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Uber reaches almost 1-million users in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2017 The longest Uber trip on record in sub-Saharan Africa happened in South Africa this year – 3 190 km from Cape Town to Durban, via Bloemfontein. The electronic ride hailing service does not disclose why the journey was made. The Uber app does, however, provide an estimated cost for the journey, at... 

Zimbabwe renames main airport after Mugabe, plans $153m upgrade

By: Reuters     9th November 2017 Zimbabwe will upgrade its main airport at a cost of $153-million in an effort to attract more visitors, state media reported on Thursday, as authorities renamed the airport in honour of 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. Harare International Airport will from Thursday be known as Robert Mugabe... 

Exxaro, Transnet sign coal export transportation agreement 

     9th November 2017 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: Exxaro Resources has signed a ten-year coal export transportation agreement with Transnet, which will increase coal volumes from the Limpopo-based Waterberg region to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal, in... 

Exxaro, Transnet sign coal export transportation agreement
Exxaro, Transnet sign coal export transportation agreement

Sanral denies writing off R3bn debt in unpaid e-toll fees in South Africa

By: African News Agency      8th November 2017 The South African Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Wednesday denied that it had written off impairment losses of R3.6-billion for unpaid e-toll debts older than three years, compared to R92-million in 2015/16. This comes after Sanral on Tuesday appeared before the Portfolio Committee on Transport... 

US signs $524.7m investment compact with Côte d'Ivoire

By: Reuters     8th November 2017 The Millennium Challenge Corporation, the US government's main development fund, said on Tuesday it had signed a $524.7-million investment compact with Côte d'Ivoire to build schools and improve roads around the busy port in the commercial capital Abidjan. The five-year compact was signed at the... 

Uber bullish on Africa despite opposition from local taxi firms

By: Reuters     7th November 2017 Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies is growing rapidly in sub-Saharan Africa and considering moves into more markets, despite sometimes violent opposition from metered taxi drivers, a senior executive said on Tuesday. Uber's service has triggered protests by rivals from London to New Delhi as... 

New SAA leadership team promises to take airline ‘back from the brink’ 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has promised that there will be a clear delineation of the roles between the shareholder, the board and the CEO at embattled national carrier South African Airways (SAA), following the constitution of the new board on November 3 and the appointment of Vuyani Jarana... 

New SAA leadership team promises to take airline ‘back from the brink’
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on how the R10-billion capital injection will be paid to SAA. Camera Work: Duane Daws. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Transport unions submit joint wage demand to Transnet

By: African News Agency      7th November 2017 The United National Transport Union (Untu) and South African Transport & Workers Union (Satawu) on Monday submitted a consolidated wage demand to Transnet for a 12% salary increase for the next three years. According to a statement, Untu wants a three-year multi-term agreement with an undertaking... 

KZN pupils head to court over school transport

By: News24Wire      7th November 2017 Pupils from 12 schools in KwaZulu-Natal - who brave the weather and crime on their long walk to school every day - will pack into the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday morning to support their lawyers who will argue that the provincial government must provide transport for... 

DA to push for better Gautrain subsidy deal

By: African News Agency      6th November 2017 Taxpayer’s will, over and above the R30-billion Gautrain construction price tag, have paid well over R50-billion for this service if current subsidy levels continue, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday. The current Gautrain subsidy was the largest single item of expenditure in the budget of... 

Shipping company cleaning up Durban cargo spill

By: News24Wire      6th November 2017 According to a statement released in Geneva on Friday by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) specialised boats and machinery are trying to extract the vast quantities of "nurdles" (raw plastic pellets) floating in the Durban harbour following a cargo spill by container ship MSC Susanna 24 days... 

Sanral reopens Msikaba bridge tender

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd November 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has reopened the tender process for the construction of the R1.7-billion Msikaba bridge, in the Eastern Cape.    The bridge, located about 23 km east of Lusikisiki, in the Eastern Cape, forms part of the backbone of the greenfield portion... 

Sanral reopens Msikaba bridge tender

Mpho Makwana takes over as Gibela chairperson

     3rd November 2017 Mpho Makwana has succeeded Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi as chairperson of Gibela Rail Transport Consortium, effective October 1.   Makwana has more than 25 years of experience working in South Africa’s public and private sectors.   He is currently the independent nonexecutive chairperson of ArcelorMittal... 

