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Rail Road Association to hold AGM

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd September 2016 The Rail Road Association of South Africa (RRA) will hold its annual general meeting on Thursday, September 29. The gathering will take place at Scaw Metals’ offices in Germiston from 8:30. The RRA has been critical of what it views as uneven localisation efforts in Transnet’s multibillion-rand... 

ACSA starts with new strategy while reporting good results

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2016 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has started to implement elements of its new operational strategy, says chairperson Skhumbuzo Macozoma. "It's very important to have sound corporate governance in a company like ACSA," he said at a briefing on Friday. "I'm happy to announce we've finalised a... 

ACSA starts with new strategy while reporting good results
Photo by Duane Daws
ACSA CEO Bongani Maseko

PRASA, Vodacom sign R1bn, 15-year fibre deal

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016  Vodacom has signed a 15-year deal with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), through its subsidiary Intersite Asset Investments, valued at more than R1-billion. Intersite is responsible for property and asset development within PRASA. It aims to raise additional revenue for the... 

PRASA, Vodacom sign R1bn, 15-year fibre deal

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet, which owns all commercial ports in South Africa and is the sole operator of the country’s container and automotive terminals, has naturally had a major influence over port operations and terminal handling charges. However, that role and dominance has often... 

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

SA government to lease, then buy, VIP aircraft

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2016 The South African Air Force (SAAF) will acquire a VIP aircraft for Presidential travel, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula affirmed last week, reported specialist news website Defenceweb. While this acquisition process is under way, an aircraft will be leased to... 

Train plant construction ‘on track’, says Gibela 

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2016 The construction of Gibela’s R1-billion train factory at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, is on schedule, says the rail consortium in a project update. Gibela has been contracted to supply the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa with 600 new passenger trains, in a deal worth R51-billion. The first 20... 

Train plant construction ‘on track’, says Gibela
Construction work at the site of Gibela’s R1-billion train factory in Dunnottar

Sanral judgment a victory for Cape Town - De Lille 

By: News24Wire      22nd September 2016 Sanral should stop wasting taxpayers' money and concede that they have followed an unlawful process in trying to toll the N1 and N2 freeways in Cape Town, the city's mayor said on Thursday. "The City of Cape Town has won every round in court since we launched our review application on 28 March... 

Sanral judgment a victory for Cape Town - De Lille
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille

SCA to rule on Winelands tolling

By: News24Wire      22nd September 2016 The Supreme Court of Appeal is to rule on the Winelands toll route matter on Thursday. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) appealed a judgment over the right to toll the N1 and the N2 highways in August. The judgment was in favour of the City of Cape Town.On September 30 last... 

Alstom unveils emission-free Coradia iLint locomotive

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2016 Two years after inking the first letters of intent (LoIs) with various German states and entities, French multinational Alstom’s zero-carbon-dioxide- (CO2) emission passenger train is set to grace the European country’s rail network. Launched on Tuesday at railway trade fair InnoTrans, in Berlin,... 

Alstom unveils emission-free Coradia iLint locomotive
Coradia iLint

Uber pilots dashcams in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 Internet ride-sharing app Uber has launched a month-long dashcam pilot in Cape Town amid the service experiencing recent safety concerns. The digital cameras record what is happening in front of the Uber cars on the road as well as inside vehicles where riders and drivers sit, Uber Africa... 

Alstom on the right track, says CEO

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2016 French multinational Alstom is well on course in the “railway traffic evolution” stakes, with sustained growth in the sector affirming the group is on the right track with its 2020 strategy, says Alstom chairperson and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge. Addressing media at a press conference on the... 

Alstom on the right track, says CEO
Alstom chairperson and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge

Plans to make Wonderboom airport a logistics airfield

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 The City of Tshwane is looking at the possibility of turning the Wonderboom airport into a full logistics airport to assist in creating job opportunities in the city, mayor Solly Msimanga says. “We are now doing a study in terms of what can be done to convert our airport into a full logistics... 

Launch of Osprey marks halfway point in TNPA’s R1.4bn tug-building contract 

By: Shirley le Guern     20th September 2016 The launch of the Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) Osprey tugboat in Durban harbour on Tuesday marked the halfway point in the port authority’s R1.4-billion tug-building contract. Southern African Shipyards CEO Prasheen Maharaj said at the launch that the Osprey was tangible proof... 

