East African Community Seeks Railway Expert To Update Master Plan
The EAC is committed to bridging the gap in railway infrastructure and services to meet future demand, by updating the EAC Railway Master Plan, harmonizing railway laws, standards, and regulations, and actively engaging in continental railway initiatives Railway transportation in East Africa is an integral component of a multimodal transport system that combines seaports and […]
Logistics utility seeks rolling stock partner
Transnet Engineering (TE) has announced that it is seeking a partner to establish a company to lease rolling stock, including wagons and locomotives, to the market. The utility’s spokesperson, Ayanda Shezi, said in a statement that the establishment of a leasing company was in response to regional and local demand, and aligned with the parastatal’s […]
Heavy rain damages infrastructure on Cape main rail line.
The Cape Corridor train tracks have halted operations due to damage obtained during a storm on the evening of March 24. Two sections of a single railway between Beaufort West and Worcester were impacted, resulting in the suspension of freight trains and delaying the Blue Train’s progress on the corridor. Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) teams […]
Maritime Chamber wants to contribute more to South Africa’s economic recovery
Industry organisation the Maritime Business Chamber has written an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa seeking to advise government on how the maritime sector can contribute to the country’s economic recovery. Chairperson Unathi Sonti writes that South Africa has, since 2013, been working on a strategy for the sector, including an integrated maritime development framework […]
Dronamics raises $40mn pre-Series A funding
Dronamics, the world’s first cargo drone airline with licence to operate in Europe, raised $40 million in pre-Series A funding from venture capital funds and angel investors from 12 countries. “This amount includes funds received from Founders Factory, Speedinvest, Eleven Capital, and most recently the Strategic Development Fund (SDF), the investment arm of the Tawazun […]
Lobito Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency agreement signed
Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, member countries of Southern African Development Community (SADC), have signed the Lobito Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency (LCTTFA). The LCTTFA Agreement aims to provide an effective and efficient route that facilitates the transportation of goods within territories between the three Corridor Member States, through harmonisation of policies, laws […]
Transnet wants to hand over its key Durban to Joburg line – complete with 3,573 staff
Transnet wants to outsource the running of its container corridor between Johannesburg and Durban for 20 years. It doesn’t have the money to make the business work, Transnet says, even though it believes trains can compete with trucks. A partner will need at least R5.5 billion available to put into the likes of the City […]
Lekki Port: Billion-dollar game changer for Nigeria’s economy
Du Ruogang, the Managing Director of Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise Limited, said that the new port is a game-changer that will change the way maritime activities are done in Nigeria and the whole West African sub-region. The facility was officially opened in Nigeria in January 2023 and is intended to help the nation with its […]
Angola, DRC and Zambia to sign the Lobito Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency Agreement
The Ministers responsible for Transport and Corridor Development from Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia with support and coordination of the Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will sign the Lobito Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency (LCTTFA) Agreement at Lobito Port, Province of Benguela, Angola, on the 27th January 2023. Lobito Corridor […]
MSC and Maersk to terminate 2M alliance
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company and Maersk have decided to part ways and mutually agreed to terminate, effective January 2025, the present 2M alliance. In a joint statement, CEO Vincent Clerc of AP Moller – Maersk, and CEO Soren Toft of MSC, said: “MSC and Maersk recognise that much has changed since the two companies signed […]
Energy Crisis | Transnet to establish a liquefied natural gas network through all ports
South Africa is forging ahead with plans to mitigate its energy supply crisis amid continuing rolling blackouts. And now electricity will be even more expensive after the National Energy Regulator of South Africa granted Eskom a 18.65% tariff hike. But while this is playing out, the Transnet National Ports Authority plans to establish a liquefied […]
Vehicle exports, transport production rises
South Africa’s vehicle export sales are rising in double digits but remain below pre-Covid-19 levels. This is according to Naamsa/The Automotive Business Council’s latest data, highlighted in the Bureau for Economic Research’s Weekly Review on Monday. Naamsa data showed that domestic vehicle sales rose by 16.2% year on year (in December, up by 13.9% from […]
Minerals council warned Transnet to replace senior management
The Minerals Council South Africa called for the replacement of Transnet’s senior management before the employer body and the parastatal agree on a way forward to confront the sector’s concerns about the country’s rail and port performance. This has emerged in a News 24 report which cited a letter, allegedly signed by Minerals Council chairperson […]
Completion of Cape Town port interim truck staging area to improve traffic flow – TNPA
Anew interim truck staging area (ITSA) at the Cape Town port, rolled out in two phases, is now fully operational, says the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). The facility, located alongside Duncan road, aims to serve as an overflow waiting area in instances where the operational terminals have reached full capacity and can no longer […]
Transnet sees South African coal exports as being safer on diesel trains
South Africa’s State-owned port and rail company Transnet proposed switching to diesel trains to avoid disruptions to coal exports caused by the theft of power cables that disable electric locomotives. At least 1 500 km of cable was stolen in the current financial year, according to Transnet CEO Portia Derby. That’s compounded delays to exports […]
PRASA, Transnet welcome six-month ban on scrap metal trading
State-owned rail companies the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) have both welcomed the six-month ban on the trade of scrap metal as government seeks to limit damage to infrastructure and the economy. As of December 2, the export of scrap metal will be banned for six months while […]
Scania Southern Africa leads the charge to electric vehicles together with Shoprite
The launch in South Africa of Scania’s battery electric vehicles (BEV) promises to open the door to the electrified transport landscape for many progressive customers. Electric trucks hold the potential to reinvigorate South Africa’s transport industry. Not only do they provide the solution to the damage fossil fuels are inflicting on the environment, but they […]
TFR lifts force majeure on export coal line
Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has lifted the force majeure imposed on the export coal line following the derailment of a fully laden coal train two weeks ago. TFR announced in a statement on Friday that it had lifted the force majeure, which it declared on the line on November 10, after critical restoration work had […]
Value chains hold the key to manufacturing development
African countries’ investment in regional value chains is “key to accelerating” their manufacturing industries and “improving the resilience of economies to the impacts of global crises”. That’s according to a report released yesterday in Lisbon by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). “African regional value chains contribute less than 3% (2.7%) to global […]
First driverless metro in Africa to be built in Egypt
Alstom, global leader in smart and green mobility, has signed a framework agreement with National Authority of Tunnels (NAT), to design, build and maintain the Cairo Metro line 6 at the COP 27. The construction of Cairo Metro Line 6 is part of Egypt’s plans to increase and improve public transport capacity and passenger experience […]
Shippers should brace for massive decarbonisation-related rate hikes – Drewry
Drewry has warned shippers that decarbonisation of the global shipping industry could result in up to $14 billion in extra costs. The maritime consultancy believes that many of the world’s largest importers and exporters are insufficiently informed about the full implications of the forthcoming new emissions regulations and the billions of dollars that will be […]
Transport sector output boosts manufacturing production
South Africa’s transport sector has contributed significantly to an unexpected boost in manufacturing production, the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) noted in its Weekly Review on Monday. The BER said that according to the latest data released by Statistics SA, manufacturing production had risen by a surprising 2.9% year on year (y-o-y) in September, following […]
Morocco, European Investment Bank agree on financing rail infrastructure renewal
Morocco and the European Investment Bank (EIB) on Wednesday signed an agreement on financing the North African country’s rail infrastructure renewal, official news agency MAP reported. The loan totalling 200 million U.S. dollars will support Morocco’s national rail operator ONCF in renewing and modernizing the existing 2,300-km rail network, the MAP report said. It will […]
