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Russian rail group aims to develop newly acquired Boksburg factory into global narrow-gauge hub

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2018 Leading Russian rail engineering group Transmashholding (TMH) confirmed on Wednesday that it, together with its South African partner Mjisa, had completed the acquisition of a 45 000 m2 rail manufacturing facility in Gauteng, South Africa. Black empowerment company Mjisa, which is led by Mafika... 

Ekurhuleni BRT system extended to OR Tambo International

By: Schalk Burger     31st October 2018 The Ekurhuleni bus rapid transit (BRT) system, called Harambee, has been extended from Tembisa to OR Tambo International Airport, Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mzwandile Masina said at a media briefing at the Intercontinental Hotel, at the airport, on Wednesday. The Harambee project was part of the... 

Transnet suspends former supply chain officer for misconduct

By: African News Agency      31st October 2018 Transnet said on Wednesday that it has suspended its former group supply chain officer, Edward Thomas, pending investigations into various serious allegations of misconduct involving a number of contracts. Transnet said that Thomas, currently group general manager for finance, was informed on... 

Nzimande inaugurates R1.1bn Mt Edgecombe interchange

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th October 2018 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande on Tuesday officially opened the R1.1-billion Mount (Mt) Edgecombe Interchange, in KwaZulu-Natal. The Minister described the interchange as a veritable civil engineering work of art that contributes greatly to easing traffic congestion, while promoting road... 

Nzimande inaugurates R1.1bn Mt Edgecombe interchange
Mt Edgecombe Interchange, in KwaZulu-Natal

Cybersecurity must be managed at board level, urges Gautrain boss 

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2018 Cybersecurity must be managed proactively at board level, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. “It must be led by senior management and assured by corporate governance. It is a line function and not a staff function.” 

Cybersecurity must be managed at board level, urges Gautrain boss

Oppenheimers defend private terminal at Joburg airport 

By: African News Agency      30th October 2018 The Oppenheimer family on Tuesday fiercely defended their operation of a private terminal at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg at a meeting with MPs fraught with tension and disruption.  The briefing to Parliament's home affairs portfolio committee was at one stage disrupted by... 

Oppenheimers defend private terminal at Joburg airport
Nicky Oppenheimer

enX records increased Ebit, undertakes key investment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th October 2018 Diversified industrial group enX achieved an increase in adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (Ebit) to R815-million for the financial year ended August 31, compared with an Ebit of R736-million in the prior financial year. enX has three business segments – enX Industrial Equipment (EIE),... 

Drones helping revolutionise Gauteng’s infrastructure projects

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th October 2018 The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID), with the assistance of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Centre for Applied Research and Innovation in the Built Environment, is achieving unprecedented monitoring of the infrastructure development and construction projects that it... 

Drones helping revolutionise Gauteng’s infrastructure projects
Photo by Creamer Media
Gauteng infrastructure development MEC Jacob Mamabolo

Raubex rightsizes road rehab division as lower Sanral work volumes bite 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 JSE-listed Raubex Group continued to experience challenging conditions in the South African construction industry in the six months ended August 31, particularly in the road construction sector, reporting a 57.4% decline in operating profit to R157-million, compared with the R370-million profit... 

SA Express on track to relaunch Cape Town base by January 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 State-owned airline SA Express is charting a new path, since having returned to the skies in August, which is evidenced in the way it has managed to stabilise the business and maintain its operational performance in the past two months. To date, eight of its 18 aircraft have been recertified to... 

Rail Enforcement Unit launched in Cape Town

By: African News Agency      29th October 2018 A much-anticipated Rail Enforcement Unit was launched during a ceremony on Cape Town railway station on Monday morning, with the hope of securing the safety of passengers and critical infrastructure on the city's beleaguered rail network. The establishment of the unit follows the memorandum of... 

Rail Enforcement Unit launched in Cape Town

Cosatu plans march to Union Buildings to protest against e-tolls

By: News24Wire      29th October 2018 The Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu) in Gauteng is expected to march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday to protest against e-tolling. "We will march to the office of the president to bring an end to the e-tolling system," provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile said. He said... 

Cosatu plans march to Union Buildings to protest against e-tolls

British Airways starts new Heathrow - Joburg services

By: African News Agency      29th October 2018 British Airways has started four new weekly services between London and Johannesburg, increasing the number of direct flights between the cities to 18 a week.  The British Airways' London-Johannesburg service started on Sunday and comes as the airline also opens a new route from London to Durban... 

