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Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie

Spoornet-Sasol sets 1mt/y chemicals export target

By: Terence Creamer     10th November 2005 Railways utility Spoornet and petrochemicals group Sasol have signed-off on a collaborative supply-chain deal, which should see a doubling of railed tonnage of specialty chemicals over the next three years. 

Lawmakers question Gautrain costs, timing

By: Liezel Hill     9th November 2005 The controversial Gautrain rapid-rail link project was drawn further into the national spotlight yesterday, as project leader Jack van der Merwe answered probing questions from the parliamentary portfolio committee for transport. 

Giant's R&D stresses environment-friendly innovation

By: Helene Le Roux     4th November 2005 Judging from a full pipeline of research and development projects undertaken by the world’s largest commercial-vehicle manufacturer, DaimlerChrysler, there is an array of environment-friendly, cost-effective commercial-vehicle technologies to look forward to in the near future. 

NONSTOP INNOVATION

By: Helene Le Roux     28th October 2005 One of the pioneers of commercial vehicle production, automotive manufacturer DaimlerChrysler, is working on a number of new technologies that stand to revolutionise the industry. 

SA group leads Kenya win

By: John Muchira     28th October 2005 A consortium led by South Africa’s Sheltam Close Corporation has won the bid to operate and manage the Kenya’s and Uganda’s railways for the next 25 years. 

Taxi, please

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2005 Newcomer to the local bus and truck market, Volkswagen of South Africa (VWSA), has moved its first buses, branded the Volksbus, into dealerships countrywide. 

$92,5m facelift planned for Kenya airport

By: John Muchira     21st October 2005 Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has put out an international tender for the construction of a terminal passenger apron, taxiways, carparks and associated facilities at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), in Nairobi. 

Tanzania in big road-upgrading programme

By: John Muchira     21st October 2005 The Tanzanian government has embarked on a big road-upgrading programme. 

Eastern Cape contracts bus company to improve passenger transport

19th October 2005 The Eastern Cape government has contracted a bus company to be the sole subsidised bus service provider in the former Transkei. 

Radebe issues first taxi operating licences

17th October 2005 Transport Minister Jeff Radebe has issued 20 operating licences to Free State taxi operators who have converted their radius permits. 

Gauteng to spend billions to improve public transport

13th October 2005 Gauteng is to invest billions of rands in efforts to improve road infrastructure and the public transport sector. 

Framework laid for rail competition

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2005 The South African government has finally moved to create certainty around its future strategy for the freight sector as a whole, but more specifically the State-controlled and underperforming rail-freight industry. 

Mega-project guru joins Transnet team

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2005 State transport utility Transnet has appointed one of South Africa's most experience mega-project managers, Bernard Smith, to help it with the rollout of its ambitious R40-billion capital programme over the next five years. 

SA lays framework for rail competition

By: Terence Creamer     29th September 2005 The South African government yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to the introduction of competition into the underperforming rail-freight sector, which currently carries about 185-million tons of South Africa's 1 150-million tons of yearly cargo and has been losing market share to road for over a... 

Geoff du Plessis

By: Terence Creamer     23rd September 2005 Full name: Geoffrey Cornelis du Plessis Position: CEO, MAN Truck and Bus Main activity of the company: Supplier of trucks and buses to the transport industry Date and place of birth: July 20, 1960, Johannesburg Education: BSc Engineering (Mech), Wits, 1981 First job: Development engineer,... 

German group looking to expand dominant market position

By: Jade Davenport     23rd September 2005 Power, transport sectors identified as key growth areas 

DOUBLE-DIGIT TREND CONTINUES

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2005 TRUCK SALES??There is no reason why a 30 000-unit-a-year South African truck market is not possible, says Nissan Diesel South Africa (NDSA) senior executive vice president of management control Johan Richards. 

'Transnet's PFMA breaches not material'

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2005 State-owned transport utility Transnet has denied reports that the four breaches of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) referred to in its latest annual report were either material to the business or related to the actions of the new executive team, led by Maria Ramos. 

Rail is simply uncompetitive, specialist

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2005 Rail has, over time, become an inappropriate technology for the transport of general cargo, says Arup South Africa transport economics adviser Andrew Marsay. 

Trailer industry benefits from moving-floor technology

26th August 2005 Moving-floor technology in the trailer industry is becoming increasingly popular since it enables the legal transport of larger loads with no risk of instability during unloading. 

