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Habasit presents range of timing belts for drive technology

24th May 2019 Last month, conveyor and processing belts manufacturer Habasit presented its complete timing belt portfolio at leading trade fair for integrated automation, motion and drives Hannover Messe Fair. The range of applications for timing belts in drive technology and intralogistics is significant. The... 

SA Express says to lay charges against former execs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2019 As South African Express (SA Express) continues to strengthen its operational efficiency and governance systems, the State-owned airline is preparing to lay fraud and corruption charges against some of its former executives. SA Express chairperson Tryphosa Ramano said in a statement on Thursday... 

PE port the first in South Africa to achieve ISO 45001 certification

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd May 2019 The Port of Port Elizabeth (PE) has become the first port in South Africa to achieve the International Organisation for Standardisation’s (ISO’s) 45001 certification, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said in a statement this week. ISO 45001 is an international standard that specifies... 

PE port the first in South Africa to achieve ISO 45001 certification
Port of PE

JRA says M2 bridge on track to reopen in October

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2019 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) this week reminded road users that the M2 motorway between the Crown interchange and Maritzburg street remained closed for rehabilitation works on the bridge. The full closure will remain in force until the end of October.  

Lufthansa maintenance company opens its first operation in South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd May 2019 Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International (LTMI) formally opened its new, and first, facility in South Africa on Wednesday afternoon. The facility has been established at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport. A second facility is being set up Cape Town. Both facilities are initially... 

Tanzania's China-backed $10bn port plan stalls over terms – official

By: Reuters     23rd May 2019 A planned $10-billion port project in Tanzania backed by China has hit an impasse, with the two sides disagreeing on terms of the infrastructure investment, a senior Tanzanian port official said on Wednesday. In 2013, Tanzania signed a framework agreement with China Merchants Holdings... 

PRASA places three executives on special leave 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2019 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has placed the company’s chief strategy offer Dr Sipho Sithole; its legal, risk and compliance head Martha Ngoye and its group CEO Tiro Holele on special leave. The decision follows ongoing investigations into allegations of improper, irregular,... 

TNPA to review hull cleaning permits

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) intends to introduce in-water hull cleaning at South African ports in an effort to stringently manage biofouling, where marine organisms attach themselves to the hull of a ship and niche areas, potentially spreading alien and invasive species across... 

Transnet, CMI Emtateni terminate controversial R4.2bn Durban port expansion contract

By: African News Agency      22nd May 2019 State-owned freight and rail company, Transnet said on Tuesday that its contractor, CMI Emtateni Joint Venture, has terminated its R4.2-billion contract for a megaproject to create deeper berths at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT). This comes after Transnet in November last year stopped all... 

Comair CEO Erik Venter resigns unexpectedly to pursue own interests

By: African News Agency      22nd May 2019 JSE-listed Comair Limited announced late on Tuesday that Erik Venter has resigned as chief executive of the company to pursue his own interests, after 23 years with the airline. Venter, who was Comair chief executive for 13 years, will leave at the end of July 2019. Comair said the board has not... 

Gautrain will not reissue rolling stock tender 

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2019 The tender for the procurement of new 12 new four-car trains for the Gautrain system will not be reissued, says Gautrain Management Agency communication and marketing senior executive manager Dr Barbara Jensen. An almost three-year tender process, initiated in February 2016, to secure additional... 

Gautrain will not reissue rolling stock tender

Airbus announces range extensions for its new A220 family

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st May 2019 Europe-based global aerospace group Airbus announced in Canada on Tuesday that it would be offering airlines an increased range version of its A220 small (100 seats to 150 seats) single-aisle airliner family, from the second half of next year. The A220 family is composed of two models, the... 

No injuries or fatalities reported in Germiston train fire

By: News24Wire      21st May 2019 No injuries or fatalities were reported after a train caught fire in Dinwiddie, Germiston, on Tuesday, according to Ekurhuleni Emergency Medical Services (EMS). "We received a call at 06:30, saying a train was on fire... next to the Scaw Metals company. 

