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Need for environmental awareness in growing industry

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 There is a growing need for the construction industry to become more environmentally aware, which includes considering solvent emissions, recycling and toxicity, and building materials supplier DenBraven national sales and marketing manager Michael Berg says the company has made higher... 

Rocket technology idea wins Global Impact Challenge Award

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th June 2017 The idea to use innovative rocket technology that uses asteroid metal as fuel to achieve industrial-scale transport of mined asteroid material has been crowned the winner of the 2017 Singularity University Global Impact Challenge (GIC) Southern Africa edition competition. The US-based Singularity... 

Rocket technology idea wins Global Impact Challenge Award
JONATHAN LUN My idea is to use . . . a vacuum arc thruster, that consumes asteroid metal as fuel to achieve industrial-scale transport of mined asteroid material

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 As the green-building groundswell takes hold globally, construction materials supplier AfriSam says industry can expect to several trends emerge this year. 

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year
VICTOR BOUGUENON Trends include South Africa’s property and construction players committing to greener practices

Minister of transport slams taxi protest

By: African News Agency      15th June 2017 Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi on Thursday condemned the blocking of major roads in Gauteng by taxi operators which has caused widespread havoc. Large areas of Johannesburg, Midrand and Pretoria were no-go areas on Thursday after taxis aligned to South African National Taxi Council... 

Gauteng commuters to be stranded as taxi operators march

By: African News Agency      14th June 2017 Gauteng taxi operators affiliated to the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) have on Wednesday, advised commuters to arrange alternative transport for Thursday due to a massive march against what it called high minibus taxi purchase costs. “No taxis will be running, we advice commuters to seek... 

Africa’s rail development key to growth in intra-Africa trade

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2017 A lack of efficient rail infrastructure and a rail “disconnect” were inhibiting dealings within the continent and contributing to struggling intra-African trade growth, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa-Alliance for Commodity Trade in East and Southern Africa trade and market director... 

Global business aviation group offering drone services in Africa

By: Keith Campbell     14th June 2017 Worldwide business aviation company ExecuJet announced on Tuesday that it has added unmanned air vehicle (UAV) services to its activities at its African bases (Johannesburg, Cape Town and Lagos). The company will, however, be able to deploy UAVs to any place in the continent, to meet customers’... 

Global business aviation group offering drone services in Africa
Photo by ExecuJet
ExecuJet Aviation Africa Director Gavin Kiggen

Funding a thorny issue as GMA pushes for Gautrain expansion  

     14th June 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about the Gautrain Management Agency’s proposed plans to expand the Gautrain rail service in Gauteng and how this could be funded. 

Funding a thorny issue as GMA pushes for Gautrain expansion
Funding a thorny issue as GMA pushes for Gautrain expansion

‘Not one’ CSR locomotive made in South Africa, economic research group claims 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2017 Research commissioned by independent economic research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) has found that, despite local-content obligations, not one of the China South Rail (CSR) locomotives being procured by Transnet has been assembled in South Africa and that all have... 

‘Not one’ CSR locomotive made in South Africa, economic research group claims

More Metrorail delays after delayed Cape Town trains torched

By: News24Wire      13th June 2017 Train commuters were on Tuesday stuck with further delays on all routes after eight train carriages were set alight at Cape Town station. In a service alert on its Twitter account, Metrorail said residual delays of "60+" minutes were being experienced in the region. 

Sanral sets Outa straight on toll collection claims 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th June 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Monday hit back at the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), saying that renewed allegations that the income received from motorists using Gauteng’s tolled freeways were mostly pocketed by Austrian-owned e-toll collection company ETC... 

Sanral receives fraction of Gauteng tolls income – Outa

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th June 2017 Only 26% of the income received from motorists paying the gantry fees for using some of Gauteng’s freeways since its 2013 inception is being pocketed by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) said on Monday. Outa, which is ramping up... 

Sanral receives fraction of Gauteng tolls income – Outa

AARTO staff embark on strike

By: African News Agency      12th June 2017 The South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) members at Gauteng’s Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA), responsible for managing the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO), on Monday downed tools over work hours, the trade union said. The employees... 

