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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... 

Denel seeking contingency funding as it outlines turnaround strategy

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd March 2019 State-owned South African defence industrial group Denel is preparing an application for funding from the R13-billion contingency reserve announced by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his 2019/2020 Budget speech. “We know that [the] Government is cognisant of the fact that Denel is in need of... 

Ramaphosa demands action on Prasa turnaround

By: African News Agency      21st March 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered Transport Minister Blade Nzimande to urgently resolve the problems facing South Africa's rail commuter transport system, a statement from the presidency on Thursday said. Ramaphosa met with Nzimande on Tuesday following the president's train ride on Monday... 

Port of Durban records higher 2018 cargo volumes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 The Port of Durban has recorded volume growth in the container, liquid bulk and dry bulk sectors in 2018, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) reported on Wednesday. Container volumes increased by 9.5% year-on-year to 2.96-million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). Of this, container... 

Gauteng launches 2019 travel survey to assist with transport planning 

By: Irma Venter     20th March 2019 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport (DoRT) has launched a general household travel survey (GHTS) to assist it in determining travel needs and patterns within the province. The last survey was conducted in 2014. 

Gauteng launches 2019 travel survey to assist with transport planning
Photo by Dylan Slater
Dr Ismail Vadi

ACSA reports successful CBMT training for Cape Town communities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 Forty-five community members from the informal settlements of Freedom Farm and Malawi Camp this week graduated in Competency Based Modular Training (CBMT) in House Building. The training, which started in September 2018 at a cost of R1.3-million, marks the second such initiative for Airports... 

Kenya, France collaborate on new Nairobi railway line

By: African News Agency      19th March 2019 A French consortium will build a new railway line linking Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and the central business district within the next two years, according to a report on Tuesday. The commuter rail, complemented by a Rapid Bus Transit System are expected to greatly... 

Boeing reiterates its commitment to ensuring aviation safety

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2019 In a March 19 letter addressed to airlines, passengers and the aviation community, Boeing Company chairperson and CEO Dennis Muilenburg stressed the company’s commitment to ensuring safe and reliable travel on its airplanes. “This overarching focus on safety spans and binds together our entire... 

Public-Private Growth Initiative identifies 18 ‘priority projects’ to unlock growth 

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2019 The Public-Private Growth Initiative (PPGI), an evolving sector-based collaboration between government and business, has earmarked 18 projects across various sectors of the South African economy for priority implementation in the coming months. Minister in the Presidency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma... 

Public-Private Growth Initiative identifies 18 ‘priority projects’ to unlock growth
Minister in The Presidency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma speaks, while Dr Johan van Zyl, Mpumi Mpofu and Roelf Meyer listen

Ramaphosa stuck in train with commuters

By: African News Agency      18th March 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday experienced first hand the daily struggles of commuters after being stuck for hours on a train with disgruntled commuters while on the election campaign trail. Ramaphosa and the commuters boarded the train at Mabopane Station in Pretoria before 08:00. The train... 

Transnet gives small businesses a leg up in KZN

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th March 2019 State-owned freight utility Transnet, in attendance of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, on Friday launched an enterprise development megahub for small businesses and entrepreneurs in Empangeni, in KwaZulu-Natal. The hub will assist small businesses, aspirant entrepreneurs and... 

PRASA places four execs on special leave 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th March 2019 The State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has put company secretary Lindikaya Zide, chief information officer Chris Mbatha, corporate real estate solutions CEO Tara Ngubane and suspended enterprise risk GM Tumi Mohube, on special leave, in light of continued allegations of... 

PRASA places four execs on special leave

Global grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft 

15th March 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about what led to the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft across the world and how this is likely to affect Boeing. 

Global grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft
Global grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft

SAA presses fraud charges against former pilot for false licence claims

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2019 South African Airways (SAA) has announced that it has laid criminal charges against a former pilot for the airline and will seek to recoup millions of rand paid to him during the time he worked for it, which he received on the basis on false claims regarding his qualifications. He had claimed to... 

Grain conveyor solution system offered

15th March 2019 Heavy lift forklift supplier BLT World offers dependable solutions for specific problems at the transfer points of conveyor systems in bulk materials handling, such as grain in the food and beverage industry. “ScrapeTec Trading’s German-engineered products have been specially developed for the... 

Customer behaviour specialist moves to grow engineering teams

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2019 Artificial intelligence (AI) customer behaviour company Xineoh will use a $1.5-million equity investment completed in December to grow its engineering team and its marketing and sales team to sustain its growth, says Xineoh CEO Vian Chinner. Xineoh’s engineering team grapples with complex data... 

Customer behaviour specialist  moves to grow engineering teams
VIAN CHINNER The company expects demand for its services to increase over the next few years owing to digitalisation

Ethiopian crash black boxes sent to Paris as 737 MAX jets grounded globally

By: Reuters     14th March 2019 Two black boxes from the Boeing 737 MAX airplane that crashed in Ethiopia were being taken to Paris for investigation, Ethiopian Airlines said, as regulators around the world awaited word on whether it was safe to resume flying the jets. Following the lead of other global aviation regulators... 

