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Transport News

TPT developing Cargo Connect logistics app

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2021 State-owned Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) is developing the Cargo Connect app, which will serve as a digital marketplace for logistics services in South Africa. The app will increase the logistics’ network visibility and benefit customers and the broader supply chain. Some of the app's features... 

Durban Port's return to form vital for South African recovery, says Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      7th May 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa told the National Assembly of Parliament that government's plans to guide South Africa on the path to economic recovery will not succeed unless the Port of Durban is restored to its former glory. Ramaphosa was replying orally to questions from Members of Parliament on... 

Iata predicts lower losses but continued pain for aviation sector this year

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th May 2021 The world’s airlines will this year continue to make tens of billions of dollars of losses, and burn through an even greater amount of cash, as a result of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported. However, things will be much less bad than... 

Imperial sells South American unit

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2021 Imperial has closed a deal on the sale of its interests in its South American shipping business to Hidrovias do Brasil for up to R1.45-billion, depending on certain conditions, such as water levels. The sale comes as Imperial increases it focus on its gateway-to-Africa strategy. 

Portfolio ensures better efficiency

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Electric variable-speed drives and motors supplier ABB Motion in January released their ACS880LC liquid cooled drives portfolio that can improve overall system efficiency by reducing auxiliary power consumption by up to 10%. 

Portfolio ensures  better efficiency
LIQUID COOLED DRIVES This portfolio of liquid cooled drives technology includes a reduced footprint of up to 30%

Digitalisation key to energy efficiency

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Digitalisation is key to addressing the challenges faced in trying to implement energy efficiency initiatives for wastewater treatment plants and buildings, says South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) data and knowledge management programme project manager Teslim Mohammed... 

Digitalisation key to energy efficiency
WASTEWATER EFFICINECY SANEDI in collaboration with DMRE are working on making wastewater treatment plants more efficient

Project focuses on guidelines for SMEs

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 With the second phase of the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project ending in December this year, National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) IEE project leader Sashay Ramdharee says that, for the remainder of the year, the project will focus on developing sector-specific energy... 

Project focuses on guidelines for SMEs
SASHAY RAMDHAREE The focus of the IEE project will be on providing these guidelines for SMEs in the commercial buildings, automotive, metal casting and agricultural processing industries

New unit designed for efficiency

7th May 2021 Industrial products provider, BMG’s new NORD DuoDrive unit, an integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched NORD IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit in one compact housing, has been designed for optimum system efficiency.  

New unit designed  for efficiency
NORD DUODRIVE BMG’s new NORD DuoDrive unit - an integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched NORD IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit in one compact housing - has been designed for optimum system efficiency.

Twofold-plus growth for courier industry over past decade as e-commerce expands 

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2021 The express parcel industry has more than doubled over the last decade and is currently the fastest-growing transport sector in the country, says South African Express Parcel Association (SAEPA) CEO Garry Marshall. He says studies show that the formal industry recorded R8-billion in turnover in... 

Energy efficiency digital platform launched

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, Schneider Electric, launched its energy efficient EcoStruxure Automation Expert, its software-centric universal automation system, at the Hannover Messe 2021, which was held online last month. 

Energy efficiency digital platform launched
ECOSTUXTURE AUTOMATION EXPERT The Ecostuxture Automation Expert is the engine that drives the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and enables the all-digital, all-electric world powered by sustainable, clean and plentiful electricity

Iata welcomes G20 guidelines for restart of international tourism

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th May 2021 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) – the global representative body for the airline industry – has welcomed the agreeing, by the Tourism Ministers of the Group of 20 countries (G20), of the ‘Rome Guidelines for the Future of Tourism’. The association urged the G20 governments to... 

SKF testing autonomous electric goods transport on public roads in Sweden

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2021 Bearing and seal manufacturer SKF is testing a self-driving electric truck to transport goods on a public road between its factory and warehouse in Gothenburg, Sweden. It has partnered with Swedish transport technology company Einride. 