African Ports Could Be Strengthened By The Adoption Of Smart Technology
With 38 of its 54 states being coastal or island states, it is no surprise that Africa is home to over 100 port facilities, including massive terminals in Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town in the south, and Mombasa and Dar es Salaam in the east, and Lagos in the west. 90% of Africa’s imports […]
Durban port partners with truckers to fix congestion
Durban Container Terminals (DCT) has partnered with transport logistics associations to confront the backlogs in the port following the strike by dockworkers last month. Transnet announced in a statement late on Thursday that the port had partnered with four associations representing more than 300 trucking companies in an effort to clear current backlogs. These include […]
Railway Safety Regulator: The State of Safety Report 2021/22
A panel of experts break down the state of railway safety report for 2021/22. The panel members will provide an analysis of operational occurrences and security-related incidents. They will also identifying the main areas of concern to enable the regulator and operators to develop strategic interventions. Courtesy of CNBC Africa – Full Video
Transnet pushes ‘co-opetition’ on the continent
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) captain, Thokozani Mthethwa, says collaboration, or “co-opetition” is one of the ways the continent will achieve the goals set out in the 2050 Strategy. “Each port has its own master plans and Port Development Framework Plans to adequately respond to and plan for future growth. These plans guide how capacity […]
Revival for sole rail mill in sub-Saharan Africa
ArcelorMittal’s acquisition of the Highveld mill aims to supply railway resurgence in South Africa. GIVEN significant potential to modernise and expand the rail network in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa, steps are being taken to revive the former Highveld Structural Mill which was the sole producer of mainline rail in sub-Saharan Africa. The facility, […]
Onne is the fastest growing port in Nigeria, says NPA MD
Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says the Onne Port Complex is the fastest growing port in Nigeria. Mohammed Bello-Koko, managing director, NPA, said this at a press briefing in Abuja, on Tuesday. He said the port is now active, not just in terms of importation, but also in terms of exports. “Ports of Tin Can, Onne, […]
Transnet receives R5.8bn in state support to ‘build efficiency’
State-owned logistics company Transnet is to receive its first cash injection from the fiscus in decades as it battles to recover from flood damage and a shortage of locomotives due to contractual problems with manufacturers. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced R5.8 billion of support for Transnet in the Medium-term Budget Policy Statement. The money is […]
South African ports gear for a bumper cruise season
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is ready to welcome thousands of international tourists to South Africa’s shores through their commercial and seaports as the 2022/23 Cruise Season kicks off. This season is expected to attract more tourists as the global COVID-19 regulations and restrictions have eased. Approximately 239 cruise ship call-ins are expected between October […]
Plans for new port on Mozambican coast announced
Mozambique has announced plans to commence with the construction of a new port immediately north of Xai-Xai, about 215 kilometres north of Maputo on the EN1 highway. The Port of Chongoene will be almost solely responsible for outflows from a heavy-sands project at Chibuto, just over 50 kilometres to the northwest interior. Rádio Moçambique reported […]
AMSA showcases local production plans at newly launched rail, structures facility
Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) on October 20 launched its newly acquired ArcelorMittal Rail and Structures (AMRAS) facility. This follows the successful acquisition of the former Highveld Structural Mill in eMalahleni, a transaction which was effective from August. The official launch of the AMRAS facility was presided over by Trade, Industry and Competition Minister […]
Sasol, ArcelorMittal study green hydrogen, carbon capture projects for Saldanha and Vanderbijlpark
SE-listed group Sasol and ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) have announced a joint development agreement to advance studies into two potential green-economy projects, including the potential production of green hydrogen in Saldanha Bay, which could be used to produce green steel. The two companies will also pursue a Vaal carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) study, whereby renewable electricity and green […]
Automotive City in Tshwane powers ahead
The Coega Development Corporation has outlined progress made by the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (Tasez) project, which includes job creation, training opportunities as well as opportunities for small businesses. “Since the start of the construction process, 4 848 direct jobs and 1 225 indirect jobs have been created. Currently, 11 factories have been constructed, […]
MSC company wins concession to run Walvis Bay container terminal
MSC subsidiary Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) has been awarded the concession to run the Walvis Bay container terminal. This was announced on Friday at a media conference by Namport CEO Andrew Kanime. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC has interests in more than 60 terminals in 31 countries across five continents, and handles at least 60 […]
Transport Evolution Africa Forum & Expo drives the renewable energy agenda with record turnout of Africa’s transport sector
Bridging the gap between transport and energy sectors by reducing the reliance on fossil fuels and investing in cleaner modes of transport is critical for the creation of safer and more sustainable cities in Africa. This is according to private and public stakeholders from the continent and beyond who gathered at industry event Transport Evolution […]
South Africa: Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities on 2021 Exports and Imports
In total R110.49 billion worth of exports and R99.96 billion worth of imports were processed via the Port of Cape Town in 2021, totalling R210.45 billion. This is according to a research report presented at a seminar with stakeholders from across the entire port logistics value chain and hosted by the Department of Economic Development […]
African Development Bank president inaugurates Port of Maio African Development Bank president inaugurates Port of Maio
The Government of Cabo Verde, the European Union and the African Development Bank, with Team Europe members France, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the German development bank KfW, inaugurated a modernised port on the island of Maio yesterday. This project is part of a wider extension of port infrastructure across the […]
Green light for KZN port expansion plans
Transnet National Ports Authority’s board has approved the parastatal’s plans to expand KwaZulu-Natal ports as part of a more-than-R100-billion new provincial logistics hub development project. TNPA director of the KZN Logistics Hub, Dr Bridgette Gasa-Toboti, said in a statement that the approval had set in motion subsequent governance processes that would now be undertaken by […]
Why ports are hampering South Africa’s growth potential
South African companies are increasingly looking to expand abroad as opportunities at home dry up – but inefficiencies at ports are limiting exports growth. The 8th PwC South Africa Economic Outlook said supply chain disruptions were among the factors driving local companies to seek mergers and acquisitions abroad. South Africa’s economic growth rate slowed to […]
Private sector shows interest in operating rail corridor slots
Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has received several applications for slots on both its rail corridors after the parastatal issued an open invitation to businesses to apply to buy slots to operate across the country’s rail network. “TFR is happy to note that it has received applications for its slot sales on both its key corridors, […]
Transnet paints dire picture of crime
Fuel supply drying up because of theft and vandalism, the passenger rail network collapsing due to rampant crime, cable theft and massive income loss all make for a dire picture that emerged at the Economic Sabotage of Critical Infrastructure Roundtable in Johannesburg. According to Transnet CEO Portia Derby, the logistics utility’s pipeline network recorded 118 […]
Bureau Calls For Improved Automation Of Ports Operations
The Bureau of Public Service Reform (BPSR) has urged the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to enhance the automation of its documentation and payment processes to create ease of doing business at the nation’s ports. The Director-General of BPSR, Dr Dasuki Arabi, made the call in Abuja, at the 2022 edition of BPSR Lunch Time Seminar […]
South Africans look abroad as supply chain challenges increase
Local container shipments for export declined by 17.5% year-on-year during the second quarter of the year as port activity was impacted by international supply chain disruptions, load-shedding and flooding in KwaZulu-Natal, PwC South Africa’s ‘South Africa Economic Outlook’ report for 2022 states. In the eighth edition of the ‘South Africa Economic Outlook’, the firm focused […]
