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Monitoring system assists with continuous safety and product quality

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier SICK Automation says its LMS511 Pro object detection system assists in decreasing the number of collisions and injuries for the chemicals, petrochemicals and automated bulk handling industries, where continuous process and proximity monitoring plays a critical role... 

Outa lays corruption charges against former PRASA board members over Swifambo contract

By: Anine Kilian     26th October 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has laid criminal charges of corruption and fraud against former board members of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) over its “too tall” locomotive contract. PRASA awarded a contract to local company Swifambo in March 2013 for the purchase... 

Gautrain expansion required before Gauteng population grows exponentially 

By: Irma Venter     26th October 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... 

Gautrain expansion required before Gauteng population grows exponentially

High Court orders Telkom to stop disconnecting services to eNatis

By: African News Agency      26th October 2017 The Gauteng North High Court has ordered Telkom to restore telephone services to eNatis following an urgent application by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC). In a statement late on Wednesday, Spokesperson Simon Zwane said: “The RTMC brought an application before the court today after... 

Sturdier, safer, cheaper: India urged to build more roads with plastic waste

By: Reuters     25th October 2017 India should use its biggest investment in road construction to make its roads safer and build them cheaper with a home-grown technology that salvages plastic waste, analysts said. India has the world's second-largest road network and one of the highest numbers of road accidents globally.... 

Equity partner to be sought for State airlines as SAA gets another R10bn bail-out

By: Terence Creamer     25th October 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba says government will pronounce on a plan to consolidate the State’s aviation assets and bring in a strategic equity partner after he meets with the new board of South African Airways (SAA), which was unveiled on October 19. Delivering his maiden Medium-Term Budget... 

Equity partner to be sought for State airlines as SAA gets another R10bn bail-out

Government moves to reprioritise NDP-aligned initiatives, infrastructure spend estimate at R948m

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2017 With increasing indications that South Africa, on its current path, will not achieve its National Development Plan (NDP) ambitions, government is redirecting efforts to prioritise programmes that strengthen the alignment of the national budget, the medium-term strategic framework and the NDP.... 

Government moves to reprioritise NDP-aligned initiatives, infrastructure spend estimate at R948m

JSE launches green bond segment

     25th October 2017 The JSE on Wednesday launched its green bond segment, which provides a platform for companies and other institutions to raise funds that are ring-fenced for low-carbon initiatives. It also enables investors to invest social responsibility investment funds in securities that are truly green.   JSE... 

JSE launches green bond segment
JSE CEO Nicky Newton-King, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and JSE Capital Markets director Donna Nemer

International airline body forecasts air passenger traffic to double by 2036

By: Keith Campbell     24th October 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 an average compound annual growth rate... 

International airline body forecasts air passenger traffic to double by 2036
Photo by IATA
IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac

Renergen secures onshore petroleum production right in South Africa; will locally produce LNG

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2017 The Petroleum Agency of South Africa has granted integrated alternative and renewable energy business Renergen’s Tetra4 subsidiary environmental authorisation for its Free State natural gas development. The authorisation, the processing of which has taken more than two years and has involved... 

Renergen secures onshore petroleum production right in South Africa; will locally produce LNG
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

Africa in focus as Transnet sets R100bn revenue target for 2020

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has set a target of becoming a R100-billion company by March 2020, with its business interests in the rest of Africa expected to contribute materially to the increase in revenues. In 2016/17, Transnet reported a 5.3% rise in revenue to R65.5-billion.... 

Africa in focus as Transnet sets R100bn revenue target for 2020

Transnet asking suppliers to provide details of any third-party ‘commissions’

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2017 Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama says that the freight logistics group is investigating every allegation of possible corruption in relation to the State-owned group’s procurement programmes, revealing that scope of its inquiries extends beyond the R50-billion locomotive contract, which is the subject... 

Transnet asking suppliers to provide details of any third-party ‘commissions’
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

enX says true earnings power seen after transition into full industrial company

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd October 2017 Following a year of transformation into a “pure-play industrial company”, JSE-listed enX on Monday posted significant improvements in revenue, operating profit and adjusted earnings for the financial year to August 31, demonstrating the group’s “true earnings potential” after it exited contract... 

