OPINION: Direct international air access opens up KZN globally

DURBAN – Direct  international air access to KwaZulu-Natal is opening up the destination to the rest of the world, is a catalyst for greater investment and economic growth, and is in turn cementing the province’s position on the global tourism economy. A host of regional and big name international airlines now fly direct to Durban and the province’s Route Development Committee, which comprises Dube Trade Port, Tourism KZN, the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), Trade & Investment KZN, Durban Tourism and other public and private sector partners have their sights set…

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A launchpad into Sub-Saharan Africa

JOHANNESBURG – Bombardier  Transportation SA managing director Aubrey Lekwane is positioning the company’s Johannesburg headquarters as a launchpad to expand into the Sub-Saharan Africa. The businessman was appointed to the position in 2012 to lead the business’s growth strategy, and improving its performance and competitiveness, among others.   In an interview with Business Report this week, Lekwane, who served as chief executive of the South African Mining Development Association in 2010, said the propulsion manufacturing plant located in Isando, would play a big role in their expansion plans into Africa.  …

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Structured plans to put PRASA back on track

Government has announced structured intervention to turnaround the country’s commuter rail system. Phase one of the intervention will see the appointment of a team of performance experts who will undertake a 6-8 week organisational analysis of the Passenger Rail Agency South Africa (PRASA). The team is expected to submit a factual report – addressing key factors that would have led to the failed implementation of PRASA’s Turn-Around Strategies, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande announced on Thursday. The new interventions follow President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Tuesday visit to PRASA in Cape Town to…

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National Aviation Services to launch groundhandling, cargo services in Mozambique

JOHANNESBURG – Emerging markets aviation services provider National Aviation Services says it will offer comprehensive ground handling and cargo services in Mozambique from July. This will cover ramp, passenger and engineering services and include check-in, boarding, ramp handling, maintenance, cleaning as well as import and export cargo handling and storage for scheduled and adhoc airlines at all airports in Mozambique. “Airline traffic is growing steadily in Mozambique. Coupled with the developing oil and gas, and mining sectors, there is a huge demand for air transport related goods and services for both cargo…

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TMH Africa to unveil locomotives assembly plant in SA

JOHANNESBURG – Railway engineering company TMH Africa will on Tuesday unveil its 45 000 square metre rolling stock manufacturing and service plant in Boksburg which it acquired from DCD Group last year as part of its R500 million investment in Africa. The facility is part of the R40 billion investment that the Gauteng government says a number of companies have committed to collectively investing into various corridors in the province. It will manufacture, assemble and service locomotives and other rolling stock for the African continent and will further contribute to skills- and small…

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Transport skills summit kicks off

The Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) Skills Summit, which will look into the transformation, as well as the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the sector, kicks off in Johannesburg today. The summit brings together higher learning and research institutions, captains of the transport industry, as well as transport state owned entities under the theme – ‘Driving innovation and transformative skills development initiatives bringing sustainable economic growth with a global impact’. The summit will reflect on how South Africa can have a pool of highly skilled, competitive and competent…

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Bell Equipment struggles to gain traction with new Zim currency

CAPE TOWN – Bell Equipment scraped through a 2 percent increase in taxed profit to R276.4 million in the year to end-December 2018 after a currency devaluation in Zimbabwe cut into a good operational performance throughout the group.Revenue increased by 10 percent to R7.5 billion, while operating profit was up by the same percentage to R1.5bn. The share price reacted positively to the results yesterday morning, rising 2.85 percent to R11.20 a share by 11.40am. By the close the share price was at R11.00. “It would have been a record…

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Quantum leap as Transportation Components now supplies to OEM Henred Fruehauf

Transportation Components, a recognised leader in the distribution of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) components to the aftermarket, has taken the quantum leap to a whole new level, with its recent appointment as the supplier of Duroline brake linings to the well-known OEM Henred Fruehauf, the largest trailer and allied products manufacturer in South Africa. Henred Fruehauf are using the Duroline brake linings supplied by Transportation Components in the foundation brakes of the trailers they manufacture. This has not only signified the return of a valued customer. It also means that…

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DHL launches global competence centre in Dubai – Nairametrics

HL Global Forwarding, has consolidated its portfolio of humanitarian logistics services within its first Global Competence Center for Humanitarian Logistics, designed to meet growing global demand for these logistics services. The Center will see close coordination across all DHL business divisions to provide all related services and products, to meet customers’ needs. The CEO of DHL Global Forwarding, Middle East and Africa, Amadou Diallo said, “the impact of conflicts and natural disasters on the world is evident and at dhl global forwarding, we have the capability, expertise and global network to render…

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