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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
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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
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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
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TIPS researcher Bhavna Deonarain

Comair buys aircraft leasing, maintenance companies

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st May 2019 South African private-sector airline group Comair announced on Friday, via a Stock Exchange News Service release at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, that it was acquiring the “shares and claims” of Star Air Maintenance (Proprietary) Limited ((Pty) Ltd) and Star Air Cargo (Pty) Ltd. The deal... 

Comair buys aircraft leasing, maintenance companies
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A Boeing 737-800 of Kulula

Department of Transport congratulates Mbalula and Magadzi on ministerial appointments

By: African News Agency      31st May 2019 The National Department of Transport on Friday congratulated Fikile Mbalula on his appointment as Minister of Transport and Dikeledi Magadzi as Deputy Minister. The appointments of Mbalula and Magadzi were announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa Wednesday night. The department's spokesperson said... 

Department of Transport congratulates Mbalula and Magadzi on ministerial appointments
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

R1.25bn relocation costs for Transnet train tender 'unjustifiable', inquiry hears

By: News24Wire      31st May 2019 Two transportation companies contracted to build billions of rands' worth of locomotives for Transnet had "no justification" for hiking costs by R1.25-billion as a relocation fee, the State capture commission heard on Friday. The commission of inquiry has been investigating allegations of state... 

Cape Town targets new air routes to lift South African tourism

By: Reuters     31st May 2019 Cape Town plans to add routes to Australia and South America after last month reaching a deal with United Airlines for its first direct flight to the US, the head of air access for South Africa's top tourist city said. South Africa is promoting tourism as a catalyst to help kick-start its... 

Hydrogen-powered flying vehicle touted as Southern California traffic tonic

By: Reuters     31st May 2019 Developers of a multirotor hover craft billed as the first flying vehicle to be powered by hydrogen fuel cells unveiled a full-scale model on Wednesday in Southern California, in a show-and-tell that raised some eyebrows but never left the ground. A mockup of the futuristic aircraft, dubbed... 

ANC region reminds new Transport Minister Mbalula about removal of e-tolls

By: African News Agency      31st May 2019 The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng's Ekurhuleni region has alerted new Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to the contentious e-tolls matter that awaits his urgent attention as he takes office. The region held its executive council meeting this week and congratulated President Cyril... 

Boeing making ‘steady progress’ on returning the 737 MAX to safe operations

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st May 2019 Giant US aerospace and defence group Boeing has announced that it has concluded the development of updated software for its 737 MAX single-aisle airliner type, as well as the associated simulator testing and engineering flight test. The updated software is for the 737 MAX’s Manoeuvring... 

Airbus announces greater range for new airliners

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st May 2019 Europe-based global aerospace group Airbus has announced that, from the second half of next year, it would be offering airlines increased range versions of its A220 small (100 seats to 150 seats) single-aisle airliners family. The A220 family is composed of two models, the A220-100 and the... 

Powder coating for corrosion launched

31st May 2019 Global industrial coating supplier PPG has introduced its PPG Envirocron Extreme Protection Edge powder coatings for corrosion protection. PPG is represented in South Africa by paint manufacturer Prominent Paints, based in Alrode, Gauteng. 

Powder coating for  corrosion launched
LAY IT ON THIN The sprayable powder is a one coat application

Companies collaborate for maintenance work at petrochem provider

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st May 2019 Industrial rope-access company Skyriders Access Specialists collaborated with engineering consultants SSA Acoustic and Specialised Inspections to conduct maintenance work at one of South Africa’s leading petrochemical manufacturers.  

Comair appoints joint CEOs as part of diversification drive

By: Reuters     30th May 2019 Comair said on Wednesday it has appointed its former finance chief Glenn Orsmond and Wrenelle Stander, an executive director, as joint chief executives to replace Erik Venter who resigned. The airline said last week that Venter had stepped down, citing personal reasons. 

