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Public Transport News

$31m mixed-use office precinct to be built in Mauritius

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 1 hour 41 minutes ago Mauritius-based Gateway Real Estate Africa (GREA) is developing a $31-million mixed-use office development – The Precinct – in Grand Baie. The development is designed to accommodate corporate tenants’ fluctuating space needs in addition to catering for the gig economy with rentable desks, access... 

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     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... 

Construction starts on Rivonia road Rea Vaya BRT station

By: Donna Slater     30th March 2021 The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) says it will start implementation of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) station on Rivonia road, in Sandton, in the second quarter. The station’s construction is the final stretch of BRT infrastructure to be implemented in the area and, once completed,... 

Construction starts on Rivonia road Rea Vaya BRT station

Hydrogen supplier fuels public transport

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 Renewable-energy and hydrogen supply company Nel Hydrogen has installed a 2 MW proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser system at transport operator SunLine Transit’s premises in California, in the US, to fuel their fleet of fuel cell buses.  

ENERGY MAKER
The Nel Hydrogen proton exchange membrane  electrolyser allows for on site hydrogen generation from water
ENERGY MAKER The Nel Hydrogen proton exchange membrane electrolyser allows for on site hydrogen generation from water

Luxury train makes Covid-19 testing mandatory, free for travelers

By: Simone Liedtke     11th March 2021 Rapid antigen testing for Covid-19 has been made mandatory and free for all guests and crew, prior to travelling on the luxury Blue Train, which is operated by State-owned Transnet. The rapid test complements a comprehensive set of precautionary measures administered for the safety and peace of... 

Luxury train makes Covid-19 testing mandatory, free for travelers

Cabinet approves new National Transport Policy

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2021 Cabinet announced on Friday that it had approved the revised White Paper on National Transport Policy. The policy replaces the 1996 National Transport Policy. 

Class action lawsuit: 'Exploited' SA Uber drivers must be recognised as employees - lawyers

By: News24Wire      23rd February 2021 Two law firms announced on Tuesday that they would move ahead with plans to file a class action on behalf of South African Uber drivers against the ride hailing tech giant's operations in South Africa as well as in London for drivers to be recognised as employees. If successful, the legal bid... 

Covid-19-induced ridership decline forces cancellation of Gautrain rolling stock tenders

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2021 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) and the Bombela concessionaire have cancelled two tenders related to the procurement of around five pre-owned trains from the UK, says GMA CEO William Dachs. The tenders were first issued in 2019. 

Work on Selby Rea Vaya depot progressing well, says Joburg council 

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2021 Work on the Selby Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) depot, which will be designated for Phase 1B and Phase 1C operations of the bus service, is progressing well, reports the City of Johannesburg. The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), acting on behalf of the City of Johannesburg’s Department... 

Work on Selby Rea Vaya depot progressing well, says Joburg council

Does Greyhound's closure spell the end of the road for the long-distance bus sector?

By: News24Wire      4th February 2021 It's hard to picture a festive season or payday weekend without Greyhound buses on the road, as blue-collar workers head home - but this is a reality many will soon face. KAP Industrial Holdings said it would stop its Greyhound and Citiliner services this month after 37 years in the industry,... 

Gautrain Management Agency cancels rolling stock tenders 

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2021 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) and Bombela concessionaire have cancelled two tenders related to the procurement of around five pre-owned trains from the UK, says GMA CEO William Dachs. The tenders were first issued in 2019. 

Gautrain Management Agency cancels rolling stock tenders

E-hailing platform Bolt launches women-only service

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2021 E-hailing platform Bolt has launched a women-only service that enables women passengers to request rides from women drivers only. Women passengers who request the service will only connect with women drivers on the Bolt platform, with their request for a ride not visible to male drivers.  

Gautrain rolling stock fleet completes 40-million kilometres in service  

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2021 Bombardier Transportation says the Gautrain commuter fleet has successfully completed 40-million kilometres in service since operations began in 2010.   

Gautrain rolling stock fleet completes 40-million kilometres in service

Golden Arrow announces a fare increase

By: African News Agency      18th December 2020 The Golden Arrow Bus Service said on Friday it would increase passenger fares from December 28 to try and mitigate the effects of significantly higher operational cost throughout the year. In a statement Golden Arrow general manager Derrick Meyer said as per the company’s interim operating... 

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