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May 11, 2012
Africa needs a collective effort by all countries to address telecoms, rail and freight infrastructure challenges to improve business opportunities in the region, states global investment research and communications group Africa Investor (Ai).
May 11, 2012
The issue of excessive water ingress in the tunnel between Park and Rosebank stations on the Gautrain system “remains unresolved”, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe, following reports by Gautrain operator Bombela that the problem is no...
May 09, 2012
A 34 km railway link from Standerton to Eskom’s Tutuka power station has been refurbished and commissioned, the State-owed power utility reported on Wednesday. It said the road-to-rail project should result in a material reduction in the number of trucks...
May 07, 2012
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State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has confirmed the receipt of nine bids in response to a request for proposals (RFP) for the purchase of 95 electric locomotives for Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) general freight business. The electric locomotives...
May 04, 2012
Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe is hopeful the remaining leg of the Gautrain route, running between Rosebank station and Park station, in downtown Johannesburg, will open “some time in May”.
Apr 30, 2012
The head of State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet – which recently unveiled a R300-billion, seven-year investment programme – is expecting the group’s 2015/16 financial year to prove the most difficult to navigate, as in that year the group’s capital...
Apr 27, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
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The issue of excessive water ingress in the tunnel between Park and Rosebank stations on the Gautrain system “remained unresolved”, said Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe on Wednesday evening, following reports by Gautrain operator Bombela...
Apr 24, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
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Apr 20, 2012
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Apr 20, 2012
 
 
 
Apr 20, 2012
One of the few novel themes explored in the latest version of South Africa’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) is the concept of “developmental integration” – a emerging idea that seeks to align South Africa’s industrial policy aspirations with the even...
Apr 19, 2012
The launch of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) request for proposal (RFP) for new rolling stock marked the dawn of a new era for public transport in the country, said Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele. The Minister on Thursday formally...
Apr 16, 2012
Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe is hopeful the remaining leg of the Gautrain route, running between Rosebank station and Park station, in downtown Johannesburg, will open “some time in May”. “The contractor still has some work to do to...
Apr 13, 2012
Plans for unlocking South Africa's coal- and platinum-rich northern mineral belt through transport, water and energy interventions, were deliberated upon on Friday by officials representing all three spheres of government. The officials convened in Gauteng under the...
Apr 13, 2012
Concrete products manufacturer Rocla has added the Alfabloc precast concrete retaining wall system to its range of products.
Apr 13, 2012
Rail infrastructure contractor Racec has successfully completed major projects in the Northern Cape and Sierra Leone and has consolidated its position as a rail contractor following the disposal of its subsidiaries and its noncore loss-making manufacturing operations...
Apr 13, 2012
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State-owned enterprise the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) Vision 2015 plan aims to position it as the top public transport provider in high-volume corridors.
Apr 13, 2012
Software developer Dariel Solutions has been awarded an innovation grant by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for its WBX weighbridge software for rail and road and is planning to export the system.
Apr 13, 2012
The third East & Central Africa Roads & Rail Infrastructure Summit, which is aimed at discussing the challenges facing the road and rail infrastructure in this region, will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Apr 13, 2012
US locomotives manufacturer GE Transportation, which is, through its local subsidiary General Electric South Africa Technologies (Gesat), producing 143 locomotives for State-owned freight logistics group Transnet, says it aims to tap into further rail opportunities...
 
 
 
