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Public Transport News

Motorbike taxi firms rev up for race into West Africa

By: Reuters     12th June 2019 Motorcycle taxi companies are expanding in West Africa with backing from investors betting that the meteoric rise of two-wheeled taxi firms in Asia can be replicated in some of the fastest growing countries in the world. Four bike taxi firms are now battling it out on the streets of Nigeria's... 

Joburg minibus taxi truce paves way for Soweto routes to be reopened

By: News24Wire      12th June 2019 The Committee of Roads and Transport in the Gauteng provincial legislature has welcomed the reopening of several taxi routes and ranks in Soweto and the Johannesburg CBD that were shut down earlier this year because of ongoing conflict. In a statement, the chairperson of the roads and transport... 

Taxi boss killed amid violent flare-ups over Cape Town routes

By: News24Wire      12th June 2019 The Western Cape MEC of Transport and Public Works, Bonginkosi Madikizela, has strongly condemned the murder of Blackheath-Malibu Taxi Association chairperson, Patrick Cosani. Cosani was shot and killed outside his home in Heath Road, Austinville, on Tuesday morning at 06:04. No one else was... 

PRASA must move to Public Enterprises and return to Transnet, says union

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2019 The United National Transport Union (Untu) wants the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to be moved from the Department of Transport to the Department of Public Enterprises, says Untu spokesperson Sonja Carstens. This will place the entity where it belongs – under the same management as other... 

PRASA must move to Public Enterprises and return to Transnet, says union
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Rail infrastructure in Philippi in the Western Cape

City of Cape Town working on refunds for MyCiTi commuters

By: News24Wire      5th June 2019 The City of Cape Town is working on plans to refund MyCiTi commuters left stranded after the expiry of its contract with the joint venture companies that provide the N2 Express route service, its transport MMC said on Tuesday. The service provides transport for mainly Khayelitsha and Mitchells... 

TIPS Forum discusses how 4IR is helping efficiency, environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2019 Industrialisation leads to socioeconomic growth, often at a cost to the environment in the form of emissions and pollution, and, therefore, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) presents a promising opportunity for sustainable development. Speaking at the Trade and Industry Policy Strategies... 

TIPS Forum discusses how 4IR is helping efficiency, environment
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TIPS researcher Bhavna Deonarain

Establishing the Gauteng Transport Authority board Van der Merwe’s first priority  

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2019 The first two tasks Jack van der Merwe has to tackle in establishing the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) is to secure the appointment of the GTA board, followed by updating the Gauteng transport model. Addressing the Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa in Midrand on Tuesday, he said... 

Establishing the Gauteng Transport Authority board Van der Merwe’s first priority
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Jack van der Merwe

Gautrain will not reissue rolling stock tender 

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2019 The tender for the procurement of new 12 new four-car trains for the Gautrain system will not be reissued, says Gautrain Management Agency communication and marketing senior executive manager Dr Barbara Jensen. An almost three-year tender process, initiated in February 2016, to secure additional... 

Gautrain will not reissue rolling stock tender

No injuries or fatalities reported in Germiston train fire

By: News24Wire      21st May 2019 No injuries or fatalities were reported after a train caught fire in Dinwiddie, Germiston, on Tuesday, according to Ekurhuleni Emergency Medical Services (EMS). "We received a call at 06:30, saying a train was on fire... next to the Scaw Metals company. 

Zimbabwe to subsidise public transport as inflation jumps

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2019 Zimbabwe will subsidise public transport and cut fuel duties by more than half as it tries to ease the impact of rampant inflation on its poorest citizens, according to Finance Secretary George Guvamatanga. The support will cost about $8-million a month, Guvamatanga said by phone on Monday. “A... 

Gautrain seeks to improve passenger convenience with new train schedule

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2019 Gautrain has introduced various changes to its train schedule from this month to provide a “more convenient and comfortable service” to passengers. The afternoon peak period has been extended northbound only, from Park station to Hatfield station, from Monday to Friday.  

Nzimande unveils Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme 

2nd May 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Online Writer Tasneem Bulbulia about the introduction by the Department of Transport of a Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme and what Minister Blade Nzimande hopes the new programme will achieve. 