TNPA obtains court interdict against planned Satawu strike

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) was, on Wednesday afternoon, granted a court interdict against a planned strike by mariners who are members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu). Satawu on Tuesday announced that its members, including pilots who move the... 

Boeing tells key Max buyer that jet will be back in air by July

By: Bloomberg     29th May 2019 Boeing has told one of the biggest 737 Max buyers, Indian budget carrier SpiceJet, that the grounded jet should be back in the air by July, signaling a quicker return for the plane than many in the industry expect. “The timeline that’s been communicated to us based on their experience is July --... 

Satawu plans ‘total shutdown’ of South Africa’s ports 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2019 South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) members are set to down tools at all of South Africa’s ports from 06:00 on Thursday, May 30. Satawu on Monday served the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) with a strike notice after the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and... 

Cartrack continues growth streak

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2019 Data analytics solutions provider Cartrack on Tuesday reported another solid set of results for its financial year ended February 28, marking the company’s sixth year of consecutive double-digit growth in companywide, as well as subscription, revenue. Subscription revenue as a percentage of total... 

Establishing the Gauteng Transport Authority board Van der Merwe’s first priority  

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2019 The first two tasks Jack van der Merwe has to tackle in establishing the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) is to secure the appointment of the GTA board, followed by updating the Gauteng transport model. Addressing the Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa in Midrand on Tuesday, he said... 

Establishing the Gauteng Transport Authority board Van der Merwe’s first priority
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Jack van der Merwe

Aveng says has received R133m for sale of Aveng Rail

By: African News Agency      28th May 2019 South African conglomerate Aveng said on Tuesday the sale of Aveng Rail as a going concern to Mathupha Capital had now become unconditional and the cash consideration of R133-million was received on May 24. Aveng, which is involved in steel, engineering, manufacturing, mining, concessions, public... 

Kenya engages World Bank for $750m loan for budget support

By: Reuters     28th May 2019 Kenya is negotiating with the World Bank for a $750-million loan for budgetary support, documents on the proposed funding posted on the lender's website showed on Tuesday. The East African nation has multiple development funding programmes, worth billions of dollars, with the Washington-based... 

South African seafarers given reprieve after 'white list' jobs scare – for now

By: News24Wire      28th May 2019 Thousands of South African seafarers who faced being axed from the International Maritime Organistion's (IMO's) "white list", can breathe easy again after the organisation agreed to shelve changes to the list for the next two years. This means the 5 000 South African-trained seafarers and South... 

Transnet became 'captive client' after selling off comms network, inquiry hears

By: News24Wire      28th May 2019 Transnet should never have sold off its vital fibre communications network to an external service provider in 2007, the state capture commission has heard. The commission of inquiry has been investigating allegations of state capture, corruption and fraud since August 2018. Subscribe to Fin24’s... 

Transnet became 'captive client' after selling off comms network, inquiry hears

CEO of Kenya Airways resigns, to leave at year end - internal memo

By: Reuters     27th May 2019 The chief executive of Kenya Airways has resigned, an internal memo seen by Reuters on Friday said, a potentially destabilising development for the national flag carrier that has been struggling to recover from years of financial losses. In the statement, Sebastian Mikosz said the decision was a... 

City of Cape Town replaces old swing bridge at V&A Waterfront

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2019 Designer SMEC South Africa and construction contractor Stefanutti Stocks Coastal have progressed in its work to replace the old swing bridge at the V&A Waterfront that connects the Pierhead and the Clock Tower precincts. The massive structure that is 42 m long and 4 m wide will need to be... 

City of Cape Town replaces old swing bridge at V&A Waterfront
The swing bridge at V&A Waterfront

Project to restore Durban Dry Dock under way

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2019 The rehabilitation of the inner caisson, which divides the Port of Durban’s Prince Edward Graving Dock into two compartments, enabling two smaller vessels to be docked simultaneously, is in full swing. It is among 11 large-scale projects earmarked for the Durban Dry Dock complex. 

Project to restore Durban Dry Dock under way
Removal of the air chamber
 

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