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DPWI, partners complete bridge to connect communities in Eastern Cape

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 17 minutes ago The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) says a bridge has been delivered in a rural community in the Eastern Cape. The bridge was completed in recent weeks as a critical infrastructure project in the Bilatye community in the Chris Hani District municipality in the Eastern Cape. 

Ctrack Freight and Transport Index records steepest decline on record

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 1 hour 8 minutes ago The Ctrack Freight and Transport Index decreased by 14.7% in April, while cargo transfers between countries declined by almost 40%, Ctrack MD Hein Jordt says. "The dramatic decline of 14.7% in the Ctrack Freight and Transport Index for April is an important indicator of the very worrying... 

Sanral seeks go-ahead to move to ‘non-paper-based’ tender process 

By: Irma Venter     Updated 2 hours 23 minutes ago The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is awaiting permission to move to an online tender system, says Sanral Eastern Region regional manager Dumi Nkabinde. Seventy tenders are currently undergoing compliance checks at Sanral, while 132 are under evaluation. The number of... 

Sanral seeks go-ahead to move to ‘non-paper-based’ tender process

Boeing announces low-rate restart of 737 MAX airliner production

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 6 hours ago US aerospace giant Boeing announced on May 27, at Renton in the US state of Washington, that it was restarting production of its troubled 737 MAX single-aisle airliner. This restart would initially be at a low rate, with only one of the three production lines at the Renton facility being used.... 

Denel divisions finalise ventilator projects

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2020 Two divisions within State-owned defence company Denel have reached critical stages in the design and manufacture of medical ventilators needed to assist critically ill patients diagnosed with Covid-19. The projects both fall under Project Sabela, which is being coordinated by Denel, in... 

International and national air transport bodies appeal to South Africa to support its airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th May 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) and the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (Barsa) have jointly appealed to the South African government to provide direct financial relief to the country’s airline sector. This... 

SAA will not be resuming flights just yet, say BRPs

By: Simone Liedtke     27th May 2020 A press statement issued this week, which suggests that South African Airways (SAA) will resume domestic services by mid-June, is “incorrect” and in violation of SAA’s business rescue practitioners’ (BRP’s) communications protocol. The protocol was put in place to ensure that unvetted releases... 

SAA will not be resuming flights just yet, say BRPs

Iata reports that global airline debt as ballooned as a result of Covid-19 measures

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th May 2020 In its latest briefing regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic (and the near total halt in commercial air passenger traffic to help try and contain it) on the global airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported that it expected global airline debt to... 

SAA getting ready to restart domestic flying

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th May 2020 State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) is making preparations for the resumption of domestic air flights, between Johannesburg and Cape Town. It is seeking to be operationally ready for the the restart of this route in the middle of next month, should this be authorised.... 

Transnet reports recovery in some units, but still expects big Covid-19 revenue hit 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2020 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet reports that there has been a recovery in some of its operations since the easing of lockdown restrictions and is increasing tending towards an “optimistic” recovery scenario for many of its units – a scenario that assumes a ramp-up to full operations... 

Transnet reports recovery in some units, but still expects big Covid-19 revenue hit

BRPs granted leave to appeal interdict against retrenchments at SAA

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th May 2020 The Labour Court, sitting in Johannesburg, has granted the Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs) for financially-beleaguered State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) leave to appeal against the whole of a Labour Court judgment handed down on May 8. In that judgment, the court... 

Leading aerospace journal suggests that the A380 Superjumbo is doomed

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th May 2020 Renowned British aviation weekly Flight International has opined, in its latest edition, that the Airbus A380 Superjumbo airliner is already “heading for the scrapyard”, even though it entered service only a little more than ten years ago. This was despite its popularity with passengers, for whom... 

Leading aerospace journal suggests that the A380 Superjumbo is doomed
Photo by British Airways
An Airbus A380 of British Airways over Table Bay, with part of Cape Town in the background

Work resumes on N2 Msikaba bridge project 

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2020 Work has started on the foundations for the Msikaba bridge being constructed by Concor Infrastructure, in joint venture (JV) with Mota-Engil Construction South Africa (MECSA). The R1.65-billion contract is poised to deliver the longest cable-stayed bridge in Africa.  

Work resumes on N2 Msikaba bridge project
Aerial view of the south side of the Msikaba project

Almost two-thirds of ITS community severely impacted by Covid-19  

By: Irma Venter     22nd May 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the local intelligent transport system (ITS) community, says Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. ITTSA conducted a survey among its members on the new normal brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Almost two-thirds of ITS community severely impacted by Covid-19 

Airline group Comair announces options for ticket holders

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2020 South African private-sector airline group Comair, which is currently under business rescue, and its business rescue practitioners (BRPs), announced on May 22 the options open to those holding tickets for flights with the group. Comair operates the British Airways in South Africa and Kulula low... 

African airline sector hammered by anti-Covid-19 flight restrictions

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, reported at a media briefing on May 21 that, on May 12, airline flight departures in Africa were 94% lower than they had been on January 1. The entire African airline sector had... 

Waste management vital during pandemic

By: Theresa Bhowan     22nd May 2020 With Covid-19 infections on the rise, waste management company Averda plays an active role in the removal of contaminated waste products while following strict disposal regulations according to legislation. 

Waste management vital during pandemic
CLEAN RIDES Vehicles transport the waste to one of eight hazardous waste sites in the country

Global airlines body welcomes European proposals for safe re-starting of air travel

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st May 2020 The global representative body of the airline industry, the International Air Travel Association (Iata), has welcomed the issuing, in Europe, of the Covid-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol. This has been jointly drawn up by the European Aviation Safety Agency (Easa) and the European Centre for... 

