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SA, UK political uncertainty dampens trading conditions, says Super Group

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2018 Challenging trading conditions and political uncertainty continued to depress trading conditions at transport logistics and mobility company, Super Group. The group on Monday reported a 27.5% increase in revenue for the six months ended December 31, compared with the same period in 2016, to... 

Mines pledge to assist RAL with provincial road infrastructure delivery projects

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2018 Provincial road infrastructure delivery agency Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) has identified four opportunities for potential future strategic partnerships, which are valued at an estimated R1.12-billion, based on a preliminary technical assessment. This follows the RAL's stakeholder engagement and... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th February 2018 “People are concerned about noise, emissions, and safety. We are working to make aviation safer, greener and more comfortable for people,” highlighted Professor Sergey Chernyshev, General Director of Russia’s renowned Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (much better known in English by the... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

Reuse of road construction materials mitigates road damage 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 To eliminate extensive road damage, construction company Wirtgen SA sales manager Waylon Kukard explains that for an environment-friendly rehabilitation of road pavements, existing construction materials need to be fully reused, which significantly reduces material costs. 

Reuse of road construction materials mitigates  road damage
Wirtgen South Africa sales manager Waylon Kukard discusses the benefits of road rehabilitation and cold recycling. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

Projects boding well for geotechnical contractor

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 Specialist geotechnical contractor and subsidiary of Keller Group, Franki Africa, is providing 46 000 Columns with Mixed Moduli (CMM) for the 350 000 m2 Clairwood logistics park construction site project.  

Projects boding well for geotechnical contractor
WAREHOUSING NEEDS The Clairwood logistics park is being built on Durban’s 91-year-old Clairwood racecourse site to meet the growing demand for A-grade logistics and distribution facilities in the south of Durban

Materials supplier company secures contract

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 Construction materials company Afrimat has been awarded a contract to supply building material to the Mozambique liquefied natural gas fields, which will be developed by oil and gas exploration company Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, on the northern border of the country.  

Materials supplier company secures contract
BUILDING NEEDS Afrimat will supply materials – aggregates, ready-mix concrete, bricks and blocks – for the resettlement village at a gasfields development project in Mozambique

JRA to convert Jan Smuts avenue to a dual carriageway

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2018 The Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) has developed a draft design for the future upgrading of Jan Smuts avenue to a dual carriageway from Northwold drive to Bolton drive and from Eighth avenue to Kent road in Rosebank, to improve mobility and decrease congestion on the main arterial route. The... 

Vandalism threatens Cape Town public transport – Councillor Herron

By: African News Agency      15th February 2018 The latest statistics on vandalism of Cape Town's bus services MyCiTi, Golden Arrow, and Prasa - the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa – indicate that public transport faces an onslaught, Councillor Brett Herron said on Wednesday. Herron, a member of the mayoral committee for transport and... 

TFR transports record chrome volumes from mines to ports

By: Schalk Burger     14th February 2018 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has transported a record 5.77-million tons of chrome by rail from mines to the ports in the first 47 weeks of the current financial year. This exceeds the 5.75-million tons of chrome transported by rail in the prior financial year. 

Commission seeks penalty against SA Airlink for alleged predatory pricing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 The Competition Commission has referred regional feeder airline SA Airlink to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution on charges of alleged excessive and predatory pricing. The commission initiated an investigation into SA Airlink’s conduct with regard to the Johannesburg–Mthatha route after... 

Record performance by South Africa’s biggest private-sector airline

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th February 2018 South African private-sector airline group Comair, operator of the British Airways in South Africa and Kulula low cost carrier brands, announced on Tuesday that it had achieved a record performance for the first half of the current financial year (July 1 to December 31, 2017). Earnings before... 

Record performance by South Africa’s biggest private-sector airline
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
A Boeing 737 of Comair’s low cost Kulula brand

KAP gears up for growth, announces solid interim results

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2018 Diversified industrial group KAP Industrial Holdings has raised R2-billion through the issuance of three- to five-year bond tenures to fund its future growth, the firm stated in its six-month interim results for the period ended December 31. The group on Monday reported that its revenue from... 

