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Green transport solutions for Africa on show at Joburg summit

     2nd August 2002 The Gauteng Economic Development Agency (Geda) and Greening the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) have joined forces to showcase vehicle emmission-reduction technologies at the summit later this month. 

Traffic offence agency studied

By: Zonika Botha     2nd August 2002 In a drive to lift some of the burden from South Africa’s magistrates courts, the Department of Transport is investigating the possibility of establishing a dedicated national agency to deal with outstanding traffic offence payments. 

Railways network remains too complex

By: Joanne Delaurentis     2nd August 2002 Besides the challenges of an unreliable and ageing asset base, years of capital disinvestment, management instability, and increasing demand without a corresponding increase in capacity, South Africa’s railway company has the added frustrations of a highly complex rail network to contend... 

Unsolicited bids reshaping SA's toll-roads future

By: Deborah Spicer     2nd August 2002 While commuters may be alarmed by the fact that toll-roads have become an increasing part of their daily travelling, those in the roads sector suggest that the heavy competition for funding from the national fiscus as well as from provincial budgets necessitates the establishment of toll-roads,... 

Supplier hub to speed up Gauteng's auto logistics

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 July saw the establishment of the Automotive Supplier Park in Pretoria – reportedly the first of its kind in Africa – which forms part of the Gauteng Automotive hub. 

Continuous improvement but without retrenchment

By: Marius Roodt     2nd August 2002 Competitiveness improvement is what the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) is succeeding in developing. 

Container line upgrades W Africa services

     26th July 2002 STRONG growth in trade from Asia to West Africa, has prompted P&O Nedlloyd to upgrade its West Africa services. 

R45bn transport renewal project gets going

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2002 The long-awaited period of infrastructure renewal and extension at State-owned transport and logistics company, Transnet, is beginning to take shape with the announcement of R45,8-billion-worth of capital expenditure to run from this year until beyond 2006. 

Transport group's earnings rise

     26th July 2002 South Africa's Transnet yesterday reported a 30% surge in operating profit in the year to March 2002, despite a slump in major markets, and said it expected the trend to continue over the next four years. 

Union Carriage and Wagon

     26th July 2002 Union Carriage and Wagon (UCW) specialises in rolling-stock design and manufacture. 

Fuel enhancer to reduce emissions

     26th July 2002 A CAPE Town company has developed an innovative new fuel enhancer that allows fossil-based fuels to be mixed with water in a ratio of about three-to-one with apparent dramatic reductions in greenhouse-gas exhaust emissions. 

Cape Town chamber backs fuel tax for roads

     26th July 2002 THE Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry has come out in support of a fuel tax to finance road improvements. 

Summit drives R74m Joburg road revamp

By: Joanne Delaurentis     26th July 2002 The R74-million Johannesburg road upgrade, currently under way in the Sandton area and the Southern suburbs of Gauteng, will be completed by the end of the month, prior to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), reports Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) manager of capital projects Hennie... 

SA toll operator eyes Asia and Europe

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th July 2002 Toll-road operations and maintenance company Intertoll, which earlier this month clinched two contracts worth $70-million to operate and maintain two toll-roads in India over the next eight years, says selected European and Asian countries are currently the focus of its international expansion. 

Motors drive world-class fruit-packaging plant

By: vanessa vasques     26th July 2002 The need to keep up with international standards and have sophisticated fruit packaging plants has lead to a R500 000 contract for Bonfiglioli Power Transmission’s Nelspruit branch to supply geared motors to the Alicedale Packhouse project. 

New Congo oil transport firm launched

     24th July 2002 Three Western oil firms and the government of Congo Republic have formed a new company to transport oil products to the capital of the Central African country, officials have said. 

Tyres: from symbol of struggle to empowerment

By: Joanne Delaurentis     19th July 2002 During South Africa’s apartheid era, a burning tyre became synonymous with the antiapartheid struggle. 

Freight firm bags R45m steel contract

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 As a part of East Rand-based freight company Cargo Carriers’ strategic focus on the steel industry, the company tendered for and was awarded the contract for the transport of Columbus Stainless Steel’s products destined for export to Durban. 

