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Bandits steal truckloads of copper worth millions in southern Africa - sources

By: Reuters     27th July 2021 Crime gangs have stolen dozens of truckloads of copper owned by miners and traders including Glencore, Trafigura and Traxys this year as they were heading to ports in southern Africa, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Record high copper prices have triggered an increase in... 

Grindrod Shipping to acquire remainder of IVS Bulk joint venture 

By: Irma Venter     27th July 2021 Grindrod Shipping Holdings has announced a number of transactions relating to the acquisition of the remaining 31.14% equity stake in its IVS Bulk joint venture (IVS Bulk). Grindrod Shipping Holdings is a global provider of maritime transportation services, predominantly in the drybulk sector. 

Transnet expects to lift force majeure at port terminals ‘soon’ 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th July 2021 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet, whose operations have been seriously disrupted by recent unrest and a major cyberattack, confirmed on Tuesday that Transnet Port Terminals had communicated a force-majeure declaration with customers on Monday July 26, covering the period from July 22... 

Photo of the Durban Container Terminal
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The Durban Container Terminal

Transnet declares force majeure at its container terminals

By: Reuters     27th July 2021 South African State logistics firm Transnet declared force majeure at major container terminals in the country after a cyberattack last week disrupted operations, a notice seen by Reuters showed on Tuesday. The document sent to customers and dated on Monday said the force majeure would be... 

An image of the Durban Container Terminal

KZN govt to support companies that want to rebuild businesses destroyed during unrest

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th July 2021 The KwaZulu-Natal government has committed itself to supporting businesses in rebuilding the premises that were destroyed during the civil unrest earlier this week. Premier Sihle Zikalala at the weekend addressed the media about the economic recovery efforts in the province. 

Iata adds environmental sustainability to its range of aviation training courses

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th July 2021 The global representative body of the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), announced on Monday that it had added an environmental sustainability training programme to its range of training initiatives. The new programme is being delivered in cooperation with... 

Mango Airlines to enter business rescue

By: Reuters     26th July 2021 South African Airways (SAA) subsidiary Mango Airlines will enter a local form of bankruptcy protection known as business rescue, SAA's interim chief executive Thomas Kgokolo told eNCA television on Monday. The budget carrier is the fourth South African airline to be placed under business rescue... 

Rolls-Royce marks major step forward in hybrid-electric aircraft propulsion project

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th July 2021 UK-based industrial technology group Rolls-Royce announced late last week that the generator and associated power electronics for the aerospace world’s most powerful hybrid-electric aircraft power and propulsion system had been delivered to its recently renovated Testbed 108 in Bristol in the UK.... 

Transnet working ‘around the clock’ to fix IT disruption

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd July 2021 State-owned Transnet has identified and isolated the source of the disruption to its information technology (IT) systems and says technical teams continue to work “around the clock” to ensure the impact thereof remains minimal. Transnet on July 22 reported the disruption in some of its IT... 

Embraer reports its commercial aircraft delivery and backlog figures for the second quarter

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd July 2021 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer on Wednesday reported its commercial aircraft deliveries and order backlogs during the second quarter of this year (2Q21). The company’s commercial aircraft business is divided into airliners and executive (business) jets. During 2Q21, Embraer delivered 14... 

An image of an Embraer E190 airliner of South African airline Airlink
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A standard Embraer E190 airliner of South African airline Airlink

Poor port performance costing South Africa money, jobs 

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 The time currently wasted at the Durban port, owing to poor performance and inefficiency, is having a direct impact on employment generation, poverty reduction and economic growth in South Africa, says Martin Humphreys, the global lead for transport connectivity and regional integration at the... 

Passenger rail agency fails to meet capex targets

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) capital expenditure (capex) programme has failed to meet its targets, says CEO Zolani Matthews. “Sadly, this has also affected PRASA’s modernisation programme. 

Supplier reports record sales year

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 Construction equipment supplier Putzmeister South Africa – a subsidiary of Germany-based Putzmeister Concrete Pumps – registered a record sales year in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Putzmeister sub-Saharan Africa head Rudy Myburgh attributes this partly to the Putzmeister range of machines... 

