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SA Taxi signs R100m finance deal with Sefa

By: African News Agency      1st March 2017 SA Taxi on Wednesday, signed a R100-million financing agreement with the Small Enterprise Funding Agency (Sefa) in a bid to support small business entrepreneurs running minibus taxi operations. SA Taxi, one of the country’s few developmental credit providers, said this initiative was expected to... 

Port of Maputo entrance channel dredge completed

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2017 The dredging of the access channel to the Port of Maputo from 11 m to up 14.4 m (chart datum) has been completed. “Those three additional metres allow us to affirm, with pride, that we are a port prepared to receive Capesize ships,” says Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) CEO Osório Lucas. 

Port of Maputo entrance channel dredge completed
Dredging operations at the Maputo port

I am still PRASA CEO – Collins Letsoalo

By: News24Wire      1st March 2017 Collins Letsoalo believes he is still the acting CEO of PRASA even after the board announced his dismissal on Monday. "I was never fired, I didn't even get a letter. I was informed through media reports," Letsoalo told ANN7 in an interview on Tuesday. 

Boeing establishes offices in South Africa, Kenya

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2017 The Boeing Company has opened two new offices in Africa, one in Johannesburg and another in Nairobi, Kenya. The offices will be managed by Boeing International sub-Saharan Africa MD and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Africa international sales director Miguel Santos, in Johannesburg, and market... 

Gibela to resume Dunnottar plant construction as Duduza protests die down

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2017 Construction work can now resume at Gibela Rail Transport Consortium’s (Gibela’s) R1-billion train manufacturing facility at Dunnottar, after weeks of community protests in Duduza, Ekurhuleni, have come to an end. Gibela earlier this month halted construction work at the plant out of concern for... 

Cape Town mulls bicycle plant, giveaway project to learners 

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2017 The City of Cape Town is studying the viability of establishing a bicycle plant in the city, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. “As far as we know, there is no affordable bicycle manufacturing plant in the whole of Africa.” 

Cape Town mulls bicycle plant, giveaway project to learners

PRASA fires acting CEO, Collins Lestoalo

By: African News Agency      27th February 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has fired the acting group chief executive, Collins Letsoalo, with immediate effect following a unanimous board decision to terminate the secondment at the rail agency. This comes after the controversy behind the remuneration package of Letsoalo... 

Bidvest lifts H1 headline earnings, revenue

By: Anine Kilian     27th February 2017 JSE-listed Bidvest’s headline earnings increased by 5.6% to R1.7-billion for the six months ended December 31, while revenue increased 4.1% to R3-billion. Despite the competitive and difficult operating environment, five of the group’s divisions managed to maintain or increase margins through... 

Toll freeways, build more Gautrain links and reinvent PRASA, says economist

By: Irma Venter     27th February 2017 Gauteng-based transport economist Andrew Marsay earlier this month detailed his vision for a high-density, high-value public transport system in South Africa, delivered in a presentation at the i-Transport and UATP conference, held in Sandton. Engineering News senior deputy editor Irma Venter... 

 Toll freeways, build more Gautrain links and reinvent PRASA, says economist
Photo by Duane Daws
Andrew Marsay

AMSA unveils interim steel rail hub

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2017 The official unveiling of the Isando Distribution Centre, in Germiston, on Friday, marked the next step in steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) long-term initiative to migrate the bulk of domestic final product steel distribution from road to rail. Dedicated rail links between... 

AMSA unveils interim steel rail hub

Design for the South African Navy’s new survey ship confirmed

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 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... 

