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Port seeks greater balance

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     29th July 2005 The National Ports Authority (NPA) has embarked on an extensive expansion programme at the port of Cape Town to redress the current imbalance between stacking, berthing and equipment capacities for container shipping. 

Taxi-recap rubber hits the road

By: Nicola Mawson     26th July 2005 Cabinet has approved a detailed strategy for the rollout of the taxi recapitalisation programme. Transport Minister Jeff Radebe, announcing the strategy at a media briefing at the Union Buildings yesterday, said that while the strategy was not only about scrapping old taxis, this would be at its... 

SAA views cargo as central to six-pronged growth strategy

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2005 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) is finalising a new freight strategy, designed to double the amount of cargo it handles and position the airline as the preferred air-cargo carrier in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. 

State transport utility plans operational overhaul

By: Terence Creamer     15th July 2005 State-owned transport utility Transnet is in the final stages of mapping a group-wide re-engineering strategy, which will be presented for board approval during August or September. 

New giant of the sky set to transform world of civil aviation

By: Keith Campbell     15th July 2005 It is an airliner like no other,better thought of as a winged airship or skyliner – so big in terms of payload and volume that applying the term ‘ship’ to it would not be an absurd affectation. 

Bigger than football

By: elizabeth rebelo     8th July 2005 Limpopo-Thuringen team up to share ideas on World Cup-linked transport issues 

Rail boss assembles safety team in bid to halt of costly derailments

By: Terence Creamer     8th July 2005 State rail utility, Spoornet, has set up a ‘safety hit squad’, to evaluate the structural integrity of its ageing infrastructure, following a spate of serious incidents and derailments. 

Loco modernisation to deliver savings

By: elizabeth rebelo     8th July 2005 The locomotive modernisations manager of GE Transportation Rail, Rebecca Sidelinger, tells Engineering News, while visiting South Africa, that cost-effective solutions through modernisation will make a significant contribution to the state of rail in Africa. 

Rail safety head suspended, goes to court

By: Terence Creamer     8th July 2005 The National Department of Transport has confirmed that Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) CEO Mpho Litha has been suspended pending a disciplinary process, which has been under way since February. 

SAA turns its attention from survival to growth

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2005 State-owned airliner South African Airways (SAA) has unveiled a six-pronged growth strategy following the successful stabilisation of the enterprise, which saw a R8,6-billion loss turned into a R966-million profit in the year to March 31, 2005. 

Transnet to self-fund half of R40,8bn capex

By: Nicola Mawson     5th July 2005 State-owned entity Transnet yesterday announced financial results for the group, some eight months after approval was given for the four-point strategy designed to turn the company around. 

Border delays stymie African trade

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st July 2005 Due to cross-border delays, transport costs in Africa are about four times higher than in the European Union, thus making Africa less globally competitive. 

State infrastructure push underpins R1bn engineering-sector transaction

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2005 The proposed R1,296-billion sale by Delta Electrical Industries (DEI) of its repairs-and-services and replacement-parts divisions to an equity consortium should herald the entry of a significant black-economic empowered (BEE) force into the power-distribution and locomotive-traction services... 

Intelligent transport solutions for South Africa

By: thamashni naidoo     10th June 2005 The third international conference and exhibition of the South African Society for Intelligent Transport Systems (SASITS) – held from May 10 to May 13 in Cape Town – has raised hopes for the alleviation of South Africa’s road congestion through the implementation of intelligent... 

Soccer World Cup 2010 will launch new intelligent transport systems

By: thamashni naidoo     10th June 2005 The National Department of Transport is making R3-billion available for the soccer World Cup in 2010 and this welcome sum of money will be used to also finance intelligent transport system (ITS) projects relating to the football spectacle 


By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd June 2005 The final specifications for the taxi recapitalisation programme will be released as regulations in mid-June, and roll out of the first new taxi vehicles is expected as early as next month, says South African National Taxi Council president (Santaco) Tom Moufhe. 


By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd June 2005 The process of creating and maintaining skills in the transport sector is crucial for South Africa’s economic and social development, says the president of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, Willie Madisha. 

Vehicle group mulls bus export plan

By: Terence Creamer     27th May 2005 The South African arm of German truck and bus multinational MAN is consolidating its bus-assembly facilities around its Olifantsfontein plant in Gauteng as a precursor to an ambitious export-led expansion plan. 

