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Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure are being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial... 

Insight into proposed Gautrain expansion expected in June

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2016 The Gauteng government will make an announcement on the possible expansion of the province’s rapid rail system by the end of June, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. He notes that the feasibility study – which is investigating the viability of expanding the Gautrain network –... 

World’s largest aircraft flies again to deliver generator to Australia

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 Officially the world’s largest flying aircraft, the Antonov 225 (AN-225) is making a rare intercontinental flight, which started on May 10, to transport a generator from Prague, in the Czech Republic, to Perth, in Australia.  

World’s largest aircraft flies again to deliver generator to Australia
Photo by Reuters
MEGA THRUST Six turbofan engines provide 1 377 kN of thrust, enabling the Antonov 225 to airlift a record-breaking cargo of a 253 t

No way to avoid buying Zuma a new jet – Minister 

By: News24Wire      26th May 2016 Getting a new presidential jet seems to be unavoidable, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said in Parliament on Wednesday. "It seems to me, honourable members, this is a matter we have to talk about and agree on and close it,'' she said in Parliament. 

No way to avoid buying Zuma a new jet – Minister
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

More X’Trapolis Mega trains delivered to PRASA

By: David Oliveira     25th May 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has, to date, taken delivery of five X’Trapolis Mega train sets being manufactured by the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium, in Brazil. A further two of the train sets, each comprising six coaches, were en route to South Africa, while the... 

More X’Trapolis Mega trains delivered to PRASA
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters

Zambia to complete $360m new airport terminal by October

By: African News Agency      25th May 2016 Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport is set to have a new and modern terminal by October this year, the Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation reported on Tuesday. Zambia’s Minister of Works and Supply, Yamfwa Mukanga told the broadcaster that the terminal was part of the expansion... 

ACSA appoints GM for regional airports

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2016 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has appointed Jabulani Khambule as GM to lead its six regional airports. The six regional airports were Port Elizabeth International; Bram Fischer International, in Bloemfontein; Upington International; and the East London, George and Kimberley airports. 

ACSA appoints GM for regional airports

Gauteng Transport Authority a step closer – Vadi

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2016 The Gauteng government has made strides in advancing its ambitions of establishing an integrated transport authority and narrowing the fragmentation of the public transport system of South Africa’s most populous province. Addressing media prior to Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s Budget Vote for... 

Gauteng Transport Authority a step closer – Vadi
Photo by Duane Daws
Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi

Transnet appoints chief information officer

     24th May 2016 Transnet has appointed Makano Mosidi chief information officer (CIO), effective June 1. Mosidi will report to group CE Siyabonga Gama in line with the group’s objective of ensuring that digitalisation is central to driving innovation efficiency and cost effectiveness across all operations. She is... 

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed that it is “concerned” about whether all four of the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that have been awarded parts of a R50-billion contract to supply 1 064 electricity and diesel locomotives to Transnet will meet the minimum... 

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

Transnet appoints group executive for R&D

     20th May 2016 State-owned Transnet has appointed Khomotso Phihlela group executive for research and development to spearhead and monetise the company’s intellectual property drive. The group has identified innovation as one of the key drivers of revenue and profitability, operational efficiency and a way of... 

African aviation warms to carbon reduction – Iata

By: News24Wire      20th May 2016 African countries seem to be coming around to a global scheme to offset carbon emissions in the aviation industry, Tony Tyler, CEO of the International Air Transport Association (Iata), told Fin24 on Wednesday. “In the past a lot of African countries were anxious and concerned about such a carbon... 

African aviation warms to carbon reduction – Iata
Iata CEO Tony Tyler

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned Transnet has set a target of securing 40% of its revenue from third-party orders by 2021, which would represent a material increase from current levels of around 12%. The bulk of Transnet Engineering’s R10-billion in yearly revenues is currently derived from... 

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet chief advanced manufacturing officer Thamsanqa Jiyane

Tanzania to spend $2bn on transport, construction in 2016/17

By: Reuters     19th May 2016 Tanzania's parliament has approved government plans to spend 4.89-trillion shillings ($2.24-billion), or 17% of total spending, in the 2016/17 fiscal year, half of it on transport infrastructure. Tanzania, like its neighbour Kenya, wants to profit from its long coastline and upgrade rickety... 

