http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.93Change: 0.00
R/$ = 12.67Change: -0.01
Au 1095.49 $/ozChange: 0.31
Pt 984.00 $/ozChange: 2.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Jul 20, 2012

Prasa pushing infrastructure modernisation ahead of fleet overhaul

Back
Construction|DURBAN|Harbour|Natal|Tshwane|Africa|Building|Installation|PROJECT|Projects|rail|Road|Rolling Stock|rolling-stock|SECURITY|System|Systems|Testing|transport|Africa|Rail Network|Service|Systems|Western Cape|Infrastructure|Lucky Montana|Eastern Cape
Construction|Harbour||Africa|Building|Installation|PROJECT|Projects|rail|Road|Rolling Stock|rolling-stock|SECURITY|System|Systems|Testing|transport|Africa|Service|Systems||Infrastructure||
construction|durban|harbour|natal|tshwane|africa-company|building|installation|project|projects|rail|road|rolling-stock|rolling stock|security|system|systems-company|testing|transport|africa|rail-network|service|systems|western-cape|infrastructure|lucky-montana|eastern-cape-province-or-state
© Reuse this



The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is accelerating its infrastructure modernisation programme in anticipation of the acquisition of new rolling stock, while also creating capacity for increased commuter demand, says group CEO Lucky Montana.

He notes that although more than 40% of the R25.9-billion funding granted to Prasa up to the 2013/14 financial year will go to maintaining existing rolling stock to ensure acceptable service levels, more than R13.5-billion will be channelled to infrastructure modernisation, aimed at ensuring compatibility with the new-generation rolling stock expected to start local testing in 2015.

The R25.9-billion capital investment excludes the acquisition of a new train fleet over the next 20 years, valued at more than R123-billion.

Prasa’s infrastructure modernisation programme encompasses a number of projects, and will create up to 7 000 direct construction and downstream industry jobs over the next three years, says Montana.

The modernisation of the signalling systems on the Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape corridors over the next five to ten years is valued at more than R17-billion.

Phase 1 of what Montana calls the “resignalling” of Gauteng has already started, to the value of R1-billion. Tenders for the resignalling of the KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape networks have closed, with implementation to start during this financial year, he adds.

Owing to capacity constraints and increased demand, Prasa is also executing two capacity- enhancement projects. The first is the Bridge City development, north of Durban, and the second the Greenview project, east of Tshwane.

Both projects are large, multi- year infrastructure capacity expansion projects which will be completed during 2013, says Montana.

The Bridge City project consists of a new station, a public transport intermodal facility and a 3.2 km rail extension from the existing rail network into the Bridge City development.

The Greenview capacity- improvement project involves the construction of a new station, two station upgrades, a road-over-rail bridge, and the doubling of a 4.5 km rail section, which is 60% complete.

“The Tshwane capacity inter- vention will provide a 50% increase in passenger capacity on that line,” notes Montana.

The infrastructure investment programme also includes a general national station improvement and upgrade roll-out. More than 50 stations form part of this programme, with a total investment of more than R1-billion.

Station projects include the building of commercial facilities to enhance revenue generation at stations, establishing intermodal connectivity, as well as the installation of access control gates, electronic display boards for train schedules, electronic customer help points, security cameras and public address systems.

A rail track, platform and electrification rehabilitation programme consists of rail track, foundation, station platform, electrification and footbridge rehabilitation on various rail sections. The elimination of high-risk level crossings is also included in the programme. More than R400-million will be spent on these projects over the next three years, says Montana.

In order to plan for future growth and expansion of the commuter rail network, Prasa is also accelerating planning and feasibility studies on four priority projects.

The feasibility studies into these projects will inform the viability, funding and implementation schedule of the individual projects, says Montana.

The projects include a 7.5 km rail extension to serve the Motherwell community and the future Coega harbour and indus- trial development, in the Eastern Cape; a phased rail extension from Nasrec to the greater Soweto and Lenasia areas; extension of the existing rail line with a phased rail extension into the Chris Hani, Etwatwa and Greater Daveyton development areas; and the rehabilitation of the rail service on the existing Hammanskraal railway line, providing rail access to the rapidly growing northern areas of Tshwane.

As for Prasa’s rolling stock fleet renewal programme, aimed at procuring 7 224 rail vehicles over a 20-year period, Montana is hopeful of reaching financial closure for the first tranche of the deal in July 2013.

“There are many lessons we should draw from the Prasa rolling stock fleet renewal programme,” he adds.

“The first is that we are doing it despite the fact that Prasa does not have the balance sheet to fund such a massive project. However, the needs of the country over the next 30 years are so critical that without an efficient and functioning rail system, our attempts to grow and sustain our cities and economy will never work.

“We are pleased government has recognised this. We have found it more expensive to fund this programme through the private sector than delivering it through the national fiscus. I think there is a strong lesson here for Africa.”


Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other News This Week News
The statutory body responsible for skills development and support in the banking sector, BANKSETA, was investing R68-million in the capacity building project of the University of Venda (UniVen), announced Bankseta company secretary Caroline King at a media event in...
LIONEL MOYAL Cloud services providers must compete against other cloud services providers for business by providing up-to-date systems and services
Legacy information technology (IT) systems are becoming increasingly obsolete because of the maturity, efficiencies and cost effectiveness of cloud-based IT services, says information and communication technology major T-Systems subsidiary Intervate head Lionel...
More
 
 
Latest News
Embattled South African steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has offered insight into the “fair pricing model” it has tabled before government in return for tariff protection and a government stipulation that locally manufactured steel be designated for...
Telecommunications group Telkom on Friday said it had posted a 1.7% uptick in net revenue for the three months to June 30, on the back of a strong performance by mobile on data revenue and higher fixed-line subscription revenue. Mobile net revenue for the first three...
Dangote Cement revised its 2015 spending plans to $1-billion from the $700-million estimated nine months ago after it commissioned two new African plants this June, Nigeria's biggest listed company said on Friday. The company, majority owned by billionaire Aliko...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book comprises separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Water 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Daimler truck test engineer Dirk Stranz pushes one button, and then retracts his hands from the steering wheel of the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025. “And now the truck is driving itself.”
The statutory body responsible for skills development and support in the banking sector, BANKSETA, was investing R68-million in the capacity building project of the University of Venda (UniVen), announced Bankseta company secretary Caroline King at a media event in...
LIONEL MOYAL Cloud services providers must compete against other cloud services providers for business by providing up-to-date systems and services
Legacy information technology (IT) systems are becoming increasingly obsolete because of the maturity, efficiencies and cost effectiveness of cloud-based IT services, says information and communication technology major T-Systems subsidiary Intervate head Lionel...
ARMANDÉ KRUGER Balancing the collection and processing of data must be aligned to strategy
Many complementary services enable companies to derive broad value from data inside and outside them. The complexity of data management means that companies’ strategies determine the various data systems and functions they will use, says PBT Group regional sales...
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has announced that it had awarded the country’s first remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) pilot’s licence. It was issued on Friday, July 10, to SACAA employee and qualified commercial pilot Nicole Swart,...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96