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Imperial Logistics to cut deep at SA, European businesses 

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2019 Imperial Logistics will cut another 10% in overhead costs at its South African operations, as well as roughly 20% at its European operations, says CEO Mohammed Akoojee. Speaking at the company’s financial results announcement in Johannesburg on Thursday, he said the cuts were “material”, but... 

PRASA interim CEO Sithole resigns

By: African News Agency      28th February 2019 The board of the state-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) said on Thursday it had accepted the resignation of interim group CEO Sibusiso Sithole. Sithole had been at the helm of the organisation for nine months before what the board called a mutually agreed separation. 

Barloworld’s automotive CEO resigns

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th February 2019 JSE-listed Barloworld on Wednesday announced that its automotive CEO Keith Rankin has resigned, effective May 31, to join one of the company’s key principals offshore. Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela said Rankin’s resignation has created an opportunity to consolidate and strengthen the automotive... 

South Africa lacks comprehensive road funding policy, fuel levy unsustainable – federation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th February 2019 South African Road Federation (SARF) president Saied Solomons says Finance Minister Tito Mboweni overlooked South Africa’s 750 000 km road network when he announced his 2019 Budget last week. Solomon adds that the road network, which is the tenth-longest in the world and is worth about... 

US government agency’s backing of Tetra4 takes project ‘to next level’ – Renergen CEO  

By: Simone Liedtke     27th February 2019 Integrated alternative and renewable energy business Renergen on Wednesday announced that the US government’s development finance institution, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), had approved a $40-million loan facility in favour of Tetra4’s Virginia gasfield project. Tetra4 is a... 

Comair to take delivery of first of eight Boeing 737 MAX 8s 

By: African News Agency      27th February 2019 South African-based airline Comair said on Wednesday its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 had left the manufacturer’s factory in Seattle en route to its home base in Johannesburg, to join the airline’s British Airways fleet. Comair operates domestic routes as a British Airways franchisee and also operates... 

Comair to take delivery of first of eight Boeing 737 MAX 8s

Multipronged approach needed for traffic congestion – City of Cape Town

By: News24Wire      27th February 2019 Population growth and a deteriorating train service were among the reasons Capetonians gave for the lengthy periods of time they were stuck in traffic in 2018, the City of Cape Town said. According to the INRIX 2018 Global Traffic Scorecard, motorists in South Africa's oldest city lost 162 hours... 

Nzimande outlines Sanral projects that will benefit from R3.5bn stimulus package

By: Nadine James     26th February 2019 Transport Minster Blade Nzimande on Tuesday revealed that the R3.5-billion set aside for transport under the Economic Stimulus and Recovery Plan would be used to supplement funding in three key focus areas, namely the N2 Wild Coast road (N2WCR) upgrades, in the Eastern Cape, the N3 upgrades, in... 

SAA, Africa World Airlines sign MoU to enable interline travel, shared network

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th February 2019 State-owned South African Airways (SAA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Africa World Airlines (AWA), in Ghana, to enhance connectivity for customers travelling to, from and beyond the West African region. The agreement allows the two airlines to enhance their relationship through... 

SAA, Africa World Airlines sign MoU to enable interline travel, shared network

Construction of new ships for South African Navy now under way  

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th February 2019 Construction of the first of three inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) for the South African Navy (SAN) formally started with a keel-laying ceremony at Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) on Saturday. The small ships are being acquired under the SAN’s Project Biro. This, first, IPV is expected to be... 

Construction of new ships for South African Navy now under way
Photo by Damen
An artist’s impression of the three IPVs sailing off Cape Town

Super Group reports R1.3bn H1 operating profit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th February 2019 JSE-listed mobility solutions company Super Group successfully navigated a challenging economic climate and political uncertainties during the six months ended December 31, 2018, reporting a 13% increase in operating profit to R1.29-billion, compared with R1.14-billion for the six months ended... 

Mtentu bridge will be built, assures Sanral’s Kannemeyer  

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2019 The Mtentu bridge will be built, but when this will happen is not yet certain, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer. The Aveng Strabag joint venture (ASJV) in early February terminated the R1.6-billion bridge contract, in the Eastern Cape. 

