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Mar 28, 2014
The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) this week imposed a 15 km/h speed restriction on the Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) rail lines outside Bellville station, in the Western Cape, as well as on all the Prasa main lines...
Mar 27, 2014
The world’s lowest-cost diesel-electric locomotive was not made in China, but in Pretoria, at RRL Grindrod Locomotives’ newly upgraded 30 000 m2 plant. The company’s locomotive pricing was “more competitive than any other original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in the...
Mar 24, 2014
The Mogale City central business district (CBD) is set to get a facelift once the local municipality implements its Social Housing Policy, executive mayor Koketso Seerane said last week. The Gauteng-based city was currently finalising the Social Housing Policy, which...
Mar 20, 2014
South Africa has been ranked number 34 out of 160 countries in the World Bank’s 2014 Logistics Performance Index (LPI), which is topped by Germany, with Somalia ranked lowest. Africa’s largest economy remained the continent’s highest placed LPI participant, but South...
Mar 19, 2014
An imbalance between the risk profiles of corporates active in Africa, as well as between those of African governments, has been a major driver of stalled transport infrastructure development projects on the continent, despite overwhelming support for ramped-up...
Mar 19, 2014
Professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) associate director Andrew Shaw has described extensive opportunities for the development of heavy-haul rail networks across Africa, citing the continent’s largely commodity-led growth as the primary driver of...
Mar 17, 2014
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Mar 14, 2014
ALAN OLIVIER Grindrod remains focused on developing infrastructure
Freight and logistics service provider Grindrod has a R10-billion project pipeline planned for sub-Saharan Africa, says Grindrod CEO Alan Olivier. He says the capital expenditure for some of these projects has already been approved by the Grindrod board –...
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Capital expenditure by major State-owned companies (SoCs) is projected to reach R381.9-billion over the next three years, with investments by Eskom, Transnet and the South African National Roads Agency accounting for 90% this amount. This projected spend formed part...
Feb 21, 2014
With the world’s top 600 cities (with populations of 600 000 or greater) responsible for more than 50% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), urban infrastructure is a major focus for German-based global engineering and technology group Siemens. “This is one of...
Feb 14, 2014
The GO!Durban project has started its roll-out, with a number of major milestones to be reached in the first quarter of 2014, says the eThekwini council. The project will provide “a fully integrated rapid public transport network for the people of eThekwini”.
Feb 14, 2014
Freight and logistics service provider Grindrod has secured the opportunity to work with Northwest Rail Company (NWR), to build, operate and maintain a new 590 km Cape gauge railway from Chingola, in the heart of the old Zambian Copperbelt, to the Angolan border. The...
Feb 13, 2014
ABB SA CEO Leon Viljoen
The South African unit of global technology group ABB is poised to investment R216-million over the coming three years to significantly expand its Alrode manufacturing facility in a bid to position the factory for rail opportunities emerging across Southern Africa....
Feb 12, 2014
Cesa president Abe Thela
Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), which represents about 500 member firms, has called for the creation of a dedicated fund to support the maintenance of municipal infrastructure, the deterioration of which has been blamed for a number of recent service...
Feb 07, 2014
The Infrastructure Development Bill has been introduced with the laudable aim of overcoming delays, bottlenecks and shortcomings in the integrated planning and implementation of infrastructure projects. But there has also been broad-based criticism of the proposed...
Feb 03, 2014
James Holley
Freight and logistics service provider Grindrod on Monday said it had secured the opportunity to work with Northwest Rail Company (NWR), to build, operate and maintain a new 590 km Cape gauge railway from Chingola, in the heart of the old Zambian Copperbelt, to the...
Jan 31, 2014
Rail operations at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) R1.3-billion Bridge City Station and Rail Precinct project will start on February 1, with a limited service. Prasa said in October that the service was set to start full operations at the...
Jan 21, 2014
Lucky Montana
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) said on Tuesday that rail operations at the R1.3-billion Bridge City Station and Rail Precinct project would start on February 1, with a limited service. Prasa said in October that the service was set to start full...
Jan 20, 2014
JSE-listed freight and logistics business Grindrod on Monday announced that its subsidiary, Grindrod Freight Services (GFS), had entered into a joint venture (JV) with the Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Fund (PRIF) to create a new company, GPR Leasing Africa, which...
Jan 17, 2014
The roll-out of e-tolling in Gauteng has boosted demand for Gautrain train and bus services, with the last Friday in November and first Monday and Tuesday in December recording the highest ridership to date, says the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA). For November,...
Dec 13, 2013
MALUSI GIGABA DCD Rolling Stock’s recapitalisation programme would be rolled out over three to five years, beginning with the R100-million investment in Phase 1
Johannesburg-based locomotive solutions provider DCD Rolling Stock officially launched Phase 1 of its R240-million recapitalisation programme at its Boksburg manufacturing facility, last month.