Vadi urges Soweto commuters to use alternative transport

By: African News Agency      14th March 2019 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi on Thursday urged Soweto commuters who rely on the Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association (Nanduwe) and Witwatersrand Taxi Association (Wata) to make alternative transport arrangements. This in anticipation of the planned closure of taxi ranks and routes... 

US grounds Boeing 737s after pair of crashes, reversing course

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2019 US regulators reversed course Wednesday and announced they will ground Boeing Co.’s top-selling 737 Max family of airliners amid safety concerns after a crash Sunday in Ethiopia – five months after a similar tragedy off Indonesia. “The safety of the American people and all people is our paramount... 

Vadi closes Nanduwe, Wata taxi ranks in Soweto

By: African News Agency      13th March 2019 Two days after taxi drivers blockaded the Johannesburg CBD with taxis, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi on Wednesday announced the closure of routes operated by warring Soweto taxi associations.  Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association (Nanduwe) and Witwatersrand Taxi Association... 

Ethiopia to send Boeing black boxes abroad, Norway airline wants compensation

By: Reuters     13th March 2019 Ethiopian Airlines said on Wednesday it would send the black boxes from its crashed Boeing 737 MAX abroad, while a Norwegian airline sought compensation from the US planemaker after two thirds of that model were grounded globally. Sunday's still unexplained crash of the passenger jet, just after... 

Financial loss of train coaches totals more than R600m since April 2018

By: News24Wire      13th March 2019 The total financial loss of train coaches from April 2018 due to aging stock, vandalism, theft and derailment amounted to more than R630-million, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande said. In a written reply to a question from DA MP Manny de Freitas, Nzimande shared how many train coaches of... 

FAA faces stunning rebuff as world races ahead to ground 737 Max

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2019 Since shortly after the dawn of the jet age, the world has followed the US’s lead on aviation safety. Now, in a remarkable rebuke, nations from the UK to Australia have rejected public reassurances from the Federal Aviation Administration and grounded Boeing’s 737 Max jet. They’ve not only told... 

FAA faces stunning rebuff as world races ahead to ground 737 Max

Comair reverses course and grounds its sole Boeing 737 MAX 8 after Ethiopian crash

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th March 2019 Only hours after initially indicating that it would keep its currently only operational Boeing 737 MAX 8 single-aisle airliner in service, South African private-sector airline group Comair announced on Monday evening that it was grounding the aircraft. This action followed the fatal crash on... 

Comair reverses course and grounds its sole Boeing 737 MAX 8 after Ethiopian crash
Comair's first 737 MAX 8 in British Airways livery

R5.7bn transfer made to prevent Sanral default, Nzimande says

By: Terence Creamer     11th March 2019 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande says the decision to transfer R5.7-billion from the non-toll network to the South African National Roads Agency’s (Sanral’s) toll network was made in order to ensure that the roads agency did not default on its payments to investors. “Even though the non-payment... 

R5.7bn transfer made to prevent Sanral default, Nzimande says

Comair assures that safety is its 'foremost priority' following Ethiopian Boeing disaster

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th March 2019 South African private-sector airline group Comair on Monday issued condolences and reassurances regarding the crash on Sunday of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 single-aisle airliner. All 157 passengers and crew perished when the aircraft, only a few months old, plummeted to the ground... 

Comair assures that safety is its 'foremost priority' following Ethiopian Boeing disaster
Photo by Comair
One of Comair’s 737 MAX 8s being assembled by Boeing

Second crash in months rattles confidence in Boeing's best-selling jet

By: Bloomberg     11th March 2019 The Sunday crash of a Boeing Co. 737 Max operated by Ethiopian Airlines rattled confidence in the U.S. manufacturer’s best-selling jet with the second deadly accident for the model in five months. Flight ET302 plunged to the ground minutes after leaving Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi, Kenya,... 

Second crash in months rattles confidence in Boeing's best-selling jet

Uber could face class action lawsuit over safety complaints

By: News24Wire      8th March 2019 Uber faces a class action suit by customers who say they suffered emotional trauma and physical injuries while using its service. Eleven people represented by Ulrich Roux Attorneys will approach the High Court in an effort to pursue a damages claim from the transportation service as a class... 

PE Tanker Berth repairs on schedule for completion later this month

By: Simone Liedtke     8th March 2019 Repairs to the Tanker Berth in the Port of Port Elizabeth are progressing as scheduled, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said this week. The berth has been closed since February 18 to allow for repairs to be conducted on the corroded steel structures supporting the berth’s access walkway. 

PE Tanker Berth repairs on schedule for completion later this month
The Tanker Berth in the Port of Port Elizabeth

Life-saving drones deliver medicine to Tanzania's remotest spots

By: Bloomberg     8th March 2019 Blood and medicine-filled drones swoop over Lake Victoria, bringing vital care to some of Tanzania’s most remote places. That’s the goal of the state-owned Commission for Science and Technology, or Costech, which since late 2017 has carried out dozens of drone flights in collaboration with... 

Collaboration, safety awareness to mitigate railway fatalities

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     8th March 2019 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) hopes to collaborate with all stakeholders that have direct or indirect interactions with rail systems to mitigate fatalities associated with railways. These stakeholders include the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), the South African Police Service... 

Collaboration, safety awareness to mitigate railway fatalities
MADELEIN WILLIAMS The RSR aims to educate and conduct public awareness activities relating to safe railway operations
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