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Kenya Airways asks State to help it with growing competition

By: Reuters     Updated 6 hours ago Kenya Airways has started talks with the government, seeking its help in coping with competition from foreign carriers operating flights to its Nairobi hub, its chairman said on Thursday. The airline, part-owned by the state and Air France-KLM, is restructuring its finances to cut huge debts and... 

Cosatu lays charges against Metrorail with Cape Town police

By: News24Wire      Updated 7 hours ago The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the Western Cape laid charges against Metrorail at Cape Town Central Police Station on Thursday. At issue is the worsening situation of train transport in the city over the past ten years. 

Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Applications that can benefit from using drones are increasing worldwide, almost daily, but commercial users of drones are being scuppered by highly generalised legislation, which is difficult to understand and expensive for operators to implement. A much-contested application – and one that is... 

Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

Data visualisation being used to optimise supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 Supply chain solutions specialist Resolve Solution Partners leverages its technology platforms and systems to simulate various permutations and changes to clients’ logistics processes to develop solutions to problems and improve on current business models. Data visualisation is a powerful tool... 

Data visualisation being used  to optimise supply chains
DANEEL VISSER Companies must understand how data affects the business and think about how a data strategy will support their business strategy

Legal framework offers model for enhancing transboundary infrastructure investment

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd September 2017 The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) has unveiled the Model Law that provides a framework for the harmonisation of cross-border rules, regulations, laws and policies governing transboundary infrastructure projects in Africa. The Model Law was unveiled at the yearly Nigerian... 

Legal framework offers model for enhancing  transboundary infrastructure investment
Photo by Duane Daws
PAVING THE WAY The Model Law may aid in additional efficiency, transparency and accountability with regard to public and private sector engagement in transboundary infrastructure

Local unit of helicopter group introduces electronic aid for pilots, maintainers

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 Following authorisation by the South African Civil Aviation Authority, Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA) has now released its Fleetkeeper product to the South African market. Fleetkeeper is an electronic flight folio and electronic technical logbook. South Africa is one of the the first... 

New technology improves quality of bitumen for local roads

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Manufacturer and supplier of bitumen, modified binders and emulsions for road construction SprayPave has acquired new technology that will enable it to resolve the shortage of high-grade bitumen for asphalt production.  

New technology improves quality of bitumen for local roads
IMPROVING ROADS The new multistage bitumen converter enables SprayPave to enhance the penetration grades of bitumen required to produce asphalt

Broken lifts and stairs for commuters with wheelchairs

By: News24Wire      21st September 2017 There is no time frame on when railway stations in Cape Town will be universally accessible, but they will be upgraded says Metrorail. The trains themselves will only be fully accessible for wheelchair users in two to three years, GroundUp reported. 

Gauteng freeway toll network nearly at capacity, says Sanral 

By: Irma Venter     20th September 2017 The busiest section of the Gauteng open-road tolling (GORT) system is between the Buccleuch and Allandale interchanges, in Midrand. The traffic volume in both directions in 2016 reached 245 500 vehicles a day during the week, on average, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral)... 

Gauteng freeway toll network nearly at capacity, says Sanral

10 injured as train, diesel truck collide near Stellenbosch

By: News24Wire      20th September 2017 Ten people were injured when a diesel truck collided with a Metrorail passenger train near Muldersvlei station outside Stellenbosch on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. The truck was attempting to cross the railway line when the incident occurred, Western Cape traffic department spokesperson... 

Imbalance in South African society driven by spatial inequality  

By: Anine Kilian     19th September 2017 South Africa is fast approaching a perfect inequality rating on the Gini coefficient, University of the Witwatersrand School of Governance head Professor David Everatt said at the ninth Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa Corporate Governance conference, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday. The Gini... 

North West needs R17bn to upgrade road network

By: African News Agency      19th September 2017 The North West province needs R17-billion to upgrade its roads, provincial premier Supra Mahumapelo said on Tuesday. “We have given Transport Minister [Joe] Maswanganyi our total graveled road network. He is going to be coming to us on how we can work together to finance. The problem is we do not... 

