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Transport News

First trains built by Gibela enter commercial service

By: Anine Kilian     9th May 2017 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday unveiled 13 new passenger trains to be operated by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail division. The X’Trapolis Mega trains were built by the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium and form part of those to be delivered under a... 

SAA will get cash injection this year, says Treasury DG 

By: African News Agency      9th May 2017 South African Airways (SAA) will receive a cash injection from National Treasury during the course of the year, but the size of it was still being debated, outgoing director general of finance, Lungisa Fuzile, said on Tuesday. Fuzile told Parliament’s standing committee on finance that this much... 

Water shortages sound a warning to city planners 

By: Kim Cloete     8th May 2017 The extremely worrying water shortage in Cape Town is an indication that climate change is an issue that can simply not be ignored by engineers and city planners, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has told consulting engineers in Cape Town. She told the International Federation of Consulting... 

World Bank approves $200m to improve Zambia's rural roads

By: Reuters     8th May 2017 The World Bank has approved a $200-million credit for Zambia to improve rural roads in six of the southern African nation's 10 provinces, the international lender said on Monday. Zambia has a road network of 67 671 km and rural roads are in poor condition, making it difficult for small scale... 

China’s first domestically-designed commercial airliner makes its maiden flight

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2017 In what could be the most significant development in global commercial aviation since the prototype of the first Airbus airliner (the A300) made its maiden flight in late 1972, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China’s (Comac’s) C919 single-aisle airliner made its first flight, from Shanghai... 

China’s first domestically-designed commercial airliner makes its maiden flight
Photo by Comac
The first Comac C919 airliner

Sanral’s chief engineer on retirement, career highlights and tolling 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 When Koos Smit studied civil engineering on a public service bursary at the University of Pretoria in the 1970s, the plan was that he would qualify and build dams and pipelines. However, an oversupply of engineers at the Department of Water Affairs saw him sign up at National Roads. 

Sanral’s chief engineer on retirement, career highlights and tolling
Koos Smit

Air cargo traffic sees a strong start to the year

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2017 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported that year-on-year air freight growth, measured in freight ton kilometres (FTKs), made a strong start during the first quarter of this year, amounting to an 8.2% increase. “Business surveys point to another quarter of robust annual... 

Asset management company launches new logistics facility

By: David Oliveira     5th May 2017 Asset management company Fortress Income Fund launched its 19 878 m2 Westlake View logistics park in March, further increasing the company’s warehousing and logistics development pipeline. The company currently has a gross leasable area of about one-million m2 that spans Gauteng, the Western Cape... 

Mega scissor lift gains first customer

By: Victor Moolman     5th May 2017 Cold storage designer and manufacturer IDS has become the first customer of construction equipment supplier Goscor to use the HL-275 D27 hydraulic mega scissor lift from Netherlands-based lift manufacturer Holland Lift. 

Mega scissor lift gains first customer
MEGA SCISSOR LIFT The HL-275 D27 is capable of lifting 1 t to a height of 27.5 m

Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo, TNPA sign liquid bulk agreement

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) on Thursday signed an agreement in Port Elizabeth that will see OTGC plan, fund, construct, maintain and operate a new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The facility’s concept... 

Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo, TNPA sign liquid bulk agreement
Photo by Duane Daws
The Port of Ngqura

African countries must create conducive environment to attract more infrastructure investment

By: Shirley le Guern     4th May 2017 Development finance institutions, banks and private investors are collectively sitting on trillions of dollars in capital that could be invested into African infrastructure projects if they were offered returns commensurate with the perceived higher risk environment, Africa50 CEO Alain Ebobisse... 

Nigeria plans to set up national airline, develop aviation capacity

By: Reuters     4th May 2017 Nigeria has appointed advisers to help it set up a national airline and develop its aviation infrastructure – currently seen as a barrier to economic growth – to create a hub for West Africa, junior aviation minister Hadi Sirika said on Wednesday. Sirika said a group of six firms including German... 

Labour Court deems SAA interim order during cabin crew strike final

By: African News Agency      4th May 2017 South African Airways (SAA) said on Wednesday that they had successfully argued at the Labour Court to have an interim order granted during the cabin crew meal strike as a final order. About a week ago SAA cabin crew members embarked on a one day strike because they felt the $130 they were... 

