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SAA administrators get R1.3bn from government

By: Reuters     27th January 2021 Administrators at national airline South African Airways (SAA) received R1.3-billion from the Department of Public Enterprises last week, a spokesperson for the administrators said on Wednesday. The money would be used to pay accepted and signed voluntary severance packages, employees who... 

Airlink to resume regular flights to Skukuza

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th January 2021 South African private sector airline Airlink has announced that it will resume scheduled flights to Skukuza Airport, in the Kruger National Park, from Thursday (January 28). The airport had been temporarily shut down on January 14 because of a localised outbreak of Covid-19 at a nearby location.... 

Shipping container crunch shows signs of easing, index shows

By: Bloomberg     26th January 2021 A global shortage of shipping containers that’s sent ocean freight rates skyrocketing shows signs of easing, according to an index that tracks the steel boxes used to transport 90% of the global trade in goods. The Container Availability Index developed by Hamburg, Germany-based Container... 

TNPA to consolidate offices at Ngqura port

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th January 2021 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has announced plan to consolidate its various corporate offices into one at the eMendi administration building, Port of Ngqura, in Port Elizabeth, by the end of March. The State-owned entity currently has corporate offices split between Johannesburg and... 

Zirk Botha halfway in rowing voyage

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th January 2021 The 59-year-old rower Zirk Botha on January 22 reached the halfway mark in his transatlantic ocean journey from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro. The transatlantic crossing requires him to row completely unassisted for about 90 to 100 days, over about 7 000 km, or 3 800 nautical miles, in often... 

Zirk Botha halfway in rowing voyage
Zirk Botha on his Row2Rio voyage

Boeing airliners to be able to use 100% sustainable aviation fuel within a decade

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2021 US aerospace and defence giant Boeing has committed itself to ensuring that its commercial aeroplanes will be certified and able to fly using 100% sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) by 2030. The group has already successfully carried out test flights powered entirely by SAF. This is to meet the... 

Electric truck refrigeration manufacturer looks to global market 

By: Irma Venter     25th January 2021 South Africa’s Maxwell and Spark is ready to go global, says CEO Dr Clinton Bemont. Maxwell and Spark is a Durban-based lithium-ion (li-ion) battery and systems manufacturer, responsible for producing the world’s first li-ion  truck refrigeration unit ­– called the Fridge.Li. 

Electric truck refrigeration manufacturer looks to global market

Manica Namibia completes first use of new hopper, bagging system

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd January 2021 Logistics and marine services provider Manica Group Namibia recently invested in an advanced mobile hopper and bagging system and has successfully completed the first use of this equipment. The bagging plant allows for products to be shipped in bulk and bagged at the destination, quayside. The... 

Manica Namibia completes first use of new hopper, bagging system
Nectar hopper and bagger system

While air cargo demand continues recovery, air passenger demand stalls

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd January 2021 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported that air cargo volumes increased in November last year, compared with October. However, they were still down on the figures for November 2019. The continued parking of many passenger aircraft meant that global air cargo capacity... 

Company facilitates workshops, audits for road compliance

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd January 2021 Local auditing company JC Auditors has played an integral supporting role in the efforts of the Road Transport Management System’s (RTMS’) National Steering Committee by conducting audits and hosting RTMS workshops, having hosted the first RTMS workshop in 2003.   RTMS is an industry-led and... 

Company facilitates workshops, audits  for road compliance
VITAL FIRST INSPECTIONS JC Auditors were able to conduct on site truck inspections with the onset of Covid-19 Level 3 restrictions last year

World Net Logistics renamed Rhenus Logistics South Africa

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2021 World Net Logistics is now known as Rhenus Logistics South Africa, as from December 1. The company was acquired by the Rhenus Group in 2019, and the new name ushers in a new era after 18 years as an independent entity.  

Unions want Labour Court to order SAA to sort out backpay within 7 days

By: News24Wire      19th January 2021 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) intend to make an urgent application to the Labour Court in Johannesburg on 28 January to have a deal regarding backpay of members of South African Airways (SAA) declared unlawful or unfair. The... 

Gautrain rolling stock fleet completes 40-million kilometres in service  

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2021 Bombardier Transportation says the Gautrain commuter fleet has successfully completed 40-million kilometres in service since operations began in 2010.   

