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Transport News

Electronics supplier to launch latest tech

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 Electronics supplier Actum Electronics will launch railway technology manufacturer Pentair’s three-dimensional (3D) configurator tool program to customise racks and front panels in railway infrastructure at the Africa Rail exhibition on June 13 and 14 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in... 

Heavy-haul industry urged to embrace supply-chain approach

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd June 2017 The “ultimate innovation” for the heavy haul industry is to adapt and broaden its view to encompass the entire supply chain if it is to secure a sustainable future, says State-owned railways utility Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) executive Brian Monakali.   He suggests that such a transformation is... 

Heavy-haul industry urged to embrace supply-chain approach
Photo by Duane Daws
INDUSTRY OVERHAUL Tansformation of the heavy haul industry is key in countries, such as South Africa, where a minority of the country’s rail-friendly freight is transported by rail

Local commercial and general aviation sector under policy pressures

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 The commercial and general aviation (GA) sector in South Africa is currently facing significant challenges that really need to be addressed if it is to remain healthy over the coming years. So cautions the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa).  

Local commercial and general aviation sector under policy pressures

New partnership for SA rail industry

     2nd June 2017 Last month, Canada-based system monitoring and control solutions company ZTR Control Systems announced its new partnership with local rail system supplies manufacturer Surtees Railway Supplies, an extended company of the Surtees Rail Group in South Africa.  

New partnership for  SA rail industry
CONTROL SOLUTIONS ZTR Control Systems offers intelligent equipment management solutions for locomotive modernisation

On track for Africa Rail

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 This month, business-to-business media company Terrapinn will host the twentieth annual Africa Rail exhibition and conference at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from June 13 to 14. Africa Rail provides an interactive platform for rail industry stakeholders to share... 

On track for Africa Rail
INCLUSIVE GROWTH Africa Rail provides an interactive platform for rail industry stakeholders with the view to improve railway performance and its contribution to economic development

Olivier to retire as Grindrod CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st June 2017 Alan Olivier will retire as CEO of JSE-listed Grindrod with effect from July 31. He will remain available to Grindrod's shipping division in a consulting capacity. 

Olivier to retire as Grindrod CEO
Photo by Duane Daws
Alan Olivier

Metrorail blames cable theft for Joburg train crash

By: African News Agency      1st June 2017 Metrorail has blamed signalling cable theft after two passenger trains collided in Elandsfontein, east of Johannesburg, on Thursday morning, leaving one person dead and scores injured. Paramedic services ER24 said a man had died and around 50 people injured in the accident which saw a number of... 

One dead, dozens injured in Elandsfontein train crash

By: News24Wire      1st June 2017 One person has been confirmed dead, while around 55 have been left injured after two trains collided in Elandsfontein in Ekurhuleni on Thursday morning, paramedics said. ER24 paramedics along with several other services arrived on the scene and found several carriages of the trains leaning to... 

Cape Town airport reaches milestone in environmental approval for new runway

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2017 Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), which belongs to the State-owned Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), has received authorisation from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to proceed with its planned runway realignment and other necessary infrastructural developments. Acsa... 

Cape Town airport reaches milestone in environmental approval for new runway
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Cape Town International Airport

Taxi drivers block Durban roads

By: News24Wire      31st May 2017 Minibus taxi operators in Durban and surrounding areas have started blocking busy Durban roads ahead of their protest to Toyota in Prospection, Isipingo later on Wednesday. Streets in the Durban CBD, Umlazi, Isipingo, and the N2 have been blockaded with Toyota Quantum minibuses. 

Preferred bidder for R215m Durban cruise terminal finally selected

By: Shirley le Guern     30th May 2017 KwaZulu Cruise Terminal (KCT) – a joint venture between MSC Cruises, a subsidiary of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, and its black empowerment partner, Africa Armada Consortium – has been selected the preferred bidder for the development of the R215-million Durban Cruise Terminal. Announcing... 

Preferred bidder for R215m Durban cruise terminal finally selected
An artist's impression of the Durban cruise terminal

Sandton Central works to reduce traffic jams

By: African News Agency      30th May 2017 The Sandton Central Management District said on Tuesday that it was continuing to work towards significant improvement to traffic signals and traffic flow in a bid to reduce traffic jams in Africa’s financial hub. Numbeo’s 2016 Traffic Index revealed that South Africa was the fifth most traffic... 

Imperial, Awethu launch Sinawe supplier development fund

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th May 2017 Logistics company Imperial, along with small- and medium-sized enterprise investment company Awethu, on Tuesday launched the Sinawe Fund, aimed at investing in suppliers to improve broad-based black-economic empowerment (BBBEE) compliance, creating shared value and new black economic entrants.... 

