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Rail News

Cable theft leaves Shosholoza high and dry in the Karoo

By: News24Wire      30th September 2015 Cable theft has reached such high levels that the crime has now prevented a major train network from working efficiently. The Shosholoza Meyl was brought to a halt on Monday after an overhead cable was stolen, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) spokesperson Lesedi Mapheto has said. 

Rail Green Paper envisages standard gauge network, private sector involvement 

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2015 South Africa’s National Rail Policy Green Paper, unveiled on Tuesday by Transport Minister Dipuo Peters, proposed a move from Cape gauge to standard gauge, as well as selected participation by the private sector in the domestic rail network. The Green Paper aimed to solicit input from relevant... 

Rail Green Paper envisages standard gauge network, private sector involvement

Creamer Media publishes Road and Rail 2015: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors (PDF Report)

     21st September 2015 Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2015 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 infrastructure and network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and efforts to move road freight back... 

Creamer Media publishes Road and Rail 2015: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors (PDF Report)

PRASA will think before rushing to court over suspect contracts – Molefe 

By: African News Agency      11th September 2015 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will carefully weigh the merits of each criminal and civil case potentially arising out of the web of corruption uncovered at the rail agency before proceeding to court, chairperson Popo Molefe said on Friday. Molefe said the board of the PRASA... 

PRASA will think before rushing to court over suspect contracts – Molefe

New Blue Train business plan to include more trains, routes and domestic tourism packages  

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2015 South Africa’s iconic Blue Train could be recapitalised and expanded following the announcement of a new public–private partnership between State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet and tourism and leisure group Sun International. The five-star luxury “hotel on wheels” – which was first... 

New Blue Train business plan to include more trains, routes and domestic tourism packages
Transnet acting CEO Siyabonga Gama and Sun International CEO Graeme Stephens on a new business partnership for South Africa's iconic Blue Train. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 8.9.2015.

Transport management needs macroeconomic approach, urges logistics professor

By: Shirley le Guern     7th September 2015 South Africa is a transport challenged country and, although transport-related issues should be a government priority, this is not the case and government has not yet mastered managing transport and logistics from a macroeconomic perspective, Stellenbosch University (SU) logistics professor Jan... 

Transport management needs macroeconomic approach, urges logistics professor
SU logistics professor Jan Havenga

DA to request access to PRASA locomotive contracts

By: RDM News Wire      31st August 2015 The Democratic Alliance says it will on Monday submit an application in terms of section 18 (1) of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to obtain the tender contract details of the acquisition of the Afro4000 diesel locomotives from the Spanish company Vossloh Espana. This comes as... 

DA to request access to PRASA locomotive contracts

Hard-talking PRASA to suspend ‘irregular’ contracts

By: Natalie Greve     31st August 2015 After recent reports by the Auditor-General and Public Protector pointed to several tender irregularities, as well as fruitless and wasteful expenditure, at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), the agency has committed to “taking appropriate steps” to suspend all contracts... 

Hard-talking PRASA to suspend ‘irregular’ contracts

Lack of communication contributed to Shosholoza Meyl derailment, says RSR

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th August 2015 A preliminary investigation by the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) into the derailment of a Shosholoza Meyl train in Kimberley earlier this month, found that Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) had failed to communicate with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) regarding a newly introduced... 

Lack of communication contributed to Shosholoza Meyl derailment, says RSR

DA to lay criminal charges against Montana 

By: News24Wire      25th August 2015 The DA will lay fraud and corruption charges against axed Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) chief executive Lucky Montana. The party also asked the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) to conduct a forensic investigation into the misconduct at the rail agency, its leader Mmusi Maimane... 

DA to lay criminal charges against Montana
Photo by Duane Daws
Former PRASA CEO Lucky Montana

Sars’ customs legislation overhaul to be rolled out in phases

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th August 2015 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) plans to unpack a number of new Acts that will change the landscape of the customs framework, and will provide some highlights of what to expect from an Act that has left the freight transportation industry somewhat apprehensive, within the next two... 

Sars’ customs legislation overhaul to be rolled out in phases

PRASA heeds calls for action following release of report by Public Protector 

By: Natalie Greve     25th August 2015 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has welcomed a report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela into alleged careless expenditure and tender irregularities at the rail parastatal, stating on Tuesday that her findings would complement an earlier report by the Auditor-General in which... 

PRASA heeds calls for action following release of report by Public Protector

Montana comes out swinging against Madonsela

By: RDM News Wire      25th August 2015 Former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) group CE Lucky Montana has come out swinging against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on maladministration at the parastatal. Speaking to Radio 702 on Tuesday morning‚ Montana said Madonsela was not a judge and that he would challenge... 

