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Company invests in driver, vehicle management systems 

By: Halima Frost     15th March 2024 Specialist transport group Unitrans continues to invest heavily in various event-based in-vehicle management systems (IVMS) to ensure the safety of its drivers, fleet and cargo in its chemical and petrochemicals bulk transport supply chain businesses. “Owing to the significant volatility of its... 

Patel meets with EV manufacturers, investors during visit to China

By: Sabrina Jardim     8th March 2024 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel and a high-level delegation recently completed a four-day working visit to Shanghai, Nanjing and Beijing, in China, during which they met with government officials, investors and a number of Chinese electric vehicle (EV) and battery... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel and Chinese Minister of Commerce Wang Wentao
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel and Chinese Minister of Commerce Wang Wentao

Sales of NEVs on the rise in South Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th January 2024 Amid a global emphasis on green energy and the subsequent global energy transition, total sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs) in South Africa increased by 65% year-on-year in 2023, with hybrid vehicles making up most of these sales. Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) witnessed a 22% year-on-year... 

An image depicting TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby
TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby

Solar-powered e-truck sets new altitude record 

By: Donna Slater     18th December 2023 A team of explorers – the Gebrüder Weiss Peak Evolution Team – followed through on successfully setting a new world altitude record for electric vehicles after driving an electric truck to an altitude of 6 500 m above sea level, mid-December. The team drove up to the western ridge of Ojos del... 

The Gebrüder Weiss Peak Evolution Team reached an altitude of 6 500 m in their solar and electric powered Aebi Schmidt truck
The Gebrüder Weiss Peak Evolution Team reached an altitude of 6 500 m in their solar and electric powered Aebi Schmidt truck

Digital solution improves asset management

By: Sabrina Jardim     17th November 2023 Technology and asset management – amid the introduction of the Internet of Things – have become a necessary component of civil engineering and construction projects in South Africa. Asset management allows for greater efficiency in civil engineering and construction projects in terms of cost... 

an image depicting Nyiko Chabalala
NYIKO CHABALALA Asset management allows for greater efficiency in civil engineering and construction projects in terms of cost control, safety, documentation and reporting

Railway project midway to completion

By: Nadine Ramdass     13th October 2023 Japan-based railway signal and track maintenance equipment manufacturer Hayashi Soji is midway through the second phase of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) railway project in South Africa. The project is aligned with the JICA’s aim to help promote international cooperation and... 

SA distributor announced

18th August 2023 Materials handling solutions provider Barloworld BayWa (BHBW) has introduced Yale lift trucks to the South African market following its appointment by lift trucks and aftermarket parts manufacturer Hyster-Yale Group as a dual Hyster and Yale dealer. BHBW, which has more than 90 years’ experience... 

The yellow Yale lift truck range lined up on a white background
THE LINE UP The Yale lift truck range will complement BHBW's already notable offerings

Transnet embarks on procurement digitisation journey

By: Cameron Mackay     11th August 2023 State-owned Transnet has approached the market for the provision of an automated end-to-end procurement system. This comes as the organisation moves to optimise its procurement of goods and services, improve the speed and agility of procurement decisions and foster stronger supplier relationships. 

The project is a milestone in Transnet’s transformation into an agile, data-driven, and customer-centric organisation
Photo by Creamer Media
The project is a milestone in Transnet’s transformation into an agile, data-driven, and customer-centric organisation

Company diversifying its international portfolio

By: Bridget Lepere     11th August 2023 The Dickinson Group of Companies (DGC) is finalising plans to expand and diversify the product and service offering of its subsidiary, industrial solutions provider DGC Africa, says DGC chairman Trevor Dickinson. DGC Africa, based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), intends to launch fully... 

Image of a furnace being installed
A RARE SIGHT Lack of investment is the reason behind the slump in the industry, and the lack of capital projects

Transport sector has role to play in sustainable economies – Chikunga

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th July 2023 The transport sector is not untouched by climate change and also has considerably high negative externalities, and this necessitates innovative thinking around the opportunities to renavigate transport systems towards greater resilience and becoming a true enabler of sustainable economies. This... 

Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga
Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga

Rosebank project set to test viability of e-bike last-mile delivery system

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2023 CityConsolidator Africa (CityCon Africa) has launched the Rosebank e-Micro Mobility Pilot Project, a public-private partnership that will deploy 15 electric bikes in the Rosebank Management District (RMD) precinct as last-mile delivery vehicles. The programme will train, use and rotate 20 riders,... 

Image of a Greenriders Bike
One of the e-bike brands to be used in the pilot programme

Yearly convention will address industry priorities

By: Halima Frost     5th May 2023 Industry body The Road Freight Association’s (RFA’s) yearly convention, which will be held later this month, seeks to attract top executives in the trucking, logistics and warehousing sectors to discuss the industry’s priorities, strategic direction and planned interventions. The event will also... 

