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Transport News

TNPA embarks on ambitious R9.1bn seven-year infrastructure development programme 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2022 Further to Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) “reimagined” operational model, launched in November last year, and increased efficiency initiatives that are under way, the State-owned utility has announced it will spend R9.1-billion over the next seven years on capital projects in the... 

Reform, State capability, corruption must be addressed before South Africa can progress – Mavuso

By: Donna Slater     24th June 2022 Three critical issues stand in the way of South Africa moving forward in terms of developing and attracting investment, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso said at the Southern Africa France Business Forum on June 22. Hosted by Business France, French Foreign Trade Advisors and the... 

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Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso

Sanral success stories

By: Tracy Hancock     24th June 2022 Despite the negative impact of its recent tender cancellations, South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it continues to improve, manage and maintain the national road network. In Limpopo, the R37 improvement project between the Modikwa mine and Burgersfort worth R616-million is... 

CHANGING IT UP The Kokstad Interchange project along the R56 provincial route will take 33 months to complete
CHANGING IT UP The Kokstad Interchange project along the R56 provincial route will take 33 months to complete

Maintenance of ageing road network a top priority – JRA

By: Tracy Hancock     24th June 2022 The deterioration of Johannesburg’s roads is a key concern in terms of the general maintenance of the city, with inclement weather, vandalism and theft, as well as ageing infrastructure, the key challenges hindering service delivery, says Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) acting road infrastructure... 

CASH CONSTRAINTS
Limited financial resources and rapidly ageing road infrastructure make it challenging to carry out all maintenance activities
CASH CONSTRAINTS Limited financial resources and rapidly ageing road infrastructure make it challenging to carry out all maintenance activities

Majority of Sanral road network exceeds design life

By: Tracy Hancock     24th June 2022 With 83.6% of the national road network under South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) jurisdiction exceeding its 20-year design life, there is increased risk of rapid deterioration during the wet season, owing to the old, cracked surfaces being susceptible to moisture ingress,... 

CUSTOMARY CONDITIONS
To be considered a well-maintained road network, it is the in-house norm at Sanral that not more than 10% be in a poor to very poor condition
CUSTOMARY CONDITIONS To be considered a well-maintained road network, it is the in-house norm at Sanral that not more than 10% be in a poor to very poor condition

South Africa sued over sale of national airline in $3 deal

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2022 South Africa’s government and national airline are being sued by a little-known investment firm, which wants the sale of a majority stake in the carrier scrapped and re-run due to a lack of transparency. This year’s acquisition of 51% of South African Airways by the Takatso Consortium -- made up... 

Sasol signs agreement with aircraft company to develop sustainable aviation fuels

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd June 2022 South African chemicals and energy company Sasol signed, on Wednesday, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with German aircraft manufacturer Deutsche Aircraft, on developing Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) technology. The MoU is specifically focused on the development of technologies for green... 

Zondo calls for new inquiry into how SA's passenger rail was left on brink of collapse

By: News24Wire      23rd June 2022 The final report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has recommended that a new probe be instituted to get to the bottom of why SA's state-run passenger rail agency was allowed to "slide into almost total ruin".  Despite dedicating 250 pages to wrongdoing and failures at the... 

Former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana
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Former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana

Opportunities abound in transport, logistics if challenges can be addressed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2022 There are considerable challenges facing the country’s commuter transport, freight and logistics sectors, which are impeding economic growth; however, there are signs of improvement. This was a key message from speakers during a transport and logistics panel discussion, on day two of the... 

Satsa calls on Presidency to urgently intervene in licensing debacle

By: Darren Parker     22nd June 2022 The South African Tourism Services Association (Satsa) has called on the Presidency to urgently intervene and declare an immediate moratorium on new and renewal applications for accreditation, operating licences and permits within the tourism sector for the sake of saving jobs and preventing the... 

New mindset at SAA will lead to a profit being turned in future, says CEO

By: Donna Slater     22nd June 2022 The mindset of South African Airways (SAA) has changed with its restructuring and the airline will turn a profit at some point, states SAA CEO John Lamola. In an interview with CNN international business correspondent Richard Quest on the Quest Means Business show on June 20, Lamola said SAA was... 

S&J Industrial Estate development applies for EcoDistricts certification

By: Darren Parker     22nd June 2022 The new S&J Industrial Estate, situated on the south-eastern corridor of Johannesburg, has applied to become the first EcoDistricts-certified precinct outside of North America. EcoDistricts promotes new models of urban development to empower just, sustainable and resilient neighbourhoods.... 

