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PRASA’s capex programme has failed to meet its targets, renewed roll-out effort started – Matthews
PRASA’s capex programme has failed to meet its targets, renewed roll-out effort started – Matthews
7th 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... 


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Security, restoring public transport ‘that enables’ priorities for new PRASA boss
6th 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. Matthews on Tuesday delivered his... 


Govt can do more to integrate minibus taxis in broader public transport planning
6th July 2021 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 


Naspers invests R42m in WhereIsMyTransport
2nd July 2021 By: Irma Venter

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... 


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... 


Logan Naicker
Alstom Ubunye appoints Logan Naicker as new CEO 
29th June 2021 By: Irma Venter

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... 


SMOOTH SAILING 
All transport service providers are aiming to introduce a world-class STS to service their communities
Transport revolution on horizon for SA
25th June 2021 By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah

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... 


Nearly 8 000 living on or around Cape Town's central train line - Metrorail
23rd June 2021 By: News24Wire

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.... 


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Naspers invests R42m in WhereIsMyTransport
7th June 2021 By: Irma Venter

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... 


Agency moves to add machine learning to road-safety arsenal
Agency moves to add machine learning to road-safety arsenal
4th June 2021 By: Schalk Burger

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... 


Johannesburg International Transport Interchange to launch at the end of June
Johannesburg International Transport Interchange to launch at the end of June
3rd June 2021 By: Schalk Burger

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... 


Finance MMC Jolidee Matongo
City of Joburg tries to strike balance between revenue, relief in new budget
25th May 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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... 


Minibus taxis under closer scrutiny through W Cape's Blue Dot initiative
18th May 2021 By: News24Wire

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... 


Solar minibuses for Africa? Data seen as key to green transport switch
14th May 2021 By: Reuters

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... 


District Development Model seen as key to tackling delivery backlogs
District Development Model seen as key to tackling delivery backlogs
14th May 2021 By: Donna Slater

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... 


GMA seeks transaction adviser for feasibility study
10th May 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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... 


Rail transport holds untapped potential that could be unlocked through third-party access – Gordhan
31st March 2021 By: Donna Slater

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... 


Tribunal allows Intercape to participate in PRASA matter
30th March 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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... 


Construction starts on Rivonia road Rea Vaya BRT station
Construction starts on Rivonia road Rea Vaya BRT station
30th March 2021 By: Donna Slater

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... 


ENERGY MAKER
The Nel Hydrogen proton exchange membrane  electrolyser allows for on site hydrogen generation from water
Hydrogen supplier fuels public transport
19th March 2021 By: Halima Frost

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... 


Luxury train makes Covid-19 testing mandatory, free for travelers
Luxury train makes Covid-19 testing mandatory, free for travelers
11th March 2021 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 


Cabinet approves new National Transport Policy
26th February 2021 By: Irma Venter

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
23rd February 2021 By: News24Wire

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... 


Covid-19-induced ridership decline forces cancellation of Gautrain rolling stock tenders
19th February 2021 By: Irma Venter

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.... 


Work on Selby Rea Vaya depot progressing well, says Joburg council
Work on Selby Rea Vaya depot progressing well, says Joburg council
12th February 2021 By: Irma Venter

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.... 


Does Greyhound's closure spell the end of the road for the long-distance bus sector?
4th February 2021 By: News24Wire

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... 


Gautrain Management Agency cancels rolling stock tenders
Gautrain Management Agency cancels rolling stock tenders
3rd February 2021 By: Irma Venter

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... 


E-hailing platform Bolt launches women-only service
2nd February 2021 By: Irma Venter

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... 


Gautrain rolling stock fleet completes 40-million kilometres in service
Gautrain rolling stock fleet completes 40-million kilometres in service
18th January 2021 By: Irma Venter

Bombardier Transportation says the Gautrain commuter fleet has successfully completed 40-million kilometres in service since operations began in 2010.   


Golden Arrow announces a fare increase
18th December 2020 By: African News Agency

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... 


Golden Arrow operator keen on running passenger rail service in Cape Town
11th December 2020 By: Irma Venter

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... 


Gibela confident it will deliver 600 new train sets to PRASA by 2029 deadline
4th December 2020 By: Irma Venter

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... 


Despite improvements, rail safety remains a concern – RSR
27th November 2020 By: Donna Slater

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... 


Buses, trains shunned in favour of cars and taxis, Gauteng travel survey reveals
27th November 2020 By: Irma Venter

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... 


Gautrain to complete electric-bus pilot project by end-2021
27th November 2020 By: Irma Venter

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... 


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Gibela confident of meeting 2029 deadline
12th November 2020 By: Irma Venter

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... 


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