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PRASA appoints acting chief procurement officer

By: Donna Slater     Updated 7 hours ago The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has appointed Willie Mathebula acting group chief procurement officer, with effect from July 7. He assumes the position which has been left vacant by the departure of previous incumbent Keabetswe Mpane.  

Mobility as a service using cellphones proposed for safe transport

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2020 Multinational engineering consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV has proposed using technology to monitor hotspots and ensure safe commuting, as well as reduce the need to increase the number of public transport vehicles to enable safe transport. Technology can help to manage supply and demand more... 

Alstom launches new Mastria mobility orchestration solution

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2020 Transport and rail multinational Alstom has launched a new version of multimodal supervision and mobility orchestration solution Mastria, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to provide operators and transport authorities with enhanced passenger flow management tools. The solution allows... 

Taxi assistance approved in principle, says TAG’s Van der Merwe 

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2020 Government has taken the policy decision to financially assist minibus taxis, but the mechanism to do this has not yet been determined, says Transport Authority of Gauteng (TAG) head Jack van der Merwe. “The short answer is that government has made a decision that taxis are a very important role... 

Taxi assistance approved in principle, says TAG’s Van der Merwe

Mpondo institutes investigation into leak of confidential PRASA documents

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd June 2020 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo has ordered an investigation into the illegal leaking of confidential company documents related to a security tender. Mpondo has directed the acting head of PRASA Security, Brigadier General (Ret) Tebogo Rakau, to... 

More than R1bn allocated for taxi industry relief – Mbalula 

By: News24Wire      19th June 2020 More than a billion rand in relief has been allocated to the taxi industry to aid thousands of taxis and their operators during the Covid-19 pandemic, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has said. "Government has offered the taxi industry a relief package of R1.135 billion. Reaching agreement... 

Intelligent transport system community severely impacted on by Covid-19 

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the local intelligent transport system (ITS) community, says Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. The ITTSA conducted a survey among its members on the new normal brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

DoT unveils plans for new auto terminal at Durban, branch line concessioning

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2020 The Department of Transport (DoT) intends to take over the functioning of struggling integrated public transport networks (IPTNs) in five cities, with six cities currently operating these systems, says Department of Transport director-general Alec Moemi. IPTNs should, ideally, incorporate bus... 

Expected decline in safety related rail incidents

By: Darren Parker     12th June 2020 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) expects that an analysis of railway safety incidents in April and May will reveal a declining trend in some categories of operational occurrence since some railway operations were suspended during levels 4 and 5 of the Covid-19 national lockdown. As legislated,... 

Expected decline in safety related rail incidents
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WALKING THE LINE Although there have been less operational occurrences throughout the lockdown, safe railway behaviour promotion has been augmented for rail employees and the general public

Rail needs innovative risk-sharing structures

By: Darren Parker     12th June 2020 African railway owners and operators should consider linking freight and passenger rail services as a way of diversifying the risks and rewards that have become evident in these systems on the back of the Covid-19 crisis, says Development Bank of Southern Africa transport, logistics and bulk... 

Rail needs innovative risk-sharing structures
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SHOULDERING THE LOAD While passenger rail suffered losses, freight rail enjoyed increased demand throughout the Covid-19 lockdown

Gautrain takes a knock to protect customer base

By: Darren Parker     12th June 2020 Gautrain rapid-rail network operator Bombela Concession Company has maintained or, in some cases, increased Gautrain operational capacity despite low passenger numbers. “While maintaining or even increasing capacity at a time when demand has reduced goes against commercial logic, it makes perfect... 

Gautrain takes a knock to protect customer base
STAYING ON TRACK The Gautrain has continued to operate at full capacity despite experiencing a significant reduction in paying customers during lockdown

PRASA dismisses four senior officials over procurement irregularities

By: Donna Slater     8th June 2020 Following allegations of impropriety in the awarding of security-related tenders, and a disciplinary inquiry, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has dismissed four senior officials in its protection services department, who have been found guilty of alleged procurement... 

PRASA raids illicit scrap metal trader, makes arrests

By: Donna Slater     3rd June 2020 Having been victim to an alarming increase in cases of infrastructure vandalism to its overhead electrical lines, electrical substations and station buildings, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) security team has seized about R10-million worth of stolen cables and other rail... 