Airports company reports its most profitable year ever 

By: Keith Campbell     18th September 2017 Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) achieved a profit of R2-billion for the 2016/17 financial year, it was announced on Monday, up from R1.9-billion for the financial year 2015/16. “This is probably the best set of results we’ve presented in the history of the company,” affirmed CEO Bongani... 

Airports company reports its most profitable year ever
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Terminal buildings at OR Tambo International Airport, from the runway side. (The aircraft is an Embraer ERJ-145 of SA Airlink)

Gauteng to clamp down on illegal Uber and metered taxis

By: News24Wire      18th September 2017 The Gauteng provincial authorities are going to clamp down on non-compliant Uber and metered taxi operators in an attempt to quell the “territorial warfare” between Uber and metered taxi driver. Premier David Makhura, MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi, MEC for Community Safety Sizakele... 

Electric London cabs spur reopening of UK aluminium plant

By: Reuters     18th September 2017 Norwegian aluminium components producer Sapa is reopening a British plant to supply material for the country's first electric vehicle factory that will produce London black cabs. The move is a welcome one for Britain as it negotiates a divorce from the European Union that some fear will dampen... 

Railway safety body and Engineering Council sign MoU

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) on Friday signed a memorandum of onderstanding (MoU) aimed at professionalising the work of railway safety inspectors. The MoU also aims to ensure that railway safety inspectors and engineers have the necessary... 

Railway safety body and Engineering Council sign MoU

Two pilots are safer than one – aviation expert 

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2017 Proposals that airlines could move single-pilot operation, in place of the current system of pilot and co-pilot (more formally, Captain and First Officer), in order to reduce costs, are most ill-advised, affirmed Comair crew resource management specialist Michael Bowyer (himself a pilot) on... 

Two pilots are safer than one – aviation expert
Photo by Airbus
Airliners should always have a pilot and co-pilot: two unidentified Airbus test pilots on the flight deck of an A320

BMG launches R400m World site facility in Gauteng

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has officially launched its BMG World site, in Johannesburg, which is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy that began nearly ten years ago. “The company’s R400-million investment to upgrade... 

BMG launches R400m World site facility in Gauteng
BMG World site, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Legal fight over R4.5bn logistics park in Durban

By: News24Wire      15th September 2017 Residents of Clairwood are expected to turn out in their numbers at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on Friday when their lawyers challenge the provincial government’s approval of a massive R4.5-billion logistics park at the old Clairwood Racecourse - once the only green lung in the area.... 

Barloworld celebrates 90-year Caterpillar milestone

By: Dylan Slater     15th September 2017 Barloworld Equipment, which is the distributor and service supplier of US earthmoving equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, celebrated a 90-year partnership with Caterpillar in South Africa at the end of last month.  

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, in Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidates two smaller parts-distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including the ability to work... 

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility
SHEER ADVANTAGE The 60 000 m2 facility allows for the ability to work more efficiently while increasing capacity to provide unmatched parts availability for customers across Africa

Future of Denel’s aero engine and manned aircraft businesses clarified

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2017 South African defence industrial group Denel has a clear plan for the future of Turbomeca Africa (TMA), which it is in the process of buying off Safran Helicopter Engines (Safran HE), part of France’s Safran S/A aeroengines group. Hitherto, TMA (originally established in 2002) was a joint venture... 

Localisation key to welding industry growth

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Promoting local manufacturing in South Africa creates opportunities for the local welding industry, says South African science institution Agricultural Research Council and Agricultural Engineering (ARC-AE) research team manager for renewable energy, agricultural infrastructure and agroprocessing... 

Localisation key to  welding industry growth
AGRICULTURAL WELDING The Senotlelo feed mill is an example of how welding is used in the agriculture industry

NDT testing integral to safety foundation

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is Africa’s leading welder training organisation and also hosts the leading non-destructive testing (NDT) facility in Africa. The importance of NDT to the safety of structures must never be underestimated, SAIW systems and quality manager Harold... 

Partnership to supply world-class chain slings in South Africa

     15th September 2017 Specialty steel products integrated producer Scaw Metals Group's operation, Distribution Network, has extended its cooperation with lifting, rigging and securement applications manufacturer Crosby by adding Crosby Platinum Line Grade 100 chain fittings to its product offering. Having made the... 

