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Public Transport News

City reports steady progress on Selby BRT depot

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) says the Selby Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) depot is progressing towards practical completion in one of the heavier industrial nodes in the inner city. The depot will minimise traffic congestion between depots and route starting points and will also be used for... 

City of Joburg unveils Africa’s largest intermodal transport hub

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th October 2021 The City of Johannesburg on October 12 officially unveiled Africa’s largest intermodal transport hub – the Johannesburg International Transport Interchange (JITI) on the west of Park Station, in Newtown. The unveiling was led by Johannesburg mayor Mpho Moerane, who was accompanied by the... 

The taxi industry welcomes the proposed single ticketing system – NTA 

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2021 The National Taxi Alliance (NTA) welcomes the proposed roll-out of a single integrated ticket that can be used across all modes of public transport, says NTA spokesperson Theo Malele. He believes that such a system will create “healthy competition” in the public transport space. 

Image of a minibus fleet

Western Cape govt launches the Atlantis Red Dot Taxi service

By: Yvonne Silaule     4th October 2021 Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has officially launched the Atlantis Red Dot taxi Service as part of Transport Month at the Saxonsea vaccine site.   He was accompanied by the provincial Transport and Public Works Minister Daylin Mitchell and Health Minister Dr Nomafrench Mbombo. 

Commuter mobility platform to expand in Africa and beyond after raising R175m

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2021 Zeelo, a smart commuter mobility platform for organisations in South Africa and Europe, has raised R175-million to accelerate its expansion in Africa, the UK, the US and Europe. The funding will also aid investment in Zeelo’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology offering, and its continued... 

Ventilation, vaccination needed to make indoor spaces safe, says GreenFlag Association

By: Schalk Burger     1st September 2021 While the speedy, effective roll-out of vaccinations is fundamental to South Africa’s economic recovery, the Covid-19 Delta variant has changed the way the disease can be passed on. To make all indoor spaces as safe as possible, sufficient ventilation to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission... 

Association highlights the importance of transport

27th August 2021 African Rail Industry Association CEO Mesela Nhlapo has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and technical business development and has been the CEO of the African Rail Industry Association since 2017. 

CEO An image of, the CEO of the African Rail Industry Association
MESELA NHLAPO It is important for women to support each other and “particularly for women that want to enter the rail space

Automobile Association opposed to proposed Gautrain route extensions

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2021 Proposed Gautrain route extensions must be rejected by the Gauteng provincial government, as they will perpetuate a system which “caters for the minority of citizens who don’t need it, instead of the mass market which does”, says the Automobile Association (AA). The AA made a detailed submission... 

City of Cape Town announces new transport mayco member

By: News24Wire      19th August 2021 Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato has announced that Hout Bay ward councillor Rob Quintas will be the City of Cape Town's new mayoral committee (mayco) member for transport. Plato made the announcement on Thursday during a council meeting. 

Gautrain a white elephant, its extension unacceptable ­– AA 

By: Irma Venter     13th August 2021 Proposed route extensions to the Gautrain must be rejected by the Gauteng provincial government, as this will perpetuate a system which “caters for the minority of citizens who don’t need it, instead of the mass market which does”, says the Automobile Association (AA). The AA made a detailed... 

Image of a passenger boarding the Gautrain

Commuter mobility platform Zeelo raises R175m for expansion project  

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2021 Zeelo, a smart commuter mobility platform for organisations in South Africa and Europe, has raised R175-million to accelerate its expansion in Africa, the UK, the US and Europe. The funding will also aid investment in Zeelo’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology offering, and its continued... 

Image of a Zeelo bus

Gibela confident of meeting train production targets despite impact of Covid-19

By: Irma Venter     6th August 2021 Gibela has, to date, delivered 66 of the 600 X’trapolis Mega commuter trains it is scheduled to deliver to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) by the end of 2028. Eighteen of these trains were manufactured in Brazil, with the remaining 48 produced in a newly built plant in Nigel, on... 

Company steers through Covid-19 challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     30th July 2021 Railroad equipment supplier and manufacturer Gibela has not been immune to the challenges posed by the pandemic, particularly those presented by the third wave. “We have experienced a rise in cases within our company, which is impacting on operations. Most of our suppliers were also affected by... 

