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Transport News

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

South African commercial aviation sector outperforming economy, index shows

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2016 The South African commercial aviation sector “is alive and well and outperforming most other sectors of the economy by a considerable margin” reported the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) in a statement released on November 29. The release marked the publication of the... 

Intercontinental hybrid air race raises awareness of unique technology, design

By: Dylan Slater     8th December 2016 Earlier this week Canada-based hybrid airship manufacturer Solar Ship challenged US aerospace, defence and security technologies company Lockheed Martin to undertake an intercontinental friendly air race to raise international awareness about hybrid aircraft and renewable-energy technologies in... 

Alternative fuels power more than 5 000 flights

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     8th December 2016 The global airline industry will have made more than 5 000 commercial flights powered by sustainable alternative fuels by the end of the year, reporters attending the International Air Transport Association’s (Iata's) global media day heard on Thursday. The alternative fuels initiative forms part... 

Alternative fuels power more than 5 000 flights

Global airline industry projects eight consecutive years in the black

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     8th December 2016 GENEVA - The global airline industry expects to post a record net profit of $35.6-billion in 2016, up from $35.3-billion in 2015, with this strong performance forecast to continue into 2017, albeit at a lower level. The projected net profit of $29.8-billion in 2017 would mean eight consecutive... 

Global airline industry projects eight consecutive years in the black
Iata director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac

Air cargo volumes encourage, outperforming weak global trade

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     8th December 2016 Although the global airfreight business continues to face headwinds from weak global trade, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) says there are encouraging signs that growth in air cargo volumes, which came in at 8.2% year‐on‐year in October, will endure into the new year. This was... 

Air cargo volumes encourage, outperforming weak global trade

Gibela progresses Dunnottar site, highlights 500 000 lost-time injury-free hours

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th December 2016 Visible progress is being made on rail consortium Gibela’s R1-billion train factory at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, with some 522 t of structural steel erected, 4 043 m3 of concrete cast, 5 km of piping installed and around 511 000 productive hours worked. In a recent project update for the site,... 

Gibela progresses Dunnottar site, highlights 500 000 lost-time injury-free hours

Transnet lauds successful training collaboration with Glasgow university

By: Anine Kilian     6th December 2016 Another 145 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) employees have completed degrees, diplomas and certificates in railway operations management through the Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). The graduates, along with GCU principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies and Transnet CEO Siyabonga... 

TFR opens steel hub to encourage rail transport 

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th December 2016 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), in conjunction with ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), Barloworld and Grindrod Logistics, have launched a ‘steel hub’ at TFR’s Elandsfontein yard to migrate steel volumes that are being transported by road back onto rail. Two years after first deliberations, last week... 

TFR opens steel hub to encourage rail transport

SAA still years from break-even

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) does not expect to reach break-even point for another five years. “We remain committed to ensuring that the airline becomes financially self-reliant and the arrival of these aircraft mark a stepping stone in our move in that direction,” assured SAA... 

SAA still years from break-even
Photo by SAA
SAA’s first Airbus A330-300 airliner

Botswana, Namibia expand scope of Trans-Kalahari railway project

By: African News Agency      2nd December 2016 The government of Botswana and Namibia have expanded the scope of the Trans-Kalahari Railway Line project from being a dedicated coal export route to a multisectoral project designed to unlock the potential of other economic sectors along the corridor. Addressing parliament in Gaborone on... 

GO!Durban discusses potential of partnerships with eThekwini businesses

By: Shirley le Guern     2nd December 2016 The eThekwini municipality is rezoning the land associated with the first phase of the R22-billion GO!Durban integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN) and is actively courting private sector partnerships to develop commercial nodes around stations along the corridor. “There is still a lot... 

GO!Durban discusses potential of partnerships with eThekwini businesses
eThekwini Transport Authority head Thami Manyathi (centre), shows the emerging Regent Street station to Samsung KwaZulu-Natal GM Karlan Chetty and Samsung KwaZulu-Natal director of business operations Hlubi Shivanda

First new PRASA trains take to the tracks in Tshwane

By: Irma Venter     2nd 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,... 

First new PRASA trains take to the tracks in Tshwane

Freight and logistics company of the year named

     2nd December 2016 South Africa-based transport company Dachser South Africa (SA) has been named the Freight and Logistics Company of the Year at the ninth Transport Africa Awards 2016. The Transport Africa Awards are designed to recognise companies that have demonstrated an unparalleled ability to succeed and have... 