Gautrain extends operating hours

By: Donna Slater     1st June 2020 The Gautrain will, from June 1, expand its operating hours for the train service, in line with the easing of travel restrictions. Trains will operate daily, with the first trains departing from end stations at 05:30 and the last trains departing from these stations at 20:30. 

Gautrain extends operating hours

PRASA not ready to resume commuter operations under Covid-19 level 3, says Mbalula

By: African News Agency      1st June 2020 While the Gautrain will resume its OR Tambo International Airport service when the coronavirus (Covid-19) level 3 regulations come into effect on June 1, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is not yet ready to resume Metrorail commuter services, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula... 

PRASA administrator announces new permanent executive appointments

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2020 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo on May 29 announced new permanent executive appointments to the State-owned rail entity. The appointments are the culmination of a rigorous process, overseen by external recruitment agencies, as well as experts in... 

Five things public transport can do to help flatten postlockdown infection curve

By: Irma Venter     29th May 2020 Public transport has emerged as a central concern in the fight against the transmission of Covid-19, says University of Pretoria Centre for Transport Development’s Christo Venter. Vehicles and transport hubs are ideal places for infections to spread, leading to the shutdown of transport services... 

Almost two-thirds of ITS community severely impacted by Covid-19  

By: Irma Venter     22nd May 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the local intelligent transport system (ITS) community, says Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. ITTSA conducted a survey among its members on the new normal brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Almost two-thirds of ITS community severely impacted by Covid-19 

PRASA appoints new CFO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2020 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has appointed Krishna Govender CFO, effective immediately. Govender is a chartered accountant and has almost 25 years’ experience in accounting and financial management, which he gained from various entities in both the public and private... 

PRASA appoints new CFO
PRASA CFO Krishna Govender

Gautrain delays yearly fare increase owing to Covid-19

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2020 The Gautrain will not be increasing its fares in June this year, as would normally have been the case. Instead, the Gautrain Management Agency and Bombela Concession Company will be delaying the fare increase to later in the year once more accurate information is available as to when the lockdown... 

Gautrain delays yearly fare increase owing to Covid-19

Bridge Taxi Finance supports drivers, owners with financing relief

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th May 2020 Minibus taxi financier Bridge Taxi Finance has announced that it will provide R175-million in financial relief to the 2 500 taxi operators that it finances. With the support of its holding company Mokoro Holdings and shareholders, Bridge Taxi Finance says it will settle 50% of its clients’... 

Bridge Taxi Finance supports drivers, owners with financing relief

DoT unveils plans for new auto terminal at Durban, branch line concessioning 

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2020 The Department of Transport (DoT) intends to take over the functioning of struggling integrated public transport networks (IPTNs) in five cities, with six cities currently operating these systems, says Department of Transport director-general Alec Moemi. IPTNs should, ideally, incorporate bus... 

DoT unveils plans for new auto terminal at Durban, branch line concessioning

Five things public transport can do to help flatten the curve 

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2020 Public transport has emerged as a central concern in the fight against the transmission of Covid-19, says University of Pretoria Centre for Transport Development’s Christo Venter. Vehicles and transport hubs are ideal places for infections to spread, leading to the shutdown of transport services... 

Five things public transport can do to help flatten the curve
Christo Venter

PRASA turnaround under way despite delays

By: Simone Liedtke     7th May 2020 The turnaround of State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is on track, albeit with delays, in part owing to the situation brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo has revealed. In a webinar on May 7, he lamented that the passenger rail agency had... 

PRASA turnaround under way despite delays

PRASA operations to resume under lockdown Level 3 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th May 2020 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) operations are set to resume under Lockdown Alert Level 3, administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo confirmed in a webinar on May 7. The passenger rail agency terminated all services during the initial lockdown period (Level 5), and has continued to do... 

PRASA operations to resume under lockdown Level 3

Bridge Taxi Finance raises funds to support taxi industry, imports 650 ambulances

By: Donna Slater     4th May 2020 Minibus taxi financier Bridge Taxi Finance has raised more than R280-million as part of a R1-billion fundraising programme to enable it to continue to finance taxis for use by the South African taxi industry. Bridge Taxi Finance provides credit facilities to South African entrepreneurs in the... 

