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Bolt welcomes inclusion of e-hailing drivers under Taxi Relief Fund

By: Irma Venter     Updated 7 hours ago Bolt, the mobility service that currently connects more than 25 000 drivers with passengers across South Africa, says it welcomes the launch of government's Covid-19 Taxi Relief Fund (TRF).  The fund offers a once-off payment for qualifying drivers that experienced loss of income during the... 

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

By: Donna Slater     Updated 7 hours ago 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

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

By: Irma Venter     27th January 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.  

Image of the Port of Maputo
The port of Maputo

Online tyre retailer launched in South Africa

By: Darren Parker     26th January 2022 Multinational online tyre retailer Blackcircles has launched its service in South Africa. Following a soft launch in December, the company kicked off full promotion in early January. The company was originally founded in 2001 by UK entrepreneur Michael Welch. It was later acquired by tyre... 

A photo of Blackcircles GM Devlin Moodley
Blackcircles GM Devlin Moodley

International airline body calls for countries to more rapidly lift travel restrictions

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th January 2022 The representative body of the global airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has called on governments to more rapidly ease the restrictions they imposed on travel, to try and counter the Covid-19 pandemic. This was because the disease was moving from pandemic to... 

Iata reports world air passenger traffic last year improved in comparison to 2020

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2022 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) – the representative body of the global airline industry – has reported that air passenger traffic for the whole of last year, while still significantly down on the figure for 2019 (the last full year before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic)... 

Air cargo records strong year with December performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th January 2022 The International Air Transport Association’s (Iata’s) data for global air freight markets shows that full-year demand for air cargo increased by 6.9% in 2021, compared with 2019 (pre-Covid-19 levels) and 18.7% compared with 2020 following a strong performance in December 2021. This was the... 

Pick n Pay rolls out licence renewal service to more stores, at lower cost

By: Darren Parker     25th January 2022 Retailer Pick n Pay launched its new vehicle licence disc renewal service nationally on January 25. Customers can now renew their vehicle licence discs in more than 500 Pick n Pay stores across South Africa for R250 – which excludes the added courier fee of R99.99 for delivery to customers. 

A photo of a red car and a licence disc
Licence renewals can now be done at Pick n Pay

PRASA reiterates commitment to improving service reliability

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th January 2022 State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has issued a statement clarifying a number of issues raised in an article published in the Sunday Times on January 23. PRASA stated that, with regard to the issue of the leasing of the diesel locomotives for the long-distance train... 

Logistics companies ally to enlarge African healthcare network

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2022 Logistics companies Imperial and UbiPharm have joined forces to create an expansive healthcare distribution network across Africa. This strategic alliance is aimed at providing complementary continental route-to-market solutions to healthcare principals and clients, enabling both companies to... 

Metrorail closes one line between Soshanguve, Mabopane stations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th January 2022 Passenger rail service operator Metrorail has closed one line between the Soshanguve and Mabopane stations following a technical fault and train incident. A train en route to Mabopane station experienced a technical fault outside Soshanguve station on January 24 at about 05:30. 

Seychelles’ flag carrier to increase number of flights to and from Johannesburg

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st January 2022 Air Seychelles announced on Friday that it was going to increase the number of its flights between its home base at Seychelles International Airport at the country’s capital of Mahé, and Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, starting early next month. With effect from February 3, the... 

Africa needs to beef up and integrate infrastructure for AfCFTA to have desired impact

By: Donna Slater     21st January 2022 African nations need to establish and/or reinforce their infrastructure to meet the looming implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), a panel of speakers participating in the UK-Africa Investment Conference, on January 20, have said. “For the African free trade area... 

French energy group joins UAE green hydrogen aviation fuel project

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st January 2022 French global major energy group TotalEnergies has joined United Arab Emirates (UAE) sustainable and clean energy company Masdar and Germany’s Siemens Energy, in a project to use green hydrogen to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The three groups signed the collaboration agreement on the... 

