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Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie

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. 

R11bn SA ports spend emphasises container capacity

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2006 State-owned harbour operator South African Port Operations (Sapo) is prioritising infrastructure and superstructure investment at its six commercial ports and has confirmed a five-year capital budget of R11-billion starting this financial year. It has also confirmed a material skills-development... 

US government backs AES bid for SA peaking-power project

By: Terence Creamer     14th 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).... 

Disposal of top tourist destination just the beginning for Transnet

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2006 State transport company Transnet last week set in motion its much-contested and long-awaited noncore asset-disposal programme, placing the high-profile Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront property development on to the auction block. 

Gautrain not a 'white elephant' - transport MEC

By: Mariaan Webb     6th June 2006 The Gauteng transport MEC Ignatius Jacobs reiterated in his 2006/7 budget speech that the Gautrain would not become a “white elephant” and that the department had allocated the bulk of its record R6,2-billion budget for the year to the implementation of this project. 

Investment in technology key to competitiveness

2nd June 2006 South African companies involved in today’s many and varied design and manufacturing industries face the challenge of having continually to respond to the ever-increasing pressures of global competition. 

R400m set aside for transport empowerment

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2006 The recently-announced alliance between the State-owned Industrial Develop-ment Corporation (IDC) and private-sector bank Absa (now part of the UK Barclays group), to provide financing totalling R400-million for black economic-empowerment (BEE) small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the transport... 

Benoni assembly facility set for scale-up

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2006 Assembly of three of the variants of Renault Trucks’ Kerax range started in Tyco trucks’ Apex facility, in Benoni, towards the end of last year, with another three to be added after the Easter period, says Tyco trucks production and logistics director Alnick van Zyl. 

New extra-heavies for busy market

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2006 Vehicle manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa’s (DCSA’s) Mitsubishi Fuso division has added extra-heavy commercial vehicles to its fold. 

Planned R63-billion road investment 'just in time'

By: Helene Le Roux     3rd April 2006 Roads are the largest single sectoral target of the government's ambitious infrastructure rollout plan of R372-billion in the next three years. The R63-billion committed to roads is more than double the allocation of the last three years. A leading economist of the University of Alabama, in the... 

Over 30 000 set to be sold this year as demand continues to rise

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2006 The South African truck market is far from saturated. The expectation is that more than 30 000 medium-heavy, heavy and extra-heavy commercial (MCVs, HCVs and XHCVs) will be sold locally in 2006, says Isuzu truck manager Craig Uren. 

Gauteng company signs agreement with Belgians for composite bodies

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2006 Manufacturer and designer of truck trailers Afrit has signed a trade agreement with a Belgium-based company, Composittrailer. 

Brazilian automotive comany impressed by SA technology

By: Keith Campbell     31st March 2006 A Brazilian automotive-sector company is hoping to develop partnerships with S A counterparts following the recent visit to this country by one of its top executives. 

Super Group introduces Chinese truck range

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2006 JSE-listed industrial transportation group Super Group has introduced the Firmaco Powerstar range of commercial vehicles into South Africa. 

SA shipping company steams ahead

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2006 South African shipping group Grindrod has successfully plotted a course through the turbulent waters of the international shipping industry, becoming a player in the global market. 

Mixing it up

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2006 One segment of the South African truck market that has grown exponentially over the last few years has been cement mixers. 

Stagnant South African bus market geared for renaissance?

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2006 The bus market has not grown in the last five years – remaining stable at around a thousand unit sales a year. 

SA commercial-vehicle market undergoing a makeover

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2006 The local truck market took off in 2004, but the traditional badges were unable to fully exploit this growth phase. 

SAAT set to begin first passenger-to-freighter conversion in March

By: Terence Creamer     24th February 2006 The technical division of South African Airways, South African Airways Technical (SAAT), concluded a technology agreement with international aerospace company Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) in December, which has positioned it as a new global hub for the conversion of passenger aircraft into... 

Transnet strike hits Western Cape

By: Liezel Hill     14th February 2006 Thousands of Transnet workers in the Western Cape are expected to down tools on Wednesday, as part of the ongoing dispute between the parastatal's management and key trade unions over the group's restructuring process. 

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