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DTPW provides update on Great Brak River roadworks

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2019 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) on Wednesday said its R182-million project to upgrade the R102 between Hartenbos and the Great Brak River, as well as the DR1578 between Tergniet and Wolwedans, would be completed by mid-2020. A number of construction activities are... 

Man electrocuted on roof of Cape Town train

By: News24Wire      23rd January 2019 A man was electrocuted on top of a train travelling from Philippi to Cape Town early on Wednesday morning, Metrorail Western Cape has confirmed. "It was the first train of the day and it is unclear what led to the incident. Emergency services, the police, Metrorail crews, forensics and a mortuary... 

New Imperial CEO to take over from Swanepoel in February

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2019 Mohammed Akoojee will take over as CEO of integrated outsourced logistics provider Imperial Logistics with effect from February 1. This follows the earlier-than-expected conclusion of the handover process. 

Airbus seeks to stimulate quantum computing for aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd January 2019 Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus launched on Tuesday a global quantum computing development competition. The Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge (AQCC) is intended to stimulate proposals and solutions regarding “complex optimisation and modelisation” (in Airbus’ words)... 

Cape Town’s WhereIsMyTransport expands to Latin America, India

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2019 Public transport data and technology company WhereIsMyTransport has raised $1.85-million in funding from Liil Ventures and Goodwell Investments, as part of its Series A funding round. The funding will support the company’s expansion into Latin America and India. 

Cape Town’s WhereIsMyTransport expands to Latin America, India
Data collected by WhereIsMyTransport in Mexico City

Western Cape govt starts Holgaten trunk road improvement project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd January 2019 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has started a project to improve and reseal 16.5 km of trunk road between Holgaten and Oudtshoorn, and reseal another 6.7 km section of trunk road between Holgaten and Uniondale. The first section is a major north-south link between... 

PRASA to have permanent group CEO by April – Minister

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd January 2019 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande expects the process to appoint a permanent group CEO for the Passenger Railway Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to be completed by April. He stated this in a reply to a Parliamentary question by Democratic Alliance MP Chris Hunsinger, dated January 9.  

SAA extends flight cancellations to Blantyre over airport safety failings

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd January 2019 South African national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) announced on Tuesday that it was extending its cancellation of flights between Johannesburg and Blantyre, Malawi. The extension means that the flights to and from Blantyre scheduled for Wednesday January 23 have now been cancelled.... 

SAA extends flight cancellations to Blantyre over airport safety failings

New construction process proposed for Gautrain expansion project

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2019 More than halfway through the 15-year Gautrain concession period, Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe says he is pleased with the operation of the 80-km rail system. “Looking back at building the Gautrain there are positives and negatives. A positive is that we have an... 

 New construction process proposed for Gautrain expansion project

How the cargo ship industry is cleaning up its filthy act

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2019 Air pollution from cars and factories has been regulated in much of the world since the 1970s. When it comes to the smoke-belching ships that carry global trade, the rules have been a lot looser. Big changes start next January, though, when long-debated standards from the International Maritime... 

Roads Agency Limpopo accepts CEO's resignation

By: African News Agency      18th January 2019 Provincial road infrastructure delivery parastatal Roads Agency Limpopo said on Friday it had accepted the resignation of CEO Maselaganye Matji with effect from March 31, for personal reasons. Matji was appointed on a five-year contract ending February 2020 after the agency was effectively... 

E-toll contract not renewed but extended – Electronic Toll Collection

By: News24Wire      18th January 2019 The Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) says its Gauteng e-toll contract with the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has been extended - not renewed. It says the extension was made as per the provisions of the contract entered into between the parties in 2009. This was after the Democratic... 

HAW expands hose offering in South Africa

18th January 2019 Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse (HAW), a subsidiary of Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group Company, has expanded its hose crimper offering with the addition of the Uniflex UG32 grease crimper to its range. With orders ready for delivery in December last year, the UG32 launch was preceded with the... 

HAW expands hose offering in South Africa
UNIFLEX UG32 AND UG2O GREASE CRIMPERS Owing to product demand and our role in the fluid power market, the decision to supply a crimper unique to HAW was made

Sappma pleased with results after increasing audit frequency

By: Cameron Mackay     18th January 2019 Last year, more factory audits of plastic pipe producers and manufacturers who are members of the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) showed promising results leaving much hope for the future of the plastic pipes industry, says the quality regulator’s CEO, Jan Venter.... 

