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An image showing the Newlyn Group unveileng the Newlyn PX Bayhead rail terminal
Newlyn launches R3.4bn multimodal rail terminal at Durban port
5th April 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Port logistics company the Newlyn Group on April 4 unveiled the Newlyn PX Bayhead rail terminal, strategically located next to the Port of Durban, aimed at opening intra-Africa and local trade and... 


gas pipes leading to gas terminal
Role of gas in SA’s future energy mix under intense scrutiny
5th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

Given South Africa’s ongoing energy crisis, there remains much debate around whether gas should be included in the future energy mix and, if so, how much. Advocates argue that the fossil fuel is a... 


TPT outlines actions to support 15% growth in citrus exports during 2024 season
TPT outlines actions to support 15% growth in citrus exports during 2024 season
4th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) reports that it has recruited 200 additional cargo coordinators and has set up dedicated lanes for refrigerated containers at all KwaZulu-Natal container terminals in... 


At the ceremony confirming the selection of a preferred bidder for the Port of East London water desalination project are (from left): Norland Construction’s Jarl Heurlin, Impact Water Solutions’ Patrice Boyer, TNPA acting CEO Phyllis Difeto and Port of East London manager Sphiwe Mthembu
TNPA moves ahead with R60m seawater desalination project at Port of East London
3rd April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has awarded a R60-million contract for the construction of a water desalination plant at the Port of East London, the country’s... 


Ctrack transport, freight index shows deterioration in all but one of six sectors tracked
29th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

After increasing somewhat in December, the Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (TFI) declined notably in January to a level of 119.3 – a drop of 2.1%, compared with December’s 121.9. The extent of... 


New haulers in use at the Durban Container Terminal
Durban Container Terminal receives ten haulers before citrus season start
28th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Durban Container Terminal (DCT) has received the first ten of 45 fully-assembled haulers ahead of the start of South Africa’s citrus season next month. Haulers move containers from the stack to... 


Rail, ports reforms gaining traction
Rail, ports reforms gaining traction
28th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the key reforms being pursued across the rail and ports sectors; the recent publication of a rail network statement and the subsequent concerns... 


An image showing new equipment at the Richards Bay Multipurpose Terminal
Richards Bay Multipurpose Terminal takes delivery of cargo handling equipment
26th March 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The Richards Bay Multipurpose Terminal (MPT) has taken delivery of new cargo handling equipment, aiding the loading of export coal, magnetite, chrome and pig iron aboard calling Cape-sized vessels.... 


Grindrod to spend big at Maputo’s Matola drybulk terminal to grow capacity
22nd March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Ports and logistics group Grindrod is set to invest big in its Matola drybulk terminal in Mozambique. Announcing Grindrod’s financial results for the year ended December 31 earlier this month, CEO... 


TNPA boosts energy hub status in the Port of Richards Bay
20th March 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

State-owned Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) Port of Richards Bay is set to become a key hub for energy trade through the provision of bulk infrastructure to two sites located at the... 


Port of Durban
TNPA seeks to unlock land value through big leasing offer across seven ports
14th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

South Africa’s State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has released tenders for nearly 100 leasing opportunities across seven of its sea ports in line with a real estate strategy that... 


Containers on a ship at sea
Inept African ports miss chance as Red Sea attacks reroute ships
14th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

Africa’s inefficient and aging ports are hampering the continent’s chances of capitalizing on a surge in ship traffic that’s avoiding attacks by Houthi rebels through the Red Sea, logistics experts... 


Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago
South Africa should get off global regulator's 'grey list' in 2025, says Kganyago
13th March 2024 By: Reuters

South Africa's central bank governor said on Wednesday that he was confident the country would be removed from an international financial crime watchdog's "grey list" next year, given the work that... 


Broad-based weakness evident in the logistics sector – Ctrack index
Broad-based weakness evident in the logistics sector – Ctrack index
12th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

After increasing somewhat in December, the Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (TFI) declined notably in January to a level of 119.3 – a drop of 2.1% compared with December’s 121.9. The extent of... 


TNPA invests in road rehabilitation project at Port of Durban
11th March 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

The intensified pressure posed by an influx of trucks on the Port of Durban’s road infrastructure has prompted State-owned utility Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) to invest R233-million on... 


Locomotives used by Transnet Freight Rail
GDP figures cap decade of negative GDP per capita growth – BLSA
11th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

While the gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the fourth quarter of 2023 was 0.1%, growth was negative in terms of GDP per capita, given that population growth is outpacing it. "We have been... 


