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Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2017 Spearheaded by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI), aimed at accelerating regional trade and unlocking the economic potential of the continent, now has nine African presidents on board, with ten projects in the spotlight as Africa... 

Ten injured after Metrorail train derails near Bellville station

By: African News Agency      18th August 2017 At least ten people suffered minor to moderate injuries when a train carriage derailed near Bellville station in Cape Town on Friday morning. Emergency services provider ER24 said that at about 08.15, paramedics from ER24, Metro EMS and Rescue Services, police, as well as other services, arrived... 

Focus needed to maximise S Africa’s export potential

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 The future of the South African materials handling sector will be impacted on significantly by sub-Saharan Africa development and the ability of South Africa to leverage its export capabilities on the subcontinent, says engineering consultant WSP Africa transport and infrastructure divisional... 

Focus needed to maximise S Africa’s export potential
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN Business and government must align and work together to realise South Africa’s export potential

SADC in need of localised development

     18th August 2017 Localisation in infrastructure development in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is critical to industrialisation, says the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).  

SADC in need of  localised development
NIGEL GWYNNE-EVANS State-owned entities have a critical role to play in attractive private sector investment for infrastructure projects

Coal India building new railway links to efficiently evacuate production

By: Ajoy K Das     17th August 2017 Coal India Limited (CIL) is undertaking three critical railway infrastructure projects that will enable the miner to efficiently evacuate 282-million tons a year of production. According to a directors’ report of the company, the railway infrastructure projects form part of the miner’s ‘Synergy... 

Parliamentary State capture probe hits first hurdle

By: African News Agency      16th August 2017 The investigation into State capture by Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday hit its first hurdle as it was confirmed to members that the legislature would not pay for an independent evidence leader. Acting chairperson Zukiswa Rantho told MPs she had asked the chair... 

Parliamentary State capture probe hits first hurdle

Tshwane roads, railway lines blocked and cars pelted in taxi protest

By: News24Wire      16th August 2017 Taxi drivers embarked on illegal protest action in Tshwane on Wednesday morning, blocking several roads and railway lines and pelting passing cars with rocks. Police said several roads in Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa, Soshanguve as well as the Mabopane highway have been blocked by taxis. 

Tshwane roads, railway lines blocked and cars pelted in taxi protest

Fund invests into African rail operator

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 The Pan-African Infrastructure Development Fund 2 (PAIDF2) has concluded an investment into Sheltam Mauritius, which is the parent company of the South African locomotive and rail operator Sheltam Group. This investment was made through a share subscription for 30% of Sheltam for an undisclosed sum. 

Fund invests into African rail operator
RAIL POTENTIAL Sheltam will soon officially launch initiatives aimed at adding significant capacity to the company’s ambition of being a significant rail operator on the continent of Africa

Transnet to recapitalise Zimbabwe rail firm 

By: Reuters     10th August 2017 South African logistics group Transnet has won a bid to recapitalise the government-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) with $400-million, the company's board chairman said on Thursday. Larry Mavhima said the financially struggling NRZ will begin contract negotiations with Transnet next week. 

First delivery of locomotives expected in Q4

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation (BT) will hand over the first of 240 Bombardier Traxx Africa locomotives to State-owned freight utility Transnet, during the fourth quarter of this year. 

Forum to address rail maintenance and rehabilitation

     4th August 2017 A delegation of international rail maintenance and rehabilitation professionals, together with an “unbeatable” line-up of thought leaders in Africa’s transport sector will be in Durban, South Africa in October to address challenges faced by the rail fraternity in Africa. 

New association aims to support emerging truck operators

By: Ilan Solomons     4th August 2017 The newly launched Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa) aims to assist in meaningfully transforming the local truck and freight industry, with a long-term view of ensuring work for women and black truck owners and operators. This is according to Tasa convener Mary Phadi, who was... 

New association aims to support emerging truck operators
Photo by Duane Daws
MARY PHADI Tasa aims to mitigate the plight and ‘exploitation’ of emerging cargo carriers who are at the mercy of larger players in the sector

Rail is the future of Africa’s industrialisation

     4th August 2017 Rail infrastructure upgrades remain a core focus of the ongoing industrialisation of Africa, where the transportation of goods and commodities is often difficult and costly, owing to underinvestment in rail infrastructure, says multinational power and engine manufacturer and distributor Cummins. 

Station’s strategic location to improve corridor capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rosmead station, in the Eastern Cape, was identified as strategic in improving operational capacity along the export corridor and forms part of Phase 1 of State-owned freight utility Transnet’s Port of Ngqura manganese export expansion project. 

Successful event to be held again next year

     4th August 2017 Following the success of the Africa Rail exhibition and conference in 2017, the event will be held again on June 12 to 13 next year at the Sandton Convention Centre, in South Africa. 

Damaged overhead wires delay Johannesburg trains – Metrorail

By: African News Agency      3rd August 2017 Metrorail said on Thursday that commuter train services operating in Johannesburg were experiencing delays of up one hour in the morning following infrastructural challenges. The commuter train operator said Train 0841 had damaged overhead wires at Jeppe Station, which resulted in fibre break... 

Minister lauds court ruling invalidating two PRASA contracts worth millions of rand

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2017 Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi on Wednesday said he “welcomes” the Pretoria High Court judgment ruling two contracts entered into by Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) with Fenton Gastin, its CFO, were invalid. The first contract that was found to be invalid was the one entered... 

Localisation in infrastructure development in SADC critical for industrialisation

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 Localisation in infrastructure development across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is critical for industrialisation, according to African Integration and Industry chief director Nigel Gwynne-Evans, who spoke at the SADC Industrialisation Week in Johannesburg on Tuesday.... 

