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Rail News

R274bn earmarked for infrastructure development in 2015/16, MTEF spend cut 

By: Natalie Greve     25th February 2015 Prioritising spending on “economic” infrastructure such as roads and transport, electricity, and water and sanitation, the 2015 National Budget has earmarked R274-billion of the public kitty for the construction, maintenance, repair and upgrade of public-sector infrastructure in the coming fiscal... 

Nominations to be sought soon for new planning commissioners

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2015 Minister in The Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe would “soon” call for nominations for commissioners to serve on the country’s second National Planning Commission (NPC), with the term of the inaugural commission set to end in May. President Jacob Zuma established the... 

Nominations to be sought soon for new planning commissioners
Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Jeff Radebe

Gautrain expansion feasibility study expected in Jan 2016 

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2015 The feasibility study on the possible expansion of the 80 km Gautrain system should be completed by January next year, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. The proposed routes under investigation include a link from the existing Gautrain Park station, underneath the city,... 

Gautrain expansion feasibility study expected in Jan 2016

Gautrain Management Agency selects new board, advisers

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd February 2015 The board and board advisers of the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) have been reshuffled as the next three-year term, effective January 1, gets under way. Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Dr Ismail Vadi on Tuesday announced the reappointment of four GMA board members and the CEO to maintain... 

Gautrain Management Agency selects new board, advisers
Photo by Duane Daws
Jack van der Merwe

Gauteng aims to attract private partners into seven key infrastructure schemes 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2015 The Gauteng provincial government has outlined seven key areas where it intends pursuing infrastructural developments in partnership with the private sector under its so-called “transform, modernise and reindustrialise” vision. Gauteng is South Africa’s smallest province by area, but remains the... 

Gauteng aims to attract private partners into seven key infrastructure schemes
Photo by Duane Daws
Premier David Makhura

Zuma outlines progress on African infrastructure projects

By: Natalie Greve     30th January 2015 Commenting in his capacity as chairperson of the Presidential Infrastructure Championing Initiative (PICI), President Jacob Zuma this week provided an update on the progress of several cross-border and regional infastructure projects championed by the heads-of-State cluster and aimed at... 

Zuma outlines progress on African infrastructure projects

Solutions still to be considered for Gautrain tunnel water-ingress problem

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2015 As yet, no specific methodology, timeline or costs have been finalised to remedy the water ingress, excessive to contractual specifications, into the Gautrain tunnel between emergency shaft two (E2) and Park Station, says Bombela Concession Company technical and marketing executive Errol... 

Rolls Royce secures €100m order to supply 232 loco engines for TFR

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th January 2015 Consortium China North Rail (CNR) Rolling Stock South Africa (RSSA), led by Chinese locomotive manufacturer CNR Dalian, has ordered 232 MTU Series 4000 engines from Rolls-Royce Power Systems for State-owned Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) new freight locomotives. The €100-million order would see... 

Rolls Royce secures €100m order to supply 232 loco engines for TFR

First five refurbished Transnet locomotives in Namibia

By: Sapa     20th January 2015 Namibia's transport minister on Tuesday welcomed the first five refurbished locomotives from South Africa to be used by the state's TransNamib enterprise. "TransNamib last September embarked on a turn-around strategy approved by government and this includes locomotives," Transport Minister Erkki... 

First five refurbished Transnet locomotives in Namibia

Record-breaking RBCT targets export of 74m tons of coal in 2015 

By: Martin Creamer     20th January 2015 South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), which exported an all-time record 71.3-million tons of coal in 2014, is targeting 74-million tons for 2015. RBCT CEO Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane told the media here on Tuesday that last year’s export performance was the best ever for the... 

Record-breaking RBCT targets export of 74m tons of coal in 2015
Photo by Duane Daws
Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane

Bellville–Caledon rail route closed following TFR derailment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2015 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) on Tuesday reported that it was investigating the derailment of a Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) train on January 17. The train had been travelling from Bellville to Caledon on the Metrorail network when it derailed between the Faure and Firgrove stations. Four... 

Bellville–Caledon rail route closed following TFR derailment

Alstom nabs €100m Egypt rail signalling contract

By: Natalie Greve     16th January 2015 French multinational Alstom has been awarded a €100-million contract by the Egyptian National Railways (ENR) to supply signalling equipment for a 240-km-long railway line between Beni Suef and Asyut, in Egypt. Delivery of the contract, which also included maintenance for five years, would start... 

Alstom nabs €100m Egypt rail signalling contract

Minister receives new batch of PRASA locos 

By: SANews, SA government news service     15th January 2015 When a new batch of diesel locomotives was docked off the ship at the Cape Town harbour on Wednesday, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters walked towards the Afro4002 loco and kissed it. The Minister then told journalists that the delivery of the locos was an exciting moment for government and the... 

