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Milestones and progress

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th December 2006 Work on the construction of the Gautrain rapid-rail link has now begun in earnest. Along Oxford Road, in front of The Zone shopping centre in Rosebank, it is clear that the Bombela concessionaire has moved on from the enabling works phase. 

Six years on, construction begins

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th December 2006 The construction of the Gautrain rapid- rail link project has begun and, around Johannesburg, evidence that the ball is now rolling is clear to see. 

Gautrain rapid rail link

8th December 2006 The Gautrain project involves a modern state-of-the-art rail connection, linking Sandton, Johannesburg, Tshwane and the OR Tambo International Airport (formerly Johannesburg International Airport). 

'No conflict of interest in Gautrain decision' - Cabinet

7th December 2006 Cabinet had no influence in the tender decision for the R23-billion Gautrain project, Government Communication Information System head Themba Maseko told journalists on Thursday. 

Comair expects interim earnings to rise 40%-60% y-on-y

6th December 2006 Airliner group Comair announced on Wednesday that it expected its headline earnings a share and earnings a share to be between 40% to 60% higher for the six months ended December 31, than those of the prior corresponding period. 

Imperial says buys construction- and mining-equipment firm

4th December 2006 Diversified transport group Imperial has bought the entire issued share capital of Terex Africa, a construction, mining and road-building equipment distributor, it said on Monday. 

Transnet approves acquisition of 212 new general-freight locomotives

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2006 State-owned transport utility Transnet confirmed on Thursday that its board had sanctioned a plan for the purchase of 212 diesel and electric locomotives to overcome capacity constraints in the general freight business (GFB). The procurement comes in the wake of a R1,12-billion deal with a... 

Grindrod announces new director

By: Matthew Hill     24th November 2006 JSE-listed shipping company Grindrod Limited announced late on Thursday that David Polkinghorne has been appointed as a company director, effective from November 22. 

Newly refurbished coach to meet 2010 passenger demands

22nd November 2006 Transport Minister Jeff Radebe has unveiled a newly refurbished coach to enhance customer services ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well as to meet future passenger demands. 

Long-distance taxi operators take delivery of new vehicles

By: Nelendhre Moodley     15th November 2006 Ten taxi owners recently took delivery of the first batch of twenty-five Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Commuter mini-buses from the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealership in Centurion. 

Spoornet incorporate manufacturing spin-off model into procurement scheme

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2006 Railways utility Spoornet, which signed a R1,12-billion locomotive-acquisition deal for the supply of 32 new class 15E electric locomotives for the Sishen–Saldanha iron-ore channel, has promised that some 55% of the contract value will be conducted locally. 

SAA launches controversial low-cost carrier, promising best prices

By: Mariaan Webb     30th October 2006 South Africa's national carrier, South African Airlines (SAA), launched its controversial low-cost domestic airline, Mango, on Monday, committing itself to operate flights which will, initially, be priced at around R200 a ticket between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Low-cost operators in South... 

Schrempp appointed to SAA board

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2006 Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin has appointed six new board members at State-owned airliner South African Airways (SAA), including former DaimlerChrysler CEO Professor Jurgen Schrempp, who has long-standing relations with South Africa. 

Joburg moves to overhaul bus fleet ahead of World Cup

By: Nelendhre Moodley     24th October 2006 A consignment of 126 buses and two coaches officially handed over by DaimlerChrysler to the Johannesburg Metro, on Tuesday, is the first part in a series of new bus consignments, expected to total some 300, aimed at improving public transport ahead of the 2010 soccer World Cup. 

Public transport infrastructure gets boost of R3,8bn

23rd October 2006 Government has set aside R3,8-billion for public transport infrastructure for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, said Transport Minister Jeff Radebe. 

Spoornet gears up to meet 47Mt iron-ore target

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd October 2006 Railway utility Spoornet has entered into a R1,12-billion three-year locomotive-acquisition deal with Venus Railway Solutions for the supply of 32 new class 15E electric locomotives for the Sishen-Saldanha iron-ore line, CEO Siyabonga Gama announced on Monday. Venus is a special-purpose vehicle... 

Integrate or derail!

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2006 Parliamentary portfolio committee chairperson on transport Jeremy Cronin is correct when he says that the success or failure of the R20-billion-plus Gautrain project now hinges materially on its ability to support public-transport integration in the province. 

Project pipeline to mitigate traffic congestion

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2006 Despite this year's interest rate hikes, South Africa should add another 700 000 new vehicles to an already filled-to-the-brim road system - which would be an all-time high. Last year, in a spending boom, new-vehicle sales reached what was then a record-breaking 618 028 units, up from 480 879... 

R350m facility upgrade for new GM-Isuzu truck entity

20th October 2006 A R350-million two-year facility upgrade would accompany the launch of a new South African truck entity, General Motors South Africa (GMSA) and Isuzu Japan said on Friday. 

