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Dec 12, 2014
Truck hijackings in South Africa are rising rapidly, and are up by around 10% year to date over 2013 statistics, says Road Freight Association (RFA) technical and operations manager Gavin Kelly. This adds up to a 5.1% increase for 2013/14, to 991 incidents, compared...
Dec 12, 2014
South Africa remains an important manufacturing and export platform for Ford Motor Company, says executive chairperson Bill Ford. However, he adds that other countries on the continent are “becoming interesting”, and that the US carmaker is casting its net wider for...
Dec 12, 2014
RUSH HOUR The overall Gautrain airport service continues to show positive growth since it started operations on June 8, 2010
To continue offering safe, convenient and efficient service to passengers, rapid transit train Gautrain’s airport service from Sandton to OR Tambo International Airport was improved in August with earlier trains in the mornings and later trains in the evenings, says...
Dec 12, 2014
With the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) latest announcement of a R51-billion ten-year investment into procuring 600 new, modern commuter and passenger trains, the rail sector holds significant opportunities for electrical and mechanical components...
Dec 12, 2014
CURVING The railway line is expected to increase coal exports
Engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon is providing design services to the new Moatize Nacala Port and Railway project to be concluded in December in Mozambique. The Moatize Nacala railway is part of the Nacala logistics corridor...
Dec 12, 2014
ON THE TRACKS The success of Transnet’s road-to-rail programme has been confirmed by the company’s growth in revenue and profit
State-owned logistics and rail company Transnet has increased its capital investment by 66.8% to R18.7-billion in its road-to-rail programme aimed at transferring the majority of the country’s cargo from the road network to the rail network. The success of the...
Dec 12, 2014
The graduation of 85 employees of State-owned logistics company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) in rail sciences planted the seeds for future rail industry growth and formed an integral part of TFR’s R201-billion rail infrastructure roll-out plans, Transnet CEO Brian...
Dec 12, 2014
South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Algeria’s University of Blida have agreed to set up a Joint Centre of Excellence (JCoE) for aeronautics research. The agreement takes the form of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed at...
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Dec 11, 2014
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Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi
Cabinet on Thursday announced sweeping changes to the composition of the nonexecutive boards of State-owned power utility Eskom and transport utility Transnet.
Dec 11, 2014
In an effort to accelerate transport planning in South Africa, Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters officially launched the National Transport Forum (NTF) and Transport Sector Broad-Based Black Economic-Empowerment (BBBEE) Charter Council in Johannesburg on Thursday.
Dec 11, 2014
South African Airways (SAA) and Etihad Airways have announced a major expansion of their strategic partnership that will see the local national carrier launch a daily service between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi from March 29, 2015, which will complement Etihad...
Dec 11, 2014
Murray & Roberts (M&R) Infrastructure has been awarded a contract by the North West provincial government’s Department of Public Works and Roads to upgrade 58.4 km of gravel roads in the Ganyesa area, north-west of Vryburg, by May 2016.
Dec 11, 2014
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National Treasury is to assume control of South African Airways (SAA), Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe announced on Thursday. "SAA will be transferred from the department of public enterprises to fall under National Treasury," he told journalists in Pretoria,...
Dec 11, 2014
The localisation of automotive component manufacturing remained key to the creation of sustainable jobs in South Africa, and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) would continuously support industries that created such local employment opportunities, Trade and...
Dec 11, 2014
The new vehicle market in South Africa will probably end the year flat compared with 2013, says Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance personal markets head Nicholas Nkosi. The biggest impact on this year’s sales comes from a weaker rand, which continues to push up...
Dec 10, 2014
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Fourteen teams of engineers from General Motors South Africa's (GMSA’s) product engineering and product quality departments recently battled it out to see who could create the best miniature solar-powered vehicle motorised by a 1.5 V electric motor and 0.75 W solar...
Dec 09, 2014
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Nico Bezuidenhout
South African Airways (SAA) acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout announced on Tuesday that the company was implementing a 90-day action plan to enable the full implementation of the airline’s already approved Long-Term Turnaround Strategy (LTTS). The 90-day period of the...
Dec 09, 2014
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Solaris nicotine-free tobacco plants
As project Solaris gains traction, South African Airways (SAA) has made headway on its journey to becoming a biofueled airliner by 2020 through the conversion of nicotine-free Solaris tobacco plants into more environment-friendly jet fuel. SAA is currently preparing...
 
 
 
