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30% of State engineer on auction block

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th September 2001 Thirty per cent of the shareholding of each of Rotek Industries subsidiaries Rotek Engineering (RE) and Roshcon will be owned privately from February next year, a Johannesburg firm appointed to advise the government on the long-awaited restructuring tells Engineering News. 

'Final shortlist for taxi recap contract by end of the year'

28th September 2001 This month saw taxi operators confirm their support for government’s minibus taxi recapitalisation programme, which will see South Africa’s current 16-seater taxi fleet replaced with the safer and more reliable 18-seater and 35-seater taxis. 

Transport aircraft alliance for Denel

By: Keith Campbell     28th September 2001 Denel Aviation has entered into exploratory contracts with European aerospace companies PZL-Mielec and Alenia, to examine the possibilities for transport aircraft in Africa. 

Roads division keeps growing

28th September 2001 The roads and earthworks division of one of South Africa’s largest construction companies has never stopped growing since its inception in 1983. 

Building institutions for development

28th September 2001 There is remarkable consensus emerging between the world’s leading development finance institution (DFI), the World Bank, and South African DFIs, about what is required to ensure development and poverty reduction. 

Senegal seeks energy partners

28th September 2001 SENEGAL – Potential strategic partners in Senegal’s electricity company, Senelec, presented their offers to the Senegalese government two weeks ago. 

SA needs to come to terms with road vs rail dilemma

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st September 2001 National rail utility Spoornet is well known for its incessant shrills for a level playing field, which will enable it to compete more effectively with road hauliers for bulky freight. 

SA help sought for 'future vehicle'

By: Keith Campbell     14th September 2001 BRITAIN is offering the South African automotive industry a partnership in the commercialisation of new road vehicle technologies. 

Still long way to go for Shilowa Express

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2001 Consortia interested in constructing the Gautrain Rapid Railway, linking Johannesburg, Pretoria and Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), have been invited to bid. 

Road engineers encouraged to use resources efficiently

14th September 2001 The local road engineering sector will have to expand its imagination to ensure the sustainability of road building in the future. 

Taxi conference tomorrow

13th September 2001 The long-awaited National Taxi Conference will begin in Durban on Friday. 

Foreign backers help drive N4 Platinum Corridor

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     7th September 2001 In a show of confidence in the way South Africa handles toll-road concessions, foreign financiers are putting up half of the R3-billion needed for the N4 Platinum highway project, being built for Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (BPCC) by a four-company consortium known as the Platinum... 

Market leader sees growth in demand

By: Deborah Spicer     31st August 2001 An important part of any vehicle manufacturer’s business is predicting correctly how much product demand there will be and then catering for that demand. 

Wheel-bearing kits available

31st August 2001 Bearing manufacturer Bearing Man, one of the largest distributors of Timken bearings throughout Southern Africa, now has a range of Timken MileMate wheel bearing kits that are designed and manufactured to increase truck and trailer uptime. 

Nathi Khena, Putco

31st August 2001 Nathi Khena 

Southern African railways: is it sunrise or sunset?

By: Keith Campbell     31st August 2001 The SADC railway network is a regional physical communication and integration network of enormous importance and potential, but which faces major challenges and needs radical reform 

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. 

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