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Transport News

RAL, Northam partner to upgrade road in Waterberg district

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2017 Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) and platinum producer Northam Platinum have signed a R60-million strategic partnership to upgrade the P20 road that links Sataria to the road artery that goes to Koedoeskop, in the Waterberg district. Under the terms of the agreement, RAL will contribute R37.5-million... 

Coal India building new railway links to efficiently evacuate production

By: Ajoy K Das     17th August 2017 Coal India Limited (CIL) is undertaking three critical railway infrastructure projects that will enable the miner to efficiently evacuate 282-million tons a year of production. According to a directors’ report of the company, the railway infrastructure projects form part of the miner’s ‘Synergy... 

Parliamentary State capture probe hits first hurdle

By: African News Agency      16th August 2017 The investigation into State capture by Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday hit its first hurdle as it was confirmed to members that the legislature would not pay for an independent evidence leader. Acting chairperson Zukiswa Rantho told MPs she had asked the chair... 

Parliamentary State capture probe hits first hurdle

Tshwane roads, railway lines blocked and cars pelted in taxi protest

By: News24Wire      16th August 2017 Taxi drivers embarked on illegal protest action in Tshwane on Wednesday morning, blocking several roads and railway lines and pelting passing cars with rocks. Police said several roads in Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa, Soshanguve as well as the Mabopane highway have been blocked by taxis. 

Tshwane roads, railway lines blocked and cars pelted in taxi protest

Grindrod expects to narrow interim losses

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2017 Shipping and logistics group Grindrod expects to narrow its headline loss to between R119-million and R139-million for the six months ended June 30, a 64% to 69% improvement on the headline loss of R381-million reported for the first half of 2016. It further expects to report a loss of between... 

KAP advances acquisition strategy; reports good FY17 results

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2017 Diversified industrial group KAP Industrial Holdings’ acquisition of high-density polyethylene and polypropylene manufacturer Safripol, logistics firm Lucerne Transport and a 51.4% interest in logistics firm Xinergistix during the 2017 financial year, provides the company with further... 

Comair expects up to 104% rise in FY headline earnings a share

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th August 2017 JSE-listed Comair expects to report an 85% to 104% year-on-year increase in headline earnings a share to between 67c and 75c for the financial year ended June 30. Earnings a share are expected to be between 49% and 68% higher year-on-year, at between 62c and 70c. 

Vadi lifts suspension on Soweto taxi routes

By: News24Wire      14th August 2017 The suspension of the Witwatersrand African Taxi Owners Association's (Wata) operating rights in Soweto has been lifted, Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said on Monday. "I intend lifting the extraordinary measures instituted on 13 July that were extended to Wata, which were aimed at normalising... 

JRA seeks new MD as Phillips resigns

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th August 2017 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) is on the hunt for a new MD following the resignation of Dr Sean Phillips, effective August 8. JRA CFO Goodwill Mbatha will assume the role of acting MD until a successor for Phillips, who held the role since May 2016, is appointed. 

Sea Harvest invests in new trawler

     11th August 2017 JSE-listed Sea Harvest has acquired a new freezer trawler from Icelandic fishing company HB Grandi for $13.5-million. The MV Therney trawler was built in the Sterkoder yard in Norway. 

Eskom postpones planned R21 road closure

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th August 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom has postponed its planned road closure on the R21 until further notice. Initially, certain sections surrounding the Flying Saucer interchange and Olifantsfontein drive on the R21 freeway were scheduled to be closed for the replacement of the Apollo-Croydon... 

BMG to distribute Eaton’s conveyor solutions across sub-Saharan Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 Power management solutions provider Eaton has signed a distribution partnership agreement with technical solutions provider and engineering consumables and components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG), whereby BMG will be responsible for the distribution of Eaton’s range of conveyor solutions... 

BMG to distribute Eaton’s conveyor solutions across  sub-Saharan Africa
TERMS OF AGREEMENT BMG will distribute Eaton’s conveyor safety switches with all corresponding accessories to provide complete conveyor solutions

Company providing a package for complete heat containment

     11th August 2017 Johannesburg-based incineration technology company Saubatech (formerly a division of Safurnco) is now offering a total heat containment package. Saubatech’s total heat containment package starts with the heat transfer service. Saubatech enlightens that a common problem is where companies put too... 

