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Grindex pumps’ warranty extended by 12 months

5th October 2018 In an unprecedented move in the local pump industry, pump distributor Integrated Pump Technology (IPT) announced the extension of the warranty on Grindex submersible pumps from 18 months to 30 months at Electra Mining Africa 2018. IPR MD Colin Adams says as the official sub-Saharan distributor of... 

ATNS announces interim CEO

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th October 2018 The Board of Directors of South Africa’s Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), the State-owned company responsible for the country’s air traffic control, announced on Wednesday that it had appointed an interim CEO for the organisation. He is Thomas Kgokolo, who was (before his new... 

African transport infrastructure insufficient for continental growth – Nzimande

By: African News Agency      4th October 2018 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has said that if Africa wants to capitalise on its fast growth trajectory it needed better transport and logistics as current infrastructure was “insufficient”. Delivering the keynote address at the 2018 African Ports and Rail Evolution Conference at the Inkosi... 

First African Rolls-Royce lease engine storage facility opens at SAAT

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd October 2018 In the culmination of a two-year journey, Rolls-Royce and South African Airways Technical (SAAT) on Wednesday celebrated the official opening of Rolls-Royce’s first lease engine storage facility in Africa. This facility, based at SAAT’s premises in Kempton Park, Gauteng, marks a milestone event... 

First African Rolls-Royce lease engine storage facility opens at SAAT
(Left to Right) Rolls-Royce Africa customers VP Kevin Evans, Trade and Industry acting deputy director general Thandi Phele and SAAT acting CEO Wellington Nyuswa

Aveng to sell rail business to Mathupha Capital for R133m

By: Terence Creamer     3rd October 2018 JSE-listed infrastructure group Aveng announced on Wednesday that it would sell its rail business to black-owned investment company Mathupha Capital for R133-million. The proposed transaction is subject to several conditions, including Competition Commission approval, but it is nevertheless... 

Aveng to sell rail business to Mathupha Capital for R133m

Transnet lining up to be a global player by 2020, Gama tells delegates

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2018 Embattled Transnet chief executive Siyabonga Gama on Tuesday told delegates at a transport and logistics conference in Durban that the parastatal is aiming to be a multi-billion rand player in the global logistics game by 2020. “We aim to grow Transnet to a R100-billion business by 2020 and a top... 

Nzimande slams DA for state of emergency call over trains

By: News24Wire      2nd October 2018 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has slammed the DA's calls to have a state of emergency called in the Western Cape over the state of train services. Last month, Mayoral Committee member for Transport and Urban Development Brett Herron made the request after an attack on a train en route to... 

N1 upgrades in Western Cape now 60% complete, completion targeted for May 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2018 The R487-million upgrade of a section of the N1 between Plattekloof road and Old Oak interchange, in the Western Cape, is 60% complete. The project is expected to be completed by May 2019.  

Transnet head Gama given notice of termination, board confirms

By: News24Wire      28th September 2018 The Transnet Board has confirmed Transnet group chief executive Siyabonga Gama was given notice of termination, with ten days to justify why he should not be axed. In a statement, the Board said it had on Thursday served Gama with a letter explaining its decision, citing "serious violations" of... 

Transnet head Gama given notice of termination, board confirms
Photo by Dylan Slater
Siyabonga Gama

Air freight volumes see reduced growth, but yields remain good

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th September 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported, in its “Cargo Chartbook Q3 2018”, that the yearly increase in air freight ton/kilometres (FTKs) had decelerated to 2.8% during the three month period ending in July. This was “its slowest pace on this basis in more than two years,”... 

South African missile test programme concluded on a high note

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th September 2018 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has announced the successful completion of the guided missile qualification test series for the A-Darter infrared (IR) homing short range air-to-air missile system. The A-Darter is a fifth generation missile that uses an imaging IR seeker... 

Musings on the local aerospace and defence industries

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th September 2018 Last week saw the latest edition of Africa Aerospace and Defence, still the continent’s premier exhibition in this sector, attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. And, naturally, drawing one’s thoughts to the state of the closely related but not identical aerospace and defence... 

