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Air transport bodies appeal for responsible action amid Covid-19 disruptions

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th March 2020 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reacted to US President Donald Trump’s bans on citizens and residents of European countries from travelling to the US by affirming that the organisation and its members would maintain their support for Governments in their attempts to contain the... 

Various trends shaping Africa’s port infrastructure

By: Tracy Hancock     27th March 2020 The development of inland container terminals, or dry ports, to decongest port traffic is a trend that is gaining significant traction in Africa, says WSP Africa maritime technical director Marthinus Retief. In landlocked Ethiopia, the development of inland dry ports to store containers... 

Various trends shaping  Africa’s port infrastructure
MARTHINUS RETIEF Africa’s ports need to be larger and deeper to accommodate larger vessels to improve their connectivity to global maritime trade

Communication and planning needed to limit Covid-19 impact on supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 The impact on supply chains owing to the Covid-19 outbreak and from the closure of ports of entry can be mitigated through identification of potential impacts and early communications among affected stakeholders, says advisory firm Deloitte Africa restructuring services leader Jo Mitchell-Marais.... 

Lack of port development a concern

By: Tracy Hancock     27th March 2020 While there is some movement in the development of South Africa’s port infrastructure by the private sector, the overall stagnation of its development is concerning, law firm Bowmans ports, transport and logistics head Andrew Pike tells Engineering News. He says this lack of activity may largely... 

Lack of port development a concern
ANDREW PIKE The Port of Durban is often congested with trucks that should be transporting up to five or more containers a day but only manage one, if lucky

Export competitiveness will boost local component manufacturers

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 Replacing imports with locally manufactured components and materials can sustainably improve local supplier development. This is possible if quality standards remain within global benchmarks and if manufacturers can produce sufficient volumes to ensure their costs are competitive for the... 

Export competitiveness will boost local component manufacturers
ARTHUR MTOMBENI collaboration among stakeholders in the automotive value chains and original equipment manufacturers in countries will allow for the creation of a strategic supply base

Automotive industry transformation focused on future of mobility

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 Automotive industry transformation initiatives, as captured in the Automotive Masterplan 2035, are aimed at radically transforming the industry to meet the future demands of human mobility, in addition to sustaining and growing the industry’s economic outputs and associated socioeconomic... 

Automotive industry transformation focused on future of mobility
MIKE MABASA There is significant scope for cooperation on skills development, value-chain transformation and supplier development to ensure the sustainability of the automotive industry

Tyre manufacturer building retail markets to secure growth

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 With export and original equipment demand in the automotive industry in Africa growing year on year, it is critical for companies to expand their reach into high-growth markets in Africa to secure long-term growth, says Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Sumitomo Dunlop) CEO and National Association... 

Tyre manufacturer building retail markets to secure growth
NEW TYRES The performance standards, wear characteristics and manufacturing requirements of tyres used on electric vehicles are different to those used on internal combustion engine vehicles

African automotive industrialisation requires political will, ecosystem

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 Increasing the motorisation rate in Africa from about 42 vehicles per 1000 people to at least the world average of 180 vehicles per 1000 people provide an opportunity for industrialisation, economic growth, balance of payments and job creation in Africa, says industry body African Association of... 

African automotive industrialisation requires political will, ecosystem
DAVE COFFEY Regional cooperation is important to ensure sustainable automotive industrialisation that benefits of all participating countries

Exports can support greater local automotive development

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 Local economic headwinds may potentially be offset by increasing exports under the African Continental Free Trade Area, says industry body National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) CEO Mike Mabasa. The South African automotive industry currently exports to 155... 

Exports can support greater local automotive development
Photo by Donna Slater
QUALITY WORK Ensuring that buyers gain sufficient value and quality of components and services from the value chain drive demand and local manufacturing

Policy certainty to support automotive manufacturing growth

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 The broad support for the Automotive Masterplan 2035 by companies across the value chain and the certainty that it creates supports local vehicle-manufacturing growth and, consequently, for the automotive components industry to increase supply, says Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Sumitomo Dunlop)... 

