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Rail News

Update on multimodal project progress set for next year

By: Donald Makhafola     Updated 6 hours ago In the first quarter of next year, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is set to provide further update on the Moloto rail corridor expansion project which aims to link Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo to ensure that passenger rail is the backbone of an integrated multi-modal... 

Gibela rail plant on track for March completion

By: Irma Venter     Updated 6 hours ago Construction of the Gibela plant, in Dunnottar on the far East Rand, is on track for completion in March next year, says Gibela Rail Transport Consortium CEO Thierry Darthout. Darthout, former Gibela operations VP, took over the reins from Marc Granger on August 1. The 53-year-old is a mechanical... 

Plans on track for rapid rail network extensions in Gauteng

By: Donald Makhafola     Updated 6 hours ago The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is hopeful that the National Treasury will approve the much-awaited Treasury Approval 1 (TA1) for the planned extension of a rapid rail network, following the submission of the feasibility study early this year. “We . . . handed in the documents to the... 

Mega engineering projects could boost SA economy

By: Donald Makhafola     Updated 6 hours ago As South Africa is embarking on a mega railway infrastructure development that will take an estimated 20 years to complete, transportation systems developer Futran Group of Companies director Andries Louw says such projects should be used as an anchor to re-establish the culture of mega... 

Legislation, regulation to ensure rail success

By: Donald Makhafola     Updated 6 hours ago Industry related forum Transport Forum custodian Harry van Huyssteen believes that the major rail infrastructure projects in South Africa could be better implemented if there was improved regulation and legislation. 

Court action to stop PRASA 'conspiracy'

By: News24Wire      12th December 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has missed a deadline to respond to demands by the UniteBehind coalition. Legal action will now be taken against the agency responsible for Metrorail, GroundUp reports. 

Metrorail must provide alternative transport for Cape Town commuters – Sanco

By: African News Agency      12th December 2017 The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Tuesday called on rail service provider Metrorail to provide alternative transport for commuters left stranded by the suspension of its service on the key Central Line in Cape Town. The civic organisation said that the inconvenience and... 

Heartland-to-heartland linkages sought in China-driven industrial superproject

By: Schalk Burger     12th December 2017 The China-driven superproject, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is a conceptual redevelopment of the ancient global tradeways of the Silk Road, aims to link the heartlands of countries by land, sea and air routes, said Renmin University School of International Studies Professor Wang... 

Gibela factory on track for March completion, says new CEO

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2017 Construction of the Gibela plant, in Dunnottar on the far East Rand, is on track for completion in March next year, says Gibela Rail Transport Consortium CEO Thierry Darthout. Darthout, former Gibela operations VP, took over the reins from Marc Granger on August 1. The 53-year-old is a mechanical... 

Gibela factory on track for March completion, says new CEO
Thierry Darthout

Metrorail suspends all train services on Cape Town central line

By: News24Wire      11th December 2017 Metrorail Western Cape announced its decision on Monday to suspend all trains running on the central line, which services areas such as Khayelitsha, Philippi, Mitchells Plain, Bishop Lavis and Langa, until further notice. "Stations will be closed and no tickets will be on sale until further... 

Transnet Freight Rail accepts delivery of the first TRAXX Class 23 E locomotives

By: Shirley le Guern     7th December 2017 Transnet Freight Rail on Thursday formally accepted the first of 460 TRAXX Class 23 E locomotives at the Transnet Engineering head office, in Durban. To date, 15 locomotives are in the final stages of dynamic acceptance testing and are expected to start work in the new year. A further eight are... 

Transnet Freight Rail accepts delivery of the first TRAXX Class 23 E locomotives
The new TRAXX 23 E made its entrance in Durban yesterday

More than 180 Transnet Freight Rail employees qualify in railway operations management

By: Samantha Herbst     7th December 2017 More than 180 employees of State-owned rail transport agency Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) on Thursday with a variety of degrees and qualifications in railway operations management. GCU principal and vice-chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies led the... 