Mpho Makwana takes over as Gibela chairperson
Gibela chairperson Mpho Makwana

Treasury says PIC will not invest in national airline

By: Reuters     3rd November 2017 South Africa has not yet identified a potential equity partner for troubled national airline SAA and the State pension fund manager PIC will not invest either, National Treasury said in a response to questions to Parliament on Friday. The Public Investment Corporation, one of the continent's... 

Treasury says PIC will not invest in national airline

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution

By: Nica Schreuder     3rd November 2017 Owing to increasing demand for improved quality and the availability of production operations, metallurgical plant and equipment supplier SMS group provides consignment stock or warehousing facilities for their operational and insurance spare parts and components. “The service enables customers... 

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution
Photo by Duane Daws
SPARE PART GUARANTEE A constant supply of spare parts for clients will reduce downtime

Global airline association predicts air passenger traffic to double by 2036

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2017 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has forecast that 7.8-billion people will travel by air in 2036. This will amount to a nearly 100% increase over the figure of 4-billion air passengers expected for this year. This projection is based on a average compound annual growth rate... 

Airbus’s A330neo type makes first flight, while Air Mauritius accepts its first A350XWB

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2017 The first development aircraft in Europe-based major aerospace group Airbus’ new A330neo (new engine option) family made its maiden flight on October 19, from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France. The aircraft took off at 09:57 local time and landed at 14:10, having flown for four hours and 13... 

Vacuum tech manufacturer expands offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2017 Heavy-duty industrial vacuum manufacturer Hencon Vacuum Technologies (Hencon VT) has expanded its service offering from only selling and manufacturing vacuum equipment to also providing cleaning services through a subsidiary called Afriveyor.  

Vacuum tech manufacturer expands offering
CLEANING MACHINE Vacuum trucks are an efficient, albeit more expensive, cleaning method, compared with traditional cleaning methods that require intensive manual labour use

Logistics property fund seeking development opportunities in South Africa, UK

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 JSE-listed specialist logistics property developer and landlord Equites Property Fund, which has a R1.3-billion development pipeline in progress, is pursuing various development opportunities, in South Africa and in the UK. Equites’ local growth strategy is focused on the development of... 

Logistics property fund seeking development  opportunities in South Africa, UK
LET PORTFOLIO Equites Property Fund has completed the 28 527 m2 distribution centre and head office for Röhlig-Grindrod, in Meadowview, which is being let on a ten-year lease

Successful debut for new technology solution on bridge project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd November 2017 Marking a strong debut in the country, independent international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV’s new iReport solution has been successfully used for the Vincent Tshabalala Pedestrian Bridge project in Alexandra, Johannesburg. The iReport is an innovative... 

Successful debut for  new technology solution on bridge project
ROADMAP Royal HaskoningDHV’s new project management solution, the iReport, used interactive data to communicate information to stakeholders for the Vincent Tshabalala Pedestrian Bridge project

Suitable solution for African road conditions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd November 2017 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex says its Fibertex AM-2 is the ideal product for road construction and road maintenance projects in Africa, owing to its being highly durable and resistant to all natural soil alkalis and acids. “The Fibertex AM-2 is a flexible... 

Suitable solution for African road conditions
ROAD TO RECOVERY Fibertex AM-2 has been introduced to road authorities in several developing African countries as a cost-effective solution to road rehabilitation

South Africa steadily keeps pace with global LED shift

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd November 2017 With the UK expecting that all conventional street lights will be converted to street lights fitted with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) by 2021, manufacturer of luminaires and glass-fibre-reinforced polyester poles BEKA Schréder product development manager Daniel Kasper laments South Africa’s... 

South Africa steadily keeps pace with  global LED shift
STREETS AHEAD Light-emitting diode technology for street lighting provides improved lighting levels and generates energy savings

Flexible solution caters to SMEs

     3rd November 2017 Self-storage and business storage solutions company XtraSpace launched a new warehousing service this month, aimed at “disrupting the traditional warehousing industry.” The service is also providing an opportunity for smaller businesses and entrepreneurs to use storage space. 

Flexible solution  caters to SMEs
FLEXIBLE SPACE XtraSpace’s storage solution allows for any size business to take advantage of its flexi-storage facilities

Company completes second sustainable storage project

     3rd November 2017 Self-storage solutions company Stor-Age earlier this year installed a complete solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the generation of its three-phase power requirements at its Tokai store in the Western Cape. This is the second store in Stor-Age’s portfolio to be fitted with PV panels, and forms... 

