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Transnet continues to boost maritime skills

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 39 minutes ago State-owned Transnet has further committed to building and strengthening the country’s oceans economy with a further intake of trainees for its maritime training academy, the Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE), in Durban. The intake of unemployed learners is part of Transnet’s market demand... 

TNPA celebrates key milestone at Maydon Wharf

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) last week celebrated a significant milestone, when the Port of Durban’s Maydon Wharf precinct serviced Bright Sky, the first vessel to use the common-user Berth 14 after its reconstruction. Forming part of a six-berth reconstruction project at the port,... 

New 'use it or lose it' land policy in pipeline – Zikalala

By: News24Wire      16th January 2017 The African National Congress's (ANC’s) provincial chair and acting KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala, used the podium at the party’s 105th anniversary celebrations to say that the issue of land would be dealt with decisively and a "use it or lose it" policy was being considered. President... 

Ramaphosa leads South African delegation to WEF

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th January 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is preparing to lead a delegation from South Africa to the World Economic Forum (WEF), in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, next week, the Presidency said on Friday. The WEF, held from January 17 to 20 and themed ‘Responsive and Responsible Leadership’, will host more... 

SA fly-farm venture secures funding for global expansion

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2017 Cape Town-based waste-to-protein producer AgriProtein says it has secured $17.5-million of further capital from its key strategic partners to fund the company’s expansion into Europe, North America and Asia.   The new investment values the fly-farming venture at more than $117-million.   The new... 

KwaZulu-Natal to get another retail, logistics park

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2017 A multimillion-rand logistics and retail park being developed by M&F Giuricich Developments and Fortress Property Fund, in KwaZulu-Natal, will be built this year. The logistics park, located between the King Shaka International Airport and Durban, will form part of the N2 Business Estate, located... 

PRASA must get house in order or face collapse – Untu 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd December 2016 The United National Transport Union (Untu) has lashed out against South African railway services, including the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and Transnet, stating that it needed to provide proper service, or face “total collapse”. The union said that a number of incidences in the... 

'We want the rand to fall so that when it rises, we will control the economy' - Maine 

By: News24Wire      22nd December 2016 African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president Collen Maine says the league wants and needs the rand to fall so that when it rises again, the country's economy will be under their control. "We want the rand to fall, we need those economic turntables. The rand will fall but when it... 

Black people still don't control the economy - Zuma

By: News24Wire      22nd December 2016 President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday said black people were still not in charge of the economy. He was speaking at the African National Congress Youth League's (ANCYL) 'Economic Freedom in Our Lifetime' lecture at Durban’s Olive Convention Centre. He told a gathering of more than 2 000 people the... 

Zuma on Nenegate 'stooges' and never saying surrender 

By: News24Wire      22nd December 2016 President Jacob Zuma relived Nenegate during a speech at the Africa National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) Economic Freedom Lecture at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban on Wednesday, saying the nation wasn't really aware of what was happening at the time. "They called it the Nene disaster.... 

Fourteen airport rail links planned in Africa, including two more in SA

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2016 There are more than 7 000 airports indexed at the International Air Transport Association (Iata), with 600 of those handling more than 1-million passengers a year. Around 150 of these 600 airports have rail access directly to the terminals, with only 23 of the 150 featuring dedicated,... 

Funding secured for metered taxi owner-driver scheme

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2016 SA Taxi has secured R300-million in funding from Futuregrowth Asset Management, which it will use to provide financing to the company’s Zebra Cabs owner-driver scheme.  SA Taxi is South Africa’s largest financier of minibus taxis. It acquired Zebra Cabs metered taxis in 2015, motivated by the... 

Efficient Engineering secures top empowerment rating as its transformation journey continues

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2016 All three business units at leading South African heavy engineering and solutions group Efficient Engineering have been verified as level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) companies under the South African government’s new codes. Verification agency BEE on Call confirmed the... 

Fourteen airport rail links planned in Africa, including two more in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2016 There are more than 7 000 airports indexed at the International Air Transport Association (Iata), with 600 of those hand- ling more than one-million passengers a year. Around 150 of these 600 airports have rail access directly to the terminals, with only 23 of the 150 featuring dedicated,... 

R150m optical fibre manufacturing facility opens in KwaZulu-Natal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th December 2016 A new R150-million optical fibre cable manufacturing and distribution facility located within the Dube TradePort special economic zone, in Durban, on Wednesday started operations, six months after construction started. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies welcomed the investment in the... 

TNPA to issue tender for berth deepening megaproject

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) multibillion-rand Main Marine Construction Works package, part of the R7-billion Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2 berths 203 to 205 reconstruction, deepening and lengthening project, will be put out to tender this month. The tender process for... 

NGOs express concern about Eskom’s involvement in nuclear build programme

By: Kim Cloete     14th December 2016 Several organisations attending public hearings in Cape Town have expressed concern about conflict of interest in Eskom’s involvement in the nuclear new build programme.  “Nuclear will not easily be accepted by the population. It is heavily contested. If you go down the nuclear path, it needs to... 

Consulting engineers ready to help with irregular expenditure fight

By: Dylan Slater     9th December 2016 Firms that are members of nonprofit organisation Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) made known at the yearly Cesa Infrastructure Indaba, that they are ready to partner with government to reduce irregular expenditure.  

Innovation earns company biofuels award

     9th December 2016 Market research company and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has awarded its 2016 Company of the Year Award to South African renewable-energy company Biogreen for its innovative performance and customer impact in the production of biodiesel from used cooking oil. Biogreen offers its suppliers and... 

