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Daimler Trucks upbeat on 2019 prospects, new Arocs expands range

By: Irma Venter     15th February 2019 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Jasper Hafkamp is confident that the momentum seen in the second half of the year in terms of new-truck sales in the local market will continue into 2019. The first half of 2018 was “very bad”, but the outlook improved significantly as the year... 

Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 Amid slow progress in realising South Africa’s mineral beneficiation strategy – as set out in the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) 2011 policy document – mining industry participants, analysts and experts are re-evaluating the feasibility of mineral beneficiation as a growth trajectory path.... 

Boeing reports the first flight of ‘Flying Car’

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th February 2019 US aerospace group Boeing announced on Wednesday, January 23, that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas in the US State of Virginia on the previous day. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden flight... 

Champion considers doubling Bloom Lake capacity

By: Mariaan Webb     14th February 2019 Quebec iron-ore miner Champion Iron is considering doubling the capacity of its Bloom Lake mine, near Fermont, and will complete a feasibility study before the end of the year. Pending a positive decision resulting from an economical feasibility study, construction could start in late 2019 or... 

Robot Kamaz is opening its computer vision eyes

14th February 2019 VIST Group (subsidiary of ZYFRA Group) mutually with Nazarbayev University and KAMAZ launched a robotized towing truck project. A fifth-wheel towing truck Kamaz Neo will be equipped with computer vision systems that will allow it to detect a range of objects like people, animals, traffic... 

Vale disaster could see Brazil’s iron-ore competitive edge slip away

By: Mariaan Webb     12th February 2019 The January 25 Brumadinho dam disaster is expected to knock Brazil’s competitiveness in the global iron-ore market and will elicit a supply response from mines in China, as well as new projects that could be brought on line in the next few years. This is according to analysts at London-based... 

Australia's Pacific National says coal train derailed, services disrupted

By: Reuters     8th February 2019 Australian coal haulier Pacific National said on Thursday that one of its trains derailed near the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and that some services would be affected while repair work was carried out. The Hunter Valley is Australia's top thermal coal-producing region and home to... 

Transnet, Botswana Rail seek to unlock Botswana’s coal reserves

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 State-owned Transnet and Botswana Railways have resuscitated discussions on the construction of a proposed heavy-haul railway line that will link the two countries to “unlock” Botswana’s estimated 212-billion tons of coal reserves, Transnet announced on Thursday. Discussions around this project... 

Demand in global air freight market grew by 3.5% – Iata

By: Simone Liedtke     6th February 2019 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) on Wednesday released its 2018 full year data for global air freight markets, which showed that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), had grown by 3.5% year-on-year. This growth, the association said, was significantly lower than... 

Transnet says coal exports expected to dip this year

By: Kim Cloete     1st February 2019 Coal exports are expected to drop this year, following a disappointingly slow run over the past few months, says Transnet Freight Rail coal GM Mandisa Mondi. “For the current financial year, the target for export was 77-million tonnes. We are trending at 73-million tonnes. We hope to have a good... 

Botswana keen for corridor to link to South Africa’s coalfields

By: Kim Cloete     1st February 2019 Botswana’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Dorcas Makgato, has revived the need for a new heavy haul railway linking Botswana’s Mmamabula area with South Africa’s Lephalale coalfields.   Makgato said the project aimed to link coal deposits in both areas with South African heavy haul... 

Logistics a weak link in South Africa’s coal value chain

By: Tracy Hancock     1st February 2019 There needs to be greater impetus on improving the infrastructure that transports coal for domestic use and for export in South Africa. One way of doing so is by dealing with the overuse of road transport and coordinating the logistics of junior miners, which contribute to inefficient coal... 

‘Scale’ matters in South Africa’s logistics game

1st February 2019 Scale matters to competitive advantage and doing more with less through technology, consolidation and networking enables South Africa-based and -managed freight solutions provider Bidvest Panalpina Logistics’ (BPL’s) larger service offering at a lower unit cost. The concept of scale – the average... 

Department sets height restrictions on high cube containers

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st February 2019 The Department of Transport has announced that vehicles transporting a standard container, reaching an overall height of 4.3 m, would not be permitted to transport a high cube container. Owing to this, Minister of Transport Dr Blade Nzimande has placed a moratorium ,effect from January 1, 2019 to... 

Freight utility company receives new specialised excavators

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st February 2019 Construction equipment distributor High Power Equipment Africa (HPE Africa) has proven its capabilities for future tenders that are within its scope of work, following its success in delivering ten specially adapted excavators for State-owned freight utility Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) facility... 

African Transport Operations Agency (ATOA)

1st February 2019 Specialising in cross-border transportation to African countries, African Transport Operations Agency (ATOA) provides expert solutions and services to the trade and transport industry. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, ATOA moves cargo throughout Africa by road, sea, air or multimodal freight. 

Exhibition Freighting GSM

1st February 2019 An exhibition, trade show, event or demonstration would not be able to take place without the proper equipment and products. A major player in the exhibition freight forwarding arena in South Africa, Exhibition Freighting GSM (EF-GSM) is the obvious choice to handle the logistics for both local... 

Boost for international miners as India's thermal coal imports jump

By: Reuters     28th January 2019 India's 2018 thermal coal imports rose at the fastest pace in four years, according to two industry sources, despite moves by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to cut imports in a bid to reduce its trade deficit. Coal is among the top five commodities imported by India, one of the... 

RBCT coal exports decline 

By: Martin Creamer     24th January 2019 Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) exported 73.47-million tonnes of coal in 2018, 4.1% less than in 2017. The main export destination of the South African-mined coal was Asia at 81.6%. 

