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Mar 27, 2015
The government of St Helena (SHG) and its Department for International Development (DFID) on Friday appointed airline Comair as the provider of air services to St Helena with the Island’s first airport opening in 2016. Comair would offer a weekly Saturday service,...
Mar 27, 2015
South African Airways (SAA) announced on Friday that it has completed its 90-Day Action Plan. This was launched on December 9 and was intended to enable the full implementation of the airline’s already approved Long Term Turnaround Strategy (LTTS). The airline also...
Mar 27, 2015
The Vans division of Mercedes-Benz will launch a midsize pickup before the end of the decade, the German manufacturer announced on Friday. “The Mercedes-Benz pickup will contribute nicely to our global growth targets,” says Dr Dieter Zetsche, chairperson of the...
Mar 27, 2015
Projected capital expenditure (capex) in the South African automotive assembly industry should reach a record R7.48-billion this year, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its 2014 fourth quarter business review. Capex...
Mar 27, 2015
SERVODRIVE PRESS There is an opportunity in South Africa to create a competitive advantage over conventional metal-pressing operations
Local automotive products manufacturer GUD Holdings will increase its product offering to the automotive sector following its R100-millon investment in a 630 t servo drive transfer press and a new manufacturing site in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.
Mar 27, 2015
The South African automotive industry is unlikely to see a future wage settlement at a level lower than the 8% to 10% increases a year agreed to in a range of three-year wage deals signed in the retail, component and assembly sectors in 2013, says Nissan South Africa...
Mar 27, 2015
Goodyear has unveiled its latest concept technology at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show ¬– a futuristic tyre the manufacturer says has the capacity to produce its own electricity. Conceived by Goodyear's Innovation Centre, and known by its development code...
Mar 27, 2015
Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has intensified its focus on the local bus market with the launch of two new products. Fuso Trucks South Africa (SA), wholly owned by MBSA’s German parent company, Daimler, has introduced the 30-seater Fuso Canter Bus, built on the...
Mar 27, 2015
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Mar 26, 2015
Automotive component manufacturer and distributor Metair had a target to build its vehicle battery production capacity to 50-million batteries a year within the next five years, said MD Theo Loock on Thursday. Current capacity was 11-million batteries a year.
Mar 26, 2015
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A total of 65 Rea Vaya bus drivers were back at work following discussions between the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) and bus operators, the union said on Wednesday. "There was a bargaining council on March 23 [Monday], where parties, being Samwu and...
Mar 25, 2015
State-owned implementation agency, the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), on Wednesday launched construction of its new R80-million incubation centre, located at Nissan South Africa's manufacturing facility, in Rosslyn, north of Pretoria. This would be...
Mar 25, 2015
Outgoing TNPA CEO Tau Morwe
Tau Morwe will take early retirement and step down as Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) CEO at the end of April. Morwe, who joined Transnet in 1997, has served as CE at three of the group’s divisions – TNPA, Transnet Freight Rail and as the first CE of...
Mar 25, 2015
Vehicle and asset finance group WesBank believes 2015 new vehicle sales will grow by 0.87%, to 650 031 units, compared with 2014, says motor division executive head Simphiwe Nghona. Passenger car sales are expected to remain flat, at 0%, in 2015, with the sales of...
Mar 25, 2015
UD Quester tipper truck
UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has launched its new Quester extra-heavy truck range in the domestic market, with the vehicles to be assembled at the company’s plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria. Vehicles will be assembled from semi-knocked down kits imported from...
Mar 24, 2015
Despite some progress in the safety record of African airline carriers in recent years, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has lamented the “unfortunate fact” that the African aviation industry’s safety performance “still does not look good”, adding that urgent measures...
Mar 24, 2015
The new Automotive Incubation Centre at Nissan, which will be launched on Wednesday, is expected to radically transform the economy. “Established automotive companies are extremely important to our drive to radically transform our economy and foster increased...
Mar 24, 2015
Inside the Volvo Group SA RDC
The Volvo Group South Africa (SA) has officially opened its new regional parts distribution centre (RDC) in Ekurhuleni. The R60-million facility houses parts for all the members of the local Volvo Group, namely Volvo Bus, Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Trucks,...
Mar 24, 2015
RwandAir, the national flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, has signed a memorandum of understanding for two A330 aircraft, European planemaker Airbus said on Tuesday, in a deal worth around $500 million based on list prices. RwandAir's A330s will be delivered in...
 
