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Ctrack Freight Transport Index growth slows

By: Irma Venter     Updated 5 hours ago The October Ctrack Freight Transport Index (CFTI) shows that the index will not boast the same growth in the fourth quarter as the record-breaking third quarter, but that some improvement is still expected. The index measures the health of South Africa’s logistics sector. 

World Net Logistics now Rhenus Logistics South Africa

By: Irma Venter     Updated 5 hours ago World Net Logistics will be known as Rhenus Logistics South Africa, as from December 1. Acquired by the Rhenus Group in 2019, the company will now operate under a new name, ushering in a new era after 18 years as an independent entity.  

World Net Logistics now Rhenus Logistics South Africa
Dirk Goedhart

Shosholoza Meyl to resume operations on major routes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th November 2020 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) long-distance train passenger service Shosholoza Meyl has resumed its major festive season travel routes, effective November 27. Passengers are able to travel from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban, Musina, Polokwane, East London, Port... 

Despite improvements, rail safety remains a concern – RSR

By: Donna Slater     27th November 2020 Despite improvements in some areas of national railway safety, statistics in the latest 'State of Railway Safety Report 2019/20', published on November 27, reveals “a grim picture of safety within the railway industry”, the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) reports. Despite an overall 24% reduction... 

Discovery prepays R100m for Comair flights to help it take off

By: News24Wire      27th November 2020 The Discovery Group has offered to prepay R100-million to Comair for future services that the airline offers to Vitality as its kulula.com flights are due to take off to the skies again from 1 December. Comair which operates kulula.com and British Airways flights in SA, was thrown a lifeline by... 

Kenya Airways has started direct fresh produce flights from Mombasa to the Middle East

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th November 2020 Kenya Airways, the country’s public private partnership national flag carrier, announced on Thursday that it was starting direct cargo flights from the country’s main port (and number two) city of Mombasa to international destinations. The airline’s freight operation is known as KQ Cargo, KQ... 

First group of Western Cape agriculture drone pilots receive their wings

By: Yvonne Silaule     27th November 2020 The first group of Western Cape Department of Agriculture drone pilots received their wings this week. The department assisted the group to successfully sit for the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) examination to obtain their remote pilot licences. Training was provided by Drone-X,... 

Local valve manufacturer first to be marine-certified

By: Darren Parker     27th November 2020 Valve manufacturer Paltechnologies (Paltech), a subsidiary of holdings company Mokoena Holdings, has become the first South African valve manufacturer to become fully certified to supply valves to the marine industry. Paltech was one of the companies to benefit from the Marine Manufacturing,... 

Local valve manufacturer first to be marine-certified
OPEN AND SHUT Paltechnologies is the first South African valves manufacturer to become marine-certified

Iata issues guidance for Covid-19 vaccine transport

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th November 2020 Against a background of pharmaceuticals companies announcing breakthroughs in the development of vaccines against the Covid-19 disease, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has issued guidance for the air cargo sector, to ensure that it was ready to handle, transport and distribute... 

Buses, trains shunned in favour of cars and taxis, Gauteng travel survey reveals

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 Low-capacity transport modes, such as minibus taxis and private cars, have become the backbone of the transport network in Gauteng province, as opposed to high-capacity modes, such as rail and buses. This is one of the main findings of the 2019/20 Gauteng Household Transport Survey (GHTS),... 

Gautrain to complete electric-bus pilot project by end-2021

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is busy with a feasibility study to investigate the possible future use of alternative drivetrains in the Gautrain bus fleet, says GMA COO Tshepo Kgobe. As part of this programme, the GMA expects to complete a pilot project, employing an electric bus, at the... 

CSIR and asphalt industry construct test road using local fillers, recycled tyres

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and private company Much Asphalt have successfully constructed a section of road using locally available micro-fillers and recycled tyres. Following more than a year of combined laboratory development and evaluation efforts by CSIR Smart... 

World airline body reveals huge scale of collapse in air connectivity owing to Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th November 2020 The International Air transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, revealed on Wednesday the dramatic collapse in worldwide air connectivity caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the attempts by governments to contain it. Iata’s Air Connectivity Index is a... 

