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Rail conference steaming ahead after four years

14th June 2001 One of Africa's top events for rail executives Africa Rail 2001, now in its fourth year, is looking to set the agenda for the African rail industry. 

Track system provides continuous support to rails

14th June 2001 One of the more interesting technologies to have hit the rail industry in the last few years is the ballastless beam-track system, Tubular Track. 

Maintaining the right safety approach in the rail sector

14th June 2001 Southern Africa has the same ability to minimise rail risks as rail regimes elsewhere – the important ingredients are robust safety systems and the culture to implement them, advises UK Wragge & Co rail consultant Roger Gunson. 

E-commerce iniative transforming business

14th June 2001 The co-sponsor of the Africa Rail 2001 conference and related business unit of Transnet, Promat, is gearing itself to becoming the leading e-procurement company in South Africa. 

Straddle carriers contract announcement imminent

8th June 2001 The cargo container-handling industry in South Africa is eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winning tender to supply Durban's container terminal with new straddle carriers, as well as the invitation to tender for the replacement of container cranes and container-handling spreaders. 

Action to clear up fishy harbour management

8th June 2001 Users of South Africa's 12 proclaimed fishing harbours have voiced their widespread dissatisfaction with a dualistic situation whereby the Department of Public Works (DPW), as national property manager, is responsible for administering the leasing of sites at the harbours, while the Department of... 

Ports will make SA sink or swim

8th June 2001 The efficiency of South Africa's ports will effect the degree to which the country can compete in a global and competitive market. 

Port expansions offer growth for company

8th June 2001 The growth of manufactured goods and containerised cargo leaving South Africa's ports is expected to expand appreciably as the country launches itself into value-added export overdrive. 

Port utility's unbundling complete

8th June 2001 The separation of Portnet into a Port Authority Division (Pad) and a Port Operation Division (Pod) – unbundled as two separate entities under transport parastatal Transnet – is complete. The Pad will assume the responsibility of landlord of the ports and surrounding land, as well as... 

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. 

Bot airport plan for Tunisia

7th June 2001 The Republic of Tunisia’s Airports and Civil Aviation Authority (OACA) has issued a tender for consulting and assistance in the allocation procedure of a build, operate and transfer (Bot) concession for the airport of the Central East of Tunisia. 

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 

State-of-the-art container terminal for Coega

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Coega project 

State financier promises ‘development’ focus

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Given the current fixation over balance sheets in business and in government, it is not surprising that some of South Africa’s development finance institutions suffer bouts of schizophrenia. 

Airport upgrade, Western Cape

By: System Author     24th November 2000 The second phase of the new R113-million international arrivals hall was due to open on November 17. 

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. 

Siberia, where sales turnover could double yearly, says Day

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Barloworld 

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. 

Patrol boats, South Africa

By: System Author     10th November 2000 South African boatbuilder Far Ocean Marine and nine international boatbuilders are on a shortlist to provide four new patrol boats to Marine and Coastal Management. 

R10,4-million distribution centre finished

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Warehousing & storage 

Racking and shelving installation completed 

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Warehousing & storage 

Racks, shelves and pallets installed

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Warehousing & storage 

Restructuring saves jobs

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Global freight provider Renfreight Circle has pioneered a creative means of saving jobs and creating additional employment and business opportunities as part of the company’s restructuring of its distribution service – demonstrating what can be achieved when management and labour... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

R17m equipment deal for smelter

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 The last delivery of a R17,5-million equipment deal to Billiton’s Bayside aluminium smelter, in Richards Bay, has been completed by Barloworld Handling. 

‘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. 

French navy to use Simon’s Town again

By: System Author     27th October 2000 For the second time under an arrangement between France and South Africa, the French Navy is to use the Naval Dockyard at Simon’s Town to carry out maintenance work on a ship from its Indian Ocean fleet. 


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