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ITSSA to disband as the project has realised its mandate – CEO 

By: Irma Venter     15th July 2022 The Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa (ITSSA) has disbanded as it has fulfilled its mandate, says CEO Dr Paul Vorster. An ITSSA annual general meeting in July confirmed a decision taken by the society’s board in June to close out the project. 

Port Elizabeth Car Terminal sets new export record

By: Irma Venter     15th July 2022 The Port Elizabeth Car Terminal has moved 5 700 export vehicles in a single vessel.  This is the highest volume ever moved through the terminal, and surpasses the previous record of 4 500 export units moved in a single vessel, set in September 2019. 

Gautrain ridership recovers to 42% of pre-Covid numbers

By: Irma Venter     15th July 2022 Ridership on the Gautrain has recovered to 23 358 average weekday rail trips, which is 42% of pre-Covid-19 numbers, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) communication and marketing senior executive manager Dr Barbara Jensen. Average weekday bus trips are currently at 8 681, which is 46% of... 

Poor road conditions, truck shortage boosting Serco’s repair business

By: Schalk Burger     14th July 2022 Truck bodies and trailers manufacturing company Serco says the poor condition of some roads in South Africa, as well as a shortage of new trucks, is boosting its repair business. "The damage vehicles suffer owing to the poor road conditions and the challenges with sourcing new trucks owing to... 

A photo of a potholed road

Imperial acquires Africa FMCG in Nigeria

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2022 Logistics company Imperial has completed the strategic acquisition of a controlling stake in consumer products distribution company Africa FMCG Distribution (AFMCG), which offers a nationwide and best-in-class route-to-market solution across multiple channels in Nigeria. AFMCG's services also... 

Joburg Mayor commends Metrobus for completing refurbishment of 105 buses

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th July 2022 City of Johanneburg (CoJ) and Metrobus executives on July 13 unveiled some of the 105 buses it recently refurbished to the value of R50-million. The entity started a 36-month refurbishment programme in 2019 to help address the challenge of an aging bus fleet. Some of Metrobus’ buses have been... 

A photo of refurbished buses owned by Metrobus

SAA sale part of vital reforms, Gordhan says 

By: Bloomberg     13th July 2022 South Africa’s minister in charge of embattled State-owned companies gave an impassioned defense of the sale of a majority stake in the national carrier for about $3 – a deal that’s subject to a lawsuit from one of the spurned bidders. The privatization of South African Airways is a vital reform... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Photo by Bloomberg
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Transnet re-enters international loan market with $1.5bn transaction

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2022 State-owned freight and logistics group Transnet has re-entered the international syndicated loan market for the first time in seven years with the signing of a five-year senior unsecured term loan facility of up to $1.5-billion, led by Deutsche Bank. Transnet said in a statement that the first... 

Photo of a Transnet Port Terminals operation

Airlink launches new route to world-renowned tourism destination

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th July 2022 South African private-sector regional airline Airlink has announced that it is instituting a new route, linking Johannesburg in South Africa to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The new route has been approved by the aviation authorities in both countries and the service, which will be daily, will... 

Congo plans border post expansion as mining trucks endure up to 60 km queues

By: Reuters     12th July 2022 Democratic Republic of Congo plans to expand its main border post with Zambia, a source close to its government said, to ease truck queues of up to 60 km that copper miners have faced this year due to increased production and inadequate infrastructure. The backlog of trucks at Kasumbalesa, a... 

City of Cape Town reinstalls in-road warning lights, aims to expand system  

By: Irma Venter     12th July 2022 The City of Cape Town’s Urban Mobility Directorate has reinstalled in-road warning lights at two pedestrian crossings along Buitengracht street in Cape Town.  These intersections form part of major pedestrian routes between the central business district (CBD) and Green Point, and are frequented... 

Image of in-road warning lights at two pedestrian crossings along Buitengracht street in Cape Town
The in-road warning lights at a pedestrian crossing along Buitengracht street

Zikalala launches Phase 1 of M4 road reconstruction project

By: Yvonne Silaule     11th July 2022 KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala at the weekend launched Phase 1 of the M4 road reconstruction project and reopened the M4 uMdloti River bridge, near La Mercy. The bridge was reopened following extensive repairs after it was damaged in the April floods. 

