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Logistics News

Belgium trade and investment agency signs Mou with DTI unit

By: David Oliveira     29th July 2016 Belgium-based Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (Awex) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) investment promotion agency InvestSA initiative last month. InvestSA provides a number of services for investors, including facilitation of the... 

Stability and cohesion a way forward for African rail sector

By: Simon Sonnekus     29th July 2016 Companies are under pressure from government and the public to embark on new projects while there are still projects that need to be completed. The countless delays across the rail expansions are concerning, says the RailRoad Association of South Africa (RRA). Negative sentiments by the industry... 

Stability and cohesion a way forward for African rail sector
Photo by Duane Daws
DELAYS Negative sentiments by the industry on implementing the designation policy and delays of some rail projects have led to discussions with Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Dedicated truck highway could improve logistics services

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 A truck rapid transit (TRT) system, with dedicated road infrastructure similar to that provided for the bus rapid transport system being rolled out in many South African cities, could provide the impetus to improve the country’s anaemic economic growth. During petrochemicals group Shell’s Rimula... 

Imperial group to acquire 70% of Sasfin Premier Logistics

22nd July 2016 The Imperial group has entered into an agreement with Sasfin to acquire 70% of Sasfin Premier Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sasfin. Sasfin Premier Logistics will be renamed Imperial Sasfin Logistics. 

New rail loop adds coal export capacity for Waterberg mines

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2016 The capacity of South Africa’s coal export corridor to transport material mined in the Limpopo province’s Waterberg coalfields has been increased with the completion of a new 1.8 km passing loop at Matlabas, Transnet reports. The loop, which enables 100-wagon trains to cross without disrupting... 

New rail loop adds coal export capacity for Waterberg mines

Imperial acquires 70% of Sasfin Premier Logistics to create trade expert

By: Irma Venter     12th July 2016 The Imperial group said on Tuesday that it had entered into an agreement with Sasfin to acquire 70% of Sasfin Premier Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sasfin. Sasfin Premier Logistics would be renamed Imperial Sasfin Logistics. 

Imperial acquires 70% of Sasfin Premier Logistics to create trade expert

Tambo-Springs container terminal briefing moves ahead as Transnet offers zoning assurances

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2016 A briefing session will be held this week for potential bidders for a proposed inland Tambo Springs container terminal, earmarked for development as a public-private partnership (PPP) in eastern Gauteng. State-owned freight logistics group Transnet issued a request for proposals (RFP) in June,... 

 Tambo-Springs container terminal briefing moves ahead as Transnet offers zoning assurances

enX, Eqstra sign R7.8bn deal to create ‘industrial powerhouse’

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2016 JSE-listed industrial energy group enX will acquire two of JSE-listed industrial and capital equipment group Eqstra’s divisions and recapitalise Eqstra’s contract mining division in a R7.8-billion deal. enX would issue 52.7-million of its shares (consideration shares), at R21 apiece, to Eqstra... 

enX, Eqstra sign R7.8bn deal to create ‘industrial powerhouse’
enX CEO Paul Mansour

GE, Transnet explore use of digital technologies to boost locomotive performance

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2016 Technology multinational GE reports that it is working with South Africa’s Transnet on ways to integrate its digital solutions into the locomotives it has already supplied, and is in the process of supplying, to the State-owned freight logistics group. The two companies are using GE’s newly... 

GE, Transnet explore use of digital technologies to boost locomotive performance
Photo by Duane Daws
GE South Africa CEO Thomas Konditi

World Bank ranks S Africa among top 20 in logistics report  

By: Anine Kilian     28th June 2016 South Africa was ranked at 20 out of 160 countries based on income grouping and trade logistics performance in the latest edition of the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index, which was a part of biannual report titled Connecting to Compete 2016: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy. The... 

TNPA to add container capacity at Durban harbour as it puts dig-out port on hold 

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2016 Having pulled back from any immediate development of the so-called Durban Dig-Out Port (DDOP), Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is moving ahead with two more modest projects to expand the container capacity at the Port of Durban. Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama has indicated that the DDOP is... 

