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Has SAA's rescue plan become unimplementable?

By: News24Wire      6th January 2021 The rescue practitioners of South African Airways could still end up having to say that the state-owned airline's rescue plan is not financially viable anymore and unimplementable. Then they would be forced to liquidate the airline because the business rescue process could not serve its purpose... 

Qantas to restart South Africa route in July – but you’ll need a Covid vaccine to fly

By: News24Wire      6th January 2021 Australia’s flag carrier, Qantas Airways, is looking to resume flights to and from South Africa on 1 July 2021. But that may make no difference for South Africans who do not receive a coronavirus vaccine by then. Qantas officially halted its South African flights in November 2020 and announced... 

OR Tambo International Airport receives international health accreditation

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th January 2021 Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, which is owned and operated by the State-owned Airports Company South Africa, has been accredited under the Airports Council International’s (ACI’s) Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) programme, it was announced on Wednesday. The AHA was developed by... 

Comair business rescue practitioners issue latest report on airline’s rescue plan progress

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th January 2021 The business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for private-sector airline Comair issued an update on progress with the group’s business rescue plan on Tuesday, in line with the requirements of the Companies Act. The update was issued via the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s SENS news service. The BRPs... 

Boeing delivers three 777F air cargo aircraft to Qatar

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th January 2021 US-based global major aerospace group Boeing marked the advent of the new year with the delivery of three 777 Freighter (777F) aircraft to Qatar Airways Cargo. One of the aircraft concerned was the 200th 777F to be delivered. With this delivery, Qatar’s 777F fleet now numbers 24 aircraft. The... 

SAA pilot lockout 'indefinite', while backpay dispute raises legal issues, says labour lawyer

By: News24Wire      5th January 2021 The rescue practitioners of South African Airways can continue with the lockout of pilots as long as it suits them or until the SAA Pilots’ Association agrees to their proposals, says Hugo Pienaar, a labour law expert at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Members of SAAPA have been locked out by the rescue... 

SAA pilot lockout 'indefinite', while backpay dispute raises legal issues, says labour lawyer

KwaZulu-Natal optimistic that suspension of direct London flights will be only short-term

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th January 2021 The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government and Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone (SEZ) management are both confident that the suspension of direct flights between Durban’s King Shaka International Airport and London by British Airways will prove to be only a short-term measure, until the Covid-19... 

Lessons learned at Beitbridge critical to AfCFTA success, say transport bodies

By: Irma Venter     4th January 2021 Transport and freight bodies are calling on the South African government to roll out a public-private partnership (PPP) to help facilitate cross-border trade. This is in order to prevent “future disasters” at border posts, similar to the chaos seen at the Beitbridge border post between South... 

Lessons learned at Beitbridge critical to AfCFTA success, say transport bodies
Juanita Maree

Siemens sees train boom from climate-conscious spending on rail

By: Bloomberg     18th December 2020 Siemens sees the rail market bouncing back from a coronavirus slump, aided by an international push to slash carbon-dioxide emissions from transport. The global market for trains and related infrastructure will expand by a quarter over the next three years to exceed pre-coronavirus levels,... 

Golden Arrow announces a fare increase

By: African News Agency      18th December 2020 The Golden Arrow Bus Service said on Friday it would increase passenger fares from December 28 to try and mitigate the effects of significantly higher operational cost throughout the year. In a statement Golden Arrow general manager Derrick Meyer said as per the company’s interim operating... 

Airlink to launch non-stop flights between Cape Town and Harare

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th December 2020 Independent regional airline Airlink will launch a new non-stop service between Cape Town and Harare from January 18. This is the latest in a series of new and resumed routes across the airline's Southern African network. 

SAA pilots union: Key issue is not cuts to salaries, perks - it's who will be rehired and why  

By: News24Wire      18th December 2020 The South African Airways Pilots Association (SAAPA) has hit back at claims by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) that a regulating agreement dating back to 1988 - which covers the cost structure for the airline's pilots - is too expensive to allow the restructured flag carrier to get off... 

