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SA transport tech firm aims to expand into rest of continent

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2017 WhereIsMyTransport is expanding its reach to the rest of Africa. WhereIsMyTransport is a technology company that collects and connects public transport data, centralising regularly updated information about a city’s formal and informally run public transport networks (minibus taxis included) on... 

Transnet locomotive corruption probe extended as Parliament gears up for inquiry

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2017 Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry Dean Macpherson is preparing a list of witnesses to appear before a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Trade and Industry inquiry into the failure of China South Rail (CSR) to meet local-content obligations as part of its supply of... 

SKY WARS

     6th October 2017 Late last month, the US Commerce Department slapped import duties of 220% on Bombardier’s new C Series jetliner, which cost at least $6-billion to develop. The protection, which followed a compliant by Boeing, was justified on the basis of Bombardier receiving improper subsidies. Bloomberg... 

WhereIsMyTransport targets expansion into rest of Africa

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2017 WhereIsMyTransport is expanding its reach to the rest of Africa. WhereIsMyTransport is a technology company that collects and connects public transport data, centralising regularly updated information about a city’s formal and informally run public transport networks (minibus taxis included) on... 

Construction begins on $700m airport project in eastern Rwanda

By: John Muchira     8th September 2017 Construction has started on a $700-million airport project in eastern Rwanda, which the country's government says will be a major boost to efforts to integrate the East African Community and boost intra-Africa trade. "Bugesera International Airport is [also] an important part of Rwanda's strategy... 

No change in Gautrain ownership – Vadi

By: African News Agency      23rd August 2017 Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi on Wednesday slammed an announcement by construction company Murray & Roberts that it would soon acquire a 50% ownership in the Gautrain. Vadi and the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) said Tuesday’s announcement by M&R was premature. 

Gautrain rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The bidding process on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system has started. 

Gautrain rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August. 

Traction transformer production facility project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     30th June 2017 ABB is building a facility to manufacture traction transformers to help power trains and support South Africa's growing railway network. 

Transnet sets up special review committee as locomotive-contract heat is turned up

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has established a special committee to review the company’s procurement processes, with a specific focus on the locomotive acquisition programme. The programme, and specifically the procurement of 359 electric locomotives from China South Rail (CSR),... 

ABB opens traction transformer factory 

     18th May 2017 The Global CEO of technology group ABB, Ulrich Spiesshofer, was in South Africa this month to officially open the company’s latest manufacturing investment in the country – a state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. 

ABB responds to South Africa’s rail localisation demand with traction transformer investment

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2017 Technology multinational ABB has responded to South Africa’s tightened local-content requirements in the railways sector by opening a new state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. Traction transformers direct power, at safe voltages, to support train functions such as... 

Treasury approval sought for Gautrain expansion plan

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2017 The proposed expansion of the Gautrain rail system has the capacity to create around 211 000 direct jobs, says Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile. Speaking at the i-Transport and UATP Conference and Exhibition, in Sandton, in February, he noted that the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA)... 

Gautrain rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th February 2017 The Gauteng government is expected to announce the preferred bidder on the supply of new, additional rolling stock for the Gautrain system by mid-year. 

Gautrain expansion project could see local spend of up to R79bn  

By: Irma Venter     14th February 2017 The proposed expansion of the Gautrain rail system has the capacity to create around 211 000 direct jobs, says Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile. Speaking at the i-Transport and UATP Conference and Exhibition, in Sandton, on Tuesday, he noted that the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA)... 

Gautrain rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th December 2016 The contract to supply new trains to Gautrain will be awarded to a successful bidder in November next year. 

Govt appoints consultants to help decide future course for airlines

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 A notice (NT008-2016) on the website of National Treasury has confirmed that a joint venture between Bain and Company South Africa and Abacus Advisory has been appointed the “professional service provider(s) for developing the optimal group corporate structure for the realignment of the... 

