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Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Group CEO Hishaam Emeran elected as the new President of The Southern African Railways Association (SARA)
Southern African Railways Association (SARA) Announces New Leadership at Annual Board Meeting
27th June 2024

The Southern African Railways Association (SARA) Board Members convened in Cape Town from 19-20 June 2024 for the annual SARA Board meeting. The event was marked by significant discussions,... 


Employees working underground at an Implats mine
Mining sector employment holds up well despite first-quarter decline
26th June 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Following five uninterrupted quarters of job gains, employment in the mining sector declined during the first quarter of this year, the Minerals Council South Africa reports. Citing Statistics... 


Thelo to raise $250m with eye on Africa’s giant rail corridors
25th June 2024 By: Bloomberg

Thelo Group’s management plans to buy Deutsche Bahn’s 49% shareholding and is in talks with financiers to raise $250-million to help the South African company transform into a developer of rail... 


Africa’s Growing Infrastructure Needs and Ensuing Business Opportunities
24th June 2024

With African governments committing billions of dollars to infrastructure development, the continent is touted to be entering a 20 to 30-year infrastructure development boom. Infrastructural... 


Tractor in field
El Niño dries up South Africa’s agricultural business confidence for the second quarter
24th June 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz) and Industrial Development Corporation’s Agribusiness Confidence Index (ACI) reached a 15-year low of 38 points in the second quarter of... 


Mafube Coal’s Journey to Digital Production Management
21st June 2024

Operations Control X-Cellence Implementation Award Category: Monitoring and Control X-Cellence 


Ingrid Osborne, CEO of Saryx
Ingrid Osborne
21st June 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

This week we profile Ingrid Osborne, CEO of Saryx, which specialises in integration solutions for industrial control and automation, ICT, rail monitoring, and document management and compliance 


Streamlined PPP framework could unlock infrastructure investment
Streamlined PPP framework could unlock infrastructure investment
21st June 2024 By: Darren Parker

In February, the National Treasury asked for public comments to be submitted in respect of the newly drafted amendments to the National Treasury Regulations (NTR) 16, and key elements of municipal... 


Logistics Crisis Committee’s work to continue, freight sector poised to transform in next two years
21st June 2024 By: Irma Venter

Business Unity South Africa (Busa) president Mxolisi Mgojo says he is confident that work within the National Logistics Crisis Committee (NLCC) will continue as political parties grapple to form a... 


Streamlined PPP framework could unlock infrastructure investment
Streamlined PPP framework could unlock infrastructure investment
21st June 2024 By: Darren Parker

In February, the National Treasury asked for public comments to be submitted in respect of the newly drafted amendments to the National Treasury Regulations (NTR) 16, and key elements of municipal... 


Location map of the Longonjo mine, in Angola
Longonjo neodymium/praseodymium project, Angola – update
21st June 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Pensana has reported that containerised 350-person accommodation facilities have arrived in Angola. 


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Uitkomst Colliery, South Africa
21st June 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

A coal mine in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 


Accessing Infrastructure Project Developments in Africa
20th June 2024

Africa is experiencing a wave of infrastructure developments that are poised to transform the continent’s economic landscape. Significant investments in urban development, transportation, energy,... 


Africa Gears Up for a New Era of Mobility: Smarter Mobility Africa 2024 Announces Mobility Investment Projects
Africa Gears Up for a New Era of Mobility: Smarter Mobility Africa 2024 Announces Mobility Investment Projects
20th June 2024

Africa is on the move, with rapid urbanization transforming cities across the continent. To navigate this exciting yet challenging landscape, Smarter Mobility Africa summit 2024 is set to convene... 


Malawi rail upgrades under way, reports Sovereign Metals
20th June 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Upgrades to the 399 km Nkaya–Mchinji railway section connecting the Malawi–Zambia border to the Nacala Logistics Corridor (NLC), are under way, reports ASX- and Aim-listed Sovereign Metals. The... 


New wagons being built for use on the Lobito railway corridor
South African manufacturer to provide 275 new container wagons to Lobito railway project
19th June 2024 By: Darren Parker

Joint venture (JV) company Lobito Atlantic Railway (LAR), which is the concession holder for the operation, management and maintenance of the Lobito Corridor spanning Zambia, Angola and the... 


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Latest Cesa survey highlights urgency of joint public, private effort on infrastructure
18th June 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) on Tuesday released its Bi-Annual Economic and Capacity Survey (BECS) findings, revealing a stark 22% decline from July to December of 23, marking the... 


Vanya Jansen, winner of the Best Speaker Award
Top supply chain conference unpacks South Africa's ports and logistics crises, life-threatening drug shortages, earth-saving sustainability initiatives
18th June 2024

The 46th annual SAPICS Conference saw more than 750 supply chain managers from 30 countries across Africa and around the world meet in Cape Town to explore this increasingly important profession’s... 


Thungela Resources active in Mpumalanga.
Thungela poised to spend R3.9bn capital in South Africa
18th June 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Thungela Resources is poised to spend R3.9-billion worth of capital in South Africa going forward. An estimated R1.3-billion of this capital expenditure (capex)... 


Transnet to boost rail for VW, other automakers
Transnet to boost rail for VW, other automakers
14th June 2024 By: Bloomberg

Transnet said it’s in talks to run additional trains between a port in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape province and the country’s commercial hub of Gauteng to better link the two automotive... 


An image of train lines at Belle Ombre
Companies to improve railway operationality
14th June 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

Construction Group Enza Construction and electrical engineering and infrastructure development company Tractionel Enterprise are assisting in the process of reviving South Africa’s rail and freight... 


