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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. 

Truck-maker moves into Africa

30th August 2002 Chinese truck manufacturer FAW is extending its sales and service network in South African and neighbouring states. 

Bearing kits to increase vehicle uptime

30th August 2002 The largest distributor of Timken bearings in Southern Africa, Bearing Man, now has a range of Timken MileMate wheel bearing kits available that are designed and manufactured to increase a vehicle’s uptime. 

Firm exports to Aus, NZ

30th August 2002 South African-based manufacturer of equipment for the transport industry, Jost South Africa, is expanding its exports to the Australian and New Zealand markets. 

R30m invested in test facility

30th August 2002 The Eurotype Test Centre is a subsidiary of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), and specialises in all aspects of environmental and safety testing across the complete range of motor vehicles. 

Transformation challenges industry

30th August 2002 On South Africa’s transport routes the sight of road hauliers has become synonymous with economic success. The more trucks on the road, the more South Africa is assured that the economy is on the move. 

Gauteng's rapid-rail link will need integrated transport feeder services

By: vanessa vasques     30th August 2002 Public transport is becoming more important with congested highways and traffic jams becoming the norm for frustrated South Africans. 

Carbon-fibre bicycle launched in S Africa

By: Joanne Delaurentis     30th August 2002 Malaysian aeronautical and automotive company EPM launched its EPX carbon performance bicycle brand into the South African market at the Ride Cycle Show in Johannesburg this month. 

Gautrain enviro study ready for public comment

30th August 2002 A series of public meetings will be held in Midrand, Sandton, Rosebank, Kempton Park, Pretoria and Centurion, during September, to present the findings of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) undertaken for the proposed Gautrain rapid rail link. 

Total truck ban improbable; could cost SA economy R13,5-billion

By: vanessa vasques     30th August 2002 The announcement by the Gauteng Transport and Roads MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu some time ago, but due to be enforced in September, detailing the province’s restrictions on the movement of trucks on Gauteng’s freeways has caused a stir both in the industry and amongst ordinary South Africans. 

Used equipment market growing

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2002 Three eighteen year old Euclid rigid frame dump trucks have been given a new lease of life by Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa. 

Intermodal deliveries cut distribution costs

23rd August 2002 Self loading and off loading sidelifters by Steelbro reportedly unlock vast potential in hub and spoke supply chain service delivery. 

R30bn needed for SA road repairs

23rd August 2002 Transport minister Dullah Omar says a total of R30-billion is needed over the next five years to make improvements on roads in the country. 

R45m SA-Swazi road project to boost tourism

22nd August 2002 The R45-million Bulembu road project that aims to boost tourism between the historical gold mining town of Barberton in Mpumalanga and neighbouring Swaziland will be launched on Friday. 

Gas pipeline haulage contract awarded

16th August 2002 Earlier this month it was announced that transportation firm Cargo Africa Overborder (CAOB), a division of Cargo Africa and part of Imperial Logistics and Transport, has won the line haul contract for the transport of specialised, coated steel pipes for use in the construction of the Sasol... 

Enviro study for Wild Coast toll project

By: Zonika Botha     16th August 2002 Following the successful completion of an environmental scoping study, independent environmental consultant Bohlweki Environmental and a team of specialists are currently conducting an environmental impact assessment (EIA) study into the proposed N2 Wild Coast project. 

Omar calls for Africa's rail development

13th August 2002 Transport minister Dullah Omar has called on African railway owners and operators to co-operate in the promotion of development on the African continent. 

Transnet's developmental role highlighted at last

9th August 2002 Striking a balance between profitability on the one hand and development objectives on the other has long been a struggle for State-owned transport utility Transnet. 

New traffic offence agency studied

By: Zonika Botha     9th August 2002 In a drive to lift some of the burden from South Africa’s magistrates courts, the Department of Transport is investigating the possibility of establishing a dedicated national agency to deal with outstanding traffic offence payments. 

R5m-worth of containers are destined for Moz gas pipeline

By: candice haase     9th August 2002 The supply of R5-million worth of converted containers to the Temane gas pipeline project began in June this year and is due for completion by September. 

First phase of airport interchange begins

9th August 2002 Mokgawa, Mtshali and Associates (MMA), an emerging consulting engineering firm, and VKE Engineers were appointed in a joint venture to do the planning, design and construction supervision of the first phase of the Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) interchange. 

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