South African tourism scuppered by extreme licensing delays

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 The South African Tourism Services Association (Satsa) has sent a letter of demand to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula calling for urgent action to resolve the “unlawful” delays in issuing National Public Transport Regulator (NPTR) licences, as it was hampering wheels businesses in the tourism... 

A photo of Satsa CEO David Frost
Satsa CEO David Frost

Condra to supply six cranes to local mine

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 Crane and hoist manufacturer Condra Cranes will supply six cranes, a portal and five double-girder overhead cranes, to a local mine. Four of these cranes are identical 10 t overhead machines with spans of 6.5 m, with two already delivered. 


The 10 t double-girder overhead portal crane with a span of 6.5 m
10 T OVERHEAD CRANE The 10 t double-girder overhead portal crane with a span of 6.5 m

CSIR, DSI and NRF establish smart mobility research chair 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have jointly established a research chair in smart mobility, the first of its kind in South Africa.  Professor Marianne Vanderschuren, an expert in... 

Image of the CSIR logo

African carrier has world’s youngest airliner fleet

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th January 2022 International airline intelligence, data and news company ch-aviation has announced that Uganda Airlines has been identified as the operator of the youngest airliner fleet in the world, for the second year in succession. The African carrier’s fleet has an average age of just 1.95 years. “The... 

Busa asks Mbalula to review regulations preventing road transport of high-cube containers

By: Donna Slater     20th January 2022 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) is requesting Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to urgently review applicable regulations that make it illegal to transport high-cube shipping containers on South African roads. High-cube containers are the same length (12.19 m) and width (2.44 m) as a standard... 

Rain blamed for Phelophepa II Healthcare Train derailment

By: Darren Parker     20th January 2022 Seven coaches of the Phelophepa II Healthcare Train derailed near Adelaide, in the Eastern Cape, at about 18:05 on January 19. State-owned rail operator Transnet’s corporate social investment arm Transnet Foundation health portfolio senior manager Shamona Kandia tells Engineering News that the... 

A photo of one of the Phelophepa Healthcare Trains
The Phelophepa Healthcare Trains provide health services across South Africa

DoT, PRASA rehabilitating, reopening Mabopane rail commuter line

By: Schalk Burger     19th January 2022 The Department of Transport (DoT) and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) are making progress with the R1.4-billion programme to upgrade infrastructure and implement refurbishments to reopen the Mabopane Corridor, with Pienaarspoort to Pretoria and Mabopane to Pretoria services... 

Iata reports that last year’s third quarter saw easing financial pressures on airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th January 2022 Pressure on the operating profitability of the world’s airlines lessened during the third quarter of last year (Q3 2021), the International Air Transport Association (Iata) reported in its latest Airlines Financial Monitor. However, jet fuel prices increased. The improvement in operating... 

KZN has masterplan to drive developments around the Mkhuze Airport

By: Yvonne Silaule     19th January 2022 KwaZulu-Natal has a masterplan in place to drive developments around the Mkhuze Airport, which is undergoing a R72-million upgrade. During a visit to the airport this week, Premier Sihle Zikalala said that masterplan was expected to attract critical infrastructure investment in mixed-use... 

Mbalula hopes to launch digital driving licence renewal system in February

By: News24Wire      19th January 2022 The government says it intends to fix the controversial and unreliable driver's licence system by going digital. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has assured motorists that his department will soon launch a new digital licence renewal system. The department faces a huge backlog of drivers... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Fortress REIT acquires third logistics asset in Poland

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2022 JSE-listed Fortress REIT has acquired its third logistics asset, MDC2 Park Łódź South, located south of Łódź in central Poland. Driven by the demand to supply high-growth western European economies, the first two signature acquisitions in Poland were made in 2020 to deepen and extend the... 

