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City reports steady progress on Selby BRT depot

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) says the Selby Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) depot is progressing towards practical completion in one of the heavier industrial nodes in the inner city. The depot will minimise traffic congestion between depots and route starting points and will also be used for... 

Blue Train resumes Joburg to Durban operations

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 The luxury Blue Train, which turns 75 this year, resumed operations between Johannesburg and Durban on October 21 with a private, overnight charter with luxury hospitality, fine cuisine, drinks and entertainment. “Our clients have continued to enjoy our scheduled journey between Pretoria and Cape... 

Aviation companies sign cooperation agreement to advance carbon-free propulsion systems

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th October 2021 Zero-carbon-emission aviation technology company ZeroAvia has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Regional Jet Aviation Group (MHIRJ) to cooperate in the development of hydrogen-electric propulsion for regional airliners. ZeroAvia specialises in developing hydrogen-electric (fuel... 

Aviation companies sign cooperation agreement to advance carbon-free propulsion systems
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Aviation companies sign cooperation agreement to advance carbon-free propulsion systems

Opinion: Breaking the stranglehold on growth and recovery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th October 2021 In this opinion article, South African National Roads Agency Limited N2 Wild Coast Road lead project manager Craig McLachlan writes about how investment in road infrastructure can support South Africa's post-Covid-19 economic recovery. 

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Food and drink will again be served on South African domestic flights – Airlink

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th October 2021 South African private sector airline Airlink announced on Monday that it would resume serving beverages and meals on its domestic flights, with effect from Wednesday (October 27). This is the result of changes to South Africa’s biosafety regulations, which have lifted the restrictions on such... 

Sanral, N3TC lost almost R100m during July unrest – Macozoma 

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and its N3 toll concessionaire (N3TC) recorded almost R100-million in losses and damage during the July civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal, and some other parts of the country, says outgoing Sanral CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma. He says Sanral suffered... 

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Africa will need just over 1 000 new airliners over next 20 years, reports Boeing

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd October 2021 US major airliner manufacturer Boeing has forecast that African airlines will need to acquire 1 030 new airliners, worth $160-billion, over the next 20 years. This prediction was contained in the company’s latest “Africa Commercial Outlook” report. Further, the associated aftermarket business,... 

Suppliers vital to supply chain

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd October 2021 The current shortages of raw materials, which are required for stainless steel fabrication, have highlighted how stainless steel raw material suppliers are vital for the company’s supply chain and economical efficiencies, says water-jet cutting service provider MAXJET director Preeshan Naidoo.... 

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ALLEVIATING CONSTRAINTS Naidoo argues that during these challenging times, companies particularly in stainless steel need to better analyse markets, trends and deliverables

Association supports resilient industry through master plan

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd October 2021 Despite the impact of Covid-19 and a weak economy, the local stainless steel sector has shown its resilience, as the South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) continues to support industry through initiatives such as the Steel Master Plan. “When the Steel Master Plan was... 

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LOCALISATION FOCUS Cocal companies have had challenges sourcing products from abroad, emphasising the need for localising the manufacturing of stainless steel products

Embraer reports that it delivered a total of 30 civilian jets during the third quarter

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st October 2021 Brazil-based global major aerospace group Embraer on Thursday released the numbers of commercial and executive (business) jets that it had delivered to customers during the third quarter of this year (3Q21) and the totals delivered during the first three quarters of this year. During 3Q21, the... 

Durban port woes amplified as global supply chain crunch intensifies 

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2021 The spot rate of booking a 40-foot container from Shanghai to Los Angeles hit $10 229 the first week of August, up 238% from the same time a year prior, according to Drewry, a maritime research consultancy. This is not a function of insufficient capacity, but rather of a severely imbalanced... 

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Denys Hobson

Rail operators note worsening struggles amid Covid-19 pandemic

By: Simone Liedtke     20th October 2021 The South African railway industry had already been embattled prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, which subsequently exacerbated the industry’s security challenges and led to an increase of 240% in security-related incidents during 2020, Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) chairperson Boy Nobunga said on... 

More collaboration needed to address ‘devastation’ of South Africa’s rail infrastructure

By: Simone Liedtke     20th October 2021 Presented against the backdrop of a world-altering pandemic, Transport Deputy Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga on October 20 said this year’s ‘State of Safety (SOS)’ report published by the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) indicated that the Covid-19 pandemic “led to major operators across the country... 

Numsa loses ConCourt bid to force Parliament to halt liquidation of SA Express, Denel

By: News24Wire      20th October 2021 In a blow for the National Metalworkers Union of South Africa (Numsa), the Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that it cannot hear the union's application seeking to have Parliament decide whether State-owned enterprises can be allowed to go insolvent.  According to the apex court, the matter... 

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Airports company reports massive impact of Covid-19 on its 2020/21 results

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2021 State-owned Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) reported on Tuesday its financial results for the 2020/21 financial year (which ended on March 31). It stated that the impact on aviation and tourism of the Covid-19 pandemic during that period had been “devastating”. The company had, for only the... 

Transnet restores some operations at Richards Bay after fire

By: Reuters     19th October 2021 South African monopoly port operator Transnet said on Monday it had restored many of its operations since a fire broke out at its Richards Bay terminal last week, but that it still needed to ensure affected areas where safe before resuming others. Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, Africa's largest coal... 

Thungela lowers production guidance owing to deteriorating rail performance  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th October 2021 JSE-listed coal exporter Thungela Resources says that, following an initial recovery in the performance of Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) subsequent to the yearly maintenance shutdown in July, rail performance has continued to deteriorate in the second half of the year. Thungela consequently... 

