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Roads

Freeway improvement scheme to create greater economic opportunities

By: Chanel de Bruyn     12th October 2007 The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Scheme (GFIS), which entails the upgrade and construction of about 500 km of roads in the region, aims to improve economic opportunities in the region, South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) marketing and communication project manager Wendy Watson... 

OR Tambo development programme progressing to schedule

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     30th March 2007 Construction relating to Airports Company South Africa’s (Acsa’s) R5,2-billion development plan for OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) is progressing according to schedule, says GM Chris Hlekane. 

Gauteng's rapid-rail project may embrace three more stations

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2007 The R25-billion Gautrain project may, in future, see three stations added to the current ten on the drawing board. 

Gautrain enters Joburg with a bang

By: Nelendhre Moodley     5th February 2007 Some 350 kg of explosives was used on Sunday in the demolition of a block of buildings in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, to make way for the construction of an underground parking area for the Gautrain rapid rail link at Park Station. The R25,1-billion Gautrain project involves the construction of a... 

High-tech weighbridge at Durban port improves efficiency, turnaround times

By: Nelendhre Moodley     31st January 2007 The South African Port Operations(Sapo) has installed a high-tech weighbridge facility that repositions the terminal as a �one-stop shop� at the Maydon Wharf terminal in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, the port operator said in a statement this week. 

Road freight employers optimistic on wage settlement

By: Matthew Hill     30th January 2007 Road freight employers and truck drivers are likely to reach an agreement by February 12 after wage disputes, thereby avoiding a national strike in mid-February, the Road Freight Employers Association (RFEA) said on Tuesday. RFEA executive officer Magretia Brown told Engineering News Online that... 

Gautrain consortium secures R3bn loan

By: Mariaan Webb     30th January 2007 The Bombela Concession company, government's private partner in building the 80-km Gautrain rapid-rail link, and its joint lenders, Standard Bank and Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), have finalised negotiations to fund its R3-billion commitment to the project. Standard Bank and RMB are the lead... 

Taxi alliance to finalise recap legal challenge this week

By: Matthew Hill     29th January 2007 Taxi industry association the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) hoped to have finalised the legal action that it will be taking against the Department of Transport, regarding government's taxi recapitalisation programme, by the end of this week. Speaking in a telephonic interview with Engineering... 

Jo'burg bus strike had 'very little impact' - Metrobus

By: Matthew Hill     29th January 2007 Johannesburg commuter bus service provider Metrobus said that Monday's strike by South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members had had “very little impact” and 80% of its buses were running according to schedule. 

Rolling stock revival

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2007 Coach-building and refurbishing companies in South Africa have been through some tough times as government in recent years failed to open its purse to upgrade and buy new rolling stock. 

Gauteng begins appointing experts for new transport integration body

By: Matthew Hill     24th January 2007 The Gauteng Department of Transport, Roads and Works (GDTRW) is in the process of appointing transport experts to the board of its new brainchild, the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA), a department spokesperson told Engineering News Online on Tuesday. In answer to emailed questions, Tebogo... 

Nissan Diesel SA to invest R95m in infrastructure, skills

22nd January 2007 Truck manufacturer Nissan Diesel has announced that it would spend R89-million on new infrastructure developments across South Africa. 

Work steams ahead as project clears green hurdle

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2007 The R25-billion Gautrain project in December received the environmental go-ahead from the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environ-ment (GDACE), for variants proposed to the rapid-rail system’s original northern route alignments. 

Truck drivers threaten February strike as wage talks fail

By: Matthew Hill     18th January 2007 South African truck drivers will begin a nationwide strike in mid-February, after talks between the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) and the road freight sector collapsed, the union cautioned on Thursday. 

Self-service check in to improve flying convenience

By: Nelendhre Moodley     17th January 2007 South Africa�s national carrier South African Airways (SAA), which launched the first of its new self check-in facility, known as Flightcheck, at Johannesburg�s OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) on Wednesday, intends to roll out a further 70 such kiosks in the near future. 

Low-cost newcomer launches second Kenyan flight route

By: Nelendhre Moodley     15th January 2007 Africa-focused logistics group Lonrho Africa, on Monday announced that Fly540, a recently established low-cost airline based in Nairobi, Kenya, launched its second route, from Nairobi�s main international airport to Kisumu in Western Kenya, last Friday. Fly540, in which Lonrho has a 49% stake,... 

Safmarine to upgrade its SA services as trade-volumes continue to rise

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2006 Shipping company Safmarine is in the process of upgrading its shipping services to and from South Africa, due to increasing trade volumes, says Safmarine South Africa trades executive Alex de Bruyn. 

A380 gets safety thumbs up

13th December 2006 The world�s largest commercial airliner, the 555-seat Airbus A380, received joint European Aviation Safety Agency and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification this week. 

Gautrain tunnelling work to begin in February

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2006 Tunelling work on the Gautrain project will start in February next year. 

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. 

Challenges abound

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th December 2006 The Gautrain rapid-rail project is a first for South Africa and will present many challenges that may may make achieving the stipulated milestones in the designated time frames tricky, particularly over the first years of construction. 

Benefits spill over into wider transport system

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th December 2006 The Gautrain project is expected to have a number of direct and indirect spin-offs that will benefit Gauteng and its people. 

Focus on integration

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th December 2006 There is a need in Gauteng for dedicated rights of way and this has been attempted by the introduction of the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane of the Ben Schoeman highway as a pilot project at the end of October. 

Debate still simmers over project’s

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th December 2006 The Gautrain has been high on the public agenda for a substantial part of the last two years. Opinion on the project is varied, from both government and the general public. 

‘Incentive, not fine, linked to 2010 completion’

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th December 2006 It is crucial that all parties understand that the project is a very tight schedule � if not, we are going the miss the boat. �We need to respect all the milestones that we need to deliver,� urges Bombela concessionaire CEO Denis Bouvette. There has been some confusion surrounding the reports of... 

Milestones and progress

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th December 2006 Work on the construction of the Gautrain rapid-rail link has now begun in earnest. Along Oxford Road, in front of The Zone shopping centre in Rosebank, it is clear that the Bombela concessionaire has moved on from the enabling works phase. 

Six years on, construction begins

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th December 2006 The construction of the Gautrain rapid- rail link project has begun and, around Johannesburg, evidence that the ball is now rolling is clear to see. 

Gautrain rapid rail link

8th December 2006 The Gautrain project involves a modern state-of-the-art rail connection, linking Sandton, Johannesburg, Tshwane and the OR Tambo International Airport (formerly Johannesburg International Airport). 

'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. 

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. 

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