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Company expects to benefit from its diverse portfolio offering

By: Mandisa Nyathi     12th August 2022 In spite of chemical supply chain constraints, flow measurement and calibration technology company Wika expects to benefit from its diverse portfolio offering to provide quality instrumentation for clients. 

Cape Town to add two new MyCiTi depots in R340m project 

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2022 The City of Cape Town will this month start construction of two new MyCiTi bus depots. The R340-million project forms part of the roll-out of the MyCiTi service to Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha, Claremont and Wynberg.  

Image of a proposed new depot
Artist's impression of one of the proposed new depots

Aria proposes interventions to arrest Transnet’s rail network decline

By: Donna Slater     10th August 2022 Rail industry body the African Rail Industry Association (Aria) suggests several interventions to help State-owned Transnet address its prevailing inefficiencies, including re-introducing systems it used in the past and the prioritisation of maintenance of currently disabled locomotives, besides... 

Swissport highlights appointment of women to senior positions

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th August 2022 Independent airport ground services and air cargo handling company Swissport South Africa highlighted on Wednesday that it had recently appointed two women to its Board of Directors, with a third woman also being recently appointed as its new chief financial officer (CFO). The announcement came... 

Former Transnet executives’ properties, pension benefits frozen with SIU order

By: Donna Slater     10th August 2022 The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and Transnet have obtained a preservation order from the Special Tribunal to freeze five luxury properties, and pension benefits valued at about R1.8-million, linked to former Transnet executives and their spouses, pending the final determination of civil... 

South Africa-connected Irish aviation group takes full control of Belgian MRO company

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th August 2022 Ireland-based aviation services company ASL Aviation Holdings (ASL) has announced that it had taken full ownership of Belgium-based aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company X-Air Services (X-Air). Among its range of subsidiary companies based in Europe, Africa and Asia, ASL was the... 

Sanral-led programme aims to put an end to potholes in six months 

By: Darren Parker     8th August 2022 Following the August 7 launch of the South African National Roads Agency Limited- (Sanral-) led Vala Zonke programme, which aims to tackle the thousands of potholes on roads across the country, Sanral engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer has told Engineering News the hope is to deal with most of... 

An photo of a potholed road in South Africa

OneLogix warns of up to 80% y/y decrease in earnings a share

By: Darren Parker     8th August 2022 JSE-listed logistics company OneLogix has advised its shareholders to expect a drop of between 60% and 80% year-on-year in earnings a share to between 2.5c and 5c for the financial year ended May 31. Similarly, headline earnings per share (HEPS) are also expected to decrease by between 55% and... 

PTV Group, SU strengthen partnership for intelligent transport, traffic systems

By: Schalk Burger     8th August 2022 German traffic and transportation, mobility and logistics software and consulting services company PTV Group will support research and development at the Stellenbosch University (SU) Smart Mobility Laboratory with its software solutions for transportation modelling and simulation. The partners... 

Intercape pleads for intervention as terror campaign intensifies

By: Irma Venter     8th August 2022 The Intercape long-distance coach company last week appeared before the Western Cape Standing Committee on Transport and Public Works, as well as members of the senior provincial police management, to plead for urgent interventions to stop the continuing attacks on its vehicles. In the latest... 

Image of an Intercape bus that was attacked
One of Intercape's buses that faced an attack by a gunman

Bidding to be launched this month for private participation at Durban and Ngqura container terminals – Godongwana 

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2022 Request for proposal (RFP) documentation for private sector participation in the container terminals at the ports of Durban and Ngqura will be issued this month with the goal of having partnerships in place by January 2023, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana reports. Delivering Operation... 

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
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Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

Freight costs to blame for spike in global inflation, not oil – Botha 

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2022 Ever since global inflation started heading north at an alarming rate, much of the conventional wisdom on the causes of this trend has pointed to energy prices, especially gas, oil and petroleum, says Dr Roelof Botha, economic adviser to the Optimum Investment Group. Also, when analysing the... 

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South Africa, Botswana agree to boost rail link

By: Donna Slater     5th August 2022 South Africa and Botswana have agreed, in principle, on joint development initiatives to be implemented by Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and Botswana Rail (BR), to improve trade between the two countries, following a high-level business roundtable. The initiatives will enable landlocked Botswana... 