Preparing to redraft South Africa's successful auto strategy

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2002 The Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) should have come to an end this year, according to the original blueprint of the scheme, but has again received an extension, adding to the earlier one allowing the programme to run until 2007. 

Compressors hired to refurbish barge

     19th July 2002 A six-week multiple hire of more than 30 Rand-Air compressors to marine contractors at Sturrock Dry Dock, Cape Town, has been completed. 

Japanese giants invest in local truck firm

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     19th July 2002 In a show of confidence in South Africa’s economy, Japanese companies Nissan Diesel Motor Company (NDMC) and Mitusi & Company have acquired the trucking division of Nissan South Africa, now trading as Nissan Diesel South Africa (NDSA). 

Compressors for Swazi highway construction

     19th July 2002 Barloworld Flemingo Rental is supplying drillrigs and compressors to WBHO Swaziland for use on the construction of a highway between Mbabane and Ngwenya in Swaziland. 

Free State pursues five growth sectors

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2002 Cars on the N1 highway speeding past fields of paprika, with freight planes now and then passing overhead to land at a dedicated cargo airport. 

Six consortiums bid for Malawi-Moz rail-line

     16th July 2002 Six international consortiums are bidding to rebuild a strategic railway line linking landlocked Malawi to Mozambique’s Indian Ocean port of Beira, a cabinet minister has said. 

Putting the general freight business back on track

By: Joanne Delaurentis     15th July 2002 If anyone has their work cut out for them it is newly-appointed GM of Spoornet's General Freight Business (GFB) Ravi Nair. 

Putting the general freight business back on track

By: Joanne Delaurentis     12th July 2002 If anyone has their work cut out for them its newly-appointed GM of Spoornet’s General Freight business (GFB) Ravi Nair. 

Cape chamber wants highway completion resolution expedited

     12th July 2002 THE Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry says completion of Cape Town's foreshore freeway is a huge unresolved issue that could affect the development of the central business district and the economy of the city. 

Grip chains expedite packaging handling

     12th July 2002 Durban-based Bearing Man’s power transmission division distributes a range of high performance Tsubaki chains designed specifically for the packaging industry. 

Enviro study starts for Jhb-Pta superhighway

     10th July 2002 The environmental-impact assessment (EIA) study for the proposed Johannesburg Pretoria toll-road corridor network is currently under way. 

SA construction firm on passage to India

     8th July 2002 South African construction company Group Five has announced that its subsidiary, Intertoll, has further strengthened its position in the Indian market with the award of two eight-year contracts, with a combined value of $70-million, to operate and maintain two toll-roads. 

Joburg station upgrade puts safety first

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th July 2002 Passenger flow, baggage handling, communication systems and access control, at the site where a stampede claimed seven lives in March last year, will be upgraded as part of a R27-million project to improve the facilities of the Shosholoza Meyl long-distance passenger liner at Johannesburg’s... 

Funds found for $58m road project

By: Marcel Chimwala     5th July 2002 MALAWI – Malawi has identified all funding for a $58-million project involving the construction of a 93-km road from the Northern district of Karonga to the district of Chitipa, on the boarder with Tanzania and Zambia. 

Payment system deadlock in taxi recap

By: Irma Venter     5th July 2002 The last hurdle in South Africa’s much delayed taxi recapitalisation programme appears to be the electronic management system (EMS), or smart-card payment system. 

Consortia bid for Moz railway rehab

By: Deborah Spicer     5th July 2002 Consortia that qualify to bid for the rehabilitation and operation of the Sena and Machipanda railway lines in Mozambique should be announced later this year. 

New roadmap for SA’s roads

     5th July 2002 Excellence costs, but in the long run mediocrity costs far more, and therefore South Africa needs to emphasise efficient and expeditious transport infrastructure development and maintenance, the South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) states in a new vision document. 

Mark Kaplan

     5th July 2002 Mark Kaplan 

SA-Canada in railways agreement

     4th July 2002 The Rail Road Association of South Africa (RRA)) and its Canadian counterpart, the Railway Association of Canada (RAC), have agreed in principle to cooperate in promoting efficient land transport public policies and to share rail-related technical expertise. 

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