Sappma pleased with results after increasing audit frequency
SAPPMA From an environmental point of view, we can do a lot more for the same amount of money and materials

Transnet to pursue ‘just and equitable’ settlements with rail OEMs awarded ‘unlawful’ contracts 

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2019 Having determined the procurement of 1 064 diesel and electric locomotives to be “irregular and unlawful”, Transnet has communicated its intention to review contracts awarded to four original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in 2015. The State-owned freight logistics group has also indicated that... 

Transnet to pursue ‘just and equitable’ settlements with rail OEMs awarded ‘unlawful’ contracts
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Transnet chairperson Dr Popo Molefe

Alstom warns Siemens rail deal could be blocked by Europe

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2019 Alstom and Siemens’s planned rail merger appeared to be increasingly in danger of collapse, with the French company warning of a possible block by European antitrust regulators and its former German rival said to be considering alternatives for its business. “It’s a very frustrating moment for... 

Agrizzi shows inquiry video of Bosasa bosses counting money for ACSA tender bribe

By: African News Agency      17th January 2019 Former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi on Thursday showed the commission probing state capture a video in which businessman Gavin Watson counted money allegedly used to pay a bribe to secure a R14 million a month contract from the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA). Continuing... 

Gautrain seeks ways to grow ridership as 2018 hits govt's pocket 

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2019 The patronage guarantee payable by the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) to the Bombela Concession Company (BCC), as the Gautrain operator, has increased from R1.34-billion in the 2016/17 financial year, to around R1.5-billion for the 2017/18 financial year. GMA CEO Jack van der Merwe says the... 

Gautrain seeks ways to grow ridership as 2018 hits govt's pocket

Festive season road death toll increases to 1 612

By: News24Wire      16th January 2019 Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande on Wednesday announced an increase in the number of fatalities experienced on the roads during the festive season. According to preliminary figures, 1 286 car accidents were recorded during the 2018/2019 festive season, which resulted in 1 612 fatalities. "We... 

SAA appoints former prosecution chief to its group executive 

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th January 2019 Embattled State-owned flag-carrier South African Airways (SAA) announced on Tuesday that Advocate Vusi Pikoli had been appointed as the airline’s Chief Risk and Compliance Officer. He will take up the post on February 1. Pikoli is currently an advisor to the Minister of State Security. He was,... 

Alstom, APIX celebrate Coradia Polyvalent’s first journey in Senegal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th January 2019 Integrated transport systems provider Alstom and APIX, the agency responsible for the promotion of investment and major works in Senegal, this week celebrated the first voyage of the Coradia Polyvalent train, in Dakar. The event took place in the presence of Senegal President Macky Sall and... 

Cosatu angered by R1.6bn subsidy for Gautrain

By: African News Agency      15th January 2019 The Congress of South Africa Trade Union (Cosatu) in Gauteng said on Tuesday that it was dismayed by the news that the provincial department of transport will be subsidizing Gautrain operating expenses with a whopping R1.5-billion this year.  News emerged on Monday that the Gautrain Management... 

Ctrack launches small tracking devices for use on containers, packages, bikes

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2019 Vehicle tracking and telematics provider, Ctrack, has launched its BX500 and BX600 range of wireless, ultra-compact GPS tracking devices. The company says these devices are ideal for use in cars, trucks and motorbikes, such as delivery bikes, quads, golf carts, delivery vans and generators. 

Ctrack launches small tracking devices for use on containers, packages, bikes

International passenger numbers at Cape Town International Airport grow by 9.6% in 2018

By: African News Agency      14th January 2019 Last year, 2.6-million international passengers were recorded by Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), representing a 9.6% growth from 2017 despite the drought and other problems experienced by the region, the City of Cape Town said on Sunday. "This growth came from long-haul carriers from... 

South Africa’s space agency becomes space weather centre for aviation across Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th January 2019 The Ministry of Science and Technology announced on Monday that the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) had been chosen by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to be the provider of space weather information for the aviation sector across Africa and/or using African... 