City of Cape Town announces winning bidder for foreshore redevelopment

By: African News Agency      12th February 2018 The City of Cape Town on Monday announced that Mitchell Du Plessis Associates (MDA) have been chosen as the winning bid for the redevelopment of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct, which includes completing the unfinished flyover that has marked the city's skyline for more than 40 years. The City... 

MyCiTi commuters to bear brunt of attacks on bus stations

By: News24Wire      12th February 2018 The City of Cape Town has condemned what it termed "orchestrated attacks" by protesters on two MyCiTi bus stations. Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, said the attacks on the MyCiTi bus stations would cause major inconveniences to commuters. 

Dedicated unit set up to combat crime on Cape Town trains

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 The City of Cape Town, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), and the Western Cape Government on Friday agreed to establish a dedicated unit to secure the safety of Metrorail commuters and key infrastructure. Metrorail's Central Line, which serves largely poor and working class... 

Electric trucks sale targeted for 2019

9th February 2018 Truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with the first units already being put into operation together with selected reference customers this year. 

Electric trucks sale  targeted for 2019
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Volvo Trucks’ electric trucks will reduce the burden on the roads during daytime rush-hour traffic

Airline’s latest order of superjumbos significantly extends life of A380 programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 The recent order of further Airbus A380 airliners by Emirates Airlines has guaranteed that the Superjumbo will remain in production for at least another decade, an Airbus spokesperson assures “Engineering News”. On January 18 it was announced that Airbus and Emirates had signed a Memorandum of... 

Iata welcomes latest African ‘open skies’ initiative

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed the launch of the African Union’s (AU’s) Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative. This is intended to improve intra-African air transport links by “opening up” the skies above the continent. The initiation of the SAATM... 

Global aeronautics body promoting networking among young researchers

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 The International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) is seeking to develop international interactions between young professionals working in both technical and non-technical areas of aviation research around the world. This initiative is described as “early career networking” and is a focus area... 

Joburg aiming to complete assessment of feasibility of electric buses by end-2019

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2018 The City of Johannesburg hopes to conclude a near-term feasibility study on the use of battery electric and fuel-cell buses by the end of 2019. With this done, it could be possible to introduce an electric bus to the city’s bus fleet in a pilot implementation project in 2023, says City of... 

Transnet to lease rolling stock to Zambia Railways

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 South African logistics firm Transnet will lease locomotives and wagons to Zambia Railways to boost its capacity to handle bulk cargo, Zambia Railways' CEO said on Thursday. Zambia Railways CEO Christopher Musonda said Transnet had agreed to lease eight locomotives and 600 wagons to the Zambian... 

Richards Bay zone woos investors at Cape Town's Mining Indaba

By: African News Agency      8th February 2018 The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) went on a charm offensive at the Mining Indaba held in Cape Town to woo local and international investors seeking export and import opportunities in KwaZulu-Natal province. RBIDZ acting manager for business development and support, Mzamo... 

Limpopo roads agency seeks funding from mining sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2018 Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) will, on February 16, host a stakeholder engagement and fundraising session with the mining industry in the Sekhukhune district municipality. The session is aimed at building cofunding relationships between RAL, the mines and local communities, RAL CEO Maselaganye Matji... 

New R14m slipway, truck arrestor bed being built at Sir Lowry's Pass

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2018 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) has started a R14-million project to build a new slipway and truck arrestor bed on the downward slope of the N2 near Sir Lowry's Pass road, in Cape Town. The project is expected to be complete by August and construction will take... 

Thousands of train commuters still stranded in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      8th February 2018 Tens of thousands of commuters who use Cape Town's central line are still waiting for Metrorail to say when the train service, suspended since January 8, will be restored. Meanwhile commuters on the northern line were greeted by a filthy toilet this week, according to a GroundUp report.The... 

