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Jul 28, 2014
Trade union Solidarity on Monday accepted the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa’s (Seifsa’s) revised wage offer. The three-year wage agreement, settled within the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC), comprised...
Jul 28, 2014
State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has awarded integrated solutions provider Tenova Mining & Minerals South Africa a contract for the supply of three reverse-pulse bagfilters. Two of the filters would be installed on multiproduct rail tipplers and one on a...
Jul 28, 2014
Unregistered motorists in Gauteng owe the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) over R1-billion in unpaid e-toll accounts, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said. As of May 31, the unaudited amount owed for more than 90 days was R156 623 567 while R995 362 885 was...
Jul 28, 2014
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Jul 25, 2014
Responding in writing to a recent Parliamentary question by the Democratic Alliance, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has provided an update for each of the country’s 13 bus-rapid transport (BRT) systems, noting that each network is at a different stage of...
Jul 25, 2014
The long-awaited Moloto Corridor Project, between Gauteng and Mpumalanga, has, after some delay, reached the full value assessment and economic evaluation phase of its ongoing feasibility study, bringing nearer the likelihood that these neighbouring provinces could...
Jul 25, 2014
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The 2005 Nuna 3
The biennial Sasol Solar Challenge will kick off on September 27, in Pretoria, and end in Cape Town, on October 4. Fourteen teams will take part, of which eight are local, says race project manager Annalie van Vuuren.
Jul 25, 2014
The future changes constantly. Where it once favoured the car over the horse, then the introduction of new, fuel-efficient, low-emission engines, it is now inhabited by the self-driving car and truck. In fact, the debate around self-driving vehicles, or autonomous...
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Jul 25, 2014
TOYOTA SOUTH AFRICA Toyota South Africa was recognised as Energy Company of the Year in November 2013
The growth of the automotive industry, in South Africa and worldwide, is being influenced by the ways in which vehicle manufactures are creating ways of using energy efficiently, according to government initiative the National Cleaner Production Centre of South...
Jul 25, 2014
TURBOCHARGING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT The Ford Struandale Engine Plant donated four turbo-diesel engines to propel skills development and training at the Coega Skills and Training Development Centre
Vehicle manufacturer Ford donated four diesel engines to State-owned entity, the Coega Skills and Training Development Centre, to enhance skills development in the automotive industry.
Jul 25, 2014
State-owned Belgian Railways has been implementing an enterprise content management system to improve its performance and the cost efficiency of its operations, says Belgian Railways project manager Stephane Haelterman. The company manages the transport of...
Jul 25, 2014
The Kenyan government will in October host the Africa Sustainable Transport Forum, funded by, among other parties, the United Nations and the World Bank. The aim of the conference is to develop an action plan for sustainable transport in Africa, says World Bank...
Jul 25, 2014
POWERING THE A-SEGMENT Instead of marketing the Grand i10 as a B-segment vehicle, Hyundai has retained the vehicle’s A-segment classification
Categorising different vehicle models in specific segments could be a crucial factor when taking into account how car buyers envisage the new-car market, says Hyundai South Africa.
Jul 25, 2014
JEFF OSBORNE The new Car Check Price website is a pricing guide that enables vehicle buyers to make informed decisions
A comprehensive new automotive buying guide provides buyers of new and used cars with greater options, compared with other buying guides, reports online classifieds website Gumtree, a division of the eBay Classifieds Group.
Jul 25, 2014
DUST-FREE ZONE A high velocity sheet of ionised air neutralises the static charge to release the dust
Using ionised compressed air to remove dust from vehicle bodies before painting can assist vehicle manufacturers with quality control in the local and export markets.
Jul 25, 2014
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The State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is in dispute with a former supplier over alleged outstanding payments of R4-million and the cancellation of a R43-million contract.
Jul 25, 2014
A locally designed and built aircraft has entered ground-testing phase at the Wonderboom Airport, in Pretoria, marking a significant milestone for South Africa-based defence solutions business Paramount Group.
Jul 25, 2014
DAVID SMITH A poor market acceptance of vehicle leasing stems from vehicle dealership showrooms, where instalment sales through banks are punted
Vehicle leasing in South Africa, compared with Europe and the US, has had a sluggish start, with the majority uptake coming from mature consumers, according to Edenvale-based vehicle-leasing company Ariva.
 
 
 