Tanzania to spend $2bn on transport, construction in 2016/17

JRA launches roads infrastructure protection unit to curb loss of assets

By: Dylan Slater     19th May 2016 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) on Thursday launched a specialised crime prevention and detection unit, which is part of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), as a “pre-emptive” step to protect its traffic signals and road infrastructure from acts of vandalism and cable... 

JRA launches roads infrastructure protection unit to curb loss of assets

Nair confirmed as TFR chief as Transnet unveils new team

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet on Wednesday unveiled its new leadership team and structure, which the State-owned company said was in line with revisions to its operating model and its aspiration to capture new market opportunities. Group CEO Siyabonga Gama, who was recently confirmed as the... 

Nair confirmed as TFR chief as Transnet unveils new team
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Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

DTI urged to consult widely on new rail, agroprocessing incentives

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reaffirmed on Tuesday that government planned to pursue an increasing number of sector-specific incentive schemes, with an initial focus on the creation of new incentives for the agroprocessing and railways industries. Speaking at a business briefing... 

DTI urged to consult widely on new rail, agroprocessing incentives

Outa slams 'dodgy' Sanral summonses 

By: News24Wire      17th May 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has slammed the South African National Roads Agency's (Sanral's) legal strategy to issue summonses to motorists who have failed to pay their e-tolls. The civil action organisation, known for its opposition to e-tolls, said Sanral employed attorneys with... 

Outa slams 'dodgy' Sanral summonses

SAICE launches new marine division  

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2016 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering has launched its new marine division, which will act as a forum for members in the marine environment to exchange ideas for the betterment of the sector. “The division must work towards enabling competent institutions that can either do... 

SAICE launches new marine division

Vadi aims for in-principle transport authority agreement before August

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2016 The Gauteng government hopes to sign an in-principle agreement with Gauteng’s three major municipalities – Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and Johannesburg – on the formation of a Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) before the local elections, to be held on August 3, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr... 

Vadi aims for in-principle transport authority agreement before August
Photo by Duane Daws
Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi

South Africa's Transnet steams into rest of Africa

By: Reuters     13th May 2016 South African state rail-freight operator Transnet is embarking on a major expansion drive in the rest of the continent, offsetting a slowdown at home caused by the slump in commodity prices, chief executive Siyabonga Gama said on Wednesday. Transnet, which operates nearly three quarters of all... 

South Africa's Transnet steams into rest of Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

African airlines suffer from excessive capacity and need smaller planes

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2016 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer, one of the world’s four biggest commercial aircraft manufacturers, has forecast that African operators will acquire 240 new jet airliners in the 70- to 130-seat category over the next 20 years. “Africans are turning progressively to air travel,” noted Embraer... 

Company assists with compliance of new VGM regulations

     13th May 2016 New Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) container verified gross mass (VGM) regulations will be implemented in July. Global marine services company Strainstall, part of British provider of marine engineering services James Fisher and Sons, has launched a White Paper to chart a pathway to compliance and... 

Company assists with  compliance of new  VGM regulations
Photo by Bloomberg
TERMINAL OPERATORS SUPPORTED White Paper launched to assist in clarifying technical, commercial and cost-effective options to assist those affected by the new rules

Dependable power supply a top priority in shipping

     13th May 2016 Electric power generation and electromechanical power transmission specialist Vert Energy MD Grant Robertson notes that reliable power supply is a top priority in shipping. Therefore, Vert Energy has tailored its capability to assist vessel owners – not only with routine maintenance programmes,... 

Dependable power supply a top priority in shipping
POWER MANAGEMENT CONTROLLER Vert Energy’s field services comprise reassembly, installation and commissioning; inspections and diagnostics; as well as on-site maintenance and repair

Detectors supplied to oil project

     13th May 2016 Over $3-million worth of General Monitors (GM) fixed flame and gas detection products have been supplied to the Egina offshore oilfield by safety products manufacturer MSA Africa, which forms part of the Total Upstream Nigeria project. MSA Africa supplied the products to a major engineering,... 

Detectors  supplied to  oil project
SAFETY ENSURED ON SITE A considerable amount of gas and flame detectors are required to guarantee the safety of all on-site

Is labour-intensive construction still an option for unemployment alleviation?