Durban port takes delivery of Umbilo tug

By: Shirley le Guern     26th May 2017 “Made for Durban in Durban” is how Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) CEO Richard Vallihu described the Umbilo, the latest tug to be launched in Durban, on Friday. The sixth to roll off the South African Shipyards’ (SAS’s) production line, the Umbilo will be the first tug to be based at its... 

Durban port takes delivery of Umbilo tug

Authorities help to curb counterfeit pharmaceuticals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 Owing to the devastating effects of counterfeit pharmaceuticals on individual patients, brand owners and the economy, law firm Spoor & Fisher works with the South African Police Service (SAPS), the South African Revenue Service’s division, the Department of Customs & Excise and State Prosecutors... 

Authorities help to curb counterfeit pharmaceuticals
Photo by Bloomberg
COUNTERFEIT CAUTION Consumers should be vigilant about where they buy products from to avoid health risks and potential fatalities

French logistics group aims to double SA business by 2020

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 France-based logistics company ID Logistics hopes to double the size of its business in South Africa by 2020, in terms of revenue and number of contracts and customers, says ID Logistics South Africa (SA) MD Etienne Juillard. The company opened its doors in South Africa in 2012, with a contract... 

Long-serving Sanral engineering exec looks back as he prepares to step down

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 When Koos Smit studied civil engineering on a public service bursary at the University of Pretoria in the 1970s, the plan was that he would qualify and build dams and pipelines.However, an oversupply of engineers at the Department of Water Affairs saw him sign up at National Roads. He remained at... 

N4 leg of toll plaza upgrade under way

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The final phase of the R160-million toll plaza upgrade project being overseen by the N1/N4 freeway operator Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessioniare started last month and is expected to be completed by October. Bakwena commercial manager Liam Clarke explains that this latest phase of a project... 

N4 leg of toll plaza upgrade under way
Photo by Duane Daws
PUMULANI PLAZA The project also comprised of improvements at the Zambesi, Pumulani, Stormvoël and Doornpoort plazas, which were completed on schedule in December

Planned infrastructure development presents milling opportunities  

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The planned and ongoing infrastructure development taking place locally and on the rest of the continent presents opportunities for securing work for civil and road infrastructure projects, says road milling company Road Milling and Sweeping (RMS). “The number of planned infrastructure projects... 

Planned infrastructure development presents milling opportunities
Road Milling and Sweeping GM Lesley Kafka discusses the company’s business objectives and relationship with equipment supplier Wirtgen. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Solutions specialist expands product range

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Electrical solutions specialist Magnet Electrical – a subsidiary of Magnet Group – has extended its range of automation solutions with the addition of automation systems company Schneider Electric’s new Altivar ATV320 variable-speed drives (VSDs). 

Solutions specialist expands product range
ALTIVAR ATV320 This system has been developed to optimise design and engineering costs

Work-based experience for graduate interns

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 Technology ecosystem company Resolution Circle has welcomed 115 South African graduates to its graduate internship programme, which aims to develop them into high-quality, employable individuals that can excel in South Africa’s economy. Resolution Circle, an ‘idea-to-barcode’ ecosystem that... 

Work-based experience  for graduate interns
GAINING EXPERIENCE Resolution Circle’s internship will provide the 115 participants with practical skills in decision making and client services

Competition Commission approves Denel buy of local aero-engine company

By: Keith Campbell     25th May 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 Thursday.  

JRA spends R14.4m on bridge joints

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th May 2017 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has, over the last year, invested R14.4-million in the replacement of 42 bridge expansion joints on 16 bridges across the city, including on Buccleuch drive and the M1 near the Joe Slovo bridges. The repair and replacement of bridge joints forms part of JRA’s... 

JRA spends R14.4m on bridge joints

MEC Vadi frustrated with slow pace of BRT, aerotropolis developments

By: Irma Venter     25th May 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 in... 

MEC Vadi frustrated with slow pace of BRT, aerotropolis developments
Photo by Duane Daws
Dr Ismail Vadi

Maswanganyi vows bold State intervention to drive transformation

By: News24Wire      24th May 2017 Radical economic transformation was the theme of new Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi's first budget and policy statement to the National Assembly. "Transport will play a leading role in radical economic transformation," Maswanganyi said on Tuesday. 

Megabridge construction on N2 highway project to start later this year 

By: Irma Venter     19th May 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 –... 