State defence group Denel could be transferred from Public Enterprises to Defence 

By: Keith Campbell     9th June 2017 Pre-Cabinet level discussions are under way within the government about transferring State-owned defence industrial group Denel from the aegis of the Department of Public Works to that of the Department of Defence (DoD). This was stated by Defence Secretary Dr Sam Gulube at a function marking the... 

State defence group Denel could be transferred from Public Enterprises to Defence
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Secretary of Defence Sam Gulube

Transnet sets up special review committee as locomotive-contract heat is turned up

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has established a special committee to review the company’s procurement processes, with a specific focus on the locomotive acquisition programme. The programme, and specifically the procurement of 359 electric locomotives from China South Rail (CSR),... 

Transnet sets up special review committee as locomotive-contract heat is turned up

Civil air cargo version of the Super Hercules transport makes first flight

By: Keith Campbell     9th June 2017 The civilian version of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules military airlift aircraft, the LM-100J, made its maiden flight on May 25, the company announced on the same day. This first flight was from the company’s plant at Marietta in the US State of Georgia, and during it the aircraft... 

Denel purchase of aero engine company approved with conditions

By: Keith Campbell     9th June 2017 South Africa’s Competition Commission has recommended that State-owned defence and aerospace group Denel be allowed to buy local aero-engine company Turbomeca Africa (TMA). The recommendation was given to the Competition Tribunal. The Commission announced this decision on late last month.  

SA retail Reit to actively pursue opportunity in Spain

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th June 2017 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Vukile is actively evaluating opportunities in Spain to diversify its earnings stream and enhance its high-quality portfolio. During the company’s results presentation in Johannesburg last month, CEO Laurence Rapp noted that Vukile had a R1.5-billion... 

SA retail Reit to actively pursue opportunity in Spain
ACQUISITION ADDITION Vukile Property Fund acquired a 25% stake in the Springs Mall, in Gauteng, which opened in March

Vadi concerned about slow pace of BRT development in Gauteng

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi has expressed his concern with the slow pace of development of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in Gauteng, as well as the delay in rolling out the Aerotropolis project, in Ekurhuleni. Speaking at an Intelligent Transport Systems South Africa (ITSSA) forum held... 

Wild Coast highway megabridge projects expected to start this year

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 The construction of two megabridges, as part of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR) project, is expected to begin between August and October this year, says Sanral’s bridge network manager Edwin Kruger. “The tenders for the two bridges –... 

No taxi protests planned 'for now' over rising price of Quantum

By: News24Wire      8th June 2017 There will be no taxi protest "over the escalating price of the Toyota Quantum in Durban for now", the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) said on Thursday. Santaco had threatened to shut down the whole country if the highly used Toyota Quantum manufacturer did not respond to their demands within... 

Maswanganyi confirms letter to PRASA board, won’t reveal its contents

By: African News Agency      6th June 2017 Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi on Tuesday confirmed he wrote a letter to the PRASA board, but refused to divulge whether the missive had asked board members to supply him with reasons why they should not be suspended. “…the letter remains a private and confidential correspondence between the... 

Gauteng Transport MEC pleads for peace between warring Soweto taxi operators

By: African News Agency      6th June 2017 Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, on Tuesday pleaded for peace between two rival taxi associations in Soweto, saying that violence would not resolve their differences. This comes after police arrested three suspects for being in possession of illegal firearms after a shootout... 

TFR introduces new customer-centric apps

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th June 2017 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is introducing three digital business solutions to enhance its business and customer relations. Through Transnet Online, the parastatal seeks to unlock digital value. Formerly known as R2R, Transnet Online is available for customers to download from Google Play and... 

Industrialisation, infrastructure development to accelerate economic growth – Gama

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th June 2017 Industrialisation and the provision of infrastructure will accelerate Africa’s economic growth, says State-owned logistics provider Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama. Speaking at the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Conference promotion breakfast, in Johannesburg, on Monday, he highlighted... 

