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Transport News

South Africa team finishes Zim’s first Bot railway

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Consulting Engineers 

Coega development zone and port

By: System Author     6th August 1999 An integrated transportation study and a sewage treatment and return effluent study for the Coega development zone and port. 

Keeping onboard ship-wiring afloat

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Electrically Speaking 

R1-million sort and process upgrade at JIA

By: System Author     30th July 1999 International air express operator DHL Worldwide Express has spent R1-million upgrading and expanding the sort and process flows at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) to cater for business growth and to ensure faster shipment transfers and improved shipment security. The gateway, which has... 

Transport minister brings ‘justice’ to roads

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Implementing the strategies set out in the Moving South Africa action agenda and ensuring that effective law enforcement is in place are the two main issues that newly-appointed Transport Minister Dullah Omar will pursue. In an exclusive interview he tells Engineering News that the strategies... 

New tug will have 60% SA content

By: System Author     30th July 1999 A R100-million Portnet tug contract won by SAFbuild is ahead of schedule and should be completed as early as April next year, chairperson Moses Tembe tells Engineering News. The project, which was awarded in April, involves the construction of two tugboats and will have at least 60% local... 

R2,5 bn toll-road project moves up a gear

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Preliminary work has started on the N3 De Beers Pass corridor following the signing of the R2,5-billion build, own and transfer contract by government with N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) in May. The contract concerns the upgrading of the bulk of the 415,3 km stretch from Heidelberg in Gauteng to... 

R1bn for coal terminal No 2

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 State-owned transport provider Transnet has set aside about R1-billion to facilitate the creation of a second coal outlet at Richards Bay – the new terminal is known as the South Dunes Coal Terminal (SDCT). Those close to the project believe construction will begin during the last quarter... 

R50m road contract begins

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Design work has begun on the project to rebuild and upgrade the Kei Cuttings on the N2 freeway in the Eastern Cape, for which the South African National Roads Agency has allocated close to R50-million. The site is located north of the Kei river, between East London and Umtata. Due for completion... 

Cultural future for Cape unused railway line

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 A public call for development proposals was made subsequent to Spoornet’s decision to sell-off the unused stretch of railway-line between De Doorns and Kleinstraat in the Western Cape province. The line – which includes the scenic Hex River Pass and the historically significant... 

R16m retrofit for Cape tunnel on track

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The R15,7-million retrofit upgrade of the Huguenot tunnel’s control systems, to be completed in November this year, will leave the tunnel with state-of-the-art systems designed to increase surveillance and safety levels. Eleven years after completion of the 3,9 km tunnel in the Western... 

Over 3 000 catalogued steel grades available

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Steel is a metal composed of iron plus varying amounts of carbon, as well as other elements such as chromium, nickel, molybdenum, zirconium, vanadium, tungsten, and so on. Different types of steel – that is, steel with different properties and characteristics – are produced by... 

SA roads real-estate cow to be milked

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The National Roads Agency (NRA) could generate as much as R20-million a year in private sector investment in five years time through the release of prime property along national roads. The increasing lack of State funds and new legislation, which holds all State entities liable for rates and... 

Privatisation looms for 200 world airports

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) is poised to take advantage of the 200 airports that will be up for privatisation around the world within the next ten years, through the formation of strategic alliances. This was revealed at the release of the company’s annual results where Acsa... 

La Mercy project still awaits clearance

By: System Author     16th July 1999 THE controversial relocation of Durban International Airport (DIA) to a proposed new site at La Mercy has reached an impasse due to financial difficulties. In an exclusive interview with Engineering News Acsa MD Dirk Ackerman stated quite frankly that “nothing has changed; we have finished... 

New rail link makes tracks into Africa

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Setting the wheels in motion for increased trade between South Africa and its Southern African neighbours, a new 150 km railway line, which connects Beitbridge in Zimbabwe with an existing line at West Nicholson, has been opened officially to international traffic this week, reports Spoornet rail... 

High-speed trains for the new millennium

By: System Author     16th July 1999 fleet of high-speed tilting trains will be supplied to the Virgin Rail group under a deal worth  

Largest trailers built in South Africa

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Transport company Chayah Transport has taken delivery of its first two non-tipping Cargo-Floor trailers. These semitrailers have been designed and build by Henred-Freuhauf trailers, in conjunction with Cargo Floor represenative Rene Wegkamp. The 16 m semitrailers are the largest... 

R6,8m train detection equipment supply contract

By: System Author     16th July 1999 LOCAL company Transport Railway Signalling has secured a contract worth R6,8-million from a UK signalling company for the supply of 300 sets of high-voltage impulse track circuit (HVITC) train detection equipment. The HVITC equipment will be installed along 600 km of track by the international... 

