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TMH Africa unveils rolling stock manufacturing facility 

2nd May 2019 Railway engineering company TMH Africa earlier this month unveiled its 45 000 m2 rolling stock manufacturing facility, in Boksburg, in Gauteng. The facility will manufacture and assemble rolling stock, refurbish old locomotives and provide maintenance services. Marleny Arnoldi was at the launch. 

Transnet promises to fill executive vacancies as Mahomedy is appointed new acting CEO 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd May 2019 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has appointed Mohammed Mahomedy as acting group CEO after its board decided not to extend the six-month contract of the Tau Morwe, beyond Friday, May 3. Mahomedy, who has worked with Transnet for more than 12 years, has been acting CFO for the past 12... 

Transnet promises to fill executive vacancies as Mahomedy is appointed new acting CEO
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New acting Transnet CEO Mohammed Mahomedy

High Court turns down N2 Wild Coast Road appeal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th April 2019 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Tuesday welcomed a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court to deny an appeal against a decision that confirmed the road agency’s decision to proceed with the construction of the N2 Wild Coast Road (N2WCR). In an earlier judgment, Judge... 

SAA agrees debt rollover deal in principle – CEO 

By: Reuters     30th April 2019 State-owned South African Airways has reached an agreement in principle with lenders to roll over $642-million of debt, its CEO said on Tuesday, giving him room to execute a turnaround aimed at weaning the airline off government bailouts. President Cyril Ramaphosa has made a point of supporting... 

SAA agrees debt rollover deal in principle – CEO

Kenya secures $666m from China for tech city, highway

By: Reuters     29th April 2019 Kenya has secured 67.5-billion shillings ($666-million) in funding from China to build a data centre in a tech city currently under construction and a highway in Nairobi, the president's office said on Friday. Kenya has turned to China over the past few years for funds, technology and equipment... 

Nzimande announces Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th April 2019 Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on Friday announced government interventions to transform the minibus taxi industry, through revising the Taxi Recapitalisation Programme. The Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme resumed in March with the appointment of a new service provider, Anthus... 

Nzimande announces Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme

Durban, Richards Bay ports to receive two new helicopters in June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will, in June, take delivery of two new helicopters to service the Ports of Durban and Richards Bay. Italian company Leonardo manufactured the AgustaWestland AW109SP helicopters, valued at around R250-million, at its plant in Vergiate, Italy.  

Durban, Richards Bay ports to receive two new helicopters in June
AgustaWestland AW109SP helicopter

N2 highway in Cape Town to be closed at Hospital Bend for urgent repairs

By: African News Agency      26th April 2019 The City of Cape Town announced on Friday that the N2 highway inbound at Hospital Bend would be closed for urgent repair work to a water main. The repair work from 19:00 on Friday evening will be carried out by the City of Cape Town’s Water and Waste Directorate and is likely to affect inbound... 

Transnet installing new tippler to sustain iron-ore exports

By: Reuters     26th April 2019 Transnet is installing a new iron-ore tippler at the country’s main iron-ore export line in order to sustain its current output of 60-million tonnes a year, officials said on Friday at its Saldanha port terminal. The R3-billion project, which includes infrastructure such as a conveyor belt... 

Prasa suspends WC head of security, 2 others over burning trains saga

By: News24Wire      26th April 2019 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) announced on Friday that it has suspended its head of security in the Western Cape as well as two other security officers pending the outcome of an investigation into whether there was a security lapse that resulted in the burning of 12 train... 

 Prasa suspends WC head of security, 2 others over burning trains saga

FAA to convene summit of global regulators on 737 Max safety

By: Bloomberg     26th April 2019 The US Federal Aviation Administration next month will brief international aviation regulators on the agency’s work evaluating when the Boeing 737 Max can return to service, which some countries have signaled they intend to decide on their own. The FAA called the May 23 meeting “to provide... 

Rolls-Royce affirms the importance of the African market

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th April 2019 Africa is a important market for the aeroengines business of renowned British industrial technology company Rolls-Royce, the company’s VP Customers: Africa Kevin Evans tells “Engineering News”. “We see Africa as a large and growing market, one of strategic importance to us.”  

Firm plans to deploy 400 natural-gas refuelling sites across SA

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2019 Natural-gas distributor Delta Natural Gas (DNG) Energy is rolling out 400 natural gas refuelling sites across South Africa for the taxi and freight industries, which will provide an immediate cost reduction of 25% for these industries and reduce their carbon emissions, says DNG Energy CEO... 

