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Engineering firm shifts focus to local projects

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 The Jeffares & Green Group, a multidisciplinary consulting engineering company operating in Africa and other areas of the world, has a renewed focus on projects in South Africa, MD Chris Robinson tells Engineering News. 

Local company expands its African footprint

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 Since its establishment 33 years ago, UWP Consulting has grown into a company with 13 offices across South Africa and it has recently opened another two regional offices in Thohoyandou and Queenstown. 

State seeks greatrer petrol-diesel balance

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2005 South Africa’s new-look taxi recapitalisation programme (TRP), aimed at replacing the current fleet of minibus taxis on South Africa’s roads, has room for diesel-powered vehicles only, says Transport Minister Jeff Radebe. 

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. 

Rapid-Rail steel poser

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2005 Gautrain project leader Jack van der Merwe would like to source the 20 000 t of steel the rapid-rail project will need locally, but this is all dependant on whether steel-maker Mittal South Africa can be convinced to reopen its Newcastle operation that years ago manufactured the rail-steel the... 

New Namibia-Angola rail corridor set to open

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2005 300 km link to open lucrative trade route 

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. 

Tough talking ahead on Gautrain

By: Irma Venter     15th July 2005 South Africa's biggest ever public-private partnership takes a crucial step ahead 

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. 

It's not all bad news, says Radebe

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2005 “Although underinvestment, inadequate maintenance and inefficient utilisation of locomotives and wagons, infrastructure neglect, and operating deficits continue to bedevil much of the rail sector across the whole of Africa, a number of recent developments point towards new and positive... 

Big focus on lowering logistics costs

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2005 South African rail operator, Spoornet, which is also a member of several rail concession-holder consortiums in Africa, aims to reduce the cost of logistics for Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries by 20% to 25%, says Spoornet CE Siyabonga Gama. 

South Africa takes cautious approach to privatisation

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2005 Spoornet is mulling concessioning some feeder lines to private operators. 

The road to economic success

8th July 2005 The R42-million closure and relocation of the M4-coastal road to unite the multimillion-rand Zimbali Coastal Resort development, illustrates the potential for harnessing public and private sector cooperation for mutual benefit. 

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. 

Border delays stymie African trade

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st July 2005 Due to cross-border delays, transport costs in Africa are about four times higher than in the European Union, thus making Africa less globally competitive. 

Body probes roads complaint

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st July 2005 A complaint regarding the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) contract for the provision of a comprehensive engineering, topographical and cadastral service survey is currently being investigated by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB). 

Gautrain to propel SA's rail industry forward

By: Nelendhre Moodley     1st July 2005 “We have a contingency plan for all fears,” assures Gautrain’s project manager Jack van der Merwe, who in addition to outlining some interesting aspects of the Gautrain project, also expounds on some of the challenges he and the project team face in bringing the ambitious rail... 

Companies keen to get on board train project

1st July 2005 Anyone driving on the Ben Schoeman highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria that tries to arrive on time for a morning appointment soon learns that it is essential to leave at least an hour earlier than normal. 

Ventilation specialist invited to tender for the supply of tunnel equipment

1st July 2005 East Rand-based company Fl 

State infrastructure push underpins R1bn engineering-sector transaction

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2005 The proposed R1,296-billion sale by Delta Electrical Industries (DEI) of its repairs-and-services and replacement-parts divisions to an equity consortium should herald the entry of a significant black-economic empowered (BEE) force into the power-distribution and locomotive-traction services... 

Farm fences fall

By: elizabeth rebelo     24th June 2005 300 landowners back new big-five reserve 

Move to reverse rail’s falling market share in Africa

By: Liezel Hill     22nd June 2005 South African rail utility Spoornet, together with the Southern African Rail Association (Sara), is looking at ways to increase rail’s diminishing market share in Africa, CEO Siyabonga Gama said yesterday. 

Intelligent transport solutions for South Africa

By: thamashni naidoo     10th June 2005 The third international conference and exhibition of the South African Society for Intelligent Transport Systems (SASITS) – held from May 10 to May 13 in Cape Town – has raised hopes for the alleviation of South Africa’s road congestion through the implementation of intelligent... 

Soccer World Cup 2010 will launch new intelligent transport systems

By: thamashni naidoo     10th June 2005 The National Department of Transport is making R3-billion available for the soccer World Cup in 2010 and this welcome sum of money will be used to also finance intelligent transport system (ITS) projects relating to the football spectacle 

Train project award delayed again

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2005 The announcement of the successful bidder to build and operate the multibillion rand Gautrain has again been postponed. 

FINAL SPECIFICATIONS NEXT MONTH

By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd June 2005 The final specifications for the taxi recapitalisation programme will be released as regulations in mid-June, and roll out of the first new taxi vehicles is expected as early as next month, says South African National Taxi Council president (Santaco) Tom Moufhe. 

CALL FOR TRANSPORT SKILLS PUSH

By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd June 2005 The process of creating and maintaining skills in the transport sector is crucial for South Africa’s economic and social development, says the president of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, Willie Madisha. 

Electric motor specialist ups empowerment credentials

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 Black economic empowerment (BEE) is increasingly becoming a standard feature of South Africa’s commercial sector but the progress towards BEE partnerships within the heavy industrial sector is noticeably slower. 

Vehicle group mulls bus export plan

By: Terence Creamer     27th May 2005 The South African arm of German truck and bus multinational MAN is consolidating its bus-assembly facilities around its Olifantsfontein plant in Gauteng as a precursor to an ambitious export-led expansion plan. 

Rail utility agrees to wage increase

25th May 2005 Rail-utility Spoornet will increase all junior employees' salaries by 4,5%, across the board, it was announced yesterday. 

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