Ghana signs 25-years rail development contract with South African company, Thelo DB
The Ghana government has signed a 25-years contract with South African company, Thelo DB Consortium to develop and operationalize the 299km Western Railway Line, according to a statement from the company. The statement issued last week indicated that the consortium (consisting of Thelo DB and Transtech Consult Limited) signed a Rail Management Agreement with the […]
Zimbabwean permit termination to hit logistics sector
Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi’s decision to terminate the Zimbabwean Exemption permit at the end of 2022 will disrupt the logistics sector in the short term and hit employers financially. This is the view of Road Freight Association CEO Gavin Kelly following the department of home affairs move to oppose a Pretoria High Court […]
One year on, the $260 million Kazungula Bridge has transformed Africa’s most unusual border crossing
Until a year ago, crossing the Zambezi River between Botswana and Zambia was a slow and congested affair. For trucks moving along a key transport corridor, stretching from Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Durban, South Africa, the river was an obstacle without an elegant solution. Vehicles would load onto a pontoon, […]
Transnet looks to make its own potable water at all ports by 2025
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is looking into setting up water desalination plants at eight major ports along South Africa’s coastline. Transnet has major plans for South Africa’s ports, wanting to spend R44 billion on critical infrastructure upgrades over the next five years. The country’s rail, port, and pipeline company is also looking to renewable sources of […]
Chinese, UAE and European giants shortlisted for R100bn Durban port upgrade – along with SA firms
Major port and logistic companies from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, China and Europe, as well local players like Grindrod, and the Johann Rupert-chaired Remgro have made the shortlist of private partners for Transnet’s R100 billion upgrade to the crucial Durban port. This followed a request for information by Transnet last year to gauge interest from […]
The African Rail Industry Association is troubled by maintenance backlog at Transnet
The African Rail Industry Association comments on the backlog in maintenance expenditure at Transnet which could affect its locomotives in future. Transnet has reported a profit of R5 billion, up from a loss of R8 billion in the 2021 financial year. The results include a revaluation of the company’s Investment Property portfolio of R10bn. If […]
Thungela agrees to amend rail contract with Transnet
South African coal exporter Thungela Resources on Thursday said it had agreed to amend a long-term haulage contract with Transnet after the state-owned rail operator declared force majeure in April. Transnet declared force majeure and sought to terminate long-term coal transportation agreements in April, saying large-scale theft of copper cables, insufficient maintenance and a shortage […]
SA export value up 8.5% annually despite dip in June
The Unit Value Indices (UVI) for exported and imported commodities both increased by 8.5% in June, with ores and mineral exports and crude petroleum imports being the main contributors to the annual escalation, according to the latest data released by Statistics South Africa (SSA) on Thursday. SSA reported that the UVI for imported commodities showed […]
Tanzania, Zambia cross-border railway unlocks trade ties
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan and her Zambian counterpart, Haikande Hichilema, have agreed to upgrade the cross-border railway connecting the two countries to speed up economic progress as part of a broader push to strengthen ties. The decision to revive the Tanzania and Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) was reached last week in the port city […]
Transnet shortlists bidders for Durban and Ngqura container terminals
South Africa’s State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has shortlisted ten respondents for private sector participation in the Durban Container Terminal Pier 2 (DCT2), in KwaZulu-Natal, and a further four for the Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT), in the Eastern Cape. The shortlisted companies, which were identified during a two-step qualification process first initiated in 2021, will […]
Durban builds massive new logistics hub
A new logistics park will be built in Durban as part of the R15-billion new city, Westown, in Shongweni in the Outer West region of the city. The developers, Fundamentum Property Group, broke ground for the first 100-hectare phase of the 2 000-hectare catalytic Shongweni Urban Development on Thursday. The urban mixed-use development aims to […]
SA and Botswana to improve rail freight linksSA and Botswana to improve rail freight links
South Africa and Botswana have agreed to fund the improvement and extension of rail links between the countries in a bid to boost trade and better connect Botswana to export markets, South African state-owned logistics firm Transnet said on Friday. Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will collaborate with Botswana Rail (BR) to fix parts of the […]
AD Ports and India’s Adani unveil Tanzania investment scheme
Abu Dhabi-based ports and logistics giant AD Ports Group and India’s largest private ports and logistics company, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) have signed a memorandum of understanding for strategic joint investments in Tanzania. The deal will see investments in end-to-end logistics infrastructure and solutions such as rail, maritime services, port operations, digital […]
Transnet seeks developers for Boegoebaai port and rail links
TRANSNET National Ports Authority (TNPA) has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking to identify experienced developers to design, fund and build a new deep-water port at Boegoebaai in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, and a new 550km railway to connect it to mining and industrial centres. Responses to the RFQ must be […]
Transport Evolution Africa Forum & Expo Celebrates Women in Transport this Women’s Month
August is Women’s Month in South Africa and Transport Evolution Africa Forum & Expo is celebrating and honouring the industry’s trailblazers who are achieving career success, shattering glass ceilings, and opening doors for other women by encouraging everyone to nominate a deserving nominee to be honoured at Women in Transport Awards on the 29 September […]
Transport Evolution to celebrate inspiring women
To coincide with Women’s Month, the Transport Evolution Africa Forum & Expo is calling for nominations for the Women in Transport Awards that will be held on September 29. This will be the 5th annual Women in Transport Awards (Wita) which aim to recognise and celebrate the success of women who are transforming the face […]
Transnet unveils plan for new port and rail network
Transnet is forging ahead with several property developments, including a new deepwater port and rail network to serve the country’s proposed new Boegoebaai hydrogen production hub and mines in the Northern Cape. Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Thursday issued a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for the development of the new port and associated rail […]
TNPA initiates process for possible development of greenfield Boegoebaai port
South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has initiated a preliminary process for the proposed development of a new deep-water port at Boegoebaai in the far Northern Cape near the Namibian border, which has been earmarked as a possible hub for the production and export of green hydrogen and derivative products. The State-owned port landlord […]
Rail constraints costing South African miners billions of rands in lost exports
Despite bulk mineral exports being State-owned Transnet’s single biggest client base, South Africa is unable to access the full benefits of minerals exports, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter told delegates attending the first day of the South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) 2022 conference on August 2. He said it had been a […]
Rail revitalisation needed
Revitalising South Africa’s rail infrastructure is necessary to ensure that it is a reliable, available, competitive and efficient mode of transport, allowing users to capitalise on the sector’s being safer, more reliable and low carbon emitting, says rolling stock manufacturing company Alstom business development director Makgola Makololo. She says South Africa has a well-developed rail […]
Logistics, fintech combine to address Africa’s transport challenges
Financial institution Standard Bank has attributed the success of its recent direct minority equity investment into technology-enabled logistics solution Tripplo to its ability as a large, established corporate to work effectively with small, agile start-ups. The bank says this is the key to unlocking value chains, particularly among tech start-ups. Standard Bank says big corporations […]
Transnet to issue big locomotive tender in August as it clears legal hurdles
state-owned freight logistics group Transnet intends launching its much-anticipated tender for new locomotives in August, having recorded a 5.6% drop in rail volumes last year as a result of a combination of locomotive shortages and serious operational and security problems. The group lost a total of 1 500 km of overhead copper wire to theft […]
Port congestion hits a new peak
