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Transport News

SA Express to halt all flights for an indeterminate time

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th March 2020 State-owned regional airline SA Express, which is currently in business rescue, announced on Wednesday that it would suspend its operations the following day, Thursday March 18. This was because of “adverse recent developments including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.” The suspension will... 

Coronavirus in SA: Gautrain exec tests positive, staff self-isolated, station deep clean

By: News24Wire      18th March 2020 A Gautrain business unit director who travelled from France has tested positive for Covid-19. According to the company, the executive visited its Midrand offices between 12 and 14 March, as well as the Gautrain Park and Sandton stations. He is currently in self-isolation. 

Coronavirus in SA: Gautrain exec tests positive, staff self-isolated, station deep clean

Coronavirus in SA: International restrictions on travel to begin

By: News24Wire      18th March 2020 Travel restrictions are set to be implemented on Wednesday, as the country takes further drastic steps to curb a possible coronavirus outbreak. These will include travel bans to and from high-risk countries like South Korea, Italy, Spain, Germany, the US, UK and China. The government will also... 

Coronavirus in SA: International restrictions on travel to begin
Photo by Reuters
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Stakeholder communication, planning needed to limit Covid-19 impact on supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     18th 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, advisory firm Deloitte Africa restructuring services leader Jo Mitchell-Marais tells... 

TNPA conducts first quarantine, evacuation exercise at Cape Town port

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2020 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Tuesday confirmed that two vessels were being held off port limits after a crew member on board one of the vessels had begun to exhibit symptoms of Covid-19 earlier this week. TNPA explained that two people had flown into South Africa from Istanbul,... 

TNPA conducts first quarantine, evacuation exercise at Cape Town port
Port of Cape Town

Gautrain assures of cleaning practices after passenger tests positive for Covid-19

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2020 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) has advised that a passenger who used the Gautrain Park and Sandton stations has tested positive for Covid-19, and urges visitors to these stations between March 12 and 14 to be vigilant about any symptoms. The businessman was visiting the Bombela Operating... 

Gautrain assures of cleaning practices after passenger tests positive for Covid-19

Global air transport body urges governments to keep air freight flowing

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th March 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has highlighted the importance of air cargo in helping countries fight the Covid-19 pandemic. And it has called on governments to take urgent steps to make sure that air freight will be available to continue to support the worldwide campaign... 

Global air transport body urges governments to keep air freight flowing
Photo by IATA
Alexandre de Juniac

Coronavirus: E-hailing services to continue in SA under strict 'hygienic protocols' – Bolt, Uber 

By: News24Wire      17th March 2020 E-hailing services Bolt and Uber will continue to operate, amid the fear and panic of the global outbreak of Covid-19, but operations will occur under strict hygienic protocols. "Based on the advice of public health authorities, our goal is to help flatten the curve on community spread in the... 

Airbus imposes temporary Covid-19 shutdown at its French and Spanish plants

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th March 2020 Europe-based major global aerospace group Airbus announced on Tuesday that it was temporarily halting work in its facilities in France and Spain. This is the result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The halt, which will see a temporary cessation of production and assembly work at these facilities, will... 

Airbus imposes temporary Covid-19 shutdown at its French and Spanish plants
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An Airbus A350 XWB airliner

Union calls on Minister to dissolve RSR board

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2020 The United National Transport Union (Untu) has asked Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to dissolve the board of Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) with immediate effect. Untu general secretary Steve Harris says the union is concerned about the ongoing breaches of rail safety at Metrorail – a... 

Union calls on Minister to dissolve RSR board

Southern African airlines body urges sick people not to fly

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th March 2020 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has urged people who are feeling unwell not to fly or go to airports. The body has highlighted that, while airlines are taking all possible measures to contain the Covid-19 disease, passengers also have to display responsibility. The region’s... 

Iata urges governments to follow World Health guidelines for Covid-19, and help airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th March 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reacted to US President Donald Trump’s ban on citizens and residents of the Schengen common visa area of Europe from travelling to the US by affirming that the organisation and its members will maintain their support for governments in their... 

Iata urges governments to follow World Health guidelines for Covid-19, and help airlines
Photo by IATA
Alexandre de Juniac

ACSA appoints new CFO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th March 2020 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has appointed Siphamandla Mthethwa CFO, with effect from May 1. Mthethwa has over 16 years’ experience in leadership positions, including as credit head, finance executive and group CFO. 

