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TMH Africa unveils rolling stock factory in Boksburg  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd April 2019 Railway engineering company TMH Africa on Tuesday unveiled its 45 000 square metre rolling stock manufacturing facility, in Boksburg, Gauteng.  

Boeing says more time needed to finish 737 Max software fix

By: Bloomberg     2nd April 2019 Boeing says it needs more time to finish a software upgrade for its grounded 737 Max jetliners as company engineers update a stall-prevention system linked to two fatal crashes in five months. The planemaker said last week it would submit final paperwork for the revamp to the Federal Aviation... 

EU funding Eritrean road project using 'forced labour' say activists

By: African News Agency      2nd April 2019 The Foundation Human Rights for Eritreans (FHRE) has warned the European Union (EU) that it will take the organisation to court for allegedly violating its own Charter of Fundamental Rights. The matter relates to what the FHRE says is the EU’s funding of a road-building project which allegedly... 

TNPA Dredging Services to embark on maintenance dredging campaign at Cape Town port

By: Simone Liedtke     1st April 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) Dredging Services will soon embark on a maintenance dredging campaign at the Port of Cape Town to restore the design depths at certain berths inside Duncan Dock. The maintenance campaign, which is set to start in early April and scheduled for... 

TNPA Dredging Services to embark on maintenance dredging campaign at Cape Town port
The Isandlwana is one of two dredging vessels that will be mobilised by TNPA Dredging Services

PE port welcomes first oil tanker after berth repairs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st April 2019 Port of Elizabeth’s Tanker Berth on Friday welcomed its first vessel, the UAAC Mirdif, after completion of berth repairs. The vessel delivered white oil to Nelson Mandela Bay.  

PE port welcomes first oil tanker after berth repairs
UAAC Mirdif oil tanker

Gauteng paves way for the Gauteng Transport Authority 

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2019 The Gauteng provincial government has adopted the Gauteng Transport Authority Bill. The Bill provides for the creation of a transport authority across the Gauteng city region, incorporating the provincial Department of Roads and Transport and various municipal transport administrations. 

Gauteng paves way for the Gauteng Transport Authority
Photo by Dylan Slater
Ismail Vadi

Denel to end manufacture of parts for Airbus A400M aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st April 2019 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced over the weekend that it had reached a mutual understanding with Europe-based major aerospace and defence group Airbus to cease Denel’s manufacture of components for the Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft, “subject to... 

Denel to end manufacture of parts for Airbus A400M aircraft
Photo by Airbus
An A400M takes off from an unpaved airstrip

Boeing crash fallout widens on TUI profit hit, passenger lawsuit

By: Bloomberg     29th March 2019 Boeing faced widening fallout from the crisis over its 737 Max jets, as travel giant TUI warned the grounding of the aircraft will cut its profit and the estate of a passenger who died in this month’s crash in Ethiopia sued the planemaker. Boeing, based in Chicago, has been under intense scrutiny... 

Corporatisation the next step for minibus industry, suggests MEC Vadi 

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2019 The next step in the evolution of South Africa’s minibus taxi industry should be corporatisation, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “Making it a business is the next step and not just necessarily formalising the industry.” 

Corporatisation the next step for minibus industry, suggests MEC Vadi

Transnet awards Gijima IT contract following High Court order

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2019 Transnet has issued JSE-listed information and communications technology company Gijima a letter of intent (LoI) to enter into a five-year information technology (IT) data services contract, valued at R1.3-billion. Transnet said the LoI issuance was a decision taken following thorough... 

Transport dept failed to protect commuters using illegally converted panel vans – Public Protector

By: News24Wire      29th March 2019 The Public Protector has found that the Department of Transport (DoT) failed to take effective and efficient measures to ensure commuters were safe while travelling in panel vans that were illegally converted into minibus taxis. Releasing the report at her offices in Pretoria on Monday, Public... 

Economy impacts negatively on harbour infrastructure and dredging

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th March 2019 The economic situation and reduced demand for port facilities have led to a general reduction in investment in harbour infrastructure and dredging, says global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright transport head Malcolm Hartwell.  

Economy impacts negatively  on harbour infrastructure and dredging
MALCOLM HARTWELL Severe pressure on global shipping and trade markets has resulted in a significant decline in the commodity exports that South Africa relies on so heavily and in imported manufactured goods

Transnet launches continent’s first dredging school

29th March 2019 The Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE) has launched the continent’s first Dredging School to develop and enhance the competencies of new and already employed dredging personnel. 