Bulk carrier in multimillion-rand crash at Durban harbour 

By: African News Agency      4th May 2017 A ship has overshot its berth, smashing into and destroying a multi-million rand bulk loader in the Durban harbour, it was confirmed on Wednesday. A Transnet National Ports Authority pilot was aboard the MV Julian – as is compulsory in the Durban harbour – when it crashed at the bulk terminal,... 

Business aviation company reports strong first quarter growth at its African bases

By: Keith Campbell     3rd May 2017 Business aviation company ExecuJet reported on Wednesday that its African operations had enjoyed significant growth in activity during the first quarter of this year. The company, which is part of the Luxaviation Group, has Fixed-base operations (FBOs) at Lanseria International Airport (northwest... 

Business aviation company reports strong first quarter growth at its African bases
Photo by ExecuJet
An aerial view of ExecuJet’s FBO at Lanseria

Johannesburg to restore dignity to residents through job creation – Mashaba

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd May 2017 The City of Johannesburg cannot continue accepting its projected 1.6% economic growth rate, as it will not be able to reverse the high rates of unemployment, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said on Wednesday, adding that the city needed to achieve a minimum of 5% economic growth by 2021. During... 

Johannesburg to restore dignity to residents through job creation – Mashaba

Aviation barometer records tepid total passenger traffic growth at ACSA airports

By: Keith Campbell     2nd May 2017 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) released its 'Aviation Barometer: Quarter 1/January 2017 - March 2017' report on Tuesday. This is the latest in the company’s quarterly reports on passenger flows through its nine airports. “Overall passenger growth in the first quarter of 2017 was... 

Aviation barometer records tepid total passenger traffic growth at ACSA airports
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Cape Town International was the stand-out performer for Acsa in the first quarter

AfDB approves $253m for Uganda–Kenya connecting road upgrades

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th April 2017 The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved $253-million in loans to the governments of Kenya and Uganda for the upgrading of a 118 km road section connecting the two countries and construction of the 32km Eldoret town bypass, in Kenya. Kenya will receive $147.3-million and Uganda... 

AfDB approves $253m for Uganda–Kenya connecting road upgrades
Photo by Bloomberg
SPEEDY ACCESS Upgrading of the road will reduce the travel time from Kapchorwa to Suam, in Uganda, from 4 hrs to 1.5 hrs and from Suam to Kitale, in Kenya, from 1.5 hrs to 45 min

Expo to showcase latest developments in machine tools industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 This year’s Machine Tools Africa (MTA) is set to showcase the latest technology developments, machinery, products, services and solutions, says event management company Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery portfolio director Charlene Hefer. 

Expo to showcase latest developments in machine tools industry
MACHINE TOOLS AFRICA 2017 Interactive displays at the MTA will include live demonstrations and technical presentations

Machines produce components for isotope facility

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Machine component manufacturer Precision Separators bought six computer numerical control (CNC) machines from machine industry company Hurco to manufacture and produce components for private company Klydon’s medical isotope facility MoF6. 

New tandem horizontal boring to be fully operational in July

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Installation of the new tandem horizontal boring mill – which can perform multiple tasks simultaneously – will be complete and fully operational by July, enthuses project services corporation Hydra Arc. 

New tandem horizontal boring to be fully operational in July
Photo by Petrus Saayman
FULLY AUTOMATED The tandem horizontal boring mill is fully automated and programmable

Robotic solution for machine tools industry

     28th April 2017 When it comes to the automated feeding of machine tools, the choice of the right robot set-up and manipulator is a key element in the planning process, says Japanese robotics company Yaskawa. 

Robotic solution for  machine tools industry
CONTROL CONCEPT Finding the right software structure is just as important as the hardware

SACCA to file review against SAA interdict

By: African News Agency      27th April 2017 Despite operations at South African Airways(SAA) returning to normal the South African Cabin Crew Association(SACCA) said on Thursday that their legal team was working on a review of the interdict against them. On Wednesday around 200 flight attendants were gathered outside the SAA head office... 

SACCA to file review against SAA interdict

SAA granted interdict against striking cabin crew

By: News24Wire      26th April 2017 The Johannesburg Labour Court has granted South African Airways (SAA) an interdict against striking SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) members. Michael van As, for SAA, appeared briefly in the court before the matter was postponed until June 23. 

