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Transport News

Where is the systems planning?

10th August 2001 I have noted with irritation and agitation the increasing number of large advertising boards that are being put up along our freeways. 

DTI cuts tyre-imports red tape

9th August 2001 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has heeded persistent complaints by the Tyre Dealers' Association (TDA) and promised to issue their delayed import permits immediately. 

Replica materials for Pta station rebuild

By: Laura Franz     3rd August 2001 The unusual nature of the replica products required to restore the charred Pretoria station to its former glory is creating opportunities for local contractors and artisans in the field of carpentry, tiling, roof construction, and painting, reports Stocks Building Africa MD: Gauteng Johan Brink. 

Union welcomes new rail-restructuring mood

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     3rd August 2001 The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), which believes the intended concessioning of rail parastatal Spoornet’s cash cows – CoalLink and Orex – will deal a body blow to the country’s railway system, says it is “happy that the government is... 

Cheap approach pays off

3rd August 2001 While South African Airways’ (SAA’s) former CE Coleman Andrews was spending hundreds of millions on consultants such as Bain & Co, SAA’s sister organisation, Spoornet, was being far more frugal. And, what’s more, it appears as if the rail corporation is getting much more... 

Replica materials for Pta station rebuild

3rd August 2001 The unusual nature of the replica products required to restore the charred Pretoria station to its former glory is creating opportunities for local contractors and artisans in the field of carpentry, tiling, roof construction, and painting, reports Stocks Building Africa MD: Gauteng Johan Brink. 

Coega has merit as trans-shipment hub – study

2nd August 2001 An independent study by Stellenbosch-based Maritime Education Research and Information Technology (Merit) has found that the Port of Ngqura is viable without the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) and that South Africa needs a deepwater container facility at the port. 

Bullet train from airport to Sandton in 12 minutes

By: Zonika Botha     27th July 2001 Imagine travelling from Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) to Sandton in twelve minutes. 

Taxi hub opens May

By: Zonika Botha     27th July 2001 By the end of May next year, 100 000 taxi and bus commuters will pass through what will be Johannesburg’s largest transport-cum-trading hub. 

Innovative vehicle for rail upkeep

27th July 2001 The re-engineering of its maintenance programme remains a top priority for national carrier Spoornet, which has announced a breakthrough in this field. Spoornet assistant chief engineer for infrastructure maintenance Danie Barnard 

Kruger Park rebuilds to resist floods

By: Laura Franz     27th July 2001 Reconstruction of the worst flood damage to the Kruger National Park (KNP) in 50 years has reached the halfway mark, reports Sebastian Mathews of Umbono Management Consultants, which is overseeing the project. 

Namibia's gamma ray telescope nears the end

20th July 2001 Construction on the four gammaray telescopes near Gamsberg, in Namibia, is nearing completion. 

SA's civil aviation sector flies into stormy weather

By: Keith Campbell     6th July 2001 The South African civil aviation industry is being severely buffeted by forces beyond its control, such as fuel prices and exchange rates, as well as factors which are changeable, like regulations and policy. 

Airport buys docking bay

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     6th July 2001 German materials-handling and lifting systems company Pfaff-silberblau International has clinched a R5,5-million contract to supply lifting equipment for an aircraft-maintenance dock to be installed at Johannesburg International Airport by mid-September. 

Airport's R550m project take-off

29th June 2001 Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) is preparing itself for a marked increase in passenger demand of between 6,4% and 6,7%, a figure well above the international average growth rate of 4,7%. 

Moz rail-line rehab delayed

By: Laura Franz     29th June 2001 Rehabilitation of the 225 km Limpopo rail line linking Maputo with Macarretane, in southern Mozambique, has been delayed due to the decision by rail-line owner Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Mozambique (CFM) and the US Agency for International Development (USAid) to extend the tender process for... 

Three bridges to span V&A canal

29th June 2001 The first of three, hydraulically operated bridges that will span the V&A Canal in the V&A Marina at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront is now operational. 

