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    Tata aiming to take African business to the next level

    Multinational company Tata is looking to take its business on the African continent to the next level. Tata Sons business development and public affairs head Madhu Kannan told journalists that while the group had worked on the continent for almost 40 years, “the game right now is to see if we can build scale”.

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    Strike at ground services company inflicts delays on SAA

    An unprotected strike by some employees of airport ground handling services company Swissport is causing delays to flights by national flag-carrier South African Airways (SAA), the airline reported on Wednesday. The strike is taking place at O R Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg.

    Swissport, which also services other airlines, has advised SAA that it will seek to reduce the impact of the strike on operations through the implementation of contingency measures. SAA is continually liaising with Swissport and other companies in its “value chain” and is closely watching developments.

    The delay being suffered is about 90 minutes, and the airline has made the decision to use its own resources to assist Swissport and reduce the delay. SAA is also seeking to provide all the help required to its affected customers. Three flights had to depart (to Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Maputo) without any baggage, although the bags were subsequently sent on later flights.

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    30% drop in Sandton traffic will be a success – City

    A 30% drop in traffic on roads leading to Sandton, and into the business hub itself, during the EcoMobility Festival would be a success, the City of Johannesburg said on Tuesday. Lisa Seftel, executive transport director at the City of Johannesburg said traffic engineers had said that if just 30% of the people who normally travelled to Sandton in private cars used the Park & Ride, the Gautrain or cycle to work, “it will be much easier”.

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    How Volkswagen got caught cheating emissions tests by a clean air NGO

    Volkswagen has set aside €6.5 billion to cover the costs of the growing scandal over cheating on emissions tests in the US. Putting a number on the cost further down line will be far harder, however, as it is a crisis which calls into question the ethical credentials of the company and the industry, as well as posing tough questions about the regulators and authorities who were duped. Although the Volkswagen emissions scandal has caught many by surprise, in fact it has been brewing for a while. It all started when the European wing of the US NGO International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) set out to prove modern diesels were genuinely clean and would therefore be able to make a significant contribution to improving both CO2 emissions and air quality.

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    Volkswagen scandal engulfs platinum as market frets about auto demand

    The scandal engulfing Volkswagen has spilled into the precious metals market, reflecting growing fears of a consumer shift away from the diesel engines that account for almost a half of the world’s platinum demand. Platinum prices dropped 3.6% on Tuesday, their biggest one-day fall in more than two years, “whacked” by concerns that the German carmaker’s years-long effort to dupe U.S. regulators on diesel emissions will hurt sales of diesel engines, said Ed Meir, metals analyst at INTL FCStone.

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    SAA, Samsung launch in-flight entertainment partnership

    National carrier South African Airways (SAA) and technology giant Samsung Electronics South Africa have partnered to launch new in-flight entertainment for business class passengers on its regional flights of less than four hours. The entertainment, wh…

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    Rail Green Paper envisages standard gauge network, private sector involvement

    South Africa’s National Rail Policy Green Paper, unveiled on Tuesday by Transport Minister Dipuo Peters, proposed a move from Cape gauge to standard gauge, as well as selected participation by the private sector in the domestic rail network. The Green Paper aimed to solicit input from relevant stakeholders and the public with the goal to ultimately develop a national rail policy.

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    Apple targets shipping date for electric car for 2019 – WSJ

    Apple Inc has designated building an electric car as a “committed project” and has set a target shipping date for 2019, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Monday. The project has been code-named Titan and its leaders have been given permission to triple the 600-person team, the WSJ said, citing people familiar with the matter.

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    DTI reiterates Aerosud presence at CAV

    The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has reiterated that Aerosud occupies a building in the Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV). “Assertions by the Democratic Alliance that this is not the case are baseless,” said the DTI on Monday. This as it was reported that the chairman of the privately owned aircraft components and aerostructure company denied it was a tenant at CAV. “Whilst Aerosud does have other land and buildings adjacent to the land and building belonging to government, it …

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    eThekwini hopes to lift Durban visitor numbers

    The eThekwini municipality and the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government are aiming to increase the number of international arrivals in Durban by at least two-million visitors a year – a target that is likely to be boosted by the announcement that Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways plan to introduce flights to Durban before year-end. Speaking at the 2015 World Routes Summit at the Durban International Convention Centre, eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo said passenger numbers at King Shaka International Airport were steadily rising.

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