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Construction gets under way at new Ngqura liquid bulk terminal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd February 2019 Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) and the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Thursday turned the first sod at the site of the Port of Ngqura’s future liquid bulk tank farm and main access road. This comes ahead of the planned decommissioning and rehabilitation of the existing liquid bulk... 

Transnet sets up war room to combat infrastructure-theft surge and line sabotage 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2019 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has set up a war room together with the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) in a bid to deal with a surge in infrastructure theft, as well as recent acts of sabotage and vandalism on its key coal corridor from Ermelo, in Mpumalanga, to Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. On... 

Transnet sets up war room to combat infrastructure-theft surge and line sabotage

Armoured personnel carrier launched

22nd February 2019 South African private defence vehicle manufacturing company Milkor has developed and launched its Milkor 4 × 4 armoured personnel carrier (APC) to the African market. Milkor officially unveiled the APC at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 international defence exhibition held in... 

Armoured personnel carrier launched
BUILT TOUGH The Milkor 4 x 4 is designed to meet the infantry carrier requirements of armed forces on the African continent

Airbus teams up with 3D software specialist to implement digital transformation

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 Giant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus and France-based 3D design, modelling and engineering company Dassault Systèmes have established a strategic partnership which will allow Airbus to significantly advance its digital transformation and, in the words of the Airbus press release, “lay the... 

SA wind tunnels very busy and other aeronautics projects secure partnerships

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) wind tunnels are currently very busy with two international contracts, Aeronautics Competency Area Manager Kaven Naidoo tells Engineering News. Aeronautics falls under the CSIR's Defence, Peace, Safety and Security division.  

BBE Group air-cooling consulting crucial to African mining prospects

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd February 2019 Consulting and engineering services business Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) Group’s air-cooling consulting and services are crucial to its involvement in several mining projects, with construction and delivery of design and build turnkey cooling solutions to mines across the African continent.... 

BBE Group air-cooling  consulting crucial to African mining prospects
TRANSCONTINENTAL AFRICA FOCUS We’re not considering entering the HVAC industry locally we are staying in our market - where people fear to tread

IBM moves to support blockchain-based industrial supply chain solutions

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Information technology multinational IBM is working with a wide range of industrial and commercial companies and organisations to develop blockchain-based industrial supply chain systems that improve on a range of value chain functions, including visibility, accuracy and supply-chain... 

IBM moves to support blockchain-based industrial  supply chain solutions
GERHARD DINHOF The solutions provide easy access for all parties in the supply chain and instant sharing of verified information

UAVs, e-commerce, set to transform air cargo

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st February 2019 Unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly called drones, and e-commerce (particularly the global giant e-commerce enterprises such as Amazon and Alibaba) look set to transform the air freight industry worldwide, including in Africa. This was the general opinion at a panel discussion on the third and... 

ACSA starts Western Precinct development at OR Tambo 

21st February 2019 Airports Company South Africa has announced that construction of Phase 1 of its Western Precinct development will start later this month, with a target completion planned for March 2020. Marleny Arnoldi has the story. 

ACSA starts Western Precinct development at OR Tambo
ACSA starts Western Precinct development at OR Tambo

Single air transport market essential for African air cargo sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th February 2019 The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative, which has so far been signed by 28 countries, is of great significance for the continent's air transport sector. So affirmed participants in a panel discussion at the Air Cargo Africa 2019 conference and exhibition. "SAATM is a very... 

Govt revises contingency reserve to support cash-strapped SoEs 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th February 2019 With State-owned entities (SOEs) posing very serious risks to the fiscal framework, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Wednesday said that National Treasury was “taking very serious steps to fix the fiscal position and SoEs”. With funding requests from South African Airways (SAA), the South... 

Govt revises contingency reserve to support cash-strapped SoEs

Comair continues to perform well, despite setbacks in Q1 of FY19

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2019 Despite the technical recession in the first quarter of its financial year, South African aviation group Comair performed well to deliver a record 12% increase in revenue for the interim period ended December 31, 2018. However, the company said on Tuesday that the revenue growth was offset by... 

Air cargo sector essential for Africa but needs infrastructure and regulatory reform

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th February 2019 Air transport would play a crucial role in the growth of intra-African trade, because of the poor terrestrial communications across the continent and the number of landlocked countries it contains. So affirmed South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana in his keynote address at the opening of... 

