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Formal jobs decline by 48 000 in Q1 – Stats SA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 2 hours 51 minutes ago Jobs in the formal nonagricultural sector declined by 48 000, or 0.5%, to 9.64-million in the quarter ended March 31, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) report has revealed. This was mainly driven by trade and finance and business services, which lost 32... 

SMC rolls out two new compact cylinders

     Updated 4 hours ago SMC’s latest compact cylinders, the JMGP guide cylinder and the compact JCQ Series, have been designed with weight and space savings in mind. Both help to reduce machine sizes and costs, and deliver increased efficiency due to their lightweight nature which could enhance cycle time.    SMC, the... 

Excitement palpable as SATC 2017 nears

     Updated 7 hours ago Now just two weeks away, the 36th edition of the SATC (Southern African Transport Conference), promises to delight attendees, exhibitors, speakers and students alike.   This year’s theme, ‘Southern African Solutions to Public Transport Challenges’ will no doubt provide much food for thought and... 

Volvo Trucks expands self-driving vehicle tests to sugar cane farms 

By: Irma Venter     Updated 7 hours ago Volvo Trucks is testing a self-steering truck for use in the sugar cane industry. This follows autonomous refuse collection trials in Gothenburg, Sweden, as well as self-steering vehicle tests at the Kristineberg mine, in northern Sweden.   Volvo Trucks believes its newest self-steering truck can... 

Juniors welcome WA port decisions

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th June 2017 ASX-listed juniors Atlas Iron and Mineral Resources on Tuesday welcomed the Western Australian government’s decision to keep export costs from the Utah Point Bulk Handling Facility (UPBHF) unchanged. Atlas and Mineral Resources are the only two remaining junior miners that export Pilbara product... 

Musina Intermodal Terminal to improve cross-border trade

By: Schalk Burger     26th June 2017 The Musina Intermodal Terminal (MIT), launched on Monday, is set to reduce the cost of cross-border trade, especially for bulk commodities, on the North-South trade corridor. The terminal, about 3 km outside Musina and about 13 km from the Beitbridge border post, will serve to move commodities,... 

Southern Africa’s first SDLG wheel loader continues to head operations at South African bulk terminals

     26th June 2017 The very first SDLG wheel loader, an LG958L, to be sold in southern Africa by regional dealer Babcock International, has now amassed some 5,000 operating hours in extreme conditions at South African Bulk Terminals (SABT) in Durban. Despite the workload already under its belt, the machine... 

Japanese airbag maker Takata files for bankruptcy, gets US sponsor

By: Reuters     26th June 2017 Japan's Takata Corp, the firm at the centre of the auto industry's biggest ever product recall, filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and Japan, and said it would be bought for $1.6-billion by US-based Key Safety Systems. In the biggest bankruptcy of a Japanese manufacturer, Takata faces tens... 

Workers at South Africa's Illovo sugar farms to strike over pay

By: Reuters     26th June 2017 Around 1 000 workers at sugar producer Illovo are set to go on strike over wages and other benefits after talks with employers broke down, the trade union representing the staff said on Sunday. "The Food and Allied Workers Union and employers from eight Illovo farms in Kwa-Zulu Natal province... 

Legislative framework for SOEs inadequate – Maswanganyi

By: Anine Kilian     23rd June 2017 South Africa’s transport industry is not immune to the challenges faced by State-owned enterprises (SOEs), according to Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi, who told a media briefing on Friday that the legislative framework for SOEs in South Africa was inadequate, conflicting and duplicitous.... 

Global aviation industry increasing focus on cyber threats

By: Keith Campbell     23rd June 2017 The global aviation industry is increasingly focusing on cybersecurity. “Cybersecurity … has become a  major concern,” highlighted International Air Transport Association (Iata) regional VP: Africa and the Middle East Muhammad Ali Albakri at a recent media briefing at OR Tambo International... 

WA miners facing higher port fees

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd June 2017 Western Australia’s miners will be hit with additional shipping fees of between 3c/t and 4c/t as part of the state government’s efforts to plug revenue losses. Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said on Friday that port fees for the state’s biggest companies would increase as part of the state’s... 

