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South African airline Airlink to restore three more routes to Mozambique

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th October 2020 South African private-sector airline Airlink announced that it was adding three more destinations in Mozambique to its regional network, which is being reactivated following the phasing out of national lockdowns instituted in Southern Africa to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. The new destinations... 

Airbus sets up partnership with fuel cell company to apply the technology to aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th October 2020 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus announced on Thursday that it had entered into a strategic partnership with German hydrogen fuel cell developer and manufacturer ElringKlinger. This was part of Airbus’ zero-carbon emission aviation initiative. ElringKlinger has been active in the... 

Airbus sets up partnership with fuel cell company to apply the technology to aviation

Princess Elizabeth Drydock recommissioned after upgrades

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2020 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has successfully recommissioned the Princess Elizabeth Drydock, at the Port of East London. This follows the completion of two priority capital projects valued at more than R60-million that will "usher in a new era of optimised growth for the historic... 

Gauteng’s Transport Authority to be formally established by the end of the year 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 The Transport Authority of Gauteng (TAG) will be formally established by the end of this year, interim CEO Jack van der Merwe confirmed on October 16. Speaking during an engagement session, he lamented that the Covid-19 pandemic had somewhat delayed the process but said that final board... 

Gauteng’s Transport Authority to be formally established by the end of the year

Mbalula officially opens Western Cape Rail Traffic Control Centre

By: Yvonne Silaule     16th October 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula officially launched the Rail Traffic Control Centre, in the Western Cape, on October 16. The new facility is expected to improve efficiencies in the management of rail transport for the benefit of commuters, the community and the economy of the City of Cape Town... 

CSIR and asphalt industry construct test road using local fillers, recycled tyres

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2020 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and private company Much Asphalt have successfully constructed a section of road using locally available micro-fillers and recycled tyres. Following more than a year of combined laboratory development and evaluation efforts between CSIR... 

CSIR and asphalt industry construct test road using local fillers, recycled tyres
Construction of the road using the new materials

Gap analysis needed to guide gas-to-power industry growth

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2020 With the potential of gas as an alternative energy source in South Africa an encouraging prospect, South African Oil and Gas Alliance (Saoga) CEO Adrian Strydom says the gas-to-power industry needs to conduct an accurate gap analysis, and engage in upskilling and capacity building to ensure that... 

Gap analysis needed to guide  gas-to-power industry growth
Photo by Adobe
FLOATING GAS South Africa will need to import liquid natural gas for the short-term future, which will serve to stimulate the market

Recognition of LPG benefits in energy mix growing

16th October 2020 For many years, the benefits of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for South Africa “have been largely, frustratingly, moot”, according to a statement from industry association LPG South Africa (LPGSA). The doubt surrounding LPG’s benefits stems from an historically inconsistent and unreliable supply... 

Recognition of LPG benefits in energy mix growing
BIG BOY Bidvest Tank Terminal’s large-scale mounded LPG storage facility in Richards Bay was scheduled for completion this year

Airlink to resume services between Johannesburg and Windhoek

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th October 2020 South African private-sector domestic and regional airline Airlink has announced that it will launch direct flights between Johannesburg and Windhoek (the capital of Namibia) on October 26. This follows the commencement, earlier this week, of flights between Cape Town and Windhoek and between... 

Airlink to resume services between Johannesburg and Windhoek
Photo by Airlink
One of Airlink’s flagship Embraer E190 airliners

Sanral says RRM project creates opportunities for Koster SMMEs

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) convened its flagship ‘Taking Sanral to the People’ stakeholder engagement session in Koster, North West, to foster dialogue with small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), community members and civil society. Unpacking key projects... 

Sanral says RRM project creates opportunities for Koster SMMEs
Sanral's ‘Taking Sanral to the People’ stakeholder engagement session

Buses, trains shunned in favour of cars, taxis, reveals Gauteng travel survey 

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2020 Low capacity transport modes, such as minibus taxis and private cars, have become the backbone of the transport network in the Gauteng province, as opposed to high-capacity modes, such as rail and buses. This is one of the main findings of the 2019/20 Gauteng Household Transport Survey (GHTS),... 

Buses, trains shunned in favour of cars, taxis, reveals Gauteng travel survey

Airlink announces agreement with Qatar Airways and new route to Mozambique

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th October 2020 South African private-sector airline Airlink has signed an interline agreement with major intercontinental airline Qatar Airways. This will establish seamless connectivity between the two carriers, giving Airlink customers access to Qatar’s global network and Qatar’s passengers access to... 

