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Gibela outlines main priorities as it moves to execute R51bn train order

By: Irma Venter     8th August 2014 Gibela has three main challenges in executing the R51-billion contract to supply the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) with 600 new trains, says CEO Marc Granger. The first is to complete the design engineering of the X’Trapolis MEtric GAuge (Mega) units Gibela will supply to PRASA’s... 

PRASA pushes ahead with fleet refurb plan despite new-train order

By: Irma Venter     8th August 2014 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will continue refurbishing its existing Metrorail fleet for another 15 years, despite the R51-billion acquisition of 600 new trains of six cars each, signed last year. Not all the new coaches will come on stream at once, which means the existing... 

Transnet Freight Rail signals bold plans for growth

By: Kim Cloete     7th August 2014 Transnet is hoping to attract R100-billion from private investors to help streamline the transport system and make it more efficient, says Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) CEO Siyabonga Gama. Transnet is investing R312-billion over the next seven years, much of it in rail.  It’s also turning to the... 

Transnet Freight Rail signals bold plans for growth
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TFR CEO Siyabonga Gama

NPC set to stay despite moves to ‘institutionalise’ planning – Radebe

By: Terence Creamer     7th August 2014 Minister in The Presidency Jeff Radebe confirmed on Thursday that the National Planning Commission (NPC) would be retained alongside moves to institutionalise long-term planning within government. Speaking at the formal release of the five-year Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF), for the... 

NPC set to stay despite moves to ‘institutionalise’ planning – Radebe
Minister in The Presidency Jeff Radebe

Metrorail refurbishment to run for another 15 years

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2014 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has signed a R51-billion order for 600 new trains. However, all of these trains will not be delivered at once, which means Prasa’s refurbishment programme will have to run another 15 years.  

Metrorail refurbishment to run for another 15 years

Peters reveals Gibela BEE directors 

By: Leandi Kolver     4th August 2014 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has revealed the names of the directors of the black economic-empowerment shareholders in the Gibela Consortium, which had been awarded the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s R51-billion rolling stock procurement contract. French multinational Alstom held 61%... 

Peters reveals Gibela BEE directors

Public Enterprises to study High Court order

By: SANews, SA government news service     1st August 2014 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown is to study the Pretoria High Court’s judgement regarding a class action suit against Transnet. This after the high court, on Thursday, granted an order to two pensioners to launch a class action suit on behalf of Transnet’s 62 000 pensioners. This is in... 

Public Enterprises to study High Court order
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

PRASA blasts ‘callous’ acts of rail vandalism, may halt W Cape services 

By: Natalie Greve     30th July 2014 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has “declared war” on acts of vandalism and malicious damage to its rail property, following “callous” acts of vandalism in the Western Cape, PRASA Rail CEO Mosenngwa Mofi said on Wednesday. According to Mofi, cables were cut at various points in the... 

PRASA blasts ‘callous’ acts of rail vandalism, may halt W Cape services

Gibela vetting 100 local companies as possible suppliers for PRASA contract

By: Natalie Greve     30th July 2014 Reiterating its committment to fulfilling local content requirements during the servicing of the R51-billion rolling stock contract awarded to it by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), South African rail company Gibela has preselected nearly 100 local companies as possible... 

Gibela vetting 100 local companies as possible suppliers for PRASA contract

Three main challenges for Gibela as it readies for R51bn PRASA contract

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2014 Gibela has three main challenges in executing the R51-billion contract to supply the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) with 600 new trains, says CEO Marc Granger.   The first is to complete the design engineering of the X’Trapolis MEtric GAuge (Mega) units Gibela will supply to... 

Three main challenges for Gibela as it readies for R51bn PRASA contract
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Gibela CEO Marc Granger

Transnet wagon refurbishment facility officially opened

By: SANews, SA government news service     29th July 2014 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas have officially opened Transnet’s wagon refurbishment facility. The two officially launched the Transnet Wagons Refurbishing Facility in De Aar on Monday, which will maintain various types of wagons for Transnet... 

Transnet wagon refurbishment facility officially opened

Tenova to supply bag filters to Richards Bay Port Terminal

By: Leandi Kolver     28th July 2014 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has awarded integrated solutions provider Tenova Mining & Minerals South Africa a contract for the supply of three reverse-pulse bagfilters. Two of the filters would be installed on multiproduct rail tipplers and one on a bottom discharge rail... 

