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Roads News

New safety code for rail industry

31st August 2001 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) will develop safety standards for the local railway industry – an initiative which is believed could facilitate uniform railway safety standards for the entire Southern African Development Community and even the sub-Saharan region. 

Fast refuellers for mining firm

31st August 2001 Mpumalanga company Middelburg Mine Services has standardised on a fast refuelling system from IMS Industrial Products for its fleet of Cat 785 trucks and other machines to reduce downtime and eliminate spillage of diesel fuel. 

Vehicles help fight crime in Mozambique

31st August 2001 Mozambican crime fighters are making use of Isuzu vehicles to patrol in appalling conditions in often remote and inaccessible areas of the country. 

Assembly change for SA truck producer

31st August 2001 Reflecting rapidly changing conditions in the local vehicle market and in the medium and heavy commercial sectors specifically, Nissan SA will change its diesel assembly operation in Rosslyn from completely-knocked-down kits to semi-knocked-down assembly process. 

Compactor drivers' lives made simpler

31st August 2001 The lives of drivers behind the wheel of garbage compactors is going to be made far simpler by a new factory-approved gearbox conversion offered on Toyota SA Trucks’ Hino 15-204. 

Tyre industry faces meltdown

31st August 2001 Tempers at the Tyre Dealers Association annual general meeting in Kempton Park were hot enough to melt rubber as a result of import-permit delays by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). 

Empowerment programme for bus operators

By: Deborah Spicer     31st August 2001 The South African bus industry has had to change itself fundamentally since the pre-1994 days when it was made up of a small number of white-owned and managed firms. 

Partnerships help company to grow

By: Deborah Spicer     31st August 2001 Truck supplier Tyco believes that its partners have played an important role in ensuring that it retains its market share and that this share grows in the future, reports sales director Bob Jones. 

Axle producer sees high growth rate

By: Deborah Spicer     31st August 2001 One of the largest axle manufacturesr in South Africa is benefiting from extensive tanker-trailer replacement programmes and from increased penetration into the tipper-trailer market. 

Customised vehicles for SA

By: Deborah Spicer     31st August 2001 While many other manufacturers elected to move away form complete-knock-down (CKD) unit assembly following the dropping of import duties on fully-built-up (FBU) units, MAN South Africa is satisfied with its decision to keep its assembly line operating. 

Road versus rail – the war continues

By: Deborah Spicer     31st August 2001 The Road Freight Association is lobbying hard to ensure that road transport continues to be the preferred haulage method in the face of much negative sentiment around the mode of transport. 

Malawi plans to redevelop airport

24th August 2001 Malawi is planning to redevelop its second-largest airport, Chileka Airport, to turn it into a modern feeder airport for local and international flights. 

Johannesburg International Airport extensions, Gauteng

22nd August 2001 Four tenders have been received for the construction of exit roads and bridges at Johannesburg International Airport in Kempton Park, Gauteng. 

Where is the systems planning?

10th August 2001 I have noted with irritation and agitation the increasing number of large advertising boards that are being put up along our freeways. 

DTI cuts tyre-imports red tape

9th August 2001 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has heeded persistent complaints by the Tyre Dealers' Association (TDA) and promised to issue their delayed import permits immediately. 

Replica materials for Pta station rebuild

By: Laura Franz     3rd August 2001 The unusual nature of the replica products required to restore the charred Pretoria station to its former glory is creating opportunities for local contractors and artisans in the field of carpentry, tiling, roof construction, and painting, reports Stocks Building Africa MD: Gauteng Johan Brink. 

Union welcomes new rail-restructuring mood

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     3rd August 2001 The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), which believes the intended concessioning of rail parastatal Spoornet’s cash cows – CoalLink and Orex – will deal a body blow to the country’s railway system, says it is “happy that the government is... 

Bullet train from airport to Sandton in 12 minutes

By: Zonika Botha     27th July 2001 Imagine travelling from Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) to Sandton in twelve minutes. 

Taxi hub opens May

By: Zonika Botha     27th July 2001 By the end of May next year, 100 000 taxi and bus commuters will pass through what will be Johannesburg’s largest transport-cum-trading hub. 