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Operation Vulindlela making progress in driving priority structural reforms  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st June 2022 The Presidency’s Operation Vulindlela (OV) has made markable process on accelerating implementation of priority structural reforms since its establishment in October 2020. Presidency project management office head Rudi Dicks addressed delegates during the Manufacturing Indaba, held in Sandton on... 

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Presidency private office director Saul Musker explains how far Operation Vulindlela has come with assisting structural reform

Iata calls for governments to strengthen regulations on the air transport of lithium batteries

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2022 On Tuesday, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) again called for governments around the world to strengthen their enforcement of safety regulations concerning the air transport of lithium batteries. At its 78th annual general meeting, being held in Doha, in Qatar, Iata also called... 

FlySafair to add new routes across Africa after rival’s collapse

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2022 South African airline FlySafair plans to add at least ten new routes across sub-Saharan Africa to take advantage of a gap in the market left by the collapse of domestic rival Comair. The closely held carrier will fly to capital cities such as Nairobi, Lusaka and Maputo alongside holiday... 

Rail infrastructure thieves sentenced to ten years

By: Donna Slater     21st June 2022 Seven criminals, found in possession of Transnet railway tracks in January, were sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to tampering with, damaging and destroying essential infrastructure. In recent years, Transnet has experienced a sharp increase involving theft of cables and... 

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Transnet to issue locomotive tender in July to address crippling port and rail backlog

By: News24Wire      21st June 2022 In a bid to improve on its operational performance, clear logistic backlogs, and claw itself out of its financial predicament, Transnet has confirmed that it will issue a tender for the procurement of new locomotives next month. This comes after Transnet Group CEO Portia Derby told Business Day... 

Iata calls for State support for the production of sustainable aviation fuels

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2022 Governments must urgently implement large-scale incentives for the production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF), the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has urged. Iata is the global representative body of the airline sector and is currently holding its 78th annual general meeting... 

UAE to build Red Sea port in Sudan in $6 billion investment package

By: Reuters     21st June 2022 The United Arab Emirates will build a new Red Sea port in Sudan as part of a $6-billion investment package, DAL group chairperson Osama Daoud Abdellatif, a partner in the deal, told Reuters. Abdellatif said the package includes a free trade zone, a large agricultural project and an imminent... 

Iata calls for the world’s governments to learn lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2022 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), which is the representative body for the global airline industry, has urged the world’s governments to learn the lessons from their attempts to contain and combat the Covid-19 pandemic by means of travel restrictions and border closures. These... 

Impact of disruptive weather on supply chain requires mitigation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st June 2022 Weather conditions in KwaZulu-Natal in April disrupted the entire supply chain, and while this is slowly being restored to normality, there are considerably direct and consequential costs to the region and country, and a full recovery will take much time, law firm Bowmans ports, transport and... 

Eleven-point action plan agreed to address recruitment of foreign truck drivers

By: Donna Slater     20th June 2022 The Road and Freight Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), in partnership with the road and freight industry stakeholders, have agreed on an eleven-point action plan to deal with industry challenges and the recruitment of foreign nationals. The Road and Freight IMC met with industry players that... 

Iata reports an improved financial forecast for the world’s airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th June 2022 The world representative body of the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has upgraded its forecast for the sector’s financial performance this year. This is the consequence of an accelerating recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The industry globally looks set to... 

UK quasi-airship design to go into production following agreement with Spanish airline

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th June 2022 UK low carbon aviation technology company Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) announced last week that Spanish regional airline Air Nostrum had signed an aircraft reservation agreement for ten of the former’s Airlander 10 hybrid aircraft. The airline is scheduled to start operations with the type in 2026.... 

An artist’s impression of an Airlander 10 in Air Nostrum livery
Photo by HAV
An artist’s impression of an Airlander 10 in Air Nostrum livery

Supply chain blockages must end – SAAFF

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2022 South Africa cannot afford the massive and continued knock-on effects from disruptions to the national supply chain caused by truck driver blockades on the N3 to and from the Port of Durban, as was again seen last week, says the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF)... 

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Police arrest 2 men with more than 300kg of Transnet copper cable

By: News24Wire      20th June 2022 Two men were arrested in Vredenburg after allegedly being found with 302 kg of copper cable belonging to Transnet, Western Cape police said. Police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut said officers on patrol on Saturday night arrested the two at the R27 and R399 crossing in Vredenburg. 