 
 
 
Mar 23, 2015
Geoff du Plessis
While MAN Truck & Bus South Africa’s (MTBSA’s) bus division saw substantial gains in 2014, the same is not true for the local arm of the German company’s truck business. MTBSA sold around 1 700 trucks in 2013, with sales declining to around 1 575 units in 2014, as...
Mar 20, 2015
Mar 20, 2015
PRIVATE SECTOR A Boeing 737-4S3 of low-cost carrier Kulula, part of the Comair group
Comair CEO Erik Venter has expressed concern about South Africa’s draft 2015 to 2020 “Airlift Strategy”, which covers commercial aviation. (Comair is the country’s largest private-sector airline group.) This draft follows on from the 2006 to 2011 Airlift Strategy,...
Mar 20, 2015
BMW i3
A second full electric vehicle has entered the South African market, following the local debut of the Nissan Leaf in 2013. The BMW i3 BEV sells for R525 000, while the derivative with a range extender, the i3 REx, sells for R595 000.
Mar 20, 2015
BOMBARDIER CRJ 100 AT BLOEMFONTEIN CemAir added 15 CRJ 100 jet liners to its fleet in June to grow as a regional scheduled carrier
Privately owned air carrier CemAir has opened a twice-daily flight from OR Tambo International Airport, in Gauteng, to Bloemfontein, in the Free State, to meet demands of business travellers, says CemAir CEO Miles van der Molen. The company already runs a daily route...
Mar 20, 2015
The closure of any vehicle manufacturer’s operations in South Africa will be “a total disaster”, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl. He is also the president of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South...
Mar 20, 2015
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Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) is positive its new entry-level vehicle, the Up, will not cannabalise sales of the locally manufactured, budget Polo Vivo, says VWSA sales and marketing director Petra Hoffmann. She says the three-door Up is “significantly...
Mar 19, 2015
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President Jacob Zuma tours Koedoespoort rail-engineering facility
President Jacob Zuma has described Transnet's first domestic production of electric locomotives in partnership with a Chinese railways group as a “significant step” in the evolution of Transnet Engineering into an original equipment manufacturer. He has also revealed...
Mar 19, 2015
The Porsche Macan
The Porsche Macan sports-utility vehicle on Wednesday night secured top honours in the 2015 WesBank/South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) Car of the Year (COTY) competition. Last night’s victory was the third time in a row for the German sportscar...
Mar 19, 2015
 
 
 
 
Mar 19, 2015
JSE-listed logistics solutions provider OneLogix on Thursday launched its R130-million Umlaas logistics hub, near Cato Ridge. Designed to “substantially” enhance the group’s ability to offer quality and cost-effective logistics services to its customers, the hub...
Mar 18, 2015
MAN SA's new solar rooftop
MAN Truck & Bus South Africa (MTBSA) on Tuesday unveiled a grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop system at its assembly facility in Durban, making it the first carbon-neutral MAN plant in the world. The 580 kW, 2 320-panel, 6 300 m2 system is capable of...
Mar 18, 2015
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Tolling of South Africa’s national roads was essential to ensure the upkeep and maintenance of the popular trade and holiday routes, special purpose vehicle Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire said on Wednesday. Bakwena, which was responsible for 385 km of roads...
Mar 18, 2015
Two new programmes set to start this month to revamp two of the busiest roads under special purpose vehicle Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire’s responsibility were expected to enhance traffic flow and road safety upon completion. The group, as part of its...
Mar 18, 2015
Special purpose vehicle Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire has announced plans to inject over R5-billion into the rehabilitation and upgrade of the N1N4 toll road over the next 15 years as it reaches the midway mark of its 30-year concession with the South...
Mar 17, 2015
State-owned Air Zimbabwe needs $260-million in new capital because it is insolvent and wants the government to take over $298-million in debts to help turn around the loss-making carrier, its officials said on Monday. Like most state-owned firms, Air Zimbabwe has...
Mar 16, 2015
The Transit Connect
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) continues its product offensive for 2015 – a year in which it plans to launch ten new models – with the introduction of the new Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect. The new Transit Connect panel van focuses on the...
Mar 16, 2015
Projected capital expenditure (capex) in the South African automotive assembly industry should reach a record R7.48-billion this year, said the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its 2014 fourth quarter business review,...
Mar 16, 2015
Third-generation. A Boeing 737-800 airliner (not freighter) of SAA
South African Airways (SAA), the country’s State-owned flag-carrier that is currently executing a 90-Day Action Plan (designed to enable the airline to fully implement its already approved Long Term Turnaround Strategy), which is scheduled to be completed by March...
Mar 16, 2015
In its heyday, Bagamayo was a gateway to the heart of Africa for colonisers, with trade goods surging in from the Indian Ocean, and timber, ivory and countless slaves exported from the east coast harbour. Then Bagamoyo, which looks out towards the island of Zanzibar,...
 
 
 
 
Mar 13, 2015
The International Air Transport Association (Iata) on Friday revealed that airlines’ share prices had dropped 3% in February, while crude oil prices had rebounded from January lows.
Mar 13, 2015
No fewer that three of the development projects being carried out by local missile, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and satellite company Denel Dynamics (part of the State-owned Denel group) are coming to an end and being transformed into industrialisation and...
Mar 13, 2015
Freight services and shipping group Grindrod will upgrade capacity at its Richards Bay coal and magnetite terminal from 3.2-million tons a year, to 4.5-million tons a year, says Grindrod CEO Alan Olivier. He says the R125-million project may be completed by the end...
Mar 13, 2015
The local truck assembly industry does not fare as badly as widely perceived in terms of the local content on heavy vehicles produced in South Africa, says Daimler Trucks and Buses executive director Kobus van Zyl. Despite the fact that truck tractors are assembled...
Mar 13, 2015
The aerotropolis initiative in Ekurhuleni, in the east of Gauteng, aims to integrate and develop industrial and logistical capacity and in the greater Gauteng region.
 
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