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Roads News

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. 

Tarring Joburg’s township roads

By: Zonika Botha     11th July 2003 Some sixty six kilometres of the 1 000 km gravel roads in Johannesburg’s previously-disadvantaged township areas have been surfaced, Engineering News can today report. 

Rail faces uphill battle in recapturing freight traffic

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     11th July 2003 Southern Africa’s underperforming rail utilities will continue to play second fiddle to road hauliers unless the playing field is levelled, rail experts have warned. 

Asphalt firm in R20m plant upgrade

By: nkolola halwindi     11th July 2003 With an initial investment of R20-million, leading local manufacturer and supplier of asphalt, Much Asphalt has opened two new batch plants and upgraded three of its other plants countrywide. 

Global roads gathering set for Durban

By: laurian clemence     10th July 2003 The World Road Congress, scheduled to take place at the International Convention Centre in Durban from October 19 to 25, will showcase some of the latest technologies and innovations emerging globally in the sector. 

Big roads renaissance under way in KZN

By: laurian clemence     7th 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. 

Trailer maker ordered to pay out retrenched workers

4th July 2003 Trailer manufacturer Hendred Fruehaulf of Germiston has been ordered by the Johannesburg Labour Court to pay nearly R3-million to 53 National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) members. 

Tractor sales steady

4th July 2003 The June tractor sales of 325 units were just one unit less than the 326 units sold in June last year, the South African Agricultural Machinery Association announced. 

Did SA policy makers fail to read containerisation signals?

4th July 2003 Global containerisation growth over the past decade has been unprecedented, with volumes rising from 142-million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 1995 to around 222-million TEUs in 2000. 

Plan to make SA roads high-tech

By: nkolola halwindi     4th July 2003 An Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) laboratory set to boost safe and effective transport in Southern Africa has been launched by the CSIR. 

Tanzania seeks backing for transport project

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th July 2003 In a bid to improve its transport network, Tanzania has approached the World Bank for assistance with the proposed $66-million Central Transport Corridor Project. 

R150m Rustenburg by-pass gets enviro go-ahead

30th June 2003 The environmental record of decision to begin construction of the R150-million Rustenburg by-pass has been issued to Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire, responsible for the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the N1/N4 Bakwena Platinum Highway. 

Progress made in taxi recapitalisation

26th June 2003 Government says it is intending to make the taxi industry competitive in the broader public transport arena. 

Ethiopia gets backing for roads restoration

25th June 2003 The World Bank has announced the approval of a $126,8-million grant funding programme to assist the Ethiopian government to restore and expand the country’s road network. 

Empowerment assessment for W Cape transport projects

16th June 2003 Western Cape Transport, Public Works and Property Management MEC Tasneem Essop has announced a R181-million budget allocation for the creation of jobs and restructuring of the province’s public transport sector. 

Brazilian semitrailer firm eyes SA market

By: Keith Campbell     13th June 2003 THE world’s fifth-largest manufacturer of semitrailers, the Brazilian group Randon, is looking to enter the South African market. 

Driver demerit point system needs fair basis

By: Kelvin Kemm     13th June 2003 The Department of Transport has announced that it intends to introduce a demerit point system for motorists later this year. 

Construction starts at East London IDZ

By: Deborah Spicer     13th June 2003 Construction began at the East London industrial development zone (IDZ) last month to ensure that potential investors to the zone have the required external bulk-infrastructure services in place by the time the IDZ is established by August next year. 

Joburg sets capex at R1,1bn

By: Deborah Spicer     13th June 2003 The city of Johannesburg will have capital expenditure budget of R1,1-billion for the next financial year, informed executive director for finance Roland Hunter at a presentation of the city’s budget last month. 

R60m Soweto road upgrade project under way

12th June 2003 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has recently embarked on a R60-million project to upgrade roads across Soweto, Orange Farm and Ivory Park. 

Building the renaissance

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2003 Forget Africa’s Big Five. The continent is looking for Africa’s Big Fifteen. Fifteen – or more – projects that will kickstart development. 

Building the Renaissance

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2003 Forget Africa’s Big Five. The continent is looking for Africa’s Big Fifteen. Fifteen – or more – projects that will kickstart development. 

Tenders out for Blantyre road rehabilitation

By: Marcel Chimwala     6th June 2003 MALAWI – The Malawian government is inviting tenders for the rehabilitation of selected urban roads in the country’s commercial capital, Blantyre. 

W Cape takes the public transport policy high road

By: katharine mckenzie     30th May 2003 Recent policy announcements in the Western Cape about public transport, point to the importance that this key area is taking on in the economically powerful provinces seeking to maximise economic development, job creation and improve the quality of life of citizens. 

New commercial vehicle option for SA

By: Zonika Botha     30th May 2003 The newest addition to the best-selling truck range in South Africa has been introduced to the local medium-commercial vehicle industry by Toyota South Africa’s Toyota Truck division. 

Sugar cane transport empowerment deal signed

30th May 2003 An R4-million empowerment-focused sugar cane transport venture has been established by Cargo Carriers for small and emergent sugar growers in Mpumalanga. 

Cape Town studies rapid bus scheme

By: Jill Stanford     30th May 2003 Cape Town is in a much better position to implement a rapid bus transit system than Bogot 

Malawi invites bids for road-infrastructure work

By: Marcel Chimwala     30th May 2003 The Malawian government is inviting tenders for a works project involving the construction of four bridges and carrying out of associated road construction works in the country’s lakeshore road network. 

Durban sets aside R400m to revamp roads

22nd May 2003 eThekwini Municipality has announced that Durban has pumped R404-million into upgrading its ailing road infrastructure over a period of two years. 

Chapman’s Peak concession deal signed

22nd May 2003 Western Cape transport, public works and property management MEC Tasneem Essop has signed a 30-year concession deal between the department and Capstone 252 designing. 

R170m Gauteng interchange project launched

14th May 2003 The Gauteng Provincial government yesterday signed an agreement with a consortium of construction firms for the development of a R170-million interchange near Boksburg on the East Rand. 

Morocco launches tender for $45m road project

12th May 2003 Morocco has launched a tender for the construction of a motorway section 31 km long, estimated to be worth $45-million, state firm SNAM said on Friday. 

TFM Industries

9th May 2003 TFM Industries is a specialist manufacturer of load bodies for commercial vehicles. 

First batch of taxi permits issued

By: Zonika Botha     9th May 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 late last month. 

Transport company to sue truckmaker

By: laurian clemence     6th May 2003 A local transport company has instituted legal proceedings against a German truck and bus manufacturer for alleged breach of contract. 

Dube Port PPP model under review

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd May 2003 The final report on the most suitable public-private partnership (PPP) format for the multibillion-rand Dube trade port, in Kwazulu-Natal, is expected to be completed by July. 

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