https://www.engineeringnews.co.za
R/€ = 17.22 Change: -0.10
R/$ = 14.26 Change: -0.05
Au 1820.46 $/oz Change: 28.45
Pt 1251.50 $/oz Change: 16.00
 

Public Transport News

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.  

Hydrogen supplier fuels public transport
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... 

Golden Arrow operator keen on running passenger rail service in Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2020 Hosken Passenger Logistics & Rail (HPL&R), which, among others, operates the Golden Arrow bus service in Cape Town, is interested in expanding its operations to become a private participant in the country’s rail sector, confirms HPL&R spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer. HPL&R is listed on the JSE... 

Gibela confident it will deliver 600 new train sets to PRASA by 2029 deadline

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2020 Train maker Gibela is confident it can meet the terms of its R51-billion contract to deliver 600 newly built train sets to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) by 2029, despite the impact of Covid-19, says CEO Hector Danisa. Gibela, in 2013, signed a R51-billion contract to supply... 

Despite improvements, rail safety remains a concern – RSR

By: Donna Slater     27th November 2020 Despite improvements in some areas of national railway safety, statistics in the latest 'State of Railway Safety Report 2019/20', published on November 27, reveals “a grim picture of safety within the railway industry”, the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) reports. Despite an overall 24% reduction... 

Buses, trains shunned in favour of cars and taxis, Gauteng travel survey reveals

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 Low-capacity transport modes, such as minibus taxis and private cars, have become the backbone of the transport network in Gauteng province, as opposed to high-capacity modes, such as rail and buses. This is one of the main findings of the 2019/20 Gauteng Household Transport Survey (GHTS),... 

Gautrain to complete electric-bus pilot project by end-2021

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is busy with a feasibility study to investigate the possible future use of alternative drivetrains in the Gautrain bus fleet, says GMA COO Tshepo Kgobe. As part of this programme, the GMA expects to complete a pilot project, employing an electric bus, at the... 

Gibela confident of meeting 2029 deadline 

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2020 Train-maker Gibela is confident it can meet the terms of its R51-billion contract to deliver 600 newly-built train sets to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) by 2029, despite the impact of Covid-19, says CEO Hector Danisa. Gibela in 2013 signed a R51-billion contract to supply... 

Gibela confident of meeting 2029 deadline
Hector Danisa

Golden Arrow operator keen on running passenger rail service in Cape Town 

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2020 Hosken Passenger Logistics & Rail (HPL&R), which among others operates the Golden Arrow bus service in Cape Town, is interested in expanding its operations to become a private participant in the country’s rail sector, confirms HPL&R spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer. HPL&R is listed on the JSE, and... 

Golden Arrow operator keen on running passenger rail service in Cape Town

The 'jig is up' for rail saboteurs - Mbalula tells Parliament

By: News24Wire      4th November 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula wants the "might of the law unleashed" on those responsible for the destruction of South Africa's rail infrastructure. "The jig is up," he told the National Assembly on Tuesday. 

South Africa begins talks to regulate key minibus taxi industry

By: Bloomberg     3rd November 2020 South Africa’s government began talks to regulate the minibus taxi industry, a key economic sector that transports 40% of the population but whose reputation has been tarnished by lawlessness and a poor safety record. The private industry employs 300 000 drivers and generates an estimated... 

South Africa begins talks to regulate key minibus taxi industry

The taxi industry is 'the lifeblood of public transport', but we must fix problems – Ramaphosa 

By: News24Wire      29th October 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the taxi industry as the "lifeblood of our public transport system", but has also emphasised that problems need to be tackled. Ramaphosa - who is self-isolating after possible exposure to Covid-19 at a fundraiser event over the weekend - addressed various... 

The taxi industry is 'the lifeblood of public transport', but we must fix problems – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

PRASA appoints acting CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th October 2020 The newly appointed board of control of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) held its first meeting on October 27 and appointed group executive for human capital management Thandeka Mabija acting CEO with immediate effect. She is expected to hold the acting CEO position for a maximum... 

