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Iata issues guidance for Covid-19 vaccine transport

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th November 2020 Against a background of pharmaceutical companies announcing breakthroughs in the development of vaccines against the Covid-19 disease, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has issued guidance for the air cargo sector, to ensure that it was ready to handle, transport and distribute... 

FlySafair signs interline agreement with Emirates

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th November 2020 South African private sector low cost carrier FlySafair and major international airline Emirates announced on Monday that they had entered into an interline agreement. This means that people can use a single ticket to fly on both airlines, whether entering or leaving South Africa, with their... 

FlySafair signs interline agreement with Emirates

Ports survey shows uptick in delays, storage levels

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2020 The newest International Association of Ports and Harbors’ World Ports Sustainability Programme (IAPH-WPSP) Covid-19 Task Force report shows that there is an uptick in hinterland delays, as well as port storage utilisation levels for medicines, foodstuffs and consumer goods. The survey also... 

TFR engages with customers about security concerns, mitigating measures

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th November 2020 The Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) executive management, security and technology teams this week hosted a security workshop in collaboration with customers and Minerals Council South Africa to explore ways of stepping up the war against theft, vandalism and sabotage of railway infrastructure and... 

Airlines association pleased that South Africa is reopening to international tourism

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th November 2020 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has welcomed the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that international tourists will again be allowed to visit South Africa. The only requirement is that they present valid Covid-19 test certificates before they depart their home... 

Logistics index shows ‘strong growth’ in third quarter, following decline in prior three months

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2020 The South African logistics sector has just recorded its strongest ever quarter of growth, according to the newest Ctrack Freight & Transport Index (CFTI). In June, at the end of the second quarter, the CFTI showed that the domestic logistics sector recorded a decline of 17.6% compared with the... 

Local airline Airlink displays its new livery for the first time

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th November 2020 On Thursday South African private-sector airline Airlink unveiled its new livery, and in particular its new tail insignia, intended to clearly proclaim its status as an independent carrier. For over 20 years Airlink had a franchise agreement with State-owned national flag carrier South African... 

Local airline Airlink displays its new livery for the first time
Photo by Mark Mansfield/Airlink
Embraer E190 painted in the new Airlink livery

Road development integral to post-pandemic recovery, speakers say 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th November 2020 The road industry has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but it has a considerable role to play in the economic recovery and sustainable development of the sector must be pursued to engender this. This was indicated by speakers during the International Road Federation's (IRF’s)... 

Ex-Uber South Africa boss appointed chairperson of emergency dispatch platform

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2020 Security and safety platform Aura has appointed Alon Lits as its chairperson with immediate effect. Lits is the former Uber sub-Saharan Africa GM. 

Ex-Uber South Africa boss appointed chairperson of emergency dispatch platform
Alon Lits

Gordhan: Private equity partners will not take on SAA's debt or restructuring costs 

By: News24Wire      12th November 2020 South African Airways has received interest from several private equity partners and a transaction advisor has been appointed to engage with parties in a process which could be wrapped up either in December this year or early 2021, said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. The minister on... 

Gordhan: Private equity partners will not take on SAA's debt or restructuring costs
Photo by Reuters
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Gibela confident of meeting 2029 deadline 

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2020 Train-maker Gibela is confident it can meet the terms of its R51-billion contract to deliver 600 newly-built train sets to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) by 2029, despite the impact of Covid-19, says CEO Hector Danisa. Gibela in 2013 signed a R51-billion contract to supply... 

Gibela confident of meeting 2029 deadline
Hector Danisa

Global airline association welcomes latest Covid-19 proposals by world civil aviation body

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th November 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has welcomed the issuing, by the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO’s) Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART), of the second edition of “Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through the Covid-19 Public Health Crisis”. Iata is the... 

Materials handling system performs well in local market

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2020 The Swedish-made Flexqube materials handling system, introduced to the South African market by materials handling company Lazar in June, offers users versatility in managing the transportation of goods within warehouse and factory type environments. Flexqube is a trolley or cart system based off... 

Cape Town Airport wins international travel award again

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th November 2020 For the fourth year in a row, Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) has been awarded the accolade of being Africa’s leading airport, by the World Travel Awards. The award was announced at a virtual Africa Winners Day 2020 function on Monday. The World Travel Awards are highly prestigious and are... 

FAA to end long grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max as soon as Nov 18

By: Bloomberg     10th November 2020 Boeing’s 737 Max could be approved to resume commercial service as soon as next week as US aviation regulators finalize their review of fixes to the grounded jetliner. The Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement of the Max’s certification could come as soon as November 18, said a person... 

Iata head calls for African governments to act to save their airline industries

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th November 2020 Remotely addressing the 52nd annual general meeting of the African Airlines Association on Monday, International Air Transport Association director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac highlighted the damage that the continent’s airlines have suffered as a result of travel restrictions imposed to... 

Iata head calls for African governments to act to save their airline industries
Photo by Iata
Alexandre de Juniac

Airlink to restart operations to Botswana

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th November 2020 South African private sector airline Airlink has announced that it will resume operations between its hub, Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, and Botswana’s capital city Gaborone on November 16. Two more Botswana routes will be reactivated next month, namely Johannesburg-Maun (from... 

Airlink to restart operations to Botswana
Photo by St Helena Tourist Authority
An Embraer E190 of Airlink

Transnet completes upgrades on tippler at Richards Bay port

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th November 2020 Transnet Port Terminals reports that maintenance work and upgrades on Tippler 2 at the Richards Bay bulk terminal have been completed. The second tippler's capacity has thus increased from 74 t wagons to 90 t wagons, with an ability to handle 18 wagons an hour.  