Transnet investigates mobile crane fire at Durban terminal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th May 2020 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has reported an incident whereby a mobile harbour crane caught fire at the Durban terminal, early in the morning on May 20. No injuries were sustained and the crane operator was safely evacuated form the machine.  

Transnet investigates mobile crane fire at Durban terminal

Port construction work to remain shuttered during Alert Level 4 restrictions

By: Donna Slater     20th May 2020 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority reports that construction work on current infrastructure projects within South Africa’s ports will not resume under Alert Level 4. It says that, while there has been no indication of when the prohibition on general construction will be lifted, it will... 

Improvements seen at Port of Durban owing to decongestion task team

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2020 Industry stakeholders have expressed satisfaction with the progress made by a special task team set up to tackle traffic pressure and congestion in the Port of Durban’s Bayhead Precinct and surrounding road networks.  In response to ongoing challenges with heavy truck traffic congestion,... 

Improvements seen at Port of Durban owing to decongestion task team

Mossel Bay continues to serve oil and gas, fishing sectors during lockdown

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2020 Since the start of South Africa’s national lockdown in March, the Port of Mossel Bay has been playing a critical role in the provision of essential services – with special emphasis on the fishing and oil and gas sectors, says Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). Despite the uncertain times,... 

Comair not factually insolvent, but, without revenues, lacks cash to meet costs

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th May 2020 The business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for private-sector airline group Comair have confirmed that the company is not factually insolvent. In their first formal meetings, on May 19, with the company’s creditors and employees, the BRPs highlighted the importance of distinguishing between... 

Civil Aviation Authority faces financial crash if aviation lockdown goes on too long

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th May 2020 The South African Civil Aviation Authority (Sacaa) has warned Parliament that it could survive only seven months if the national lockdown and ban on air transport (instituted to counter the Covid-19 pandemic) continued. With almost no civil flying happening, the authority was earning no income.... 

Airports Company concerned about state of airline sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th May 2020 Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) was concerned about the sustainability of the world’s airlines. The global commercial aviation sector was being hit very hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and the measures being taken to counter it, which had seen massive decreases in commercial air traffic... 

Christiaan De Wet road temporarily closed for urgent rehabilitation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2020 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has closed off a section of Christiaan de Wet road, after the road subsided as a result of damaged stormwater infrastructure. The left lane of the road behind Clearwater Shopping Mall, towards Ontdekkers road, has been closed off to traffic as of May 17, until... 

ACSA warns of Covid-19 impacts and that it might need government guarantees

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2020 The State-owned Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has warned the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the efforts to counter it would significantly affect it. The company’s Corporate Plan for the 2020/2021 to 2022/2023 financial years had... 

Unions attack SAA business rescue practitioners, management 

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2020 Three unions representing employees of financially embattled State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) have attacked the airline’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) and its senior management. They are the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), the SAA... 

Gordhan and SAA business rescue practitioners trade barbs over rescue plan

By: African News Agency      15th May 2020  MPs on Friday heard from South African Airways's business rescue practitioners that a lack of funding severely hampered their work, while Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan questioned their spending decisions and their future objectives for the stricken national carrier. Siviwe Dongwana,... 

Boeing launches initiative to give people the confidence to resume flying

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th May 2020 Global major US aerospace group Boeing has launched a Confident Travel Initiative to help restore commercial air travel following the Covid-19 pandemic. Severe flight restrictions and national lockdowns by many countries have devastated commercial air passenger travel around the world. Boeing... 

PRASA appoints new CFO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2020 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has appointed Krishna Govender CFO, effective immediately. Govender is a chartered accountant and has almost 25 years’ experience in accounting and financial management, which he gained from various entities in both the public and private... 

PRASA appoints new CFO
PRASA CFO Krishna Govender

Project launched to facilitate essential air cargo supplies to South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th May 2020 A South African business development company, ‘tvg&associates’ (TVG), has launched a project to coordinate the air transport of essential medical supplies to the country, using charter operations. This initiative, dubbed Operation Warhorse, is supported by the South African Association of Freight... 

International bioeconomy development group to expand its South African initiative 

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th May 2020 The international bioeconomy development and promotion organisation, RSB, hopes to launch a Bioeconomy Initiative Platform in South Africa later this year. This platform has been shaped with inputs from business, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and government. It will function as an... 

Open up the supply chain, Road Freight Association urges government  

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2020 The Road Freight Association (RFA) is urging government to open up all sectors of the economy to “lessen the already devastating economic impact of the lockdown and Covid-19”. “The movement of both goods and people is vital for the wheels of South Africa’s economy to keep turning,” says RFA CEO... 

Open up the supply chain, Road Freight Association urges government 

Local travel agents warn airlines about passenger ticket refunds 

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th May 2020 The Association of Southern African Travel Agents (Asata), while expressing understanding for South Africa’s beleaguered airlines, has cautioned that they must comply with the Consumer Protection Act (CPA). The airline, travel and tourism sectors have been severely hit by the country’s lockdown... 

World airline body opposes countries imposing quarantine for international travellers

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th May 2020 The representative body for the global airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has opposed the introduction by some countries of quarantine for arriving international travellers. These measures were part of those countries’ efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.... 

World airline body opposes countries imposing quarantine for international travellers
Photo by Iata
Alexandre De Juniac

Blimps posited to monitor Covid-19 prevention measure compliance

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2020 Unmanned aerial systems, such as small blimps, could be used as novel airborne measures to monitor people in terms of physical distancing and other Covid-19 prevention measures, says University of Johannesburg (UJ) Institute of Intelligent Systems Professor Qingguo Wang. He explains that a... 

Blimps posited to monitor Covid-19 prevention measure compliance
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