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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... 

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
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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... 

Volkswagen tops used-car sales survey

29th July 2022 According to a report carried out over six months by used car sales and buying service WeBuyCars, German motor vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen ranked as South Africa’s most sought-after used car brand among buyers between October 2021 and April 2022. The report released in May, was conducted on... 

A new white VW Polo being driven through a scenic area
MARCO POLO The most sought after second hand vehicle over a six month period was the VW Polo according to WeBuyCars research

Auto centre lauds R9.1bn injection into Eastern Cape ports

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2022 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) says it applauds Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) announcement that it will inject R9.1-billion into its three Eastern Cape ports over the next seven years. AIDC EC CEO Thabo Shenxane says the centre, as well as other... 

Cape Town pursues reinstatement of joint rail enforcement unit

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2022 The City of Cape Town says it is keen to help revive the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) rail enforcement unit (REU), which operated as a three-way government partnership between October 2018 and July 2020.  The REU was launched by then Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande at a cost... 

Rail revitalisation needed

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th July 2022 Revitalising South Africa’s rail infrastructure is necessary to ensure that it is a reliable, available, competitive and efficient mode of transport, allowing users to capitalise on the sector’s being safer, more reliable and low carbon emitting, says rolling stock manufacturing company Alstom... 

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ON A ROLL Alstom assists its rail clients aiming to upgrade or refurbish their rolling stock by understanding their requirements and ensuring that they get maximum life out of all assets

Gibela unveils its one-hundredth train set 

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th July 2022 Earlier this month, train manufacturer Gibela celebrated the high-profile handover ceremony of its one-hundredth train set to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) in Dunnottar, Ekurhuleni. The event was attended by Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula, Gauteng Premier David Makhura,... 

An image depicting Irene Charnley, Leonard Ramatlakane, David Makhura, Fikile Mbalula and other dignitaries in the transport and rail industries standing in front of the one-hundredth PRASA train
Gibela chairperson Irene Charnley, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa chairperson Leonard Ramatlakane and Gauteng Premier David Makhura address media and dignitaries during the celebration of the one-hundredth X'trapolis Mega train

Industry body partners with department

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th July 2022 The African Rail Industry Association (ARIA) is working together with the Department of Transport (DoT) and other bodies to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will formally recognise ARIA as its official partner in advocacy on behalf of the rail industry. The association currently has... 

An image depicting a smiling woman, Mesela Nhlapo, wearing a yellow and red top and standing with her arms folded
Photo by Adele D Photography
MESELA NHLAPO Intra-Africa trade needs to be established, with rail infrastructure being critical in enabling this process, which will require the manufacture of rail rolling stock

S Africa hampered by rolling stock challenges

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th July 2022 South Africa is facing challenges regarding its rolling stock, owing to rail networks being vandalised during Covid-19 lockdowns, and this will be costly to repair, says consultant and supplier of new and used locomotives African Railway Systems COO Dylan Knott. The shortage of locomotives and... 

An image depicting the Unilok E55S
UNILOK E55S African Railway Systems is an agent for the supply of the purpose-built unique Unilok shunting locomotive

Association to host conference

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th July 2022 The South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) is hosting its conference from August 2 to 4 at Emperor’s Palace, in Kempton Park, Gauteng. This year’s conference theme: ‘Safe, resilient and efficient heavy haul’, was prompted by the challenges the rail network system is facing. These challenges... 

An image depicting a smiling man, Brian Monakali, wearing a dark blue suit and white shirt
BRIAN MONAKALI This year’s conference will cover topics such as human capital, strategic matters, loading, offloading, shipping, infrastructure and rolling stock

Drive systems delivery in process

By: Halima Frost     29th July 2022 Drive component manufacturer SEW-EURODRIVE’s Gqeberha branch, in the Eastern Cape, is in the process of delivering drive systems that form part of a major project to an automotive machine builder, also in Gqeberha. These drive systems are part of an order the machine builder is supplying to its... 

A K series drive on offer from SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa
DRIVING GROWTH The SEW-EURODRIVE drive systems will be used on a new electro-coating facility at an automotive manufacturer in Mexico

Q1 recovery exceeds expectations – industry body

29th July 2022 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa | The  Automotive Business Council (Naamsa) states in its ‘Quarterly review of business conditions: new motor vehicle manufacturing industry / automotive sector first quarter 2022 report’ that the pace of recovery in the... 

A vehicle in the manufacturing process hoisted up on a lift with a worker stood under the chassis
LIFTING IT UP The new vehicle market has outperformed expectations according to industry body Naamsa
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