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Rail News

Transnet signs R30bn loan with Chinese bank 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th June 2015 State-owned Transnet on Thursday signed a R30-billion loan facility agreement with China Development Bank (CDB) for the funding of hundreds of locomotives to be manufactured by China South Rail (CSR) and China North Rail (CNR) as part of Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) 1 064 locomotives... 

Transnet, labour unions sign three-year wage deal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd June 2015 Freight logistics group Transnet on Tuesday night signed a three-year wage agreement with the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) and the United National Transport Union (UNTU). The agreement will see bargaining unit employees receive increases of 7%, 7.5% and 8.25% in the... 

Transnet, labour unions sign three-year wage deal

Dozens trapped as trains collide 

By: RDM News Wire      20th May 2015 A Shosholoza Meyl passenger train has collided head-on with a goods train near Hanover outside King William’s Town. Emergency services personnel are currently at the scene‚ trying to free 25 people who are trapped. 

Dozens trapped as trains collide

Gautrain implements annual fare uptick from June 1

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th May 2015 Gautrain’s fares are expected to rise by between 4% and 6% effective June 1, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Dr Ismail Vadi announced on Thursday. The multitiered fare structure introduced last year on the general passenger services remained unchanged, while users travelling within an... 

Gautrain implements annual fare uptick from June 1

WiFi, energy, transport take centre stage in Tshwane mayor’s 2015 SoCA

By: Natalie Greve     14th May 2015 Presenting a “balance sheet” of the capital city’s shortcomings and achievements, Tshwane executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa on Thursday delivered his State of the Capital Address (SoCA) at the city’s iconic Freedom Park, underlining achievements made in the roll-out of free WiFi, business... 

WiFi, energy, transport take centre stage in Tshwane mayor’s 2015 SoCA
Photo by Government ZA
Tshwane executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa

DTI to focus on compliance as yet more products designated for localisation

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2015 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has announced a further set of product designations for local procurement by the public sector and has indicated that efforts will be stepped up during 2015 to improve compliance across all government departments and State-owned companies (SoCs). Through... 

DTI to focus on compliance as yet more products designated for localisation

Transnet, DBSA partner to accelerate private sector partnerships

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2015 State-owned Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has agreed to part with skills and funding to accelerate parastatal Transnet’s multibillion-rand private sector participation (PSP) infrastructure investment programme. The development bank would provide funding and expertise for the PSP... 

Transnet, DBSA partner to accelerate private sector partnerships

Coal line set for 10-day maintenance shutdown

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2015 State-owned utility Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has confirmed that it will embark on a ten-day shutdown of the coal export line from May 12 to 21 and that no coal or general-freight trains will be operational on the corridor for the duration of the shutdown. The annual shutdown is designed to... 

Coal line set for 10-day maintenance shutdown

Southern African railways conference heads for Gauteng

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th May 2015 The Southern African Railways Association, an association of railways utilities in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), will hold its fifth conference and exhibition at Emperors Palace, in Gauteng, from May 26 to 28. The gathering will be held under the theme ‘The role of rail... 

Southern African railways conference heads for Gauteng

More funding needed for transport – Peters

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th May 2015 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Tuesday said her department had a budget of R53.7-billion for 2015/16 to meet the transport needs of the country. Speaking at a media briefing prior to her budget vote, she added that the department’s budget would increase to R59.3-billion in 2017/18. 

More funding needed for transport – Peters

‘Significant’ tech gap evident in SA rail industry, says Gibela 

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2015 The technology gap between South Africa’s rail industry and the global industry is “very significant”, with “very few” existing black companies active in the local rail environment, says Gibela CEO Marc Granger. Gibela has been appointed to deliver 600 new X'Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains to... 

‘Significant’ tech gap evident in SA rail industry, says Gibela
Photo by Duane Daws
Marc Granger

Train driver passed danger signal before Joburg crash

By: News24Wire      29th April 2015 The driver of a train that crashed into a stationary train in Denver, Johannesburg, leaving one person dead, passed a red warning signal, PRASA rail CEO Mosenngwa Mofi said on Wednesday. "The signalling system is an automatic system.  When a train occupies the track, the signals will protect it... 

Train driver passed danger signal before Joburg crash

Inquiry set up to investigate Denver crash

By: SANews, SA government news service     29th April 2015 A Board of Inquiry has been set up to investigate the root course of yesterday’s train accident at the Denver train station, near Johannesburg. Preliminary investigations show that the Tshwane Business Express (TBE) 1602 collided into the rear of the stationery Metroplus 0600 at the Denver Station. 

Inquiry set up to investigate Denver crash

Joburg train crash: Transport minister wants answers

By: News24Wire      28th April 2015 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Tuesday called for answers into the cause of the train crash in Johannesburg that killed a woman Metrorail employee. "As government... we need PRASA to give answers as to how a moving train can crash into a stationary one," she told reporters at the Denver train... 

Joburg train crash: Transport minister wants answers

Weak commodity outlook puts revenue diversification at top of Gama’s Transnet agenda

By: Terence Creamer     24th April 2015 Acting Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama, who was appointed to the position following the surprise secondment of Brian Molefe to Eskom, has placed revenue diversification at the top of his list of immediate priorities, with the weak commodity outlook seen as having the potential to undermine the... 

 Weak commodity outlook puts revenue diversification at top of Gama’s Transnet agenda
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Acting Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

Electricity, oil and gas businesses drive 36% y/y increase in CIG’s profit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2015 JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) on Tuesday reported a 26% year-on-year increase in revenue to R1.7-billion for the six months ended February 28, while its aftertax profit grew by 36% year-on-year to R164-million. The higher profit was driven largely by a 90% increase in profit... 

