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    SA low cost carrier increases routes and frequencies to and from Lanseria

    South African low cost airline Mango, part of the State-owned South African Airways group, announced on Monday that it is to initiate a new route between Gauteng’s Lanseria International Airport and Durban in October and will add another flight on its Lanseria/Cape Town route. Lanseria lies south-west of Pretoria and north-west of Johannesburg.

    “Demand at Lanseria has shown welcome growth over the past 24 months with well performing load factors across the schedule and we expect the additional Cape Town flight as well as the the new Durban route to mirror performance at Lanseria and further stimulate growth,” stated Mango spokesperson Hein Kaiser. The new Durban route will be operated twice daily, while the new Cape Town frequency is an early morning flight from Cape Town to Lanseria.

    The additional flights will also mean that Mango will be making greater use of its aircraft. “A fundamental cornerstone of low cost aviation is asset utilisation; if you are not flying, you are not earning,” he explained. “Mango holds the lowest cost base in the domestic market and additional frequencies and network expansion further reduces input costs.”

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    Ford’s B-Max tackles tiny multi-activity vehicle segment

    Ford’s newest offering in a long list of newcomers to the local market in the last two years is the B-Max multi-activity vehicle (MAV). The B-Max will play in the so called B-MAV segment, or the small MAV segment, currently dominated by Toyota’s Avanza, which sells around 5 000 units a year.

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    Maersk to cut emissions by 60% by 2020

    The Maersk shipping group aims to reduce its emissions by 60% by 2020, using 2007 as a baseline, says Safmarine Southern Africa MD Dirk Hoffmann. Safmarine is part of the Maersk group. To date, the shipping group has achieved a 40% reduction.

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    Durban’s municipality to take over bus service

    Durban’s troubled and sometimes non-existent municipal bus service is set to be managed again by the eThekwini Metro Municipality after several years of being run by private operators. According to a statement released by the municipality, the bus service will be run by a municipal entity, similar to that which runs the highly successful Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

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    Cosatu to organise ‘mother of all stay-aways’

    Cosatu says it will be holding the “mother of all stay-aways” on October 7. A section 77 notice has been tabled at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), acting general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali told reporters on Thursday.

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    Improved logistics make SA roads safer

    As the single largest group of drivers and road users are the long haul drivers, an improvement in the performance of this influential group will have a significant impact on road safety, states management consultancy the Confidant Group CEO Chantal Walley, “In any enterprise, hiring the right talent is a critical element in executing the business plan. In the logistics business the performance of long distance drivers impacts directly on the bottom line,” she says. “Driver education, rules and procedures and monitoring equipment are important business practices, but do not guarantee driver adherence,” she further notes.

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    South Africa’s truck market growth cycle coming to an end, Isuzu warns

    The South Africa truck market may end the year at around 29 000 units, 5% to 7% down on last year’s numbers, says Isuzu Trucks South Africa (ITSA) COO Craig Uren. Around 31 500 trucks were sold locally in 2014.

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    500 t crane rehab project completed

    Global lifting solutions provider Konecranes has rehabilitated two 500 t Chinese portal cranes for the Angolan National Oil Company’s (Sonangol’s) Integrated Logistic Services’ (Sonils’) oil service centre, says Konecranes Southern Africa technical and training manager for sub-Saharan Africa Marius Naudé.  “The total cost of the rehabilitation was more than R2-million, which included a spare parts package to keep the cranes in good working order,” he says, adding that the duration of the project, including an initial site inspection, was about three months.

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    Seat turnover seen as key to MyCiti’s future financial sustainability

    Cape Town’s MyCiti bus service has improved its fare-revenue-to-cost ratio from 30% in 2013/2014 – where fares cover 30% of direct vehicle operating costs – to 40% in 2014/2015, says Gibb transportation south section unit manager Andrew Bulman. As a consulting engineering firm Gibb provides operational support to the MyCiti system.

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    South African low-cost airline set to have the youngest fleet in region

    The delivery of the last of the six new Boeing 737-800 aircraft ordered by South African low cost carrier (kulula) in 2009 will give the carrier the youngest airline fleet in Southern Africa, the company has reported. Part of the Comair group, kulula (the company spells the name with a small k) has already received four of the new planes and should have taken delivery of the fifth on August 10. The sixth is due in early October – when it arrives, the average age of the airline’s fleet will be 11 years. (Comair also operates the British Airways brand in Southern Africa.)

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