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Roads News

Taxi, bus terminals for airport next year

By: System Author     8th September 2000 Public transport facilities and systems at Africa’s busiest airport, Johannesburg International Airport, are being redesigned to make a world-class transportation system available to arriving users. 

New road pavements forum

By: System Author     1st September 2000 Members of South Africa’s bituminous and cementitious materials road pavements industry have joined forces to form a single platform 

Tippers make loading easier

By: System Author     11th August 2000 Transportation logistics company John Daniel Containers, of Mossel Bay, Western Cape, has entered into a manufacturing agreement with Australian company Trufab to manufacture a new roller-tipper. 

Jhb–Pta superhighway study begins

By: System Author     11th August 2000 One of South Africa’s most ambitious road infrastructure projects, the National Road Agency’s (NRA’s) Johannesburg-to-Pretoria corridor scheme, has reached initial development status. 

19 new toll-road projects studied

By: System Author     28th July 2000 South African road-users could be paying thousands of rands in toll fees in the next few years if the government’s toll-road development programme gets the final go-ahead. 

Measuring car cuts surveying time

By: System Author     14th July 2000 The first infrastructure-measuring car that can measure track and overhead line parameters simultaneously, was launched by Plasserail last month. 

All aboard the Shilowa express

By: System Author     7th July 2000 By 2005, commuters travelling between Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Johannesburg International Airport may be persuaded to leave the convenience of their motorcars for the time-savings and comfort of a higher-speed train. 

Rail cargo traceable on the Internet

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Southern Africa is one step closer to an integrated regional railway system, with the last railway due to be connected to the region’s rolling stock information system by December. 

John Ross tolling proposed

By: System Author     6th July 2000 An unsolicited proposal to upgrade and toll the John Ross highway linking Empangeni and Richards Bay in Kwazulu-Natal at a cost of R220-million to R250-million, has been submitted to the National Roads Agency. 

SA rail efficiency is not on track – Omar

By: System Author     30th June 2000 While South Africa can boast some of the most advanced transport infrastructure in the world, efficiency in terms of its rail network is still not on track. 

Will taxpayers subsidise taxi recapitalisation?

By: System Author     30th June 2000 The taxi recapitalisation project has invited laudatory and cautionary comment since its announcement last year. 

SA must be transport-smart

By: System Author     16th June 2000 The implementation of intelligent transport systems in South Africa will play a significant role with respect to the South African government’s five-year transport focus. 

Toll system to be used the first time

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Southern Africa: projects & trade 

Infrastructure backlog a concern

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Concrete 

Road freight industry slump – worst in 3 years

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Further aggravating South Africa’s logistics problem, the local road-freight industry is in its worst slump for three years, with dire possible consequences for product transport and productivity in the country. 

Twelve weigh-stations to beat overloaders on new N3 toll-road

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Overloaded trucks are adding R600-million a year to the backlog bill of maintenance and repairs of South African roads, which stands at R37-billion, but public–private partnerships could help solve the problem. 

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. 


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 

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