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African airlines switching to more economical regional airliners

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 1 hour 39 minutes ago Regional airliner manufacturers are seeing a major adjustment in African airline markets as airlines "right-size" their fleets, adopting more economical, regional types (especially regional jets). This was made clear at the twenty-seventh African Aviation Summit (Air Finance Africa) on Thursday... 

Uber adds new safety features for drivers

By: News24Wire      Updated 1 hour 57 minutes ago Ride-hailing service Uber hopes the launch of its latest safety feature will further improve the safety of drivers and passengers. It announced on Thursday that it was partnering with Aura, a security technology service that would allow Uber drivers to be connected to the closest private security... 

African infrastructure projects on a par with global best practices

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2018 African infrastructure projects are meeting, and sometimes setting, global engineering best practices, says infrastructure and engineering multinational AECOM Africa civil infrastructure lead Darrin Green. Large-scale engineering projects worldwide require a range of technical, multidisciplinary... 

African infrastructure projects on a par with global best practices
TEMA PORT The Tema Port Expansion Project, in Ghana, meets global engineering best practices for ground and civil engineering, sustainability and environmental and social impact

Alternative drive systems for offshore operations

25th May 2018 Owing to increasing safety requirements and more stringent environmental regulations, use of electric drive technology has become the subject of ever stronger debate in the offshore sector. Its higher precision and better dynamics and efficiency are winning over more and more users on the high... 

Alternative drive systems for offshore operations
GROUNDED OFFSHORE Pedestal-mounted lattice boom cranes with an innovative electric drive concept

African Open Skies plan putting cart before horse – Nigerian airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th May 2018 Nigerian airlines are not enthusiastic about any rapid implementation of the Single African Air Traffic Market (SAATM). This was made clear at the 27th Annual African Aviation Summit (Air Finance Africa) by national industry association Airline Operators of Nigeria CEO Noggie Meggasin on... 

Consortium to study feasibility of turning waste biomass into aviation fuel

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2018 A consortium comprising enterprise development specialist Fetola, the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) and SkyNRG is launching the Waste to Wing project to determine the feasibility of using waste biomass to produce sustainable aviation fuel in South Africa.  The consortium will... 

South Africa authorities halt flights of State-run SA Express over safety

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) said on Thursday it had suspended all flights of state-run airline SA Express over safety concerns. The decision comes after Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday that he had appointed an "intervention team" to help at the... 

Enforcement unit to protect Metrorail commuters and infrastructure on the way

By: African News Agency      24th May 2018 The formation of an enforcement unit to prioritise the safety and security of Metrorail commuters and infrastructure moved a step closer this week, with the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the City of Cape Town, along with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and the... 

Gordhan appoints new Denel, Transnet, SA Express boards; Hadebe appointed Eskom CEO

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has appointed Phakamani Hadebe as Eskom CEO. Hadebe has been acting CEO of the power utility since January. 

Gordhan appoints new Denel, Transnet, SA Express boards; Hadebe appointed Eskom CEO
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe

Half of Ramaphosa’s SoE council to be made up of people from outside of government

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the composition of the Presidential State-owned Enterprise (SoE) Council, whose establishment has been approved by Cabinet, will be split between Ministers, as well as business people, experts and stakeholders. Speaking in Parliament during the debate... 

Half of Ramaphosa’s SoE council to be made up of people from outside of government
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Plans under way to build R20m Klipspruit pedestrian bridge

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd May 2018 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has approved the development of a R20-million pedestrian bridge over railway tracks in Klipspruit, owing to a high volume of pedestrian movement over the railway tracks that lead to the Chiawelo Railway Station. The bridge will prevent the unsafe and illegal... 

Uganda reviving its civil aviation sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd May 2018 The East African country of Uganda is undertaking a major programme to upgrade and expand its civil aviation sector in all respects, including the recreation of a national airline. This was highlighted by Ugandan Minister of State for Transport Aggrey Henry Bagiire at the 27th African Aviation... 