Smart mobility plan launched to improve Gauteng transport by 2030 

By: Donna Slater     27th October 2020 The Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo on October 27 launched the province’s Smart Mobility 2030 Plan, which is a roadmap aimed at addressing the province’s transport challenges. He pointed out that the two biggest challenges in the province are congestion... 

Gauteng’s Transport Authority to be formally established by the end of the year 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 The Transport Authority of Gauteng (TAG) will be formally established by the end of this year, interim CEO Jack van der Merwe confirmed on October 16. Speaking during an engagement session, he lamented that the Covid-19 pandemic had somewhat delayed the process but said that final board... 

Gauteng’s Transport Authority to be formally established by the end of the year

Buses, trains shunned in favour of cars, taxis, reveals Gauteng travel survey 

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2020 Low capacity transport modes, such as minibus taxis and private cars, have become the backbone of the transport network in the Gauteng province, as opposed to high-capacity modes, such as rail and buses. This is one of the main findings of the 2019/20 Gauteng Household Transport Survey (GHTS),... 

Buses, trains shunned in favour of cars, taxis, reveals Gauteng travel survey

Gautrain, Numsa settle wage dispute

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2020 Gautrain and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have signed a wage proposal made by the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), who manages the Gautrain, effectively ending the strike that started on October 5. The standard Gautrain train service will resume on October 16, while... 

Gautrain, Numsa settle wage dispute

Concessioning best option to revive urban rail, says former Gauteng Transport MEC  

By: Irma Venter     13th October 2020 Metrorail has little chance to revive its rail services in Gauteng, says University of Johannesburg senior research associate Dr Ismail Vadi.  He is also the former Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC. 

Concessioning best option to revive urban rail, says former Gauteng Transport MEC
Dr Ismail Vadi

Johannesburg mayor warns rogue business forums not to delay projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th October 2020 Johannesburg Executive Mayor Geoffrey Makhubo has warned "business forums" not to interfere in service delivery projects. “The stopping of service delivery projects by business forums will not be tolerated as it delays the completion of projects and the provision of much-needed service to the... 

BOC says contingency plans in place for Gautrain strike

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th October 2020 Operator of the Gautrain, the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), says it will implement a contingency plan to ensure it is able to still deliver a train service to its passengers after trade union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) announced that its members would embark on... 

Numsa serves notice for Gautrain strike

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd October 2020 Trade union the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on October 2 issued a notice to strike at the Bombela Operating Company (BOC) − the management and operating company for the Gautrain. The union said its members would, as of the morning of October 5, go on an indefinite... 

Gautrain extension will improve Gauteng’s competitiveness, says GMA  

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2020 Even if the next phase of the Gautrain rail system were to get the green light from National Treasury today, it would take three to four years before construction could start on the project, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO William Dachs. “This is a very ambitious, long-term plan,” he... 

Gautrain extension will improve Gauteng’s competitiveness, says GMA

Maintenance work completed during lockdown 

By: Halima Frost     25th September 2020 A team of eight work-at-height specialists representing rope access company Skyriders has safely completed the cleaning and maintenance of two storage tanks at a petrochemicals producer, in Mpumalanga. The maintenance project, which was conducted during Level 5 of the Covid-19 lockdown period,... 

Maintenance work completed during lockdown
Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn discusses a recently completed maintenance project that required specialised rope access expertise. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.08.2020

Big loss for Gautrain predicted as ridership falls, owing to Covid-19

By: Irma Venter     18th September 2020 Weekday Gautrain rail ridership has fallen to 7 478 passenger trips a day, about 14% of pre-Covid-19 levels, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) COO Tshepo Kgobe. Bus ridership is at 16% of pre-Covid-19 levels, at 2 974 passenger trips a day. 

Security function now top priority at PRASA, says CEO

By: Irma Venter     18th September 2020 While Covid-19 has given the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) the opportunity to “stop and think” about its service offering and the way forward for the rail entity, it also left the door open for severe vandalism of its assets during the national lockdown, says CEO Nosipho Damasane.... 

1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
 

Latest News

more

Latest Videos

more

Research Reports

RSS Feed

About

Engineering News is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa
Polity

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on Engineering News is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Free daily email newsletter Register Now
Register Close