 
Jul 25, 2014
Airbus believes that it will sell more than 1 000 of the new engine option (neo) versions of its A330 twin-aisle (or wide body) airliner by 2032. The company’s decision to develop the A330-800neo and A330-900neo was announced on July 14 at the 2014 Farnborough...
Jul 25, 2014
RIGOROUS TESTING The nature of the automotive industry is highly technical and is subject to a vast number of standards
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has set aside R6.1-million to enhance the vehicle-testing facility at the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), in East London and Gauteng
Jul 25, 2014
The future changes constantly. Where it once favoured the car over the horse, then the introduction of new, fuel-efficient, low-emission engines, it is now inhabited by the self-driving car and truck. In fact, the debate around self-driving vehicles, or autonomous...
Jul 25, 2014
CONTROLLABLE CASTOR Precision bearing spring-loaded directional cams automatically stabilise the castor in the direction of travel
The uncontrollable ‘fishtailing’ of towed trolleys and jigs – used in the manufacture of vehicles, for transportation of various vehicle components within a factory – can be prevented with spring-loaded automatic directional castors from wheel and castor...
Jul 25, 2014
MORE POWER WITH LESS CAPACITY The new Polo hatchback’s fuel economy has been improved by as much as 20% with the reduction in engine capacity and the addition of a turbocharger
The continual development and enhancement of turbochargers installed on small-capacity engines is set to become the future staple for A-segment cars, or entry-level vehicles, reports German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) South Africa (SA).
Jul 23, 2014
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters
The national implementation date of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) demerit system would be determined once the system’s state of readiness had been finalised and the required legislative measured developed and implemented,...
Jul 23, 2014
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has appointed an independent estimator and independent economist to calculate the damages suffered by the agency as a result of alleged collusive tendering on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), to...
Jul 23, 2014
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Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi
Reappointed Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi told members of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on Wednesday that, of the R6.15-billion allocated to his department for the 2014/15 fiscal period, some R2-billion would be earmarked for the development of...
Jul 23, 2014
A Metrorail coach in need of refurbishment
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will continue refurbishing its existing Metrorail fleet for another 15 years, despite the R51-billion acquisition of 600 new trains of six cars each, signed last year. Not all the new coaches will come on stream at...
Jul 23, 2014
Combined Motor Holdings (CMH), the JSE-listed importer and distributor of MG and Maxus vehicles, has announced a number of structural changes for the brands in Africa. MG and Maxus are sold locally through Mandarin Motors.
 
 
 
 
Jul 22, 2014
The BMW Group on Tuesday named Tim Abbott as the new BMW South Africa (BMW SA) MD. Abbott is currently the MD of BMW Group UK, a post he has held since February 2009. He is 57 years old, was educated at Loughborough University and is married with three children.
Jul 22, 2014
The Ilanga II
The University of Johannesburg (UJ) will participate in the Sasol Solar Challenge 2014 with its latest solar car, the Ilanga II. Ilanga is the isiZulu word for the sun.
Jul 21, 2014
The Department of Transport (DoT) was engaging with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) and the Gauteng DoT with regard to implementing a compliant, interoperable transport smartcard system, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters...
Jul 21, 2014
General Tyre production at the Port Elizabeth plant
Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) is investing between R300-million and R320-million in its Port Elizabeth facility this year, says CTSA marketing and sales GM Shaun Uys. The investment will focus on increasing energy efficiency, as the electricity price in Port...
Jul 21, 2014
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has asked that prosecution of non-paying e-toll users be halted for now. "She's engaged with Sanral to hold back on the prosecution processes that has been spoken about," transport spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso told Sapa.
Jul 18, 2014
State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has revised its seven-year rolling capital investment figure to R312.2-billion, from R307.5-billion, and reveals in its latest annual report that sustaining capital will comprise 51% of that total. The group released its...
Jul 18, 2014
Citing swelling customer demand, African low-cost airline fastjet has increased the number of flights on its routes between the Tanzanian hubs of Dar es Salaam, and Mwanza, as well as between Dar es Salaam and Lusaka, in Zambia. The emerging airline said in a...
Jul 18, 2014
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Ford Mustang
The next two years will see an aggressive expansion of Ford’s vehicle line-up in sub-Saharan Africa. The US auto maker will launch 25 new or refreshed vehicles in the region, of which 17 will find their way to South Africa.
Jul 18, 2014
Local aerospace company Denel Aerostructures (DAe), part of the State-owned Denel Group, has won a fourth contract to manufacture parts for the Airbus A400M military air transport and air-to-air refuelling aircraft. The new contract, which was won in an international...
Jul 18, 2014
An increasing number of buyers, in both the new and used car markets, are opting for finance structures that lower their monthly repayments, says asset financing company WesBank. These include the use of large balloon payments (also known as residuals), as well as...
 
 
 
 
Jul 18, 2014
To have effective commercial aviation sectors, African countries must have the proper infrastructure, and currently not all have such infrastructure. This is one of the challenges facing the development of commercial aviation on the continent. “Infrastructure in...
Jul 18, 2014
DESTINATION DUBAI Emirates flew two extra flights between Durban and Dubai during its seasonal peak from December 2013 to January
Airline operator Emirates’ daily flights out of the King Shaka International Airport in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, is the only international year-long flight out of Durban and is performing consistently well, Emirates Southern Africa regional manager Fouad Caunhye...
Jul 18, 2014
Logistics and supply chain group Imperial Logistics has extended its African footprint into northern Zambia, with the establishment of a transport depot in Ndola, in the Copperbelt province. The new Zambian registered business forms part of group company Snyman...
Jul 18, 2014
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says she “would love to” present the National Transport Master Plan (NATMAP) to Cabinet for approval by the end of March next year. She says this is, however, dependent on internal process within the Department of Transport (DoT),...
Jul 17, 2014
The percentage of South African households that have access to a car increased from 22.9% in 2003, to 28.5% in 2013, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) latest National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) has revealed. The NHTS for 2013 also showed that while...
 
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