An artist's rendering of Fortress REIT's logistics asset, MDC2 Park Łódź South
Fortress MDC2 Park

Richards Bay Bulk Terminal receives new multi-purpose ship loader

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2022 The Richards Bay Bulk Terminal has taken delivery of a new multi-purpose ship loader as part of its capacity creation initiatives. This investment of over R124-million is expected to contribute to improved loading rates at the terminal, as well as to aid in the handling of increased volume... 

An image of Richards Bay Bulk Terminal's new multi-purpose ship loader
New ship loader

Shipping companies had a $150bn year, economists warn they’re also stoking inflation

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2022 Ocean shipping rates are expected to stay elevated well into 2022, setting up another year of booming profits for global cargo carriers – and leaving smaller companies and their customers from Spain to Sri Lanka paying more for just about everything. The spot rate for a 40-foot container to the... 

Comair leveraging Google Cloud to provide seamless travel experiences in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2022 Cloud technology and services provider Google Cloud and sub-Saharan African airline Comair are collaborating to accelerate the aviation group’s digital transformation plans in line with its mission to deliver seamless travel experiences for customers and help the travel industry regain momentum.... 

Road rehabilitation between Kameeldrift, Ga-Rankuwa to start this week

By: Schalk Burger     17th January 2022 Road management company Bakwena N1/N4 Platinum Highway will undertake major rehabilitation of the base layers in the left-hand lane on portions of the N4 between Kameeldrift and Ga-Rankuwa Interchanges as part of its 2022 planned maintenance programme. The detailed design for this work was... 

Iata appoints Frederic Leger as commercial products services senior VP

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2022 Industry organisation the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has appointed Frederic Leger as senior VP for commercial products and services. Leger has served in the role on an interim basis since July 2021, when Iata’s commercial products and services division was created as part of... 

An image of Frederic Leger, Iata commercial products and services senior VP
Frederic Leger

PRASA has restored services in five of seven rail corridors in the Western Cape

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2022 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on January 17 said the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) had restored services in five of the seven passenger rail corridors in the Western Cape. Services had been suspended at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, in 2020, and... 

A photo of rail tracks

Cape Town sees strong recovery in air travel 

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2022 Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) welcomed 869 119 air passengers between October and December last year, representing a 58% recovery of 2019 volumes in the same period. These numbers were largely driven by domestic travellers of whom 733 207 made their way to Cape Town in the three-month... 

Image of the Cape Town airport

Transnet highlights turnaround at Richards Bay Bulk Terminal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2022 The loading rate of vessel MV Braverus at 1 205 t/h for a total of 167 341 t of magnetite, which was completed on January 14, is an early indicator of recovery at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) highlights in a statement. It notes that this performance comes just a... 

An image showing the MV Braverus loading magnetite at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal
MV Braverus loading magnetite at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal

Tanzania, Burundi sign $900m railway deal to boost trade

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2022 Tanzania and Burundi have signed an agreement to build a $900-million railway that will connect the neighbouring East African nations. The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding to construct a 282 km line from the western Tanzanian town of Uvinza to Burundi’s capital Gitega. Finance and... 

Record ships sailed Suez Canal in 2021 despite Ever Given saga

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2022 More ships traversed the Suez Canal in 2021 than ever before despite its temporary blocking by a 400-meter-long vessel and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Volumes are expected to continue to rise this year and again after a project to expand the waterway is completed, said the Suez Canal... 

RFA studying AARTO judgment, says amendments not focused on changing driver behaviour

By: Schalk Burger     14th January 2022 Industry association the Road Freight Association (RFA) says the North Gauteng High Court's judgment that the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Act (Act 4 of 2019) is unconstitutional is unsurprising because there had been many significant changes made to the... 

Toxic fumes ship will be dumping chemicals off St Helena Bay until March - maritime authority

By: News24Wire      13th January 2022 Around 1 500 tonnes of chemicals on the NS Qingdao bulk carrier were being dumped into the sea about 250km off St Helena Bay in an operation expected to end in March, the SA Maritime Authority (Samsa) said on Thursday. In October 2021, the ship was evacuated from the Port of Durban to St Helena... 

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