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Transport News

Blue IQ – Gautrain Rapid Rail Link, Gauteng

     6th March 2002 At the time of going to press the tendering process for the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link Project has begun with the request for pre-qualification (RFQ). 

Big station-upgrade programme launched

     6th March 2002 Rail transport company Spoornet has signed a multimillion-rand contract with Intersite Property Management Services to upgrade and expand Shosholoza Meyl passenger facilities in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban. 

R5m contract for airport navigation equipment

     1st March 2002 A division of JSE Securities Exchange listed electronics group Grintek, Grintek Aviation Systems has been awarded a contract of over R5-million for the supply, installation and commissioning of the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport’s navigational equipment. 

Gov excited by public–private infrastructure opportunities

     1st March 2002 Investment in infrastructure holds the potential to stimulate economic development, while at the same time representing a substantial investment in people as a result of job creation, the development of entrepreneurs and, training and skills transfer. 

Bullet train enviro study by August

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2002 Following a number of open days held to provide more information to the public and other partners, the next phase in laying tracks for the Shilowa express are focus group meetings which takes place from this month until July. 

New-generation weighbridge for SA

By: Deborah Spicer     1st March 2002 The South African launch of the Avery Berkel Bridgemont road weighbridge by South African Scale Company, of Johannesburg, later this month should allow those companies keen to comply with road-overloading legislation the opportunity to choose a weighbridge model billed as offering new levels of... 

Platinum Highway takes electronic tolling route

     1st March 2002 Electronic toll collection (ETC) is finally coming to South Africa. 

South Africa's plan to anchor competition at its ports

     25th February 2002 South Africa's ports have been identified by some transport analysts as the 'weakest link' in the overall logistical chain. 

Gautrain tender process starts today

     25th February 2002 The Gautrain has passed its feasibility test and the tendering process will start today with the request for pre-qualification (RFQ). 

Road congestion costs country R1bn/y

By: Irma Venter     22nd February 2002 Gauteng road users are in for a shake-up as the provincial Department of Public Transport and Public Works is implementing 18 projects in an attempt to ease road congestion. 

Transport inefficiencies need urgent attention

     22nd February 2002 Inefficiency problems across South African transport networks have become a matter of urgency at a time when South African business should be ultra competitive in international markets, as a result of the considerable depreciation of the rand in 2000 and 2001. 

South Africa's plan to anchor competition at its ports

     22nd February 2002 South Africa’s ports have been identified by some transport analysts as the ‘weakest link’ in the overall logistical chain. 

East Rand truck maker shifting gear in export drive

     22nd February 2002 CHINESE truck manufacturer FAW reports it has boosted exports into neighbouring African states substantially, chalking up R50-million-worth of export sales last year. 

Cape Town International Airport upgrade, Western Cape

     20th February 2002 Airports Company South Africa has invited tenders for a further three contracts for the new international departures terminal, which is being extended and upgraded at Cape Town International Airport in a construction contract with an overall value of about R50-million. 

Road from Gauteng to KZN smoothed

     8th February 2002 Travelling by road from Gauteng to Kwazulu-Natal on the N3 highway may now be R17 more expensive, but the infamous single carriageway between Heidelberg and Villiers does no longer exist. 

SA cranes for Moz aluminium smelter

By: marisa rodrigues     8th February 2002 Local crane specialist, Toco South Africa has been awarded a multimillion-rand contract to supply the cranes for the Mozal II project, in Mozambique. 

SA to get pharmaceutical drug-dispensing system

By: marisa rodrigues     8th February 2002 A technologically-advanced innovation that will assist in the distribution and dispensing of prescription drugs at the pharmacy level, is due to be introduced to South Africa in the second half of this year. 

Local crane supplier in Austrian buy-out

By: marisa rodrigues     8th February 2002 Local Crane supplier Magon Cranes is now fully owned by the Austrian Palfinger group of companies. 

SMS logistics for SMEs

By: marisa rodrigues     8th February 2002 In an effort to ensure that business between large organisations and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) remains as efficient as possible and utilises the latest technology, logistics-technology provider, Log-Tek has developed a unique short message service (SMS) application. 

