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Air traffic control undergoing a digital revolution

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 The dramatic advances in information and communications technology, electro-optical technologies and digitalisation have enabled a revolution to take place in terms of airport air (and ground) traffic control. This was highlighted in a briefing at the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018 exhibition... 

Potential buyer ditches plan to acquire Bidcorp's UK logistics business

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 International food distributor Bid Corporation Ltd (Bidcorp) said on Friday the prospective buyer for its UK logistics business is no longer interested in buying it, citing internal reasons. In August the South African company said is was finalising an agreement to sell that business to an... 

Partnerships enable HighJump to bring new supply chain technology to Africa

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 With the help of its partners, supply chain software company HighJump is bringing new logistics, freight and warehouse technologies into South Africa and Africa. These technologies include the use of voice commands, which will be important to interact with automated systems and robots that are a... 

Sanral awards R1.65bn Msikaba megabridge contract to Concor Mota-Engil JV

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has awarded the Concor Mota-Engil joint venture (JV) the second of two megabridge construction contracts as part of the N2 Wild Coast project. The R1.65-billion bridge will be built near Lusikisiki over the Msikaba gorge.  

Sanral awards R1.65bn Msikaba megabridge contract to Concor Mota-Engil JV
Artist impression of Msikaba bridge

Ngqura Port celebrates milestone

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 The developing Port of Ngqura, owned by Transnet National Ports Authority, celebrated a milestone this week, with the arrival of the first vessel discharging cargo for Osho Cement. Osho Cement is a new cement manufacturer currently under construction in the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in... 

Ngqura Port celebrates milestone

Sanral completes road improvements on R510

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 The South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) has completed repairs to and the resealing of the 61-km-long R510, which runs from Rustenburg, in the North West, to the Limpopo border. “The road is now much more comfortable for drivers and safer for pedestrians. It has brought some... 

Pretoria high court dismisses Transnet director's challenge to dismissal

By: African News Agency      19th September 2018 The Pretoria High court on Tuesday dismissed former Transnet director Seth Radebe's challenge to have his removal by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan set aside. Gordhan said in a statement he welcomed the ruling, adding that Rabebe's approach to the court had been "vexacious". 

Cable theft puts brakes on Pretoria-Joburg Metrorail trains

By: African News Agency      19th September 2018 Metrorail said on Wednesday that its train service running between Pretoria and Johannesburg was disrupted due to overhead catenary wires being cut and stolen at Irene from both the up and down lines.  Goodman Matampi, acting provincial manager of Gauteng Metrorail, said trains to and from... 

Comair hikes FY18 earnings despite soaring fuel costs

By: African News Agency      18th September 2018 South African aviation group Comair Limited on Tuesday announced record earnings with a R326 million profit after tax for the year ended 30 June 2018, which was up R29-million to the prior year, despite dismal trading conditions. Comair said that difficult trading conditions included poor GDP... 

TNPA appoints Seroka business development officer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed Linda Seroka business development officer, effective September 18. Seroka’s role will be to explore and unlock growth opportunities for TNPA and its clients in the fields of commercial and marketing, strategy, property and facilities... 

TNPA appoints Seroka business development officer
TNPA business development officer Linda Seroka

South African A-Darter guided missile test programme successfully concluded

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th September 2018 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Monday the successful completion of the guided missile qualification test series for the A-Darter infrared (IR) homing short range air-to-air missile system. The A-Darter is a fifth generation missile that uses an imaging IR... 

South African A-Darter guided missile test programme successfully concluded
Photo by Denel
An A-Darter missile on a wingtip launcher of a Gripen fighter

ELB, Elwatini partner to provide rail solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th September 2018 ELB Engineering Services and Elwatini Rail Consultants have formed a special purpose vehicle (SPV), ELB-Elwatini Rail Solutions, to provide services in rail feasibility studies, railway planning, railway engineering design, construction supervision and management, civil design, traction power and... 

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell train enters commercial service

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2018 The world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train, the Coradia iLint, made its debut this past weekend. The train is equipped with fuel cells that convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, thereby eliminating pollutant emissions related to propulsion. 