Transnet launches continent’s first dredging school
ILEMBE The Dredging School is a result of the supplier development plan related to the acquisition of the new 5500 m3 Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger, Ilembe, for TNPA

Enablers to expedite port infrastructure investment

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th March 2019 While investment in local ports is increasing, even more investment is required in harbour infrastructure, says global engineering company Aurecon Group capital projects principal Johan de la Rey. 

Enablers to expedite port  infrastructure investment
PORT INFRASTRUCTURE MASTERPLAN Execution-ready projects need to be prioritised to ensure that funds are not relocated to other, non-port priorities

Trucks allow for efficient handling of paper and timber

29th March 2019 South Africa-based equipment supplier BLTWORLD’s extensive range of materials handling equipment encompasses Meclift variable reach trucks, which are equipped with paper clamps for the efficient handling and loading of paper rolls and sawn timber in and out of trucks and railway carriages. The... 

Trucks allow for efficient handling of paper and timber
MULTIPURPOSE FORKLIFT TRUCK The Meclift ML1812R increases efficiency and safety during paper and timber handling

Technology solution allows retailers to display but protect high-value items

By: Schalk Burger     29th March 2019 Retail technology solution AutoAisle secures items that are of high value or at-risk of theft to reduce retailers’ losses and boosts sales of these items, says South African technology development firm Quattro founder and specialised projects director Vincent Lanz. The loss of at-risk items and... 

Technology solution allows retailers to display but protect high-value items
AUTOAISLE DISPLAY The system allows retailer to increase the range of items with less risk and increase the rate of sale

Mboweni: Sanral must reverse 'very bad' decision on e-toll debt 

By: News24Wire      28th March 2019 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni says he is "very unhappy" with the South African National Road Agency (Sanral) board's decision to temporarily suspend summonses to recover e-toll debt and that it must be reversed "immediately". The minister was speaking at a briefing on Thursday where Treasury... 

 Mboweni: Sanral must reverse 'very bad' decision on e-toll debt
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

ASJV to continue to defend its position regarding the Mtentu project bonds

By: Simone Liedtke     28th March 2019 The Aveng Strabag Joint Venture (ASJV) on Thursday said it considers the dismissal, earlier this month, of its court application to prevent the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) from making a call on the bonds relating to the Mtentu bridge contract to be wrong. It also... 

Boeing was close to software fix before second 737 Max crash

By: Bloomberg     28th March 2019 Boeing was agonisingly close to a software fix for its 737 Max jetliner when an Ethiopian Airlines jet plunged to the ground March 10, the second deadly crash in less than five months. The US planemaker, working with regulators, has spent months refining the feature since flight data from the... 

Bad drivers beware! Joburg has a new WhatsApp-based hotline

By: News24Wire      28th March 2019 Reporting reckless and negligent driving in Joburg is easy thanks to the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) launch of the pilot Buya Mthetho hotline project on Wednesday. "This hotline allows residents to report reckless and inconsiderate road behaviour along [via WhatsApp] with... 

PRASA's beefed up security in the Cape yields results

By: News24Wire      28th March 2019 A year after the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) in the Western Cape took on more security resources to stem the tide of criminality on trains, their data shows tangible progress is being made. In 365 days, security personnel responded to 258 incidents which resulted in 347 arrests. 

Nzimande rebuts Cape Town passenger rail takeover plan  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2019 Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has rebutted the City of Cape Town’s appointment of rail experts to assist with a takeover plan for passenger rail in the city. African News Agency on Tuesday reported that Cape Town had announced that it was evaluating four tenders for the exercise and that... 

Nzimande rebuts Cape Town passenger rail takeover plan
Photo by Creamer Media
Transport Minister Blade Nzimande

Sanral to suspend process of pursuing e-toll debt 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th March 2019 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will, with immediate effect, suspend the process of pursuing e-toll debt. The Sanral board passed the urgent resolution on Tuesday, which resolved that given the initiative led by President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the e-tolls payment... 

Port Elizabeth port’s tanker berth back in operation

By: Nadine James     27th March 2019 Repairs to the tanker berth at Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) Port Elizabeth port have been successfully completed ahead of schedule.  The berth has been successfully recertified by a structural engineer and has been cleared to resume operations. It had been closed since February 18... 

