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Rail News

Most Transnet lenders agree to relax downgrade triggers

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2016 South Africa’s freight logistics utility Transnet has reached agreement with the majority of lenders to relax covenant triggers in respect of R30.1-billion in debt. These triggers would otherwise be brought into play in the event that South Africa is downgraded to junk in December. Transnet’s... 

Transnet sets up R20bn acquisitions war chest, as it pulls in capex horns 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has set aside a R20-billion war chest for mergers and acquisitions inside South Africa and the rest of the continent, owing to “limited” prospects for organic growth domestically. Specific merger and acquisition (M&A) targets have been identified as... 

Transnet sets up R20bn acquisitions war chest, as it pulls in capex horns
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama on the group's R20-billion M&A war chest. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 7.11.2016

Analogue gauges outweigh benefits of electronic instrumentation

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 The structure and robustness of analogue pressure-type gauges, coupled with the guaranteed availability of spare parts for locomotives in South Africa, outweigh the benefits of electronic instrumentation that has to be sent away for repair or recalibration, says pressure and temperature... 

Analogue gauges outweigh benefits of electronic  instrumentation
GAUGE PRODUCTION All SA Gauge gauges are sent for quality control before distribution

Custom-made hoses to be used by railway groups

4th November 2016 Benoni-based automotive tyre and industrial rubber products producer Dunlop Industrial Products has a high penetration in the African continent where it supplies custom-made solutions, such as the design and supply of vacuum and air brake hoses for State-owned utility Transnet, Passenger Rail... 

Custom-made hoses to be used by railway groups
CUSTOM MADE Dunlop Industrial Products supply custom-made solutions for railway groups and companies globally.

Subcontractor working on expansion and skills development programmes

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Tier-two subcontract manufacturer to original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) IEC Holden, which supplies electric motors and generators to the railway, power generation, oil and gas, and mining industries, is currently directly contracted to OEMs that supply the Transnet Freight Rail rail... 

Subcontractor working  on expansion and skills  development programmes
PRODUCT SUPPLY A drive for electric freight locomotive, tested and ready for dispatch

Locomotive fleet to benefit from electromotive diesel technology

4th November 2016 A South African locomotive fleet that is powered by an electromotive diesel two piston V8, V12 and V16 diesel engine configuration will be the first to benefit from comprehensively equipped heavy diesel engine and component remanufacturing company Metric Automotive Engineering’s sophisticated... 

Locomotive fleet to benefit from electromotive  diesel technology
Photo by Duane Daws
IMPERATIVE STRATEGY Localisation of skills have been cited as a strategic imperative for the railway industry

New technology extended to wagon and passenger bogies

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Having become the first rolling stock company in the southern hemisphere to pioneer its own fabricated lightweight, cost-competitive locomotive bogie, South Africa-based locomotives company DCD Rolling Stock is extending its technology to wagon and passenger coach bogies aimed at the global market. 

New technology extended to wagon and passenger bogies
DCD ROLLING STOCK The company has moved away from the traditional casting-based bogie construction and designed its own fabricated bogies using hot rolled steel

Modified wagon designs to increase volumes per trip

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 By modifying construction materials and wagon design, original-equipment manufacturer Galison Group believes that the lighter weight of a wagon will significantly reduce transport and production costs, by enabling customers to increase their production volumes per wagon per trip. 

Modified wagon designs to increase volumes per trip
MODIFIED WAGON DESIGN The train system at Pulong copper mine will be a fully automated and driverless system

Transnet ranked a top employer in S Africa

4th November 2016 Last month, State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet was ranked one of South Africa’s top employers for providing its employees with an exceptional working environment. 

Welding certification to become unavoidable for rail industry

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 With infrastructure development planned to take place rapidly in the rail industry, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) believes that EN 15085 certification is crucial to upholding the quality and safety of railway vehicles and components in the local industry.  

Welding certification  to become unavoidable  for rail industry
WELDING CERTIFICATION SAIW offers training, qualification and certification programmes to meet international requirements

Track system to benefit railway contractors

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Railway track manufacturer Tubular Track adviser and business development head of T-Track Global Jaap van der Merwe believes that contractors awarded Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) tenders can use Tubular Track’s tubular modular track (TMT) to build and rebuild track and platforms... 

Track system to benefit  railway contractors
PRASA INTERCHANGE The Tubular Modular Track product allows for rebuilding and rehabilitation of railway tracks

Three firms shortlisted to supply 12 trains for Gautrain rail link

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2016 The Gauteng government has shortlisted three bidders to supply twelve new trains of four coaches each to the Gautrain rail link. The rail system currently operates 96 coaches, with train configurations of either four or eight coaches, depending on time-of-day demand. 