Gautrain, Numsa settle wage dispute

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2020 Gautrain and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have signed a wage proposal made by the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), who manages the Gautrain, effectively ending the strike that started on October 5. The standard Gautrain train service will resume on October 16, while... 

Gautrain, Numsa settle wage dispute

Academia, industry must be involved for railway concessions to be successful, says NMU associate

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2020 The ensure the success of railway concessions, Nelson Mandela University Infrastructure Development and Engagement Unit (ID&EU) associate Bongani Mankewu says government “must fathom the significant role to be played by academia and the industry”. He explains that the inception of concessioning... 

Airlink restores aerial connectivity between South Africa and Zambia

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th October 2020 South African private sector airline Airlink has resumed scheduled air services between Johannesburg and the Zambian cities of Lusaka and Ndola. This marks the aerial reconnection of the two countries, following lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The flights between Johannesburg and the... 

Cartrack reports profit growth, despite Covid-19 disrupting its growth ambitions 

By: Irma Venter     14th 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... 

Cartrack reports profit growth, despite Covid-19 disrupting its growth ambitions
Zak Calisto

Mbalula comments on transport month, Madidi bridge launch

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th October 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has completed its works on the Madidi Bridge, in Madibeng, North West. Transport Minister Fikile Mbabula attended the opening of the 50-m-long Madidi bridge, which was built over the Sand river to serve as a link between the Phasha and... 

Ten-day iron-ore rail corridor maintenance to start on October 16

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th October 2020 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has advised that it will conduct a ten-day shutdown on the iron-ore rail corridor from October 16. During this time, the State-owned utility’s scope of maintenance work will include replacing 30 623 sleepers, three turnouts, 5 km of catenary wire, 1.2 km of contact... 

Global airline, airport, bodies urge coordinated Covid-19 testing to allow air travel

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th October 2020 The representative bodies of the world’s airline and airport industries, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) and Airports Council International (ACI) respectively, have issued a joint appeal to governments on reopening borders and preventing the collapse of the aviation sector.... 

CDC extends market offering beyond SA borders

By: Donna Slater     13th October 2020 The Eastern Cape-based Coega Development Corporation (CDC) – which operates the 9 003 ha Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) – has extended its market offering beyond South Africa's borders into Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR) and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) under the... 

Concessioning best option to revive urban rail, says former Gauteng Transport MEC  

By: Irma Venter     13th October 2020 Metrorail has little chance to revive its rail services in Gauteng, says University of Johannesburg senior research associate Dr Ismail Vadi.  He is also the former Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC. 

Concessioning best option to revive urban rail, says former Gauteng Transport MEC
Dr Ismail Vadi

UK ‘pseudo-satellite’ UAV passes critical tests in simulated environment

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th October 2020 UK-based global major aerospace and defence group BAE Systems (BAES) has reported that the PHASA-35 solar-electric powered high altitude long endurance (HALE) uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) has successfully completed essential tests, known as ‘soak’ tests. The UAV is a joint project involving... 

UK ‘pseudo-satellite’ UAV passes critical tests in simulated environment
An artist’s impression of the PHASA-35 operating in the Stratosphere.

South African helicopter company helping fight locust swarms in Kenya

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2020 South African helicopter operator BAC Helicopters is playing a crucial role in fighting the current locust plagues afflicting Kenya. These are part of a much wider series of swarms that are endangering harvests over an large area, ranging from the Arabian Gulf (more usually known as the Persian... 

South African helicopter company helping fight locust swarms in Kenya
Photo by BAC Helicopters
A Bell 206L-4 LongRanger of BAC Helicopters in north-west Kenya.

Eswatini Rail Link project progressing, developers say

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th October 2020 The Eswatini Rail Link (ESRL) project is on track to advance economic development and intra-African trade, the developers noted in a statement on October 12. The project is a joint inter-railway strategic initiative between Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and Eswatini Railways (ESR) to create a... 

DNG Energy to begin LNG bunkering operations at Coega

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2020 Delta Natural Gas (DNG) Energy has received final authorisation from the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) to begin liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operations in the Port of Coega, in the Eastern Cape.   DNG Energy group CEO Aldworth Mbalati says this is a positive outcome for both... 

DNG Energy to begin LNG bunkering operations at Coega
DNG Energy group CEO Aldworth Mbalati

Gauteng inland port developer takes legal steps to halt ‘irrational’ road realignments needed to unlock Tambo-Springs hub 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2020 The developer of a private inland port in southern Gauteng, known as Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng, has initiated legal action against the provincial administration in a bid to prevent it from implementing road infrastructure developments required to facilitate the construction of a... 