KZN: The investment province

23rd January 2019 The real manufacturing gross value added (GVA) for KwaZulu-Natal was estimated at R80.8-billion, making it the second highest contributor to the South African GVA behind Gauteng. This is according to MEC Sihle Zikalala. Added to this, government’s infrastructure expenditure plan for the province... 

Motherwell Passenger Rail Corridor, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th January 2019 Passenger Rail Association of South Africa plans to build a railway line, together with four rail stations and associated structures and infrastructure, in Motherwell, in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. 

Transnet to pursue ‘just and equitable’ settlements with rail OEMs awarded ‘unlawful’ contracts 

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2019 Having determined the procurement of 1 064 diesel and electric locomotives to be “irregular and unlawful”, Transnet has communicated its intention to review contracts awarded to four original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in 2015. The State-owned freight logistics group has also indicated that... 

Popo Molefe says new board found 'horror show' at Transnet

By: News24Wire      17th January 2019 State-owned freight rail company Transnet has issued summons to former top executives it says are implicated in financial mismanagement with a view of recouping some of the squandered money. Popo Molefe, chair of the Transnet board, said on Thursday morning at a media briefing that civil claims... 

Transnet issues summons to top former execs

By: News24Wire      17th January 2019 Transnet says it has issued summons to former top executives implicated in financial mismanagement with a view of recouping some of the squandered money.  Popo Molefe, chair of the Transnet board, was on Thursday giving the media an update on the operational status of the State-owned freight rail... 

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th January 2019 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

Ferrexpo expects production to remain flat in 2019

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th January 2019 London-listed Ferrexpo, which operates mines in the Ukraine, produced about 10.6-million tonnes of iron-ore pellets in 2018 – a 1.2% increase on the 10.4-million tonnes produced in 2017. In a trading update published on Tuesday, the company reported that pellet production for this year would be... 

Daimler offers self-driving big rigs as Tesla plots truck debut

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2019 Daimler will start selling a heavy-duty truck in the U.S. this year that’sle to brake, accelerate and steer at all speeds on its own. This will coincide with the planned launch of electric-car leader Tesla’s Semi truck, which will stoke competition at a time when demand in North America is... 

Train derailment investigation points to sabotage – Transnet

By: Reuters     21st December 2018 Transnet hopes to re-open on Saturday one of two closed coal export lines linking mines to the Richards Bay export terminal after it was closed following a train derailment, the State-run freight company said on Friday. A preliminary investigation into the cause of the derailment points to... 

Indian billionaire's Australian mine plans face further delay

By: Bloomberg     21st December 2018 Gautam Adani’s long quest to build a coal mine in the Australian outback faces another setback, with the Queensland state government refusing to sign off on the company’s plans before further studies into the project’s environmental impact are complete. “Two plans are yet to be approved before... 

South Africa coal train derails, export line shut - Transnet

By: Reuters     20th December 2018 A 200-wagon coal train derailed in South Africa on Thursday, shutting down the rail line that links mines to the Richards Bay export terminal, freight firm Transnet said. The crew were unhurt in the incident in which 51 wagons derailed, the State-run company said. 

African countries urged to sign Luxembourg Protocol at Zimbabwe PIDA meeting

By: African News Agency      27th November 2018 African countries have been urged to sign the Luxembourg Protocol by Soteri Gatera, the chief of industrialisation and infrastructure at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Gatera made the call during his presentation titled, ‘The Luxembourg Rail Protocol: Railway Rolling Stock Financing –... 

Morwe signals strategy shift as he prioritises restoration of trust amid ‘turbulance’ 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2018 Transnet acting CEO Tau Morwe is prioritising the restoration of trust, internally and externally, which he acknowledges has been affected by the “turbulence” associated with recent action taken by the board to tackle corruption and recover money “siphoned” from the State-owned company. However,... 

Transnet suspends former supply chain officer for misconduct

By: African News Agency      31st October 2018 Transnet said on Wednesday that it has suspended its former group supply chain officer, Edward Thomas, pending investigations into various serious allegations of misconduct involving a number of contracts. Transnet said that Thomas, currently group general manager for finance, was informed on... 

BTT starts construction on Richards Bay LPG storage facility  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th October 2018 Bulk liquid storage operator Bidvest Tank Terminals (BTT) on Thursday celebrated the start of construction on its R1-billion mounded liquified petroleum gas (LPG) storage facility in Richards Bay. The facility is set to house the largest tanks in the world once completed and is anticipated to... 

Finalists named in IITPSA President’s Awards 2018

25th October 2018 The Institute of Information Technology Professionals SA (IITPSA) has named the finalists for the 2018 President’s Awards, including the prestigious IT Personality and Visionary CIO of the Year Awards and two new awards – a Technology Excellence Award and a Social Responsibility/Community Award.... 

Finalists named in IITPSA President’s Awards 2018

25th October 2018 The Institute of Information Technology Professionals SA has named the finalists for the 2018 President’s Awards, including the prestigious IT Personality and Visionary CIO of the Year Awards and two new awards – a Technology Excellence Award and a Social Responsibility/Community Award.  Now in... 

Atlas Sept quarter iron-ore shipments down 10%

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th October 2018 Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron has reported another tough quarter in the three months to September, with iron-ore shipments declining from the 2.1-million tonnes in the June quarter, to 1.9-million tonnes. Atlas in late July this year suspended crushing activities at its Mt Dove operation, in the... 

SA HIPPO submersible slurry pump enters the USA steel manufacturing market.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd October 2018 After participating in the CIM 2018 held in Vancouver, Canada, HAZLETON PUMPS was requested to visit one of the largest steel manufacturers in Ohio, USA; being Timken Steel. Timken Steel applies their metallurgical and production expertise to manufacture high-performance seamless mechanical tube... 

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