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Agrizzi shows inquiry video of Bosasa bosses counting money for ACSA tender bribe

By: African News Agency      17th January 2019 Former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi on Thursday showed the commission probing state capture a video in which businessman Gavin Watson counted money allegedly used to pay a bribe to secure a R14 million a month contract from the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA). Continuing... 

SAA appoints former prosecution chief to its group executive 

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th January 2019 Embattled State-owned flag-carrier South African Airways (SAA) announced on Tuesday that Advocate Vusi Pikoli had been appointed as the airline’s Chief Risk and Compliance Officer. He will take up the post on February 1. Pikoli is currently an advisor to the Minister of State Security. He was,... 

International passenger numbers at Cape Town International Airport grow by 9.6% in 2018

By: African News Agency      14th January 2019 Last year, 2.6-million international passengers were recorded by Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), representing a 9.6% growth from 2017 despite the drought and other problems experienced by the region, the City of Cape Town said on Sunday. "This growth came from long-haul carriers from... 

South Africa’s space agency becomes space weather centre for aviation across Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th January 2019 The Ministry of Science and Technology announced on Monday that the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) had been chosen by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to be the provider of space weather information for the aviation sector across Africa and/or using African... 

South Africa’s space agency becomes space weather centre for aviation across Africa

SA Express airline hopes to break even by FY-end – spokesperson

By: Reuters     11th January 2019 State-run South African airline SA Express, which has seen several executives suspended over graft allegations, hopes to break even by the end of the financial year, its spokesman said in a radio interview on Friday. He was speaking ahead of the relaunch of the airline's flights from Cape Town to... 

Embraer, Boeing deal gets approval from the new Brazilian government

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th January 2019 The Brazilian government announced on Thursday that it had approved the creation of two joint ventures (JVs) between Brazilian aerospace company Embraer and US aerospace group Boeing. The Brazilian government holds a “golden share” in the originally State-owned Embraer, giving it power of veto... 

Embraer, Boeing deal gets approval from the new Brazilian government
Photo by Rebecca Campbell/Creamer Media
An Embraer E190-E2 airliner at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, while on an international demonstration tour. This is one of the types that will fall under the Embraer/Boeing JV

SA Express reintroduces routes from Cape Town

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th January 2019 State-owned local regional airline SA Express announced on Thursday that it would be reinstating its flights between Cape Town and Bloemfontein and Cape Town and Walvis Bay (in Namibia). “Cape Town is one of our most important hubs and we are delighted to be back, offering our services to... 

November airline traffic healthy, but moderating – Iata

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th January 2019 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) on Tuesday announced healthy, but moderating, global passenger traffic results for November 2018. Total revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) rose by 6.2% compared with November 2017, a slight deceleration from 6.3% growth in October. 

Iata’s new payment method for air tickets successfully demonstrated

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th January 2019 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has successfully completed the first Iata Pay ticket purchase transaction in a live test environment, the organisation announced in a statement on Tuesday. The transaction was conducted in partnership with UK-based fintech company ipagoo. 

SAA secures R3.5bn loan to keep operating until March  

By: News24Wire      8th January 2019 South Africans Airways (SAA) says it has secured the R3.5-billion loan it needed to keep operating until the end of the financial year in March, providing a temporary relief for the cash-strapped airline. The loss-making flag carrier, which is battling cash flow challenges, is implementing a... 

 SAA secures R3.5bn loan to keep operating until March

Rolls-Royce plans to launch all-electric aircraft in 2020

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th January 2019 Power systems provider Rolls-Royce is leading a highly specialised challenge of building the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft, which is planned to take flight in 2020 on the Welsh coastline. The zero-emissions plane is expected to travel at a target speed of more than 300 miles per hour... 

Rolls-Royce plans to launch all-electric aircraft in 2020
Rolls-Royce concept of an all-electric aircraft

Numsa says committee set up to deal with Comair wage discrepencies

By: African News Agency      21st December 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said on Friday a working committee had been set up to deal decisively with wage discrepancies and shift patterns at Comair, after reaching a deal with the airline to avert a strike. Numsa confirmed it had signed an agreement with Comair, after... 