Gibela procurement executive Colette Yende stands outside in front of a train set at Gibela's premises
COLETTE YENDE What Covid-19 has taught us is to have and implement an alternative plan

Passenger rail agency fails to meet capex targets

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) capital expenditure (capex) programme has failed to meet its targets, says CEO Zolani Matthews. “Sadly, this has also affected PRASA’s modernisation programme. 

Gibela confident of meeting production targets despite impact of Covid-19 

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2021 Gibela has, to date, delivered 66 of the 600 X’trapolis Mega commuter trains it is scheduled to deliver to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) by the end of 2028. Eighteen of these trains were manufactured in Brazil, with the remaining 48 produced in a newly built plant in Nigel, on... 

Image of a train being produced at the Gibela factory in Nigel
The Gibela train factory at Nigel

Security, restoring public transport ‘that enables’ top new PRASA boss’s to-do list

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 There are a number of areas that require urgent attention within the operations of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), says CEO Zolani Matthews. Last week, Matthews delivered his 100-day report card as the new head of the embattled State-owned rail entity. 

Gauteng govt seeks input on proposed Gautrain extension

By: Simone Liedtke     12th July 2021 Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo has confirmed that his department intends to determine a route for Phase 1 of the Gautrain Rapid Rail Integrated Network extensions in terms of the province’s Transport Infrastructure Act. The proposed route starts at the Little... 

Metrorail, Rea Vaya services suspended amid violent protests

By: Schalk Burger     12th July 2021 Urban rail services provider Metrorail has suspended its operations in Gauteng and the City of Johannesburg's Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system has suspended operations amid ongoing violent protests. "This is owing to the chaotic scenes [protests] that are witnessed in Johannesburg and now... 

Thesele concludes acquisition of Bidvest Car Rental

By: Schalk Burger     8th July 2021 Investment holding company the Thesele consortium has concluded its acquisition of car rental chain Bidvest Car Rental (BCR) Group from JSE-listed investment management company Bidvest following approval by the competition authorities. The purchase includes the full portfolio of BCR, consisting... 

PRASA’s capex programme has failed to meet its targets, renewed roll-out effort started – Matthews 

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2021 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) capital expenditure (capex) programme has failed to meet its targets, says CEO Zolani Matthews. “Sadly, this has also affected PRASA’s modernisation programme. 

PRASA’s capex programme has failed to meet its targets, renewed roll-out effort started – Matthews

Security, restoring public transport ‘that enables’ priorities for new PRASA boss 

By: Irma Venter     6th July 2021 There are a number of areas that require urgent attention within the operations of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), says CEO Zolani Matthews. Matthews on Tuesday delivered his 100-day report card as new head of the troubled State-owned rail entity. 

Photo of PRASA CEO Zolani Matthews
Zolani Matthews

Govt can do more to integrate minibus taxis in broader public transport planning

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2021 Until a more virtuous cycle of positive experiences can be established, the potential of the paratransit sector to be accepted as a significant player in the urban mobility systems of Africa in the future remains doubtful, says Organisation Development Africa MD Nico McLachlan. Paratransit, or... 

Naspers invests R42m in WhereIsMyTransport

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2021 Naspers has announced a R42-million investment in Cape Town-based WhereIsMyTransport. The investment is part of a R201-million funding round led by Naspers Foundry, Cathay AfricInvest Innovation Fund and SBI Investment.  

Solar minibuses for Africa? Data seen as key to green transport switch

30th June 2021 As emissions from African transport surge, governments need to find ways to encourage a shift to cleaner, healthier electric vehicles, especially among the minibus and motorcycle taxis that dominate transport in many cities, researchers said on Thursday. Investment in generating more... 

Alstom Ubunye appoints Logan Naicker as new CEO 

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2021 Alstom Ubunye has announced the appointment of Logan Naicker as its new CEO.  Naicker has more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles in the rail and automotive industries, including Union Carriage and Wagon, Bombardier Transportation South Africa, Ford Motor Company and Toyota.  