Mtentu bridge will be built, assures Sanral’s Kannemeyer
The proposed Mtentu bridge

Construction gets under way at new Ngqura liquid bulk terminal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd February 2019 Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) and the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Thursday turned the first sod at the site of the Port of Ngqura’s future liquid bulk tank farm and main access road. This comes ahead of the planned decommissioning and rehabilitation of the existing liquid bulk... 

Transnet sets up war room to combat infrastructure-theft surge and line sabotage 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2019 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has set up a war room together with the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) in a bid to deal with a surge in infrastructure theft, as well as recent acts of sabotage and vandalism on its key coal corridor from Ermelo, in Mpumalanga, to Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. On... 

Transnet sets up war room to combat infrastructure-theft surge and line sabotage

Armoured personnel carrier launched

22nd February 2019 South African private defence vehicle manufacturing company Milkor has developed and launched its Milkor 4 × 4 armoured personnel carrier (APC) to the African market. Milkor officially unveiled the APC at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 international defence exhibition held in... 

Armoured personnel carrier launched
BUILT TOUGH The Milkor 4 x 4 is designed to meet the infantry carrier requirements of armed forces on the African continent

Airbus teams up with 3D software specialist to implement digital transformation

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 Giant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus and France-based 3D design, modelling and engineering company Dassault Systèmes have established a strategic partnership which will allow Airbus to significantly advance its digital transformation and, in the words of the Airbus press release, “lay the... 

SA wind tunnels very busy and other aeronautics projects secure partnerships

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) wind tunnels are currently very busy with two international contracts, Aeronautics Competency Area Manager Kaven Naidoo tells Engineering News. Aeronautics falls under the CSIR's Defence, Peace, Safety and Security division.  

IBM moves to support blockchain-based industrial supply chain solutions

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Information technology multinational IBM is working with a wide range of industrial and commercial companies and organisations to develop blockchain-based industrial supply chain systems that improve on a range of value chain functions, including visibility, accuracy and supply-chain... 

IBM moves to support blockchain-based industrial  supply chain solutions
GERHARD DINHOF The solutions provide easy access for all parties in the supply chain and instant sharing of verified information

BBE Group air-cooling consulting crucial to African mining prospects

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd February 2019 Consulting and engineering services business Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) Group’s air-cooling consulting and services are crucial to its involvement in several mining projects, with construction and delivery of design and build turnkey cooling solutions to mines across the African continent.... 

BBE Group air-cooling  consulting crucial to African mining prospects
TRANSCONTINENTAL AFRICA FOCUS We’re not considering entering the HVAC industry locally we are staying in our market - where people fear to tread

UAVs, e-commerce, set to transform air cargo 

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st February 2019 Unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly called drones, and e-commerce (particularly the global giant e-commerce enterprises such as Amazon and Alibaba) look set to transform the air freight industry worldwide, including in Africa. This was the general opinion at a panel discussion on the third and... 

ACSA starts Western Precinct development at OR Tambo 

21st February 2019 Airports Company South Africa has announced that construction of Phase 1 of its Western Precinct development will start later this month, with a target completion planned for March 2020. Marleny Arnoldi has the story. 

ACSA starts Western Precinct development at OR Tambo
ACSA starts Western Precinct development at OR Tambo

Single air transport market essential for African air cargo sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th February 2019 The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative, which has so far been signed by 28 countries, is of great significance for the continent's air transport sector. So affirmed participants in a panel discussion at the Air Cargo Africa 2019 conference and exhibition. "SAATM is a very... 

Govt revises contingency reserve to support cash-strapped SoEs 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th February 2019 With State-owned entities (SOEs) posing very serious risks to the fiscal framework, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Wednesday said that National Treasury was “taking very serious steps to fix the fiscal position and SoEs”. With funding requests from South African Airways (SAA), the South... 

Govt revises contingency reserve to support cash-strapped SoEs

Comair continues to perform well, despite setbacks in Q1 of FY19

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2019 Despite the technical recession in the first quarter of its financial year, South African aviation group Comair performed well to deliver a record 12% increase in revenue for the interim period ended December 31, 2018. However, the company said on Tuesday that the revenue growth was offset by... 

Air cargo sector essential for Africa but needs infrastructure and regulatory reform

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th February 2019 Air transport would play a crucial role in the growth of intra-African trade, because of the poor terrestrial communications across the continent and the number of landlocked countries it contains. So affirmed South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana in his keynote address at the opening of... 

