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Transport News

'Intelligent' conveyor for pharmaceutical firm

24th August 2001 Conveyor component and sub-system manufacturer, Interroll South Africa has completed delivery with a partner for the supply of ‘intelligent’ conveyors for leading pharmaceutical company International Health Care Distribution. 

Local expansion

24th August 2001 Manufacturers and suppliers of belt conveyor components and equipment, Continental Meco has expanded its local operations to spearhead a drive into Sub-Saharan markets and diversify into different industry sectors. 

New projects elevate materials-handling

By: Joanne Delaurentis     24th August 2001 The South African materials-handling sector has been experiencing sustained improvements over the last 18 months, says South African Institute of Materials-Handling (SAIMH) national chairperson Mike Baker. 

Gap between real and virtual remains

By: Joanne Delaurentis     24th August 2001 The merging of real business processes and the opportunities posed by technology to business are the challenges faced by companies in South Africa at present, says immediate past president of the Southern African Roundtable of the Council of Logistics Management Mike Johnston. 

No end to logistics' tumultuous growth

By: Joanne Delaurentis     24th August 2001 Experiencing exuberant growth, the South African logistics industry is in a state of chaos at present, says Industrial Logistic Systems MD Martin Bailey. 

Dutch conveyor now in SA

By: Joanne Delaurentis     24th August 2001 Materials-handling company Bateman has been granted a licence by Netherlands Dunlop-Enerka Becker to design, supply and market the Enerka-Becker conveyor it was announced at the Beltcon conference in Randburg, Gauteng earlier this month. 

New cash-and-carry stores open

24th August 2001 Building company Cashbuild has added five new stores to their existing supply chain and more are in the pipeline. The most recent was opened in Meadowlands, Gauteng, in June this year. 

South African first for software company

By: Joanne Delaurentis     24th August 2001 In a South African first, software development company Opsi Systems has set up a completely automatic remote vehicle routing and scheduling system to be used for the deliveries of Pick ‘n Pay’s home shopping orders, company director David Lubinsky tells Engineering News. 

Firm partners with parent on Turkish contract

By: Joanne Delaurentis     24th August 2001 The contract for the design, manufacture and delivery of the R205-million materials-handling portion of the Iskenderum powerstation in Turkey has led to project management firms Koch SA and Koch Germany working together for the first time under one roof, contract manager Des Hein tells the... 

SA/Belgian joint venture concluded

By: Joanne Delaurentis     24th August 2001 Southern Africa’s Beacon Dawes Crane Hire, part of the JSE-listed logistics company Super group, has concluded a joint venture agreement with the Belgium firm Sarens group. 

Europeans back Gauteng train ahead of investor conference

23rd August 2001 European train operators are impressed with Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa's high-speed rail project and are convinced that it will be economically viable. 

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. 

Jo'burg airport docking-bay contract soon

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     10th August 2001 The winning bidder for the last major contract for the wide-bodied aircraft docking bay to be installed at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) by year-end will be announced in early September, Engineering News has been told. 

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... 

Cheap approach pays off

3rd August 2001 While South African Airways’ (SAA’s) former CE Coleman Andrews was spending hundreds of millions on consultants such as Bain & Co, SAA’s sister organisation, Spoornet, was being far more frugal. And, what’s more, it appears as if the rail corporation is getting much more... 

Replica materials for Pta station rebuild

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. 

Coega has merit as trans-shipment hub – study

2nd August 2001 An independent study by Stellenbosch-based Maritime Education Research and Information Technology (Merit) has found that the Port of Ngqura is viable without the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) and that South Africa needs a deepwater container facility at the port. 

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. 

Namibia's gamma ray telescope nears the end

20th July 2001 Construction on the four gammaray telescopes near Gamsberg, in Namibia, is nearing completion. 

SA's civil aviation sector flies into stormy weather

By: Keith Campbell     6th July 2001 The South African civil aviation industry is being severely buffeted by forces beyond its control, such as fuel prices and exchange rates, as well as factors which are changeable, like regulations and policy. 

Airport buys docking bay

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     6th July 2001 German materials-handling and lifting systems company Pfaff-silberblau International has clinched a R5,5-million contract to supply lifting equipment for an aircraft-maintenance dock to be installed at Johannesburg International Airport by mid-September. 

Airport's R550m project take-off

29th June 2001 Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) is preparing itself for a marked increase in passenger demand of between 6,4% and 6,7%, a figure well above the international average growth rate of 4,7%. 

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. 

Marine tender to be issued shortly

29th June 2001 The marine tender for the construction of the proposed Coega deep-water port near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, is on its way. 

Submarine project continues despite probe

By: Deborah Spicer     29th June 2001 The project work on the three class 209 type 1400 SAN submarines for the South African Navy that form part of the defence deal package is proceeding on a routine basis, reports representative of the German submarine consortium Captain Siegfried Netzband. 

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). 

Malawi buys SA graders

29th June 2001 Engineering equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment has struck a deal to sell 30 graders to the Malawi government at a cost of $5-million, or about R40-million. 

$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. 

Details on R600-million coal-terminal expansion

22nd June 2001 Contracts are expected to be awarded soon for the R600-million expansion of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), in Kwazulu-Natal. 


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