Process equipment group sets up ‘supercenter’ in Mpumalanga

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2019 Mining and cement equipment multinational FLSmidth is producing equipment for mines and processing plants globally at the newly upgraded Delmas Supercenter, including large vibrating screens and flotation components, as well as repairing and upgrading customer equipment. The upgrade improves... 

Process equipment group sets up ‘supercenter’ in Mpumalanga
DELMAS SUPERCENTRE Department of Mineral Resources deputy minister Godfrey Oliphant and Ambassador of Denmark to South Africa Tobias Elling Rehfield were given a tour of the upgraded facility

Transnet spends days cleaning up pollution at Durban port following storm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has started a major cleanup at the Port of Durban to remove large volumes of waste and vegetation after recent heavy rains and flooding in KwaZulu-Natal. The adverse weather caused a deluge of plastic and other debris to flow into the port, leaving... 

Transnet spends days cleaning up pollution at Durban port following storm
Transnet National Ports Authority cleans up Durban port

Vadi launches R114 road rehabilitation project

By: African News Agency      25th April 2019 Gauteng MEC for roads and transport Ismail Vadi has officially launched the R114 road rehabilitation project near Muldersdrift in the West Rand. The R157-million project is fully funded by the provincial roads and transport department and partly implemented under the auspices of the expanded... 

Boeing suspends outlook as 737 Max uncertainty clouds future

By: Bloomberg     25th April 2019 Boeing's earnings missed analysts estimates for just the second time in five years as executives grapple with one of the worst crises in the planemaker’s century-long history. The manufacturer abandoned its 2019 financial forecast as it deals with the aftermath of two deadly crashes of its 737... 

N1 highway project in Cape Town nearing completion

By: African News Agency      24th April 2019 The project to add a third lane to the N1 in both directions between Plattekloof Road and Old Oak Interchange in Cape Town is expected to be complete early next month. This is according to the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) which said the project would help ease... 

Closure of Blantyre Airport’s main runway has forced changes to SAA operations

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th April 2019 South African Airways (SAA) announced on Wednesday that, because of the closing of the main runway of Malawi’s Chileka International Airport in Blantyre, also with effect from Wednesday (April 24), and until July 24 this year, the national flag carrier would not be able to operate services to... 

Closure of Blantyre Airport’s main runway has forced changes to SAA operations
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A Bombardier Q400 airliner of SA Express

TPT activates disaster management plan following heavy rains, flooding

By: Simone Liedtke     24th April 2019 Transnet Port Terminals has activated its disaster management plan following the recent heavy rains and flooding that has impacted terminal operations at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT), as well as at the Durban and Richards Bay bulk, breakbulk and car terminals. Despite earlier disruptions,... 

China's Tsingshan expands plans for Zimbabwe steel plant

By: Reuters     24th April 2019 China's Tsingshan Holding Group has expanded its plans for a steel plant in Zimbabwe to include a power plant and a lithium concession, Zimbabwe's Mines Minister Winston Chitando said on Tuesday. President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government is trying to woo foreign investors, especially in mining,... 

New technologies to change supply chain operating models, says Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     23rd April 2019 New technologies, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, can potentially and significantly disrupt existing supply chain operating models, information technology research and advisory multinational Gartner VP analyst Christian Titze said on Tuesday. Gartner... 

'Sinister force' behind arson attacks on SA's rail system, says Nzimande

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2019 A "sinister force" was at work trying to destroy South Africa's commuter rail system, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande said on Monday. In a statement, Nzimande condemned Sunday's arson attack at Cape Town station which resulted in two trains being destroyed by a fire. 

Versatility key to Vanguard embracing Industry 4.0

By: Thabi Madiba     19th April 2019 The heavy lifting and abnormal loads sector has embraced Industry 4.0 and incorporated many new technologies, such as three-dimensional (3D) modelling of heavy lift solutions and real-time data monitoring, says heavy rigging and lifting company Vanguard lead sales and project manager Dale Huddy.... 

Oxygen tanks successfully installed

By: Thabi Madiba     19th April 2019 In February machine moving and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros successfully installed new oxygen tanks at 27 provincial hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, after removing redundant oxygen tanks. Lovemore Bros was awarded the contract from gas supplier Afrox and industrial gas supplier Air Liquide in... 

Africa’s air cargo sector needs trade and aviation liberalisation to reach full potential

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th April 2019 In early February, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its global air freight data for the whole of 2018. Although worldwide demand, measured in freight (metric) ton kilometres (FTKs) rose by 3.5% in comparison to 2017, it was far below 2017’s 9.7% growth. And demand... 

