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Logistics News

Grindrod expects to narrow interim losses

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2017 Shipping and logistics group Grindrod expects to narrow its headline loss to between R119-million and R139-million for the six months ended June 30, a 64% to 69% improvement on the headline loss of R381-million reported for the first half of 2016. It further expects to report a loss of between... 

KAP advances acquisition strategy; reports good FY17 results

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2017 Diversified industrial group KAP Industrial Holdings’ acquisition of high-density polyethylene and polypropylene manufacturer Safripol, logistics firm Lucerne Transport and a 51.4% interest in logistics firm Xinergistix during the 2017 financial year, provides the company with further... 

Forum to address rail maintenance and rehabilitation

4th August 2017 A delegation of international rail maintenance and rehabilitation professionals, together with an “unbeatable” line-up of thought leaders in Africa’s transport sector will be in Durban, South Africa in October to address challenges faced by the rail fraternity in Africa. 

SADC needs to promote intra-bloc trade and South Africa should lead – OECD

By: Keith Campbell     4th August 2017 The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in its July 2017 survey of the South African economy, has urged South Africa to promote further economic integration within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). “SADC is already the largest export market and a major... 

Trusted-trader accreditation project aims to streamline SADC customs processes

By: Schalk Burger     4th August 2017 A project by trade organisation the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA) aims to improve regional trade and lower value-chain costs by deploying a trusted trader-accreditation system, says C-BRTA CEO Sipho Khumalo. The C-BRTA operator compliance accreditation scheme aims to incentivise... 

Trusted-trader accreditation project aims to streamline SADC  customs processes
SIPHO KHUMALO Lower-cost cross-border logistics and improved trade flow will benefit industrial and agricultural value chains

First delivery of locomotives expected in Q4

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation (BT) will hand over the first of 240 Bombardier Traxx Africa locomotives to State-owned freight utility Transnet, during the fourth quarter of this year. 

Rail is the future of Africa’s industrialisation

4th August 2017 Rail infrastructure upgrades remain a core focus of the ongoing industrialisation of Africa, where the transportation of goods and commodities is often difficult and costly, owing to underinvestment in rail infrastructure, says multinational power and engine manufacturer and distributor Cummins. 

Station’s strategic location to improve corridor capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rosmead station, in the Eastern Cape, was identified as strategic in improving operational capacity along the export corridor and forms part of Phase 1 of State-owned freight utility Transnet’s Port of Ngqura manganese export expansion project. 

Successful event to be held again next year

4th August 2017 Following the success of the Africa Rail exhibition and conference in 2017, the event will be held again on June 12 to 13 next year at the Sandton Convention Centre, in South Africa. 

New association aims to support emerging truck operators

By: Ilan Solomons     4th August 2017 The newly launched Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa) aims to assist in meaningfully transforming the local truck and freight industry, with a long-term view of ensuring work for women and black truck owners and operators. This is according to Tasa convener Mary Phadi, who was... 

New association aims to support emerging truck operators
Photo by Duane Daws
MARY PHADI Tasa aims to mitigate the plight and ‘exploitation’ of emerging cargo carriers who are at the mercy of larger players in the sector

Stuttaford Van Lines charged for collusive tendering in government furniture transportation

By: African News Agency      3rd August 2017 Furniture removal company, Stuttaford Van Lines, on Wednesday was charged with 649 counts of collusive tendering relating to hundreds of government tenders issued for furniture transportation.  The Competition Commission, which charged Stuttaford, said this included tenders issued by the... 

Local presence drives Southern Africa demand for UK firm’s IIoT solutions

By: Schalk Burger     28th July 2017 Mobile Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) service provider Eseye reports good growth in demand for its connectivity solutions in Southern Africa after it opened local offices in the region, says Eseye Southern Africa regional manager Jeremy Potgieter. The UK-based company has been providing its... 

Local presence drives Southern Africa demand for UK firm’s IIoT solutions
JEREMY POTGIETER The industrial-grade solutions enable clients to leverage commercial telecommunications networks for IIoT data connectivity

Freight of components can be tracked  

By: Victor Moolman     28th July 2017 To help control import costs and combat the volatile rand, import and working capital specialists Investec Import Solutions’ online client portal BlueLink, offers a complete end-to-end view of your entire import transaction on one platform from order placement through to delivery. 

Freight of components can be tracked
Investec Import Solutions head of corporate accounts Dr Greg Cline explains how the import industry is changing. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

New association launched to support emerging truck operators 

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 The newly launched Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa) aims to assist in meaningfully transforming the local truck and freight industry, with a long-term view of ensuring work for women and black truck owners and operators. This is according to Tasa convener Mary Phadi, who was... 