Minister receives new batch of PRASA locos

PRASA starts testing new long-haul passenger loco  

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th January 2015 The country was one step closer to delivering a multimodal, multifacet, integrated, accessible and reliable transport system as the first of 70 Spain-manufactured AFRO 4000-series locomotives is tested for power and functionality. Following the unveiling of the long-haul passenger locomotive in... 

PRASA starts testing new long-haul passenger loco

No timeline, costs finalised for Gautrain water ingress fix

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2015 As yet, no specific methodology, timeline or costs have been finalised to remedy the water ingress, excessive to contractual specifications, into the Gautrain tunnel between emergency shaft two (E2) and Park Station, says Bombela Concession Company technical and marketing executive Errol... 

 No timeline, costs finalised for Gautrain water ingress fix

Additional earlier and later trains for commuters

By: Bruce Montiea     12th December 2014 To continue offering safe, convenient and efficient service to passengers, rapid transit train Gautrain’s airport service from Sandton to OR Tambo International Airport was improved in August with earlier trains in the mornings and later trains in the evenings, says Gautrain CEO Jack van der... 

Additional earlier and later trains for commuters
RUSH HOUR The overall Gautrain airport service continues to show positive growth since it started operations on June 8, 2010

Company imports conduits suitable for SA rail industry

     12th December 2014 With the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) latest announcement of a R51-billion ten-year investment into procuring 600 new, modern commuter and passenger trains, the rail sector holds significant opportunities for electrical and mechanical components supplier Elquip Solutions,... 

Mozambique to get new railway line in December

     12th December 2014 Engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon is providing design services to the new Moatize Nacala Port and Railway project to be concluded in December in Mozambique. The Moatize Nacala railway is part of the Nacala logistics corridor commissioned by global mining... 

Mozambique to get new railway line in December
Photo by Bloomberg
CURVING The railway line is expected to increase coal exports

R18.7b increase in road-to-rail programme

     12th December 2014 State-owned logistics and rail company Transnet has increased its capital investment by 66.8% to R18.7-billion in its road-to-rail programme aimed at transferring the majority of the country’s cargo from the road network to the rail network. The success of the road-to-rail programme has been... 

R18.7b increase in  road-to-rail programme
ON THE TRACKS The success of Transnet’s road-to-rail programme has been confirmed by the company’s growth in revenue and profit

Rail graduates ‘seeds’ for future industry growth

By: Schalk Burger     12th December 2014 The graduation of 85 employees of State-owned logistics company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) in rail sciences planted the seeds for future rail industry growth and formed an integral part of TFR’s R201-billion rail infrastructure roll-out plans, Transnet CEO Brian Molefe said at the graduation... 

SA company delivers passenger coaches to Angolan client

By: Bruce Montiea     12th December 2014 Ten passenger coaches and one power car were delivered to Angola’s major railway line Caminho de Ferro de Benguela (CFB),  in Lobito, by South African manufacturing and exporting company Dominex in a project that was completed in October, says Dominex CEO Kirk Christodoulakis. The project... 

SA company delivers  passenger coaches to Angolan client
IN THE AIR Dominex delivered eight sleeper coaches, two restaurant/kitchen coaches and one power car to Angola’s major railway line, Caminho de Ferro de Benguela

State rail company invests in track management 

By: Bruce Montiea     12th December 2014 In support of its Market Demand Strategy (MDS), State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet is concentrating on refurbishing the country’s rail track system through training and the introduction of new rail track monitoring and management methods, says Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) track... 

State rail company invests in track management
Transnet Freight Rail track and technology principal engineer Kanak Mistry discusses the parastatal’s training initiatives

Chinese rail group looks to set up SA manufacturing plants

By: Terence Creamer     4th December 2014 Freight logistics utility Transnet signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with locomotives manufacturer CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive (CSR) on Thursday, which could open the way a manufacturing investment by the Chinese group in South Africa. CSR, which produces electric locomotives, is one... 

Chinese rail group looks to set up SA manufacturing plants

PRASA unveils first new long-haul passenger locomotive 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2014 The next three years will see an influx of new long-haul passenger locomotives enter service in South Africa after the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) unveiled Africa’s first 4000-series diesel locomotive at Cape Town Station on Monday. The new high-powered locomotive – the first of... 

PRASA unveils first new long-haul passenger locomotive

Mozambique aims to facilitate growth and development

By: Keith Campbell     28th November 2014 All development policies in Mozambique are focused on two major issues: poverty reduction and social and economic infrastructure development. This was recently affirmed by the Rector of Mozambique's Higher Institute of International Relations, Dr Patricio José. Regarding poverty alleviation, the... 

Public transport gains momentum in South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     28th November 2014 Focusing on the current positive and successful developments in South Africa’s public-transport sector is the key to its success and the success of future developments, according to professional services firm KPMG. 

