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Risky business: China's economic slowdown and Sub-Saharan Africa supply chains

According to the latest CIPS Risk Index, global supply chains suffered from growing risk in Q4 2015, led by the slowdown in China's economy...

16 Feb 2016

Trans-Kalahari Railway project takes first step

Namibia and Botswana are taking the first steps to establish a multi-billion dollar railway project to link...

By Chamwe Kaira 17 Sep 2015

Transnet wants to 'industrialise railways'

Small- and medium-sized engineering companies must create niche markets for themselves to supply Transnet with parts for the locomotives that the freight logistics company envisages building within the next two to three decades.

By Amanda Visser 9 Jun 2014

Transnet seeks greater SADC investment in rail networks

Transnet has pleaded with Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries to invest more on railway infrastructure to improve intra-regional trade.

By Mpho Sibanyoni 29 May 2014

Grindrod moots 'much cheaper' trains

Grindrod's diesel-electric locomotive‚ which the company said was the cheapest in the world‚ could pit the logistics group as a competitor against state rail utility Transnet and global rolling stock manufacturers such as General Electric and Electro-Motive Diesel.

By Razina Munshi 28 Mar 2014

Grindrod, Northwest Rail to develop copper railway in Zambia

Grindrod‚ a JSE-listed freight and logistics service provider‚ through its wholly owned subsidiary Grindrod Mauritius‚ will work with Zambia's Northwest Rail Company to build‚ operate and maintain a new 590km Cape gauge railway from Chingola in the Zambian copperbelt to the Angolan border.

By Mark Allix 5 Feb 2014

Thales keeps an eye on safety

To paraphrase from the iconic Star Trek, Africa is the "next (as opposed to the final) business frontier". And judging from exceptional recent economic growth, wealth in natural resources and sheer international business interest on the continent, it seems no-one has trouble believing this.

19 Aug 2013

Countries are barriers to infrastructure projects

The biggest barrier to implementing regional infrastructure projects in Africa are the countries themselves, the Infrastructure Africa conference heard in Sandton on Tuesday (16 July).

18 Jul 2013

Japan offers US$10bn to Africa

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan has pledged at least US$10bn in aid to Africa for the next five years as Tokyo prepares to host a major development conference for the resource-rich continent.

3 Jun 2013

Agriculture offers real growth potential

Although structural impediments such as poor logistics render the search for new avenues of deeper intra-African trade challenging‚ there is an immediate and compelling growth potential in the trade of agricultural products‚ Standard Bank research analyst Simon Freemantle said last week.

By Helmo Preuss 22 Apr 2013

Shipping vital for international trade

Two conferences held in Cape Town last week highlighted the fact that about 90% of all trade between countries is shipped by sea.

By Helmo Preuss 22 Apr 2013

IMF forecasts "solid growth" for Africa

Economies in sub-Saharan Africa will ride out the bumpy global recovery in the next few years to post growth rates not seen outside Asia, the IMF said in its latest economic forecasts Tuesday (16 April).

17 Apr 2013

Chinese companies not favoured in Botswana

If Ian Khama has any say in the matter‚ and he most certainly shall‚ Chinese companies may not be collecting many more government contracts in Botswana in the near future.

By Nicholas Kotch 20 Feb 2013

SA's labour militancy hurts Botswana

President Ian Khama of Botswana says labour militancy in South Africa and port congestion at Durban are putting bilateral trade in jeopardy.

By Nicholas Kotch 16 Feb 2013

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