Truck Trailer Bus and Bakkie Road Freight Association Convention
A MEETING OF THE MINDS The 2023 RFA Convention will take place at the Fancourt Hotel in George, in the Western Cape, from May 26 to 28

New electric trucks destined for S Africa

By: Halima Frost     5th May 2023 On the back of delivering the first ever heavy electric truck to the African continent last month, global manufacturer Volvo says it will deliver its first FM electric truck tractor to a client in South Africa, in June. The Volvo FM electric range is suited to regional haul operations, such as... 

An emerald and metallic green electric truck manufactured by Volvo has been delivered to Morocco as a continent first
EFFICIENT TRUCKING The first electric truck tractor was delivered to the continent by Volvo in March

KITE launches New Innovation and Products Awards

By: Tracy Hancock     21st April 2023 Exhibitors at this year’s KZN Industrial and Technology Exhibition (KITE), running from July 18 to 20 at the Durban Exhibition Centre, are being given the opportunity to flaunt their technological advancements with the introduction of the New Innovation and Products Awards. Presented in... 

SACEEC CEO Eric Bruggeman calling on exhibitors to enter the newly introduced KITE New Innovation and Products Awards at the exhibitor briefing on April 20
SACEEC CEO Eric Bruggeman calling on exhibitors to enter the newly introduced KITE New Innovation and Products Awards at the exhibitor briefing on April 20

Born in Cape Town and now cleaning waterbodies worldwide – meet the WasteShark 

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2023 It’s like a Roomba for water, and it has its roots in Cape Town. If you don’t know what a Roomba is, it is a robotic vacuum cleaner that hoovers your carpets and floors autonomously.  

Image of the WasteShark
The WasteShark in action at Canary Wharf in London

Untethered electric train growth to quadruple by year-end – IDTechEx

By: Donna Slater     11th April 2023 Demand for “untethered” electric trains will increase rapidly over the coming years, with sales to grow four-fold year-on-year to reach over 100 deliveries this year, according to a report by market research and business intelligence company IDTechEx. The ‘Battery Electric & Hydrogen Fuel Cell... 

SA transport sector’s shift to zero emissions requires move to rail, banning new ICE vehicle sales by 2035  

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2023 For South Africa to cut greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the transport sector to zero, between 15% to 20% of road traffic must move to rail. This shift is also key in addressing road congestion, and improving the efficiency of the overall transport system. 

SA transport sector’s shift to zero emissions requires move to rail, banning new ICE vehicle sales by 2035

Substantial stock moved through largest branch

By: Halima Frost     17th February 2023 Lubricants manufacturer FUCHS Lubricants South Africa reports that almost 1 000 different products moved through its Durban, KwaZulu-Natal branch last year. The Durban branch, the largest in the FUCHS group, spans more than 1 450 m2 and has 15 staff members comprising permanent and contract workers. 

The Fuchs Lubricants warehouse in Durban
HIGH DEMAND FUCHS Lubricants Durban branch boast a substantial stock and sales footprint through the southern part of South Africa

Isuzu retains top truck selling position for tenth year, looks to expand diesel alternatives 

By: Donna Slater     16th February 2023 Commercial vehicle manufacturer Isuzu Truck, which is celebrating a tenth consecutive year as the truck market leader, is progressing with plans to roll out newer and more environment-friendly truck drivetrain options. According to the latest report by naamsa | The Automotive Business Council,... 

Isuzu trucks
Isuzu Trucks revenue generation senior VP Craig Uren gives insight into the company's future plans. Video and editing: Shadwyn Dickinson.

Mobility solutions highlighted at global event

27th January 2023 Global technical equipment, drive and braking systems manufacturer Voith presented its solutions for the mobility shift in commercial vehicles at the IAA Transportation Expo held in Hannover, Germany, from September 20 to 25 last year. The solutions include Voith Electrical Drive System (VEDS),... 

Digital platform aims to improve SADC rail efficiency

By: Tracy Hancock     16th December 2022 A substantial percentage of all rail wagons in South Africa are empty when moving between destinations. In the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, only a small percentage of rail capacity is being fully used. That is a huge amount of wasted and expensive space, says South... 

SUSTAINABLE LOGISTICS
The Empty Trips digital freight exchange allows rail carriers to publish empty rail wagons on the platform, making this information visible to rail shippers so that they can book space on the rail wagons
SUSTAINABLE LOGISTICS The Empty Trips digital freight exchange allows rail carriers to publish empty rail wagons on the platform, making this information visible to rail shippers so that they can book space on the rail wagons

Digital engineering key to award-winning level crossing removal project

By: Tracy Hancock     16th December 2022 Many Australian construction companies are actively employing people, especially those who have a digital background, to address the country’s skills shortage, particularly in major infrastructure projects, including the removal of dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne, says... 

