http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
R/€ = 15.20 Change: -0.02
R/$ = 13.00 Change: 0.01
Au 1259.57 $/oz Change: 0.40
Pt 924.00 $/oz Change: -0.50
 

Transport News

Passenger rail group in final stages of deploying digital comms system

By: Schalk Burger     14th July 2017 A digital wireless communications system – GSM for railway, or GSM-R – is being deployed to improve the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) operations and run its rail passenger transport systems more efficiently, says information technology multinational Huawei Railway executive... 

South Africa’s defence industry faces serious challenges but also sees future opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     14th July 2017 South Africa’s defence and aerospace industry forms a major part of the country’s high-technology manufacturing and services sector. Moreover, the high-level skills it has developed and is maintaining are benefitting other sectors of the economy as well. According to the South African Aerospace,... 

South Africa’s defence industry faces serious challenges but also sees future opportunities

Next year should see the end of e-tolling, believes Outa 

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2017 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) COO Ben Theron says electronic tolling (e-tolling) on Gauteng’s freeways should be a “thing of the past” by March next year. Speaking at the FleetX Conference 2017 in Midrand on Thursday, he noted that a test case between Outa and the South African National... 

Next year should see the end of e-tolling, believes Outa

Labat acquires 55% stake in Kufika Transport

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2017 JSE-listed transport and logistics group Labat has acquired a 55% interest in privately owned transport and logistics company Kufika Transport. “Teaming up with Kufika will further enhance and strengthen Labat's ability to meet the challenges in respect of delivery. The last couple of months have... 

Local airline group Comair reports its diversification strategy is working 

By: Keith Campbell     12th July 2017 South African airline group Comair Limited’s strategy of countering the weak local air passenger market by diversifying its business is proving successful, company CEO Erik Venter told Engineering News Online on Wednesday. “It’s working very well. About 20% of our profits are coming from our... 

Local airline group Comair reports its diversification strategy is working
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Comair CEO Erik Venter

Coal export line shuts for planned maintenance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2017 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has confirmed that the export coal line from Ermelo, in Mpumalanga, to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), in KwaZulu-Natal, was closed for its yearly maintenance shutdown on Tuesday, July 11 and will remain closed for planned maintenance until Monday, July 17. The... 

Coal export line shuts for planned maintenance

Loss-making Air Zimbabwe cuts half its workforce

By: Reuters     12th July 2017 Loss-making Air Zimbabwe is cutting half of its 400 jobs as part of a restructuring plan meant to revive the ailing national carrier, chairperson Chipo Dyanda said on Wednesday. Like most state-owned companies in the southern African country, Air Zimbabwe has been making losses for years due to... 

Gauteng closes troubled taxi ranks and routes in Soweto

By: African News Agency      11th July 2017 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport on Tuesday announced the temporary closure of disputed taxi ranks and routes in Soweto following months of intimidation and violence. This comes after Transport MEC Ismail Vadi published Regulations in the Provincial Gazette invoking the extraordinary... 

Alstom completes first 20 trains for PRASA 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2017 International railway systems and equipment major Alstom on Tuesday has completed the manufacture of the first 20 trains as part of its €4-billion contract with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). The contract, signed in 2013, commits Alsom to supply 600 X’Ttrapolis Mega trains... 

Transnet not selling its property portfolio – spokesperson

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th July 2017 Transnet on Tuesday dismissed claims that its request for proposals (RFP) for the optimisation of its property portfolio was a R40-billion business opportunity to be taken advantage of. Responding to a statement issued by the Democratic Alliance (DA) last week, Transnet spokesperson Viwe Tlaleane... 

NPA eyeing prosecution over PRASA billions

By: News24Wire      10th July 2017 The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) may decide at the end of July whether or not it will prosecute anyone over allegedly corrupt contracts worth billions of rands awarded by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The NPA has told News24 that its Specialised Commercial Crime Unit... 

New Gautrain rolling stock bidding process begins in August, says Vadi

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “We have shortlisted three bidders and they will now submit their formal bids.” 

New Gautrain rolling stock bidding process begins in August, says Vadi

Time to question BRT systems in South Africa, says Vadi, Transport Minister 

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2017 South Africa, as a country, had to ask itself some “serious questions” about bus-rapid transit (BRT) systems, Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi said on Monday. Speaking at the Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) in Pretoria, he said that the three BRT systems in Gauteng – in... 

