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Rolls-Royce plans to launch all-electric aircraft in 2020

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th January 2019 Power systems provider Rolls-Royce is leading a highly specialised challenge of building the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft, which is planned to take flight in 2020 on the Welsh coastline. The zero-emissions plane is expected to travel at a target speed of more than 300 miles per hour... 

Nkomazi special economic zone to boost industrialisation in Mpumalanga

By: African News Agency      8th January 2019 South Africa's 10th special economic zone (SEZ), recently designated at Nkomazi in Mpumalanga, is expected to boost the industrial development of the province, the department of trade and industry (dti) said on Tuesday. The Nkomazi Special Economic Zone will be developed as an agro-processing... 

Nkomazi special economic zone to boost industrialisation in Mpumalanga

Despite unsuccessful tender, Gautrain remains on the lookout for new trains 

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2019 An almost three-year tender process, initiated in February 2016, to secure additional train sets for the Gautrain system, has failed to deliver the desired results, with none of the three short-listed bidders producing a compliant bid. However, the Gautrain system remains in need of additional... 

 Despite unsuccessful tender, Gautrain remains on the lookout for new trains

Becsa to acquire IP-rich Matriarch Equipment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th January 2019 JSE-listed heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment Company South Africa (Becsa), a subsidiary of Bell Equipment, will acquire Matriarch Equipment for an initial consideration of R3.8-million. The consideration will also include a further consideration of up to R15-million based on the... 

Alstom, Evershold Rail unveil design for new hydrogen train for UK market

By: Simone Liedtke     7th January 2019 Rail transport companies Alstom and Eversholt Rail have unveiled the design of a new hydrogen train for the UK market. The train, called Breeze, will be a conversion of the existing Class 321 trains, which reengineers some of the UK’s most reliable rolling stock, to create a clean train for the... 

Train derailment investigation points to sabotage – Transnet

By: Reuters     21st December 2018 Transnet hopes to re-open on Saturday one of two closed coal export lines linking mines to the Richards Bay export terminal after it was closed following a train derailment, the State-run freight company said on Friday. A preliminary investigation into the cause of the derailment points to... 

Numsa says committee set up to deal with Comair wage discrepencies

By: African News Agency      21st December 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said on Friday a working committee had been set up to deal decisively with wage discrepancies and shift patterns at Comair, after reaching a deal with the airline to avert a strike. Numsa confirmed it had signed an agreement with Comair, after... 

Air Tanzania becomes first African-based Airbus A220 operator

By: African News Agency      21st December 2018 Air Tanzania as become the first African carrier to take delivery of the Airbus A220 aircraft, the newest addition to the Airbus family of commercial aircraft, the companies said on Friday. Representatives from the airline as well as Tanzanian government officials alongside executives from the... 

War of words continues between Prasa and former acting CEO Letsoalo

By: African News Agency      20th December 2018 The war of words between former acting chief executive at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), Collins Letsoalo, and board members continued on Thursday with with him accusing them of lying, subterfuge and diversions. The charge came after the PRASA board urged on Wednesday urged... 

War of words continues between Prasa and former acting CEO Letsoalo
Collins Letsoalo

Transnet misses H1 export coal target

By: Mariaan Webb     19th December 2018 Freight logistics group Transnet has missed its half-year coal export target by 2.3-million tons, the State-owned company reported on Wednesday, citing locomotive failures, community unrest, as well as customer and export terminal constraints. The export coal line, which connects mines in... 

Transnet misses H1 export coal target

Hosken to expand its interest in Western Cape bus operations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th December 2018 Commuter transport company Hosken Passenger Logistics and Rail is in early stage negotiations to buy out the remaining shareholders of Sibanye Bus Services and Table Bay Area Rapid Transport (TBRT) in the Western Cape. Golden Arrow Bus Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of JSE-listed Hosken,... 

Numsa to meet Comair for mediation to avert looming strike

By: African News Agency      19th December 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) will meet the management team of Comair on Thursday to try to avert a looming strike over a wage increase dispute. The union is demanding a salary hike of 12%, a guaranteed 13th cheque, travelling allowance, 15% of basic salary as a... 

No compliant bids received for additional Gautrain rolling stock  

By: Mariaan Webb     18th December 2018 It is back to the drawing board for the procurement of additional rolling stock for the Gautrain system, after the prequalified bidders’ submissions failed to meet procurement requirements. The three prequalified bidders – Bombardier Transport, CRRC E-Loco Supply and Egoli Rail Consortium... 

