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Inquiry into Grayston drive bridge collapse awaiting heads of arguments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th July 2018 The Department of Labour-led inquiry into the October 2015 collapse of the Grayston drive pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge this week completed its work of gathering evidence. It is now awaiting the submission of written heads of arguments by legal representatives of interested... 

Bell Equipment, Sanral MoU gives small contractors access to earthmovers

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and construction machinery company Bell Equipment have signed a memorandum of understanding that will give small contractors access to earthmoving machinery to allow them to participate more meaningfully in major construction projects. The... 

Travel between SA and Spain boosted by renewed air link

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 The reintroduction of direct flights between Johannesburg and Madrid by Spanish flag-carrier airline Iberia in August 2016 has resulted in a significant boost in travel between South Africa and Spain. This was reported by Airports Company South Africa Assistant General Manager (Client and... 

Solid demand forecast for turboprop aircraft amid growth in regional routes

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 Regional turboprop airliner manufacturer ATR has released its 20-year (2018 to 2037) forecast for global demand for turboprop airliners. It estimates the market at 3 020 aircraft, worth more than $80-billion. “The key driver for this positive outlook is traffic growth in regional connectivity,”... 

SA Express on route to full re-certification by Civil Aviation Authority

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th July 2018 State-owned regional airline SA Express announced on Thursday that its certification as an aircraft maintenance organisation (AMO) had been reinstated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (Sacaa) on June 22. “Since then SA Express has undergone a stringent and rigorous process to meet... 

SA Express on route to full re-certification by Civil Aviation Authority
Photo by SA Express
A Bombardier CRJ 700 of SA Express, before the airline was grounded

African countries rapidly expanding use of UAVs, while South Africa lags

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th July 2018 The number of applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in Africa is expanding rapidly, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) principal aeronautical engineer John Monk told the aviation session of the Southern African Transport Conference in... 

African countries rapidly expanding use of UAVs, while South Africa lags
Photo by CSIR
An unidentified CSIR research team member making adjustments to a CSIR-designed modular UAV

Zambia says debt restructuring will not disrupt Chinese projects

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 Zambia will be careful to ensure its planned debt restructuring does not disrupt Chinese-financed projects, President Edgar Lungu said on Wednesday, after China's ambassador to the southern African nation sought clarification on the matter. China is a leading financier of infrastructure projects... 

N1 Plattekloof to Old Oak interchange upgrade 58% complete

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2018 The R487-million project to upgrade a section of the N1 between Plattekloof road and the Old Oak interchange is 58% complete, the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works said in a statement on Wednesday. As one of Cape Town’s busiest roads, about 120 000 vehicles travel along this... 

N1 Plattekloof to Old Oak interchange upgrade 58% complete
N1 Phase 2 median widening

New PE vessel repair slipway boosts local economy

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2018 The R200-million vessel repair facility built at the Port of Port Elizabeth in recent years, is starting to generate a return on investment, says the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). The facility was developed as a positive step towards a thriving vessel maintenance and marine... 

New PE vessel repair slipway boosts local economy

Gauteng Transport Authority set for rollout in Q1 2019

By: Irma Venter     11th July 2018 Gauteng’s three metros, and all other providers of public transport in the province, will be able to retain their various services’ individualised branding under the new Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA), says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. This means that a system such as the... 

Gauteng Transport Authority set for rollout in Q1 2019
GMA CEO Jack van der Merwe

Jarana confirms aim of strategic partnership for SAA

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th July 2018 South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana confirmed on Wednesday that a Strategic Equity Partner (SEP) would be sought for the airline. He was addressing the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria. "The government has pronounced, last year already, that there would be private... 

Jarana confirms aim of strategic partnership for SAA

Libyan NOC announces reopening of key oil export terminals

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 Libya's Tripoli-based National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Wednesday that four export terminals were being reopened after eastern factions handed over the ports, ending a standoff that had shut down most of the country's oil output. Production and export operations would be restored "within the next... 

Solidarity trade union reports SAA assurances about its future plans, including privatisation

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th July 2018 In a letter to trade union Solidarity, and released by the union at a media briefing on Tuesday, South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana has given a number of assurances about the plans for the future of the beleaguered State-own national flag carrier. The letter followed a meeting between... 