SAA pleads with customers to ‘bear with it’ as cabin crew strike intensifies

By: African News Agency      26th April 2017 South African Airways (SAA) on Wednesday pleaded with its customers and stakeholders to “bear with it” amid operational delays and flight cancellations due to industrial action by members of its cabin crew. Around 200 flight attendants have gathered outside the SAA head office in Kempton Park in... 

Metrobus implements improved operating hours on OR Tambo-Joburg CBD route

By: African News Agency      25th April 2017 Johannesburg Metrobus announced on Tuesday that it has implemented improved operating times on the OR Tambo International Airport route during off-peak hours to connect commuters with airlines. “Passengers travelling to and from OR Tambo International Airport will find the additional bus services... 

Construction of M1 Oxford, Federation bridges to enter final phase

By: Anine Kilian     24th April 2017 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) on Monday said construction upgrades on the M1 freeway’s Oxford and Federation bridges will enter the third and final phase in May. The R127-million project is 75% complete, with the majority of fill and stabilisation of underground conditions completed on the... 

Construction of M1 Oxford, Federation bridges to enter final phase

Syrah awards logistics contract to Grindrod

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th April 2017 Graphite developer Syrah Resources has awarded the graphite distribution and logistics services supply contract at its Balama project, in Mozambique, to JSE-listed Grindrod Mauritius. The contract includes the provision of long haul trucking services for graphite concentrate from the Balama site... 

TNPA appoints new port managers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed the Port of Cape Town’s first female port manager Mpumi Dweba, who most recently served as port manager at the Port of Ngqura. She succeeds Sipho Nzuza, who recently resigned to take up the role of eThekwini municipality city manager. 

E-toll compliance low, can distance-based charging be a solution? 

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 The compliance rate on Gauteng’s urban toll network is between 30% and 40%, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) northern region toll and traffic manager Alex van Niekerk. E-toll collection on Gauteng’s freeways has been problematic since the implementation of tolling in 2013. 

E-toll compliance low, can distance-based charging be a solution?

Easter road death toll increases by 51%

By: News24Wire      21st April 2017 Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi announced on Friday that 235 people died on South African roads over the 2017 Easter holidays. He said this was a 51% increase over last year's figure of 156. 

African and global air freight and passenger traffic rose in February

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 The growth in demand for air freight, measured in freight-tonne-kilometres (FTKs), in Africa increased by more than 10% in February, in comparison to February last year. African air passenger traffic, measured in revenue-passenger-kilometres (RPKs) jumped 7.1% over the same period. This has been... 

Brazilian company unveils over-the-horizon radar

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 Brazilian technology company IACIT Soluções Tecnológicas S/A (IACIT), which develops and produces air traffic control and management and maritime traffic control and management systems, weather radars, telemetry systems, and integrated networks (among other products and systems) for civil, public... 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Manufacturing company Sky Hill Heavy Engineering - a part of project services corporation Hydra-Arc in Secunda, Mpumalanga - has already commenced with the 100 m expansion of three of its four fabrication bays, to accommodate its heavy lifting fleet, says Hydra-Arc. 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet
Photo by Petrus Saayman
IN-HOUSE PROJECTS Fabrication and refurbishment projects are executed from the engineering to transportation stages

Local equipment supplier upgrades product offering

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Machine manufacturer Meclift has added the ML1812R variable reach truck series to its heavy-lifting equipment range, which has a lifting capacity of 18 t and operates swiftly in confined spaces, including warehouses and cargo vessels. 

Local equipment supplier upgrades product offering
ML1812R MECLIFT The variable-reach truck is designed for swift, efficient and safe handling of heavy loads in diverse industries

New concept crane being developed

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist Mammoet and engineering specialist Stoof Engineering and Innovation (E&I) are joining forces to develop a containerised heavy lifter named Focus.  

New concept crane being developed
FULLY ASSEMBLED Mammoet uses a jacking system to lift the dragline and place it on a specialised transport system to move it to its new location

Numsa accepts new terms in bus strike negotiations

By: News24Wire      18th April 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it has ended its consultations with workers in the passenger bus sector, following a week of striking, after its members accepted new terms. Numsa was the only major union not to accept the new agreement which Labour Minister Mildred... 

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