Rail industry plagued by theft, vandalism

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2018 Train collisions accounted for the highest number of safety incidents in the rail sector during 2017/18, the Railway Safety Regulator’s (RSR’s) annual ‘State of Safety’ report, shows. Other prominent incidents included fires, platform train interchange incidents, people being struck by trains and... 

Electric cargo bike pilot study to kick off in Sharpeville in November 

By: Irma Venter     26th October 2018 Two electric cargo bikes (e-bikes) will start operations, in Sharpeville, Gauteng, at the end of November. The pilot project, a partnership between the Gauteng government and the German federal government, is funded by the German government. 

Electric cargo bike pilot study to kick off in Sharpeville in November

E-tolls are 'not part of the future of this province' – Gauteng ANC 

By: News24Wire      26th October 2018 The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng has joined thousands of voices as it reiterated its stance on the scrapping of e-tolls. "Let there be no confusion, they are not part of the future of this province. We will have to work out how to pay for the roads but not through the e-tolls,"... 

E-tolls are 'not part of the future of this province' – Gauteng ANC
Gauteng Premier David Makhura

African market opening helps spur R970m Ladysmith tyre investment

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2018 The state-of-the-art R970-million truck and bus radial (TBR) factory in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, will produce 24 sizes for the Dunlop, Sumitomo and Falken tyre brands, says Japanese diversified industrial group Sumitomo. The investment to manufacture truck and bus tyres locally are part of the... 

African market  opening helps spur R970m Ladysmith tyre investment
SUMITOMO LADYSMITH The factory will eventually manufacture enough tyres to meet demand for Dunlop- and Sumitomo-branded tyres across the whole of Africa

Mixed picture emerges of state of SA’s road bridges following deadly Genoa collapse

By: Nadine James     26th October 2018 In light of the highly publicised Genoa bridge collapse, in Italy, as well as the abrupt closure of Johannesburg’s M2 east highway, questions surrounding the structural integrity of South African bridges have been raised. Bridges that fall within the South African National Road Agency Limited’s... 

Mixed picture emerges of state of SA’s road bridges following deadly Genoa collapse

Ramaphosa inaugurates R1bn train manufacturing facility, training centre in Nigel 

By: Nadine James     25th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday officially opened the R1-billion, 78 ha Gibela train manufacturing facility at Dunnottar Park, in Nigel, east of Johannesburg. Members of the Southern African Development Community Secretariat, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) acting group CEO... 

Ramaphosa inaugurates R1bn train manufacturing facility, training centre in Nigel

Mboweni doubts SAA will find equity partner in current state 

By: Reuters     25th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Thursday that he doubted that the government would find an investor to take an equity stake in struggling State-run South African Airways (SAA) in its current financial state. "I doubt you are going to find an equity partner who will come into SAA in this... 

Announcement on preferred bidder for Gautrain rolling stock expected by year-end

By: Irma Venter     25th October 2018 The preferred bidder in the race to provide 12 new four-car trains to the Gautrain system should be announced by the end of the year, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe.   The announcement was originally expected in August. The Gautrain system currently operates 96... 

Announcement on preferred bidder for Gautrain rolling stock expected by year-end

Aviation safety depends on recruiting the right people

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th October 2018 The maintenance of aviation safety depends upon people, Namibian Prime Minister's Office Cabinet Secretary Dr George Simataa told the AVI Afrique Innovation Summit 2018 in Pretoria on Wednesday. "People are the most important assets in your organisations," he stressed. "People, and not technology... 

SAA allocated R5bn for debt relief

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th October 2018 State-owned South African Airways (SAA) will receive R5-billion through a special appropriation Bill to settle debt redeeming between now and March 2019. The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), which was released by the National Treasury on Wednesday, stated that the funds would help to... 

SAA allocated R5bn for debt relief

Mboweni calls for ‘open-minded’ approach to reconfiguration of State firms 

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has called for a reconfiguration of South Africa’s debt-laden State-owned companies (SoCs) and has appealed to stakeholders to adopt an open-mind with regard to the form such restructuring could take, particularly in the cases of Eskom and South African Airways... 

Mboweni calls for ‘open-minded’ approach to reconfiguration of State firms

Intermodal transport systems vital for growth in South Africa, SADC region 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd October 2018 Intermodal transport systems are vital for economic growth and development in South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi said during a presentation at the fifth edition of the South Africa-Italy Summit/Indaba on... 