South Africa’s space agency becomes space weather centre for aviation across Africa

Home Affairs Committee proposes cell phone ban for DoH staff   

By: Sane Dhlamini     14th January 2019 Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs chairperson Hlomani Chauke on Monday called on the Department of Home Affairs (DoH) to consider an outright ban on cell phone usage by front line staff during working hours at all branches. This follows numerous complaints made to the committee from members of... 

Home Affairs Committee proposes cell phone ban for DoH staff

Cable theft causes major delays for Pretoria commuter trains

By: African News Agency      11th January 2019 Train operator Metrorail said on Friday its service between Belle Ombre-Mabopane-Pretoria and Garankuwa-Pretoria had been severely disrupted due to overhead catenary wires stolen at Wintersnest.  It said trains from Mabopane and Garankuwa stations were turning around at Wintersnest station as a... 

SA Express airline hopes to break even by FY-end – spokesperson

By: Reuters     11th January 2019 State-run South African airline SA Express, which has seen several executives suspended over graft allegations, hopes to break even by the end of the financial year, its spokesman said in a radio interview on Friday. He was speaking ahead of the relaunch of the airline's flights from Cape Town to... 

Embraer, Boeing deal gets approval from the new Brazilian government

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th January 2019 The Brazilian government announced on Thursday that it had approved the creation of two joint ventures (JVs) between Brazilian aerospace company Embraer and US aerospace group Boeing. The Brazilian government holds a “golden share” in the originally State-owned Embraer, giving it power of veto... 

Embraer, Boeing deal gets approval from the new Brazilian government
Photo by Rebecca Campbell/Creamer Media
An Embraer E190-E2 airliner at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, while on an international demonstration tour. This is one of the types that will fall under the Embraer/Boeing JV

Train accident highlights need for industry-wide solution, stronger regulator – RRA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th January 2019 An industry-wide solution and a strengthened railway regulator with more powers are needed to prevent future train accidents, such as the one that claimed the lives of four people and resulted in the injury of hundreds more earlier this week, industry body, the Rail Road Association (RRA) said in... 

SA Express reintroduces routes from Cape Town

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th January 2019 State-owned local regional airline SA Express announced on Thursday that it would be reinstating its flights between Cape Town and Bloemfontein and Cape Town and Walvis Bay (in Namibia). “Cape Town is one of our most important hubs and we are delighted to be back, offering our services to... 

Rail Enforcement Unit a success story, says Cape Town mayor

By: African News Agency      10th January 2019 Cape Town Mayor, Dan Plato on Wednesday said the Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) -- which provides an additional 100 law enforcement officers to the existing security personnel in meeting Metrorail’s security challenges -- has been a success story and will assist in stabilising the urban rail service... 

November airline traffic healthy, but moderating – Iata

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th January 2019 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) on Tuesday announced healthy, but moderating, global passenger traffic results for November 2018. Total revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) rose by 6.2% compared with November 2017, a slight deceleration from 6.3% growth in October. 

Uganda aims to pick bidder to build, operate highway by end-2019

By: Reuters     9th January 2019 Uganda expects to pick the winning bidder by the end of 2019 to build and operate a $1.5-billion road project under a public private partnership (PPP) model, a senior official said on Tuesday. The planned 95 km (60-mile) highway will connect the capital Kampala with Jinja, an industrial town in... 

Estimated cost of Pretoria train crash is R21m – Metrorail

By: News24Wire      8th January 2019 The estimated financial cost of Tuesday's train collision in Pretoria amounts to R21-million, Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said. Mofokeng was speaking at the scene, as the two remaining bodies trapped under the wreckage were removed. Three people have been confirmed dead as a result of... 

Iata’s new payment method for air tickets successfully demonstrated

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th January 2019 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has successfully completed the first Iata Pay ticket purchase transaction in a live test environment, the organisation announced in a statement on Tuesday. The transaction was conducted in partnership with UK-based fintech company ipagoo. 

SAA secures R3.5bn loan to keep operating until March  

By: News24Wire      8th January 2019 South Africans Airways (SAA) says it has secured the R3.5-billion loan it needed to keep operating until the end of the financial year in March, providing a temporary relief for the cash-strapped airline. The loss-making flag carrier, which is battling cash flow challenges, is implementing a... 

 SAA secures R3.5bn loan to keep operating until March
 

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