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Transport News

SA needs public-transport shake-up

By: marisa rodrigues     1st November 2002 South Africa’s dependance on private transport and the amount that is spent on it is clearly a cause for concern. 

Malawi puts out preshipment inspection tender

By: Marcel Chimwala     1st November 2002 Malawi – The Malawian government is inviting tenders from companies, which are members of the International Federation of Inspection Agencies, for a two year preshipment services contract. 

Concessioning won’t halt value-addition plan - Sapo

     1st November 2002 The head of South African Port Operations (Sapo), Tau Morwe, says he remains committed to adding value to the troubled Durban Container Terminal (DCT) despite the fact the government plans to concession the terminal either during the course of 2003 or in early 2004. 

Partner sought for $500m Mozambican port construction project

By: Deborah Spicer     1st November 2002 An additional partner for a proposed $500-million port at Ponta Dobela, 100 km south of the Maputo harbour, is being sought. 

Concessioning of ports not the answer – labour

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st November 2002 The government’s plans to accelerate the restructuring of South Africa’s troubled ports could face a fierce challenge from the labour movement, which is unhappy that concessioning is the only option being considered. 

Road-rail infrastructure questioned

By: marisa rodrigues     1st November 2002 As South African companies continue to enter export markets, the ability of the local infrastructure to meet increasing traffic demand is being questioned. 

Project delays causing difficulties

By: marisa rodrigues     1st November 2002 The continuous availability of work is a problem facing the South African rail transportation market, which has resulted in a relatively rough year for suppliers, contractors and subcontractors serving the industry. 

Cameroon rail operator to upgrade control systems

By: marisa rodrigues     1st November 2002 In what will be a first for Africa, GE Transportation Systems is to modernise the control systems of Cameroon rail operator, CamRail’s fleet with the its latest microprocessor technology, known as the BrightStar system. 

UK grants Malawi £4,1m for Nacala rail repair

By: Marcel Chimwala     1st November 2002 Malawi – The British Government through its Department for International Development (DFID) has granted the Malawi government  

A different kind of horsepower for Gosforth Park

By: marisa rodrigues     1st November 2002 It seems there will be a happy ending to the story of Germiston’s Gosforth Park racecourse after all. 

R26-million contract completed at Midrand distribution facility

     1st November 2002 German firm Siemens Dematic Materials Handling Automation Southern Africa has completed the installation of an about R26-million state-of-the-art warehouse and order-fulfilment system for Vodacom’s new distribution facility in Midrand. 

Crane maker celebrates its 36th birthday

     1st November 2002 A leading local manufacturer of overhead cranes and hoists founded by German engineer and entrepreneur Josef Kleiner, Condra is celebrating its thirty-sixth anniversary. 

Bringing new concepts and products to SA

     1st November 2002 With the recent introduction of new technology from Germany, IMS companies have again demonstrated their commitment to bringing new concepts and products to South Africa once they have been thoroughly evaluated for local conditions. 

Vehicle registration pilot expanded

     31st October 2002 The online vehicle registration pilot study, run by Motoronline and the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works has been expanded, due to its success, thus far, at the Johannesburg, Loveday Street, office. 

SA unveils plan to unclog busiest harbour

     29th October 2002 South Africa's port authority has put in place a plan to get rid of major cargo delays at Durban, one of Africa's most important harbours, by next week. 

SA airports group in two new African deals

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th October 2002 In the latest triumph of its quest for partnerships in Africa and beyond, South Africa’s airports-management company has clinched cooperation deals with Namibia’s Airports Company and Cape Verde’s Ilha do Sol Airport. 

Hydraulic floor system launched for road transport

By: candice haase     25th October 2002 Hydraulic floor systems for road transport applications were introduced into the local market in May this year by the hydraulics division of IMS Industrial Products. 

More hi-tech traffic-management developments

By: Karel Smrcka     25th October 2002 A range of factors are prompting a growing number of companies to invest in fleet management systems: traffic congestion, keener competition, legal constraints, greater awareness among customers and availability of leading-edge technology, such as the Internet and mobile communications. 

