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SA becoming a truck dumping ground

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Illegal or ‘grey’ imports of heavy and medium vehicles are beginning to wreak havoc on the South African industry, Engineering News can today report. The problem has arisen as a result of the severely depressed market for commercial vehicles in Asia, following the meltdown of those... 

Trucks make way for exhaust plant

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Eastern Cape vehicle manufacturer Delta Motor Corporation has recommitted itself to local truck assembly following a R9-million relocation of its truck-building plant from Markam Township to Kempston Road in Port Elizabeth. The move, the company claims, is integral to its drive to become the... 

Mabopane freeway construction well under way

By: System Author     5th March 1999 CONSTRUCTION is well under way on the Mabopane freeway (road P200-1), north of Pretoria, using a combination of conventional and emerging contractors, and completion is expected well ahead of schedule. Other contracts have also been awarded in the Klipfontein/Kruisfontein area south of Soshanguve... 

Specialised test facilities determine risk

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The vehicle-test facility which is part of Gerotek Test Facilities has been awarded a second contract to the tune of R1,4-million by the Department of Transport for a training programme for taxi drivers. Initially established by Armscor to assist it in the procurement and marketing of armaments,... 

R953-million budgeted for roads upkeep

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) has budgeted R953,5-million this year for road maintenance, rehabilitation and new roads, Sanra CEO Nazir Alli tells Engineering News. Of that sum R503,5-million will be spent on maintenance, with R285,7-million on road rehabilitation and... 

SA firm pulls its weight in Bangladesh

By: System Author     5th March 1999 In a welcome boost for South Africa’s export market, crane safety and traffic centre management company Pietzch Automatieserungstechnik (PAT) has secured the R1,2-million contract to build a weigh-in-motion facility for the newly-constructed Bangabundhu bridge, the world’s eleventh... 

Majuba conveyor feasible

By: System Author     26th February 1999 STUDIES to date have shown that the transportation of coal by rail or conveyor to Majuba power station near Volksrust in Mpumalanga will definitely be economically feasible, provided the volume of coal transported is large enough. Due to lower-than-expected growth in electricity demand, the... 

Used-truck scheme to crack tough market

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In a market dogged by overtrading, high interest rates and uncertain new legislation, truck manufacturer MAN has taken the bull by the horns and introduced a used-truck programme with its own backing, and aftersales support provided by its national dealer network. Speaking at the official launch... 

Toll-road company scores Asian contracts

By: System Author     19th February 1999 TOLL-road company Intertoll has secured two new contracts in Asia, reports Group Five CEO Mike Lomas. In India and Bangladesh, these contracts are further confirmation of Intertoll’s successful entry into the highly-competitive toll-road operation market. In India, the company has secured a... 

R1,5m cable-replacement contract won

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In a contract valued at R1,5-million, Robins Engineering is replacing a 4,5-km-long 88 kV high-voltage power cable between the Sans Souci and Ridge substations in Parktown, Johannesburg. The contract calls for the excavation of 1,5-m- deep trenches, laying the cable, which is supplied by African... 

Numerous dumptrucks imported

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A number of Terex TA40 dumptrucks, powered by the Detroit Diesel Series 60, have been imported by local Terex agent Batemans. These 40 t trucks will be used in various mining and construction applications and the 6  

Portable remote comms device

By: System Author     12th February 1999 AN inexpensive, easy-to-use handheld device which uses cellular technology for mobile communication has been developed in South Africa by Accord R&D, a subsidiary of Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Accord Technologies. The robust device can be adapted to suit a myriad of applications in any... 

Maputo toll-road on track

By: System Author     12th February 1999 WORK is proceeding apace on the Maputo Corridor project, reports Trans African Concessions (Trac), the concessionaire appointed to build and operate the project, and transfer it back to the respective governments after 30 years. The first toll-plaza has been opened west of Middelburg, and the... 

New foldable forklift

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A new foldable portable forklift called the Crayler, from Palfinger, is available in South Africa from Magon Cranes, The forklift, with a 1,8 t or 2 t carrying capacity, is carried below the truck semi-trailer in a transportation box which is installed between the axles on a trailer or... 

Long-awaited ‘African’ truck rolls off the line

By: System Author     5th February 1999 The long-awaited ‘African’ truck has begun rolling off the assembly line. Engineering News can today report that Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has begun production of its MB 800. The new truck has a 4,5 t payload, and its chassis and powerplant will also be used for the... 

Housing and transport go hand-in-hand

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Housing developments, the provision of infrastructure and transport needs will have to be planned together if the full potential of development initiatives is to be realised, Department of Transport director general Dipak Patel tells Engineering News. He explains, that in the planning of low-cost... 

SA rail-freight services repositioned

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Rail operator Spoornet is in the process of repositioning its freight rail services to align them with the needs of the customer, GM strategic marketing Herman Evert tells Engineering News. He explains that this means that there will, in all probability, be no large infrastructure developments... 

R19m N3 upgrade

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A SECTION of the N3 between the Modderfontein and Buccleuch interchanges in Gauteng is being upgraded by Stocks Roads in a R19-million contract. In terms of the project, Stocks Roads – a division of Stocks Civil Engineering – will apply some of the latest and most advanced materials,... 

Call for crane supplier, user body

By: System Author     5th February 1999 APPLICATIONS for duty to be imposed on mobile cranes has highlighted the need for the formation of a representative body among crane suppliers and users. Camec director Rob Howard, who is driving the initiative to establish such a body, says that recent applications for duty on mobile cranes are... 

Conclusion of R40m project

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A R40-million 18-month contract which started in October 1997 is approaching completion. The contract is being undertaken by Basil Read Contracting Cape Town in a joint venture with Haw and Inglis. Works included the construction of about 1,1 km of dual carriageway airport approach road... 

Concrete road design methods reviewed 

By: System Author     5th February 1999 In order to make the use of concrete competitive in the construction of all types of roads, the Cement & Concrete Institute is in the process of reviewing the design methods for concrete roads, technical manager Bryan Perrie tells Engineering News. At present the South African market for road... 

Fourth agency launched

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The launch of the Department of Transport’s (DoT’s) fourth agency is a milestone for civil aviation in South Africa, said Transport Minister Mac Maharaj. In April last year three agencies were created out of the restructured DoT to run as independent, statutory authorities operating... 

Leader of 7 800

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Full name: Jo Grov 

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