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Roads News

Gauteng taxi industry prepares for recap

By: Zonika Botha     25th April 2003 The first batch of taxi permits, which will allow taxi operators to qualify for government’s recapitalisation programme, was issued to 1 551 Gauteng applicants yesterday. 

Study rules out train tunnel under Pta

By: Irma Venter     24th April 2003 Following months of conflict between the provincial government and residents on whether the proposed Gautrain should run underground in Pretoria, as is the planning for large parts of Johannesburg, an addendum to the draft environmental impact-assessment (EIA) report has suggested tunnelling in... 

Johan van der Merwe, TFM Industries

18th April 2003 Full name: Johan Ernest George van der Merwe Position: MD of TFM Industries since July 1997 Main activity of the company: Supply and support of specialist load bodies for commercial vehicles Date and place of birth: March 3, 1960, Paarl Education: Matric, Paarl Boys’ High, 1977; Hons Eng... 

Credit-card licence poker game

By: Kelvin Kemm     18th April 2003 Card games usually provide entertainment, and certainly the whole country was greatly entertained by the national game, ‘get your credit-card driver’s licence’. 

Malawi earmarks 52 firms for privatisation

By: Marcel Chimwala     18th April 2003 Malawi – The Malawian government has embarked on a fast-track sale of the remaining 52 companies from the eligible 110 State-owned companies it earmarked for privatisation at the onset of its privatisation process in 1996. 

Angola: future imperfect

By: Zonika Botha     18th April 2003 With Angola’s 27-year civil war having finally come to an end in April last year with the signing of a ceasefire agreement between the Angolan government and the Unita armed force rebels, the powers that be now face the daunting task of not only rebuilding the country, but also maintaining... 

SA business weighs risks, rewards of Angola entry

By: Zonika Botha     18th April 2003 With Angola’s 27-year civil war having finally come to an end in April last year with the signing of a ceasefire agreement between the Angolan government and the Unita armed force rebels, the powers that be now face the daunting task of not only rebuilding the country, but also maintaining... 

CSIR-Siemens in transport deal

16th April 2003 A memorandum of understanding, concluded between the CSIR and Siemens, is set to benefit the transport industry in southern Africa by creating a framework for collaboration between the two organisations. 

Mokgatle appointed as new Spoornet CE

16th April 2003 Transnet said on Tuesday that Dolly Mokgatle had been appointed the new CEO of Spoornet and would take over from acting CEO Tshidi Nyama on June 1. 

SAA to increase Nigeria flights, exits Malawi

15th April 2003 South African Airways (SAA) said it wanted to increase its flights to Nigeria to daily from three times a week, but had pulled out of talks on a role in Air Malawi. 

KZN to spend R1bn-plus on roads

14th April 2003 The KwaZulu-Natal transport department is to spend more than a R1-billion on roads and transport infrastructure during the 2003/2004 financial year. 

Early success for R120m N4 load-control project

11th April 2003 A R120-million investment in load control facilities for heavy vehicles on the 500 km N4 toll route has seen overloading on the route drop by over 30%. 

Record of decision on Gautrain enviro, heritage studies is expected in May

By: Zonika Botha     11th April 2003 The draft environmental-impact assessment (EIA) as well as an extended environmental resource economics study and a heritage impact assessment on the R7-billion, 80-km Gautrain rapid-rail project, which forms part of the Gauteng Provincial Government’s ambitious Blue IQ initiative, has been... 

Gautrain: its not about speed but efficiency of travel

By: Kelvin Kemm     4th April 2003 It sounds as if the Gautrain is going off the rails. A few days ago I heard a radio advertisement in which the Gautrain’s speed was emphasised. The press all refer to the fast train, or high-speed train. This is wrong! 

Composites combat bridge wear-and-tear

By: Karel Smrcka     4th April 2003 Advanced fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites have gained significant ground in the construction industry thanks to their extensive and cost effective use in the strengthening of existing structures. 

Road hauliers urged to be responsible chemical carriers

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 Major chemical companies in South Africa are known to outsource their transport arrangements. 

EU approves funding for Malawian road projects

By: Marcel Chimwala     28th March 2003 Malawi–The European Union (EU) has approved funding for a number of road and bridge projects in Malawi. 