Infrastructure is key to intra-African trade

     25th October 2002 WHILE trade between European countries accounts for about 80% of their total gross domestic product, Africans are not trading with each other as much as they could, said acting chief operating officer of Trade and Investment South Africa Ismail Dockrat at the Safcec convention held in... 

Port congestion on agenda of marine convention

     25th October 2002 Representatives from all across Southern Africa are expected to attend the South African Ports, Shipping and Freight Convention that will take place at the International Convention Centre in Durban on November 27 and 28. 

Coega highway construction begins

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th October 2002 Construction of the multimillion-rand Neptune road systems interchange on the N2 highway, which is one of the key stages in the progress of the R3,4-billion Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) and deep-sea harbour development, in the Eastern Cape, started in mid-October. 

Engineering group optimistic on Gautrain involvement

By: Laura Franz     24th October 2002 Local specialist in energy and transport infrastructure Alstom SA remains hopeful that the Gauliwe Consortium, consisting of Alstom International (Alstom), Dragados Concesiones, Grinaker-LTA, Siemens and Canac, will be the winning bidder for the construction of the R7-billion Gautrain Rapid Rail... 

State moves to accelerate ports restructuring

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2002 Government is moving to accelerate the restructuring of South Africa’s troubled ports, despite serious objections from organised labour. 

Gauteng truck curtailment programme extended

     23rd October 2002 Monday marked the beginning of the second stage of the Department of Transport’s holistic roads congestions management programme. 

Enviro green light for Gautrain

By: Martin Czernowalow     22nd October 2002 Gautrain rapid-rail link has been given the go-ahead in an environmental impact assessment (EIA). 

Iron-ore railer wins logistics awards

     22nd October 2002 Iron-ore railer Spoornet’s heavy haul unit Orex, was nominated as joint, overall winner at the 2002 Logistics Achiever Awards in Johannesburg on October 15. 

Tender out for Coega customs-management system

By: Martin Czernowalow     18th October 2002 A request for expression of interest has been made for the development of a customs management strategy and systems for the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ). 

Container tampering cut at the City Deep terminal

     18th October 2002 One of South Africa’s largest distributors and manufacturers of security seals, Aluvin Securiseal, is supplying the City Deep Inland Terminal of Spoornet with more than 100 000 once-off security seals a year for all its Spoornet containers. 

Recycled cars enter industrial raw-material stream

By: Karel Smrcka     18th October 2002 It only takes a couple of hours to turn a car form a piece of junk into ready-sorted raw materials. As much as half of the metals in industrial use are recycled. Here is an example of a successful recycling operation for Finland. 

Speedtrain recommended route is to be announced this month

By: Irma Venter     18th October 2002 The recommended route alignment of the Gautrain, the proposed speedtrain between the Johannesburg International Airport, Pretoria and Johannesburg, is to be announced by the publication of a draft environmental impact assessment (EIA) on October 21. 

BPW Axles

     18th October 2002 BPW Axles is a manufacturer and distributor of trailer axles, suspensions and running gear components, and also has spare-parts and services facilities through its distributor and dealer network in Southern Africa and neighbouring territories. 

Equipment-rental firm expands service base

By: Taryn Leicher     18th October 2002 East Rand-based company Pro-Durity specialises in the rental of welding and construction equipment throughout South Africa, as well acting as a hiring company with on-site offices at some of the biggest developments in the country. 

Motorcycle industry revs up auto show

     17th October 2002 The motorcycle industry will be represented at Auto Africa Expo 2002 for the first time ever – following an agreement with the Association of Motorcycle Importers and Distributors (AMID). 

SA firms in Southern African roads projects

     17th October 2002 South African firms have been awarded key contracts in Zambian roads projects, valued at R400-million. 

Mechanical splicing the answer to joining conveyor belts, believes firm

     11th October 2002 The type of splicing system used for joining conveyor belts goes a long way in determining its effective operational life span. 

Dispensing system improves pallet storage

By: Karel Smrcka     11th October 2002 Economically speaking, storage costs are most relevant, in fact, every single square metre of storage capacity means space which cannot be used for production purposes – space hardly to make profit with. 

South Africa not integrated into global supply chains

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2002 South Africa is not yet deeply integrated into the global production processes of foreign companies currently operating in the country, a new study has found. 

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