Montana comes out swinging against Madonsela
Photo by Duane Daws
Former PRASA CEO Lucky Montana

Madonsela says evidence of maladministration, improper conduct at PRASA 

By: News24Wire      24th August 2015 Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has found widespread evidence of maladministration, improper conduct, and nepotism at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa. Here is a list of ten of the 32 complaints Madonsela investigated and which she found were substantiated. A total of 19 were... 

Madonsela says evidence of maladministration, improper conduct at PRASA

Madonsela to release Prasa report

By: News24Wire      24th August 2015 Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is expected to release her report on an investigation into allegations of maladministration at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) on Monday afternoon. The report was initially meant to be released on July 23, however according to her office,... 

Madonsela to release Prasa report
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela

Acting CEO stresses PRASA remains on track 

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2015 With continued controversy besetting the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), acting CEO Nathi Khena on Friday assured stakeholders that the embattled parastatal remained on track despite its ever-spiraling woes. Speaking at a press conference at PRASA’s Pretoria offices, he said the... 

Acting CEO stresses PRASA remains on track

Commodity slump cuts Grindrod’s growth engine

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2015 Freight services and shipping group Grindrod on Friday reported a 2% increase in headline earnings, to R328-million, for the six months ended June 30, compared with the same period last year. Revenue, inclusive of joint ventures, increased by 4%, to R14.4-billion, with trading profit, again... 

Commodity slump cuts Grindrod’s growth engine

Construction, lack of communication likely caused derailment – PRASA 

By: News24Wire      19th August 2015 Construction work and a lack of communication was likely the cause of a train derailment outside Kimberley late on Tuesday night, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) said. Repair work, which was meant to have been completed early on Wednesday, was being done on that section of the... 

Construction, lack of communication likely caused derailment – PRASA

Scuffles break out as PRASA staffers demand Montana’s reinstatement

By: RDM News Wire      19th August 2015 Senior employees at the embattled public rail agency head office in Pretoria refused to work on Wednesday demanding the reinstatement of the agency's axed head Lucky Montana. The striking employees were kicked out of the head office building PRASA (Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa) House in... 

Scuffles break out as PRASA staffers demand Montana’s reinstatement
Photo by Duane Daws
Former PRASA CEO Lucky Montana

Maluti-a-Phofung SEZ aims to bolster logistics efficiency along key trade routes

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2015 The R4.8-billion, 1 000 ha Maluti-a-Phofung special economic zone (SEZ) being built near Harrismith at the foothills of the northern Drakensberg (also known as the Maluti) mountains will provide road and rail logistics and handling facilities for the Gauteng–Durban port corridor and link it to... 

Maluti-a-Phofung SEZ aims to bolster logistics efficiency along key trade routes

TPT gets go-ahead to operate manganese terminal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th August 2015 Cabinet has approved the issuing to Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) of a permanent operating licence to operate the manganese container terminal at the Port of Ngqura, near Port Elizabeth. This was in line with government priorities relating to Operation Phakisa on growing the country’s oceans... 

TPT gets go-ahead to operate manganese terminal
A railway bridge under construction at the Kgalagadi Manganese mine

Cabinet approves rail policy green paper

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th August 2015 Cabinet has approved the release of the Green Paper on National Rail Policy for public consultation. The Green Paper tackled issues in the local freight and passenger rail transportation industry. 

Cabinet approves rail policy green paper

Transnet launches carbon calculator app 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th August 2015 State-owned Transnet has developed a new app that allows users to calculate their carbon emissions savings when they elect to move their freight on rail instead of by road. The carbon calculator app would also enable corporate reporting on transport carbon emissions. 

Transnet launches carbon calculator app

PRASA initiates skills, qualifications audit across agency 

By: Natalie Greve     12th August 2015 Following the recent receipt of a condemnatory report by the Auditor-General in which irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure was detailed at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), the agency’s board says it continues to institute actions to improve operations at the... 

PRASA initiates skills, qualifications audit across agency
Photo by Duane Daws
Former PRASA CEO Lucky Montana

Gautrain to implement ticketing system upgrade

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2015 Enhancements to the Gautrain service will see users gain access to the rapid-rail link by tapping their local or international bank-issued contactless credit and debit cards at the fare gates – instead of their Gautrain gold cards – provided they are compliant with the Europay/MasterCard and Visa... 

TFR gears up for R176m manganese line shutdown

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th August 2015 Railways utility Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) reports that it will spend R176-million during the annual maintenance shutdown of the manganese line, which will begin on August 11 and continue until August 20. The 965 km railway line spans two provinces, running between Swartkops and De Aar, in the... 

TFR gears up for R176m manganese line shutdown

Transnet gearing up to implement ‘Africa Strategy’

By: Terence Creamer     3rd August 2015 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet says it will begin executing its ‘Africa Strategy’ during the current financial year, having already grown cross-border revenues from R1.5-billion in 2013/14 to R2.6-billion in 2014/15. The company on Monday distributed its integrated annual and... 