Africa's richest man may quit Ethiopia over mining dispute

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2017 Dangote Cement, controlled by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, said it may shut its operations in Ethiopia if authorities in the central state of Oromia don’t reverse an order to cement makers to hand over control of some parts of their businesses to local young people. Oromia state’s East... 

Djibouti commissions $590m multipurpose port

By: John Muchira     23rd June 2017 Djibouti has commissioned its $590 state-of-the-art Doraleh multipurpose port, at a time when fellow East African nations Kenya and Tanzania are investing heavily in port expansion in a bid to become the region's shipping hub. The new port, which occupies a 690 ha site, comprises 15 berths that... 

Drive supplier remains committed to continent

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive remains committed to Africa despite political and economic instability in parts of the continent, says local subsidiary SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SA). SEW Eurodrive SA MD Raymond Obermeyer says while the political upheaval and economic uncertainty... 

Haval outlines SA operating model after GWM takeover

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 Haval Motors South Africa (Haval SA) has launched its first new vehicle in the local market since the company took over from Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA). The H2 sports-utility vehicle (SUV) is set to compete with the Ford EcoSport and the Mazda CX3. 

Infrastructure development key to accelerating growth, Gama avers 

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd June 2017 Industrialisation and the provision of infrastructure will accelerate Africa’s economic growth, says State-owned logistics provider Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama. Speaking at the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Conference promotion breakfast, in Johannesburg, earlier this month, he... 

Uganda–Kenya road upgrade project.

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd June 2017 The project will upgrade the Kapchorwa–Kitale road section, which will foster regional trade and unlock the agricultural potential of the project area. 

Kenya joins Africa Finance Corporation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st June 2017 Kenya is the latest country to become a member of Pan-African multilateral development finance institution, the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC).   Kenya is the AFC’s fifteenth member and its third East African member after Rwanda and Uganda. The other members are Cabo Verde, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire,... 

Meat, petrol price increases drive up May CPI food inflation

By: African News Agency      21st June 2017 The headline Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation lifted slightly in May to 5.4 percent from 5.3 percent year-on-year in April on food and petrol prices, Statistics South Africa said on Wednesday. Figures released on Wednesday, showed that South African food and non-alcoholic beverages price... 

At Oil & Gas Africa Show, Pelican Presents for the First Time its Innovative Advanced Lighting Solutions for Safety

     21st June 2017 In its continuous commitment with innovation to enhance the safety of professionals working in high-risk environments, Pelican™ -the global leader for over 40 years in the design and manufacture of advanced portable lighting tools- presents at Oil & Gas Africa (Hall 2/Stand A6) two... 

Daimler Buses initiates 3D printing of specialised, replacement parts

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2017 German vehicle manufacturer Daimler Buses has started three-dimensional (3D) printing of small batches of parts, as well as replacement parts for the Mercedes-Benz and Setra bus brands. Daimler Buses says 3D component production is the ideal solution to enquiries, received on a daily basis, from... 

Horizonte advances feasibility study for Araguaia project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st June 2017 Nickel developer Horizonte Minerals has awarded contracts for key parts of the feasibility study at its 100%-owned Araguaia nickel project, in Brazil. The dual-listed miner has appointed Steinweg Handelsveem for material transport and logistics, SM&A Electrics for power infrastructure and power... 

Champion seals long-term rail transport pact

By: Henry Lazenby     20th June 2017 Quebec-based project reviver Champion Iron has attained another milestone in its endeavours to restart mining at the high-grade Bloom Lake iron mine, after its subsidiary Quebec Iron Ore (QIO) reached an agreement with the Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway Company (QNS&L) to transport... 

SATC a “big deal” for Transport Engineering students

     20th June 2017 The Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) bursary student, Nahungu Lionjanga, will present a paper titled, “Time-Series Analysis of Accessibility in the City of Johannesburg,” during the Urban Transport session of the SATC on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. Her paper explores the evolution of... 

