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Germiston–Daveyton corridor shapes up

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The first planning phase of the Germiston–Daveyton activity corridor, east of Johannesburg, is rapidly taking shape with a stakeholders’ workshop expected to take place this month, which will lead to a final progress report being submitted to the national Department of Transport. It... 

Big dredger contract

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The complete turnkey transport project for the delivery of two new dredgers, with a total building cost of R120-million, for the Richards Bay dune-mining operation has been awarded to Mammoet Southern Africa. Mammoet is undertaking the management and actual transport from the production site in... 

Transport contract renewed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Transport company Cargo Carriers’ contract for transporting hazardous hydrofluoric acid from the Atomic Energy Corporation’s (AEC), Pelindaba plant in the North West Province to customers countrywide has been renewed. This follows ten years and a total of more than 20-million... 

New joint helicopter company formed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 THE helicopter activities of the UK’s Westland helicopter company and Agusta, of Italy, are to be brought together in a new joint company. The link-up will give Europe one of the world’s main constructors in helicopter manufacture with an aggregate order book of US$8,5-billion. The... 

SA port privatisation creates bow-wave of support

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Privatising South Africa’s ports, thereby wresting them from the grip of Portnet, is an issue gaining momentum among the harbour and shipping fraternities in South Africa. “Once the new cabinet is in place and there is a commitment on the part of the government to privatise, there is... 

Richards Bay harbour upgrade on schedule

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Work on the Richards Bay Harbour upgrade is going to schedule under the guidance of project manager Bosch Projects (BP) of Durban and black-empowerment company Portconsort. The budget for three projects, namely the extension of the third and fourth export conveyor routes, and the construction of... 

Maritime safety authority launch a success

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The transformation of the Department of Transport’s (DoT’s) chief directorate: shipping into the partially self-funded South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa), which has the task of ensuring safe shipping practice and pollution-prevention control around the country’s 2... 

Equipment supplier targets the aftermarket

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Diversification and export growth are fast becoming the maxim for container-handling equipment supplier Portquip, the agent for Germany’s Noell product range, which is exploring various avenues to exploit opportunities within the local and global harbour industries. Having already delivered... 

R1,2-million lifts for new ship unloaders

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The R1,2-million contract for the supply of passenger lifts for the Richards Bay project, which was awarded to Libra Plant and Equipment of Spartan, Gauteng, in January last year, is close to completion. Entrusted to provide Alimak lifts for new ship unloaders at the port, Libra supplied the... 

Nine upgrade projects at Cape Town harbour

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Nine upgrade projects are under way at present at Cape Town harbour which will greatly enhance the capacity of the port. A deed of sale has been signed, finalising Portnet’s purchase of the old Eskom power station site adjacent to the harbour, and the parastatal has applied for funds with... 

Black empowerment in harbour sector

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Black empowerment, the buzzword in South African industry at the moment, has finally come of age in the harbours sector. Eight-member consortium Portconsort is involved in a 50:50 joint venture (JV) with project manager Bosch Projects for the upgrade of Richards Bay harbour, a deal said to be... 

Innovative techno for jetty construction

By: System Author     11th June 1999 PILING for the new dry bulk terminal jetty at Richards Bay, part of the third export expansion project, has been constructed using technology never before seen in a South African marine application. It involved the use of an environment-friendly polymer drilling fluid which poses no threat to... 

Port-reform plan sees parastatal split into two

By: System Author     11th June 1999 restructuring process under way at Portnet will effectively split the parastatal into two distinct business units, each focusing on core competencies. The process, announced at the end of last month by Public Enterprises Minister Stella Sigcau, is the first step in Transnet’s port-reform... 

Boost for chemical-freight transport sector

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A provider of freight logistics solutions to the chemicals and various other industries Spoornet committed itself to the international Responsible Care (RC) initiative last month. RC is the international chemical industry’s initiative for continuous improvement of performance in health,... 

Second large toll-road project revs up

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The second of three large toll-road projects being pursued in South Africa is approaching implementation stage. The N3 toll concession contract has been signed between the South African National Roads Agency (NRA) and the consortium chosen to fulfil the contract, N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) –... 

R2m information technology contract

By: System Author     11th June 1999 LOCAL company Datacentrix has been awarded a R2-million contract by TolLink to supply various information technology (IT) components for the South African side of the Maputo corridor toll-road system. File servers, personal computers (PCs), printers, network switches and routers have been... 

South Africa spins Aussie yarn

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Local yarn manufacturer Sans Fibres has secured a US$1,4-million contract to supply polyester high-tenacity yarn to Apex of Australia. Sans Fibres business manager Terry Fouche tells Engineering News that the Australian company will use the yarn to manufacture plied and solid-woven conveyor... 

Defence bidders will be brave to renege – Armscor

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South Africa’s defence procurement agency, Armscor, is convinced that there is no way for the preferred suppliers of R30-billion-worth of defence equipment to renege on their industrial participation promises. It is also firm in its view that the country is not being over-charged for the... 

Contract soon for e-billboards at Jhb stations

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The winner of a contract to erect electronic billboards at 40 Wits Metrorail stations in Johannesburg area will be announced this month. The billboards will improve on the existing system of communicating with passengers regarding train schedules. “The present system is a little clumsy and... 

