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The most precious metal is the world

The most precious metal is the world

Although aluminium is widely used today, it wasn’t as popular when it was first produced. For almost 100 years, aluminium was too expensive to be widely adopted. While it did find its way onto a few royal dinner tables in the 1800s, it wasn’t until the 1900s that it became popular as an industrial material. GG VAN ROOYEN tracks aluminium’s rocky road to success.

 
Aluminium school fees

Aluminium school fees

The production and application of aluminium has changed significantly during the last 20 years. Designers and fabricators have learned difficult lessons about the ways in which the metal should – and shouldn’t – be used. FOCUS examines some of them.

 
Getting on the right track

Getting on the right track

The annual South African Bus Operators Association (SABOA) conference tends to be a good marker of what’s happening in the world of local public transport. When NADINE VON MOLTKE attended the event, she  found positive and negative developments in equal measure.

 
Beyond FIFA 2010

Beyond FIFA 2010

Thanks to the key role it has played in preparations for the World Cup, South Africa’s construction industry has enjoyed several years of exceptional activity. But what will happen now that most of the construction work is complete? Is the industry in for a slump? GG VAN ROOYEN finds out.

   
Eco-friendly delivery

Eco-friendly delivery

Many captains of industry share the environmentalist’s vision of a greener future. STUART MOIR looks at the relationship recently forged between Mercedes Benz Commercial Vehicles and Fast ‘n Fresh, a champion of environmental sustainability in the retail sector.

 
Shining a light on safety

Shining a light on safety

The issue of safety will always be of vital concern to transport operators. Truck accidents can be expensive, both in terms of lives and loads lost. NADINE VON MOLTKE examines how safety-critical components can help safeguard against the unexpected.

 
Talking power

Talking power

“We’ve all been there. Your vehicle won’t start, so you call passers-by to apply a combined force to give you a push-start. Two people turn up, and within a brief amount of time their combined energy has worked. The car starts and the engine’s torque provides a powerful getaway,” writes JAKE VENTER.

   
Imperial Logistics rules transport roost

Imperial Logistics rules transport roost

Imperial Logistics is the top transport operator in the land; Greyhound is the best bus and/or coach operator and Hino is doing an outstanding job of delivering sales and service support to operators of commercial vehicles.

 
A weighty issue

A weighty issue

South Africa’s road network is in a terrible state of disrepair, and things are only getting worse. As a result, the National Treasury has tasked the Department of Transport (DoT) with finding a solution to save our roads. The DoT in turn informed local transport operators and stakeholders that it intended to pass legislation lowering legal load limits. Is this a justifiable means of fixing the problem, or is the DoT simply passing the buck? NADINE VON MOLTKE weighs up both sides of the argument.

 
The battle of the best

The battle of the best

This year’s Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: South Africa’s (CILTSA) National Forklift Driver Competition was once again a great success, with drivers from around the country gathering to showcase their skills.

   

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