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Roads News

Taxi recap’s scrapping allowance may exceed R4-billion

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2002 The long-awaited taxi-recapitalisation project has made progress towards?implementation – this amidst comment that the scrapping allowance initially?estimated may now prove insufficient, and that the price tag on the project?may soar to well beyond R20-billion. 

Fuel-cells part of rail group’s future plans

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd November 2002 Rail transport company Spoornet is considering the potential for conversion to fuel-cell technology as part of its long-term technical programme. 

Urgent measures needed to rescue SA’s roads

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     22nd November 2002 South Africa’s road network has been deteriorating since 1988, when a dedicated fuel levy was abolished, and experts warn that motorists and other road users will continue to suffer the consequences, unless proper maintance is undertaken urgently. 

Access ramps to be built locally

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2002 The increasing concern in South Africa about the needs of the disabled, especially with regard to issues like access to public transport, has attracted the attention of a UK company which specialises in the production of bus access ramps for the disabled. 

Rail corporation spends R200m to boost efficiencies

18th November 2002 Group CE of Transnet, Mafika Mkwanazi, announced last week that an additional R200-million had been allocated to Spoornet to increase efficiency levels that will positively impact on service to customers. 

Results of pollution study expected soon

By: Deborah Spicer     15th November 2002 The results of a R1,6-million study to examine the potential socio-economic impact of measures to reduce air pollution from combustion in South Africa are expected to be out in six months. 

Questions on ports concessioning

15th November 2002 The State's seriousness about port concessioning comes at a time when South Africa's status as a true trading nation is being consolidated. 

Taxi recap’s scrapping allowance may exceed R4bn

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2002 The long-awaited taxi-recapitalisation project has made progress towards implementation – this amidst comment that the scrapping allowance initially estimated may now prove insufficient, and that the price tag on the project may soar to well beyond R20-billion. 

R105m for Mpumalanga roads, water, sanitation

12th November 2002 Mpumalanga's financial situation is so healthy that it can afford to allocate R105-million for road repairs, rural sanitation and water provision across the province, Premier Ndaweni Mahlangu announced. 

Chemical spillage prevention campaign producing results

By: marisa rodrigues     8th November 2002 An initiative that is being driven by the Chemical and Allied Industries Association (CAIA) to reduce damaging spillages by hauliers transporting chemical products is proving to be successful. 

SA needs public-transport shake-up

By: marisa rodrigues     6th November 2002 South Africa's dependence on private transport and the amount that is spent on it is clearly a cause for concern. 

Minister welcomes taxi statement

4th November 2002 South African minister of transport, Dullah Omar, has welcomed the statement released by the South African National Taxi Association Council (SANTACO), which indicates that there is now basic agreement between the industry and government on all major aspects of the taxi re-capitalisation programme. 

The biggest South African rail project in history

By: marisa rodrigues     1st November 2002 The largest transport project to be undertaken in South Africa’s history, the rapid-rail link dubbed the Gautrain, will see R7-million rand spent a day on the project for 1 200 days, from February 2004 till the end of 2006 or early 2007. 

SA needs public-transport shake-up

By: marisa rodrigues     1st November 2002 South Africa’s dependance on private transport and the amount that is spent on it is clearly a cause for concern. 

Malawi puts out preshipment inspection tender

By: Marcel Chimwala     1st November 2002 Malawi – The Malawian government is inviting tenders from companies, which are members of the International Federation of Inspection Agencies, for a two year preshipment services contract. 

Concessioning won’t halt value-addition plan - Sapo

1st November 2002 The head of South African Port Operations (Sapo), Tau Morwe, says he remains committed to adding value to the troubled Durban Container Terminal (DCT) despite the fact the government plans to concession the terminal either during the course of 2003 or in early 2004. 

A different kind of horsepower for Gosforth Park

By: marisa rodrigues     1st November 2002 It seems there will be a happy ending to the story of Germiston’s Gosforth Park racecourse after all. 

Vehicle registration pilot expanded

31st October 2002 The online vehicle registration pilot study, run by Motoronline and the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works has been expanded, due to its success, thus far, at the Johannesburg, Loveday Street, office. 

