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Transport News

PRASA must move to Public Enterprises and return to Transnet, says union

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2019 The United National Transport Union (Untu) wants the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to be moved from the Department of Transport to the Department of Public Enterprises, says Untu spokesperson Sonja Carstens. This will place the entity where it belongs – under the same management as other... 

Kenya Airways proposes State-run structure as airport bid fails

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2019 Kenya Airways is willing to operate under a State-owned holding company after the troubled airline failed in its bid to jointly run the country’s main airport, according to chairperson Michael Joseph. Lawmakers in the East African nation in May rejected the airline’s proposal to operate Jomo... 

Numsa to picket at major airports on Tuesday over 'myriad' issues

By: African News Agency      11th June 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) said on Monday that it would be picketing with the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) at all the country’s major airports on Tuesday.  The protests involved "myriad" issues at South African Airways (SAA) and SAA Technical, said... 

ParkUpp start-up monetising inner city parking

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2019 Property technology firm ParkUpp is monetising idle parking spaces in inner cities by allowing private and commercial property owners to list available parking spaces on its website and persons looking for long-term parking to browse available options. There are many cars parked on the side of... 

South African boat building industry holds much potential for economy, jobs

By: African News Agency      10th June 2019 The South African boat building industry, currently worth well over R1-billion annually, holds enormous potential for the country's economy, the City of Cape Town said on Sunday. In a statement following the South African Boat Builders Export Council’s (SABBEX) annual industry awards and dinner... 

Transport Minister Mbalula calls for 'stronger policing action' to curb highway truck attacks

By: African News Agency      10th June 2019 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has called for stronger policing action and for law enforcement to be doubled along the N3 highway, and for attacks on public roads to be upgraded to a higher category of criminality. Mbalula said in a statement on Sunday he had learned with great disappointment... 

TNPA provisionally lifts ban on marine activities at Durban port

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th June 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has provisionally lifted its suspension of fishing, commercial diving and other marine activities in the Port of Durban. The ban was put in place in early May after sewage flowed into the port from the eThekwini municipality’s sewer reticulation system. 

TNPA provisionally lifts ban on marine activities at Durban port
Captain Sabelo Mdlalose

SAA board says another shareholder injection needed to see through turnaround plan 

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2019 The board at embattled national carrier South African Airways confirmed on Friday that further direct government support would be required to help it over overcome its current liquidity crisis, as well as to enable it to complete the implementation of its long-term turnaround strategy. At a... 

SAA board says another shareholder injection needed to see through turnaround plan
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Acting SAA CEO Zukisa Ramasia

Uganda plans to restore railway after high-speed upgrade delays

By: Bloomberg     7th June 2019 Uganda plans to invest $205-million in restoring a railway from the capital Kampala to the Kenyan border following delays to securing funding for a planned high-speed alternative to the route. The move will boost monthly freight capacity to 120 000 metric tons from the current 20 000 tons by... 

Lufthansa Technik subsidiary opens its first operation in South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th June 2019 Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International (LTMI) recently opened its new, and first, facility in South Africa. The facility has been established at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport. A second facility is being set up Cape Town. Both facilities are initially intended to provide line... 

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 The benefits of concrete for roads can be exploited by the South African roads industry, says South African concrete education and skills organisation The Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie. While concrete is generally more expensive in terms of initial costs, it does offer reduced life-cycle... 

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits
BRYAN PERRIE South African roads are predominantly asphalt, and The Concrete Institute has been trying to make inroads for the use of concrete for roads

Company develops new concrete curing blanket

7th June 2019 Geosynthic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex South Africa has developed a new curing blanket, designed to optimise the curing of concrete and protect the new structure. The Fibertex curing blanket is used to cover concrete surfaces when the material has set and has been designed to... 

Concrete knowledge crucial to produce sustainable concrete structures

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 In the context of the struggling South African construction industry, owing to a lack of investment in infrastructure projects, extended and institutionalised knowledge about improving the durability of concrete structures is crucial to the competitiveness of the South African concrete industry,... 

