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Maintenance costs can be reduced, says company

23rd August 2002 High wear at transfer points escalates maintenance expenditure on a mine dramatically, and yet, according to Werner Baller of Weba Chute Systems, this is one of the areas where solutions are readily available. 

Crane specialist branches into Moz

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2002 International materials-handling specialist Demag Cranes and Components of South Africa has been awarded a multimillion rand contract for the full plant crane maintenance at the Mozal I as well as the Mozal II smelter expansion project. 

Development around City Deep and Kaserne refocused

23rd August 2002 The Gauteng Provincial Government’s Blue IQ initiative announced the refocusing of its development efforts in the City Deep and Kaserne area. 

Distribution centre's racking contract awarded

23rd August 2002 A multimillion rand racking contract for two of Tibbett & Britten’s distribution centres, both in Boksburg, Gauteng, has been awarded to Braziers. 

R45m SA-Swazi road project to boost tourism

22nd August 2002 The R45-million Bulembu road project that aims to boost tourism between the historical gold mining town of Barberton in Mpumalanga and neighbouring Swaziland will be launched on Friday. 

R3,4bn Coega project sets sail

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2002 Coega, Kuga, Coecha, Cougha, Kowsha, iNgqurha, or Ngqura – all variants of the same word which, in the Khoekhoe language, means 'groundwater', the Khoekhoe being the earliest known inhabitants of the districts adjacent to the river whose estuary has become the site of the South African... 

Kimberley-De Aar rail line upgrade complete

19th August 2002 Siemens Transportation Systems has completed the signalling upgrade of the Kimberley/De Aar main railway line, which now boasts the latest in train controlling systems technology to meet the high volume of traffic on the route. 

Gas pipeline haulage contract awarded

16th August 2002 Earlier this month it was announced that transportation firm Cargo Africa Overborder (CAOB), a division of Cargo Africa and part of Imperial Logistics and Transport, has won the line haul contract for the transport of specialised, coated steel pipes for use in the construction of the Sasol... 

R3,4-billion Coega project gets under way at last

By: Keith Campbell     16th August 2002 Coega, Kuga, Coecha, Cougha, Kowsha, iNgqurha, or Ngqura – all variants of the same word which, in the Khoekhoe language, means 'ground water', the Khoekhoe being the earliest known inhabitants of the districts adjacent to the river whose estuary has become the site of the South African... 

Cape emerging a world custom-yacht hub

16th August 2002 Richard Acheson and Jan Rossa, two of Cape Town’s best known boat builders have teamed up to construct large, hi-tech, one-off custom yachts. 

Zim freight rail upgrade completed

16th August 2002 Technology group Siemens South Africa has just completed one of its most ambitious African projects with the entire refurbishment of the main freight railway line between the Zimbabwean capital of Harare and the border town of Mutare. 

Nacala investors' conference is set for this October

By: Marcel Chimwala     16th August 2002 Malawi - An investors' conference for the Nacala Development Corridor, a spatial development initiative involving Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique, will take place in October this year in Nampula, Mozambique, reports Malawi's corridor coordinator Luke Jumbe. 

Enviro study for Wild Coast toll project

By: Zonika Botha     16th August 2002 Following the successful completion of an environmental scoping study, independent environmental consultant Bohlweki Environmental and a team of specialists are currently conducting an environmental impact assessment (EIA) study into the proposed N2 Wild Coast project. 

Govt value chains need attention

By: Riaan de Lange     16th August 2002 Over recent years numerous articles have been written, and are still being published on issues pertaining to a company’s value chain and providing suggestions on its improvement. Yet one of the areas, which seem to have escaped attention, is government’s value chain. 

Omar calls for Africa's rail development

13th August 2002 Transport minister Dullah Omar has called on African railway owners and operators to co-operate in the promotion of development on the African continent. 

First phase of airport interchange begins

9th August 2002 Mokgawa, Mtshali and Associates (MMA), an emerging consulting engineering firm, and VKE Engineers were appointed in a joint venture to do the planning, design and construction supervision of the first phase of the Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) interchange. 

Transnet's developmental role highlighted at last

9th August 2002 Striking a balance between profitability on the one hand and development objectives on the other has long been a struggle for State-owned transport utility Transnet. 