Dec 04, 2013
Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) would, by the middle of December, increase the number of 200-wagon Shongololo trains travelling daily between Richards Bay and the Mpumalanga coalfields from four to eight a day, TFR export coal line executive manager Selvan Soobramoney...
Dec 04, 2013
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has commissioned the South African arm of global engineering company Siemens to implement a €180-million railway signalling project on the Johannesburg and Pretoria rail passenger networks. The project was aimed at...
Nov 28, 2013
While the inflow of water into the Gautrain tunnel, specifically in the section between Johannesburg Park Station and Emergency Shaft 2 (E2) did not endanger the Gautrain operating system in the short term, government was concerned about the longer-term impacts this...
Nov 28, 2013
Nov 27, 2013
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The infrastructure boom in Africa had seen investment in 322 megaprojects reach $222.7-billion, said professional services firm Deloitte on Wednesday as it released its ‘African Construction Trends’ report in Johannesburg. Deloitte Southern Africa infrastructure and...
Nov 25, 2013
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2013 Report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Nov 22, 2013
Japanese corporate conglomerate Mitsui’s black economic-empowerment (BEE) subsidiary, Venus Railway Solutions, will complete its manufacturing of the 32 Class 15E2 locomotives for State-owned transport group Transnet’s 861 km iron-ore line this week.
Nov 18, 2013
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Nov 18, 2013
Parsons Brinckerhoff MD Ian Maclean
Infrastructure-focused engineering consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff, part of the Balfour Beatty group, which has been active in South Africa’s energy and mining sectors for three decades, is aiming to diversify its activities into the domestic railways market, where...
Nov 15, 2013
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South Africa requires a new freight railway line between Durban and Gauteng, much more than it needs a high-speed passenger service, says University of Johannesburg Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management head professor Jackie Walters. He notes that there...
Nov 13, 2013
The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has awarded global engineering group Cavotec a R140-million tender for automated mooring units at the Port of Ngqura’s container terminal. Cavotec would design, manufacture and install 26 MoorMaster 200C units for the four...
Nov 08, 2013
Locomotive supplier RRL Grindrod Locomotives is expanding its manufacturing facilities in Pretoria, Gauteng, to keep up with growing demand and future projects, with the expansion set to be complete by the end of 2013. Owing to the continent’s rich mineral reserves...
Nov 08, 2013
The general South African locomotive fleet is old and outdated says designer, manufacturer and installer of transformers Powertech Transformers (PTT), which has recently re-entered the locomotives industry, after seeing that the South African government has made...
Nov 08, 2013
Large fabricator and rolling stock manufacturer Galison Manufacturing reports that it is well positioned to take advantage of government’s planned major increased spend in wagons and locomotives as part of its National Infrastructure Plan. Earlier this year, the...
Nov 08, 2013
The shift from road to rail will benefit passengers and help to reduce carbon emissions, while incorporation of best practices, as pioneered in Germany, will help with the regional integration and management of African railways. The second Annual African Railway...
Nov 08, 2013
To stay abreast of the growing number of railway projects in Africa, a ballast-less track system –Tubular Modular Track – has been created to provide continuous support for rails using skeletal precast modules in an articulated fixed geometry arrangement, says...
Nov 08, 2013
Railroads and rail shippers face ongoing challenges in lowering inventory and maintenance costs, while also increasing efficiencies so as to decrease unplanned downtime, which ultimately leads to higher revenue. To address the challenges that rail shippers face, a...
Nov 08, 2013
The inadequate state of the South African railway industry in the past decade poses a challenge in meeting the requirement for rapid infrastructure development to support the country’s urbanisation and economic growth, says auditing, consulting and financial advisory...
Nov 08, 2013
German transport and technology manufacturer Vossloh is continuing its internationalisation strategy and is set to start shipment of a large locomotives order in the second quarter of 2014, with the final shipment taking place by the end of 2016. Vossloh reports that...
Nov 08, 2013
ON TRACK FOR TOMORROW The revitalisation of rail will ensure economic growth for South Africa
During the next 25 to 30 years, the number of containers moved between Durban and Gauteng will be almost ten times what the figure currently is, says head of the government’s steering committee for the country’s Gauteng-based  aerotropolis project, Jack van der...
Nov 08, 2013
Johannesburg-based locomotive solutions provider DCD Rolling Stock believes it has unlimited growth potential owing to its patented Jika passive hydraulic steering (PHS) system for bogies, which is an industry-first due for commercial release. DCD Rolling Stock...
Nov 07, 2013
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Brian Molefe
State-owned freight-logistics group Transnet has become the first South African company to list a rand-denominated bond on the international capital markets, the proceeds from which will be used to help fund its R307.5-billion investment into ports, railways and...
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