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Rail News

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... 

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.

Diesel locomotives remain popular in Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     7th November 2014 A 5 t and 8 t underground mining diesel locomotive were delivered to a large copper mining project in Kitwe, Zambia, in September by local original-equipment diesel locomotive manufacturer BG Locomotives Services, MD Dave Raper tells Engineering News. He says the increasing importance of the... 

Diesel locomotives  remain popular in Africa
AFRICAN OFFERING BG Locomotives Services is regularly deploying maintenance teams to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo

KZN resignalling project design phase reaches completion

By: Ilan Solomons     7th November 2014 Rail technology manufacturer Bombardier Transportation South Africa (BTSA) is progressing well with State-owned mass transportation system operator Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) R1.1-billion resignalling project, in KwaZulu-Natal, BTSA sales head Aubrey Lekwane tells... 

KZN resignalling  project design phase  reaches completion
INTERFLO 200 RAIL CONTROL SOLUTION The solution will enable a 2.5-minute headway, thereby eliminating bottlenecks while increasing safety and availability

PRASA train project on track

By: Ilan Solomons     7th November 2014 South African rail company Gibela Rail Transport Consortium is making steady progress on executing a R51-billion contract to supply the State-owned mass transportation system operator Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) with 600 new X'Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains to replace South... 

PRASA train project  on track
X'TRAPOLIS MEGA TRAIN The first of the 20 trains will be shipped to South Africa by the end of 2015

R50m propulsion and control factory to open by year-end

By: Ilan Solomons     7th November 2014 Rail technology manufacturer Bombardier Transportation South Africa (BTSA) is set to open its R50-million propulsion and control factory in Germiston, on the East Rand, by the end of the year, BTSA head of sales Aubrey Lekwane tells Engineering News. “Our contract with State-owned freight and... 

R50m propulsion and control factory to open by year-end
AUBREY LEKWANE The propulsion and control factory is integral to Bombardier Transportation South Africa’s fulfilling its contract with Transnet

Shunting locomotive well suited to mining industry

     7th November 2014 Rail solutions for short hauls are not commonly used on Southern African mines, but with technology available locally and significantly larger tonnages that can be moved quickly, efficiently and safely, there are good reasons to consider rail as part of a mine’s internal hauling infrastructure,... 

Shunting locomotive well suited to mining industry
RS7S3C DC LOCOMOTIVE The locomotive is manufactured standard with a 521.9 kW C18 CAT engine and an in-house digital control system

TFR confirms purchase of second-hand Aussie locos to plug capacity gap  

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2014 South Africa’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) confirmed on Wednesday that it had purchased 34 second-hand diesel locomotives from rail company Aurizon, of Queensland, Australia, to augment its aging fleet ahead of the introduction of around 1 400 new locomotives by 2019. CEO Siyabonga Gama refused... 

TFR confirms purchase of second-hand Aussie locos to plug capacity gap
Transnet CEO Brian Molefe fends off Numsa criticism on acquisition of locomotives from foreign suppliers. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 29.10.2014.

R1bn set aside for initial Waterberg coal rail ramp-up to 26Mt 

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2014 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet will invest nearly R1-billion to facilitate an incremental increase in coal export volumes from Limpopo’s Waterberg to 26-million tons between 2015 and 2019. Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) CEO Siyabonga Gama indicated on Wednesday that the “interim”... 

R1bn set aside for initial Waterberg coal rail ramp-up to 26Mt
Transnet Freight Rail CEO Siyabonga Gama on the group's plans for the Waterberg. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 29.10.2014.

Transnet grows volumes despite weak economic climate

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2014 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet said on Wednesday that double-digit increases in railed automotive and container volumes help lift revenue for the interim period to September 30, 2014, to a record R30.3-billion. Revenue was 6.4% higher period on period, with railed automotive and... 

Transnet grows volumes despite weak economic climate

Mali eyes $9.5bn rail projects to unlock iron ore, bauxite deposits

By: Reuters     27th October 2014 Landlocked Mali aims to diversify its mining sector away from gold with Chinese-built rail projects worth $9.5-billion that would link it to the Atlantic coast, even as slowing Chinese growth and falling commodity prices cool investment. The West African nation - the continent's third-largest... 

Mali eyes $9.5bn rail projects to unlock iron ore, bauxite deposits

Metrorail’s first new passenger train to arrive in November 2015 

By: Irma Venter     24th October 2014 Metrorail’s first new passenger train will arrive in November next year, says Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO Lucky Montana. “Next year we will be able to put our hands around the infrastructure and equipment we have been talking about for so long.” 

Brown outlines State company board costs 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st October 2014 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has released details of the remuneration of the chairpersons and nonexecutive directors of the various State-owned company boards falling under her Ministry. The remuneration figures, which are attached, are based on figures published by the companies as of... 

Brown outlines State company board costs
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

Grindrod unveils new cost-effective shunting, short-haul locomotive

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st October 2014 JSE-listed Grindrod’s rail division on Tuesday vowed to make rail operations more cost-effective in Africa, as Grindrod Locomotives unveiled its new, cost-effective fit-for-purpose shunting and short-haul locomotive. The new GS7, launched at Rovos Rail in Pretoria, boasted 80% local content and... 

Grindrod unveils new cost-effective shunting, short-haul locomotive
Photo by Duane Daws
Grindrod rail divisional CE James Holley

RSR investigating Rustenburg locomotive, bus collision

By: Leandi Kolver     17th October 2014 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) on Friday said it was investigating a collision between a locomotive and a bus carrying 45 people at a platinum mine, in Rustenburg, on Friday morning. The accident occurred on a mining siding when the bus transporting mineworkers stalled on the railway tracks,... 

RSR investigating Rustenburg locomotive, bus collision

Transnet rail graduates ‘seeds’ for future rail industry growth

By: Schalk Burger     17th October 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 on Thursday at the... 

Transnet rail graduates ‘seeds’ for future rail industry growth
TRANSNET FREIGHT RAIL The benefits to Transnet from the training are improvements in performance and productivity

Simple, robust hydraulic equipment for tough tasks

By: Dylan Slater     17th October 2014 Mining infrastructure systems company Becker Mining South Africa’s hydraulic rail benders, which have been developed for bending and forming rails on railway lines in heavy industrial and underground transport systems in mining applications, easily handle rail up to 40 kg/m. 

Simple, robust hydraulic equipment for tough tasks
EASY RAIL BENDING Becker Mining South Africa’s rail benders are powered by 25 t/250 kN hydraulic cylinders and activated by two-stage hand pumps

Transport multinational outlines interactive technology offering at Berlin fair

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th October 2014 French transport company Alstom – which, as part of the Gibela concession, is currently involved in the R51-billion upgrade of South Africa’s rolling stock – has revealed plans to improve the commuter experience through interactive technology. Demonstrating the technology at the biennial... 

Transnet has R30bn maintenance backlog 

By: Sapa     8th October 2014 Transnet has an infrastructure maintenance backlog of R30-billion, most of it on signalling systems and rail tracks, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has said in response to a written parliamentary question. The parastatal needs to spend R13.9-billion on rail tracks and R11.7-billion on... 

Transnet has R30bn maintenance backlog

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