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Smart mobility research chair established
25th February 2022 By: Irma Venter

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have jointly established a research chair in... 


PRASA secures licences to run new electrical trains on Southern, Saulsville lines
24th February 2022 By: Schalk Burger

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has been granted a commercial licence by the Railway Safety Regulator to run the "People’s Train, which are a type of new, blue-coloured electric... 


DSI’s Maserumule reiterates South Africa’s green hydrogen ambitions
24th February 2022 By: Schalk Burger

South Africa is looking to build out funding opportunities and partnerships with international donors and countries that are aiming to decarbonise their own economies through the use of green... 


Cape Town bus commuters get ready. The MyCiTi N2 Express service is set to resume this week
14th February 2022 By: News24Wire

It's all systems go for the MyCiTi N2 Express service in Cape Town after an absence of nearly three years. Bus commuters will finally be able to use the service as the buses are expected to start... 


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MyCiTi service records 19% increase in passenger trips 
4th February 2022 By: Irma Venter

The number of passenger trips recorded on Cape Town’s MyCiTi bus service for the last quarter of 2021 increased by more than 19% compared with the same period in 2020, when South Africa faced harsh... 


Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane
Gauteng transport dept extended bus contract irregularly since 1997 - Public Protector
1st February 2022 By: News24Wire

The Office of the Public Protector has found that the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport irregularly implemented a provincial transport contract with the Putco bus company. On Monday, Public... 


Image of the head of public policy for Southern Africa at Bolt, Andrew Ihsaan Gasnolar
Bolt welcomes inclusion of e-hailing drivers under Taxi Relief Fund
27th January 2022 By: Irma Venter

Bolt, the mobility service that currently connects more than 25 000 drivers with passengers across South Africa, says it welcomes the launch of government's Covid-19 Taxi Relief Fund (TRF).  The... 


Metrorail closes one line between Soshanguve, Mabopane stations
24th January 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Passenger rail service operator Metrorail has closed one line between the Soshanguve and Mabopane stations following a technical fault and train incident. A train en route to Mabopane station... 


City of Cape Town offers R5 000 reward for info on stoning of brand new train
12th January 2022 By: News24Wire

The City of Cape Town is offering a R5 000 reward for information that leads to the positive identification and arrest of those responsible for the stoning of a brand new train. A group of youth... 


Minibus taxis parked at the Roodepoort taxi rank
Mbalula launches one-off Covid-19 Taxi Relief Fund
11th January 2022 By: Yvonne Silaule

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has officially launched the R1.14-billion one-off ex gratia Covid-19 Taxi Relief Fund (TRF), with qualifying operators expected to receive about R5 000 each. The... 


Metrorail opens case as Steenberg to Fish Hoek train pelted with stone
5th January 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Passenger rail service operator Metrorail Western Cape has opened a case of malicious damage to property after a group of youths allegedly stoned a train at Steenberg station on its way to Fish... 


Metrorail to resume services between Fish Hoek and Simon's Town stations
4th January 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Metrorail Western Cape will resume services between the Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town stations on January 5. This means all 29 stations between the Retreat station and the Simon’s Town station will be... 


Rea Vaya BRT, in Johannesburg
BRT job losses loom if govt does not reconsider legislation, says association
9th December 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The South African Bus Rapid Transit Association (Sabrata) has called on government to review legislation governing the bus rapid transit (BRT) industry, particularly to extend the 12-year bus... 


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PRASA to resume Shosholoza Meyl operations
8th December 2021 By: Irma Venter

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) says it is preparing for the resumption of the Shosholoza Meyl long-distance passenger rail service on December 15. The preparatory work follows... 


Verdant closes private equity-related transactions in South Africa
15th November 2021 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Specialist investment bank and investment manager Verdant Capital has closed private equity-related transactions in South Africa, with fund raisings for Bridge Taxi Finance and Retail Capital.... 


Taxi industry welcomes proposed single ticketing system 
12th November 2021 By: Irma Venter

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... 


A photo of the Rosebank taxi rank
Collaboration highlighted as key to enhance transport in Rosebank
29th October 2021 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The Rosebank node, in Johannesburg, has experienced considerable growth over the past two decades and transport plays a key role within this space. There are, therefore, a number of issues that... 


City reports steady progress on Selby BRT depot
26th October 2021 By: Schalk Burger

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... 


City of Joburg unveils Africa’s largest intermodal transport hub
13th October 2021 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

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... 


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The taxi industry welcomes the proposed single ticketing system – NTA
7th October 2021 By: Irma Venter

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... 


Western Cape govt launches the Atlantis Red Dot Taxi service
4th October 2021 By: Yvonne Silaule

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... 


Commuter mobility platform to expand in Africa and beyond after raising R175m
1st October 2021 By: Irma Venter

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... 


Ventilation, vaccination needed to make indoor spaces safe, says GreenFlag Association
1st September 2021 By: Schalk Burger

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... 


CEO An image of, the CEO of the African Rail Industry Association
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... 


Automobile Association opposed to proposed Gautrain route extensions
27th August 2021 By: Irma Venter

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... 


City of Cape Town announces new transport mayco member
19th August 2021 By: News24Wire

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... 


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Gautrain a white elephant, its extension unacceptable ­– AA
13th August 2021 By: Irma Venter

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,... 


Image of a Zeelo bus
Commuter mobility platform Zeelo raises R175m for expansion project 
11th August 2021 By: Irma Venter

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... 


Gibela confident of meeting train production targets despite impact of Covid-19
6th August 2021 By: Irma Venter

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... 


Gibela procurement executive Colette Yende stands outside in front of a train set at Gibela's premises
Company steers through Covid-19 challenges
30th July 2021 By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah

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... 


Passenger rail agency fails to meet capex targets
23rd July 2021 By: Irma Venter

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... 


Image of a train being produced at the Gibela factory in Nigel
Gibela confident of meeting production targets despite impact of Covid-19
21st July 2021 By: Irma Venter

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... 


Security, restoring public transport ‘that enables’ top new PRASA boss’s to-do list
16th July 2021 By: Irma Venter

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... 


Gauteng govt seeks input on proposed Gautrain extension
12th July 2021 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 


Metrorail, Rea Vaya services suspended amid violent protests
12th July 2021 By: Schalk Burger

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... 


Thesele concludes acquisition of Bidvest Car Rental
8th July 2021 By: Schalk Burger

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... 


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