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Transport News

At least five N2, N3 tenders to open by financial year-end, says Sanral 

By: Shirley le Guern     28th June 2019 At least five tenders for the upgrade of the N3 and N2 highways in KwaZulu-Natal will go out before the end of South African National Road Agency Limited's (Sanral’s) current financial year, Sanral Eastern Region design, planning and construction manager Ravi Ronny told a business briefing... 

Consulting engineering remains under pressure

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 Consulting engineering remains under the pump 

Consulting engineering remains under pressure
BRIDGING THE GAP Building bridges for the Gautrain are but a few projects in Nyeleti’s portfolio

WSP remains proactive in slow market

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 Amid the pressures in the built environment, professional services provider WSP is proactively looking for opportunities to diversify and alternative ways of conducting its business to improve efficiencies that will benefit clients. “. . . the need for infrastructure investment and development... 

WSP remains proactive in slow market
GRID GANG The WSP team working on improving the power grid in Zimbabwe

Airbus unveils new wing-tip technology

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2019 Only days before the recent Paris Air Show, Europe-based giant aerospace group Airbus announced that it had successfully flown a remote-controlled scale-model aircraft (based on the Airbus A321 single-aisle airliner and designated AlbatrossOne) fitted with flapping wing-tips. This is the first... 

Aerospace technology leaders reaffirm emission-cutting ambitions

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2019 At the recent 2019 Paris Air Show, the Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) of seven of the world’s major aerospace companies issued a joint statement on their joint and cooperative commitment to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by the aviation industry. The companies were, in alphabetical... 

Fastjet's hope for profit pinned on Zimbabwe currency – CEO

By: Reuters     27th June 2019 Low-cost African airline Fastjet Plc expects to be profitable on an underlying basis in 2019, Chief Executive Officer Nico Bezuidenhout said on Thursday, a year after a cash crunch nearly drove the carrier into administration, The airline, which operates in South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe,... 

Transport Minister dreams of bullets trains ... but commuters want Metrorail to work now

By: News24Wire      27th June 2019 To see first-hand what commuters face in the Western Cape, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula planned to take a train from Khayelitsha to Langa on Tuesday morning. The trip did not go as planned, reports GroundUp. After a long delay and with further delays expected because of two deaths on the... 

Morocco's Tangier port to become Mediterranean's largest

By: Reuters     27th June 2019 Morocco will open new terminals at Tanger Med port on Thursday, allowing it to surpass the Mediterranean's largest ports Algeciras and Valencia in terms of container capacity, and drive more investment and manufacturing to the country. Tanger Med, the biggest port in Africa with an annual volume... 

Defining the heavy-haul railway of the future

26th June 2019 Heavy-haul railways are under constant pressure to optimise operational efficiency, a factor that has led the sector to spearhead many new technologies. Michael Roney, special advisor to the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA), explains in this article, originally published in the... 

Defining the heavy-haul railway of the future

Gordhan says SOEs in dire straits, threatens boards and CEOs with intervention

By: News24Wire      26th June 2019 South Africa’s State-owned companies are in a parlous state and if the boards and management of these organisations do not do what government expects of them, it won’t hesitate to intervene to ensure proper governance and financial management, says Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. He... 

Gordhan says SOEs in dire straits, threatens boards and CEOs with intervention
Photo by Reuters
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Airline body regional head highlights importance of aviation to Africa’s development

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th June 2019 The importance and potential of, and challenges facing, commercial aviation in Africa were highlighted at the International Air Transport Association (Iata) Regional Aviation Forum, in Accra, Ghana, on Monday. “Aviation is a key enabler for economic and social prosperity in Africa,” highlighted... 

Denel confirms salary cut; union expresses shock and concern

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th June 2019 State-owned defence industrial group Denel confirmed on Tuesday that it will pay its staff only 85% of their salaries for this month. “Due to ongoing liquidity challenges we are now faced with unfortunate reality that the company is not in a position to fulfil the 100% salary obligation,” stated... 

Denel confirms salary cut; union expresses shock and concern
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Some of the Denel Group’s products on display – in the foreground, an Umkhonto naval surface-to-air missile, with a Badger infantry fighting vehicle behind, and just visible in the left background, a Seeker unmanned aerial vehicle

Air Tanzania to reintroduce flights to South Africa

By: African News Agency      24th June 2019 Air Tanzania is to resume flights to South Africa on Friday in a bid to attract South African tourists and business travellers. The revived passenger schedule will connect four major airports in Tanzania with OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg with four direct flights per week on... 