Megabridge construction on N2 highway project to start later this year
The proposed Msikaba bridge

China’s first home-grown commercial jetliner makes maiden flight

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2017 In what could be the most significant development in global commercial aviation since the prototype of the first Airbus airliner (the A300) made its maiden flight in late 1972, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China’s (Comac’s) C919 single-aisle airliner made its first flight, from Shanghai... 

Gautrain aiming to augment bus fleet with smaller vehicles

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The Gautrain system will, in the next few months, go out on tender for a number of buses additional to its existing fleet, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. “We would look at deploying smaller buses on additional routes, as well as some larger, more fuel-efficient buses. We... 

Sanral investigating road funding models other than e-tolling

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The compliance rate on Gauteng’s urban toll network is between 30% and 40%, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) northern region toll and traffic manager Alex van Niekerk. E-toll collection on Gauteng’s freeways has been problematic since the implementation of tolling in 2013. 

South Africa remains largest FDI hub in Africa, report shows

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th May 2017 South Africa remains the leading foreign direct investment (FDI) destination in Africa, with a 6.9% increase in FDI projects in 2016, according to financial services advisory firm EY’s latest ‘Africa Attractiveness’ report, published earlier this month. The report provides an analysis of FDI... 

South Africa remains largest FDI hub in Africa, report shows
Photo by Duane Daws
LEADING DESTINATION South Africa had an 6.9% increase in foreign direct investment projects in 2016, according to financial services advisory firm EY’s latest ‘Africa Attractiveness’ report

World record set after large oil rig lifted and shipped in one piece

By: Dylan Slater     19th May 2017 North Sea oil rig the Brent Delta platform, belonging to oil company Shell UK, was recently successfully lifted off of its three-legged structure in the Brent oilfield, about 180 km off the coast of the Shetland Islands last month, setting a world record for the heaviest single-piece lift at sea.  

World record set after large oil rig lifted and shipped in one piece
BRENT DELTA The large and ageing oil rig arrives at the Able Seaton Port to be recycled

‘Circular runways’ punted as way to add capacity to future airports 

By: Dylan Slater     19th May 2017 Netherlands-based aerospace innovation centre NLR proposes that a single circular runway – its Endless Runway concept – could mitigate many take off and landing risks and improve airport efficiency as opposed to the current use of multiple straight runways in service at commercial airports... 

‘Circular runways’ punted  as way to add capacity  to future airports
CIRCULAR CONCEPT An endless runway would enable aircraft to always take off and land safely by avoiding risky crosswinds as routing can be changed dynamically according to current weather conditions

New Southern African commercial aviation activity report shows sharp fall in first quarter

By: Keith Campbell     18th May 2017 The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) on Thursday officially launched its Caasa Aviation Activity Index (CAAI). This is a composite index of aviation activity, developed to improve knowledge about conditions in the sector. “We decided we’d really like to know what is... 

New Southern African commercial aviation activity report shows sharp fall in first quarter
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
A Cessna Super Caravan 900 of ExecuJet illustrates the lower end of the commercial aviation spectrum

Zuma could be called in to get SAA money back from abroad – Deputy Finance Minister

By: African News Agency      18th May 2017 If all else failed, National Treasury might enlist the help of President Jacob Zuma to secure the repatriation of South African Airways funds from fellow African states, Deputy Finance Minister Sifiso Buthelezi told MPs on Wednesday. Buthelezi told Parliament’s standing committee on finance the... 

Zuma could be called in to get SAA money back from abroad – Deputy Finance Minister

Cartrack shows strong subscriber growth, battles weak rand, African market

By: Irma Venter     17th May 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... 

Cartrack shows strong subscriber growth, battles weak rand, African market
Zak Calisto

France’s ID Logistics aims to double its SA business by 2020

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2017 France-based logistics company ID Logistics hopes to double the size of its business in South Africa by 2020, in terms of revenue and number of contracts and customers, says ID Logistics South Africa (SA) MD Etienne Juillard. The company opened its doors in South Africa in 2012, with a contract... 

Eastern Cape sets sights on becoming Africa’s leading fuel bunkering centre

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th May 2017 Following the successful introduction of a deep-sea bunkering service off the coast of  Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, the province has set itself the target of being the leading bunkering stopover in Africa, states Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Mlibo... 

Eastern Cape sets sights on becoming Africa’s leading fuel bunkering centre
Photo by Duane Daws
TARGETING OPPORTUNITIES The Eastern Cape province is targeting liquid fuels, bunkering services and biofuels, gas-to-power generation and a commercial and industrial gas industry

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