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Sasol officially launches 2017 GTC Championship

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th March 2017 The Sasol GTC Championship team on Thursday welcomed newest team member Robert Wolk, who will be behind the wheel of the team’s BMW GTC racer. Thirty-one-year-old Wolk replaces Hennie Groenewald, who stepped down to start a new business venture in Cape Town. Wolk has been racing since the age of... 

Former PRASA board case postponed

By: News24Wire      16th March 2017 The urgent High Court case brought by former PRASA board members to have their dismissal by Transport Minister Dipuo Peters set aside, was postponed on Thursday morning. After a minute of appearing in the High Court in Pretoria, Advocate David Unterhalter SC requested a postponement to file an... 

Former PRASA board case postponed

Outa, Untu speak out against appointment of interim PRASA board 

By: Anine Kilian     14th March 2017 The United National Transport Union (Untu) does not believe the newly appointed interim board of State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will be able to save the entity. Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Monday announced the appointment of the interim board, which will be... 

First K+S rail cars arrive at $4.1bn Legacy mine, in Saskatchewan

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2017 The first 177 of 531 custom built rail cars have arrived at potash project developer K+S Potash Canada's (KSPC's) $4.1-billion Legacy mine site, in Saskatchewan. The company on Monday said this was enough to complete one of three trains that will transport KSPC’s product to its potash handling... 

Denel signs agreement with German shipbuilding group

By: Keith Campbell     13th March 2017 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). This agreement will allow Denel’s Maritime division to take responsibility for the maintenance of, and upgrades to, the South... 

Denel signs agreement with German shipbuilding group
Photo by South African Navy
The Valour-class frigate SAS Amatola

Molefe files urgent application over PRASA board dissolution

By: News24Wire      13th March 2017 Former PRASA chairperson Popo Molefe has filed an urgent application to the High Court in Johannesburg to have the decision to dissolve the board of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa by the Minister of Transport set aside. Molefe, along with the other fired directors of PRASA, have... 

Molefe files urgent application over PRASA board dissolution

Airline safety improves further in 2016

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2017 The aviation industry’s all accident rate, measured in accidents per one-million flights, improved to 1.61 in 2016, from 1.79 in 2015. The latest data published by the International Air Transport Association (Iata) on Friday, further showed that the major jet accident rate, measured in hull... 

Transporters disagree with implementation of appointment only system at Durban terminal

By: Shirley le Guern     10th March 2017 The trucking fraternity has not taken kindly to an announcement on Friday by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) that it will impose an appointment only system for trucks at the Pier 2 Container Port Terminal, in Durban, from April 1. At a presentation at the Container Terminal, regional manager Thula... 

Basil Read maintains steady turnover in FY16

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th March 2017 Basil Read on Friday posted steady turnover at just over the R5-billion mark for the year ended December 31. This was, however, lower than the R5.5-billion turnover in 2015, mainly as a result of eliminating loss-making businesses and projects. 

Basil Read maintains steady turnover in FY16
Photo by Duane Daws
Basil Read CEO Neville Nicolau

Gautrain on par with global standards – RATP

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2017 French-owned public transport operator Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) is confident that the addition of new rolling stock for South Africa’s Gautrain will generate significant benefits for the rapid-rail system. RATP is a shareholder of the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), which... 

Gautrain on par with global standards – RATP

'We are being intimidated' – Uber driver

By: News24Wire      10th March 2017 As metered taxi drivers blocked off roads near the OR Tambo International Airport on Friday in protest against Uber, drivers from that service protested against their own company for allegedly not protecting them. Uber driver Zweli Ngwenya told News24 that some drivers had submitted a memorandum... 

Despite headwinds, Oppenheimer sees business aviation picking up again

By: Keith Campbell     10th March 2017 Business aviation can and does play an important role in supporting certain key industries in parts of the world that are under-serviced by scheduled commercial airline operations. In Africa, the best example of this is the mining sector. “The role of this type of aviation in supporting mining in... 

Die-caster prepared for next growth cycle in industry

     10th March 2017 An increasing number of car parts such as engine blocks or structural parts are being manufactured from aluminum using high-pressure die casting, says die-casting technology supplier Bühler Die-Casting. 

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022

     10th March 2017 Market research company Zion Market Research has published a new report highlighting that the global steel forging market for automotive applications was valued at $41.77-billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $56-billion in 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.1% between... 

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022
Photo by Duane Daws
INCREASED DRIVE Increasing cars sales are expected to drive the European automotive and automotive components market within the forecast period

Frankfurt Airport seeks to increase its business with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     10th March 2017 Germany’s number one international airport, Frankfurt, is seeking to increase its two-way air cargo trade with South Africa. This was highlighted at a media briefing at the recent 2017 Air Cargo Africa conference in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, by Fraport AG’s executive board member and... 

Norwegian company to design the South African Navy’s new survey ship

By: Keith Campbell     10th March 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... 

Outgoing Barloworld CEO on surviving tough times and the group’s prospects 

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 JSE-listed Barloworld announced the appointment of new CEO Dominic Sewela, who replaced the outgoing Clive Thomson last month. Thomson was appointed in December 2006 and managed the South African industrial giant during some of the most challenging economic periods in recent history. 

Outgoing Barloworld CEO on surviving tough times  and the group’s prospects
Outgoing Barloworld CEO Clive Thomson discusses his tenure at the helm of the South African industrial conglomerate. Camerawork:Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Tracker sees big data investments adding fleet-management value

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2017 Vehicle telemetry multinational Tracker is investing in a range of research and development projects, which will provide significant insights and value for a broad range of stakeholders. The projects leverage the large volumes of data and many data streams that Tracker has access to, says Tracker... 

Treasury approval sought for Gautrain expansion plan

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2017 The proposed expansion of the Gautrain rail system has the capacity to create around 211 000 direct jobs, says Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile. Speaking at the i-Transport and UATP Conference and Exhibition, in Sandton, in February, he noted that the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA)... 

Trial castings successfully completed at foundry

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals successfully completed trial castings on new materials for the business’s Trio product range at its Heavy Bay Foundry, in Port Elizabeth, last month. 

Trial castings successfully completed  at foundry
RAPID PROTOTYPING Investments in the rapid prototyping process have enabled the foundry to make new patterns to manufacture parts

Safeguarding cargo not sole responsibility of police, ACSA – CEO

By: African News Agency      9th March 2017 Companies dealing with handling cargo with valuables at airports should have their own security measures in place apart from those provided by the SA Police Service (SAPS) and the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA), its CEO Bongani Maseko said. He said although cargo security was a... 

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... 

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

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