Indebted Eskom balks at power deal offered by Turkish generator

By: Bloomberg     6th May 2021 Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s State power utility, doesn’t want to buy electricity from the company that won most of a government emergency-power tender because it’s concerned about the cost and length of the contract, according to two people familiar with the situation. Meeting the terms of... 

Saldanha Bay IDZ announces R3.5bn Phase 1 expansion project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th May 2021 The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) is embarking on the R3.5-billion first phase of an eventual seven-phase infrastructure investment project. The first-phase 356 ha expansion is integral to national and regional infrastructure development and will also be the single largest... 

Makhubo says CoJ to focus on finances, good governance; proposes infrastructure drive 

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2021 City of Johannesburg (CoJ) executive mayor Geoff Makhubo has said the administration was focusing on responding to the worrying state of Johannesburg’s finances, the collapse of good governance and the debilitating effects of Covid-19 on the economy. "We have re-committed ourselves to creating an... 

Air cargo demand hits record high, Iata reports

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th May 2021 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) – the global representative body of the airline industry – has reported that global air cargo demand during March reached the highest level recorded since Iata started collecting such data in 1990. Demand in March was 4.4% higher than in March... 

Germany to use hydrogen fuel cell trains on reactivated historic Heidekrautbahn line

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2021 The German Federal Ministry of Transport has provided €25-million in funding for a project using green hydrogen in rail transportation in Brandenburg. The total cost of the project to connect the surrounding area with the metropolis of Berlin was €100-million, said Federal Transport Minister... 

DP World Komatipoort handles its first direct imports from Maputo

By: Schalk Burger     3rd May 2021 Trade solutions multinational DP World has completed the first transit import through the DP World Maputo port, in Mozambique, to DP World Komatipoort, in South Africa. This is a significant milestone as it demonstrates that the Maputo port can be seamlessly used as a gateway to South Africa, the... 

Airlink restarts services to game lodges

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd May 2021 South African private–sector regional airline Airlink announced on Monday that it was restarting operations linking Nelspruit’s Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) and Skukuza Airport to three safari lodge airstrips, situated at Arathusa, Londolozi and Phinda Private Game Reserve.... 

Enza Construction acquires rail rehabilitator Tractionel Enterprise

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2021 Construction company Enza Construction has completed the acquisition of Tractionel Enterprise, an electrical infrastructure construction company in South Africa. Tractionel Enterprise has since 1982 been specialising in electrical infrastructure projects, with a focus on railway and power... 

SAA exits administration after 17 months

By: Reuters     1st May 2021 South Africa's struggling national airline South African Airways (SAA) on Friday exited a local form of bankruptcy protection called business rescue after roughly 17 months. SAA was placed under administration in December 2019, and its long-standing financial woes worsened during the Covid-19... 

Govt has eight weeks to decide on powership project after it clears environmental hurdle 

By: News24Wire      30th April 2021 Karpowership, the company bidding to moor five powerships in South African harbours for 20 years, cleared another hurdle when its environmental assessors found that the projects at the ports of Saldanha Bay, Richards Bay and Ngqura could go ahead. Balito-based Triplo4, which carried out the... 

N2 Wild Coast Road project to support development along key trade corridor

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2021 The N2 Wild Coast road project will contribute to economic growth and open a trade corridor along the south-eastern coast of South Africa that will promote trade and tourism in South Africa and neighbouring countries Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho, South African National Roads Agency Limited... 

ACSA, Mango Airlines reach agreement on outstanding debt

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th April 2021 Airport management company Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) says it has lifted the suspension on Mango Airlines with immediate effect. ACSA confirmed that it had earlier on April 28 suspended Mango Airlines from using its airports owing to outstanding debt. 

N4 toll route to contribute to South Africa's economic recovery, says Mbalula 

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th April 2021 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on April 26 said the N4 toll route project, which is managed by Trans African Concessions (Trac), and which extends from the Solomon Mahlangu offramp in Tshwane, to Maputo, in Mozambique, would contribute to South Africa's economic recovery. “The N4 toll route is... 