Policy certainty to support automotive manufacturing growth
PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY Sumitomo Dunlop has grown its local tyre production and capacity on the certainty created by original equipment manufacturers’ plans

SA automotive manufacturing long-term planning, growth supported by policy

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) has been part of the fabric of the South African automotive manufacturing landscape for over 40 years. In that time the sector has evolved from a highly protected, inward-focused production base that exclusively... 

SAA business rescue plan to be published in May, acting CEO steps down

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2020 The business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for South African Airways (SAA) have been given an extension to May 29 to publish the business rescue plan for the airline. The business plan was previously set to be published on March 31, amid a national lockdown to try to prevent the further spread of... 

Transnet appoints new acting CFO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2020 State-owned freight utility Transnet has appointed Mark Gregg-Macdonald acting CFO following the resignation of acting CFO Mohammed Mahomedy. The utility is in the process of recruiting a permanent group CFO. 

Bakwena Corridor in R582m upgrade  

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2020 Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (Bakwena) is adding 32 km of a second carriageway on the N4 between the M17 and R512 (Brits Interchange).  The project costs R58-million with a 36-month construction period, and is scheduled to be completed in June next year. 

Bakwena Corridor in R582m upgrade 

Air transport body calls on governments to facilitate air freight to help fight Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the global representative body of the air transport industry, has appealed to governments around the world to facilitate air cargo operations. Air cargo charter flights, which are replacing suspended passenger operations, are still facing... 

Unctad says maritime transport of goods helps minimise Covid-19 economic impacts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2020 As the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, the global maritime transport industry is playing a critical role in the response to keep goods moving, says intergovernmental body, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad). It emphasises that a call by the global maritime... 

Unctad says maritime transport of goods helps minimise Covid-19 economic impacts

Train services suspended for duration of lockdown - Mbalula

By: African News Agency      25th March 2020 All commuter rail services will shut down for the duration of South Africa's national lockdown, transport minister Fikile Mbalula said on Wednesday. "All long-distance passenger rail services, both public and private, will stop operations for the duration of the lockdown. Services of Shosholoza... 

Iata forecasts much worse Covid-19 impact on airlines than previously predicted

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th March 2020 The latest analysis of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the revenues of airlines worldwide, undertaken by their global representative body, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has indicated that it will be much worse than previously believed. IATA has now estimated that this... 

Iata forecasts much worse Covid-19 impact on airlines than previously predicted
Photo by IATA
Alexandre de Juniac

SAA to suspend all domestic flights from Friday as SA goes into lockdown

By: African News Agency      25th March 2020 National carrier South African Airways said it would suspend all its domestic flights from Friday until April 16 in compliance with a 21-day government lockdown announced by President   to curb the spread of Covid-19. It said it would provide support to passengers intending to change their travel... 

SAA to suspend all domestic flights from Friday as SA goes into lockdown

Boeing announces work suspension at major plants owing to Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th March 2020 US aerospace giant Boeing announced on March 23 that it was temporarily suspending production at its facilities in the Puget Sound area of the US state of Washington. The suspension would start on March 25 and would run for 14 days. The decision was taken following the proclamation, that same... 

Boeing announces work suspension at major plants owing to Covid-19

Airline body thanks regulators for showing flexibility

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd March 2020 The global airline industry’s representative organisation, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has expressed gratitude to aviation regulators around the world for showing flexibility regarding non-safety-critical regulations, in order to support air transport around the world.... 

Airbus, Boeing take steps to improve liquidity amid Covid-19 spread

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd March 2020 Aviation company Airbus is continuing to assess the ongoing situation and the impact of the coronavirus, which causes the Covid-19 disease, on its business, customers, suppliers and the industry. It has, in the interim, announced measures to bolster its liquidity and balance sheet in response to... 

SAA has also suspended its African regional flights

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd March 2020 On Friday and Saturday, South African Airways (SAA) suspended all its regional flights – that is, flights to other African countries – until May 31. This followed the airline’s suspension of all its international flights earlier on Friday. This decision was taken “to support the Government... 

SAA has also suspended its African regional flights
Photo by SAA
An Airbus A320 of SAA

Public Enterprises, business rescue practitioners battle over SA Express

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has expressed, in a statement, its concern about the direction that the business rescue process for State-owned regional airline SA Express was taking. “[T]he Business Rescue Practitioners [BRPs] are planning to ‘ground’ the airline without first... 

