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Transport News

Gibela moves team to Dunnottar

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th January 2018 With plant construction two months away from completion, the Gibela Rail Transport Consortium, in which Alstom holds an interest, has moved its dedicated team into the new train manufacturing plant and training centre complex in Dunnottar, Ekurhuleni. “All teams are now on board and ready to... 

Two trains collide in Germiston, hundreds injured

By: African News Agency      9th January 2018 Metrorail said on Tuesday that it would launch an investigation into the cause of the accident that left more than 200 people injured when two passenger trains collided at Geldenhuis Station in Germiston, east of Johannesburg. Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said that one passenger train... 

Fifteen still missing after Free State train crash 

By: African News Agency      8th January 2018 Nineteen people have been confirmed dead in the horror Free State train crash but the death toll could rise even further after officials on Monday revealed that as many as 15 more people are still unaccounted for. Daisy Daniel, spokesperson for the Shosholoza Meyl passenger train, said 15 people... 

Next 12 months crucial as PRASA prepares to receive new rolling stock

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2018 Commuters making use of the 18 new X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains, supplied by Gibela to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) are “extremely happy” with the new rolling stock, says PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola. The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium... 

Next 12 months crucial as PRASA prepares to receive new rolling stock
Photo by Duane Daws
Piet Sebola

SA Parliamentary committee anguished over deadly train crash

By: African News Agency      5th January 2018 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Transport has described Thursday’s train accident in the Free State in which at least 18 people died as “anguish beyond measure”. In a statement, the committee sent its condolences to the families whose relatives were involved in a train crash that took place... 

SA Parliamentary committee anguished over deadly train crash
Photo by Earl Ryan September on Facebook
Shosolosa Meyl accident

UAE to resume flights to Tunis, ending row over ban on women

By: Reuters     5th January 2018 The United Arab Emirates said on Thursday it would resume flights to Tunisia after an exchange of security information, resolving a row over a ban on female Tunisian passengers. A statement by the foreign ministry on state news agency WAM said the decision was taken in light of extensive... 

UAE to resume flights to Tunis, ending row over ban on women

South African Airways denies procuring bottled water, fuel at premium

By: African News Agency      29th December 2017 Cash-strapped national carrier South African Airways on Thursday rejected as false reports that it was paying more for its bottled water and fuel than the market price. “We took note of comments on social media platforms suggesting that we procure at premium commodities such as bottled water and... 

South African Airways denies procuring bottled water, fuel at premium

Volunteers restore, relaunch iconic Apple Express tourism train 

By: Henry Lazenby     27th December 2017 A group of Port Elizabeth-based railway enthusiasts has painstakingly restored and successfully relaunched the iconic Apple Express tourist steam train. The two-foot narrow gauge steam train made its maiden trip at 09:00 on December 26, carrying fare-paying passengers between the city’s Kings... 

Volunteers restore, relaunch iconic Apple Express tourism train
Photo by Apple Express Rail Company
The Apple Express was officially relaunched by acting mayor Andrew Whitfield and Apple Express Rail Company CEO Nerina Skuy

Fuel shortages leave motorists stranded in Nigeria

By: African News Agency      27th December 2017 Many motorists and commuters have been stranded in Nigeria over the Christmas period following a three-week fuel shortage, Kenya’s Daily Nation reports. Long queues of motorists and buses were seen forming at petrol stations in a number of Nigeria’s major cities. Prices have been hiked... 

Fuel shortages leave motorists stranded in Nigeria

Emirates stops flying to Tunisia

By: African News Agency      27th December 2017 Emirates airline says it has stopped flying to Tunisia as of Monday after the North African country said it had banned flights from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) carrier, Reuters reports. Emirates announced the move on Sunday two days after Tunisian government officials accused the United Arab... 

Emirates stops flying to Tunisia

Dutch regulators to probe Deloitte over Steinhoff debacle

By: African News Agency      22nd December 2017 The Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) was investigating auditing firm Deloitte over the alleged accounting irregularities that led to the share price of South African multinational retailer Steinhoff collapsing, it emerged on Friday. David Maynier, an MP from opposition party,... 