Gautrain rolling stock fleet completes 40-million kilometres in service

Global airline body welcomes US decision on Covid-19 testing

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th January 2021 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has welcomed the decision by US authorities that all those travelling to the US will have to have proof of a negative Covid-19 test result, from a test carried out within three days before their departure for the US. The new requirement was... 

Association pleads with Free State transport department for road repairs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th January 2021 Agricultural association Free State Agriculture (FSA) has directed a letter to the Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport requesting urgent actions to repair roads for critical access in the province. This comes as recent flooding in the province has caused severe damage to roads... 

Rolls-Royce inaugurates major new engine testbed

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th January 2021 UK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has functionally inaugurated its new leading edge engine testbed by successfully completing the first engine run in it (the official opening will take place later). The engine used to inaugurate the testbed was a Trent XWB, which was... 

Rolls-Royce inaugurates major new engine testbed
Photo by Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce’s new Testbed 80, with a Trent XWB engine installed.

Covid-19 outbreak causes suspension of flights to Skukuza Airport 

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th January 2021 South African private-sector airline Airlink has announced that Skukuza Airport in the Kruger National Park has been closed and will remain closed until January 28. This was due to an outbreak of Covid-19 at the Lower Sabie Rest Camp. “In order to protect our customers, crews and personnel from... 

Airlink has suspended flights to and from Maseru due to Lesotho passenger flight ban

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th January 2021 The Lesotho government has banned passenger flights to and from Maseru’s Moshoeshoe I International Airport with effect from Thursday (January 14). This was announced on Wednesday and, as a consequence, South African airline Airlink has had to suspend its daily service between Johannesburg and... 

Airlink has suspended flights to and from Maseru due to Lesotho passenger flight ban

Iata chief blasts governments over counterproductive Covid-19 policies 

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th January 2021 International Air Transport Association (Iata) director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac has criticised a number of major countries, by name, for recently adopting policies that, although intended to counter the Covid-19 pandemic, are doing great damage to the travel and tourist sector around... 

Committee welcomes measures to ease congestion at borders, suggests alternative

By: Simone Liedtke     13th January 2021 The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs is of the view that the implementation of a “one-stop border post” with neighboring countries and the establishment of the Border Management Authority (BMA) will be a solution to the challenges experienced at Beitbridge, between South Africa and Zimbabwe.... 

DHL Global Forwarding invests R127m in new Joburg facility 

By: Irma Venter     13th January 2021 DHL Global Forwarding is investing R127-million in a new facility in Johannesburg.  Aimed at cementing its position in South Africa, the new 13 000 m2 facility will be located within the bonded zone at Skyparks Business Estate, next to the OR Tambo International Airport. 

DHL Global Forwarding invests R127m in new Joburg facility
Clement Blanc

Hesper Engineering acquires majority stake in Swift Engineering 

By: Irma Venter     13th January 2021 Novatech, trading as Hesper Engineering, a ship repair and general engineering company based in Cape Town, has purchased a 51% shareholding in Swift Engineering.  Swift Engineering, now trading as SwiftNova Engineering, is a specialised fabrication company servicing the marine, energy and oil and... 

Hesper Engineering acquires majority stake in Swift Engineering

Upgrade project at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport launched

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th January 2021 The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has started a project to renovate and upgrade Terminals 1B and 1C of Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The airport is Kenya’s largest aviation facility, the aviation gateway to the country and the busiest airport in East Africa. The project... 

Upgrade project at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport launched
Photo by Kenya Airports Authority
A passenger’s view of one of the terminals at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport 

Africa’s first specialist aviation personnel agency established 

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th January 2021 South African aviation consultancy company Hi-Fly Marketing has launched the first dedicated aviation sector personnel agency for Africa, Hi-Fly Talent & Resourcing, the enterprise announced on Monday. The purpose of the new venture was, in the company’s words, “to match airlines, aircraft... 

Zirk Botha nears St Helena island on day 24 of rowing voyage

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th January 2021 The 59-year-old rower Zirk Botha, who is currently making a voyage from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro, was just off the coast of St Helena island on January 11, making his way toward crossing the Greenwich meridian line. January 11 marked the twenty-fourth day of his three-month journey in... 

