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NONSTOP INNOVATION

By: Helene Le Roux     28th October 2005 One of the pioneers of commercial vehicle production, automotive manufacturer DaimlerChrysler, is working on a number of new technologies that stand to revolutionise the industry. 

$92,5m facelift planned for Kenya airport

By: John Muchira     21st October 2005 Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has put out an international tender for the construction of a terminal passenger apron, taxiways, carparks and associated facilities at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), in Nairobi. 

Tanzania in big road-upgrading programme

By: John Muchira     21st October 2005 The Tanzanian government has embarked on a big road-upgrading programme. 

Eastern Cape contracts bus company to improve passenger transport

19th October 2005 The Eastern Cape government has contracted a bus company to be the sole subsidised bus service provider in the former Transkei. 

Radebe issues first taxi operating licences

17th October 2005 Transport Minister Jeff Radebe has issued 20 operating licences to Free State taxi operators who have converted their radius permits. 

Gauteng to spend billions to improve public transport

13th October 2005 Gauteng is to invest billions of rands in efforts to improve road infrastructure and the public transport sector. 

Framework laid for rail competition

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2005 The South African government has finally moved to create certainty around its future strategy for the freight sector as a whole, but more specifically the State-controlled and underperforming rail-freight industry. 

Mega-project guru joins Transnet team

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2005 State transport utility Transnet has appointed one of South Africa's most experience mega-project managers, Bernard Smith, to help it with the rollout of its ambitious R40-billion capital programme over the next five years. 

Navy ship for Navy in the offing?

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2005 Recent statements by Defence Minister Lekota suggest that plans for the SA Navy to acquire an amphibious transport ship seem to have been quite dramatically brought forward 

SA lays framework for rail competition

By: Terence Creamer     29th September 2005 The South African government yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to the introduction of competition into the underperforming rail-freight sector, which currently carries about 185-million tons of South Africa's 1 150-million tons of yearly cargo and has been losing market share to road for over a... 

Geoff du Plessis

By: Terence Creamer     23rd September 2005 Full name: Geoffrey Cornelis du Plessis Position: CEO, MAN Truck and Bus Main activity of the company: Supplier of trucks and buses to the transport industry Date and place of birth: July 20, 1960, Johannesburg Education: BSc Engineering (Mech), Wits, 1981 First job: Development engineer,... 

German group looking to expand dominant market position

By: Jade Davenport     23rd September 2005 Power, transport sectors identified as key growth areas 

Transforming SA's marine services

By: Keith Campbell     2nd September 2005 The process of creating representativity in the Marine Services division of the NPA has simultaneously been a process of South Africanising the division. 

How ships are handled

By: Keith Campbell     2nd September 2005 Marine Services is of crucial importance to the South African economy. 

'Transnet's PFMA breaches not material'

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2005 State-owned transport utility Transnet has denied reports that the four breaches of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) referred to in its latest annual report were either material to the business or related to the actions of the new executive team, led by Maria Ramos. 

Rail is simply uncompetitive, specialist

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2005 Rail has, over time, become an inappropriate technology for the transport of general cargo, says Arup South Africa transport economics adviser Andrew Marsay. 

Trailer industry benefits from moving-floor technology

26th August 2005 Moving-floor technology in the trailer industry is becoming increasingly popular since it enables the legal transport of larger loads with no risk of instability during unloading. 

A 'smart' breakthrough for bus operators

26th August 2005 One of South Africa’s largest passenger-transport companies serving Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo commuters, Putco, has awarded Questek a contract to equip 280 of its vehicles with a leading-edge revenue-management system. 

Aluminium saves weight and increases payload

By: Mariaan Webb     26th August 2005 The heavier a vehicle, the more significant the effect on infrastructure and road users. 

R3-billion for transport facelift

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2005 Treasury has provided R3-billion over the next three years to improve the country’s public transport systems and infrastructure in preparation for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. 

Gautrain's profitability hinges on 104 000-a-day ridership

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2005 The largest study of its kind – examining 183 road and 27 rail projects in 14 countries on five continents – found that rail passenger forecasts have internationally been overestimated by 106% on average, resulting in an actual ridership of less than half of that predicted. 

Rough times for SA aviation

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2005 THE SA commercial & general aviation sectors have been hard hit by the failure of key parastatals & government departments to grasp their contribution to the national economy. 

Steel projects shine at awards ceremony

12th August 2005 The Steel Awards, the annual event held under the auspices of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), was again a testimony to the excellent work currently being undertaken in steel by South African companies. 

SA missing out on potentially big maritime business

By: Keith Campbell     12th August 2005 South African society’s land-mindedness is denying this country lucrative business in the maritime sphere. 

SA set for commuter rail revival

By: Helene Le Roux     12th August 2005 The Department of Transport’s (DoT’s) plans for investment in South Africa’s public-transport sector includes doubling the R2,7-billion allocated to the national commuter rail renewal strategy. 

Rail sunrise over Karoo town

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     29th July 2005 Western Cape rail-coach refurbishiment company Commuter Transport Engineering (CTE), which opened its doors five years ago and has refurbished 100 coaches to date, will soon start building on its second workshop at its Touws River site, in the Western Cape. 

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. 

Sand bypass scheme replicates nature

1st July 2005 The developmentof South Africa’s eighth deep-water harbour at the Ngqura river mouth (Coega) will have little impact on the shoreline due to a sand bypass system which has been designed to simulate the natural movement of sand in that area of Algoa Bay. 

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