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Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie

High-speed Durban-Joburg rail link a 'nonstarter', roads evangelist argues

By: Matthew Hill     13th September 2006 A high-speed rail link between Johannesburg and Durban, which the Department of Transport (DoT) had “agreed to in principle” and was awaiting approval for, was an “absolute nonstarter”, Arup South Africa transport economics adviser Andrew Marsay argues. His argument is... 

SA mulls new ways to reduce transport costs

By: Nelendhre Moodley     11th September 2006 In a bid to tackle high transport costs government has embarked on a programme to identify interventions that would reduce freight and passenger transport costs. 

Big demands to be placed on host cities, Jordaan warns

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2006 Host cities of the 2010 Soccer World Cup (SWC) will have to do much more than build stadiums for the 64 official matches that comprise the globe’s biggest sports event. 

Transwerk contracts with foreign wheels suppliers as demand causes bottleneck

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2006 State-owned transport utility Transnet has signed contracts for wheel centres with three European supplies and one Australian supplier as South Africa’s sole domestic manufacturer struggles to keep pace with demand. 

R3,8-billion for 2010 to leverage much more

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2006 The Department of Transport (DoT), provincial transport MECs and chairpersons of transport agencies have approved a R3,8-billlion 2010 action agenda for public transport infrastructure development for the Soccer World Cup. 

SAA's low-cost offering would not be anticompetitive, says Erwin

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2006 National airliner South African Airways (SAA) and the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) were convinced that an entry into the low-cost carrier market would not be viewed as anticompetitive by South Africa's increasingly-robust competition authorities - it had also received legal opinion to... 

Rail Safety chief concerned about rising human-error related accidents

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2006 An analysis of rail incidents over the year to March 31, 2006, indicates that more than 60% of accidents are human-factor related. 

Outlook buoyant, but skills still weigh

By: khalid patel     25th August 2006 South Africa’s strong economic fundamental’s coupled with sound fiscal discipline by government, has led to significant growth in the commercial vehicle retail market and while the industry’s outlook remains buoyant, it is the development of skills which remain the most critical... 

Manufacturer pursues full-maintenance-contract approach

By: khalid patel     25th August 2006 Vehicle manufacturer MAN Truck and Bus (MT&B) has recently secured a full maintenance contract for the fleets of Richards Bay based Ikhwezi Bus Services and Johannesburg based Gauteng Coaches. 

Coatings firm invests R200 000 in on-site training facility

By: khalid patel     25th August 2006 Commercial industrial re-finish specialist Splash Paints has invested over R200, 000 in an onsite training facility at its factory in Wadeville. 

Road-transport industry being ‘penalised’

By: khalid patel     25th August 2006 The South African Road Freight Association (RFA), the representative bodyof the road-freight industrybelieves that road transportersare being penalised for theirability to fulfil the demand for cargo movement at competitive prices and efficient service andreliability. According to RFA CEO... 

R1,3m supply contract completed

By: khalid patel     25th August 2006 Olifantfontein-based, TFM Industries (TFM) has finished the construction of specialised curtainsiders for Unitrans, which will use them to transport oil drums for a well known petroleum company in South Africa. 

Safety truck incorporates new braking technology

By: khalid patel     25th August 2006 The Mercedes Benz safety truck, a vehicle that employs the latest driver support and safety systems, has been supplemented by the development of a new safety feature referred to as the Active Brake Assist system. 

Demand grows for moving-floor system

25th August 2006 A growing number of South African companies involved in the transportation of bulk products are utilising trailers equipped with the Hyva moving floor, an efficient alternative to conventional end-tipping semi-trailers used to transport these products. 

US buses supplied to Joburg school service

25th August 2006 Transport provider Allied School Bus Service, of Rivonia, Johannesburg, has taken delivery of ten All American front-engine buses from Blue Bird Corporation, of the US, with Caterpillar C7 ACERT 7,2 l engines. ? 

Forklift improves delivery times for concrete supplier

25th August 2006 Concrete-product supplier Deranco, based in the Eastern Cape, recently took delivery of a Manitou TMT 2520 rough-terrain forklift to help reduce delivery times to its paving clients in the Nelson Mandela Metro area. 

Aluminium hydraulic cylinders offer strong, light weight solution

25th August 2006 Truck tipper-body manufacturer Alutip continues its successful relationship with Jost Transport Equipment, which supplies Alutip with Hyva hydraulic cylinders, the company reports. 

New high-speed reborer improves accuracy

25th August 2006 Remanufacturer Metric Automotive Engineering has further enhanced is diesel engine component remanufacturing capability by investing in the latest technology. 