SA guided parachutes for Kosovo aid plan?

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South African product could benefit many ‘internally displaced people’ (IDP) in war-torn Kosovo, Engineering News can today report. That product is a guided cargo parachute system, developed by IST Dynamics of Pretoria. Ethnic cleansing has caused thousands upon thousands of Kosovar... 

Transport partnership trend to continue

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The traditional lines that distinguished the role of the private as opposed to the public sector in the South African transport environment have been significantly blurred over the last few years – a trend which is set to continue. Outgoing Transport Minister Mac Maharaj says that the era... 

Prototype wagon for R600m contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A world leader in heavy-haulage transport Spoornet will be exhibiting a prototype at Africa Rail ’99 used to develop a wagon that has resulted in a supply contract to Sweden totalling potentially more than R600-million. “The contract was awarded to us in February last year by Swedish... 

First rotary-screw compressor for SA rail

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The first prototype rotary-screw compressor to be used in a rail-transportation application in South Africa has been installed in a Spoornet Class ‘E’ freight locomotive operating in the Belfast, Mpumalanga, area. The TrackAir Mahle rotary-screw compressor was installed by CompAir... 

Ticket machine contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A feature of Reunert Communication Systems’ (RCS) exhibit at Africa Rail ’99 will be its redevelopments of ticket-issuing machines. One of the activities of the company is the development, integration and maintenance of ticket-issuing devices, as well as communication networks for... 

Black empowerment on the right track

By: System Author     4th June 1999 WHAT is believed to be the largest black-owned company in the railway construction and rail maintenance business, Zomba Civils & Building, has bought a 50% interest in Racec Gauteng, a leading private railway contractor. Effective as of May 1, the deal will see Zomba CEO Charles Modise assuming... 

Ring-rail system to revitalise Pretoria area

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Although an estimated 325 000 passengers commute on the Pretoria rail network daily, it is generally agreed that the facility is under-used. “We have identified a section within the existing Pretoria rail system that forms a circle and could be developed to benefit all in an attempt to... 

Modelling tools designed for railway sector

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Computer-based engineering solutions company TLC Software, of Johannesburg, and Spoornet TTC will be participating in the upcoming Africa Rail ’99 exhibition. TLC Software is involved actively in the development of specialised systems and modelling tools for the railway industry, including... 

Repair vehicles delivered

By: Archivist     4th June 1999 IN line with its policy of predictable service, transport operator Spoornet has taken delivery of three Nissan Diesel UD55s for their newly developed in-service maintenance repair vehicles. “The concept of predictable service urged us to concentrate more on maintaining rail wagons... 

Transport sector set for transformation

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The final version of the national Department of Transport’s 14-month study – Moving South Africa (MSA) – to determine the transport challenges facing South Africa at the start of the twenty-first century was released earlier this month, containing several ‘action... 

IT upgrade for local transport company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 ROAD transport company Cargo Carriers has installed an end-to-end networking solution comprising a 3Com wide-area network (Wan) and local area networks (Lans). The installation, which is already yielding substantial operational benefits, forms an integral part of Cargo’s multi-million rand... 

Road-training programme planned

By: System Author     28th May 1999 UK transport research company TRL and CSIR Transportek will be jointly hosting a training programme on ‘Managing and Financing Rural Transport’ in Pretoria towards the end of the year. The training programme, which is being promoted by the World Bank, is the third of its kind to be... 

One privatisation a month

By: System Author     28th May 1999 What could amount to a ‘privatisation a month’ is on the cards for R24-billion-a-year transport parastatal Transnet. Deputy MD Mafika Mkwanazi reports that for the rest of this calendar year, Transnet plans to make a series of announcements involving partial privatisations,... 

New building techniques for UK warship

By: System Author     28th May 1999 FRESH ground is being broken in construction techniques for an innovative trimaran warship for the next millennium. The timetable has influenced the size and way in which components are being produced by the shipbuilder, Vosper Thornycroft (VT), at its Southampton yard in southern England. The... 

Station upgrades uplift economy

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Manager and developer of State-owned property Intersite is generating millions of rands in income for the local rail and construction industries. Since its inception in 1992, the company has created some 80 000 direct and indirect jobs and has made an overall financial impact on the economy of... 

Urban rail to open up to the private sector

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The State-owned South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) is in the final stages of preparing a concession for some 10% of its rail network. A decision on the final route and rolling stock package could be made by June. The initiative, which is designed to begin on April 1, 2000, is part of... 

R21-million-worth of signalling contracts clinched by SA firm

By: System Author     28th May 1999 A TOTAL of R21-million-worth of signalling contracts have been won by Railway Signalling in the last eight months. “In landing these orders we have succeeded in being awarded the majority of all available local contracts in our field,” says Railway Signalling MD Hugh Riekert. A total... 

Iron-ore line No 2 is being investigated

By: System Author     28th May 1999 State rail corporation Spoornet is amenable to assessing the possibility of reopening its rail infrastructure from the Northern Cape down to the Eastern Cape for the export of iron-ore through the proposed Coega harbour. Transnet deputy MD and Spoornet head Mafika Mkwanazi says it remains... 

 

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