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Transport minister denies stopping probe into irregularities at PRASA

By: African News Agency      26th August 2016 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Thursday denied that she had stopped a probe into possible corruption involving contracts worth billions of rand at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). “It is categorically denied that the Minister at any stage instructed any member of the PRASA... 

Airliner purchase agreement signed by Tanzanian government

     26th August 2016 The government of Tanzania has signed a firm purchase agreement for two Q400 turboprop airliners, multinational aerospace and transport company Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced late in July. The aircraft will be delivered with a 76-seat, dual-lavatory configuration and will be used for... 

Airliner purchase agreement signed by Tanzanian government
VERSATILE AIRCRAFT The Q400 aircraft is exceptionally versatile and can be adapted to a variety of business models

Aviation bureau approves maintenance service provider

     26th August 2016 Aerospace engineering and component services provider Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, earned certification by civil aviation authority the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) as an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) in April this year.  

Contractor sponsors winning team at rocketry challenge

     26th August 2016 Five students from Odle Middle School in Bellevue, Washington, took first place in the International Rocketry Challenge (IRC) at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow in July. The US team, sponsored by American defence contractor the Raytheon Company, bested teams from the UK, France and... 

Contractor sponsors  winning team at  rocketry challenge
SECOND CONSECUTIVE VICTORY 2016 marks the second year in a row in which a team from the US claimed the international title

Electric propulsion the future of aircraft

By: Sebastian Whyle     26th August 2016 As battery systems improve, there is a shift towards electrically powered aircraft, which is causing a rapid change in propulsion systems in the aerospace industry, says South African aircraft manufacturer The Airplane Factory (TAF) director and shareholder Mike Blyth.  

Electric propulsion the  future of aircraft
AIRCRAFT TECHNOLOGY In the small aircraft arena, continuing innovation has resulted in safer and faster small aircraft being manufactured

New tug fleet will enable SA ports to handle larger vessels

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 As part of parastatal Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) will spend about R56-billion by 2019 to improve efficiencies of South Africa’s ports, including a R1.4-billion tugboat replacement project. The contract, which was awarded to local shipbuilding... 

New tug fleet will enable SA ports to handle larger vessels

UAVs lead way for smaller aerospace manufacturers

By: Sebastian Whyle     26th August 2016 Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – commonly referred to as drones – have led the way in introducing smaller manufacturers to what has typically been a large-scale industry, says South African aerospace-focussed programme National Aerospace Centre (NAC) director Philip Haupt.  

UAVs lead way for smaller aerospace manufacturers
Photo by Duane Daws
AEROSPACE SECTOR GROWTH An increase in interest around UAVs and the manufacturing of complete aircraft has been observed over the past few years

Outa slates SAA board member for resigning 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th August 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse, or Outa, on Thursday lambasted State-owned enterprise South African Airways’ (SAA’s) Yakhe Kwinana for stepping down from its board. Media reports earlier this week stated that Kwinana was resigning, having said that, “it has come to a stage where I had to... 

Outa slates SAA board member for resigning

Bombardier opens new propulsion equipment production site in Isando 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th August 2016 Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation on Thursday inaugurated a new 6 000 m2 production site and headquarters in Isando. The facility will produce Bombardier Mitrac high-power propulsion equipment for use in the Transnet locomotives project, for which Bombardier is delivering 240... 

Bombardier opens new propulsion equipment production site in Isando
Bombardier has opened a new propulsion equipment manufacturing facility in Isando. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Grindrod records R1.1bn loss, ready to develop Coega liquid-bulk terminal

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2016 A depressed commodities market continued to take its toll on shipping and logistics group Grindrod in the six months ended June 30. Grindrod on Thursday reported a drop in revenue to R11-billion in its management income statement – which included the company’s share in joint ventures – compared... 

Grindrod records R1.1bn loss, ready to develop Coega liquid-bulk terminal

Denel optimistic about its regional aircraft project

By: Keith Campbell     24th August 2016 The Denel Group, South Africa’s State-owned defence and aerospace business, is upbeat on the future of its Small African Regional Aircraft (Sara) project. “We have progressed well on the Small African Regional Aircraft concept, and have developed a full-scale mock-up as part of the R&D [research... 