IATA reports strong recovery in air passenger traffic in June

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th August 2022 The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which is the global representative body of the airline industry, has reported that air passenger traffic in June this year continued to recover strongly from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. In year-on-year (y-o-y) terms total air passenger... 

Heavy haul value system collaboration advancing, but more action required

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th August 2022 The level of collaboration among key stakeholders in the heavy haul value chain is only about half of what it should be and more must be done to ensure that this is encouraged. This was indicated by speakers during a heavy haul collaboration panel discussion on the third day of the South African... 

ITSSA to disband as project has realised its mandate

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2022 The Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa (ITSSA) has disbanded, as it has fulfilled its mandate, says CEO Dr Paul Vorster. An ITSSA annual general meeting in July confirmed a decision taken by the society’s board in June to close the project. 

Southern Africa lags in adoption of sustainable aviation fuel, despite great potential

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th August 2022 At the recent Farnborough International Airshow, in England, US-based global major aerospace group Boeing unveiled a new tool to model data, which it designated Cascade, which was created to map the ways that the global commercial aviation sector could reach the international target of having... 

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Grindrod appoints Xolani Mbambo as new CEO

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2022 Grindrod has announced that Xolani Mbambo is to succeed Andrew Waller as CEO from January 1 next year.  Waller is set to retire. 

Platinum-based fuel cells key for heavy-haul industry – WPIC

By: Donna Slater     4th August 2022 The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reports that interest in using hydrogen fuel cells in the heavy-haul industry is growing rapidly, with several interesting developments currently under way. Platinum-based, proton exchange membrane (PEM) hydrogen fuel cells provide zero emissions... 

TNPA initiates process for possible development of greenfield Boegoebaai port 

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2022 South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has initiated a preliminary process for the proposed development of a new deep-water port at Boegoebaai in the far Northern Cape near the Namibian border, which has been earmarked as a possible hub for the production and export of green... 

Boegoebaai has been earmarked as a possible hub for the production and export of green hydrogen and derivative products
Boegoebaai has been earmarked as a possible hub for the production and export of green hydrogen and derivative products

Air Seychelles cleared to fly through Saudi Arabian airspace to and from Israel

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th August 2022 Air Seychelles, the national flag carrier of the archipelagic nation, has announced that it has become the first airline flying from and to the Indian Ocean to be allowed to overfly Saudi Arabia while operating its service to Israel. It was only last month that Saudi Arabia announced that it was... 

Forgotten Zimbabwe city of Bulawayo gets a dam as elections loom

By: Bloomberg     4th August 2022 A $42-million dam a century in the making could end water shortages for more than half a million Zimbabweans -- and win votes for the ruling party in an opposition stronghold that may decide next year’s presidential election. The expected completion early in 2023 of the Gwayi-Shangani dam 153... 

The Gwayi-Shangani dam under construction
Photo by Bloomberg
The Gwayi-Shangani dam is under construction

Science, Innovation dept envisions a solid hydrogen economy by 2050

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2022 South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) views hydrogen as a key enabler of decarbonisation, particularly in the transport sector – heavy-duty trucking, shipping, aviation, and rail – and in major polluting industries such as steel, cement and chemicals manufacturing, as well as... 

Watt Interchange nominated for Fulton Award

By: Donna Slater     3rd August 2022 The City of Johannesburg’s Watt Interchange has received an entry into the 2022 Fulton Awards – an awards programme which recognises and honours excellence and innovation in the use of concrete in Southern Africa.   The construction of the Watt Interchange, which lies on the Louis Both... 

An image of Watt Interchange
Watt Interchange

IATA reports that air cargo demand in June was in good shape

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd August 2022 The global representative body of the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has reported that air cargo markets in June this year were “healthy and stable”. Although global air cargo demand in June was 6.4% down, in year-on-year (y-o-y) terms, this was an... 

Rail constraints costing South African miners billions of rands in lost exports 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd August 2022 Despite bulk mineral exports being State-owned Transnet’s single biggest client base, South Africa is unable to access the full benefits of minerals exports, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter told delegates attending the first day of the South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA)... 