Tenova to supply bag filters to Richards Bay Port Terminal

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 research report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2014 This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector. 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 research report

R9.7bn Moloto Corridor project reaches valuation phase

By: Natalie Greve     25th July 2014 The long-awaited Moloto Corridor Project, between Gauteng and Mpumalanga, has, after some delay, reached the full value assessment and economic evaluation phase of its ongoing feasibility study, bringing nearer the likelihood that these neighbouring provinces could soon enjoy an integrated rail... 

R9.7bn Moloto Corridor project reaches valuation phase

No correlation between rise in investment and ticket prices, PRASA insists

By: Irma Venter     25th July 2014 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail service will remain a subsidised service following its current multibillion-rand rolling stock, station, depot and signalling upgrade programme. PRASA group CEO Lucky Montana has allayed fears that ticket prices will increase... 

Enterprise content management improves performance of Belgian railways

By: Schalk Burger     25th July 2014 State-owned Belgian Railways has been implementing an enterprise content management system to improve its performance and the cost efficiency of its operations, says Belgian Railways project manager Stephane Haelterman. The company manages the transport of 200-million people and 60-million tons a... 

Kenya to host Africa Sustainable Transport Forum in October

By: Irma Venter     25th July 2014 The Kenyan government will in October host the Africa Sustainable Transport Forum, funded by, among other parties, the United Nations and the World Bank. The aim of the conference is to develop an action plan for sustainable transport in Africa, says World Bank transport economist Roger Gorham. 

Rail agency in legal dispute with supplier over cancelled contract  

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th July 2014 The State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is in dispute with a former supplier over alleged outstanding payments of R4-million and the cancellation of a R43-million contract.  

R2bn earmarked for Gauteng transport infrastructure 

By: Natalie Greve     23rd July 2014 Reappointed Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi told members of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on Wednesday that, of the R6.15-billion allocated to his department for the 2014/15 fiscal period, some R2-billion would be earmarked for the development of transport infrastructure, in... 

R2bn earmarked for Gauteng transport infrastructure
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Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi

Metrorail refurb to run for 15 years, CTLE rail theft being resolved

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2014 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will continue refurbishing its existing Metrorail fleet for another 15 years, despite the R51-billion acquisition of 600 new trains of six cars each, signed last year. Not all the new coaches will come on stream at once, which means the existing... 

Metrorail refurb to run for 15 years, CTLE rail theft being resolved
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A Metrorail coach in need of refurbishment

Transnet revises seven-year capex plan to R312.2bn

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2014 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has revised its seven-year rolling capital investment figure to R312.2-billion, from R307.5-billion, and reveals in its latest annual report that sustaining capital will comprise 51% of that total. The group released its three-volume annual report at... 

Transnet revises seven-year capex plan to R312.2bn

Peters keen to finalise transport master plan by early 2015

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2014 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says she “would love to” present the National Transport Master Plan (NATMAP) to Cabinet for approval by the end of March next year. She says this is, however, dependent on internal process within the Department of Transport (DoT), as well as a planned consultation... 

DoT allocates R5.5bn to public transport networks in 13 cities

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th July 2014 The Department of Transport (DoT) has allocated R5.5-billion in the current financial year to plan, build and operate integrated public transport networks in 13 cities. Presenting the DoT budget for the 2014/15 financial year, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters outlined the department’s budget... 

DoT allocates R5.5bn to public transport networks in 13 cities
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Rea Vaya

Transnet initiates Waterberg rail studies 

By: Terence Creamer     15th July 2014 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has issued tenders opening the way for formal investigations into the rail requirements to link the the coal-rich Waterberg region with domestic and export coal markets. Transnet Capital Projects is seeking consultants to conduct a prefeasibility... 

Transnet initiates Waterberg rail studies

Work on new Dunnottar rail hub to begin early next year

By: Irma Venter     11th July 2014 The first 20 trains in the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) ten-year, R51-billion deal to procure 600 new trains, should be shipped from Brazil by the end of 2015, says Gibela CEO Marc Granger. He says Prasa should start using these first new trains, which will replace its old... 

