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May 13, 2013
State-owned rail utility Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) on Monday said it would shut its coal-export line for 12 days, from May 14 to 25, to catch up on its maintenance backlog. The South African rail operator said in a statement that the lower activity in May presented...
May 09, 2013
The State-owned Airports Company South Africa is positioning itself to develop an aerocity around the Bram Fischer International Airport, near Bloemfontein, in the Mangaung metropolitan municipality of the Free State. The proposed airport precinct, to the south of...
May 09, 2013
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May 07, 2013
The South African coal line to Richards Bay would include a Botswana link in seven years’ time, Transnet Freight Rail CEO Siyabonga Gama said on Wednesday. Gama told the twelfth Coaltrans Southern Africa coal conference that the proposed border-straddling connection...
Apr 25, 2013
Tanzania has unveiled plans to invest $350-million in a project to upgrade and modernise it railway network in an effort to become the preferred connection hub in East and Central Africa.
Apr 23, 2013
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Swiss train manufacturer Stadler Rail was awaiting the outcome of its bid to have the awarding of a R51-billion State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) passenger train supply tender reviewed by a court. Dudula Rail, a consortium comprising ABB South...
Apr 11, 2013
The South African rail industry can only become a cost-effective alternative to road transport if the operational efficiencies of freight rail are increased to deliver a predictable and reliable service, says engineering and management consultant Arup.
Apr 11, 2013
The new rail-track infrastructure investments projects being undertaken by South Africa’s major rail operators – State-owned utilities Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa – calls for a suitable maintenance strategy to ensure the long-term...
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Apr 11, 2013
The South African Railway Safety Regulator’s (RSR’s) ‘State of Safety’ report for 2011/12 found that 354 fatalities, out of 412 operational fatalities, occurred as a result of people being hit by trains, with the remainder comprising suicides, operational incidents...
Apr 11, 2013
Global engineering specialist solutions provider Kentz installed and commissioned the ArchestrA system platform software for the Gautrain rapid rail link project and has dealt with the system’s minor “teething problems, such as nuisance alarms, code faults and timing...
Apr 09, 2013
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Average weekday ridership on the Gautrain in March has jumped by 60% compared with the same month last year, says Bombela spokesperson Kelebogile Machaka. Bombela is responsible for operating the Gautrain system on behalf of the Gautrain government.
Apr 05, 2013
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Commuter rail operator Metrorail said a power failure, following the theft of about 55 m of overhead power cable at Centurion on Friday morning had halted the train service on the Pretoria–Johannesburg corridor, affecting trains to and from Johannesburg. On the same...
Apr 04, 2013
Rail engineering group Racec has secured a R40-million short-term mezzanine funding facility from an undisclosed financial institution to meet its short-term working capital requirements and fund any dispute resolution proceedings relating to a project in Sierra...
Apr 02, 2013
The newly rebranded engineering services unit within State-owned freight logistics group Transnet is aiming to increase its third-party sales to railways customers to R6-billion a year by 2018/19 and is also moving to add ports and pipelines equipment to its...
Mar 28, 2013
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has awarded information and communications technology giant Huawei a R458-million contract to supply a digital radio communications system for its passenger trains and associated infrastructure. The Global System for...
Mar 27, 2013
The Bombardier Africa Alliance consortium had won a R1.1-billion contract to complete a conventional mainline resignalling project for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), said rail specialist Bombardier Transportation on Wednesday. Bombardier...
Mar 26, 2013
State-owned freight group Transnet and China Development Bank on Tuesday agreed to “cooperate, explore and identify” collaboration opportunities on Transnet’s R300-billion infrastructure upgrade programme. The agreement, signed by the parties at the Union Buildings...
Mar 12, 2013
Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) recorded a 65% decrease in the cost of railway occurrences and security incidents during the 2011/12 financial year, the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) manager for safety analysis Kenny Makgati revealed on Tuesday. Speaking at the RSR...
 