Public transport gains momentum in South Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
BUS RAPID TRANSIT BRT operators need to ensure that the planned maintenance programmes are constantly adhered to, without allowing complacency to set in

Rail opportunities demonstrated to learners

     28th November 2014 State-owned logistics company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and rail technology manufacturer Bombardier Transportation, in association with not-for-profit organisation Discover, Develop and Deploy Service (D3), rolled out the second ‘Discover your Career in Rail’ initiative at the Rondebult... 

Rail opportunities  demonstrated to learners
Photo by Duane Daws
RAIL OPPORTUNITIES The current investment in the rail industry will open future employment opportunities

Tax breaks for people with disabilities advocated

By: Dylan Slater     28th November 2014 Employer organisation the South African Employers for Disability (SAE4D) highlighted in a statement last month that tax breaks would assist people with disabilities whose transportation to work costs more than it would have without a disability. 

Tax breaks for people with disabilities advocated
ACCESSIBILITY All modes of transport should be accessible to people with disabilities

Nene says private sector key to roll-out of Africa’s 51 priority infrastructure projects 

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2014 South Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has emphasised the role of the private sector in delivering the 51 Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (Pida) projects, collectively valued at $68-billion, being prioritised for implementation by 2020. Speaking at the Infrastructure... 

Nene says private sector key to roll-out of Africa’s 51 priority infrastructure projects
South Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

PRASA fleet programme takes shape with production of first train shell  

By: Natalie Greve     27th November 2014 Making quick work of its ten-year R51-billion contract to supply South Africa’s Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) with 600 trains, rail company Gibela has unveiled the first completed car body-shell at major shareholder Alstom’s Lapa manufacturing facility, in Sao Paulo, Brazil – some... 

PRASA fleet programme takes shape with production of first train shell
Photo by Duane Daws
Gibela CEO Marc Granger

Rail network theft, vandalism rises 14% in 2013/14

By: Natalie Greve     24th November 2014 South Africa’s rail network fell victim to a total of 4 703 separate “security-related incidents”, which largely comprised acts of vandalism and theft, in the 2013/14 financial period – denoting a 14% jump in the number of similar occurrences in the prior year, the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR)... 

Rail network theft, vandalism rises 14% in 2013/14

Safmarine expects trade between SA and West Africa to grow in 2015

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st November 2014 The multipurpose trade between South Africa and West Africa is expected to grow in 2015 as a result of South African companies strengthening their footprint in the West African market and becoming globally competitive, says multipurpose vessel owner Safmarine MPV. 

Signs of progress on ‘Cape-to-Cairo’ trade bloc

By: Terence Creamer     20th November 2014 There were signs of progress this week on the long-awaited Tripartite Free Trade Agreement (T-FTA), which has been under discussion between the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa, the East African Community and the Southern African Development Community since 2011. Cabinet officially... 

Signs of progress on ‘Cape-to-Cairo’ trade bloc

Transnet advances railway safety with new technology

By: Leandi Kolver     7th November 2014 Freight and logistics company Transnet on Friday unveiled its new automated, level-crossing traffic-control mechanism, which would improve railway safety by making it impossible for a vehicle to go through a level crossing when a train was approaching. The system, which had already been installed... 

Transnet advances railway safety with new technology

$13bn locomotives contract under way

By: Ilan Solomons     7th November 2014 Rail technology manufacturer Bombardier Transportation South Africa (BTSA) is undertaking the manufacturing of the first batch of the 240 TRAXX Africa locomotives for State-owned freight and logistics group Transnet Freight Rail, BTSA head of sales Aubrey Lekwane tells Engineering News. He says... 

$13bn locomotives contract under way
TRAXX LOCOMOTIVES PROJECT The $13-billion contract is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019 and will source more than 60% of materials and services for the project locally

Company aims to supply rail industry with flexible conduit solutions

     7th November 2014 Electrical, automation and mechanical products and equipment supplier Elquip Solutions introduced UK manufacturer Flexicon’s high-quality range of flexible conduit systems and components to the local market in August. “Elquip has had a long and proud association with Flexicon, as it is a highly... 

Company aims to supply rail industry with flexible conduit solutions
FLEXIBLE CONDUIT SOLUTIONS Flexicon has developed two product ranges namely metallic and non-metallic conduit solutions, which are available from 10 mm to 106 mm in diameter

Consortium enhances companies’ operational efficiencies  

By: Ilan Solomons     7th November 2014 Local original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Trident South Africa, underground railway control systems manufacturer Battery Electric (BE) and Southern Africa hydraulics engineering company Bearing Man Group (BMG) Hydraulics formed a consortium to improve and streamline the companies’ product and... 

Consortium enhances companies’ operational efficiencies
Trident South Africa international marketing manager Simon Lewis discusses the new cooperation agreement between Trident, Battery Electric and the Bearing Man Group, as well as the company's expansion into the African and South American markets.

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