Box ships continue to cram into leading ports across the world, with 37.8% of vessels from the global container fleet idling at berth or anchorage while waiting to be worked, shipping services provider Clarksons has found through its port congestion index (PCI). This figure, recorded last Thursday by the London consultancy’s PCI, is an increase […]
Freight forwarders can make or break ports
Freight forwarders in the business-to-business value chain of international trade are key as their decisions can have a major impact on a port, its operations, and viability, according to Dr Cashandra Mara of the University of Johannesburg. Delivering an address at the 2022 Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria on behalf of Dr Mara, master’s student Sibongile […]
Transnet highlights plan to fix truck congestion at Durban port
Transnet has announced plans to change Durban Container Terminal’s (DCT) Pier 1 and 2 box storage procedure timing to reduce truck congestion and improve terminal stack fluidity. Transnet said in a statement on Thursday that it would be changing the counting of the free 78 hours of container storage to be effective from the date […]
Port Elizabeth Car Terminal sets new export record
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. Transnet Port Terminals Eastern Cape managing executive Wandisa Vazi credits close […]
Sanral warns of N3 road closures between Umlaas Road and Cato Ridge
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (Sanral) has announced that there will be road closures on the N3 from July 12-14 due to blasting construction work. Sanral said in a statement that the temporary road closures would be implemented in both directions between the Umlaas Road Interchange and the Cato Ridge Interchange. This […]
Western Cape takes action to future-proof province
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has placed mobility and infrastructure front and centre of future planning for the province with the launch of two new departments to address these two key areas. Addressing members of the Exporters’ Club Western Cape (ECWC), Winde said these were critical developments to future-proof the province and allow it to […]
Transnet to invest R16.1bn in Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Saldanha ports
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 R5.5-billion to the Port of Cape Town. “Our capital investment plan demonstrates […]
Transnet and Moz rail pact to expand SA chrome exports, take 200 trucks off the road
Transnet Freight Rail has signed a co-operative agreement with its Mozambican railways counterpart, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), to boost exports of chrome and ferro-chrome from Belfast in Mpumalanga province, direct to the Maputo Port in Mozambique. South Africa holds about 70% of the world’s total chrome reserves and is the largest […]
Inside UAE’s plan to control African ports business through DP World
United Arab Emirates logistics major Dubai Ports World (DP World) has been caught up in the heat of the political campaigns in Kenya ahead of the August 9 election after a March 2022 deal with Nairobi to run three Kenyan ports became public last week. The Kenya Kwanza coalition led by Deputy President William Ruto […]
PRASA awards R7.5bn in contracts for rolling stock overhaul
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 maintenance and repairs of its existing train sets, while also clearing the backlog in rolling-stock repair and refurbishment. The work […]
North-south Copperbelt route: more woes
Transit stoppages continue to beleaguer borders on the north-south route from South Africa through Zimbabwe into the copper mining areas of Zambia and The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Whereas the last border on the route, Kasumbalesa, has been heavily congested for weeks, especially over the last few days after Zambia decided that the […]
Workshops resume to highlight port concerns
The SA Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has resumed its regular port safety workshops with local stevedoring businesses. SAMSA recently hosted its third and biggest meeting so far this year at TNPA House at the Port of Cape Town; the first sessions in its quarterly series was interrupted by the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020. The […]
The Light Rail Transit System: An Upgrade to Egypt’s Transportation Infrastructure
As part of developing Egypt’s infrastructure and transportation sectors, the Egyptian Ministry of Transport is preparing to inaugurate one of the country’s mega transportation projects, the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system. According to Ahram Online, the inauguration is set to take place in July. The project offers speedy transportation between Greater Cairo and newer cities — […]
Cameroon: African Development Bank Board Approves €39.6 Million Loan to Improve Access to Kribi Industrial and Port Area
On Wednesday, 22 June, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) approved a €39.62 million loan to Cameroon to improve road access to the industrial and port areas of Kribi, in the south of the country. Designed for implementation of the second phase of the Kribi Industrial and Port Area Access Roads Development […]
TNPA embarks on ambitious R9.1bn seven-year infrastructure development programme
Further to Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) “reimagined” operational model, launched in November last year, and increased efficiency initiatives that are under way, the State-owned utility has announced it will spend R9.1-billion over the next seven years on capital projects in the Central Region ports. The Central Region ports comprise Ngqura, Gqeberha and East London. […]
Africa: Bolloré Africa Logistics Group Pulls Plug on Business on the Continent
The Bolloré Africa Logistics group has confirmed the sale of its activities in Africa to Franco-Swiss shipowner MSC for a record amount of € 5.7 billion. In addition to its port activities, the group operates three railway lines on the continent. Africa has been at the base of the logistics firm’s business. Bolloré Africa Logistics […]
The African continental free trade agreement (AfCFTA): The journey thus far
BY F. AJIBOLA DALLEY In May 2013 at the 50th anniversary of the African Union, in affirmation of their commitment to forging a new path for inclusive and sustainable growth and development, heads of state and governments of African nations signed the 50th Anniversary Solemn Declaration. The declaration represented Africa’s commitment toward a pan-African vision […]
South Africa invites the world to come “Live Again”
From breath-taking beauty, to sun-soaked coasts; from wildlife to active adventure; from vibrant urban energy to the incredible warmth and cultural diversity of our people – South Africa is a traveller’s dream.
Investments worth more than R26bn in SA’s ocean economy unveiled
Includes $1.5bn investment in a LNG regasification facility at the Port of Ngqura. By Roy Cokayne A package of investments worth more than R26 billion in South Africa’s oceans economy, and that will create hundreds of new jobs, has been unveiled by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula. These investments will result in: The Strategic Fuel Fund […]
DP World begins construction of its biggest port investment in Africa
The port operator will develop Senegal’s Ndayane deepwater port with more than $1bn earmarked for investment Global ports operator DP World has begun construction of Senegal’s Ndayane deepwater port, the Dubai-based company’s biggest port investment in Africa to date and a project that is set to boost the country’s position as a major trade hub […]
Egypt reopens two Mediterranean ports after weather improves
The ports are among the largest in Egypt and each can handle up to 1 million 20ft-equivalent units Cranes are seen near the Suez Canal in Port Said, Egypt July 29, 2018. By Ahmed Salem, Reuters News CAIRO – Egypt on Tuesday reopened the two Mediterranean ports of Alexandria and Dekheila, which were shut on […]
Post COVID recovery: Insights shaping Africa’s trade agenda
On 8 December, the dmg events Africa team hosted an online briefing where an expert panel discussed agreed that AfCFTA is the silver lining in Africa’s post-Covid trade opportunities.
TNPA goes back to basics with new operational model structure
To create a transformed and sustainable world-class ports system, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has launched its new operational model (OM) structure so that it may “stimulate a transformed maritime economy through adaptable infrastructure that is fit-for-purpose”.
South African ports to welcome 20 cruise ships this season
The port cities of Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Gqeberha, Durban and Richards Bay are scheduled to receive 20 passenger vessels during the cruise season, from November to the end of May, State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said on November 24.
African mobility fintech to drive affordable financing for Africa’s trucking, logistics industry
African mobility fintech, Moove has announced a partnership with e-logistics company, Lori Systems to bridge the financing gap for Africa’s trucking and logistics industry. The partnership will focus on delivering access to affordable financing for transporter companies and individual drivers, where penetration for truck financing is lower than one percent.
Air cargo volumes soar 34.6% for African carriers against 9.1% rise globally
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released its September 2021 data for global air cargo markets. The data shows that demand continues to be well above pre-crisis levels and that capacity constraints persist.