ACSA has started implementing air travel restrictions at its airports 

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2020 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) announced on Friday that it had, in conjunction with the other appropriate authorities, implemented the air travel restrictions decreed by the government, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. These restrictions apply to air travellers from designated high... 

Opinion: Working together to keep public transport Covid-19 free

20th March 2020 In less than a week South Africans have begun adapting to the declaration of a global pandemic, a national state of disaster and the immediate and widespread disruption to our daily lives. The World Health Organisation’s declaration on 13 March 2020 that the global Covid-19 outbreak constituted a... 

Opinion: Working together to keep public transport Covid-19 free

SAA gives reasons for its suspension of all its international flights  

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2020 State-owned South African Airways (SAA) has explained why it has suspended all its international flights until May 31. (The suspension was announced on Friday and took immediate effect.) “In support of efforts by Government to deal with this [Covid-19] pandemic, and in the best interests of our... 

SAA gives reasons for its suspension of all its international flights
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An Airbus A330 widebody airliner of SAA

SAA suspends all international flights until end of May

By: News24Wire      20th March 2020 Troubled state-owned airline South African Airways has announced that it is immediately suspending all international operations until 31 May 2020 in light of a government travel ban aimed at stopping transmission of the novel coronavirus.  In a statement issued by SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali,... 

SAA suspends all international flights until end of May

'My worry is the people we transport' – Johannesburg taxi driver

By: News24Wire      20th March 2020 Johannesburg taxi drivers say they need to be equipped with more knowledge about the symptoms and prevention of the new coronavirus (Covid-19). On Thursday, some drivers told News24 that they were in the dark about coronavirus and were not prepared to deal with the outbreak. 

Moves afoot to 'futureproof' South Africa's drones regulations

By: Donna Slater     20th March 2020 Regulations governing drones, officially referred to as remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), have been stagnant since July 2015, when the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) first introduced regulations to formalise the industry.  

Moves afoot to 'futureproof' South Africa's drones regulations

Blue Train halts trips until end-April

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2020 The Blue Train has announced the suspension of its transport service between Pretoria and Cape Town effective immediately, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The company, owned by State-owned freight utility Transnet, on Thursday said the suspension would be effective until April 30, as... 

Blue Train halts trips until end-April
Photo by Creamer Media
The Blue Train at Pretoria Station

Iata urges African governments to support their airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th March 2020 The global airline industry’s representative body, the International Air Transport Association, has called on African and Middle Eastern Governments to provide emergency support to their airlines. This is part of a global campaign for crisis assistance for airlines as air travel disappears... 

Iata urges African governments to support their airlines

South Africa clears quarantined vessels after suspected coronavirus case

By: Reuters     19th March 2020 South Africa ports authority said on Thursday that tests have come back negative for those onboard a cruise liner and cargo vessel which had been held under quarantine off Cape Town's port limits due to a suspected coronavirus outbreak. Countries around the world have barred cruise liners from... 

Iata urges decisive government action to shore up fragile global air transport sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th March 2020 The global airline industry is extremely vulnerable to the economic effects of the Covid-19 virus, an analysis released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Wednesday has shown. IATA Chief Economist Brian Pearce highlighted that, of all the airlines in the world, only some 30... 

Hearing into PRASA administrator’s appointment postponed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th March 2020 An urgent court application to set aside Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula’s decision to appoint Bongisizwe Mpondo as administrator of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has been postponed to April 21. The court application was lodged by civil society coalition UniteBehind, which... 

SAA cuts services in response to Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th March 2020 State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) announced on Wednesday that it had scaled down its capacity because of the fall in air passenger demand. This is the result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has severely affected the global air transport industry. Under these... 

SAA cuts services in response to Covid-19

SAA scraps 162 flights amid Coronavirus crisis

By: News24Wire      18th March 2020 National carrier South African Airways is scaling down its capacity, as coronavirus impacts consumer demand, the airline said in a statement issued on Wednesday. The airline is cancelling as much as 162 flights between 17 March and 31 March 2020. Of these 38 are international and 124 are... 

 SAA scraps 162 flights amid Coronavirus crisis
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