Airline body launches carbon credit trading exchange

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th November 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, on Wednesday launched the Aviation Carbon Exchange (ACE). Developed in cooperation with Xpansiv CBL Holding Group, an Australian-US commodities trader, ACE is the first of its kind – a... 

Iata calls on governments to reopen borders and support development of sustainable flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th November 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), at its recent 76th Annual General Meeting, passed resolutions reaffirming the global airline industry’s absolute commitment to the safe and sustainable restoration of air transport connectivity, while calling on governments to help the sector... 

 Iata calls on governments to reopen borders and support development of sustainable flight
Photo by Iata
Iata director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac

Bombardier locomotives pass 10m kilometre mark on South African rail lines

By: Donna Slater     26th November 2020 Mobility technology company Bombardier Transportation reports that, as of November 26, its locomotive fleet provided to State-owned logistics company Transnet has successfully completed ten-million kilometres in service since operations began in December 2017. Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) in... 

Bombardier locomotives pass 10m kilometre mark on South African rail lines
Bombardier's Traxx Africa locomotives

Iata predicts that hard times for airlines will continue next year, except for cargo operators

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th November 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, has forecast that the sector will continue to suffer deep losses next year, although much less than the losses that will be experienced this year. The first half of next year is expected... 

Iata predicts that hard times for airlines will continue next year, except for cargo operators
Photo by Iata
Iata CEO Alexandre de Juniac

South Africa could sell shares in restructured national airline 

By: Bloomberg     25th November 2020 South Africa could offer to sell shares in the bankrupt national airline to the public as part of an ambitious new plan to revive the carrier outlined by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni. The government could bring the various parts of the South African Airways group into one company that would be... 

South Africa could sell shares in restructured national airline

RFA pleads for govt intervention amid 'war' on trucks

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th November 2020 The Road Freight Association (RFA) has expressed its dismay at government failing to act against attacks on truckers that started flaring up again earlier in November. Attacks on trucks first started becoming prevalent in March 2018, but, most recently, petrol bombs were thrown at five trucks... 

Comair to restart British Airways-branded flights in early December

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd November 2020 South African private-sector airline group Comair announced on Monday that it had resumed taking bookings for its operations under the British Airways brand. The airline operated both the Kulula low cost carrier and British Airways in South African brands before it went into voluntary business... 

Comair to restart British Airways-branded flights in early December

Brazilian aerospace group advances its electrical aircraft project with a new partnership

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd November 2020 Brazil-based major aerospace group Embraer and Portugal-based energy group EDP have signed a partnership to carry out research into electrically-powered aircraft. Through its EDP Smart division, the company, which is one of the largest private-sector players in the Brazilian energy sector, will... 

Brazilian aerospace group advances its electrical aircraft project with a new partnership
Embraer’s electric engine test bed EMB-203 Ipanema

Heavy vehicles maker begins LNG testing

20th November 2020 Heavy commercial vehicles manufacturer Volvo Trucks Southern Africa has brought in two liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks to be used for local testing. 

Heavy vehicles maker begins  LNG testing
GREEN AMBITIONS Volvo Trucks' vision is that trucks from Volvo will eventually have zero emissions, although the way of achieving that is not by one single solution

Rough road ahead for VUCA-plagued trucking industry

20th November 2020 It is going to take at least five years for South Africa’s economy to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Road Freight Association (RFA) chief executive Gavin Kelly. 

Rough road ahead  for VUCA-plagued trucking industry
DRIVING LEGITIMACY Road freight operators should transport efficiently, safely and refuse to operate in non-sustainable circumstances

Covid-19 will not affect current capex, but future projects dependent on recovery, says Trac

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic will not affect the roll-out of the current R1.6-billion worth of capital projects along the N4, says Trans African Concessions (Trac) CEO Alex van Niekerk. Trac manages the N4 Toll Route between Tshwane, Gauteng, and the Maputo port, in Mozambique. 

SAA rescue plan meant to address past sins, not lay out the airline's future - BRP 

By: News24Wire      19th November 2020 The business rescue plan for South African Airways (SAA) is not intended to formulate a strategy for the future of the airline, according to Siviwe Dongwana, one of the state-owned flag carrier's joint rescue practitioners. Formulating a strategy for a "new SAA" would be the prerogative of a new... 