Port Elizabeth port’s tanker berth back in operation

Traxtion unveils new facility to provide locomotive rebuild, overhaul services for Africa  

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2019 Private locomotive and rail operator Traxtion on Tuesday showcased its new maintenance and refurbishment facility, in Rosslyn, as part of its plans to increase its capacity to provide locomotive rebuild and overhaul services for Africa. The facility is on the third phase of a planned eight-phase... 

Traxtion unveils new facility to provide locomotive rebuild, overhaul services for Africa
Taxtion CEO James Holley speaks to Engineering News Online about the launch of Traxtion's refurbishment facility, which will be used to provide locomotive rebuild and overhaul services to customers across the African continent. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Port of Ngqura maintains only ‘green port’ status in South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2019 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) says its Port of Ngqura, in Port Elizabeth, has been the only port with green status in South Africa and it maintains this status through a number of measures. These measures include unique biodiversity conservation programmes.  

Cape Town seeks rail experts to assist with takeover plan for passenger rail

By: African News Agency      26th March 2019 Cape Town said on Tuesday it would appoint a team of rail professionals to assist its transport directorate with business plans to take over passenger rail management from the national government. It said it was evaluating and assessing four tenders for the exercise and that the rail experts,... 

Boeing readies 737 MAX software fix as families wait for crash report

By: Reuters     26th March 2019 Boeing Co will provide airlines that have bought the 737 MAX with free software upgrades, the US manufacturer said on Monday, as Ethiopian Airlines told Reuters it expected a preliminary crash report this week or next. Any fixes to the MAX software, the focus of investigations in two deadly... 

Local company ADC stresses it, not Paramount, owns the Ahrlac military aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2019 South African private-sector company Aerospace Development Corporation (ADC) on Tuesday clarified that it, and not the Paramount Group, is the original equipment manufacturer, design authority and manufacturer of the Ahrlac aircraft. (Ahrlac is an acronym for Advanced High Performance... 

Local company ADC stresses it, not Paramount, owns the Ahrlac military aircraft design
Photo by Aerospace DEvelopment Corporation
An Ahrlac aircraft under assembly

Crisis-hit Fastjet secures another extension on its loan agreement

By: Reuters     26th March 2019 Cash-strapped regional Africa airline Fastjet said on Monday it has reached an agreement to further extend the repayment date on its unsecured loans. Fastjet in June had entered agreements with Annunaki Investments and SSCG Africa Holdings, following which the airline lent $5-million from its... 

JRA completes two Ivory Park road upgrades, more to follow

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th March 2019 City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba on Monday opened two newly built and rehabilitated roads in Ivory Park, Ward 78, near Midrand. The R6-million project, which was funded by the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), included the installation of underground stormwater management systems and... 

Transnet in talks with Kenya for deal to operate Lamu port

By: Bloomberg     25th March 2019 Kenya is in talks with Transnet of South Africa to operate a seaport that the East African nation is developing to partly use for planned exports of oil. The state-owned South African logistics company is leading a group of companies that are pitching to provide the equipment for the initial... 

Boeing invites pilots, regulators to briefing as it looks to return 737 MAX to service

By: Reuters     25th March 2019 Boeing said it invited more than 200 global airline pilots, technical leaders and regulators for an information session on Wednesday as it looks to return the 737 MAX to commercial service. The meeting is a sign that Boeing's planned software patch is nearing completion, though it will still need... 

Mboweni questions need to hold onto State assets 

By: Bloomberg     25th March 2019 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said a discussion must begin on whether the government needs to retain control of all the assets it owns given the poor state of the national finances. Mboweni has asked Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan for a list of noncore State assets and has been... 

Mboweni questions need to hold onto State assets
Photo by Reuters
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Guinea risks 'conflict and confusion' with mining eviction policy

By: Reuters     22nd March 2019 Civil society groups rejected Guinea's first policy seeking to protect people displaced by mines and dams on Thursday, saying it would worsen poverty and conflict in the mineral-rich nation. Seven human rights and development organisations asked the government not to adopt the proposed national... 

Boeing makes safety change, Indonesian airline cancels order 

By: Reuters     22nd March 2019 Indonesian airline Garuda said on Friday it would cancel a $6-billion order for Boeing 737 MAX jets, citing concerns over passenger confidence, as Boeing tried to quell safety worries by making a previously optional cockpit warning light compulsory. National carrier Garuda is the first airline to... 

Iata stresses priorities for growth of global air cargo sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd March 2019 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has identified three priorities that must be implemented to meet the growing global demand for air freight and to maximise the socio-economic benefits of aviation, and has called on governments and the air cargo industry to focus on these... 

 

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