SAA in talks to roll over $650m of debt

By: Reuters     19th February 2019 State-owned airline is in talks with lenders about rolling over $650-million of debt due next month, its finance chief said on Monday, a move that would give the struggling company breathing space to push through a turnaround plan. President Cyril Ramaphosa has made a point of supporting ailing... 

Aveng to sell Infraset to Colossal Africa Consortium

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th February 2019 JSE-listed Aveng has entered into a binding term sheet for the sale of the Aveng Infraset businesses, comprising the South African division and the Infraset business of the foreign subsidiaries of Aveng Africa, to the Colossal Africa Consortium. Infraset was identified as a noncore asset during... 

President Ramaphosa 'urgently' looking into e-tolls, says Makhura 

By: African News Agency      18th February 2019 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Monday again assured residents in the province that the unwanted e-tolling system was receiving attention from national government. "While the user-pay principle is not in question, there is clear recognition that urban tolling increases the cost of living and is... 

 President Ramaphosa 'urgently' looking into e-tolls, says Makhura

SAA not splitting up, but plans to change operating model – spokesperson

By: News24Wire      18th February 2019 State-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) will not be broken up into three separate entities, but does plan to change its operating model, according to SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali.  Tlali was responding to a news headline stating CEO Vuyani Jarana said on Monday the cash-strapped airline... 

 SAA not splitting up, but plans to change operating model – spokesperson

SAA to reorganise in turnaround drive

By: Reuters     18th February 2019 Struggling State-owned airline, South African Airways (SAA) will reorganise into three business units as part of a revamp plan that could also involve the partial sale of its catering unit, its chief executive officer said on Monday. Vuyani Jarana said during a briefing that South African Airways... 

SAA to reorganise in turnaround drive

M2 motorway to be closed until Oct to allow for bridge rehabilitation

By: Simone Liedtke     18th February 2019 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will be closing the M2 motorway between the Crown interchange and Martizburg street to allow for bridge rehabilitation to resume. The road closure will be in effect from 06:00 on February 28 until the end of October. Work on both carriageways is expected to be... 

M2 motorway to be closed until Oct to allow for bridge rehabilitation
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Damages to the underside of the Selby section of the M2 bridge

Barloworld shareholders approve BEE share scheme Khula Sizwe

By: African News Agency      15th February 2019 JSE-listed Barloworld Group shareholders have voted in favour of the company's broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) share scheme, Khula Sizwe, following an extraordinary general meeting.  The industrial brand management group on Friday, said this transaction will pave the way for it to... 

Boeing reports the first flight of ‘Flying Car’

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th February 2019 US aerospace group Boeing announced on Wednesday, January 23, that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas in the US State of Virginia on the previous day. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden flight... 

Concrete paver launched at Las Vegas Expo

15th February 2019 At the World of Concrete 2019 Expo held in Las Vegas last month construction solutions provider Wirtgen Group introduced the new AutoPilot 2.0 – a pour in place concrete paver – showcased three Wirtgen slipform pavers and a texture curing machine, as well as displayed an aftermarket specialist... 

Concrete paver launched at Las Vegas Expo
PAVING THE WAY The mobile paver has a 3D integrated control system for varying offset applications

Transport projects in Africa provide fillip for infrastructure development

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Transport infrastructure projects comprise 40% of the 482 infrastructure development projects surveyed in Africa, and represent a critical element for supporting further infrastructure development, says Deloitte Infrastructure and Capital Projects East and West leader J-P Labuschagne. The... 

Transport projects in Africa provide fillip for  infrastructure development
J-P LABUSCHAGNE The magnitude of African infrastructure development plans necessitates significant capital management skills

Luxembourg Protocol can save South Africa billions – Rail Working Group

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2019 The adoption of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment is expected to be a game changer for South Africa, said Rail Working Group chairperson Howard Rosen on Thursday. The treaty, which is expected to enter into force late in 2019,... 

Train sets numbers improve in the Western Cape – Metrorail regional manager

By: African News Agency      14th February 2019 There has been a great improvement on the number of train sets which are currently in operation compared to last year, Metrorail Western Cape regional manager Richard Walker said on Thursday. “We are currently operating 48 train sets which is an improvement from where we came down last year being... 

