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Transport News

Union wants answers as gaps left by SAX grounding are plugged

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 South African Airways (SAA) has created an extended flight schedule to replace the capacity lost with the grounding of the SA Express airline by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). (This grounding was because of “severe cases of non-compliance that pose serious safety risks” found... 

WWF calls on airline industry to help stop the trafficking of wildlife

By: Kim Cloete     14th June 2018 The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has called on airlines and airports to work together to stop widespread wildlife trafficking.   “Wildlife trafficking is a global challenge. The very existence of wildlife is being threatened,” WWF private sector engagement team director Afsoon Namini, told... 

Metrorail bleeds passengers, has funds to turn around, says planning GM

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2018 Metrorail used to transport around 700-million people a year in the 1980s. Today, however, it is moving 300-million people a year. “We are sitting at an unprecedented level in terms of the performance of our trains,” says Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) strategic network planning GM... 

Metrorail bleeds passengers, has funds to turn around, says planning GM

TMH invests R500m into South African rail manufacturing facility

By: Simone Liedtke     13th June 2018 As part of its international growth strategy, Russian rolling stock manufacturer Transmashholding (TMH) on Wednesday launched its R500-million investment in a South African manufacturing facility through its newly acquired subsidiary, TMH Africa. TMH Africa, which is 70% owned by TMH and 30%... 

TMH invests R500m into South African rail manufacturing facility
(Left to Right) Mjisa Investments Director Sam Bhembe, TMH International CEO Martin Vaujour and TMH Africa CEO Jerome Boyet

ACSA continues to work with African partners in developing airports 

By: Kim Cloete     13th June 2018 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) says it is working with its counterparts in Mozambique, Zambia and Ghana on the commissioning of airports. ACSA COO Fundi Sithebe says the company is assisting the Zambian government in commissioning its Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, as well as... 

African airlines boost routes but fare poorly financially

By: Kim Cloete     13th June 2018 African airlines have notched up an encouraging number of new routes, but are still in a poor financial position overall, the Aviation Development Conference, AviaDev, has heard. In a keynote address on the outlook for the industry, Embraer Commercial Aviation sales director Gad Wavomba, said... 

More airlines fly into Cape Town, connecting countries in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     13th June 2018 Two African airlines have launched flights to Cape Town over the past month, bringing more business and tourism opportunities to the Mother City. Kenya Airways launched a nonstop direct flight from Nairobi to Cape Town on June 6. The new service operates a Boeing 737-800. This is in addition to... 

Digital revolution sees ticketless rail future, says Trenitalia

By: Irma Venter     13th June 2018 The digital revolution will soon affect rail operations at a station and ticketing level, said Trenitalia passenger affairs deputy director Enrico Trapazzo at Africa Rail, held in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. Barrier-less ticketing will enable passengers to walk straight through a station and... 

Medium-speed rail systems sufficient for Africa, most continents

By: Irma Venter     13th June 2018 Most continents, Africa included, should be “adequately serviced” by rail systems operating at speeds of between 150 km/h to 250 km/h, says Louis Berger Group rail programmes technical VP Vinay Mudholkar. Mudholkar is also a former Amtrak director and All Aboard Florida senior VP. 

African rail operators should jump to digital networks, says DB venture architect 

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2018 Similar to large parts of Africa jumping to mobile/phone-based Internet instead of using fixed-line access first, African railway operators should, from the onset, build systems that make use of the recent advances in technology, says Deutsche Bahn (DB) senior venture architect Henning Seeschaaf.... 

'No sacred cows': SAA boss plans deep cuts

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Six months into the job of running loss-making South African Airways, Vuyani Jarana is mapping out a punishing austerity plan. Jarana, who faces the daunting task of turning the flag carrier around, said layoffs and other cuts were unavoidable as he contends with a draining cost-to-income ratio... 

'No sacred cows': SAA boss plans deep cuts

Investec Aviation Finance assists SA Airlink in its fleet renewal strategy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 Investec Aviation Finance has completed its first transaction with privately-owned airline SA Airlink, for the acquisition of three E170 aircraft.  