SAA pilots union: Key issue is not cuts to salaries, perks - it's who will be rehired and why

DPE says pilot deal is too expensive and makes new SAA unattractive for investors  

By: News24Wire      17th December 2020 In order for a restructured South African Airways (SAA) to get off the ground, it is critical to reduce what it regards as the too high current cost structure relating to pilots in terms of a regulating agreement dating from 1988, the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) said in a statement on... 

DPE says pilot deal is too expensive and makes new SAA unattractive for investors

Transport dept partners with Distell on road safety campaign

By: Yvonne Silaule     14th December 2020 The Department of Transport has partnered with South African alcoholic beverages manufacturer Distell on a 365 days Arrive Alive road safety campaign. Distell has also committed to supporting the road safety interventions of the department through heightening public awareness and intensify the... 

Numsa blasts DPE, SAA, over 'misleading' workers, warns against 'unlawful' actions

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th December 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has attacked the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) concerning its behaviour regarding maintenance and repair organisation South African Airways Technical (SAAT), a subsidiary of the State-owned national airline South African Airways... 

Industrial blockchain expected to reach $2bn/y revenue in 2025

By: Schalk Burger     11th December 2020 While global blockchain revenues fell by 35% between 2018 and 2020, industrial blockchain revenues specifically have grown by 131% to $374-million this year, says global technology market advisory firm ABI Research. The industrial segment is the key driver for the blockchain market overall, with... 

Golden Arrow operator keen on running passenger rail service in Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2020 Hosken Passenger Logistics & Rail (HPL&R), which, among others, operates the Golden Arrow bus service in Cape Town, is interested in expanding its operations to become a private participant in the country’s rail sector, confirms HPL&R spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer. HPL&R is listed on the JSE... 

Barloworld to focus on industrial goods, food sector

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2020 Barloworld will, in the medium to long term, focus on two verticals, namely industrial goods and related services, as well as food and food ingredients, says CEO Dominic Sewela. “As we manage the pivoting out of the automotive and logistics business, we are very clear that we don’t want to be a... 

Ikhaya vaccine temperature monitoring solution receives WHO accreditation

By: Schalk Burger     10th December 2020 Pietermaritzburg-based remote temperature monitoring specialist Ikhaya Automation Systems has received accreditation from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for its VM1000 vaccine temperature monitoring device, says Ikhaya MD Praba Moonsamy. “The Ikhaya VM1000 recently qualified under the WHO... 

South Africa’s three main airports have reopened to the non-flying public

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th December 2020 The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) announced on Thursday that terminal buildings at three of its airports had been open to the non-flying public since Monday (December 7). The airports concerned are Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and Durban’s... 

Transnet says McKinsey owes it R1.2bn 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th December 2020 State-owned freight utility Transnet has confirmed that no final settlement has been reached with US-based consultancy McKinsey, but says the consultancy owes it more than R1.2-billion. Transnet and McKinsey had discussions up until December 9, with the main point of dispute being the repayment... 

ACSA ensures healthy, safe journey for passengers through international accreditation

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2020 Airports Company South Africa’s (ACSA’s) efforts to create a safe airport environment for travelers has been recognised by the Airports Council International (ACI) after several of its airports received the Airport Health Accreditation. The airports that received this accreditation are Cape Town... 

DPE appoints six nonexecutive directors to SAA interim board 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has appointed six nonexecutive directors to the interim board of South African Airways (SAA). Geoff Qhena will be the board’s interim chairperson, and will be joined by Peter Tshisevhe, June Crawford, Bembe Zwane, Professor Edna van Harte and Nick Fadugba. 

Sars freezes R2.8bn from Chinese rail company that paid Gupta kickbacks

By: News24Wire      9th December 2020 Days before R1.26-billion in frozen funds was due to be released to Gupta-linked Chinese rail group CRRC, the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday handed down an order that the monies remain frozen until the company provides a bank guarantee for the same amount to the South African Revenue... 

Gauteng clearing drivers licence renewal backlog, says Mamabolo

By: African News Agency      8th December 2020 More than 51 000 people managed to renew their driver’s licences across South Africa’s Gauteng province in November, after a major intervention led by member of the executive council for public transport and roads infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo following an outcry on a massive backlog. Mamabolo... 

