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    VW faces compulsory EU recall of up to 8m vehicles

    Volkswagen will have to organise a compulsory recall of up to eight-million diesel vehicles in the European Union after Germany ruled out drivers voluntarily bringing in cars and vans to be refitted following a scandal over rigged emissions tests. Germ…

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    Passenger car comeback to start with new Bolt, says Tata SA

    Accordian Investments sold 2 500 Tata passenger cars and bakkies in the South African market last year, with around 1 800 of these bakkies, says CEO Kyri Michael. Accordion Investments is 60% owned by Imperial’s Associated Motor Holdings and 40% by Tata Africa.

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    PRASA management must ‘shape up or ship out’

    Managers at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) have not been holding each other accountable, according to acting CEO Nathi Khena. Khena told Parliament on Thursday that the R550-million in irregular expenditure incurred by PRASA during t…

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    Germany orders recall of 2.4m Volkswagen cars

    Germany ordered Volkswagen on Thursday to recall and refit 2.4-million diesel vehicles next year, following the company’s admission it rigged emissions tests. Europe’s biggest carmaker has said it may have installed software that enabled it to cheat di…

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    Poor transport links stifle economic growth in Africa

    Within sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) there are fifteen landlocked countries, with an average distance of 1 000 km to the sea, says WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff  Africa development, transportation and infrastructure divisional director Vishaal Lutchman. This means these countries are reliant on infrastructure networks –currently poorly installed and not well maintained –  to conduct trade and grow their industries and economies, he notes.

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    Can Ford’s new-look Ranger clinch top spot in SA 1-ton bakkie market?

    In 2011, when Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) introduced its new Ranger bakkie, president and CEO Jeff Nemeth told Engineering News Online that he wanted to secure the number two spot in the South African pickup market, up from the US manufacturer’s “number three or four position” behind Toyota, Nissan and Isuzu. Four years later, Nemeth must be pleased as punch with the Ranger’s performance, which now sees Ford aggressively challenging Toyota for the number one position.

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    VW seeks €3bn in savings from suppliers – Handelsblatt

    Volkswagen wants to extract €3-billion ($3.41-billion) in price cuts from its suppliers to help mitigate the costs of an emissions scandal that has rocked the company, German newspaper Handelsblatt reported on Monday. The business daily, citing company sources, said the measure would be part of a broader cost-cutting programme including pay, marketing, sponsoring activities and variety of models to help it bear an estimated €40-billion in costs of the scandal.

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    Fastjet granted Air Service Licence in Kenya

    Pan-African low-cost airline fastjet’s subsidiary in Kenya has been granted an air service licence (ASL) by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). The granting of the ASL cleared the way for fastjet Kenya to begin the application process for an air operator certificate (AOC) which, once received, would allow the airline to operate domestic flights within Kenya.    The AOC application process would involve an in-depth review of fastjet Kenya’s planned safety management system, operational manuals and structures, senior staff, fleet, maintenance facilities and technical capability.

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    ANC using Sanral CEO as scapegoat, says anti-toll group

    The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said on Monday that it is too easy for the African National Congress (ANC) to “finger out” the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli as its scapegoat over Gauteng’s e-tolls debacle. “Government’s ministers and director generals are far too hasty in their acceptance of major capital expenditure projects, and do not go to the required lengths to double check the claims, data and research presented to them,” said Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage in a statement.

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    ‘I was just a normal village girl’ – SA’s first black female navy commander

    As a girl in the village of Lady Frere, Zimasa Mabela’s life revolved around school, and fetching firewood and water from the river. The country’s first black female navy commander says she only saw the sea for the first time when she was 18.

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