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Transport News

Saldanha upgrade starts next month

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Implementation of Portnet’s plan for a R400-million upgrade to the Port of Saldanha’s 23-year-old iron-ore export plant is due to begin by the end of May. 

On the ROAD to a national CRISIS

By: System Author     7th April 2000 South Africa’s road infrastructure can be categorised into maintainable, repairable and rebuildable, with many of its road seals at the limit of their useful life, requiring urgent rejuvenating or resealing. 

Opinion

By: System Author     31st March 2000 Editorial 

Maiden voyage for South Africa’s marine showcase

By: System Author     24th March 2000 The first international showcase for South Africa’s maritime business sector, Maritme Africa 2000, is on course for a successful ‘maiden voyage’. 

UK firm hopes to put brakes on SA train smash

By: System Author     24th March 2000 The appointment of Halcrow Rail as the turnaround specialist to support the restructuring of Spoornet’s mainline passenger services and general freight is expected to prepare the parastatal for commercialisation so that it can become a sustainable stand-alone business entity. 

Materials for the new millennium

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Developments to Watch 

R3m for Mafikeng airport

By: System Author     17th March 2000 The North West provincial government will fund a R3-million refurbishment project to upgrade the existing facilities at Mafikeng international airport this month. 

Airport upgrade is taking off

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Namibia’s Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication has invited tenders for the upgrading, rehabilitation and extension of the existing runway, a new taxiway and appurtenant works at Walvis Bay Airport. 

Interest in local company

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Transport parastatal Transnet has received “substantial interest” for the disposal of 70% of its design and construction business, Protekon. 

New life for old fishing harbours

By: System Author     10th March 2000 The first contracts for the R4,1-million upgrades of the Hout Bay, Lamberts Bay, Kalk Bay and Laaiplek fishing harbours in the Western Cape are expected to be awarded next month. 

Business jet sales take off

By: System Author     3rd March 2000 Far removed from their traditional role as toys of the rich and famous, business aircraft are becoming an integral part of day-to-day business as companies become more globalised. 

Global group eyes SA airports

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Multinational believes defence offsets will raise its growth level four times over ten years 

Move to limit taxi sulphurs

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Government’s planned introduction of a new diesel-powered taxi fleet has sparked discussions on stricter environment standards regarding the sulphur content of diesel among the parties involved. 

New air-conditioning system completed

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Heating and cooling 

R60m Wonderboom airport upgrade

By: System Author     25th February 2000 A R60-million upgrade and development programme is set to take off at the Wonderboom airport in Pretoria. 

Racing roll-cage for taxis

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Local entrepreneur Japie Ludick has adapted the roll-cage – typically used in motor racing – for taxis. 

Refocus for road-surfacing company

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Civil engineering and construction 

TAXI WAR!

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Taxi recap: can it pass the affordability test? 

85 seconds response to fires

By: System Author     18th February 2000 A new R5-million eight-wheel fire engine is capable of responding to a disaster at the furthest end of its runway in 85 seconds across any terrain. 

Gauteng’s re-industrialisation plan

By: System Author     18th February 2000 The Gauteng spatial development initiative has seen a number of nodes having been identified for industrial projects. 

New drying method

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Oils & lubricants 

What new taxis must have

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Some stringent technical criteria have been set down for the South African, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese and Indian vehicle producers bidding to supply the new purpose-built taxi fleet. 

Multimillion-rand contract is a logical progression for local firm

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Materials-handling and logistics 

New forklift halves handling time

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Materials-handling and logistics 

New levy implemented will cost sector up to R14bn a year

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Materials-handling & logistics 

New R80-million roads project

By: System Author     11th February 2000 The R80-million South African National Roads Agency project to rehabilitate the national route between Zandkraal and Winburg in the Free State is expected to start before the end of March. 

R2m conveyor contract completed

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Materials-handling and logistics 

SA company beats global competition

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Materials-handling and logistics 

Shopping around for improved logistics

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Materials-handling & logistics 

40% shortfall in roads budget

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road, rail & airport infrastructure 

Contract signals company’s success

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road, rail and airport infrastructure 

Govt derails road finance

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road, rail and airport infrastructure 

R15-million expansion at Lanseria

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road, rail & airport infrastructure 

Southern Africa leads in ‘Cape to Cairo’ rail dream

By: System Author     4th February 2000 A score of topographical, monetary and political constraints still render Cecil John Rhodes’s dream to link the African continent from ‘Cape to Cairo’ by rail just a dream for the foreseeable future. 

The road to recovery

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road. rail and airport infrastructure 

This container has it all

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Innovative self-offloading and multifunctional side-tipping containers are among the products developed by Mossel Bay firm John Daniel Containers. 

Up-and-away for escalator trolleys

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Carting luggage around Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) has been made easier thanks to South African trolley manufacturer Hemco Trolleys. 

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