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    First Metrorail test train arrives in S Africa

    Some 18 months after the financial close of a passenger train supply contract between the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and Alstom subsidiary Gibela, the State-owned firm has welcomed the arrival of the first test train aimed at replacing the old Metrorail train fleet over the next 20 years   The train, which was this week delivered to Prasa’s Wolmerton depot, in Gauteng, was the first of a planned 600 trains that would be configured as six-car sets able to transport 1 346 passengers.  As part of the implementation programme, the first 20 train sets would be built at Alstom’s facility in Brazil, while the remainder would be built at a new facility in Ekurhuleni, in line with government’s industrialisation plan.  

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    SAA memo: What they didn’t want you to know

    The South Gauteng High Court on Thursday dismissed South African Airways’ (SAA’s) urgent application to get an interdict prohibiting Media24, Business Day and Moneyweb from publishing a secret internal memorandum. This now allows the media to publish the memorandum.

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    Skywise looks back on ’14 days of turmoil’

    Grounded airline Skywise has questioned how the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) could refuse to grant it a 48-hour reprieve to pay R2-million when the entire South African economy has been thrown into turmoil indirectly through South African Airways’ (SAA’s) inability to sort out its far bigger financial troubles. “While the country continues to lose billions to save the national carrier from financial and commercial embarrassment, Skywise’s 200 employees asks why Acsa did not give us only 48 hours to pay R2-million to be saved from financial and commercial embarrassment,” the airline said in a statement on Wednesday.

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    Former SA Transport Minister in court on charges of fraud and corruption

    Former Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has appeared in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on charges of fraud and corruption. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Advocate Luvuyo Mfaku confirmed to African News Agency that Ndebele was …

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    Gordhan says Nene’s veto on changes to SAA-Airbus deal stands

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday said his predecessor Nhlanhla Nene’s recent refusal to allow South African Airways to amend its contract with Airbus stood. Back in the portfolio after days of extraodinary upheaval following Nene’s sacking, Gordhan told a media briefing he would call controversial SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni within 24 hours.

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    Cape Town invests R750m to fix traffic congestion

    The City of Cape Town’s Council endorsed a Congestion Management Programme on Thursday that will aim to address traffic congestion problems in the city. The Congestion Management Programme sets out the expenditure, infrastructure projects and other interventions to improve the traffic situation.

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    International airline group aids in fighting illegal wildlife trade

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is committed to combatting the illegal wildlife trade. “IATA’s focus is on supporting enforcement agencies with their challenge of combatting illegal wildlife trafficking,” assured IATA Assistant Director: Environment Jon Godson. The illegal wildlife trade is currently estimated to be worth $19-billion a year. It is probably the fourth largest type of illegal international trade. Poachers kill about 54 elephants a day in Africa and, in South Africa in 2014, three rhinos a day. However, the most-trafficked mammal is actually the pangolin (or scaly anteater), with more than a million believed to have been poached over a period of ten years.

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    Work under way to validate numerical simulation of aircraft fuel behaviour

    The University of Pretoria is well advanced in a programme to experimentally validate numerical simulation software developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to accurately model the sloshing of fuel in an aircraft’s fuel ta…

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    Gauteng Premier welcomes launch of Mamelodi transport hub

    Gauteng premier David Makhura and Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa launched the first phase of the R850-million Denneboom Station Public Transport Interchange (DSPTI) project in Mamelodi last month, calling on residents to support the project. The project forms part of the Solomon Mahlangu Urban Design Framework, which was approved by the City of Tshwane’s (CoT’s) Mayoral Committee in October 2009.

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    M1 highway gets R210m facelift

    The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) will spend a total of R210-million to upgrade the M1 highway bridges and associated stormwater drainage systems, says the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA). The project, which started on November 16, forms part of the CoJ’s R365-million programme to upgrade the M1 and M2 highways, as well as the Soweto highway. The programme also aims to rehabilitate ageing infrastructure and enhance road safety to improve mobility.

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