Solidarity trade union reports SAA assurances about its future plans, including privatisation

Transnet to operate inland manganese terminal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 State-owned freight utility Transnet’s Port Terminals operating division has taken over operations at an inland terminal for the loading and handling of manganese at Lohatlha, in the Northern Cape.  

Public not properly consulted on e-tolls, says toll collection firm

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2018 The public was not properly consulted in the process to implement e-tolling in Gauteng, says  Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) CEO Coenie Vermaak. “The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) was very poorly communicated and the tax payer not respected. 

Public not properly consulted on e-tolls, says toll collection firm

You can’t have your cake and eat it, Sanral’s Macozoma warns govt, South Africans 

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2018 South Africa is in critical need of a funding model for its road infrastructure. “The situation with toll in this country now is that, number one, people are anti-toll, and now we can’t toll anything,” said South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma on Monday at... 

You can’t have your cake and eat it, Sanral’s Macozoma warns govt, South Africans
Photo by Creamer Media
Sanral CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma

Ethiopia needs $7.5bn to finish megaprojects – PM

By: Reuters     6th July 2018 Ethiopia needs $7.5-billion to finish infrastructure projects such as a massive dam and roads that the government hopes will drive industrialisation, the new prime minister said on Friday. Speaking to parliament before its vote on the 2018/19 budget, Abiy Ahmed said the government needed to be... 

Airbus forecasts demand for 37 390 new airliners and freighters over next 20 years

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th July 2018 Europe-based aerospace giant Airbus published on Friday its forecast for new airliner and freighter aircraft demand for the next 20 years. The group’s “Global Market Forecast 2018-2037” predicts a need for 37 390 new passenger and freighter aircraft over this period, taking the global fleet of... 

Airbus forecasts demand for 37 390 new airliners and freighters over next 20 years
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An Airbus A350-900 airliner

Public transport systems taking too long to develop, says UITP

By: Irma Venter     6th July 2018 Public transport in cities faces a growing number of challenges, says UITP (International Association of Public Transport) secretary general Mohamed Mezghani. The first is a growing urban population with increasing demand for mobility. With 50% of the world’s population living in cities, it means... 

Public transport systems taking too long to develop, says UITP

Troubles at SAA helping to drive local businesses to budget airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th July 2018 Business travel sources have reported that troubled State-owned national carrier South African Airways (SAA) has slashed the discounts it gives to corporations for business travel. Furthermore, the airline’s cutbacks on certain routes have also adversely affected major businesses. The consequence... 

Consolidation of global airliner sector continues as Boeing and Embraer announce JV

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th July 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing and Brazilian aerospace major Embraer jointly announced on Thursday that they had signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to create a commercial aviation joint venture (JV). Boeing will hold 80% of the JV and Embraer the remaining 20%. The deal has still to be... 

Consolidation of global airliner sector continues as Boeing and Embraer announce JV
Photo by Airlink
An Embraer E 190 airliner of South African airline Airlink

JDA starts construction on Watt street interchange

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 As part of the City of Joburg’s Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) project along the Louis Botha Development Corridor, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) is starting construction on the Watt street interchange, in Wynberg. 
To minimise the impact caused to the public, road users and... 

Freight capacity growth continues to outstrip demand growth – Iata

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Global air freight capacity growth outstripped demand growth for the fourth month in a row in May, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) reports.  

Alstom, Lagos government to collaborate on first two Blue Line metro phases

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 French multinational Alstom has signed a heads of agreement with the Lagos state government, which is represented by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (Lamata), for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Lagos Blue Line metro, in Nigeria.  

Brazilian aircraft company signs maintenance deal with South African air operator

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th July 2018 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer announced on Tuesday that it had signed a multi-year spare parts and support deal, known as a Pool Programme Agreement, with South African-based Sahara Africa Aviation (Sahara). The agreement covers more than 500 components for two Embraer ERJ 145 50-seater... 

Brazilian aircraft company signs maintenance deal with South African air operator
Photo by Sahara Africa Aviation
An Embraer EMB 120ER of Sahara Africa Aviation

Major South African airports score well in international on-time rankings

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd July 2018 South Africa’s three main airports have each been awarded four-star ratings for flight punctuality, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has announced. The rankings were awarded by global flight information provider OAG. The maximum number of stars that can be awarded in the OAG On-Time... 

