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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... 

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... 

First Hero class vessel calls at Port of East London

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th May 2018 The Port of East London on Wednesday hosted the first Post Panamax high efficiency Ro-Ro (Hero) class vessel to call at the port.  

First Hero class vessel calls at Port of East London
Post Panamax High Efficiency RoRo vessel by WW Ocean at the Port of East London

Alstom completes tram line in Algerian city

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th May 2018 French multinational Alstom has completed the first tram line for the city of Sétif, in Algeria.  

Alstom completes tram line in Algerian city
Alstom tram line for Ouargla, Algeria

No established policy to privatise SA ports of entry – home affairs minister

By: African News Agency      8th May 2018 Home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday told members of parliament that there was no approval policy that has been established regarding the privatisation of sections of national ports of entry. “If the minister had granted permission, the minister would have followed legal prescripts... 

 No established policy to privatise SA ports of entry – home affairs minister
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

Union urges Parliament to debate SAA

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th May 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday petitioned Parliament to hold a debate in the House of Assembly on the State-owned flag-carrier airline, South African Airways (SAA). The union also urged the Government to support Solidarity’s application to place the airline under business rescue and to stop... 

Union urges Parliament to debate SAA

SAA requires R5bn bailout to stay afloat – treasury official 

By: Reuters     8th May 2018 State carrier SAA requires a R5-billion cash injection in the current financial year to help it meet its financial obligations, a senior treasury official said on Tuesday. National Treasury director-general Dondo Mogajane told parliament the cash injection could however not come from government,... 

SAA requires R5bn bailout to stay afloat – treasury official

Direct Durban-London air link to be launched by UK carrier

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th May 2018 The Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone announced on Tuesday 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... 

Direct Durban-London air link to be launched by UK carrier
Photo by Dube TradePort
An aerial view of King Shaka International Airport

TFR shuts Natcor line for maintenance

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2018 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will shut down the Natal Corridor (Natcor) line, from Rietvlei, Gauteng, to the Durban Harbour, from May 8 to 14 for maintenance and refurbishment. The shutdown schedule will encompass a partial shut from May 8 to 10, meaning there will be a reduced service, while... 

Grindrod confirms planned June listing for shipping business

By: Anine Kilian     7th May 2018 JSE-listed Grindrod has confirmed the planned separate listing of its shipping division on the Nasdaq, and a secondary listing on the JSE, for June. Subject to approval by Grindrod shareholders at a meeting to be held on June 4, Grindrod Shipping will list in the Industrial-Transportation... 

Alstom wins GreenTec Award for hydrogen fuel cell powered train

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th May 2018 French multinational Alstom’s Coradia iLint – the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered regional train – has won the GreenTec Award 2018 in the ‘Mobility by Schaeffler’ category.  

Alstom wins GreenTec Award for hydrogen fuel cell powered train
Alstom receives GreenTec Award for its Coradia iLint regional train

Court upholds TNPA's decision on new lessee for Mossel Bay premises

By: African News Agency      4th May 2018 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said it had issued a notice to the Mossel Bay Yacht Club to vacate its port premises by the end of May in line with a high court order. The club had unsuccessfully asked the court to overturn a decision by the ports authority to award a lease tender... 

Transnet chair resigns on eve of meeting with government 

By: African News Agency      4th May 2018 The chairperson of Transnet, Linda Mabaso, has resigned with immediate effect, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday. Mabaso's resignation comes on the eve of a shareholder meeting called by Gordhan for Friday.  

Firm sees taxis and mine trucks as logical hydrogen transport pioneers

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology can serve the local taxi industry and be used in large opencast mines where several haul trucks operate in a limited radius. One hydrogen fuelling station could serve an entire fleet. Such applications would eliminate the need for a dispersed suburban and urban... 

Airbus commissions Imperial Logistics to procure, supply tools

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2018 Aeronautics company Airbus has hired logistics service provider Imperial Logistics to procure and distribute metal cutting tools such as milling cutters, drills and countersinks for its German production facilities.  

Airbus commissions Imperial Logistics to procure, supply tools

World Bank grants Kenya $1bn loan for infrastructure projects

By: Reuters     3rd May 2018 The World Bank said on Thursday it had given Kenya a $1-billion concessional loan for energy, transport and water infrastructure projects in poorer regions in its north and northeast. These regions have benefited little from Kenya's strong economic performance, the World Bank said. The East... 

Demand for air travel remains strong – Iata

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2018 Global passenger traffic results for March show that demand, measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), rose by 9.5% year-on-year, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) reported on Thursday.  

Demand for air travel remains strong – Iata
Iata director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac

Gautrain rolling stock tender delayed ‘by complexities’, says Van der Merwe

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2018 Technical and legal complexities are delaying the announcement of the preferred bidder in the three-horse race to provide twelve new four-car trains to the Gautrain system, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. The deal was expected to reach financial close at the end of... 

Gautrain rolling stock tender delayed ‘by complexities’, says Van der Merwe

JRA invests R15m into traffic calming measures, sidewalks

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2018 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has embarked on a R15-million overhaul of sidewalks and the installation of traffic calming measures across five wards in Region B, which is in the centre of Johannesburg. The introduction of traffic calming measures aims to reduce road user accidents, by... 

