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Transport News

Policies require international funding – law firm

By: Sabrina Jardim     17th June 2022 Without international assistance, South Africa does not have the capacity to fund some of the large rail projects outlined by the National Rail Policy (NRP), released by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula this year as a draft White Paper and subsequently approved by Cabinet, says law firm Norton... 

May marks a good month for automotive exports, says terminal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2022 The East London Terminal recorded a 67% increase in container volumes at the end of May. The terminal originally budgeted for the handling of 3 058 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) but ended up moving 5 131 TEUs. 

The East London car terminal
The East London car terminal

Iata wants more information on skills situation in aviation worldwide, including South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2022 The representative body of the worldwide airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has announced that it has extended the deadline of its Global Skills Survey until June 24. So far, more than 400 air transport industry professionals had participated in the survey. Iata... 

Registrations for South African Heavy Haul Association Conference now open

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2022 Early bird registrations for the upcoming South African Heavy Haul Association (Sahha) Conference 2022 are now open. The conference, which will be held at Emperors Palace, in Kempton Park, Gauteng, from August 2 to 4, will be themed “Safe, Resilient and Efficient Heavy Haul – from pit to port”. 

Registrations for South African Heavy Haul Association Conference now open

Gordhan gives Transnet a pat on the back for progress made on repairs in KZN

By: Darren Parker     14th June 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has commended State-owned Transnet on what he called “significant progress” in the undertaking of repairs to operational areas damaged by the April floods in KwaZulu-Natal, which were declared a national disaster by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The repair... 

A repaired railway line in KwaZulu-Natal

Comair placed in provisional liquidation by high court

By: News24Wire      14th June 2022 Kulula.com and local British Airways operator Comair was placed in provisional liquidation by the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The liquidation is necessary for Comair to preserve its fleet of aircraft, valued at about R3.5-billion, for the benefit of creditors, according... 

Kulula airlplane

RMB says Rail Policy White Paper lays foundation for private investment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2022 Financial services provider Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) says the private sector stands ready to invest in South Africa’s rail industry, in partnership with government. Referring to the recently released National Rail Policy White Paper, RMB infrastructure finance public-private partnerships and... 

Cape Town to start Metrorail take-over feasibility study on July 1 

By: Irma Venter     13th June 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. 

Image of Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis
Geordin Hill-Lewis inspecting a Metrorail station

Airbus and Japanese airport group sign MoU on hydrogen fuel for aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th June 2022 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus and Japanese company Kansai Airports have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly investigate the use of hydrogen as an aircraft fuel at Kansai’s three airports. The latter’s airports are Kansai International Airport, Kobe Airport... 

Sustainable aviation fuels can be a potential green industry in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2022 Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) can contribute to a 65% reduction of emissions in the aviation industry by 2050, and South Africa has an excellent resource base to produce like-for-like replacements for fossil fuel-derived fuels that can be used with existing equipment and aeroplanes, says... 

New cement production capacity in Africa might be preferable to high transport costs

By: Darren Parker     10th June 2022 The rapidly rising cost of transport means that adding additional cement production capacity in Africa might be worth considering going forward. Before the outbreak of Covid-19, a long-term decline in shipping costs and the relative price of imported cement, which was also expected to gradually... 

cement handling in plant

Joburg mayor spurs JRA to address inequitable pothole repair

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th June 2022 The Mayor of Johannesburg Mpho Phalatse has commented on the real causes behind some areas being better served in terms of pothole repairs and related service delivery in Johannesburg. “While there are historical challenges that exist beyond the immediate control of the Johannesburg Roads... 

Bad road

Sanral to introduce one ticket system for all public transport, tolling 

By: Darren Parker     10th June 2022 State-owned South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is aiming to move away from traditional toll accounts to mobility accounts, Sanral northern region project manager Siveshni Pillay revealed this week. Speaking at the African Smart Cities Summit, in Midrand, on June 8, she said the... 

Sanral e tolls and highway

Worldwide, air passenger demand continued strong recovery in April

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th June 2022 The global representative body of the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has reported that air passenger traffic worldwide continued a strong recovery trend in April, driven mainly by international travel demand. This was despite the war in Ukraine and travel... 

Route of Phase 1 of proposed Gautrain extension published

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2022 Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo has made public the preferred route for Phase 1 of the proposed expansion of the 80-km Gautrain system, in what is called the Gauteng Rapid Rail Integrated Network (GRRIN) project.   This route has been published in the Gauteng... 

Company produces over 1Mt of corrosion resistant steel

By: Halima Frost     10th June 2022 Stainless steel manufacturer Columbus Stainless, based in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, says that it has produced more than one-million tons of its 3CR12 chromium-containing corrosion-resistant stainless steel for a variety of applications for local and international clients. 3CR12 is a locally... 

A stainless steel 3CR12 exhaust pipe laying among a group of rusted metal exhaust pipes with a small seedling growing n front of it
SHINING LIGHT The notable corrosion resistance of Columbus Stainless's 3CR12 improve on cost of ownership and product longevity

Company adds two new boiler rental units

10th June 2022 Local boiler and burner supplier Combustion Technology has added two new boiler rental units to its rental offering. 

An image of a rental boiler
RENT A BOILER Combustion Technology adds two new boiler rental units

Company receives a Queen’s Award

10th June 2022 Combustion management solutions provider Autoflame Engineering is delighted to announce that the company has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. 

SIU working to combat fraudulent vehicle licence renewals using deceased persons' identities

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th June 2022 The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has found that the identity numbers of deceased persons are being used to fraudulently facilitate the renewal of vehicle licences for truck owners whose accounts with the licensing department have been suspended. SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago on June 9 said... 