Enterprise systems fail logistics

By: marisa rodrigues     8th February 2002 Big enterprise systems may well be considered as the ‘con job’ of the turn of the century, believes Logsitics Systems CEO Martin Bailey. 

Logistics needs 'ownership' to succeed

By: marisa rodrigues     8th February 2002 For effective logistics to exist in an organisation, someone needs to take “ownership” of it, states president of the Southern African Roundatable of the Council of Logistics Management (CLM) Mike Johnston. 

Call for review of SA’s materials-handling standards

By: marisa rodrigues     8th February 2002 Standards in the materials-handling industry need some serious attention if South Africa hopes to partake in the global marketplace, believes D.D.L Equipment MD Andrew Stewart. 

SA keeps up with First World supply-chain trends

By: marisa rodrigues     8th February 2002 By not owning traditional capital-intensive logistics assets, supply-chain management companies have the flexibility to adapt rapidly to clients’ needs and environmental changes. 

New captain at helm of materials-handling stalwart

     8th February 2002 South African company Krupp Mining and Materials Handling is entering a new phase in its life now that it is headed up by with Klaus M 

SA supplier is agent for US conveyor

     8th February 2002 Conveyor systems manufacturer the Jervis B. Webb Company, of the US, has appointed Bearing Man as its exclusive distributor throughout Southern Africa. 

Launch of new-generation dump-trucks in SA

     8th February 2002 The South African launch of Bell Equipment Company’s fourth generation D-series range of articulated dump trucks (ADTs) places the Richards Bay-based original equipment manufacturer at the forefront of the world’s ADT industry. 

Electric hoist debuts

     8th February 2002 Johannesburg-based Bellambie Mining & Industrial’s range of Black Bear electric hoists and trolleys, with enhanced safety features and low maintenance requirements, have lifting capacities between 500 kg and 10 t, in models with 220V, 380V and 525V power supply. 

Remote control of materials-handling locomotives

     8th February 2002 Iscor Vanderbijlpark has appointed portable-radio remote control (PRRC) specialist Cattron-Theimeg to upgrade 15 of the original 34 PRRC systems installed by Cattron four years ago. 

Excavator joins the diamond-digging fleet

     8th February 2002 It is said that the amount of attention paid in the design of the new generation of Fiat-Hitachi EX series excavators has created the perfect interface between operator and machine, ensuring maximum productivity for even the most difficult and demanding excavation work. 

Skid-steer loader for metal recycling

     8th February 2002 Local company, SA Metal, has just received delivery of a Caterpillar skid steer loader from Barloworld Equipment, of Belville in Cape Town. 

Moz and Botswana agents for equipment supplier

     8th February 2002 Mozambicans now have easy access to South African materials-handling equipment supplier Criterion Equipment’s range of TCM forklifts, Atlet warehouse equipment and hand pallet jacks. 

Logistics success story for cereal manufacturer

     8th February 2002 The innovative use of a double-deep racking system, efficiency of management and use of top-of-the-line materials-handling equipment, has resulted in a logistical success story for Kelloggs South Africa’s national distribution centre in Jet Park, Gauteng. 

Excavator for Swazi dam

     8th February 2002 Transcavators took delivery of its first Volvo EC210 late last year and this has proved to be a reliable machine. 

Rugged new loader launched

     8th February 2002 The first E-series wheel loader from Volvo Construction Equipment, the Volvo L220E was launched at Bauma 2001 and will soon be available from Babcock Equipment. 

Globalisation promotes strategic logistics partnering

     8th February 2002 As the pressures of globalisation begin to be felt by commerce, the focus of leading companies will shift towards their core competencies. 

Telescopic handler bought

     8th February 2002 Cargo loader Bay Stevedores, of Richards Bay, has purchased a Bobcat 40140 telescopic handler from Bobcat South Africa, a division of Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM). 

Import logistics for SA chrome smelter

     8th February 2002 Logistics management firm Transcargo Services has been appointed by Bateman Titaco to manage the entire logistics process for the imported components of the R700-million SA Chrome smelter project due to be completed in the North West Province by mid-2002. 

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