New association launched to support emerging truck operators
Photo by Duane Daws
Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa convener Mary Phadi

Nakambala sugar mill expansion project completed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 During the third quarter of 2017, project management and equipment design company Bosch Projects completed the implementation of the Nakambala Product Alignment and Refinery project in Mazabuka, Zambia. Bosch Projects sugar sector director Steven Rosettenstein, who was the project manager for the... 

Nakambala sugar mill  expansion project completed
NAKAMBALA SUGAR MILL Illovo Sugar appointed Bosch Projects as engineering, procurement and construction management consultants for the mill’s expansion

Australian products showcased at event

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Following the establishment of Australia-based industrial solutions provider HMA Group’s South African subsidiary, the company is looking forward to showcasing its diverse offering at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

Australian products showcased at event
POWER PRODUCTS Fireye’s strong footprint in the African power generation sector will be further bolstered through its partnership with the HMA Group

Labat acquires 55% stake in Kufika Transport

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2017 JSE-listed transport and logistics group Labat has acquired a 55% interest in privately owned transport and logistics company Kufika Transport. “Teaming up with Kufika will further enhance and strengthen Labat's ability to meet the challenges in respect of delivery. The last couple of months have... 

Driver report programme enhances total service offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2017 Fleet management company MiX Telematics (MiX) last month announced the relaunch of its MiX ReportMyDriving programme, previously offered by a division of MiX, Compass Fleet Management, after an incremental development period to ensure key improvements to the reports offered to clients, as well as... 

Driver report programme  enhances total service offering
MIX REPORTMYDRIVING MiX Telematics Journey Management Centre provides road users with a platform to report traffic incidents or driver offences of subscribed fleet vehicles

Increased battery efficiency for electric forklift fleets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2017 Industrial battery management system (BMS) developer Balancell has turned electric forklift batteries into smart connected devices for increased lifespan and efficiency.  

Increased battery efficiency for electric forklift fleets
TOGETHER FOR LONGER Individual cell monitoring and balancing extend the life of industrial batteries

Musina intermodal terminal expected to improve cross-border trade

By: Schalk Burger     7th July 2017 The Musina Intermodal Terminal (MIT), launched in June, 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,... 

Musina intermodal terminal expected to improve  cross-border trade
Photo by Duane Daws
SARS XRAY SCANNER A customs cargo X-ray scanner scans a truck at the Beitbridge border post

Transnet insists bond appetite remains as it again lowers capex forecast 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd July 2017 State-owned logistics group Transnet has sought to refute reports that demand for its bonds had collapsed following the recent downgrades to South Africa’s credit rating, insisting that appetite for its bonds remains strong both domestically and internationally. CFO Garry Pita said the reports... 

Transnet insists bond appetite remains as it again lowers capex forecast
Transnet CFO Garry Pita on continued appetite for the group's bonds. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 3.7.2017

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,... 

Musina Intermodal Terminal to improve cross-border trade
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is taken on a tour of the Beitbridge Border Post on Monday

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... 

Infrastructure development key to accelerating growth,  Gama avers
SIYABONGA GAMA We need to make sure that Africa’s share of global trade continues to grow

Rocket technology idea wins Global Impact Challenge Award

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th June 2017 The idea to use innovative rocket technology that uses asteroid metal as fuel to achieve industrial-scale transport of mined asteroid material has been crowned the winner of the 2017 Singularity University Global Impact Challenge (GIC) Southern Africa edition competition. The US-based Singularity... 

Rocket technology idea wins Global Impact Challenge Award
JONATHAN LUN My idea is to use . . . a vacuum arc thruster, that consumes asteroid metal as fuel to achieve industrial-scale transport of mined asteroid material

SA retail Reit to actively pursue opportunity in Spain

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th June 2017 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Vukile is actively evaluating opportunities in Spain to diversify its earnings stream and enhance its high-quality portfolio. During the company’s results presentation in Johannesburg last month, CEO Laurence Rapp noted that Vukile had a R1.5-billion... 

SA retail Reit to actively pursue opportunity in Spain
ACQUISITION ADDITION Vukile Property Fund acquired a 25% stake in the Springs Mall, in Gauteng, which opened in March

Connectivity – the next step for rail

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), it has become a necessity for commuters to be connected, and it is also essential for increased operational efficiency in railway networks. This connectivity can be achieved through WiFi networks, which are heading towards being a prominent... 

