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Rail News

Metrorail delays hit Cape Town commuters, as bus strike continues

By: News24Wire      20th April 2018 Commuters in Cape Town already in the midst of a bus strike have to contend with a near breakdown of train services, after Metrorail announced massive delays across its network on Friday morning. The company said there were delays of more than 60 minutes on all lines heading into Cape Town, due... 

Railway industry to develop new roadmap towards Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) has commissioned a study to provide a global strategic view of Heavy Haul 4.0, and attempt to visualise the heavy haul railway of the future. The ‘Development of the Heavy Haul Vision in the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ study, which will be... 

Everything a priority at PRASA except safe rail transport – Nzimande

By: African News Agency      17th April 2018 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande on Tuesday conceded to MPs that safe rail transport for the working class was low on the list of priorities for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), but vowed this would change. Briefing MPs on his department's annual performance plan, Nzimande said... 

Nzimande appoints new PRASA board, acting CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has appointed a new board of directors for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), led by chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama. The board members, who will serve an initial period not exceeding 12 months, also includes Sango Ntsaluba, Louis Wessie, Jenny... 

Nzimande appoints new PRASA board, acting CEO
PRASA chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama

Kenyan fund targets $15m green bond for water projects

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 A nonprofit organisation plans to issue a 1.5-billion shilling ($15-million) bond this year to fund Kenyan water utilities. Robert Bunyi, chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Pooled Water Fund, said on Wednesday it aimed to launch a 15-year instrument and to have it certified as a green bond. 

TNPA to launch dredging school this year

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 State-owned company Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will launch its dredging school – the first of its kind in Africa – this year, says TNPA infrastructure and port planning GM Hamilton Nxumalo. “The TNPA Dredging School is a result of the Supplier Development (SD) Programme related to... 

TNPA to launch  dredging school this year
ILEMBE DREDGER This trailing suction hopper dredger is the largest of its kind in Africa

Competition Commission approves Amsted’s acquisition of Scaw Cast Products

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2018 The Competition Commission has approved the proposed acquisition by US-based manufacturer Amsted Rail Company of Cast Products South Africa (SA).  

Grindrod targets June Nasdaq listing for shipping division

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2018 Grindrod is targeting a June listing for its Shipping division.   A positive change in the business cycle “had provided the stimulus to implement the spin-off of the Shipping business with a planned listing amongst its peer group on the Nasdaq, with an inward listing on the JSE”, said executive... 

 Grindrod targets June Nasdaq listing for shipping division

Saftu condemns CSR’s local content exemption request

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2018 The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) says it is angered by the revelation that China South Rail (CSR) wants South Africa’s government to grant it an exemption from its local content obligations, worth R5.3-billion, as part of the conditions for it supplying new locomotives to... 

PRASA interim chair steps down

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2018 Newly appointed High Court judge Advocate Tintswalo Annah Nana Makhubele has resigned as interim chairperson of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). Makhubele, who tendered her resignation last week, has, since taking up the position of interim chairperson in October 2017, had to... 

Gupta-linked Chinese firm wanted R5bn local content exemption 

By: News24Wire      23rd March 2018 China South Rail (CSR), the company that allegedly paid R5-billion in bribes to the Guptas, has asked the South African government for exemptions on its local content commitments worth R5-billion. News24 is reporting that CRRC, which was formed when CSR and fellow Chinese rail giant China North... 

 Gupta-linked Chinese firm wanted R5bn local content exemption

Alstom pitching integrated tram system to SA municipalities

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2018 French multinational company Alstom is in talks with various municipalities around South Africa on an integrated tramline system, using Alstom-developed SRS technology. Speaking to Engineering News Online during a tour of Alstom’s tram manufacturing facility in Reims, France, last week, Alstom... 

Alstom pitching integrated tram system to SA municipalities

Transnet renews manganese contract with South32

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd March 2018 State-owned Transnet and diversified miner South32 on Thursday signed a seven-and-a-half-year manganese export capacity allocation (Meca) contract, allowing for the transportation of 2.6-million tonnes a year of export manganese and realising almost R10.4-billion in total value for Transnet.  

