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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. 

Traffic congestion hampering economic growth, but projects-in-waiting could alleviate the pressure

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... 

Off the scrapyard

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2006 On October 28, in the Free State, the country’s first old minibus taxi will be scrapped as government’s long-awaited R7,7-billion taxi-recapitalisation programme finally kicks off. 

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... 

Steps taken to curb disruption, roads agency reports

By: Amy Heydenrych     13th October 2006 In an effort to reduce the inconvenience caused to road users and ensure the safety of motorists during maintenance work on a key route, project managers from the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and a joint venture of consulting engineers from a BKS/Sekhukhune JV and KP... 

Modernisation systems supplied to Cameroon rail authority

By: Amy Heydenrych     13th October 2006 Early this year, GE Transportation received a second order for five Brightstar locomotive modernisation systems from the Cameroon Railway Authority, CamRail. This order is in addition to the original six systems ordered in 2003. 

‘Promote intermodalism to reap full benefits’, State urged

By: Amy Heydenrych     13th October 2006 The South African government must promote intermodalism in order to reap the benefits of its road and rail system, rather than accepting the current destructive competitionbetween the two, asserts media and research officer for the Rail Road Association of South Africa (RRA) Allen Jorgensen. He... 

New standards provide clarity on load securement

13th October 2006 The recent publication of the nine parts of the SANS 10187 load securement on vehicles standard is important news for all operators of road transport. 

Metrorail depot upgrade on schedule

13th October 2006 Protekon Rail Solutions is currently engaged in the upgrading of several Metrorail depots in both the Wits and Cape Regions. 

Train assembly to boost East-Rand

By: Irma Venter     13th October 2006 Nine years after the prefeasibility study for the Gautrain rapid-rail link was initiated, construction of the R25-billion project has started. 

Concrete put forward as viable alternative for road construction, repair

By: Amy Heydenrych     13th October 2006 Concrete is an ideal building material for roads in South Africa – from highway construction and rehabilitation to low-volume roads, says roads project leader at the Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) Bryan Perrie. 

Soil-stabilisation project completed

By: Amy Heydenrych     13th October 2006 The country’s largest supplier of bitumen, a key ingredient in the construction of roads, Tosas, together with construction company, Roshcon, recently completed the base stabilisation of over 40 km of gravel roads at Tutuka power station in Mpumalanga - a project funded by energy utility... 

‘Revolutionary’ rail safety system stems from SA-UK cooperation

13th October 2006 International defence and aerospace company BAE Systems is supporting Parsec, the Pretoria-based electronics company, in its development of a revolutionary railway safety system in another positive spin-off from South Africa’s Hawk and Gripen fighter aircraft procurement. 

KZN bridge lighting project completed

13th October 2006 Bosch Projects, in conjunction with leading urban designers, GAPP Architects, has completed the illumination design of bridge lighting at the Quality Street/M4 interchange upgrade in Durban and has handed the commissioned installation to eThekweni Electricity. 

Projects galore for construction firm

13th October 2006 Recent road projects for Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA) include the design and construction of William Slammert Drive in Port Elizabeth and the construction management of asphalt surfaced residential streets in Soweto-on-Sea, a suburb of Port Elizabeth. 

Rail former ‘ideally suited’ to underground applications

13th October 2006 Becker Engineering’s Simplex rail former, the 3A25 series, is ideally suited to bend rails for underground railway lines. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Public has until mid-September to comment on route variation

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2006 The Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment (GDACE) has approved the proposed variant route alignments between Mushroom Farm Park, Sandton and the M1 highway; what would be the Marlboro tunnel portal and the N3 highway; and between Rhodesfield and the Johannesburg... 

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... 

Rail Safety chief concerned about rising human-error related accidents

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2006 An analysis of rail incidents over the year to March 31, 2006, indicates that more than 60% of accidents are human-factor related. 

Gautrain route changes approved by province, public invited to comment

By: Matthew Hill     22nd August 2006 The Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment has approved route changes in three areas of the Gautrain's route that were proposed by the preferred bidder, the Bombela Consortium, and the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works (GDPTRW). Bombela recommended a... 

Although Spoornet's general freight business continues to struggle, Transnet wants to maintain diversity

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet was determined not to see Spoornet reduced to a two-commodity transport business and was considering new ways to recapture general-freight volumes from road, CEO Maria Ramos stressed recently. 

Moral hazard is a real threat

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 Officially, South Africa is still pursuing a policy of vertically separating harbour and railways infrastructure from operations. However, progress on this key issue, which would facilitate greater competition in both sectors, has been painfully slow. 

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