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Feb 15, 2013
The arbitration case between Bombela and the Gautrain Management Agency has been ongoing for 18 months and will, in all likelihood, take another two years-plus to resolve, says GMA CEO Jack van der Merwe. The Bombela consortium built and is now operating the...
Feb 14, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
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Feb 08, 2013
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It would take several years and at least $15-billion to bring Zimbabwe’s basic infrastructure back to an acceptable level, said Frost & Sullivan environmental and building technologies research analyst Derrick Chikanga. Speaking to Engineering News Online, he said...
Feb 08, 2013
The Gautrain system is currently carrying around 40 000 train passengers a day, and between 14 000 and 16 000 bus passengers a day, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. This is up from 34 000 train passengers and 12 000 bus passengers a day...
Feb 07, 2013
Gauteng Metrorail on Thursday announced that the Saulsville – Pretoria rail corridor had been repaired and that trains were expected to be fully operational from Friday morning. The operation of the line was temporarily suspended following a train collision between...
Feb 05, 2013
The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) on Tuesday issued a prohibition directive to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to prevent it from operating trains on the Saulsville–Cor Delfos rail line until Prasa made a presentation to the RSR proving that the...
Jan 31, 2013
Africa would need to spend more than $50-billion in the next decade on building 4 000 km of additional rail infrastructure to unlock the continent’s bulk mineral resource potential, Standard Bank has said. The financial services firm pointed out that infrastructure...
Jan 29, 2013
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Jan 21, 2013
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Jan 21, 2013
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Jan 18, 2013
Professional consulting engineering company SMEC South Africa (formerly Vela VKE) is playing a major role in the development of public transport in the Rustenburg area, in the North-West Province.
Dec 14, 2012
It is imperative for a country, such as South Africa, which has inadequate access to public transport, to re-establish its rail industry and ensure it offers reliable and safe public transportation, states global professional services firm KPMG South Africa...
Dec 14, 2012
Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler Rail Group has praised the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) for the professional way in which Prasa has handled its R123-billion tender to acquire new passenger coaches. Stadler has joined forces with global power...
Dec 14, 2012
South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility Eskom is considering an ambitious plan to begin burning biomass alongside coal at some of its power stations, as part of a strategy aimed at lowering the group’s sizeable carbon footprint.
Dec 14, 2012
The limited investment in South Africa’s rail infrastructure and rolling stock over the past three to four decades contributes to poor operating safety, says Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) CEO Nkululeko Poya. This challenge will be mitigated through the...
Dec 14, 2012
An inter-relationship among the different modes of transport, which should not operate in isolation, has to exist for a country’s transport system to be effective, says rail solutions provider Naledi Rail Engineering CEO Wahed Rasool. Naledi Rail Engineering is part...
Dec 14, 2012
It was imperative that South Africa improve the quality of its rail infrastructure and associated operating equipment, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said in October at the signing of a R2.6-billion contract between State-owned freight logistics group...
Dec 11, 2012
The delivery of the 100th salt wagon manufactured at Transnet’s plant in Uitenhage for Botswana Rail places the Eastern Cape at the centre of the State-owned group’s plans to accelerate its sales of heavy equipment to the rest of Africa, Public Enterprises Minister...
Dec 11, 2012
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) new passenger trains, which will be introduced into the Metrorail network from 2015 onwards, will offer passengers a safer and more efficient way of travelling, CEO Lucky Montana said Tuesday. At an event held at...
Dec 11, 2012
Dec 05, 2012
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The State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has confirmed that the Gibela Rail Transportation – a consortium comprising French multinational Alstom and local engineering company Actom – has been awarded the much-anticipated R51-billion contract to...
Dec 03, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has started negotiations with four railway organisations to create a unified railway system on the rail corridor between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Transport Minister Ben Martins has indicated. TFR is in...
Nov 23, 2012
South African engineering and construction groups Basil Read and Aveng Grinaker are among the companies vying to operate the commuter railway system in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. The two companies are among 17 from across the globe that are in the running for the...
Nov 16, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
While August 16 will probably forever be remembered as the day the South African Police Service opened fire on striking mineworkers at the Marikana platinum mine, killing 34 people, the week also delivered another noteworthy, much more positive event. National...
Nov 16, 2012
A new railway signalling project is set to increase operational capacity, provide a higher level of flexibility and safety and reduce delays.
Nov 16, 2012
While August 16 will probably forever be remembered as the day the South African Police Service opened fire on striking mine workers at the Marikana platinum mine, killing 34 people, the week also delivered another noteworthy, much more positive event.
Nov 13, 2012
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South Africa’s most populous province will require better planning coordination, as well as greater integration across transport modes if it is to avoid future “gridlock”, Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi warned on Tuesday. The recently released Census...
Nov 09, 2012
Bulk materials handling company Versatile Africa says the opportunity to transport more bulk freight by container wagon has significant potential to contribute to the reopening of rail branch lines and to increase main line bulk volumes in South Africa.
Nov 09, 2012
South Africa has been experiencing a major drive towards increasing investment in rail infrastructure during the past year.
Nov 09, 2012
Global electrical measurement solutions provider LEM has introduced the DVL series of transducers, which are fully compliant with the International Railway Industry Standards, for the traction market. The transducers, which were designed to achieve high levels of...
Nov 09, 2012
Rail technology manufacturer Bombardier Transportation is modernising 110 passenger rail coaches for Italian rail operator Trenitalia. The work covers comprehensive modernisation services on the 30-year-old coaches.
Nov 09, 2012
Nigel-based locomotives manufacturer Union Carriage & Wagon (UCW), a Murray & Roberts- (M&R-) owned company, has started manufacturing 32 15 E locomotives for Transnet Freight Rail's (TFR's) iron-ore line between Sishen and Saldanha.
Nov 09, 2012
Kiel-based Voith Turbo Lokomotivtechnik (VTLT) has been awarded the Supplier of the Year 2012 award in the vehicles category by railway operator DB German Railways.
Nov 09, 2012
Europe-based engineering thermoplastics supplier Sabic Innovative Plastics in September showcased Germany-based Grammer Railway Interior’s tough, new seat back shells and side panels for first-class rail cars that comply with Europe’s upcoming CEN/TS 45545 harmonised...
Nov 09, 2012
South Africa needs to improve its railway infrastructure to reduce the pressure on the country's road system, which is often congested because of trucks being used to transport the majority of the country's freight, says locomotive manufacturer and refurbishment...
Nov 09, 2012
South African engineering consulting firm Vela VKE has been appointed by the Department of Transport (DoT) as part of a consortium, which includes Deloitte and DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, to conduct the feasibility study for the Moloto Corridor, which links to...
Nov 06, 2012
BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa (Becsa) has indicated that, owing to rail-related constraints, it has not been able to access its full rail allocation to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), in KwaZulu-Natal. The group adds that it currently faces the...
Nov 02, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
The award of two tenders issued by Transnet for the procurement of 1 064 locomotives to be introduced into its general-freight-business fleet between 2014 and 2019 have been delayed to enable the freight logistics group and the National Treasury to work out the finer...
Oct 31, 2012
Oct 26, 2012
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Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) CEO Lucky Montana is positive the first train in Metrorail’s R123-billion fleet renewal programme can be delivered by 2014 or 2015. “It’s an ambitious programme, yes,” he admits. Prasa owns the Metrorail commuter service....
Oct 24, 2012
Oct 22, 2012
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