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SAPICS Fighting The Supply Chain Skills Crisis

13th February 2019 Reflecting its commitment to tackling the supply chain skills crisis head on, SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, recently hosted the 11th annual Supply Chain Management Education Excellence Awards. This event recognises individuals, organisations and educators who are... 

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... 

OneLogix to broaden logistics footprint in R280m Umlaas project

By: Irma Venter     7th February 2019 Niche logistics provider OneLogix aims to more than double the size of its automotive logistics site at Umlaas, in KwaZulu-Natal, in a project that is named ‘Umlaas 3’. OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens said on Thursday in Johannesburg that the R280-million development, next to the N3 highway, will add... 

New floating caisson to improve productivity at Cape Town dry dock

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 A new, R98-million floating caisson is to be fabricated for the Sturrock Dry Dock in the Port of Cape Town, which will enable one of the biggest dry dock facilities in the Southern Hemisphere to double its productivity, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) announced on Thursday. TNPA... 

Transnet promises to ramp up efficiency 

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2019 Transnet has promised to deal with corruption and step up efficiency around its operations, which have taken a heavy knock over the past few years. “Over the past ten years, we have injected capital of R42-billion into the network side. Yet the scale of the network is worse today than it was ten... 

Job creation through local manufacturing

6th February 2019 Approximately 50-70% local content in products would be considered acceptable to the future growth and sustainability of the local manufacturing sector. This is according to Eric Bruggeman, CEO at the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC). In a presentation at the Electra Mining... 

Eight senior Transnet execs issued with precautionary suspension letters  

By: Simone Liedtke     4th February 2019 Eight senior executives at State-owned Transnet have been issued with letters of precautionary suspension resulting from past internal audit and forensic reports that were not implemented by management at Transnet. The decision to issue the precautionary suspensions was taken after no follow-ups... 

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... 

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... 

Wicus Pretorius

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st February 2019 This week we profile Wicus Pretoria, CEO of Wictra Holdings, a repairer, refurbisher and builder of railway rolling stock in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and East London   

Cesa president calls for increased transparency

By: Simone Liedtke     30th January 2019 Presenting his 2019 presidential address on Wednesday, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Naresh Pather called for increased transparency for the betterment of the sector and its future. With the intention of establishing trust, Pather averred that 2019 would see Cesa increase its... 

Transnet National Ports Authority Appoints Bidfreight Port Operations (Pty) Ltd As Terminal Operator Of Sheds 10 And 11 At The Multi-Purpose Terminal Facility At The Port Of Port Elizabeth

30th January 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has concluded an agreement with Bidfreight Port Operations (Pty) Ltd (BPO) for the design, development, financing, construction, operation, maintenance and transfer of a Multi-Purpose Terminal at Sheds 10 and 11 in the Port of Port Elizabeth, following an... 

TNPA appoints multipurpose terminal operator at PE port

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has concluded an agreement with Bidfreight Port Operations (BPO) for the design, development, financing, construction, operation, maintenance and transfer of a multipurpose terminal at Sheds 10 and 11 in the Port of Port Elizabeth, following an open... 

On-The-Air (25/01/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2019 South Africa’s platinum outlook received a blow this week when cobalt was selected ahead of it for a new technology. Richards Bay Coal Terminal has again proved how well business and government can combine for the good of the South African economy. The World Economic Forum has highlighted 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%. 

Kumba meets 2018 production, sales guidance

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th January 2019 Despite significant logistical challenges experienced during the fourth quarter of 2018, JSE-listed Kumba Iron Ore met its production and sales volume guidance for the year. Kumba produced 43.1-million tonnes of iron-ore and sold 43.3-million tonnes, in line with the year’s guidance output of... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

On-The-Air (14/12/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th December 2018 Platinum demand received a colossal boost this week when Japanese giant Mitsubishi decided to back its use in exciting new technologies. Transnet this week saved South Africa a fortune by getting the Sishen-Saldanha iron-ore line back in working order in record time. Botswana this week stole a... 

Transnet praised for rapidly restoring stricken Saldanha iron-ore line 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2018 State rail transport enterprise Transnet has earned praise by pulling out all the stops to rapidly restore a railway bridge on South Africa’s crucial Sishen–Saldanha iron-ore line. The line came to a halt on November 28 after a truck carrying heavy equipment at excessive height on a public road... 

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,... 

TNPA granted enviro approval for R1.4bn Richards Bay floating dock

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has given Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) the green light to build a long-awaited R1.4-billion floating dock at the Richards Bay port. The floating dock facility, which will be located at the port’s Small Craft Harbour, forms part of the... 

Port of Richards Bay Floating Dock Receives Green Stamp of Approval

31st October 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has given Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Richards Bay the green light to construct its long-awaited multi-million-rand floating dock infrastructure. The new R1.4 billion floating dock facility, which will be located at the port’s... 

Russian rail group aims to develop newly acquired Boksburg factory into global narrow-gauge hub

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2018 Leading Russian rail engineering group Transmashholding (TMH) confirmed on Wednesday that it, together with its South African partner Mjisa, had completed the acquisition of a 45 000 m2 rail manufacturing facility in Gauteng, South Africa. Black empowerment company Mjisa, which is led by Mafika... 

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... 

Kumba on track to meet FY18 guidance 

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2018 Although rail constraints resulted in a reduction in export sales for Kumba Iron Ore during the third quarter ended September 30, the Anglo American subsidiary remains on track to meet its full-year guidance of producing between 43-million and 44-million tonnes of iron-ore. The iron-ore miner on... 

Transnet confirms Gama fired with full pay for six months

By: African News Agency      22nd October 2018 Transnet on Monday confirmed that Siyabonga Gama has been fired as the freight rail operator's chief executive officer and said it was in line with a government drive to turn around State-owned entities.  Transnet said it informed Gama of its decision on Sunday and Monday would be his last... 

Transnet Board Terminates the Employment of Group Chief Executive Mr. Siyabonga Gama

22nd October 2018 The board of Transnet SOC Ltd has terminated the employment of Group Chief Executive Mr. Siyabonga Gama, bringing to an end a protracted dispute over a breakdown in trust and confidence between him and the board. The decision was taken by the board of the state’s Rail and Freight Company on... 

Transnet removes Gama as CEO

By: Reuters     22nd October 2018 The board of directors of South African state-owned logistics firm Transnet said it had removed Chief Executive Siyabonga Gama, who has been accused of misconduct in a multimillion-dollar deal. Transnet, which operates nearly three-quarters of the African rail network, the bulk of which is in... 

Irregular expenditure

By: Riaan de Lange     19th October 2018 Take a moment to reflect on the phrase 'irregular expenditure'. What thoughts does it evoke? Anything? These two words, I wager, have been rendered devoid of their impact, owing to excessive use. 

Port of Cape Town infrastructure and port development projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th October 2018 The Transnet National Ports Authority has identified infrastructure and port development projects that will address three critical sectors in the Port of Cape Town – liquid bulk, ship repair and tourism. 

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