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Transport News

At least 17 firms express interest to operate Botswana national airline

By: Reuters     9th March 2017 At least 17 companies have expressed an interest in operating Air Botswana as the government embarks on its latest drive to privatise loss-making state companies. The transport department invited expressions of interest last month, saying it was open to proposals on various forms of privatisation... 

Outa, pilots association want SAA chair declared a ‘delinquent director’  

By: Anine Kilian     8th March 2017 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the South African Airways Pilots Association (Saapa) have filed a court application seeking to declare South African Airways (SAA) chairperson Dudu Myeni a “delinquent director”. Outa filed the application at the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday. 

Peters fires PRASA board 

By: African News Agency      8th March 2017 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Wednesday, dissolved the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) board with immediate effect. This was revealed in Parliament when acting transport department director general Mathabatha Mokonyama read out a letter from Peters during a portfolio committee... 

European groups unveil new air/ground urban transport concept

By: Keith Campbell     8th March 2017 European aerospace giant Airbus and Italy-based transport design, engineering and production services company Italdesign have combined to design a new approach to meeting future traffic snarl-ups in major cities, which they have designated Pop.Up. This was unveiled on Tuesday at the... 

European groups unveil new air/ground urban transport concept
Photo by Airbus
This image shows a passenger capsule coupled to a ground module and a second passenger capsule coupled to an air module

They now call me Mr 350% – defiant PRASA CEO

By: News24Wire      7th March 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has twice tried to return suspended acting CEO Collins Letsoalo to sender, with no success. And a week after he was again handed his marching orders, a defiant Letsoalo has insisted that the ongoing salary debacle is not his fault. 

Wage dispute in bus passenger sector goes to mediation

By: African News Agency      7th March 2017 The Council for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Monday began facilitating mediation between the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the Bus Passenger Council. This comes after the union last month declared dispute with the employers as wage negotiations... 

Nigeria to open up government airports to private investment

By: Reuters     7th March 2017 Nigeria will open up its government-owned airports to private investment, the minister of aviation said on Monday, as the capital's airport prepares to close for repairs after years of neglect. All government-owned airports will be offered to investors who have "the wherewithal, the know-how, the... 

Pursuit of better performance sees Gauteng split R44bn MTEF infrastructure spend

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th March 2017 Infrastructure and education have taken the largest slices of Gauteng’s R108-billion provincial budget for 2017/18, which this year included the addition of R10-billion to departmental baselines. Tabling the provincial budget in the Gauteng Legislature, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday, Finance MEC... 

Pursuit of better performance sees Gauteng split R44bn MTEF infrastructure spend
Photo by Dylan Slater
Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy

South African airports rank highly in Africa in service quality awards

By: Keith Campbell     7th March 2017 South African airports occupy two of the top three places for major airports in the Africa region in the 2016 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards, Airports Council International World (ACI World) announced in Montreal, Canada, on Monday. In this category, defined as airports handling more than... 

South African airports rank highly in Africa in service quality awards
Durban’s King Shaka International Airport ranked second in the Africa region in terms of airport service quality last year

Commission refers alleged collusion case against shipping line to tribunal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2017 The Competition Commission of South Africa has referred a case of alleged price fixing, market division and collusive tendering against Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution. The commission alleged that the Japanese company, operating in South Africa, along with Mitsui... 

Sanral takes big step towards economic transformation

By: News24Wire      6th March 2017 The time to bolster government’s economic transformation priorities is now, according to the CEO of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), Skhumbuzo Macozoma. He expressed this view at the announcement of the appointment on Sunday of a transformation manager for Sanral.... 

Alstom awarded its first tramway contract in Taiwan

     3rd March 2017 Multinational rail transport company Alstom has been awarded a contract by China Steel Corporation to supply fifteen Citadis trams for Phase 2 of the Kaohsiung tramway project, in Taiwan, which is expected to start revenue service in 2019. This tramway project – the first of its kind for Alstom... 

Alstom awarded  its first tramway  contract in Taiwan
Photo by Bloomberg
TRAMWAY CONTRACT Alstom will supply fifteen Citadis trams for Phase 2 of the Kaohsiung tramway project in Taiwan

Armscor announces preferred bidders for new Navy ship projects

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2017 South Africa’s defence acquisition, disposals and research and development agency Armscor announced late last month the preferred bidders to supply ships for the South African Navy’s (SAN’s) Projects Biro and Hotel. They are Damen Shipyards Cape Town and South African Shipyards. Project Biro is... 