Innovative vehicle for rail upkeep

27th July 2001 The re-engineering of its maintenance programme remains a top priority for national carrier Spoornet, which has announced a breakthrough in this field. Spoornet assistant chief engineer for infrastructure maintenance Danie Barnard 

Kruger Park rebuilds to resist floods

By: Laura Franz     27th July 2001 Reconstruction of the worst flood damage to the Kruger National Park (KNP) in 50 years has reached the halfway mark, reports Sebastian Mathews of Umbono Management Consultants, which is overseeing the project. 

Moz rail-line rehab delayed

By: Laura Franz     29th June 2001 Rehabilitation of the 225 km Limpopo rail line linking Maputo with Macarretane, in southern Mozambique, has been delayed due to the decision by rail-line owner Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Mozambique (CFM) and the US Agency for International Development (USAid) to extend the tender process for... 

Three bridges to span V&A canal

29th June 2001 The first of three, hydraulically operated bridges that will span the V&A Canal in the V&A Marina at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront is now operational. 

New contractor for Kei Cutting road project

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th June 2001 Johannesburg-based contractor Black Top Surface has been appointed to complete the R46-million Kei Cutting road-improvement project in the Eastern Cape, following the termination of the original contract with the troubled consortium comprising Growcon, Du-Rite and Labor Construction (GDL). 

$24m tri-nation rail rehab plan

22nd June 2001 Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia – the three countries involved in the joint economic development programme dubbed the Nacala Development Corridor – are planning a $24-million rail development as part of the programme. 

SA has an open door to global products

22nd June 2001 South African firm Alutrade are the sole agents of Alusuisse (members of the Alcan Group) in Southern Africa. 

R560m budgeted for E Cape roads

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2001 The Eastern Cape provincial government has increased its road infrastructure development budget for the current financial year by 31% compared to last year to ensure development in this impoverished province. 

Coega tender roll-out begins this month

22nd June 2001 The first in a series of tenders for the construction of some R500-million-worth of infrastructure for the 17 000 ha Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, will start flowing this month. 

R800m for Jhb inner city facelift

By: Laura Franz     22nd June 2001 Johannesburg, the city of gold, will be spending some R800-million on revitalising its inner city over the next three years, a task which is to be funded by provincial and local government, reports Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) CEO Graeme Reid. 

Roads blueprint needed - Omar

21st June 2001 The Transport Ministry is set to take the lead in producing a road development plan for South Africa, revealed Minister Abdulah Omar in his budget speech earlier this week. 

SA bus-body builder drives empowerment

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2001 South Africa’s oldest bus transport company, Putco, may soon be 26% owned by a black-empowerment group. 

Industry takes up roads challenge

15th June 2001 Transport Minister Dullah Omar has welcomed the findings of a new report on the country’s road backlog, which has been commissioned by the Southern African Bitumen Association (Sabita). 

Get freight back on rail, association pleads

By: Zonika Botha     15th June 2001 The RailRoad Association of South Africa (RRA) is fighting hard to restore the imbalance between the road- and rail-freight industry by swinging the pendulum back to railways. 

Next-generation taxi by 2002

8th June 2001 Despite ongoing problems plaguing the proposed taxi recapitalisation project, South African Taxi Council (Sataco) business wing MD Reggie Mutsi believes the first new taxi may take to South African roads in the first quarter of next year. 

R50m heavy-mineral port terminal

By: Laura Franz     1st June 2001 Construction of a R50-million bulk export terminal in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, to be used by Iscor Heavy Minerals (IHM) for the export of its Hillendale mine and Empangeni processing plant output, is on target for completion by August, reports design engineering and project management firm... 

Omar drives merger of law and transport

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Making rail the transport choice; Fast-tracking concessioning of ports; Privatising aviation; Making democrats of taxi warlords 

Public transport service for the deaf, Western Cape

By: System Author     8th December 2000 In a significant technical breakthrough, the deaf can now obtain public transport information over the telephone 

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