SAA in talks to roll over $650m of debt

By: Reuters     19th February 2019 State-owned airline is in talks with lenders about rolling over $650-million of debt due next month, its finance chief said on Monday, a move that would give the struggling company breathing space to push through a turnaround plan. President Cyril Ramaphosa has made a point of supporting ailing... 

Aveng to sell Infraset to Colossal Africa Consortium

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th February 2019 JSE-listed Aveng has entered into a binding term sheet for the sale of the Aveng Infraset businesses, comprising the South African division and the Infraset business of the foreign subsidiaries of Aveng Africa, to the Colossal Africa Consortium. Infraset was identified as a noncore asset during... 

President Ramaphosa 'urgently' looking into e-tolls, says Makhura 

By: African News Agency      18th February 2019 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Monday again assured residents in the province that the unwanted e-tolling system was receiving attention from national government. "While the user-pay principle is not in question, there is clear recognition that urban tolling increases the cost of living and is... 

 President Ramaphosa 'urgently' looking into e-tolls, says Makhura

SAA not splitting up, but plans to change operating model – spokesperson

By: News24Wire      18th February 2019 State-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) will not be broken up into three separate entities, but does plan to change its operating model, according to SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali.  Tlali was responding to a news headline stating CEO Vuyani Jarana said on Monday the cash-strapped airline... 

 SAA not splitting up, but plans to change operating model – spokesperson

SAA to reorganise in turnaround drive

By: Reuters     18th February 2019 Struggling State-owned airline, South African Airways (SAA) will reorganise into three business units as part of a revamp plan that could also involve the partial sale of its catering unit, its chief executive officer said on Monday. Vuyani Jarana said during a briefing that South African Airways... 

SAA to reorganise in turnaround drive

M2 motorway to be closed until Oct to allow for bridge rehabilitation

By: Simone Liedtke     18th February 2019 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will be closing the M2 motorway between the Crown interchange and Martizburg street to allow for bridge rehabilitation to resume. The road closure will be in effect from 06:00 on February 28 until the end of October. Work on both carriageways is expected to be... 

M2 motorway to be closed until Oct to allow for bridge rehabilitation
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Damages to the underside of the Selby section of the M2 bridge

Barloworld shareholders approve BEE share scheme Khula Sizwe

By: African News Agency      15th February 2019 JSE-listed Barloworld Group shareholders have voted in favour of the company's broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) share scheme, Khula Sizwe, following an extraordinary general meeting.  The industrial brand management group on Friday, said this transaction will pave the way for it to... 

Boeing reports the first flight of ‘Flying Car’

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th February 2019 US aerospace group Boeing announced on Wednesday, January 23, that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas in the US State of Virginia on the previous day. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden flight... 

Concrete paver launched at Las Vegas Expo

15th February 2019 At the World of Concrete 2019 Expo held in Las Vegas last month construction solutions provider Wirtgen Group introduced the new AutoPilot 2.0 – a pour in place concrete paver – showcased three Wirtgen slipform pavers and a texture curing machine, as well as displayed an aftermarket specialist... 

Concrete paver launched at Las Vegas Expo
PAVING THE WAY The mobile paver has a 3D integrated control system for varying offset applications

Transport projects in Africa provide fillip for infrastructure development

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Transport infrastructure projects comprise 40% of the 482 infrastructure development projects surveyed in Africa, and represent a critical element for supporting further infrastructure development, says Deloitte Infrastructure and Capital Projects East and West leader J-P Labuschagne. The... 

Transport projects in Africa provide fillip for  infrastructure development
J-P LABUSCHAGNE The magnitude of African infrastructure development plans necessitates significant capital management skills

Luxembourg Protocol can save South Africa billions – Rail Working Group

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2019 The adoption of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment is expected to be a game changer for South Africa, said Rail Working Group chairperson Howard Rosen on Thursday. The treaty, which is expected to enter into force late in 2019,... 

Train sets numbers improve in the Western Cape – Metrorail regional manager

By: African News Agency      14th February 2019 There has been a great improvement on the number of train sets which are currently in operation compared to last year, Metrorail Western Cape regional manager Richard Walker said on Thursday. “We are currently operating 48 train sets which is an improvement from where we came down last year being... 


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