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Transport News

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. 

Innovative air-belt conveyor system

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Sugar refiner Tongaat-Hulett contracted Hoksas & Craven, along with Cargill & Associates, to carry out the design, manufacture and installation of an air-belt conveyor system to replace the existing conventional system at its refinery in Durban. 

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. 

IT to improve cement-producer logistics

By: System Author     20th October 2000 The first phase of Kwazulu-Natal cement manufacturing and distribution company NPC Eagle Cement’s R13-million information technology business management system changeover project will be completed by the end of the year. 

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. 

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. 

Track’s end approaches for commuter rail monopoly

By: System Author     8th September 2000 South African commuter rail transport firm Metrorail is one step closer to becoming a concessionaire following the official signing of an agreement with the South African Rail Commuter Corporation last month. 

Iron-ore locomotives in R200-million upgrade

By: System Author     8th September 2000 South African rail utility Spoornet has awarded Alstom a R200-million contract to upgrade and overhaul its 31 Class 9E electric locomotives operating on the Sishen–Saldanha Bay export iron-ore line. 

Lanseria is becoming freight centre of SADC

By: System Author     1st September 2000 Gauteng’s Lanseria International Airport has developed into the province’s second-most important centre for airfreight, after Johannesburg International . 

Putting old coaches back in the running

By: System Author     1st September 2000 Coach-renewal company Wictra Consultants celebrated the completion of its 50th coach for general overhaul for the South African Rail Commuter Corporation last month, in Cape Town. 

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 

General freight is rail group’s focus

By: System Author     25th August 2000 South African railway parastatal Spoornet has adopted a ‘performance plan’ to ensure the company’s future success within the 

Cutting case for scrap-tyre problem

By: System Author     25th August 2000 Local equipment supplier Carstenson Equipment is proposing an innovative plan to solve the problem of redundant tyres that are dumped illegally around the country. 

E-commerce taking off at airports

By: Vanessa Bowler     25th August 2000 The first in a series of projected e-commerce initiatives has been successfully completed by the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa), reports acting MD Justin Williamson. He comments that a newly-established information technology (IT) interface between Acsa and South African Airways (SAA)... 

Rocky road to the New Economy

By: System Author     25th August 2000 Materials-handling & logistics 

Bulk-handling companies feeling the pinch

By: System Author     25th August 2000 Materials-handling & logistics 

Unique three-dimensional modelling system in use

By: System Author     11th August 2000 Consulting Engineers 

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. 

R15-billion rail revamp ready to roll

By: System Author     4th August 2000 National carrier Spoornet has announced its commitment to modern railway technology as a means to improve its efficiency and to survive in the new millennium. 

Entertainment for rail commuters

By: System Author     4th August 2000 Users of South African commuter rail system Metrorail can look forward to 18-hour en-route entertainment as the firm unfolds it R85-million in-carriage closed-circuit television system. 

 

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