Transnet gearing up to implement ‘Africa Strategy’

Sacked PRASA boss lays charges against his former colleagues 

By: African News Agency      31st July 2015 Former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) boss Lucky Montana on Thursday laid fraud charges against two executives and a board member of the state-owned company, as well as two directors of a private security company. The charges were laid at the Hillbrow police station. 

Sacked PRASA boss lays charges against his former colleagues
Photo by Duane Daws
Former PRASA CEO Lucky Montana

19 000 artisans to be trained as part of Gibela programme

     31st July 2015 State-owned passenger rail operator the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) R51-billion locomotive build programme, which is being carried out by black-empowered locomotive manufacturer Gibela Rail Consortium, will need about 1 375 skilled artisans to build the 600 trains and 3 600... 

19 000 artisans to be trained as part of Gibela programme
GIBELA MANUFACTURING FACILITY The R1-billion manufacturing facility in Dunnottar, Johannesburg, will have a dedicated training facility, which will train 19 000 artisans

Local manufacturer looks to tighten West African nation’s railways

By: David Oliveira     31st July 2015 Nuts and bolts loosening, tightening and torqueing solutions developer Slogging International’s Slogging Hammer is currently undergoing on-site trials at a railway project for a West African oil and gas exploration company. If these trials prove to be successful, about 6 000 units of the South... 

Local manufacturer looks to tighten West African  nation’s railways
OPERATOR SAFETY NO.1 The Slogging Hammer is significantly safer than the traditional method of using a wrench and sledgehammer to remove nuts and bolts

New production line designed for locomotive build programmes

By: David Oliveira     31st July 2015 South African cables manufacturer Aberdare Cables earlier this month launched its latest production line at its Pietermaritzburg manufacturing plant, in KwaZulu-Natal. The new line, supported by the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) designation programme, was designed to produce cables... 

New production line  designed for locomotive build programmes
NEW PRODUCTION LINE Aberdares’ new production line employs a 120 mm, 24:1 length-to-diameter ratio extruder, manufacturing up to 140 m of cable a minute

Transnet announces record capital investment spend

By: David Oliveira     31st July 2015 State-owned rail company Transnet has increased its capital investment spend by 5.7% year-on-year, achieving a record R33.6-billion investment for the 2014/2015 financial year, the company announced at its financial year-end results earlier this month. A breakdown of Transnet’s capital... 

Transnet announces record capital investment spend
Photo by Duane Daws
BREAKING RECORDS Transnet spent a record R33.6-billion on capital investments, R14.5-billion of which was invested in new infrastructure and equipment

Transnet discusses new coal capacity

By: David Oliveira     31st July 2015 State-owned rail company Transnet would reach its goal of expanding the capacity of the Richards Bay corridor to 81-million tons a year in 2016, said Transnet GM commercial Divyesh Kalan at the second yearly Coal Transportation Africa Summit, which took place in Johannesburg in May. He noted that... 

Transnet discusses new coal capacity
Photo by Duane Daws
APPROACHING THE FINISHING LINE Transnet will reach its goal of expanding the capacity of the Richards Bay corridor to 81-million tons a year next year

Cosatu will strike if Cape Town doesn't solve train issues 

By: News24Wire      30th July 2015 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) will embark on strike action in the Western Cape in August if its Section 77 Application against Metrorail is not dealt with urgently, it said on Thursday. That means 220 000 members will strike in the Western Cape should the matter not be... 

Cosatu will strike if Cape Town doesn't solve train issues

Transnet receives top accolade in SOC integrated reporting review

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th July 2015 Transnet has won the 2014 Nkonki State-Owned Company (SOC) Integrated Reporting Award for the best performer. Assurance and advisory firm Nkonki on Wednesday released the findings of its 2015 review of integrated reporting by South African SOCs. The report, titled ‘Integrated Reporting: A New Era... 

Transnet receives top accolade in SOC integrated reporting review

Gibela’s supplier workshop goes off without a hitch 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2015 Ahead of the start of construction of the Gibela Rail Transport Consortium’s R1-billion modern manufacturing facility and ancillary supplier business park, in Dunnottar, on the East Rand, the company gathered in excess of 450 aspiring contractors at a sector-specific workshop on Tuesday. The... 

Gibela’s supplier workshop goes off without a hitch

Gautrain fare payment to incorporate bankcards by 2017

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2015 Enhancements to the Gautrain service will see users gain access to the rapid-rail link by tapping their local or international bank-issued contactless credit and debit cards at the fare gates – instead of their Gautrain gold cards – provided they are compliant with the Europay/MasterCard and Visa... 

Gautrain fare payment to incorporate bankcards by 2017

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