Global airline body reports strong recovery in air passenger traffic

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th July 2022 The representative body of the global airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has reported that air passenger traffic in May this year showed an accelerating recovery, on the eve of the peak northern hemisphere summer holiday travel season. In year-on-year (y-o-y)... 

Iata reports ‘positive news’ for global air cargo sector in May

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th July 2022 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), which is the global representative body of the airline industry, has reported that the air cargo sector saw an improvement in its performance during May this year. Although global air cargo demand in May was 8.3% down in year-on-year (y-o-y)... 

TFR to start North Corridor maintenance shutdown on July 12

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2022 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will start with the annual maintenance shutdown of its North Corridor on July 12. The shutdown is scheduled for completion by July 22 and is important for TFR’s volume recovery plans for the corridor. 

Airlink doubles it flights to St Helena

By: Darren Parker     8th July 2022 Air travel service provider Airlink has announced that its scheduled flight service from Johannesburg to St Helena Island will increase from fortnightly to weekly as of October 8. The decision to boost accessibility to the remote volcanic island in the South Atlantic comes alongside the St Helena... 

St Helena Airport

Transnet to invest R16.1bn in Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Saldanha ports  

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2022 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will invest R16.1-billion at the Mossel Bay, Saldanha and Cape Town ports in a seven-year capital investment programme. The capital investment programme will see R2.2-billion flow to the Port of Mossel Bay, R8.4-billion to the Saldanha harbour and... 

Image of the port of Cape Town
The port of Cape Town

'The losses are enormous': Mpumalanga shutdown hits coal, chrome exporters

By: News24Wire      8th July 2022 Blockaded roads and disruption of transport routes associated with the Mpumalanga shutdown have served to twist the knife in commodity exporters already struggling to move product out of the country. A shutdown campaign gripped Mpumalanga on Wednesday when taxi and truck drivers blockaded... 

PRASA awards R7.5bn in contracts for rolling stock overhaul

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2022 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has awarded five companies general overhaul contracts for its older rolling stock to the value of R7.5-billion. The agency says the five-year contracts will allow for the heavy maintenance and repairs of its existing train sets, while also... 

New standards for municipalities

By: Mandisa Nyathi     8th July 2022 The South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’) technical committee has added new standards that municipality procurement teams need to adhere to when awarding tenders. 

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Six land-based borders prioritised for one-stop border management roll-out

By: Schalk Burger     8th July 2022 South Africa is creating a Border Management Authority (BMA) that will unify the border control functions and processes from various national departments, and BMA CEO and national commissioner Dr Mike Masiapato says the authority will also help to manage crucial transport and trade corridors. Six... 

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ExecuJet South Africa showcasing latest aircraft in its fleet at AERO South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th July 2022 Aircraft charter and aviation services company ExecuJet South Africa, part of the Luxembourg-based Luxaviation group, has highlighted that it will be showcasing the latest addition to its aircraft fleet, a Beechcraft King Air 260, at the AERO South Africa exhibition and air show, currently being... 

A photo of Execujet's new aircraft

Cable theft disrupts coal deliveries by rail to Majuba power station 

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2022 Cable theft has critically constrained the delivery of coal by rail to the Majuba power station, as the portion of the rail network owned by State-owned power utility Eskom that feeds directly into Majuba has been severely damaged by the theft of overhead cables and critical overhead track... 

Sanral to implement temporary road closures on N3 for rock blasting

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), as part of the upgrade of the N3 from Cato Ridge to Dardanelles Cutting to an eight-lane carriageway, will implement rolling closures on the N3 national roads in both directions between the Umlaas road interchange and Cato Ridge... 

Automakers ramping up investments into upstream nickel, cobalt

By: Darren Parker     6th July 2022 Market research firm Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) says automakers are increasing their upstream investments and supply contracts to secure enough battery metals, such as lithium, cobalt and battery-grade nickel, to drive forward their respective electric... 

Lithium ion batteries

Trucks block South African road to Mozambique as fuel costs surge 

By: Bloomberg     6th July 2022 Protesters in a city in South Africa’s north east blocked roads including a highway linking the country to Mozambique with trucks Wednesday morning as they demonstrated against fuel prices rising to a new record. The road between Mbombela, 350 km east of Johannesburg, and White River has been... 

