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Transport News

Toll-road financing evolves

14th December 2001 The evolution of toll-road financing in South Africa continues unabated. From the first privately-financed tollroad - the N1 Warmbaths to Pietersburg – through to the recently-closed Platinum toll-road, there has been a measured change in certain key parameters. 

R67-milion upgrade project under way

14th December 2001 Innovation has been the order of the day during the R67-million project to upgrade the N3-12 road between Geldenhuys and Leondale Roads in Gauteng, reports road paving specialist Tosas. 

R365m overhaul of SA traffic info system

By: Laura Franz     14th December 2001 Over the next five years, South Africa’s nine-year-old National Traffic Information System (NaTIS) will receive a much-needed overhauling to the tune of some R365-million. 

Four bidders for Zambia’s railways

11th December 2001 South Africa’s Spoornet and US firm Edlow Resources are among four companies bidding to operate and manage the assets of Zambia Railways, officials from Zambia’s privatisation agency said. 

Big review of La Mercy airport this month

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     7th December 2001 The Airports Company of South Africa's (Acsa's) board of directors will review the report on the proposed relocation of Durban International Airport (DIA) to La Mercy, being compiled by the company, at its sitting this month, CEO Monhla Hlahla tells Engineering News. 

Navy corvette project making rapid progress

By: Keith Campbell     7th December 2001 THE process of re-equipping the South African Navy (SAN) with new patrol corvettes and submarines is now so far advanced that cancelling the project is no longer a fiscally responsible option. 

35 trailers for timber industry

7th December 2001 MOSSEL Bay engineering and transportation solution company John Daniel Containers (JDC) has been awarded a R14-million contract for the supply of 35 trailers and the fitment of truck bodies which will be used in the timber transport industry. 

Platinum toll-road speeds ahead

By: Laura Franz     7th December 2001 Three months into the project, and the rainy season notwithstanding, earthworks on the R2,3-billion Bakwena Platinum Highway are already ahead of schedule, reports Platinum Joint Venture (PJV) contracts manager (for sector 7) Frikkie du Plessis. 

Building an African rail icon

3rd December 2001 An incredible level of consensus appears to have emerged between the key social partners – government, management and labour – at State-owned rail company Spoornet over the last few months. 

Building an African rail icon

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2001 An incredible level of consensus appears to have emerged between the key social partners – government, management and labour – at State-owned rail company Spoornet over the last few months. 

Blueprint for general freight

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2001 The troubled general freight business (GFB) within State-owned railways company, Spoornet, is putting the final touches to a ‘blueprint’ for improving its service in six separate industry clusters, which cut across some 15 specialised industries. 

R9bn expenditure

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2001 Railways company Spoornet has started with its 15-year, R9-billion locomotive renewal programmes designed to reduce the average age of the fleet from nearly 30 years to around 12 years. 

Corridor plan for Africa

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2001 South Africa’s State-owned rail services company Spoornet intends participating in the development of sustainable rail freight corridors in Africa. 

From fixed-schedule to dynamic deployment

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2001 At the heart of Spoornet’s current internal systems-development programme is an attempt to move the railways away from its fixed-schedule tradition and create a business model that is able to deploy resources dynamically to demand. 

The repositioning of rail

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2001 The repositioning of rail as a relevant mode of transport within the fast-changing economic and social conditions of South and Southern African is viewed as the overarching challenge for strategy planners at rail monopoly Spoornet. 

Women train drivers reflect transformation aim

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2001 Engineering News Editor Transformation is high on agenda of Spoornet’s GM Specialist Businesses. That is why Tshidi Nyama is happy to report the increasing incidence of women train drivers, the facilitation of black economic empowerment by the coal line, iron ore line, Shoshaloza Meyl and... 

India eyes piece of local loco upgrade action

By: Irma Venter     23rd November 2001 There is strong interest from India in Spoornet’s drive to upgrade its locomotives and coaches. 

R500m Springs–Ermelo road-rehab plan

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd November 2001 The National Roads Agency (NRA) plans to rehabilitate and upgrade a 162-km stretch of the N17 highway between Springs, in Gauteng, and Ermelo, in Mpumalanga, at a cost of about R500-million. 

