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Roads News

Southern Africa being linked coast-to-coast

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The progression of the construction of the Bakwena Platinum Highway has been commended by the National Roads Agency (NRA) chief executive Nazir Alli. 

15-bus fleet supplied to upgraded airport terminals

28th June 2002 The contract for the supply of passenger buses for apron services at Johannesburg International Airport has been secured by black-owned fleet management group, Viamax Fleet Solutions. 

Joint venture develops local human capital

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The Bakwena Platinum Highway Project has given rise to employment for previously-disadvantaged South Africans in the form of the involvement of at least 150 small-medium-and-micro enterprises (SMME) in the field of supply and subcontracting to the highway project. 

Big benefits from engineering collaboration

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The collaboration between two well-established participants in the design of the infrastructure of the Bakwena Platinum Highway has been crucial to the success of its construction, GMKS executive chairman Trueman Goba tells Engineering News on behalf of the Bakwena Engineering Joint Venture (BEJV). 

City's subways to get a facelift

By: Joanne Delaurentis     28th June 2002 Contracts for the upgrading of the subways at Braamfontein, George Goch, Springs and Orlando railway stations, all in Johannesburg, together worth just over a million rand, will be awarded early next month. 

Monitoring system to curb taxi violence

28th June 2002 Government will soon be able to regulate the troubled taxi industry in the Eastern Cape and a new monitoring system that is meant to curb violence is set to be introduced, said provincial Safety and Security MEC Dennis Neer during a government outreach programme in Grahamstown earlier this week. 

Gauteng to buy 20 new ambulances

27th June 2002 The Gauteng Health Department is to purchase 20 more ambulances in an effort to improve response times. 

Joburg's Park Station gets a facelift

26th June 2002 Commuters using the Johannesburg Station will have no reason to go in search of facilities beyond its perimeters. 

Payment system deadlock in taxi recap

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2002 The last hurdle in South Africa’s much delayed taxi recapitalisation programme appears to be the electronic management system (EMS), or smart-card payment system. 

New vehicle fleet for Jo'burg

By: Deborah Spicer     14th June 2002 Within 24 months the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) should have a completely new fleet of vehicles following an agreement between the city of Johannesburg and Fleet Services. 

African resins giant embarks on composites export drive

By: marisa rodrigues     14th June 2002 Returning to private ownership at the end of last year, the largest producer of unsaturated polyester resins in Africa, NCS Resins, is looking to focus its attention on growing the composites market in South Africa. 

Winning taxi-recap bids by July – Omar

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2002 The first new taxi under government’s taxi recapitalisation programme should roll off the production line at the end of the year, says Transport Minister Dullah Omar. 

More resources needed for SA roads

13th June 2002 Transport minister Dullah Omar says the country needs to allocate more resources and efforts to improve the standards of roads nationwide. 

Panama offers its shipping expertise

By: Keith Campbell     7th June 2002 ALTHOUGH a small country, Panama is nevertheless one of the leading shipping countries in the world today, and is interested in sharing its experience in this sector with South Africa. 

Chemical transporter gets empowered

7th June 2002 Black-owned investment company Mvelaphanda Strategic Investments (MSI) has acquired a 25% stake in Unitrans Fuel and Chemical UFC), a recently-established provider of transport and logistics services to the liquid petroleum and chemical industries. 

Army transporter gives rough roads a caning

31st May 2002 A bright transport idea developed for use by the British Army has turned up in the South African sugar industry. 

Tractors fast-track the sucrose race

31st May 2002 Kwazulu-Natal sugar mills now reward growers for their cane’s freshness and recoverable sucrose value, underscoring the fact that each season is a race against time and the unnecessary handling of cut cane. 

Gauteng development expands

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2002 The three-year Blue IQ initiative aiming to develop the tourism, transport and high value-added manufacturing sectors in Gauteng has increased its budget from R1,2-billion to R3,5-billion, and expanded its scope to include an extra project – the development of Kliptown in Soweto – to... 

Four new toll-roads by 2006

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2002 South Africa will have four new toll-roads by 2006, following an invitation by government to the private sector last year to submit road-development proposals. 

