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Roads News

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 

Taxi recapitalisation: late but ‘on track’

By: System Author     24th November 2000 ‘Enormous progress’ has been made on plans for the recapitalisation and rationalisation of South Africa’s 120 000-strong taxi fleet. 

Transportation portal, worldwide

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Five major ocean carriers have joined forces to create a neutral transportation portal on the Internet. 

Northern Province prepares to outsource road building

By: System Author     24th November 2000 The Northern Province’s Department of Public Works will outsource its road construction to private contractors in a bid to achieve greater efficiency in this area. 

R29m SMME spin-off from Lubombo road

By: System Author     24th November 2000 The fourth phase of the Lubombo coastal tourism road from Hluhluwe, in northern Kwazulu-Natal, to Maputo has generated more than R29-million in contracts for local small, medium and micro enterprises. 

R400m on Cape Town station 

By: System Author     17th November 2000 The biggest modal interchange in the Western Cape is about to undergo a much-needed face-lift, the first phase of which is estimated at R400-million. 

Shortcomings of SDI exposed

By: System Author     17th November 2000 A study into South Africa’s flagship spatial development initiative, the Maputo Development Corridor, has uncovered serious shortcomings in the country’s approach to public–private partnerships. 

SA becomes hub for US truck firm

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 The South African arm of US company International Truck and Engine has assumed full responsibility for the company’s Australian and New Zealand operations. 

South Africa–Canada coach-refurbish deal

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Potential long-term savings to the South African economy – projected at about R25-billion – could flow from the signing of a co-operation agreement between local manufacturing company Nustart Enterprises and Canadian engineering company Baultar. 

Roads: good investment for business – Alli

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Roads are proving to be a viable long-term investment for the financial sector as more local and international financial institutions scramble to diversify their portfolio holdings to include South Africa’s top toll-road projects. 

Engineers’ showcase in North West

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 At an engineering exhibition hosted by Bolt & Engineering Distributors in the North West Province, Premier Popo Molefe reported that construction on the Trans-Kalahari highway, which will link the bay in Maputo with Walvis Bay, Namibia, is due to begin in January. 

Road construction, Namibia

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Contractors are invited to pre-qualify for the construction of climbing lanes and other improvements between Windhoek and Aris. 

‘Departures will not hamper taxi plan’

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Assurances have been given that the controversial and delayed taxi-recapitalisation programme remains on track, despite a series of high-level departures from the Department of Transport. 

Railway commuter carriages upgrade, Western Cape

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Potential long-term savings to the South African economy – projected at about R25-billion – could flow from the signing of a co-operation agreement between local manufacturing company Nustart and Canadian engineering company Baultar, flooring specialists in the overhaul and... 

Plans under way for no-stop toll-roads

By: System Author     20th October 2000 An electronic toll-collection system is set to be launched in South Africa by the South African National Roads Agency in the third quarter of next year. 

Road rehabilitation, Lesotho

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Tenders are invited for the rehabilitation of the Butha Buthe – Oxbow road. 

Super tag used in transport spin-off

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Local technology company Inala is proposing a new system of traffic control based on ‘electronic number plates’ to improve traffic enforcement and increase safety on South Africa’s roads. 

Cost-saving techno for roads

By: System Author     13th October 2000 A unique South African technology known as the heavy-vehicle simulator, developed by CSIR Transportek during the 1970s, has saved the local road-building industry more than R100-million a year since the early 1980s. 

R1-billion roads-upkeep plan

By: System Author     13th October 2000 The South African National Roads Agencyis proposing the establishment of a national transport fund which, if implemented, will see R1-billion a year being ploughed into the upkeep of South Africa’s roads infrastructure. 

First motorcycle with hybrid engine

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Developments to Watch 

Tenders for Moz road upgrade

By: System Author     6th October 2000 The government of Mozambique has called for tenders from 11 preselected contractors for the rehabilitation of the road between Vanduzi and Changara. 

R48m Cape road project on track

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 The Cape construction arm of Grinaker is going ahead full-steam on the Klapmuts contract awarded by the Provincial Administration of the Western Cape in March. 

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