Investec Aviation Finance assists SA Airlink in its fleet renewal strategy

South African Airways' catering unit plans to cut 118 jobs – union

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 South African Airways' (SAA) catering arm plans to lay off 118 workers, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said, as the struggling airline implements a turnaround strategy to restore profitability. Numsa said it had received notice of the layoffs from the catering arm,... 

SAA adds six flights a week to Johannesburg–East London route

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2018 State-owned South African Airways (SAA) has added additional flights to the Eastern Cape to cater for business travelers between East London and Johannesburg.  

SAA adds six flights a week to Johannesburg–East London route

SAA CEO suggests business rescue will bring little benefit to airline

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana is of the opinion that placing the airline under business rescue would not lead to a radically different recovery plan for the deeply indebted and heavy loss-making national carrier. He was answering a question from FlightComm editor and aviation... 

African airlines switching to more economical regional jets

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 Regional airliner manufacturers are seeing a major adjustment in African airline markets as airlines "right-size" their fleets, adopting more economical, regional types (especially regional jets). This was made clear at the recent 27th African Aviation Summit (Air Finance Africa) by... 

Uganda is reviving its civil aviation sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 The East African country of Uganda is undertaking a major programme to upgrade and expand its civil aviation sector in all respects, including the recreation of a national airline. This was highlighted by Ugandan Minister of State for Transport Aggrey Henry Bagiire at the recent 27th African... 

African Open Skies plan putting cart before horse – Nigerian airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 Nigerian airlines are not enthusiastic about any rapid implementation of the Single African Air Traffic Market (SAATM). This was made clear at the recent 27th Annual African Aviation Summit (Air Finance Africa) by national industry association Airline Operators of Nigeria CEO Noggie Meggasin.  

Supplier expanding its tools range

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Machine Tool and Metrology equipment supplier WD Hearn will exclusively distribute and service coordinated measuring machines (CMM) from LK Metrology – formerly known as Nikon Metrology. WD Hearn have also been appointed sole agents for ANCA CNC Machines in South Africa who manufacture CNC Tool &... 

Supplier expanding its tools range
RECENT RELEASE The Leadwell BC-600 5-axis Long Table Machining, is available in 3+2 and 5-axis simultaneous configurations

SAA chief executive dismisses calls for business rescue

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 South African Airways (SAA) chief executive Vuyani Jarana on Thursday ruled out the possibility of the airline being placed under business rescue. "We believe we are already executing a recovery plan. We don't believe the plan [from business rescue practitioners] is going to be significantly... 

TFR’s MMC business unit to conduct national maintenance in June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) Mineral Mining and Chrome (MMC) business unit, which is responsible for yearly planned maintenance where major capital replacement activities are implemented, will hold its financial year shutdown from June 7 to 13.  

TFR’s MMC business unit to conduct national maintenance in June

Metrorail does not run where people stay, work

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2018 Metrorail does not currently run “where the people are”, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. Metrorail is operated by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). 

Metrorail does not run where people stay, work

PRASA welcomes new CEO

By: Irma Venter     5th June 2018 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on Tuesday welcomed its new group CEO, Sibusiso Sithole, who has been appointed for a period of 12 months, effective June 1. Appointed to stabilise PRASA, Sithole is the former eThekwini municipality city manager and Umgeni Water Board GM. 

PRASA welcomes new CEO

Taxi industry calls for subsidies at public transport market inquiry, bemoans planning weakness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th June 2018 The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) on Monday voiced its concerns about the state of the taxi industry on the first day of the Competition Commission’s land-based public passenger transport market inquiry, which is in its information gathering phase. The inquiry will look at various... 

Iata, Deloitte publish Airport Ownership and Regulation guidance document

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th June 2018 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) and Deloitte have published a Airport Ownership and Regulation guidance booklet to assist governments considering public–private partnership (PPP) or privatisation programmes for airport infrastructure development. With the increasing demand for... 

ACSA launches campaign to rename four South African airports 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) has called for public comments and proposals for the renaming of four national and international airports in South Africa. As part of the government’s Transformation of the Heritage Landscape programme, Cape Town International Airport, East London... 

