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Big ‘focus’ on ensuring rail OEMs meet local-content commitments

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2016 A senior Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) official “promised” on Friday that the department was giving focused attention to ensuring that the local-content targets associated with Transnet’s R50-billion locomotive procurement programme were met. Chief director for industrial procurement Dr... 

Finalists Announced for 5th annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards

     24th June 2016 After receiving hundreds of entries and going through thousands of pages of nominations, motivations and verifications, the finalists for the 5th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards have been announced! Over the past four years, these awards have been identifying, recognising and celebrating... 

Conference celebrates 19 years of success

By: Victor Moolman     24th June 2016 The longest running rail conference and exhibition in Africa, Africa Rail, will mark its nineteenth year of existence, says international business to business media company Terrapinn. 

New US products showcased at Africa Rail

By: Victor Moolman     24th June 2016 New material testing equipment from US-based company MTS that can determine the strength and durability of rail infrastructure will be showcased at the Africa Rail 2016 conference and exhibition by laboratory equipment and services suppliers IMP Scientific & Precision. 

Partnership to increase infrastructure growth

     24th June 2016 Three international firms consisting of the technology developer General Electric (GE) Africa, multi-industry company Mara Group and financial institution Atlas Merchant Capital have partnered to help address infrastructure challenges in Africa through investments in equity projects such as rail... 

Transport demand underestimated

By: Victor Moolman     24th June 2016 The number of passengers that could use rail transport has been grossly underestimated, says WSP Parsons|Brinckerhoff Africa (WSP) Transportation and Infrastructure divisional director Vishaal Lutchman. 

Transnet employee falls to death while working on Mpumalanga bridge

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2016 Transnet Limited's largest division, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), has launched an investigation into the death of an employee who fell to his death while on duty on a bridge in Mpumalanga. The deceased, whose name will be released once his relatives have been informed, died at the Matsulu Rail... 

S&P affirms Transnet’s investment-grade rating

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st June 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet reported on Tuesday that S&P Global Ratings had affirmed its long-term foreign currency rating at 'BBB-' and its local currency rating at 'BBB+'. The affirmation follows S&P’s June 3 decision to affirm South Africa’s long- and short-term 'BBB-/A-3'... 

Konecranes introduces the BOXPORTER RMG

     21st June 2016 On the 14th of June at the TOC Europe exhibition in Hamburg, Germany, Konecranes introduced a new Rail Mounted Gantry crane (RMG) to the world: the BOXPORTER. This new crane offers the clearest view in intermodal container handling with its “smarter cabin”, which gives the operator superb... 

Presidency reports on progress with 9-point plan

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 The South African Government is making steady progress in the implementation of its Nine Point Plan to reignite growth and create jobs, the Presidency said on Monday. The plan, which forms part of of the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), was announced by President Jacob Zuma... 

Exports seen as key to improving prospects for SA capital equipment manufacturers

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) says domestic manufacturers of capital equipment stand a better chance of being sustainable in the country’s struggling economy by opening up export channels and liaising with foreign customers to build stronger ties in international... 

Exports seen as key to improving prospects for SA capital equipment manufacturers

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) says domestic manufacturers of capital equipment stand a better chance of being sustainable in the country’s struggling economy by opening up export channels and liaising with foreign customers to build stronger ties in international... 

Transnet, Mercedes-Benz SA set export record at East London port

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2016 Transnet and Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) in April set an export record at the East London harbour, with more than 10 000 new C-Class vehicles exported from MBSA’s Eastern Cape plant. “In April we were the highest exporter of new vehicles in South Africa, when we recorded a total of 10 674... 

GE invests R500 million to innovate in Africa for Africa

     14th June 2016 GE opens state of the art Africa Innovation Centre The centre will leverage GE’s global expertise and will be GE’s innovation and technology transfer centre of excellence in Africa The centre will  enable skills and SME development in Africa and collaboration between  GE, it’s customers and... 

TPT Richards Bay assists international vessel in avoiding disaster

By: Anine Kilian     13th June 2016 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) Richards Bay last month assisted Italian vessel MV Peppino Bottiglieri, which had caught fire and needed urgent laybye berth in Richards Bay. In a statement released on Monday, TPT said the vessel was carrying coal destined for Malaysia when the crew discovered cargo... 

Aligning welding training with international standards

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Welding industry association Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is working with government organisations, such as the South African Qualifications Authority and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, to further develop its courses so that they are aligned with local... 

Need for greater focus on local welding skills 

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 The lack of good quality artisanal skills in South Africa, specifically welding skills, calls for a bigger focus on the development of training schools, says specialised stainless steel products supplier Plasma Cut technical director Manny da Silva. 

Niche welding companies remain optimistic

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Despite a challenging start to the year for companies in the mining and engineering sectors, friction welding specialist Manapp Industries director Shannon Frost and welding and cutting solutions provider Shield Technologies CEO Wayne Holt are optimistic about their companies’ prospects. 