Company providing  a package for complete heat containment
Photo by Bloomberg
DRAWING THE LINE A common problem is where companies put too thick or too thin a lining into their furnaces, which Saubatech aims to circumvent

Fund invests into African rail operator

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 The Pan-African Infrastructure Development Fund 2 (PAIDF2) has concluded an investment into Sheltam Mauritius, which is the parent company of the South African locomotive and rail operator Sheltam Group. This investment was made through a share subscription for 30% of Sheltam for an undisclosed sum. 

Fund invests into African rail operator
RAIL POTENTIAL Sheltam will soon officially launch initiatives aimed at adding significant capacity to the company’s ambition of being a significant rail operator on the continent of Africa

SA air traffic company focuses on safety and the environment

By: Keith Campbell     11th August 2017 South Africa’s air traffic management agency, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), is working hard to improve air safety in the country. “During the 2015/2016 [financial year] our safety performance was not as we would have liked it to be, with a record low of 34 Risk Safety Index [RSI],”... 

TITAN vacuum furnace purchased to support aerospace industry

     11th August 2017 With a focus on pursuing additional market sectors, such as the aerospace industry, last month, heat-treating company Diamond Heat Treat purchased a TITAN H6 vacuum furnace with six-bar gas quenching to expand its capabilities. The TITAN H6 vacuum furnace is one of industrial vacuum and... 

TITAN vacuum furnace purchased to support aerospace industry
Photo by Bloomberg
PURSUING INDUSTRIES Diamond Heat Treat will use the TITAN vacuum furnace to pursue the aerospace industry

City of Johannesburg embarks on manhole cover replacement project 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th August 2017 The City of Johannesburg will spend more than R1-million on dealing with an estimated 4 000 uncovered manholes across the city by December 15. The city’s manhole cover replacement project was officially launched by Mayor Herman Mashaba on Thursday. 

City of Johannesburg embarks on manhole cover replacement project

N3 reopened after bridge collapse, rubble cleared overnight

By: African News Agency      10th August 2017 Rubble and huge concrete structures from the pedestrian bridge which collapsed on the N3 between the Geldenhuys and Gilloolys interchanges on Tuesday were cleared overnight and the busy freeway was reopened early Wednesday morning. The decommissioned bridge collapsed onto vehicles below, injuring... 

Eskom to temporarily close section of R21 on Sunday to replace transmission line

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom will be temporarily shutting down certain sections of the R21 highway on Sunday to complete the replacement of the Apollo-Croydon transmission line. This Sunday, there will be temporary road closures between 05:00 and 18:00 at the Flying Saucer interchange and... 

Sacci, Outa welcome appointment of Jarana as SAA CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th August 2017 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) and the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Friday welcomed the appointment of Vuyani Jarana as the new CEO of South African Airways (SAA). He is the first permanent CEO to be appointed at the airline since 2014.   “He is a person... 

Transnet mulls options to improve Durban port efficiencies

By: Shirley le Guern     4th August 2017 Improving ship turnaround times, implementing a scheduling system to alleviate crippling truck congestion at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) and rescheduling construction of the Durban Dig Out Port (DDOP) were some of the key topics discussed during a business-to-business breakfast hosted by... 

Transnet mulls options to improve Durban port efficiencies
Locomotives at the Port of Durban, South Africa

City published harbour bylaw for public comment

     4th August 2017 The City of Cape Town has made its draft Harbour bylaw available for public comment, proposing to reverse the long-running systematic mismanagement of the city’s harbours under the national departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), and Public Works (DPW).  

City published harbour  bylaw for public comment
Photo by Bloomberg
HARBOURING PROBLEMS Neglected and mismanaged harbours have a negative impact on the workers and communities who depend on the harbours for their livelihood

Company attains trade approval for weighing system

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 With industrial scale suppliers Autotech Weighing Systems having successfully attained legal for trade approval for scales and weighing information systems manufactuer Tamtron’s on-board reach stacker scale, containers can be weighed according to the international convention of Safety of Life at... 

Company attains trade approval for weighing system
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT Weighing takes place during normal operations without interrupting or slowing down the workflow at seaports or container depots

e-toll test case expected to be in court early next year

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) COO Ben Theron says electronic tolling (e-tolling) on Gauteng’s freeways should be a “thing of the past” by March next year. He notes that a test case between Outa and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on the collection of e-tolls... 

