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Roads News

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. 

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. 

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