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Transnet working ‘around the clock’ to fix IT disruption

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd July 2021 State-owned Transnet has identified and isolated the source of the disruption to its information technology (IT) systems and says technical teams continue to work “around the clock” to ensure the impact thereof remains minimal. Transnet on July 22 reported the disruption in some of its IT... 

Passenger rail agency fails to meet capex targets

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) capital expenditure (capex) programme has failed to meet its targets, says CEO Zolani Matthews. “Sadly, this has also affected PRASA’s modernisation programme. 

Gauteng Rapid Rail Integrated Network extension project – update

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd July 2021 The member of the executive council for public transport and roads infrastructure in Gauteng has given notice of his intent to determine a route for Phase 1 of the project extensions. 

Transnet IT app outage affecting container terminal operations

By: Schalk Burger     22nd July 2021 State-owned freight logistics company Transnet says it is experiencing a disruption in some of its information technology (IT) applications, although only container terminals are affected. "Operations across the group are continuing, with the Freight Rail, Pipelines, Engineering and Property... 

Gibela confident of meeting production targets despite impact of Covid-19 

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2021 Gibela has, to date, delivered 66 of the 600 X’trapolis Mega commuter trains it is scheduled to deliver to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) by the end of 2028. Eighteen of these trains were manufactured in Brazil, with the remaining 48 produced in a newly built plant in Nigel, on... 

Rolls-Royce Power Systems eyes climate-neutrality of products by 2030

By: Donna Slater     20th July 2021 Power systems engineering company Rolls-Royce Power Systems plans to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions by 35% by 2030, compared with a 2019 baseline, through the use of new net-zero and zero-carbon technologies. This near-term target plays a significant role in the Rolls-Royce group’s ambition to... 

Transnet port, rail operations normalise in KZN

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th July 2021 The Ports of Durban and Richards Bay have reported normalised levels of operations over the past two day, with all employees having reported for their shifts and Transnet working towards clearing the backlog caused by the unrest in the region in the past week, it said in a statement on July 20.... 

Kumba continues to perform well, despite rail constraints, Covid-19 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th July 2021 Iron-ore miner Kumba Iron Ore’s operations continued to perform well for the six months ended June 30, and production increased by 12% year-on-year, while sales increased by 3% year-on-year, reflecting the impact of rail constraints and periods of severe weather at the Saldanha Bay port. Kumba’s... 

Construction can emerge stronger, but needs new business models - Aspasa

By: Schalk Burger     19th July 2021 The construction industry can emerge stronger after Covid-19, but new business models will need to be developed to keep the industry and the country afloat in the medium- and long-term, says surface mining industry association Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa)... 

Mavuso says South African democracy proved mettle despite destruction

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2021 Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso says last week was a serious test of South Africa’s constitutional democracy, but she believes the country managed to pass the test and proved how strong it really is. She explained in the organisation’s latest newsletter that the violent outbreaks... 

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