Launch of Osprey marks halfway point in TNPA’s R1.4bn tug-building contract

SAA’s losses for 2014/15 almost R1bn more than R4.7bn guarantee

By: News24Wire      20th September 2016 SAA’s losses for the 2014/15 financial year was R5.6-billion – close to R1-billion more than the expected amount of R4.7-billion. This emerged when the national carrier presented its 2014 to 2015 interim financial statements to parliament’s standing committee on finance on Tuesday. 

SAA’s losses for 2014/15 almost R1bn more than R4.7bn guarantee

R5bn SAA guarantee staved off risk for all SOEs – Jonas 

By: News24Wire      20th September 2016 If South African Airways had not received a R5-billion going concern guarantee, it would have posed a systemic risk to all state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in South Africa, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said on Tuesday. Jonas, who made a few introductory remarks, was part of a delegation... 

R5bn SAA guarantee staved off risk for all SOEs – Jonas

All Gauteng drivers should be protected on e-tolls – AA

By: News24Wire      20th September 2016 The rights of Gauteng road users who are not members of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), should be protected as much as those drivers who are members of the civil rights body, says the Automobile Association (AA). In a statement issued on Monday, the AA pointed out that the current... 

All Gauteng drivers should be protected on e-tolls – AA

Myeni to be grilled at parly finance meeting

By: African News Agency      19th September 2016 The Democratic Alliance will attempt to get to the bottom of the myriad issues plaguing South African Airways (SAA) at the scheduled appearance of the SAA board and executive before Parliament’s finance standing committee on Tuesday. The 2014/15 SAA annual financial statements tabled late on... 

PRASA deal's European 'BEE' partner, arms deal links

By: News24Wire      16th September 2016 A Swiss consulting firm, whose owner had been named in a corruption probe in Italy, may have received at least R4-million thanks to its bizarre BEE stake in PRASA's R51-billion tender for new passenger coaches. Last week, News24 revealed that JSE-listed technology firm EOH had paid R16.5-million... 

Cartrack software to keep taxi cabs in check

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th September 2016 Vehicle tracking and recovery systems provider Cartrack has introduced a telematic device aimed at improving the safety of drivers and passengers of taxicabs. The Cartrack software will enable taxi operators to receive a far more accurate report of driver behaviour as opposed to relying on the... 

Cartrack software to keep taxi cabs in check

Boss number seven takes over at global airline body

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2016 The new Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Alexandre de Juniac, took up his office on September 1. He has replaced Tony Tyler, who retired on August 31, having headed the organisation since 2011. De Juniac becomes the seventh person to head the... 

Natural refrigerant trailer unit unveiled

     16th September 2016 Container refrigeration equipment provider Carrier Transicold will introduce a prototype natural refrigerant trailer unit as well as a new generation of engineless transport refrigeration systems at the 2016 Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) show, an international trade fare for... 

Natural refrigerant trailer unit unveiled
IMPROVED POWER MODULE The Carrier stand will feature an example of the ground-breaking eco-drive power module

New SAA board cautiously welcomed, but Myeni reappointment draws fire 

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2016 South Africa’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has announced that it is to legally challenge the re-appointment of Ms Dudu Myeni as Chairperson of the South African Airways (SAA) Board. “The DA is of the strong opinion that there is a prima facie case to be made that Ms... 

Outa lays criminal charges against BnP director over SAA deal 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th September 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Thursday laid charges against advisory firm BnP Capital director Daniel Mahlangu as part of its ongoing investigation into State-owned South African Airways (SAA). The organisation said it had uncovered an unlawful deal between SAA and little known BnP... 

Outa lays criminal charges against BnP director over SAA deal

Independent panel to address St Helena air operations delay 

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2016 The UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel, has appointed an external expert to review the process that has seen a delay in the start of regular air services to St Helena, a spokesperson for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) tells Engineering... 

Independent panel to address St Helena air operations delay
The St Helena airport

Container trade declined by 7% in the first half of 2016 – Maersk

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2016 Container trade flow in and out of South Africa for the first half of 2016 has shown a year-on-year decline of 7%. Maersk Line Southern Africa MD Jonathan Horn attributes the decline to reduced consumer spending and weak global demand for mining commodities. 