Aviation company refutes security claims about its base at OR Tambo

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2017 South African company Fireblade Aviation has stressed that the international arrivals and departures section of its Fixed-Base Operation (FBO) at OR Tambo International Airport, east of Johannesburg, would be totally under the control of the relevant government agencies. This was made clear at a... 

Eskom names Majuba power station interim coal feeder solution Project of the Year

By: Dylan Slater     3rd March 2017 With the collapse of Silo 20 of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Majuba power station in November 2014, an interim solution to directly feed coal into the power station was implemented, and has been awarded Best Project of the Year by Eskom, during its yearly awards ceremony.  

Extensive scope for remanufacture of locomotive components

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 Owing to substantial investment by government in imported railway locomotives in recent years, as well as its goal to prioritise localisation, heavy diesel engine and component remanufacturers Metric Automotive Engineering says there is extensive scope for the local remanufacture of locomotive... 

Extensive scope for  remanufacture of  locomotive components
Photo by Bloomberg
LOCAL IS LEKKER South Africa’s developing its capacity to remanufacture locomotive engine components can enable it to become a hub to serve Africa

JV completes Phase 1 of subway line

     3rd March 2017 Integrated firm AECOM and global firm Arup celebrated the completion of the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) earlier this year. It is the first major expansion of New York City subway system done by the AECOM-Arup Joint Venture (JV) in... 

JV completes Phase 1  of subway line
Photo by Bloomberg
SUCCESSFUL PROJECT The completion of the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway will improve travel for both city and suburban commuters on Manhattan’s east side

KPMG at forefront of PRASA rail infrastructure upgrades

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 Leading global advisory firm KPMG is providing full financial, commercial and localisation advisory services for one of public transport utility Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) projects currently under way. The rolling stock project, which reached financial close during the... 

KPMG at forefront of PRASA rail infrastructure upgrades
Photo by Duane Daws
PRASA PROJECT The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is replacing the entire metro rail fleet of South Africa through the provision of 3 600 new train car units

Restructured Imperial Holdings has sold, or is busy selling, 42 businesses since 2015

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2017 A new-look, restructured Imperial Holdings has, since 2015, disposed of, or is busy disposing of, 42 businesses with a total revenue of R11.9-billion and operating profit of R937-million. These disposals include Regent Insurance’s non-South African operations, as well as Jurgens Caravans and... 

S Africa aims to improve poor maintenance of railway infrastructure

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 The inability of local rail infrastructure to attract sufficient revenue has led to a deficiency in the required sustaining capital necessary for its maintenance, says professional services consultancy WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff infrastructure and transportation divisional director Vishaal... 

S Africa aims to improve poor maintenance of  railway infrastructure
Photo by Bloomberg
MANDATORY MAINTENANCE Several projects have been implemented or are under way to improve rail infrastructure in South Africa

Grindrod FY16 loss widens on depressed H1 market conditions, impairments

By: David Oliveira     2nd March 2017 Shipping and logistics group Grindrod’s attributable loss widened to R1.9-billion for the 2016 financial year, from a loss of R1.43-billion in 2015, as a result of depressed market conditions in the first half of the year and impairments in its Shipping and Freight Services Rail businesses.... 

Gauteng MEC Vadi launches R87m road upgrade project

By: African News Agency      2nd March 2017 Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi on Thursday launched Phase 2 of the Cedar Road upgrading project in Johannesburg valued at R87 million. “The project involves the rehabilitation and widening of Cedar road on both sides to a dual carriageway and is expected to run over 11 months,”... 

Zimbabwe seeks $100m for emergency road repairs

By: Reuters     1st March 2017 Zimbabwe requires $100-million for emergency road repairs following above normal rains that have severely damaged the urban road network and highways, a government minister said on Wednesday. Unable to get balance of payment support from foreign lenders due to unpaid arrears, and with more than... 

SA Taxi signs R100m finance deal with Sefa

By: African News Agency      1st March 2017 SA Taxi on Wednesday, signed a R100-million financing agreement with the Small Enterprise Funding Agency (Sefa) in a bid to support small business entrepreneurs running minibus taxi operations. SA Taxi, one of the country’s few developmental credit providers, said this initiative was expected to... 

