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Transnet regains capacity at Port of Durban in wake of cyclone Issa

By: Donna Slater     14th April 2022 Following the destruction caused by cyclone Issa earlier this week, Transnet is building capacity at its various Durban terminals that were impacted by severe weather and flooding. The severe weather conditions impacted on Transnet’s ability to conduct operations, while many employees were... 

Operations suspended at Port of Durban after heavy rains, Richards Bay operations curtailed

By: Donna Slater     12th April 2022 State-owned logistics group Transnet suspended operations across its Durban Terminals sites from 19.30 on April 11 following disruptive weather conditions in KwaZulu-Natal this week that damaged road infrastructure leading to the Port of Durban and impacting access to harbour terminals. Rail... 

Transnet prepares to resume locomotive procurement to close gap left by halted 10-64 programme 

By: Terence Creamer     11th April 2022 Transnet CEO Portia Derby has confirmed that the State freight logistics group is preparing to procure a significant number of locomotives again, after having halted purchases under the “irregular and unlawful” R50-billion ’10-64’ programme. Derby tells Engineering News that, while a settlement... 

Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Transnet CEO Portia Derby

Transnet battling on several fronts as it works to stabilise the rail network  

By: Donna Slater     8th April 2022 With plans to increase the cargo-handling capability at the Port of Durban and to ease congestion by having fewer trucks on the road near the port, Transnet needs to improve rail capacity, as well ensure the infrastructure is safe and secure. Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) container corridor... 

A locomotive
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
An electric Transnet locomotive makes its way on a rail line in the Bayhead area of Transnet Freight Rail’s Durban container complex

Supply chain bottlenecks here to stay for 2022, goods prices to rise sharply – Cargo Compass SA

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2022 Global supply chain backlogs are showing no signs of easing and are likely to worsen for the rest of the year, leading to even higher prices of consumer and commercial goods in South Africa, warns Cargo Compass South Africa (SA) CEO Sebastiano Iorio. “At the start of this year we were hopeful... 

Image of the City Deep container terminal

Damaged roads compromise billions of rands of fresh produce every year, says AgriSA  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2022 The poor state of roads in South Africa is adding to the many challenges faced by farmers and industry organisation Agri SA says deteriorating roads are costing the agricultural industry billions of rands every year. It also threatens the food security of communities and the country. 

Photo of a road in South Africa

ST Energies invests in Matola supply chain to ease energy constraints in South Africa

By: Donna Slater     1st April 2022 Energy firm ST Energies has invested into a supply and storage contract with the Matola region, in Mozambique, to embed diverse energy supply chains in South Africa, supporting existing regional supply chains to help South Africa mitigate its over-reliance on domestic demand from the Port of... 

Transnet moves to sell 16 rail slots to private operators 

By: Terence Creamer     1st April 2022 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has officially launched the much-anticipated bidding process for 16 rail slots, which will be sold to third-party operators for a period of two years on a take-or-pay basis. A bid submission date of May 31 has been set and Transnet expects to announce... 

Six slots are being sold on the container corridor from Durban to the City Deep inland terminal pictured here
Photo by Creamer Media
Six slots are being sold on the container corridor from Durban to the City Deep inland terminal pictured here

MSC buys Bollore’s African logistics unit for €5.7bn

By: Bloomberg     1st April 2022 MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co agreed to buy the African transport and logistics business of Bollore SA for €5.7-billion ($6.3-billion) including debt. Geneva-based MSC, the world’s largest container line, has had exclusivity to make a firm offer for the unit since December. The deal is expected... 

Africa feeling the brunt of supply chain disruptions amid Shanghai lockdown, Ukraine war

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st April 2022 The unexpected recent Covid-19-related lockdown in Shanghai, China, coupled with the war in Ukraine and lasting Covid-19 impacts in various other regions of the world, is exacerbating what is an already constrained and disrupted global supply chain, says pump manufacturer Grundfos Africa.... 

Grundfos Africa supply chain director Sanett Nel
Grundfos Africa supply chain director Sanett Nel

Freight-matching is the way of the future for logistics, says Empty Trips

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st March 2022 Digital logistics marketplace Empty Trips says the logistics industry is ripe for more efficient, transparent and sustainable ways of operating, as decarbonisation pressures loom and fuel prices rise. The company prides itself on being a fully digital end-to-end logistics marketplace. Its... 

Volvo truck on highway

Grindrod, Vitol to invest R1.8bn in Maputo’s Matola Terminal expansion

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2022 Freight services and banking group Grindrod will spend its share of R1.8-billion to upgrade the Matola drybulk terminal at the Port of Maputo, in Mozambique. The JSE-listed Gindrod holds a 65% share in the Matola Terminal joint venture (JV), with energy and commodities group Vitol the other... 