 
Apr 10, 2012
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State-owned transport utility Transnet will issue an open tender later this financial year, which ends on March 31, 2013, for the purchase of 1 000 new diesel and electric locomotives, valued at around R30-billion. Speaking at the launch of the group’s...
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
Gautrain operator Bombela has increased the capacity on its Pretoria–Johannesburg line by 40% during peak periods, owing to customer demand.
Apr 06, 2012
Apr 02, 2012
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Around 60% of Gautrain passengers are women, says Bombela spokesperson Kelebogile Machaka. And, when looking at the racial breakdown, 45% of passengers are white, 35% black, 12% are Asian and 8% coloured. “About 35% of our passengers fall into the 35 to 49 age...
Mar 29, 2012
The City of Johannesburg on Thursday tabled its Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and Flagship Programmes for the next five years to the city council, highlighting green projects and infrastructure upgrades as being critical to achieve the Joburg 2040 Strategy...
Mar 23, 2012
Reducing regulatory hurdles for all sizes of companies, as well as reducing corruption and maladministration in governmental departments will be key to ensuring delivery on Budget 2012's stated goal of improving the environment for job creation, two commentators have...
Mar 20, 2012
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Gautrain operator Bombela announced on Tuesday that it had increased the capacity on its Pretoria–Johannesburg line by 40% during peak periods, owing to customer demand. Gautrain users in recent weeks complained that they could no longer find seats on the train...
Mar 16, 2012
The struggling Rift Valley Railways (RVR) is to embark on a five-year turnaround programme after a consortium of financeirs released the first tranche of a $168-million syndicated loan agreed on last year.
Mar 15, 2012
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South Africa’s State-owned Transport Rail Engineering (TRE) on Thursday shipped the last 98 of 200 wagons, including spare parts, to diversified mining group Rio Tinto’s Moatize coal operation, in the Tete province of Mozambique. The wagons will carry coking...
 
 
 
 
Mar 13, 2012
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba on Monday officially unveiled State-owned Transnet’s R82-million second healthcare train Phelophepa II, reaffirming the group’s commitment to corporate citizenship. The new train will operate simultaneously with Transnet...
Mar 12, 2012
Gautrain operator, Bombela, reported on Monday that a Gautrain bus driver had been shot while trial-running bus routes in the Centurion area. The trial was in preparation for the route being reinstated following recent illegal strikes by Gautrain bus drivers, which...
Mar 02, 2012
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Mar 02, 2012
The Gauteng government has appointed the 2037 Consortium to assist it in generating a 25-year integrated master transport plan for the province, says transport plan task team leader and Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe.
Mar 02, 2012
The rolling stock fleet the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) aims to procure in its R136-billion renewal programme will most likely be electric multiple units with 3 kV DC traction, but 25 kV AC traction for the Eastern Cape, says Prasa enterprise...
Mar 01, 2012
South Africa's two largest State-owned companies (SoCs), Eskom and Transnet, would soon launch the second phase of their local-procurement plans, with targets for increasing the local content in their multibillion rand investment programmes. The Economic Sectors and...
Feb 29, 2012
Grindrod was interested in participating in the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) proposed R136-billion rolling stock renewal programme, said Grindrod freight services division CE Dave Rennie on Wednesday. He said the JSE-listed shipping and...
Feb 27, 2012
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Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba has denied that any disagreement exists between him and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan over the potential for the private sector to play a role in South Africa’s R3.2-trillion infrastructure programme. Speaking on Radio...
Feb 24, 2012
The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) has received a bid from Gautrain operator Bombela to extend the platform at the OR Tambo International Airport station, to allow the rail link to offload passengers from 4.5 coaches, instead of the current 2.5 coaches.
Feb 24, 2012
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has launched a local supplier market survey to determine the capacity of local industry to meet the 65% localisation target qualifying bidders have to adhere to in the agency’s R136-billion programme to acquire new...
 
 
 
 
Feb 23, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
The South African government will inject an additional R4-billion over the coming three years into the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), which operates the Metrorail network in a number of cities. The capital will enable the State-owned company to begin...
Feb 21, 2012
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To make any modifications to the current schedule of the Gautrain, Bombela, as the operating company, will have to receive an instruction to do so from the Gauteng province, “as this will invoke a variation to the concession agreement” between the parties, says...
Feb 20, 2012
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Feb 16, 2012
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) on Thursday denied that any plans were in the pipeline to transfer the Cape Metrorail system to the City of Cape Town. “No such plans are under way and Metrorail will remain an integral part of the agency for a...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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