Africa’s air cargo sector needs trade and aviation liberalisation to reach full potential

Van der Merwe to lead establishment of Gauteng Transport Authority 

By: Irma Venter     18th April 2019 Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe will, in the short term, steer the establishment of the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA), says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. ‘Short term’ refers to a period of six months. Van der Merwe will remain in his position as... 

Van der Merwe to lead establishment of Gauteng Transport Authority
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Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi and GMA CEO Jack van der Merwe

Pilot Crushtec partners with Sanral to help smaller contractors tender for projects  

18th April 2019 The South African National Roads Agency has signed a memorandum of understanding with rock crushing equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec to engender relationships with smaller contractors in the lower end of the construction industry, as part of the organisation’s transformation drive. Tasneem... 

Pilot Crushtec partners with Sanral to help smaller contractors tender for projects
Pilot Crushtec partners with Sanral to help smaller contractors tender for projects

Nzimande requests George IPTN Phase 4B suspension

By: Nadine James     17th April 2019 Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has requested the Western Cape provincial government to suspend plans to roll out Phase 4B of the George Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN). This was in response to a letter sent by the Western Cape Transport MEC Donald Grant, informing Nzimande of the... 

Nzimande requests George IPTN Phase 4B suspension
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Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande

Johannesburg Roads Agency suspends top management over tender irregularities

By: African News Agency      16th April 2019 Top managers at the troubled Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) including MD Goodwill Mbatha have been suspended for flouting tender regulations, the city's mayor Herman Mashaba said on Tuesday. The JRA's board on Monday adopted the findings of a series of forensic investigations which implicated... 

N1 highway pedestrian bridge to be ready for use soon

By: Simone Liedtke     15th April 2019 The new pedestrian bridge over the N1 at Erasmusrand will soon be ready for use by pedestrians and cyclists near Hoërskool Waterkloof, in Pretoria, says the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). The bridge, which was built in under 20 hours over this past weekend, only needs to... 

N1 highway pedestrian bridge to be ready for use soon
The new pedestrian bridge over the N1 at Erasmusrand will soon be ready for use by pedestrians and cyclists near Hoërskool Waterkloof, in Pretoria

Port of Durban welcomes new cruise line company to South Africa  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th April 2019 South Africa has attracted another new cruise line company to its ports, with the maiden voyage of the Viking Sun cruise liner, which sailed into the Port of Durban on April 12. The ship is operated by Switzerland-based owner Viking Ocean Cruises. 

Port of Durban welcomes new cruise line company to South Africa
Viking Sun cruise liner at the Port of Durban

Tribunal dismisses collusive tendering complaint against WBHO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2019 The Competition Tribunal this week dismissed the Competition Commission’s complaint referral against construction company WBHO Construction in which it was alleged to have colluded on a South African National Roads Agency tender. The matter stemmed from the commission’s industry-wide... 

Transnet to meet OEMs this month in bid to reach settlement on ‘unlawful’ locomotive contracts 

By: Terence Creamer     12th April 2019 State-owned logistics group Transnet will, during the course of April and May, seek to secure “just and equitable” negotiations with the four original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) supplying it with 1 064 diesel and electric locomotives under a R49-billion procurement programme concluded in... 

Transnet to meet OEMs this month in bid to reach settlement on ‘unlawful’ locomotive contracts

Kenya airports body sees land at $10bn on revaluation

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2019 Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) expects its land holdings to be worth more than one-trillion shillings ($9.9-billion) after a revaluation is concluded in a month, CEO Jonny Andersen said. “Since we’ll have a different balance sheet, we can go to the banks and ask for completely different financing... 

Nzimande instructs PRASA board to improve the reliability of trains

By: African News Agency      12th April 2019 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has instructed the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) board to improve reliability of trains and trains cancellations by 60% and 41% improvement respectively. This comes after a meeting Nzimande had with PRASA which was prompted when president Cyril... 

Electrical heat tracing viable safety precaution

12th April 2019 With the maintenance at particular temperatures during transportation of various products – such as containers and tanks carrying oil and bitumen acids – having become a critical part of realising quality and insurance guarantees, electrical heat tracing (EHT) has emerged as a vital component for... 

Electrical heat tracing viable safety precaution
SAFETY FIRST The EHT cabling generates heat over the surface of the container, which in turn heats up the product inside the container
 

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