Container trade declined by 7% in the first half of 2016 – Maersk

Transnet to sue Futuregrowth 

By: African News Agency      15th September 2016 Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama revealed in Parliament on Wednesday that the South African parastatal intends to sue Futuregrowth Asset Management for damages. Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises, Gama said Transnet had written to Futuregrowth demanding an apology for its... 

Transnet to sue Futuregrowth
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

Zuma prefers to use SAAF, not chartered planes – Presidency

By: News24Wire      14th September 2016 The Presidency has denied claims that President Jacob Zuma prefers to use chartered aircrafts instead of the South African Air Force (SAAF) fleets. "The Presidency reiterates that it prefers the use of aircraft within the South African Air Force fleet to transport the President and Deputy... 

Zuma prefers to use SAAF, not chartered planes – Presidency

Gordhan confirms SAA losses as MPs demand Myeni’s head

By: African News Agency      14th September 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday confirmed that South African Airways (SAA) suffered losses of R4.7-billion in 2014/2015 and a further R1.8-billion in the past financial year. Gordhan did so when he closed a bitter debate in the National Assembly on SAA that was dominated by demands... 

Gordhan confirms SAA losses as MPs demand Myeni’s head

Domestic SAA passengers can now tag their own bags

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th September 2016 South African Airways (SAA) and the Airports Company South Africa have introduced self-service bag counters at OR Tambo International Airport to allow passengers on domestic flights to tag their own baggage.   This is a trial phase, following a testing phase of the systems and equipment. SAA... 

Comair FY profits down in tough climate

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2016 JSE-listed airliner Comair on Tuesday posted a 12% dip in profit after tax to R193-million for the year to June 30. Headline earnings a share for the year under review declined to 36.5c, from the prior year’s 47.9c, while earnings a share decreased from 47.8c in 2015 to 41.5c in 2016. 

Cabinet has confidence in new State airline board – Zuma 

By: Reuters     13th September 2016 President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday his cabinet has confidence in a newly reconstituted board of the struggling State airline. Zuma, who was responding to questions in parliament, also said State-run companies were "not at war" with each other, a reference to public disputes between firms such... 

Cabinet has confidence in new State airline board – Zuma

New VIP jet for South Africa will be bought, says Defence Minister 

By: Keith Campbell     13th September 2016 The South African Air Force (SAAF) will acquire a new VIP aircraft for presidential travel, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula affirmed on Tuesday, reported specialist news website Defenceweb. While this acquisition process is under way, an aircraft will be leased to... 

New VIP jet for South Africa will be bought, says Defence Minister
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

TNPA introduces new online order system

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th September 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is introducing a new order-to-cash initiative to replace its nine-year-old PortsOnline system, which customers previously used for online submission of cargo documentation. The company says the initiative is as another step on its “journey to digitalise”... 

No more cycle lanes and demand for etoll payments by metro police – Mashaba 

By: African News Agency      13th September 2016 Under the Democratic Alliance (DA), the city of Johannesburg would do away with the construction of bicycle lanes, while the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has been instructed to desist from “harassing” residents who owed e-toll fees, mayor Herman Mashaba said on Tuesday. “In our... 

No more cycle lanes and demand for etoll payments by metro police – Mashaba

Proposed VIP jet lease costs released and denounced

By: Keith Campbell     12th September 2016 In a written reply to a Parliamentary question, South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has revealed that the government has budgeted R100-million to lease a VIP jet during the 2016/17 financial year. She further confirmed that a Request for Offer had been... 

Proposed VIP jet lease costs released and denounced

Sanral questions legality of Outa's e-toll 'defence umbrella'

By: News24Wire      12th September 2016 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has questioned the legality of Outa's recruitment drive for membership of its e-tolls "defence umbrella" and its fund-raising activities, in a statement on Sunday.. Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona said they had, "challenged Outa to clarify its... 

Sanral questions legality of Outa's e-toll 'defence umbrella'
Sanral Spokesperson Vusi Mona

Gordhan approves 'going concern' guarantee for national airline

By: Reuters     12th September 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has conditionally approved an application from the cash-strapped national airline for a guarantee as a going concern, the ministry said on Friday. South African Airways (SAA) has been surviving on state-guaranteed loans and has failed to submit financial statements... 

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