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Cartrack owner acquires 70.1% of Picup Technologies in R70m deal

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2021 Karooooo has acquired 70.1% of Picup Technologies (Picup) in a deal valued at R70-million.  Karooooo owns 100% of Cartrack, a mobility software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that maximises the value of automotive and workflow data by providing real-time data analytics solutions for smart... 

Logistics becoming a pertinent woe in agri sector, Ministers agree

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th October 2021 Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan have both acknowledged the challenge that logistics has become in the agricultural industry, particularly over the last year. Speaking during industry organisation Agri SA’s annual general... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Rolls-Royce, Airbus & Shell jointly seek massive increase in use of sustainable aviation fuels

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th October 2021 Aeroengine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, airframer Airbus and fuel and energy group Shell jointly announced on Thursday that they were all working to massively increase the use of 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), at an accelerated tempo, by long-haul commercial aviation. The use of SAF was... 

Transnet investigating second fire at the Port of Richards Bay

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th October 2021 State-owned Transnet is investigating a second fire incident at the Port Richards Bay after a fire broke out at one of the terminals on October 13. The cause of the fire has not yet been established and an investigation is under way. 

City of Joburg unveils Africa’s largest intermodal transport hub

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th October 2021 The City of Johannesburg on October 12 officially unveiled Africa’s largest intermodal transport hub – the Johannesburg International Transport Interchange (JITI) on the west of Park Station, in Newtown. The unveiling was led by Johannesburg mayor Mpho Moerane, who was accompanied by the... 

Iata launches new certification for the air transport of lithium batteries

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th October 2021 The global representative body for the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), on Tuesday launched a new industry certification to improve safety in the handling and transport of lithium batteries. This certification is designated the Centre of Excellence for... 

Limpopo govt opens new access road to benefit for Ga-Masemola communities

By: Yvonne Silaule     13th October 2021 Limpopo Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha this week officially launched the D4253 road in Ga-Masemola, in the Makhuduthamaga local municipality. Built by Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL), a State-owned entity under the municipal Department of Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure, the road is a 5.42 km... 

South Africa’s space and air traffic management agencies sign MoU

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2021 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and the State-owned national air traffic management company, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday. The MoU will strengthen cooperation between the two agencies, Sansa having expertise in a... 

City launches app, WhatsApp chatbot to improve pothole reporting

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2021 The City of Johannesburg, together with Discovery Insure and Dialdirect Insurance, have launched a new ‘Pothole Patrol’ app and WhatsApp-bot to fast-track the ongoing war on potholes across the city. Launched on October 12, the smart mobility initiative is set to enable the speedy reporting of... 

DP World, CDC pledge $1.7bn infrastructure spending in Africa ports deal

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2021 DP World and CDC Group have formed a partnership to develop ports in Africa and committed to spending $1.72-billion on infrastructure over the next few years. DP World, which is based in Dubai and is one of the world’s biggest port operators, will invest $1-billion in facilities including in... 

Bidding process initiated for Ngqura manganese export terminal 

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2021 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for service providers able to offer a technical solution for a proposed greenfields manganese export terminal at the deep-water Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The CDC has been appointed as the implementing agent... 

Transnet building at Port of Ngqura
Transnet building at Port of Ngqura

Sanral starts mobilising for R430m upgrade of Breidbach, Belstone interchanges

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says the R430-million upgrade of the Breidbach and Belstone interchanges in King William’s Town will create an estimated 200 job opportunities for the local community, ease mobility between East London and King William’s Town and improve... 

US-based group orders 100 business jets from Embraer

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th October 2021 Brazil-based major global aerospace group Embraer announced on Monday that it had received a further order from US-based executive aircraft and services company NetJets for up to 100 more Phenom light business jets. The deal is worth $1.2-billion and NetJets will begin to receive the new aircraft... 

CDC welcomes DHL to Coega SEZ

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2021 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has welcomed international courier and package delivery company DHL as an investor in the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in the Eastern Cape. DHL has invested in a distribution warehouse in Zone 1 of the Coega SEZ. 

Vandalism attempt causes R1m damage to rail infrastructure in Cape Town, service affected for a week

By: News24Wire      11th October 2021 Vandalism to Metrorail infrastructure in Cape Town has resulted in more than R1-million worth of damage and has shut down the False Bay section of the rail service for a week. On Sunday, Metrorail's Protection Services prevented the theft of an 11 kV line but, in the process, the suspects threw... 

Contract awarded to marine specialist

8th October 2021 Marine specialist services provider AMSOL Ghana was recently awarded a contract by Ghanaian oil and gas marketing company Ghana Oil Company (GOIL) that will further support continued indigenisation in the sector and the extension of the company’s services in marine and offshore fuel logistics and... 

Potential growth for S African shipping sector

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     8th October 2021 The harbour and offshore services industry should consider ramping up their services to ships passing the South African coast, to about 10% of the total passing traffic, where every ship serviced has a minimum spend of about $10 000, says independent tug and offshore vessel operator Offshore... 

Grindrod keen on potential private-sector participation opportunities at Transnet

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2021 A port that runs efficiently “can bring prosperity all around”, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo. South Africa’s major ports are, however, currently ranked close to the bottom of the list in terms of global competitiveness. 

ACSA rebuffs airport tariff increase accusations

By: Schalk Burger     7th October 2021 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) says comments made by International Air Transport Association (Iata) director-general Willie Walsh earlier this week that some airports and air navigation service providers want to increase charges to recover the money that airlines could not spend with... 

Transnet building pipeline of transactions for private sector participation 

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2021 Transnet CEO Portia Derby says the State-owned group received a “fantastic” response to its two recent requests for information (RFIs) for private participation at the ports of Durban and Ngqura and that several other private sector participation (PSP) transactions are under development. The... 

Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Transnet CEO Portia Derby
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