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Transport News

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

Boeing did not disclose 737 MAX alert issue to FAA for 13 months

By: Reuters     6th May 2019 Boeing did not tell US regulators for more than a year that it inadvertently made an alarm alerting pilots to a mismatch of flight data optional on the 737 MAX, instead of standard as on earlier 737s, but insisted on Sunday the missing display represented no safety risk The US planemaker has been... 

SAA launches direct service to Guangzhou, China

By: Simone Liedtke     6th May 2019 State-owned airline South African Airways will start direct flights between Johannesburg and Guangzhou, China, on September 18. Giving customers access to the heart of China’s export-led manufacturing industries is another part of the airline’s strategy of enhancing its route network. 

Takealot launches nationwide Pickup Points, flagship Midrand facility

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd May 2019 South African online retailer takealot.com has launched more than 25 Takealot Pickup Point collection facilities across the country, with the flagship facility at the New Road offramp, in Midrand, officially unveiled on Friday. The facilities are used for the pickup of both Takealot and... 

Takealot launches nationwide Pickup Points, flagship Midrand facility
Inside the Takealot Pickup Point at the New Road off-ramp in Midrand

South African logistics firm recommends review of bulk liquid terminal tender

By: Reuters     3rd May 2019 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will recommend to its board that a tender to build and operate a bulk liquid terminal in Durban be reviewed and possibly cancelled, a senior official said. The "Lot 100" tender at South Africa's main petrochemical hub Island View on the east... 

Outa says submits evidence against Transnet to Zondo commission

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2019 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says it has handed, what it calls a comprehensive submission, to the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that allegedly details corruption, money laundering and fraud at State-owned freight utility Transnet. In addition to allegations that... 

Energy solutions provider aims for Africa expansion

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 Electrical house (eHouse) solutions and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure provider TGOOD Africa is expanding its business into Africa and aims to establish offices in Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia in the next nine to twelve months. The company’s head office for its sub-Saharan... 

Energy solutions provider aims for Africa expansion
SPECIFIC SOLUTION TGOOD’s electrical houses are built according to clients’ specifications

Rolls-Royce developing advanced aero engine technologies

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd May 2019 UK industrial technology group Rolls-Royce gives a high priority to research and development (R&D), particularly with regard to aeroengines. “We are focused on pioneering the power that matters and are at the forefront of research into the future of flight,” affirms Rolls-Royce VP Customers:... 

Massive decline of 48% in Easter road fatalities 

By: African News Agency      2nd May 2019 The number of Easter road fatalities has this year decreased by 48%, in comparison to 2018, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande said on Thursday. "I am pleased to announce that the number of fatalities decreased . . . from 309 in 2018 to 162 in 2019. This marks a decrease of 147 fatalities.... 

BAE Systems successfully flies UAV without conventional flaps, ailerons or elevators

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd May 2019 British major aerospace and defence group BAE Systems (BAES) announced on Wednesday 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 researchers and... 

BAE Systems successfully flies UAV without conventional flaps, ailerons or elevators
Photo by BAE Systems
The MAGMA UAV

Nzimande unveils Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme 

2nd May 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Online Writer Tasneem Bulbulia about the introduction by the Department of Transport of a Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme and what Minister Blade Nzimande hopes the new programme will achieve. 

Nzimande unveils Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme
Nzimande unveils Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme

TMH Africa unveils rolling stock manufacturing facility 

2nd May 2019 Railway engineering company TMH Africa earlier this month unveiled its 45 000 m2 rolling stock manufacturing facility, in Boksburg, in Gauteng. The facility will manufacture and assemble rolling stock, refurbish old locomotives and provide maintenance services. Marleny Arnoldi was at the launch. 

TMH Africa unveils rolling stock manufacturing facility
TMH Africa unveils rolling stock manufacturing facility

Transnet promises to fill executive vacancies as Mahomedy is appointed new acting CEO 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd May 2019 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has appointed Mohammed Mahomedy as acting group CEO after its board decided not to extend the six-month contract of the Tau Morwe, beyond Friday, May 3. Mahomedy, who has worked with Transnet for more than 12 years, has been acting CFO for the past 12... 

Transnet promises to fill executive vacancies as Mahomedy is appointed new acting CEO
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
New acting Transnet CEO Mohammed Mahomedy

High Court turns down N2 Wild Coast Road appeal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th April 2019 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Tuesday welcomed a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court to deny an appeal against a decision that confirmed the road agency’s decision to proceed with the construction of the N2 Wild Coast Road (N2WCR). In an earlier judgment, Judge... 

SAA agrees debt rollover deal in principle – CEO 

By: Reuters     30th April 2019 State-owned South African Airways has reached an agreement in principle with lenders to roll over $642-million of debt, its CEO said on Tuesday, giving him room to execute a turnaround aimed at weaning the airline off government bailouts. President Cyril Ramaphosa has made a point of supporting... 

SAA agrees debt rollover deal in principle – CEO

Kenya secures $666m from China for tech city, highway

By: Reuters     29th April 2019 Kenya has secured 67.5-billion shillings ($666-million) in funding from China to build a data centre in a tech city currently under construction and a highway in Nairobi, the president's office said on Friday. Kenya has turned to China over the past few years for funds, technology and equipment... 

