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Luxembourg Protocol can save South Africa billions – Rail Working Group

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2019 The adoption of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment is expected to be a game changer for South Africa, said Rail Working Group chairperson Howard Rosen on Thursday. The treaty, which is expected to enter into force late in 2019,... 

Wicus Pretorius

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st February 2019 This week we profile Wicus Pretoria, CEO of Wictra Holdings, a repairer, refurbisher and builder of railway rolling stock in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and East London   

Marillana JV kicks off

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd January 2019 A joint venture (JV) over the Marillana iron-ore project, in the Pilbara, between ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MRL) and Brockman Mining has kicked off, after the parties executed a mine-to-ship logistics agreement for the transport of the Marillana ore to Port Hedland. MRL said on Tuesday that... 

New construction process proposed for Gautrain expansion project

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2019 More than halfway through the 15-year Gautrain concession period, Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe says he is pleased with the operation of the 80-km rail system. “Looking back at building the Gautrain there are positives and negatives. A positive is that we have an... 

Alstom warns Siemens rail deal could be blocked by Europe

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2019 Alstom and Siemens’s planned rail merger appeared to be increasingly in danger of collapse, with the French company warning of a possible block by European antitrust regulators and its former German rival said to be considering alternatives for its business. “It’s a very frustrating moment for... 

Gautrain additional rolling stock and depot enhancement procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     11th January 2019 It is back to the drawing board for the procurement of additional rolling stock for the Gautrain system, after the three prequalified bidders’ submissions failed to meet procurement requirements. 

Despite unsuccessful tender, Gautrain remains on the lookout for new trains 

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2019 An almost three-year tender process, initiated in February 2016, to secure additional train sets for the Gautrain system, has failed to deliver the desired results, with none of the three short-listed bidders producing a compliant bid. However, the Gautrain system remains in need of additional... 

Alstom, Evershold Rail unveil design for new hydrogen train for UK market

By: Simone Liedtke     7th January 2019 Rail transport companies Alstom and Eversholt Rail have unveiled the design of a new hydrogen train for the UK market. The train, called Breeze, will be a conversion of the existing Class 321 trains, which reengineers some of the UK’s most reliable rolling stock, to create a clean train for the... 

African countries urged to sign Luxembourg Protocol at Zimbabwe PIDA meeting

By: African News Agency      27th November 2018 African countries have been urged to sign the Luxembourg Protocol by Soteri Gatera, the chief of industrialisation and infrastructure at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Gatera made the call during his presentation titled, ‘The Luxembourg Rail Protocol: Railway Rolling Stock Financing –... 

Russian rail group aims to develop newly acquired Boksburg factory into global narrow-gauge hub

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2018 Leading Russian rail engineering group Transmashholding (TMH) confirmed on Wednesday that it, together with its South African partner Mjisa, had completed the acquisition of a 45 000 m2 rail manufacturing facility in Gauteng, South Africa. Black empowerment company Mjisa, which is led by Mafika... 

Rail industry plagued by theft, vandalism

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2018 Train collisions accounted for the highest number of safety incidents in the rail sector during 2017/18, the Railway Safety Regulator’s (RSR’s) annual ‘State of Safety’ report, shows. Other prominent incidents included fires, platform train interchange incidents, people being struck by trains and... 

Announcement on preferred bidder for Gautrain rolling stock expected by year-end

By: Irma Venter     25th October 2018 The preferred bidder in the race to provide 12 new four-car trains to the Gautrain system should be announced by the end of the year, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe.   The announcement was originally expected in August. The Gautrain system currently operates 96... 

Luxembourg Protocol can reshape African rail industry

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 The adoption of the Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention can be a solution to unlocking billions of dollars of investments from private investors into Africa’s rail industry. The new treaty, which will provide a Luxembourg-based central international registry of ownership of railway... 

Transnet tests world’s longest manganese production train

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2018 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has successfully run a 375-wagon manganese train over a distance of 861 km from Sishen to Saldanha Bay. This formed part of the testing of the 4-km-long train, which will, once in operation, be a production train with the highest number of wagons in the world, and the... 

African transport infrastructure insufficient for continental growth – Nzimande

By: African News Agency      4th October 2018 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has said that if Africa wants to capitalise on its fast growth trajectory it needed better transport and logistics as current infrastructure was “insufficient”. Delivering the keynote address at the 2018 African Ports and Rail Evolution Conference at the Inkosi... 

AECOM continues to build on its track record in the rail industry

28th September 2018 Integrated infrastructure development company AECOM plays a key role in identifying the need for railway projects, conceptualising these, assessing the feasibility, undertaking the planning, designing the services and infrastructure, assisting with the procurement, and then managing the... 

Railway Current & Voltage Transducers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 LEM of Geneva, Switzerland have released their new 47 page traction catalogue describing railway current and voltage transducers.  This new catalogue outlines the various technologies used by LEM in their isolated transducers, namely open-loop “Hall”, closed-loop “Hall”, closed-loop fluxgate.... 

ELB, Elwatini partner to provide rail solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th September 2018 ELB Engineering Services and Elwatini Rail Consultants have formed a special purpose vehicle (SPV), ELB-Elwatini Rail Solutions, to provide services in rail feasibility studies, railway planning, railway engineering design, construction supervision and management, civil design, traction power and... 