Drones successful in deterring railway cable theft syndicates 

By: Donna Slater     15th March 2022 Johannesburg-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator and developer UAV & Drone Solutions (UDS) proposes that government departments and State-owned entities (SOEs) use, to a far greater extent, the services it provides to curb critical infrastructure theft and vandalism. Cable theft for... 

An image of a drone and stolen cables
UAV & Drone Solutions provides eyes in the sky, day or night, to deter infrastructure criminals and identify areas of concern

Global supply chain turmoil to persist into 2023 – SAAFF

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2022 Global pandemic-induced supply chain woes are set to continue for much of the year, including elevated demand, staffing shortages and global port congestion, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) CEO Dr Juanita Maree. Indeed, moderation, or a return to normal – albeit a... 

NBCRFLI threatens to shut down road freight industry in light of attacks

By: Darren Parker     9th March 2022 The National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry (NBCRFLI) said on March 9 that “it may be necessary for the parties to council to shut down the industry for a period of time” until ongoing “senseless attacks” by members of a truck driver’s forum were stopped. “The... 

NBCRFLI national secretary Musawenkhosi Ndlovu
NBCRFLI national secretary Musawenkhosi Ndlovu

Transnet launches investigation after two container fires of same consignment

By: Donna Slater     7th March 2022 Transnet is investigating the cause of a fire that broke out in a shipping container at its Durban Container Terminal Pier 2, on the morning of March 7. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but has been contained with impacted containers being moved to an isolated stacking area so that... 

Transnet bottlenecks to hamper South Africa's export opportunities amid Russia sanctions  

By: Darren Parker     4th March 2022 The bottlenecks in South Africa’s export corridors – caused in large part by State-owned logistics company Transnet’s inability to provide sufficient capacity – will likely undermine any opportunities that could arise from commodity supply shortages and higher prices as more sanctions are... 

A Transnet train

Large-megawatt hydrogen fuel cells eyed by shipping industry in move away from fossil fuels

By: Donna Slater     4th March 2022 Decarbonising the shipping industry requires collaboration and investment in developing new fuel types and propulsion technologies, with hydrogen fuel poised to play an important role in the energy transition of this sector, reports the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC). Establishing safe... 

Grindrod, Vitol to invest R1.8bn in expanding Maputo’s Matola Terminal 

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2022 Freight services and banking group Grindrod will spend its share of R1.8-billion to upgrade the Matola drybulk terminal at the Port of Maputo. The JSE-listed Gindrod holds a 65% share in the Matola Terminal joint venture (JV), with energy and commodities group Vitol the other shareholder. 

Image of the Matola Terminal at the Port of Maputo
The Matola Terminal

Attacks against the trucking industry must stop now ­– RFA 

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2022 Renewed turmoil in the trucking industry has prompted the Road Freight Association (RFA) to again call for urgent intervention by the South Africa Police Service (SAPS). The All Truck Drivers Forum (ATDF) has called on truck drivers not to operate on Monday. 

Image of a road surface

TFR to release tender in April for take-or-pay access to container corridors 

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2022 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will release a request for proposals (RFP) on April 1 for the sale of slots to private operators on the key container corridor linking Gauteng and Durban, as well as parts of the Cape corridor. The State-owned utility tells Engineering News that it is in the process of... 

The City Deep terminal
The City Deep terminal

Competition Tribunal approves DP World's acquisition of Imperial Logistics 

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2022 The Competition Tribunal has conditionally approved the acquisition of Imperial Logistics by DP World. DP World is ultimately controlled by the Dubai government. The conglomerate has been steadily expanding into Africa over the last few years. 

Image of DP World logo

Global supply-chain turmoil to persist into 2023 – SAAFF

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2022 Global pandemic-induced supply-chain woes are set to continue for much of the year, including elevated demand, staffing shortages and global port congestion, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) CEO Dr Juanita Maree. Indeed, moderation, or a return to normal – albeit a... 

Image of the Port of Durban

Grindrod to post R871m core HEPS for 2021

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd February 2022 JSE-listed Grindrod says it handled record mineral volumes at its Port and Terminals operations, as well as performed strongly within its coastal shipping and container depot business, in 2021. The group expects to report a 460% increase in headline earnings to between R603-million and... 

Super Group profits increase on strong local vehicle sales

By: Donna Slater     22nd February 2022 Despite ongoing macroeconomic challenges and tough trading conditions in several key markets and industry sectors, supply chain and vehicle dealership company Super Group increased its revenue for the six months ended December 31 by 8.4% year-on-year to R21.64-billion. The group’s operating... 

South Africa urged to improve its ability to receive ultralarge container vessels

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2022 A new generation of ultralarge container vessels has been sailing the oceans in recent years. Container ships such as the Madrid Maersk, COSCO Shipping Universe, OOCL Hong Kong and Ever Golden can carry more than 20 000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). These vessels measure about 400 m in... 

