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Rail News

Rail association to host cluster summit in April

By: Anine Kilian     24th March 2016 The Rail Road Association of South Africa will, next month, host an industry cluster summit to discuss the impact of local content and supplier and enterprise development on resuscitating the manufacturing sector. The summit, to be held on April 21 and 22, would also focus on the effective... 

Satawu threatens to strike over PRASA outsourcing

By: News24Wire      23rd March 2016 The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) on Tuesday threatened strike action if the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) did not deal with "incompetent" senior management and stop the outsourcing of critical services. "Satawu is dissatisfied with incompetance within... 

Satawu threatens to strike over PRASA outsourcing

Transnet pursuing R3bn Africa rail pipeline as it delivers coaches to Botswana Rail  

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2016 The engineering unit of South Africa’s State-owned logistics utility Transnet is actively pursuing R3-billion-worth of possible rolling-stock contracts across Africa, notwithstanding a weakened rail investment climate precipitated by a decline in commodity prices. Speaking at the official launch... 

Transnet pursuing R3bn Africa rail pipeline as it delivers coaches to Botswana Rail
Transnet Engineering CEO Thamsanqa Jiyane on the supply co 37 coaches to Botswana Rail and the group’s ambitions to sell locomotives, wagons and more passenger coaches to the rest of Africa. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 22.3.2016

Sinkholes disrupt train service between JHB and Pretoria

By: News24Wire      18th March 2016 Train services between Pretoria and Johannesburg have been severely affected due to sinkholes, Metrorail said in a statement on Thursday. It has affected the route between Irene and Olifantsfontein. 

Sinkholes disrupt train service between JHB and Pretoria

Mott MacDonald appoints new Africa rail, port practice lead

By: Anine Kilian     16th March 2016 Management, engineering and development consultancy Mott MacDonald has appointed Rudie Basson as its rail and port practice lead in Africa. He would support the company’s global rail and port business initiatives and build further links with State-owned Transnet Freight Rail. 

Mott MacDonald appoints new Africa rail, port practice lead

PRASA gets R172bn for commuter system overhaul 

By: News24Wire      14th March 2016 South Africa’s rail commuter system needs a complete overhaul and therefore the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has receive R172-billion for a ten-year period, said Transport Minister Dipuo Peters at a media briefing on Monday. Peters called the media briefing to give feedback on... 

PRASA gets R172bn for commuter system overhaul

Tough dry-bulk shipping conditions expected to linger after 2015 slump

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2016 A gloomy dry-bulk shipping market and poor commodities environment had impacted heavily on shipping and freight services group Grindrod in the financial year ended December 31. The outlook for both these markets did not suggest much reprieve in the new financial year either. 

Gibela factory sod-turning 

     10th March 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about the Gibela consortium breaking ground on its R1-billion train manufacturing plant. 

Gibela factory sod-turning
Gibela factory sod-turning

PRASA getting back on track – board chair

By: News24Wire      9th March 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (PRASA'S) CFO Hunadi Manyatsa is back at work after a long period of illness, Parliament's committee on transport was told on Tuesday. This was after MPs wanted to know where she was and how she had not picked up some of the incidents of wasteful and... 

PRASA getting back on track – board chair

R1bn Gibela factory seen as stimulating South Africa’s rail reindustrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     4th March 2016 Ground was officially broken on Friday at the site of a new 60 000 m2 manufacturing plant, which is being built by the Gibela consortium for the production of new passenger trains for the State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The R1-billion facility, which is being developed... 

R1bn Gibela factory seen as stimulating South Africa’s rail reindustrialisation
Photo by Duane Daws
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and Gibela CEO Marc Granger at the sod turning

Joburg to host breakbulk, cargo exhibition in April

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th March 2016 Logistics are key to Africa’s projects, existing and future, stated materials management and logistics consultancy Greiner, Mendi & Associates (GMA) MD Lars Greiner, speaking at a preview of the 2016 Breakbulk Africa project cargo, heavy-lift and logistics conference and exhibition in... 

Joburg to host breakbulk,  cargo exhibition in April
Photo by Bloomberg
EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM Breakbulk Africa 2016 aims to highlight focus areas for project cargo and logistics and new and innovative logistics methods for the African market

Grain hopper wagon leasing deal to benefit Moz, Malawi and S Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2016 GPR Leasing Africa (GPR), a joint venture between Grindrod Freight Services and the Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Fund, will deliver the first grain hopper wagons to Corredor De Desenvolvimento Do Norte (CDN), in Mozambique, this month. The followed after the parties signed a five-year agreement... 