Major South African airports score well in international on-time rankings
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An Embraer ERJ-145 airliner of Airlink taxiing at ACSA’s OR Tambo International Airport

Sanral’s credit rating downgraded

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd July 2018 Ratings agency Moody’s Investor Services has downgraded the credit ratings of the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral). The agency downgraded Sanral’s long-term local and foreign currency global scale ratings to Ba2, from Ba1, with the outlook accorded as negative and the short-term... 

Airliner manufacturer predicts strong demand for turboprop aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd July 2018 Regional turboprop airliner manufacturer ATR on Monday released its 20-year (2018 to 2037) forecast for global demand for turboprop airliners. It estimated the market at 3 020 aircraft, worth more than $80-billion. “The key driver for this positive outlook is traffic growth in regional... 

Airliner manufacturer predicts strong demand for turboprop aircraft
Photo by ATR
An ATR 72-600 airliner of Mandarin Airlines

Inaugural aviation awards launched

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd July 2018 The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) will be launching the inaugural Civil Aviation Industry Awards, with the aim to recognise individuals and companies for their contribution to the country’s aviation safety and security record. Civil aviation director Poppy Khoza said on Monday... 

Airbus, Bombardier airliner deal now operational

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd July 2018 Europe-based major global airliner manufacturer Airbus announced on Sunday that its deal with Canadian aerospace company Bombardier (part of the wider Bombardier group) to take a majority share in the latter’s C Series airliner programme had come into effect. The C-Series comprises two models:... 

Airbus, Bombardier airliner deal now operational
Photo by Airbus
An Airbus A320neo (left) with a Bombardier CS300 (right)

Technology, costs, society affecting fleet companies

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Fleet and fuel management company Globaltrack has identified through research that technology, costs and society are the economic forces that have a direct impact on the survival of transport companies. The most prominent of these forces is technology, with the automation of in-house processes,... 

Technology, costs, society  affecting fleet companies
SUN SETTING ON HIGH FUEL COSTS Fuel Management System reduces fuel costs for the trucking and logistics industry

Cleaner, safer fuel on display at expo

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Natural gas supplier CNG Holdings hopes to educate the private sector and original-equipment manufacturers about the benefits of alternative fuels during the TruckX Expo, to be held at the Kyalami International Grand Prix Circuit and Conference Centre on July 11 and 12. “Compressed natural gas... 

Cleaner, safer fuel  on display at expo
POWERED BY NATURAL GAS Natural gas fueling stations are the way of the future

First-timer to exhibit product ranges for truck market

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 First-time exhibitor workshop and fitment centre supplier Integrated Marketing will showcase a range of its products to the truck and fleet management industries at this year’s TruckX expo at the Kyalami International Grand Prix Circuit and Conference Centre, in Gauteng, on July 11 and 12. “The... 

First-timer to exhibit product ranges for truck market
BALANCING ACT The mobile XTB1200 truck wheel balancer allows for on site balancing

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Building on record attendance of more than 2 280 visitors to Africa's leading transport, materials handling, logistics and fleet management event the TruckX Conference and Expo (TruckX) at the Kyalami grand prix circuit, in Midrand, last year, TruckX 2018 hopes to increase this year’s attendance... 

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year
BIGGER SPACE EQUALS BIGGER VISIBILITY The capacity for larger outdoor stands is seen in Sasol’s TruckX 2017 stand

Airbus to support Côte d’Ivoire’s aerospace industry development

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2018 Global aerospace major Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to create a cooperation framework which, in turn, will facilitate the development of the West African country’s aerospace industry. The Côte d’Ivoire Government has... 

Opportunity for smaller exporters amid global ecommerce trend

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The growth of e-commerce and changing retail industry trends provide entrepreneurs and small businesses with new opportunities to sell their products and services to international markets, says courier multinational FedEx Express Southern Africa operations VP Mike Higley. According to the PayPal... 

Renewed air link boosts traffic between South Africa and Spain

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2018 The reintroduction of direct flights between Johannesburg and Madrid by Spanish flag-carrier airline Iberia in August 2016 has resulted in a significant boost in travel between South Africa and Spain. This was reported by Airports Company South Africa assistant general manager (client and... 

Renewed air link boosts traffic between South Africa and Spain
Photo by Airbus
A computer-generated image of an Airbus A330-200 in Iberia livery

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