Port of Maputo entrance channel dredge completed

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2017 The dredging of the access channel to the Port of Maputo from 11 m to up 14.4 m (chart datum) has been completed. “Those three additional metres allow us to affirm, with pride, that we are a port prepared to receive Capesize ships,” says Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) CEO Osório Lucas. 

Port of Maputo entrance channel dredge completed
Dredging operations at the Maputo port

I am still PRASA CEO – Collins Letsoalo

By: News24Wire      1st March 2017 Collins Letsoalo believes he is still the acting CEO of PRASA even after the board announced his dismissal on Monday. "I was never fired, I didn't even get a letter. I was informed through media reports," Letsoalo told ANN7 in an interview on Tuesday. 

Coal truck drivers protest over renewables, plan march to Zuma's office

By: Reuters     1st March 2017 Several coal transporting trucks blocked highways in South Africa's capital on Monday to protest against the country's renewable power programme after President Jacob Zuma showed support for the sector in speech to parliament last month. Zuma's directive has angered coal transporting workers, who... 

Coal truck drivers protest over renewables, plan march to Zuma's office

Boeing establishes offices in South Africa, Kenya

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2017 The Boeing Company has opened two new offices in Africa, one in Johannesburg and another in Nairobi, Kenya. The offices will be managed by Boeing International sub-Saharan Africa MD and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Africa international sales director Miguel Santos, in Johannesburg, and market... 

Gibela to resume Dunnottar plant construction as Duduza protests die down

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2017 Construction work can now resume at Gibela Rail Transport Consortium’s (Gibela’s) R1-billion train manufacturing facility at Dunnottar, after weeks of community protests in Duduza, Ekurhuleni, have come to an end. Gibela earlier this month halted construction work at the plant out of concern for... 

Cape Town mulls bicycle plant, giveaway project to learners 

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2017 The City of Cape Town is studying the viability of establishing a bicycle plant in the city, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. “As far as we know, there is no affordable bicycle manufacturing plant in the whole of Africa.” 

Cape Town mulls bicycle plant, giveaway project to learners

PRASA fires acting CEO, Collins Lestoalo

By: African News Agency      27th February 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has fired the acting group chief executive, Collins Letsoalo, with immediate effect following a unanimous board decision to terminate the secondment at the rail agency. This comes after the controversy behind the remuneration package of Letsoalo... 

Bidvest lifts H1 headline earnings, revenue

By: Anine Kilian     27th February 2017 JSE-listed Bidvest’s headline earnings increased by 5.6% to R1.7-billion for the six months ended December 31, while revenue increased 4.1% to R3-billion. Despite the competitive and difficult operating environment, five of the group’s divisions managed to maintain or increase margins through... 

Toll freeways, build more Gautrain links and reinvent PRASA, says economist

By: Irma Venter     27th February 2017 Gauteng-based transport economist Andrew Marsay earlier this month detailed his vision for a high-density, high-value public transport system in South Africa, delivered in a presentation at the i-Transport and UATP conference, held in Sandton. Engineering News senior deputy editor Irma Venter... 

 Toll freeways, build more Gautrain links and reinvent PRASA, says economist
Photo by Duane Daws
Andrew Marsay

AMSA unveils interim steel rail hub

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2017 The official unveiling of the Isando Distribution Centre, in Germiston, on Friday, marked the next step in steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) long-term initiative to migrate the bulk of domestic final product steel distribution from road to rail. Dedicated rail links between... 

AMSA unveils interim steel rail hub

Design for the South African Navy’s new survey ship confirmed

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 2017 Norwegian ship design and shipbuilding company Vard Marine, a subsidiary of Italy’s Fincantiere group (which holds 55.63% of the Norwegian enterprise), has confirmed that its VARD 9 105 hydrographic/oceanographic ship design is the one offered to the South African Navy (SAN) by Southern African... 

Design for the South African Navy’s new survey ship confirmed
Photo by Vard Marine
The VARD 9 105 survey ship, depicted in the traditional South African Navy hydrographic ship paint scheme

Good increases in passenger numbers at Acsa’s airports last year

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 2017 The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) had a record year last year, in terms of the numbers of passengers who passed through its airports. This was revealed when it published its latest “Aviation Barometer” report. This is the fourth edition of the report, which is compiled from official Acsa... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust  despite ongoing e-toll tussle

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