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TFR says cable theft resulting in 21 trains a day being cancelled

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st February 2020 Between April 2019 and January 2020, 354 227 m of overhead cables on rail lines had been stolen. State-owned freight utility Transnet and its Transnet Freight Rail subsidiary say the theft of overhead cables on rail lines had reached unprecedented levels, with, on average, 21 trains being... 

'Speeding' Shosholoza Meyl stopped in its tracks following fatal crash

By: News24Wire      19th February 2020 The Shosholoza Meyl, a long-distance train service operated by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), has been ordered to stop operating with immediate effect. This follows a fatal train crash on February 12, which left one man dead and several others injured when a goods and... 

'Speeding' Shosholoza Meyl stopped in its tracks following fatal crash

Alstom in talks for $7bn buyout of Bombardier train unit

By: Bloomberg     17th February 2020 French train maker Alstom has confirmed it is in talks to acquire the rail business of embattled Canadian train and plane maker Bombardier, in a fresh attempt to bulk up against Chinese competition. Discussions are ongoing and no final decision has been made, Alstom and Bombardier said Monday in... 

Mboweni moots referendum on rescuing State-owned companies on Twitter

By: African News Agency      17th February 2020 After a short hiatus from Twitter, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is once again posting prolifically, using the platform at the weekend to call for a public debate, possibly a referendum, on the use of taxpayers' money to bail out failing State-owned enterprises. "We must develop a democratic... 

Mboweni moots referendum on rescuing State-owned companies on Twitter
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Govt to invest R1.4bn to modernise PRASA

By: News24Wire      14th February 2020 South Africa's long-suffering train commuters can soon look forward to a smooth ride. President Cyril Ramaphosa said the government would boost the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (PRASA) rail network by R1.4-billion. 

KfW, DBSA renew MoU

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th February 2020 German development bank KfW has renewed its memorandum of understanding (MoU) with development finance institution, the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), to continue their successful collaboration on the financing and implementation of programmes. The signing of the MoU took place on... 

Investigation under way following fatal rail accident in Johannesburg

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2020 An investigation is under way to determine the cause of the accident between a Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Premier Classe passenger train and a stationary Transnet train between the Roodepoort and Horizon Stations, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday evening. The investigation is... 

Investigation under way following fatal rail accident in Johannesburg

Green transport set to overtake cars in world's major cities by 2030

By: Reuters     10th February 2020 From public transport to cycling, sustainable transport is on course to overtake driving in the world's biggest cities within a decade, according to a study released on Monday. Private car trips will drop by 10% on average by 2030 to make up less than half of all city journeys, while public... 

South Africa to fast-track continental infrastructure projects

By: Bloomberg     10th February 2020 South Africa will fast-track four continent-wide infrastructure projects in which it’s involved, including a $14-billion dam on the Congo river, President Cyril Ramaphosa said as the country assumed the chair of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa. The country will drive the Inga III power... 

Video: Zero emissions transport future will require more copper, platinum 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th February 2020 Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines co-chairperson Robert Friedland this week told delegates at the Investing in African Mining Indaba that the world was shifting towards zero emissions transportation and that this will likely result in shortages of 'green' metals, like platinum and copper. He... 

Video: Zero emissions transport future will require more copper, platinum
Ivanhoe Mines co-chairperson discusses the global move away from internal combustion engines towards electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

Transnet plans to boost the volume of coal transported by rail to Eskom 

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2020 State-owned Transnet says it is planning to ramp up the amount of coal it transports by rail to power utility Eskom's power stations to 32.5-million tonnes over the next five years, starting with a small increase over the next year. Chief customer officer Mike Fanucchi on Wednesday said Transnet... 

Transnet plans to boost the volume of coal transported by rail to Eskom

Transnet’s new head promises an open door and action

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2020 State-owned Transnet’s newly appointed CE Portia Derby has pledged to partner with the mining industry in an open and transparent way in a bid to boost the utility and ultimately help grow the economy. “We want to be a cool, easy company to deal with. We don’t want to make it difficult for you to... 

Transnet’s new head promises an open door and action

Scopa seeks to have former PRASA board members declared ‘delinquent’ 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th February 2020 The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has committed to table a resolution with the National Assembly asking that Parliament declare the former interim board members and previous board members of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) as delinquent directors to prevent their... 

