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SA unions vow to work with government to save SAA, SA Express 

By: African News Agency      29th April 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association said they had had constructive discussions with the government on ensuring the continued existence of troubled national carrier South African Airways and fellow state-owned airline SA Express. The... 

Iata urges aviation regulators to coordinate temporary Covid-19 crisis steps through ICAO

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th April 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has called on aviation regulators around the world to work with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to ensure the seamless and safe operation of civil aviation around the world during the current Covid-19 pandemic. Such... 

SA Express provisionally liquidated 

By: News24Wire      28th April 2020 State-owned regional airline SA Express has been placed in provisional liquidation after its business rescue practitioners filed an urgent court application, a reliable source confirmed to Fin24 on Tuesday. This comes after practitioners lodged the application in the Pretoria High Court on March... 

 SA Express provisionally liquidated

Boeing ends JV agreement with Embraer, sparking acrimony

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th April 2020 US aerospace giant Boeing announced on April 25 that it had terminated its Master Transaction Agreement (MTA) with Brazilian aerospace group Embraer. Under this, the two groups who have created two joint ventures (JVs). The first JV would have embraced Embraer’s commercial airline business and... 

TPT reports fatality at Durban Container Terminal Pier 1

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th April 2020 Terminal operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) on April 24 reported the fatality of a 47-year-old male port worker at the reefer yard of the Durban Container Terminal Pier 1 the previous night. Operations were immediately suspended. 

SOEs cooperate to ship essential radioisotopes overseas

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th April 2020 South Africa’s globally-important State-owned company NTP Radioisotopes, a subsidiary of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, has cooperated with State-owned flag-carrier South African Airways to deliver essential medical radioisotopes to international customers. The deliveries were made... 

SOEs cooperate to ship essential radioisotopes overseas

SAA thanked for its repatriation flights to Germany

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th April 2020 The German Ambassador to South Africa has thanked South African Airways for the airline’s role in repatriating 5 600 European citizens who had been caught in South Africa by the national lockdown and travel ban, imposed to counter the Covid-19 pandemic. The German and other European Union... 

SAA business rescue practitioners say SAA must be wound down or liquidated

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th April 2020 The joint business rescue practitioners for financially-embattled State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA), Leslie Matuson and Siviwe Dongwana, have released a “Notice to all Affected Persons”, dated April 23, regarding the situation of the airline. This followed the decision... 

AfDB signs major loan agreement with SA Taxi

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th April 2020 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a $100-million loan agreement with SA Taxi Development, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SA Taxi Holdings (SA Taxi). The loan agreement has an eight-year tenor and incorporates a grace period of six months. The agreement is composed of a... 

SAA left with choice between wind-down or liquidation, say business rescue practitioners

By: African News Agency      24th April 2020 The business rescue practitioners (BRPs) appointed to implement a rescue plan for national carrier South African Airways (SAA) have announced on Thursday that without further government funding they will not be able to comply with their mandate and that their only options would be to either wind... 

SAA left with choice between wind-down or liquidation, say business rescue practitioners

Barloworld expects operating environment to remain weak, volatile

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd April 2020 Industrial conglomerate Barloworld on April 23 said it expects the operating environment to remain “weak and volatile” in the near term, with significantly lower activity levels in its automotive division. The statement follows in the wake of the latest consensus macroeconomic forecasts that... 

Iata warns plight of African airline industry even worse than previously believed

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd April 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, warned on April 23 that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the African airline industry was going to be significantly more severe than previously expected. The association called on... 

Iata wants confidence-building measures to help restart air travel

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd April 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), which is the representative body for the global airline industry, has urged governments to cooperate with the sector to implement confidence-building measures, to deal with the expected slow recovery in air passenger demand. National travel... 

Government, unions, reach some consensus on future of SAA

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd April 2020 In a statement dated April 21, the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) reported that significant alignment had been achieved between the government and the relevant trade unions (and representatives of non-unionised workers) about the approach to be taken regarding financially beleaguered... 

Government, unions, reach some consensus on future of SAA

Boeing announces major organisational and leadership changes

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd April 2020 Giant US aerospace and defence group Boeing has announced major changes in its organisation and associated leadership, which come into effect on May 1. The group, the biggest aerospace company in the world, says that these changes are intended to create greater integration within the company and... 

Veecraft Marine to manufacture workboats for Cape Town port

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd April 2020 Veecraft Marine, a subsidiary of Paramount Maritime, has been awarded a Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) tender to design, manufacture and assemble two twin-screw, diesel-powered workboats to spearhead harbour activities. These activities include conventional escort, lighthouse services... 

Veecraft Marine to manufacture workboats for Cape Town port
Port of Cape Town

Global airline and transport workers’ bodies appeal to governments regarding aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st April 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have issued a joint appeal the the world’s governments to support the global aviation industry, to protect jobs and make certain that air services will continue. As a result of national... 

East London port continues to facilitate movement of critical cargo

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2020 The Port of East London continues to facilitate the movement of critical cargo, related to the supply and distribution of essential goods (such as food, fuel and chemicals), during the Covid-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown in South Africa. Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) East London... 

East London port continues to facilitate movement of critical cargo
HSL Parity in foreground with wheat vessel Jorita

Business Leadership South Africa CEO blasts government over SAA

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2020 In her weekly newsletter, released on April 20, business group Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso criticised the South African government for its handling of the financial crisis at State-owned national flag carrier, South African Airways (SAA). The airline was currently... 