Political consultation under way on Gautrain expansion study

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2016 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi says the feasibility study on the possible expansion of the Gautrain rail network has been completed. The proposed routes under investigation include a link from Lanseria through Honeydew to Sandton, an additional line from Mamelodi, north-east of... 

2019 target set for launch of Gauteng Transport Authority

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2016 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi aims to have the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) in place before the 2019 national and provincial elections, which could see his tenure come to an end. The GTA will be a legally constituted public transport authority with legal powers, reaching... 

Gauteng aerotropolis feasibility study completed

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2016 The feasibility study for Gauteng’s Aerotropolis project, to be developed around the OR Tambo International Airport, has been completed, says Aerotroplis project manager Jack van der Merwe. “We are ready to set up an implementation office. This will be a physical office on site. 

Rolls-Royce rolls out MTU South Africa’s upgraded facility in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     27th October 2016 Rolls-Royce has officially opened a redesigned and upgraded facility in Cape Town, where 232 MTU engines destined for rail will be assembled, tested, painted and commissioned. The engines, which are part of the planned shift to move more freight from road to rail, will be installed in freight... 

Rolls-Royce rolls out MTU South Africa’s upgraded facility in Cape Town
Rolls-Royce has inaugurated MTU South Africa’s redesigned and upgraded facility with an official ceremony in Cape Town on 27 October 2016. From left to right: Hilton Foster (Chief Sales Officer - MTU SA), Bernd Krüper (Vice President Industrial Business MTU), Raoul Abrahamse (Chief Financial Officer MTU SA); Simon Noome (Chief Operations Officer MTU SA), Andrea Nono (Chief Executive Officer MTU SA) and Mike Ferris (Director Network & Distribution EMEAR MTU)

Valuable partnership continued with new projects

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Pressure vessels and piping fabrication specialists and construction fabrication consortium the Hydra Arc group of companies is continuing its long-term partnership with energy and chemicals company Sasol by assisting it with the construction of an air separation unit, as well as developing... 

Valuable partnership continued with new projects
FURTHER EXPANSION (lead pic) A 17th air separation train will supply oxygen and nitrogen to Sasol’s synthetic fuels and chemicals manufacturing process at its Secunda complex

Rail Road Association to hold inaugural career expo

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st October 2016 In support of Transport month, the Rail Road Association (RRA) of South Africa will host an inaugural career expo day this month for all rail industry players to meet learners and youth to expose them to the opportunities in the industry. According to RRA officials Trevor Mohlala and Mesela... 

Rail Road Association to hold inaugural career expo
Photo by Duane Daws
INDUSTRY COMPOSITION The Railroad Association believes the youth must be made aware of the different aspects that contribute or relate to the rail sector

Gauteng govt shortlists three bidders for Gautrain rolling stock contract

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2016 The Gauteng government has shortlisted three bidders to supply twelve new trains of four coaches each to the Gautrain rail link. The rail system currently operates 96 coaches, with train configurations of either four or eight coaches, depending on time-of-day demand. 

 Gauteng govt shortlists three bidders for Gautrain rolling stock contract

Construction of R1bn Dunnottar train factory on track – Gibela

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2016 The construction of Gibela’s R1-billion train factory at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, is on schedule, says the rail consortium in a project update. Gibela has been contracted to supply the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa with 600 new passenger trains, in a deal worth R51-billion. 

Feasibility study on Gautrain expansion project completed 

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2016 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi says the feasibility study on the possible expansion of the Gautrain rail network has been completed. The proposed routes under investigation include a link from Lanseria through Honeydew to Sandton, an additional line from Mamelodi, north-east of... 

Feasibility study on Gautrain expansion project completed

PRASA owes suppliers and service providers R796m

By: African News Agency      28th September 2016 The Passenger Rail Service of South Africa (PRASA) owes Transnet and muncipalities some R796-million on accounts that have been outstanding for more than 30 days, and is not sure when it will be able to settle. This was according to a response from Transport Minister Dipuo Peters to Democratic... 

Work under way to localise bimodal road-rail cargo technology 

By: Terence Creamer     27th September 2016 A domestic homologation process has been initiated for an innovative American bimodal transport solution, which integrates long-distance rail with ‘first- and last-mile’ road legs to provide a door-to-door cargo service. The process began following the recent announcement that South African... 

Work under way to localise bimodal road-rail cargo technology
The RailRunner units carry standard shipping containers

Rail Road Association to hold AGM

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd September 2016 The Rail Road Association of South Africa (RRA) will hold its annual general meeting on Thursday, September 29. The gathering will take place at Scaw Metals’ offices in Germiston from 8:30. The RRA has been critical of what it views as uneven localisation efforts in Transnet’s multibillion-rand... 