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell train enters commercial service

New road paves way into one of the biggest industrial estates in South Africa  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Redefine Properties, together with Abland Property Developers, on Monday unveiled the completed new public road that will improve accessibility to the S&J industrial estate, situated along the N3 highway, south of Germiston, in Gauteng. The construction of... 

New road paves way into one of the biggest industrial estates in South Africa
S&J industrial estate, in Germiston Gauteng

Saldanha port’s iron-ore facility to shut for maintenance from Sept 26

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 Transnet Port Terminal’s (TPT’s) Saldanha iron-ore plant will shut down from September 26, as part of its yearly maintenance plan across mechanical, electrical and structural works. TPT Cape Channel GM Velile Dube states that maintenance is a critical necessity at this stage, since the facility... 

Top trends that are likely to change the way we work and live

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 Quantum computing and flying cars are two of the top trends that Frost & Sullivan has outlined within its top trends for 2018/19 at its CEO Think Tank in Cape Town.  The company has looked at trends that are changing the way we work and live. 

Bombardier Transportation’s electric train makes its public debut

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2018 Bombardier Transportation’s new battery-operated train, the  Bombardier Talent 3 electro-hybrid train, was introduced to the German public this week. “We want to continue to electrify rail transport. A train that can charge its batteries from the overhead line while driving is a huge step toward... 

Bombardier Transportation’s electric train makes its public debut

First Xeno 1 laser installation complete

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 Product identification equipment manufacturer Cab Technology South Africa has completed the installation of a Xeno 1 laser marking system at cable and connector solutions supplier Hiconnex Industrial’s new facility, in Centurion, in Gauteng, says Cab Technology South Africa technical sales... 

First Xeno 1 laser  installation complete
XENO 1 LASER SYSTEM The Xeno 1 is a desktop system that meets all the requirements for a cyber-physical system

Glider reaches unprecedented altitudes in experimental programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th September 2018 In just eight days during late August and early September, Airbus’ Perlan 2 glider set three new world altitude records for a glider. Moreover, during the third of these flights, it reached an altitude that has been exceeded in level flight by only two other types of aircraft. These flights were... 

PRASA commits to paying R16m for special Rail Enforcement Unit

By: News24Wire      13th September 2018 The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (PRASA) says it is fully committed to its part in the establishment of a special Rail Enforcement Unit, pledging to pay its R16-million contribution towards the deployment of an additional 100 officers. The rail agency's contribution, which it reaffirmed at a... 

South Africa's iron-ore railway to be shut down for annual maintenance

By: Reuters     12th September 2018 The main railway line along South Africa's iron-ore corridor will be shut down for annual maintenance from September 26 to October 2, State-owned freight logistics firm Transnet said on Wednesday. The railway line that stretches up to 861 km (534 miles) from iron-ore mines at Sishen in the... 

Traxtion, Railway Material Resources form JV to distribute rail parts into Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 Private locomotive and rail operator Traxtion Sheltam and Austria-based rail services company Railway Material and Resources (RMR) have signed an agreement to create a joint venture (JV) called RMR Africa, that will distribute rail parts across the African continent. The JV brings together two... 

Failure not an option at DCT berth deepening project, says TNPA

By: Shirley le Guern     11th September 2018 Transnet’s R7-billion megaproject to create deeper berths at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2’s North Quay will create some disruption and require close collaboration. However, given that this is the first project to be funded by the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa's New... 

Failure not an option at DCT berth deepening project, says TNPA

Melting ice due to climate change disrupting shipping routes

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2018 Climate change is freeing up new trade routes in some areas, while increasing the risk of ice in others. There was another milestone for Arctic shipping in early 2018 when a specially designed liquid natural gas tanker became the first commercial ship to travel the Northern Sea Route in winter... 

Melting ice due to climate change disrupting shipping routes

TNPA to prioritise ship repairs, oil and gas facilities at Cape Town, Saldanha ports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has identified infrastructure and port development projects that will be prioritised at its Cape Town and Saldanha ports. This was announced following the Western Cape Regional Customer Forum, held on August 31. The forum is aimed at aligning TNPA’s... 

