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100 councils now want to rail waste

By: System Author     28th July 2000 More than a hundred municipalities countrywide have expressed interest in national carrier Spoornet’s waste-by-rail concept, with a few of the projects already in the planning and implementation stages. 

19 new toll-road projects studied

By: System Author     28th July 2000 South African road-users could be paying thousands of rands in toll fees in the next few years if the government’s toll-road development programme gets the final go-ahead. 

New port-control tower doubles as weather centre 

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Nautical imagery, shells and budding sugar-cane shoots are the inspiration for the design of the state-of-the-art port control tower which will grace Durban – Africa’s busiest port – by April next year. 

Time taken from SA farms to UK shops slashed

By: System Author     14th July 2000 A R15-million perishable cargo warehouse facility, which opened last month at Johannesburg International Airport, is expected to help boost South Africa’s exports of fresh produce and create new jobs. 

Measuring car cuts surveying time

By: System Author     14th July 2000 The first infrastructure-measuring car that can measure track and overhead line parameters simultaneously, was launched by Plasserail last month. 

African railways are in a crisis

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Africa’s railways are at a critical junction. 

All aboard the Shilowa express

By: System Author     7th July 2000 By 2005, commuters travelling between Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Johannesburg International Airport may be persuaded to leave the convenience of their motorcars for the time-savings and comfort of a higher-speed train. 

Rail cargo traceable on the Internet

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Southern Africa is one step closer to an integrated regional railway system, with the last railway due to be connected to the region’s rolling stock information system by December. 

John Ross tolling proposed

By: System Author     6th July 2000 An unsolicited proposal to upgrade and toll the John Ross highway linking Empangeni and Richards Bay in Kwazulu-Natal at a cost of R220-million to R250-million, has been submitted to the National Roads Agency. 

Decision on airport, Sept

By: System Author     30th June 2000 A decision on whether Durban International Airport will be relocated to La Mercy, north of Durban, is expected to be reached by September, Engineering News learns. 

SA rail efficiency is not on track – Omar

By: System Author     30th June 2000 While South Africa can boast some of the most advanced transport infrastructure in the world, efficiency in terms of its rail network is still not on track. 

Will taxpayers subsidise taxi recapitalisation?

By: System Author     30th June 2000 The taxi recapitalisation project has invited laudatory and cautionary comment since its announcement last year. 

Shipbuilder uses 140 tons of aluminium every year

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Aluminium 

SA must be transport-smart

By: System Author     16th June 2000 The implementation of intelligent transport systems in South Africa will play a significant role with respect to the South African government’s five-year transport focus. 

Toll system to be used the first time

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Southern Africa: projects & trade 

International landing system for Cape airport

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Cape Town International Airport is the first airport in Africa to receive the internationally recognised Category 111 b classification instrument landing system, which assists aircraft to land in adverse weather conditions. 

State ports authority moves forward

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Harbour infrastructure & equipment 

Refurbishment, replacement and specialised services are the name of the port game

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Harbour infrastructure & equipment 

Global expertise for South Africa

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Harbour infrastructure & equipment 

Rail industry changes to be discussed

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Railtrack system of the future to be exhibited

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

International VIPs expected

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

New rail concept to be launched

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Graphic display at rail exhibition

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Rail event a valuable opportunity

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Upgrade project on track

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Railway engineers on display

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Infrastructure backlog a concern

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Concrete 

Big upgrade for air-traffic control

By: System Author     19th May 2000 South African firm Air Traffic and Navigational Services is rolling out capital projects worth more than R280-million as part of an extensive upgrading and development programme. 

Road freight industry slump – worst in 3 years

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Further aggravating South Africa’s logistics problem, the local road-freight industry is in its worst slump for three years, with dire possible consequences for product transport and productivity in the country. 

Lightweight materials – low weight is their strength

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Developments to Watch 

$350bn to be spent at world airports

By: System Author     5th May 2000 The Airports Company of South Africa will spend $600-million or R3,8-billion in the next six years on developments at its airports. 

New gateway to game park

By: System Author     5th May 2000 The acquisition and redevelopment of the existing Phalaborwa airport in the Northern Province by regional air transport operator SA Airlink, could provide the central and northern regions of the Kruger National Park with the tourism impetus it needs. 

Coega’s comeback confirmed

By: System Author     5th May 2000 The long-awaited deepwater harbour and industrial development zone planned for a 17 000 ha property east of Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape, is making something of a comeback. 

SA glass bridges off to Zimbabwe

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Three glass airport passenger-loading bridges left for Harare, Zimbabwe, this week to join the first bridge successfully transported to and installed at Harare airport earlier this month. 

Twelve weigh-stations to beat overloaders on new N3 toll-road

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Overloaded trucks are adding R600-million a year to the backlog bill of maintenance and repairs of South African roads, which stands at R37-billion, but public–private partnerships could help solve the problem. 

Do-or-die time to avoid SA commuter-rail train smash

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Decision time is looming for South Africa if it has any hope of salvaging its commuter rail service which operates in the main urban centres of Gauteng, the Western and Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal. 

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