No compliant bids received for additional Gautrain rolling stock

I was dismissed from Prasa for uncovering looters, says Collins Letsoalo 

By: African News Agency      17th December 2018 Collins Letsoalo, former acting chief of Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), said on Monday that his dismissal from the troubled entity was due to "a web of corruption and looters" he had unearthed during his walkabouts and roadshows at the agency, and never about an alleged massive salary... 

 I was dismissed from Prasa for uncovering looters, says Collins Letsoalo
Collins Letsoalo

PRASA closes Pretoria station for 40 days for maintenance

By: News24Wire      14th December 2018 If you take a train from Metrorail's Bosman station in Pretoria as part of your commute to work, you'll need to consider other modes of transport. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will be carrying out maintenance at the station, completely closing it to the public for at least 40... 

Air cargo revenue to increase by 5% in 2019, despite trade friction

By: Nadine James     14th December 2018 Air cargo revenue is expected to increase by about 5% to $116-billion in 2019, despite potential escalations in the US-China trade war and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, International Air Transport Association (Iata) chief economist Brian Pearce told attendees of the Iata Cargo Day, in... 

SACAA suspends CemAir’s air operator certificates

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th December 2018 CemAir can no longer operate as an airline or air operator or fly any of its 21 aircraft, following a decision by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) to suspend two of the airline’s air operator certificates (AOCs). The suspension became effective at around 15:30 on December 13. 

Sandton Central introduces sensory pedestrian crossing traffic signal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th December 2018 Sandton Central Management District has introduced new initiatives at Sandton Central, that of traffic signals that improve streets for pedestrians, including those with impaired vision, and all other road users. Working closely with the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), Sandton Central, which is... 

Sandton Central introduces sensory pedestrian crossing traffic signal
Audible lights will soon be installed at the corner of Katherine St and Rivonia Rd, Sandton Central

Cornubia bridge opened to traffic

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th December 2018 The new Cornubia bridge that crosses over the N2 to uMhlanga, in KwaZulu-Natal, has been partially opened to traffic, says construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV project engineer Brian Downie. The project was a joint venture in which Royal HaskoningDHV designed... 

Cornubia bridge opened to traffic
ONE STRUCTURE The Cornubia bridge forms one structure, carrying six mixed-use traffic lanes as well as pedestrian sidewalks and two bus lanes

N12 bridges expected to open in February 2019

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th December 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has identified two bridges on the N12 outside Hopetown, in the Northern Cape, that are being widened and improved, thereby increasing their life span, and the bridges are expected be opened to traffic in February next year, says project... 

N12 bridges expected to open in February 2019
BUILDING BRIDGES The original bridges were built in 1958 and 1985, spanning 31.2 m and 320 m respectively

E Cape project to be completed in July 2019

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th December 2018 The Qiti bridge forms part of a roads safety upgrade project that is expected to be complete in July next year. The project’s purpose is to improve vehicular and pedestrian safety, says global multidisciplinary management, engineering and development consultancy Hatch professional engineer Peter... 

Airbus unveils first base for its very high altitude UAV

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th December 2018 Europe-based global aerospace and defence company Airbus Defence and Space recently announced, in Australia, that it had opened the first operational launch site for its Zephyr “High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite” (Haps) at the Western Australian town of Wyndham. The Zephyr is a very high... 

Education at forefront for materials handling institute 

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     14th December 2018 The committee of the South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) aims to reverse the trend of constantly declining institute membership by actively running training workshops and lectures to educate members and people that are new to the industry about the industry. According to SAIMH... 

Education at forefront for  materials handling institute
Materials handling organisation, South African Institute of Materials Handling chairperson Adi Frittella and treasurer and tutor Bruce Watts discuss the organisation and its role in the materials handling industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Electric trucking no silver bullet, but pace of development picking up

By: Irma Venter     14th December 2018 Perusing the floor of the 67th IAA commercial vehicle fair, held in Hannover, Germany, in September, it was clear that the electric truck (ET) is not just a passing fancy. Yes, the so-called electric revolution may not happen in the next year, and not yet for long-distance, heavy-duty deliveries,... 

Electric trucking no silver bullet, but pace of development picking up

Back to the future for Eskom as it seeks to plug 1.3bn ton coal hole 

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2018 State-owned electricity producer Eskom is going back to the future as it seeks to close an estimated 1.3-billion ton coal shortfall that it calculates will arise over the remaining life of its coal-fired power station fleet. The shortfall calculation takes account of the decommissioning of the... 