More than 180 Transnet Freight Rail employees qualify in railway operations management

Tanzania-Zambia railway halts copper transportation after strike

By: Reuters     6th December 2017 The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) has suspended all train services, including the transportation of copper following a strike by workers in Africa's second-largest producer of the metal, the company said on Wednesday. The line is an important route for copper exports from Zambia and... 

Long-delayed Gauteng Transport Authority to be launched in 2018

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 The long delayed Gauteng Transport Authority will launch next year, says Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “If a city does not want to participate, it does so at its own peril.” 

Only 7% of Transnet's senior supply chain staff have been vetted

By: News24Wire      29th November 2017 Transnet has only vetted seven percent of senior staff who handle supply chain management, despite a 2014 Cabinet directive to vet all employees in that field. Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama told the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday that only 56 of the more than 750 senior... 

MPs call for Parliamentary probe into Transnet–Gupta links

By: African News Agency      28th November 2017 Members of Parliament (MPs) from across the political divide on Tuesday called for a probe into allegations of State capture at South African State-owned freight and logistics company, Transnet. Transnet group chief executive Siyabonga Gama and his team appeared before Parliament’s standing... 

Vale, partner Mitsui ink $2.7bn Nacala coal corridor funding

By: Henry Lazenby     28th November 2017 Brazil’s largest diversified miner Vale has announced that it, together with its Japanese partner Mitsui & Co, has signed a $2.73-billion funding deal to finance the Nacala Logistics Corridor (NLC), that will connect the Mozambique-based Moatize coal mine, to the Nacala port. Vale said in a press... 

PRASA, French rail agency enter R6m partnership

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2017 South African parastatal Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and French national State-owned railway company SNCF, as well as the French Development Agency (AFD), have signed a tripartite financial partnership agreement amounting to R6.15-million in the form of a grant. SNCF will... 

Gautrain agency wants Phase 1 network expansion operational by 2027

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2017 Ideally, the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) would like to see Phase 1 of the proposed five-phase expansion of the Gautrain network come into operation in 2027, says GMA COO William Dachs. The concession on the current 80 km Gautrain system would have wrapped up in 2027, with the system paid... 

Move to professionalise work of railway safety inspectors

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2017 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) have signed a memorandum of onderstanding (MoU) aimed at professionalising the work of railway safety inspectors. The MoU also aims to ensure that railway safety inspectors and engineers have the necessary... 

AMSA welcomes designation of local steel for rail sector  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd November 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) on Thursday welcomed the latest designations by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of the local content threshold for local production and content in the rail permanent way sector. A permanent way is the structure, comprising the rails, fasteners,... 

Rail operational incidents reach 7yr low, but safety incidents increase

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2017 Operational incidents related to South Africa’s railways decreased by 5% during 2016/17, reaching a seven-year low of 4 066 incidents, compared with 4 250 in the prior year.  

Rail operational incidents reach 7yr low, but safety incidents increase
The Railway Safety Regulator is committed to achieving its goal of “zero occurrences”

South African govt can’t keep track of multiple probes into State rail

By: African News Agency      14th November 2017 There were so many investigations by different service providers into corruption at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) that government could not keep track, Transport MInister Joe Maswanganyi told MPs on Tuesday. “There are so many investigations there, some we don’t even know what... 

Solidarity ranks SOEs, lambastes 'cadre merry-go-round'

By: Anine Kilian     14th November 2017 Trade union Solidarity has ranked South African Airways (SAA) as the most poorly managed State-owned enterprise (SOE) in the country. Speaking at the launch of its latest report ‘South African State Institutions and the Value for Tax Money’, on Wednesday, Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann said SAA... 

Solidarity ranks SOEs, lambastes 'cadre merry-go-round'

South African rail operator rebrands, expands offering

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Following the investment by the Pan-African Infrastructure Development Fund 2 (PAIDF2), managed by Pan-African fund manager Harith General Partners, in South African locomotive and rail operator Sheltam Group in June, the company has launched several initiatives to enhance its offering to the... 