Denel optimistic about its regional aircraft project
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
A model of the Denel Sara

TNPA to launch marine training centre in Cape Town

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd August 2016 As part of government’s Operation Phakisa programme aimed at fast-tracking economic growth in the oceans economy, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is creating a marine training centre at the port of Cape Town for skills development and job creation. The new facility will be located at... 

Chinese and Austrian firms to upgrade major highway in Zimbabwe

By: Reuters     23rd August 2016 Zimbabwe signed an agreement on Monday with Chinese and Austrian firms to upgrade a busy highway, a deal that will be one of the country's biggest road projects since independence 36 years ago. China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC), a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Co Ltd,... 

Sanral provides R30m funding to Stellenbosch programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd August 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Monday endowed Stellenbosch University with R30-million for its Sanral Chair in Pavement Engineering research fund. Established in 2001, the Sanral research chair is an academic programme committed to the development of human capital and... 

Construction of Gibela train manufacturing complex progresses

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd August 2016 Two of the seven construction packages for Gibela’s R1-billion train manufacturing complex at Dunnottar, in Gauteng, are under way. The project, being undertaken by Gibela, Trencon Construction and Black Jills Engineers, will be completed by November 2017. The complex has a geographical footprint... 

Presidency denies Zuma rift with National Treasury over SAA board

By: African News Agency      22nd August 2016 The presidency on Sunday denied a rift between President Jacob Zuma and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan over the South African Airways (SAA) board chaired by Zuma’s personal friend Dudu Myeni. “The presidency has noted media reports alleging a rift between the presidency and the National Treasury... 

Presidency denies Zuma rift with National Treasury over SAA board

TPT celebrates 1bn ton iron-ore export milestone

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th August 2016 Transnet Port Terminals’ (TPT’s) Saldanha operations on Thursday celebrated a significant milestone – with one-billion tons of iron-ore having passed through the bulk terminal. Saldanha is South Africa's main iron-ore export terminal and a highly mechanised bulk-handling facility that remains the... 

Applications for Sanral scholarships, bursaries open

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th August 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) this week opened applications for scholarships. The deadline for applications is September 30. 

Runaway locomotive kills train driver, injures another

By: News24Wire      19th August 2016 A runaway diesel locomotive smashed head-on into a freight train and burst into flames, killing one train driver and critically injuring another, a trade union said on Friday. Train drivers Alexander Flemming and Jan Swanepoel, and train assistant Neo Jason Witkoei, were on their way from Rosmead... 

Sanral unfazed by foreign firm collecting e-toll fees 

By: News24Wire      19th August 2016 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) appears unperturbed with paying over R50-million a month to a global transport giant for collecting e-toll fees in Gauteng. The Austrian conglomerate Kapsch Trafficom acquired full control of the e-tolls collections company Electronic Toll... 

Sanral unfazed by foreign firm collecting e-toll fees

Budget airline ponders going regional as it adds to domestic network

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2016 South African low cost airline FlySafair is pondering whether it should add international flights, to other Southern African countries, to its currently all-domestic route network. “We are looking at it,” reports company CEO Elmar Conradie. “But it’s in its infancy, at the due diligence stage.... 

Electric drives delivered for truck and bus systems

     19th August 2016 Germany-based manufacturing company ZF offer all-electric drive solutions for urban vehicles with limited range, and hybrid technologies for long distance transport applications where combustion engines continue to be indispensable in the long term. Its newest development is an all-electric... 

Lanseria in midst of expansion, upgrade programme

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2016 South Africa’s biggest and busiest privately-owned aerodrome, Lanseria International Airport, continues to expand and upgrade its facilities to meet rising demand for both domestic and international services. These increases embrace passenger numbers and the numbers of scheduled commercial... 