Gautrain bidder to be chosen next year

By: African News Agency      30th November 2016 A contract to supply new trains to Gautrain would be awarded`to a successful bidder in November next year, Roads and Transport MEC Ismael Vadi said on Wednesday. Three bidders, Bombardier Transport (Pty) Ltd, CRRC E-Loco Supply and Egoli Rail Consortium would submit their final bidding in In May... 

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. 

Gautrain rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th October 2016 The Gauteng government has shortlisted three bidders to supply 12 new trains of four cars each for the Gautrain. 

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. 

Career day exposes high school and undergrad interest in science and technology 

     7th September 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research held its Career day last month as part of the Department of Science and Technology’s national science week, which saw significant and growing interest in science careers. Schalk Burger has the story. 

DCD opens new doors to local market

     10th August 2016 Leading seamless forged product manufacturer DCD Ringrollers is expanding into new market segments with its recent forging of a large nozzle component weighing over three tons. “With a height of 850 mm, this forging is the largest of 43 components ordered by a South African customer for a... 

Ethiopian Airlines ink deal to manufacture and supply aircraft parts

By: African News Agency      19th July 2016 Ethiopian Airlines will start aerospace manufacture in Ethiopia and supply aircraft parts to Boeing, Airbus and other aerospace companies, the airline said in statement on Monday. To that effect, Ethiopian Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Aerosud Group, a prominent... 

Waste-to-energy gasification plant project, Northern Ireland

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The project involves the turnkey delivery of a waste-to-energy gasification plant, in Belfast. 

German train operator orders more train units

     24th June 2016 Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has won a contract to supply German rail operator Abellio Rail Südwest GmbH with 43 Bombardier Talent 2 multiple unit trains. The order is valued at about €215-million. 

SA Express grounding shows regulator, industry can resolve problems fast

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2016 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) believes that the swift resolution of the issues that led to the temporary grounding of South African State-owned regional airline SA Express shows that the industry and the aviation regulator can work swiftly and effectively together to deal... 

St Helena Airport development, St Helena Island

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd April 2016 The St Helena Airport has completed a successful five-day audit run. 

Welding World Award Winner

     20th April 2016 The Association of Welding Distributors announced the winners of their ‘Welding World Awards’ on Wednesday 13th April, at a gala dinner, held at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham, where Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® shared a table with some of the their UK Distributors including EWM,... 

Five-day audit test of St Helena Airport completed

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2016 The Bombardier Challenger 300 aircraft that made the inaugural flight to St Helena Airport (HLE), in the south Atlantic Ocean, returned to its Lanseria, Johannesburg, base on Friday, following a successful five-day audit run, global business aviation organisation ExecuJet Africa said. The... 

Riyadh metro project, Saudi Arabia

By: Sheila Barradas     25th March 2016 The project involves the construction of the world's largest subway. 

Barcelona suburban network signalling project, Spain

By: Sheila Barradas     4th March 2016 The project involves the provision of signalling systems for a 56-km-long suburban line. 

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... 

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... 

Gauteng reveals potential bidders for R3.5bn Gautrain rolling stock contract 

By: Natalie Greve     26th January 2016 Pointing to a sustained increase in ridership figures that continues to place strain on the Gautrain’s limited capacity, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Dr Ismail Vadi has outlined the business case behind the decision to embark on a R3.5-billion acquisition of additional rolling stock for... 

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... 

Gautrain capacity-expansion measures advancing

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 Several key capacity-expansion projects are under way to enhance the operational capacity of the existing Gautrain rapid rail link system, says transport provider Gautrain Management Agency (GMA). “In the short term, GMA aims to increase the parking capacity at its stations. The second step is to... 

IEC Holden

     27th November 2015 Canada-based electric motor and generator manufacturer IEC Holden has been operating in the global railway industry for 106 years, with over 60 years of experience in manufacturing traction motors for locomotives. The company serves eight of the world's largest rail original-equipment... 

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