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Ten bid for Gauteng speed train

11th April 2002 Ten companies have presented bids following a request for prequalification (RFQ) submissions for the Gauteng Rapid Rail Project. 

Standard revised for safer driving

By: vanessa vasques     5th April 2002 The poor quality of retread tyres has forced the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to revise its standards relating to reconditioned tyres. 

Ground-handling equipment overhaul

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th April 2002 South African ground-handling company Apron Services has spent over R50-million in the last financial year as part of its ongoing effort to replace the outdated equipment it inherited from South African Airways when the division became an independent company in 1994. 

Software derails rail asset inaccuracies

By: Deborah Spicer     5th April 2002 The rail industry may become a significant market for Spescom’s configuration-management (CM) software following its use by the South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) and Railtrack, in the UK. 

Tariff changes to boost competitiveness of SA's ports

3rd April 2002 Cargo importers and exporters will be the main beneficiaries of the reduced wharfage rates being implemented across South African ports by the National Ports Authority of South Africa (NPA), according to the CEO of the NPA, Siyabonga Gama. 

Airport expansion, Western Cape, South Africa.

29th March 2002 Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) is set to spend more than R500-million over the next five years at Cape Town International Airport to expand and improve the infrastructure to meet the growing needs of the aeronautical industry. 

BEE transport outsourcing deal

29th March 2002 One of South Africa’s leading domestic delivery service companies, Sun Couriers, has signed a deal worth about R40-million a year, whereby 74 former employees who worked in the trucking division, have taken control of the company’s inter-city road transport deliveries. 

Championing local manufacture

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 The window of opportunity is widening for South Africa’s local manufacturers who have retained strong engineering departments, honed their global competitiveness and gained black economic-empowerment status. 

Locomotives refurbished

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 The transport division of Alstom of Driehoek, Germiston, has won a contract to refurbish and upgrade 31 heavy-haul locomotives for South Africa’s State-owned rail company Spoornet. 

Tenders this year for Cape toll ring road

29th March 2002 Tender documents for the construction of a proposed toll ring road around the Cape metropolitan area could be prepared before the end of this year. 

Malawi airline privatisation advances

By: Marcel Chimwala     29th March 2002 MALAWI – Plans to privatise Malawi's sole airline, state-owned Air Malawi, are at an advanced stage. 

SA's rail tariffs shoot up

26th March 2002 South African rail utility Spoornet will sharply increase tariffs to move maize, wheat, oilseeds and other basic foods, raising concerns from food producers that the rise will further push up inflation. 

New billing system for S African port operations

22nd March 2002 South African Port Operations (SAPO) will go live on March 27 with the new Corebis billing system at the ports of the Cape and Durban. 

Namibia develops new ports masterplan

By: Keith Campbell     22nd March 2002 THE master plan drawn up by the Namibian Ports Authority has identified an area near the present port of Walvis Bay which could be developed into a terminal for post-panamax container ships. 

Public meetings for bullet train

22nd March 2002 Members of the public who are interested in or affected by the proposed new rapid rail link project, known as Gautrain, have an opportunity to attend public meetings to be held in Midrand, Sandton, Rosebank, Kempton Park, Pretoria and Centurion during April. 

Exports of wheel rims, exhausts in prospect

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2002 Newly-formed Nissan Diesel South Africa will explore options to manufacture components locally, including wheel rims and exhaust systems, for its global Japanese parent, Nissan Diesel Motor Company (NDMC). 

Roads upheaval for Jo'burg ahead of world summit

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2002 Residents of Johannesburg’s Northern suburb Sandton will grind their teeth in frustration over the next five months as several roads in the bustling suburb will be upgraded for the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). 

Road body still mulling E Cape toll extension

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd March 2002 With significant equipment-upgrading expenditure on tolling facilities out of the way, the Tsitsikamma toll-road, between Salt river and Elandsbos in the Eastern Cape, will continue to operate largely unchanged until an additional 25-km section is included as part of the toll-road in about two... 

Travelling the merry road to confusion

By: Kelvin Kemm     15th March 2002 Previously I griped about the changing of road names and I pointed out that the naming of anything should not be used as an exercise to honour anybody, but should be an exercise in enabling travellers, or the postman, to find their way about. 

R470m toll upgrade nears end

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th March 2002 The R470-million contract to upgrade the N3 highway from Johannesburg to Durban – being undertaken by Dabulantaba, a joint venture involving Grinaker-LTA, Murray & Roberts and Fikile Projects – is expected to be completed by mid-year. 

Overloaders beware, the contractors are coming

15th March 2002 While rail companies have to bankroll the development and maintenance of their own infrastructure, road-freight companies do not incur direct expenses for highway construction or maintenance. 

Mossel Bay firm wins R14-m timber trailer contract

15th March 2002 Mossel Bay-based engineering and transportation solution company John Daniel Containers (JDC) has been awarded a R14-million contract for the supply of 35 trailers and the fitment of truck bodies, which will be used in the transportation of timber. 

Supply-chain management outsourcing still pays

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 Automotive manufacturers operate in a competitive environment and are constantly trying to spend more time concentrating on their core competencies, which is no longer just about manufacturing, but also the design and marketing of their specific automotive brand. 

Airport project gives multinational wings

By: Keith Campbell     8th March 2002 ABB decision to wholly-own and operate the Kruger-Mpumalanga International Airport is encouraging the company to seek similar projects elsewhere – also, ABB South Africa and exports. 

50 new buses roll out in Soweto

8th March 2002 Bus operator Putco has introduced 50 new buses into its Greater Soweto fleet, valued at R40-million. 

Consensus at last on SA rail restructuring

8th March 2002 Government and Spoornet labour representatives have reached an agreement regarding the recommendations of the task team that set out the final model for the restructuring of Spoornet. 

Toll-road projects worth R5bn are planned for about 2004

By: Irma Venter     8th March 2002 Three unsolicited road projects, valued at about R5-billion, will see the N1/N2 road into Cape Town, the Garden route, and the Wild Coast road between Durban and East London become toll-roads in about 2004 when construction is completed. 

Belting products for local bread-makers

8th March 2002 As the exclusive distributor for Charles Walker conveyor belting in Southern Africa, Bearing Man, of Durban, has a range of belting products designed for the bread manufacturing industry. 

Citrus processor expands material-handling capacity

8th March 2002 Efficient operation of Letaba Citrus Processors' enterprise in Tzaneen has been simplified through its relationship with Criterion Equipment, a local materials-handling supplier, reports manager Trevor Dunlop. 

Tanzania to pursue $40m air-traffic control system

6th March 2002 Tanzania insisted that it would buy a $40-million air-traffic control system from BAE Systems, the UK’s biggest defence company, despite pressure from the World Bank for significant changes to the contract, reports the Financial Times. 

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. 

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