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Irma Venter

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‘Almost inconceivable’ cancellation of Sanral projects to lead to ‘major delays’, says Concor CEO 

20th May 2022 The cancellation of R17.47-billion in tenders by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), will lead to major delays in the execution of these projects, warns Concor CEO Lucas Tseki. The tenders that the Sanral board cancelled are the Mtentu Bridge Wild Coast project, on the N2,... 

April bakkie, truck sales slide but more cars sold year-on-year

20th May 2022 New-vehicle sales, although dented by the impact of the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal, managed to remain in positive territory in April, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. Domestic new-vehicle sales in April increased by 4.3%, to 37 107 units, compared with the same month last year. 

Intercape urges govt intervention as attacks by rogue taxi operators increase

20th May 2022 Days after long-distance coach company Intercape went public about a violent campaign waged against the industry by rogue taxi associations, three more of its buses came under attack in Gauteng. These attacks, which all happened in the last week of April, came after Intercape appealed to... 

SA vehicle, component exports rose 18.1% to R207.5bn in 2021

20th May 2022 The value of new-vehicle and automotive component exports from South Africa increased by R31.8-billion, or 18.1%, to a record R207.5-billion in 2021, up from R175.7-billion in 2020. Last year’s vehicle and automotive component exports accounted for 12.5% of total South African exports, down from... 

Lithium-ion battery assembly plant opened in Cape Town

20th May 2022 Swedish energy storage specialist Polarium has opened a lithium-ion battery assembly plant in Montague Park, Cape Town. The facility is the group’s third in the world, with the other two plants in Mexico and Vietnam. 

Decision on e-tolls ‘imminent’; scrap metal exports must be banned – Mbalula

18th May 2022 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has yet again promised that a decision on the future of e-tolls in Gauteng is imminent. Delivering his department’s budget vote on Wednesday, he noted that the matter was on Cabinet’s radar, and that a pronouncement would be made once the final decision had been... 

Sanral cancels R17.5bn in tenders, citing ‘material irregularities’

18th May 2022 The board of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has cancelled tenders to the value of R17.47-billion, citing “material irregularities”. The tenders which the Sanral board did not approve are the Mtentu Bridge Wild Coast project, on the N2, valued at R3.4-billion; the... 

Grindrod and partners create new export route for Botswana coal

18th May 2022 Grindrod’s Matola terminal at the Port of Maputo says it has welcomed its second coal train from Botswana. The terminal also managed to successfully discharge the 50 wagons using the terminal’s tipplers. The first train arrived at the port in April, marking a milestone for Grindrod’s Mozambican... 

Opening of new Cape Town call centres to boost the city’s R14bn industry

17th May 2022 The opening of new call-centre sites in Cape Town shows that the city’s business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is shining brighter than ever, says City of Cape Town Economic Growth MMC James Vos. Teleperformance’s Observatory site currently hosts 1 500 staff, servicing four clients from the... 

PRASA starts rehabilitation work on three Gauteng corridors

17th May 2022 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) says it will terminate rail services on three Gauteng corridors for the next few months to allow for the rehabilitation and restoration of the electrical cables and traction substations that were vandalised or stolen during the Covid-19 Level 5... 

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