South Africa offers bankrupt airline’s staff less than legally required 

By: Bloomberg     8th December 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises has asked workers at the bankrupt national airline to accept three months’ pay rather than the eight months they are entitled to by labour law and the terms of a business rescue plan, according to a labour union leader. The offer was made at the weekend and... 

South Africa offers bankrupt airline’s staff less than legally required

TMH Africa, UWC ink framework agreement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2020 Rolling stock manufacturer TMH Africa has signed a framework agreement with global rolling stock manufacturer United Wagon Company (UWC) to jointly supply the African market with freight wagons for narrow-gauge rail lines. The framework agreement lays the foundation for an industrial... 

Cabinet briefed on SAA business rescue, DPE assures on anti-graft actions at airline

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th December 2020 In a statement issued on Friday, the South African Cabinet reported that, at its virtual meeting on Wednesday, it had been briefed on the business rescue plan for State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA). In September the government committed itself to provide R10.5-billion... 

Sanral shares details on Eastern Cape road upgrades 

By: Donna Slater     4th December 2020 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) is planning major road upgrade projects for the King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) local municipality, including upgrading and widening of the R61, and upgrading of the N2 from Viedgesville to Mthatha into a dual carriageway. Sanral southern region... 

Grindrod Shipping extends IVS Pinehurst charter-in period

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th December 2020 Dual-listed Grindrod Shipping has agreed to extend the firm charter-in period of the 2015-built supramax drybulk vessel IVS Pinehurst for 11 to 13 months, starting from November 15. The company has a further option to extend the charter for an additional 11 to 13 months and retains the existing... 

Boeing 737 MAX wins its first order since it was grounded in 2019

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th December 2020 Irish low cost carrier Ryanair and US global major aerospace group Boeing announced on Thursday that the airline, which is Europe’s largest, had ordered 75 more 737 MAX single-aisle airliners. This is the first new order for the type since it was grounded in March 2019, as a consequence of two... 

Boeing 737 MAX wins its first order since it was grounded in 2019
Boeing 737 MAX

Airbus bets on hydrogen to deliver zero-emission jets

By: Bloomberg     4th December 2020 There are plenty of obstacles standing in the way of developing the first zero-emission, hydrogen-powered plane. It’s tricky to safely store and use the highly combustible fuel. There aren’t any airports equipped to refuel jets with it. And the cost of hydrogen itself is prohibitive, at least if... 

Rail link planned for small-scale cane growers

By: Darren Parker     4th December 2020 Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett is partnering with the South African Farmers Development Association, and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development to establish a sugar cane rail transport system, in KwaZulu-Natal, between Makhathini cane growers in northern Zululand and... 

Rail link planned for small-scale cane growers
LOWERED HAULAGE COSTS The project will result in a 50% reduction in transportation costs for growers

New real-time monitoring system enhances safety

4th December 2020 Automotive and truck parts manufacturer Bridgestone in collaboration with technology company Microsoft has developed a unique and innovative monitoring system to detect tyre damage issues in real-time. Bridgestone Europe, Russia, Middle East, India and Africa (EMIA) CEO and president Laurent... 

New real-time monitoring system enhances safety
DAMAGE CONTROL The Tyre Damage Monitoring System uses algorithms to detect and predict failures before they become catastrophic

Hard times for airlines forecast to continue next year, except for cargo operators

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th December 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, has forecast that the sector will continue to suffer deep losses next year, although much less than the losses that will be experienced this year. The first half of next year is expected... 

Gibela confident it will deliver 600 new train sets to PRASA by 2029 deadline

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2020 Train maker Gibela is confident it can meet the terms of its R51-billion contract to deliver 600 newly built train sets to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) by 2029, despite the impact of Covid-19, says CEO Hector Danisa. Gibela, in 2013, signed a R51-billion contract to supply... 

Africa’s post-Covid recovery provides major opportunities for South African aviation sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd December 2020 African recovery and return to economic growth following the Covid-19 pandemic presented a significant opportunity to the general aviation sector across the continent, but particularly in South Africa, SA Flyer editor Guy Leitch pointed out on Thursday. He was addressing the Commercial Aviation... 

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