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Sanral, Safcec sign MoU to prioritise small contractor development

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec), with the aim of prioritising the development of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the road construction... 

Company aims to install storage solutions beyond SADC

By: Cameron Mackay     30th October 2020 Industrial racking and shelving manufacturer Universal Storage Systems (USS) is looking to broaden its footprint by exporting its storage products to African countries beyond the South African Development Community (SADC) region. The company currently manufactures and supplies storage solutions –... 

Company aims to install storage solutions  beyond SADC
OPTIMUM STORAGE SOLUTIONS USS markets a range of warehousing and storage products and systems, including steel racking, shelving and mezzanine floors, for commercial and industrial use

Cartrack's operating profit up 16%, despite Covid-19 disruptions

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2020 Covid-19 was like getting a puncture when you are driving really fast on the highway, says Cartrack CEO Zak Calisto. “We were ready to grow in the 2021 financial year, and we still got growth, but not quite what we anticipated, or what we had planned for, but our economies of scale allowed us to... 

Kenyan air cargo operator takes delivery of its first Boeing 767 freighter

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th October 2020 Kenya-based air cargo operator Astral Aviation took delivery on Wednesday of a Boeing 767-200BCF freighter aircraft, which it is leasing from Nasdaq-listed Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) under a five year deal. The aircraft was delivered to Nairobi by ATSG subsidiary Cargo Aircraft... 

Kenyan air cargo operator takes delivery of its first Boeing 767 freighter
Photo by Astral
Artist’s impression of the 767-200BCF in Astral livery

Ctrack Freight & Transport Index sees logistics sector making a comeback

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2020 The South African logistics sector has just recorded its strongest ever quarter of growth, this 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... 

Ctrack Freight & Transport Index sees logistics sector making a comeback

The taxi industry is 'the lifeblood of public transport', but we must fix problems – Ramaphosa 

By: News24Wire      29th October 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the taxi industry as the "lifeblood of our public transport system", but has also emphasised that problems need to be tackled. Ramaphosa - who is self-isolating after possible exposure to Covid-19 at a fundraiser event over the weekend - addressed various... 

The taxi industry is 'the lifeblood of public transport', but we must fix problems – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Public Enterprises Ministry welcomes further government funding for SAA 

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th October 2020 The Minister of Public Enterprises has welcomed the decision by the government to back the business rescue plan for, and the restructuring of, State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways. The government has committed itself to provide R10.5-billion to fulfil these objectives. “The... 

Public Enterprises Ministry welcomes further government funding for SAA

Rail offers potential for Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th October 2020 The growing population in Africa, coupled with the rise of urbanisation, will require additional transport capacity, and rail has a significant role to play in this, said Products Projects Consulting for Trains MD Wolfram Schwab. He was speaking during rolling stock manufacturing and servicing... 

World airline and weather bodies agree to increase data collection cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th October 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) – the representative body of the global airline industry – and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) have signed an agreement to expand automated meteorological data reporting by commercial aircraft. Currently, some 40 airlines and several... 

PRASA appoints acting CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th October 2020 The newly appointed board of control of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) held its first meeting on October 27 and appointed group executive for human capital management Thandeka Mabija acting CEO with immediate effect. She is expected to hold the acting CEO position for a maximum... 

ACSA reports solid 2019/20 results but warns of Covid-19 impacts going forward

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th October 2020 The State-owned Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) published its results for the 2019/2020 financial year on Tuesday. ACSA owns and operates nine South African airports, including Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International, Cape Town International, and Durban’s King Shaka International. It is also a... 

Smart mobility plan launched to improve Gauteng transport by 2030 

By: Donna Slater     27th October 2020 The Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo on October 27 launched the province’s Smart Mobility 2030 Plan, which is a roadmap aimed at addressing the province’s transport challenges. He pointed out that the two biggest challenges in the province are congestion... 

Industrial investment will flow if South Africa ‘consistently’ builds 1.6 GW of wind yearly 

By: Terence Creamer     27th October 2020 Leading wind-energy project developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are convinced that South Africa’s plan to install 1.6 GW of new wind capacity yearly until 2030 is more than sufficient to attract large-scale industrial investment. These captains of industry warn, however, that... 

