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Transport News

R100-billion infrastructure investment enhances safety and mobility

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 As part of the City of Johannesburg’s ten-year R100-billion investment in infrastructure, the city’s road infrastructure authority the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) investigated the state and quality of the 814 bridges in Johannesburg, and set out to construct and rehabilitate bridges in the... 

Rehabilitation of ‘overlooked’ Port Nolloth harbour under way

By: Dylan Slater     28th October 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has commenced with a multimillion-rand port infrastructure rehabilitation project at the small domestic seaport of Port Nolloth, on the north-western coast of South Africa.  

Rehabilitation of ‘overlooked’  Port Nolloth harbour under way
PORT NOLLOTH The port was founded in the late 1800s as an export facility for copper from mines located in the Springbok area

Rolls-Royce rolls out MTU South Africa’s upgraded facility in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     27th October 2016 Rolls-Royce has officially opened a redesigned and upgraded facility in Cape Town, where 232 MTU engines destined for rail will be assembled, tested, painted and commissioned. The engines, which are part of the planned shift to move more freight from road to rail, will be installed in freight... 

Rolls-Royce rolls out MTU South Africa’s upgraded facility in Cape Town
Rolls-Royce has inaugurated MTU South Africa’s redesigned and upgraded facility with an official ceremony in Cape Town on 27 October 2016. From left to right: Hilton Foster (Chief Sales Officer - MTU SA), Bernd Krüper (Vice President Industrial Business MTU), Raoul Abrahamse (Chief Financial Officer MTU SA); Simon Noome (Chief Operations Officer MTU SA), Andrea Nono (Chief Executive Officer MTU SA) and Mike Ferris (Director Network & Distribution EMEAR MTU)

Logistics Barometer highlights paradox of local industry 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th October 2016 If South Africa invests more in beneficiating more of its raw materials, the logistics costs relative to gross domestic product (GDP) will drop, which will, in turn, contribute to job creation and grow the economy, Stellenbosch University (SU) logistics professor Jan Havenga said on Thursday. For... 

Logistics Barometer highlights paradox of local industry
Stellenbosch University logistics professor Jan Havenga

Ahrlac production set to begin in 2017 

     27th October 2016 South African defence platforms company Paramount Group announced in September its plans to begin full scale manufacture of its Ahrlac fixed-wing aircraft at a 15 000 m2 purpose-built facility at Wonderboom Airport, north of Pretoria. 

Ahrlac production set to begin in 2017
Ahrlac production set to begin in 2017

20 cruise liners to dock in South African ports over the next six months

By: African News Agency      27th October 2016 At least 20 cruise vessels, including the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth, are set to dock in South Africa’s ports in the next six months. Transnet National Ports Authority spokeswoman Lunga Ngcobo said in a statement release on Wednesday that the first cruise liner to dock will be the MSC... 

20 cruise liners to dock in South African ports over the next six months

Investment in infrastructure remains government priority

By: Anine Kilian     26th October 2016 Government has budgeted R987.4-billion for infrastructure over the next three years, with large investments continuing in energy, transport and telecommunications, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said during the presentation of the 2016 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday. He... 

Investment in infrastructure remains government priority

Advisers to be appointed for the realignment of shareholding in State airlines

By: Anine Kilian     26th October 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced on Wednesday that advisers will be appointed to provide technical assistance to government as it considers the possible realignment of its shareholding in State-owned airlines. Delivering the 2016 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement he noted that several... 

Advisers to be appointed for the realignment of shareholding in State airlines

Zuma confident that under Myeni & Co SAA will prosper 

By: African News Agency      25th October 2016 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday expressed confidence in the newly-appointed board of South African Airways (SAA), under the leadership of Dudu Myeni, to effect a turnaround at the cash-strapped State-owned airline. “The appointment of the board, including the chair, is for the interests of the... 

Zuma confident that under Myeni & Co SAA will prosper
SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni

GO!Durban construction gathering momentum

By: Shirley le Guern     25th October 2016 Construction of GO!Durban, eThekwini’s integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN), is gathering momentum with the second phase of the project under way.  GO!Durban head of infrastructure roll-out Carlos Esteves told attendees at a public briefing in Umhlanga, in KwaZulu-Natal, on Tuesday... 

GO!Durban construction gathering momentum
GO!Durban N2 bridge

Sanral defends N2 Wild Coast toll road project economics 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th October 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) this week reiterated the economic opportunities that will be created as a result of its N2 Wild Coast toll road project. This followed the release of a study, commissioned by Sustaining the Wild Coast, that challenges the economic validity... 

Armscor cancels intercontinental jet tender for South African Air Force 

By: Keith Campbell     25th October 2016 South Africa’s defence acquisition, disposals and research and development agency Armscor on Tuesday announced that it had cancelled the tender “for the lease of an intercontinental aircraft” for the South African Air Force. This probably refers to the project to obtain a new Presidential VIP... 