Alstom holds test run for Coradia Polyvalent train for Senegal

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd May 2018 Alstom has successfully started the test run of the first Coradia Polyvalent train to be delivered to Senegal at Alstom’s site in Reichshoffen, in France, which marks the start of an extensive testing campaign prior to its departure. These tests, the rail transport company explained, will allow... 

Bus strike: Fresh hope as unions, employers head back to negotiating table

By: News24Wire      2nd May 2018 There was fresh hope for commuters dealing with Day 15 of the national bus strike, as unions and employers agreed to meet again to try and break the deadlock, the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBC) said on Wednesday. 'It's D-Day," said SARPBC secretary general Gary Wilson,... 

Bus strike: Fresh hope as unions, employers head back to negotiating table

New-vehicle sales on the rise – TransUnion

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd May 2018 New cars were back in vogue during the first quarter of the year as competitive prices driven by rand strength and lower interest rates and inflation boosted new car demand by consumers on the hunt for enhanced value, credit union TransUnion said on Wednesday. The TransUnion South African Vehicle... 

Passengers stranded as national bus strike revs towards third week

By: African News Agency      1st May 2018 Labour unions involved in a bus strike, which has left thousands of commuters stranded across South Africa, were meeting on Monday to map the way forward as the protest neared its third week. South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) spokesperson Zanele Sabela told the African... 

Passengers stranded as national bus strike revs towards third week

Parties in bus drivers' strike still 'far apart' - unions

By: African News Agency      27th April 2018 The five unions involved in the national bus drivers' strike have slammed efforts at resolving the almost two-week long impasse, saying despite interventions at the highest levels the parties remain "far apart" and that the strike action will continue into the long weekend. In a statement issued... 

Parties in bus drivers' strike still 'far apart' - unions

Boeing wins a trio of commercial aircraft orders in a matter of days

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th April 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing has announced a series of orders for its commercial aircraft during the first half of this month. The orders are for 737 MAX 10 single-aisle and 787 Dreamliner wide-body airliners and 777 freighter aircraft. The three deals have a total value of some $19.94-billion.  

Unions at odds over SAA business rescue

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th April 2018 Trade union Solidarity believes that business rescue is the only way that jobs can be saved at embattled State-owned national flag-carrier South African Airways (SAA) and the company put back on a sustainable footing. This was made clear at the media briefing at the union's head office on... 

Reformist SA, French Presidents increase mutual investment attraction

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th April 2018 French companies are confident in the South African market and in its future, French Embassy Economic Counsellor William Roos assured South African journalists at a recent briefing. He pointed out that some 400 French companies had already set up business in South Africa and others are interested... 

Expo ideal platform for company sector expansion

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th April 2018 With an established track record in the international mining and construction sector, engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa (WMA) used bauma CONEXPO AFRICA as a platform to promote its products to the local construction sector while gaining traction in other sectors. “bauma CONEXPO... 

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Irish forklift manufacturer launches new headquarters, manufacturing facility

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2018 Irish manufacturer of multidirectional forklifts Combilift, which specialises in customised machines, on Wednesday launched its new 46 500 m2 global headquarters and manufacturing facility, in which it invested about €50-million. The facility, which is based in Monaghan, Ireland, currently... 

Irish forklift manufacturer launches new headquarters, manufacturing facility

PRASA steps in as union calls for payment of Autopax employees’ salaries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 The United National Transport Union (Untu) on Thursday demanded the South African government ensure that the employees of bus operator Autopax receive their salaries.  

Exxaro to fund R100m road upgrade in Limpopo

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources and provincial roads agency Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of agreement for the R100-million upgrade of a road in Lephalale. The project, to be implemented jointly, is for the upgrade from gravel to tar of road D2001, which stretches... 

Exxaro to fund R100m road upgrade in Limpopo

Cartrack achieves robust subscriber, revenue growth for FY17

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th April 2018 JSE-listed telematics service provider Cartrack recorded robust subscriber and revenue growth in the financial year ended February 28.  

Cartrack achieves robust subscriber, revenue growth for FY17
Cartrack CEO Zak Calisto

Commuter bus firm Hosken lists on the JSE

By: Nadine James     24th April 2018 Commuter transport company Hosken Passenger Logistics and Rail, which operates the Golden Arrow bus service, on Tuesday became the second company this year to list on the JSE’s main board.  Welcoming Hosken to the exchange, JSE primary markets head Prejelin Naggan said that the listing should... 

South African Airways says it needs capital injection 'now' 

By: Reuters     24th April 2018 South African Airways (SAA) needs a new capital injection "now" to stay afloat and is in discussions with banks and the National Treasury for "an open credit line", its chief executive said on Tuesday. State-owned SAA, which has not generated a profit since 2011, is regularly cited by ratings... 

South African Airways says it needs capital injection 'now'

Agreement opens way for R1.8bn oil services hub at Saldanha port

By: Terence Creamer     23rd April 2018 A private port terminal operator has been selected to build and operate South Africa’s first offshore supply base (OSSB) at the Port of Saldanha, in the Western Cape. The facility, which will involve investments of R1.8-billion over the coming five years, will provide services to offshore oil and... 

Agreement opens way for R1.8bn oil services hub at Saldanha port
Port of Saldanha

South African air traffic controller elected VP of global ATC representative body

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd April 2018 Air Traffic and Navigation Services, the State-owned company that is responsible for South Africa’s air traffic management, announced on Sunday that its Area Radar Controller at OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg), Peter van Rooyen, had been elected Executive VP of the International... 

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