South African commercial aviation sector outperforming economy, index shows

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2016 The South African commercial aviation sector “is alive and well and outperforming most other sectors of the economy by a considerable margin” reported the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) in a statement released on November 29. The release marked the publication of the... 

Volvo Trucks expands sales into rest of Southern Africa

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2016 Volvo Trucks should this year sell around 250 new trucks in Southern African markets outside South Africa, says Volvo Group Southern Africa president Torbjörn Christensson. Three years from now, in 2019, the company wants sales in these Southern African markets to grow to 1 000 trucks a year. 

Air Seychelles opens direct route to Durban

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 Air Seychelles has established a new direct route to Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal set to open on March 30, 2017. Travellers can already buy tickets with round-trip economy class fares starting from R5 000 and business class fares starting from R15 000. 

GO!Durban discusses potential of partnerships with eThekwini businesses

By: Shirley le Guern     2nd December 2016 The eThekwini municipality is rezoning the land associated with the first phase of the R22-billion GO!Durban integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN) and is actively courting private sector partnerships to develop commercial nodes around stations along the corridor. “There is still a lot... 

Durban's Hilton Hotel undergoing major refurbishment

By: Dylan Slater     2nd December 2016 Scheduled for completion in May 2017, the Hilton Hotel Durban is undergoing a refurbishment project undertaken by professional services company Turner & Townsend as project managers.  

Ford’s local unit shipping first batch of Africa-bound Everest SUVs

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 The first batch of South African-built Ford Everest vehicles destined for export markets in sub-Saharan Africa has been completed, with the first vehicle on its way to its new owner in Kenya. The moondust silver Everest 2.2 XLT 4 X 4 departed Durban on November 12, and is destined for Mombasa,... 

Freight and logistics company of the year named

     2nd December 2016 South Africa-based transport company Dachser South Africa (SA) has been named the Freight and Logistics Company of the Year at the ninth Transport Africa Awards 2016. The Transport Africa Awards are designed to recognise companies that have demonstrated an unparalleled ability to succeed and have... 

SA needs to get out of its petrochemicals cul-de-sac

     2nd December 2016 In this article, Dr Rod Crompton makes the case of more refinery capacity in South Africa, which could provide competitively priced transport fuels and feedstocks for petrochemical factories that can compete with Sasol 

BASF appoints new South Africa MD, country cluster head

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 International chemicals company BASF has appointed Benoit Fricard South Africa MD and Southern Africa country cluster head. He joined the organisation in 2002 and most recently held the position of BASF South America performance materials director. 

New approach to airport lounges will keep Standard Bank customers flying effortlessly into 2017 and beyond

     1st December 2016 Bustling day and night, South Africa’s major airports are cities in their own right.  Spread over hundreds of hectares of land, their buildings offer more than just places to wait for flights; they are ‘destinations’ where there are more restaurants than in many shopping malls, banks, shopping... 

Nedbank to build new office, retail offering in Umhlanga

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th November 2016 Nedbank has committed to investing R1-billion into a new mixed-use office and retail development in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, which is currently under construction. The Park Square development, which is located in the fast-growing Umhlanga Parkside node adjacent to CJ Saunders Park and opposite... 

Seacom’s business unit gains traction 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2016 Pan-African telecommunications firm Seacom has gained better-than-expected momentum in its quest to grow its enterprise segment, with the well received establishment of the second unit opening up the East African market. The business unit, which launched its full set of business offerings to the... 

Identify And Manage Construction Risks Early – Or Face Disastrous Consequences, JBCC Warns

     30th November 2016 Construction projects that are not properly planned at the design stage could pose a major risk to the reputation of all the parties involved, Uwe Putlitz, CEO of the Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC), has warned. Putlitz was speaking at the recent 8th Annual Construction Risk Management... 

SA Taxi secures R300m in funding to take on Uber

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2016 SA Taxi has secured R300-million in funding from Futuregrowth Asset Management, which it will use to provide financing to the company’s Zebra Cabs owner-driver scheme. SA Taxi is South Africa’s largest financier of minibus taxis. It acquired Zebra Cabs metered taxis in 2015, motivated by the need... 

Filtration group focuses on product expansion

     25th November 2016 Filtration group CLARCOR Engine Mobile Group released over 250 filtration products in the first half of this year. 

German drive engineering group to expand activities in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2016 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive is planning to expand its assembly capacity in South Africa. The company operates 15 manufacturing plants in Germany, France, Brazil, the US and China, which ship components to assembly plants in 75 countries, including South Africa. “We invest in all... 

Rail freight system will benefit economy, reduce road maintenance

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 To limit the damage to the national and provincial road networks – primarily caused by heavy-duty freight vehicles – and cut down on resulting maintenance, government should ensure that South Africa has a workable and reliable rail freight service, says auditing and consulting firm KPMG. KPMG... 

Work starts on R50bn KZN lifestyle development

By: Dylan Slater     25th November 2016 During the construction of the Sibaya Coastal Precinct – situated along the northern corridor of KwaZulu-Natal between the natural boundaries of the Ohlanga river and uMdloti river estuaries – more than 300 000 jobs are set to be created and an estimated R50-billion invested to produce the... 

Repositioned Vukile delivers on retail promise, eyes international expansion

By: Anine Kilian     24th November 2016 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Vukile has announced a 7% increase on its dividend for the six months to September 30, which is now 67.65c a share. This solid set of half-year results reflects the company’s strategic retail property focus, strong operational performance and... 

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