Armscor cancels intercontinental jet tender for South African Air Force

Cape Town to acquire ten electric buses in R126m deal 

By: Irma Venter     24th October 2016 The City of Cape Town has awarded the tender for the procurement of ten electric buses and their necessary ancillary equipment for the MyCiTi service to the Chinese BYD conglomerate. A tender for the low-floor electric buses was advertised in February and awarded in September. 

Cape Town to acquire ten electric buses in R126m deal

CSIR considering research UAV programme

By: Keith Campbell     21st October 2016 One of the projects currently being developed by the Aeronautics Competency of the Defence, Peace, Safety and Security unit of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a Modular Transonic Research Platform (MTRP). A preliminary feasibility study has been completed and is now... 

African airlines body believes air traffic liberalisation inevitable

By: Keith Campbell     21st October 2016 The liberalisation of the African air transport market seems certain to happen, and will benefit those of the continent’s airlines able to take advantage of it. Thus affirmed African Airlines Association (AFRAA) CEO and Secretary-General Dr Elijah Chingoso at the recent Aviation Industry Growth... 

Conveyor belt delivers coal from new shaft at Middelbult operation

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Global conveying and industrial solutions provider Dunlop Industrial Products manufactured and supplied conveyor belting that has been fitted on to one of the longest belt conveyor systems in the world – a 20-km-long system – at energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Middelbult coal mine in Secunda. 

Conveyor belt delivers coal from new shaft at Middelbult operation
CONVEYING COAL The overland belt conveyor is transporting coal mined at the Shondoni shaft to Sasol’s coal supply operations, about 20 km apart

Need for industry to reconsider production, storage and distribution

By: Sascha Solomons     21st October 2016 As large amounts of working capital continue to be tied up in high inventory levels, which is often paired with slow reaction times to market changes, beverage company Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) asserts that this prompts the warehousing and storage industry to reconsider the way in... 

Need for industry to reconsider  production, storage and distribution
END-TO-END STRATEGIC OPPORTUNITY Viewing the warehousing and storage industry as an entire supply chain rather than siloed disciplines

Rail Road Association to hold inaugural career expo

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st October 2016 In support of Transport month, the Rail Road Association (RRA) of South Africa will host an inaugural career expo day this month for all rail industry players to meet learners and youth to expose them to the opportunities in the industry. According to RRA officials Trevor Mohlala and Mesela... 

Rail Road Association to hold inaugural career expo
Photo by Duane Daws
INDUSTRY COMPOSITION The Railroad Association believes the youth must be made aware of the different aspects that contribute or relate to the rail sector

Safer system for product management completed

By: Sascha Solomons     21st October 2016 Africa-based intra logistical storage solutions provider APC Storage Solutions SA completed the installation and training for the racking, pallet shuttles and sprinkler system of a turnkey system for customs franchised-container freight station company Intermodal Cargo Solutions. “About 110... 

South Africa reaffirms commitment to air transport liberalisation

By: Keith Campbell     21st October 2016 South African Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Lydia Chikunga reaffirmed the country’s support for opening Africa’s aviation markets. “South Africa supports the liberalisation of air transport in Africa,” she said in her keynote address at the South African Civil Aviation Authority’s Aviation... 

Valuable partnership continued with new projects

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Pressure vessels and piping fabrication specialists and construction fabrication consortium the Hydra Arc group of companies is continuing its long-term partnership with energy and chemicals company Sasol by assisting it with the construction of an air separation unit, as well as developing... 

Valuable partnership continued with new projects
FURTHER EXPANSION (lead pic) A 17th air separation train will supply oxygen and nitrogen to Sasol’s synthetic fuels and chemicals manufacturing process at its Secunda complex

Meter taxis lose bid to declare Uber anticompetitive

By: News24Wire      20th October 2016 The Competition Commission has struck down meter taxi drivers’ bid to declare internet app Uber as engaging in predatory pricing and anti-competitive behaviour. In May this year, eight regional taxi companies and 150 individual members of the SA Meter Taxi Association filed the application... 

Meter taxis lose bid to declare Uber anticompetitive

Gauteng govt shortlists three bidders for Gautrain rolling stock contract

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2016 The Gauteng government has shortlisted three bidders to supply twelve new trains of four coaches each to the Gautrain rail link. The rail system currently operates 96 coaches, with train configurations of either four or eight coaches, depending on time-of-day demand. 

 Gauteng govt shortlists three bidders for Gautrain rolling stock contract

Bakwena rolling out multibillion-rand upgrade on N1, N4

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2016 The R396-million, 80 km rehabilitation of the N1 highway between Pretoria and Bela-Bela is 80% complete. The project should be wrapped up by the end of 2017, with R123-million to be spent next year, said Bakwena Platinum N1N4 CEO Graeme Blewitt in Centurion on Wednesday. The toll-road... 

