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Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie

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. 

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... 

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