Gautrain route changes approved by province, public invited to comment

By: Matthew Hill     22nd August 2006 The Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment has approved route changes in three areas of the Gautrain's route that were proposed by the preferred bidder, the Bombela Consortium, and the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works (GDPTRW). Bombela recommended a... 

Although Spoornet's general freight business continues to struggle, Transnet wants to maintain diversity

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet was determined not to see Spoornet reduced to a two-commodity transport business and was considering new ways to recapture general-freight volumes from road, CEO Maria Ramos stressed recently. 

Moral hazard is a real threat

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 Officially, South Africa is still pursuing a policy of vertically separating harbour and railways infrastructure from operations. However, progress on this key issue, which would facilitate greater competition in both sectors, has been painfully slow. 

New flag-emblazoned taxi fleet to make debut in September

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 The final specifications for South Africa's new generation of mini- and midi-bus taxis will be gazetted in a matter of days, opening the way for the roll-out of a new white-painted, South African-flag branded, taxi fleet from September. Speaking during a post transport-Lekgolta media briefing in... 

SA and Ethiopia commit to open-skies push

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 A transport-related memorandum of understanding signed between South Africa and Ethiopia on Friday was hailed as a precursor to an increasingly concerted effort by South Africa to ensure a further opening of the skies over the continent. 

Transnet likely to scale up capex beyond budgeted R64,5bn

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2006 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet was considering project plans that could see it materially enlarging its already ambitious capital-expenditure programme, currently pegged at R64,5-billion for the next five years, CEO Maria Ramos has confirmed. Speaking at an editor's briefing in... 

Rosslyn plant records assembly milestone, renews quality push

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2006 Truck company Nissan Diesel South Africa (NDSA) last month produced its 1 000th UD 440 unit at its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane. 

New KZN airport to be operational by 2010 - Radebe

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2006 South Africa will build a new airport at La Mercy, near the port of Durban, at a cost of at least R2.5-billion. 

Namibia to build $119,7m road near Angola border

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2006 Namibia will build an 809 million Namibian dollar ($119.7 million) road near its border with Angola, said Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. 

New-generation Mitsubishi Fuso Canter truck into SA

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2006 DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) has introduced the new-generation Mitsubishi Fuso Canter truck into South Africa. 

Government wants State-owned enterprises to go extra mile in developing 'competitive' local suppliers

By: Terence Creamer     28th July 2006 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and South Africa’s State-owned enterprises (SoEs) are finalising various supplier-development programmes in a bid to raise the level of local content in the multibillion-rand public infrastructure drive, involving large-scale power, transport and... 

Dedicated freighter fleet emerging at national carrier

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2006 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) has started to establish a dedicated freighter fleet in a bid to expand SAA Cargo’s capacity as well as to deal with rising competitive pressures. 

No sign of truck market cooling

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2006 While the growth rate of passenger-vehicle sales is cooling down somewhat, the truck market is continuing to make rapid gains over last year’s sales figures. 

Transnet sets up structures to manage R64,5bn capex roll out

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2006 State-owned freight-logistics group Transnet has set up a specialist division to manage its big-ticket capital projects, which form part of a R64,5-billion, five-year capital-expenditure plan for its railways, harbour and pipeline businesses. 

World Cup work spurs multimillion rand truck deal

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2006 Durban plant-hire and civil-engineering specialist Aqua Transport has bought 23 new trucks in a multimillion rand deal, citing a surge in business as South Africa starts preparations for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. 

Sapo introduces a manufacturing element to its procurement strategy

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2006 State-owned harbour operator South African Port Operations (Sapo) claims to be taking a manufacturing view of its procurement processes and is encouraging foreign equipment suppliers, with which it places contracts, to integrate South African manufacturers into their global supply chains. 

SAA pins growth ambition on low-cost carrier, freight business

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2006 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) is pinning its expansionary ambitions on the introduction of a low-cost operator as well as a substantially-expanded cargo offering. The group, which emerged gingerly from a strike-affected operational and financial period, reported only modest... 

Transnet sets up structures to manage R64,5bn capex roll out

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2006 State-owned freight-logistics group Transnet has set up a specialist division to manage its big-ticket capital projects, which form part of a R64,5-billion, five-year capital-expenditure plan for its railways, harbour and pipeline businesses. At present, the division, headed by project-management... 

US government supports American firm and BEE partner in their bid for SA peaking-power project

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2006 A US government agency has approved a $550 900 technical-assistance grant for a black economic-empowered (BEE) company partnering the giant US energy group, AES, in its bid to build one of the private peaking-power plants currently out to tender from the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME). 

Influence of interest- and exchange-rates being monitored closely by truck manufacturers

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2006 It seems as if the heavyweights are finally securing a bigger share of the buoyant growth in the truck market. 

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