First delivery of locomotives expected in Q4

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation (BT) will hand over the first of 240 Bombardier Traxx Africa locomotives to State-owned freight utility Transnet, during the fourth quarter of this year. 

Forum to address rail maintenance and rehabilitation

     4th August 2017 A delegation of international rail maintenance and rehabilitation professionals, together with an “unbeatable” line-up of thought leaders in Africa’s transport sector will be in Durban, South Africa in October to address challenges faced by the rail fraternity in Africa. 

Group’s contracts set to increase marine protection in South Africa

     4th August 2017 African Marine Solutions Group (Amsol) states that two milestone contract awards have further supported the company growth strategy since its acquisition of maritime services provider SMIT Amandla Marine in December.  

Group’s contracts set to increase  marine protection in South Africa
TUG ON CALL Amsol will provide a purpose-designed high speed tug to safeguard South Africa’s marine environment

Harbour reconstruction project nearing completion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 Construction companies Stefanutti Stocks Coastal and Axsys Projects have partnered for the Maydon Wharf reconstruction project in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, and they expect the project to be completed next month.  

Harbour reconstruction project nearing completion
ANCHORS OVERBOARD Despite major technological advances over past decades, it still remains a mammoth task to plan, manage and construct a marine infrastructure project

New association aims to support emerging truck operators

By: Ilan Solomons     4th August 2017 The newly launched Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa) aims to assist in meaningfully transforming the local truck and freight industry, with a long-term view of ensuring work for women and black truck owners and operators. This is according to Tasa convener Mary Phadi, who was... 

New association aims to support emerging truck operators
Photo by Duane Daws
MARY PHADI Tasa aims to mitigate the plight and ‘exploitation’ of emerging cargo carriers who are at the mercy of larger players in the sector

New maritime transport policy to facilitate sector growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 The Department of Transport finalised its Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy (CMTP) for South Africa in June.  

New maritime transport policy  to facilitate sector growth
CRUISING CONCEPT Private sector participation opportunities arose at the Durban cruise terminal for MSC Cruises’ subsidiary KwaZulu Cruise Terminals

Products ensure safety in offshore operations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 In the marine and offshore environment, metal corrosion is a major cost and safety factor. Steel gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails manufacturer Vital Engineering offers a range of products designed to counter the effects of corrosion in maritime environments.  

Products ensure safety in offshore operations
CORROSION CONTROL Vital Engineering’s fibreglass gratings are manufactured with continuous glass fibre strands interwoven in both directions with thermosetting resins

Rail is the future of Africa’s industrialisation

     4th August 2017 Rail infrastructure upgrades remain a core focus of the ongoing industrialisation of Africa, where the transportation of goods and commodities is often difficult and costly, owing to underinvestment in rail infrastructure, says multinational power and engine manufacturer and distributor Cummins. 

SADC needs to promote intra-bloc trade and South Africa should lead – OECD

By: Keith Campbell     4th August 2017 The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in its July 2017 survey of the South African economy, has urged South Africa to promote further economic integration within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). “SADC is already the largest export market and a major... 

SADC urged to liberalise services and improve business environments

By: Keith Campbell     4th August 2017 In addition to making intraregional trade in goods easier, the member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) should facilitate intra-bloc trade in services and improve their business environments, the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) argued in... 

Station’s strategic location to improve corridor capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rosmead station, in the Eastern Cape, was identified as strategic in improving operational capacity along the export corridor and forms part of Phase 1 of State-owned freight utility Transnet’s Port of Ngqura manganese export expansion project. 

Successful event to be held again next year

     4th August 2017 Following the success of the Africa Rail exhibition and conference in 2017, the event will be held again on June 12 to 13 next year at the Sandton Convention Centre, in South Africa. 

Trusted-trader accreditation project aims to streamline SADC customs processes

By: Schalk Burger     4th August 2017 A project by trade organisation the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA) aims to improve regional trade and lower value-chain costs by deploying a trusted trader-accreditation system, says C-BRTA CEO Sipho Khumalo. The C-BRTA operator compliance accreditation scheme aims to incentivise... 

Trusted-trader accreditation project aims to streamline SADC  customs processes
SIPHO KHUMALO Lower-cost cross-border logistics and improved trade flow will benefit industrial and agricultural value chains

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