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Transport News

Lockheed Martin emphasises advantages to South Africa of its C-130J Super Hercules

By: Keith Campbell     7th October 2016 Large orders from the US government for Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transport and multimission aircraft are helping the manufacturer keep down the acquisition costs for the aircraft for all customers. At the end of last year, Washington placed a multi year contract for 78 C-130Js, plus... 

Arrest arson attackers who torched a bus with passengers inside – Gauteng transport MEC Vadi

By: African News Agency      6th October 2016 Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi on Thursday called on law enforcement agencies in Tshwane to react swiftly and arrest the perpetrators of the “cowardly arson attack that took place yesterday afternoon on an A re Yeng bus”. Arsonists petrol bombed a rapid transit bus in Pretoria on... 

Failed Nelson Mandela Bay public transport system set to take off in April

By: African News Agency      5th October 2016 The failed and dysfunctional Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) in Nelson Mandela Bay will be operational in April next year, if approved by council. Twenty five buses are currently stagnant as the project has failed to kick off since its inception during 2009. National Treasury has also... 

Smit to lead Sanral as acting CEO until Dec 1

     4th October 2016 The South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) has appointed operations executive Koos Smit as acting CEO until newly appointed CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma takes over on December 1. Nazir Alli who served as CEO since Sanral's establishment in 1998 has retired after almost two decades at the... 

Vadi launches R24m Evaton road upgrade

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th October 2016 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi on Tuesday launched a R24-million road rehabilitation project in Evaton, Sedibeng, as part of the provincial campaign for the Department of Transport's yearly Transport Month this October. Vadi said road D904, known as the Old Evaton road, was in... 

Vadi launches R24m Evaton road upgrade

LATAM airlines launches direct flight between Latin America and South Africa

By: African News Agency      4th October 2016 LATAM airlines group has launched a direct flight between Latin America and South Africa, with the first plane on the new route landing at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Monday afternoon. The plane landed after a nine-hour journey from Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International airport. 

Barloworld appoints CEO designate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2016 Dominic Sewela has been appointed CEO designate of JSE-listed Barloworld, effective October 1. He will succeed CEO Clive Thomson, who will, after ten years at the helm of the company, step down at Barloworld's next annual general meeting in February 2017. 

Gauteng govt urges citizens to make greater use of public transport

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd October 2016 The Gauteng provincial government has urged citizens to embrace the different modes of public transport available in the province to ease congestion on the province's roads. October marks the launch of National Transport Month. Speaking at a tour of the Pretoria railway station, Transport... 

Gauteng govt urges citizens to make greater use of public transport
Photo by Duane Daws
Minister Dipuo Peters

SA Express won’t table results after failing auditor’s test 

By: News24Wire      30th September 2016 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said she won’t table the SA Express annual report for the 2015/16 financial year by the deadline on Friday as the airline failed to satisfy the auditor general's solvency and liquidity test. In a letter to the Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete on Thursday,... 

Airbus to assist with Rooivalk upgrade, as it reaffirms Africa commitment

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2016 The Airbus Group (parent of Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters) is committed to help develop aeronautical industries in Africa, because it believes that this makes good business sense. For the Group, Africa is defined as sub-Saharan Africa plus Moroco (with Egypt, Libya,... 

Panel appointed to review solutions for grounded St Helena airport

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2016 The UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel, has appointed an external expert to review the process that has seen a delay in the start of regular air services to St Helena, a spokesperson for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) tells Engineering... 

SA ports operator outlines view on weight regulations at global event

By: David Oliveira     30th September 2016 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) was invited to present at this year’s International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) conference, which took place last month in Hamburg, Germany. The presentation joint presentation of TPT senior strategy manager Dr Darren Fraser and TPT compliance manager... 

South African container trade flows declined in H1

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2016 Container trade flow in and out of South Africa for the first half of 2016 has shown a year-on-year decline of 7%. Maersk Line Southern Africa MD Jonathan Horn attributes the decline to reduced consumer spending and weak global demand for mining commodities. 

