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Call for expressions of interest for S Africa’s gas-to-power plan

     22nd July 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) announced, early in May, a call for expressions of interest (EoI) for the appointment of strategic partners to assist State-owned companies (SoCs) in the development of a 600 MW gas-fired power plant, says international law firm White & Case.  

Dedicated truck highway could improve logistics services

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 A truck rapid transit (TRT) system, with dedicated road infrastructure similar to that provided for the bus rapid transport system being rolled out in many South African cities, could provide the impetus to improve the country’s anaemic economic growth. During petrochemicals group Shell’s Rimula... 

Eastern Cape gas-to-power hub plans on track

     22nd July 2016 The Eastern Cape’s plan to host a gas-to-power hub is well advanced with the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) now clearly the province's preferred location for the development says Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC Sakhumzi Somyo.  

Tambo-Springs inland port project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd July 2016 Tambo-Springs is one of three megaterminals being proposed for Gauteng over the next 20 years. 

Public or Private – best practice is what matters

     20th July 2016 The understanding of the term supply chain management differs between the public and private sectors.  However, whatever supply chain professionals do and wherever they are, they should be putting the customer at the centre. This is according to contributions at the recent SAPICS conference for... 

Tug building project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The latest of the Transnet National Ports Authority’s nine new tugboats will set sail from the Durban premises of contractor Southern African Shipyards this month. 

Future of Shosholoza Meyl

     14th July 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) knew how costly the long distance Shosholoza Meyl service were and that it needed funding when it was moved from Transnet to the railway operator in 2005. “Up to now Government has repeatedly stated that it will ensure that there is sufficient funding for... 

New rail loop adds coal export capacity for Waterberg mines

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2016 The capacity of South Africa’s coal export corridor to transport material mined in the Limpopo province’s Waterberg coalfields has been increased with the completion of a new 1.8 km passing loop at Matlabas, Transnet reports. The loop, which enables 100-wagon trains to cross without disrupting... 

Second of nine new TNPA tugs to set sail

By: Anine Kilian     8th July 2016 The latest of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) nine new, powerful tugboats will set sail from the Durban premises of contractor Southern African Shipyards this month, destined for its new home at the Port Elizabeth port. The tug was ceremonially launched as Qunu in May alongside a... 

Tambo-Springs inland port project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th July 2016 A briefing session has been held for potential bidders of the proposed inland Tambo Springs container terminal. 

Second of Nine New TNPA Tugs Sets Sail

     7th July 2016 The latest of Transnet National Ports Authority’s nine new, powerful tugboats set sail from the Durban premises of contractor, Southern African Shipyards, on Thursday, 7 July, destined for its new home at the Port of Port Elizabeth. The tug was ceremonially launched as QUNU in May alongside a... 

South Africa's competition watchdog probes Transnet over pricing

By: Reuters     7th July 2016 South Africa's Competition Commission said on Thursday it was investigating State-owned logistics company Transnet for excessive pricing and giving preferential treatment to some consumers at its ports. "The Commission's investigation emanates from information indicating that the South African... 

Corporates urged to support youth development through football programme 

     7th July 2016 The South African Football Association’s Development Agency is urging corporate companies to partner and invest in its football-based Safe-Hub programme, which aims to encourage youth to engage in life skills programmes through the use of football. Creamer Media was invited to the site of the... 

Transnet announces two business development appointments

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2016 As parastatal Transnet intensifies efforts to diversify sources of revenue, boost performance and enhance customer satisfaction, two new appointments have been made in its business development unit. Effective August 1, Gert de Beer will take up the position of chief business development officer,... 

Resources Watch  

     6th July 2016 This week: Substantive mineral law issues still far from resolved And, Transnet pares back capex as commodity slump impacts demand 

Tambo-Springs container terminal briefing moves ahead as Transnet offers zoning assurances

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2016 A briefing session will be held this week for potential bidders for a proposed inland Tambo Springs container terminal, earmarked for development as a public-private partnership (PPP) in eastern Gauteng. State-owned freight logistics group Transnet issued a request for proposals (RFP) in June,... 

Cities are ‘future hope’ for construction, infrastructure project spend

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st July 2016 The most significant new space and area of “future hope” for construction and infrastructure projects, not just in South Africa, but Africa more broadly, will be cities, provided that local government can focus on effective infrastructure delivery procurement processes, says professional services... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st July 2016 Having postponed any immediate development of the Durban Dig-Out Port, Transnet National Ports Authority is progressing with two more modest projects to expand the container capacity at the Port of Durban. 

East London harbour reports vehicle export record for April

By: Irma Venter     1st July 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, Transnet explore use of digital technologies to boost locomotive performance

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2016 Technology multinational GE reports that it is working with South Africa’s Transnet on ways to integrate its digital solutions into the locomotives it has already supplied, and is in the process of supplying, to the State-owned freight logistics group. The two companies are using GE’s newly... 

Transnet pares back its capital investment plan 

     30th June 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Transnet’s slowing capital investment and the impact of this on the economy. 

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions  

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet is optimistic of receiving positive responses to a tender for the development of an offshore supply base (OSSB) for the oil and gas industry in Saldanha Bay, reporting that around 120 people attended a tender site briefing this week. A request for proposals (RFP)... 

TFR to begin 14-day coal-line shutdown on July 11

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th June 2016 State-owned railways utility Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) announced on Wednesday that it would begin a 14-day total shutdown of the coal export line on July 11. The yearly maintenance shutdown would continue until July 24. On average, 230 000 t/day is railed down the corridor, which links the... 

Waterberg rail supply disappoints Exxaro

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2016 Rail supply in the Waterberg region since the beginning of the year has been disappointing, Exxaro Resources said on Tuesday. The JSE-listed company reported receiving only 3.5 trains a week from Transnet Freight Rail instead of the required five, a situation likely to persist until the... 

TNPA to add container capacity at Durban harbour as it puts dig-out port on hold 

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2016 Having pulled back from any immediate development of the so-called Durban Dig-Out Port (DDOP), Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is moving ahead with two more modest projects to expand the container capacity at the Port of Durban. Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama has indicated that the DDOP is... 

Transnet Engineering hands over passenger coaches to Botswana Railways

By: Samantha Herbst     27th June 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned freight logistics group Transnet on Monday released the last batch of passenger coaches to Botswana Railways at a handing-over ceremony in Salt River, Cape Town. This followed the initial staggered delivery of 22 coaches to the Botswana utility this year, which... 

Transnet pares back capex as commodity slump impacts demand 

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has pared back its 2016/17 capital expenditure (capex) plan in line with its strategy of “validating” demand ahead of moving ahead with major investments. The rail, ports and pipelines utility expects to invest around R22.8-billion during the 2017... 

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... 

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