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Roads News

Local road tester steps into US and EU

By: Deborah Spicer     9th August 2002 Six locally-developed mobile laboratories for pavement testing are now operating in Europe and the US. 

Malawi passes road-project Bills

By: Marcel Chimwala     9th August 2002 The budget sitting of parliament in Malawi has passed two bills to allow that the country's government borrows $10,2-milliom from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa for a road-construction project. 

Enviro study for Wild Coast toll project

By: Zonika Botha     8th 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. 

Unsolicited bids reshaping SA's toll-roads

By: Deborah Spicer     5th August 2002 While commuters may be alarmed by the fact that toll-roads have become an increasing part of their daily travelling, those in the roads sector suggest that the heavy competition for funding from the national fiscus as well as from provincial budgets necessitates the establishment of toll-roads. 

R150-million cash injection is set to boost tyre quality

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 The injection of R150-million into the tyre-production facilities at Bridgestone Firestone South Africa’s (BFSA) plants in Port Elizabeth and Brits will facilitate the improvement of the quality of the company’s product. 

Green transport solutions for Africa on show at Joburg summit

2nd August 2002 The Gauteng Economic Development Agency (Geda) and Greening the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) have joined forces to showcase vehicle emmission-reduction technologies at the summit later this month. 

Traffic offence agency studied

By: Zonika Botha     2nd 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. 

Unsolicited bids reshaping SA's toll-roads future

By: Deborah Spicer     2nd August 2002 While commuters may be alarmed by the fact that toll-roads have become an increasing part of their daily travelling, those in the roads sector suggest that the heavy competition for funding from the national fiscus as well as from provincial budgets necessitates the establishment of toll-roads,... 

Fuel enhancer to reduce emissions

26th July 2002 A CAPE Town company has developed an innovative new fuel enhancer that allows fossil-based fuels to be mixed with water in a ratio of about three-to-one with apparent dramatic reductions in greenhouse-gas exhaust emissions. 

Container line upgrades W Africa services

26th July 2002 STRONG growth in trade from Asia to West Africa, has prompted P&O Nedlloyd to upgrade its West Africa services. 

R45bn transport renewal project gets going

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2002 The long-awaited period of infrastructure renewal and extension at State-owned transport and logistics company, Transnet, is beginning to take shape with the announcement of R45,8-billion-worth of capital expenditure to run from this year until beyond 2006. 

Transport group's earnings rise

26th July 2002 South Africa's Transnet yesterday reported a 30% surge in operating profit in the year to March 2002, despite a slump in major markets, and said it expected the trend to continue over the next four years. 

Cape Town chamber backs fuel tax for roads

26th July 2002 THE Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry has come out in support of a fuel tax to finance road improvements. 

Summit drives R74m Joburg road revamp

By: Joanne Delaurentis     26th July 2002 The R74-million Johannesburg road upgrade, currently under way in the Sandton area and the Southern suburbs of Gauteng, will be completed by the end of the month, prior to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), reports Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) manager of capital projects Hennie... 

SA toll operator eyes Asia and Europe

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th July 2002 Toll-road operations and maintenance company Intertoll, which earlier this month clinched two contracts worth $70-million to operate and maintain two toll-roads in India over the next eight years, says selected European and Asian countries are currently the focus of its international expansion. 

New Congo oil transport firm launched

24th July 2002 Three Western oil firms and the government of Congo Republic have formed a new company to transport oil products to the capital of the Central African country, officials have said. 

Japanese giants invest in local truck firm

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     19th July 2002 In a show of confidence in South Africa’s economy, Japanese companies Nissan Diesel Motor Company (NDMC) and Mitusi & Company have acquired the trucking division of Nissan South Africa, now trading as Nissan Diesel South Africa (NDSA). 

Preparing to redraft South Africa's successful auto strategy

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2002 The Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) should have come to an end this year, according to the original blueprint of the scheme, but has again received an extension, adding to the earlier one allowing the programme to run until 2007. 

Freight firm bags R45m steel contract

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 As a part of East Rand-based freight company Cargo Carriers’ strategic focus on the steel industry, the company tendered for and was awarded the contract for the transport of Columbus Stainless Steel’s products destined for export to Durban. 

Compressors for Swazi highway construction

19th July 2002 Barloworld Flemingo Rental is supplying drillrigs and compressors to WBHO Swaziland for use on the construction of a highway between Mbabane and Ngwenya in Swaziland. 

Free State pursues five growth sectors

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2002 Cars on the N1 highway speeding past fields of paprika, with freight planes now and then passing overhead to land at a dedicated cargo airport. 

Cape chamber wants highway completion resolution expedited

12th July 2002 THE Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry says completion of Cape Town's foreshore freeway is a huge unresolved issue that could affect the development of the central business district and the economy of the city. 

Enviro study starts for Jhb-Pta superhighway

10th July 2002 The environmental-impact assessment (EIA) study for the proposed Johannesburg Pretoria toll-road corridor network is currently under way. 

SA construction firm on passage to India

8th July 2002 South African construction company Group Five has announced that its subsidiary, Intertoll, has further strengthened its position in the Indian market with the award of two eight-year contracts, with a combined value of $70-million, to operate and maintain two toll-roads. 

Joburg station upgrade puts safety first

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th July 2002 Passenger flow, baggage handling, communication systems and access control, at the site where a stampede claimed seven lives in March last year, will be upgraded as part of a R27-million project to improve the facilities of the Shosholoza Meyl long-distance passenger liner at Johannesburg’s... 

Funds found for $58m road project

By: Marcel Chimwala     5th July 2002 MALAWI – Malawi has identified all funding for a $58-million project involving the construction of a 93-km road from the Northern district of Karonga to the district of Chitipa, on the boarder with Tanzania and Zambia. 

Payment system deadlock in taxi recap

By: Irma Venter     5th July 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 roadmap for SA’s roads

5th July 2002 Excellence costs, but in the long run mediocrity costs far more, and therefore South Africa needs to emphasise efficient and expeditious transport infrastructure development and maintenance, the South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) states in a new vision document. 

SA tractor sales soar 50% in June

4th July 2002 South African new tractor sales leapt 50% year-on-year in June, thanks to farmers replacing their ageing equipment and rosy crop prospects, SA Agricultural Machinery Association (SAAMA) said yesterday. 

SA-Canada in railways agreement

4th July 2002 The Rail Road Association of South Africa (RRA)) and its Canadian counterpart, the Railway Association of Canada (RAC), have agreed in principle to cooperate in promoting efficient land transport public policies and to share rail-related technical expertise. 

R6,5m upgrade for Polokwane bus terminal

3rd July 2002 The busy bus station in Limpopo’s capital city of Polokwane is being renovated at a cost of R6,5-million to better accommodate commuters from across the country as well as southern Africa. 

Smelter coup for SA haulage firm

By: Zonika Botha     28th June 2002 Overland haulage company and flagship of Imperial Holdings, Truck Africa of Germiston, Gauteng has secured a lucrative contract to transport equipment to both the Mozal and Hillside aluminium smelter expansions projects. 

Banning trucks will harm the economy – industry body

28th June 2002 The Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) has expressed its concern about the proposed plan of the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works to restrict trucks from highways and freeways in the province during peak hours. 

Manual, electronic tolling envisaged

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The Carousel Toll Plaza on the Bakwena Platinum Highway was opened in March this year, seven weeks ahead of schedule. 

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. 

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