SAA offers more flights to Mauritius

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th September 2016 Embattled South African Airways (SAA) has added capacity on its Mauritius route, with the introduction of the bigger Airbus A330-200. From October 1, the airline will use the new aeroplane, which adds extra capacity of 200 seats a week, operating flights SA190/SA191 on Mondays, Wednesdays and... 

SAA offers more flights to Mauritius

Competition Commission raids cargo shipping companies

     28th September 2016 The Competition Commission on Wednesday conducted a search and seizure operation at the premises of six cargo shipping companies in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.   The commission said it suspects that Hamburg Sud South Africa, Maersk South Africa, Safmarine, Mediterranean Shipping Company,... 

Competition Commission raids cargo shipping companies

PRASA owes suppliers and service providers R796m

By: African News Agency      28th September 2016 The Passenger Rail Service of South Africa (PRASA) owes Transnet and muncipalities some R796-million on accounts that have been outstanding for more than 30 days, and is not sure when it will be able to settle. This was according to a response from Transport Minister Dipuo Peters to Democratic... 

Work under way to localise bimodal road-rail cargo technology 

By: Terence Creamer     27th September 2016 A domestic homologation process has been initiated for an innovative American bimodal transport solution, which integrates long-distance rail with ‘first- and last-mile’ road legs to provide a door-to-door cargo service. The process began following the recent announcement that South African... 

Work under way to localise bimodal road-rail cargo technology
The RailRunner units carry standard shipping containers

Rail Road Association to hold AGM

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd September 2016 The Rail Road Association of South Africa (RRA) will hold its annual general meeting on Thursday, September 29. The gathering will take place at Scaw Metals’ offices in Germiston from 8:30. The RRA has been critical of what it views as uneven localisation efforts in Transnet’s multibillion-rand... 

Rail Road Association to hold AGM

ACSA starts with new strategy while reporting good results

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2016 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has started to implement elements of its new operational strategy, says chairperson Skhumbuzo Macozoma. "It's very important to have sound corporate governance in a company like ACSA," he said at a briefing on Friday. "I'm happy to announce we've finalised a... 

ACSA starts with new strategy while reporting good results
Photo by Duane Daws
ACSA CEO Bongani Maseko

PRASA, Vodacom sign R1bn, 15-year fibre deal

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016  Vodacom has signed a 15-year deal with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), through its subsidiary Intersite Asset Investments, valued at more than R1-billion. Intersite is responsible for property and asset development within PRASA. It aims to raise additional revenue for the... 

PRASA, Vodacom sign R1bn, 15-year fibre deal

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet, which owns all commercial ports in South Africa and is the sole operator of the country’s container and automotive terminals, has naturally had a major influence over port operations and terminal handling charges. However, that role and dominance has often... 

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

SA government to lease, then buy, VIP aircraft

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2016 The South African Air Force (SAAF) will acquire a VIP aircraft for Presidential travel, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula affirmed last week, reported specialist news website Defenceweb. While this acquisition process is under way, an aircraft will be leased to... 

Train plant construction ‘on track’, says Gibela 

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 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. The first 20... 

Train plant construction ‘on track’, says Gibela
Construction work at the site of Gibela’s R1-billion train factory in Dunnottar

Sanral judgment a victory for Cape Town - De Lille 

By: News24Wire      22nd September 2016 Sanral should stop wasting taxpayers' money and concede that they have followed an unlawful process in trying to toll the N1 and N2 freeways in Cape Town, the city's mayor said on Thursday. "The City of Cape Town has won every round in court since we launched our review application on 28 March... 

Sanral judgment a victory for Cape Town - De Lille
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille

SCA to rule on Winelands tolling

By: News24Wire      22nd September 2016 The Supreme Court of Appeal is to rule on the Winelands toll route matter on Thursday. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) appealed a judgment over the right to toll the N1 and the N2 highways in August. The judgment was in favour of the City of Cape Town.On September 30 last... 

Alstom unveils emission-free Coradia iLint locomotive

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2016 Two years after inking the first letters of intent (LoIs) with various German states and entities, French multinational Alstom’s zero-carbon-dioxide- (CO2) emission passenger train is set to grace the European country’s rail network. Launched on Tuesday at railway trade fair InnoTrans, in Berlin,... 