Rail Road Association to hold AGM

PRASA, Vodacom sign R1bn, 15-year fibre deal

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016  Vodacom has signed a 15-year deal with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), through its subsidiary Intersite Asset Investments, valued at more than R1-billion. Intersite is responsible for property and asset development within PRASA. It aims to raise additional revenue for the... 

PRASA, Vodacom sign R1bn, 15-year fibre deal

Train plant construction ‘on track’, says Gibela 

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2016 The construction of Gibela’s R1-billion train factory at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, is on schedule, says the rail consortium in a project update. Gibela has been contracted to supply the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa with 600 new passenger trains, in a deal worth R51-billion. The first 20... 

Train plant construction ‘on track’, says Gibela
Construction work at the site of Gibela’s R1-billion train factory in Dunnottar

Alstom unveils emission-free Coradia iLint locomotive

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2016 Two years after inking the first letters of intent (LoIs) with various German states and entities, French multinational Alstom’s zero-carbon-dioxide- (CO2) emission passenger train is set to grace the European country’s rail network. Launched on Tuesday at railway trade fair InnoTrans, in Berlin,... 

Alstom unveils emission-free Coradia iLint locomotive
Coradia iLint

Alstom on the right track, says CEO

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2016 French multinational Alstom is well on course in the “railway traffic evolution” stakes, with sustained growth in the sector affirming the group is on the right track with its 2020 strategy, says Alstom chairperson and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge. Addressing media at a press conference on the... 

Alstom on the right track, says CEO
Alstom chairperson and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge

PRASA deal's European 'BEE' partner, arms deal links

By: News24Wire      16th September 2016 A Swiss consulting firm, whose owner had been named in a corruption probe in Italy, may have received at least R4-million thanks to its bizarre BEE stake in PRASA's R51-billion tender for new passenger coaches. Last week, News24 revealed that JSE-listed technology firm EOH had paid R16.5-million... 

Transnet to sue Futuregrowth 

By: African News Agency      15th September 2016 Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama revealed in Parliament on Wednesday that the South African parastatal intends to sue Futuregrowth Asset Management for damages. Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises, Gama said Transnet had written to Futuregrowth demanding an apology for its... 

Transnet to sue Futuregrowth
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

SAIW continues to make significant contributions to education

By: Victor Moolman     9th September 2016 Despite there being a decline in enrolments in inspector and competent persons courses for welding, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) continues to be well positioned to make a significant contribution to capacity building through its education and training programmes. 

SAIW continues to make significant contributions to education
WELDER TRAINING The welding industry has slowed down amid the slow-moving economy

Grindrod reports some interest in locomotive unit despite weak market

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2016 A depressed commodities market continued to takes its toll on shipping and logistics group Grindrod in the six months ended June 30. Grindrod reported a drop in revenue to R11-billion in its management income statement – which included the company’s share in joint ventures – compared with... 

Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe revive plan for inter-regional railway project

By: African News Agency      8th September 2016 The governments of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of a regional railway line to link Francistown in Botswana to the Mozambican port of Techobanine, through Bulawayo, in Zimbabwe. Once completed, the Port Techobanine Inter-Regional... 

Agreement to build the Moloto Rail Development Corridor signed in China 

By: African News Agency      7th September 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China Communications Construction Company to build the Moloto Rail Development Corridor, the Presidency said on Wednesday. In a statement, the Presidency said the MoU to explore various... 

Brown to meet Futuregrowth, Old Mutual after ‘unfortunate’ funding suspension

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2016 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who is Shareholder Minister for Eskom and Transnet, will meet with the CEOs of Old Mutual and Futuregrowth Asset Management on September 8, following Futuregrowth’s suspension of financing to six State-owned Companies (SoCs), owing to governance concerns.... 

Brown to meet Futuregrowth, Old Mutual after ‘unfortunate’ funding suspension
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

ANC never received R80m – Mantashe on PRASA bribery claims

By: News24Wire      31st August 2016 The African National Congress (ANC) has denied claims that it received R80-million from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The political party announced outcomes from its national working committee meeting, which sat on Monday to discuss a number of issues, including the public... 

ANC never received R80m – Mantashe on PRASA bribery claims
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe

PRASA finances stabilising, but there is significant room for improvement – Letsoalo 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th August 2016 Despite recording R13.9-billion in irregular expenditure during the 2015/16 financial year, State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) still received an unqualified audit opinion from the Auditor-General. Speaking at a media briefing at its offices in Pretoria, PRASA acting CEO... 

PRASA finances stabilising, but there is significant room for improvement – Letsoalo

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