PRASA administrator appoints technical advisory team  

By: Irma Venter     5th February 2020 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo has appointed a panel of technical advisors to assist him during his 12-month tenure. The rail entity says the technical advisory team will provide PRASA with much-needed technical expertise, while also supporting... 

PRASA administrator appoints technical advisory team

South African, Botswana coal producers outline prospects for the industry

By: Kim Cloete     3rd February 2020 Coal producers and market players have outlined risks and opportunities for the year ahead as more short-term contracts have been signed with Eskom, junior miners try to carve out a viable way forward and some of the major coal players disinvest from coal assets. While business with Eskom has... 

Transnet appoints Portia Derby as new Group CEO

By: African News Agency      1st February 2020 Portia Derby has been appointed group chief executive of Transnet, the department of public enterprises said on Friday night.  The appointment was made following "an extensive and rigorous search", the department said via an emailed statement. 

Gibela to focus on quality, suppliers as it ramps up to full production 

By: Irma Venter     31st January 2020 The Gibela consortium will spend the next three years ramping up to full production of 62 trains a year, says CEO Hector Danisa. It may prove to be a challenging period, he adds, as Gibela will need to address some quality issues, as well as build capacity within its supply chain. 

Gibela to focus on quality, suppliers as it ramps up to full production
Hector Danisa

Gautrain tenders for acquisition, refurbishment of pre-owned trains open 

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2020 Gautrain concessionaire Bombela has issued two tenders related to the procurement of between five and seven pre-owned trains from the UK, for use on the Gautrain system. The first offers are expected to arrive at the end of February, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO William Dachs. The GMA... 

Gautrain tenders for acquisition, refurbishment of pre-owned trains open

New Gautrain boss to plan for capacity increase, end of concession 

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2020 Newly appointed Gautrain Management Agency CEO William Dachs’s first goal is ensure the Gautrain rail system remains an “excellent, safe and reliable mode of public transport”. It is also important to retain the GMA’s pristine governance record. The GMA manages the Gautrain system on behalf of... 

New Gautrain boss to plan for capacity increase, end of concession
New Gautrain Management Agency CEO William Dachs

Dachs takes over as Gautrain boss as Van der Merwe retires 

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2020 Jack van der Merwe, who led the planning and rollout of the Gautrain rapid rail project for two decades, will retire as Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO on February 29. His successor will be long-time COO, William Dachs, announced Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure... 

Dachs takes over as Gautrain boss as Van der Merwe retires
William Dachs

Train arson: Residents urged to have say in Western Cape police ombudsman's probe

By: News24Wire      29th January 2020 Western Cape residents have until Thursday to have their say on how effectively the South African Police Service is dealing with train arson. The provincial police ombudsman Major General Johan Brand was leading the investigation into the alleged inability of the police in the Cape Peninsula to... 

Proposed inland port to change the Gauteng logistics landscape, says developer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th January 2020 Investor and developer NT55 Investments believes the Distribution Junxion development – a proposed inland port and railway park in Gauteng – will transform the country’s rail and transport logistics landscape through its efficient supply chain performance and the considerable cost savings it will... 

Proposed inland port to change the Gauteng logistics landscape, says developer
Distribution Junxion Map

Administrator sets out ambitious plan for 'broken' PRASA  

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2020 Lifestyle audits, cashless ticketing, renegotiating Eskom tariffs and finalising the general overhaul tender are all on the to-do list for the newly appointed administrator of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), Bongisizwe Mpondo. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula appointed Mpondo... 

Administrator sets out ambitious plan for 'broken' PRASA
Photo by Creamer Media's Irma Venter
PRASA administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo

Govt must protect rail infrastructure, PRASA assets – Mosebenzi Zwane 

By: News24Wire      7th January 2020 Appropriate measures must be taken to protect rail infrastructure and all assets belonging to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), transport portfolio committee chairperson Mosebenzi Zwane said after 24 carriages in Bloemfontein were set alight. News24 reported on Sunday that 24... 

Youths suspected of torching 24 Shosholoza Meyl carriages in Bloem

By: African News Agency      6th January 2020 A case of arson is under investigation after 24 out of order Shosholoza Meyl train carriages were torched on the rails next to the Bloemfontein train station on Saturday.  The coaches had been earmarked for refurbishment, the department of transport said on Sunday.  

Cape Town central train line still suspended as officials seek cable theft solution

By: News24Wire      12th December 2019 Train commuters on Cape Town's central line are still without rail services as continued fears over cable theft, safety and subsequent repairs have hindered Metrorail's services. For the last month, commuters from areas such as Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain have been forced to make use of... 