Company completes second sustainable storage project
Photo by Bloomberg
SUSTAINABLE STORAGE Stor-Age aims to create sustainable infrastructure with minimal damage to the environment

Storage automation in warehousing globally trending

By: Nica Schreuder     3rd November 2017 With the global shift among project managers toward automated storage solutions to rapidly meet customer needs, Germiston-based storage solution and racking manufacturer Acrow says South Africa has been quick on the uptake, with many companies implementing automated mobile racking storage... 

Storage automation in  warehousing globally trending
CUSTOMER INFLUENCE Acrow’s mobile racking storage solution came about as customers required increased automation in their warehousing and storage facilities

Company keeps up with industrial cleaning trends, wins awards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2017 Over the past decade, global waste management company Averda’s focus regarding industrial cleaning has been to develop and increase the use of hands-free technologies, making it safer for operators to work and allowing for more complex tasks to be completed.  

Company keeps up with industrial cleaning trends, wins awards
CLEANING SAFELY During a recent plant shutdown, Averda completed more than 59 640 injury-free work hours in 14 days, cleaned 24 578 km of tubes and moved 180 000 t of product

Company offers industrial sweepers for efficient cleaning

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2017 Materials handling company Big Lift Trucks South Africa (BLT SA) has added industrial equipment manufacturer Haaga’s walk-behind sweepers to its product portfolio range, from entry-level machines for domestic and commercial applications to high-power sweepers for large commercial or industrial... 

Company offers  industrial sweepers for efficient cleaning
SWEEPING SUCCESS The intelligent airflow design of the walk-behind Haaga sweepers ensures efficient dust control

M&R plans to hike stake in BCC by end November

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2017 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) expects to wrap up the R405-million acquisition of an additional 17% stake in the Bombela Concession Company (BCC) by the end of November. In August, M&R secured a memorandum of understanding that would see the construction giant increase its effective... 

Vadi urges better cooperation between provincial govt, Gauteng metros

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2017 The long delayed Gauteng Transport Authority will launch next year, says Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “If a city does not want to participate, it does so at its own peril.” 

Vadi urges better cooperation between provincial govt, Gauteng metros
Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi

Transnet resumes operations at Port of Durban after KwaZulu-Natal storms

By: African News Agency      2nd November 2017 State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet said on Thursday that 100% of marine operations at the Port of Durban have resumed following a violent storm in KwaZulu-Natal last month. Last month inclement weather left a trail of destruction in the country’s busiest port, the Port of Durban... 

SAA’s failure to settle its debt would have resulted in default – Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      2nd November 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the South African Airways (SAA) bailout was a crucial decision made by government because failure to settle debts would have resulted in SAA defaulting on its debts. Ramaphosa was answering questions in the National Council of Provinces. 

Heavy increase in irregular expenditure in South Africa, now pegged above R45bn, says AG 

By: African News Agency      1st November 2017 Irregular expenditure by government departments and State-owned entities has ballooned by over 50% in 2016/2017 when compared to the previous financial year, topping R45-billion, Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu revealed on Tuesday. “Irregular expenditure has increased by 55% since the previous year... 

Heavy increase in irregular expenditure in South Africa, now pegged above R45bn, says AG
Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu

Lanseria to be site of new airport city development

By: Keith Campbell     31st October 2017 Gauteng Premier David Makhura has highlighted the importance of Lanseria International Airport, and planned projects around it, for the development of the north-west quarter of the province. He was delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the new Control Tower and Fire Station... 

Imperial optimistic of positive 2018 financial year

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st October 2017 While trading conditions remain mixed and challenging, JSE-listed Imperial Holdings expects to hold its own in the 2018 financial year, as the first quarter of the year delivers performance in line with expectations and ahead of the prior year. “We anticipate solid operating and financial results... 

PIC head says needs bigger role in governance of State firms

By: Reuters     31st October 2017 South Africa's Public Investment Corporation (PIC) needs to play a bigger role in improving governance in State-owned companies, its chief executive officer Daniel Matjila said on Tuesday. The PIC, which manages government employees' pension money, is the biggest investor in State-owned firms'... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex 

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet continues to pare back its investment portfolio in the South African, which is expected to grow by less than 1% in 2017. The group, which operates rail, port and pipelines businesses, expects to invest R229.2-billion over the coming seven years,... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama outlines how the utility is dealing with ongoing allegations of State Capture and corruption. Recorded: 30.10.2017. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

M&R sells Genrec to Southern Palace

By: Anine Kilian     30th October 2017 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has sold Genrec to black-owned industrial company Southern Palace Group. Certain assets and liabilities are excluded from the transaction and will remain with the group. 

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