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New flag-emblazoned taxi fleet to make debut in September

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 The final specifications for South Africa's new generation of mini- and midi-bus taxis will be gazetted in a matter of days, opening the way for the roll-out of a new white-painted, South African-flag branded, taxi fleet from September. Speaking during a post transport-Lekgolta media briefing in... 

SA and Ethiopia commit to open-skies push

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 A transport-related memorandum of understanding signed between South Africa and Ethiopia on Friday was hailed as a precursor to an increasingly concerted effort by South Africa to ensure a further opening of the skies over the continent. 

Transnet likely to scale up capex beyond budgeted R64,5bn

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2006 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet was considering project plans that could see it materially enlarging its already ambitious capital-expenditure programme, currently pegged at R64,5-billion for the next five years, CEO Maria Ramos has confirmed. Speaking at an editor's briefing in... 

Bombardier expresses interest in SA commuter-rail partnerships

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2006 A member of the consortium which is the preferred bidder for the multibillion rand Gautrain, has indicated that it “is interested, and has already had discussions with people in South Africa about pursuing other possible public–private partnerships (PPPs) in the commuter-rail... 

Significant progress being made to include private sector in African railway networks

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2006 There are 35 railway networks in Africa, with 12 concessions in operation, and ten concessions under way or being planned, says infrastructure commercialisation consultant CPCS Transcom principal Elan Cusiac-Barr. 

New KZN airport to be operational by 2010 - Radebe

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2006 South Africa will build a new airport at La Mercy, near the port of Durban, at a cost of at least R2.5-billion. 

Namibia to build $119,7m road near Angola border

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2006 Namibia will build an 809 million Namibian dollar ($119.7 million) road near its border with Angola, said Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. 

Costing and the environment are two key issues for debate

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2006 Financial negotiations between government and Bombela around the Gautrain public–private partnership project could be concluded within the next 30 days, says a senior Murray & Roberts executive. 

Stranded wagons, 'ghost' workers haunt Transnet

By: Terence Creamer     3rd August 2006 Efforts by State-owned freight logistics group Transnet to progress the overhaul of its wagon fleet were being stymied, in part, by a shortage of cast-iron wheels, which had led to some refurbished wagons being stranded. 

Government wants State-owned enterprises to go extra mile in developing 'competitive' local suppliers

By: Terence Creamer     28th July 2006 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and South Africa’s State-owned enterprises (SoEs) are finalising various supplier-development programmes in a bid to raise the level of local content in the multibillion-rand public infrastructure drive, involving large-scale power, transport and... 

SAPS viewed as integral to future rail-security solution

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2006 The budget to provide security on South Africa’s commuter trains has increased from R90-million in 1995 to R257-million in the last financial year, says South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) group executive operations compliance Enos Ngutshane. 

Dedicated freighter fleet emerging at national carrier

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2006 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) has started to establish a dedicated freighter fleet in a bid to expand SAA Cargo’s capacity as well as to deal with rising competitive pressures. 

Consortium selected to lead scrapping of unsafe taxis

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2006 The Department of Transport (DoT) has announced that the Siyazi consortium is the preferred bidder in the process to appoint a scrapping administration agency (SAA) in the taxi recapitalisation project. 

Stalwart exits

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2006 Production of South Africa’s top-selling taxi vehicle for many years, Toyota South Africa’s (TSA’s) Hi-Ace, is due to come to an end in 2009. 

Transnet sets up structures to manage R64,5bn capex roll out

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2006 State-owned freight-logistics group Transnet has set up a specialist division to manage its big-ticket capital projects, which form part of a R64,5-billion, five-year capital-expenditure plan for its railways, harbour and pipeline businesses. 

Road is still king in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2006 From the 2002/03 to the 2005/06 financial year, heavy trucks registered in South Africa have increased by 16,5%; this while the number of locomotives have declined by 33%. 

Sapo introduces a manufacturing element to its procurement strategy

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2006 State-owned harbour operator South African Port Operations (Sapo) claims to be taking a manufacturing view of its procurement processes and is encouraging foreign equipment suppliers, with which it places contracts, to integrate South African manufacturers into their global supply chains. 

Last study conducted in 2002, steady deterioration expected

By: Jade Davenport     7th July 2006 In 2002, it was estimated that 35% of South Africa’s 752 000 km road network was in a poor to very poor condition. 

SAA pins growth ambition on low-cost carrier, freight business

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2006 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) is pinning its expansionary ambitions on the introduction of a low-cost operator as well as a substantially-expanded cargo offering. The group, which emerged gingerly from a strike-affected operational and financial period, reported only modest... 

