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E-hailing goods service Droppa to expand to WCape, KZN next year 

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2018 It’s like Uber, but for goods, not people. New e-hailing service Droppa allows you to book a small bakkie or truck to pick up and deliver that fridge that needs moving, or those chairs required at a wedding, or to take home that dinner table you just bought. Droppa is the brainchild of... 

Transnet goods train derails, blocks major line in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      10th December 2018 A Transnet goods train derailed between Tygerberg and Bellville railway stations in Cape Town on Monday, severely delaying commuter services. "Under current circumstances, delays could exceed 120 minutes," Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said. Scott said the derailment occurred around 08:30... 

Dawn expects interim headline loss a share to widen

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2018 JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) on Friday advised its shareholders that it expects its headline loss per share (HLPS) for the six months ended September 30, to deteriorate by between 174% and 188%. It expects to report a HLPS of between 37.6c and 39.5c, compared with the... 

Gibela delivers its first South African made train to PRASA 

By: Irma Venter     7th December 2018 Gibela has delivered its first South African-built X’trapolis Mega commuter train to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The train was dispatched from Gibela’s new train manufacturing complex at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, this week, travelling to Prasa’s Wolmerton depot, north of... 

Gibela delivers its first South African made train to PRASA
The first South African-built X’trapolis Mega commuter train on its way to the Wolmerton depot

Mammoet opens new office in Accra, Ghana

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2018 Dutch company Mammoet is expanding its footprint in Africa with the opening of a new office in Accra, Ghana. The new base in Ghana will increase Mammoet’s offerings of specialist services in engineered heavy lifting and transport to the fast growing West African market, allowing for more... 

Mammoet opens new office in Accra, Ghana
Mammoet specialises in heavy lifting and transport

Regius developing coal-to-liquids, fertiliser project in Mozambique

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2018 UK-incorporated company Regius Synfuels is, through its Mozambican subsidiary Regius Synfuels Mozambique, developing an integrated 10 000 bbl/d clean diesel and gasoline and a 409 000 t/y fertiliser project, in the Tete province of Mozambique. The project is registered with the Investment... 

South Africa’s 'dysfunctional' rail system root of many transport problems 

By: Irma Venter     7th December 2018 South Africa has a “completely dysfunctional" passenger rail system, says Professor Stephan Krygsman of the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics). “There is no way to sugarcoat it. “The fact that we cannot get a rail system working in this country is probably... 

South Africa’s 'dysfunctional' rail system root of many transport problems

Iata urges African States to cooperate with it to develop regional aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has highlighted the benefits to Africa brought by cooperation between it and the Governments across the continent. The aim was to facilitate air connectivity across Africa that was efficient, safe and sustainable. In turn, this would ensure the... 

SA Express adds Jhb to Mthatha route to offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th December 2018 State-owned domestic and regional airline SA Express will introduce a new route between Johannesburg, in Gauteng, and Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape, from December 10. The airline will initially operate a daily flight from OR Tambo International Airport with the intention of increasing frequency... 

SA Express adds Jhb to Mthatha route to offering

South Africa's average port tariffs to fall 6 pct next year – regulator

By: Reuters     5th December 2018 South Africa's Ports Regulator said its average tariffs for the 2019/20 financial year will decrease by 6.27%, although coal export charges will rise, a statement seen by Reuters on Wednesday said. The coal dry bulk export cargo dues will increase by 10% from April 1 next year to March 31 in... 

Imperial Logistics targets growth outside SA, adding global freight management capabilities 

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2018 Imperial Logistics aims to earn close to 80% of its revenue from outside South Africa, compared with the current 68%, says CEO designate Mohammed Akoojee. Akoojee will officially take over from current CEO Marius Swanepoel in the first half of 2019. 

 Imperial Logistics targets growth outside SA, adding global freight management capabilities
Mohammed Akoojee

Pollutec covers full spectrum of environmental industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd December 2018 Environmental trade show Pollutec concluded a successful fortieth anniversary, in Lyon, France, last week. This year’s event saw an increase in the number of international exhibitors and also hosted three new pavilions – Korea, Hungary and Italy. 