Air Tanzania becomes first African-based Airbus A220 operator

By: African News Agency      21st December 2018 Air Tanzania as become the first African carrier to take delivery of the Airbus A220 aircraft, the newest addition to the Airbus family of commercial aircraft, the companies said on Friday. Representatives from the airline as well as Tanzanian government officials alongside executives from the... 

Numsa to meet Comair for mediation to avert looming strike

By: African News Agency      19th December 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) will meet the management team of Comair on Thursday to try to avert a looming strike over a wage increase dispute. The union is demanding a salary hike of 12%, a guaranteed 13th cheque, travelling allowance, 15% of basic salary as a... 

Air cargo revenue to increase by 5% in 2019, despite trade friction

By: Nadine James     14th December 2018 Air cargo revenue is expected to increase by about 5% to $116-billion in 2019, despite potential escalations in the US-China trade war and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, International Air Transport Association (Iata) chief economist Brian Pearce told attendees of the Iata Cargo Day, in... 

SACAA suspends CemAir’s air operator certificates

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th December 2018 CemAir can no longer operate as an airline or air operator or fly any of its 21 aircraft, following a decision by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) to suspend two of the airline’s air operator certificates (AOCs). The suspension became effective at around 15:30 on December 13. 

Airbus unveils first base for its very high altitude UAV

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th December 2018 Europe-based global aerospace and defence company Airbus Defence and Space recently announced, in Australia, that it had opened the first operational launch site for its Zephyr “High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite” (Haps) at the Western Australian town of Wyndham. The Zephyr is a very high... 

ATNS launches 3D mobile simulator

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2018 Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on Thursday unveiled Air Traffic and Navigation Services’ (ATNS’) new three-dimensional (3D) mobile simulator during the commemoration of the annual International Civil Aviation Day, in Mbombela, Mpumalanga. ATNS chairperson Simphiwe Thobela said the 3D... 

Iata launches turbulence data sharing platform

By: Nadine James     13th December 2018 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has launched its Turbulence Aware data resource, which aims to assist airlines avoid turbulence, by augmenting the airlines’ ability to pre-empt turbulence by pooling and sharing real-time data, Iata meteorological programme head Katya... 

OR Tambo International geared up for 4m passengers

By: Simone Liedtke     12th December 2018 In a statement issued on Wednesday, OR Tambo International Airport said that it has geared up to help an anticipated four-million passengers get their holiday travels under way “stress-free and in the smoothest way possible”. Airport GM Bongiwe Pityi-Vokwana says the airport community is fully... 

Airline industry growth expected to continue into 2019  

By: Nadine James     12th December 2018 Despite protectionist policies, a lack of infrastructure and a dearth of skilled workers that are challenging the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) expects the industry will grow further in 2019. The industry has “been in the black since 2010” and is expected to... 

Airline industry growth expected to continue into 2019
Iata DG and CEO Alexandre de Juniac

Iata urges African States to cooperate with it to develop regional aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has highlighted the benefits to Africa brought by cooperation between it and the Governments across the continent. The aim was to facilitate air connectivity across Africa that was efficient, safe and sustainable. In turn, this would ensure the... 

SA Express adds Jhb to Mthatha route to offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th December 2018 State-owned domestic and regional airline SA Express will introduce a new route between Johannesburg, in Gauteng, and Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape, from December 10. The airline will initially operate a daily flight from OR Tambo International Airport with the intention of increasing frequency... 

SA Express adds Jhb to Mthatha route to offering

Imperial Logistics targets growth outside SA, adding global freight management capabilities 

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2018 Imperial Logistics aims to earn close to 80% of its revenue from outside South Africa, compared with the current 68%, says CEO designate Mohammed Akoojee. Akoojee will officially take over from current CEO Marius Swanepoel in the first half of 2019. 

