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Transport News

Passenger transport sector braves for tough wage negotiations

By: African News Agency      24th January 2017 The South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) on Monday, said it was ready for tough wage negotiations beginning this week for the passenger bus sector. The transport unions and employers in the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council would put their offers on the table... 

Fly Blue Crane business rescue practitioner confident of success

By: African News Agency      23rd January 2017 The business rescue practitioner overseeing Fly Blue Crane’s re-engineering process Etienne Naude says he is confident that the airline will overcome its current problems and go on to prosper. He has also been encouraged by the high morale, determination, and focus of both the management team and... 

A400M reportedly wins second export order

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 French aerospace journal “Air et Cosmos” and British defence media group Jane’s have both reported that the Indonesian government has approved the purchase of five Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft. Both cite local Indonesian media as the source of the information. According to the French... 

A400M reportedly wins second export order
Photo by Airbus
An Airbus A400M

Awards boost drivercentric approach to managing truck drivers

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2017 Commercial vehicle insurance firm Regent’s Highway Heroes campaign recognises the skill required to safely and efficiently handle a freight vehicle on South Africa’s and Southern Africa’s testing roads, and has demonstrated the benefits of driver-centric initiatives to improve awareness and safe... 

Awards boost drivercentric approach to managing  truck drivers
PAUL DANGERFIELD, LAWRENCE MATAVIRE, WAYNE RAUTENBACH The campaign reminds us how important truck drivers are to the economy

Cost, rather than value, still driving SA’s transport investments

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 South Africa’s transport procurement system is often driven by cost, rather than value, says Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. “We tend to look for the lowest-cost supplier of services and equipment and not always the best value. The problem with this is... 

Local light passenger and utility aircraft programme taking off

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 Wonderboom Airport, in Pretoria (within the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality), is the nest within which a fledgling civilian aircraft manufacturing company is developing. Based in the airport’s Hangar 1, Falcon Air has developed and is producing its Falcon 402 general aviation aircraft, albeit... 

Local light passenger and utility aircraft programme taking off

Airlink continues fleet modernisation and growth programme with Embraer 

By: Keith Campbell     19th January 2017 South African private-sector airline Airlink and Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer jointly announced on Thursday that the carrier was leasing five of the manufacturer’s E-Jet family airliners. The aircraft, three E170s and two E190s, will be obtained from ECC Leasing, which is a... 

Airlink continues fleet modernisation and growth programme with Embraer
Photo by Embraer
An Embraer E190 of Airlink

The Pretoria-based Falcon 402 aircraft programme 

     19th January 2017 Falcon Air, based at Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria, has developed and is producing the Falcon 402 single-engined passenger and utility aircraft. Keith Campbell reports. 

The Pretoria-based Falcon 402 aircraft programme
The Pretoria-based Falcon 402 aircraft programme

South Africa could possibly downscale number of international airports

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 Cabinet will, this year, review and take a decision on rationalising the number of international airports in South Africa, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Wednesday. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, he said Cabinet had already taken a decision last year “that there are too... 

South Africa could possibly downscale number of international airports

Home Affairs allocates R25m to debottleneck OR Tambo immigration 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 To accommodate the yearly increase of travellers at the OR Tambo International Airport, the Department of Home Affairs is allocating R25-million for the 2017/18 financial year to appoint 58 additional immigration officials. This followed as the number of travellers using the airport increased to... 

Home Affairs allocates R25m to debottleneck OR Tambo immigration

Sanral rehabilitation project derisks Uitenhage power failures 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2017 The completion of an R80-million slope stabilisation engineering project in Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan region, in the Eastern Cape, has prevented the risk of damage to power cables and related blackouts in Uitenhage. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Tuesday... 

Sanral rehabilitation project derisks Uitenhage power failures

TNPA celebrates key milestone at Maydon Wharf

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) last week celebrated a significant milestone, when the Port of Durban’s Maydon Wharf precinct serviced Bright Sky, the first vessel to use the common-user Berth 14 after its reconstruction. Forming part of a six-berth reconstruction project at the port,... 

TNPA celebrates key milestone at Maydon Wharf

Comair CEO raises questions on State airlines merger 

By: News24Wire      12th January 2017 It is unclear what a merger between the three State-owned airlines SAA, Mango and SA Express would achieve that cannot be achieved by each airline individually, Erik Venter, CEO of Comair, told Fin24. This was in reaction to a parliamentary response by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown.... 