Dutch regulators to probe Deloitte over Steinhoff debacle

AfDB to support Mozambique rail project with $300m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) is taking the lead in facilitating the takeoff of one of Africa’s largest infrastructure project − the $5-billion Nacala corridor rail and port project, supporting the project with $300-million from its private sector window. After years of financial... 

AfDB to support Mozambique rail project with $300m

Prasa lifts supsension from UNTU members

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) lifted the suspension of train drivers and metro guards of the United National Transport Union (UNTU) who refused to work under unsafe working conditions with immediate effect and agreed that no disciplinary steps will be taken against them.... 

Star Alliance, Plug and Play partner to develop start-ups

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th December 2017 Global airline alliance Star Alliance has teamed up with start-up accelerator and innovation centre Plug and Play to identify and support relevant start-ups that are developing disruptive technologies in the travel and hospitality industry. The partnership will see the pair “accompany” the... 

Update on multimodal project progress set for next year

By: Donald Makhafola     15th December 2017 In the first quarter of next year, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is set to provide further update on the Moloto rail corridor expansion project which aims to link Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo to ensure that passenger rail is the backbone of an integrated multi-modal... 

South African regional operator orders two new airliners

By: Keith Campbell     15th December 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... 

Plans on track for rapid rail network extensions in Gauteng

By: Donald Makhafola     15th December 2017 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is hopeful that the National Treasury will approve the much-awaited Treasury Approval 1 (TA1) for the planned extension of a rapid rail network, following the submission of the feasibility study early this year. “We . . . handed in the documents to the... 

Legislation, regulation to ensure rail success

By: Donald Makhafola     15th December 2017 Industry related forum Transport Forum custodian Harry van Huyssteen believes that the major rail infrastructure projects in South Africa could be better implemented if there was improved regulation and legislation. 

Firm completes Soweto-based project

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The design and construction supervision of roads, stormwater infrastructure and a bridge for the Elias Motsoaledi housing project, in Soweto, were completed last month, states Hatch Africa, Europe and Middle East highways and bridges practice lead, Leon Mbongwa. 

Firm completes Soweto-based project
CONNECTING COMMUNITIES The bridge, for the Elias Motsoaledi housing project, comprises a five-span 65 m long and 13.5 m wide continuous composite deck

Maintenance, construction projects along N1/N4 slated for 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and private concessionaire the Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire will conduct several maintenance and construction projects along the South African N1/N4 toll road, in Gauteng and Limpopo, in 2018. 

Maintenance, construction projects  along N1/N4 slated for 2018
Photo by Duane Daws
INCREASING CAPACITY Bakwena has installed two pivots, each valued at about R2.4-million, at both the Doornpoort and Pumulani toll plazas

N2 rehabilitation project to be completed end of this year

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The rehabilitation of 7 km of the N2 between Borcherds Quarry Road (M22) and the R300, and the addition of a third lane in both directions, will be completed by the end this year, under the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (WCDTPW). 

N2 rehabilitation project to be completed end of this year
LIGHTING THE WAY The upgrade will provide better ride quality, safety and visibility

Assistance in overcoming bridge challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 Industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists installed temporary access platforms to allow for critical routine maintenance on the Crocodile river bridge, in Mbombela, Mpumalanga. 

Assistance in overcoming bridge challenges
ABSEILING FOR ACCESS Technicians had to deploy rope access to abseil from a structure to erect the access platforms

Transverse launching method to minimise impact on traffic

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 A transverse launching method, which will be used on the completed Ashton Arch bridge in the Western Cape, will reduce the impact on traffic during the construction of this strategic route, states engineering company Aecom Africa highway and bridges lead Michael Bouwmeester. 

Transverse launching method to minimise  impact on traffic
FIRST OF ITS KIND LOCALLY The bridge is the first tied-arch bridge that will be launched into position sideways

National road network at core of local growth

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The national road network has been steadily growing over the years and this improves connectivity between cities and regional hubs, which is essential given that it is on this network that the majority of South African citizens commute and conduct business, says South African National Roads... 

National road network at core of local growth
LOCAL HUB The national road network has been steadily growing over the years and has improved connectivity between cities and regional hubs

Emphasis on infrastructure development catalyst for growth and sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 A development agenda themed ‘Vision 2022’, currently being pursued by the Swaziland government, is putting emphasis on infrastructure development as a catalyst for long-term growth and sustainable development, says engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon bridges technical director... 

