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Roads News

Do-or-die time to avoid SA commuter-rail train smash

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Decision time is looming for South Africa if it has any hope of salvaging its commuter rail service which operates in the main urban centres of Gauteng, the Western and Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal. 

On the ROAD to a national CRISIS

By: System Author     7th April 2000 South Africa’s road infrastructure can be categorised into maintainable, repairable and rebuildable, with many of its road seals at the limit of their useful life, requiring urgent rejuvenating or resealing. 

UK firm hopes to put brakes on SA train smash

By: System Author     24th March 2000 The appointment of Halcrow Rail as the turnaround specialist to support the restructuring of Spoornet’s mainline passenger services and general freight is expected to prepare the parastatal for commercialisation so that it can become a sustainable stand-alone business entity. 

Interest in local company

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Transport parastatal Transnet has received “substantial interest” for the disposal of 70% of its design and construction business, Protekon. 

Racing roll-cage for taxis

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Local entrepreneur Japie Ludick has adapted the roll-cage – typically used in motor racing – for taxis. 

TAXI WAR!

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Taxi recap: can it pass the affordability test? 

Refocus for road-surfacing company

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Civil engineering and construction 

Move to limit taxi sulphurs

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Government’s planned introduction of a new diesel-powered taxi fleet has sparked discussions on stricter environment standards regarding the sulphur content of diesel among the parties involved. 

Gauteng’s re-industrialisation plan

By: System Author     18th February 2000 The Gauteng spatial development initiative has seen a number of nodes having been identified for industrial projects. 

What new taxis must have

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Some stringent technical criteria have been set down for the South African, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese and Indian vehicle producers bidding to supply the new purpose-built taxi fleet. 

New R80-million roads project

By: System Author     11th February 2000 The R80-million South African National Roads Agency project to rehabilitate the national route between Zandkraal and Winburg in the Free State is expected to start before the end of March. 

This container has it all

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Innovative self-offloading and multifunctional side-tipping containers are among the products developed by Mossel Bay firm John Daniel Containers. 

Contract signals company’s success

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road, rail and airport infrastructure 

40% shortfall in roads budget

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road, rail & airport infrastructure 

Govt derails road finance

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road, rail and airport infrastructure 

The road to recovery

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road. rail and airport infrastructure 

Taxi! A new order dawns in SA

By: System Author     21st January 2000 South Africa’s long-awaited taxi recapitalisation project will begin in earnest next week with an exhibition at the Kyalami race circuit in Gauteng where the eight short-listed bidders will be able to show their offerings. 

Facilities offered for taxi revamp

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Although Nissan Diesel did not submit a proposal for the renewal of South Africa’s mini-bus taxi fleet late last year, it will make available its facilities for any taxi-manufacturing consortium wishing to utilise them. 

New bus-assembly plant to be ready by April

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Swedish truck and bus manufacturer Scania and its South African arm are to benefit substantially from a R240-million contract to supply 340 buses to the largest bus operator in the Northern Province. 

Locomotive company being liquidated

By: System Author     10th December 1999 The liquidation of Bessinger Locomotives has been hampered by the departure of the company’s director to the UK. 

All roads lead to Maguga in successful R75m contract

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Maguga Dam 

Multibillion-rand rebirth plan for SA taxi industry

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 In October next year, the long-awaited recapitalisation of South Africa’s 126 000-strong taxi fleet is set to begin in earnest, but there is already a flurry of activity in preparation for the event. 

Mobile techno unit to plug into SA youth

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 The hopes and dreams for a renewed interest by South Africa’s youth in engineering are set to hit the road early next year in the form of the Tsebo Koloing Technology in Motion mobile unit. 

SA firm in ‘armour-plated’ global deal

By: System Author     26th November 1999 South African-based defence company Vickers OMC has become the design, development and manufacturing centre for wheeled armoured fighting vehicles for the Vickers group worldwide. 

A skip, a hop provides transport solution

By: System Author     26th November 1999 It’s always a risk starting one’s own business, but with risk comes returns, which has certainly proved the case with Wray Shaw, who has designed a new multipurpose vehicle. 

Work starts on SA’s next big toll-road

By: System Author     26th November 1999 Initial construction work has already started on the R3,5-billion N3 toll-road project by the N3 Toll Concession company. 

Transport interchange, Western Cape

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Tenders are invited for the construction of a station transport interchange. 

New soil stabiliser for SA roads

By: System Author     12th November 1999 A new soil stabiliser developed by Labat Binding Technologies in South Africa could offer a cost-effective solution for local government authorities in building roads. 

Cairo taxi-goers defy death on daily basis

By: System Author     29th October 1999 Tech Track 

The engineering challenge of bus safety

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Tech Track 

Road construction, Malawi

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Tenders are invited for the backlog maintenance of 135 km of roads. 

New bus range sees the light in SA

By: System Author     8th October 1999 “A peep at the shape of public transport in the Cape Metropolitan Area of the future” 

Resistance to toll corridor on the rise

By: System Author     1st October 1999 An independent study of the Maputo Development Corridor has sent out warning signals that high toll-road prices may have begun to have a negative impact on road freight flows along the corridor. 

Bridge collapse hearing resumes

By: System Author     17th September 1999 The second stage of the Department of Labour’s hearing into the collapse of the Injaka bridge near Bush Buck Ridge, Mpumalanga, was resumed at the end of August following a two-month recess. 

R250-million John Ross highway upgrade

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Tenders for the first contract of the R250-million upgrade of the John Ross highway could go out as early as November this year. 

New brake system pulls out stops on safety

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Truck, Trailer, Bus & Bakkie 

SA truck-leasing sector in ‘shocking’ state

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Truck, Trailer, Bus & Bakkie 

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