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Transport News

Botswana keen for corridor to link to South Africa’s coalfields

By: Kim Cloete     1st February 2019 Botswana’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Dorcas Makgato, has revived the need for a new heavy haul railway linking Botswana’s Mmamabula area with South Africa’s Lephalale coalfields.   Makgato said the project aimed to link coal deposits in both areas with South African heavy haul... 

Department sets height restrictions on high cube containers

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st February 2019 The Department of Transport has announced that vehicles transporting a standard container, reaching an overall height of 4.3 m, would not be permitted to transport a high cube container. Owing to this, Minister of Transport Dr Blade Nzimande has placed a moratorium ,effect from January 1, 2019 to... 

Department sets height restrictions on high cube containers
HEIGHT LIMITS Standard containers reaching an overall height of 4.3 m, would not be permitted to transport a high cube container

Company enjoys sweet success with premium chocolate contract

1st February 2019 A contract renewal for warehousing and distribution management is the latest development in a significant, seven-year partnership between supply chain and logistics company Imperial Logistics and premium chocolate producer Lindt & Sprüngli. Recognised as a global market leader, the Lindt &... 

Company enjoys sweet success with premium chocolate contract
PARTNERSHIP Lindt seven year contract with Imperial Logistics’ still going strong

Freight utility company receives new specialised excavators

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st February 2019 Construction equipment distributor High Power Equipment Africa (HPE Africa) has proven its capabilities for future tenders that are within its scope of work, following its success in delivering ten specially adapted excavators for State-owned freight utility Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) facility... 

Freight utility company receives new specialised excavators
NEWLY FITTED The Hyundai 26 t R260LC-9S excavators have been fitted with specially designed 1.6 m³ heavy-duty buckets and 2.5 m³ coal buckets to maximise a railway car’s unloading speed

Company introduces excavator with lower fuel consumption

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st February 2019 Construction equipment supplier Disa Equipment, trading as Doosan, part of the Capital Equipment Group of Invicta Holdings, introduced the low fuel consumption DX220LCA-2 excavator into the 20 t to 22 t class. “Not only do these robust machines boast pristine manufacturing standards but Doosan’s... 

Company introduces excavator with lower fuel consumption
DOOSAN DX220LCA-2 EXCAVATOR Outstanding features of the excavator include lower fuel consumption and greater productivity

Buses using natural gas to curb fuel costs

By: Halima Frost     1st February 2019 Since the initial introduction of natural gas vehicles (NGV) in South Africa, natural gas supplier CNG Holdings has successfully converted about 180 dual-fuel compressed natural gas- (CNG-) run buses for the City of Johannesburg (CoJ). This makes Johannesburg one of the first cities in... 

Buses using natural gas to curb fuel costs
GAS, NATURALLY Natural gas had been selected as a fuel of choice for global bus companies

‘Scale’ matters in South Africa’s logistics game

1st February 2019 Scale matters to competitive advantage and doing more with less through technology, consolidation and networking enables South Africa-based and -managed freight solutions provider Bidvest Panalpina Logistics’ (BPL’s) larger service offering at a lower unit cost. The concept of scale – the average... 

Airbus launches competition to push development of quantum computing

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st February 2019 Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus has launched a global quantum computing development competition. The Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge (AQCC) is intended to stimulate proposals and solutions regarding “complex optimisation and modelisation” (in Airbus’ words) across... 

Industrial firms moving to integrate artificial intelligence with ERP systems

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2019 Agility has become a key requirement for industrial companies that need to make decisions more quickly and accurately, and is a key trend in 2019, says industrial enterprise resource planning (ERP) multinational Syspro Africa product manager Deidre Fryer. “Industrial companies will look to... 

Industrial firms moving to integrate  artificial intelligence with ERP systems
DEIRDRE FRYER ERP systems fed with unstructured data from connected devices provide a more accurate overview of businesses

King Shaka airport, Dube cargo terminal report growing international use

By: Schalk Burger     31st January 2019 The King Shaka International Airport and the Dube TradePort Cargo Terminal, in La Mercy, in KwaZulu-Natal, have recorded growth in international flights and airfreight volumes over the past year, Dube TradePort Corporation CEO Hamish Erskine said in a statement on Thursday. The Cargo Terminal... 

SA Express says it has been vindicated after protracted dispute with Solenta Aviation

By: African News Agency      30th January 2019 A Gauteng high court ruled in favour of SA Express following a protracted contractual dispute between the airline and charter operator Solenta Aviation in an arbitration hearing on Monday.   Solenta Aviation applied for the liquidation of the airline over an unpaid R87.3-million it owed the... 

