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Black Business Council suspends president over missing donation

By: African News Agency      4th December 2017 South Africa's Black Business Council (BBC) said on Monday it had suspended its president Danisa Baloyi pending an investigation into a missing R5-million donation. The black business lobby group said last week that Airports Company South Africa had confirmed making the donation, but that the... 

South Africa re-elected to International Maritime Organisation council

By: African News Agency      4th December 2017 South Africa has been re-elected to serve on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) council for 2018/19 – maintaining its unbroken service record since 1999, the transport department said on Sunday. Voting to elect new member States to the IMO council took place during the 30th regular... 

Second Norway-South Africa Science Week to stimulate oceans science and economy 

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 The second Norway-South Africa Science Week will provide a platform for scientists, researchers, civil servants and business people from both countries to share best practices and policies to promote the sustainable use of ocean resources. Norwegian ambassador to South Africa, Botswana,... 

Second Norway-South Africa Science Week to stimulate oceans science and economy
Norway Ambassador to South Africa, Botswana, Madagascar and Nambiia Trine Skymoen discusses the upcoming Norway-South Africa science week. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Ford Struandale plant exceeds 3m engine production milestone, eyes 2018 expansion

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2017 The Ford Struandale engine plant, in Port Elizabeth, is celebrating the assembly of 500 000 Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel engines since 2011, bringing the total of engines produced at the plant to 3.3-million units since its establishment in 1964. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is now... 

Ford Struandale plant exceeds 3m engine production milestone, eyes 2018 expansion
Ford Middle East and Africa VP operations Ockert Berry

Container supplier sees opportunities despite market slump

By: Nica Schreuder     1st December 2017 The chemicals, power generation, oil and gas, and petrochemicals sectors have created a significant demand for tanktainers, says container industry provider Container World. Tanktainers, or tank containers, are intermodal containers used to transport liquids, gases and powders as bulk cargo. 

Container supplier sees opportunities despite market slump
TANKTAINER Container World’s tanktainers can store nonhazardous, semi-hazardous and hazardous materials and products

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing

By: Nica Schreuder     1st December 2017 Amid escalating costs of heating containers using traditional methods, such as steam or gas, a more cost-effective, efficient and controlled method of ensuring the constant heating of containers is electrical heat tracing (EHT), says eltherm South Africa MD Peter Stone. EHT specialist eltherm... 

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing
EFFICIENT HEATING Eltherm’s EHT system makes controlled, efficient and constant heating solutions for tanktainers and road tankers

Nasa outlines the developments to watch in civil aeronautics

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 The global aviation industry continues to be a rapidly growing sector, far from reaching maturity. This was stressed at the recent International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) open session at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International Convention Centre (ICC) in... 

Nasa outlines the developments to watch in civil aeronautics

Long-delayed Gauteng Transport Authority to be launched in 2018

By: Irma Venter     1st December 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.” 

Municipalities to reduce emissions by diverting waste

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Consulting engineering company JG Afrika and international specialist waste consultancy RWA have developed a strategy to help South African municipalities reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by diverting biodegradable waste from their landfills. 

Municipalities to  reduce emissions  by diverting waste
WASTE-DIVERSION STRATEGY The strategy entails waste disposal and the beneficial use for business development

Barloworld puts underperforming logistics unit on notice

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 Barloworld may exit its logistics business should it not reach certain milestones by September next year, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Barloworld Logistics is currently the focus of a turnaround strategy under new divisional CEO, Kamogelo Mmutlana, who took control of the business in March. 

South African regional airline places order for two new airliners

By: Keith Campbell     30th November 2017 Privately-owned South African scheduled and non-scheduled domestic and international operations airline CemAir has concluded a $66-million deal with Canadian company Bombardier Aerospace for two new twin turboprop Q400 regional airliners. This follows on from a Letter of Intent signed between the... 

South African regional airline places order for two new airliners
Photo by Bombardier
A Bombardier Q400 in CemAir colours

Big development push for electric propulsion for airliners by European groups

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2017 European aerospace giant Airbus, British high performance power systems company Roll-Royce and German engineering and technology business Siemens have partnered to develop a hybrid-electric propulsion system for commercial aircraft. This is intended to be test flown in the near term, the three... 

