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Press Office - Lucchini South Africa

Lucchini South Africa

Lucchini South Africa, subsidiary of Italian manufacturer of forged railways products, Lucchini RS, was established in 2016. Significantly, Lucchini RS was the first international manufacturer of forged wheels to localise part of the wheel manufacturing in South Africa. Forged wheels are sent from Italy to a well-equipped machining facility in Germiston, Gauteng, where the equipment and processes utilised are the same as those used across the Lucchini RS Group, maintaining high quality standards.


Resumption of Cape Town Prasa service marred by train derailment

By: African News Agency      18th January 2018 The resumption of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) services on Thursday morning was marred when a train came off the rails along the notorious Central Line in Cape Town The train service had been suspended for nearly two weeks because of safety concerns sparked by the shooting of... 

Gibela moves to Dunnottar plant; takes first manufacturing steps

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2018 Gibela has initiated manufacturing trials of the first locally made train car at the Gibela train factory, in Dunnottar, on the East Rand. The first train’s car body shell – essentially, its panel-clad metal frame – is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2018, with the... 

Cloud Peak to export US coal to new power plants in Japan

By: Reuters     17th January 2018 US miner Cloud Peak Energy said on Tuesday it will export coal from a Montana mine for 30 to 40 months to two new power plants in Japan with shipments that could start late next year. The coal from Montana's Spring Creek Mine will be carried by rail to Vancouver and then sent by ship for... 

PRASA, UNTU in talks to reopen Central Line

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2018 State-owned passenger rail service Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and the United National Transport Union (UNTU) are in advanced stages of discussions to have the suspended Central Line, in Cape Town, reopened on Wednesday. The line was closed on January 10 for safety reasons... 

Rio Tinto maintains fourth-quarter guidance across the board

By: Anine Kilian     16th January 2018 Global miner Rio Tinto reported on Tuesday that it had met its iron-ore shipment guidance for the three months ended December 31, 2017, noting a 1% rise in shipments for the year to 330.1-million tonnes. "The business performed well in the fourth quarter and we finished the year in line with... 

Transnet digs heels in over revised wage offer

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th January 2018 State-owned rail, port and pipeline company Transnet has tabled a revised – and final – three-year wage offer, as the company reiterates its “difficult” financial situation since ratings agencies downgraded the country to junk status. Transnet proposed a 6.5%, 7.25% and 7.5% increase in 2018,... 

Safety regulator lifts PRASA’s prohibition directive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th January 2018 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has lifted the prohibition directive issued to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), with conditions, after the parastatal submitted a corrective action plan to the regulator. PRASA Rail relayed to the RSR how it intends dealing with the issues... 

Comar Asphalt Plants Get Even More Mobile

     15th January 2018 Leading the local industry in asphalt plants, Gauteng-based Comar has designed a more compact and mobile plant for easier and more economical transportation, as well as quicker set-up time. Already a well-known name among South African asphalt producers, Comar has leveraged its extensive in-house... 

Dunnottar train manufacturing complex project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th January 2018 The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium has moved its dedicated team into the new train manufacturing plant and training centre complex at Dunnottar. 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th January 2018 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has reported that commuters using the first of the new X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains are “extremely happy” with the new rolling stock. 

PRASA warns of impact of prohibition notice on commuters

By: Anine Kilian     11th January 2018 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has warned that a ban on manually authorising trains will negatively impact on Metrorail commuters. The Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) on Wednesday enforced the ban, after two trains collided in Germiston, Gauteng, on Tuesday morning. About 200... 

Allied Steelrode supports the ‘sisters of steel’ in serving the Pretoria region

     11th January 2018 The steel business has always been perceived as a male preserve. However, in Rosslyn, north of Pretoria, there are two vibrant women who are challenging this traditionally-held perception on a daily business – literally, the ‘sisters of steel’. Gwen Mahuma and Monika Pretorius are respectively... 

Creamer Media wows market with combined subscription offer

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th January 2018 Creamer Media’s Research Channel Africa is a powerful information tool, providing real-time intelligence on industry and mining developments in Africa. Publishing Editor, Martin Creamer urges readers to “make a smart choice for 2018 and take up Creamer Media’s combined subscription offer”.  This... 

Regulator clamps down on PRASA’s manual operations after crash

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th January 2018 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has banned the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) from operating trains under “abnormal conditions”, or manual authorisations, following a second accident in less than a week involving passenger trains. Two Metrorail trains were involved in a rear-end... 

Gibela moves team to Dunnottar

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th January 2018 With plant construction two months away from completion, the Gibela Rail Transport Consortium, in which Alstom holds an interest, has moved its dedicated team into the new train manufacturing plant and training centre complex in Dunnottar, Ekurhuleni. “All teams are now on board and ready to... 

CMTI Group gears up to supply gold, platinum mines

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th January 2018 Mining equipment and machinery supplier CMTI Group, which started operations at its Gauteng-based factory last year, aims to raise $20-million before the close of the first quarter of this year to increase its production capacity. Initial indications and expressions of interest from potential... 

Two trains collide in Germiston, hundreds injured

By: African News Agency      9th January 2018 Metrorail said on Tuesday that it would launch an investigation into the cause of the accident that left more than 200 people injured when two passenger trains collided at Geldenhuis Station in Germiston, east of Johannesburg. Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said that one passenger train... 

Adani Australia port must refinance soon or face rating cut

By: Bloomberg     9th January 2018 An Australian deep water port linked to one of the world’s biggest planned coal mines should lock in refinancing within six months of a loan maturing in November to safeguard credit ratings on its debt, according to S&P Global Ratings. Adani Abbot Point Terminal in Australia’s Queensland state,... 

