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R15-million expansion at Lanseria

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road, rail & airport infrastructure 

This container has it all

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Innovative self-offloading and multifunctional side-tipping containers are among the products developed by Mossel Bay firm John Daniel Containers. 

Contract signals company’s success

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road, rail and airport infrastructure 

Up-and-away for escalator trolleys

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Carting luggage around Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) has been made easier thanks to South African trolley manufacturer Hemco Trolleys. 

Taxi! A new order dawns in SA

By: System Author     21st January 2000 South Africa’s long-awaited taxi recapitalisation project will begin in earnest next week with an exhibition at the Kyalami race circuit in Gauteng where the eight short-listed bidders will be able to show their offerings. 

Facilities offered for taxi revamp

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Although Nissan Diesel did not submit a proposal for the renewal of South Africa’s mini-bus taxi fleet late last year, it will make available its facilities for any taxi-manufacturing consortium wishing to utilise them. 

New bus-assembly plant to be ready by April

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Swedish truck and bus manufacturer Scania and its South African arm are to benefit substantially from a R240-million contract to supply 340 buses to the largest bus operator in the Northern Province. 

Locomotive company being liquidated

By: System Author     10th December 1999 The liquidation of Bessinger Locomotives has been hampered by the departure of the company’s director to the UK. 

Multibillion-rand rebirth plan for SA taxi industry

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 In October next year, the long-awaited recapitalisation of South Africa’s 126 000-strong taxi fleet is set to begin in earnest, but there is already a flurry of activity in preparation for the event. 

Mobile techno unit to plug into SA youth

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 The hopes and dreams for a renewed interest by South Africa’s youth in engineering are set to hit the road early next year in the form of the Tsebo Koloing Technology in Motion mobile unit. 

SA firm in ‘armour-plated’ global deal

By: System Author     26th November 1999 South African-based defence company Vickers OMC has become the design, development and manufacturing centre for wheeled armoured fighting vehicles for the Vickers group worldwide. 

A skip, a hop provides transport solution

By: System Author     26th November 1999 It’s always a risk starting one’s own business, but with risk comes returns, which has certainly proved the case with Wray Shaw, who has designed a new multipurpose vehicle. 

Transport interchange, Western Cape

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Tenders are invited for the construction of a station transport interchange. 

Baggage-scanning systems, countrywide

By: System Author     12th November 1999 With the opening up of relations with the outside world and the subsequent increase in international air traffic, South Africa is becoming a major drug-trafficking route. 

Cairo taxi-goers defy death on daily basis

By: System Author     29th October 1999 Tech Track 

Local firm builds first airport bridge in glass

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 The first glass airport passenger-loading bridge ever to be made in South Africa is under construction. 

The engineering challenge of bus safety

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Tech Track 

New bus range sees the light in SA

By: System Author     8th October 1999 “A peep at the shape of public transport in the Cape Metropolitan Area of the future” 

Durban airport upgrade go-ahead

By: System Author     1st October 1999 The official go-ahead has been received for Durban International Airport to begin with its proposed upgrade to a world-class facility over the next 16 months. 

Bridge collapse hearing resumes

By: System Author     17th September 1999 The second stage of the Department of Labour’s hearing into the collapse of the Injaka bridge near Bush Buck Ridge, Mpumalanga, was resumed at the end of August following a two-month recess. 

Give us the go-ahead, say airport developers

By: System Author     10th September 1999 The financial backing for the proposed R3,2-billion Springs-Nigel International Airport (SNI) could become a reality within the next month but will definitely be in place by the end of the year. 

New terminal a source of pride for citizens – Mbeki

By: System Author     10th September 1999 The latest stage in Airports Company South Africa’s developments at Johannesburg International Airport came to a high-profile climax when President Thabo Mbeki opened the airport’s new Terminal 1. 

First step in global strategy for Italian airports firm

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Italian airports company Aeroporti di Roma, which holds a 20% strategic equity share in Airports Company South Africa, is determined to be a global player in the industry. 

Automated answer to lifting, loading problems

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Materials-handling and logistics 

R3-million conveyor contract for Mozal

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Materials-handling and logistics 

Distance measuring wheels

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Measuring wheels that can measure distances of up to 10 000 m have been developed in the US. 

Railway line, Eastern Cape

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Tenders are invited for a feasibility study of the East London–Umtata railway line project. 

Coega development zone and port

By: System Author     6th August 1999 An integrated transportation study and a sewage treatment and return effluent study for the Coega development zone and port. 

R1-million sort and process upgrade at JIA

By: System Author     30th July 1999 International air express operator DHL Worldwide Express has spent R1-million upgrading and expanding the sort and process flows at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) to cater for business growth and to ensure faster shipment transfers and improved shipment security. The gateway, which has... 

Transport minister brings ‘justice’ to roads

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Implementing the strategies set out in the Moving South Africa action agenda and ensuring that effective law enforcement is in place are the two main issues that newly-appointed Transport Minister Dullah Omar will pursue. In an exclusive interview he tells Engineering News that the strategies... 

R1bn for coal terminal No 2

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 State-owned transport provider Transnet has set aside about R1-billion to facilitate the creation of a second coal outlet at Richards Bay – the new terminal is known as the South Dunes Coal Terminal (SDCT). Those close to the project believe construction will begin during the last quarter... 

R50m road contract begins

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Design work has begun on the project to rebuild and upgrade the Kei Cuttings on the N2 freeway in the Eastern Cape, for which the South African National Roads Agency has allocated close to R50-million. The site is located north of the Kei river, between East London and Umtata. Due for completion... 

Privatisation looms for 200 world airports

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) is poised to take advantage of the 200 airports that will be up for privatisation around the world within the next ten years, through the formation of strategic alliances. This was revealed at the release of the company’s annual results where Acsa... 

La Mercy project still awaits clearance

By: System Author     16th July 1999 THE controversial relocation of Durban International Airport (DIA) to a proposed new site at La Mercy has reached an impasse due to financial difficulties. In an exclusive interview with Engineering News Acsa MD Dirk Ackerman stated quite frankly that “nothing has changed; we have finished... 

New rail link makes tracks into Africa

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Setting the wheels in motion for increased trade between South Africa and its Southern African neighbours, a new 150 km railway line, which connects Beitbridge in Zimbabwe with an existing line at West Nicholson, has been opened officially to international traffic this week, reports Spoornet rail... 

High-speed trains for the new millennium

By: System Author     16th July 1999 fleet of high-speed tilting trains will be supplied to the Virgin Rail group under a deal worth  

Largest trailers built in South Africa

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Transport company Chayah Transport has taken delivery of its first two non-tipping Cargo-Floor trailers. These semitrailers have been designed and build by Henred-Freuhauf trailers, in conjunction with Cargo Floor represenative Rene Wegkamp. The 16 m semitrailers are the largest... 

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