US company developing innovative Wing-In-Ground-Effect craft using Siemens software

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd August 2022 US company REGENT, which is developing a zero-carbon wing-in-ground-effect (WIG) vehicle, has adopted the Xcelerator cloud-based software and services portfolio from Siemens Digital Industries Software. This software portfolio is used for the design, engineering and development of the WIG... 

Artist’s impression of a Viceroy WIG craft in flight
Photo by REGENT
Artist’s impression of a Viceroy WIG craft in flight

TNPA appoints Sphiwe Mthembu as East London port manager

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2022 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed Sphiwe Mthembu as East London port manager, with effect from August 1. He will be responsible for leading the port, which is South Africa’s premier hub port enabling and facilitating trade between South Africa and the world, in... 

Integrated, tech-driven rail industry needed to drive South Africa’s heavy haul sector   

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2022 To enable South Africa’s mining and resources sector to remain competitive, it is imperative the country pursues a safe, competitive, responsible, integrated and intelligent heavy haul system, powered by rail 4.0, by 2030. This was emphasised by industry organisation the South African Heavy Haul... 

A Transnet Freight Rail train transporting iron-ore
Transnet CE Portia Derby outlines Transnet’s targets for commodities

PRASA to run charter train for Comrades Marathon

By: Schalk Burger     2nd August 2022 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has announced that its Shosholoza Meyl services will run a special charter train from Johannesburg to Pietermaritzburg and Durban for the Comrades Marathon on August 26 to 29, offering two packages for luxury and budget travellers. The charter... 

Tshepo Mahanuke appointed JRA CEO

By: Schalk Burger     2nd August 2022 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) has appointed Dr Tshepo Mahanuke as Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) CEO, and will usher in a service delivery ethos, said CoJ Transport MMC Funzi Ngobeni. Mahanuke will be tasked with ensuring the city’s roads network is fit-for-purpose through proactive repairs and... 

JRA CEO Dr Tshepo Mahanuke and CoJ Transport MMC Funzi Ngobeni.
JRA CEO Dr Tshepo Mahanuke and CoJ Transport MMC Funzi Ngobeni.

Post Office reports healthy uptake of online car licence renewal facility

By: Darren Parker     2nd August 2022 The South African Post Office reports that there has been a “healthy” uptake of its online motor vehicle licence renewal facility, which was launched at the end of January.  More than 37 000 vehicle licences have thus far been renewed nationally through the system since then – most of them in... 

Delta announces non-stop Cape Town to Atlanta and boost South African network

By: Schalk Burger     1st August 2022 US airline Delta is adding a nonstop flight from Cape Town to Atlanta from December 18, to complement its existing service between Johannesburg and Atlanta, and the new flight will operate three times a week and provide more than 200 onward connections across the US and beyond. Delta’s new Cape... 

Port Elizabeth Car Terminal breaks monthly volumes record

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st August 2022 The Port Elizabeth Car Terminal has broken its own record by handling 24 142 fully built units in July, the highest ever in the history of the terminal and 93% above the planned monthly budget. While the terminal was in the middle of a capacity creation project that was unlocking its ability to... 

An image of a car at the Port Elizabeth Car Terminal
Port Elizabeth Car Terminal

United Airlines gets OK from US authorities for new Washington DC – Cape Town route

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st August 2022 Major US carrier United Airlines has been granted official US permission to operate three direct flights a week between the US capital, Washington DC, and Cape Town in South Africa. Provided that the South African government agrees, the new route will start operating on November 17 this year. “We... 

Airlink announces new service between Cape Town and Maputo

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st August 2022 South African regional airline Airlink has announced that it will start direct flights between Cape Town in South Africa and Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, on August 31. This will be the first direct air service between the two cities. “Airlink is responding to the call of the travelling... 

Sanral upgrading the N2 from KwaMashu to Umdloti

By: Schalk Burger     29th July 2022  Traffic on the N2 between the KwaMashu interchange and Umdloti bridge will be disrupted over the next two months to bring in and place concrete barriers alongside the median to protect workers building a median barrier wall and additional lanes, the South African National Roads Agency Limited... 

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