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SAA losses mount for 2017 

By: African News Agency      27th March 2018 National carrier South African Airways made a further financial loss of R3.7-billion over the nine months to the end of 2017, as revenue dipped about R1-billion below its forecasts for that period. The figures were tabled in a briefing by SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana, chairman JB Magwaza and executives... 

Sudan, Qatar to sign $4bn deal to manage Red Sea port – Ministry

By: Reuters     27th March 2018 Sudan and Qatar will sign a $4-billion agreement to jointly develop the Red Sea port of Suakin off Sudan's coast, Sudanese media quoted Transport Minister Makawi Mohamed Awad as saying. Awad made the announcement during a visit by Qatari officials to Suakin on Sunday, the reports said. 

ExecuJet base in Lagos granted free trade zone status

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2018 Aviation company ExecuJet announced on Monday that its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Lagos, Nigeria, had been designated a free trade zone (FTZ) by the Nigerian authorities. As a result, parts and services supplied by ExecuJet to its customers in Nigeria’s commercial capital... 

ExecuJet base in Lagos granted free trade zone status
Photo by ExecuJet
ExecuJet’s facility in Lagos

Grindrod targets June Nasdaq listing for shipping division

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2018 Grindrod is targeting a June listing for its Shipping division.   A positive change in the business cycle “had provided the stimulus to implement the spin-off of the Shipping business with a planned listing amongst its peer group on the Nasdaq, with an inward listing on the JSE”, said executive... 

 Grindrod targets June Nasdaq listing for shipping division

Saftu condemns CSR’s local content exemption request

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2018 The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) says it is angered by the revelation that China South Rail (CSR) wants South Africa’s government to grant it an exemption from its local content obligations, worth R5.3-billion, as part of the conditions for it supplying new locomotives to... 

DP World wins 30-year Congo port concession

By: Reuters     26th March 2018 DP World said on Sunday it had won a 30-year management and development concession for a greenfield, multi-purpose port in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Dubai-owned port operator will set up joint venture with the Central African country's government to manage and invest in the... 

PRASA interim chair steps down

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2018 Newly appointed High Court judge Advocate Tintswalo Annah Nana Makhubele has resigned as interim chairperson of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). Makhubele, who tendered her resignation last week, has, since taking up the position of interim chairperson in October 2017, had to... 

Gupta-linked Chinese firm wanted R5bn local content exemption 

By: News24Wire      23rd March 2018 China South Rail (CSR), the company that allegedly paid R5-billion in bribes to the Guptas, has asked the South African government for exemptions on its local content commitments worth R5-billion. News24 is reporting that CRRC, which was formed when CSR and fellow Chinese rail giant China North... 

 Gupta-linked Chinese firm wanted R5bn local content exemption

Alstom pitching integrated tram system to SA municipalities

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2018 French multinational company Alstom is in talks with various municipalities around South Africa on an integrated tramline system, using Alstom-developed SRS technology. Speaking to Engineering News Online during a tour of Alstom’s tram manufacturing facility in Reims, France, last week, Alstom... 

Alstom pitching integrated tram system to SA municipalities

Comair selects Honeywell avionics for its new airliners

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd March 2018 South Africa’s second largest airline company, Comair, and American software-industrial group Honeywell have announced that the airline has chosen the US group’s advanced cockpit technologies suite to equip the Boeing 737-800 MAX 8 airliners that it is acquiring. The suite will include a... 

Sita, Wits, Tshimologong precinct launch air travel innovation competition

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd March 2018 UK-based Sita Air Transport Community Foundation, in conjunction with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the Tshimologong precinct, has launched an innovation competition to address the question of what information, tools or technology first-time air travellers in Africa will need to... 

Transnet renews manganese contract with South32

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd March 2018 State-owned Transnet and diversified miner South32 on Thursday signed a seven-and-a-half-year manganese export capacity allocation (Meca) contract, allowing for the transportation of 2.6-million tonnes a year of export manganese and realising almost R10.4-billion in total value for Transnet.  

Transnet renews manganese contract with South32
South32 South African manganese operations VP Lucas Msimanga, South32 commercial operations VP Kgabi Masia and Transnet new business chief officer Gert de Beer

Cape Town International wins another award for best airport in Africa

By: African News Agency      22nd March 2018 Cape Town International Airport was once again ranked the best in Africa at the Skytrax World Airport Awards held in Stockholm, Sweden, the Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde said on Thursday. It was the third year in a row Cape Town International won the award. 