ADVANCING SAFETY Acciona has safely removed dangerous level crossings through digital engineering for the Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach project in the state of Victoria, in Australia, on behalf of Level Crossing Removal Project’s Southern Program Alliance
ADVANCING SAFETY Acciona has safely removed dangerous level crossings through digital engineering for the Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach project in the state of Victoria, in Australia, on behalf of Level Crossing Removal Project’s Southern Program Alliance

PGMs demand may taper off despite robust automotive demand forecast 

By: Darren Parker     21st October 2022 Global demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) is forecast to taper off beyond 2030, despite a robust outlook for increasing automotive sales, according to platinum group metals producer Impala Platinum (Implats) corporate affairs executive Emma Townshend, who addressed a PGMs students colloquium... 

Impala Platinum ingot

National Pothole Campaign launched to fix potholes

14th October 2022 The Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula launched the national pothole campaign, known as Operation Valazonke in Nguni or Operation Kwala Kaofela in Sesotho, on 8 August this year. The campaign aims change the face of municipal and provincial roads from pothole-riddled to an acceptable state of... 

SVI launches six-wheeled armoured Land Cruiser concept at AAD

By: Donna Slater     26th September 2022 Armoured products specialist manufacturer SVI Engineering launched a newly designed concept version of its MAX 3-series of vehicles – the three axle, six-wheeled armoured Toyota Land Cruiser MAX 3 Six Wheeler, at Africa Aerospace and Defence expo 2022 (AAD 2022) on September 21. The MAX 3 is a... 

An image of SVI's MAX 3 six wheeler
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
SVI's concept MAX 3 Six Wheeler armoured, three axle Land Cruiser 79 series

How Blockchain is being used to build trust across value chains

By: Schalk Burger     2nd September 2022 Distributed ledger technologies, such as blockchain, in which immutable copies of ledger entries are shared with all stakeholders, are being used to improve the speed at which members and whole supply chains can react to changes, and the transparency of the entire value chain, as verification can... 

VERIFICATION AND VALIDATION
Blockchains facilitate the involvement of many witnesses and points of verification
VERIFICATION AND VALIDATION Blockchains facilitate the involvement of many witnesses and points of verification

Major milestone achieved

19th August 2022 In what has been described as a major milestone and a significant boost ahead of the start of port operations, Lekki deep sea port, on July 1, 2022, took delivery of three Super Post Panamax ship to shore (STS) cranes and 10 rubber tyred gantries (RTGs) and witnessed the arrival of the first... 

A large shipping vessel with gantry cranes and materials handling equipment is the first vessel to dock at the new Lekki port in Nigeria
IM'PORT'ANT PROGRESS The construction and progress of the new Lekki Port is gaining traction and will soon be fully operational

Company expects to benefit from its diverse portfolio offering

By: Mandisa Nyathi     12th August 2022 In spite of chemical supply chain constraints, flow measurement and calibration technology company Wika expects to benefit from its diverse portfolio offering to provide quality instrumentation for clients. 

ITSSA to disband as project has realised its mandate

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2022 The Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa (ITSSA) has disbanded, as it has fulfilled its mandate, says CEO Dr Paul Vorster. An ITSSA annual general meeting in July confirmed a decision taken by the society’s board in June to close the project. 

TUT team wins South Africa’s first closed-track solar vehicle challenge

By: Darren Parker     22nd July 2022 The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Solar Team were declared the winners of the first ever Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge, which took place at the 4.2-km-long Red Star Raceway, in Delmas, on July 21. “We would like to congratulate the TUT Solar Team for winning the first event of the Ilanga... 

Tshwane University of Technology Solar Team and their winning solar vehicle
Tshwane University of Technology Solar Team and their winning Sunchaser IV solar vehicle

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

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

Image of a toll gantry on the GFIP system

Automakers ramping up investments into upstream nickel, cobalt

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

Lithium ion batteries

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

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. 

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

Automation supplier launches MV VSDs

By: Mandisa Nyathi     3rd June 2022 Earlier this month electrification and automation product supplier ElectroMechanica (EM) extended their portfolio with the launch of the high-performance and cost-effective Delta MVF23/MVF20 series medium-voltage variable speed drives (VSDs).  

an image of a MVF23/MVF20 drive
NEW DRIVES The Delta MVF23/MVF20 series offers advanced flux-oriented vector control techniques, with or without the use off-speed sensors

Converting truck fleets to LNG could reduce transport costs by 30% – Renergen

By: Darren Parker     1st June 2022 With diesel prices at a record high, liquefied natural gas (LNG) has the potential to lower the transportation costs of major logistics companies by up to 30%, LNG and helium developer Renergen CEO Stefano Marani said at the Junior Mining Indaba on June 1. “This means that the conversion of their... 

Renergen CEO Stefano Marani
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani
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