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Transport News

Gauteng endorses creation of single provincial transport authority

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 6 hours ago Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Friday signed a declaration with mayors in the Gauteng City Region (GCR) endorsing the establishment of a single transport authority for the GCR. Makhura said the signing of the declaration was an important step taken by government towards ensuring that all... 

Conference celebrates 19 years of success

By: Victor Moolman     24th June 2016 The longest running rail conference and exhibition in Africa, Africa Rail, will mark its nineteenth year of existence, says international business to business media company Terrapinn. 

Conference celebrates 19 years of success
CONFERENCE Several conference will run concurrently with the Africa Rail 2016 event

German train operator orders more train units

     24th June 2016 Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has won a contract to supply German rail operator Abellio Rail Südwest GmbH with 43 Bombardier Talent 2 multiple unit trains. The order is valued at about €215-million. 

German train operator orders more train units
INCREASED PASSENGER COUNT The new multiple unit trains will have up to 273 seats in each train

List of local suppliers for new passenger trains continues to grow

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2016 The number of local suppliers in the R51-billion contract to produce 600 new passenger trains for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has reached 32. Six trains have been completed and shipped to South Africa to date. These units form part of an order of 20 that are being imported... 

Mango founder-CEO Bezuidenhout to join fastjet, while SAA admits subsidy

By: Keith Campbell     24th June 2016 Beleaguered African low-cost airline fastjet, which is listed on the London AIM, has announced that it has appointed South African airline executive Nico Bezuidenhout as its new CEO. Bezuidenhout will take up his new post on August 1. He has been CEO of Mango Airlines, the low-cost subsidiary of... 

New trains and infrastructure on track

     24th June 2016 A full-size mock-up of the Riyadh Metropolis train manufactured by rail transport company Alstom was unveiled earlier this month in Riyadh, in Saudi Arabia during a ceremony in the presence of the Riyadh governor Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Transport Minister Suleiman Al Hamdan and... 

New US products showcased at Africa Rail

By: Victor Moolman     24th June 2016 New material testing equipment from US-based company MTS that can determine the strength and durability of rail infrastructure will be showcased at the Africa Rail 2016 conference and exhibition by laboratory equipment and services suppliers IMP Scientific & Precision. 

New US products showcased at Africa Rail
Photo by Duane Daws
WELD TEST Testing equipment provided by IMP test the strength of welds

Partnership to increase infrastructure growth

     24th June 2016 Three international firms consisting of the technology developer General Electric (GE) Africa, multi-industry company Mara Group and financial institution Atlas Merchant Capital have partnered to help address infrastructure challenges in Africa through investments in equity projects such as rail... 

Partnership to increase  infrastructure growth
Photo by Duane Daws
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS The partnership hopes to improve infrastructure projects across Africa

Rail upgrade project largest in the world

By: Victor Moolman     24th June 2016 The new rolling stock procurement programme from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is the largest passenger rail and system upgrade in the world, says professional service firm KPMG. 

Rail upgrade project largest  in the world
PRASA TRAINS The new trains that will work on the upgraded infrastructure system are larger and faster than previous trains

Summit brings governments, operators and investors together

     24th June 2016 Regional and international stakeholders for East and Central Africa's transport infrastructure sector will be gathering once again at the seventh East & Central Africa Roads & Rail Infrastructure Summit 2016 (Roads & Rail 2016) to be held on September 27 and 28 in Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania. 

Summit brings governments, operators and investors together
Photo by Reuters
ZIMBABWE RAIL Zimbabwean government authorities will be attending the summit to discuss the current state of the country’s railway system

Transport demand underestimated

By: Victor Moolman     24th June 2016 The number of passengers that could use rail transport has been grossly underestimated, says WSP Parsons|Brinckerhoff Africa (WSP) Transportation and Infrastructure divisional director Vishaal Lutchman. 

Transport demand underestimated
Photo by Duane Daws
RAIL SYSTEM Transnet is upgrading the freight rail infrastructure across South Africa

At least 100 injured in KZN train collision

By: News24Wire      23rd June 2016 At least 100 people have been injured after two trains collided between the Mobeni and Havenside areas of KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday afternoon, Marshall Security said. The private security company said it was unclear what had caused the accident. 