Zimbabwe to subsidise public transport as inflation jumps

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2019 Zimbabwe will subsidise public transport and cut fuel duties by more than half as it tries to ease the impact of rampant inflation on its poorest citizens, according to Finance Secretary George Guvamatanga. The support will cost about $8-million a month, Guvamatanga said by phone on Monday. “A... 

Buoyed by mining recovery, Barloworld looks to Mongolia for growth 

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2019 Barloworld’s results on Monday reflected some of the biggest trends in the South African economy, with the company reporting a sharp drop in equipment sales to the troubled construction industry, as well as a decline in new-vehicle sales and car rental days, but with the mining industry seemingly... 

Buoyed by mining recovery, Barloworld looks to Mongolia for growth

Gautrain seeks to improve passenger convenience with new train schedule

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2019 Gautrain has introduced various changes to its train schedule from this month to provide a “more convenient and comfortable service” to passengers. The afternoon peak period has been extended northbound only, from Park station to Hatfield station, from Monday to Friday.  

ARA to host workshop to discuss maritime regulation changes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2019 The African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARA), together with the Egyptian General Petroleum Company, will in mid-June host an interactive workshop on the impact of the International Maritime Organisation’s changes to regulation around the sulphur content of ship bunker fuel across... 

Transnet appoints acting CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2019 State-owned Transnet has appointed Mark Gregg-Macdonald acting CFO, with effect from May 13. He will also serve on Transnet's board. 

Transnet appoints acting CFO
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Transnet acting CFO Mark Gregg-Macdonald

Boeing reports 'clear and steady progress' on returning 737 MAX to safe operations

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th May 2019 Giant US aerospace and defence group Boeing announced on Thursday night (South African time) that it had 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... 

Boeing reports 'clear and steady progress' on returning 737 MAX to safe operations
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A Boeing 737 MAX-8 airliner

UAV without conventional flaps, ailerons or elevators takes flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th May 2019 British major aerospace and defence group BAE Systems (BAES) announced on the first day of this month that its MAGMA unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had become the first aircraft ever to be manoeuvred in flight using “blown air”. The MAGMA has been designed and developed by University of Manchester... 

17-year-old pilot’s Cape-to-Cairo project to inspire other teenagers

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th May 2019 An ambitious project to stimulate interest among high school pupils in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in general, and in aviation in particular, has reached an advanced stage of development. It is the “U-Dream Cape 2 Cairo” project, which involves some 20 teenagers in the... 

Mahomedy tackles locomotive costs, interest rate swaps at Zondo Commission 

By: African News Agency      16th May 2019 Transnet acting CE Mohammed Mahomedy continued his testimony at the Zondo commission of inquiry into State capture on Thursday, further detailing how the State-owned entity was bleeding billions of rands as a result of irregular contracts and interest rate swaps. Mahomedy told the commission... 

Mahomedy tackles locomotive costs, interest rate swaps at Zondo Commission
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Transnet acting CE Mohammed Mahomedy

Transnet CEO tells Zondo Inquiry of irregularly awarded contracts

By: African News Agency      16th May 2019 Transnet's acting group chief executive, Mohammed Mahomedy, on Wednesday told the Zondo Commission that a review of tender documents by Transnet's new board revealed that several contracts at the state-owned freight operator had been entered into irregularly.  Mahomedy was acting CFO at Transnet... 

Egypt's Sisi opens huge suspension bridge over the Nile

By: Reuters     15th May 2019 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday opened a suspension bridge over the Nile touted as the world's widest, one of a series of military-led, megaprojects designed to improve infrastructure and provide jobs. The bridge, which crosses the Nile just north of central Cairo, is a key... 

Not all deals at Transnet went through prescribed processes – acting CEO

By: African News Agency      15th May 2019 Not all transactions at State-owned logistics company Transnet were handled in compliance with stipulated processes, acting CEO Mohammed Mahomedy told the commission probing graft on Wednesday. "What we found was that certain transactions were approved through normal processes and some of the... 