Durban Agribulk Terminal invests in two new ship unloaders
With agricultural bulk commodities such as maize, wheat and soya beans re-emerging as a major focus for the Durban Agribulk Terminal, an investment of more than R230-million has resulted in the acquisition of two ship unloaders.
The supply chain crisis has a silver lining – container ships should be decarbonised faster
Several months ago, I warned that the crisis in container ships could jeopardise Christmas by leaving retailers without enough goods on their shelves. Since then, there have been similar fears all over the media, not only due to shipping problems but also shortages of lorry drivers and unavailable products. As we approach November, the worst may be coming to the worst.
Potential growth for South African shipping sector
The harbour and offshore services industry should consider ramping up their services to ships passing the South African coast, to about 10% of the total passing traffic, where every ship serviced has a minimum spend of about $10 000, says independent tug and offshore vessel operator Offshore Maritime Services GM Godfrey Needham.
DP World partners with CDC Group to invest in ports and logistics across Africa
Dubai-based DP World and the U.K.’s CDC Group have created an investment platform to develop ports in Africa.
Transnet National Ports Authority has appointed a new female Durban port manager
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed Nompumelelo Dweba-Kwetana as the new manager of the Port of Durban.
Rail Infrastructure – market overview and trade data
South Africa has the best rail infrastructure in Africa. However, rail (freight and passenger) and port capacity shortages remain a severe constraint in domestic and regional trade, even in the currently constrained business environment.
Ports and Marine – market overview and trade data
The South African Government views the country’s ports and terminals as key engines for economic growth. South Africa is situated on one of the busiest international sea routes‚ critical to international maritime transportation‚ and its geographical location presents a huge opportunity for investing in a diversified maritime market.
SAA, Kenya Airways partner with plans to create pan-African airline group
South African Airways (SAA), which returned to the skies last week after an 18-month hiatus, is signing a memorandum of cooperation with Kenya Airways with a long-term goal of creating a pan-African airline group.
Planned structural reforms will unlock SA rail’s potential
The South African government’s proposed structural reforms to the rail sector, which will see private rail operators operating on the country’s core rail network, will breathe new life into an industry that is currently under severe pressure, says industry body African Rail Industry Association (Aria).
Imperial, Sasol to improve freight sustainability and efficiency in southern Africa
Imperial Logistics (Imperial) and Sasol South Africa (Sasol) have entered into an agreement to collaborate in exploring options and solutions for improving freight sustainability and efficiency in southern Africa. The two companies will also be evaluating potential cross-border collaboration.
Maritime industry says decarbonisation urgent, achievable
More than 150 maritime logistics roleplayers, representing the entire maritime value chain, including shipping, cargo, energy, finance, ports and infrastructure, have said that the full decarbonisation of international shipping is urgent and achievable.
Recovery of the transport industry shows potential
According to the latest Ctrack Freight Transport Index, the overall logistics sector continues to show huge growth with year-on-year increases of 26.4 percent.
Durban Car Terminal sets new record in August
Growing transshipments and improving new-vehicle exports from South Africa have seen the Durban Car Terminal set a new record in August, with the facility handling 54 520 fully-built units in a single month.
Govt targets August next year, or sooner, for third-party rail access
The current target date for allowing third-party operators to participate in the rail-freight sector is August next year, says Dr Sean Phillips, head of the National Treasury’s Operation Vulindlela unit.
Grindrod targets port, rail projects in govt’s private-sector participation drive
Ports and logistics operator Grindrod is positioning itself to take part in the private-sector participation (PSP) opportunities to be created by government in the rail and ports sectors, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo.
New transport initiative aims to empower almost a thousand women
A new initiative championed by the Commercial Transport Academy (CTA) will aim to empower almost a thousand women in the transport sector.
Ports authority to become an independent subsidiary of Transnet
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will become an independent subsidiary of Transnet.
Ports and exports: KwaZulu-Natal has an abundance of both
A new era in trade and export has begun and the traders, logistics operators and ports of KwaZulu-Natal are in pole position to take up new opportunities. Not only is the province strategically located on the Indian Ocean but it already has excellent infrastructure which is being upgraded and improved.
Cyril Ramaphosa: Port of Durban shows Operation Vulindlela is going well
Last week, I visited the Port of Durban to see for myself the work being done to make the port more efficient and competitive.
Government to inject US $2 billion towards development of railway infrastructure and services
The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the development of the railway sector is at the heart of government and it is for this reason that government is mobilizing $2 billion (two billion dollars) for the development of railway infrastructure and services.
R21bn investment progress for Saldanha Bay IDZ
THE Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone has to date attracted more than R21 billion worth of private investments.
Grindrod aims for H1 completion of logistics hub in northern Mozambique
Grindrod aims to have its logistics hub in Palma, in northern Mozambique, “up and running” by the end of the first half of this year, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo.
Coega to accelerate development of Ngqura liquid bulk terminal
State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) as an implementation agent for a construction programme to ensure the Ngqura liquid bulk terminal is operational before the Port of Port Elizabeth liquid bulk facility is closed on December 31, 2021.
Gauteng launches its R23bn infrastructure project book, Transport Infrastructure House
The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has published its priority projects, valued at R23-billion, for delivery in the next ten years as part of its contribution to an infrastructure-led economic recovery.
Is your port ready for the IMO requirements?
Since April 2019, the IMO has made it a mandatory requirement for ports to implement systems for electronic data exchange of pre-arrival maritime information.
The role of technology in unlocking trade value in East Africa
Is it too soon to be optimistic about an economic revival in East Africa following the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the global economy?
TNPA head office relocation to Port of Ngqura
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC), developer and operator of the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), announced that it welcomes the move by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) to relocate its head office to the Port of Ngqura
Mixed reaction to Durban hub port plans
DURBAN is to be developed as a hub port for the southern hemisphere and Ngqura port in the Eastern Cape as the container terminal of choice.
It is time to talk about rail, sector body tells Ramaphosa
The African Rail Industry Association rail infrastructure has been a neglected area of infrastructure investment for decades, lagging behind areas such as energy.
Budget 2021: R791.2bn for investment in infrastructure
THE GOVERNMENT has committed R791.2 billion over the medium term towards infrastructure investment, as the country’s dams, bridges and railway lines that have supported the economy for decades, were either in need of repair or replacement, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said yesterday.
SONA 2021: Rebuilding South Africa requires a common effort
Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his State of the Nation Address (SONA) for 2021 against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Transnet SOC Ltd half-year performance impacted by Covid-19; outlook remains cautiously optimistic
The Transport Evolution series of events bring together transport authorities (port, rail and road) from across the African continent, as well as public and private sector industry experts with the purpose of identifying opportunities, understanding challenges, finding solutions and ultimately doing business. Our events are hosted in each country by that particular port and rail […]
Saab to streamline Halifax Port Authority operations with their Port Management Information System
The Halifax Port Authority is taking a major step forward in digitalisation of their operations. They have awarded Saab a contract to supply a Port Management Information System (PMIS). The system will streamline port operations, allowing port departments, 80 service providers, customers and other members of the port community to further improve their collaboration.
PPP digital collaboration a game-changer in maritime industry – report
A new report launched today by the World Bank and the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) shows that better digital collaboration between private and public entities across the maritime supply chain will result in significant efficiency gains, safer and more resilient supply chains, and lower emissions.