Transnet employee falls to death while working on Mpumalanga bridge

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2016 Transnet Limited's largest division, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), has launched an investigation into the death of an employee who fell to his death while on duty on a bridge in Mpumalanga. The deceased, whose name will be released once his relatives have been informed, died at the Matsulu Rail... 

Weak economy takes toll on container imports and exports

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2016 The economic slowdown in China, declining demand for mining commodities, dwindling consumer spending power and the persistent drought in Southern Africa have all negatively impacted shipping container trade in South Africa in the first quarter of the year, with import and export markets declining... 

Weak economy takes toll on container imports and exports

Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality hosts investment tour

By: David Oliveira     22nd June 2016 The Ekurhuleni municipality has given journalists insight into some of the key industrial and infrastructure developments being built in the metropolitan, including the Harambee bus-rapid transit (BRT) system and the Lords View Industrial Park. During the media tour, on Tuesday, Ekurhuleni senior... 

Private sector breathes life into Operation Phakisa

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2016 An initiative that saw three South African companies work together to successfully deliver two world-class marine vessels has been hailed as exemplary by the Department of Trade and Industry’s (dti) and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) recently... 

S&P affirms Transnet’s investment-grade rating

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st June 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet reported on Tuesday that S&P Global Ratings had affirmed its long-term foreign currency rating at 'BBB-' and its local currency rating at 'BBB+'. The affirmation follows S&P’s June 3 decision to affirm South Africa’s long- and short-term 'BBB-/A-3'... 

S&P affirms Transnet’s investment-grade rating

New public transport by-law to tackle violence, intimidation – eThekwini

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 Violence, intimidation and the use of force by those offering public transport will not be tolerated, according to new by-laws proposed by the eThekwini Metro Municipality. "The behaviour of drivers, conductors and passengers is covered by the by-law. This includes prohibiting the use of force,... 

South Africa seeks comment on draft carbon-offset rules

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2016 Draft carbon offset regulations have been released by the National Treasury for public comment, with a submission deadline of July 29. Under the proposed rules, firms can reduce their carbon tax liability by between 5% and 10% of their total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, by investing in... 

South Africa seeks comment on draft carbon-offset rules

Air passenger traffic forecast to double over next 15 years

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2016 Worldwide, air transport has proven very resilient over the past 45 years, despite periodic major crises. This was highlighted by Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers John Leahy to international aerospace journalists at the company’s recent Innovation Days briefing in Hamburg. Since 1970,... 

Airbus planning to deliver 650 airliners

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2016 Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier told the world's aviation media at the company’s recent Innovation Days briefing that "[t]he focus for 2016 is, no surprise, it is to deliver!" The company, part of the wider Airbus Group, is currently seeking to ramp up production and deliveries of its... 

Clamps remain a trusted product across projects

By: Victor Moolman     17th June 2016 Distributor of connection systems for steelwork Structural Fixing Systems has been providing products from UK-based fastener systems manufacturer Lindapter for South African projects since 1976. 

Clamps remain a trusted product across projects
GAUTRAIN Structural Fixing Systems has supplied the Gautrain project with Lindapter products

Latest iteration of global student challenge launched

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2016 European airline manufacturer Airbus, part of the wider Airbus Group, has launched the 2017 Fly Your Ideas challenge for students around the world. Fly Your Ideas seeks to stimulate co-innovation between Airbus and, where relevant, its supplier companies, and universities around the world.... 

Local company awarded German welding agency

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The acquisition of the South African agency for German tooling manufacturer Orbitalum Tools will allow Dowson & Dobson (D&D) Industrial to provide welding solutions for industries that require tube and pipe-welding preparation. D&D Industrial is a division of Actum Industrial. Both Actum... 

Local company awarded German welding agency
WERNER SMIT The acquisition of Orbitalum tools has enabled Actum to expand to higher-growth sectors such as the pharmaceuticals industry

Maritime training facility receives accreditation for skipper courses

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 Cape Town-based Nautic Maritime Training Academy (NMTA) recently received accreditation from the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) for a number of its courses relating to certificates of competency for skippers under a variety of conditions.  