Airbus very happy with its 2016 production and delivery results

By: Keith Campbell     11th January 2017 Despite 2016 being an “unusually difficult year from a production perspective”, European airliner manufacturer Airbus Commercial Aircraft met all its delivery targets for the year, company president Fabrice Brégier told journalists worldwide on Wednesday. “I’m very proud to tell you we have... 

Airbus very happy with its 2016 production and delivery results
Photo by Airbus Commercial Aircraft
Airbus A330 (rear), A350-900 (foreground) and A380 (in the lead) airliners fly in formation

Comair to post higher H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2017 JSE-listed Comair on Wednesday said it expects a 20% hike in earnings for the six months to December 31, 2016. The group, which is currently finalising its interim results, had reported a substantial decrease in earnings a share to 18c and headline earnings a share to 13.1c during the preceding... 

CTIA expands routes to boost tourism as it reaches 10m passengers a year milestone

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2017 Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) is, in collaboration with the Western Cape government, targeting the development and initiation of new routes to key strategic markets. Cape Town Air Access, in a partnership with CTIA, the City of Cape Town, Wesgro, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and... 

CTIA expands routes to boost tourism as it reaches 10m passengers a year milestone

Transport Minister reports 5% increase in festive season road deaths

By: African News Agency      10th January 2017 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Tuesday blamed unqualified and reckless drivers for the significant increase in road crashes and fatalities that occurred during the past festive season, saying that drivers needed to change their behaviour on the roads. According to the Road Traffic Management... 

Sneakers worth R8.7m seized at S Africa-Mozambique border

By: African News Agency      29th December 2016 The South African Revenue Service said on Wednesday that customs services at Lebombo border post had made a “massive seizure” of suspected counterfeit sneakers with a total value of R8.7-million early on Monday morning. A total of 9 085 pairs of sneakers carrying the Adidas brand and 1 850 pairs... 

Sneakers worth R8.7m seized at S Africa-Mozambique border

PRASA must get house in order or face collapse – Untu 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd December 2016 The United National Transport Union (Untu) has lashed out against South African railway services, including the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and Transnet, stating that it needed to provide proper service, or face “total collapse”. The union said that a number of incidences in the... 

PRASA must get house in order or face collapse – Untu

Sanral inclusive approach to ease roads tax burden – Outa 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday welcomed South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) newly appointed CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma’s statement that the agency will be “looking to achieve a balanced funding portfolio with fuel tax-based revenue, as well as toll... 

Sanral inclusive approach to ease roads tax burden – Outa

RTMC supports initiatives to improve compliance in road users

By: Sane Dhlamini     20th December 2016 The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has come out in support of municipal initiatives to improve compliance, which will see local traffic departments confiscating cell phones, as well as imposing heavy fines on drivers who do not have licenses. RTMC CEO Advocate Makhosini Msibi said... 

RTMC supports initiatives to improve compliance in road users

Western Cape roads upgrades progressing to plan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2016 A R178-million Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) project to rehabilitate and resurface sections of the R311 and R45 in the Moorreesburg area is progressing well, it said on Tuesday. Construction started in June 2015 and is now scheduled for completion by July 2017,... 

Sanral embarks on R226m road resurfacing project  

By: Ilan Solomons     19th December 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has announced a R226-million road resurfacing project between the Eastern Cape towns of Grahamstown and Fort Beaufort.    Resurfacing of the R67 from Grahamstown to Fort Beaufort will commence in January and is set to be completed by... 

Company completes Wolmerton rail project

By: Sascha Solomons     16th December 2016 Rail track construction, rehabilitation, electrification and maintenance provider Grindrod Rail Construction (GRC), in a joint venture with engineering company Bakara, has completed the rail refurbishment of the Wolmerton Depot. This forms part of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s... 

Company completes Wolmerton rail project
WOLMERTON DEPOT The Wolmerton Depot overhaul falls under PRASA’s Depot Modernisation Programme

Engineering solutions provider showcases manufacturing capabilities

By: David Oliveira     16th December 2016 Engineering solutions provider Ansys earlier this month hosted investors and media on a tour of its technology investment business unit Parsec’s manufacturing facility, in Irene, Gauteng. Ansys CEO Rynier van der Watt highlighted that the facility is dedicated to the manufacture of high-end... 