Transnet renews manganese contract with South32
South32 South African manganese operations VP Lucas Msimanga, South32 commercial operations VP Kgabi Masia and Transnet new business chief officer Gert de Beer

Trams enjoy renewed interest in growing cities

By: Anine Kilian     16th March 2018 The exponential growth of cities worldwide raises many challenges for urban authorities, including reducing road traffic congestion, combating pollution, noise in cities and redeveloping urban zones. Addressing delegates during a media tour of Alstom’s La Rochelle manufacturing centre, in... 

Transnet is trying to root out Gupta-related corruption – Gama

By: African News Agency      14th March 2018 Transnet is trying to get to the bottom of how the company was committed to contracts that saw an agency linked to the Gupta family earn lavish fees on its infrastructure contracts, CEO Siyabonga Gama told MPs on Wednesday. "It has given Transnet a very bad name and a very bad reputation, so that... 

Transnet is trying to root out Gupta-related corruption – Gama

High levels of crime may force PRASA to cancel services on certain routes

By: Irma Venter     14th March 2018 Continued high levels of crime on certain urban rail corridors may “eventually leave the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) with no choice” but to cancel its services on these routes,  says the agency. The State-owned PRASA says while it continues to engage with the dedicated rapid... 

High levels of crime may force PRASA to cancel services on certain routes

Metrorail train hijackings a ticking time bomb, warns union

By: Irma Venter     13th March 2018 It is only a matter of time before the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will be forced to face another derailment or serious accident on its Metrorail lines, says United National Transport Union (UNTU) spokesperson Sonja Carstens. “PRASA is sitting on a ticking time bomb.” 

Metrorail train hijackings a ticking time bomb, warns union

Clamping tool can mitigate rail cable theft

By: Melissa Zisengwe     9th March 2018 Industrial equipment supplier Banding and Identification Solutions South Africa (Band-It) states that rail operators can mitigate rail power cable theft, which is rife across South Africa, by using its UL4000-C Ultra-Lok cable clamping tool. 

Clamping tool can mitigate rail cable theft
CLAMPING TOOL The UL4000-C is an anti-theft ans cable management device that assist rail operators to end cable theft

Shunting locomotive company introduces upgraded Unilok

By: Melissa Zisengwe     9th March 2018 Rail logistics company African Railway Systems and Consultants has introduced the South African rail market to the new upgrade of the Unilok shunting locomotives. 

Shunting locomotive company introduces upgraded Unilok
NEW MODEL Unilok locomotive in road mode

Standard rail network can foster intercountry trade

By: Melissa Zisengwe     9th March 2018 Linking African countries with a standard rail network will assist in growing inter-country trade and, subsequently, foster Africa’s economic growth, says engineering consultancy WSP Africa Group. 

Standard rail network can  foster intercountry trade
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN Africa needs to start leading and building itself

Kenya plans to electrify Mombasa–Nairobi rail link

By: John Muchira     9th March 2018 Kenya plans to electrify its diesel-powered standard-gauge railway (SGR) line from the coastal city of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi, as it seeks to cement its position as a regional transports hub. The East Africa nation has since secured $240-million from China Electric Power Equipment &... 

Eskom to conduct own investigation on SAP, Gupta contracts

By: African News Agency      8th March 2018 South African power utility Eskom said on Thursday that it was aware of damning findings of an investigation by German software maker SAP into its dealings with state-owned entities as a third party SAP said that it had finished its investigation by the law firm Baker McKenzie into South Africa's... 

Columbus aims to export competitively, while growing local market consumption

By: Simone Liedtke     6th March 2018 Columbus Stainless is positioned well to export competitively to the international market, while remaining committed to growing domestic demand for stainless steel. With market consumption of about 120 000 t/y of flat production, CEO Lucien Matthews says South Africa is the largest consumer of... 

Undoing State capture in South Africa will face stiff resistance, sabotage – Gordhan 

By: African News Agency      6th March 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday said the new political dispensation in South Africa and the reversal of the “bad things” which led to the capture of key state institutions by private interests will be regularly opposed by the beneficiaries of the corruption. “I think we all... 