New dawn for platinum mining – Robert Friedland

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2018 New cars being produced in Japan have platinum- and copper-intensive fuel cell drives that outdo battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs) in cold climates as the EV batteries drain when the heaters are switched on, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday.... 

New dawn for platinum mining – Robert Friedland

One killed, two injured in accident at Gautrain depot

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2018 A full investigation is under way to determine the root cause of an incident at the Gautrain depot, in Midrand, in which one employee was killed and another two injured. The accident occurred at about midnight on February 6, when a maintenance rail-road vehicle, which the deceased employee was... 

PRASA board to receive summons from Parliament

By: African News Agency      6th February 2018 MPs on Tuesday resolved to summons interim board members of South Africa's Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to Parliament to account for the failing state of train services in the country. A subpoena will be issued after the board members failed to pitch for a meeting with Parliament's... 

TPT boosts PE port handling volumes, rail use

By: Schalk Burger     6th February 2018 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) achieved higher than forecast automotive and container handling volumes at the Port Elizabeth port in December, which it attributes to greater demand from local and international markets, along with automotive investments made in the region, TPT Eastern Cape GM Siya... 

Plasser agrees to pay R8.4m penalty for collusion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th February 2018 Railway construction and maintenance company Plasser South Africa has agreed to pay R8.4-million in a settlement penalty after admitting to partaking in collusion. The Competition Commission on Tuesday said it reached a settlement agreement with the company, which provides railway line track... 

Mbazima urges immediate dialogue on rail, port expansion

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2018 South Africa’s ability to revitalise crucial infrastructure, especially rail and port networks, is among the key actions needed to bring investment back into the South African mining industry, Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima said on Monday. Speaking on first day of... 

Mbazima urges immediate dialogue on rail, port expansion
Photo by Duane Daws
Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima

National carrier makes changes on Johannesburg/London route

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd February 2018 South African Airways (SAA) announced on Thursday that it was assigning its new Airbus A330-300 wide-body airliners to its Johannesburg/London route, with effect from March 25. It also announced that it was cutting the daily frequency of its flights between Johannesburg and London to one, from... 

National carrier makes changes on Johannesburg/London route
Photo by Airbus
One of SAA’s new A330-300 airliners

New coal terminal planned for Beira could be a gateway to the east

By: Kim Cloete     2nd February 2018 A coal terminal planned for construction at Mozambique’s Beira port could be a gateway for imports and exports from the landlocked countries of Zimbabwe, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Botswana and could greatly boost coal exports to India. Essar Ports CEO Tej Nargundkar... 

Transnet signals it’s on track to free up coal export routes

By: Kim Cloete     2nd February 2018 Transnet is moving ahead with projects to boost the volume of coal carried from the coalfields to the port of Richards Bay and Maputo, says GM of Capital Planning Brian Monakali. He told delegates attending the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, this week, that some of... 

We are getting to a stage when we will be uninsurable – PRASA

By: African News Agency      2nd February 2018 State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on Thursday said it would soon be “uninsurable” if criminal activity, leading to-millions of rands in loss and damage, was not halted. Cromet Molepo, the acting group chief executive for PRASA made the comments at a media briefing in... 

Digitalisation major topic at railways expo and conference

2nd February 2018 In line with trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and analytics and machine learning, digitalisation will play a major role in this year’s Africa Rail agenda. The conference will look at the innovative technologies and systems that are transforming the African industry and... 

Digitalisation major  topic at railways expo  and conference
GROWING NUMBERS Africa Rail organiser Terrapinn expects 7 000 attendees this year

Inaugural conference aims to find cross-border trade solutions

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd February 2018 nvestment conference organiser Resources 4 Africa’s inaugural Cross-Border Mining Services (CBMS) Africa Indaba aims to find solutions to the challenges that the African mining industry faces when procuring and transporting goods and services across the continent. “This is the only event in... 

Inaugural conference aims to find cross-border trade solutions
EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE The Cross-Border Mining Services Africa Indaba will bring together heads of procurement and supply chain from mining companies, equipment suppliers and engineering, procurement and construction managers

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