 
 
 
Mar 07, 2013
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will discuss the methods, models and metrics used to measure logistics performance to point out the changes that could lead to improved long-term strategic planning of South Africa’s macro-level systems at the...
Mar 07, 2013
Constant assurances form senior government leaders, including President Jacob Zuma, that public sector infrastructure spending is gaining momentum have done little to dispel the notion that the multibillion-rand investment drive is failing – as with so much else in...
Mar 07, 2013
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State-owned freight logistics group Transnet is working on two major expansion projects at the Port of Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal, which could together result in investments of more than R30-billion between 2015 and 2020, including the development of a possible...
Mar 07, 2013
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Transport Minister Ben Martins on Thursday said the process of selecting a black equity partner for Gibela Rail Transportation – a consortium comprising French multinational Alstom and local engineering company Actom, which would supply passenger trains to the...
Mar 05, 2013
South Africa should induce the privatisation of some of its State-owned assets to ease the financial and capacity strain on the government, while ensuring an injection of revenue into the State coffers. However, balanced State and private sector participation was...
Feb 25, 2013
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Feb 21, 2013
It was recently reported in Brazil that that country’s Federal government intended to privatise, through concessioning, 158 port terminals. This marks another step in the reactivation of privatisation by the administration of President Dilma Rousseff as a means to...
Feb 21, 2013
Feb 14, 2013
The arbitration case between Bombela and the Gautrain Management Agency has been ongoing for 18 months and will, in all likelihood, take another two years-plus to resolve, says GMA CEO Jack van der Merwe. The Bombela consortium built and is now operating the...
Feb 14, 2013
 
 
 
 
Feb 11, 2013
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Feb 08, 2013
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It would take several years and at least $15-billion to bring Zimbabwe’s basic infrastructure back to an acceptable level, said Frost & Sullivan environmental and building technologies research analyst Derrick Chikanga. Speaking to Engineering News Online, he said...
Feb 07, 2013
The Gautrain system is currently carrying around 40 000 train passengers a day, and between 14 000 and 16 000 bus passengers a day, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. This is up from 34 000 train passengers and 12 000 bus passengers a day...
Feb 07, 2013
Gauteng Metrorail on Thursday announced that the Saulsville – Pretoria rail corridor had been repaired and that trains were expected to be fully operational from Friday morning. The operation of the line was temporarily suspended following a train collision between...
Feb 05, 2013
The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) on Tuesday issued a prohibition directive to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to prevent it from operating trains on the Saulsville–Cor Delfos rail line until Prasa made a presentation to the RSR proving that the...
Jan 31, 2013
Africa would need to spend more than $50-billion in the next decade on building 4 000 km of additional rail infrastructure to unlock the continent’s bulk mineral resource potential, Standard Bank has said. The financial services firm pointed out that infrastructure...
Jan 29, 2013
A consortium led by South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and black-economic empowered Commuter Transport Engineering (CTE) has acquired Union Carriage & Wagon (UCW) from Murray & Roberts (M&R) for an undisclosed amount. CTE founder and...
Jan 28, 2013
State-owned utility Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) says the railways infrastructure is already in place to facilitate the export of copper arising from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia through the Durban harbour, in South Africa. Executive manager for...
Jan 21, 2013
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Jan 21, 2013
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The Gautrain system is currently carrying around 40 000 train passengers a day, and between 14 000 and 16 000 bus passengers a day, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. This is up from 34 000 train passengers and 12 000 bus passengers a day...
 
 
 
 
Jan 17, 2013
Professional consulting engineering company SMEC South Africa (formerly Vela VKE) is playing a major role in the development of public transport in the Rustenburg area, in the North-West Province.
Dec 13, 2012
It is imperative for a country, such as South Africa, which has inadequate access to public transport, to re-establish its rail industry and ensure it offers reliable and safe public transportation, states global professional services firm KPMG South Africa...
Dec 13, 2012
Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler Rail Group has praised the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) for the professional way in which Prasa has handled its R123-billion tender to acquire new passenger coaches. Stadler has joined forces with global power...
Dec 13, 2012
South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility Eskom is considering an ambitious plan to begin burning biomass alongside coal at some of its power stations, as part of a strategy aimed at lowering the group’s sizeable carbon footprint.
Dec 13, 2012
The limited investment in South Africa’s rail infrastructure and rolling stock over the past three to four decades contributes to poor operating safety, says Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) CEO Nkululeko Poya. This challenge will be mitigated through the...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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