Undoing State capture in South Africa will face stiff resistance, sabotage – Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

TFR’s CAB, Natcor units achieve new records

     27th February 2018 Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) Container and Automotive Business (CAB) unit railed 909 295 t in February, surpassing its previous record of 878 462 t. The Natal Corridor (Natcor) Channel, meanwhile, railed 395 129 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in the year to date, compared with the 377 593... 

New Joburg–Musina passenger train service launched 

By: African News Agency      23rd February 2018 South African transport minister Joe Maswanganyi on Friday launched a new passenger train service between Johannesburg and Musina for long distance-travelers to commute directly between Gauteng and Limpopo. At the official launch at Johannesburg Park Station, Maswanganyi said that the intention... 

Transnet delivering on its Africa strategy

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd February 2018 State-owned Transnet's Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group (DIDG) Consortium on Wednesday delivered rolling stock to the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) to strengthen regional integration, trade and the recapitalisation of the Zimbabwean railway programme. This transaction between a... 

Inside Metrorail’s cable theft and commuter crisis

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2018 Brazen thieves, who have effectively brought a critical rail route in Cape Town to a standstill for nearly six weeks, leaving thousands of commuters in the lurch, have become the focus of intense and unprecedented operations to squeeze out criminals who target beleaguered Metrorail's... 

TFR transports record chrome volumes from mines to ports

By: Schalk Burger     14th February 2018 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has transported a record 5.77-million tons of chrome by rail from mines to the ports in the first 47 weeks of the current financial year. This exceeds the 5.75-million tons of chrome transported by rail in the prior financial year. 

Dedicated unit set up to combat crime on Cape Town trains

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 The City of Cape Town, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), and the Western Cape Government on Friday agreed to establish a dedicated unit to secure the safety of Metrorail commuters and key infrastructure. Metrorail's Central Line, which serves largely poor and working class... 

Transnet to lease rolling stock to Zambia Railways

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 South African logistics firm Transnet will lease locomotives and wagons to Zambia Railways to boost its capacity to handle bulk cargo, Zambia Railways' CEO said on Thursday. Zambia Railways CEO Christopher Musonda said Transnet had agreed to lease eight locomotives and 600 wagons to the Zambian... 

Richards Bay zone woos investors at Cape Town's Mining Indaba

By: African News Agency      8th February 2018 The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) went on a charm offensive at the Mining Indaba held in Cape Town to woo local and international investors seeking export and import opportunities in KwaZulu-Natal province. RBIDZ acting manager for business development and support, Mzamo... 

Thousands of train commuters still stranded in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      8th February 2018 Tens of thousands of commuters who use Cape Town's central line are still waiting for Metrorail to say when the train service, suspended since January 8, will be restored. Meanwhile commuters on the northern line were greeted by a filthy toilet this week, according to a GroundUp report.The... 

New dawn for platinum mining – Robert Friedland

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2018 New cars being produced in Japan have platinum- and copper-intensive fuel cell drives that outdo battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs) in cold climates as the EV batteries drain when the heaters are switched on, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday.... 

New dawn for platinum mining – Robert Friedland

One killed, two injured in accident at Gautrain depot

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2018 A full investigation is under way to determine the root cause of an incident at the Gautrain depot, in Midrand, in which one employee was killed and another two injured. The accident occurred at about midnight on February 6, when a maintenance rail-road vehicle, which the deceased employee was... 

PRASA board to receive summons from Parliament

By: African News Agency      6th February 2018 MPs on Tuesday resolved to summons interim board members of South Africa's Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to Parliament to account for the failing state of train services in the country. A subpoena will be issued after the board members failed to pitch for a meeting with Parliament's... 

TPT boosts PE port handling volumes, rail use

By: Schalk Burger     6th February 2018 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) achieved higher than forecast automotive and container handling volumes at the Port Elizabeth port in December, which it attributes to greater demand from local and international markets, along with automotive investments made in the region, TPT Eastern Cape GM Siya... 

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