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Govt appoints consultants to help decide future course for airlines

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 A notice (NT008-2016) on the website of National Treasury has confirmed that a joint venture between Bain and Company South Africa and Abacus Advisory has been appointed the “professional service provider(s) for developing the optimal group corporate structure for the realignment of the... 

Gautrain bidder to be chosen next year

By: African News Agency      30th November 2016 A contract to supply new trains to Gautrain would be awarded`to a successful bidder in November next year, Roads and Transport MEC Ismael Vadi said on Wednesday. Three bidders, Bombardier Transport (Pty) Ltd, CRRC E-Loco Supply and Egoli Rail Consortium would submit their final bidding in In May... 

Three firms shortlisted to supply 12 trains for Gautrain rail link

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2016 The Gauteng government has shortlisted three bidders to supply twelve new trains of four coaches each to the Gautrain rail link. The rail system currently operates 96 coaches, with train configurations of either four or eight coaches, depending on time-of-day demand. 

Gautrain rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th October 2016 The Gauteng government has shortlisted three bidders to supply 12 new trains of four cars each for the Gautrain. 

Gauteng govt shortlists three bidders for Gautrain rolling stock contract

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2016 The Gauteng government has shortlisted three bidders to supply twelve new trains of four coaches each to the Gautrain rail link. The rail system currently operates 96 coaches, with train configurations of either four or eight coaches, depending on time-of-day demand. 

Career day exposes high school and undergrad interest in science and technology 

     7th September 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research held its Career day last month as part of the Department of Science and Technology’s national science week, which saw significant and growing interest in science careers. Schalk Burger has the story. 

DCD opens new doors to local market

     10th August 2016 Leading seamless forged product manufacturer DCD Ringrollers is expanding into new market segments with its recent forging of a large nozzle component weighing over three tons. “With a height of 850 mm, this forging is the largest of 43 components ordered by a South African customer for a... 

Ethiopian Airlines ink deal to manufacture and supply aircraft parts

By: African News Agency      19th July 2016 Ethiopian Airlines will start aerospace manufacture in Ethiopia and supply aircraft parts to Boeing, Airbus and other aerospace companies, the airline said in statement on Monday. To that effect, Ethiopian Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Aerosud Group, a prominent... 

Waste-to-energy gasification plant project, Northern Ireland

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The project involves the turnkey delivery of a waste-to-energy gasification plant, in Belfast. 

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. 

SA Express grounding shows regulator, industry can resolve problems fast

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2016 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) believes that the swift resolution of the issues that led to the temporary grounding of South African State-owned regional airline SA Express shows that the industry and the aviation regulator can work swiftly and effectively together to deal... 

St Helena Airport development, St Helena Island

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd April 2016 The St Helena Airport has completed a successful five-day audit run. 

Welding World Award Winner

     20th April 2016 The Association of Welding Distributors announced the winners of their ‘Welding World Awards’ on Wednesday 13th April, at a gala dinner, held at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham, where Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® shared a table with some of the their UK Distributors including EWM,... 

Five-day audit test of St Helena Airport completed

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2016 The Bombardier Challenger 300 aircraft that made the inaugural flight to St Helena Airport (HLE), in the south Atlantic Ocean, returned to its Lanseria, Johannesburg, base on Friday, following a successful five-day audit run, global business aviation organisation ExecuJet Africa said. The... 

Riyadh metro project, Saudi Arabia

By: Sheila Barradas     25th March 2016 The project involves the construction of the world's largest subway. 

Barcelona suburban network signalling project, Spain

By: Sheila Barradas     4th March 2016 The project involves the provision of signalling systems for a 56-km-long suburban line. 

Bombardier, ABB sign $50m contract

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st March 2016 Bombardier Transportation has contracted power and automation technology group ABB to supply traction transformers and associated products for 240 freight locomotives, assisting in the formation of the backbone of South Africa’s electric rail fleet. The $50-million order was booked in the fourth... 

TFR’s locomotives to receive advanced HVAC systems

     5th February 2016 Custom made mobile air-handling systems designer, developer and manufacturer Booyco Engineering is currently working on the manufacturing of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that will be delivered to train manufacturer Bombardier Transportation in 2018. The HVAC systems... 

Gauteng reveals potential bidders for R3.5bn Gautrain rolling stock contract 

By: Natalie Greve     26th January 2016 Pointing to a sustained increase in ridership figures that continues to place strain on the Gautrain’s limited capacity, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Dr Ismail Vadi has outlined the business case behind the decision to embark on a R3.5-billion acquisition of additional rolling stock for... 

New factory propels local-content aspect for rail industry

By: Dylan Slater     22nd January 2016 The new Isando-based factory of Canada-headquartered industrial motors manufacturer IEC Holden has invested in local content and will supply the South African rail industry with alternating-current (ac) traction motors for locomotives, of which it has built 23 and delivered 21 by the end of last... 