Local strides to hydrogen economy tempered by cost, industrialisation questions

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2018 The use of platinum group metals-based fuel cells in electricity and mobility applications is expected to provide ample commercial opportunities for South Africa, in line with worldwide trends to decarbonise electricity generation and transport. However, the high cost of these technologies,... 

Airports Company reports fall in its earnings but also in its debt

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th September 2018 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), one of the few South African State-owned companies that has been able to keep itself financially healthy, reported on Thursday that, despite declines in its revenues, profits, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), it... 

Airports Company reports fall in its earnings but also in its debt

Cameroonian rail firm Camrail convicted over 2016 deadly train crash

By: Reuters     27th September 2018 Cameroonian rail operator Camrail and eleven other defendants were found guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Wednesday in connection with a train derailment that killed 79 people and wounded over 600 in October 2016. The packed train operated by Camrail, a unit of French industrial group... 

Trafigura Group helps re-establish historic African trade route

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th September 2018 Independent commodity trading group Trafigura has successfully taken the first step towards reopening one of Africa’s most historic trade routes, with a train journey that ended in the Angolan port of Lobito on Saturday, September 22. A cargo of 800 t of copper blister, bought by Trafigura from... 

SAA states it is ahead of plan in terms of trading performance

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th September 2018 Embattled State-owned national carrier South African Airways affirmed in a press release on Wednesday that its turnaround strategy was “on track”. It reported that its results for the first quarter indicated that it was “ahead of the plan in its trading performance”. But the release did not give... 

E-toll summonses up nearly 20-fold in 3 years

By: News24Wire      26th September 2018 Summonses issued for e-toll nonpayments have increased nearly 20-fold over the past three years but collections are down, according to data supplied by the minister of transport to members of Parliament. Transport Minister Blade Nzimande gave details on the number of summonses issued by the South... 

 E-toll summonses up nearly 20-fold in 3 years

Fastjet flags dwindling cash resources, may end Tanzania operations

By: Reuters     26th September 2018 African airline Fastjet said on Wednesday its available cash resources were minimal and said it was in talks with major shareholders regarding potential equity fundraising. The company also said it was evaluating its Tanzanian operations and could cease operations in country. 

PRASA 'indefinitely' suspends trains in KZN

By: News24Wire      25th September 2018 There will be no trains in the entire province of KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) confirmed to News24 on Monday evening. PRASA provincial spokesperson Zama Nomnganga said they have indefinitely suspended all their operations in KZN. "Yes, we have done... 

Selling off assets won't save SAA, says DA

By: African News Agency      24th September 2018 Reported plans to sell off certain assets will not save the South African Airways (SAA) and the airline needs to be put into business rescue, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday. The DA was not surprised by media reports on Sunday that SAA was contemplating selling off assets as a result of... 

Air traffic control undergoing a digital revolution

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 The dramatic advances in information and communications technology, electro-optical technologies and digitalisation have enabled a revolution to take place in terms of airport air (and ground) traffic control. This was highlighted in a briefing at the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018 exhibition... 

Air traffic control undergoing a digital revolution
Photo by Dylan Slater
Saab VP: Civil Security Middle East and North Africa region David Schomar

Potential buyer ditches plan to acquire Bidcorp's UK logistics business

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 International food distributor Bid Corporation Ltd (Bidcorp) said on Friday the prospective buyer for its UK logistics business is no longer interested in buying it, citing internal reasons. In August the South African company said is was finalising an agreement to sell that business to an... 

Partnerships enable HighJump to bring new supply chain technology to Africa

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 With the help of its partners, supply chain software company HighJump is bringing new logistics, freight and warehouse technologies into South Africa and Africa. These technologies include the use of voice commands, which will be important to interact with automated systems and robots that are a... 

Sanral awards R1.65bn Msikaba megabridge contract to Concor Mota-Engil JV

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has awarded the Concor Mota-Engil joint venture (JV) the second of two megabridge construction contracts as part of the N2 Wild Coast project. The R1.65-billion bridge will be built near Lusikisiki over the Msikaba gorge.  