SAA CEO suggests business rescue will bring little benefit to airline

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd May 2018 South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana is of the opinion that placing the airline under business rescue would not lead to a radically different recovery plan for the deeply indebted and heavy loss-making national carrier. He was answering a question from FlightComm editor and aviation... 

SAA CEO suggests business rescue will bring little benefit to airline

SKA to cost South African airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2018 The South African component of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme had become a major "headache" for the South African aviation sector, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Executive Manager Jeoffrey Matshoba pointed out in his presentation to the... 

Africa offers great opportunities for business aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2018 There are significant growth opportunities for business and charter aviation in Africa. Already, there are 481 registered private jets in Africa and the continent's year-on-year business aviation growth is 44%. So highlighted ExecuJet Aviation Group GM: Flight Operations Philip du Preez at the... 

GE to merge transportation unit with Wabtec in $11.1bn deal

By: Reuters     22nd May 2018 General Electric Co announced a $11.1-billion deal on Monday to merge its transportation business with US rail equipment manufacturer Wabtec Corp , with GE and its shareholders owning just over half of the combined business. The deal, first reported by Reuters on Sunday, is the biggest to be... 

TNPA appoints new COO, GM of corporate affairs

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2018 Nozipho Mdawe has been appointed COO of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), with effect from May 21. Mdawe takes over the role recently vacated by Phyllis Difeto and briefly held in an acting capacity by Moshe Motlohi.  

TNPA appoints new COO, GM of corporate affairs
Newly-appointed TNPA COO Nozipho Mdawe

Barloworld H1 profits, revenue rise on higher Southern African, Russian equipment sales

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2018 Despite a weaker first quarter, the global economy remains on track to show solid growth for 2018 in both developed and emerging markets, while South Africa’s economic outlook is also improving, benefiting multinational Barloworld. The company on Monday reported a 14.2% year-on-year increase in... 

Barloworld H1 profits, revenue rise on higher Southern African, Russian equipment sales
Barloworld CE Dominic Sewela

Dredging project revitalises Durban’s beaches

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 An innovative sand pumping initiative between eThekwini Municipality and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has successfully reinstated sand along eroded sections of Durban’s popular Golden Mile and could offer similar benefits for beaches extending further northwards. The municipality and... 

R3bn budgeted for Moloto road upgrade

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2018 The Department of Transport has this financial year set aside roughly R3-billion to upgrade the Limpopo and Mpumalanga sections of the R573 Moloto road. Over the medium term, this road project will receive R4.3-billion. 

R3bn budgeted for Moloto road upgrade
Dr Blade Nzimande

UK airline to launch direct Durban–London air link

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 The Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone has announced that the UK’s flag carrier airline, British Airways (BA), is to introduce a direct route between London’s Heathrow Airport and Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. The new service will commence on October 29. (King Shaka is located... 

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 In November 1988, the Ministers responsible for civil aviation in 40 African countries agreed a declaration on a new African air transport policy. This was immediately designated the Yamoussoukro Declaration, after the city in which it was adopted (the capital of Ivory Coast). Among other things,... 

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

R3bn Rosslyn Hub to create 160 000 jobs

By: Nadine James     16th May 2018 The R3-billion mixed-use Rosslyn Hub development was launched at the African Smart Cities Summit, co-located with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. The Rosslyn Hub is a crucial step towards the creation of the... 

Santova achieves 13.5% organic profit growth in line with strategic focus

By: Schalk Burger     16th May 2018 JSE-listed logistics company Santova grew its profit by 13.5% to R71.3-million for the financial year ended February 28, from R62.8-million in 2017, with the performance of the group having been “purely organic,” the company said on Wednesday. This is the result of a strategic choice focused... 

Mohammed Mahomedy appointed interim CFO at Transnet

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th May 2018 Mohammed Mahomedy has been appointed as Transnet’s interim CFO, effective May 15. He is a chartered accountant and, over his 12 years of service at Transnet, has led key strategic portfolios within finance. Before being appointed interim CFO, he was GM Finance at Transnet Group Capital. He also... 