Gautrain reopens with disinfectant spray booths, regular sanitising  

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2020 The Gautrain resumed service, albeit limited, on May 4, following the suspension of all services at the end of March owing to the national Covid-19 lockdown.  Trains will operate daily between 05h30 to 09h30 and 15h00 to 19h00.  

Gautrain reopens with disinfectant spray booths, regular sanitising
Gautrain acting COO Tshepo Kgobe on the operations of the Gautrain as from May 4

TMH's Ivolga trains equipped to help curb spread of Covid-19

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th April 2020 The technical solutions implemented in Ivolga passenger trains, made in Russia by rail and urban transport manufacturer Transmashholding (TMH), are helping to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and other infections. All Ivolga passenger electric trains feature a heating, ventilation, and air... 

TMH's Ivolga trains equipped to help curb spread of Covid-19
TMH Ivolga Passenger Train

AfDB signs major loan agreement with SA Taxi

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th April 2020 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a $100-million loan agreement with SA Taxi Development, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SA Taxi Holdings (SA Taxi). The loan agreement has an eight-year tenor and incorporates a grace period of six months. The agreement is composed of a... 

Lockdown: Mbalula cuts loading capacity for taxis, rescinding earlier decision

By: News24Wire      2nd April 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has rescinded his earlier decision of allowing taxis to carry a full load of passengers. They would only be allowed a loading capacity of 70% and not a full load as many operators had wished for, he said. 

Lockdown: Mbalula cuts loading capacity for taxis, rescinding earlier decision
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Engen refinery temporarily shut amid low demand

By: Donna Slater     30th March 2020 The Durban-based petroleum refinery of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products distributor and marketer Engen has undergone a temporary controlled shut down, effective March 27, as a result of forecasted lower demand for petroleum products during the national lockdown which came into effect from... 

Opinion: Transport sector expected to play a key role during lockdown

27th March 2020 As we wake up to a country in lockdown, the rules are still being written and the full impact of the coronavirus for South Africa is yet ahead. Making sense of our new circumstances and adapting to the fast-changing new reality is overwhelming. At the same time it requires exceptional leadership... 

Opinion: Transport sector expected to play a key role during lockdown

Train services suspended for duration of lockdown - Mbalula

By: African News Agency      25th March 2020 All commuter rail services will shut down for the duration of South Africa's national lockdown, transport minister Fikile Mbalula said on Wednesday. "All long-distance passenger rail services, both public and private, will stop operations for the duration of the lockdown. Services of Shosholoza... 

Opinion: Working together to keep public transport Covid-19 free

20th March 2020 In less than a week South Africans have begun adapting to the declaration of a global pandemic, a national state of disaster and the immediate and widespread disruption to our daily lives. The World Health Organisation’s declaration on 13 March 2020 that the global Covid-19 outbreak constituted a... 

Opinion: Working together to keep public transport Covid-19 free

'My worry is the people we transport' – Johannesburg taxi driver

By: News24Wire      20th March 2020 Johannesburg taxi drivers say they need to be equipped with more knowledge about the symptoms and prevention of the new coronavirus (Covid-19). On Thursday, some drivers told News24 that they were in the dark about coronavirus and were not prepared to deal with the outbreak. 

Coronavirus in SA: Gautrain exec tests positive, staff self-isolated, station deep clean

By: News24Wire      18th March 2020 A Gautrain business unit director who travelled from France has tested positive for Covid-19. According to the company, the executive visited its Midrand offices between 12 and 14 March, as well as the Gautrain Park and Sandton stations. He is currently in self-isolation. 

Coronavirus in SA: Gautrain exec tests positive, staff self-isolated, station deep clean

Gautrain assures of cleaning practices after passenger tests positive for Covid-19

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2020 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) has advised that a passenger who used the Gautrain Park and Sandton stations has tested positive for Covid-19, and urges visitors to these stations between March 12 and 14 to be vigilant about any symptoms. The businessman was visiting the Bombela Operating... 

Gautrain assures of cleaning practices after passenger tests positive for Covid-19
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