Sanral awards R1.65bn Msikaba megabridge contract to Concor Mota-Engil JV
Artist impression of Msikaba bridge

Ngqura Port celebrates milestone

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 The developing Port of Ngqura, owned by Transnet National Ports Authority, celebrated a milestone this week, with the arrival of the first vessel discharging cargo for Osho Cement. Osho Cement is a new cement manufacturer currently under construction in the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in... 

Ngqura Port celebrates milestone

Sanral completes road improvements on R510

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 The South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) has completed repairs to and the resealing of the 61-km-long R510, which runs from Rustenburg, in the North West, to the Limpopo border. “The road is now much more comfortable for drivers and safer for pedestrians. It has brought some... 

Pretoria high court dismisses Transnet director's challenge to dismissal

By: African News Agency      19th September 2018 The Pretoria High court on Tuesday dismissed former Transnet director Seth Radebe's challenge to have his removal by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan set aside. Gordhan said in a statement he welcomed the ruling, adding that Rabebe's approach to the court had been "vexacious". 

Cable theft puts brakes on Pretoria-Joburg Metrorail trains

By: African News Agency      19th September 2018 Metrorail said on Wednesday that its train service running between Pretoria and Johannesburg was disrupted due to overhead catenary wires being cut and stolen at Irene from both the up and down lines.  Goodman Matampi, acting provincial manager of Gauteng Metrorail, said trains to and from... 

Comair hikes FY18 earnings despite soaring fuel costs

By: African News Agency      18th September 2018 South African aviation group Comair Limited on Tuesday announced record earnings with a R326 million profit after tax for the year ended 30 June 2018, which was up R29-million to the prior year, despite dismal trading conditions. Comair said that difficult trading conditions included poor GDP... 

TNPA appoints Seroka business development officer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed Linda Seroka business development officer, effective September 18. Seroka’s role will be to explore and unlock growth opportunities for TNPA and its clients in the fields of commercial and marketing, strategy, property and facilities... 

TNPA appoints Seroka business development officer
TNPA business development officer Linda Seroka

South African A-Darter guided missile test programme successfully concluded

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th September 2018 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Monday the successful completion of the guided missile qualification test series for the A-Darter infrared (IR) homing short range air-to-air missile system. The A-Darter is a fifth generation missile that uses an imaging IR... 

South African A-Darter guided missile test programme successfully concluded
Photo by Denel
An A-Darter missile on a wingtip launcher of a Gripen fighter

ELB, Elwatini partner to provide rail solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th September 2018 ELB Engineering Services and Elwatini Rail Consultants have formed a special purpose vehicle (SPV), ELB-Elwatini Rail Solutions, to provide services in rail feasibility studies, railway planning, railway engineering design, construction supervision and management, civil design, traction power and... 

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell train enters commercial service

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2018 The world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train, the Coradia iLint, made its debut this past weekend. The train is equipped with fuel cells that convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, thereby eliminating pollutant emissions related to propulsion. 

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell train enters commercial service

New road paves way into one of the biggest industrial estates in South Africa  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Redefine Properties, together with Abland Property Developers, on Monday unveiled the completed new public road that will improve accessibility to the S&J industrial estate, situated along the N3 highway, south of Germiston, in Gauteng. The construction of... 

New road paves way into one of the biggest industrial estates in South Africa
S&J industrial estate, in Germiston Gauteng

Saldanha port’s iron-ore facility to shut for maintenance from Sept 26

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 Transnet Port Terminal’s (TPT’s) Saldanha iron-ore plant will shut down from September 26, as part of its yearly maintenance plan across mechanical, electrical and structural works. TPT Cape Channel GM Velile Dube states that maintenance is a critical necessity at this stage, since the facility... 

Top trends that are likely to change the way we work and live

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 Quantum computing and flying cars are two of the top trends that Frost & Sullivan has outlined within its top trends for 2018/19 at its CEO Think Tank in Cape Town.  The company has looked at trends that are changing the way we work and live. 

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