Electricity, oil and gas businesses drive 36% y/y increase in CIG’s profit

Transnet appoints Gama acting CE

     20th April 2015 State-owned Transnet has appointed Siyabonga Gama as acting CE, effective immediately. This followed Brian Molefe’s secondment as acting CE of power utility Eskom. 

Transnet appoints Gama acting CE
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Transnet acting CE Siyabonga Gama

Transnet to start CapeCor rail line maintenance shutdown

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th April 2015 The first yearly shutdown of the CapeCor railway line, for large-scale maintenance, would start on Wednesday, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) said on Tuesday. This R92.3-million shutdown would be carried out over two main sections of the railway line – the first being the 232 km line from... 

Transnet to start CapeCor rail line maintenance shutdown

Container handler delivered to Transnet

     10th April 2015 Container-handling equipment specialist BLT SA, which supplies and supports a range of materials handling equipment across various industries  delivered a loaded-container handler to Transnet Engineering, the engineering division of State-owned rail operator Transnet, in the last quarter of 2014.... 

Local foundry benefits from State rail expansion

By: Dylan Slater     10th April 2015 State-owned rail utility the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) rail expansion and renewal project is prompting much-needed large-scale orders for the casting industry, which is encouraging Bronkhorstspruit-based specialist foundry Steloy Castings to invest in new equipment... 

Local foundry benefits from State rail expansion
NEW EQUIPMENT Steloy has upgraded its design, project management, castings, machining and nondestructive testing facilities

Transnet announces new leaders for ports, engineering units 

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2015 State-owned freight transport group Transnet has announced that Richard Vallihu has been appointed CEO of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) from April 1, following the retirement of Tau Morwe.   Vallihu, who has hitherto headed Transnet Engineering (TE), would be replaced by Thamsanqa... 

Transnet announces new leaders for ports, engineering units

Zuma affirms Transnet’s OEM aspirations, reveals AU support for SA’s rail-champion role 

By: Terence Creamer     19th March 2015 President Jacob Zuma has described Transnet's first domestic production of electric locomotives in partnership with a Chinese railways group as a “significant step” in the evolution of Transnet Engineering into an original equipment manufacturer. He has also revealed that the African Union Heads... 

Zuma affirms Transnet’s OEM aspirations, reveals AU support for SA’s rail-champion role
Photo by Duane Daws
President Jacob Zuma tours Koedoespoort rail-engineering facility

Grindrod moves to expand Richards Bay coal, magnetite terminal

By: Irma Venter     13th March 2015 Freight services and shipping group Grindrod will upgrade capacity at its Richards Bay coal and magnetite terminal from 3.2-million tons a year, to 4.5-million tons a year, says Grindrod CEO Alan Olivier. He says the R125-million project may be completed by the end of the year. Grindrod has a... 

    Grindrod moves to expand Richards Bay coal, magnetite terminal

Gautrain expansion study expected to be finalised by early 2016

By: Irma Venter     6th March 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,... 

Louis Berger gets $7.6m Mozambique roads contract

By: Zandile Mavuso     6th March 2015 Consulting firm Louis Berger Group was last month commissioned by the Sub-Saharan Regional Pipeline Corporation (SSRPC) to provide $7.6-million worth of consultancy services and rehabilitation of the National Road N303 in Mozambique. 

Exxaro confirms take-or-pay coal rail contract with Transnet

By: Martin Creamer     5th March 2015 Black-controlled coal mining company Exxaro on Thursday confirmed that it has signed a take-or-pay rail contract with the State-owned freight logistics group Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) for the railing of its coal to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) in KwaZulu-Natal. This follows BHP... 

Exxaro confirms take-or-pay coal rail contract with Transnet
Photo by Duane Daws
Mxolisi Mgojo

TFR confident of settling take-or-pay deals with 36 coal exporters 

By: Terence Creamer     4th March 2015 South Africa’s State-owned railways utility Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) says it remains confident of concluding take-or-pay contracts with 36 coal-line customers before the end of its financial year, which concludes on March 31. Spokesperson Sandile Simelane tells Engineering News Online that TFR... 

 TFR confident of settling take-or-pay deals with 36 coal exporters

GE Transportation appoints new sub-Saharan Africa CEO

     3rd March 2015 Transport equipment manufacturer GE Transportation has appointed Thomas Konditi as the head of its sub-Saharan Africa division. Konditi, who would be based in Johannesburg, was most recently COO of GE Africa, in Nairobi. His responsibilities included the oversight of sub-Saharan Africa finance,... 

GE Transportation appoints new sub-Saharan Africa CEO

R13bn in US, Canadian development-finance support for SA locomotives purchase  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd March 2015 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet confirmed on Monday that it had received the backing of leading American and Canadian development funding agencies for its purchase of more than 500 diesel and electric locomotives from General Electric and Bombardier Transportation respectively. The... 

R13bn in US, Canadian development-finance support for SA locomotives purchase
Transnet CEO Brian Molefe on R13-billion in funding for group's locomotives-acquisition programme. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 2.3.2015

Grindrod to invest in Maputo port, RBay coal and Africa rail projects

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2015 Freight services and shipping group Grindrod would upgrade capacity at its Richards Bay coal and magnetite terminal from 3.2-million tons a year, to 4.5-million tons a year, said Grindrod CEO Alan Olivier on Wednesday. Speaking at the company’s annual results presentation in Johannesburg, he said... 

Grindrod to invest in Maputo port, RBay coal and Africa rail projects

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... 

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

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... 

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