Emphasis on infrastructure development catalyst for growth and sustainability
SIPHOFANENI BRIDGE The Siphofaneni bridge and road project is going to be the standard for future infrastructure projects in Swaziland

Construction firm forges ahead on N2 road, bridges

     15th December 2017 Infrastructure construction firm Concor Infrastructure is making progress on the 34 km section of the N2 highway between Mtunzini and Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, while ensuring minimal impact to environmentally sensitive areas along the route. 

Construction firm forges ahead on N2 road, bridges
JONATHAN PEARCE A range of environmental studies were carried out and remedial strategies were developed

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 The regulations and laws governing access to South African air space for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) are sound and among the “best in the world”, according to Edenvale-based commercial drone operator Visual Air Productions director Stephen Verheul.  

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

Gibela rail plant on track for March completion

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 Construction of the Gibela plant, in Dunnottar on the far East Rand, is on track for completion in March next year, says Gibela Rail Transport Consortium CEO Thierry Darthout. Darthout, former Gibela operations VP, took over the reins from Marc Granger on August 1. The 53-year-old is a mechanical... 

Mega engineering projects could boost SA economy

By: Donald Makhafola     15th December 2017 As South Africa is embarking on a mega railway infrastructure development that will take an estimated 20 years to complete, transportation systems developer Futran Group of Companies director Andries Louw says such projects should be used as an anchor to re-establish the culture of mega... 

Alternative fuel and vehicle technologies viable, necessary for SA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th December 2017 Different fuel and vehicle technologies will be required for a successful and sustainable transition to a low-carbon future, and how the transport sector evolves amid growing global demand for energy will have a significant impact on efforts to address climate change, indicates energy giant Shell... 

SAA, Mango rationalise and revise local schedules

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th December 2017 National airliner South African Airways (SAA) and low-cost subsidiary Mango are planning to rationalise their route network to improve efficiencies, provide more diverse offerings and unlock optimal aircraft use. The two airline brands will ensure seamless implementation of the revised schedule,... 

UK group and top university unveil radical flight control technology demonstrator UAV

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th December 2017 British aerospace, defence, security and shipbuilding group BAE Systems and the University of Manchester unveiled on Wednesday their joint Magma experimental jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programme. They announced that the Magma had successfully completed its first phase of flight... 

UK group and top university unveil radical flight control technology demonstrator UAV
Photo by BAE Systems
The Magma UAV. Chairs just visible in the background give a rough idea of scale

TPT unveils locally assembled diesel-electric straddle carriers

By: Shirley le Guern     12th December 2017 State-owned freight transport company Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) on Tuesday unveiled 23 locally assembled diesel-electric straddle carriers at the Durban Container Terminal Pier 2, marking an important milestone in fostering local procurement and laying the foundation to supply cargo handling... 

TPT unveils locally assembled diesel-electric straddle carriers
One of 23 straddle carriers unveiled at Pier 2 in Durban being put through its paces

Gibela factory on track 

     12th December 2017 Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter recently met with the new CEO of Gibela Rail Transport Consortium Thierry Darthout to discuss the latest developments with regard to the construction of the company’s train manufacturing plant in Dunnottar, Gauteng. She speaks to Creamer Media’s... 

Gibela factory on track
Gibela factory on track

Court action to stop PRASA 'conspiracy'

By: News24Wire      12th December 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has missed a deadline to respond to demands by the UniteBehind coalition. Legal action will now be taken against the agency responsible for Metrorail, GroundUp reports. 

Metrorail must provide alternative transport for Cape Town commuters – Sanco 

By: African News Agency      12th December 2017 The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Tuesday called on rail service provider Metrorail to provide alternative transport for commuters left stranded by the suspension of its service on the key Central Line in Cape Town. The civic organisation said that the inconvenience and... 

Heartland-to-heartland linkages sought in China-driven industrial superproject

By: Schalk Burger     12th December 2017 The China-driven superproject, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is a conceptual redevelopment of the ancient global tradeways of the Silk Road, aims to link the heartlands of countries by land, sea and air routes, said Renmin University School of International Studies Professor Wang... 

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