Industrial investment will flow if South Africa ‘consistently’ builds 1.6 GW of wind yearly

SAA chairperson resigns ahead of possible bailout announcement from Mboweni

By: News24Wire      27th October 2020 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is expected to announce some funding to get SAA off the ground again. The chair of the board of South African Airways, Thandeka Mgoduso, has resigned after having been in the position for about a year. Her resignation comes ahead of Mboweni's medium-term budget... 

SAA chairperson resigns ahead of possible bailout announcement from Mboweni

Sanral’s new N2 Wild Coast road to create up to 7 000 jobs

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th October 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says up to 7 000 project-related jobs will be created during the construction of the new N2 Wild Coast road. A further 29 000 permanent direct and indirect jobs may also be created during the service period of the road once it is opened. 

Local airline Airlink announces change of its official name

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th October 2020 South African private sector airline Airlink has announced that it has formally changed its name – to Airlink. Although the airline has been publicly using the name Airlink for some months now, its official, legal, name was SA Airlink. Now its official name is the same as its public name. This... 

Local airline Airlink announces change of its official name
Photo by Airlink
The Embraer E190 is the flagship airliner type for Airlink

Traxtion to invest billions in rail infrastructure development over next five years 

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2020 Rail services and solutions provider Traxtion Group intends to embark on a significant investment programme within South Africa’s rail sector, which will, at first, see an initial locomotive and wagon build programme of R1.5-billion upon conclusion of the appropriate access rights with... 

South Africa’s rail expansion plan links Soweto to Johannesburg

By: Bloomberg     26th October 2020 South Africa’s only high-speed rail network is drawing up a multibillion rand plan to expand outside Johannesburg and Pretoria, joining a potential bonanza of infrastructure projects the government says are key to reviving the economy. A proposal for the venture is awaiting sign-off by the... 

Transnet revamping concessions model to speed up private involvement in rail and ports 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2020 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet is in the process of overhauling its approach to opening up its port and rail networks, including 8 000-km of branch lines, to private participants, acknowledging that its previous models have been far to slow and cumbersome. CEO Portia Derby said the... 

Transnet revamping concessions model to speed up private involvement in rail and ports

Maritime industry grappling with cyber-physical security as IT/OT converge

By: Schalk Burger     23rd October 2020 A panel of maritime and cybersecurity experts on October 21 discussed the changing demands on the maritime industry to ensure the physical security of vessels and shore side infrastructure and operations as information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) converge. The convergence is... 

Airlines eye deals with South Africa's Airlink as SAA, Comair falter

By: Reuters     23rd October 2020 South Africa's Airlink is in talks with several foreign airlines seeking to increase their reach in southern Africa at a time when major regional carriers South African Airways and Comair remain grounded, its CE told Reuters. The talks come as Southern African airspace reopens following Covid-19... 

Brazilian aerospace group delivered 28 civilian jets during the third quarter

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd October 2020 Brazilian aerospace and defence group Embraer has announced that it delivered a total of 28 commercial and executive jets during the third quarter of this year. These were divided into seven airliners of its ‘E-Jet’ family and 21 executive jets. The company is the world’s number one manufacturer... 

Brazilian aerospace group delivered 28 civilian jets during the third quarter
Photo by Airlink
An Embraer E190 of South African airline Airlink

Redefine diversifies into Polish logistics market

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd October 2020 Despite sentiment towards global real estate having fallen sharply, the outlook for the Polish logistics sector has improved significantly as a result of Covid-19, says Redefine Europe CEO Pieter Prinsloo. Speaking during real estate investment trust (Reit) Redefine Properties’ Polish market... 

Covid-19 will not affect current capex, but future projects are dependent on recovery, says Trac 

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic will not affect the rollout of the current R1.6-billion of capital projects along the N4, says Trans African Concessions (Trac) CEO Alex van Niekerk. TRAC manages the N4 Toll Route between Tshwane, Gauteng, and the Maputo port, in Mozambique. 