Connectivity  – the next step for rail
RIAAN GRAHAM An upcoming trend in the rail industry is cybersecurity, which is paramount when introducing a public Internet connectivity domain

Digital technology influences rail industry positively

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 Rail infrastructure in South Africa is trending towards smart digital technologies that will influence the industry positively, says consulting engineers company Aurecon. “The integrated three-dimensional (3D) designs used particularly in South Africa are being used to plan and model rail... 

Digital technology influences rail  industry positively
FRANCOIS HEYNS It is not necessarily a case of building more infrastructure, but rather improving the efficiency of existing railways

Cartrack expands subscriber base to more than 600 000

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 JSE-listed fleet management, insurance telematics and stolen vehicle recovery service provider Cartrack, has grown its subscriber base by 19%, to more than 600 000 subscribers over five continents, in the financial year ended February 28, compared with the previous financial year, says CEO Zak... 

On track for Africa Rail

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 This month, business-to-business media company Terrapinn will host the twentieth annual Africa Rail exhibition and conference at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from June 13 to 14. Africa Rail provides an interactive platform for rail industry stakeholders to share... 

On track for Africa Rail
INCLUSIVE GROWTH Africa Rail provides an interactive platform for rail industry stakeholders with the view to improve railway performance and its contribution to economic development

Heavy-haul industry urged to embrace supply-chain approach

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd June 2017 The “ultimate innovation” for the heavy haul industry is to adapt and broaden its view to encompass the entire supply chain if it is to secure a sustainable future, says State-owned railways utility Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) executive Brian Monakali.   He suggests that such a transformation is... 

Heavy-haul industry urged to embrace supply-chain approach
Photo by Duane Daws
INDUSTRY OVERHAUL Tansformation of the heavy haul industry is key in countries, such as South Africa, where a minority of the country’s rail-friendly freight is transported by rail

Cape Town to host supply chain jamboree

By: Donna Slater     2nd June 2017 Supply chain operations management association Sapics will focus on ‘Business Unusual’ for its upcoming yearly Sapics conference and exhibition for supply chain professionals, whereby delegates will be equipped to meet challenges linked to factors such as poor infrastructure and political... 

Cape Town to host supply chain jamboree
MUNGO PARK The impact of poor infrastructure, political uncertainty and a skills shortage crisis require supply chain management to be acknowledged at executive level

Olivier to retire as Grindrod CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st June 2017 Alan Olivier will retire as CEO of JSE-listed Grindrod with effect from July 31. He will remain available to Grindrod's shipping division in a consulting capacity. 

Olivier to retire as Grindrod CEO
Photo by Duane Daws
Alan Olivier

Imperial, Awethu launch Sinawe supplier development fund

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th May 2017 Logistics company Imperial, along with small- and medium-sized enterprise investment company Awethu, on Tuesday launched the Sinawe Fund, aimed at investing in suppliers to improve broad-based black-economic empowerment (BBBEE) compliance, creating shared value and new black economic entrants.... 

French logistics group aims to double SA business by 2020

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 France-based logistics company ID Logistics hopes to double the size of its business in South Africa by 2020, in terms of revenue and number of contracts and customers, says ID Logistics South Africa (SA) MD Etienne Juillard. The company opened its doors in South Africa in 2012, with a contract... 

Work-based experience for graduate interns

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 Technology ecosystem company Resolution Circle has welcomed 115 South African graduates to its graduate internship programme, which aims to develop them into high-quality, employable individuals that can excel in South Africa’s economy. Resolution Circle, an ‘idea-to-barcode’ ecosystem that... 

Work-based experience  for graduate interns
GAINING EXPERIENCE Resolution Circle’s internship will provide the 115 participants with practical skills in decision making and client services

MEC Vadi frustrated with slow pace of BRT, aerotropolis developments

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2017 Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi has expressed his concern with the slow pace of development of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in Gauteng, as well as the delay in rolling out the Aerotropolis project, in Ekurhuleni. Speaking at an Intelligent Transport Systems South Africa (ITSSA) forum in... 

MEC Vadi frustrated with slow pace of BRT, aerotropolis developments
Photo by Duane Daws
Dr Ismail Vadi

Megabridge construction on N2 highway project to start later this year 

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The construction of two megabridges, as part of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR) project, is expected to begin between August and October this year, says Sanral’s bridge network manager Edwin Kruger. “The tenders for the two bridges –... 

Megabridge construction on N2 highway project to start later this year
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