Time to question BRT systems in South Africa, says Vadi, Transport Minister
Photo by Duane Daws
Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi

Minibus taxi operators exploited, says Transport Minister 

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2017 Government is calling on financial institutions to “give taxi operators a better deal”, Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi said on Monday. Speaking at the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria, he noted that the minibus taxi industry was correct in saying it was being exploited when... 

Minibus taxi operators exploited, says Transport Minister
Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi

Gauteng taxi strike averted, for now, says Maswanganyi

By: African News Agency      10th July 2017 Another crippling strike by disgruntled minibus taxi operators complaining about high repayment rates for their vehicles has been put on hold after a meeting between Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi and the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco). “A meeting was held as part of the... 

R16bn Swazilink rail project being prepared for release as a PPP

By: Terence Creamer     10th July 2017 Southern African railways utilities Transnet and Swaziland Railways have agreed to package the 146-km ‘Swazilink’ greenfield line between Lothair, in South Africa, and Sidvokodvo, in Swaziland, as a public-private partnership (PPP) and may release an international tender for a 20- to 25-year... 

R16bn Swazilink rail project being prepared for release as a PPP
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

China, France eye Gambian port upgrade to rival Dakar

By: Reuters     7th July 2017 Chinese and French companies are bidding to help Gambia build up its Atlantic port Banjul to be what industry sources say could be a rival to neighbouring Senegal's Dakar. It would be one of the first major structural changes in Gambia following the end of President Yahya Jammeh's more than... 

Taxi strike brings Joburg CBD to a standstill

By: African News Agency      7th July 2017 Traffic in the Johannesburg CBD came to a standstill midday on Friday as Soweto taxi drivers marched to the Office of the Premier, parking their taxis in the streets and demanding to be allowed to operate on their routes again. The protest came after Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail... 

Bus set alight in Durban protest

By: News24Wire      7th July 2017 A small group of protesters set alight a municipal bus in Mayville, Durban, on Friday morning, KwaZulu-Natal police said. The protesters are believed to be demanding land to build houses, provincial police spokesperson Thulani Zwane told News24. 

Commissioning activities under way at pipeline

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Packaging company Nampak Glass in May commissioned a 1-km-long, high-pressure underground gas pipeline that was constructed by multidisciplinary corporation Saiyl. 

Commissioning activities under way at pipeline
NAMPAK STATION This underground pipeline ties into the newly constructed Nampak Pressure Reduction Station in Germiston

Control system minimises dust escape during grab discharge

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Materials handling equipment supplier BLT South Africa’s Samson travelling Eco-Hoppers have an effective dust control system that minimises the escape of dust during the grab discharge cycle. 

Control system minimises dust escape during grab discharge
DUST CONTROL The grab discharge cycle includes transferring materials down the line using handling systems

Cyberthreats increasingly worry global aviation industry

By: Keith Campbell     7th July 2017 The global aviation industry is increasingly focusing on cybersecurity. “Cybersecurity … has become a major concern,” highlighted International Air Transport Association (IATA) Regional VP: Africa and the Middle East Muhammad Ali Albakri at recent media briefing at OR Tambo International Airport,... 

Driver report programme enhances total service offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2017 Fleet management company MiX Telematics (MiX) last month announced the relaunch of its MiX ReportMyDriving programme, previously offered by a division of MiX, Compass Fleet Management, after an incremental development period to ensure key improvements to the reports offered to clients, as well as... 

Driver report programme  enhances total service offering
MIX REPORTMYDRIVING MiX Telematics Journey Management Centre provides road users with a platform to report traffic incidents or driver offences of subscribed fleet vehicles

Filter standard replacement to occur over 18-month transition period

     7th July 2017 The new test standard for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 16890, for filter testing and assessment, replaced European Standard (EN) 779 as of January this year, with a transition period of 18 months. 

Filter standard replacement to occur over 18-month transition period
SHIFTING PARADIGM This new method for the evaluation of air filter elements represents a paradigm shift

Increased battery efficiency for electric forklift fleets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2017 Industrial battery management system (BMS) developer Balancell has turned electric forklift batteries into smart connected devices for increased lifespan and efficiency.  

Increased battery efficiency for electric forklift fleets
TOGETHER FOR LONGER Individual cell monitoring and balancing extend the life of industrial batteries

Locally produced engineering steel declining

By: Nica Schreuder     7th July 2017 It has become cheaper to import finished products manufactured  overseas  than to manufacture engineering steel in the country, which has resulted in more than half the country’s foundries closing down, laments specialised steel and industry expertise company Special Steels MD Byron Ferguson. He... 

