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Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie

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. 

Transnet likely to seek higher local content in future tenders

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2006 State-owned transport utility, Transnet, has insisted that half of the manufactured content, by value, of a newly-announced R3,5-billion locomotive-acquisition programme for the coal corridor from Mpumalanga to Kwazulu-Natal will be completed domestically. 


By: Irma Venter     10th February 2006 Vehicle manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) has restarted completely-knock-down bus-assembly, in a move driven by buoyant market demand, says Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles product manager buses Dr Harry Teifel. 

Utility tenders penalised local content

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2006 Inconsistencies in the manner in which rules on local content and black economic-empowerment (BEE) have been applied in a slew of recent tenders released by State-owned Enterprises' Eskom and Transnet has the South African supplier community up in arms. 

Fixed investment boom to keep truck market boiling

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2006 A leading Japanese truck manufacturer believes that the widely anticipated rise in South Africa's gross fixed capital formation over the next couple of years will continue to drive the already heated truck-sales environment, which last year breached 27 000 units. 

Transnet-unions at odds over success of strike action

By: Liezel Hill     31st January 2006 Conflicting reports emerged yesterday as Transnet employees from four key unions began a strike in Kwazulu-Natal and the Free State, with labour pronouncing the action an overwhelming success, while Transnet claimed that it had minimised disruptions through contingency plans. 

Shifting roles

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     9th December 2005 South African Port Operations (Sapo) CEO Tau Morwe said at a recent media briefing that Port Elizabeth would probably lose container business to Coega to play an important role, specifically around the automotive sector. 

Cabinet comes out in support of Gautrain

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2005 At its final meeting for 2005, cabinet this week indicated its support for the Gautrain project. This follows as the parliamentary transport portfolio committee last month questioned, among other matters, the cost of the R20-billion-plus project, as well as what it viewed as a lack of planned... 

Breakthrough in tyre monitoring equipment

By: Matthew Hill     25th November 2005 Locally-developed system has potential to save money and lives 

Sustainability through skills development

By: Matthew Hill     25th November 2005 No finish line on firm's road to service excellence 

Putco celebrates 60th anniversary

By: Matthew Hill     25th November 2005 SA’s oldest bus operator enters a new era 

Trimming tare weights, boosting payloads

By: Matthew Hill     25th November 2005 South African engineering company Duncanmec has been an innovator in the dry-bulk-tanker, waste-collection equipment, and movable silo industries since 1988. 

Coming through with cargo volume, comfort and economy

25th November 2005 New Interstar panel van delivers with distinction 

Full speed ahead for Durban transport firm

25th November 2005 With fuel prices escalating, fuel consumption was a decisive issue for Warden Carthage to select a lighter-weight American truck for its fleet. ? 

Car manufacturer breaks into bus market

25th November 2005 Months after initially announcing its intention to go into the heavy-passenger bus market, Volkswagen South Africa will immediately start marketing and selling its first buses, the ‘Volksbus’. ? 

SA scraps Durban port concessioning plan

By: Liezel Hill     25th November 2005 South Africa has shelved plans to invite the private sector to manage the country's busy Durban container terminal in favour of a strategy to improve efficiency and reduce business costs, a top official said yesterday. 

New trucking company ready to hit the road

25th November 2005 Durban-based 3G Cargo has recently opened its doors and is ready to take to the road. 

Mobile container handling system launched for trucks

25th November 2005 Durban-based Big Lift Trucks, specialist in materials-handling equipment, has launched a new mobile container-handling system, designed to efficiently lift loads onto and off trucks and to safely carry containers around sites. 

Grindrod expects 2005 earnings to rise by up to 50%

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2005 In line with JSE rules, shipping group Grindrod has advised that its headline earnings a share for the 12 months ended December 31, 2005, are expected to increase by between 45% and 50% over the 123,7 cents a share reported in 2004. 

Transport union calls for 'urgent review' of Gautrain

23rd November 2005 The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) has called on government to “urgently” review its plans for the luxury passenger carrier, Gautrain, whose costs have escalated from an initial R7-billion estimate to R20 -illion over the past few months. 

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