Gautrain capacity-expansion measures advancing

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 Several key capacity-expansion projects are under way to enhance the operational capacity of the existing Gautrain rapid rail link system, says transport provider Gautrain Management Agency (GMA). “In the short term, GMA aims to increase the parking capacity at its stations. The second step is to... 

IEC Holden

     27th November 2015 Canada-based electric motor and generator manufacturer IEC Holden has been operating in the global railway industry for 106 years, with over 60 years of experience in manufacturing traction motors for locomotives. The company serves eight of the world's largest rail original-equipment... 

Banks offer up R12bn in Transnet deal as parastatal eyes R500bn spend over coming decade  

By: Natalie Greve     23rd November 2015 Boosting the coffers earmarked for its ambitious locomotive fleet acquisition programme, State-owned logistics group Transnet has announced the successful conclusion of a R12-billion club loan with five of the country’s major financial institutions, ratifying what the parastatal described as... 

Transnet Freight Rail 1 064 locomotives acquisition programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th November 2015 The project involves the acquisition of 1 064 locomotives for Transnet Freight Rail's General Freight Business unit by 2018. 

Rail certification secures international orders

     6th November 2015 Having received its manufacturing technology EN13261 certification in July, Germiston-based railway axle manufacturer Swasap is now able to supply to any European railway operator, and has since secured a significant order from French train company Bombardier – one of the third largest... 

Canada’s export credit agency sets up Africa-focused Joburg office

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2015 Canada’s official trade finance agency, Export Development Canada (EDC), has formally established permanent offices in Johannesburg, from where it aims to facilitate $10-billion-worth of business between sub-Saharan African and Canadian companies over the coming five years. The export credit... 

Parliamentary Committee encouraged by SA Express turnaround strategy

By: Keith Campbell     21st August 2015 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises has welcomed the turnaround strategy of State-owned regional carrier South African Express (SAX). This was reported in a media statement issued by the Committee, following a briefing it received from the airline on its financial and... 

SA Express turnaround strategy well received by Parliamentary committee

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2015 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises has welcomed the turnaround strategy of State-owned regional carrier South African Express (SAX). This was reported in a media statement issued on Wednesday and which followed a briefing of the Committee by the airline on its financial and... 

Gautrain rapid rail link, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     31st July 2015 A request for proposals will be released in September for the procurement of 12 additional train sets for the Gautrain rapid-rail operation. 

Mandela Bay’s aerospace ‘sky economy’ closer to take-off

     27th July 2015 Investment intent by international investor and national memorandum of understanding paving the way for Coega Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Cluster  THE Eastern Cape’s aerospace industry in Nelson Mandela Bay is taking off thanks to several new developments. The project received an... 

Tender soon for 12 more Gautrain train sets while expansion study advances 

By: Terence Creamer     17th July 2015 A request for proposals (RFP) will be released in September for the procurement of 12 additional train sets for the Gautrain rapid-rail operation, which is currently facing peak-period capacity constraints. The aim is to have the first new trains – which would be compatible with the network, but... 

Gautrain rapid rail link, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th July 2015 The legal process involving the delay and disruption claim, which the Bombela consortium filed against the Gauteng provincial government, is progressing. 

Transnet secures R2.8bn loan from KfW

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd June 2015 Freight logistics group Transnet has secured a R2.8-billion loan from Germany’s KfW Development Bank to fund part of its 1064 locomotives acquisition programme. Transnet would use the proceeds to fund the acquisition of 240 electric locomotives to be built in cooperation with Bombardier... 

Local foundry benefits from State rail expansion

By: Dylan Slater     10th April 2015 State-owned rail utility the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) rail expansion and renewal project is prompting much-needed large-scale orders for the casting industry, which is encouraging Bronkhorstspruit-based specialist foundry Steloy Castings to invest in new equipment... 

CemAir opens new Bloemfontein route, bolsters business travel portfolio

By: Schalk Burger     20th March 2015 Privately owned air carrier CemAir has opened a twice-daily flight from OR Tambo International Airport, in Gauteng, to Bloemfontein, in the Free State, to meet demands of business travellers, says CemAir CEO Miles van der Molen. The company already runs a daily route (excluding weekends) to... 

R13bn in US, Canadian development-finance support for SA locomotives purchase  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd March 2015 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet confirmed on Monday that it had received the backing of leading American and Canadian development funding agencies for its purchase of more than 500 diesel and electric locomotives from General Electric and Bombardier Transportation respectively. The... 

The worldwide push for aviation biofuels

By: Keith Campbell     16th January 2015 On October 19, 2004, the world’s first exclusively biofuel powered production aircraft received its certification, allowing it to be flown operationally. That aircraft was (and is) the Neiva (now Embraer) EMB-202A Ipanema crop duster. This is the most recent version of a design that first flew in... 

Gautrain rapid rail link, South Africa

     16th January 2015 No specific method, timeline or costs have been finalised yet to remedy the water ingress, excessive to contractual specifications, into the Gautrain tunnel. 

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