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Jul 05, 2013
Government’s Strategic Infrastructure Project (Sip) 2 would be key to unlocking economic development and providing much needed capacity along key freight corridors in South Africa, provided that the diverse range of public and private sector stakeholders planned and...
Jul 01, 2013
Prasa strategic asset development company group executive Piet Sebola
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is to spend an estimated R150.3-billion on key capital programmes over the next ten years, says Prasa strategic asset development company group executive Piet Sebola. A much-vaunted rolling stock fleet renewal...
Jun 28, 2013
State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is in the final negotiations with its preferred bidder, the Cabinet-endorsed Gibela Rail Transportation consortium, comprising French multinational Alstom and local engineering company Actom, for the first...
Jun 27, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) CEO Lucky Montana said on Wednesday that he “was confident” the agency would ink the deal for the procurement of 3 600 rolling stock units with preferred bidder, Gibela Rail Transportation, by the end of July. Gibela Rail...
Jun 25, 2013
Rift Valley Railways (RVR) was to spend $287-million over the next three years on the refurbishment of the railway system between Mombasa, in Kenya, and Kampala, in Uganda, said RVR executive vice chairperson Brown Ondego on Tuesday. Speaking in Johannesburg at...
Jun 18, 2013
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Government had paid a monthly ridership guarantee to Gautrain operator, the Bombela consortium, since June 7, last year, amounting to R831.4-million by the end of March, Transport Minister Ben Martins on Tuesday noted in a written response to a question posed in...
Jun 14, 2013
Subsidiary of defence company BAE Systems South Africa, Land Systems South Africa’s Gear Ratio division, aims to use the opportunities presented by Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) tender processes by...
Jun 14, 2013
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Jun 10, 2013
Jun 10, 2013
The final seven units that make up a $20-million contract to supply rolling stock to Corredor De Desenvolvimento Do Norte (CDN) and Central East African Railways (CEAR), which operate railway concessions in Mozambique and Malawi, left Durban harbour on Saturday....
May 29, 2013
The Thales-Maziya consortium has been awarded the R1.87-billion contract to supply a new signalling solution to the Western Cape, covering 250 km of the province’s passenger rail system. This contract between the consortium and the Passenger Rail Agency of South...
May 28, 2013
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The Department of Transport (DoT) has a budget of R42.3-billion for the 2013/14 financial year, of which R18.85-billion would be transferred to provinces and municipalities for road maintenance, Transport Minister Ben Martins said on Tuesday as he delivered his...
May 24, 2013
Japan is giving increasing attention to assisting the development of African countries. “Historically speaking, our aid to East Asia and South East Asia has occupied a fairly large proportion of our efforts,” explains Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)...
May 24, 2013
The patronage guarantee government pays to Bombela, the operator of the Gautrain system, has dropped from between R80-million and R85-million a month last year, to between R70-million and R75-million a month this year, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der...
May 22, 2013
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The adjudication process for two large tenders issued by Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) for the procurement of 599 dual-voltage electric locomotives and 465 diesel locomotives for its general freight business is under way and the preferred bidders should be named during...
May 21, 2013
A R2.3-billion project to upgrade the railways network from the manganese-rich Northern Cape province to the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape, has been approved, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) CEO Siyabonga Gama revealed on Tuesday. Speaking at a business briefing...
May 15, 2013
State-owned Transnet has reached a two-year wage agreement with unions, which will see employees in the bargaining unit receive an 8.5% across-the-board increase for the current financial year and a 9% increase for the following year. The salary increases would be...
May 14, 2013
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba reported on Tuesday that initiatives would be announced in the coming months to add momentum to a “comprehensive industrialisation and transformation programme” linked to the multibillion-rand investment programmes of...
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 10, 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 08, 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 26, 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 12, 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 12, 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...
Apr 12, 2013
As part of its long-term investment programme to upgrade and modernise its stations and rail network, State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has identified several train stations that require upgrading and modernisation.
Apr 12, 2013
A lack of significant investment in the South African rail sector has resulted in rail operators having to invest as much as possible in infrastructure to ensure that challenges in the sector can be overcome in future, notes State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South...
Apr 12, 2013
The Bombardier Africa Alliance consortium has won a R1.1-billion contract to complete a conventional mainline resignalling project for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), says rail specialist Bombardier Transportation. Bombardier Transportation is the...
Apr 12, 2013
Much of local railway component supplier voestalpine VAE SA’s 2013 business, which is fairly on par with its operational achievements and targets of last year, will be guided by the investments of major rail operators and mining houses, says CEO David Marite.
Apr 12, 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 12, 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 08, 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 08, 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...
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