Large concrete mixer and truck mounted concrete pump Putzmeister
PUMPING SALES The South African division for Putzmeister Concrete Pumps reported record sales last year

UAE’s DP World makes R12.7bn offer for Imperial

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 Global infrastructure-led supply chain solutions provider Dubai Ports World (DP World) has made a R12.7-billion offer to acquire 100% of Imperial, the JSE-listed logistics and market access specialist. The United Arab Emirates- (UAE-) based group is offering R66 a share (cash) to acquire all... 

Payment24 launches cardless fuel-payment solution

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 Fuel management and payment solutions specialist Payment24 has launched FastLane, bringing contactless, cardless and secure fuel payments to the market. FastLane is described as ‘biometrics for the vehicle’. Payment24 says the system instantly identifies any vehicle enrolled in the system as it... 

Transnet IT app outage affecting container terminal operations

By: Schalk Burger     22nd July 2021 State-owned freight logistics company Transnet says it is experiencing a disruption in some of its information technology (IT) applications, although only container terminals are affected. "Operations across the group are continuing, with the Freight Rail, Pipelines, Engineering and Property... 

Three clients saw 30 000 deliveries cancelled, delayed due to looting – Netstar 

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2021 Data released by telematics company Netstar has revealed the massive impact the widespread protests and looting seen earlier this month have had on the trucking industry’s ability to deliver goods to market. Netstar says three of its major clients lost more than 613 000 km in delivery miles in... 

Netstart graphic about impact of July 2021 looting on SA truckers

Iata head warns of effects of blocking of airline funds by a number of African countries

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st July 2021 The global representative body of the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has highlighted the problem of countries blocking the repatriation of funds by international airlines. This was a particularly severe problem in Africa, Iata director-general Willie Walsh... 

Gibela confident of meeting production targets despite impact of Covid-19 

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2021 Gibela has, to date, delivered 66 of the 600 X’trapolis Mega commuter trains it is scheduled to deliver to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) by the end of 2028. Eighteen of these trains were manufactured in Brazil, with the remaining 48 produced in a newly built plant in Nigel, on... 

Image of a train being produced at the Gibela factory in Nigel
The Gibela train factory at Nigel

Imperial in discussions regarding potential acquisition

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2021 JSE-listed Imperial Logistics says it is in discussions that involves potentially acquiring a privately owned group of companies known as the J&J Group. The core business of this group is cross-border trucking, supported by integrated end-to-end transport logistics solutions from initial vessel... 

Rolls-Royce Power Systems eyes climate-neutrality of products by 2030

By: Donna Slater     20th July 2021 Power systems engineering company Rolls-Royce Power Systems plans to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions by 35% by 2030, compared with a 2019 baseline, through the use of new net-zero and zero-carbon technologies. This near-term target plays a significant role in the Rolls-Royce group’s ambition to... 

Transnet port, rail operations normalise in KZN

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th July 2021 The Ports of Durban and Richards Bay have reported normalised levels of operations over the past two day, with all employees having reported for their shifts and Transnet working towards clearing the backlog caused by the unrest in the region in the past week, it said in a statement on July 20.... 

Osborn unifies under new Astec Industries brand

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th July 2021 Global manufacturer of specialised equipment for asphalt road building, aggregate processing and concrete production Osborn Engineered Products has unified under the new Astec industries brand. “We made the decision to unify to make it easier for our dealers and customers to do business with us.... 

Gauteng, freight industry associations partner to improve efficiencies in the sector 

By: Yvonne Silaule     19th July 2021 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and freight industry associations have established a partnership to improve efficiencies in the logistics and freight sector. The partnership is championed by Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Road Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo. 

Cost of containers, freight have increased on the back of Covid-19

By: Schalk Burger     19th July 2021 The cost of freight containers, rental costs and shipping freight rates have increased as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, says container freight company Container Intermodal Trading (CIT) CEO and co-founder Kashief Schroeder. He adds that the price of shipping containers, however, needs to be... 

