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Transport News

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 

Southern African railways: is it sunrise or sunset?

By: Keith Campbell     31st August 2001 The SADC railway network is a regional physical communication and integration network of enormous importance and potential, but which faces major challenges and needs radical reform 

New safety code for rail industry

31st August 2001 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) will develop safety standards for the local railway industry – an initiative which is believed could facilitate uniform railway safety standards for the entire Southern African Development Community and even the sub-Saharan region. 

Moves to level road, rail playing field

31st August 2001 The establishment of a local rail safety regulator is a step in the direction of levelling the competition parameters between rail and road transport, says Department of Transport (DoT) director general Sipho Msikinya. 

Southern African railways:is it sunrise or sunset?

By: Keith Campbell     31st August 2001 The SADC railway network is a regional physical communication and integration network of enormous importance and potential, but which faces major challenges and needs radical reform. 

Fast refuellers for mining firm

31st August 2001 Mpumalanga company Middelburg Mine Services has standardised on a fast refuelling system from IMS Industrial Products for its fleet of Cat 785 trucks and other machines to reduce downtime and eliminate spillage of diesel fuel. 

Vehicles help fight crime in Mozambique

31st August 2001 Mozambican crime fighters are making use of Isuzu vehicles to patrol in appalling conditions in often remote and inaccessible areas of the country. 

Assembly change for SA truck producer

31st August 2001 Reflecting rapidly changing conditions in the local vehicle market and in the medium and heavy commercial sectors specifically, Nissan SA will change its diesel assembly operation in Rosslyn from completely-knocked-down kits to semi-knocked-down assembly process. 

Compactor drivers' lives made simpler

31st August 2001 The lives of drivers behind the wheel of garbage compactors is going to be made far simpler by a new factory-approved gearbox conversion offered on Toyota SA Trucks’ Hino 15-204. 

Tyre industry faces meltdown

31st August 2001 Tempers at the Tyre Dealers Association annual general meeting in Kempton Park were hot enough to melt rubber as a result of import-permit delays by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). 

Empowerment programme for bus operators

By: Deborah Spicer     31st August 2001 The South African bus industry has had to change itself fundamentally since the pre-1994 days when it was made up of a small number of white-owned and managed firms. 

Partnerships help company to grow

By: Deborah Spicer     31st August 2001 Truck supplier Tyco believes that its partners have played an important role in ensuring that it retains its market share and that this share grows in the future, reports sales director Bob Jones. 

Axle producer sees high growth rate

By: Deborah Spicer     31st August 2001 One of the largest axle manufacturesr in South Africa is benefiting from extensive tanker-trailer replacement programmes and from increased penetration into the tipper-trailer market. 

Customised vehicles for SA

By: Deborah Spicer     31st August 2001 While many other manufacturers elected to move away form complete-knock-down (CKD) unit assembly following the dropping of import duties on fully-built-up (FBU) units, MAN South Africa is satisfied with its decision to keep its assembly line operating. 

Road versus rail – the war continues

By: Deborah Spicer     31st August 2001 The Road Freight Association is lobbying hard to ensure that road transport continues to be the preferred haulage method in the face of much negative sentiment around the mode of transport. 

Market leader sees growth in demand

By: Deborah Spicer     31st August 2001 An important part of any vehicle manufacturer’s business is predicting correctly how much product demand there will be and then catering for that demand. 

Wheel-bearing kits available

31st August 2001 Bearing manufacturer Bearing Man, one of the largest distributors of Timken bearings throughout Southern Africa, now has a range of Timken MileMate wheel bearing kits that are designed and manufactured to increase truck and trailer uptime. 


31st August 2001 Scot-Rack designs and manufactures light- and heavy-duty scaffolding, made from SABS 657/1 hot-rolled round tube. 

Malawi plans to redevelop airport

24th August 2001 Malawi is planning to redevelop its second-largest airport, Chileka Airport, to turn it into a modern feeder airport for local and international flights. 

Concessioning of port operations set for next year

24th August 2001 Government hopes to start concessioning port operations in the first quarter of next year. 

Firms must work together to win, say the experts

24th August 2001 South African industries, such as their Australian, New Zealand and Argentinean counterparts, will have to learn to collaborate more closely if they intend developing effective supply-chain management models to become more competitive in the international markets. 

Crane gives paper producer a lift

24th August 2001 Johannesburg firm Johnson Crane Hire has completed a contract for the lifting of an oxygen reactor into position in two sections for Mondi in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, where the company is involved in the delignification process on site. 

South African high growth area for access equipment

24th August 2001 There are three types of powered access equipment – the scissor lift, the boom lift, and the portable personnel lift. Although aerial access work platforms are not true materials-handling tools like forklifts, their main purpose is one of lifting operator and materials into position at... 

Phones packaged for security

24th August 2001 Shrinkage along the supply-chain is not unique to South Africa. It is, however, extremely prevalent where small-sized, high-value goods are being handled. 

New management system for medicine firm

24th August 2001 International enterprise and supply-chain solutions provider JD Edwards has supplied Kinesis Logistics with what is believed to be one of the largest supply-chain management systems ever installed in South Africa. 

Lighter conveyor parts available

24th August 2001 To better meet the real needs of conveyor belt users, Goodyear has developed a number of abrasion resistant cover components, aimed at reducing the cost per ton of product conveyed. 

Firm wins contract to supply 31 trucks

24th August 2001 The supply of materials-handling equipment for Makro stores throughout the country has been awarded to Goscor Lift Truck Company, a division of Goscor Industrial Corporation. 

Firm racks up 50 years in industry

24th August 2001 Manufacturer of storage and materials-handling products Braziers of Maritzburg has designed supplied and installed quality racking, shelving, mezzanine floors and conveyor systems for more than 50 years. 

Firm upgrades logistics, distribution network

24th August 2001 Recognising that to retain its positions as one of the market leaders in its field it needed a total upgrade of the entire logistics, storage and distribution network, Nampak Tissue proposed a change-over to a smaller standardised pallet size which would enable benefits in distribution efficiencies. 

European class crane for Zim iron producer

24th August 2001 A South African company is to break new ground by manufacturing an overhead crane to specifications previously met only by European manufacturers. 

Excavators help repair flood damage

24th August 2001 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry has ordered four new excavators from earthmoving machinery supplier Hitachi. 

Sophisticated sorter now available in SA

24th August 2001 A year after adding the MikroSort mining system to its range of materials handling equipment, IMS Engineering (IMS-E) is on the verge of finalising major applications for this opto-electronic sorting system. 

New air-hoist for food sector

24th August 2001 A new corrosion resistant air hoist for use in the food industry has been designed by Ingersoll-Rand. 

Bee wins R2,4bn contract

24th August 2001 Empowerment company Glenrand MIB has been awarded the contract to supply risk management and insurance broking services to Super Group’s fleet management and full maintenance lease arm, Super Fleet, a contract worth R2,4-billion to manage the City of Johannesburg’s transport fleet. 

New excavator joins plant-hire company

24th August 2001 Specialist earthmoving plant hire company Transcavators has taken delivery of a new generation Volvo EC210 excavator from Babcock Equipment for use in a range of the company’s applications. 

New loader shipped to St Helena

24th August 2001 Materials-Handling equipment supplier Liebherr Africa’s Cape Town branch has executed the order for the supply of a Liebherr LR 632 tracked loader to the Public Works Department on St Helena island. 


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