Metrobus tells commuters to find alternative transport as strike shuts down service

By: African News Agency      30th January 2019 Metrobus management on Tuesday apologised to commuters after the second day of industrial action, led by Democratic Municipal & Allied Workers Union of South Africa (Demawusa), shut down the bus service in the city of Cape Town. Metrobus said it was working hard to find a lasting solution to the... 

TNPA appoints multipurpose terminal operator at PE port

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has concluded an agreement with Bidfreight Port Operations (BPO) for the design, development, financing, construction, operation, maintenance and transfer of a multipurpose terminal at Sheds 10 and 11 in the Port of Port Elizabeth, following an open... 

TNPA appoints multipurpose terminal operator at PE port
TNPA COO Nozipho Mdawe (Left) hands over the official agreement to BPO MD Jannie Roux (Right)

Aveng Strabag JV halts work at Mtentu bridge site, declares force majeure 

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2019 The Aveng Strabag joint venture (JV), responsible for building the R1.65-billion Mtentu bridge, in the Eastern Cape, has not returned to site following a three-month break as a result of violent community protests against the project. The bridge forms part of the South African National Roads... 

Aveng Strabag JV halts work at Mtentu bridge site, declares force majeure
An artist's impression of the Mtentu bridge

UNTU intends to launch protest action against PRASA, Transport Minister

By: Simone Liedtke     28th January 2019 The United National Transport Union (UNTU) is in the process of launching a Nedlac Section 77 process through its affiliated federation, the Federation of Trade Unions of South Africa (Fedusa), which will allow protest action to force the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and... 

SAA hopes to resume Blantyre flights by the weekend 

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th January 2019 National flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) hopes to reinstate flights between Johannesburg and Blantyre (Malawi) on this coming Saturday (February 2). The route has been suspended since January 18 due to Blantyre’s Chileka International Airport having being found to have serious safety... 

Government keen to see SAA debt restructured soon 

By: Reuters     28th January 2019 Government would like to see South African Airways' (SAA's) debt restructured as soon as possible, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande told Reuters on Monday. 

Government keen to see SAA debt restructured soon

Mthatha airport downgrade forces flights cancellations for SA Express

By: African News Agency      25th January 2019 SA Express on Friday announced that it was canceling its flights to Mthatha with immediate effect because the airport there has been downgraded. The Civil Aviation Authority has downgraded the Mthatha airport effective from Friday, 25 January 2019, following a negative audit finding against it. 

Metrorail trains across South Africa at risk of coming to a stand still

By: News24Wire      25th January 2019 Following the fatal train collision in Mountainview, Pretoria that left four people dead and 620 injured earlier this year, the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) is considering suspending the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (PRASA) safety permit again, GroundUp reports. If the permit is... 

Embraer, Boeing deal approved by the new Brazilian government

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 The Brazilian Government has approved the creation of two joint ventures (JVs) between Brazilian aerospace company Embraer and US aerospace group Boeing. The Brazilian Government holds a “golden share” in the originally State-owned Embraer, giving it power of veto over mergers, take-overs, and... 

SA’s space agency becomes space weather centre for aviation across Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) had been chosen by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to be the provider of space weather information for the aviation sector across Africa and/or using African airspace, the Ministry of Science and Technology has announced. Space... 

FBO goes international at OR Tambo

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     25th January 2019 Privately-owned company Fireblade Aviation is the first fixed-base operator (FBO) to cater for arriving and departing international travellers, operating at OR Tambo International Airport. An FBO is an aviation facility within or close to an airport, usually owned and managed separately. Globally... 

FBO goes international  at OR Tambo
COLOURFUL FLIGHT All the aircraft share a common paint scheme as seen on the Augusta Westland AW139 helicopter

Major upgrades to start at six airports

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     25th January 2019 South African airport management company Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) announced that upgrades and improvements over the next three to eight years at six of the country’s airports will cost about R26-billion. The upgrades and improvements are primarily to improve passenger facilities... 

Major upgrades to  start at six airports
UPGRADES AND IMPROVEMENTS Realignment of the runway at Cape Town International Airport is expected to start this year

Crowdfunding plan for resurrecting South Africa’s Spitfire

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum Spitfire Restoration Project has launched a crowdfunding project to raise money to pay for the construction of a new combined workshop and hangar at the Museum’s main branch, at Air Force Base (AFB) Swartkop in Centurion (south west of Pretoria) in... 

