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Solidarity Fund delivers food relief to 300 000 families, to pilot more interventions

By: Thabi Madiba     15th May 2020 Government’s pro bono organisation the Solidarity Fund on Friday announced that it had exceeded its target of providing food relief to 250 000 families across the country and had reached 300 000 families. Owing to the success of the relief efforts, it will be piloting a number of more sustainable... 

Transnet converts healthcare trains to bolster Covid-19 testing in underserviced areas

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2020 State-owned Transnet’s corporate social investment unit Transnet Foundation has converted two of its healthcare trains, Phelophepa I and II, into mobile Covid-19 testing stations, The trains will be used to increase testing for Covid-19 in some underserviced areas in the Eastern Cape and... 

Healthcare trains converted into mobile Covid-19 testing units as the Solidarity Fund partners Transnet to save lives

14th May 2020 The Covid-19 testing capacity in some underserviced areas in the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal will receive a boost from two Transnet healthcare trains, which have been converted into mobile Covid-19 testing stations.  The Solidarity Fund, together with the Transnet Foundation and the National... 

Veecraft Marine to manufacture workboats for Cape Town port

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd April 2020 Veecraft Marine, a subsidiary of Paramount Maritime, has been awarded a Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) tender to design, manufacture and assemble two twin-screw, diesel-powered workboats to spearhead harbour activities. These activities include conventional escort, lighthouse services... 

TFR appoints new CEO  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2020 University of Free State chancellor Bonang Mohale has welcomed the appointment of Sizakele Mzimela as CEO of Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), as of April 1. Mohale indicated that “a better person could not have been found for the job”, noting Mzimela’s successful time at South African Airways and SA... 

Transnet scales back to only essential services, operations

By: Simone Liedtke     27th March 2020 In line with government’s implementation of a three-week lockdown of the country to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus, State-owned entity Transnet will be scaling down its transportation services and operations of non-essential cargo during this period. After consultation with various... 

Labour suggests South Africa use $11bn jobless fund for virus

By: Bloomberg     17th March 2020 South Africa’s biggest labour organisation and the nation’s main business lobby are pushing the government to find a way to utilise an unemployment fund with assets of about $11-billion to fight the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. The Congress of South African Trade Unions and Business Unity... 

Transnet bemoans cable theft at Pretoria Complex, rolls out diesel locos 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2020 Another incident of overhead cable theft at State-owned Transnet’s Pretoria Complex has further crippled the group’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) subsidiary’s ability to deliver goods to customers on time. It said in a release on Wednesday that the Pretoria Complex, which is one of the country’s... 

Localisation to boost industries

By: Cameron Mackay     6th March 2020 Government’s intention to increase demand for locally manufactured content to at least 60% across industries will have a positive impact on the local casting, forging and machining sector, says nonprofit entity the Casting, Forging and Machining Cluster (CFMC) of South Africa project leader Steve... 

4IR, rail projects can grow local foundries industry

By: Cameron Mackay     6th March 2020 The local foundries, forges and casting industry can benefit from following the global trend of metal casting companies implementing Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies. An abundance of infrastructure projects, such as rail projects from State-owned rail utility Transnet, has the... 

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