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Smart-card solution pondered

By: Irma Venter     11th November 2005 Transport department seeks innovative solution to integration challenge 

New route unpacked

By: Irma Venter     11th November 2005 Changes now subject of environmental study 

Spoornet-Sasol sets 1mt/y chemicals export target

By: Terence Creamer     10th November 2005 Railways utility Spoornet and petrochemicals group Sasol have signed-off on a collaborative supply-chain deal, which should see a doubling of railed tonnage of specialty chemicals over the next three years. 

Lawmakers question Gautrain costs, timing

By: Liezel Hill     9th November 2005 The controversial Gautrain rapid-rail link project was drawn further into the national spotlight yesterday, as project leader Jack van der Merwe answered probing questions from the parliamentary portfolio committee for transport. 

New route plan may avert lawsuit

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2005 The proposed realignment of the Gautrain rapid-rail link between the Pretoria and Hatfield stations may avert the continuation of court action by the Muckleneuk and Lukasrand Property Owners and Residents Association (MLPORA). 

SA group leads Kenya win

By: John Muchira     28th October 2005 A consortium led by South Africa’s Sheltam Close Corporation has won the bid to operate and manage the Kenya’s and Uganda’s railways for the next 25 years. 

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. 

Aircons supplied for rail carrier’s loco upgrade project

By: Mariaan Webb     28th October 2005 In another custom application designing climate-control systems for railway applications, Booyco Engineering was awarded the contract to develop and supply air conditioners for Spoornet’s 8E shunter locomotives. 

Tram-tyre sales are on the increase

By: Mariaan Webb     28th October 2005 With the international demand for tram tyres on the increase, South African company Ringrollers has invested more than R2-million in new machinery to cater for the anticipated growth. 

Railway brake-block contract to boost local supplier

By: Mariaan Webb     28th October 2005 The division of DCD-Dorbyl, which manufactures railway brake blocks for the local and international railway industries, Metpro, has been awarded the largest part of a contract to supply railway brake blocks to Transnet. 

Reglazing programme keeps train windows in tact

28th October 2005 Every day, 2,1-million South African passengers travel on Metrorail’s 379 train sets, consisting of 4 635 carriages, using 470 stations, all connected by 2 400 km of track. 

R6,85m residential road project finished in 15 months

28th October 2005 Local company Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA), part of the B&A group, has recently completed the design and construction management of ?asphalt-surfaced residential streets in Soweto-on-Sea, a suburb of Port Elizabeth. 

Lifting equipment for different rail applications

28th October 2005 Specialist in lifting, pulling and positioning systems, Bellambie Mining & Industrial, supplies a range of specialist equipment designed for rail and railcar applications. 

New freight logistics strategy to boost SA's transport systems

By: Mariaan Webb     28th October 2005 A decade of continuous change in international transport man- agement has put local transport systems under pressure to adapt their role and function to a more demanding oper-ational environment. 

‘Concrete roads just as quiet as asphalt’ – study

28th October 2005 A recent study by The Road Information Program (TRIP) in the US found that concrete roads were so durable that they often exceeded their design lives by years – or even decades – and often handled three times more traffic than designed for. 

R226m road project to link four KZN cities

28th October 2005 In a joint venture with newly-established Ibhongo Consulting, Stewart Scott International (SSI) was appointed by the Kwazulu-Natal Department of Transport to design and supervise the construction of about 94 km of Main Road P700. 

$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. 

Alternative route being mulled over

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2005 New route through the Jacaranda city proposed 

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. 

Regulatory regimes get the chop in new freight strategy

3rd October 2005 The recently unveiled National Freight Logistics Strategy will see the number of regulatory agencies dealing with compliance issues in the freight industry significantly reduced in order to lower costs and simplify the process of transporting goods. 

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 

54 MONTHS REQUIRED

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2005 GAUTRAIN??The Gautrain should be completed 54 months to 60 months after financial closure is achieved, says Murray & Roberts CE Brian Bruce. 

Spoornet's future hinges on skilled people

By: Liezel Hill     12th September 2005 State rail utility Spoornet on Friday presented awards to its top bursary students, the majority of whom are expected to take up positions at the company. 

'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. 

Taxi recap: former bidder in gear with new plan

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2005 DaimlerChrysler South Africa’s (DCSA’s) Sprinter minibus leads the way in conforming to the revised taxi recapitalisation programme’s new technical requirements, especially the safety specifications, says DCSA Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle divisional manager Stephen Hayton. 

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. 

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