Comair to be liquidated 

By: News24Wire      9th June 2022 Comair's business rescue practitioners have lodged a court application on Thursday to convert the business rescue proceedings into liquidation proceedings. This is because the company could not raise the necessary funding to continue with operations. In a notice, published on Thursday, the BRPs... 

British Airways plane

Comair fails to get money, business rescue practitioners believe it can't be saved

By: News24Wire      9th June 2022 Comair could not raise the necessary funding to continue with operations, its business rescue practitioners (BRPs) announced on Thursday. In a notice, published on Thursday, the BRPs advised creditors that they no longer believe there is a reasonable prospect that the company can be rescued. 

Photo of a Kulula branded aircraft

Moody’s raises alarm on Transnet, puts it on notice for downgrade

By: News24Wire      9th June 2022 The credit ratings agency Moody's has placed most of Transnet’s credit ratings on review for a downgrade. Moody’s says it has become increasingly concerned over the Transnet's exposure to weak liquidity management and high refinancing risk. 

Transnet’s interpretation of third-party access will see no investment – ARIA 

By: Irma Venter     8th June 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... 

Image of Transient trains

Two PRASA employees shot, wounded by suspected cable thieves in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      8th June 2022 Two Passenger Railway Agency of South Africa (PRASA) workers are in a critical condition after being shot and wounded while repairing cables on Cape Town's beleaguered Central Line. On Tuesday morning, police were called to the scene at the railway lines near Kalksteenfontein where the workers... 

Refurbished Saldanha Bay harbour development to benefit local economy, communities – De Lille

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th June 2022 “Today marks a historic day as we bring the major refurbishment programme to the 13 Proclaimed Fishing Harbours (PFHs) in the Western Cape to the value of over [R500-million] to culmination,” Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille said in a statement on June 7. De Lille and... 

Sandock Austral Shipyards introduces port feeder barge to the local market

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2022 Sandock Austral Shipyards has launched a port feeder barge that it believes will “revolutionise the way containers are handled in South African ports”, ultimately leading to less road congestion and faster turnaround times for imports and exports. The internationally patented, German-designed... 

Image of the port feeder barge

US carrier starts year-round service between Cape Town and New York/Newark

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th June 2022 On Tuesday major US carrier United Airlines inaugurated its new year-round, thrice-weekly, direct service between Cape Town and Newark Liberty International Airport, in the US State of New Jersey, which serves both the nearby New York City (in New York State) and as one of United’s hub airports.... 

KZN government aims to maintain good quality infrastructure

By: Yvonne Silaule     6th June 2022 The KwaZulu-Natal government is committed to maintaining infrastructure and ensuring that people living in rural areas and suburbs receive the same standard of service delivery. Premier Sihle Zikalala made the announcement in uMbhumbhulu, on June 6, as part of the launch of a R187-million... 

National rail policy to support local industry, manufacturing  

By: Schalk Burger     3rd June 2022 The National Rail Policy White Paper has a deliberate bias towards local manufacturing to ensure industrialisation and the local production of steel, railway lines, rolling stock and supplies, and the State and private sector operators should procure all supplies from South African manufacturers,... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Rail White Paper stresses private sector participation, move to standard gauge  

By: Schalk Burger     3rd June 2022 The National Rail Policy White Paper will see the rail network opened to participation by the private sector, along with a progressive national move to standard gauge to increase the average speeds of trains, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on... 

Image of a rail line in South Africa

Commission meets with domestic airlines to fill Comair void, avoid price gouging

By: Donna Slater     3rd June 2022 The Competition Commission has called on major airlines in South Africa to help bring capacity into the market following a decision by Comair to suspend all British Airways and kulula.com flights, with immediate effect on May 31. Comair’s decision to suspend the flights will significantly reduce... 

New export route for Botswana coal

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2022 Grindrod’s Matola terminal at the Port of Maputo says it has welcomed its second coal train from Botswana. The terminal also managed to successfully discharge the 50 wagons using the terminal’s tipplers. The first train arrived at the port in April, marking a milestone for Grindrod’s Mozambican... 

PRASA starts rehabilitation of three Gauteng corridors

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2022 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) says it will terminate rail services on three Gauteng corridors for the next few months to allow for the rehabilitation and restoration of the electrical cables and traction substations that were vandalised or stolen during the Covid-19 Level 5... 

Mbalula says decision on e-tolls ‘imminent’, calls for scrap metal export ban

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2022 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has yet again promised that a decision on the future of e-tolls in Gauteng is imminent. Delivering his department’s Budget Vote speech late last month, he noted that the matter was on Cabinet’s radar, and that a pronouncement would be made once the final decision... 

Local bus sector under the pump

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd June 2022 The South African bus sector has faced challenges over the past two years, with commercial-vehicle sliding-window designer and manufacturer Widney Transport Components noting a drop in volumes, says sales manager Lucas Mehlape. “Local demand is mainly driven by government tenders, so the more the... 

REDUCED DEMAND About 60% to 70% of Widney Transport Components’ bus orders are linked to government tenders, with activity currently muted
REDUCED DEMAND About 60% to 70% of Widney Transport Components’ bus orders are linked to government tenders, with activity currently muted

Cancelled Sanral contracts to be readvertised, awards expected by end of September

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2022 The board of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has instructed Sanral management to readvertise and award the R17.47-billion in tenders the board cancelled last month, citing “material irregularities”, within the next four months, Speaking at a media conference in Centurion... 

Company performs complex breakdown repair on rotor

3rd June 2022 Electro-mechanical services and repairs company Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) recently performed comprehensive repairs to the rotor of an aging 30 MW generator which had failed during operation at JSE-listed forest group Sappi’s Saiccor pulp mill in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal. 

An image of a generator rotor
MECHANICAL REBUILD Generator rotor undergoing dimensional checks in M&C mechanical rebuild
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