Rolls-Royce reports strong progress in its civil aerospace 'IntelligentEngine' initiative

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th June 2019 UK-based global major power plant manufacturer Rolls-Royce has reported that its “IntelligentEngine” philosophy (also referred to as a vision) is making strong progress throughout its Civil Aerospace products and services “portfolio”, powerfully driven by the capabilities of digital technology.... 

Rolls-Royce reports strong progress in its civil aerospace 'IntelligentEngine' initiative
Photo by Rolls-Royce
Trent 1000 civil aeroengines on a Rolls-Royce production line

Resgen says final member confirms participation in lending syndicate for Boikarabelo

By: African News Agency      24th June 2019 Energy resources firm Resource Generation (Resgen), which is listed on the ASX and the JSE, on Monday said the third and final member of the proposed lending syndicate for the construction of its Boikarabelo mine in South Africa had confirmed its participation in writing. It said the combined... 

South African drone sector association created 

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2019 A representative body for the South African unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, sector was launched on Thursday evening at Kyalami, north of Johannesburg. This is the South African Federation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS – another term for drones), officially abbreviated to Safu.... 

South African drone sector association created

Theft, vandalism slow new train rollout at Metrorail 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2019 While the Gibela factory in Gauteng has started to steadily produce new, made-in-South Africa trains for the Metrorail system in South Africa, it appears it may take some time before these trains all start carrying passengers. The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium is to deliver 600 new trains (3... 

Theft, vandalism slow new train rollout at Metrorail
A new train on the Metrorail system

Aerospace giants displaying their wares at Paris

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2019 Global major aerospace groups Airbus and Boeing are both using the current Paris Air Show (at Le Bourget Airport) to display innovative technologies and programmes. Airbus will also be marking its 50th birthday. Both companies will have commercial and military, fixed- and rotary-wing, aircraft on... 

Karpowership sees 'huge potential' in energy-hungry Africa

By: Bloomberg     20th June 2019 Karpowership, one of the world’s largest powership companies, is building vessels the size of several football fields to meet rising demand for energy, especially from Africa. The unit of Turkey’s Karadeniz Energy Group has about 20 ships under construction, according to Karpowership’s director... 

Tambo Springs project an 'exciting experience', says Italian Railways 

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2019 Italian Railways senior VP Nino Cingolani expects the consortium appointed as the preferred bidder in the Tambo Springs Intermodal Terminal project to sign the 20-year concession agreement with Transnet Freight Rail by the end of the year. The consortium, announced earlier this month, is led by... 

Tambo Springs project an 'exciting experience', says Italian Railways

Sierra Leone President opens bids for 7 km airport bridge

By: Reuters     20th June 2019 Sierra Leone's President opened a tender process on Wednesday for building a 7 km bridge at a cost of up to $2-billion to link Freetown to the country's only international airport. Freetown International Airport at Lungi is currently accessible only by boat or helicopter, separated from the... 

Five things to watch out for in Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation speech

By: Bloomberg     20th June 2019 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday delivers his first state-of-the-nation speech since the ruling party extended its quarter-century grip on power in last month’s election. His address to Parliament in Cape Town is scheduled to begin at 19:00. Here are five key things to watch... 

Five things to watch out for in Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation speech

Transnet signs R8.5bn rail deal with UMK 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2019 State-owned freight utility Transnet and manganese producer United Manganese of Kalahari on Wednesday “renewed their business vows” by signing an R8.5-billion contract to move two-million to three-million tonnes a year of manganese by rail to six South African exports channels. Transnet... 

Transnet signs R8.5bn rail deal with UMK
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
UMK CEO Victor Radko and Transnet commercial sales and marketing group executive Mike Fanucchi

Govt to spend R38bn on Metrorail, Mbalula to seek 'proper policing' on trains 

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2019 The South African government will spend about R38-billion over the next three years on the procurement of new trains for the Metrorail service, as well as on the modernisation of signalling systems, depots, perway and stations, says new Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula. “The expenditure will... 

Govt to spend R38bn on Metrorail, Mbalula to seek 'proper policing' on trains
Photo by Creamer Media's Irma Venter
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Transnet Freight Rail Breakthrough Technologies

19th June 2019 In a context of increasing competition, growing demand and tighter management of operational and capital costs, freight railways are constantly looking for ways to increase efficiency by boosting throughput and cutting costs. Below are several breakthrough technologies that have been developed... 