Concrete knowledge crucial to produce sustainable  concrete structures
VITAL PRECEDENCE Building is built on precedence. One doesn’t change concrete technology quickly, it takes a long time for new technology to be implemented

Solutions provider releases new admixture for variable aggregates

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 Construction chemicals and solutions provider Mapei South Africa released the new Dynamon MS 100 acrylic-based admixture product earlier this year for use in concrete where there are variable-quality aggregates. The admixture prevents variations in the quality of aggregates, particularly in... 

Solutions provider releases new  admixture for variable aggregates
AGGREGATE MITIGATION The Dynamon product was developed to mitigate the effects of poor-quality aggregates

Suspended RSR CEO resigns

By: Simone Liedtke     6th June 2019 Railway Safety Regulator CEO Nkululeko Poya has resigned. The embattled CEO’s resignation comes after he was placed on suspension in November 2017. 

Faulty Transnet tamping machine blamed for collision that injured 66 people 

By: News24Wire      6th June 2019 A Transnet Freight Rail tamping machine has been blamed for causing a crash, involving a new Metrorail train, that injured 64 passengers and two crew members on Saturday. Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula released the preliminary report of the collision, which happened at the Eerste Fabrieke... 

Guinea iron-ore prospectors set sights on ArcelorMittal rail

By: Reuters     6th June 2019 The race to mine Guinea's iron-ore has started although the focus is not on its giant Simandou deposits but on smaller finds whose output could be transported via Liberia if ArcelorMittal shares its railway, banking and industry sources said. Guinea's aspirations to develop Simandou, the world's... 

Ramaphosa meets State firm chiefs after resignations

By: Reuters     6th June 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa held talks on Wednesday with executives of key state companies, including power utility Eskom and South African Airways, to discuss challenges they face, his office said. The meeting follows resignations of Eskom and SAA chief executives, moves that investors said could... 

Ramaphosa meets State firm chiefs after resignations
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Tambo Springs preferred bidder chosen 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th June 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the announcement of a preferred bidder for the construction and operation of the proposed Tambo Springs inland container terminal in Gauteng and the importance of the project. 

Tambo Springs preferred bidder chosen
Tambo Springs preferred bidder chosen

TFR to conduct yearly maintenance shutdown on MMC line this month

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2019 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will be conducting its yearly maintenance shutdown on the Mineral Mining and Chrome (MMC) line from June 4 to 10.  The shutdown will allow TFR to undertake maintenance work that cannot take place during normal occupational conditions. 

Southern Palace-led consortium named preferred bidder for R2.5bn Tambo Springs container terminal 

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2019 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has named a consortium led by black-empowerment group Southern Palace as the preferred bidder for a 20-year concession to build and operate a new R2.5-billion inland container terminal in southern Gauteng. The public­–private partnership, dubbed the... 

Southern Palace-led consortium named preferred bidder for R2.5bn Tambo Springs container terminal

Free Market Foundation seeks to ascertain financial condition of State-owned airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th June 2019 The Free Market Foundation (FMF) announced on Wednesday that it is seeking information on the financial situations of both State-owned airlines, South African Airways (SAA) and SA Express (SAX), by means of Promotion of Access to Information Act applications. This follows the resignation of SAA... 

Free Market Foundation seeks to ascertain financial condition of State-owned airlines
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An Airbus A330 of SAA

Unions threaten strike over SAA CEO's resignation

By: African News Agency      5th June 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association have said their members' jobs and the future of struggling national carrier SAA are at stake after the resignation of CEO Vuyani Jarana, threatening a possible strike if he is not reinstated. Jarana... 

City of Cape Town working on refunds for MyCiTi commuters

By: News24Wire      5th June 2019 The City of Cape Town is working on plans to refund MyCiTi commuters left stranded after the expiry of its contract with the joint venture companies that provide the N2 Express route service, its transport MMC said on Tuesday. The service provides transport for mainly Khayelitsha and Mitchells... 

TNPA adds new survey craft to its dredging services fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has taken delivery of a new survey craft, the SS Sonar. It is the latest acquisition by TNPA’s dredging services division as part of its ongoing fleet replacement programme. 