Design for the South African Navy’s new survey ship confirmed
Photo by Vard Marine
The VARD 9 105 survey ship, depicted in the traditional South African Navy hydrographic ship paint scheme

Good increases in passenger numbers at Acsa’s airports last year

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 2017 The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) had a record year last year, in terms of the numbers of passengers who passed through its airports. This was revealed when it published its latest “Aviation Barometer” report. This is the fourth edition of the report, which is compiled from official Acsa... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust  despite ongoing e-toll tussle

US group unveils its new-generation oversized cargo aircraft

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 2017 US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin has rolled out the first example of the commercial version of its C-130J Super Hercules military airlifter. The civilian model is designated the LM-100J and it was built, and the roll-out ceremony took place at, the company’s plant at Marietta in the US State of... 

Wage deadlock in rail sector

By: African News Agency      23rd February 2017 Wage negotiations between two transport unions and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) have deadlocked, the United National Transport Union (UNTU) said on Thursday. The union said it was demanding a 20% salary increase, while the employer was offering 3%. 

Frankfurt Airport aims to increase its business with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     23rd February 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 2017 Air Cargo Africa conference in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, by Fraport AG chief operating officer Anke Giesen.... 

Frankfurt Airport aims to increase its business with South Africa
Photo by Fraport
Anke Giesen

JRA tackles bridge rehabilitation after severe floods

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has embarked on the R113.5-million rehabilitation, reconstruction and repair of six bridges across the city, following heavy rainfall and flash flooding in early January. The affected bridges include Belgrave, Joe Nhlanhla, Cork Avenue, Bridge Road, Spring Road... 

Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more  

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more than anticipated in 2016, National Treasury revealed in its 2017 Budget Review on Wednesday. Even as Eskom’s financial performance improved in 2015/16 as a result of a 12.7% tariff hike and a revenue increase by R10.5-billion to R161-billion, it... 

Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more

Transnet exec suspended after tender report

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 A senior Transnet executive has been put on special leave following a News24 report on a R10-million tender the State-owned company awarded to the executive's former boss. Transnet confirmed on Wednesday that Sandile Simelane, the head of Transnet Freight Rail's (TFR) corporate affairs... 

Treasury agrees, in principle, to substantial capital injection for SAA

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2017 The National Treasury on Wednesday announced it had agreed, in principle, to a substantial capital injection into troubled South African Airways (SAA); however, it could not confirm the amount or timeline for the capital injection. Treasury confirmed in the National Budget that, during 2017/18,... 

Treasury agrees, in principle, to substantial capital injection for SAA

Treasury says investor confidence in Sanral improves

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2017 Despite ongoing uncertainty surrounding fee collection for the much-contested e-tolling of certain Gauteng freeways by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), the National Treasury believes investor confidence in the agency has returned following the conclusion of two successful... 

Treasury says investor confidence in Sanral improves

Restructured Imperial continues disposal spree

By: Irma Venter     21st February 2017 A new-look, restructured Imperial Holdings has, since 2015, disposed of, or is busy disposing of, 42 businesses with a total revenue of R11.9-billion and operating profit of R937-million. These disposals include Regent Insurance’s non-South African operations, as well as Jurgens Caravans and... 

Restructured Imperial continues disposal spree
Photo by Duane Daws
Mark Lamberti

Pretoria train crash injured now number over 200

By: News24Wire      21st February 2017 The final figure of the number of people injured when two passenger trains heading in opposite directions collided head-on at the Rosslyn station during peak hour on Monday evening is currently at 216, Metrorail said on Tuesday. Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said 177 commuters were... 

Germany, South Africa discuss the prospect of fuel cell buses

By: Kim Cloete     20th February 2017 South African specialists and government officials have met with their German counterparts to discuss a pilot project to introduce hydrogen fuel cell buses in two cities in South Africa. Germany has already rolled out some such buses in Berlin, Stuttgart and Hamburg and is sharing its experience... 

New Draft White Paper suggests standard gauge network for freight rail 

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 A new national rail strategy, proposed to become legislation in 2018/2019, will give policy direction to the rail sector for the first time in 150 years, says Department of Transport deputy director-general rail Jan-David de Villiers. The policy – currently a Draft White Paper – comes as South... 