Boeing 737 MAX grounding order lifted in the US

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th November 2020 The US civil aviation regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), on Wednesday rescinded its order grounding the Boeing 737 MAX single-aisle airliner. The aircraft had been grounded since March 2019, as a consequence of two fatal accidents that killed 346 people. This decision will... 

Boeing 737 MAX grounding order lifted in the US
Photo by Boeing
The Boeing 737-8 version of the 737 MAX

Green economy faces challenge to replace carbon energy sources

By: Bloomberg     19th November 2020 The march toward a greener global economy is headed into a more difficult second phase that will aim to replace carbon as an energy source, said panelists during the Bloomberg New Economy Forum. Companies including Honeywell International and Schneider Electricare offering solutions to reduce... 

Sarens Siba branches out into Brits to better serve its mining clients

By: Donna Slater     19th November 2020 Crane company Sarens Siba has opened a new mining-specific crane depot in Brits to service the needs of mines in the greater Rustenburg region. The depot will house mobile and all-terrain cranes in the 40 t to 120 t range that are in high demand by regional mines, and will mainly be used in the... 

Sarens Siba branches out into Brits to better serve its mining clients
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
A 100 t mobile crane at Sarens Siba's Brits depot

Supreme Court of Appeals rules in favour of Sanral

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th November 2020 An appeal to prevent the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) from claiming guarantees from the joint venture (JV) that stopped work on the Mtentu bridge project in 2019 has been dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA). The judgment in the matter between the JV of... 

US ends Boeing 737 MAX flight ban after crash probes

By: Reuters     18th November 2020 After nearly two years of scrutiny, corporate upheaval and a standoff with global regulators, Boeing Co won approval on Wednesday from the US Federal Aviation Administration to fly its 737 MAX jet again after two fatal disasters. The FAA detailed software upgrades and training changes Boeing must... 

US ends Boeing 737 MAX flight ban after crash probes

Renergen announces new LNG truck solution, adds another LNG supply route 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2020 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen has, in partnership with trailer manufacturer Henred Fruehauf, developed a zero-emission solution for the cold-chain logistics industry. The solution makes use of liquid natural gas (LNG), stored at ultralow temperatures in the truck’s... 

Renergen announces new LNG truck solution, adds another LNG supply route

Airlink announces route to DRC mining centre

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th November 2020 South African private-sector airline Airlink has announced that it will start operations between Johannesburg and Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo on November 30. Lubumbashi is the capital of the DRC’s mineral-rich Haut-Katanga province, the centre of its mining industry and its... 

Airlink announces route to DRC mining centre
Photo by Airlink/Mark Mansfield
One of Airlink’s flagship Embraer E190 airliners, painted in the airline’s new livery.

TFR says rail industry making progress in the fight against cable theft

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th November 2020 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) reports that more than 169 suspects were arrested between August and October for cable theft. It attributed this success to the joint efforts of TFR and other rail industry stakeholders, as well as law enforcement agencies and customers. 

Iata issues guidance for Covid-19 vaccine transport

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th November 2020 Against a background of pharmaceutical companies announcing breakthroughs in the development of vaccines against the Covid-19 disease, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has issued guidance for the air cargo sector, to ensure that it was ready to handle, transport and distribute... 

Iata issues guidance for Covid-19 vaccine transport
Photo by Iata
Iata CEO Alexandre de Juniac

FlySafair signs interline agreement with Emirates

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th November 2020 South African private sector low cost carrier FlySafair and major international airline Emirates announced on Monday that they had entered into an interline agreement. This means that people can use a single ticket to fly on both airlines, whether entering or leaving South Africa, with their... 

FlySafair signs interline agreement with Emirates

Ports survey shows uptick in delays, storage levels

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2020 The newest International Association of Ports and Harbors’ World Ports Sustainability Programme (IAPH-WPSP) Covid-19 Task Force report shows that there is an uptick in hinterland delays, as well as port storage utilisation levels for medicines, foodstuffs and consumer goods. The survey also... 

TFR engages with customers about security concerns, mitigating measures

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th November 2020 The Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) executive management, security and technology teams this week hosted a security workshop in collaboration with customers and Minerals Council South Africa to explore ways of stepping up the war against theft, vandalism and sabotage of railway infrastructure and... 

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