Execution of PRASA project contributes to outstanding results

     16th December 2016 Railway sector services provider Alstom Group announced in its “outstanding” fiscal year 2016/17 results that trains reached €1.6-billon sales, with ongoing execution of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) project in South Africa among other deliveries of suburban, regional and... 

First new PRASA train sets to enter service

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2016 The first trains delivered in the R51-billion rolling stock acquisition programme for Metrorail operations are gearing up for service, says the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The agency says the testing and commissioning of the units “have progressed well in the past six months,... 

Fourteen airport rail links planned in Africa, including two more in SA

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2016 There are more than 7 000 airports indexed at the International Air Transport Association (Iata), with 600 of those handling more than 1-million passengers a year. Around 150 of these 600 airports have rail access directly to the terminals, with only 23 of the 150 featuring dedicated,... 

Fourteen airport rail links planned in Africa, including two more in SA

Funding secured for metered taxi owner-driver scheme

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2016 SA Taxi has secured R300-million in funding from Futuregrowth Asset Management, which it will use to provide financing to the company’s Zebra Cabs owner-driver scheme.  SA Taxi is South Africa’s largest financier of minibus taxis. It acquired Zebra Cabs metered taxis in 2015, motivated by the... 

Railway company investments to facilitate economic growth

By: Sascha Solomons     16th December 2016 The current investments by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and State-owned freight utility Transnet will largely facilitate economic growth in South Africa through major infrastructure projects currently under way, says consulting and auditing firm KPMG infrastructure deal... 

Railway company investments to facilitate economic growth
Photo by Duane Daws
DE BUYS SCOTT investments by the PRASA and Transnet will largely facilitate economic growth in South Africa

Road-rail vehicle firm tailors new offering to rail maintenance market

By: Dylan Slater     16th December 2016 A new 20 t Crane road-rail vehicle (RRV) was launched to the South African market last month by Olifantsfontein-based rail systems manufacturer RailPro, and is intended to meet domestic requirements of rail infrastructure construction and general rail-related maintenance.  

Road-rail vehicle firm tailors new offering to rail maintenance market
LIFTING CAPABILITY The crane rail-road vehicle offers the benefits and low-operating costs of a regular truck with ease of access to rail lines

Saxdowns road in Kuils River now open to commuters

By: African News Agency      15th December 2016 Kuils River near Cape Town has a new bridge after the Saxdowns road and bridge was officially opened to traffic on Thursday, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority said. The 1.8 km section of Saxdowns road features a new 25 m bridge which stretches over the Bottelary river. 

Malawi hoping to woo shipbuilding investors to Lake Malawi

By: Marcel Chimwala     15th December 2016 Malawi is looking for investors to establish shipbuilding and repair facilities on the shores of Lake Malawi. Ministry of Transport and Public Works marine services director Laston Makudzula says potential investors have indicated their interest. 

TNPA to issue tender for berth deepening megaproject

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) multibillion-rand Main Marine Construction Works package, part of the R7-billion Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2 berths 203 to 205 reconstruction, deepening and lengthening project, will be put out to tender this month. The tender process for... 

TNPA to issue tender for berth deepening megaproject

UK government report slams St Helena airport development 

By: Irma Venter     14th December 2016 The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has spent £285.5-million of British taxpayers’ money on building an airport in St Helena that is not usable by commercial airlines. This is the main finding of a report published by the UK House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts on... 

UK government report slams St Helena airport development
The St Helena Airport

Transnet appoints Ngqura liquid bulk terminal operator

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th December 2016 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has selected independent bulk liquid storage provider Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) as the preferred bidder to plan, fund, build, own, maintain and operate a new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura, in Port Elizabeth. OTGC,... 

Additional staff deployed at ports of entry over the festive season

By: African News Agency      9th December 2016 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced on Thursday that a total of 92 additional staff members would be deployed at OR Tambo International Airport over the festive season. “The two shifts of additional staff will allow for 100 percent capacity at the workstations, with all cubicles... 

Additional staff deployed at ports of entry over the festive season
Photo by Duane Daws
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

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