Nzimande announces Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th April 2019 Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on Friday announced government interventions to transform the minibus taxi industry, through revising the Taxi Recapitalisation Programme. The Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme resumed in March with the appointment of a new service provider, Anthus... 

Nzimande announces Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme

Durban, Richards Bay ports to receive two new helicopters in June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will, in June, take delivery of two new helicopters to service the Ports of Durban and Richards Bay. Italian company Leonardo manufactured the AgustaWestland AW109SP helicopters, valued at around R250-million, at its plant in Vergiate, Italy.  

Durban, Richards Bay ports to receive two new helicopters in June
AgustaWestland AW109SP helicopter

N2 highway in Cape Town to be closed at Hospital Bend for urgent repairs

By: African News Agency      26th April 2019 The City of Cape Town announced on Friday that the N2 highway inbound at Hospital Bend would be closed for urgent repair work to a water main. The repair work from 19:00 on Friday evening will be carried out by the City of Cape Town’s Water and Waste Directorate and is likely to affect inbound... 

Transnet installing new tippler to sustain iron-ore exports

By: Reuters     26th April 2019 Transnet is installing a new iron-ore tippler at the country’s main iron-ore export line in order to sustain its current output of 60-million tonnes a year, officials said on Friday at its Saldanha port terminal. The R3-billion project, which includes infrastructure such as a conveyor belt... 

Prasa suspends WC head of security, 2 others over burning trains saga

By: News24Wire      26th April 2019 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) announced on Friday that it has suspended its head of security in the Western Cape as well as two other security officers pending the outcome of an investigation into whether there was a security lapse that resulted in the burning of 12 train... 

 Prasa suspends WC head of security, 2 others over burning trains saga

FAA to convene summit of global regulators on 737 Max safety

By: Bloomberg     26th April 2019 The US Federal Aviation Administration next month will brief international aviation regulators on the agency’s work evaluating when the Boeing 737 Max can return to service, which some countries have signaled they intend to decide on their own. The FAA called the May 23 meeting “to provide... 

Rolls-Royce affirms the importance of the African market

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th April 2019 Africa is a important market for the aeroengines business of renowned British industrial technology company Rolls-Royce, the company’s VP Customers: Africa Kevin Evans tells “Engineering News”. “We see Africa as a large and growing market, one of strategic importance to us.”  

Firm plans to deploy 400 natural-gas refuelling sites across SA

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2019 Natural-gas distributor Delta Natural Gas (DNG) Energy is rolling out 400 natural gas refuelling sites across South Africa for the taxi and freight industries, which will provide an immediate cost reduction of 25% for these industries and reduce their carbon emissions, says DNG Energy CEO... 

Process equipment group sets up ‘supercenter’ in Mpumalanga

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2019 Mining and cement equipment multinational FLSmidth is producing equipment for mines and processing plants globally at the newly upgraded Delmas Supercenter, including large vibrating screens and flotation components, as well as repairing and upgrading customer equipment. The upgrade improves... 

Process equipment group sets up ‘supercenter’ in Mpumalanga
DELMAS SUPERCENTRE Department of Mineral Resources deputy minister Godfrey Oliphant and Ambassador of Denmark to South Africa Tobias Elling Rehfield were given a tour of the upgraded facility

Transnet spends days cleaning up pollution at Durban port following storm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has started a major cleanup at the Port of Durban to remove large volumes of waste and vegetation after recent heavy rains and flooding in KwaZulu-Natal. The adverse weather caused a deluge of plastic and other debris to flow into the port, leaving... 

Transnet spends days cleaning up pollution at Durban port following storm
Transnet National Ports Authority cleans up Durban port

Vadi launches R114 road rehabilitation project

By: African News Agency      25th April 2019 Gauteng MEC for roads and transport Ismail Vadi has officially launched the R114 road rehabilitation project near Muldersdrift in the West Rand. The R157-million project is fully funded by the provincial roads and transport department and partly implemented under the auspices of the expanded... 

Boeing suspends outlook as 737 Max uncertainty clouds future

By: Bloomberg     25th April 2019 Boeing's earnings missed analysts estimates for just the second time in five years as executives grapple with one of the worst crises in the planemaker’s century-long history. The manufacturer abandoned its 2019 financial forecast as it deals with the aftermath of two deadly crashes of its 737... 

N1 highway project in Cape Town nearing completion

By: African News Agency      24th April 2019 The project to add a third lane to the N1 in both directions between Plattekloof Road and Old Oak Interchange in Cape Town is expected to be complete early next month. This is according to the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) which said the project would help ease... 

Closure of Blantyre Airport’s main runway has forced changes to SAA operations

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th April 2019 South African Airways (SAA) announced on Wednesday that, because of the closing of the main runway of Malawi’s Chileka International Airport in Blantyre, also with effect from Wednesday (April 24), and until July 24 this year, the national flag carrier would not be able to operate services to... 

Closure of Blantyre Airport’s main runway has forced changes to SAA operations
Photo by Bob Adams/Creative Commons
A Bombardier Q400 airliner of SA Express

TPT activates disaster management plan following heavy rains, flooding

By: Simone Liedtke     24th April 2019 Transnet Port Terminals has activated its disaster management plan following the recent heavy rains and flooding that has impacted terminal operations at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT), as well as at the Durban and Richards Bay bulk, breakbulk and car terminals. Despite earlier disruptions,... 

 

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