Preferred bidder for John Ross toll road announced

27th March 2003 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), yesterday announced that the Unthungulu Toll Concession Joint Venture (UTC) has been chosen as preferred bidder for the R1,2-billion project for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the John Ross Toll Highway,... 

Barloworld buys US dealership for $5m

25th March 2003 South Africa's Barloworld said yesterday it had bought a US-based truck and equipment dealership for $5-million, in line with a strategy to expand its Freightliner business. 

Truck-body manufacturers under new ownership

21st March 2003 The management buy out (MBO) of TFM Industries has been completed and the management team, lead by MD Johan van der Merwe, is now firmly in the saddle at the company. 

Taxi recapitalisation programme

19th March 2003 The project aims to replace about 120 000 of the country’s 16-seater buses with 85 000 18-seater and 35-seater buses. 

Pretoria distributor for stabilisation products

By: Zonika Botha     14th March 2003 UK company Tensar International, a worldwide leader in the manufacture and provision of soil reinforcement and ground stabilisation solutions, has appointed Pretoria-based company Geotrac as its sole distributor in South Africa. 

European Union plans to expand public works concept in Africa

By: Marcel Chimwala     7th March 2003 MALAWI – The European Union (EU) is planning to introduce its public works programme in a number of African countries following the notable successes of the ongoing 15-million public works programme in Malawi. 

Money set aside for Gautrain in Budget

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th March 2003 Gauteng Province will set aside money for the Gautrain Rapid-Rail project during the 2003/4 financial year, the province’s MEC for Finance and Economic Affairs, Jabu Moleketi, told a media briefing yesterday. 

SA-engineered truck parts may find global outlet

By: Keith Campbell     28th February 2003 NO less than 30% by volume of components in Nissan Diesel trucks in this country have been adapted or developed by the company’s South African engineering department to meet local conditions and needs. 

Angry response to toll tariff increases

By: Martin Czernowalow     28th February 2003 The Automobile Association of South Africa has reacted strongly to toll tariff increases announced by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), saying that tariffs should be realistic and not out of reach for the average motorist. 

SA taxi industry to get a facelift

27th February 2003 Taxi operators, commuters and retailers – formal and informal – stand to benefit from a new partnership between the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) and property development company Taxiprop-BR. 

Brian Croock, BD Sarens

21st February 2003 Full name: Brian Stephen Croock Position: MD since April 2002 Main activity of the company: BD Sarens is in the lifting and transport logistics industries and offers five different services under one roof, namely cranage and rigging, road transportation, air and sea freight, project logistics and... 

Durban port concessioning architecture soon

21st February 2003 Speaking during a parliamentary media briefing yesterday, Public Enterprises Minister Jeff Radebe reported that “concession architecture” for the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) in Kwazulu-Natal is in its final stage of development and will be discussed by Cabinet soon. 

Bridge deck joint guidelines developed

21st February 2003 Independent construction product certification company Agr 

Winelands toll-road report completed

21st February 2003 The final environmental-impact report (EIR) for the proposed R3,5-billion to R4-billion N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway project has been completed. 

Taxi recapitalisation programme advances

20th February 2003 Government has short listed six bidders for the production of new 18 and 35 seater vehicles, set to replace the country’s current fleet of minibus taxis. 

Contractor starts repair work on Moz roads

17th February 2003 Construction firm WBHO has started work on repairs to Mozambique’s main arterial between Maputo and Beira, in the nKomati flood plain region of Mozambique. 

R22m N1 upgrade contract awarded

By: Zonika Botha     14th February 2003 Local construction giant Murray & Roberts has been awarded a R22-million tender by the South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) to construct an asphalt overlay on the N1 from the Rivonia interchange, up to, and including, the Buccleuch interchange, in Johannesburg. 

R22m N1 upgrade contract awarded

14th February 2003 Local construction giant Murray & Roberts has been awarded a R22-million tender by the South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) to construct an asphalt overlay on the N1 from the Rivonia interchange, up to, and including, the Buccleuch interchange, in Johannesburg. 

Truck maker bearish on world economic recovery

10th February 2003 Sweden's AB Volvo, the world's second-biggest truck producer, reported better than expected fourth quarter pre-tax profits on Friday, but said there would be no swift recovery in its two key markets. 

Small airlines will struggle to meet noise regulations

10th February 2003 Noise abatement procedures that are expected to be implemented by the South African government this year, to make aircraft quieter and safer, are expected to have serious implications for both local and international airlines. 

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