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Transport News

Germany the top route for logistics provider

By: Zonika Botha     2nd November 2001 Well-known freight-forwarding and logistics and supply-chain management company, Exel Supply Chain Services, formerly known as MSA Global Logistics, has been operating in South Africa for the past 17 years. 

Airline introduces 'big brother' security

19th October 2001 Local airline South African Airways (SAA) is expected to save at least R7-million over the next three years in repudiated claims as a result of its newly-installed security management system. 

Transnet 'end state' document awaited

By: Keith Campbell     19th October 2001 IT is highly unlikely that any significant announcement on the restructuring of Transnet will be made before the end of the year. 

Flagship SDI gets State buy-in

15th October 2001 The Mpumalanga government has reaffirmed its support for the Maputo Development Corridor. 

Airport contracts abound

By: Deborah Spicer     12th October 2001 The second-largest manufacturer of passenger-loading bridges in the world and the third-largest manufacturer of lifts and escalators in the world is excited by the large number of local airport contracts that are on tender or soon will be on tender. 

. . . $6m Malawi roads project

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th October 2001 Malawi is preparing to carry out annual routine maintenance of its main roads and selected urban roads. 

South African ports face a 'supermax' onslaught

By: Keith Campbell     12th October 2001 SA's new National Ports Authority represents a radical reform which is coming just in time to meet new challenges. 

Rail IT rollout

12th October 2001 The South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) has joined existing Spescom flagship customers such as the UK’s Railtrack organisation and London Underground as users of the firm’s eB Configuration Management solution. 

Frank Reid, Babcock Plant & Equipment 

12th October 2001 Frank Reid Babcock Plant & Equipment 

Potential in SADC transport sector

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th October 2001 Southern Africa’s restructuring transport sector presents immense opportunities for private investors, delegates to this year’s Southern African trade and investment summit were told. 

New SA airports boss

3rd October 2001 As of November 1, Monhla Hlahla, currently regional manager, employees benefits, for Old Mutual and a non-executive director of Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), has been appointed CEO of ACSA. 

Taxi Recapitalisation Project, countrywide

3rd October 2001 Transport Minister Dullah Omar updated the minibus taxi process at a parliamentary media briefing on September 12. 

'Final shortlist for taxi recap contract by end of the year'

28th September 2001 This month saw taxi operators confirm their support for government’s minibus taxi recapitalisation programme, which will see South Africa’s current 16-seater taxi fleet replaced with the safer and more reliable 18-seater and 35-seater taxis. 

Transport aircraft alliance for Denel

By: Keith Campbell     28th September 2001 Denel Aviation has entered into exploratory contracts with European aerospace companies PZL-Mielec and Alenia, to examine the possibilities for transport aircraft in Africa. 

Senegal seeks energy partners

28th September 2001 SENEGAL – Potential strategic partners in Senegal’s electricity company, Senelec, presented their offers to the Senegalese government two weeks ago. 

30% of State engineer on auction block

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th September 2001 Thirty per cent of the shareholding of each of Rotek Industries subsidiaries Rotek Engineering (RE) and Roshcon will be owned privately from February next year, a Johannesburg firm appointed to advise the government on the long-awaited restructuring tells Engineering News. 

Roads division keeps growing

28th September 2001 The roads and earthworks division of one of South Africa’s largest construction companies has never stopped growing since its inception in 1983. 

Building institutions for development

28th September 2001 There is remarkable consensus emerging between the world’s leading development finance institution (DFI), the World Bank, and South African DFIs, about what is required to ensure development and poverty reduction. 

Product authenticator helps fight fraud

By: Laura Franz     28th September 2001 Financial losses to government – in the form of tax revenue – and industry – which not only loses sales, but suffers damage to its brand image – as a result of smuggling, product adulteration, parallel importing and counterfeiting are estimated to be some 6% to 10% of the... 

Power solution division in sales surge

21st September 2001 Electronics firm Grintek Power Technologies has grown sales of its direct-current (dc) power solutions to the telecommunications industry from R23-million last year to R67-million this year. 

SA needs to come to terms with road vs rail dilemma

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st September 2001 National rail utility Spoornet is well known for its incessant shrills for a level playing field, which will enable it to compete more effectively with road hauliers for bulky freight. 

Nuclear ships and bread rolls

By: Kelvin Kemm     21st September 2001 There has been some fuss around the request for the American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, to visit Cape Town. 

SA needs to come to terms with road vs rail dilemma

21st September 2001 National rail utility Spoornet is well known for its incessant cries for a level playing field, which will enable it to compete more effectively with road hauliers for bulky freight. 

New management for lifting firm

By: Deborah Spicer     21st September 2001 The majority shareholders of materials-handling firm,Toco, are again the managers of the company after the Walls consortium bought out the banking consortium shareholding acquired when debt was restructured into equity under previous management. 

Smarter logistical solutions developed

By: Karel Smrcka     21st September 2001 Space exploration has resulted in a number of new products. DaimlerChrysler Aerospace has compiled experiences that are now being implemented in industrial down-to-earth environments. 

Plans for IDZ at Jo’burg airport take off

19th September 2001 A 140 ha site held by Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) and armaments manufacturer Denel has been identified and is available for development as an industrial development zone (IDZ) at Johannesburg International Airport. 

Still long way to go for Shilowa Express

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2001 Consortia interested in constructing the Gautrain Rapid Railway, linking Johannesburg, Pretoria and Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), have been invited to bid. 

SA help sought for 'future vehicle'

By: Keith Campbell     14th September 2001 BRITAIN is offering the South African automotive industry a partnership in the commercialisation of new road vehicle technologies. 

State finally responds to SA shipbuilders

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th September 2001 The South African Shipbuilding Consortium (SASC), which has been waiting for months for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to articulate its policy on shipbuilding in order to revitalise the domestic industry, recently had a meeting with senior DTI officials. 

Road engineers encouraged to use resources efficiently

14th September 2001 The local road engineering sector will have to expand its imagination to ensure the sustainability of road building in the future. 

Taxi conference tomorrow

13th September 2001 The long-awaited National Taxi Conference will begin in Durban on Friday. 

Tenders issued for Durban port berths

By: Laura Franz     7th September 2001 As part of the R1,34-billion Port of Durban Development 2005 project, National Ports Authority will be building five new deep-water berths to replace under-utilised shallow-water berths, reports port engineer Patrick Raw. 

Foreign backers help drive N4 Platinum Corridor

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     7th September 2001 In a show of confidence in the way South Africa handles toll-road concessions, foreign financiers are putting up half of the R3-billion needed for the N4 Platinum highway project, being built for Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (BPCC) by a four-company consortium known as the Platinum... 

Great Lakes rail study gets rolling

6th September 2001 The South African company Makhosi Holdings is working on a feasibility study for the development of a rail network linking the Great Lakes region to Southern Africa, a report of the Ugandan Ministry of Tourism,Trade and Industry has revealed. 

Investor interest in Shilowa Express

5th September 2001 The Gauteng provincial government is proceeding with the development of its speed train project, which could see the construction of a modern rail connection linking Johannesburg, Pretoria and the Johannesburg International Airport. 

Ghana port privatisation to start this month

3rd September 2001 The first phase of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) privatisation programme under which cargo-handling and stevedoring services will go wholly to the private sector would start this month. 

Nathi Khena, Putco

31st August 2001 Nathi Khena 

 

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