Nzimande unveils Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme
Nzimande unveils Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme

Nzimande announces Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th April 2019 Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on Friday announced government interventions to transform the minibus taxi industry, through revising the Taxi Recapitalisation Programme. The Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme resumed in March with the appointment of a new service provider, Anthus... 

Nzimande announces Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme

Firm plans to deploy 400 natural-gas refuelling sites across SA

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2019 Natural-gas distributor Delta Natural Gas (DNG) Energy is rolling out 400 natural gas refuelling sites across South Africa for the taxi and freight industries, which will provide an immediate cost reduction of 25% for these industries and reduce their carbon emissions, says DNG Energy CEO... 

Van der Merwe to lead establishment of Gauteng Transport Authority 

By: Irma Venter     18th April 2019 Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe will, in the short term, steer the establishment of the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA), says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. ‘Short term’ refers to a period of six months. Van der Merwe will remain in his position as... 

Van der Merwe to lead establishment of Gauteng Transport Authority
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Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi and GMA CEO Jack van der Merwe

Nzimande requests George IPTN Phase 4B suspension

By: Nadine James     17th April 2019 Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has requested the Western Cape provincial government to suspend plans to roll out Phase 4B of the George Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN). This was in response to a letter sent by the Western Cape Transport MEC Donald Grant, informing Nzimande of the... 

Nzimande requests George IPTN Phase 4B suspension
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Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande

TMH Africa unveils rolling stock factory in Boksburg  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd April 2019 Railway engineering company TMH Africa on Tuesday unveiled its 45 000 square metre rolling stock manufacturing facility, in Boksburg, Gauteng.  

TMH Africa unveils rolling stock factory in Boksburg
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TMH dignitaries alongside Gauteng Premier David Makhura unveil rolling stock manufacturing facility, in Boksburg

Gauteng paves way for the Gauteng Transport Authority 

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2019 The Gauteng provincial government has adopted the Gauteng Transport Authority Bill. The Bill provides for the creation of a transport authority across the Gauteng city region, incorporating the provincial Department of Roads and Transport and various municipal transport administrations. 

Gauteng paves way for the Gauteng Transport Authority
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Ismail Vadi

Corporatisation the next step for minibus industry, suggests MEC Vadi 

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2019 The next step in the evolution of South Africa’s minibus taxi industry should be corporatisation, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “Making it a business is the next step and not just necessarily formalising the industry.” 

Corporatisation the next step for minibus industry, suggests MEC Vadi

Transport dept failed to protect commuters using illegally converted panel vans – Public Protector

By: News24Wire      29th March 2019 The Public Protector has found that the Department of Transport (DoT) failed to take effective and efficient measures to ensure commuters were safe while travelling in panel vans that were illegally converted into minibus taxis. Releasing the report at her offices in Pretoria on Monday, Public... 

PRASA's beefed up security in the Cape yields results

By: News24Wire      28th March 2019 A year after the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) in the Western Cape took on more security resources to stem the tide of criminality on trains, their data shows tangible progress is being made. In 365 days, security personnel responded to 258 incidents which resulted in 347 arrests. 

Cape Town seeks rail experts to assist with takeover plan for passenger rail

By: African News Agency      26th March 2019 Cape Town said on Tuesday it would appoint a team of rail professionals to assist its transport directorate with business plans to take over passenger rail management from the national government. It said it was evaluating and assessing four tenders for the exercise and that the rail experts,... 

Gauteng launches 2019 travel survey to assist with transport planning 

By: Irma Venter     20th March 2019 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport (DoRT) has launched a general household travel survey (GHTS) to assist it in determining travel needs and patterns within the province. The last survey was conducted in 2014. 

Gauteng launches 2019 travel survey to assist with transport planning
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Dr Ismail Vadi

Kenya, France collaborate on new Nairobi railway line

By: African News Agency      19th March 2019 A French consortium will build a new railway line linking Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and the central business district within the next two years, according to a report on Tuesday. The commuter rail, complemented by a Rapid Bus Transit System are expected to greatly... 

Ramaphosa stuck in train with commuters

By: African News Agency      18th March 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday experienced first hand the daily struggles of commuters after being stuck for hours on a train with disgruntled commuters while on the election campaign trail. Ramaphosa and the commuters boarded the train at Mabopane Station in Pretoria before 08:00. The train... 