SAHHA Conference announces keynote speaker – Aurizon’s John Woods

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2022 The South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) Conference will feature a keynote presentation by rail transport company Aurizon planning and scheduling head John Woods. Woods, who is based in Australia, will share Aurizon’s case study, titled ‘Integrated Rail Planning & Scheduling... 

SAHHA Conference announces keynote speaker – Aurizon’s John Woods

TFR offers deed of amendment to lift force majeure on coal exporters

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2022 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is encouraging coal export parties to sign a deed of amendment for the remaining term of a long-term agreement, which expires in March 2024, to lift its force majeure on them, which was declared owing to a severe shortage of operational locomotives.... 

Coal being transported to port by TFR

Gibela celebrates completion of one-hundredth X’trapolis Mega train for PRASA  

By: Sabrina Jardim     4th July 2022 Rail transport consortium Gibela on July 4 unveiled the one-hundredth X’trapolis Mega commuter train it is building for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). Gibela, whose shareholders are Alstom, Ubumbano Rail and New Rail Africa, in 2013 signed a R53-billion contract to supply... 

The one-hundredth X'trapolis Mega commuter train to be produced by Gibela for PRASA's Metrorail service
Gibela chairperson Irene Charnley, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa chairperson Leonard Ramatlakane and Gauteng Premier David Makhura address media and dignitaries during the celebration of the one-hundredth X'trapolis Mega train to have been built at Gibela's Dunnotar factory in South Africa. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson; Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Metrobus gets R60m allocation for new buses

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2022 The City of Johannesburg has allocated R60-million to its Metrobus company to buy new buses in the coming financial year. Transport MMC Funzela Ngobeni says the new bus purchases are part of a longer-term strategy to renew the entity’s fleet.  

Major airframe and aeroengine groups jointly conduct 100%-sustainable fuel test flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th July 2022 Brazil-based major aerospace group Embraer has announced that it has partnered with US-based major aeroengine group Pratt & Whitney (P&W) to successfully test-fly an Embraer E195-E2 airliner with one of its P&W GTF engines running on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The test flight was... 

Public Enterprises considering legal action over 'false and distorted' reports on SAA process

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th July 2022 The South African Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) on Monday affirmed, in a press release, that it was “seeking legal advice on action to be taken on the leakage of official information and the peddling of false and distorted information” on the process of selecting a strategic equity... 

Photo of an SAA aircraft

TFR signs cross-border agreement with Railways of Mozambique 

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2022 State-owned rail agency Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has signed a cooperation agreement with Mozambique State agency Ports and Railways of Mozambique (CFM) to implement an immediate train run-through model that will result in the export of chrome and ferrochrome moving seamlessly from Belfast, in... 

City of Cape Town pursues reinstatement of joint rail enforcement unit  

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2022 The City of Cape Town says it is keen to help revive the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) rail enforcement unit (REU), which operated as a three-way government partnership between October 2018, and July 2020.  The REU was launched by then Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande at a... 

Image of a vandalised Metrorail coach

Feasibility study on the City of Cape Town’s takeover of Metrorail gets under way

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2022 The City of Cape Town will, on July 1, start a feasibility study on the devolution of the city’s passenger rail system from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to the metro. PRASA currently operates all commuter passenger rail systems in the country, with the exception of the Gautrain. 

Third-party rail access unlikely to unlock private investment, owing to restrictive terms – ARIA

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2022 African Rail Industry Association (ARIA) CEO Mesela Nhlapo says the association has serious concerns regarding the restrictive terms and conditions Transnet has imposed on the use of the national rail network by private third-party freight operators. A key element of the newly unveiled National... 

DBSA tasked with overseeing Sanral tender reappointment process 

By: Donna Slater     30th June 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has appointed the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) as an independent and lead adjudicating body after Sanral’s board in May declined the contracts previously entered into for five strategic projects. As such, the DBSA will act as... 

An image of Sanral leadership
Photo by Creamer Media
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, Sanral chairperson Themba Mhambi and Sanral acting CEO Lehlohonolo Memeza at a briefing on June 30.
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