Logan Naicker
Logan Naicker

Transport revolution on horizon for SA

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     25th June 2021 While the term sustainable transport system (STS) is often used generically and in a multifaceted sense, engineering and infrastructure consultancy company SMEC South Africa suggests that it should primarily refer to transport systems that have a low impact on the environment, are cost effective... 

SMOOTH SAILING 
All transport service providers are aiming to introduce a world-class STS to service their communities
SMOOTH SAILING All transport service providers are aiming to introduce a world-class STS to service their communities

Nearly 8 000 living on or around Cape Town's central train line - Metrorail

By: News24Wire      23rd June 2021 Nearly 8 000 people living on and around the railway lines on Cape Town’s central line have been fingered as the spanner in the works in the battle to get the defunct route back up and running. Metrorail Western Cape manager Richard Walker on Tuesday told the Western Cape legislature's Standing... 

Naspers invests R42m in WhereIsMyTransport 

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2021 Naspers has announced a R42-million investment in Cape Town-based WhereIsMyTransport. The investment is part of a R201-million funding round led by Naspers Foundry, Cathay AfricInvest Innovation Fund and SBI Investment.  

Devin de Vries
Devin de Vries

Agency moves to add machine learning to road-safety arsenal

By: Schalk Burger     4th June 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is exploring the use of machine learning to make more effective use of its data collected from field devices, such as vehicle-detection systems and cameras, and floating car data, which is a collection of anonymised road traffic data from... 

Agency moves to add machine learning to road-safety arsenal

Johannesburg International Transport Interchange to launch at the end of June

By: Schalk Burger     3rd June 2021 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) on June 3 said the 50 000 m² Johannesburg International Transport Interchange (JITI) had reached practical completion and would launch at the end of the month. The international long-distance and cross-border transport hub is located in the city's central business... 

Johannesburg International Transport Interchange to launch at the end of June

City of Joburg tries to strike balance between revenue, relief in new budget 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2021 In its R73.3-billion budget statement for the 2021/22 financial year, the City of Joburg (CoJ) has attempted to strike a balance between the needs of residents and the institution’s ability to provide services, considering continued Covid-19 impacts. The budget comprises of R65.1-billion in... 

Finance MMC Jolidee Matongo
Finance MMC Jolidee Matongo presents the City of Joburg budget for 2021/22 and the medium-term

Minibus taxis under closer scrutiny through W Cape's Blue Dot initiative

By: News24Wire      18th May 2021 The Western Cape transport department launched its Blue Dot taxi pilot project at the weekend which aims to address violence in the taxi industry and to offer commuters an improved service. The project is an incentive scheme to reward improved minibus taxi driving behaviour and service quality... 

Solar minibuses for Africa? Data seen as key to green transport switch

By: Reuters     14th May 2021 As emissions from African transport surge, governments need to find ways to encourage a shift to cleaner, healthier electric vehicles, especially among the minibus and motorcycle taxis that dominate transport in many cities, researchers said on Thursday. Investment in generating more... 

District Development Model seen as key to tackling delivery backlogs

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2021 Proponents of government's recently launched District Development Model (DDM) believe the joined-up model provides the framework required for South African municipalities to begin tackling their generally severe service-delivery problems. Conceptualised by the Department of Cooperative Governance... 

District Development Model seen as key to tackling delivery backlogs

GMA seeks transaction adviser for feasibility study

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2021 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) has published a request for proposals (RfP) for a transaction adviser to develop a detailed feasibility study for the procurement of the Gautrain Rapid Link system. The current concession agreement will expire in 2026. 

Rail transport holds untapped potential that could be unlocked through third-party access – Gordhan 

By: Donna Slater     31st March 2021 South Africa’s rail network, which currently represents about 20% of general freight market share and less than 10% of the passenger market share, presents an opportunity for role-players, both public and private, to reposition themselves and the industry in a way that contributes to its... 

Tribunal allows Intercape to participate in PRASA matter

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th March 2021 The Competition Tribunal has announced that bus transportation provider, Intercape Ferreira Mainliner, will be allowed, by agreement between Intercape and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to participate in an alleged abuse of dominance case against PRASA and its subsidiary... 

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