PRASA places four execs on special leave 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th March 2019 The State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has put company secretary Lindikaya Zide, chief information officer Chris Mbatha, corporate real estate solutions CEO Tara Ngubane and suspended enterprise risk GM Tumi Mohube, on special leave, in light of continued allegations of... 

PRASA places four execs on special leave

Vadi urges Soweto commuters to use alternative transport

By: African News Agency      14th March 2019 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi on Thursday urged Soweto commuters who rely on the Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association (Nanduwe) and Witwatersrand Taxi Association (Wata) to make alternative transport arrangements. This in anticipation of the planned closure of taxi ranks and routes... 

Vadi closes Nanduwe, Wata taxi ranks in Soweto

By: African News Agency      13th March 2019 Two days after taxi drivers blockaded the Johannesburg CBD with taxis, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi on Wednesday announced the closure of routes operated by warring Soweto taxi associations.  Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association (Nanduwe) and Witwatersrand Taxi Association... 

Financial loss of train coaches totals more than R600m since April 2018

By: News24Wire      13th March 2019 The total financial loss of train coaches from April 2018 due to aging stock, vandalism, theft and derailment amounted to more than R630-million, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande said. In a written reply to a question from DA MP Manny de Freitas, Nzimande shared how many train coaches of... 

Uber could face class action lawsuit over safety complaints

By: News24Wire      8th March 2019 Uber faces a class action suit by customers who say they suffered emotional trauma and physical injuries while using its service. Eleven people represented by Ulrich Roux Attorneys will approach the High Court in an effort to pursue a damages claim from the transportation service as a class... 

Collaboration, safety awareness to mitigate railway fatalities

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     8th March 2019 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) hopes to collaborate with all stakeholders that have direct or indirect interactions with rail systems to mitigate fatalities associated with railways. These stakeholders include the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), the South African Police Service... 

Collaboration, safety awareness to mitigate railway fatalities
MADELEIN WILLIAMS The RSR aims to educate and conduct public awareness activities relating to safe railway operations

Rail safety important for future of public transport

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     8th March 2019 Rail should ensure that it is a public-transport mode of choice by considering the importance of delivering a service to commuters which is available, punctual and safe, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. “Public transport in South Africa is a mode of force – people don’t use... 

Rail safety important for future of public transport
RAIL Availability, punctuality and safety are key to the rail industry

Modernisation improves railway travel experience

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     8th March 2019 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is making huge strides to modernise its passenger railway to improve the experience of passengers. “Not only are we starting to receive delivery of the modern trainsets but the implementation of the infrastructure programme is also under way, which... 

Modernisation improves railway travel experience
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DEVELOPMENTS The new signalling system will create an environment for in-cab signalling and levels of automatic train protection

Investments in infrastructure projects set to improve rail industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     8th March 2019 The future of rail infrastructure in South Africa is bright and bold as government has set an ambitious target to have the fifth largest railway network globally, says multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm WSP Africa Infrastructure and Transportation division director Vishaal Lutchman.... 

Investments in infrastructure projects set to improve rail industry
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN The National Transport Master Plan will invest R751.74-billion in infrastructure projects until 2050, with 43% earmarked for the rail sector.

Western Cape transport department gets more than R200m more for road, rail safety

By: African News Agency      6th March 2019 The department of transport and public works has been allocated more than R200-million of the Western Cape medium term expenditure framework (MTEF) to address and improve road and rail safety. The 2019 MTEF allocation of additional R255.500-million will address public transport requirements for... 

Vadi wants to shut down Soweto taxi routes over violence

By: African News Agency      6th March 2019 The MEC for Transport in Gauteng province, Ismail Vadi, plans to close down affected public taxi ranks and routes as violence between warring associations continues unabated in Soweto. Clashes between the Witwatersrand African Taxi Association (Wata) and Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association... 

PRASA interim CEO Sithole resigns

By: African News Agency      28th February 2019 The board of the state-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) said on Thursday it had accepted the resignation of interim group CEO Sibusiso Sithole. Sithole had been at the helm of the organisation for nine months before what the board called a mutually agreed separation. 

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