Business Unity South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo
Mgojo says collaborative efforts will enable Transnet to report higher volumes than initially forecast
8th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Business Unity South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo reports that the collaboration between business and government to turn around the performance of Transnet could result in the struggling... 


Photo of Terence Creamer
Business, govt meet to discuss electricity, logistics reforms
8th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest meeting held between senior business leaders and President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Cabinet; the feedback provided on efforts to tackle... 


Ctrack index points to another year of ‘fairly subdued’ transport-sector growth
8th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

The Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) forecasts “another year of fairly subdued growth for the transport sector”. This is based on the assumption of mediocre economic growth in South... 


Grindrod to spend big at Matola terminal as MPDC grows Maputo capacity
Grindrod to spend big at Matola terminal as MPDC grows Maputo capacity
7th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Ports and logistics group Grindrod is set to invest big in its Matola drybulk terminal in Mozambique. Announcing Grindrod’s financial results for the year ended December 31 on Thursday, CEO Xolani... 


Port of Durban
TNPA to appoint developer soon for common-user infrastructure required for LNG terminal
4th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) expects to appoint a developer within months for the common-user infrastructure required to support the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG)... 


A container ship travelling through the Suez Canal in Egypt
Egypt studies plan to expand Suez Canal to speed up transit time
4th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

Egypt is carrying out a feasibility study on further expanding the Suez Canal in a push to speed up transit times and avert potential blockages in a waterway that carries 12% of global maritime... 


National Treasury director-general Dr Duncan Pieterse
PPP reforms could avert need for prescribed-assets policy to increase private infrastructure investment – Pieterse
1st March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

National Treasury director-general Dr Duncan Pieterse says the reforms being proposed to facilitate greater private sector investment into infrastructure could obviate the need to introduce a... 


Business welcomes appointment of new Transnet leadership
Business welcomes appointment of new Transnet leadership
1st March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the business community's reaction to the appointment of permanent executive leadership at Transnet; signs that the turnaround and reforms at... 


Durban Container Terminal
Durban Container Terminal advances various operational improvement initiatives
29th February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Durban Container Terminal Pier 2 has reached stability as performance improvements gain traction, confirms Durban Terminals managing executive Earle Peters.  


TFR train
Business sees appointment of Phillips as key step in accelerating Transnet Recovery Plan
29th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Organised business says the appointment of a permanent executive team at Transnet – led by CEO Michelle Phillips, who has been acting in the role since September and who has been with the utility... 


Tugboats owned by TNPA
TNPA orders seven new tugboats to enhance operations at its commercial seaports
28th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has, as part of its marine fleet renewal programme, ordered seven tugboats in a R1-billion investment aimed at enhancing marine operations at... 


Image of the Malawian flag
Arise IIP signs deal with Malawi to build R3bn SEZ, dry port
26th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Arise Integrated Industrial Platforms (ARISE IIP) has signed a development agreement with the government of Malawi for the construction of a R3-billion special economic zone (SEZ) and dry port in... 


BLSA CEO Busisiwe Mavuso
‘Deep’ reforms, Transnet appointments key to dealing with South Africa’s logistics crisis – BLSA
26th February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

With commodity prices declining and mining companies being unable to get output to their markets owing to issues with the rail and port services that State-owned utility Transnet provides, business... 


Image of the Suez Canal
Global unrest fuelling shipping costs, consumers to feel it within a year – Unctad
23rd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) estimates that transits passing through the Suez Canal have decreased by 42% compared with its peak, owing to attacks on Red Sea... 


Image of the MV Mpungu
Lake Victoria freight vessel aims to cut travel time by up to three days
22nd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

The Mpungu freight vessel has made its debut on Lake Victoria, in East Africa. The Mpungu will be Lake Victoria’s first scheduled roll-on/roll-off freight vessel, addressing the need for a reliable... 


Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane
Fiscal discipline in Budget, but 5% infrastructure expenditure increase ‘barely positive’ – Minerals Council
22nd February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana maintained focus on fiscal discipline and balancing the need to address socioeconomic challenges facing the country, industry organisation Minerals Council South... 


Locomotives owned by Transnet Freight Rail
EIB in talks with South Africa over loan for ports, freight rail
15th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

The European Investment Bank (EIB) said it’s in talks to loan South Africa money to upgrade its port and freight-rail infrastructure as its first contribution to a decarbonization pact known as the... 


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