Twelve big cities to buy zero emissions buses, extend green areas

By: Reuters     23rd October 2017 Twelve major cities including London, Paris, Los Angeles and Cape Town promised on Monday to buy only zero-emissions buses from 2025 and to make major areas free of fossil fuel emissions by 2030 to protect the environment. The 12, with a combined population of almost 80-million, said they would... 

Maimane says govt must stop bailing out SAA

By: African News Agency      23rd October 2017 Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane, said on Monday that government could not afford to “throw billions” of rand at the loss-making national carrier, South African Airways (SAA), while four children a day die of starvation in the country. “Why keep subsidising the comparatively wealthy... 

Maimane says govt must stop bailing out SAA
Photo by Duane Daws
DA leader Mmusi Maimane

Group Five says Greenbay offer to lapse

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2017 JSE-listed Group Five on Friday informed shareholders that the unsolicited R1.6-billion offer by Greenbay Properties to acquire the group’s European division would lapse. Greenbay on October 16 made the offer to acquire Group Five’s European assets, including its highway toll road business,... 

TNPA progresses multibillion-rand investment in East London port

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2017 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Friday said it had injected R542-million into several major infrastructure and equipment projects at the Port of East London over the past few years as part of Operation Phakisa. This includes the R219-million refurbishment of the dry dock to... 

Flights are going to get a lot more bumpy, says new research

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2017 Flights all around the world could be encountering lots more turbulence in the future, according to the first ever global projections of in-flight bumpiness.   A new study published online in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, has calculated that climate... 

Flights are going to get a lot more bumpy, says new research

Latest Airbus airliner type makes first flight

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The first development aircraft in Europe-based major aerospace group Airbus’ new A330neo (new engine option) family made its maiden flight on Thursday, 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... 

Latest Airbus airliner type makes first flight
Photo by Airbus
The first A330neo, an A330-900, takes off for the first time

Pilot strike at South Africa's low-cost Mango airline ends after wage deal

By: Reuters     20th October 2017 Pilots at South Africa's Mango, a low-cost airline owned by state-run national carrier South African Airways, on Friday reported for work ending a four-day strike, the union representing most of the pilots said. The airline granted pilots a 7% salary hike and agreed to table an agreement... 

Japan govt wants to get actively involved in Kobe Steel issue – trade minister

By: Reuters     20th October 2017 The Japanese government wants to get actively involved in the issue of Kobe Steel's data fabrications, Hiroshige Seko, the minister of economy, trade and industry, said on Friday, as the company's widespread misconduct has sent a chill along global supply chains. Kobe Steel, Japan's third-biggest... 

Gautrain chief on the four pillars of a successful transport megaproject

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The successful implementation of transport infrastructure megaprojects rest on four equally important “pillars”, Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe told the recent Sixth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Conference, in Pretoria. They are: political will and commitment;... 

IDC will invest in infrastructure that unlocks industrialisation

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), South Africa’s development finance institution which exists to fund entrepreneurs and projects in the industrial sector, also seeks to use investments in infrastructure to free up industrial development opportunities. This was highlighted by IDC... 

Local gas company trials diesel dual-fuel kits on long-haul trucks

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 As fleet operators increasingly aim to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce costs, natural gas company Tetra4, a subsidiary of JSE-listed energy company Renergen, has started trialling diesel dual-fuel (DDF) kits on two European brands of trucks to establish the advantages of natural gas as a fuel... 

Local gas company trials diesel dual-fuel kits on long-haul trucks
SAVINGS PURSUIT Indicative results can play a role in the development of an alternative cost-saving methodology for fleet owners and in pursuing and encouraging fleet optimisation

Hydraulics scope for vessel project completed

     20th October 2017 In its biggest sea vessel project ever undertaken, hydraulic components and turnkey hydraulic systems supplier Hytec successfully designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned all hydraulics for three systems on board the most technologically advanced marine diamond sampling and exploration... 

Hydraulics scope for  vessel project completed
SHIPPING IT Hytec was responsible for all hydraulics pertaining to the mv SS Nujoma’s heave compensation system, launch and recovery system and the world-first advanced sub-sea sampling system called Seabed Tool

SA transport tech firm aims to expand into rest of continent

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2017 WhereIsMyTransport is expanding its reach to the rest of Africa. WhereIsMyTransport is a technology company that collects and connects public transport data, centralising regularly updated information about a city’s formal and informally run public transport networks (minibus taxis included) on... 