Research identifies barriers, suggests new approach to building black industrialists

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th August 2016 The South African economy requires a new approach to regulation, competition and industrial policy to open the economy for greater participation, particularly for black industrialists, according to research released last month by the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development... 

Uber mulls new South African services as it expands African footprint

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016 There is “huge scope” for Uber to grow in South Africa, says Uber sub-Saharan Africa GM Alon Lits. “My wife and I have one car. I Uber to work every morning and I always drive past all of these cars in traffic with single occupants. I want each and every one of these drivers to switch to Uber.” 

Uber mulls new South African services  as it expands African footprint

Uber sees scope for growth in South Africa 

     18th August 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about the challenges and opportunities facing Uber in South Africa. 

Uber sees scope for growth in South Africa
Uber sees scope for growth in South Africa

E-tolls collection firm no longer in SA hands 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2016 The company collecting payments for the contentious e-toll system in Gauteng is now fully owned by the Austrian conglomerate Kapsch. This was confirmed on Tuesday with the divestment of the only BEE partner in TMT Services and Supplies, which with Kapsch Trafficom made up the e-tolls collections... 

Sanral appeals Winelands toll plan ruling 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) appealed a judgment over the right to toll the N1 and the N2 highways at the Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday. The judgment had been in favour of the City of Cape Town. On September 30 last year, the Western Cape High Court reviewed and... 

Barloworld celebrates 75 years on JSE

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th August 2016 Industrial brand management company Barloworld on Tuesday celebrated its seventy-fifth year on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), and is one of only nine companies to have achieved this. CEO Clive Thomson told Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the 75-year celebration that the... 

Barloworld celebrates 75 years on JSE
CLIVE THOMSON

Iata, lithium industry bodies call for stricter transport enforcement for lithium batteries

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th August 2016 Pressure is mounting on airlines and regulators to “unilaterally ban” all forms of lithium-ion battery shipments from being delivered by air amid a lack of enforcement of the international regulations governing their transport. The abuse of dangerous goods shipping regulations, which places... 

KAP’s growth continues, FY earnings rise

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th August 2016 JSE-listed KAP Industrial Holdings has seen continued growth during the year to June 30, with headline earnings from continuing operations up 18% to 47.8c apiece. Operating profit increased 19% year-on-year to R2-billion. 

Gauteng clearing taxi licence backlog

By: Reuters     15th August 2016 The Gauteng government was hard at work clearing a backlog in taxi operating licence applications dating back to as far as 2011, Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said on Monday. Vadi said the work done so far was part of a taxi outreach programme that followed a taxi operators summit held last... 

Autonomous city buses put through real-life paces in Amsterdam

By: Irma Venter     12th August 2016 Daimler Buses’ Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot in July drive autonomously for the first time on a route of around 20 km in Amsterdam, on a section of the longest bus rapid transit (BRT) line in Europe, connecting Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport with the city of Haarlem. Daimler Buses says it... 

Company implements new logistics system

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Amid the challenges of cost transparency and inefficient vehicle use, food and beverages producer and distributor Pioneer Foods implemented solutions provider Resolve Solution Partners’ in-house transport management system PLATO at its plant. The PLATO system helps generate an optimised... 

Consistent training crucial for materials handling

     12th August 2016 In these tough economic times, it is crucially important to provide a consistent, high standard of training to workforces in the materials handling and conveying industry, says industry body Conveyor Manufacturers Association (CMA) chairperson Simon Curry. “Companies tend to reduce training... 

Consistent training crucial for materials handling
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Companies in the logistics industry tend to reduce training budgets to cut costs

Dust suppression system in high demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 Since the launch of environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions’ retractable stockpile dust ring (R-SDR) system last year, market demand has increased greatly, says I-CAT technical manager Morne van Wyk. This demand can be attributed to the R-SDR system having eliminated the... 

European helicopter maker highlights global presence, including SA

By: Keith Campbell     12th August 2016 Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter and part of the larger Airbus Group) is confident that it has a unique global presence. The company recently pointed out it that had 22 900 employees worldwide, with 29 customer centres, 26 training centres and 100 maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)... 

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