Not all deals at Transnet went through prescribed processes – acting CEO
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Acting Transnet CEO Mohammed Mahomedy

Durban car terminal achieves a new milestone

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th May 2019 The Durban Car Terminal has broken a South African record, handling over 500 000 fully built units (FBUs) in the 2018/19 financial year. “A combination of a shift in the operating model, improved planning, dedicated operational teams and collaboration with customers and shipping lines have seen... 

Durban car terminal achieves a new milestone

Port of Saldanha marks first sludge transfer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th May 2019 Effective planning and oversight between the office of the Port of Saldanha’s Harbour Master, African Marine Solutions, the South African Maritime Safety Authority and SpillTech resulted in the successful first sludge transfer operation at the port last month. About 104 m3 of sludge was... 

Work on Bosmansdam road around Century City continuing apace

By: African News Agency      15th May 2019 Work on the busy Bosmansdam road around the Century City precinct is continuing, with the City of Cape Town announcing on Tuesday that it will be contributing a further R20-million towards the rehabilitation of the existing road and extension of the cycle lane towards the N7 freeway. This... 

MiX Telematics expects further growth on the back of solid 2019 results

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2019 Dual-listed MiX Telematics’ subscription revenue increased by 18% year-on-year to just under R1.7-billion for the financial year ended March 31. On a constant currency basis, subscription revenue increased by 16.3%. 

PRASA welcomes Constitutional Court decision on Swifambo matter  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2019 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has welcomed a ruling by the Constitutional Court that dismissed an application brought by Swifambo Rail Leasing, which is in liquidation, for leave to appeal an earlier Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) decision not to reinstate a contract for the... 

Tanzania rail project to take half of Transport Ministry's budget

By: Bloomberg     10th May 2019 Tanzania’s transport ministry is seeking approval from lawmakers for its 2019/20 budget of 4.96-trillion shillings ($2.15-billion), which includes 2.48-trillion shillings for construction of a standard-gauge railway line. The railway line will link the East African nation’s commercial city of Dar... 

TNPA suspends diving, angling near Durban port after sewage spill

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has suspended all diving operations and angling activities within the Durban port, owing to a severe sewage discharge that poses a risk to diving personnel and marine life, it said on Friday. The discharge stems from the failure of pumps at the... 

Canadian aircraft manufacturer sees significant potential in Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th May 2019 Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace, part of the Bombardier group, sees a lot of promise in the African market. “Africa is a very dynamic market, for sure,” says the company’s Airline Marketing Manager: Middle East and Africa Arnaud Brun-Khoobeelass. “It’s a market that offers... 

737 MAX woes reflected in Boeing’s first-quarter results

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th May 2019 US aerospace and defence giant Boeing, with the release of its results for the first quarter of this year, has assured that it is working with aviation regulators and customers around the world to ensure a safe return to service of its troubled 737 MAX, the fourth generation of its hitherto... 

New products launched at Nampo Harvest Day

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2019 Bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International (BI) will launch its Agri HUB bearings and the blue and white Agri Grease sachets at the Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day that will be held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State. The Agri HUB bearings have been designed... 

New products launched  at Nampo Harvest Day
NUTS TO MISS IT Exhibitors use alluring offers and prizes to attract traffic to their stands

Transnet procurement process an 'aberration', State capture inquiry hears 

By: News24Wire      9th May 2019 Evidence presented at the State capture inquiry on Thursday shifted to procurement processes at Transnet, which have been identified by the new board as being at the heart of financial flows of the State-run freight rail company. Peter Volmink, Transnet's executive head of governance, told the... 

Transnet procurement process an 'aberration', State capture inquiry hears

Gibela appoints Hector Danisa as new CEO

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2019 Rolling stock manufacturer Gibela has appointed Hector Danisa as its new CEO, with effect from May 1. Gibela is tasked with delivering 600 new passenger trains to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa in a R59-billion deal signed in 2014. Local content on the trains is to be 65% by volume. 

Gibela appoints Hector Danisa as new CEO
Hector Danisa

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