SAA briefing to Parliament cancelled after political parties clash

By: African News Agency      16th May 2018 A briefing by South African Airways (SAA) to Parliament's finance committee was called off on Wednesday after MPs from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) clashed on whether the meeting should be closed to the public. Acting finance committee chairperson... 

 SAA briefing to Parliament cancelled after political parties clash

Nigeria awards $7bn rail project to Chinese state rail firm – Xinhua

By: Reuters     16th May 2018 Nigeria has awarded a $6.68-billion contract to the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) for work on a major segment of a railway linking the country's commercial hub Lagos, in the southwest, and Kano in the north, Xinhua reported. "The signing of the ... segment contract... 

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Ramping up production in the automotive sector, resuscitating the ailing tooling industry and boosting the clothing, textiles, leather and footwear industries are among successes the government has listed in its review of ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). Despite a... 

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

Transnet to review tenders, expand petrochemicals capacity at East London port

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 More than 100 attendees representing 97 companies have shown a keen interest in the Port of East London’s plans to recommission an existing tank in the port for handling of liquid bulk and to introduce a liquid bulk terminal through a 25-year port concession awarded to a private entity, says... 

Transnet to review tenders, expand petrochemicals capacity at East London port
East London port manager Sharon Sijako

Commission invites participation in public passenger transport market inquiry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 The Competition Commission will, from June to August, hold public hearings as part of its inquiry into the public passenger transport market and is inviting market participants, the public and other interested groups to take part.  

TPT continues to strive for greater efficiency at Durban port

By: Shirley le Guern     11th May 2018 The Port of Durban has come a long way but it is not yet where Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) wants it to be, CE Nozipho Sithole told delegates attending the Transport Forum Special Interest Group gathering, held at the former Durban Maritime School of Excellence, this week.  “I’m not sure how... 

Durban port truck booking system could become compulsory by April 2019

By: Shirley le Guern     11th May 2018 The Durban port may have a compulsory truck booking system in place by April 2019, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CE Nozipho Sithole tells Engineering News Online. In an interview on the sidelines of the Transport Forum Special Interest Group, in Durban, this week, she was adamant that TPT had... 

Transnet, Tshipi é Ntle sign long-term manganese contract

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2018 State-owned Transnet has signed the second long-term agreement under its Manganese Export Capacity Allocation (Meca) programme, which seeks to integrate a number of export manganese contracts. The seven-and-a-half-year contract with manganese miner Tshipi é Ntle will result in 2.1-million tonnes... 

Ctrack launches fleet-tracking solution for small businesses

By: Irma Venter     11th May 2018 Ctrack, a member of the Nasdaq-listed Inseego group, has launched a low-cost fleet tracking and optimisation tool, called Drive, for small and medium companies. Ctrack says Drive is ideal for companies with fleets of 30 vehicles or less, such as florists, plumbers, pathology labs and towing... 

Ctrack launches fleet-tracking solution for small businesses

Solidarity union to continue with SAA business rescue plan despite latest bailout 

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th May 2018 The Solidarity trade union will continue with its court application to place State-owned flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) under business rescue, despite another government bailout for the airline, the union announced on Friday. This follows a statement on Thursday by SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana... 

Solidarity union to continue with SAA business rescue plan despite latest bailout
Photo by SAA
An Airbus A340-600 wide-body airliner

SAA to get R5bn capital injection after plea for cash – CEO

By: Reuters     11th May 2018 South Africa has promised another R5-billion ($400-million) capital injection to help its struggling state airline meet urgent financial obligations, the CEO of South African Airways (SAA) said on Thursday. SAA has not generated a profit since 2011 and has already received State guarantees... 

General improvement in business, investor confidence good for Imperial

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2018 While it is still early days, the advent of new political leadership in South Africa has given rise to a general improvement in business and investor confidence, which is expected to benefit JSE-listed Imperial Holdings. The group warns, however, that despite the World Bank and Standard & Poor’s... 

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