ELB-ELWATINI - joining forces in offering rail solutions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB) is pleased to announce the forming of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) agreement with ELWATINI RAIL CONSULTANTS. This new venture will be called ELB-Elwatini Rail Solutions and will allow the railway expertise of Elwatini to be offered to the market on a... 

African rail industry urged to adopt concepts of Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Nadine James     4th September 2018 The African rail industry must adopt the concepts and develop the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to facilitate, and realise, the industrialisation aspirations of the continent, delegates attending a South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) technical workshop, on Tuesday,... 

MinRes restarts ops at Yilgarn after wrapping up Cliffs deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th August 2018 ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MinRes) has restarted operations at its Yilgarn operations after completing the acquisition of US group Cleveland-Cliff’s Koolyanobbing iron-ore operation, in Western Australia. The two companies in June this year struck a sales agreement over the Cliff’s tenements... 

Transnet Freight Rail 1 064 locomotives acquisition programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th August 2018 In the year to March 31, 2018, Transnet Freight Rail accepted 402 locomotives from the 1 064 locomotives project. 

South African manufacturing sector set to grow

13th August 2018 If recent investments in the manufacturing industry are indicative of the trend going forwards, then the future is looking bright for this often beleaguered market sector. In addition, the South African government recently announced that it was embarking on an offensive to attract $100-billion... 

South African manufacturing sector set to grow

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 If recent investments in the manufacturing industry are indicative of the trend going forwards, then the future is looking bright for this often beleaguered market sector. In addition, the South African government recently announced that it was embarking on an offensive to attract $100-billion... 

Rail infrastructure in state of neglect

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd August 2018 South Africa’s railway infrastructure is in a state of neglect, says rail consultancy and rolling stock supplier African Railway Systems technical manager Dylan Knott. “Rail has been in decline for the past three decades, and with it, almost all the once thriving branch lines have closed. The... 

Road-rail vehicle innovator introduces RailBus

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd August 2018 Olifantsfontein-based road-rail vehicle (RRV) manufacturer RailPro has developed a bimodal vehicle that transports people and goods on road and rail, says MD Ed Magan. The vehicle, called RailBus, was launched in June. 

PRASA hunting down 'enemies' responsible for Cape Town train attacks

By: News24Wire      30th July 2018 All stops are being pulled out to find those responsible for three arson attacks on trains in Cape Town this month, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (PRASA) board said on Sunday. "It is clear to us that this is the work of people who have placed themselves as enemies of PRASA, enemies of our... 

Cape Town train fire platform repairs completed – Metrorail

By: News24Wire      25th July 2018 Repairs to the two platforms at Cape Town station damaged during a fire last week were completed on Tuesday. In a statement, Metrorail said Platforms 15 and 16 were back in business after repairs had been completed and structural engineers confirmed that the integrity of the overhead concrete... 

SKF partners with Siemens to improve railway reliability

5th July 2018 Condition monitoring and cloud-based data acquisition platforms are set to revolutionise the way railway operators address their asset management obligations. SKF and Siemens have signed a partnership agreement that will focus on improving train operators’ asset management efficiencies. The... 

TMH invests R500m into South African rail manufacturing facility

By: Simone Liedtke     13th June 2018 As part of its international growth strategy, Russian rolling stock manufacturer Transmashholding (TMH) on Wednesday launched its R500-million investment in a South African manufacturing facility through its newly acquired subsidiary, TMH Africa. TMH Africa, which is 70% owned by TMH and 30%... 

MinRes infrastructure project progresses

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th June 2018 ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MinRes) was expecting a State Agreement for its planned Pilbara infrastructure project before the end of the year. The company on Friday said that it was currently in negotiations with the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation on the terms of the State... 

Rail operator to occupy its rail services hub this month

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st June 2018 Locomotive and rail operator Traxtion Sheltam plans to move into its rail services hub in Rosslyn, Pretoria, later this month, says CEO James Holley. The company started this project last year owing to its requiring a hub to service its own fleet of locomotives, wagons and cabooses. 

Gordhan outlines his plan for the ‘recapture’ of South Africa’s SoCs

16th May 2018 The full text of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Vote speech to Parliament on May 15. In it, the Minister warns that it has become evident that several State-owned companies (SOCs) will not be able to trade and borrow their way out of their financial difficulties and that some... 

Réseau express métropolitain project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     11th May 2018 The Réseau express métropolitain will be one of the world’s largest automated transport networks. 

Gautrain additional rolling stock and depot enhancement procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     11th May 2018 The announcement of the preferred bidder to provide 12 new four-car trains for the Gautrain system has been delayed by technical and legal complexities. 

Gautrain rolling stock tender delayed ‘by complexities’, says Van der Merwe

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2018 Technical and legal complexities are delaying the announcement of the preferred bidder in the three-horse race to provide twelve new four-car trains to the Gautrain system, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. The deal was expected to reach financial close at the end of... 

Gautrain additional rolling stock and depot enhancement procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th April 2018 The winning bidder for the procurement programme is expected to be announced towards the end of this year. 

Railway industry to develop new roadmap towards Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) has commissioned a study to provide a global strategic view of Heavy Haul 4.0, and attempt to visualise the heavy haul railway of the future. The ‘Development of the Heavy Haul Vision in the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ study, which will be... 

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