Marine tender to be issued shortly

29th June 2001 The marine tender for the construction of the proposed Coega deep-water port near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, is on its way. 

Submarine project continues despite probe

By: Deborah Spicer     29th June 2001 The project work on the three class 209 type 1400 SAN submarines for the South African Navy that form part of the defence deal package is proceeding on a routine basis, reports representative of the German submarine consortium Captain Siegfried Netzband. 

New contractor for Kei Cutting road project

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th June 2001 Johannesburg-based contractor Black Top Surface has been appointed to complete the R46-million Kei Cutting road-improvement project in the Eastern Cape, following the termination of the original contract with the troubled consortium comprising Growcon, Du-Rite and Labor Construction (GDL). 

Malawi buys SA graders

29th June 2001 Engineering equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment has struck a deal to sell 30 graders to the Malawi government at a cost of $5-million, or about R40-million. 

$24m tri-nation rail rehab plan

22nd June 2001 Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia – the three countries involved in the joint economic development programme dubbed the Nacala Development Corridor – are planning a $24-million rail development as part of the programme. 

SA has an open door to global products

22nd June 2001 South African firm Alutrade are the sole agents of Alusuisse (members of the Alcan Group) in Southern Africa. 

Details on R600-million coal-terminal expansion

22nd June 2001 Contracts are expected to be awarded soon for the R600-million expansion of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), in Kwazulu-Natal. 

R560m budgeted for E Cape roads

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2001 The Eastern Cape provincial government has increased its road infrastructure development budget for the current financial year by 31% compared to last year to ensure development in this impoverished province. 

Coega tender roll-out begins this month

22nd June 2001 The first in a series of tenders for the construction of some R500-million-worth of infrastructure for the 17 000 ha Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, will start flowing this month. 

R800m for Jhb inner city facelift

By: Laura Franz     22nd June 2001 Johannesburg, the city of gold, will be spending some R800-million on revitalising its inner city over the next three years, a task which is to be funded by provincial and local government, reports Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) CEO Graeme Reid. 

Roads blueprint needed - Omar

21st June 2001 The Transport Ministry is set to take the lead in producing a road development plan for South Africa, revealed Minister Abdulah Omar in his budget speech earlier this week. 

R450-m Jo’burg airport terminal taking off

20th June 2001 Work on the R450-million domestic terminal at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) is on track for completion in October 2002. 

2002 lift-off for Kruger airport

15th June 2001 Construction of the first phase of the R270-million Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, 25 km outside Nelspruit, is expected to be completed in the second half of 2002. 

SA bus-body builder drives empowerment

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2001 South Africa’s oldest bus transport company, Putco, may soon be 26% owned by a black-empowerment group. 

Industry takes up roads challenge

15th June 2001 Transport Minister Dullah Omar has welcomed the findings of a new report on the country’s road backlog, which has been commissioned by the Southern African Bitumen Association (Sabita). 

Get freight back on rail, association pleads

By: Zonika Botha     15th June 2001 The RailRoad Association of South Africa (RRA) is fighting hard to restore the imbalance between the road- and rail-freight industry by swinging the pendulum back to railways. 

Firm captivated by rail opportunity

14th June 2001 The colourful Zulu beaded loveletter pinned on his cardigan almost mirrors the passion former University of Natal graduate electrical engineer and Alstom Transport MD Andries Tshabalala has for the rail industry. 

Rail conference steaming ahead after four years

14th June 2001 One of Africa's top events for rail executives Africa Rail 2001, now in its fourth year, is looking to set the agenda for the African rail industry. 

Track system provides continuous support to rails

14th June 2001 One of the more interesting technologies to have hit the rail industry in the last few years is the ballastless beam-track system, Tubular Track. 

Maintaining the right safety approach in the rail sector

14th June 2001 Southern Africa has the same ability to minimise rail risks as rail regimes elsewhere – the important ingredients are robust safety systems and the culture to implement them, advises UK Wragge & Co rail consultant Roger Gunson. 


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