Fifteen still missing after Free State train crash 

By: African News Agency      8th January 2018 Nineteen people have been confirmed dead in the horror Free State train crash but the death toll could rise even further after officials on Monday revealed that as many as 15 more people are still unaccounted for. Daisy Daniel, spokesperson for the Shosholoza Meyl passenger train, said 15 people... 

Next 12 months crucial as PRASA prepares to receive new rolling stock

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2018 Commuters making use of the 18 new X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains, supplied by Gibela to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) are “extremely happy” with the new rolling stock, says PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola. The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium... 

SA Parliamentary committee anguished over deadly train crash

By: African News Agency      5th January 2018 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Transport has described Thursday’s train accident in the Free State in which at least 18 people died as “anguish beyond measure”. In a statement, the committee sent its condolences to the families whose relatives were involved in a train crash that took place... 

Death toll in South Africa train crash rises to 14 – train service official

By: Reuters     4th January 2018 The death toll in a train crash in South Africa's Free State province on Thursday has risen to at least 14, a train service official said. "It is not yet confirmed but the death toll for now is sitting at 14," said Daisy Daniel, spokesperson for long haul passenger rail service Shosholoza Meyl. 

Volunteers restore, relaunch iconic Apple Express tourism train 

By: Henry Lazenby     27th December 2017 A group of Port Elizabeth-based railway enthusiasts has painstakingly restored and successfully relaunched the iconic Apple Express tourist steam train. The two-foot narrow gauge steam train made its maiden trip at 09:00 on December 26, carrying fare-paying passengers between the city’s Kings... 

Africa development body, funds see opportunity in mining infrastructure

By: Reuters     22nd December 2017 With some mining companies increasingly reluctant to own outright the infrastructure that keeps their projects going, an African development institution is linking up with investment funds to help fill the gap. The Nigerian-based Africa Finance Corporation has already expanded its debt or equity... 

Japan's Sumitomo, Jindal Steel among 8 bidders for India rails tender – source

By: Reuters     22nd December 2017 Japanese trader Sumitomo Corp and India's Jindal Steel and Power are among eight bidders competing for Indian Railways' first global tender to supply 487 000 t of rails, a government official told Reuters. The other bidders are East Metals, a unit of Russian steel and coal producer Evraz,... 

AfDB to support Mozambique rail project with $300m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) is taking the lead in facilitating the takeoff of one of Africa’s largest infrastructure project − the $5-billion Nacala corridor rail and port project, supporting the project with $300-million from its private sector window. After years of financial... 

Prasa lifts supsension from UNTU members

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) lifted the suspension of train drivers and metro guards of the United National Transport Union (UNTU) who refused to work under unsafe working conditions with immediate effect and agreed that no disciplinary steps will be taken against them.... 

Plans on track for rapid rail network extensions in Gauteng

By: Donald Makhafola     15th December 2017 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is hopeful that the National Treasury will approve the much-awaited Treasury Approval 1 (TA1) for the planned extension of a rapid rail network, following the submission of the feasibility study early this year. “We . . . handed in the documents to the... 

Mega engineering projects could boost SA economy

By: Donald Makhafola     15th December 2017 As South Africa is embarking on a mega railway infrastructure development that will take an estimated 20 years to complete, transportation systems developer Futran Group of Companies director Andries Louw says such projects should be used as an anchor to re-establish the culture of mega... 

Update on multimodal project progress set for next year

By: Donald Makhafola     15th December 2017 In the first quarter of next year, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is set to provide further update on the Moloto rail corridor expansion project which aims to link Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo to ensure that passenger rail is the backbone of an integrated multi-modal... 

Legislation, regulation to ensure rail success

By: Donald Makhafola     15th December 2017 Industry related forum Transport Forum custodian Harry van Huyssteen believes that the major rail infrastructure projects in South Africa could be better implemented if there was improved regulation and legislation. 

South African regional operator orders two new airliners

By: Keith Campbell     15th December 2017 Privately-owned South African scheduled and non-scheduled domestic and international operations airline CemAir has concluded a $66-million deal with Canadian company Bombardier Aerospace for two new twin turboprop Q400 regional airliners. This follows on from a Letter of Intent signed between the... 

Gibela rail plant on track for March completion

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 Construction of the Gibela plant, in Dunnottar on the far East Rand, is on track for completion in March next year, says Gibela Rail Transport Consortium CEO Thierry Darthout. Darthout, former Gibela operations VP, took over the reins from Marc Granger on August 1. The 53-year-old is a mechanical... 

Dunnottar train manufacturing complex project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th December 2017 The project is on track for completion in March next year. 

Transnet Freight Rail 1 064 locomotives acquisition programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th December 2017 Transnet Freight Rail has formally accepted the first of 460 TRAXX Class 23 E locomotives. 

TPT unveils locally assembled diesel-electric straddle carriers

By: Shirley le Guern     12th December 2017 State-owned freight transport company Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) on Tuesday unveiled 23 locally assembled diesel-electric straddle carriers at the Durban Container Terminal Pier 2, marking an important milestone in fostering local procurement and laying the foundation to supply cargo handling... 

Gibela factory on track 

     12th December 2017 Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter recently met with the new CEO of Gibela Rail Transport Consortium Thierry Darthout to discuss the latest developments with regard to the construction of the company’s train manufacturing plant in Dunnottar, Gauteng. She speaks to Creamer Media’s... 

Court action to stop PRASA 'conspiracy'

By: News24Wire      12th December 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has missed a deadline to respond to demands by the UniteBehind coalition. Legal action will now be taken against the agency responsible for Metrorail, GroundUp reports. 

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