THE FUTURE for rail services that eke out a precarious existence in Zaire looks bleaker than ever following news early last month that Laurent Kabila’s opposition forces had shut down Sizarail, the operating company owned 51% by the Comazar consortium formed of South Africa’s Transnet and Belgium’s Transurb, and 49% by the Zaire government.Sizarail had succeeded in restoring life to the virtually moribund lines on which the country relies to move copper and other mineral exports. Ten years ago Zaire National Railways was carrying about 4 million tonnes of freight a year, but by 1993 barely half a million tonnes was moved. Sizarail has since succeeded in reducing wagon turnround times and improving reliability, but invasion of its Lubumbashi headquarters by armed troops, seizure of its assets and expulsion of its Belgian managing director threatens an instant return to decline.With South Africa trying hard to arrange a peaceful deal between the forces of Kabila and those of President Mobutu, a channel exists for contact between Transnet and the rebels. Transnet Executive Director Mafika Mkwanazi is hoping that a deal will be reached with a future government in Zaire to allow operations to resume – he said on May 7 that Kabila’s forces would not be able to manage Zaire’s railways without outside help. Rebel forces apparently requested a meeting with South African rail experts during May, so there is some ground for hope. The biggest danger is that civil war between Kabila’s forces and those of President Mobutu will destroy what remains of Zaire’s railways. o
Ripley and Dearborn Counties— Indiana Department of Transportation contractor John R. Jurgensen Company plans to begin milling operations tomorrow on I-74 EB between S.R. 101 and S.R. 1 in Ripley and Dearborn Counties. The work is part of a $20.3 million asphalt resurface contract. Crews finished patching work earlier this week and are scheduled to start paving on Monday, May 18. Lane closures and a 55 mph speed restriction will be in place while work is in progress. The entire contract includes resurfacing of I-74 between S.R. 101 and the Ohio state line. Motorists should watch for various lane closures along this stretch of I-74 through mid-October. All work is weather dependent.
8 Jun 2016 Six Devon teams head to national golf final Six Devon golf club teams have played their way into the national final of an England Golf team championship.They all won through a regional qualifier at Woodbury Park Golf Club, Devon, and will take part in the final of the English Club Team Championship on Monday, 8 August during England Golf Week at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire.The successful six are:Downes Crediton Golf Club (pictured), represented by David Taylor, Fran Shrubsole, Quintin Payne-Cook and Elizabeth MapsonBovey Tracey Golf Club, represented by Fred Egbeare, Robert Starling, Sheelah Ayliffe and Dawn CottamWoodbury Park Golf Club, represented by David Skinner, Peter Baldwin, Kate Blake and Ellen NortonFingle Glen Golf Club, represented by Jeff Maynard, Richard Stevens, Anne Woodger and Michelle UnderwoodTeignmouth Golf Club, represented by Hannah Stephens, Anthony Stephens, Lorna Brown and Stephen BrownTorquay Golf Club, represented by Malcolm Swift, Di Swift, Iain Rowlands and Sally SpokesThey will meet qualifiers from three other regional events at the national final. It will be a feature of Golf Week, staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships.Click here for full scores