Big development push for electric propulsion for airliners by European groups
Photo by Airbus
An artist’s impression of the flight demonstrator aircraft; the electric motor is the inner engine

Only 7% of Transnet's senior supply chain staff have been vetted

By: News24Wire      29th November 2017 Transnet has only vetted seven percent of senior staff who handle supply chain management, despite a 2014 Cabinet directive to vet all employees in that field. Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama told the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday that only 56 of the more than 750 senior... 

MPs call for Parliamentary probe into Transnet–Gupta links

By: African News Agency      28th November 2017 Members of Parliament (MPs) from across the political divide on Tuesday called for a probe into allegations of State capture at South African State-owned freight and logistics company, Transnet. Transnet group chief executive Siyabonga Gama and his team appeared before Parliament’s standing... 

Vale, partner Mitsui ink $2.7bn Nacala coal corridor funding

By: Henry Lazenby     28th November 2017 Brazil’s largest diversified miner Vale has announced that it, together with its Japanese partner Mitsui & Co, has signed a $2.73-billion funding deal to finance the Nacala Logistics Corridor (NLC), that will connect the Mozambique-based Moatize coal mine, to the Nacala port. Vale said in a press... 

PRASA, French rail agency enter R6m partnership

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2017 South African parastatal Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and French national State-owned railway company SNCF, as well as the French Development Agency (AFD), have signed a tripartite financial partnership agreement amounting to R6.15-million in the form of a grant. SNCF will... 

ACSA appoints new COO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2017 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has appointed Fundi Sithebe COO, effective December 1. Sithebe, currently the ACSA chief of staff reporting to CEO Bongani Maseko, holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Midrand University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Business... 

Airlink to seek regulatory approval to merge with low-cost airline Safair

By: African News Agency      27th November 2017 Airlink and Safair, two independent South African aviation groups, have said that they will on Tuesday apply to the Competition Commission for approval to unite under the common umbrella of the Airlink group of companies. The proposal sees the Airlink and low-cost FlySafair airlines and Safair's... 

Steel Awards 2017 confirms LSFB growth

     24th November 2017 This year’s annual Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction, showed excellent growth for the South African light steel frame building (LSFB) industry, with more than 25 000 m2 represented in category entries. The awards, which took place on September 13, saw 19... 

Steel Awards 2017  confirms LSFB growth
SUMMIT PLACE The Assupol Building, the 11-storey winning office block in the Summit Place development

Modest recovery in South African commercial aviation activity consolidated

By: Keith Campbell     24th November 2017 The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) has reported that its Aviation Activity Index (Caai) for the third quarter of this year had “consolidated its modest recovery from a disappointing first quarter”. The Caai is a composite index created to provide an indicator of... 

Driving innovation in public transport

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th November 2017 Location-based services (LBS) will be a driving force in the public transport sector, and are being used to drive efficiency in the industry, enthuses access network infrastructure provider Ruckus sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham. LBS allows service providers and enterprises to... 

Gautrain agency wants Phase 1 network expansion operational by 2027

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2017 Ideally, the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) would like to see Phase 1 of the proposed five-phase expansion of the Gautrain network come into operation in 2027, says GMA COO William Dachs. The concession on the current 80 km Gautrain system would have wrapped up in 2027, with the system paid... 

Epic 3 190 km Uber trip a sub-Saharan Africa record

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2017 The longest Uber trip on record in sub-Saharan Africa was recorded in South Africa this year – 3 190 km from Cape 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... 

Move to professionalise work of railway safety inspectors

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2017 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) have signed a memorandum of onderstanding (MoU) aimed at professionalising the work of railway safety inspectors. The MoU also aims to ensure that railway safety inspectors and engineers have the necessary... 

Academy seeks to mitigate issues for bus industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th November 2017 The Southern African Bus Operators Association (Saboa) believes that its planned Driver Training Academy will alleviate some of the issues the bus sector is facing. Speaking at the Gauteng Bus Indaba and Strategic Planning Workshop, held in September, Saboa executive manager Eric Cornelius said... 

Academy seeks to mitigate issues for bus industry
Photo by Duane Daws
TAXIS STRIKING An ongoing problem for the bus industry is intimidation by taxi operators

BMW plant refurbishment project nabs Steel Award

     24th November 2017 This year’s Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction and  sponsored by steel manufacturer and supplier Aveng Trident Steel, saw BMW’s heavy electric monorail system (H-EMS) win both the overall winner award, and the Safal Steel Innovation Category award. The... 