Bakwena rolling out multibillion-rand upgrade on N1, N4
Photo by Duane Daws
Bakwena Platinum N1N4 CEO Graeme Blewitt

Durban port embraces more technology

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th October 2016 Aerial and underwater drones, as well as track-and-trace technology to track port assets such as tugs and dredgers, have been piloted successfully at the Port of Durban. This pilot project formed part of the Transnet National Ports Authority’s plans to roll out smart ports. 

Durban port embraces more technology

Air travel demand expected to double in next two decades

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th October 2016 Demand for air travel is expected to nearly double from 3.8-billion air passengers in 2016 to 7.2-billion passengers in 2035, mostly on the back of surging growth from the Asia-Pacific region, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) said on Tuesday. Iata believes that more than half of... 

Air travel demand expected to double in next two decades

Here’s how Gordhan can ease fiscal pressure in mini budget

By: News24Wire      18th October 2016 One way Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan can ease the country’s fiscal pressure is by halting the proposed Wild Coast N2 highway in the Eastern Cape, which could cost over R8-billion to construct. That’s the advice from the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Monday. It was responding to a... 

Here’s how Gordhan can ease fiscal pressure in mini budget

New cashless ticketing system eyed for Gauteng’s taxis  

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th October 2016 The South African National Taxi Council’s commercial arm TaxiChoice on Monday unveiled its new cashless e-ticketing system for minibus taxis that contributes to the formalisation of the industry and its employees. The new FairPay electronic fare collection system, which was lauded by Gauteng... 

New cashless ticketing system eyed for Gauteng’s taxis
TaxiChoice chairperson Jothan Msibi discusses the new cashless, card-based system about to be deployed across taxis. Camerawork and editing: Nicholas Boyd. Date recorded: 17.10.2016

DA files complaint over SAA results

By: African News Agency      17th October 2016 The Democratic Alliance (DA) has filed a complaint with the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) against the auditors of South African Airways, DA deputy finance spokesperson Alf Lees said on Monday. Lees said the opposition was asking the IRBA to consider the failure on the part of... 

DA files complaint over SAA results

First local seed selection to take place at Project Solaris 

By: Anine Kilian     14th October 2016 South African seed selection for research and development company Sunchem’s solaris crop – a nicotine-free tobacco variety that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil for biojet fuel feedstock – has started taking place locally for the first time since the launch of Project Solaris in... 

First local seed selection to take place at Project Solaris
Sunchem South Africa project manager Samantha Hampton

Construction of R1bn Dunnottar train factory on track – Gibela

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2016 The construction of Gibela’s R1-billion train factory at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, is on schedule, says the rail consortium in a project update. Gibela has been contracted to supply the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa with 600 new passenger trains, in a deal worth R51-billion. 

Pretoria celebrates transport month 

     13th October 2016 The City of Pretoria is this month co-hosting the October Transport Month campaign with the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and aims to encourage commuters to use public transport and more sustainable ways of travelling.  

Pretoria celebrates transport month
Pretoria celebrates transport month

African air traffic liberalisation inevitable, says continental airlines association head

By: Keith Campbell     12th October 2016 The liberalisation of the African air transport market seems certain to happen, and will benefit those of the continent’s airlines able to take advantage of it. Thus affirmed African Airlines Association (AFRAA) CEO and secretary-general Dr Elijah Chingoso on Tuesday at the Aviation Industry... 

RAL to take action against incompetent, underperforming contractors 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2016 Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) on Tuesday vowed to take a hardline stance against contractors delivering substandard work. The agency will also target contractors that are unable to meet their contractual obligations. 

South African Civil Aviation Authority seeks to promote local aviation growth

By: Keith Campbell     11th October 2016 The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA, often rendered just CAA) fully supports the growth of the country’s aviation sector. “The CAA is committed to holding discussions which will facilitate aviation growth,” assured director of civil aviation (head of the SACAA) Poppy Khoza. She was... 

South Africa remains committed to air transport liberalisation and development

By: Keith Campbell     11th October 2016 South African Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Lydia Chikunga reaffirmed the country’s support for opening Africa’s aviation markets. “South Africa supports the liberalisation of air transport in Africa,” she said in her keynote address at the South African Civil Aviation Authority’s Aviation... 

South Africa remains committed to air transport liberalisation and development

Gauteng Aerotropolis feasibility study wrapped up

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2016 The feasibility study for Gauteng’s Aerotropolis project, to be developed around the OR Tambo International Airport, has been completed, says Aerotroplis project manager Jack van der Merwe. “We are ready to set up an implementation office. This will be a physical office on site. 

Gauteng Aerotropolis feasibility study wrapped up
Photo by Duane Daws
Jack van der Merwe

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