More than 30 properties up for lease at the Port of Durban

By: Anine Kilian     5th June 2017 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is offering new lease agreements for more than 30 properties and operational sites in the Port of Durban’s Ship Repair and Bayhead precincts. The commercial sites, which can be leased for a minimum of five years, present opportunities for new... 

Local low cost carrier launches new routes

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 South African low cost carrier FlySafair announced on Friday that it was launching new routes on its network. These will be between Durban and East London and Durban and Port Elizabeth. The new routes will be in operation by the end of November. The decision to implement these routes followed a... 

Local low cost carrier launches new routes
Photo by FlySafair
A FlySafair Boeing 737

Italian group invests R200m in local railway wheel plant

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 Italian forged railway product manufacturer, Lucchini RS, on Friday officially opened its new manufacturing facility in Germiston, Ekurhuleni. The R200-million investment sees the company evolve from importer into local manufacturer. 

Italian group invests R200m in local railway wheel plant

Metrorail working to fix Elandsfontein route after train crash

By: African News Agency      2nd June 2017 Metrorail said on Friday that it was still using a single line shuttle service from Elandsfontein to Kempton Park for the morning peak following a train crash on Thursday that left one person dead and 102 passengers injured. A side train collision between the two trains, T0601 and 1817, occurred... 

Alstom receives order in Canada

     2nd June 2017 Railway systems and equipment company Alstom has been awarded a firm order for the supply of 61 Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area by Ontario government agency Metrolinx.  

Alstom receives  order in Canada
SPEED & SAFETY The interior layout of the Alstom Citadis Spirit light rail vehicle features a wide central aisle and interior circulation

Bearings company continues international market expansion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 With 50% of its products exported from South Africa, specialised polymer manufacturer Vesconite Bearings continues to reinforce its presence in international markets as companies abroad maintain interest in its product offering.  

Cape Town to host supply chain jamboree

By: Dylan Slater     2nd June 2017 Supply chain operations management association Sapics will focus on ‘Business Unusual’ for its upcoming yearly Sapics conference and exhibition for supply chain professionals, whereby delegates will be equipped to meet challenges linked to factors such as poor infrastructure and political... 

Cape Town to host supply chain jamboree
MUNGO PARK The impact of poor infrastructure, political uncertainty and a skills shortage crisis require supply chain management to be acknowledged at executive level

Cartrack expands subscriber base to more than 600 000

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 JSE-listed fleet management, insurance telematics and stolen vehicle recovery service provider Cartrack, has grown its subscriber base by 19%, to more than 600 000 subscribers over five continents, in the financial year ended February 28, compared with the previous financial year, says CEO Zak... 

Conference to focus on heavy haul rail industry

     2nd June 2017 The International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA), in partnership with State-owned freight logistics group Transnet and the South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA), will host its eleventh IHHA conference on September 2 to 6 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, in South Africa.  

Conference to focus on heavy haul rail industry
Photo by Duane Daws
HEAVY HAUL RAIL The eleventh International Heavy Haul Association conference covers updates on heavy haul developments, rail expansion plans and global technological advancements

Connectivity – the next step for rail

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), it has become a necessity for commuters to be connected, and it is also essential for increased operational efficiency in railway networks. This connectivity can be achieved through WiFi networks, which are heading towards being a prominent... 

Connectivity  – the next step for rail
RIAAN GRAHAM An upcoming trend in the rail industry is cybersecurity, which is paramount when introducing a public Internet connectivity domain

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2017 As part of the company’s commitment to stay relevant through innovation, local stainless steel and aluminium cookware manufacturer Hendler and Hart is implementing a substantial two-year re-engineering process, based on the concept of continuous improvement, at its Boksburg manufacturing plant. 

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity
Hendler and Hart gives a tour of their aluminium and stainless-steel factory facility, in Boksburg. Video Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Digital technology influences rail industry positively

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 Rail infrastructure in South Africa is trending towards smart digital technologies that will influence the industry positively, says consulting engineers company Aurecon. “The integrated three-dimensional (3D) designs used particularly in South Africa are being used to plan and model rail... 

Digital technology influences rail  industry positively
FRANCOIS HEYNS It is not necessarily a case of building more infrastructure, but rather improving the efficiency of existing railways

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