SA Express reassures public about its safety and regulatory compliance

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th March 2020 State-owned regional airline SA Express, which is currently under business rescue, has assured that its aircraft meet all safety requirements. It did so in a press release issued on Thursday. That press release also revealed that the airline’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) had submitted a... 

SA Express reassures public about its safety and regulatory compliance
Photo by SA Express
A Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jet airliner of SA Express

Airlines need the help of regulators to address the effects of Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th March 2020 Airlines around the world are experiencing serious falls in demand, as a result of the effects of the rapidly-spreading Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) disease, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported. IATA is the representative body for the global airline industry.  

First data on the impact of Covid-19 on international airlines released

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th March 2020 The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the representative body of the world’s airlines, has released its first monthly global passenger demand data for this year, covering January. This provides the first data on the effects of the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak on the... 

Programme to help startup drone companies launched in Gauteng

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th March 2020 The first drone (unmanned air vehicle) start-up accelerator programme in Africa was recently launched in Katlehong, south east of Johannesburg. (Katlehong lies within the City of Ekurhuleni.) The programme is being hosted by the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Rapid Incubator (CfERI) of the... 

Company reaches new heights with award

By: Cameron Mackay     13th March 2020 Height management solutions providers Skyriders received an award from a major petrochemicals producer in December last year for achieving significant reductions in its maintenance costs and boosting health and safety at one of the producer’s refineries, in Mpumalanga. The award was for a... 

Company reaches new heights with award
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS Skyriders created a methodology and risk assessments for this maintenance project, including a trial run finished last October, and the actual maintenance undertaking in November

Tanzania set to launch tender for single gauge railway to Rwanda, DRC

By: African News Agency      12th March 2020 The Tanzanian government has announced that it will soon invite international tenders for the construction of a standard gauge railway (SGR) to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), building and construction magazine, Construction Review Online reported. Tanzania's chief government... 

SAA gets unlikely help from coronavirus hit

By: Bloomberg     12th March 2020 While international airlines have been blindsided by the impact of the coronavirus on global travel, the outbreak may bring unexpected benefits for South African Airways as it battles to lower costs. A sharp reduction in international flights has deflated the price of leasing jets and made it... 

Transnet bemoans cable theft at Pretoria Complex, rolls out diesel locos 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2020 Another incident of overhead cable theft at State-owned Transnet’s Pretoria Complex has further crippled the group’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) subsidiary’s ability to deliver goods to customers on time. It said in a release on Wednesday that the Pretoria Complex, which is one of the country’s... 

SAA says adhering to safety protocols on Covid-19

By: African News Agency      12th March 2020 National carrier South African Airways said on Thursday its operational health and safety procedures were in line with the World Health Organisation’s protocols to protect its passengers and crew from contracting Covid-19. On Wednesday WHO declared the coronavirus disease a pandemic as it... 

 SAA says adhering to safety protocols on Covid-19

FlySafair interested in buying SAA’s low-cost arm Mango

By: Bloomberg     11th March 2020 South African carrier FlySafair is interested in buying the low-cost arm of state-owned South African Airways (SAA) – if it’s put up for sale by the embattled national carrier. FlySafair management has approached SAA’s administrators about a possible acquisition of Mango Airlines, CEO Elmar... 

The coronavirus is ending a 16-year plane boom for Boeing, Airbus

By: Bloomberg     11th March 2020 Boeing and Airbus, which until recently couldn’t make planes fast enough to satisfy airlines, are suddenly contending with the opposite risk: churning out jets with no buyers. Demand for new aircraft is drying up as customers wary of the coronavirus shun air travel, ending the longest boom in... 

Covid-19: Transnet assures of vigilance at ports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th March 2020 As part of its response to the spread of the Covid-19 virus, State-owned freight utility Transnet has set up a command centre to closely monitor all vessels docking at South Africa’s eight commercial ports. These ports are based in Richards Bay, Durban, East London, Ngqura, Port Elizabeth, Mossel... 

Cape Town cuts water to PRASA, electricity to follow

By: African News Agency      10th March 2020 The Cape Town municipality has cut water supply to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and will do the same with electricity supply to the troubled entity on Tuesday, deputy mayor Ian Neilson said on Monday. The disconnection comes after PRASA missed a deadline of Friday imposed by... 