Transnet sets up structures to manage R64,5bn capex roll out

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2006 State-owned freight-logistics group Transnet has set up a specialist division to manage its big-ticket capital projects, which form part of a R64,5-billion, five-year capital-expenditure plan for its railways, harbour and pipeline businesses. At present, the division, headed by project-management... 

US government supports American firm and BEE partner in their bid for SA peaking-power project

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2006 A US government agency has approved a $550 900 technical-assistance grant for a black economic-empowered (BEE) company partnering the giant US energy group, AES, in its bid to build one of the private peaking-power plants currently out to tender from the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME). 

Stainless steel industry hopes to benefit from Gautrain

30th June 2006 As the Gautrain project progresses, the South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) realises the significant opportunities that it presents to the local stainless steel industry, as many modern train stations worldwide make extensive use of the attractive wear-resistant material. 

Local supplier explores Gautrain opportunities

30th June 2006 Among the multi-disciplinary components of any mass transit system, escalators are a key component and the Gautrain is no exception. 

Work begins as financial closure nears

By: Matthew Hill     30th June 2006 While the concession agreement between the government and the preferred bidder for the Gautrain project, Bombela, is currently being finalised, the draft Final Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for Gautrain has been submitted to the Gauteng Department of Agricultural, Conservation and... 

Complex planning behind Gautrain station locations

By: Matthew Hill     30th June 2006 As initial works on the Gautrain project progress, the size and complexity of the undertaking are becoming increasingly evident. Gautrain Rapid Rail Link technical advisor Dr Herman Joubert tells Engineering News that extensive planning went into the linking of Johannesburg, Pretoria and... 

Project ‘will not be a white elephant’

By: Bert Swart     30th June 2006 MEC for Transport Roads and Works in Gauteng, Ignatius Jacobs announced in his budget speech to the Gauteng Legislature this month, that his department will table a Bill in the legislature, to establish the Gautrain Agency. 

R11bn SA ports spend emphasises container capacity

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2006 State-owned harbour operator South African Port Operations (Sapo) is prioritising infrastructure and superstructure investment at its six commercial ports and has confirmed a five-year capital budget of R11-billion starting this financial year. It has also confirmed a material skills-development... 

First compliant taxis on the road, Toyota sales soar

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2006 Seven years since the announcement of the taxi recapitalisation project, the first minibus taxis adhering to the regulations formulated under this process are finally on the road. 

US government backs AES bid for SA peaking-power project

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2006 A US government agency has approved a $550 900 technical-assistance grant for a black economic-empowered (BEE) company partnering the giant US energy group, AES, in its bid to build one of the private peaking-power plants currently out to tender from the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME).... 

Disposal of top tourist destination just the beginning for Transnet

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2006 State transport company Transnet last week set in motion its much-contested and long-awaited noncore asset-disposal programme, placing the high-profile Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront property development on to the auction block. 

Gautrain not a 'white elephant' - transport MEC

By: Mariaan Webb     6th June 2006 The Gauteng transport MEC Ignatius Jacobs reiterated in his 2006/7 budget speech that the Gautrain would not become a “white elephant” and that the department had allocated the bulk of its record R6,2-billion budget for the year to the implementation of this project. 

Investment in technology key to competitiveness

2nd June 2006 South African companies involved in today’s many and varied design and manufacturing industries face the challenge of having continually to respond to the ever-increasing pressures of global competition. 

AECI, province seek solution to expropriation differences

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2006 Specialty chemicals and explosives group AECI has been meeting with the Gauteng provincial government and the Gautrain project team in order to find a solution regarding the company’s opposition to the proposed rapid-rail link. 

Railroading development

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2006 Expropriation of the property required to build the Gautrain has started. 

Gauteng braces for disruptions as initial works get going

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2006 The initial works of the multibillion-rand Gautrain project has started. 

R400m set aside for transport empowerment

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2006 The recently-announced alliance between the State-owned Industrial Develop-ment Corporation (IDC) and private-sector bank Absa (now part of the UK Barclays group), to provide financing totalling R400-million for black economic-empowerment (BEE) small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the transport... 

Bombela explains how it is going to make the Gautrain a reality

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2006 When a South African, a Frenchman, a Canadian, and an American sit around a table in South Africa, it can easily be thought of as the opening line of a barroom joke. Or it could be an exemplary show of teamwork to make the world’s second-largest public–private rail project a reality.... 

Spootnet close to finalising auto strategy

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2006 Transnet should have its automotive strategy concluded by June this year, says Spoornet senior manager strategy and marketing Deirdre Strydom. 

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