DBSA committed to funding infrastructure projects throughout SADC

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 With low levels of electrification hindering economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa – where 78% of the population is reliant on biomass as their main energy source – $57-trillion will be required until 2030 to fund the continent’s infrastructure and energy projects, according to... 

Outgoing PRASA board slams transport minister on completion of tenure

By: African News Agency      1st August 2017 Popo Molefe, the outgoing chairperson of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) board which completed its term on Monday, took a parting shot at new Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi for failing to attend requested meetings aimed at tackling corruption and governance anomalies. “The... 

No local-content audits yet on Transnet locomotives 

     28th July 2017 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to Engineering News editor Terence Creamer about the lack of audits on Transnet’s locomotives and how this will impact industrial policy. 

No local-content audits yet on Transnet locomotives
No local-content audits yet on Transnet locomotives

Bearings, power transmission giant moves to 5 000 m2 site  

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th July 2017 As part of its business strategy to re-engineer and optimise global operations, bearings and mechanical power transmission solutions provider Timken has opened a new facility in Gauteng. The facility spans almost 5,000 m2 and is home to Timken South Africa’s bearing repair and assembly... 

Bearings, power transmission giant moves to 5 000 m2 site
Timken South Africa MD Kevin Holloway and Timken Middle East, Africa and Turkey MD Sudesh Kumar discuss the advantages and strategic importance of Timken’s new facility. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Gibela says first SA-made train to be delivered by the end of 2018

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2017 The Gibela consortium will deliver the first locally built X'Ttrapolis Mega commuter train to State-owned Metrorail operator, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), by the end of 2018, says Gibela CEO Marc Granger. Production of the first car-body shell of the first car of the first... 

Gibela says first SA-made train to be delivered by the end of 2018

Cameroon freight train derails, killing one

By: Reuters     27th July 2017 One person was killed in Cameroon when a freight train operated by state rail company Camrail derailed, less than one year after another Camrail train crash killed 79, an official said on Thursday. Nine cars left the tracks on Wednesday near the town of Makondo, about 140 km (87 miles) west of... 

State-owned rail entity showcases products and initiatives 

     27th July 2017 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: Transnet showcased their diesel-powered TransAfrica locomotive, as well as a range of other products and initiatives, at an investor’s event held in June, at their production facility in Pretoria. Simone Liedtke... 

State-owned rail entity showcases products and initiatives
State-owned rail entity showcase products and initiatives

No local-content verification of Transnet locomotives conducted yet, SABS confirms 

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2017 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has confirmed with Engineering News Online that it has not conducted any verification of local content in the 1 064 locomotives being acquired by Transnet and that it also does not have an agreement with Transnet to do so. Transnet awarded the... 

No local-content verification of Transnet locomotives conducted yet, SABS confirms

Three bidders shortlisted for 12 new Gautrain train sets

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “We have shortlisted three bidders and they will now submit their formal bids.” 

‘Gigaba stifling good governance’ – Popo Molefe 

By: African News Agency      18th July 2017 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) board chairperson Popo Molefe on Tuesday accused Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba of withholding a National Treasury nominee to his board and stifling corporate governance at the state enterprise. Molefe, who was reinstated as board chairman following a... 

‘Gigaba stifling good governance’ – Popo Molefe

Competition Commission launches inquiry into public transport sector

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 The Competition Commission has launched a market inquiry into the public passenger transport sector following numerous complaints relating to public transport in the country.    The ‘Public Passenger Transport Market Inquiry’ was recently published in the Government Gazette and the commission is... 

Australian products showcased at event

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Following the establishment of Australia-based industrial solutions provider HMA Group’s South African subsidiary, the company is looking forward to showcasing its diverse offering at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

Australian products showcased at event
POWER PRODUCTS Fireye’s strong footprint in the African power generation sector will be further bolstered through its partnership with the HMA Group

Nigerian Society of Engineers on how private sector can be incentivised to build infrastructure

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 The public sector in Africa should understand and nurture the idea that increased private sector investment in infrastructure is the best way to achieve “intense job creation”, and to incentivise funding and skills transfer, says Nigerian Society of Engineers infrastructure and public-private... 

Passenger rail group in final stages of deploying digital comms system

By: Schalk Burger     14th July 2017 A digital wireless communications system – GSM for railway, or GSM-R – is being deployed to improve the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) operations and run its rail passenger transport systems more efficiently, says information technology multinational Huawei Railway executive... 

Coal export line shuts for planned maintenance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2017 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has confirmed that the export coal line from Ermelo, in Mpumalanga, to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), in KwaZulu-Natal, was closed for its yearly maintenance shutdown on Tuesday, July 11 and will remain closed for planned maintenance until Monday, July 17. The... 

Coal export line shuts for planned maintenance

Alstom completes first 20 trains for PRASA 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2017 International railway systems and equipment major Alstom on Tuesday has completed the manufacture of the first 20 trains as part of its €4-billion contract with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). The contract, signed in 2013, commits Alsom to supply 600 X’Ttrapolis Mega trains... 

Transnet not selling its property portfolio – spokesperson

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th July 2017 Transnet on Tuesday dismissed claims that its request for proposals (RFP) for the optimisation of its property portfolio was a R40-billion business opportunity to be taken advantage of. Responding to a statement issued by the Democratic Alliance (DA) last week, Transnet spokesperson Viwe Tlaleane... 

NPA eyeing prosecution over PRASA billions

By: News24Wire      10th July 2017 The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) may decide at the end of July whether or not it will prosecute anyone over allegedly corrupt contracts worth billions of rands awarded by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The NPA has told News24 that its Specialised Commercial Crime Unit... 

New Gautrain rolling stock bidding process begins in August, says Vadi

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “We have shortlisted three bidders and they will now submit their formal bids.” 

New Gautrain rolling stock bidding process begins in August, says Vadi
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