 
Dec 09, 2014
David Powels with the electric version of the VW UP
Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) will launch the UP small car in South Africa early next year, says VWSA MD David Powels. Speaking to Engineering News Online, he says the three-door UP will make its debut under the Polo Vivo, which is currently VWSA’s lowest...
Dec 08, 2014
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The Toyota Mirai
Toyota has announced that it will launch its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in Japan on December 15, before introducing it in the UK and other selected European markets in September next year. The Mirai – meaning ‘future’ in Japanese – uses hydrogen to generate...
Dec 08, 2014
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Besides tenders for cruise terminals at the Cape Town and Durban harbours, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) plans to release a series of request for proposals (RFPs) in the coming months for terminal prospects at a number of the country’s commercial ports. As...
Dec 05, 2014
Suzuki Ertiga
While sales of new vehicles in South Africa appeared to be slowing down, demand for Suzuki Auto South Africa's range of passenger cars continued to accelerate. The brand's share of the overall passenger car market was at its highest level since December 2009, and its...
Dec 05, 2014
Captain Sandy Bayne (left) and Senior First Officer Andrew Smit in SAA’s A340-600 full flight simulator
South African Airways (SAA) announced on Friday that it was implementing an innovative technique to ensure more efficient and more rapid landings at airports. The technique, designated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation as the Required Navigational...
Dec 05, 2014
National carrier South African Airways (SAA) acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout and China national passenger airline Air China president Song Zhiyong on Friday agreed on the establishment of a joint working group to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two...
Dec 05, 2014
New guidelines have been developed to steer the planning and implementation of public transport infrastructure within district municipalities to ensure the continuity and consistency of deployment approaches. Engineering consulting firm GIBB, in conjunction with the...
Dec 05, 2014
CHALLENGING FUTURE The road freight industry will contend with several challenges in 2015, including broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) codes
The road freight industry is finding it difficult to remain sustainable, with road freight demand to remain flat as a “best case scenario”, despite yearly inflationary growth and social growth trends, says industry body the Road Freight Association (RFA).  “Although...
Dec 05, 2014
ATTRACTIVE PROSPECT The fleet management industry can deliver significant efficiency and uptime to the courier and freight industry
As the courier and freight services industries adapt to more complex and sophisticated environments, and after several years of growth, outsourcing fleet management services will become increasingly attractive, says fleet administrator Imperial Fleet Management (IFM)...
Dec 05, 2014
FUELLING DRIVER Businesses that rely on the courier and express parcel sector is a key industry driver, making the sector the “fastest-growing sector of the transport industry”
Representative association for express freight and the courier industry the South African Express Parcel Association (Saepa) notes that businesses that rely on the courier and express parcel (CEP) sector for urgent, secure and efficient procurement and distribution...
 
 
 
 
Dec 05, 2014
LATEST ADDITION The White Container can be used for shipments requiring temperatures between 2 °C and 8 °C and between 5 °C and 25 °C
Airline Emirates SkyCargo’s freight division has launched an internally developed and cost effective LD3 container that keeps temperature-sensitive cargo cool when transported on the ground and in the air. “Called the ‘White Container’, it’s the latest addition to...
Dec 05, 2014
TRACKING PROGRESS Customers expect logistics service providers to have technology systems for supply chain visibility
Express courier service TNT Express launched their mobile sales force (MSF) programme last month to equip its sales force with the necessary tools in a single iPad to assist customers, says TNT national sales and marketing director Shane de Beer. “TNT’s MSF...
Dec 04, 2014
Freight logistics utility Transnet signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with locomotives manufacturer CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive (CSR) on Thursday, which could open the way a manufacturing investment by the Chinese group in South Africa. CSR, which...
Dec 04, 2014
A new tender for the construction of a dedicated cruise terminal at Cape Town harbour will be issued before the end of December, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said in response to a parliamentary question. The new tender, which was still being finalised,...
Dec 04, 2014
On the edge of Kenya's capital, two doors down from a gleaming display of Germany's luxury Porsche cars, another showroom offers Africa's answer to the continent's potholed roads. It's called the Mobius. It has no flashy dials, alloy wheels or electric windows. In...
Dec 03, 2014
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has published various amendments to the Gauteng e-Road regulations in the Government Gazette for public comment. Among the proposed amendments was a requirement that “foreigners” now had to “comply with the provisions relating to the...
Dec 02, 2014
Construction has started on the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality’s new Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN) service that would connect the nine separate towns of Gauteng’s East Rand, through integrating new bus networks, existing bus services,...
Dec 02, 2014
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Some 250 jobs at a South African forging company could be cut after US motor company Ford cancelled a components contract with SKF, just weeks after strikes hit car parts manufacturers, a union said on Tuesday. Auto makers producing in South Africa resumed activity...
Dec 02, 2014
South African Airways (SAA) is adding additional frequencies to its network, which will substantially increase air services on some of its key African routes. “The additional capacity injection answers the commercial mandate of SAA’s Long-Term Turnaround Strategy,...
Dec 02, 2014
November new vehicle sales have, as expected, shown consolidation following the remarkably strong sales performance of October, notes the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). According to the new vehicle sales statistics for...
 
 
 
 
Dec 02, 2014
South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Algeria’s University of Blida have agreed to set up a Joint Centre of Excellence (JCoE) for aeronautics research. The agreement takes the form of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed at...
Dec 01, 2014
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The City of Cape Town has been granted leave to appeal a court order that in effect seals most documents pertaining to the N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway project, ahead of a review hearing, it said on Monday. The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) granted the city's...
Dec 01, 2014
The next three years will see an influx of new long-haul passenger locomotives enter service in South Africa after the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) unveiled Africa’s first 4000-series diesel locomotive at Cape Town Station on Monday. The new...
Dec 01, 2014
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Bill Ford with the Mustang, set to launch in South Africa in 2015
The future of the automotive industry belongs to the current crop of carmakers, as well as technology companies, says Ford Motor Company executive chairperson Bill Ford. It is not an either or situation, he emphasises. “We’ll do it together.”
Dec 01, 2014
Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Sunday would not divulge the recommendations of the e-toll review panel because he had not read it yet and did not want to make any rash announcements. "We don't want to make a mistake," he told reporters in Johannesburg at the hand...
 
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