TNPA adds new survey craft to its dredging services fleet
The SS Sonar

UNTU signs 7.3% wage increase for PRASA employees 

By: African News Agency      4th June 2019 The United National Transport Union said on Tuesday it had signed a 7.3% wage agreement with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa and secured a guarantee that no employee would be retrenched in the next financial year. The agreement will be implemented across the board for all PRASA... 

IFP calls for deployment of army to deter torching of trucks in KZN

By: African News Agency      4th June 2019 The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on Tuesday called for the urgent deployment of the army to high-risk spots on the N3 highway in KwaZulu-Natal following the petrol bombing of several trucks. Three trucks were set alight on Monday, on the N2 near the Umgeni Interchange, in Pietermaritzburg and on... 

Departures at State firms could drag out Ramaphosa's reforms  

By: Reuters     4th June 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa's mission to fix two of South Africa's most troubled state companies, power firm Eskom and South African Airways, could take longer than planned after their chief executives quit within a week of each other. Investors say the CEOs' resignations could slow the... 

Departures at State firms could drag out Ramaphosa's reforms
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Three things to learn from Jarana's exit as CEO of SAA 

By: Bloomberg     4th June 2019 South African Airways’ (SAA's) prospects of surviving in its current form took a hit over the weekend when news broke that CEO Vuyani Jarana quit over a lack of government support. The National Treasury isn’t committing to an agreement to put R21.7-billion toward the State-owned carrier’s 2021... 

Organisations call for strong leadership at SAA following CEO’s resignation  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd June 2019 The South African Airways Pilots Association (Saapa) has expressed concern about reports that outgoing South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana’s turnaround plan had been “sabotaged internally and externally”. “In the end, the CEO was hobbled by inflexible and restrictive government policy,... 

CEO looks back on Thyssenkrupp’s 60 years of success in South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd June 2019 Engineering and steel production company Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa this year celebrates 60 successful years of engineering excellence in Africa. The company on Monday said this milestone was testament to the diversified industrial group’s enduring commitment to delivering... 

Jarana’s resignation a sign SAA is almost irredeemable – Outa

By: News24Wire      3rd June 2019 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse has responded to South African Airways group CEO Vuyani Jarana’s resignation, saying it is a sign that the national carrier cannot be saved as long as it is wholly State-owned. SAA confirmed Jarana’s resignation on Sunday evening, adding that his four-page... 

 Jarana’s resignation a sign SAA is almost irredeemable – Outa
Photo by Creamer Media
SAA Group CEO Vuyani Jarana

Imperial Logistics restructures its South African business further

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2019 Faced with “increasingly competitive and challenging economic conditions” in South Africa, Imperial Logistics says it is intensifying the restructuring of its South African business. As part of this process, Imperial will further rationalise its loss-making Consumer Packaged Goods business by... 

Imperial Logistics restructures its South African business further

Mbalula wants urgent probe into Pretoria Metrorail and Transnet tamping machine crash

By: African News Agency      3rd June 2019 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has instructed the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) to prioritise its investigation into the crash involving a Transnet tamping machine carrying out railway track maintenance and a new Metrorail train at Eerste Fabrieke Station in Mamelodi in Pretoria, injuring at... 

SAA's Jarana quits over lack of State support

By: Bloomberg     3rd June 2019 South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana quit the financially stricken State-owned company, citing a lack of funding and drop in government support for the carrier’s turnaround plan. The former Vodacom Group executive was brought in about 18 months ago to lead a recovery at the airline,... 

SAA's Jarana quits over lack of State support
Photo by Reuters
Vuyani Jarana

IHHA conference to ‘better equip’ Transnet to take advantage of global knowledge, technology

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2019 As it keeps the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in mind, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is hopeful that the upcoming International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) conference will provide the State-owned entity with an opportunity to not just showcase South African capabilities and potential to the... 

TIPS Forum discusses how 4IR is helping efficiency, environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2019 Industrialisation leads to socioeconomic growth, often at a cost to the environment in the form of emissions and pollution, and, therefore, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) presents a promising opportunity for sustainable development. Speaking at the Trade and Industry Policy Strategies... 

TIPS Forum discusses how 4IR is helping efficiency, environment
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
TIPS researcher Bhavna Deonarain
 

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