TNPA to prioritise ship repairs, oil and gas facilities at Cape Town, Saldanha ports
TNPA COO Nozipho Mdawe

Transnet board suspends two senior executives

By: African News Agency      7th September 2018 Transnet's board on Thursday, announced the suspension of two senior executives. "The board of Transnet today suspended two senior Transnet executives – Thamsanqa Jiyane, the chief officer for advanced manufacturing of Transnet Engineering and Lindiwe Mdletshe, the senior manager for strategic... 

SAAF Museum Spitfire fighter project at ‘critical point’

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th September 2018 The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum project to rebuild, into flying condition, one of only two Supermarine Spitfires in South Africa has reached a critical point, requiring significant investment to be able to effectively proceed. The Spitfire is a Mark IXe, built in May 1945 and delivered... 

Blockchain for enterprise cloud platform to raise transaction trust

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 Cloud technology multinational Oracle’s Blockchain Cloud Service provides a development platform for enterprises and State organisations to build their own scalable and low-cost blockchain networks, says Oracle cloud platform business development director and Europe, Middle East and Africa... 

Blockchain for enterprise cloud platform to raise transaction trust
JOOST VOLKER Global shipping companies, multinational manufacturers, food producers and energy marketplaces are using Oracle’s Blockchain Cloud Service

South Africa’s logistics ranked third among upper-middle-income countries

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2018 The 2018 World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) ranks South Africa as the third most competitive market behind Thailand and China in terms of logistics performance among upper-middle-income economies ranking. Brand South Africa on Thursday welcomed the results of the LPI, which also sees... 

Partnerships enable HighJump to bring new supply chain technology to Africa

By: Schalk Burger     5th September 2018 With the help of its partners, supply chain software company HighJump is bringing new logistics, freight and warehouse technologies into South Africa and Africa. These technologies include the use of voice commands, which will be important to interact with automated systems and robots that are a... 

Transport committee says rail safety regulator should prioritise signalling challenges

By: African News Agency      5th September 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Transport has on Wednesday called on the Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) to prioritise signalling in its programmes. The call comes after more than 100 people were injured on Tuesday after a collision between two passenger Metrorail trains at the Eloff extension in Selby,... 

Research glider programme reaches unprecedented altitudes

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th September 2018 In just eight days during late August and early September, Airbus’ Perlan 2 glider set three new world altitude records for a glider. Moreover, during the third of these flights, it reached an altitude that has been exceeded in level flight by only two other types of aircraft. These flights... 

Research glider programme reaches unprecedented altitudes
Photo by Airbus
The Perlan 2 glider, at a lower altitude over the Andes

Sanral, Barloworld Equipment sign MoU to provide emerging contractors with access to equipment

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and Barloworld Equipment have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will provide emerging contractors with greater access to Caterpillar equipment. Barloworld Equipment is the dealer for Caterpillar earthmoving machines and power... 

Sanral, Barloworld Equipment sign MoU to provide emerging contractors with access to equipment

Ethiopia opens logistics sector to foreign investment

By: News24Wire      5th September 2018 Ethiopia will open its logistics sector to foreign investors but cap their participation, the State investment body said on Tuesday in the latest reform to loosen the government's control of the economy. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has presided over a shake-up of one of the most heavily-regulated... 

Ethiopia opens logistics sector to foreign investment
Photo by Reuters
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

African rail industry urged to adopt concepts of Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Nadine James     4th September 2018 The African rail industry must adopt the concepts and develop the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to facilitate, and realise, the industrialisation aspirations of the continent, delegates attending a South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) technical workshop, on Tuesday,... 

GemCap investment allows Linebooker to venture outside South Africa

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2018 African Rainbow Capital Investments subsidiary GemCap has acquired online transport management business Linebooker from the Oceana Group for an undisclosed amount.   “The investment by GemCap is significant in that it gives us the scope and capital to expand our service offering and logistical... 

 GemCap investment allows Linebooker to venture outside South Africa
Nick Hoffman

More than 100 commuters injured in Joburg train collision

By: African News Agency      4th September 2018 Metrorail has said that a total 112 commuters, mostly without valid train tickets, sustained minor injuries and seven with serious but not critical injuries are receiving medical attention at four local hospitals after a collision between two passenger trains in Johannesburg. This comes after a... 

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