NovaMarine now supplier of CSM-branded safety equipment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th November 2020 JSE-listed logistics group Grindrod’s marine safety and survival equipment subsidiary NovaMarine has been approved as an accredited service partner for CSM-branded safety equipment. NovaMarine can now offer a better service to ships that call into the ports of Durban and Cape Town.  

Comair announces resumption of ticket sales for Kulula  

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th November 2020 South African private-sector airline group Comair, currently in business rescue, announced on Monday that it was resuming sales of tickets for its Kulula low cost carrier brand. This was in anticipation of Kulula’s resumption of operations on December 1. Comair also operated the British Airways... 

R292m road construction to unlock economic opportunities for KZN rural community

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th November 2020 As part of government’s Covid-19 economic recovery strategy, more than 2 300 jobs will be created through the newly launched  R292-million P714 road construction project, in KwaZulu-Natal. The construction of the road is expected to benefit the community of Ndwedwe, in the iLembe district... 

Imperial Logistics exploring all options for international business

By: Reuters     9th November 2020 South Africa's Imperial Logistics Limited said on Monday it is exploring all options for its international business as it looks to focus more on Africa. "As previously communicated, achieving Imperial's strategic ambitions to serve as the 'Gateway to Africa' requires us to assess and align our... 

South Africa needs SMEs in its journey towards e-mobility 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th November 2020 The electric mobility (e-mobility) industry cannot be advanced without the help of local small and medium-sized enterprises and their participation in the sector, uYilo e-Mobility Programme director Hiten Parmar said on November 6. Speaking during the virtual Battery Technologies Webinar, on... 

SAA's R10.5bn bailout does not cover aircraft lessors, other creditors  

By: Reuters     6th November 2020 Debts to aircraft lessors and some creditors of South African Airways are not covered by a R10.5-billion government bailout, administrators said, raising the prospect that future state budgets will have to keep paying out for SAA. South Africa's government allocated the latest cash injection to... 

SAA's R10.5bn bailout does not cover aircraft lessors, other creditors

South Africa urged to take the lead in adopting TIR system

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2020 South Africa should take the lead in adopting the Transport Internationaux Routiers (TIR) system in sub-Saharan Africa, says the International Road Transport Union (IRU). TIR is a United Nations convention and enables goods to be shipped from a country of origin, through transit countries, to a... 

Bidvest International Logistics launches road-freight management portal

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2020 Bidvest International Logistics (BIL) has launched a new road-freight portal that will allow clients to manage deliveries from start to end.  “It takes away the pain of having to procure transport service providers and still manage them,” says BIL road freight director Marcus Ellappan. 

Global air passenger traffic remains deep in the doldrums

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th November 2020 The global representative body of the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has reported that, while air passenger traffic demand during September had improved slightly over that for August, it remained deeply depressed. September air passenger demand was down... 

Iata reports that the air cargo sector showed continuing recovery in September

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th November 2020 The International Air transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, has reported that, during September, air cargo demand had strengthened, but, in comparison to last year, remained depressed. However, the different Iata regions experienced wide variations... 

Golden Arrow operator keen on running passenger rail service in Cape Town 

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2020 Hosken Passenger Logistics & Rail (HPL&R), which among others operates the Golden Arrow bus service in Cape Town, is interested in expanding its operations to become a private participant in the country’s rail sector, confirms HPL&R spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer. HPL&R is listed on the JSE, and... 

Golden Arrow operator keen on running passenger rail service in Cape Town

Gordhan: 'No winners' if SAA should be liquidated 

By: News24Wire      5th November 2020 Avoiding the liquidation of South African Airways will ensure the aviation market remains competitive and it means consumers won't be forced to be price takers, said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. SAA was placed in business rescue in early December 2019; the process has been ongoing... 

The 'jig is up' for rail saboteurs - Mbalula tells Parliament

By: News24Wire      4th November 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula wants the "might of the law unleashed" on those responsible for the destruction of South Africa's rail infrastructure. "The jig is up," he told the National Assembly on Tuesday. 

Saldanha Terminal acquires another dust suppressor  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd November 2020 Transnet Port Terminals' (TPT's) Iron Ore Saldanha Terminal has acquired and commissioned an additional machine to suppress dust. The investment is aimed at protecting the environment and complements the existing dust suppression tools already on site, TPT says. 

Numsa, Sacca, welcome bailout for SAA and attacks its critics

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd November 2020 Two trade unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) have jointly welcomed the announcement that the government is to provide funding of R10-5-billion to financially-embattled State-owned national flag carrier South... 

South Africa begins talks to regulate key minibus taxi industry

By: Bloomberg     3rd November 2020 South Africa’s government began talks to regulate the minibus taxi industry, a key economic sector that transports 40% of the population but whose reputation has been tarnished by lawlessness and a poor safety record. The private industry employs 300 000 drivers and generates an estimated... 

South Africa begins talks to regulate key minibus taxi industry

Comair welcomes merger approval

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd November 2020 South African private sector airline group Comair, currently under business rescue, has welcomed the approval of its proposed merger (with a company called SA Bidco) by the Competition Commission. This merger is part of the business rescue plan for the airline. SA Bidco is a recently created... 

Competition Tribunal approves Comair rescue deal

By: Reuters     30th October 2020 The Competition Tribunal on Friday approved a rescue deal for struggling airline Comair on condition that the carrier freezes job cuts for three years and investors allocate shares to a special purpose black empowerment vehicle. Comair, which operates the British Airways franchise in South Africa... 

Bank to play pivotal role in recovery plan

By: Cameron Mackay     30th October 2020 State-owned development finance institution Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is looking to accelerate playing a meaningful role in the economic recovery of the country by assisting in financing and implementing vital infrastructure projects for the transport sector, particularly road... 

Bank to play pivotal role in recovery plan
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