South Africa’s aviation activity index shows continuing mild improvement

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2018 On Tuesday the Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa (Caasa) released its composite index of aviation activity for the fourth quarter of last year (4Q17). The Caasa Aviation Activity Index (CAAI) is created using 25 different indicators. It is designed to provide a measure of economic... 

Business model for airports under threat, globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2018 Worldwide, airports are facing a significant challenge to their current business models, S&P Global infrastructure ratings senior director Mar Beltran has warned. The challenge comes from important changes in the behaviour of passengers using their facilities. Airports have benefitted from a... 

Business model for airports under threat, globally
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Changes in passenger behaviour will require skilful management by airports

JDA to start construction of R260m Watt Interchange

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 City of Johannesburg infrastructure development entity, the Joburg Development Agency (JDA), will start construction on the R260-million Watt Interchange next month, with construction expected to be completed in June 2019. This forms part of Work Package 15K for Section 15 of Phase 1C of the Rea... 

Plan in place to make up lost time on Western Cape’s R60 and R62 upgrade

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 The Western cape government has said that a plan is in place to make up for lost time on a Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) contract to rehabilitate and upgrade various sections of the R60 and R62 between Ashton and Montagu through Cogmanskloof. Work on this R583-million contract... 

Trams enjoy renewed interest in growing cities

By: Anine Kilian     16th March 2018 The exponential growth of cities worldwide raises many challenges for urban authorities, including reducing road traffic congestion, combating pollution, noise in cities and redeveloping urban zones. Addressing delegates during a media tour of Alstom’s La Rochelle manufacturing centre, in... 

Aerosud Aviation warns of tough times for the South African aerospace industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th March 2018 South Africa’s largest private-sector commercial aviation aerostructures manufacturing company, Aerosud Aviation (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aerosud Holdings), warns that the local aerospace industry is going through tough times and is not receiving the kind of support that competitors in other... 

New Boeing jets will bring lower costs for local airline group

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2018 The entry into service of eight next generation Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with South Africa’s private-sector Comair airline group will cut the airline’s fuel expenditure per seat by 15%. This was highlighted by Comair CEO Erik Venter at a press conference on Thursday. (This assumes that the fuel... 

New Boeing jets will bring lower costs for local airline group
Photo by Boeing
A Boeing 737 MAX 8 flight test development aircraft

Steinhoff sells part of stake in South Africa's KAP to help cut debt

By: Reuters     14th March 2018 Crisis-hit South African retailer Steinhoff raised R3.66-billion ($311-million) from the sale of a 16.7% stake in KAP Industrial, another step in its efforts to shore up its finances and pay down debt. Steinhoff, which has more than 40 retail brands that include Conforama, Poundland and Mattress... 

Transnet is trying to root out Gupta-related corruption – Gama

By: African News Agency      14th March 2018 Transnet is trying to get to the bottom of how the company was committed to contracts that saw an agency linked to the Gupta family earn lavish fees on its infrastructure contracts, CEO Siyabonga Gama told MPs on Wednesday. "It has given Transnet a very bad name and a very bad reputation, so that... 

Transnet is trying to root out Gupta-related corruption – Gama

Kazungula Bridge set to open corridor between Zambia, Botswana

By: African News Agency      14th March 2018 The Kazungula Bridge project is set to open up the transport corridor between Zambia and Botswana, a move which will see Zimbabwe lose out on transit revenue. The project is being carried out with partial financial assistance from the African Development Bank (AfDB). The primary objective of the... 

High levels of crime may force PRASA to cancel services on certain routes

By: Irma Venter     14th March 2018 Continued high levels of crime on certain urban rail corridors may “eventually leave the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) with no choice” but to cancel its services on these routes,  says the agency. The State-owned PRASA says while it continues to engage with the dedicated rapid... 

High levels of crime may force PRASA to cancel services on certain routes

SAA suspends CFO over disciplinary process

By: Reuters     14th March 2018 State-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) has suspended indefinitely two officials including its chief financial officer, its spokesperson said on Tuesday, over a disciplinary process at the loss-making airline. CFO Phumeza Nhantsi and the head of the airline's technical unit Musa Zwane... 