Intermodal transport systems vital for growth in South Africa, SADC region
Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi outlines the need for intermodal transport systems in South Africa and the rest of the Southern African Development Community region. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

There is room for more ride-hailing services, says Taxify country manager

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2018 Taxify believes there is room for another electronic ride-hailing service in South Africa. US-based Uber started operations in South Africa in 2013, with Estonia’s Taxify moving into the country in 2016. 

 There is room for more ride-hailing services, says Taxify country manager

Grindrod buys marine support services business

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2018 JSE-listed Grindrod said on Tuesday that the recently announced acquisition of the Novagroup from Pescanova would enhance its service and product offering, as well as expand its footprint in southern Africa. Nova was established in the 1960s to deliver support services to the maritime industry,... 

enX considers possible sale of fleet management business

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd October 2018 Industrial group enX’s board of directors has completed a strategic review of its ownership interest in its fleet management business, Eqstra Fleet Management and Logistics (EFML), and believes the business may be better suited under a different structure to optimise EFML’s value proposition.... 

Gautrain expansion decision ‘not imminent’, warns MEC Vadi

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2018 Government’s sign-off on the expansion of the Gautrain rail network “is not imminent”, warns Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. He noted on Monday that the feasibility study for the proposed Gauteng Rapid Rail Integrated Network Extension Plan had been completed. This study concluded... 

Gautrain expansion decision ‘not imminent’, warns MEC Vadi

Sanral’s strategy, transformation policy ready for Cabinet approval 

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) Horizon 2030 strategy is “ready to go to Cabinet”, in a process that will be managed by the Department of Transport (DoT), says Sanral transformation manager Ismail Essa. He says the Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, as well as... 

Sanral’s strategy, transformation policy ready for Cabinet approval
RULES OF THE RING Heavyweight contractors are not to box in the lightweight category, warns Sanral

Transnet removes Gama as CEO

By: Reuters     22nd October 2018 The board of directors of South African state-owned logistics firm Transnet said it had removed Chief Executive Siyabonga Gama, who has been accused of misconduct in a multimillion-dollar deal. Transnet, which operates nearly three-quarters of the African rail network, the bulk of which is in... 

Transnet removes Gama as CEO
Photo by Creamer Media
Siyabonga Gama

Data underpins urban growth in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     19th October 2018 The use of census data, and modern cloud-based software, as a tool in urban growth modelling is a sustainable route for long-term urban planning, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) senior researcher Quintin van Heerden said on Friday. In this regard, he told delegates at a CSIR... 

Sanral, Wirtgen SA sign MoU to collaborate on construction development goals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2018 Road construction equipment supplier Wirtgen Group South Africa (Wirtgen SA) and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which Wirtgen SA MD Heinrich Schulenburg said would cement the relationship between the entities and give... 

Sanral, Wirtgen SA sign MoU to collaborate on construction development goals

ExecuJet to offer customers new experience with super versatile jet

By: Simone Liedtke     19th October 2018 Luxury aviation company ExecuJet will, on October 25, officially launch and welcome the Pilatus PC-24 to its fleet at the company’s private terminal at Cape Town International Airport. The aircraft, which was developed by Swiss original-equipment manufacturer Pilatus, is the first of its type... 

ExecuJet to offer customers new experience with super versatile jet

Dutch solar road proves successful, moves on to heavy traffic road trial 

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 A solar bike path trial in the Netherlands has exceeded all expectations, and will now be rolled out to a road with heavier traffic. The SolaRoad pilot cycle path alongside the N203 near Krommenie, in the Netherlands, was opened in October 2014. It is 90 m long and 3.5 m wide. 

 Dutch solar road proves successful, moves on to heavy traffic road trial

Regional carrier SA Express continues to re-establish its route network

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 State-owned domestic and regional airline SA Express, as part of its relaunch strategy, has reinstated two more of its services. This is part of its plan to, as soon as possible, re-establish its best-performing routes. The two routes concerned are the domestic Johannesburg-Hoedspruit (Mpumalanga... 

Electronification prompts data-based services

19th October 2018 As part of the electronification of mobile hydraulics, drive and control technologies group Bosch Rexroth is developing new, data-based services for all aspect of rail vehicles. Until now, the maintenance of rail vehicles has essentially happened at fixed intervals, whereby the service engineer... 

Electronification prompts data-based services
INTERNET OF THINGS An Internet of Things solution manages the transfer, processing and visualisation of measured data for PredictDrivetrain and NextGenSpec

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