Transnet Freight Rail Breakthrough Technologies

Kenyan lawmakers propose nationalisation of Kenya Airways

By: Bloomberg     19th June 2019 Kenya’s Parliamentary transport committee proposed the nationalisation of Kenya Airways after rejecting the airline’s proposal to allow it to manage the nation’s biggest airport. The committee proposed creating a holding company with four subsidiaries including the carrier and the Jomo Kenyatta... 

Aviation technology leaders reaffirm their determination to cut industry’s CO2 emissions

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th June 2019 At the 2019 Paris Air Show on Tuesday, the Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) of seven of the world’s major aerospace companies issued a joint statement on their joint and cooperative commitment to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by the aviation industry. The companies were, in alphabetical... 

Aviation technology leaders reaffirm their determination to cut industry’s CO2 emissions

State capture inquiry hears about 'Myeni's person' at SAA

By: News24Wire      18th June 2019 The judicial commission of inquiry into State capture on Tuesday heard from a former South African Airways executive about how she was advised by then board chairperson Dudu Myeni to interact with her "personal advisor". The airline's former chief financial officer Phumeza Nhantsi, a chartered... 

 State capture inquiry hears about 'Myeni's person' at SAA

Threats to embark on industrial action could hurt SAA, airline warns

By: Nadine James     18th June 2019 South African Airways (SAA) on Tuesday noted a “deep sense of disappointment” at the South African Airways Pilots’ Association’s (Saapa’s) comments that it may embark on industrial action in protest against the appointment of Zukisa Ramasia as the airline’s acting CEO. Saapa chairperson Captain... 

South Africa not the gateway to Africa, warns research house 

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2019 South Africa is not, as is so often punted, the gateway to Africa, says Africa House director Duncan Bonnett – this is a mere “influence illusion”. The country is more a gateway to Southern African, and not even all of that. 

South Africa not the gateway to Africa, warns research house

Airbus launches extra long range version of its best-selling airliner family

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th June 2019 At the Paris Air Show on Monday, global major aerospace group Airbus launched the latest version of its A321neo (new engine option) single-aisle airliner (itself the largest model in the A320neo family). This is the A321XLR, XLR standing for extra long range. This new version, which will enter... 

Airbus launches extra long range version of its best-selling airliner family
Photo by Airbus
Computer-generated image of the A321XLR

Gauteng to vet minibus taxis before they can operate on reopened Soweto routes

By: African News Agency      18th June 2019 The Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) on Tuesday said it will vet minibus taxis before they can be allowed to operate on reopened Soweto routes. "The GPG will today, 18 June 2019, begin the process of vetting minibus taxis that will be operating on the now reopened Soweto ranks and routes that... 

Cargo handled by Kenya's Mombasa port up 6% in eleven months to May

By: Reuters     18th June 2019 Kenya’s main port of Mombasa handled 6.3% more cargo in the last eleven months thanks to higher efficiency, a surge in imports and greater capacity after the port was expanded, the facility's management said on Monday. The rise in cargoes came despite uncertainty after 75 tax agency staff... 

South African Express says that it is turning itself around

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th June 2019 South African State-owned regional airline SA Express (SAX) affirmed on Friday that it was making substantial progress in its turnaround programme. It has also been taking action against employees found to have been engaged in wrongdoing. All those employees who have been charged with offences,... 

South African Express says that it is turning itself around
A CRJ-700 of SA Express

AST declares maiden quartz resource, celebrates with inaugural blast

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 AST Sand Mines’ Van Dykspruit quarry, on the border between Gauteng and Mpumalanga, on Friday declared its maiden quartzite-roadstone resource. AST management also oversaw the inaugral blast that would provide access to the underlying high-grade quartzite rock. 

AST declares maiden quartz resource, celebrates with inaugural blast
Van Dykspruit Quarry

Airbus signs amended contract with launch customers for A400M airlifter

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th June 2019 The Airbus group announced in Amsterdam on Friday that it had signed an amendment to its contract with OCCAR (the French acronym for the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation) for the A400M military airlift aircraft. The OCCAR member states are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the... 

Airbus signs amended contract with launch customers for A400M airlifter
Photo by Airbus
An Airbus A400M

Technology integration crucial

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th June 2019 Digital technology solutions provider Etion Digitise CE Koketso Seripe is set to deliver a presentation at the Africa Rail exhibition and conference, which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng, on June 19 and 20. Seripe will deliver his presentation, titled ‘A seamless... 

Technology  integration crucial
INTEGRATION STATION Etion Digitise’s integrated system display serves as a human-machine interface for other systems in the train
 

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