Grain hopper wagon leasing deal to benefit Moz, Malawi and S Africa

Bombardier, ABB sign $50m contract

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st March 2016 Bombardier Transportation has contracted power and automation technology group ABB to supply traction transformers and associated products for 240 freight locomotives, assisting in the formation of the backbone of South Africa’s electric rail fleet. The $50-million order was booked in the fourth... 

Bombardier, ABB sign $50m contract

PRASA receives second test train from Gibela

By: Anine Kilian     1st March 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has received the second test train (TT2), as well as a Public Display Train Coach (PDTC) from Gibela. This followed the delivery of the first test train (TT1) in December last year. 

PRASA receives second test train from Gibela

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Government rail network targets global recognition by 2019

By: Bruce Montiea     26th February 2016 The country’s rail infrastructure networks are set to receive significant boosts in investment, owing to government’s target of having the fifth-largest railway network in the world by 2019, says professional services firm WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff. WSP|Parsons Brinkerhoff Africa infrastructure... 

Government rail network targets global recognition by 2019
PASSENGER RAIL IMPROVEMENTS There has been significant movement to improve and increase passenger rail capacity in South Africa owing to PRASA's rolling-stock upgrade projects

Sustainable transport key to economy

By: Bruce Montiea     26th February 2016 A well-functioning economy starts with putting in place a good transport infrastructure before any other primary infrastructure development, says professional services firm KPMG global infrastructure major projects advisory head De Buys Scott. “The leverage potential of a well-developed and... 

Consistent efficiency and safety improvements key for rail industry

By: Bruce Montiea     26th February 2016 To ensure a safer and more efficient rail network, railway engineering company Wictra Holdings says consistent improvements in materials and safety procedures are needed. 

Rail maintenance designer preserves investment in SA

By: Bruce Montiea     26th February 2016 Despite challenges, such as uncertain future business prospects, in the South African rail industry, heavy on-track maintenance machinery designer and manufacturer Plasser South Africa maintains a constant investment programme. The programme includes maintaining a suitable number of heavy... 

SA company keeps abreast of pantograph technology

By: Bruce Montiea     26th February 2016 South Africa-based engineering company Pamodzi Unique Engineering has signed a technical agreement with international pantograph manufacturers to remain up to date with the latest pantograph technology. The company has been supplying State-owned heavy haul freight rail company Transnet Freight... 

Depressed dry-bulk, commodities markets take heavy toll on Grindrod

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2016 A gloomy dry-bulk shipping market and poor commodities environment had impacted heavily on shipping and freight services group Grindrod in the financial year ended December 31. The outlook for both these markets did not suggest much reprieve in the new financial year either. 

Depressed dry-bulk, commodities markets take heavy toll on Grindrod
Photo by Duane Daws
Alan Olivier

Infrastructure still Budget priority with R870bn allocation

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2016 South Africa’s government plans to inject R865.4-billion into infrastructure projects such as housing, roads, rail, public transport, water and electricity, maintaining its public infrastructure investment commitments over the next three years. The 2016 Budget, tabled on Wednesday, showed... 

Infrastructure still Budget priority with R870bn allocation

Metrorail trains torched, pelted with stones in Pretoria

By: African News Agency      24th February 2016 Four people have been arrested after two stationery trains were torched and two others pelted with stones in Pretoria, Metrorail said on Wednesday. Three coaches from the Metroplus Express and two from the Business Express were burnt to the ground at the Pretoria train station on Tuesday night,... 

Metrorail trains torched, pelted with stones in Pretoria

PRASA's finance chief missing in action for months

By: News24Wire      23rd February 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has had to function without a chief financial officer for more than seven months, MPs belonging to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) heard on Tuesday. Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters told the finance watchdog that she has never... 

PRASA's finance chief missing in action for months

Gibela targeting 72% local content at peak of train-delivery contract

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2016 Gibela CEO Marc Granger is positive the R51-billion deal that will see the Alstom-led consortium supply 600 new trains, up to 2027, to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), will move ahead swiftly this year. Up to the end of last year, Gibela awaited the handover of the Dunnottar... 

Alstom clinches $85m urban transport deal in Algeria

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2016 French rail group Alstom has been contracted to provide 26 Citadis tram kits, worth $85-million, to the city of Setif, in Algeria – the seventh city in the North African nation to adopt this rail system. Alstom would deliver the tram kits to Cital, a joint venture (JV) comprising Alstom,... 