TFR moves record 1.05Mt of manganese in May

     8th June 2016 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) moved a record 1.05-million tons of manganese in May – a new monthly record – as a result of an improvement in operational efficiencies and an upturn in market conditions. “The record-breaking performance is due to a significant improvement in efficiencies across the... 

African Ministers, VIPs & Infrastructure Experts In Johannesburg To Push For Progress In Regional Infrastructure Projects

     7th June 2016 This week more than 50 of the continent’s infrastructure heavyweights descend on Johannesburg for the continent’s biggest annual infrastructure event that will take centre stage as Africa’s preferred destination for connecting and investing in African infrastructure projects. Africa has a long... 

South Africa to decide on future of State-owned firms by year end – Treasury DG

By: Reuters     6th June 2016 South Africa will decide by the end of this year which State-owned companies would be privatised or closed as the government cuts spending amid slow economic growth, a senior Treasury official said on Friday. Many of South Africa's 300-odd State entities are a drain on the government's purse and... 

Incentives must remain crucial part of SA’s industrial policy arsenal

By: Duane Newman     3rd June 2016 I was heartened to hear Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies confirming the importance of investment incentives when he unveiled the latest iteration of government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) earlier this month. 

TPT appoints Ngqura Container Terminal manager

     2nd June 2016 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has appointed Noxolo Thabatha terminal manager of the Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT), in the Eastern Cape. She joined TPT as planning technician at NCT in 2009 and has worked in a planning and logistics environment contributing to the performance success of the... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub 

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure is being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial energy... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure are being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial... 

Transnet launches bursary drive

By: Anine Kilian     26th May 2016 State-owned Transnet has invited eligible students to apply for 171 bursaries, as well as for a training programme for chartered accountants.   This was in line with the company’s commitment to expand and strengthen its skills base, with a particular focus on scarce skills in the engineering and... 

MPs demand to see Davies over steel price hikes

By: African News Agency      24th May 2016 Opposition MPs on Tuesday accused Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies of turning a blind eye to repeated steel price increases and demanded that he be called to explain government’s inaction. Democratic Alliance MP Dean McPherson said four steel price increases so far this year violated an... 

Transnet appoints chief information officer

     24th May 2016 Transnet has appointed Makano Mosidi chief information officer (CIO), effective June 1. Mosidi will report to group CE Siyabonga Gama in line with the group’s objective of ensuring that digitalisation is central to driving innovation efficiency and cost effectiveness across all operations. She is... 

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed that it is “concerned” about whether all four of the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that have been awarded parts of a R50-billion contract to supply 1 064 electricity and diesel locomotives to Transnet will meet the minimum... 

Transnet appoints group executive for R&D

     20th May 2016 State-owned Transnet has appointed Khomotso Phihlela group executive for research and development to spearhead and monetise the company’s intellectual property drive. The group has identified innovation as one of the key drivers of revenue and profitability, operational efficiency and a way of... 

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned Transnet has set a target of securing 40% of its revenue from third-party orders by 2021, which would represent a material increase from current levels of around 12%. The bulk of Transnet Engineering’s R10-billion in yearly revenues is currently derived from... 

Nair confirmed as TFR chief as Transnet unveils new team

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet on Wednesday unveiled its new leadership team and structure, which the State-owned company said was in line with revisions to its operating model and its aspiration to capture new market opportunities. Group CEO Siyabonga Gama, who was recently confirmed as the... 

Importance of research undervalued, impacting economic development

     17th May 2016 National research institution the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Built Environment division executive director Dr Cornelius Ruiters says countries that do not adequately invest in research, development and innovation (R&D&I) will not develop economically. 'In South... 

DTI launches Gas Industrialisation Unit

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched the Gas Industrialisation Unit (GIU), aimed at spearheading a medium to long-term gas industrialisation strategy for South Africa and the Southern Africa region.  The aim is to unlock power constraints and reduce carbon intensity, to secure... 

Ingula set for completion next month

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Mechanical engineering contracting company SA FIVE Engineering says State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme’s commissioning is set to be completed by the end of next month. “The construction of Ingula is complete and only the commissioning needs to be done. Unit 3 and Unit... 

Port authority maps out infrastructure projects

     13th May 2016 The ports industry is in a state of radical change and uncertainty, which requires flexible and adaptable port planning and design, notes Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) COO Phyllis Difeto. “The impact of the global economic downturn is a daily reminder to ports of the need to change... 

Rail sector moves to deal with ‘mismatch’ between localisation promises and delivery

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2016 The railways sector and government have agreed to the creation of a framework to improve the monitoring and implementation of localisation commitments associated with multibillion-rand investments being undertaken by both Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). Discussions... 

Tug building project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th May 2016 The Transnet National Ports Authority launched two tugboats – Qunu and Cormorant – on May 6. 

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