Zirk Botha nears St Helena island on day 24 of rowing voyage
Row2Rio rower Zirk Botha

Forklift-centric children's book launched to spark imagination, acceptance of others


By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 A new children’s book Forklift trucks and their Secret Superpowers was launched late last year in a partnership between forklift manufacturer Combilift and award-winning author Emer Conlon. The CombiKids book highlights overcoming difficulties, the importance of friendship and that bullying is... 

Forklift-centric children's book launched to spark imagination, acceptance of others

Photo by Creamer Media
Forklift trucks and their Secret Superpowers

Government saddened at the death of business leader Mokgatle

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 Government conveys its sadness about the death of Peotona Group Holdings co-founder and executive director Dolly Mokgatle. She was an established business leader who held various leadership positions within several of South Africa’s State-owned enterprises and the private sector.  

Globe-trotters pledge to fly less after Covid to help climate

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2021 More than two-fifths of the global population would be willing to fly less even after pandemic restrictions ease, according to a survey that shows a growing belief that individual actions impact the climate. The poll of more than 30 000 people published Monday by the European Investment Bank... 

Desperate SAA pilots who left locked out union to get money still haven't been paid

By: News24Wire      11th January 2021 The SAA Pilots' Association wants to know why – unlike other employees at the state-owned airline – their thirteenth cheques for 2019 have not yet been paid from the R1.5-billion in funding the Department of Public Enterprises made available to the rescue practitioners in December. Saapa is... 

Desperate SAA pilots who left locked out union to get money still haven't been paid

Global air passenger demand recovery stalled in November

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th January 2021 The recovery in global air passenger demand during last year came to a halt in November, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) reported on Thursday. The recovery had already been slowing since the end of the northern hemisphere summer travel period. Total passenger demand in November... 

International air transport body reports air cargo demand continues recovery

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th January 2021 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) reported on Thursday that air cargo volumes increased in November last year in comparison to October. However, they were still down on the figures for November 2019. The continued parking of many passenger aircraft meant that global air cargo... 

International air transport body reports air cargo demand continues recovery
Photo by Iata
Alexandre de Juniac

Two Chinese firms to build $1.32bn Tanzanian rail line

By: Reuters     8th January 2021  Two Chinese companies have won the contract to build a 3.0617-trillion shillings ($1.32-billion) modern rail line in Tanzania, the East African nation's foreign minister said, extending more than a decade of Chinese involvement in the country. China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and... 

Boeing settles 737 Max fraud charge with $2.5bn agreement

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2021 Boeing reached a $2.5-billion agreement to settle a criminal charge that it defrauded the US government by concealing information about the 737 Max, the ill-fated jet model involved in two fatal crashes that killed 346 people. The planemaker entered into a deferred prosecution agreement Thursday... 

Ghana’s floating regasification unit arrives in Tema port

By: Donna Slater     7th January 2021 A floating regasification unit (FRU) for the Tema port’s liquid natural gas (LNG) facility, in Ghana, arrived on January 7. This will enable Tema LNG Terminal Company (TLTC) to start delivering LNG to customers in the first quarter of the year.  

Ghana’s floating regasification unit arrives in Tema port

Construction to start on Liberia Inland Storage Facility

By: Donna Slater     7th January 2021 Infrastructure project funder InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), and Global Logistics Services (GLS) have signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Liberian contractor BMC Group to build the Liberia Inland Storage Facility... 

Border PPP needed as truck queues at Lebombo grow, say transport bodies 

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2021 The queues of trucks at the Lebombo border crossing between South Africa and Mozambique are now stretching more than 25 km, in temperatures often exceeding 32 ˚C, says the Federation of East and Southern African Road Transport Associations (Fesarta) and the South African Association of Freight... 

Border PPP needed as truck queues at Lebombo grow, say transport bodies

Trilateral partnership MoU signed to develop flow battery technology for shipping

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th January 2021 Integrated green technology company VanadiumCorp Resource has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a trilateral partnership with Conoship International Projects from the Netherlands and Vega Reederei and Partners from Germany. Key engineering work is planned to commercially... 

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