'40% of public investment should be in infrastructure'

23rd November 2001 In a developing economy at least 40% of public investment and 20% of the country’s total investment portfolio should be channelled into infrastructure. 

Overarching regional strategy embraced

By: Deborah Spicer     16th November 2001 Regional co-operation and integration was seen as one of the central pillars of Africa’s economic development when the concept of the African Renaissance started being fleshed out three years ago. 

Malawi embraces South African road technology

By: Marcel Chimwala     16th November 2001 Malawi – A Malawi contractor for South Africa's Con-Aid International, JV Homepride and Business Associate, has launched a South African road-maintenance product, Con-Aid chemical soil stabiliser in Malawi. 

120t lift at Richards Bay harbour

16th November 2001 Murray& Roberts group company Johnson Crane Hire used the only crane of its kind in South Africa to lift a 120 t hopper at the Richards Bay harbour for the State-owned Portnet. 

Germans eye SA harbour project

13th November 2001 German supply-chain manager BLG Logistics said it was bidding for a slice of South Africa’s burgeoning auto export market with an offer to co-invest with State-owned Portnet in an African car turnaround port in East London. 

R9bn rail modernisation announced

13th November 2001 Rail utility Spoornet has announced that it has started with a 15-year programme to renew its locomotive fleet at an estimated cost of R9-billion. 

Swiss bidder for $428m Senegal airport

9th November 2001 Swiss engineering group ABB said it was bidding to build a new $428- million international airport in Senegal. 

Rolling-stock contract creates 100 jobs

9th November 2001 The Rolling Stock Division (RSD) of Dorbyl group has entered into a contract, valued at R25-million, with Bombardier Transportation SA for the upgrading of 88 Class 5M2A suburban coaches, made up of 22 motor coaches and 66 trailer coaches. 

R26m dry-bulk terminal contract completed

9th November 2001 East Rand bulk materials-handling firm Osborn Engineered Products’ R26-million contract to extend the third/fourth export route at Portnet’s dry bulk terminal in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal has been completed. 

Mountain roads to take Lesotho home

By: Laura Franz     9th November 2001 Almost eight months after the first excavations on the steep slopes of the Maluti Mountains, in northern Lesotho, the Mohale feeder roads are beginning to take shape, reports RB Project Management (RBPM) MD Rolf Beger. 

BEE firms in Jhb airport upgrade

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd November 2001 The concrete structure of the new domestic terminal being built at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) is on schedule for completion next month, and kitting it out will take another year. 

Plan to grow local bike market

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd November 2001 The Department of Transport is spearheading a nationwide project that should see bicycles, long-neglected by planners, becoming a significant feature of South Africa’s transport landscape within the next few years. 

Southern Africa's Western trade Corridor is opening

By: Keith Campbell     2nd November 2001 The Walvis Bay Corridor is now coming into operation, so shortening the time Gauteng exports destined for the rich Atlantic region (the Americas, Europe, West Africa) will take to market. 

Crane firm celebrates 35 years in SA

2nd November 2001 This year, materials-handling company Condra Cranes & Hoists will celebrate 35 years of success in South Africa. 

Crane supplied to water project

2nd November 2001 As one of the contractors of the Injaka dam project undertaken by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf), South African crane and hoist manufacturer Condra Cranes & Hoists has secured a contract for the supply of a 20-t portal crane with a ton auxiliary hoist, Condra MD Josef Kleiner... 

High-lifts experts secure order for R3,5-million

2nd November 2001 High-lift specialist Condra Cranes & Hoists has made inroads into Lesotho, securing an order worth R3,5-million for service cranes, reports Marc Camillo Kleiner of the materials-handling firm. 

Local hoists meet global standards

2nd November 2001 The latest SH range is offering global standards in hoists, reports Condra Cranes & Hoists MD Josef Kleiner. 

Long-term partnerships assist firm

2nd November 2001 One of the companies that has assisted materials-handling firm Condra Cranes & Hoists to become successful is Powermite. 

Hoist supplied to foundry

2nd November 2001 Earlier this year local materials-handling firm Condra Cranes won its first hoist installation to supply Western Cape DaimlerChrysler subsidiary Atlantis Foundries. 


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