BAIC implementing catch-up strategy to meet 2018 Coega deadline

By: Dylan Slater     20th October 2017 China-based vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC), is accelerating some of its construction plans for its vehicle manufacturing plant, currently under construction at the Port Elizabeth-based Coega Industrial Development Zone, to catch up on delays incurred owing to primarily... 

BAIC implementing catch-up strategy to meet 2018 Coega deadline
PORT ELIZABETH FACTORY In the foreground of the newly completed steel superstructure are BAIC vehicles that will be available in South Africa once production reaches full capacity

Zuma unveils OR Tambo statue in commemoration

By: Sane Dhlamini     19th October 2017 The life of former African National Congress (ANC) president Oliver Reginald Tambo was commemorated on Thursday with the unveiling of a new statue of the former anti-apartheid struggle stalwart at international arrivals at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. President Jacob Zuma... 

Zuma unveils OR Tambo statue in commemoration
Photo by Duane Daws
Jacob Zuma, members of the Tambo family & government officials

Mango strike continues, Solidarity and airline resume wage talks

By: African News Agency      18th October 2017 Trade union Solidarity will on Wednesday return to the negotiating table with South African low-cost carrier, Mango Airline amid an ongoing pilots’ strike over wage hikes. Mango airline’s flight crews downed tools at 5 am on Monday morning after wage negotiations with Solidarity collapsed.... 

Key witnesses in State capture inquiry will need to face the music, warns parliamentary committee chair

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2017 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises has started its keenly awaited inquiry into allegations of State capture, with a warning that key witnesses will not be allowed to shy away from appearing before Parliament. “We have a right to subpoena a witness if we think that witness has... 

Key witnesses in State capture inquiry will need to face the music, warns parliamentary committee chair

PRASA says it’s on top of security problems

By: News24Wire      17th October 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has responded to the damning letter written by Ernest Hendricks, regional security manager of the Western Cape. In the letter, dated 31 May and addressed to PRASA's head office in Pretoria, Hendricks described problems with the security system,... 

Greenbay makes R1.6bn offer for Group Five’s European assets

By: Anine Kilian     16th October 2017 JSE-listed Group Five has received an unsolicited R1.6-billion offer from global real estate firm Greenbay Properties for its European division. Group Five said in a statement that the intention letter it received from Greenbay included confirmation that it had R1.6-billion cash held in escrow by... 

Greenbay makes R1.6bn offer for Group Five’s European assets

Mango airline pilots go on strike

By: African News Agency      16th October 2017 Mango airline’s flight crews downed tools at 5 am on Monday morning after wage negotiations collapsed. Solidarity, which represents 95% of the pilots at Mango airline, said wage hike talks with Mango’s management on Sunday collapsed. As a result the union, which also represents flight captains... 

African airlines to incur $800m loss for 2017

By: Anine Kilian     13th October 2017 Although the global airline industry is expected to post a $31-billion net profit this year, African airlines will once again incur losses of up to $800-million. Southern African Development Community airlines are expected to incur a combined $350-million loss, of which about $100-million will be... 

Africa’s State-owned airlines underperforming

By: Anine Kilian     13th October 2017 State-owned airlines in Africa are not operating at the capacity they should be, says Boeing sub-Saharan Africa MD Miguel Santos. Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa’s forty-seventh annual general assembly, in KwaZulu-Natal, he noted... 

Ekurhuleni’s Harambee BRT to start limited service next week

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th October 2017 The City of Ekurhuleni is set to kick off the first official run of its bus rapid transit (BRT) service, Harambee, next week as part of the implementation of its Phase 1A operations. The limited service, starting on Wednesday, will run eight buses in mixed traffic along the 38 km service route,... 

Aviation industry key to supporting tourism sector

By: Anine Kilian     13th October 2017 Aviation plays a central role in supporting the tourism sector, with over 54% of international tourists now travelling by air, KwaZulu-Natal economic development, tourism and environmental MEC Sihle Zikalala said at the Airlines Association of Southern Africa’s forty-seventh annual general... 

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