TNPA to add container capacity at Durban harbour as it puts dig-out port on hold
TNPA senior manager for planning and development Selvan Pillay on the berth-deepening and Salisbury Island projects to increase container capacity at the Port of Durban. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 28.6.2016

Transnet Engineering hands over passenger coaches to Botswana Railways

By: Samantha Herbst     27th June 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned freight logistics group Transnet on Monday released the last batch of passenger coaches to Botswana Railways at a handing-over ceremony in Salt River, Cape Town. This followed the initial staggered delivery of 22 coaches to the Botswana utility this year, which... 

Transnet Engineering hands over passenger coaches to Botswana Railways

Transnet pares back capex as commodity slump impacts demand 

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has pared back its 2016/17 capital expenditure (capex) plan in line with its strategy of “validating” demand ahead of moving ahead with major investments. The rail, ports and pipelines utility expects to invest around R22.8-billion during the 2017... 

Transnet pares back capex as commodity slump impacts demand
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama and CFO Garry Pita on the capex outlook for the group. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 27.6.2016

Supply chain study highlights rising uncertainties for local firms

By: David Oliveira     17th June 2016 Supply chain service company Barloworld Logistics launched its supplychainforesight 2016 programme in Johannesburg earlier this month, which reviews the change and adaptation of South African businesses over the past year. The in-depth study explores how companies have fared and analysed key... 

Imperial restructures to create integrated logistics and vehicles divisions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd June 2016 JSE-listed Imperial Holdings on Friday announced structural changes within the group that will result in the creation of two integrated divisions dedicated exclusively to logistics and vehicles. From July 1, the group’s entire logistics interests, including Imperial Logistics South Africa,... 

Transnet invites private sector bids to build and operate new Gauteng inland port

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2016 Stated-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has issued a request for proposals (RFP) inviting private logistics companies to design, build, operate, maintain and eventually hand over an inland container terminal, earmarked for Tambo-Springs, in eastern Gauteng. The 20-year concession would be... 

Transnet invites private sector bids to build and operate new Gauteng inland port
Photo by Duane Daws
The City Deep inland port

World’s largest aircraft flies again to deliver generator to Australia

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 Officially the world’s largest flying aircraft, the Antonov 225 (AN-225) is making a rare intercontinental flight, which started on May 10, to transport a generator from Prague, in the Czech Republic, to Perth, in Australia.  

World’s largest aircraft flies again to deliver generator to Australia
Photo by Reuters
MEGA THRUST Six turbofan engines provide 1 377 kN of thrust, enabling the Antonov 225 to airlift a record-breaking cargo of a 253 t

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure are being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

Nair confirmed as TFR chief as Transnet unveils new team

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet on Wednesday unveiled its new leadership team and structure, which the State-owned company said was in line with revisions to its operating model and its aspiration to capture new market opportunities. Group CEO Siyabonga Gama, who was recently confirmed as the... 

Nair confirmed as TFR chief as Transnet unveils new team
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

March air freight volumes drop by 2%

By: Samantha Herbst     5th May 2016 Global air freight volumes saw a 2% year-on-year drop in March, reflecting subdued growth in world trade, according to demand growth data released by the International Air Transport Association (Iata). This decline was exaggerated by the quarter’s comparison with a particularly strong start in... 

March air freight volumes drop by 2%

Transnet implements stringent measures to meet commitments

By: African News Agency      2nd May 2016 Transnet announced on Monday the implementation of a series of governance, control and monitoring measures to ensure the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) meet the company’s stringent localisation obligations and supplier development commitments. Transnet Group CEO Siyabonga Gama said:... 

Transnet implements stringent measures to meet commitments

Comments sought on amended empowerment code for transport sector

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry has invited comment on the Draft Amended Transport Sector Code, which has been gazetted in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act.   The transport sector code, one of the biggest sector codes, consists of eight subsector codes. It has been... 