BMW plant refurbishment project nabs Steel Award
ROOF ASSEMBLY A new roof structure was erected over the existing B50 while the assembly plant remained fully operational

Company embraces industry trends and challenges

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 The major  trend in steel construction globally is very much towards high-end automation driven by integrated software solutions, which has led to local industrial manufacturer and distributor First Cut’s embracing this trend through energy- efficient  capital equipment and consumables from their... 

Company embraces  industry trends  and challenges
TIMED INVESTMENT The Bystronic laser, a significant capital investment, is one that is best done at the downturn of the industry, or just after the upturn

Declining industry could compromise steel industry quality standards

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 Cost-cutting measures have been forced upon companies that wish to remain in business in the steel construction and cladding sector, however, this could have a major impact on product safety and performance, with price considerations often taking precedence over quality and safety.... 

Declining industry could  compromise steel industry  quality standards
DODDS PRINGLE Clients must be aware of advertised quality standards in the steel construction industry

Outdoor gym sites increase

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 With there being an increase in steel-constructed outdoor gym equipment nationally, Johannesburg-based outdoor gym equipment manufacturer Lani Service Centre has contacted self-lubricating bearings and bushes manufacturer Vesconite to provide hard-wearing, self-lubricating bushings for the... 

Outdoor gym sites increase
SOCIAL COHESION An example of some of the hard-wearing gym equipment that has been produced by Lani Service Centre

Steel company’s optimism fuels technology investment appetite

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 Steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode’s optimism regarding long-term prospects for South Africa’s economy and steel industry has prompted it to continually invest in quality steel equipment. Such an investment was made through the buying of the BLM Adige LT20 jumbo tube laser in... 

Steel company’s optimism fuels technology investment appetite
Photo by Bloomberg
TUBULAR INNOVATION The LT20 creates new possibilities and innovation for architects and structural designers

AMSA welcomes designation of local steel for rail sector  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd November 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) on Thursday welcomed the latest designations by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of the local content threshold for local production and content in the rail permanent way sector. A permanent way is the structure, comprising the rails, fasteners,... 

African business aviation association joins global industry body

By: Keith Campbell     21st November 2017 The five-year-old African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA), which was founded in May 2012 and currently has 121 members, has become the fifteenth member of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), which is the global industry association for the business or executive aviation... 

African business aviation association joins global industry body
Photo by ExecuJet
A wide range of business aircraft parked at ExecuJet’s facility at Lanseria International Airport, north west of Johannesburg

Ngqura Container Terminal hits volume milestone 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2017 Over 81 927 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) passed through the Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT), in the Eastern Cape, in October, the highest units ever handled in the terminal’s history. This remarkable milestone not only bodes well for the economy of the region and the country, but also shows... 

Ngqura Container Terminal hits volume milestone

TNPA completes R39m infrastructure upgrade at Port Nolloth

By: Anine Kilian     20th November 2017 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has completed the R39-million rehabilitation of the infrastructure of Port Nolloth on the north-western coast of South Africa. The infrastructure upgrade was carried out by contractor Steffanuti Stocks Marine over 14 months, with 25% of the contract... 

Barloworld will consider logistics exit should unit not meet September targets

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2017 Barloworld may exit its logistics business should it not reach certain milestones by September next year, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Barloworld Logistics is currently the focus of a turnaround strategy under new divisional CEO, Kamogelo Mmutlana, who took control of the business in March. 

Barloworld will consider logistics exit should unit not meet September targets

Rail operational incidents reach 7yr low, but safety incidents increase

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2017 Operational incidents related to South Africa’s railways decreased by 5% during 2016/17, reaching a seven-year low of 4 066 incidents, compared with 4 250 in the prior year.  

Rail operational incidents reach 7yr low, but safety incidents increase
The Railway Safety Regulator is committed to achieving its goal of “zero occurrences”

South African ports ready for bumper cruise season

     20th November 2017 More than 20 luxury cruise ships operated by 17 international cruise lines will call at South Africa’s ports during the 2017/18 cruise season. “As the South African port authority, we have positioned Durban and Cape Town as stimulus cruise home ports, while Richards Bay, Mossel Bay, Port... 

South African ports ready for bumper cruise season

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