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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... 

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
Photo by Dylan Slater
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
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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

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... 

Rolls-Royce plans to launch all-electric aircraft in 2020
Rolls-Royce concept of an all-electric aircraft

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... 


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