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Camera surveillance benefits sector
14th June 2024

Despite the pivotal role played by South Africa’s public transport systems, recent minibus taxi strikes show the public transport system’s vulnerabilities, in the form of the effects such action... 


Zinhle Simamane, CFO: International Business at Traxtion
Zinhle Simamane
14th June 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

This week we profile Zinhle Simamane, CFO: International Business at Traxtion, a provider of freight and rail services across the African continent 


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Reality check
14th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Regardless of composition, there are certain realities that South Africa’s new government cannot avoid. The first is an unemployment rate so high that, unless it is reduced materially, there is no... 


Barloworld profit dips as local mining industry slows
14th June 2024 By: Irma Venter

Barloworld’s South African businesses continued to face a myriad of challenging trading conditions, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Announcing the group’s financial results for the six months ended March... 


Image of graphite specimen
Orom-Cross graphite project, Uganda – update
14th June 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Blencowe Resources has signed its first nonbinding memorandum of understanding for natural large flake concentrate offtake from the project. 


Schematic of the strategic environmental assessment
Boegoebaai deep-water port project and special economic zone, South Africa – update
14th June 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is leading the strategic environmental assessment that is being undertaken for the Northern Cape’s planned green hydrogen production facilities in... 


Containerised 350-person accommodation facilities arriving onsite at Longonjo
Pensana appoints new Longonjo construction manager as site works progress
13th June 2024 By: Darren Parker

Rare earths mining company Penansa has announced the appoinment of Luigi Bruni as construction manager for the site team at the Longonjo rare earths project, in Angola. Bruni brings practical... 


VW vehicles on the assembly line in South Africa
Volkswagen says carmakers seek to revive key South African rail line
13th June 2024 By: Bloomberg

Volkswagen and other automakers operating in South Africa are in talks with the state logistics company to revive a dilapidated rail line between the country’s commercial hub and a car export... 


New iron-ore exporter for Port of Esperance
New iron-ore exporter for Port of Esperance
13th June 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

The Port of Esperance, in Western Australia, is set to increase its iron-ore trade by 1.5-million tonnes a year, following a new agreement announced by Ports Minister David Michael. Gold Valley... 


Recovery in logistics sector continued in April despite ports being lashed by storms – Ctrack index
Recovery in logistics sector continued in April despite ports being lashed by storms – Ctrack index
12th June 2024 By: Irma Venter

After declining in the first two months of the year, the Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) continued its momentum in April to reach a level of 123.4 – an increase of 2.8% compared... 


A construction site
Weak economy weighed on construction in the first quarter – ACI
11th June 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) declined to a level of 103.7 in the first quarter of this year, down from 117.3 in the fourth quarter of 2023 and 105 in the first quarter of 2023. Economist Dr... 


Namibia Confirms High-Level Delegation For The Southern African Railways Association Conference And Exhibition
11th June 2024

The Southern African Railways Association (SARA) is pleased to announce that Namibia has confirmed a high-level Namibian delegation will participate in the 13th Annual International Southern... 


Image of Business Unity South Africa (Busa) president Mxolisi Mgojo
NLCC’s work to continue, freight sector poised to transform in next two years
10th June 2024 By: Irma Venter

Business Unity South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo says he is confident that work within the National Logistics Crisis Committee (NLCC) will continue as political parties grapple to form a... 


Omnia CEO Seelan Gobalsamy
Agriculture, mining remain growth areas for Omnia, despite difficult operating environment
10th June 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed chemicals group Omnia has reported a 10% decrease in operating profit to R1.7-billion for the financial year ended March 31, saying this reflected volatile market conditions and global... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa
Reform momentum must be sustained ‘regardless of the form or composition’ of new government
10th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

President Cyril Ramaphosa has underlined the importance of the new government – which is yet to be formed after no single party secured an outright majority in the recent elections – continuing... 


Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane
Minerals Council calls for collaborative relationship among govt, labour, civil society and the private sector
10th June 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

As political parties discuss the way forward in establishing a government of national unity, the Minerals Council South Africa says it and its members are advocating for a constructive,... 


Passengers at a Gautrain station
Gautrain marks 14 years of operations
10th June 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Rapid rail network Gautrain on June 8 celebrated its fourteenth year of operation, having, thus far, completed about 192.8-million passenger trips. “The idea of a high-speed rail network with an 80... 


taxi rank
Lack of public transportation integration undermining service delivery
7th June 2024 By: Darren Parker

A lack of proper integration with regard to urban public transportation systems has led to inefficiencies and duplications, with some routes and areas being overserved while others suffer from a... 


First-quarter contraction demonstrates GDP growth volatility – TIPS
7th June 2024 By: Schalk Burger

GDP contracted by 0.1% in the first quarter of this year, underscoring the increased volatility of GDP growth since the Covid-19 pandemic started in 2020, said nonprofit economic research... 


public tranport bus in Johannesburg
Public transportation evolution not happening fast enough, Unitrans says
7th June 2024 By: Darren Parker

Despite the Department of Transport’s (DoT’s) long-standing vision to achieve seamless integration of all modal public transport operations to ensure that it is more efficient, affordable, safe and... 


An image of rolled stainless steel
Enhanced steel grade meets demanding needs
7th June 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

Stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless, based in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, has improved on the “workhorse” 3CR12 utility steel by adding the high-strength 3CR12HP400 version to meet the... 


Image of Zavalievsky mine graphite samples
Zavalievsky graphite mine, Ukraine
7th June 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

A graphite mine adjacent to the town of Zavallya, in Ukraine. 


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