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Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie

Monitoring vehicles expected to boost safety

By: thamashni naidoo     24th November 2006 South Africa’s largest bus company, Putco, announced early last month that it will deploy four new monitoring vehicles on Moloto road in Mpumalanga and Gauteng. 

JV firm targets specialist truck market

24th November 2006 In a significant move for the local industry, General Motors South Africa (GMSA) and Isuzu Motors Limited Japan have announced the formation of a local joint venture company in a 50:50 partnership - Isuzu Truck South Africa. 

Joburg adds 38 buses in refleeting drive

By: thamashni naidoo     24th November 2006 Johannesburg’s Metropolitan Bus Service launched 38 new Mercedes-Benz buses as part of its refleeting programme last month. 

GPRS enables uninterrupted vehicle monitoring

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     24th November 2006 Fleet-management specialist Geotab has opted for general packet radio service (GPRS) as its live data transfer option, as it provides constant data transfer which enables uninterrupted monitoring of vehicles. 

Branded spares and accessories available nationally

24th November 2006 Engineering consumables supplier Bearing Man’s specialist automotive division, Top Class, markets an extensive range of quality branded spares and accessories for the automotive industry that are compatible with the requirements of most vehicles on South African roads. 

World’s biggest on-highway truck-tractors now in SA 

24th November 2006 Barloworld Equipment Energy-Power Systems has appointed TAS Automotive, of Rosherville, as a Truck Engine Product Support (TEPS) dealer for the world’s largest truck-tractor, developed and built by French special vehicle manufacture Nicolas Industrie. 

Customised solutions improve efficiency, reduce costs

24th November 2006 Global logistics specialist UTI, through its supply chain planning and organisational services, designs and implements customised solutions for companies that improve efficiencies and reduce the overall costs of each customer’s supply chain. 

Newly refurbished coach to meet 2010 passenger demands

22nd November 2006 Transport Minister Jeff Radebe has unveiled a newly refurbished coach to enhance customer services ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well as to meet future passenger demands. 

Indian group prepares to enter commercial, agricultural scene

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2006 Vehicle company Mahindra South Africa will launch a range of commercial vehicles into the local market within the next 12 to 18 months, says CEO Vijay Nakra. 

Long-distance taxi operators take delivery of new vehicles

By: Nelendhre Moodley     15th November 2006 Ten taxi owners recently took delivery of the first batch of twenty-five Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Commuter mini-buses from the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealership in Centurion. 

GM and Isuzu to set up new SA trucking venture

By: Irma Venter     10th November 2006 With “our truck performance not what we want it to be”, General Motors South Africa (GMSA) and Japanese truck maker Isuzu Motors Limited Japan have each invested R40-million in a 50:50 partnership to form Isuzu Truck South Africa (Itsa), says GMSA sales and marketing director Malcolm... 

Tata Africa to make SA vehicle-assembly decision soon

By: Irma Venter     10th November 2006 A decision on whether local arm of Indian conglomerate Tata Africa will start vehicle assembly in South Africa is due within the next four months, says Tata Africa MD Raman Dhawan. 

Spoornet incorporate manufacturing spin-off model into procurement scheme

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2006 Railways utility Spoornet, which signed a R1,12-billion locomotive-acquisition deal for the supply of 32 new class 15E electric locomotives for the Sishen–Saldanha iron-ore channel, has promised that some 55% of the contract value will be conducted locally. 

SAA launches controversial low-cost carrier, promising best prices

By: Mariaan Webb     30th October 2006 South Africa's national carrier, South African Airlines (SAA), launched its controversial low-cost domestic airline, Mango, on Monday, committing itself to operate flights which will, initially, be priced at around R200 a ticket between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Low-cost operators in South... 


By: Irma Venter     27th October 2006 Vehicle manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA), in collaboration with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta), and the Transport Education and Training Authority (Teta), have introduced a professional-driver learnership... 

Strong evidence of global truck-market vibrancy

By: Irma Venter     27th October 2006 This year’s IAA Commercial Vehicle exhibition in Hanover, Germany, served as evidence of an exceptionally vibrant international truck market. 

Schrempp appointed to SAA board

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2006 Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin has appointed six new board members at State-owned airliner South African Airways (SAA), including former DaimlerChrysler CEO Professor Jurgen Schrempp, who has long-standing relations with South Africa. 

Joburg moves to overhaul bus fleet ahead of World Cup

By: Nelendhre Moodley     24th October 2006 A consignment of 126 buses and two coaches officially handed over by DaimlerChrysler to the Johannesburg Metro, on Tuesday, is the first part in a series of new bus consignments, expected to total some 300, aimed at improving public transport ahead of the 2010 soccer World Cup. 

Public transport infrastructure gets boost of R3,8bn

23rd October 2006 Government has set aside R3,8-billion for public transport infrastructure for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, said Transport Minister Jeff Radebe. 

