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Harbour and Offshore Services

Gautrain costs mount as work begins in earnest

By: Nelendhre Moodley     8th December 2006 The R20-billion-plus Gautrain rapid-rail link, a state-of-the-art public-transport system, which government hopes will ease mounting traffic congestion in the Gauteng province, is costing more than R20-million a day, says project manager Jack van der Merwe. 

'No conflict of interest in Gautrain decision' - Cabinet

7th December 2006 Cabinet had no influence in the tender decision for the R23-billion Gautrain project, Government Communication Information System head Themba Maseko told journalists on Thursday. 

Comair expects interim earnings to rise 40%-60% y-on-y

6th December 2006 Airliner group Comair announced on Wednesday that it expected its headline earnings a share and earnings a share to be between 40% to 60% higher for the six months ended December 31, than those of the prior corresponding period. 

Imperial says buys construction- and mining-equipment firm

4th December 2006 Diversified transport group Imperial has bought the entire issued share capital of Terex Africa, a construction, mining and road-building equipment distributor, it said on Monday. 

Transnet approves acquisition of 212 new general-freight locomotives

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2006 State-owned transport utility Transnet confirmed on Thursday that its board had sanctioned a plan for the purchase of 212 diesel and electric locomotives to overcome capacity constraints in the general freight business (GFB). The procurement comes in the wake of a R1,12-billion deal with a... 

Grindrod announces new director

By: Matthew Hill     24th November 2006 JSE-listed shipping company Grindrod Limited announced late on Thursday that David Polkinghorne has been appointed as a company director, effective from November 22. 

Newly refurbished coach to meet 2010 passenger demands

22nd November 2006 Transport Minister Jeff Radebe has unveiled a newly refurbished coach to enhance customer services ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well as to meet future passenger demands. 

Long-distance taxi operators take delivery of new vehicles

By: Nelendhre Moodley     15th November 2006 Ten taxi owners recently took delivery of the first batch of twenty-five Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Commuter mini-buses from the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealership in Centurion. 

Taking ten days longer to move goods through port of Durban

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2006 Container ships at the port of Durban has been experiencing berthing delays averaging 70 hours since late August, says shipping company Safmarine Africa trades executive Alex de Bruyn. 

Spoornet incorporate manufacturing spin-off model into procurement scheme

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2006 Railways utility Spoornet, which signed a R1,12-billion locomotive-acquisition deal for the supply of 32 new class 15E electric locomotives for the Sishen–Saldanha iron-ore channel, has promised that some 55% of the contract value will be conducted locally. 

SAA launches controversial low-cost carrier, promising best prices

By: Mariaan Webb     30th October 2006 South Africa's national carrier, South African Airlines (SAA), launched its controversial low-cost domestic airline, Mango, on Monday, committing itself to operate flights which will, initially, be priced at around R200 a ticket between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Low-cost operators in South... 

Schrempp appointed to SAA board

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2006 Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin has appointed six new board members at State-owned airliner South African Airways (SAA), including former DaimlerChrysler CEO Professor Jurgen Schrempp, who has long-standing relations with South Africa. 

Joburg moves to overhaul bus fleet ahead of World Cup

By: Nelendhre Moodley     24th October 2006 A consignment of 126 buses and two coaches officially handed over by DaimlerChrysler to the Johannesburg Metro, on Tuesday, is the first part in a series of new bus consignments, expected to total some 300, aimed at improving public transport ahead of the 2010 soccer World Cup. 

Public transport infrastructure gets boost of R3,8bn

23rd October 2006 Government has set aside R3,8-billion for public transport infrastructure for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, said Transport Minister Jeff Radebe. 

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... 

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. 

Facelift Ahoy!

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2006 The six commercial ports within the South African Port Operations (Sapo) fold has received a large tranche of new equipment as part of this year’s R1,8-billion capital expenditure plan. 

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. 

Navy confirms discussions on Durban harbour site

By: Keith Campbell     1st September 2006 The South African Navy (SAN) has no objections in principle to the National Ports Authority’s (NPA’s) taking over its Salisbury Island site – but the parastatal would have to compensate the Navy in kind. 

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... 

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