Despite rising costs, airlines showing strong profits

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th June 2018 The rising costs within the aviation industry have not dampened an expected year of solid performance, despite triggering a downward revision in forecasts and a slow downward trend in profits at the operating level. Despite accelerating costs, particularly fuel and labour costs, and an upturn in... 

Iata, Afraa in MoU deal to advance aviation in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th June 2018 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) and the African Airline Association (Afraa) have teamed up to pave the way for further development in the African aviation sector. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in Sydney, Australia, this week deepens the cooperation between the... 

Competition Commission to host public hearings into public passenger transport sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st June 2018 The Competition Commission will hold public hearings into the land-based public passenger transport market from June 4 to 6, at Constitution Hill, in Johannesburg, and from June 7 to 8 at Manhattan Hotel, in Pretoria.  

JDA undertakes R52m public transport facility upgrades

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2018 The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) has appointed Alberton-based road construction company Boitshoko Construction Road & Surfacing to undertake the first phase upgrade of the Merafe railway station, in Soweto.   

Rising attacks on cash-carrying vans pose threat to economy

By: African News Agency      1st June 2018 A renewed surge in attacks on armoured trucks that transport vast amounts of money between retailers and banks is hurting South Africa's economy, given that the bulk of transactions in the country are still conducted in hard cash, industry officials said this week. Cash-in-transit (CIT) attacks... 

Company offers efficient bulk handling solutions

1st June 2018 Niche market container products supplier Specialised Container Agencies (SCA) has developed an intermodal side tipper bin that provides efficient bulk handling rail solutions, encouraging greater use of rail wagon container haulage. “SCA’s intermodal tipper bins ensure quick, safe and cost... 

Company offers efficient bulk  handling solutions
TRANSCENDING TRANSPORT Specialised Container Agencies’ intermodal side tipper bins can be used across different modes of transport, including road and rail

Event to inspire industry to think differently – organisers

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st June 2018 Global events company Terrapinn will host the twenty-first annual Africa Rail exhibition and conference at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng, on June 12 and 13, which it believes will encourage the African railway industry to innovate and think differently. Africa Rail is the meeting... 

Event to inspire industry to think differently – organisers
ATHENA MAHARAJ Africa Rail is an unrivalled platform for the continent’s railway industry to come together, learn, network and do business

Politics suppressing rail infrastructure build in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st June 2018 Election cycles and governance have an inherently negative impact on rail infrastructure planning and the construction thereof in Africa, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa transport and infrastructure director Vishaal Lutchman. He adds that many African countries have... 

Politics suppressing  rail infrastructure  build in Africa
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN The lack of continuity in government leads to unfinished projects and decaying rail infrastructure

Rail operator to occupy its rail services hub this month

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st June 2018 Locomotive and rail operator Traxtion Sheltam plans to move into its rail services hub in Rosslyn, Pretoria, later this month, says CEO James Holley. The company started this project last year owing to its requiring a hub to service its own fleet of locomotives, wagons and cabooses. 

Rail operator to occupy its rail services hub this month
RAIL SERVICES HUB The first phase of Traxtion Sheltam Rosslyn rail services hub is about 90% complete and includes a fully functioning workshop

Safety issues must be addressed – law firm

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st June 2018 Safety is a massive problem in the rail industry in South Africa and it must be dealt with, says global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright director and head of rail David Kapelus. Ageing infrastructure and unlawful activity contribute to the country’s rail safety problems, with significant problems... 

Safety issues must be addressed – law firm
Photo by Creamer Media
TUMULTUOUS TRACKS In April, a vehicle and train collided at a level-crossing in the Western Cape when the vehicle apparently attempted to cross the railway tracks when it was not safe to do so

Technology uptake to solve industry challenges

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st June 2018 Although there has been some progress in establishing continuous connectivity in the form of WiFi networks on railway systems in South Africa, political issues have limited the uptake of technologies in the rail industry, says access network infrastructure provider Ruckus Networks sub-Saharan... 

Technology uptake to  solve industry challenges
RIAAN GRAHAM A challenge associated with introducing and implementing IoT technologies is that there is currently no clear standard within the IoT sphere

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