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Roads News

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. 

Shipping line orders new vessels

7th February 2003 Shipping line Safmarine has ordered three new container vessels specifically designed for trade at West African ports. 

Malawi planning road rehab works

By: Marcel Chimwala     7th February 2003 Malawi–Malawi is preparing to carry out a number of projects to rehabilitate and improve its road network. 

Track-maker opens new facility

By: Keith Campbell     6th February 2003 Truck-maker Nissan Diesel South Africa has completed concentrating all its activities and entities under one roof. 

Tshwane’s rail signals set for upgrade

4th February 2003 The South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) will be upgrading the signalling system on the commuter routes in the Tshwane area over the next few months. 

Germans set aside c17m for Malawi projects

By: Marcel Chimwala     31st January 2003 The German government has given Malawi €17-million to cater for a number of development projects. 

M&R wins big iron-ore stacker reclaimer contract

28th January 2003 Engineering and contracting group, Murray & Roberts, has been awarded the complete mechanical and structural site erection of three iron-ore stacker reclaimers in Saldanha Bay. 

Inaction on public transport costs lives

By: katharine mckenzie     24th January 2003 The yearly discussion about road deaths can always be relied upon to generate a healthy national debate and much finger pointing. 

Traffic management needs scientific approach

By: Kelvin Kemm     24th January 2003 Now for some more about the road accident issue and general traffic management. 

Distribution-board manufacturers express concern over new testing standards

By: Marcel Chimwala     24th January 2003 The introduction of new standards governing distribution boards and motor control centres has some small manufacturers concerned that they might go out of business due to what they describe as excessive costs that they will have to incur for testing, which had previously only been a requirement... 

Big Namibian road contracts on offer

24th January 2003 THE Roads Authority of Namibia is inviting contractors to prequalify for the first of two contracts to upgrade a 168,8-km section of highway between Rosh Pinah and Aus in the southern region of the country. 

Chapman’s Peak drive reconstruction starts

24th January 2003 The Chapman’s Peak Drive reconstruction project has begun, almost three years after the scenic coastal route between Hout Bay and Noordhoek in the Western Cape was closed because of several hazardous rock falls. 

Gautrain EIA expanded to include new info

23rd January 2003 Findings of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) study, conducted around Gauteng communities who will be affected by the proposed Gautrain project, are expected in mid-February. 

To toll or not to toll: Gauteng mulls user-pays road options 

By: Zonika Botha     20th January 2003 Although blessed with an extensive road infrastructure, South Africa’s provincial road network is believed to have deteriorated significantly over the past decade where, currently, fewer than 40% of Gauteng roads are classified as being in a good or very good condition. 

An interview with George Stephenson’s ghost

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     17th January 2003 I am in York (somebody has to be) and the British National Railway Museum (NRM) is here. 

Cop bad drivers, not speedsters

By: Kelvin Kemm     17th January 2003 Three weeks before Christmas I was travelling along various freeways at speeds between 220 km/h and – when we were going slowly – 140 km/h. I was not driving. I was relaxed knowing that we could not get caught in any speed trap. 

To toll or not to toll: Gauteng mulls user-pays road option

By: Zonika Botha     17th January 2003 Although blessed with an extensive road infrastructure, South Africa’s provincial road network is believed to have deteriorated significantly over the past decade where, currently, fewer than 40% of Gauteng roads are classified as being in a good or very good condition. 

SA is to host global road congress

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     17th January 2003 The National Roads Agency (NRA) is to hold the 22nd quadrennial congress of the World Road Association in Durban, from October 19 to 25. 

Gautrain project under fire from JCCI

15th January 2003 Head of the Gauteng Department of Transport, Jack van der Merwe, has responded to criticism levelled at the proposed Gautrain rapid rail project, by the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). 

SA-Senegal air partnership announced

10th January 2003 South African Airways (SAA) has struck a deal with Air Senegal International for the West African airline to feed passengers into Dakar for a new SAA flight from the Senegalese capital to New York. 

Toll-roads are inevitable, believes Alli

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 South Africans should change the culture of non-payment for services and the belief that government should provide everything, for country to develop and improve its infrastructure, charges National Roads Agency CEO Nazir Alli. 

N4 toll-road experiences 12% growth

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 Although traffic along the N4 toll-road to Maputo started on a lower note last year, with business far below expectations following completion of the road, this year has seen a 12% traffic growth. 

Locally-developed toll-collection system achieves success abroad

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 The ten-year infrastructure development programme outlined by the South African National Roads Agency (NRA) to boost the economy and development of the country has resulted in an increase in the number of toll-road projects countrywide. 

R2,3-bn N2 development to tame Wild Coast

13th December 2002 The N2 Wild Coast toll-road, which will upgrade the existing road link between East London and Durban is the most important road development in the country in the last 20 years as it will open up the region of the North Eastern Cape, that has historically been one of the most disadvantaged areas... 

Electronic tag use taking off on N4 

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 To date, more than 5 000 electronic tags have been sold to commuters and heavy vehicle drivers who use the new N4 Platinum Highway on a daily basis. 

Toll-road to benefit surrounding communities

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 Toll-roads have been a controversial subject in parliament, as well as among the general public. 

N3 showcases toll-roads as a business venture

13th December 2002 Following a lengthy public tender process, the South African National Roads Agency (NRA) appointed N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) as the concessionaire for the N3 from Cedara in Kwazulu-Natal to Heidelberg in Gauteng for a 30-year concession period, which begun in 1999. 

Computer program developed to aid concrete pavement design

By: nkolola halwindi     13th December 2002 An innovative mechanistic design method for concrete pavements has been developed by the Cement and Concrete Institute. 

Spoornet bites back at cable thieves with 'tiger' wire

By: Zonika Botha     13th December 2002 The theft of copper overhead cables is directly costing State-owned transport utility Spoornet R11-million a year. 

Growth beckons for Maputo port as Spoornet signs Moz deal

By: Irma Venter     12th December 2002 Waking the sleepy rail corridor between Mozambique and South Africa will necessitate the Maputo port to step up a gear. 

SAA returns to profit in first half

11th December 2002 South African Airways posted a first-half profit in the 2002 financial year – its first since 1999 – its chief executive said, giving Africa's biggest carrier firepower to grow its regional dominance. 

DTI says R4bn is enough for taxi scrapping allowance

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2002 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is confident that the taxi-recapitalisation scrapping allowance will remain within the R4-billion range, despite several delays in the process and an overall increase in the price of vehicles. 

Spoornet to conduct HIV prevalence study

By: Zonika Botha     6th December 2002 State-owned transport utility Spoornet will conduct a HIV/Aids prevalence study next year to determine to what extent its employees are affected by the deadly disease. 

R40m invested to boost agricultural equipment firm

6th December 2002 WESTERN Cape engineering and manufacturing company Agrid SA, producer of a range of mechanised agricultural equipment, automotive components and all-terrain vehicles, has invested about R40-million in a world-class manufacturing facility in Atlantis Foundries Business Park. 

SA’s first gas filling station for Cape Town

4th December 2002 A black economic empowerment (BEE) company, based in Cape Town, will launch its first gas filling station at on December 8, 2002. 

Mixed reaction to Gautrain plan

By: Zonika Botha     29th November 2002 The R7-billion Gautrain rapid-rail project,which forms part of the Gauteng Provincial Government’s ambitious Blue IQ initiative, has drawn mixed response from the public. 

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