Boeing to phase back in commercial aircraft production in Washington state

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th April 2020 US aerospace and defence giant Boeing announced on April 16 that it was going to phase in a return to production at its commercial aircraft facilities in the Puget Sound region of Washington State in the north-west of the continental US. The region includes the city of Seattle.  This decision... 

Iata urges governments to improve their coordination, to keep air cargo flowing

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th April 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has called for greater coordination between governments to ensure that air freight can continue to flow during the current Covid-19 pandemic. Air cargo operations continue to be hampered by permit approval delays, lack of ground support, and... 

Iata is offering free online training for aviation sector workers around the world

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th April 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) announced on April 15 that it was offering free online training courses for as many as 5 000 aviation workers. This was one of its initiatives to help the commercial aviation industry overcome the current crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.... 

Govt to finalise post-Covid-19 economic recovery plan, SAA resolution by April 20

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2020 The South African government plans to finalise, by April 20, its post-Covid-19 economic recovery plan, as well as a resolution on South African Airways (SAA). The Cabinet on April 15 hosted a virtual special Cabinet meeting to discuss the socioeconomic recovery plan once the Covid-19 lockdown... 

Govt to finalise post-Covid-19 economic recovery plan, SAA resolution by April 20

Global airline and shipping sectors appeal to governments regarding flights for seafarers

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th April 2020 A joint appeal has been issued to governments by the International Air Transport Association (Iata) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) for urgent steps to be taken to enable crew change flights for seafarers. As with commercial aviation aircrews, although on different timescales,... 

Parliamentary Committee welcomes decision by Minister to refuse another bailout for SAA 

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th April 2020 Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) welcomed, in a statement released to the media on April 15, the decision of the Minister of Public Enterprises to deny an extra funding request from the Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs) overseeing State-owned national flag carrier... 

Research company claims SAA doomed to liquidation in near future

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th April 2020 Capital markets and financial services research company Intellidex reported on April 14 that State-owned national flag-carrier South African Airways (SAA) was now set for liquidation. Intellidex head of Capital Markets Research Peter Attard Montalto affirmed that liquidation had been “inevitable”... 

Research company claims SAA doomed to liquidation in near future

Outlook for world’s airlines even worse than previously thought

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th April 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) reported on April 14 that its latest analysis of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on airlines’ passenger revenues is that it will be even more severe than previously forecast. On March 24, Iata predicted that airline passenger revenues this... 

Cape Town Container Terminal acquires four new straddle carriers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2020 The Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) – one of 19 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) – has acquired four new-generation straddle carriers. The investment is aimed at mitigating against the impact of windy weather on its operations. 

Cape Town Container Terminal acquires four new straddle carriers
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Skills vital to develop local suppliers for automotive industry

By: Schalk Burger     10th April 2020 Skills are a critical requirement to sustainably allow for the establishment and development of local black suppliers to the automotive industry. Most of the suitable entrepreneur candidates to establish and run local component manufacturing and supply operations will come from the automotive... 

Skills vital to develop local suppliers for automotive industry
INDUSTRIAL SKILLS Economically feasibility will determine which components can be produced locally and the pace of deeper localisation

Saipem-led consortium picked as preferred bidder for Egypt rail project

By: Reuters     9th April 2020 Italian energy contractor Saipem has been chosen as preferred bidder to head a consortium to rebuild a railway line in Egypt, Egyptian phosphorus group Waphco said in a statement. If the contract is awarded, the project would involve developing a cargo and passenger railway line to connect a... 

Airbus cuts airliner production rates by a third in response to impact of Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th April 2020 Europe-based major global aerospace group Airbus announced on April 8 that it was cutting the production rates for its airliners, because of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. It also announced a “solid” industrial and commercial performance during the first quarter of this year. “Our airline... 

Bidvest Panalpina Logistics unveils new name, new look

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2020 Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL) has announced a name change and a change in partner. BPL will split from DSV/Panalpina after 46 years of commercial partnership, and will, in future, trade as Bidvest International Logistics (BIL), once all regulatory changes have been completed. 

Bidvest Panalpina Logistics unveils new name, new look

SAA Cargo steps up as trade facilitator

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th April 2020 The cargo division of South African Airways (SAA) on April 6, for the first time, operated a passenger aircraft to transport cargo. This was in response to the increased demand for cargo flights to distribute critical and essential goods during the national lockdown.  

Sandton, Franschhoek most compliant in staying at home, says Tracker 

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2020 South Africans are largely heeding the call to stay home during the national lockdown, says vehicle locating firm Tracker. South Africa entered a national lockdown on March 27 in an attempt to fight the spread of Covid-19.  

Sandton, Franschhoek most compliant in staying at home, says Tracker

International aviation body warns of huge job losses due to Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th April 2020 The global collapse of the air travel industry, as a result of travel restrictions and border closures imposed by governments in attempts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, could cost the world 25-million jobs. This was a conclusion of the latest analysis by the global airline sector’s... 

Boeing announces indefinite shutdown of one of its 787 assembly plants

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th April 2020 US aerospace giant Boeing announced on April 6 that it was going to suspend activities at its Boeing South Carolina (BSC) facilities with effect from the end of the second shift on April 8. The suspension was until further notice. BSC was primarily focused on production of the Boeing 787... 

Imperial withdraws distribution guidance, but most operations continue

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th April 2020 JSE-listed Imperial Logistics has withdrawn its distribution guidance for the financial year ending June 30, as a result of the increasing uncertainty and volatility globally owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. The company operates across 32 countries, each with respective mitigation measures and... 

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