SAA begins retrenchment process

By: African News Agency      10th March 2020 South African Airways (SAA) has issued notice to all 4 700 of its employees that it intends to begin consultations on retrenchments, the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for the troubled national carrier said on Monday. "The joint BRPs today announced that SAA has issued a notice advising its... 

SAA begins retrenchment process

Sars doing its bit to protect taxpayers, staff from Covid-19 infection

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2020 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) says it has taken several precautionary measures to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infecting its staff at points of entry in the country, as well as employees at Sars branches countrywide. Sars Commissioner Edward Kieswetter explains that its tax, customers... 

Sars doing its bit to protect taxpayers, staff from Covid-19 infection

Parliamentarians pleased with anti-Covid-19 measures at Acsa airports

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2020 The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health has commended the procedures that have been adopted by Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) at OR Tambo International Airport (east of Johannesburg) to respond to Covid-19, the novel coronavirus disease which has rapidly spread around the world, and... 

Parliamentarians pleased with anti-Covid-19 measures at Acsa airports
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An airline takes off from OR Tambo International Airport

Ethiopian draft report blames Boeing for 737 MAX plane crash – sources

By: Reuters     9th March 2020 A draft interim report from Ethiopian crash investigators circulated to US government agencies concludes the March 2019 crash of a Boeing Co 737 MAX was caused by the plane's design, two people briefed on the matter said Friday. Unlike most interim reports, this one includes a probable cause... 

Ethiopian draft report blames Boeing for 737 MAX plane crash – sources

Public Enterprises unhappy with business rescue process for SA Express airline

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th March 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) issued a statement on Friday expressing 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... 

Public Enterprises unhappy with business rescue process for SA Express airline
Photo by SA Express
A Bombardier CRJ-700 of SA Express

Companies sign MoU for rail development on the continent

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     6th March 2020 Multilateral development finance bank African Export-Import Bank and local railway services company Thelo DB signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop, finance and operate railway projects in Africa. Thelo DB is an incorporated partnership between Thelo Ventures and Germany-based... 

Companies sign MoU  for rail development  on the continent
Photo by Ben Bergh
GREATER COLLABRATION Thelo DB and African Export-Import Bank will collaborate to support the modernisation of Africa’s railways

South African rail manufacturing sector needs to reinvent itself

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     6th March 2020 Despite South Africa’s having a strong presence on the railway scene – claiming almost 30% of the continent’s kilometres and more than 60% of its rail freight – the country’s rail manufacturing sector has not leveraged this position to lead in the manufacturing of rolling stock on the continent,... 

South African rail manufacturing sector needs to reinvent itself
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CONTINENTAL BENEFITS Through the AfCFTA, the benefits for South Africa and its African peers will be easier distribution, new export markets and new business opportunities

Airlines body issues first estimate of effect of Covid-19 on the sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th March 2020 The International Air transport Association (IATA) has issued its initial assessment of the impact on the commercial aviation industry of the novel coronavirus now officially designated Covid-19. “These are challenging times for the global air transport industry,” pointed out IATA Director... 

Need for change to address challenges in rail sector

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     6th March 2020 Despite the local rail industry in South Africa constituting a sizeable and critical portion of the economy, and being well developed, compared with the rest of Africa, the rail infrastructure is not properly maintained, says rail equipment manufacturer Evorail GM Daniel Tchengoue. “The biggest... 

Regulator plans to increase safety awareness

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     6th March 2020 Owing to various safety-related challenges that the South African rail industry has faced in the past year, the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) plans to increase its safety awareness activities to mitigate the risk of operational occurrences. According to the ‘State of Safety’ report 2018/19, a... 

Regulator plans to increase safety awareness
SAFETY FIRST improved maintenance systems are crucial in addressing the current safety challenges within rail sector

Aviation sector, broader economy benefiting from ‘Ramaphosa effect’

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th March 2020 Independent economist Dr Roelof Botha has highlighted the existence of a very real "Ramaphosa Effect", not to be confused with the superficial "Ramaphoria" which followed directly after President Cyril Ramaphosa's election, which is already benefitting the South African economy. Botha was... 

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