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Commercial aviation activity in South Africa seems to be recovering

21st February 2020 The latest edition of the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa's Commercial Aviation Activity Index (CAAI) shows an upward trend, reported the index's author, independent economist Dr Roelof Botha. But he warned that caution was still necessary. "Aviation activity is quite... 

South African economy is benefitting from a 'Ramaphosa effect'

21st February 2020 Independent economist Dr Roelof Botha on Friday highlighted the existence of a very real "Ramaphosa Effect", not to be confused with the superficial "Ramaphoria" which followed directly after President Cyril Ramaphosa's election, which is already benefitting the South African economy. Botha was... 

State-owned airlines struggling in financial turbulence

21st February 2020 Two of South Africa’s State-owned airlines continue to experience tough times as they try to recover from their current deep financial crises. They are national flag-carrier South African Airways (SAA) and the completely separate regional operator SA Express. SAA is now in business rescue, and... 

Denel upgraded by Fitch Ratings as it closes aerostructures business

21st February 2020 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group has Denel welcomed the recent decision by Fitch Ratings to affirm its long- and short-term ratings for the group, and to upgrade its outlook. Fitch affirmed Denel’s national short-term rating at “B(zaf)” and its national long-term rating also at... 

Rolls-Royce starts manufacture of the world’s largest aeroengine fan blades

21st February 2020 UK industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has announced that it has started manufacturing the world’s largest aeroengine fan blades. These are for its UltraFan demonstrator power plant, which will be unprecedentedly efficient and sustainable. A full set of UltraFan blades will have a diameter of... 

Production at Vale’s Moz mine plunged last year

21st February 2020 The Moatize coal mine in Mozambique’s Tete province, which is majority owned by Brazilian mining major Vale, achieved a total coal production for last year of 8.77-million tons (Mt), with production for the fourth quarter of that year (4Q19) amounting to 1.876-Mt. Total coal sales for 2019 were... 

Latest Airbus airliner gains certification from both Europe and the US

14th February 2020 Europe-based global aerospace group Airbus has announced that its A330-800 widebody airliner has been jointly certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration. This joint Type Certification followed 132 flights totalling 370 test flying hours,... 

Airbus signs memorandum with new African airline for major airliner order

14th February 2020 Airbus has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Green Africa Airways for 50 A220-300 airliners. Green Africa Airways is a Nigerian carrier, based in Lagos. This is the biggest African order to date for the A220 and one of the biggest orders worldwide for the type. “We... 

Huawei to participate in ‘noncore’ elements of Britain’s 5G network

14th February 2020 Towards the end of last month, the British Government announced that Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei will be allowed to participate in the creation of the UK’s fifth-generation (5G) broadband telecommunications network. This despite strong lobbying from the US Government to exclude Huawei.  

Project aims to integrate underground and space data to improve mine safety

14th February 2020 A project to compare and combine data from underground Internet of Things (IoT) and from satellite-based sensors has been launched in the UK. The aim is to provide better early warning of potential dangers, improve the safety of mining operations and augment environmental and post-mining... 

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