitment to the core trucks business that put the shine on its results. 

SA tyre king eyes DRC, Angola

By: laurian clemence     8th August 2003 South Africa’s predominant tyre distributor, Maxiprest, announced at a conference in Inanda that its revenue growth had increased by 19,2% from R668 987 at June 30, 2002, to R796 672 at the six months ended June 30, 2003. 

Transnet seeks adviser for sale of road division

By: laurian clemence     8th August 2003 South African transport utility Transnet has invited submissions of proposal for the role of transaction advisor in the restructuring of its road-freight division, Freightdynamics. 

Plan to ‘scoot’ through Joburg’s traffic

By: Zonika Botha     8th August 2003 A traffic control system, which could reduce the amount of time that motorists spend on Johannesburg’s roads by at least 15%, is currently being installed in selected areas by the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA). 

France, Germany lend Kenya €36m for road project

7th August 2003 The French development agency (AFD) and the German bank for reconstruction and development (KfW) are to lend Kenya a total of €36-million to fund a road project, the finance ministry in Nairobi said Tuesday. 

The Great Cape Transport Debate

By: Jill Stanford     4th August 2003 While commuters in the Western Cape paint a bleak picture of public transport, a debate is simmering between the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), provincial and local government and business over whether a rapid-bus transit system, which has been proposed as the first phase of a... 

State set to inject capital into State Enterprises to boost logistics performance

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2003 The South African government – criticised for nearly a decade for under-investing in road, rail and harbour infrastructure – is putting the final touches to a far-reaching logistic-improvement programme designed to keep pace with export-led demand. 

The Great Cape Transport Debate

By: Jill Stanford     1st August 2003 While commuters in the Western Cape paint a bleak picture of public transport, a debate is simmering between the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), provincial and local government and business over whether a rapid-bus transit system, which has been proposed as the first phase of a... 

SA’s essential-oils industry gains momentum

By: nkolola halwindi     1st August 2003 There is significant scope for South Africa to produce a wide range of quality organic and conventional essential oils, the head of a newly-privatised company set up to pursue commercial opportunities in this area tells Engineering News. 

Cooperative governance is needed to tackle transport problems

By: katharine mckenzie     1st August 2003 When South Africa’s Constitution-makers crafted the new Constitution, adopted in 1996, they included a South African innovation: a chapter on ‘co-operative government’, which aims to ensure good relations between South Africa’s three spheres of government, but also to... 

South Africa’s Zebra battery reincarnated by Swiss firm

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st August 2003 A local company has started using Swiss-made sodium-nickel chloride batteries – the development of which started in South Africa in the mid-1970s – to power part of its electric-vehicle fleet. 

SA, India, Brazil set up G3 to foster South–South links

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2003 Development of the “Group of Three” (SA, Brazil, India) could be of long-term importance to local industries, particularly those in the aerospace, defence, and other high-technology fields. 

Work on R150m Rustenburg bypass to start next year

By: nkolola halwindi     1st August 2003 Construction of the R150-million Rustenburg bypass to the Bakwena Platinum Highway is likely to begin in March 2004 following the issuance of the environmental record of decision (ROD) to Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (BPCC) earlier this year, while completion is scheduled for August... 

Chapman’s Peak Drive revival in full swing

By: Jill Stanford     1st August 2003 From a distance Chapman’s Peak Drive, the coastal route that links Hout Bay and Noordhoek in the Western Cape, looks as serene as it doubtless has since it opened in 1922. 

Transnet seeks advisor for sale of road division

By: laurian clemence     29th July 2003 South African transport utility Transnet has invited submissions of proposal for the role of transaction advisor in the restructuring of its road-freight division, Freightdynamics. 

New interchange core to Joburg revival

By: Zonika Botha     25th July 2003 Last week saw the official opening of the M1/Carr street interchange by Gauteng MEC for Finance and Economic Affairs, Jabu Moleketi. 

Roads agency makes case for more tolls

By: Martin Czernowalow     24th July 2003 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is planning to build six new toll-roads within the next three years, as part of an effort to preserve the national road asset. 

Logistics group boosts fleet for Gauteng hub

22nd July 2003 Logistics and supply chain management group Tibbett & Britten Africa said yesterday that it has started to take delivery of a R25-million order for 22 Nissan trucks, which will form the core of a fleet that will be dedicated to the group’s new R200-million automated Gauteng Distribution... 

US giant localises loco refurb work

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th July 2003 Local company Metallurgical Manufacturing Services (MMS) has clinched a deal in terms of which it is to refurbish the cylinder assemblies of GE locomotive engines in Johannesburg, rather than shipping them back to the US, as has been the case for many years. 

Transport champion needed

18th July 2003 Users of Gauteng freeways will know that road capacity is becoming worryingly scarcer. 

R60-million Soweto road upgrade

18th July 2003 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has embarked on a R60-million project to upgrade roads across Soweto, Orange Farm and Ivory Park. 

Big roads renaissance under way in KZN

By: laurian clemence     18th July 2003 The head of implementation at the Kwazulu-Natal Roads Department Chris Hlabisa reports that extensive progress has been made in its R1-billion African Renaissance Road Upgrading Programme (Arrup), since its initial start-up in 2000.?It is anticipated that Arrup will be finally completed by 2006. 

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