Traffic congestion hampering economic growth, but projects-in-waiting could alleviate the pressure

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2006 Despite this year’s interest rate hikes, South Africa should add another 700 000 new vehicles to an already filled-to-the-brim road system – which would be an all-time high. Last year, in a spending boom, new-vehicle sales reached what was then a record-breaking 618 028 units, up from... 

Off the scrapyard

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2006 On October 28, in the Free State, the country’s first old minibus taxi will be scrapped as government’s long-awaited R7,7-billion taxi-recapitalisation programme finally kicks off. 

Opening up air transport could create 70 000 jobs, says report

By: Mariaan Webb     18th October 2006 Opening up air transport in Southern Africa could boost the region's economic activity by more than R1,5-billion and could create around 70 000 new jobs, mainly in the tourism sector, a report on liberalisation of Southern African skies unveiled on Wednesday. 

Container throughput at Maputo harbour expected to double by 2010

By: Matthew Hill     13th October 2006 Throughput at the Port of Maputo container terminal is expected to more than double by 2010, as its operator, Mozambique International Port Services (MIPS), endeavors in its campaign to attract more business from Southern African countries. The port currently has excess container capacity, and... 

Steps taken to curb disruption, roads agency reports

By: Amy Heydenrych     13th October 2006 In an effort to reduce the inconvenience caused to road users and ensure the safety of motorists during maintenance work on a key route, project managers from the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and a joint venture of consulting engineers from a BKS/Sekhukhune JV and KP... 

Modernisation systems supplied to Cameroon rail authority

By: Amy Heydenrych     13th October 2006 Early this year, GE Transportation received a second order for five Brightstar locomotive modernisation systems from the Cameroon Railway Authority, CamRail. This order is in addition to the original six systems ordered in 2003. 

‘Promote intermodalism to reap full benefits’, State urged

By: Amy Heydenrych     13th October 2006 The South African government must promote intermodalism in order to reap the benefits of its road and rail system, rather than accepting the current destructive competitionbetween the two, asserts media and research officer for the Rail Road Association of South Africa (RRA) Allen Jorgensen. He... 

New standards provide clarity on load securement

13th October 2006 The recent publication of the nine parts of the SANS 10187 load securement on vehicles standard is important news for all operators of road transport. 

Metrorail depot upgrade on schedule

13th October 2006 Protekon Rail Solutions is currently engaged in the upgrading of several Metrorail depots in both the Wits and Cape Regions. 

Train assembly to boost East-Rand

By: Irma Venter     13th October 2006 Nine years after the prefeasibility study for the Gautrain rapid-rail link was initiated, construction of the R25-billion project has started. 

Concrete put forward as viable alternative for road construction, repair

By: Amy Heydenrych     13th October 2006 Concrete is an ideal building material for roads in South Africa – from highway construction and rehabilitation to low-volume roads, says roads project leader at the Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) Bryan Perrie. 

Soil-stabilisation project completed

By: Amy Heydenrych     13th October 2006 The country’s largest supplier of bitumen, a key ingredient in the construction of roads, Tosas, together with construction company, Roshcon, recently completed the base stabilisation of over 40 km of gravel roads at Tutuka power station in Mpumalanga - a project funded by energy utility... 

‘Revolutionary’ rail safety system stems from SA-UK cooperation

13th October 2006 International defence and aerospace company BAE Systems is supporting Parsec, the Pretoria-based electronics company, in its development of a revolutionary railway safety system in another positive spin-off from South Africa’s Hawk and Gripen fighter aircraft procurement. 

KZN bridge lighting project completed

13th October 2006 Bosch Projects, in conjunction with leading urban designers, GAPP Architects, has completed the illumination design of bridge lighting at the Quality Street/M4 interchange upgrade in Durban and has handed the commissioned installation to eThekweni Electricity. 

Projects galore for construction firm

13th October 2006 Recent road projects for Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA) include the design and construction of William Slammert Drive in Port Elizabeth and the construction management of asphalt surfaced residential streets in Soweto-on-Sea, a suburb of Port Elizabeth. 

Rail former ‘ideally suited’ to underground applications

13th October 2006 Becker Engineering’s Simplex rail former, the 3A25 series, is ideally suited to bend rails for underground railway lines. 

Electronic-tolling system likely to be tested on SA roads

By: Nelendhre Moodley     12th October 2006 A new electronic toll system, which is part of the freeway improvement scheme, is set to hit the roads in the near future. 

First flag-branded taxis expected before month-end - Msibi

By: Mariaan Webb     6th October 2006 The first fleet of South African-flag branded taxis under government's R7,7-billion taxi recapitalisation programme was expected to make its appearance on South Africa's roads before month-end, Transport spokesperson Collin Msibi said on Friday. 

Rail safety regulator beefs up inspectorate

5th October 2006 Government has announced an inspectorate to monitor the rail industry's safety and compliance with the regulatory framework. 

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