Metrorail train hijackings a ticking time bomb, warns union

By: Irma Venter     13th March 2018 It is only a matter of time before the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will be forced to face another derailment or serious accident on its Metrorail lines, says United National Transport Union (UNTU) spokesperson Sonja Carstens. “PRASA is sitting on a ticking time bomb.” 

Metrorail train hijackings a ticking time bomb, warns union

Jarana defends SAA’s poor performance, lack of turnaround

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2018 State-owned South African Airways (SAA) on Tuesday said it was again taking “urgent steps” to address issues raised by the Auditor-General’s (AG’s) office in its 2016/17 audit report, which was released last week. “The AG has given us a comprehensive diagnosis into key areas of our business and... 

Durban on track to open public transport network

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2018 The City of Durban is on track to start its GO!Durban integrated public transport network from Pinetown’s central business district (CBD) to KwaMashu’s Bridge City in the latter part of this year. Aligned to the eThekwini municipality’s vision to be Africa’s most caring and liveable city by 2030,... 

Durban on track to open public transport network

Transnet lauds February achievements at DCT

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2018 State-owned freight utility Transnet has reported a productive start to the year at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT), which boasted positive records and milestones, including the handling of 190 000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in February, a 57% improvement in shift change, an increase... 

Transnet lauds February achievements at DCT
Transnet's Durban Container Terminal

Comair announces selection of Honeywell avionics for its new airliners

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 South Africa’s second largest airline company, Comair, and American software-industrial group Honeywell announced on Friday that the airline has chosen the US group’s advanced cockpit technologies suite to equip the Boeing 737-800 MAX 8 airliners that it is acquiring. The suite will include a... 

Comair announces selection of Honeywell avionics for its new airliners
Photo by Honeywell
An IntuVue RDR-4000 radar in the nose of Honeywell’s Convair 580 flying test bed

Bakwena upgrading N1N4 at a cost of R1bn

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2018 Road construction and maintenance company Bakwena on Friday said it was investing R1-billion to maintain and upgrade road infrastructure along the 385 km of the N1N4 it manages as part of its concession contract with the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). An estimated... 

Bakwena upgrading N1N4 at a cost of R1bn

Global industry leaders to address World Petrochemical Conference

9th March 2018 Global chemicals, refining, and oil industry leaders and experts will be among those to address the World Petrochemical Conference (WPC) 2018 taking place at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston, in the US from March 19 to 23. The thirty-third annual WPC will welcome more than 80 speakers and 1... 

Global industry leaders to address  World Petrochemical Conference
DIVERSE ATTENDANCE There will be 1 300 attendees from more than 40 countries at this year’s World Petrochemical Conference

Standard rail network can foster intercountry trade

By: Melissa Zisengwe     9th March 2018 Linking African countries with a standard rail network will assist in growing inter-country trade and, subsequently, foster Africa’s economic growth, says engineering consultancy WSP Africa Group. 

Standard rail network can  foster intercountry trade
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN Africa needs to start leading and building itself

Transport company awarded contract for Africa’s largest oil refinery

9th March 2018 Transportation service provider Mammoet has been contracted to provide heavy lifting and transport solutions for a new multibillion-dollar oil refinery in Nigeria. In January, Mammoet and Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate Dangote Group signed the contract for the project during... 

New targets for sustainable aviation fuels

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the representative body for the global airline industry, has announced a target of having one billion passengers fly in aircraft powered by a mixture of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel by 2025 – seven years from now. This objective was... 

Airline safety in Africa and the world is getting better and better

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported “strong progress” in airline safety in Africa last year. This was part of a world-wide improvement in safety, revealed in the global airline industry representative organisation’s recently released 2017 safety performance data.  

Clamping tool can mitigate rail cable theft

By: Melissa Zisengwe     9th March 2018 Industrial equipment supplier Banding and Identification Solutions South Africa (Band-It) states that rail operators can mitigate rail power cable theft, which is rife across South Africa, by using its UL4000-C Ultra-Lok cable clamping tool. 

Clamping tool can mitigate rail cable theft
CLAMPING TOOL The UL4000-C is an anti-theft ans cable management device that assist rail operators to end cable theft

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