Government reveals plans to control all transport under one economic regulator
The Economic Regulation of Transport Bill, which details the framework for the envisaged regulator, is currently before Parliament.
In Sub-Saharan Africa’s First, Ghana Takes Delivery of Offshore LNG Terminal
Ghana has taken delivery of sub-Saharan Africa’s first offshore receiving terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG), allowing it to start delivering LNG to customers in the first quarter of this year, the terminal’s operator said.
DP World and Angola sign 20-year concession agreement
Dubai-based port operator DP World has signed a 20-year concession agreement with the Angolan Government to run the Multipurpose Terminal (MPT) at the Port of Luanda, Angola’s largest port.
Chinese firms ink deal to construct $1.3bln railway line in Tanzania
Two Chinese companies have signed an agreement to construct a railway line in Tanzania to connect its main port to neighbouring countries.
France eager to bolster its partnership with Morocco
The French Minister for Foreign Trade and Attractiveness reiterated from Casablanca France’s strong desire to raise its economic relations with Morocco to an even higher level and to exploit the many existing opportunities.
Djibouti commences transformation of historical port to launch the East Africa International Special Business Zone
In a landmark ceremony, held under the auspices of HE President of the Republic of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh, Djibouti inaugurated the regeneration project to turn the Historical Port of Djibouti into an international business district.
Mninawe Silinga leaves CDC for TNPA
Mninawe Silinga has resigned as CEO of the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) to join Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) as CE.
Transnet says railway line refurbishment in PE bodes well for business
State-owned freight utility Transnet says a R10-million refurbishment on a second railway line into the Port of Port Elizabeth’s (PE’s) container terminal is unlocking substantial business potential for the Eastern Cape.
Out with the old, in with the new: Transnet replaces ageing equipment
The latest batch of new operational equipment has been delivered to the Transnet Port Terminals. Transnet said on Monday that the latest batch included 15 haulers for the Durban Multipurpose Terminal (MPT) and Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT), each receiving seven and eight haulers respectively.
The growing competition between Africa’s seaports
Virtually every port in Sub-Saharan Africa has embarked on elaborate initiatives to boost relatively low capacity, as demand for cargo handling is expected to soar in the coming years with the growth of their economies. It’s already estimated that the overall container demands in these ports is expected to exceed the current total capacity between 2025 and 2030.
5G Enabling The Digital Railway
Transport infrastructure, particularly railways, will play a crucial role in realising the goals of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. According to the African Union (AU), the agreement has the potential to create a continental free-trade zone with a combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of USD$3.4 trillion. That said, it will require solid, reliable transport infrastructure for that to become a reality.
Durban’s bold plan to be Africa’s most liveable city by 2030
The revitalisation of Durban’s Point Waterfront is at the heart of eThekwini Municipality’s radical initiative to redevelop and regenerate the inner city.
BLOG SERIES: Latest developments on LIBOR discontinuation
The end of an era is fast approaching and after 2021 the FCA will no longer require from LIBOR panel banks to publish quotes for the various LIBOR tenors.
INTERVIEW SERIES: Transport Evolution World meets Lester Bouah
Transport Evolution World speaks to Lester Bouah, newly appointed Senior Specialist of Investment Promotion and Aftercare at the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation.
Transnet signals intent to support domestic manufacture of rail despite global tender
State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has signalled its intention to support the localisation of rail manufacture, but is simultaneously proceeding with a global tender for the supply of 60 kg a metre of head hardened rail, which it describes as an interim solution for meeting its continuous replacement requirements.
AfCFTA Secretariat commissioned in Accra as free trade is set to begin in January 2021
A flagship project of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the African Continental Free Trade Area creates a market of 1.2 billion people with a combined GDP of $3 trillion.
Tanger-Med, 1st in Africa, becomes 35th container port in the world
Tanger Med port has improved its international ranking becoming the 35th container port in the world, confirming thus its competitiveness as global logistic hub.
The missing links in Africa’s ports connectivity
Since Africa is home to many developing countries, including 16 which are landlocked, it is faced with immense pressure to improve its connectivity to global trade.
Côte d’Ivoire approves €400m project to create West African port hub
Work is set to begin on the expansion of the port of Abidjan in the Côte d’Ivoire after an agreement was signed between French logistics company Bolloré, Dutch port operator APM Terminals, and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), the contractor that will carry out the work.
Lagos to construct rail line to airport terminal for international passengers
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has disclosed that the state will develop a rail infrastructure to complement the world-class bus terminal which is under construction to shuttle air passengers to and from the airport terminal
BLOG SERIES: Amended JSE Listing Requirements and the CEO and CFO
The corporate governance principles contained in King IV (King Code) are in general voluntary. However, from 31 December 2020, organisations will be compelled to disclose additional information regarding corporate governance practices in their annual reports.
Sanral says it is ready to implement R30bn in projects
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it is ready to implement R30-billion worth of construction projects.
TPT awards contract for a logistics app to connect South Africa’s supply chain
Terminal operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) recently awarded a contract to global technology company TATA Consultancy Services (TCS) to develop a logistics platform that will enable the company and the broader industry to integrate into the logistics supply chain.
Transnet must go regional as Covid-19 takes toll globally, says CEO Portia Derby
In April Transnet Port Terminals said its port utilities were only half as busy during the coronavirus lockdown due to slump in demand.
Government assessing multi-billion rand Gautrain expansion
The government is assessing the planned multi-billion rand expansion of the Gautrain rapid rail project in terms of its new infrastructure development methodology and is in the process of engaging with stakeholders about the project.
Kenya plans 62-kilometres Kiambu to Thika road upgrade
The government of Kenya through the state-owned Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) plans to undertake an Sh10.78 billion Kiambu to Thika road upgrade project that will see the upgrade of 62-kilometers of road connecting Kiambu road and Thika superhighway at B30/A2.
INTERVIEW SERIES: Transport Evolution World meets Col. Andrea Ciseau, PMAESA
Kelly Easton, Programme Director at Transport Evolution speaks to the Secretary General of PMAESA, Col Andrea Ciseau on the current status of East African ports and the impact of Covid-19 on the sector.
INTERVIEW SERIES: Transport Evolution World meets Kristof Waterschoot, Port of Antwerp International
Kelly Easton, Programme Director at Transport Evolution speaks to the Managing Director of the Port of Antwerp International, Kristof Waterschoot on how ports internationalise their knowledge and experience.
Transnet Engineering signs a historic rolling stock supply agreement to deliver 300 freight wagons to Mozambican rail operator (CFM).
Transnet Engineering and Caminhos De Ferros De Mocambique (CFM), a Mozambican state owned railway operator signed a rolling stock supply agreement valued at over R400 million as part of efforts to strengthen regional integration and the revitalization of the Mozambique railway industries. At the heart of this agreement is the manufacture, supply and delivery of 300 high- sided Gondola type freight wagons to CFM.
BLOG SERIES: COVID-19: The impact on charter-party clauses and other operational implications
Covid-19 was declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 11th March 2020, with nations all over the world taking extreme measures to contain or delay the spread of the virus.
Modernization milestones at Mombasa Port, East Africa’s regional hub
The African shipping and maritime sectors have largely remained undeveloped compared to the rest of the world, despite hosting mineral rich-countries that the industrialized world depends on to run its industries.
UP, CSIR sign collaboration agreement on smart transport, cities
The University of Pretoria (UP) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), have signed a memorandum of agreement to collaborate in the areas of smart transport, cities and environments.