Freight and logistics company of the year named
DACHSER SA Freight and logistics company of the year 2016

Govt appoints consultants to help decide future course for airlines

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 A notice (NT008-2016) on the website of National Treasury has confirmed that a joint venture between Bain and Company South Africa and Abacus Advisory has been appointed the “professional service provider(s) for developing the optimal group corporate structure for the realignment of the... 

Plans in place to stimulate industries for further economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 Being the second largest regional economy after Gauteng, the Western Cape is set on creating new industries as well as stimulating labour-intensive industries such as agroprocessing, marine culture, the green economy, tourism, and oil and gas to further grow the economy. 

Plans in place to stimulate industries for further  economic growth
JANINE MYBURGH There has been great cooperation between the private sector, the province and the council to improve, build and promote Cape Town

The worst appears to be over for mining sector – Barloworld

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 For the first time in four years some green shoots are starting to appear in the mining industry, says Barloworld CE Clive Thomson. Discussing the JSE-listed group’s financial results for the year ended September 30, he says he believes the current cycle has reached its bottom. 

South African company buys Smit Amandla Marine 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 African Marine Solutions Group (Amsol) has bought Southern Africa-focused specialist marine solutions provider Smit Amandla Marine from Netherlands-based maritime infrastructure company Royal Boskalis Westminster for €50-million, returning the company to South African ownership. Amsol is owned by... 

Things not 'hunky-dory' at Prasa, admits acting CEO

By: African News Agency      1st December 2016 The scope of a forensic audit into the embattled Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has been widened and now includes probes into R24-billion in contracts, the rail company’s acting chief executive Collins Letsoalo told MPs on Wednesday. Letsoalo, Prasa board chairman Popo Molefe, and... 

Things not 'hunky-dory' at Prasa, admits acting CEO

Gautrain bidder to be chosen next year

By: African News Agency      30th November 2016 A contract to supply new trains to Gautrain would be awarded`to a successful bidder in November next year, Roads and Transport MEC Ismael Vadi said on Wednesday. Three bidders, Bombardier Transport (Pty) Ltd, CRRC E-Loco Supply and Egoli Rail Consortium would submit their final bidding in In May... 

SA Taxi secures R300m in funding to take on Uber

By: Irma Venter     30th November 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 need... 

SA Taxi secures R300m in funding to take on Uber
Mark Herskovits

'Would you resign?' MP asks Sanral board chair over R1.6bn in irregular spending 

By: News24Wire      29th November 2016 The South African National Roads Agency's (Sanral) management style was described as "the blind leading the blind" during a meeting with MPs on Tuesday. The state-owned entity appeared before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) for the second time this month, where it was again... 

'Would you resign?' MP asks Sanral board chair over R1.6bn in irregular spending

Latest Aviation Index for South Africa shows sector outperforming rest of economy

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2016 The South African commercial aviation sector “is alive and well and outperforming most other sectors of the economy by a considerable margin” reported the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) in a statement released on Tuesday. The release marked the publication of the... 

Latest Aviation Index for South Africa shows sector outperforming rest of economy

BRT bridge to be completed by end of February

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 The 255-m-long bus rapid transit (BRT) bridge, which links Alexandra and Sandton, in Johannesburg, in Gauteng, will be completed by the end of February 2017, says engineering consultant Hatch. The Johannesburg BRT system, known as Rea Vaya, is to be extended through the establishment of BRT trunk... 

BRT bridge to be completed by  end of February
BUILDING BRIDGES The bridge linking the Alexandra township with the affluent Sandton region is a symbolic and practical way of addressing mobility issues that resulted from Apartheid-era spatial planning

CSIR investigates road applications for waste materials

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)  has been researching the use of alternative materials, including waste by-products, in road construction to reduce costs, enhance engineering properties and ensure the sustainability of the environment. CSIR Built Environment Transport... 

CSIR investigates road applications for waste materials
Photo by Duane Daws
THE BUS STOPS HERE Transport systems depend on the quality and sustainability of the associated infrastructure, therefore government has to invest in infrastructure to increase mobility and grow the economy

Eastern Cape SMMEs to manufacture dolosse for N2 refurbishment project

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) announced last month the appointment of four small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the Eastern Cape to manufacture interlocking concrete blocks, known as dolosse. The roads agency, which has a responsibility to protect its... 

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