Business invests in community

By: System Author     16th July 1999 BIG business has joined hands with locals living and working along the Maputo corridor to encourage active community participation in this billion-rand development investment. When the project ends, the businesses are ensuring that more than just a road is built in the process. A recent example... 

Project will double Cape’s air cargo capacity

By: System Author     9th July 1999 A NEW R24-million cargo facility at Cape Town International Airport (CIA) will almost double the existing cargo-handling capabilities of the Western Cape’s main gateway. Building contractor Tempo Construction began building the 11 000 m2 cargo centre, on a site to the north of the existing... 

Ship deal puts the wind in SA’s sales

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The unbundling and sale of Safmarine’s container line division to the Copenhagen-based AP Moller group, effective from last month, has already resulted in improved benefits for customers of Safmarine Container Lines (SCL). Although SCL will continue to independently market its Southern... 

Thabo to support spatial-development initiatives

By: System Author     9th July 1999 More emphasis is expected to be given to spatial-development initiatives (SDIs) and industrial development zones (IDZs) by government under the leadership of President Thabo Mbeki. In his speech to parliament late last month, Mbeki stated that major investment projects were underpinned by the... 

Ringing in the changes of Y2k compliance

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Acontract worth sev- eral million rands to ensure Year 2000 compliance for telecommunications provider Telkom is progressing well. The contract, subcontracted by Siemens to engineering software developer TLC Software, of Johannesburg, involves an engineering management system, client server... 

Transport plan in Pretoria hits a brick wall

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council (GPMC) cannot advance plans to improve the metro’s transport situation since funding and the new demarcation of Pretoria, as well as other unresolved provincial and national issues, are slowing progress. “We have many proposals on how to... 

New truck rolls on to local market

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Commercial vehicle manufacturer AMC Commercial Vehicles, of Randburg, launched a new 1,5 t truck, the AMC Super Loader, in June. “We expect this vehicle to capture about 50% of the market,” reports AMC marketing manager Rod Drake. The company expects the vehicle to be used by... 

Design on R1bn casino was no gamble

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The engineers and construction workers toiling on the R1-billion Caesars Gauteng hotel, casino and convention resort are described by US architect and designer Paul Steelman as “some of the best I have ever worked with”. The complex, which is being constructed on the site of the... 

R106-million condensate-import project

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Good progress is being made at Mossgas in Mossel Bay on the company’s new R106-million condensate-import project, which will boost its yearly output by up to 450-million litres, or 26%, and add about R40-million to its yearly net operating surplus. This business opportunity arose partly as... 

Five-year outsourced fleet transport contract signed

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 TRANSPORT company PPC Transport has concluded an agreement with Corobrick to take over its existing motor transport fleet. The division traditionally serviced its sister company PPC in the transportation of cement goods, but plans to diversify half of its business. PPC Transport will move... 

Business benefits realised

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A drive initiated by Deloitte Consulting to realise further business benefits from Mossgas’s enterprise resource-planning (ERP) implementation has realised substantial gains for the world’s only producer of liquid transportation fuels from offshore gas. ERP – an integrated... 

Coega harbour-design is finalised by team

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The proposed new deep-water port at Coega forms part of a planned industrial development zone (IDZ) intended to act as an intermodal transhipment point for bulk cargo for industries in the IDZ and the associated hinterland. The design of the port has been undertaken by a team of port and coastal... 

Three years into the initiative

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The initiative to investigate the feasibility of an industrial development zone (IDZ) and port at Coega was launched in August 1996. With the support of national government, a Section 21 company, known as the Coega IDZ Initiative, was formed to promote the project and co-ordinate all the relevant... 

New local truck-production plant opened

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Another name has been added to the Automakers plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria, where a range of vehicle makes and models are being produced. The addition of Iveco to the production of Fiat Uno and Nissan vehicles to the plant is another step up the ladder for Automakers to become a large-scale... 

Work begins on Cape arrivals terminal

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Work has begun on the 4 000 m2 stand-alone building which will become the temporary international arrivals terminal at Cape Town International Airport. When the temporary building has been completed and all existing facilities housed in it, the old building will be demolished. It will be replaced... 

Dynamic changes for company on the move

By: System Author     25th June 1999 IN addition to the launch of a new name and logo to face a new era, Schneider Electric South Africa is moving to new premises in Midrand, Gauteng. The main reason for the move is to have one company with a single vision as, for the first time since the formation of Groupe Schneider in South... 

South African oil firm on African safari

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Newly appointed Engen CE Almorie Maule has informed Engineering News in an exclusive interview that she planned keeping Engen on track with regard to its stated aim of transforming itself into a niche oil industry company with a network spread across the African continent and the broader Indian... 

Transport dept takes non-core back seat

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Department of Transport is commendably taking a back seat when it comes to non-core functions – it is one of four government departments that have outsourced their motor transport services to Imperial Holdings in a R2-billion contract. The contract is most likely to grow to R3-billion... 

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