Alstom unveils emission-free Coradia iLint locomotive
Coradia iLint

Uber pilots dashcams in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 Internet ride-sharing app Uber has launched a month-long dashcam pilot in Cape Town amid the service experiencing recent safety concerns. The digital cameras record what is happening in front of the Uber cars on the road as well as inside vehicles where riders and drivers sit, Uber Africa... 

Alstom on the right track, says CEO

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2016 French multinational Alstom is well on course in the “railway traffic evolution” stakes, with sustained growth in the sector affirming the group is on the right track with its 2020 strategy, says Alstom chairperson and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge. Addressing media at a press conference on the... 

Alstom on the right track, says CEO
Alstom chairperson and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge

Plans to make Wonderboom airport a logistics airfield

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 The City of Tshwane is looking at the possibility of turning the Wonderboom airport into a full logistics airport to assist in creating job opportunities in the city, mayor Solly Msimanga says. “We are now doing a study in terms of what can be done to convert our airport into a full logistics... 

Launch of Osprey marks halfway point in TNPA’s R1.4bn tug-building contract 

By: Shirley le Guern     20th September 2016 The launch of the Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) Osprey tugboat in Durban harbour on Tuesday marked the halfway point in the port authority’s R1.4-billion tug-building contract. Southern African Shipyards CEO Prasheen Maharaj said at the launch that the Osprey was tangible proof... 

Launch of Osprey marks halfway point in TNPA’s R1.4bn tug-building contract

SAA’s losses for 2014/15 almost R1bn more than R4.7bn guarantee

By: News24Wire      20th September 2016 SAA’s losses for the 2014/15 financial year was R5.6-billion – close to R1-billion more than the expected amount of R4.7-billion. This emerged when the national carrier presented its 2014 to 2015 interim financial statements to parliament’s standing committee on finance on Tuesday. 

SAA’s losses for 2014/15 almost R1bn more than R4.7bn guarantee

R5bn SAA guarantee staved off risk for all SOEs – Jonas 

By: News24Wire      20th September 2016 If South African Airways had not received a R5-billion going concern guarantee, it would have posed a systemic risk to all state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in South Africa, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said on Tuesday. Jonas, who made a few introductory remarks, was part of a delegation... 

R5bn SAA guarantee staved off risk for all SOEs – Jonas

All Gauteng drivers should be protected on e-tolls – AA

By: News24Wire      20th September 2016 The rights of Gauteng road users who are not members of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), should be protected as much as those drivers who are members of the civil rights body, says the Automobile Association (AA). In a statement issued on Monday, the AA pointed out that the current... 

All Gauteng drivers should be protected on e-tolls – AA

Myeni to be grilled at parly finance meeting

By: African News Agency      19th September 2016 The Democratic Alliance will attempt to get to the bottom of the myriad issues plaguing South African Airways (SAA) at the scheduled appearance of the SAA board and executive before Parliament’s finance standing committee on Tuesday. The 2014/15 SAA annual financial statements tabled late on... 

PRASA deal's European 'BEE' partner, arms deal links

By: News24Wire      16th September 2016 A Swiss consulting firm, whose owner had been named in a corruption probe in Italy, may have received at least R4-million thanks to its bizarre BEE stake in PRASA's R51-billion tender for new passenger coaches. Last week, News24 revealed that JSE-listed technology firm EOH had paid R16.5-million... 

Cartrack software to keep taxi cabs in check

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th September 2016 Vehicle tracking and recovery systems provider Cartrack has introduced a telematic device aimed at improving the safety of drivers and passengers of taxicabs. The Cartrack software will enable taxi operators to receive a far more accurate report of driver behaviour as opposed to relying on the... 

Cartrack software to keep taxi cabs in check

Boss number seven takes over at global airline body

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2016 The new Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Alexandre de Juniac, took up his office on September 1. He has replaced Tony Tyler, who retired on August 31, having headed the organisation since 2011. De Juniac becomes the seventh person to head the... 

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