Partnership to supply world-class chain slings in South Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
FACILITY REVAMPED Scaw Metals Group has expanded its chain-manufacturing factory

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Despite challenging economic conditions and a dire lack of welding skills, steel welding and fabrication service provider Federal Steel Company is committed to welding skills development initiatives that will expand nationally. Federal Steel Company MD Phakamile Buthelezi explains that the lack... 

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap
PHAKAMILE BUTHELEZI The Federal Steel Company has invested in initiatives to monitor and facilitate the proper training of young artisans

We won't scrap e-tolls - Sanral

By: News24Wire      14th September 2017 Scrapping e-tolls is not on the table, Sanral said on Wednesday. This came after there was confusion whether the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) would abandon Gauteng's e-toll scheme, after The Citizen reported on Tuesday that the road agency had acknowledged that the project is a... 

We won't scrap e-tolls - Sanral

Treasury to give SAA R10bn in special appropriation

By: African News Agency      13th September 2017 National Treasury has agreed to give South African Airways a special appropriation of R10-billion by the end of September, director general Dondo Mogajane told MPs on Wednesday. “It will be for R10-billion, we have decided, because that will cover everything,” he said during a briefing on the... 

Treasury to give SAA R10bn in special appropriation

Comair shows strong profit growth in tough conditions

By: News24Wire      12th September 2017 Comair issued its annual financial results on Tuesday, reporting a 54% increase in profits to R297m and a 28% increase in cash generated by its operations. Comair operates under its low-cost airline brand, kulula.com, as well as under the British Airways livery, as part of its British Airways... 

Task team set up to address lack of adherence to local-content regulations

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reports that a task team has been established to assess how to improve local-content enforcement across government departments and the State-owned companies (SoCs) in line with instruction notes issued by the National Treasury. The instruction notes... 

Task team set up to address lack of adherence to local-content regulations
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Second international car shipping company faces prosecution by tribunal 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th September 2017 Norwegian car shipping company Hoegh Autoliners has been referred to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution on seven charges relating to alleged collusive tendering, price fixing and market division.   The charges stem from a probe into alleged widespread anticompetitive conduct in the market... 

By blood or iron, we will protect our territory – meter taxi drivers

By: News24Wire      12th September 2017 Meter taxi drivers say they are willing to lay down their lives to prevent Uber drivers from invading "their territory". "There is nothing we can do but to protect our territory, whether by blood or iron. We will have to die because we are already dead," said meter taxi owner Oupa Skhosane. 

Transnet says retrenchment reports are misleading and inaccurate

By: Terence Creamer     11th September 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has described as “misleading” and “inaccurate” reports that it has embarked on a retrenchment process. Some media reports have suggested that the utility may retrench up to 8 000 workers. However, in a statement Transnet said it was not contemplating... 

Transnet says retrenchment reports are misleading and inaccurate

Metered taxis and Uber clashes will turn away tourists – Minister Xasa

By: African News Agency      11th September 2017 Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa on Monday warned that violent clashes between metered taxis and rival E-Hailing company, Uber, could deter tourists from visiting South Africa. On Thursday night metered taxi drivers allegedly torched two Uber cars in Sandton. Uber drivers reportedly retaliated by... 

Construction begins on $700m airport project in eastern Rwanda

By: John Muchira     8th September 2017 Construction has started on a $700-million airport project in eastern Rwanda, which the country's government says will be a major boost to efforts to integrate the East African Community and boost intra-Africa trade. "Bugesera International Airport is [also] an important part of Rwanda's strategy... 

Contract awarded for Kenya’s first expressway

By: John Muchira     8th September 2017 US company Bechtel International has been awarded the construction contract for Kenya’s first expressway, which has been dubbed one of the most important new pieces of infrastructure in the East African Community region. The 473 km high-speed expressway, connecting Nairobi, the country's capital,... 

Gap in aviation safety regulation is under scrutiny

By: Keith Campbell     8th September 2017 The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) is planning to discuss and examine the status of what are known as Air Traffic Safety Electronic Personnel (Atsep) in South Africa. Atseps are the engineering technicians responsible for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of ground-based air... 

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