Three SA airports voted best in Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th June 2022 South Africa is home to the three best airports in Africa, according to the latest Skytrax’s 2021/22 World Airport Survey, announced on Thursday. Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) was voted as the best airport in Africa, followed by King Shaka International Airport (KSIA) at number two and... 

Labour migration policy nearing completion, says Nxesi as truckers intensify action over foreign drivers  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th June 2022 The Employment and Labour Department is finalising policy that will help to regulate the extends to which foreign nationals can be employed in South Africa, Minister Thulas Nxesi said on Friday. His comments come as trucker drivers this week intensified their national strike against the... 

Labour migration policy nearing completion, says Nxesi as truckers intensify action over foreign drivers

The latest Airbus airliner has made its first flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th June 2022 The Airbus A321XLR single-aisle airliner successfully executed its maiden flight on Wednesday afternoon, the Europe-based major aerospace group has reported. The suffix -XLR stands for extra-long range, and the aircraft is the latest member of the A320neo family to be developed (-neo standing for... 

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The first A321XLR takes off on its first flight

Numsa signs above inflation wage increase with Gautrain operator

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th June 2022 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it has signed an above-inflation wage increase of 7%, effective July 1, with the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), the agency which is running the Gautrain. In a statement, the union indicates that it has been engaging the employer... 

Faced with government ineptitude, Cape Town is going it alone

By: Bloomberg     17th June 2022  As South Africa’s government struggles to provide sufficient electricity, public transport and other basic services, the country’s main tourist hub is increasingly going it alone. Cape Town, which has been led by the opposition Democratic Alliance since 2006, is forging ahead with plans to... 

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N3 protest: Supply chain under attack, cost to economy more than R300m

By: News24Wire      17th June 2022 The Road Freight Association wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday to ask him to to urgently intervene in an ongoing blockade of key cargo routes across the country. In an open letter, Road Freight Association CEO Gavin Kelly told Ramaphosa road freight companies were being targeted and... 

N3 protest: Supply chain under attack, cost to economy more than R300m

Southern African airlines in Catch-22 as costs rise amid fragile demand

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th June 2022 To all practical intents and purposes, the Covid-19 pandemic hit Southern Africa just over two years ago. The pandemic and the measures adopted by the region’s governments to try and counter it have had a severe impact on the Southern African airline industry (and indeed on all sectors associated... 

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Sector can reap benefits from rail liberalisation

By: Sabrina Jardim     17th June 2022 Liberalising rail will allow for rail freight to be operated with the efficiency of the private sector at the core of designed operations, says rail infrastructure consulting company Taylorail CEO David Taylor. Taylor says this will allow for end-clients to benefit from lower cost-per-ton... 

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TAYLORAIL WAGON Locomotives and wagons are capital intensive, with an estimated R600-million required to make use of one return slot out of the 16 that Transnet has issued advertisements for

Rail infrastructure challenges abound

By: Sabrina Jardim     17th June 2022 Train operators are working to restore the condition of South Africa’s rail network, including trains and stations, which is in “dire straits”, says Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) chief operations officer Tshepo Kgare. “The ageing infrastructure and limited capacity to move more goods and... 

An image depicting a smiling woman, Tshepo Kgare, wearing a blue blouse and black blazer
TSHEPO KGARE The RSR aims to develop a modern, flexible and efficient regulatory regime that ensures the continuing enhancement of safe railway operations

SGR to provide rail benefits

By: Sabrina Jardim     17th June 2022 With the National Rail Policy (NRP) emphasising the introduction of high speed standard gauge rail (SGR) technology on South Africa’s major rail networks, rail infrastructure consulting company Taylorail CEO David Taylor says this will make rail, as a mode of transport, a competitor for... 

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DAVID TAYLOR Taylorail aims for the establishment of an open, efficient rail network by the public sector, which, alongside the private sector, enables the local economy to move forward

Policy opportunity for rail infrastructure

By: Sabrina Jardim     17th June 2022 With South Africa’s reliance on commodity exports, which can be handled only in large volumes by rail, law firm Norton Rose Fulbright Africa director and transport head Malcolm Hartwell says rail is a more efficient and environment-friendly way of transporting goods, making it crucial that rail... 

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RAIL POLICY The White Paper on National Rail Policy recognises problems with rail infrastructure and commits government to solving them
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