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    Comair expects financial hit from 737 MAX grounding, but is filling the fleet gap

    South African private-sector airline group Comair has suffered financially from having to ground its newly delivered Boeing 737 MAX airliner earlier this year, following two fatal crashes involving the type in just five months in late 2018 and early 2019, which killed 346 people. “We’re obviously looking to Boeing for compensation for financial losses,” says Comair Airline Division Executive Director (and joint CEO designate) Wrenelle Stander. “The grounding has affected us. It will have an impact on our financial performance.”

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    Aviation manufacturing can be showcase for industrial stimulation

    A proposed industrial growth initiative by the local aviation manufacturing industry can potentially serve as a showcase for how South Africa can stimulate its industrial sectors and how it should respond to their digital transformation, Commercial Aer…

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    Comair’s new CEOs to press ahead with diversification strategy

    South African private-sector airline group Comair announced at the end of last month, via a Stock Exchange News Service release at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, that it was acquiring the “shares and claims” of Star Air Maintenance and Star Air Cargo. The deal involves paying the sellers R75-million, plus profit share payments.

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    Defining the heavy-haul railway of the future

    Heavy-haul railways are under constant pressure to optimise operational efficiency, a factor that has led the sector to spearhead many new technologies. Michael Roney, special advisor to the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA), explains in this article, originally published in the International Rail Journal, how operators are collectively looking to push performance to new levels.  

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    Government departments need to align to revive industry – RRA

    There is no alignment in terms of the objectives of the local rail industry, and the country lacks a united vision, says the Railroad Association of South Africa (RRA) CEO Mesela Nhlapo. Currently, the visions of the different government departments ar…

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    Longest Production Train in the World

    In an unprecedented move, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) successfully ran a 375 wagon manganese train. The testing of the train took place on Wednesday, 05 September 2018 over a distance of around 861 km, from Sishen to Saldanha. The test train is four (4) kilometres long and will be a production train with the highest number of wagons in the world. This initiative will break TFR’s own record and a world record of the 342 wagon iron ore production train.

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    Event will address challenges facing African rail industries

    Several challenges face Africa’s rail industries, and global events company Terrapinn will host the twenty-second annual Africa Rail exhibition and conference, which aims to tackle these challenges. Terrapinn business development manager Athena Maharaj tells Engineering News that there is a “massive inadequacy” characterises infrastructure in Africa. She adds that the continent is facing a $130-billion infrastructure deficit, while in some cases, resources are completely stranded in countries that are landlocked.

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    Jobs potential seen in aerospace manufacturing

    Previously disadvantaged individuals can comprise up to 90% of the main beneficiaries and startup business owners as part of the private-public growth initiative (PPGI) which aims to stimulate the expansion and development of the aerospace manufacturin…

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    Transnet Freight Rail Breakthrough Technologies

    In a context of increasing competition, growing demand and tighter management of operational and capital costs, freight railways are constantly looking for ways to increase efficiency by boosting throughput and cutting costs. Below are several breakthrough technologies that have been developed and deployed by Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) in support of those objectives. Radio Distributed Power (RDP) RDP technology allows a single train driver to control more than one locomotive consist on the same train. TFR has used the technology to design and implement trains to longer lengths. Once-off test trains of longer than 7 km have been run, while daily production trains are operated at lengths up to 4 km. The RDP technology was recenlty applied to TFR’s export manganese trains, increasing lengths from 312 to 375 wagons with four locomotive consists per train. This allowed TFR to optimise infrastructure and rolling-stock utilisation and increase yearly export capacity by 1.4-million tons.

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    South Africans to prepare ‘smart heavy haul industry’ roadmap

    The South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) hosted a three-day technical workshop in Johannesburg in late 2018 as part of preparations for the 2019 International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) conference to be held in Narvik, Norway, from June 10 to 14. Ten countries are a part of the IHHA and SAHHA, which was established in 2014, is a local chapter of the international organisation. Convened under the theme ‘Embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Heavy Haul Railways’, the workshop was attended by more than 540 delegates from 18, mostly African, countries and was addressed by nine international speakers.

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