Electric motor specialist ups empowerment credentials

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 Black economic empowerment (BEE) is increasingly becoming a standard feature of South Africa’s commercial sector but the progress towards BEE partnerships within the heavy industrial sector is noticeably slower. 

Radebe prioritises rail and taxi recap

By: Nicola Mawson     23rd May 2005 Out of all the modes of transport available, Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe highlighted the taxi recapitalisation programme and shortcomings in rail during his department's budget vote in parliament. 

Ultramodern printing in 50 languages on West Rand

By: elizabeth rebelo     20th May 2005 Situated on the West Rand, in Krugersdorp, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, which forms part of a worldwide organisation, houses one of the most modern, state-of-the-art printing facilities in the world. 

Anchoring SA’s harbours

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2005 While the controversial proposal to concession the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) to private-sector operators was a hot topic only a year ago, the focus has since shifted dramatically and the issue is no longer even on the agenda. 

Bringing taxi industry into training-levy loop a challenge

By: elizabeth rebelo     13th May 2005 Getting the taxi industry to participate in the levy system is one of the biggest challenges facing the Transport Education and Training Authority (Teta), says CEO Dr Piet Bothma. 

Gautrain announcement postponed

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2005 The announcement of the successful bidder to build and operate the multibillion rand Gautrain has been postponed to the end of this month.?The announcement was initially expected at the beginning of May. 

When State ownership makes sense

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2005 One of the biggest uncertainties clarified within months of the start of the second Thabo Mbeki administration has been in the area of public enterprises. 

SAA set to grow freight's revenue contribution

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2005 With some air-cargo observers forecasting volumes to triple over the next two decades, South Africa's State-owned airline, South African Airways (SAA), is intensifying efforts to devise a comprehensive freight strategy. 

State gets 'real' with transport strategy

By: Terence Creamer     29th April 2005 It is widely accepted that greater priority has to be given to the needs of the real economy if South Africa’s investment and growth ambitions are to be met. 

Limpopo to host big transport event

26th April 2005 The Limpopo Province is to host a week long International Transport Convention in Polokwane between May 15 and May 21. 

Transport training authority outlines five-year plan

By: Nicola Mawson     21st April 2005 Legislative changes now mean that companies filing workplace skills plans and annual training reports have to file both simultaneously from next year. 

White-hot truck market continues to grow apace

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2005 The commercial-vehicle market is continuing to grow at a blistering pace. 

Leader plans launch of upgraded truck models

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2005 Having upgraded its Actros truck series in 2003, Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles is this year launching spruced-up versions of its Atego and Axor trucks. 

Branch-line rail concessions are on the cards

By: Terence Creamer     1st April 2005 State-owned transport utility Transnet will continue to assess public-private partnership (PPPs) on a case-by-case basis, but is now ready to concession certain railway branch lines, Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin reports. 

SAA seeks big freight growth

By: Terence Creamer     1st April 2005 National airline South African Airways (SAA) is considering ways to boost its freight offering, with Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin suggesting that it could be an opportune time to make some strategic investments into that aspect of the business. 

UN awards SA air-traffic body R8m DRC deal

1st April 2005 The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) of South Africa has been awarded a R8-million contract by the United Nations Procurement Division in New York, to provide aeronautical information, airspace design and training for ten airports in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

SAA mulls strategy to grow freight

By: Terence Creamer     21st March 2005 National airline South African Airways (SAA) is considering ways to boost its freight offering, with Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin suggesting at the weekend that it could be an opportune time to make some strategic investments into that aspect of the business. 

Iron-ore deal sets tone for South Africa rail renaissance

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2005 Although minimalist plastic ballpoint pens may have used by Transnet CEO Maria Ramos and her Kumba Resources counterpart Dr Con Fauconnier to seal a breakthrough new commercial agreement between the two companies early last week, the economic significant of the agreement are far more momentous. 

South Africa ready to keep on trucking

By: Terence Creamer     11th March 2005 The commercial-vehicles arm of leading automotive group Daimler-Chrysler South African (DCSA) expects continued double-digit market growth in 2005, which could raise overall truck sales to a record 23 500 units. 

Aluminium-in-vehicles textbook could make varsity debut

By: elizabeth rebelo     11th March 2005 The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) aims to introduce its recently-launched hardcover textbook, Aluminium Designs for the Commercial Vehicle Industry, into the University of Johannesburg. 

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