Increasing infrastructure investment would boost South Africa’s potential growth, OECD survey asserts
Higher levels of infrastructure investment are needed to increase South Africa’s potential growth, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) latest survey of South Africa asserts.
Durban Container Terminal takes delivery of more straddle carriers
The Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2 has taken delivery of a further 13 electric straddle carriers, improving the availability and reliability of equipment across waterside, landside and rail operations.
Railing up to a connected Africa – Ghana Investment Promotion Centre
Urban rail on the continent is vital in providing a very efficient alternative to transporting large volumes of passengers and freight at high frequencies and reasonable cost. Rallying with this notion, Ghana has embarked on intense rehabilitation and development of its national rail network.
Closing the Gap: Encouraging more women to enter male-dominated industries
Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, of the 1,339 million people employed by the South African construction industry, only 11% were female. While the number of men still far exceeds that of women in the sector, female representation in the construction industry has increased by 7% over the past decade. Similarly, in the sub-Saharan African transport industry, only 8% of employees are female – a number which is steadily increasing as the years go by, albeit slowly. Nevertheless, these are welcome changes.
Kenya in search of a consultancy firm for Nairobi Expressway Project
The national government of the Republic of Kenya through the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works represented by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), a state corporation established under the Kenya Roads Act and charged with the mandate to manage, develop, rehabilitate and maintain national roads is in search of a consultancy firm for the ongoing Nairobi Expressway Project.
Infrastructure at core of business’ R3.4-trillion economic recovery proposal
Business for South Africa (B4SA) released an economic recovery strategy paper on July 10 that includes a list of 12 priority initiatives, many infrastructure-related, which the formation argues could bolster gross domestic product (GDP) by R1-trillion, create up to 1.5-million jobs and increase yearly tax revenues by R100-billion in the coming three years.
Proposal to push AfCFTA implementation to January
The executive secretary of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), has proposed to African heads of state that trading under this framework starts in January 2021, according to an official.
New Transnet Port Terminals chief on his ‘baptism of fire’
Newly appointed Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CEO Velile Dube, who officially assumed the role on July 1, acknowledges that his first few weeks were nothing short of a “baptism of fire”.
Transnet Freight Rail introduces decentralised operational model
Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has introduced a new operating model that will bring about greater efficiencies for customers, it says.
South African citrus industry eyes smoother logistics with new port operator chief
South Africa’s citrus industry body is hopeful for an end to the issues that have plagued the
country’s ports over recent years now that the port operator has appointed a new chief.
Event Report: Coffee with the CEOs: Rail Industry in Ghana
Transport Evolution World recently organised the second episode of its new online series, “Coffee With the CEO”, this time exploring the rail industry in Ghana.
Tanzanian port construction begins
The foundation stone has been laid for the construction of a US$20m inland port in Tanzania.
Supporting SA’s Events Industry, Supporting Thousands of Jobs
South Africa hosts approximately one million delegates at business events every year, supporting over 250,000 jobs directly and indirectly. But with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, events have come to a standstill, affecting both the economy and the people they employ.
International online seminar on Smart Port Technologies
APEC, the educational branch of Port of Antwerp, is organising port seminars and online port courses for port professionals all over the world.
CMA CGM taps into Africa’s economic advancement
With African nations seeing a record growth rate of 5% over the past decade CMA CGM has turned its focus to the continent for investment. Some of the key focuses for CMA CGM are the digital transformation in the continent, the increase in shipping traffic in Africa and transport services in the African market.
Ghana Signs MoU for development, project management, operations and maintenance of regional railway corridors and networks
Signature of Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Ghana, Thelo DB Proprietary Limited and Transtech Consult Limited for development, project management, operations and maintenance of regional railway corridors and networks in the Republic of Ghana.
Port of Cape Town clearing backlogs
The Port of Cape Town is ramping up operations and reducing shipping backlogs caused by the impact of Covid-19 on the port’s human resources.
Transnet undertakes upgrades at various terminals
Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has prepared for a 13% increase in citrus volumes this year, with new equipment being set up to boost operations at the Port Elizabeth, Durban and Ngqura container terminals.
BLOG SERIES: Poseidon Principles explained
The concerns over the impact of the shipping industry on the environment have intensified over the last few years with numerous initiatives being undertaken by various stakeholders.
BLOG SERIES: Sale and lease back as an alternative financing method and IFRS 16 implications
The turmoil in the shipping and financial markets since 2008 has resulted in a significant decrease in funds available for borrowing and has led shipping companies to seek alternative methods of financing for the acquisition of vessels such as the sale and leaseback option.
BLOG SERIES: Celebrating African Integration: What it means and why it matters
Trade and mobility have defined Africa from time immemorial. When Mansa Musa roamed the continent in his famous trade caravans, his exploits represented a beacon of prosperity and progress to the rest of the world.
Namibia port terminal makes Southern African logistics hub
NAMIBIA’s new container terminal situated in the coastal town of Walvis Bay has placed the country in a more competitive position as it can now accommodate larger vessels, making it a preferred destination by many countries.
Ghana Government signs €500m Western rail line deal
Government has signed a historic €500 million contract for the construction of sections of the Western Railway Line.
Ghana: Railways Ministry to Order 35 Trains in June
The Minister of Railway Development, Joe Ghartey has revealed that the Ministry will be ordering over 30 standard gauge trains in June this year.
Digital reforms for smooth sailing in African waters
Ocean trade which dominates 90 percent of African imports is tasting the success of digitalisation due to pandemic.
Trucking regulations harmonisation, digitalisation to aid Covid-19 fight, says World Bank
The World Bank Group advises ports to rapidly increase their digitalisation efforts over the short to medium term – one to six months – in an effort to reduce the frequency of people- and paper-based contact, says World Bank Group global lead for transport connectivity and regional integration, Martin Humphreys.
SA outlines plan for R2.3trn building boom with a potential 1.8 million jobs created
South Africa’s government unveiled a plan to galvanise R2.3 trillion in new infrastructure investment over the next decade that could create more than 1.8 million jobs and revive an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic.
Namibia commits to keeping ports open
Namibia will continue to keep its ports and harbours open to facilitate the free movement of commercial goods to its landlocked neighbours and beyond.
Land logistics the best thing for Africa – US transport expert
Logistics gateways and transportation corridors are by far the best formula for success in Africa.
This is according to American-based transport and logistics specialist Franco Eleuteri who says that intermodal rail can provide the backbone of a plan focused on economic development on the continent.
DoT unveils plans for new auto terminal at Durban, branch line concessioning
The Department of Transport (DoT) intends to take over the functioning of struggling integrated public transport networks (IPTNs) in five cities, with six cities currently operating these systems, says Department of Transport director-general Alec Moemi.
PRASA administrator announces new permanent executive appointments
Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo on May 29 announced new permanent executive appointments to the State-owned rail entity.
Security vs efficiency: smart ports in a post-COVID-19 era
As African ports pursue technological innovation to boost trade, new cybersecurity risks will emerge.
BLOG SERIES: Doing business in the Cayman Islands and what lies ahead
The Cayman Islands continues to be recognised globally as a major international financial centre. Being the world’s leading domicile for offshore hedge funds, the second largest captive insurance centre and a world leader in structured finance, the jurisdiction stands as the only offshore international financial centre to possess such breadth and depth in financial services.