€40m bridge and road contracts awarded in Zambia

28th May 2002 Two international joint ventures led by Concor have been awarded the contracts for the construction of a new 800 m long concrete bridge and the rehabilitation of a 200 km road. 

R40m to be spent on flood-damaged roads in Mpumalanga

27th May 2002 Mpumalanga will spend R40-million this year to repair economically important roads that were severely damaged during the floods of February 2000. 

Making a fortune from waste

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 To turn a product that was once regarded as waste material into a multi-million rand strong business sounds like an unlikely pipe dream. 

SA's asphalt roads get concrete treatment

By: marisa rodrigues     24th May 2002 Although there are no major concrete roads being built in South Africa at the moment, concrete is making significant advancements into the roads industry through its increased use in the rehabilitation of asphalt roads, reports Cement and Concrete Institute roads expert Brian Perrie. 

Toll road, rapid rail not in competition

22nd May 2002 The proposed tolling of five sections of the Pretoria-Johannesburg road network corridor, including parts of the Ben Schoeman highway and R21 airport freeway, if accepted and implemented, will be an initiative parallel to the implementation of the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link, says Jack van der... 

Boost for airline's cargo-handling turn-around time

10th May 2002 The cargo division of South African Airways, with the Psion Teklogix Narrowband solution, significantly increased its contribution to the airline's profit through improved efficiency, better use of assets and streamlining of systems to provide improved customer service. 

Gauteng's express train: white elephant or elegant solution?

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2002 Anthony Diepenbroek questions whether the proposed speed train between Pretoria, Johannesburg and the Johannesburg International Airport is the appropriate solution to Gauteng’s congestion problem. 

Andries Tshabalala Alstom Transport

19th April 2002 Andries Tshabalala Alstom Transport Leader of 250 

Western Cape in agri, tourism push

19th April 2002 A total of R108-million and R103-million have been allocated respectively to agriculture and tourism in the Western Cape says the province’s Minister of Agriculture, Tourism and Gambling Johan Gelderblom. 

225 km rail rehab under way in Moz

By: Deborah Spicer     19th April 2002 A Grinaker-LTA/Harsco joint-venture team is on site in Mozambique erecting offices so that construction can begin on the flood-damaged rail line between Maputo and Macarretane, in the south of the country. 

Road construction costs to soar on rand's weakness

17th April 2002 The cost of road construction in South Africa is likely to soar after the recent depreciation in the value of the rand. According to Paul Theessen, executive chairperson of the roads and earthworks division of WBHO, the cost of imported plant, fuels and bitumen represents some 50% of the overall... 

Window of opportunity widens for local manufacture

By: Marius Roodt     12th April 2002 A window of opportunity is widening in South Africa, Bosal CEO Karel Bos tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Logistics partner for Namibia garment plant

12th April 2002 Logistics company P&O Nedlloyd has been appointed as preferred supplier to Malaysian corporation Ramatex Berhad, which is building a $100-million integrated textiles and garment manufacturing plant in Namibia’s capital Windhoek. 

Joint rail operations plan for Malawi and Mozambique

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th April 2002 MALAWI– Plans are under way to merge rail operations for Malawi and Mozambique to provide constant haulage between the two countries. 

Ship repair (port project)

12th April 2002 Name of the project and location Ship repair facility project, Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Project description The scope of the project has not yet been finalised. It could be a dry-dock or just a ship repair facility, but is planned to cater for all vessel sizes mainly bigger... 

BEE transport outsourcing deal

29th March 2002 One of South Africa’s leading domestic delivery service companies, Sun Couriers, has signed a deal worth about R40-million a year, whereby 74 former employees who worked in the trucking division, have taken control of the company’s inter-city road transport deliveries. 

Championing local manufacture

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 The window of opportunity is widening for South Africa’s local manufacturers who have retained strong engineering departments, honed their global competitiveness and gained black economic-empowerment status. 

Locomotives refurbished

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 The transport division of Alstom of Driehoek, Germiston, has won a contract to refurbish and upgrade 31 heavy-haul locomotives for South Africa’s State-owned rail company Spoornet. 

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