Megabus buys ten CNG buses to be fuelled using Free State gas

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th June 2016 Unitrans’s subsidiary Megabus has procured ten Scania, 280 hp, 100% compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which it will trial for the next five years at its Free State operations. The official handover of the buses, which comprise the first Euro 6 bus engines in South Africa, was concluded in... 

Megabus buys ten CNG buses to be fuelled using Free State gas
Photo by Duane Daws
ANTHONY KING Each bus has eight carbon fibre compressed natural gas tanks, which will allow for about 1 200 m3 of gas

R400m Dunnottar train plant contract awarded to black-owned firms

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2016 Gibela has awarded the Trencon Black Jills joint venture (JV) the R400-million contract to build the main site buildings at its Dunnottar train manufacturing plant, on the East Rand. The plant will be used to produce the 580 trains Gibela is to supply to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa... 

Supply chain study highlights rising uncertainties for local firms

By: David Oliveira     17th June 2016 Supply chain service company Barloworld Logistics launched its supplychainforesight 2016 programme in Johannesburg earlier this month, which reviews the change and adaptation of South African businesses over the past year. The in-depth study explores how companies have fared and analysed key... 

SAA scraps idea that it gave Mango cheap plane leases 

By: News24Wire      16th June 2016 Four days after South African Airways (SAA) said it sub-leased aircraft to its low-cost subsidiary Mango Airlines at a discounted cost, inadvertently raising concerns of collusion, the embattled airline did an about-turn and denied that it had done so. The change in tune came hours after... 

World Bank to loan Kenya $1.1bn for northern region, bank VP says

By: Reuters     14th June 2016 Kenya will get a World Bank loan of $1.1-billion for infrastructure projects in the country's arid northern region, the bank's vice president for Africa said. The loan is the latest in series to Kenya, which amount to $5.5-billion, excluding the new package. 

Task team to tackle Sandton traffic signal outages 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th June 2016 A new task team has been formed to improve traffic signals and traffic flow in and out of Sandton with the main aim of having all traffic signals “working and synchronised” optimally. The Sandton Central Traffic Signal Forum comprised the Sandton Central Management District (SCMD), State-owned... 

Task team to tackle Sandton traffic signal outages

TPT Richards Bay assists international vessel in avoiding disaster

By: Anine Kilian     13th June 2016 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) Richards Bay last month assisted Italian vessel MV Peppino Bottiglieri, which had caught fire and needed urgent laybye berth in Richards Bay. In a statement released on Monday, TPT said the vessel was carrying coal destined for Malaysia when the crew discovered cargo... 

SAA group effectively admits to subsidising Mango

By: Keith Campbell     13th June 2016 In its reaction to the announcement that Mango CEO Nico Bezuidenhout had resigned and was going to become CEO of low cost carrier fastjet, South African Airways (SAA) has admitted to having effectively subsidised Mango, its low cost airline subsidiary. (SAA issued its response in a press release... 

Moloto Road upgrades get Zuma’s nod

By: African News Agency      10th June 2016 President Jacob Zuma on Friday reassured Mpumalanga residents that government would deliver to them necessary services and infrastructure to improve their livelihoods. He said the delivery of these services would begin with the upgrading of the deadly Moloto road and the building of water... 

Moloto Road upgrades get Zuma’s nod

Gibela secures 32 local suppliers for R51bn PRASA contract, seeks many more

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2016 The number of local suppliers in the R51-billion contract to produce 600 new passenger trains for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has reached 32. Six trains have been completed and shipped to South Africa to date. These units form part of an order of 20 that are being imported... 

Gibela secures 32 local suppliers for R51bn PRASA contract, seeks many more
Photo by Duane Daws
Gibela's X'Trapolis Mega train, built for PRASA

Collaboration on infrastructure projects can yield economic growth

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th June 2016 South Africa is facing demand for economic growth; it is therefore critical that government considers collaborating with the private sector in primary infrastructure megaprojects that will yield almost immediate gross domestic product growth, says professional services firm WSP∣Parsons... 

Collaboration on infrastructure projects can yield economic growth

Five firms get R550m in funding under Black Industrialist programme

By: David Oliveira     10th June 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has provided R550-million in finance to five companies that have been approved for participation in the department’s Black Industrialists (BI) programme, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies revealed. Speaking at a media briefing following the... 

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