South African rail operator rebrands, expands offering
NEW FACE New initiatives for Sheltam Group include the rebranding to Traxtion

Exxaro, Transnet sign coal export transportation agreement 

     9th November 2017 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: Exxaro Resources has signed a ten-year coal export transportation agreement with Transnet, which will increase coal volumes from the Limpopo-based Waterberg region to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal, in... 

Exxaro, Transnet sign coal export transportation agreement
Exxaro, Transnet sign coal export transportation agreement

Transport unions submit joint wage demand to Transnet

By: African News Agency      7th November 2017 The United National Transport Union (Untu) and South African Transport & Workers Union (Satawu) on Monday submitted a consolidated wage demand to Transnet for a 12% salary increase for the next three years. According to a statement, Untu wants a three-year multi-term agreement with an undertaking... 

DA to push for better Gautrain subsidy deal

By: African News Agency      6th November 2017 Taxpayer’s will, over and above the R30-billion Gautrain construction price tag, have paid well over R50-billion for this service if current subsidy levels continue, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday. The current Gautrain subsidy was the largest single item of expenditure in the budget of... 

Mpho Makwana takes over as Gibela chairperson

     3rd November 2017 Mpho Makwana has succeeded Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi as chairperson of Gibela Rail Transport Consortium, effective October 1.   Makwana has more than 25 years of experience working in South Africa’s public and private sectors.   He is currently the independent nonexecutive chairperson of ArcelorMittal... 

Mpho Makwana takes over as Gibela chairperson
Gibela chairperson Mpho Makwana

Vadi urges better cooperation between provincial govt, Gauteng metros

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2017 The long delayed Gauteng Transport Authority will launch next year, says Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “If a city does not want to participate, it does so at its own peril.” 

Vadi urges better cooperation between provincial govt, Gauteng metros
Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi

Heavy increase in irregular expenditure in South Africa, now pegged above R45bn, says AG 

By: African News Agency      1st November 2017 Irregular expenditure by government departments and State-owned entities has ballooned by over 50% in 2016/2017 when compared to the previous financial year, topping R45-billion, Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu revealed on Tuesday. “Irregular expenditure has increased by 55% since the previous year... 

Heavy increase in irregular expenditure in South Africa, now pegged above R45bn, says AG
Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex 

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet continues to pare back its investment portfolio in the South African, which is expected to grow by less than 1% in 2017. The group, which operates rail, port and pipelines businesses, expects to invest R229.2-billion over the coming seven years,... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama outlines how the utility is dealing with ongoing allegations of State Capture and corruption. Recorded: 30.10.2017. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

M&R sells Genrec to Southern Palace

By: Anine Kilian     30th October 2017 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has sold Genrec to black-owned industrial company Southern Palace Group. Certain assets and liabilities are excluded from the transaction and will remain with the group. 

Local stainless steel industry remains optimistic

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 While South African demand for stainless steel is under severe pressure, the potential for growth once the local economy improves is strong and distributors are starting to position themselves strategically to take advantage of this, says stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless CEO Lucien... 

Local stainless steel  industry remains optimistic
CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM The global stainless steel market had a strong run early this year, on the back of substantial chromium and nickel price increases at the end of last year, which continued into 2017

Steel company raises the bar in Africa with new technologies

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 Taking a long-term view that predicts significant growth in demand for stainless steel products in Africa in the next few years, steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode has invested in advanced processing technologies that will cement its position as a market-leader in product... 

Outa lays corruption charges against former PRASA board members over Swifambo contract

By: Anine Kilian     26th October 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has laid criminal charges of corruption and fraud against former board members of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) over its “too tall” locomotive contract. PRASA awarded a contract to local company Swifambo in March 2013 for the purchase... 

Gautrain expansion required before Gauteng population grows exponentially 

By: Irma Venter     26th October 2017 Ideally, the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) would like to see Phase 1 of the proposed five-phase expansion of the Gautrain network come into operation in 2027, says GMA COO William Dachs. The concession on the current 80 km Gautrain system would have wrapped up in 2027, with the system paid... 

Gautrain expansion required before Gauteng population grows exponentially
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