Mbalula dissolves PRASA interim board, places it under administration  

By: News24Wire      9th December 2019 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has dissolved the interim board of the Passenger Rail agency of South Africa and placed the struggling State-owned entity under administration with immediate effect. Bongisizwe Mpondo has been appointed as its administrator. Mbulala on Monday described Mpondo as... 

Mbalula dissolves PRASA interim board, places it under administration
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Transnet inks rail revitalisation agreement with Ghana

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2019 State-owned logistics company Transnet, led by chairperson Dr Popo Molefe, this week signed a rail revitalisation agreement with the Ghana Railway Company Limited (GRCL) and the Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA) that will result in the restoration of the Western Railway Line in Ghana.... 

Transnet delivers last batch of freight wagons to Mozambican rail operator in Uitenhage

By: African News Agency      6th December 2019 Transnet Engineering on Friday delivered the last batch of 100 locally manufactured freight wagons to Caminhos De Ferros De Mocambique (CFM), a Mozambique State owned railway operator.  The handover event was held in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape, the company said. 

Fake PRASA 'Dr' Daniel Mthimkhulu loses bid for leave to appeal R5.7m judgment

By: News24Wire      6th December 2019 Fake PRASA 'Dr' Daniel Mthimkhulu loses bid for leave to appeal R5.7m judgment A former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) executive, who was found to have lied about his qualifications, has lost his bid to appeal a High Court order that he should pay back R5.7-million he received from... 

PRASA permanent board to be appointed soon – Mbalula

By: News24Wire      4th December 2019 The appointment of a permanent board at Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is at an advanced stage, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has said. Mbalula said the appointment of a permanent board would go a long way in "restoring stability" at the entity. Prospective board members would undergo... 

PRASA permanent board to be appointed soon – Mbalula

Exxaro records mixed performance in year-to-date 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2019 A slowdown in global economic growth, supply-side disruptions, escalating US-China trade tensions and energy transition themes have, in the year-to-date, all impacted on the commodities that diversified miner Exxaro Resources produces. In a pre-closed-period trading update for the financial year... 

Exxaro records mixed performance in year-to-date

Tanzania secures $1bn syndicated loan from TDB bank for infrastructure

By: Reuters     26th November 2019 Tanzania has received a $1-billion syndicated loan arranged by the Trade and Development Bank for infrastructure projects and is seeking an additional $500-million from the regional lender, the presidency said. The government said in 2016 it had agreed a $7.6-billion loan from China's... 

South Africa’s transport future depends on how economy is stimulated 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2019 Transport infrastructure is considered a critical part of the National Development Plan 2030, with State-owned Transnet capital projects acting project director Shraveen Ramdhar on Thursday saying South Africa’s transport future was dependent on how government intended to stimulate the economy.... 

South Africa’s transport future depends on how economy is stimulated
Transnet capital projects acting project director Shraveen Ramdhar speaks to Engineering News Online about South Africa’s transport future. (Video: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd)

R7bn Limpopo coal mine a step closer as ResGen, Transnet ink ten-year logistics deal 

By: Terence Creamer     21st November 2019 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet signed a ten-year take-or-pay coal transport agreement with Resource Generation (ResGen) subsidiary Ledjadja Coal on Thursday, improving prospects for the development of a new R7-billion greenfield coalmine in the Limpopo province. Under the contract,... 

R7bn Limpopo coal mine a step closer as ResGen, Transnet ink ten-year logistics deal
Transnet chief customer officer Mike Fanucchi and ResGen interim CEO Papi Molotsane signing coal transport agreement

Montana describes Sars order to attach his assets as 'vindictive'

By: News24Wire      21st November 2019 Former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) chief executive Lucky Montana has described the latest move by the South African Revenue Service (Sars), who seized his assets, as "vindictive" and "unethical". Montana said the Sheriff of the Court arrived at his home on Wednesday morning with... 

Transnet signs R1.6bn loan agreement with German bank

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2019 Transnet has signed a R1.6-billion seven-year bilateral loan agreement with international investor KfW Ipex-Bank. The State-owned freight utility on Thursday said the agreement demonstrated continued investor confidence in the business and the investor’s comfort in Transnet’s improved... 

Transnet signs R1.6bn loan agreement with German bank
KfW-Ipex Bank's Torsten Osterloh with Transnet acting CE Mohammed Mahomedy
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