At least R3bn needed to upgrade Transnet Freight Rail’s security infrastructure 

By: Darren Parker     16th February 2022 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will need at least R3-billion to upgrade its security infrastructure across all of its corridors, with about 80% of this to be funded through external means, TFR North Corridor managing executive Thozama Mokoena revealed to Engineering News & Mining Weekly... 

A photo of a moving Transnet train
Transnet Freight Rail has seen a 177% increase in criminal incidences over the past five years

The Brickworks to offer large-stand industrial park springboard in Durban

By: Donna Slater     15th February 2022 Property developer Investec Property, a subsidiary of Investec Bank, is redeveloping an old brick manufacturing site – the disused 157 ha Corobrik site in Durban’s northern motorway corridor – into an industrial park called The Brickworks. Primarily targeted towards logistics and distribution... 

An image of The Brickworks industrial park
The Brickworks industrial park is located between Riverhorse Valley and Umhlanga

Industrial supplier focuses on growth in port city

By: Nadine Ramdass     11th February 2022 Despite the challenging business landscape, industrial and construction equipment supplier Shumani Industrial Equipment regards Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal,  as a city with opportunities for businesses to grow. The Johannesburg-based company has enjoyed a growing market, which is expected to... 

An image of Shumani MD Victor Nemukula
VICTOR NEMUKULA Durban's abundance of human capital and big industrial equipment users makes it an ideal place to operate in

Port of Maputo achieves new handling record, new masterplan to be released

By: Irma Venter     11th February 2022 The Port of Maputo notched up a new handling record in 2021, registering 21% growth, compared with the previous year. The total volume handled in 2021 was 22.2-million tons, against the 18.3-million tons achieved in 2020. 

Barloworld reports solid performance in first-quarter trading update

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2022 Diversified industrial multinational Barloworld says it continued to deliver a solid performance in the first quarter of the current financial year, bolstered by favourable results in December, particularly in the Equipment Southern Africa and the Car Rental and Leasing businesses. The results... 

Investment needed for SADC’s rail infrastructure to compete with road transport – Derby   

By: Donna Slater     4th February 2022 Rail operators in the Southern Africa Development Community region need to jointly and urgently ramp up investments into their respective rail infrastructure to enable trains to move quicker and unhindered, both within their countries and between each other, as a measure to improve trade and... 

A photo of the speakers who participated in Creamer Media's Upgrading Infrastructure for Economic Growth webinar
Creamer Media on February 4 hosted a webinar on Upgrading Infrastructure for Economic Growth

New multipurpose forklift prioritises multipurpose handling

4th February 2022 Materials handling equipment supplier BLT WORLD’s latest addition to its Meclift variable reach trucks range, the Meclift ML1812R multipurpose forklift truck, has been designed to move safely and swiftly in confined spaces in the shipping sector, including warehouses and cargo vessels. The... 

An image of the Meclift ML1812R
SAFE AND SWIFT The Meclift ML1812R multipurpose forklift truck, with a lift height of 6 m and a lifting capacity range of 18 t, can be operated inside containers, for easy loading and unloading of goods

OneLogix records satisfactory performance in a difficult interim period

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2022 JSE-listed OneLogix Group recorded a satisfactory set of results for the six months ended November 30, 2021, despite challenges outside of management’s control, including a freak hail storm and the civil unrest in July 2021, CEO Ian Lourens says. He explains that OneLogix VDS and OneLogix... 

Part Two of Zondo report focuses on State Capture at Transnet and Denel

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st February 2022 The second part of the three-part report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, also known as the Zondo Commission, was delivered to The Presidency at the Union Buildings, on Tuesday February 1. This volume deals with evidence of State capture, corruption and... 

Secretary of the commission, Prof Itumeleng Mosala, hands over Part Two of the Zondo Commission report to DG in The Presidency, Phindile Baleni
Secretary of the commission, Prof Itumeleng Mosala, hands over Part Two of the Zondo Commission report to DG in The Presidency, Phindile Baleni

Vodacom Business and Toyota extend WiFi, telematics solution to SMEs

By: Irma Venter     28th January 2022 The Web-based tool MyToyota Fleet Lite has been added to the Toyota Connect hub as part of a tripartite agreement involving Vodacom Business, Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) and Netstar. “Keeping businesses connected is critical in today’s environment and Fleet Lite, being an innovative WiFi... 

Airbus avails previous generation Beluga’s for private oversized air cargo charter

By: Donna Slater     27th January 2022 Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is making its fleet of iconic whale-shaped Beluga Super Transporter (ST) aircraft available to private clients for abnormal air freight transportation requirements. Airbus’ five-strong BelugaST aircraft fleet, which has been the backbone of the company’s inter-site... 

An image of an Airbus BelugaST
The Airbus Beluga Super Transporter, tail number 3
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