Opinion: The smart road to prosperity

16th July 2021 In this opinion article, South African National Roads Agency head of engineering Louw Kannemeyer argues that smart transport, cities and infrastructure are intertwined in road construction. 

An image of a national road under management of the South African National Roads Agency

SA logistics sector bleeding R100m-plus a day, supply chains must be restored  

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 South Africa’s logistics sector will “undoubtedly” see the closure of some logistics businesses owing to the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) chairperson and Savino Del Bene South Africa director Dr Juanita Maree. “Some... 

An image of the Durban container terminal
The Durban container terminal

Transnet operations gradually returning to normal following unrest

By: Yvonne Silaule     16th July 2021 There has been an incremental improvement in the operations of State-owned logistics company Transnet, following disruptions caused by days of unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. As a result of the unrest, port operator Transnet Port Terminals had issued force majeure notices with regard to the... 

An image of the Port of Durban

New Maputo–Harare container train service to offer Zim customers better transit times

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 DP World Maputo, which has the concession to manage, develop and operate the Maputo container terminal, in Mozambique, earlier this month launched its first dedicated container train service connecting Maputo and Harare, in Zimbabwe.  The company says the new service is part of its focus to... 

Holistic strategy needed to tackle growing marine plastic crisis

By: Donna Slater     16th July 2021 As the marine ecosystem plays an critical role in mitigating climate change, through absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2), cooling the environment and sustaining delicate marine wildlife, it is becoming increasingly important to mitigate a mounting problem – the leakage of plastic waste into Oceans and... 

Image of Engineering News and Mining Weekly 16 July 2021 cover.

Security, restoring public transport ‘that enables’ top new PRASA boss’s to-do list

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 There are a number of areas that require urgent attention within the operations of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), says CEO Zolani Matthews. Last week, Matthews delivered his 100-day report card as the new head of the embattled State-owned rail entity. 

Afrox working with authorities to ensure deliveries of medical oxygen to hospitals

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th July 2021 Gas supplier Afrox says it is working with the authorities and that hospital deliveries to areas affected by civil strife remain a priority where police escort is available. As a result of the unrest across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in recent days, and in order to meet demand for medical oxygen,... 

Time to act, is now, says SAAFF in response to looting, destruction

By: Simone Liedtke     15th July 2021 The South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) has joined others in condemning the destruction of the country’s key infrastructure, goods and property and the senseless loss of lives over the past week. “We respect South Africa’s law and the Constitution, but it is time to take... 

IoT use in South Africa to grow by 14% a year to 2025

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2021 The use of Internet of Things (IoT) in South Africa is expected to grow by 14% a year from 2020 to 2025, says information and communications technology market research firm IDC Middle East, Africa and Turkey associate VP for sub-Saharan Africa Mark Walker. He notes that IoT adoption is expected... 

Aerospace group Embraer announces major order from Canadian airline

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th July 2021 Brazilian aerospace and defence group Embraer has announced that it has received a $5.82-billion order from Canada’s Porter Airlines for 30 E195-E2 jet airliners, with options for another 50. The announced value of the contract assumes all the options will be exercised and that the aircraft will... 

RFA foresees shortages of retail goods soon

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th July 2021 Mass looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, as well as the wanton destruction of trucks and goods, has damaged the wholesale and retail sectors and their distribution centres in these provinces. The Road Freight Association (RFA) in a statement on July 14 pointed out that 80% of South African... 

RFA CE Gavin Kelly
RFA CE Gavin Kelly

Imperial halts operations in KZN, parts of Gauteng, fends off vandals at warehouses 

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2021 Imperial has halted operations in high-risk areas in South Africa, including KwaZulu-Natal and certain parts of Gauteng, following wide-spread looting, says corporate affairs and investor relations executive VP Esha Mansingh. This was done to “ensure the safety of our drivers and employees, and... 

An image of an Imperial Logistics cold storage warehouse
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