African trade corridors have potential to spur development, drive transformation

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2016 The role of business in the successful and sustainable operation of trade corridors is being recognised by researchers and national governments, says a range of African trade and investment professionals. Trade corridors spur development and drive the transformation of economic sectors and even... 

African trade corridors have potential to spur development, drive transformation

Draft code targets 10% black pilots, 35% black bus ownership, more women in taxi industry 

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry has invited comment on the Draft Amended Transport Sector Code, which has been gazetted in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act. The transport sector code, one of the biggest sector codes, consists of eight subsector codes. It has been... 

Draft code targets 10% black pilots, 35% black bus ownership, more women in taxi industry

Software developed to save container operators millions

8th April 2016 The StarConomy reefer control software designed by manufacturer of dry containers Maersk Container Industry (MCI), in conjunction with fruit multinational Dole, supports reefer  refrigerated container operators by allowing them to maximise the value of their refrigerated cargoes in MCI’s Star... 

Software developed to save container operators millions
REEFER CARGO VALUE MAXIMISED Dole eefer container transport preserves and transports the fruit safely using as little energy as possible

Casspir vehicle shedding its apartheid links as it takes on peacekeeping role

By: Dylan Slater     8th April 2016 Defence vehicle systems company Denel Land Systems (DLS) is continuing to update and broaden the versatility of the Casspir family of mine-protected vehicles – a move that is not only safeguarding the South African-developed platform, but also helping the vehicle to shed its controversial past... 

Casspir vehicle shedding its apartheid links as it takes on peacekeeping role

Air transport body announces new air freight figures and a new CEO

By: Keith Campbell     6th April 2016 Global air freight volumes (measured in freight ton kilometres or FTKs) fell by 5.6% in February, in comparison to February 2015, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported on Wednesday. However, this figure is misleading because strikes in US harbours in February last year... 

Air transport body announces new air freight figures and a new CEO
Photo by IATA
New IATA Director General and CEO-designate Alexandre de Juniac

KAP posts robust interim results, moots Africa expansion and acquisitions

By: Schalk Burger     18th March 2016 Diversified industrial group KAP posted robust interim results for the half-year to 31 December 2015, during which the company improved its margins, and faced down the constraining macroeconomic conditions. The company increased revenue by 3%, operating profit by 11% and headline earnings a share... 

Bakwena invests R160m in plaza upgrades

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th March 2016 Highway operator Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire is investing R160-million in upgrades at the Zambesi, Pumulani, Stormvoël, Doornpoort, Brits and Marikana plazas. The upgrades were being implemented as a consequence of increased traffic volumes along the corridor and would increase plaza... 

Bakwena invests R160m in plaza upgrades

Labat continues aggressive acquisitive activity despite Transmac setback

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th March 2016 While JSE-listed investment holding company Labat Africa has suspended talks to buy out raw material bulk carrier Transmac, its plans to acquire two dry bulk carriers has moved ahead, with due diligence of both operations expected to be concluded by the end of March. Following the expiration of... 

Medu acquires Universal Paints, Elite for R450m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2016 Private equity company Medu Capital has parted with an aggregate R450-million to acquire 100% of paint and coatings manufacturer and supplier Universal Paints and to raise its 27% stake in truck hire firm Elite Truck Hire to 100%. New MDs, both of whom had invested alongside Medu, had been... 

Air freight market grows in January, but yields to come under pressure

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th March 2016 The global air freight market has kicked off the new year with a solid performance as freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) in January rose 2.7% year-on-year, surpassing the all-time peak reached in February 2015. The International Air Transport Association (Iata) on Monday said all regions, except... 

Air freight market grows in January, but yields to come under pressure

PRASA receives second test train from Gibela

By: Anine Kilian     1st March 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has received the second test train (TT2), as well as a Public Display Train Coach (PDTC) from Gibela. This followed the delivery of the first test train (TT1) in December last year. 

PRASA receives second test train from Gibela
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