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Transport News

R22m N1 upgrade contract awarded

14th February 2003 Local construction giant Murray & Roberts has been awarded a R22-million tender by the South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) to construct an asphalt overlay on the N1 from the Rivonia interchange, up to, and including, the Buccleuch interchange, in Johannesburg. 

Small airlines will struggle to meet noise regulations

10th February 2003 Noise abatement procedures that are expected to be implemented by the South African government this year, to make aircraft quieter and safer, are expected to have serious implications for both local and international airlines. 

Coega port project concludes labour deal

10th February 2003 The Coega port project has signed an agreement to standardise relations between labour and employers in the deepwater port of Ngqura construction site, near Port Elizabeth. 

Extended Gautrain enviro study this month

10th February 2003 The public has been requested to comment on two draft reports concerning the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link’s Tshwane route alignment. 

Truck maker bearish on world economic recovery

10th February 2003 Sweden's AB Volvo, the world's second-biggest truck producer, reported better than expected fourth quarter pre-tax profits on Friday, but said there would be no swift recovery in its two key markets. 

SABS responds to tyre manufacturers

By: Martin Czernowalow     7th February 2003 Responding to allegations by tyre manufacturers that the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is failing to deliver service to the industry and consumers, the body said it does not provide a service to any industry, but merely acts as a regulator. 

Shipping line orders new vessels

7th February 2003 Shipping line Safmarine has ordered three new container vessels specifically designed for trade at West African ports. 

Transparency key in transport reform – former Canadian minister

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     7th February 2003 Former Canadian Transport Minister Douglas Young believes South Africa can learn a few lessons from the North American country’s transport-sector reforms. 

Malawi planning road rehab works

By: Marcel Chimwala     7th February 2003 Malawi–Malawi is preparing to carry out a number of projects to rehabilitate and improve its road network. 

R15m upgrade project in KZN

7th February 2003 Information technology company Metrofile has invested R15-million in an upgrade to its storage facility in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Air-tube systems revolutionising in-house communication

7th February 2003 There’s a breath of fresh air at the Firmenich plant in Midrand following designer and supplier of materials-handling systems Swisslog’s revitalisation of its air-tube materials-handling system. 

Process equipment firm concludes buy-out deal

7th February 2003 Specialist in vibratory process equipment Lockers Engineers, of Gauteng, is now a wholly-owned South African company. 

Company expects consolidation in the crane industry in 2003

7th February 2003 Order intake at Condra Cranes & Hoists accelerated throughout 2002. 

Saudi Arabia buys SA-made mobile ramp

7th February 2003 A local equipment supplier has exported its 100% South African manufactured mobile ramp to the Port of Jeddah, a major commercial centre in Saudi Arabia, where it has become an integral part in the handling of imported sugar from shipping containers to trucks. 

Cosmetics firm and fast-food distributor place forklift orders

7th February 2003 Contract cosmetics manufacturer and packager, Le-Sel Research of Grand Central, Halfway House, Gauteng, has ordered four Daewoo forklift trucks from Goscor Lift Truck Company. 

Jolly Rubino clean-up to run another four months

7th February 2003 A clean-up operation involving specialised materials-handling services to deal with the containment of hazardous material averted a major ecological disaster off the country’s east coast when the Italian cargo vessel, the Jolly Rubino, ran aground on September 12 last year. 

Two crushers commissioned at diamond-mine

7th February 2003 Gauteng minerals processing equipment supplier IMS Engineering has commissioned two additional Kawasaki primary gyratory crushers at Orapa and Jwaneng diamond-mines, Botswana, for Debswana Diamond Company. 

Capital equipment supplier expands market presence

7th February 2003 Capital equipment supplier Criterion Equipment of East London, Eastern Cape, is expanding its penetration into the local market, focusing on the municipal market in Wilsonia, which is at the hub of East London’s fresh produce trade. 

Share shake-up for local subsidiary

7th February 2003 All shares in the South African subsidiary of German materials-handling company Pfaff-silberblau has been sold to local shareholders. 

Sugar project aims to increase efficiency

7th February 2003 The Swazi sugar industry, both at producer and processing levels, is considered one of the most efficient in the world. 

SA firm logistics anchor in region’s food aid programme

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 More than ten million people in Southern Africa will starve if not for the intervention of the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations’ frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. 

Expansion at coal-mines holds business potential

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 Diversified miner BHP Billiton’s wholly-owned subsidiary Ingwe Coal, has awarded a R20-million contract for the construction of a 3,2 km overland conveyor at the company’s Khutala Colliery at Delmas, Mpumalanga, to the South African subsidiary of German materials-handling specialist... 

Decline in rail use having domino effect

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 One of the pioneers of containerisation in the country warns that the inefficient use of local rail transport is having a negative effect on the containerised transportation of goods. 

Low-maintenance hoists on offer

7th February 2003 East Rand-based Bellambie Mining and Industrial’s extensive range of lifting and pulling equipment is used in diverse materials applications throughout Southern Africa. 

Outsourcing automotive supply-chain management trend on the increase

7th February 2003 Outsourcing the management of supply chains in the automotive industry has become a growing trend in recent years, says DNA Supply Chains Automotive CEO Jane Lagaay. 

International supply-chain conference in Gauteng this year

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 October saw the launch of the Southern African Chapter of the internationally-recognised Supply Chain Council (SCC), which ultimately aims to assist companies to become more efficient in the distribution, importing and exporting of raw materials and goods. 

Call for local logistics firms to become more transparent

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 Local companies involved in logistics - directly or indirectly – should adopt a more open, transparent and pro-active approach if they wish to compete with their international counterparts, states president of the Southern African Round Table of the Council of Logistics Management (CLM)... 

On-line database to offer SA products and services internationally

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 An ambitious national initiative aimed at developing the South African supplier base in line with global expectations will be launched in June. 

Country’s supply chain and logistics ability under scrutiny

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has established a dedicated unit to assist government to improve the country’s national supply chain and logistics capabilities. 

Airports company is ready for Cricket World Cup

7th February 2003 With national cricket teams and thousands of fans expected in the country for the cricket world cup (CWC) 2003, Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has put in place elaborate operational plans to facilitate their arrival and departure. 

Track-maker opens new facility

By: Keith Campbell     6th February 2003 Truck-maker Nissan Diesel South Africa has completed concentrating all its activities and entities under one roof. 

Tshwane’s rail signals set for upgrade

4th February 2003 The South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) will be upgrading the signalling system on the commuter routes in the Tshwane area over the next few months. 

Group wins contract to supply maritime identification system

By: Zonika Botha     31st January 2003 Following the strict security climate post September 11, 2001, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has moved forward its mandatory implementation schedule for large cargo vessels, tankers and passenger vessels to be equipped with universal automatic identification systems (AIS) by four... 

Germans set aside c17m for Malawi projects

By: Marcel Chimwala     31st January 2003 The German government has given Malawi €17-million to cater for a number of development projects. 

Retail portfolio continues to develop

By: marisa rodrigues     31st January 2003 South Africa’s airports are the gateway to the country for the majority of international visitors and have an important influence on their impression of South Africa. 

M&R wins big iron-ore stacker reclaimer contract

28th January 2003 Engineering and contracting group, Murray & Roberts, has been awarded the complete mechanical and structural site erection of three iron-ore stacker reclaimers in Saldanha Bay. 

Safety system employed at Durban airport

24th January 2003 Durban International airport is using advanced, automated telephony systems supplied by multinational technology innovator Spescom DataFusion to deal with emergencies effectively. 

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