Pollutec covers full spectrum of environmental industry
Photo by Tasneem Bulbulia
Display depicting ocean pollution

Airbus unveils first base for its very high altitude UAV

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd December 2018 Europe-based global aerospace and defence company Airbus Defence and Space announced in Australia on Monday that it had opened the first operational launch site for its Zephyr “High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite” (Haps) at the Western Australian town of Wyndham. The Zephyr is a very high... 

Airbus unveils first base for its very high altitude UAV
Photo by Airbus
An artist’s impression of a Zephyr S flying in the stratosphere

Transnet to modify operating model, corporate structure

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2018 State-owned Transnet last week held a board strategy workshop to review the group’s deteriorating financial and operational performance. The first resolution to come out of the workshop was on the principles for the corporate design of a new operating model that is underpinned by financial... 

Transnet to modify operating model, corporate structure
Photo by Creamer Media
Transnet acting group CE Tau Morwe

Swifambo loses SCA bid to retain R3.5bn 'tall trains' PRASA tender

By: News24Wire      30th November 2018 Controversial locomotive supplier Swifambo Rail Leasing has lost a Supreme Court of Appeal challenge to a High Court order that stripped it of a R3.5-billion tender with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). Last year, Judge J Francis in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg... 

Afreximbank ropes in Russian companies to invest in railway projects in Africa

By: African News Agency      30th November 2018 The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) said on Friday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Russian Railways and the Russian Export Center (REC) to cooperate in implementing export and investment projects in the railway sector in Africa. Under the terms of the MoU, the parties... 

Saldanha iron-ore rail line to remain shut until Dec 9 after truck accident

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th November 2018 State-owned Transnet has stopped all rail activity along the Saldanha iron-ore export line after a truck carrying an abnormal load with excessive height collided with a railway bridge between Vredendal and Lutzville, in the Western Cape. The accident, which took place at about 10:00 on Wednesday... 

ACSA appoints interim CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th November 2018 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has appointed Bongiwe Mbomvu acting CEO, while the company is in the process of recruiting a permanent successor to outgoing CEO Bongani Maseko, who is stepping down on November 30. Under Maseko’s leadership, the King Shaka International Airport, in Durban,... 

ACSA appoints interim CEO
ACSA acting CEO Bongiwe Mbomvu

'Gigaba lied to Parliament over SAA financials', commission hears

By: African News Agency      30th November 2018 While director-general at the department of public enterprises, former Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona, tried to persuade South African Airways to support the now defunct The New Age (TNA) newspaper after the national carrier's bid adjudication committee turned it down, former SAA board chairperson... 

Company unlocks trade corridors through vessels business

30th November 2018 JSE listed-Grindrod and its partners continue to build on its core freight management competence in improving and unlocking trade corridors. 

Flooring project under way in Midrand

By: Thabi Madiba     30th November 2018 Flooring contractor and installation company Combined Flooring is working on a refurbishment project at automaker BMW South Africa’s head office in Midrand, Gauteng, which the company plans to complete before the end of the year. The project started this month and entails the installation of 2... 

Flooring project under way  in Midrand
WORK IN PROGRESS An installer prepares a floor to install floor covering

Durban train delays in the spotlight

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 "He didn't even wait for me to explain why I was late. I was just told to pack my things and leave," says Philile Nzimande, who was fired from her job because of Durban Metrorail train delays. Nzimande said she had arrived two hours late after the train from Umlazi "stopped in the middle of... 

African countries urged to sign Luxembourg Protocol at Zimbabwe PIDA meeting

By: African News Agency      27th November 2018 African countries have been urged to sign the Luxembourg Protocol by Soteri Gatera, the chief of industrialisation and infrastructure at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Gatera made the call during his presentation titled, ‘The Luxembourg Rail Protocol: Railway Rolling Stock Financing –... 

SAA needs R7.5bn in working capital from next month  

By: Reuters     27th November 2018 Cash-strapped State-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) will need R7.5-billion from next month to fund day-to-day operations into 2019, a presentation by the airline showed on Tuesday. SAA, which has not generated a profit since 2011, survives on State guarantees and is regularly cited by... 