Road construction demand to increase over next three years, says advisory firm

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2021 The South African road construction sector, which has declined in size in recent years owing to the absence of public sector spending, rising material costs and declining profit margins, is expected to see an increase in demand for contractors during the next two to three years. That increase... 

Egyptian airline receives new Airbus aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th April 2021 Egyptian low cost airline Air Cairo on Monday took delivery of its first Airbus A320neo single-aisle airliner. The aircraft was handed over at the Airbus facility in Hamburg, Germany. “The A320neo family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines, Sharklets and... 

Egyptian airline receives new Airbus aircraft
Photo by Airbus
Air Cairo receives its first A320neo in Hamburg

‘Flying taxi’ market expected to attract considerable investments in coming years

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th April 2021 Market research commissioned by electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) company Horizon Aircraft indicates that there will be rapid and considerable growth in investment in the urban air mobility (UAM) market by private equity and venture capital investors. The data was gathered by market... 

‘Flying taxi’ market expected to attract considerable investments in coming years
Photo by Horizon Aircraft
Artist’s impression of the Cavorite X5 in vertical flight mode, with its wings open to allow its lift fans to operate

BlueCape partnership to support businesses in oceans economy

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2021 Marine economy public-private partnership organisation BlueCape will support businesses in the oceans economy, remove barriers to entry and support skills development and transformation for job creation in the Cape Town V&A Waterfront, says founding director Bruce Tedder. BlueCape is a... 

NAS, Colossal Africa to acquire BidAir Services 

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2021 National Aviation Services (NAS), Colossal Africa and a consortium comprising the current BidAir Services executive management team have signed an agreement to acquire BidAir Services from the Bidvest Group.  The closing of the acquisition is subject to the fulfilment of final requirements from... 

NAS, Colossal Africa to acquire BidAir Services
Hassan El-Houry and Cingashe Motale

Karino Interchange project set to be completed in November  

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2021 The Karino Interchange in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, is well under way to be completed in November, says Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula. This interchange forms part of government’s road infrastructure projects which are delivered through the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).  

Karino Interchange project set to be completed in November 

AfriForum opposes use of facial recognition on roads owing to privacy violation and potential abuse

By: Schalk Burger     23rd April 2021 Lobby organisation AfriForum has sent a letter to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), expressing its opposition to the use of facial recognition software that it says will violate citizens' constitutional right to privacy, and which may form part of the proposed broader use... 

Transnet wage negotiations stall

By: Donna Slater     23rd April 2021 Following a second round of talks, wage negotiations between State-owned freight logistics group Transnet and its affiliated labour unions have reached a deadlock. The negotiations took place with the South African Transport and Allied Union (Satawu) and the United National Transport Union... 

Imperial enters into empowerment agreement 

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2021 Imperial has entered into an agreement with the Afropulse, Willowton and Converting Trade groups which will give them the opportunity to participate in a 25% empowerment shareholding scheme in Imperial Logistics Group South Africa (ILSA). Subsequent to the transaction, ILSA will house a... 

Imperial enters into empowerment agreement

Equipment supplied for sewage plant

23rd April 2021 Materials handling equipment specialist BLT WORLD supplies a range of Samson apron belt feeders, designed for bulk materials handling in sewage treatment plants. Samson surface feeders offer flexibility for efficient materials handling reception in diverse applications, including sewage treatment... 

Auctioneer sees increased crane demand from India

23rd April 2021 According to machinery and heavy equipment auctioneers Ritchie Bros, India is emerging as an important buyer market for used Middle Eastern mobile cranes and heavy lifting equipment. 

Load turning with maximum safety

23rd April 2021 Periodically, users of indoor cranes are faced with the complex task of not only lifting and horizontally moving heavy components such as press tools, machine beds or special containers, but turning them, too. 

Load turning with maximum safety
NEW FUNCTION Demag has introduced a load-turning function to its Universal Crane range in order to achieve maximum safety as an optional feature
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