Hydraulic floor system launched for road transport

By: candice haase     25th October 2002 Hydraulic floor systems for road transport applications were introduced into the local market in May this year by the hydraulics division of IMS Industrial Products. 

More hi-tech traffic-management developments

By: Karel Smrcka     25th October 2002 A range of factors are prompting a growing number of companies to invest in fleet management systems: traffic congestion, keener competition, legal constraints, greater awareness among customers and availability of leading-edge technology, such as the Internet and mobile communications. 

Infrastructure is key to intra-African trade

25th October 2002 WHILE trade between European countries accounts for about 80% of their total gross domestic product, Africans are not trading with each other as much as they could, said acting chief operating officer of Trade and Investment South Africa Ismail Dockrat at the Safcec convention held in... 

Port congestion on agenda of marine convention

25th October 2002 Representatives from all across Southern Africa are expected to attend the South African Ports, Shipping and Freight Convention that will take place at the International Convention Centre in Durban on November 27 and 28. 

Coega highway construction begins

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th October 2002 Construction of the multimillion-rand Neptune road systems interchange on the N2 highway, which is one of the key stages in the progress of the R3,4-billion Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) and deep-sea harbour development, in the Eastern Cape, started in mid-October. 

Gauteng truck curtailment programme extended

23rd October 2002 Monday marked the beginning of the second stage of the Department of Transport’s holistic roads congestions management programme. 

State moves to accelerate ports restructuring

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2002 Government is moving to accelerate the restructuring of South Africa’s troubled ports, despite serious objections from organised labour. 

Enviro green light for Gautrain

By: Martin Czernowalow     22nd October 2002 Gautrain rapid-rail link has been given the go-ahead in an environmental impact assessment (EIA). 

Iron-ore railer wins logistics awards

22nd October 2002 Iron-ore railer Spoornet’s heavy haul unit Orex, was nominated as joint, overall winner at the 2002 Logistics Achiever Awards in Johannesburg on October 15. 

BPW Axles

18th October 2002 BPW Axles is a manufacturer and distributor of trailer axles, suspensions and running gear components, and also has spare-parts and services facilities through its distributor and dealer network in Southern Africa and neighbouring territories. 

Motorcycle industry revs up auto show

17th October 2002 The motorcycle industry will be represented at Auto Africa Expo 2002 for the first time ever – following an agreement with the Association of Motorcycle Importers and Distributors (AMID). 

SA firms in Southern African roads projects

17th October 2002 South African firms have been awarded key contracts in Zambian roads projects, valued at R400-million. 

Recommended route to be announced this month

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2002 The recommended route alignment of the Gautrain, the proposed speedtrain between the Johannesburg International Airport, Pretoria and Johannesburg, is to be announced by the publication of a draft environmental impact assessment (EIA) on October 21. 

SAA finalises acquisition of Air Tanzania

7th October 2002 South African Airways (SAA) has finalised its R200-million bid to acquire a 49% stake in Air Tanzania, emerging as a winner in the closely contested bid. 

New coach terminus plan for Pretoria

30th September 2002 Pretoria’s main luxury coach terminus will be relocating to new premises on the Pretoria Station precinct, it was announced last week. 

World Bank to recruit road engineers

27th September 2002 The World Bank is seeking Applicants for three positions that are likely to become available over the next 12 months. 

SAA sole bidder for Air Tanzania – official

23rd September 2002 South African Airways is the sole bidder for a 49% stake in Air Tanzania being sold by the government, a Tanzanian official said last week. 

Gauteng’s truck-restriction pilot begins

By: Martin Czernowalow     16th September 2002 From today, all heavy vehicles (5 tons and over) travelling on the R59 freeway will have to observe certain restrictions, as part of a pilot project to reduce traffic congestion launched by the MEC for Public Transport, Roads and Works in Gauteng, Khabisi Mosunkutu. 

Road project to unlock tourism potential

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     6th September 2002 In a development which will pave the way for what is expected to be a significant tourism industry in southern Mpumalanga, the local community and the public and private sectors have joined forces to build a 33-km road from Highlands, outside Barberton, to Bulembu, on the border with Swaziland. 

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