Locally produced engineering steel declining
HIGH PROFILE Hydraulic cyclinder components being cut from a 300 mm carbon steel plate at Special Steels

Musina intermodal terminal expected to improve cross-border trade

By: Schalk Burger     7th July 2017 The Musina Intermodal Terminal (MIT), launched in June, is set to reduce the cost of cross-border trade, especially for bulk commodities, on the North-South trade corridor. The terminal, about 3 km outside Musina and about 13 km from the Beitbridge border post, will serve to move commodities,... 

Musina intermodal terminal expected to improve  cross-border trade
Photo by Duane Daws
SARS XRAY SCANNER A customs cargo X-ray scanner scans a truck at the Beitbridge border post

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 The designs for dosing systems in the gas and fumes industries have to be accurate to ensure safety, says chemical dosing and pumping applications supplier Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions (PMPS) technical director David O’Neill. 

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems
Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions’ David O’Neill talks about the company’s strategies with regards to the fracking process. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for gas detection

     7th July 2017 The new generation Ingress Protection 68 rated Sentient handheld unit is widely regarded as the most cost effective, sophisticated and low maintenance gas detection device in the mining industry today. 

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for  gas detection
GAS DETECTION SYSTEMS This instrument was developed by Booyco Electronics, specifically to improve safety in any confined spaces

Particulate matter a national concern

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Owing to government’s 2020 target that air quality in all low-income settlements should be in full compliance with ambient air quality standards, mineral processing company MIP Process Technologies (MIP) MD Philip Hoff says particulate matter is, therefore, a national concern. 

Particulate matter a national concern
PHILIP HOFF MIP invests in young engineers and has, in the past, offered bursaries to chemical engineering students

Rustenburg scrubber upgrade project set for completion

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Chemicals and process engineering company Lodestone Engineering is set to complete the supply of equipment as part of an upgrade to an existing large wet scrubber for a major platinum producer in Rustenburg by the end of this month. 

Rustenburg scrubber upgrade project set for completion
UPGRADED SCRUBBER Valued at about R10-million the overall project upgrades an existing 3.6-m-diameter scrubber

SA antenna technology used on Swiss Alps tunnel

By: Dylan Slater     7th July 2017 Antennas from South African wireless technology company Poynting Antennas are being used in the world’s longest and deepest train tunnel – the Gotthard Base Tunnel – which runs through the Swiss Alps mountain range, in Switzerland.  

Thermometer designed and tested for industry use

     7th July 2017 Handheld-products supplier Fluke - represented locally by distribution service provider Comtest - has launched the Fluke 64 MAX IR thermometer with internal memory, unattended monitoring, improved accuracy, increased battery life, as well as the precision needed to do the job accurately. 

Thermometer  designed and tested  for industry use
THERMOMETER APPLICATIONS Applications include the industrial maintenance, the electrical as well as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industries

Transnet launches probe into locomotive procurement corruption claims  

     6th July 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about how Transnet is dealing with allegations of corruption relating to its procurement of new locomotives. 

Transnet launches probe into locomotive procurement corruption claims
Transnet launches probe into locomotive corruption claims

Air force capability demonstration 2017 

     6th July 2017 The South African air force conducted its annual live fire capability demonstration last month, in which primary air borne military assets flexed their muscle. 

Air force capability demonstration 2017
Air force capability demonstration 2017

Transnet suspends operations on Richards Bay coal line

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th July 2017 Operations along Transnet’s Richards Bay coal line (RBCL) have been suspended, owing to ongoing violent community protests across KwaZulu-Natal. The State-owned company on Thursday said the step was taken to curb potential losses to the local economy, with Transnet working closely with customers... 

Transnet suspends operations on Richards Bay coal line

Transnet bids to recapitalise Zimbabwe's State rail firm 

By: Reuters     4th July 2017 South African logistics group Transnet has bid to recapitalise National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) with $400-million, the State Procurement Board (SPB) said on Tuesday. NRZ is saddled with a debt of $200-million and has gone for months without paying its workers as Zimbabwe's experiences a... 

Latest News

more

Latest Videos

more

Research Reports

Topics In These Articles

RSS Feed

About

Engineering News is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa
Polity

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on Engineering News is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Subscribe Now for $119 Close