 Imperial Logistics targets growth outside SA, adding global freight management capabilities
Mohammed Akoojee

Airbus unveils first base for its very high altitude UAV

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd December 2018 Europe-based global aerospace and defence company Airbus Defence and Space announced in Australia on Monday that it had opened the first operational launch site for its Zephyr “High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite” (Haps) at the Western Australian town of Wyndham. The Zephyr is a very high... 

Airbus unveils first base for its very high altitude UAV
Photo by Airbus
An artist’s impression of a Zephyr S flying in the stratosphere

ACSA appoints interim CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th November 2018 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has appointed Bongiwe Mbomvu acting CEO, while the company is in the process of recruiting a permanent successor to outgoing CEO Bongani Maseko, who is stepping down on November 30. Under Maseko’s leadership, the King Shaka International Airport, in Durban,... 

ACSA appoints interim CEO
ACSA acting CEO Bongiwe Mbomvu

'Gigaba lied to Parliament over SAA financials', commission hears

By: African News Agency      30th November 2018 While director-general at the department of public enterprises, former Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona, tried to persuade South African Airways to support the now defunct The New Age (TNA) newspaper after the national carrier's bid adjudication committee turned it down, former SAA board chairperson... 

SAA needs R7.5bn in working capital from next month  

By: Reuters     27th November 2018 Cash-strapped State-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) will need R7.5-billion from next month to fund day-to-day operations into 2019, a presentation by the airline showed on Tuesday. SAA, which has not generated a profit since 2011, survives on State guarantees and is regularly cited by... 

SAA needs R7.5bn in working capital from next month

Global airline body calls on African Governments to cooperate with it

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th November 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has highlighted the benefits to Africa brought by cooperation between it and the Governments across the continent. The aim was to facilitate air connectivity across Africa that is efficient, safe and sustainable. In turn, this would ensure the... 

Ethiopian Airlines steps up hunt for African connections

By: Reuters     23rd November 2018 Ethiopian Airlines is accelerating its strategy of weaving a patchwork of new African routes to soak up traffic on the continent and fly customers towards its more lucrative flights to rapidly expanding Asian markets. With a long-delayed African "open skies" revolution still mired in red tape,... 

Solid relations between India and South Africa good for bilateral trade and investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd November 2018 South Africa and Indian already have a solid framework for strong relations, not least in the areas of trade and investment, Indian High Commissioner to South Africa (Ms) Ruchira Kamboj tells "Engineering News". "India and South Africa are old friends  and historical partners," she highlights.... 

Audit outcomes of State-owned entities continue to regress

By: Kim Cloete     22nd November 2018 The audit outcomes of State-owned entities (SOEs) have regressed over the past financial year compared with both the previous year and 2014/15. The 2017/18 general report for the Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) said there was an increase in noncompliance of the 16 SOEs it audited. It also... 

New terminal at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport the pride of Ghana

By: African News Agency      21st November 2018 Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) MD John Attafuah is an animated man to whom words come freely, quickly and eloquently. But even he has to pause and gasp for a few seconds though, as he describes the impact the new Terminal 3 at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport has had on Ghanaians. The... 

Aerospace technology could help uplift Africa in many sectors, Airbus claims

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th November 2018 Giant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus has affirmed that aerospace technologies can play a key role in dealing with many of the socioeconomic challenges confronting Africa. It did so in a report, which it called a White Paper, that was released at the end of last month. at a special event in... 

Strong relationship bodes well for boosting India/South Africa trade and investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th November 2018 South Africa and India already have a solid framework for strong relations, not least in the areas of trade and investment, Indian High Commissioner to South Africa (Ms) Ruchira Kamboj tells Engineering News Online. "India and South Africa are old friends and historical partners," she highlights.... 

SAA welcomes government’s support

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th November 2018 South African Airways (SAA) has assured its stakeholders, customers and suppliers of its business continuity after government confirmed that the airline will not be shut down or sold. Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan last week clarified government’s position that, while the airline... 

SAA welcomes government’s support

Drones revolutionising Gauteng’s management of infrastructure projects

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th November 2018 The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID), with the assistance of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Centre for Applied Research and Innovation in the Built Environment, is achieving unprecedented monitoring of the infrastructure development and construction projects that it... 

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