Back to the future for Eskom as it seeks to plug 1.3bn ton coal hole
Photo by Dylan Slater
Primary energy division GM Dan Mashigo

ATNS launches 3D mobile simulator

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2018 Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on Thursday unveiled Air Traffic and Navigation Services’ (ATNS’) new three-dimensional (3D) mobile simulator during the commemoration of the annual International Civil Aviation Day, in Mbombela, Mpumalanga. ATNS chairperson Simphiwe Thobela said the 3D... 

Iata launches turbulence data sharing platform

By: Nadine James     13th December 2018 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has launched its Turbulence Aware data resource, which aims to assist airlines avoid turbulence, by augmenting the airlines’ ability to pre-empt turbulence by pooling and sharing real-time data, Iata meteorological programme head Katya... 

OR Tambo International geared up for 4m passengers

By: Simone Liedtke     12th December 2018 In a statement issued on Wednesday, OR Tambo International Airport said that it has geared up to help an anticipated four-million passengers get their holiday travels under way “stress-free and in the smoothest way possible”. Airport GM Bongiwe Pityi-Vokwana says the airport community is fully... 

Airline industry growth expected to continue into 2019  

By: Nadine James     12th December 2018 Despite protectionist policies, a lack of infrastructure and a dearth of skilled workers that are challenging the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) expects the industry will grow further in 2019. The industry has “been in the black since 2010” and is expected to... 

Airline industry growth expected to continue into 2019
Iata DG and CEO Alexandre de Juniac

Commission gives Polanofield go-ahead to acquire Dawn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2018 The Competition Commission has approved Polanofield’s proposed acquisition of JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) at R0.01 apiece. Polanofield – a shelf company that was recently bought by its controllers specifically for the purposes of the proposed transaction – plans to... 

Cape Town MyCiti bus petrol bombed, driver seriously injured

By: African News Agency      11th December 2018 A MyCiti bus driver was seriously injured when the bus he was driving was petrol bombed in Roodebloem street, Woodstock, in Cape Town, on Monday night at about 22:00. The spokesperson for the city's fire department, Theo Layne, said a passenger was also injured, but was not in a critical... 

E-hailing goods service Droppa to expand to WCape, KZN next year 

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2018 It’s like Uber, but for goods, not people. New e-hailing service Droppa allows you to book a small bakkie or truck to pick up and deliver that fridge that needs moving, or those chairs required at a wedding, or to take home that dinner table you just bought. Droppa is the brainchild of... 

E-hailing goods service Droppa to expand to WCape, KZN next year
Photo by Dylan Slater
Khathu Mufamadi

Transnet goods train derails, blocks major line in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      10th December 2018 A Transnet goods train derailed between Tygerberg and Bellville railway stations in Cape Town on Monday, severely delaying commuter services. "Under current circumstances, delays could exceed 120 minutes," Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said. Scott said the derailment occurred around 08:30... 

Dawn expects interim headline loss a share to widen

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2018 JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) on Friday advised its shareholders that it expects its headline loss per share (HLPS) for the six months ended September 30, to deteriorate by between 174% and 188%. It expects to report a HLPS of between 37.6c and 39.5c, compared with the... 

Gibela delivers its first South African made train to PRASA 

By: Irma Venter     7th December 2018 Gibela has delivered its first South African-built X’trapolis Mega commuter train to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The train was dispatched from Gibela’s new train manufacturing complex at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, this week, travelling to Prasa’s Wolmerton depot, north of... 

Gibela delivers its first South African made train to PRASA
The first South African-built X’trapolis Mega commuter train on its way to the Wolmerton depot

Mammoet opens new office in Accra, Ghana

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2018 Dutch company Mammoet is expanding its footprint in Africa with the opening of a new office in Accra, Ghana. The new base in Ghana will increase Mammoet’s offerings of specialist services in engineered heavy lifting and transport to the fast growing West African market, allowing for more... 

Mammoet opens new office in Accra, Ghana
Mammoet specialises in heavy lifting and transport

Regius developing coal-to-liquids, fertiliser project in Mozambique

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2018 UK-incorporated company Regius Synfuels is, through its Mozambican subsidiary Regius Synfuels Mozambique, developing an integrated 10 000 bbl/d clean diesel and gasoline and a 409 000 t/y fertiliser project, in the Tete province of Mozambique. The project is registered with the Investment... 

 

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