Alstom clinches $85m urban transport deal in Algeria

New year brings four challenges for R51bn PRASA project

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2016 Gibela CEO Marc Granger is positive the R51-billion deal that will see the Alstom-led consortium supply 600 new trains, up to 2027, to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), will move ahead swiftly this year. Up to the end of last year, Gibela awaited the handover of the Dunnottar... 

New year brings four challenges for R51bn PRASA project
Photo by Gibela
The first Gibela train on its way to Wolmerton

TFR’s locomotives to receive advanced HVAC systems

     5th February 2016 Custom made mobile air-handling systems designer, developer and manufacturer Booyco Engineering is currently working on the manufacturing of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that will be delivered to train manufacturer Bombardier Transportation in 2018. The HVAC systems... 

TFR’s locomotives  to receive advanced HVAC systems
Photo by Duane
SPECIALIST DESIGNER Booyco Engineering specialises in the design, development and manufacture of custom made and specialised mobile air handling systems for special applications

IDZs and policy implementation key to energy-sector development

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 The continuous progression of South Africa’s industrial development zones (IDZs) and special economic zones (SEZs) as well as the implementation of associated legislation are crucial for the sustainable growth of the energy sector, says supply-chain specialist Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL)... 

IDZs and policy  implementation key to  energy-sector development
DE AAR SOLAR FARM Bidvest Panalpina Logistics was instrumental in the Northern Cape solar power project

Transnet appoints Pita permanent CFO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd February 2016 State-owned Transnet has permanently appointed Garry Pita as CFO, effective February 1. Pita, a chartered accountant, was appointed acting CFO in August 2015, succeeding Anoj Singh who was seconded to Eskom. 

Transnet appoints Pita permanent CFO
Photo by Diamondcorp
Transnet CFO Garry Pita

DA calls on the Hawks to widen investigation into PRASA's money trail 

By: News24Wire      1st February 2016 The DA has called on the Hawks to widen their investigation into the R80-million paid to Angolan businesswoman who is close friends with President Jacob Zuma, and to a controversial lawyer who is the business partner of one of his sons.  According to DA Shadow Minister of Transport Manny de... 

DA calls on the Hawks to widen investigation into PRASA's money trail

Gauteng road-rail vehicle innovator outlines semi-autonomous vision

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2016 South African road-rail vehicle (RRV) developer RailPro is pursuing a semi-autonomous-vehicle solution, which it believes could open up new market opportunities for its vehicles, which are currently employed primarily in maintenance and repair operations. The company has pioneered a solution that... 

Gauteng road-rail vehicle innovator outlines semi-autonomous vision

AfDB extends $112.3m loan to Morocco to extend rail network

By: Natalie Greve     29th January 2016 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $112.3-million loan to Morocco for the improvement of infrastructure on the Tangier–Casablanca–Marrakech railway route. Allocated to the Moroccan National Railways Office (ONCF), the funds would be used to develop a dual rail line between the... 

AfDB extends $112.3m loan to Morocco to extend rail network

Gautrain to procure more train sets  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th January 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Contributing Editor Online Natalie Greve about the Gautrain Management Agency’s decision to procure additional train sets to meet growing demand for its services. 

Gautrain to procure more train sets
Gautrain to procure more train sets

New factory propels local-content aspect for rail industry

By: Dylan Slater     22nd January 2016 The new Isando-based factory of Canada-headquartered industrial motors manufacturer IEC Holden has invested in local content and will supply the South African rail industry with alternating-current (ac) traction motors for locomotives, of which it has built 23 and delivered 21 by the end of last... 

New factory propels  local-content aspect  for rail industry
Photo by Duane Daws
GAINING TRACTION IEC Holden is manufacturing 660 kW ac motors for use in Bombardier’s Traxx Africa locomotives

High-horsepower locomotive engine destined for SA

By: Dylan Slater     22nd January 2016 US-based engine manufacturer Cummins’ high-horsepower diesel engine, the QSK95 tier 3, will be launched in South Africa in either late 2016, or early 2017.  

High-horsepower  locomotive engine  destined for SA
HIGH HORSEPOWER The Cummins QSK95 tier 3 engine produces 3 600 hp at only 1 800 rpm

Alstom to acquire 51% of Gauteng-based train refurbishing specialist

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2016 Rail group Alstom has signed an agreement to purchase 51% of South African rail company Commuter Transport & Locomotive Engineering (CTLE), for an undisclosed amount. CTLE, specialising in the modernisation of trains, was previously known as Union Carriage and Wagon (UCW). 

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