Crowdfunding plan for resurrecting South Africa’s Spitfire

Ongoing tech investment seen as driver of future tourism growth

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2019 South Africa must continue to invest in travel technologies and Internet of Things technologies to tap the potential of tourism amid changing expectations of travel and modes of transport, says digital security multinational Gemalto Commonwealth of Independent States, Middle East and Africa... 

Ongoing tech investment seen as driver of future tourism growth
SHERRY ZAMEER Tourism can contribute 600 000 jobs over the next decade

Boeing 'Flying Car' makes its first flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th January 2019 US aerospace group Boeing announced late on Wednesday (South African time) that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas, in the US State of Virginia, on Tuesday. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden... 

Boeing 'Flying Car' makes its first flight
Photo by Boeing
Boeing’s PAV prototype hovering during its first flight

Comair, Numsa reach wage agreement

By: African News Agency      24th January 2019 Comair and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) reached a wage settlement on Wednesday, the airliner said. “I am pleased to advise that Comair and Numsa have reached a two-year wage settlement,” said Wrenelle Stander, executive director of Comair’s Airline Division. 

DTPW provides update on Great Brak River roadworks

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2019 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) on Wednesday said its R182-million project to upgrade the R102 between Hartenbos and the Great Brak River, as well as the DR1578 between Tergniet and Wolwedans, would be completed by mid-2020. A number of construction activities are... 

DTPW provides update on Great Brak River roadworks
A number of stop/go controls will be implemented along the R102, between Hartenbos and the Great Brak River, to manage the flow of traffic where necessary

Man electrocuted on roof of Cape Town train

By: News24Wire      23rd January 2019 A man was electrocuted on top of a train travelling from Philippi to Cape Town early on Wednesday morning, Metrorail Western Cape has confirmed. "It was the first train of the day and it is unclear what led to the incident. Emergency services, the police, Metrorail crews, forensics and a mortuary... 

New Imperial CEO to take over from Swanepoel in February

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2019 Mohammed Akoojee will take over as CEO of integrated outsourced logistics provider Imperial Logistics with effect from February 1. This follows the earlier-than-expected conclusion of the handover process. 

Airbus seeks to stimulate quantum computing for aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd January 2019 Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus launched on Tuesday a global quantum computing development competition. The Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge (AQCC) is intended to stimulate proposals and solutions regarding “complex optimisation and modelisation” (in Airbus’ words)... 

Cape Town’s WhereIsMyTransport expands to Latin America, India

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2019 Public transport data and technology company WhereIsMyTransport has raised $1.85-million in funding from Liil Ventures and Goodwell Investments, as part of its Series A funding round. The funding will support the company’s expansion into Latin America and India. 

Cape Town’s WhereIsMyTransport expands to Latin America, India
Data collected by WhereIsMyTransport in Mexico City

Western Cape govt starts Holgaten trunk road improvement project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd January 2019 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has started a project to improve and reseal 16.5 km of trunk road between Holgaten and Oudtshoorn, and reseal another 6.7 km section of trunk road between Holgaten and Uniondale. The first section is a major north-south link between... 

PRASA to have permanent group CEO by April – Minister

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd January 2019 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande expects the process to appoint a permanent group CEO for the Passenger Railway Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to be completed by April. He stated this in a reply to a Parliamentary question by Democratic Alliance MP Chris Hunsinger, dated January 9.  

SAA extends flight cancellations to Blantyre over airport safety failings

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd January 2019 South African national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) announced on Tuesday that it was extending its cancellation of flights between Johannesburg and Blantyre, Malawi. The extension means that the flights to and from Blantyre scheduled for Wednesday January 23 have now been cancelled.... 

SAA extends flight cancellations to Blantyre over airport safety failings

New construction process proposed for Gautrain expansion project

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2019 More than halfway through the 15-year Gautrain concession period, Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe says he is pleased with the operation of the 80-km rail system. “Looking back at building the Gautrain there are positives and negatives. A positive is that we have an... 

 New construction process proposed for Gautrain expansion project

How the cargo ship industry is cleaning up its filthy act

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2019 Air pollution from cars and factories has been regulated in much of the world since the 1970s. When it comes to the smoke-belching ships that carry global trade, the rules have been a lot looser. Big changes start next January, though, when long-debated standards from the International Maritime... 

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