The future of e-tolls is a political decision, says Sanral’s Kannemeyer 

By: Irma Venter     14th February 2019 The decision on the future of electronic toll (e-toll) in Gauteng is a political one, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer. Speaking at the Transport Forum, held in Johannesburg on Thursday, he told Engineering News Online that opposing... 

Airbus announces that production of its flagship airliner, the A380, is to end

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th February 2019 Europe-based global aerospace major group Airbus announced on Thursday that production of its flagship four-engined A380 Superjumbo airliner would end in 2021. This is because the main customer for the aircraft, Emirates, had decided to cut its order for the airliner by 39 units, and because... 

Airbus announces that production of its flagship airliner, the A380, is to end
Photo by Airbus
An Airbus A380 (right) leads a A350-900 (foreground) and a conventional-engined A330 (background) in a formation flight

South Africa a step closer to new driver's licence demerit system

By: News24Wire      13th February 2019 Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Transport approved amendments to the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill, bringing the country a step closer to a point demerit system for traffic infringements by drivers. While DA MPs are keen to see the demerit system... 

OR Tambo Western Precinct construction to start before end-Feb  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th February 2019 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) on Tuesday announced the first phase of its Western Precinct development at the OR Tambo International Airport, east of Johannesburg, would start this month and would be complete by the end of 2020. The R4.5-billion mixed-use Phase 1 development would... 

OR Tambo Western Precinct construction to start before end-Feb
OR Tambo's Western Precinct Phase 1

KAP grows interim revenue

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2019 JSE-listed KAP Industrial Holdings grew its revenue by 16% to R13.29-billion in the interim period to the end of December, up from R11.48-billion during the first half of 2018, the company reported on Tuesday. The diversified industrial firm, however, posted lower headline earnings of... 

Three consortiums compete to build dry port west of Cairo

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Three consortiums are competing to build a dry port west of Cairo worth $100-million, the Egyptian finance ministry said on Sunday. The project will be a public-private partnership between the General Authority For Ports and Dry Land and the winning consortium, to be built on roughly 104 acres in... 

City of Cape Town proposes R800m transport infrastructure project for Wynberg

By: African News Agency      8th February 2019 The City of Cape Town’s portfolio committee for transport on Friday morning approved a project for the further roll-out of the MyCity bus service in the greater Wynberg area, which if given council approval, will see new infrastructure investment of around R800-million. The two proposed transport... 

Collaboration to ensure better understanding of emission standards

8th February 2019 Oils and lubricants company Shell collaborates with a number of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) transport operators to understand the future vision of emission standards set by the manufacturers and various legislation, as well as taking into consideration the challenges that transport... 

Collaboration to ensure better understanding of emission standards
FUEL ECONOMY The field trials showed that lubricant selection had a significant impact on fuel economy in real-world driving conditions.

Company launches fluids for electric and hybrid vehicles

8th February 2019 Petroleum refinery company Total consolidated its position as key player in electric mobility by launching an innovative line of fluids for electric and hybrid vehicles. Launched in December last year, these products have been specially developed to meet the cooling and lubrication needs of the... 

Company launches fluids for electric and hybrid vehicles
HIGH ROTATION SPEED These lines were developed to provide a better solution for the specific issues linked to engines and transmissions with high rotation speeds

Software adds value to automotive manufacturer supply chain

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 Software company Syspro Africa’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software enables automotive manufacturing and distribution companies to manage supply chain and financial processes. Syspro Africa professional services manager Doug Hunter explains that the ERP software assists automotive... 

Software adds value to  automotive manufacturer supply chain
Photo by Bloomberg
ON DUTY An employee holds a metal casing for an automotive steering system

ASJV denies it terminated Mtentu project owing to alleged ‘financial inability’

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2019 Aveng and Strabag International on Thursday reasserted that the Aveng-Strabag Joint Venture (ASJV) had terminated the Mtentu river bridge contract as a result of force majeure, adding in a statement that the termination “had nothing to do with either of the ASJV members’ financial ability to... 

Transnet, Botswana Rail seek to unlock Botswana’s coal reserves

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 State-owned Transnet and Botswana Railways have resuscitated discussions on the construction of a proposed heavy-haul railway line that will link the two countries to “unlock” Botswana’s estimated 212-billion tons of coal reserves, Transnet announced on Thursday. Discussions around this project... 

Transnet, Botswana Rail seek to unlock Botswana’s coal reserves
Photo by Dylan Slater
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