BLOG SERIES: Transfer Pricing, Import Savings, and COVID-19
Many businesses around the globe are facing significant financial challenges due to COVID-19. Disruption in the global supply chain, mandatory quarantine/lockdowns, and significant increases in unemployment rates are contributing to changes in consumption patterns, thereby causing cash flow issues for many businesses.
BLOG SERIES: What can Africa do to reinvigorate its economic activity?
It started as a very promising year for Africa. Having officially inaugurated a landmark continental agreement, the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA, in July 2019, following a record time for its ratification, and having selected Ghana to host the Secretariat of the African AfCFTA, expectations were high for a successful start of intra-African trading in July 2020, accelerating regional integration and economic development for the continent of 1.3 billion people, with its estimated GDP of $2.5 trillion.
Improvements seen at Port of Durban owing to decongestion task team
Industry stakeholders have expressed satisfaction with the progress made by a special task team set up to tackle traffic pressure and congestion in the Port of Durban’s Bayhead Precinct and surrounding road networks
Ghana reports cargo traffic in ports unaffected by COVID-19 restrictions
Ghana Maritime Authority says there has been no noticeable decrease in shipping arriving at Ghana’s ports since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
8 MINUTES WITH THE CE: Ralph Mills, Transnet Engineering
Kelly Easton, Programme Director at Transport Evolution speaks to newly appointed Chief Executive of Transnet Engineering, Ralph Mills on his plans for transforming Transnet Engineering to take its rightful place in the rail domain and in the national economy.
U.S. Throws Down Gauntlet to China With Mozambique LNG Loan
U.S. President Donald Trump’s sparring with China is playing out in an unlikely new arena: the sandy turf of northern Mozambique, one of the world’s poorest countries.
BLOG SERIES: Decision-making in the face of uncertainty
As the world is getting to a new order, some countries are now working out how to get back into business as usual (BAU). In Australia, the decisions around the opening up of the economy are arguably more difficult than those preceeding the shut down.
A message from Transnet Port Terminals
Covid 19 has struck South Africa and exposed weaknesses in our healthcare system, compromised our economy and negatively impacted our retail sector. As TPT we take it upon ourselves to change the course of our countries trajectory. As an essential service provider, we continue to transport health supplies and retail products through our container sector […]
Nigeria: Port Concessionaires Donate N700 Million to Support Govt’s COVID-19 Fight
Port concessionaires under the aegis of the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) have collectively donated the sum of N700million to the federal government to support the country’s effort to curtail the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). STOAN Chairman, Vicky Haastrup, who disclosed this in Lagos, said no effort should be spared towards […]
AfCFTA delay: A bane to Africa’s $3.4 trillion economic bloc
According to local media reports, the newly elected Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) secretariat, Wamkele Mene, revealed that the implementation of the AfCFTA agreement will not begin on July 1st, 2020 as planned due to disruptions caused by the global pandemic.
South African rail manufacturing sector needs to reinvent itself
Despite South Africa having a strong presence on the railway scene – claiming almost 30% of the continent’s kilometres and more than 60% of its rail freight – the country’s rail manufacturing sector has not leveraged this position to lead in the manufacturing of rolling stock on the continent, says RailRoad Association of South Africa […]
How cargo will play key role in economic recovery after corona
Kenya is currently going through a bruising cycle. From the sporadic inflation movement in 2019, to the current Covid-19 pandemic that is yet to fully show its full impact on not only the local economy but also that of the continent and globe at large. Already, unemployment is on the rise, and the economy is […]
Transnet unveils sweeping changes at the top
Transnet group CEO Portia Derby has made further senior management changes at the state-owned port and freight rail operator in another move to clean-up its governance structures compromised at the height of State Capture. In an internal memo to staff dated 30 April 2020, which has been seen by Business Maverick, Derby and the Transnet […]
Turkey Sets Its Sights On the Horn of Africa
Turkey is building on its already-strong relationship with Somalia as it accepts an invitation to explore for oil in its seas. Ankara has spent years building trust in the region as it seeks to increase its influence. Turkey’s influence in the Horn of Africa is back in the spotlight, following the announcement that Somalia has […]
Tullow Suspends Trucking of Turkana Crude Oil Due to Bad Roads
Nairobi — Tullow oil has suspended the trucking of Turkana crude oil citing severe damages by adverse weather conditions that were experienced in the last quarter of 2019. In a Trading Statement & Operational Update released Wednesday, the company said the trucking procedures are currently halted and will resume construction once the roads are […]
Transnet moves ahead with plans to develop R2.5bn Gauteng port
The public-private partnership is expected to attract R20 billion in private sector investment over the next 20 years. Ports and logistics parastatal Transnet is moving ahead with plans to develop a new ‘inland port’ in Gauteng and on Wednesday announced the winning bidder that will develop and operate the R2.5 billion Tambo Springs […]
Nagaff Decries 40% Cargo Charges By Aviation Handling Companies, Seeks Shippers Council’s Intervention
The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, has decried the hike in cargo charges by the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company, NAHCO, and Skyway Aviation Handling Company, SAHCO, which it says has risen by as much as 40 per cent. In a chat with Vanguard Maritime Report, President of the Association, Increase Uche, […]
Smart infrastructure that meets broad needs crucial for smart cities
Developing infrastructure that caters to the needs of society is fundamental to the creation of smart cities, which are not the result of new buildings, but of the increasingly critical role that technology plays in making urban buildings smart, says Johnson Control sub-Saharan Africa GM Archibald Makatini. Smart city technology, green building solutions and […]
Reopening of N2 Umhlatuze River bridge ‘by no means a small step’
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has praised the completed upgrade of the Umhlatuze River bridge between the Mtunzini toll plaza and Empangeni, saying it is “by no means a small step for road users”. Mbalula officially opened the upgraded bridge on Friday, where he emphasised the importance of infrastructure in connecting communities. “Every gravel […]
Promoters of Maputo and Richards Bay LNG terminals insist projects can be complementary
The promoters of liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals at Maputo, in Mozambique, and Richards Bay, in South Africa, insist that the two proposed projects can be complementary rather than competitive as there is sufficient existing demand and growth potential in the region to support both initiatives. In early December, Total and Gigajoule signed a […]
New maritime school on the cards for Durban
Tender issued for building of new maritime school SOUTH AFRICA, Durban: Plans to build a dedicated maritime-focused school in Durban were revealed this week as the Development Bank of South Africa released a request for proposals for the construction of the school on the site of an existing school in the Umlazi District. […]
Grindrod to invest R175m in AutoPort in KwaZulu-Natal
In line with its strategy to develop and provide logistical solutions on various corridors. Grindrod, the JSE-listed freight logistics and financial services company, has commenced construction of a R175 million 270 000m2 state-of-the art AutoPort just off the N3 in Camperdown between Pinetown and Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal. The R105 million first phase of […]
Ghana signs rail revitalisation agreement
A rail revitalisation agreement has been inked between Ghana Railway Company Limited(GRCL) and State Owned Logistics Company Transnet to restore the Western Railway line in Ghana. The signing ceremony was led by Dr Popo Molefe and witnesed by the President of Ghana Nana Akufo Addo and the President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa. The […]
AfDB extends $36.7m loan for road rehabilitation project
Malawi has secured a $36.7-million concessional loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the rehabilitation of a 55 km road that connects the districts of Ntcheu and Machinga, in the central and Machinga and eastern regions of the country respectively. The Nsipe road rehabilitation project will be implemented as part of the Nacala […]