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    Equipment firm’s Gauteng distribution hub focuses on improved regional logistics

    International heavy-equipment engine manufacturer Cummins’ regional distribution centre (RDC) in Woodmead, Gauteng, has halved the average logistics distribution time for clients in Southern Africa and allowed for critical or long-lead stock to be kept closer to client sites, says Cummins Global Logistics Southern Africa RDC site leader Russell Bunnell. The 20 833 m2 site serves 11 Southern Africa countries and holds more than  $20-million worth of stock, including, filters, parts, components, refurbished engines, new engines and generators. More than 12 300 stock keeping units, comprising about 450 000 pieces, are housed in approximately 16 000 stock locations within the warehouse. More than 100 people are employed at the facility, which also houses a separately managed filtration manufacturing and coolant-blending plant.

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    Moz rejects cross-border river transport plan on navigability, volume concerns

    Mozambique has had to reject a proposal from the Malawian government to develop commercial river traffic along the Shire and Zambesi rivers. This was recently announced by Mozambican Transport and Communications Minister Carlos Mesquita, following a me…

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    South African regulator to probe VW emissions data

    The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) has announced that it will launch an investigation to determine whether emission data on Volkswagen vehicles sold in South Africa has also been manipulated. The NRCS will work with the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Department of Transport “to determine whether  South African vehicles are also affected”, says the regulator in a statement.

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    VW offices raided by police

    Embattled German carmaker Volkswagen’s offices were raided on Thursday as prosecutors stepped up their probe into the group in the wake of the company’s exhaust emission tests scandal. The group’s head office in the northern German city of Wolfsburg, a…

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    More car-price pain on its way, warns AMH boss

    South African consumers should brace themselves for another round of new-car price increases, says Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) CEO Manny de Canha. AMH imports brands such as Kia, Tata and Hyundai.

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    JRA adopts Web-based system to improve infrastructure maintenance

    A recently introduced Smart City solution has enabled the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) to develop a complete view of the city’s roads inventory, with over 1.6-million images and 700 000 locations of JRA assets being captured onto the system for tracking, monitoring and management. The assets were divided into stormwater infrastructure, roads furniture, bridges, street names, as-built drawings and document management.

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    Cosatu e-toll march contradicts earlier stance

    The City of Cape Town on Wednesday questioned Cosatu’s protest against e-tolls – as part of a long list of demands – when the union federation’s Western Cape arm did not support recent court action against Sanral’s Cape toll plans. The Western Cape Hig…

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    TNPA advances deepening of Port of Durban berths

    Following Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) ongoing efforts to address shallow spots exacerbated by the size of megaships now calling at the Port of Durban, harbour master Captain Alex Miya has reinstated a number of berths back to their original permissible draughts. “The vessels calling at our ports have gotten bigger and, therefore, require deeper draughts. But they also cause challenges for ports because of the manner in which they more aggressively displace material from the seabed, causing shallow spots.

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    South Africa’s Transnet considering billions in capex cuts – sources

    South African logistics utility Transnet is considering up to R200-billion ($14.5-billion) in cuts to its capital expansion plans over the next three years, two sources at the company said, as the global demand for iron ore and coal stalls. The utility…

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    Ecomobility festival a vision of the future

    The EcoMobility Festival that is currently under way in Sandton marks the start of a long-term shift to an “ecomobile” future. Public transport, walking and cycling are set to become the transport modes of choice in future. Consulting firm Arup developed a transport master plan for Sandton that promotes a shift from private car to alternative modes of transport. The festival’s transport arrangements reinforce a number of the plan’s proposals. Accordingly, Arup agreed to collect traffic data during and after the festival to develop an understanding of the changes in travel patterns and choices made as a result of the festival arrangements.

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