New Draft White Paper suggests standard gauge network for freight rail

A380 airliner restored to the Johannesburg route by Emirates

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2017 Major international airline Emirates, based in Dubai, recently reintroduced the Airbus A380 Superjumbo on to its Dubai-Johannesburg route, to meet growing passenger demand. Previously, the airline had operated the A380 on its Johannesburg route for a few months in 2011/2012, but the market had... 

Acquisitions help bolster logistics group in ‘difficult’ market

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 Logistics group OneLogix has, for the six-month period ended November 30, reaped the benefit from recent acquisitions and property infrastructure developments. The group reported a 12% increase in revenue compared with the same period in 2015, to more than R1-billion. The jump came as a result of... 

African and global airlines enjoyed strong passenger growth last year

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2017 Last year, African airlines experienced their strongest year of passenger growth since 2012, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported. Passenger numbers on international flights within, and to and from, the continent, measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs),... 

Armscor announces preferred bidders for new Navy ship projects 

By: Keith Campbell     16th February 2017 South Africa’s defence acquisition, disposals and research and development agency Armscor announced on Thursday 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 for... 

Armscor announces preferred bidders for new Navy ship projects
Photo by Damen
A Damen Stan Patrol 4207 IPV of the Mexican Navy. It is not known what IPV design the company has offered South Africa. This picture merely gives an idea of what Damen can offer

Fireblade Aviation rejects security claims about its base at OR Tambo International Airport 

By: Keith Campbell     16th February 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, will be totally under the control of the relevant government agencies. This was made clear in a... 

Fireblade Aviation rejects security claims about its base at OR Tambo International Airport
Photo by Duane Daws
Nicky Oppenheimer

Court rules in favour of Comair in SAA case

By: News24Wire      15th February 2017 Comair advised shareholders on Wednesday that the South Gauteng High Court has ruled in its favour in a case Comair initiated against South African Airways (SAA) 14 years ago in respect of the national carrier's anti-competitive travel agent incentive schemes. According to Comair the scheme was... 

Gibela starts recruiting staff for Dunnottar manufacturing facility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2017 The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium has started recruiting operators and artisans for its new manufacturing facility, as well as trainees for its new training centre, at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, prioritising historically disadvantaged residents of Ekurhuleni East. The consortium, which was... 

Gibela starts recruiting staff for Dunnottar manufacturing facility

Comair posts solid H1 results despite low occupancy levels

By: Anine Kilian     14th February 2017 The domestic aviation industry continues to have surplus capacity, resulting in occupancy levels that remain low by international standards, says JSE-listed Comair. The company, nevertheless, grew its revenue by 6% for the six months to December 31, as a result of a recovery in yields, but... 

Further disruptions to Johannesburg traffic as another M1 lane closes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th February 2017 Commuters in Johannesburg must once again prepare for further traffic setbacks, as the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will, from February 16, close one of the four southbound lanes of the double decker bridge. This lane closure, which forms part of the JRA’s overall rehabilitation programme for... 

Further disruptions to Johannesburg traffic as another M1 lane closes

Airports company reports good increases in passenger numbers in 2016

By: Keith Campbell     14th February 2017 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) had a record year last year, in terms of the numbers of passengers who passed through its airports. This was revealed on Tuesday when it published its latest 'Aviation Barometer' report. This is the fourth edition of the report, which is compiled from... 

Gautrain expansion project could see local spend of up to R79bn  

By: Irma Venter     14th February 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, on Tuesday, he noted that the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA)... 

Gautrain expansion project could see local spend of up to R79bn
Photo by Duane Daws
GMA CEO Jack van der Merwe

South Africa to strengthen bilateral trade in shipbuilding with France

By: African News Agency      14th February 2017 South Africa has agreed to advance trade and economic relations with France in the shipbuilding industry. This comes after Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies had a courtesy meeting with the new French Ambassador to South Africa Christophe Farnaud, in Cape Town, on Monday. 

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