A 'smart' breakthrough for bus operators

26th August 2005 One of South Africa’s largest passenger-transport companies serving Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo commuters, Putco, has awarded Questek a contract to equip 280 of its vehicles with a leading-edge revenue-management system. 

New pocket-sized hoist secures loads during transportation

26th August 2005 Specialists in lifting and pulling equipment, Bellambie Mining & Industrial is the exclusive distributor in Southern Africa of Kito lever hoists, chain blocks and electric chain hoists, ideally suited for lifting loads onto trucks, trailers and bakkies and ensuring they are safely secured during... 

Hot-melt adhesives ideal for automotive fabrics and trims

26th August 2005 Global chemical speciality company Rohm & Haas has launched a range of reactive hot-melt adhesives that offers enhanced flexibility and improved performance to textile laminating for diverse applications, including the interiors of trucks, trailers, buses and bakkies. 

Truck bodies favoured by various industries

26th August 2005 Manufacturer of truck bodies for specialised applications, TFM Industries, has streamlined its business by focusing on its core competences in the design, manufacture and supply of truck bodies for three main industrial groupings while continuing to assist its various customers in developing and... 

Aluminium saves weight and increases payload

By: Mariaan Webb     26th August 2005 The heavier a vehicle, the more significant the effect on infrastructure and road users. 

Record growth for SA’s truck sector

By: Mariaan Webb     26th August 2005 The South African heavy commercial-vehicle market has delivered strong performance in the first seven months of the year, when compared to the same period last year. 

Driver ownership the key to logistics company’s business success

By: Mariaan Webb     26th August 2005 The newly-established Cosira Logistics, part of the Cosira group, has introduced a philosophy of driver ownership, which, together with a solid approach to maintain its logistics asset base, comprising 65 vehicles, has seen the company prosper. 

Car manufacturer puts van safety first

By: Mariaan Webb     26th August 2005 The world in which vans perform is changing constantly and, today, vans require the kind of performance that only a few years ago would have been reserved for powerful mid-sized passenger cars. 

Engine refurbisher prides itself on high-quality repair services

By: Mariaan Webb     26th August 2005 Downtime in the transportation industry can result in significant losses, not just in short-term income, but also long-term profitability, Metric Automotive Engineering operations manager Andrew Yorke tells Engineering News. 

Bank, truck-maker in local JV

23rd August 2005 Financial institution WesBank yesterday announced that it will enter the South African trucking market through a joint-finance alliance with the global trucking giant, Iveco. 

R3-billion for transport facelift

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2005 Treasury has provided R3-billion over the next three years to improve the country’s public transport systems and infrastructure in preparation for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. 

Gautrain's profitability hinges on 104 000-a-day ridership

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2005 The largest study of its kind – examining 183 road and 27 rail projects in 14 countries on five continents – found that rail passenger forecasts have internationally been overestimated by 106% on average, resulting in an actual ridership of less than half of that predicted. 

Rough times for SA aviation

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2005 THE SA commercial & general aviation sectors have been hard hit by the failure of key parastatals & government departments to grasp their contribution to the national economy. 

SA set for commuter rail revival

By: Helene Le Roux     12th August 2005 The Department of Transport’s (DoT’s) plans for investment in South Africa’s public-transport sector includes doubling the R2,7-billion allocated to the national commuter rail renewal strategy. 

French enter South African fray

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2005 French truck-manufacturer Renault Trucks will start completely knockdown production of its Kerax trucks in South Africa in September, says the company’s Southern Africa area manager Sebastien Delephine. 

Rail sunrise over Karoo town

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     29th July 2005 Western Cape rail-coach refurbishiment company Commuter Transport Engineering (CTE), which opened its doors five years ago and has refurbished 100 coaches to date, will soon start building on its second workshop at its Touws River site, in the Western Cape. 

Port seeks greater balance

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     29th July 2005 The National Ports Authority (NPA) has embarked on an extensive expansion programme at the port of Cape Town to redress the current imbalance between stacking, berthing and equipment capacities for container shipping. 

Taxi-recap rubber hits the road

By: Nicola Mawson     26th July 2005 Cabinet has approved a detailed strategy for the rollout of the taxi recapitalisation programme. Transport Minister Jeff Radebe, announcing the strategy at a media briefing at the Union Buildings yesterday, said that while the strategy was not only about scrapping old taxis, this would be at its... 

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