New traffic offence agency studied

By: Zonika Botha     9th August 2002 In a drive to lift some of the burden from South Africa’s magistrates courts, the Department of Transport is investigating the possibility of establishing a dedicated national agency to deal with outstanding traffic offence payments. 

Coega construction village tenders under evaluation

9th August 2002 Some 520 dwelling units will be built for the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) to house construction workers engaged on the development of the new port project. 

R5m-worth of containers are destined for Moz gas pipeline

By: candice haase     9th August 2002 The supply of R5-million worth of converted containers to the Temane gas pipeline project began in June this year and is due for completion by September. 

Big export potential in railways equipment

By: Irma Venter     9th August 2002 An export council for the local railway-equipment manufacturing and services industry should be up and running by the end of the year, says Trade and Investment South Africa (Tisa) Transport Industries assistant manager Edwin Moloto. 

SA rail firm now in 19 African countries

By: Zonika Botha     9th August 2002 Having been awarded its latest concession in Zambia, South African railway utility Spoornet is now active in 19 African countries. 

Local road tester steps into US and EU

By: Deborah Spicer     9th August 2002 Six locally-developed mobile laboratories for pavement testing are now operating in Europe and the US. 

Malawi passes road-project Bills

By: Marcel Chimwala     9th August 2002 The budget sitting of parliament in Malawi has passed two bills to allow that the country's government borrows $10,2-milliom from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa for a road-construction project. 

SA awards R2,2bn port tender

8th August 2002 South Africa has awarded contracts worth R2,2-billion to three local and international consortiums for the construction of a new port on the country's east coast. 

Enviro study for Wild Coast toll project

By: Zonika Botha     8th August 2002 Following the successful completion of an environmental scoping study, independent environmental consultant Bohlweki Environmental and a team of specialists are currently conducting an environmental impact assessment (EIA) study into the proposed N2 Wild Coast project. 

SA's new port seen as African gateway

7th August 2002 Some 2 000 years ago traders battled the high seas to barter their wares at one of the world's greatest port cities. 

Unsolicited bids reshaping SA's toll-roads

By: Deborah Spicer     5th August 2002 While commuters may be alarmed by the fact that toll-roads have become an increasing part of their daily travelling, those in the roads sector suggest that the heavy competition for funding from the national fiscus as well as from provincial budgets necessitates the establishment of toll-roads. 

Consortia prequalify for Maputo airport modernisation

2nd August 2002 PUBLIC company Aeroportos do Mocambique (ADM) is to select a concessionaire company by the end of 2002 to participate in the modernisation of the Maputo International Airport (MIA). 

R150-million cash injection is set to boost tyre quality

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 The injection of R150-million into the tyre-production facilities at Bridgestone Firestone South Africa’s (BFSA) plants in Port Elizabeth and Brits will facilitate the improvement of the quality of the company’s product. 

Green transport solutions for Africa on show at Joburg summit

2nd August 2002 The Gauteng Economic Development Agency (Geda) and Greening the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) have joined forces to showcase vehicle emmission-reduction technologies at the summit later this month. 

Traffic offence agency studied

By: Zonika Botha     2nd August 2002 In a drive to lift some of the burden from South Africa’s magistrates courts, the Department of Transport is investigating the possibility of establishing a dedicated national agency to deal with outstanding traffic offence payments. 

Railways network remains too complex

By: Joanne Delaurentis     2nd August 2002 Besides the challenges of an unreliable and ageing asset base, years of capital disinvestment, management instability, and increasing demand without a corresponding increase in capacity, South Africa’s railway company has the added frustrations of a highly complex rail network to contend... 

Unsolicited bids reshaping SA's toll-roads future

By: Deborah Spicer     2nd August 2002 While commuters may be alarmed by the fact that toll-roads have become an increasing part of their daily travelling, those in the roads sector suggest that the heavy competition for funding from the national fiscus as well as from provincial budgets necessitates the establishment of toll-roads,... 

Supplier hub to speed up Gauteng's auto logistics

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 July saw the establishment of the Automotive Supplier Park in Pretoria – reportedly the first of its kind in Africa – which forms part of the Gauteng Automotive hub. 

Continuous improvement but without retrenchment

By: Marius Roodt     2nd August 2002 Competitiveness improvement is what the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) is succeeding in developing. 

Container line upgrades W Africa services

26th July 2002 STRONG growth in trade from Asia to West Africa, has prompted P&O Nedlloyd to upgrade its West Africa services. 

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