 Covid-19 will not affect current capex, but future projects are dependent on recovery, says Trac
Alex van Niekerk

Winde appeals to Ramaphosa, Mboweni over SAA R10bn bailout

By: News24Wire      23rd October 2020 Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has appealed to the national government to "think carefully" about a possible bailout for South African Airways (SAA). He said all the provinces desperately need everything they can get, to recover from the Covid-19 lockdown and job losses. 

Ramatlakane says it will be a challenge, but ’wrong things’ at PRASA must be fixed

By: African News Agency      23rd October 2020 PRASA's woes must be resolved so that it can deliver cheaper, safe and reliable public transport to South Africa's working class, former ANC MP Leonard Ramatlakane said shortly after he was named as the new chairman of the embattled entity. "All the wrong things must be dealt with and we must... 

Air Seychelles announces flights between Johannesburg and the Maldives

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd October 2020 Air Seychelles announced on Thursday that it was instituting summer season flights from Johannesburg to the Maldives. These would be operated via a short stop in the Seychelles themselves. The flights would run from December 2 this year to January 9 next year. The flights from Johannesburg to the... 

Air Seychelles announces flights between Johannesburg and the Maldives
Photo by Air Seychelles
One of Air Seychelles’ two A320neo airliners

Regional airline body calls for travel restrictions to be clear and consistent

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd October 2020 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has warned the governments of the region that the continuation of “inconsistent and arbitrary” air travel restrictions (to counter the Covid-19 pandemic) were endangering economic recovery and future growth. As a result, almost five-million jobs... 

Dawn Wing CEO says ecommerce has finally arrived in SA

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2020 Despite facing a rough patch during the initial hard lockdown in South Africa, express courier company Dawn Wing says it has since seen a significant surge in ecommerce.  “The lockdown-period business was really tough, as volumes were low, but we made a decision to stay open to support our... 

Cabinet confirms PRASA board appointments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd October 2020 Cabinet on October 22 confirmed the names of the new board of control of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). Leonard Ramatlakane is chairperson of the PRASA board. 

Fronting still a major issue in delivering on economic transformation, says commission 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2020 “Fronting”, where a person of color or entity is given a stake but does not get the powers associated with it, remains the biggest challenge to the power of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Act to deliver on economic transformation, the BBBEE Commission warns. Speaking at the... 

Boeing, University of Arizona, confirm disinfecting methods kill Covid-19 in airliners

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd October 2020 A joint test programme by US aerospace giant Boeing and the University of Arizona has confirmed that the anti-Covid-19 cleaning methods used by airlines are effective and do kill the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes the disease. The unprecedented tests were carried out during the northern... 

Work on Central and Mabopane rail lines delayed by a year, says PRASA 

By: African News Agency      21st October 2020 It will take another year for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to restore limited electrical service on the main rail lines servicing Cape Town and Johannesburg, the entity conceded in Parliament on Wednesday. "We are now looking at the end of October or November next year to... 

Iata reports African air travel recovery weaker and slower than previously expected

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st October 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the global representative body of the airline industry, has had to downgrade its passenger traffic forecast for Africa for this year. This is because the recovery of the African aviation sector has been weaker than expected. The association now... 

Sustainable shipping possible through platinum, fuel cells − WPIC

By: Simone Liedtke     21st October 2020 Shipping, which is vital to the global economy, is responsible for about 2.5% of the world’s total greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions as it is reliant on fossil fuels for power to transport about 90% of all freight goods transported by sea. Like other forms of transport, the maritime sector has... 

Project launched to support, grow women-owned transport enterprises   

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2020 The United Nations Women South Africa Multicountry Office, in partnership with the National Women Advancement Establishment, have launched a project to provide technical business support to women-owned enterprises in the transport sector in South Africa. The aim of the programme is to stimulate... 

Project launched to support, grow women-owned transport enterprises  
Lebo Letsoalo

JRA reopens the upgraded Spring road bridge

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2020 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has reopened the upgraded bridge on Spring road, in Weltevreden Park, to motorists and pedestrians. The bridge had been closed off to vehicle and pedestrian traffic since March 2017 after it was washed away by floods. Its initial design capacity was not... 

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