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 The Department of Public Works’ (DPW’s) Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) should be focused on delivering projects in rural areas using labour-intensive construction (LIC) methods if it is to meet its objective of providing poverty and income relief for six-million South Africans by 2019.... 

Is labour-intensive construction still an option for unemployment alleviation?

New risk-based inspection launched

     13th May 2016 Integrity, compliance and specialist risk consulting services group Lloyd’s Register announced in March the launch of a new Risk-based Inspection (RBI) service which combines hull integrity management with vessel classification (Class) to help minimise costs for operators of floating offshore... 

New risk-based inspection launched
Photo by Bloomberg
OPTIMISED INSPECTION The launch of a new Risk-based Inspection will help minimise costs for operators of floating offshore installations

Port authority maps out infrastructure projects

     13th May 2016 The ports industry is in a state of radical change and uncertainty, which requires flexible and adaptable port planning and design, notes Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) COO Phyllis Difeto. “The impact of the global economic downturn is a daily reminder to ports of the need to change... 

Port authority maps out infrastructure projects
Photo by Duane Daws
KEY PROJECTS UNDERWAY Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy aims to enable the effective, efficient and economic functioning of an integrated port system

SA air traffic agency signs deal for regional space-based control system

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2016 South Africa’s air traffic management agency, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), has signed an agreement with US-domiciled global space-based air traffic surveillance system company Aireon. Under the agreement, ATNS and Aireon will together develop the employment of Automatic Dependent... 

SA Express grounding shows regulator, industry can resolve problems fast

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2016 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) believes that the swift resolution of the issues that led to the temporary grounding of South African State-owned regional airline SA Express shows that the industry and the aviation regulator can work swiftly and effectively together to deal... 

Surveillance vessel visits CT on courtesy port call

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th May 2016 French surveillance frigate the Nivôse arrived in Cape Town in February for a courtesy port call from Reunion Island, a French island in the Indian Ocean, after patrolling French southern and Antarctic territories. The French Embassy in South Africa notes that during the courtesy call,... 

Surveillance vessel visits CT on courtesy port call
SURVEILLANCE FRIGATE VISITS SA The Nivôse fulfils a specific operational need, such as patrolling overseas maritime areas under French sovereignty

Vessels to be delivered by end of 2017

     13th May 2016 Before the end of 2017, nine anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels will be delivered to quality management company ESNAAD, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc). These vessels will incorporate ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin’s Optimarin Ballast System... 

Vessels to be delivered by end of 2017
OFFSHORE DEMANDS MET AHTS vessels are designed to excel in shallow waters, high temperatures, salinities and humidity

Announcement on Gautrain expansion project expected by the end of June

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2016 The Gauteng government would make an announcement on the possible expansion of the province’s rapid rail system by the end of June, said Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe on Thursday. Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the Transport Forum conference in... 

Announcement on Gautrain expansion project expected by the end of June

St Helena Airport receives certification to start commercial flight operations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th May 2016 The St Helena Airport has been given the go-ahead to start commercial flight operations. South African construction firm Basil Read was, in November 2011, awarded the contract to design, build and operate the airport on the remote island of St Helena, a British territory 2 300 km north-west of... 

St Helena Airport receives certification to start commercial flight operations

BMW advances hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle plans

     12th May 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about BMW's plans to develop hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicles. 

BMW advances hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle plans

German forklift manufacturer establishes local presence

By: Anine Kilian     11th May 2016 Focused on being a direct service supplier to local customers, German forklift manufacturer Jungheinrich has officially re-launched its South African offices, based in Edenvale, Gauteng. Speaking at the launch on Wednesday, Jungheinrich board member Dr Lars Brzoska said that the company was... 

German forklift manufacturer establishes local presence
Jungheinrich board member Dr Lars Brzoska

ACSA well on its way to reducing its carbon footprint

By: News24Wire      11th May 2016 Testing vehicle smoke emissions as well as monitoring air quality regularly are just some of the things Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) are incorporating at Cape Town International airport to help curb its carbon footprint. Acsa met with the portfolio committee on environmental affairs and... 

ACSA well on its way to reducing its carbon footprint
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