Spoornet gears up to meet 47Mt iron-ore target

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd October 2006 Railway utility Spoornet has entered into a R1,12-billion three-year locomotive-acquisition deal with Venus Railway Solutions for the supply of 32 new class 15E electric locomotives for the Sishen-Saldanha iron-ore line, CEO Siyabonga Gama announced on Monday. Venus is a special-purpose vehicle... 

German truck-market growth not linked to World Cup, says top exec

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2006 Truck sales in Germany have seen substantial growth in recent years. 

Integrate or derail!

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2006 Parliamentary portfolio committee chairperson on transport Jeremy Cronin is correct when he says that the success or failure of the R20-billion-plus Gautrain project now hinges materially on its ability to support public-transport integration in the province. 

Project pipeline to mitigate traffic congestion

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2006 Despite this year's interest rate hikes, South Africa should add another 700 000 new vehicles to an already filled-to-the-brim road system - which would be an all-time high. Last year, in a spending boom, new-vehicle sales reached what was then a record-breaking 618 028 units, up from 480 879... 

R350m facility upgrade for new GM-Isuzu truck entity

20th October 2006 A R350-million two-year facility upgrade would accompany the launch of a new South African truck entity, General Motors South Africa (GMSA) and Isuzu Japan said on Friday. 

Opening up air transport could create 70 000 jobs, says report

By: Mariaan Webb     18th October 2006 Opening up air transport in Southern Africa could boost the region's economic activity by more than R1,5-billion and could create around 70 000 new jobs, mainly in the tourism sector, a report on liberalisation of Southern African skies unveiled on Wednesday. 

Container throughput at Maputo harbour expected to double by 2010

By: Matthew Hill     13th October 2006 Throughput at the Port of Maputo container terminal is expected to more than double by 2010, as its operator, Mozambique International Port Services (MIPS), endeavors in its campaign to attract more business from Southern African countries. The port currently has excess container capacity, and... 

Electronic-tolling system likely to be tested on SA roads

By: Nelendhre Moodley     12th October 2006 A new electronic toll system, which is part of the freeway improvement scheme, is set to hit the roads in the near future. 

Japanese truckmaker mulls sourcing of SA components

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2006 Japanese truck and bus manufacturer Mitsubishi Fuso president and CEO Harald Boelstler says a decision on sourcing components from South Africa for the global group will be made within the next 12 to 24 months. 

Chinese-made luxury buses likely to enter SA as from year-end

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2006 Member of the Imperial group, Commercial Vehicle Holdings (CVH), will sell Chinese-made luxury buses into the South Arican market as from the end of this year. 

First flag-branded taxis expected before month-end - Msibi

By: Mariaan Webb     6th October 2006 The first fleet of South African-flag branded taxis under government's R7,7-billion taxi recapitalisation programme was expected to make its appearance on South Africa's roads before month-end, Transport spokesperson Collin Msibi said on Friday. 

Rail safety regulator beefs up inspectorate

5th October 2006 Government has announced an inspectorate to monitor the rail industry's safety and compliance with the regulatory framework. 

Africa's biggest airport will be 'safe, construction-free' by 2010

By: Mariaan Webb     5th October 2006 Security at South Africa's busiest airport, Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), would be scaled up ahead of 2010 and Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) GM for JIA, Chris Hlekane, has promised a safe and construction-free airport for the soccer World Cup. He told journalists at a quarterly... 

R7,5bn set aside for rail infrastructure

By: Terence Creamer     29th September 2006 State-owned rail utility Spoornet is considering the rollout of a ‘total shutdown’ model across key heavy-duty corridors, following a successful a ten-day shutdown of the Sishen-Saldanha iron-ore export channel in August. 

KZN to launch 2010 transport projects in October

28th September 2006 As part of national Transport Month in October, the Kwazulu-Natal provincial government will launch its transport projects for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup as well as activity plans for the month's events. 

7 000 Spoornet wagons lie idle as wheel-centre shortage bites

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2006 Some 7 000 Spoornet wagons are currently lying idle as a result of a serious domestic and global shortage of wheel centres and CEO Siyabonga Gama expects the backlog to last until at least the middle of 2007. 

V&A preferred bidder to be announced on Wednesday

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2006 The preferred bidder for an interest in the prime V&A Waterfront property development in Cape Town will be announced on Wednesday afternoon. 

Defence-ready transport sector vital to SA's peace-keeping efforts

18th September 2006 South Africa's Transport Minister Jeff Radebe called upon public and private transport companies to ensure that part of their rolling stock fleet of locomotives, wagons and road transport meet the military standards to ensure cooperation in peace missions and disaster relief operations. 

Broader scope envisaged

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2006 The Department of Transport is considering the possibility to broadening the scope of the Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) to include elements initially envisaged for an economic regulator in the sector. 

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