SAA needs R7.5bn in working capital from next month

Guinea bauxite miner to build new railway in $3bn deal

By: Bloomberg     27th November 2018 Societe Miniere de Boke, which mines aluminum raw material bauxite in Guinea, signed agreements with the West African nation to spend $3-billion on a railway, an alumina refinery and the development of new mining areas. The 135 km railway, which will link mining operations to a river terminal,... 

Global airline body calls on African Governments to cooperate with it

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th November 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has highlighted the benefits to Africa brought by cooperation between it and the Governments across the continent. The aim was to facilitate air connectivity across Africa that is efficient, safe and sustainable. In turn, this would ensure the... 

Sanral develops new app

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th November 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has developed a new app that enables commuters to check and top-up the balances on their electronic toll accounts in real time.   "This app helps to make travelling on the Sanral road network easier and more comfortable and adds value for... 

Transnet halts Durban port berths project over tender probe  

By: Reuters     23rd November 2018 Transnet said on Friday it would stop a R7-billion ($505-million) project to deepen berths at Africa's biggest container terminal in the port city of Durban until a dispute over the awarding of a contract is resolved. Transnet, which operates nearly three-quarters of the African rail network,... 

Ethiopian Airlines steps up hunt for African connections

By: Reuters     23rd November 2018 Ethiopian Airlines is accelerating its strategy of weaving a patchwork of new African routes to soak up traffic on the continent and fly customers towards its more lucrative flights to rapidly expanding Asian markets. With a long-delayed African "open skies" revolution still mired in red tape,... 

Solid relations between India and South Africa good for bilateral trade and investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd November 2018 South Africa and Indian already have a solid framework for strong relations, not least in the areas of trade and investment, Indian High Commissioner to South Africa (Ms) Ruchira Kamboj tells "Engineering News". "India and South Africa are old friends  and historical partners," she highlights.... 

R1bn Dunnottar facility boosts Nigel economy, youth employment  

22nd November 2018 Last month, President Cyril Ramaphosa officially opened the R1-billion, 78ha Gibela train manufacturing facility at Dunnottar Park, in Johannesburg. The facility will manufacture, assemble, test, commission and deliver 580 new X’Trapolis Mega commuter trains for Prasa. Nadine James tells us more. 

R1bn Dunnottar facility boosts Nigel economy, youth employment
R1bn Dunnottar facility boosts Nigel economy, youth employment

Audit outcomes of State-owned entities continue to regress

By: Kim Cloete     22nd November 2018 The audit outcomes of State-owned entities (SOEs) have regressed over the past financial year compared with both the previous year and 2014/15. The 2017/18 general report for the Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) said there was an increase in noncompliance of the 16 SOEs it audited. It also... 

TPT, AFGRI to enter concessions for port terminals

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st November 2018 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) will enter into a 15-year concession agreement with AFGRI Operations for the operation and maintenance of landside operations. The agreement will focus on two strategic agri-ports in the country – the East London Grain Elevator in the Port of East London and the... 

New terminal at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport the pride of Ghana

By: African News Agency      21st November 2018 Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) MD John Attafuah is an animated man to whom words come freely, quickly and eloquently. But even he has to pause and gasp for a few seconds though, as he describes the impact the new Terminal 3 at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport has had on Ghanaians. The... 

Santaco acquires 25% stake in SA Taxi for R1.7bn

By: African News Agency      20th November 2018 The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) has acquired a 25 percent stake in SA Taxi for R1.7-billion, following several years of a mutually-beneficial working relationship. SA Taxi finances entrepreneurs who operate minibus taxis that may not otherwise have access to credit from... 

Gibela to hand over SA-built train before year-end 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th November 2018 The first new Xtra’polis Mega commuter train to be built in South Africa since the 1970s is undergoing final testing at transport consortium Gibela’s train manufacturing facility in Dunnottar, Gauteng, ahead of being handed over before the end of 2018 to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa... 

Gibela to hand over SA-built train before year-end

New pan-African trade bloc holds much promise for SA business

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th November 2018 From March 17 to March 21 this year, African Heads of State and Government held an Extraordinary Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. This was the 10th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) Assembly and the last day saw the signature of the agreement to establish the African Continental Free Trade... 

New pan-African trade bloc holds much promise for SA business
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