     Work on new Dunnottar rail hub  to begin early next year
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MARC GRANGER Production of the first South African trains is scheduled to start in 2017

Africa Sustainable Transport Forum to launch in October

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2014 The Kenyan government would in October host the Africa Sustainable Transport Forum, funded by, among other parties, the United Nations and the World Bank. The aim of the conference was to develop an action plan for sustainable transport in Africa, said World Bank transport economist Roger Gorham... 

Africa Sustainable Transport Forum to launch in October

Transport Committee ‘demands’ that PRASA accelerate rail upgrade 

By: Natalie Greve     9th July 2014 Following a train collision, in Durban, on Tuesday, in which more than 80 people were reported injured, the Portfolio Committee on Transport has “demanded” that the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) accelerate its programmes aimed at upgrading rail infrastructure, paying particular... 

Transport Committee ‘demands’ that PRASA accelerate rail upgrade

Zambia railway telecoms, signalling upgrade to be completed in 2016 

By: Leandi Kolver     8th July 2014 The $51-million upgrade of the telecoms and signalling system along Zambia’s Livingstone–Chingola railway line was expected to be completed in 2016, improving safety, efficiency and throughput, information and communications technology company Huawei Railway Solutions business development global... 

Zambia railway telecoms, signalling upgrade to be completed in 2016

Gautrain, Metrorail subsidies a necessity, says PRASA boss

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2014 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail service would remain a subsidised service following its current multibillion-rand rolling stock, station, depot and signalling upgrade programme. PRASA group CEO Lucky Montana on Monday allayed fears that ticket prices would increase... 

Gautrain, Metrorail subsidies a necessity, says PRASA boss
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Lucky Montana

Peters aims for 2015 approval in round 2 for transport master plan 

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2014 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Monday that she “would love to” present the National Transport Master Plan (Natmap) to Cabinet for approval by the end of March next year. Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the Southern African Transport Conference, held in Pretoria,... 

Peters aims for 2015 approval in round 2 for transport master plan
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Minister Dipuo Peters

Implementation the likely Achilles’ heel of NDP

By: Natalie Greve     7th July 2014 While the foundations of the National Development Plan (NDP) were largely sound, the plan’s proverbial “Achilles’ heel” would likely lie in its implementation. Addressing a morning session of the Southern African Transport Conference, on Monday, South African Road Federation adviser and transport... 

Implementation the likely Achilles’ heel of NDP

Alstom sees SA as regional ‘springboard’ as it targets growing maintenance market

By: Tracy Hancock     4th July 2014 French multinational Alstom’s transport services unit says the services market is becoming progressively more accessible to private companies, with Alstom Transport growing 10% year-on-year and aiming to be the reference for railway services in the global market, which is currently worth more... 

State-owned defence group looks to diversify into the rail sector

By: Keith Campbell     4th July 2014 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel is hoping to enter the railway manufacturing sector, following the launching of multi-billion rand programmes to modernise the country’s national railway network. These include the acquisition of new locomotives and both passenger and... 

CIG raises R324m to fund acquisition, projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd July 2014 JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) has raised R324-million through the issue of 12-million shares to partly fund a proposed acquisition, as well as to grow certain projects. The shares represent 8.92% of the company’s entire issued share capital and were issued at R27 each. 

CIG raises R324m to fund acquisition, projects

PRASA unveils train design as R51bn acquisition moves into implementation 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2014 The State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), which is in the early stages of a R51-billion fleet overhaul, unveiled the final design of its new X’Ttrapolis MEGA commuter train at the Africa Rail conference in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. As expected the train’s exterior embraces... 

PRASA unveils train design as R51bn acquisition moves into implementation

Common railway development agenda needed to ensure African integration

By: Leandi Kolver     2nd July 2014 Continent-wide railway integration would not take place in Africa until there was a common development agenda at continent level, Zambia Railways CEO Professor Muyenga Atanga said on Wednesday. He noted that there was evidence that rail integration in Africa was possible, as various countries on... 

Common railway development agenda needed to ensure African integration

Consultant to be appointed soon for Gautrain expansion study

By: Leandi Kolver     2nd July 2014 Gautrain expects to appointed a consultant soon to conduct a feasibility study into proposed rail-expansion plans, Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe said on Tuesday. The GMA was investigating the feasibility of extending the Gautrain by 200 km and a bid evaluation committee... 

Consultant to be appointed soon for Gautrain expansion study

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