Gauteng inland port developer takes legal steps to halt ‘irrational’ road realignments needed to unlock Tambo-Springs hub
Map showing the location of Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng and Tambo-Springs Logistics Gateway in relation to the road and rail networks in the region.

Transnet embarks on rail safety awareness campaign

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2020 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will embark on a National Level Crossing and Safety Awareness campaign from October 12 to 16. TFR and other stakeholders will go out to designated level crossings, as well as illegal level crossings, where safety teams will engage motorists, pedestrians and... 

SAA rescue practitioners assessing options of winding down versus liquidation

By: News24Wire      9th October 2020 No meaningful progress can be made at South African Airways until the Department of Public Enterprises has signed a firm joint venture agreement with an experienced and strategic equity partner, according to a recent presentation to the African National Congress. SAA's creditors will be updated... 

SAA rescue practitioners assessing options of winding down versus liquidation

Bidvest International Logistics launches road-freight management portal

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2020 Bidvest International Logistics (BIL) has launched a new road-freight portal that will allow clients to manage deliveries from start to end.  “It takes away the pain of having to procure transport service providers and still manage them,” says BIL road freight director Marcus Ellappan. 

Bidvest International Logistics launches road-freight management portal

Container handlers add value to port operations

9th October 2020 Forklift and container handler manufacturer BLT WORLD’s extensive range of container handling equipment encompasses industrial lift trucks supplier Taylor Machine Works loaded and empty container handlers, as well as reach stackers. These are designed for versatile operation, enhanced performance... 

Container handlers add value to port operations
ROBUST CONTAINER HANDLING The Taylor XRS-9972 reachstacker, with a high-strength telescopic boom, is designed for versatile operation, enhanced performance and improved safety in busy container handling environments

Lifting equipment provides reliability, increased productivity

9th October 2020 Included in equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s range of equipment manufacturer Kito lifting equipment, is the durable Kito high-speed CB manual chain hoist series, which is suitable for use in shipbuilding and restorations. These hoists, which offer swift lifting and lowering speeds... 

Lifting equipment provides reliability, increased productivity
VERSATILE HOISTING These hoists, which offer swift lifting and lowering speeds for increased productivity, are designed to safely handle rated loads between 2.5 t and 50 t

Company supplies fire-protection systems to harbour facility

By: Cameron Mackay     9th October 2020 Special fire-risk protection equipment supplier DoseTech has supplied a comprehensive fire-protection system to a new bulk fuel offloading wharf that is being built at the Port of Ngqura harbour, north-east of Port Elizabeth. The system includes a foam dosing system and remote-controlled... 

Company supplies fire-protection systems to harbour facility
SAFE HARBOUR Flammable fuel is unloaded for bulk storage and handling at a bulk fuel offloading wharf, as DoseTech supplied a complete fire-protection system

OneLogix’s profit dips for the first time in 11 years as ‘listless economy’, Covid-19 take toll

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2020 Logistics group OneLogix reported a profit decline for the first time in 11 years, owing largely to the listless domestic economy and the ramifications of the worldwide Covid-19 lockdown, says CEO Ian Lourens. “We faced a very poor economic environment in the first ten months and then Covid hit... 

Local industrial equipment market to drop by 30%, says EIE Group’s Malherbe

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2020 New-unit sales in the South African industrial equipment market will decline by an estimated 30% this year, says EIE Group operations director Chantell Malherbe. Most of this drop will come from the more established brands, with an uptick seen in the sale of less expensive Chinese products at 30%... 

Southern Africa airlines association calls for clear, consistent polices on international flights

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th 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... 

Lufthansa has restarted flights to Cape Town, restoring its South African flight schedule

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th October 2020 German national flag-carrier Lufthansa has resumed scheduled, twice-weekly, air services between Frankfurt and Cape Town. The first of the resumed flights touched down at Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) on Thursday morning, being greeted with a ceremonial water salute. The airline has... 

Bombardier says Transnet contract ‘uninterrupted’ as 10-64 dispute resolution continues 

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2020 Bombardier Transportation, one of four companies to secure a contract to supply 1 064 electric and diesel  locomotives to Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) in 2015, reports that it is continuing to execute on the contract, despite the fact that a dispute resolution process is ongoing. In 2019, Transnet... 

Bombardier says Transnet contract ‘uninterrupted’ as 10-64 dispute resolution continues
The TRAXX AFRICA locomotives delivered to date have been deployed to support the export of manganese ore
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