Untapped drone industry holds multibillion-rand potential for economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th June 2017 South Africa’s economy is set to earn around R2-billion and gain about 3 600 formal jobs through the economic output generated by the local drone industry, Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa economist Dr Roelof Botha believes. Speaking at Drone Con, in Midrand, last week, Botha said... 

Iata forecasts strong growth in South African air traffic and cites its role in the economy

By: Keith Campbell     20th June 2017 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has forecast that the number of air passenger journeys to, from and within South Africa will more than double from the 23.6-million last year to more than 54-million by 2036. This will be the result of an average annual growth rate in the... 

Volvo Trucks, UD Trucks open R130m facility in Zambia

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2017 Volvo Group Southern Africa, in partnership with Titanium Motors, has opened a new dealer facility in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, in a R130-million investment. The dealership will provide services to Volvo Trucks and UD Trucks customers operating in the region.  “Zambia is a key African market... 

Construction starts on Graskop Gorge glass elevator

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2017 Construction has started on the Graskop Gorge elevator, with around 160 t of concrete poured on the first section of the lift base last week.    Building the viewing lift on Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route is an engineering first for South Africa and it is estimated that the tourism node will be open... 

More than 7 500 animals ready for African Animal Ark operation

By: News24Wire      20th June 2017 Trailed by great clouds of dust, a massive convoy of noisy diesel trucks rumbles out of Zimbabwe this week starting on Monday to begin one of Africa's largest-ever wildlife relocation projects. The aim is to shift more than 6 000 wild animals from Zimbabwe to neighbouring Mozambique to replenish... 

Chapman’s Peak drive closed

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2017 Chapman's Peak drive, in the Western Cape, has been closed until further notice after about 15 m3 of rock came down on the Noordhoek end, causing significant damage to two catch fences and the road surface. Geotechnical engineers have visited the site and put a remedial action plan in place.... 

Sisulu adjusts social housing programme

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2017 Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has approved adjustments made to the social housing programme. This comes after the launch of the Westgate social housing project in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal, on Monday, which was officiated by President Jacob Zuma. 

GE signs $575m agreement to supply locomotives to Egyptian National Railways

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2017 General Electric (GE) has signed a letter of intent with the Egyptian Ministry of Transportation (MoT) and Egyptian National Railways (ENR) to supply ENR with 100 GE ES30ACi Light Evolution Series Locomotives. The $575-million deal also includes technical training aimed at improving the... 

SATC a “big deal” for Transport Engineering students

     19th June 2017 The Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) bursary student, Nahungu Lionjanga, will present a paper titled, “Time-Series Analysis of Accessibility in the City of Johannesburg,” during the Urban Transport session of the SATC on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. Her paper explores the evolution of... 

Companies Tribunal to hear case on SAA chair Dudu Myeni 

By: News24Wire      19th June 2017 The Companies Tribunal is on Monday set to hold a hearing on whether Dudu Myeni acted in a delinquent manner in her capacity as director of the South African Airways (SAA) board. In March, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) and the South African Airways Pilots Association had initially... 

K+S produces first potash at $4.6bn Bethune mine ahead of schedule

By: Henry Lazenby     16th June 2017 German-held chemicals firm K+S Potash Canada has last weekend produced the first tonnes of marketable potash at its new $4.6-billion Bethune mine, in Saskatchewan. The company reached the milestone ahead of schedule, and is now focused on building up to its annual production capacity of... 

A new refinery would be a sensible move for South Africa’s future 

By: Kelvin Kemm     16th June 2017 When she prese Budget Vote in Parliament in May, the Minister of Energy; Mmamoloko Kubayi said that she intended to approach Cabinet with a proposal to build a new oil refinery in South Africa. I think that this is a good idea.  The sooner the better.  The Minister pointed out the danger of... 

Equipment supplier introduces four new welding machines

     16th June 2017 Welding equipment supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) has incorporated four new models from equipment manufacturer Miller’s range of welding machines for use in large industrial applications. 

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