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Rail News

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... 

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

Montana lists lessons to be learned from R51bn PRASA deal

By: Irma Venter     3rd October 2014 Metrorail’s first new passenger train would arrive in November next year, said Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO Lucky Montana on Thursday. “Next year we will be able to put our hands around the infrastructure and equipment we have been talking about for so long.” 

Montana lists lessons to be learned from R51bn PRASA deal

Gautrain services resume after cable theft 

By: Sapa     2nd October 2014 The Gautrain train service between Hatfield and Park stations resumed operations on Thursday morning following earlier delays due to cable theft, operator Bombela Concession Company said. The train cables had since been replaced, the signals were back in order and the trains were running at... 

Gautrain services resume after cable theft

National debate needed on ways to lower high rail costs – CoAL

By: Martin Creamer     1st October 2014 A national debate is needed to discuss ways of lowering the high cost of railing bulk commodities like coal, says Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) CEO David Brown. The London-, Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed CoAL plans to produce nearly seven-million tons of saleable product a year, more than... 

National debate needed on ways to lower high rail costs – CoAL
Photo by Duane Daws
CoAL CEO David Brown

Transnet, BHP in R24bn take-or-pay coal export deal

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2014 South African rail utility Transnet signed its first long-term take-or-pay agreement with a domestic coal exporter on Tuesday, when it inked a ten-year, R24-billion deal with BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa (Becsa) at a ceremony held at Esselenpark, east of Johannesburg. Under the... 

Transnet, BHP in R24bn take-or-pay coal export deal
Photo by Duane Daws
Brian Molefe and Jon Evans

Africa a promising market for transport company

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th September 2014 Africa is quickly becoming one of French transport company Alstom Tranport’s key focus areas, with the company registering a 2.2% growth in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region over the past two years. There has also been an average yearly order value of €8-billion since 2011 in the region.... 

Africa a promising market for transport company
PROMISING GROWTH Africa will be a significant contributor to Alstom's revenue

Gibela train manufacturing facility construction to start in early 2015

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th September 2014 Construction of the Alstom-led Gibela consortium’s 600 000 m2 Dunnottar manufacturing facility, in the Ekurhuleni metropolitan area of Gauteng, is set to start in February 2015. On February 28, the land will be handed over from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and Gibela, with... 

Gibela train manufacturing facility construction to start in early 2015
Photo by PRASA
NEW TRAINS Gibela will provide 600 trains by 2025

With $3bn plan, Moz aims to extract regional port, rail integration benefits

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2014 The Mozambican port and rail authorities plan to invest around $3-billion in the coming few years to raise yearly throughput at the Maputo port to between 40-million and 50-million tons by 2020 and to migrate additional cargo from road to rail. Speaking at the inauguration of the trinational... 

With $3bn plan, Moz aims to extract regional port, rail integration benefits
Photo by Duane Daws
Mozambican, Swazi, South African officials at inauguration

Institute assists State-owned freight and logistics group

By: Ilan Solomons     12th September 2014 State-owned freight and logistics group Transnet Engineering (TE) says its membership and association with nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), has ensured that all TE’s welding inspectors have been correctly trained and certified to provide a... 

Institute assists  State-owned freight  and logistics group
Photo by Duane Daws
EDUCATION DRIVER Transnet Engineering is passionate about the learning and development of youth and is continuously investing in its technical skills pipeline

Grindrod disposing of 'noncore' financial services arm

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2014 Freight and logistics service provider Grindrod is disposing of its financial services arm, Grindrod Financial Holdings, also known as Grindrod Bank, because it is no longer “part of its core strategy”, says CEO Alan Olivier. He says the JSE-listed group is working to build a port and rail... 

Creamer Media publishes Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure research report

     1st September 2014 Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road freight back onto rail. 

Creamer Media publishes Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure research report

Imperial ups profit to R6.2bn, rand takes toll on vehicle import business

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2014 The JSE-listed Imperial group breached the R100-billion revenue mark for the first time in the past financial year, ended June 30. Revenue was up 12% on the previous financial year, to R103.6-billion, with operating profit up 2%, to R6.2-billion. 

Imperial ups profit to R6.2bn, rand takes toll on vehicle import business

Transnet inks MoU with landowners for Swazi rail link project

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th August 2014 As rail transporters Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and Swaziland Railway take the Swaziland Rail Link project, which was expected to eliminate non-coal traffic on the export channel from the Mpumalanga coalfields to Richards Bay, into the feasibility front-end loading Stage 3, a deal has been... 

Transnet inks MoU with landowners for Swazi rail link project

Grindrod to dispose of banking arm as it focuses on rail, ports

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2014 Freight and logistics service provider Grindrod was disposing of its financial services arm, Grindrod Financial Holdings, also known as Grindrod Bank, because it was no longer “part of its core strategy”, said CEO Alan Olivier on Thursday. Speaking at the company’s financial results presentation... 

SA ranked number one in global transport price index 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th August 2014 A global transportation price index has ranked South Africa the cheapest overall for bus, trains and aeroplane travel for every 100 km out of 51 countries. Online platform GoEuro compared the average price a 100 km of rail, road or air movements between the most populous provinces in each... 

SA ranked number one in global transport price index

Could Airbus template revive Africa’s ‘stalled’ economic integration?

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2014 Mandela Institute for Development Studies founder and director Dr Nkosana Moyo has urged African governments and the private sector to embrace a different “architecture” for economic integration, arguing that the current all-inclusive model had all but “stalled”. Speaking at the NEPAD Business... 

Could Airbus template revive Africa’s ‘stalled’ economic integration?
Dr Nkosana Moyo

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