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PRASA dismisses four senior officials over procurement irregularities
8th June 2020 By: Donna Slater

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... 


PRASA raids illicit scrap metal trader, makes arrests
3rd June 2020 By: Donna Slater

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... 


Gautrain extends operating hours
Gautrain extends operating hours
1st June 2020 By: Donna Slater

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... 


PRASA not ready to resume commuter operations under Covid-19 level 3, says Mbalula
1st June 2020 By: African News Agency

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 administrator announces new permanent executive appointments
29th May 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 


Five things public transport can do to help flatten postlockdown infection curve
29th May 2020 By: Irma Venter

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... 


Almost two-thirds of ITS community severely impacted by Covid-19 
Almost two-thirds of ITS community severely impacted by Covid-19 
22nd May 2020 By: Irma Venter

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... 


PRASA CFO Krishna Govender
PRASA appoints new CFO
15th May 2020 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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... 


Gautrain delays yearly fare increase owing to Covid-19
Gautrain delays yearly fare increase owing to Covid-19
13th May 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 


Bridge Taxi Finance supports drivers, owners with financing relief
Bridge Taxi Finance supports drivers, owners with financing relief
13th May 2020 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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... 


DoT unveils plans for new auto terminal at Durban, branch line concessioning
DoT unveils plans for new auto terminal at Durban, branch line concessioning
12th May 2020 By: Irma Venter

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,... 


Christo Venter
Five things public transport can do to help flatten the curve
8th May 2020 By: Irma Venter

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... 


PRASA turnaround under way despite delays
PRASA turnaround under way despite delays
7th May 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 


PRASA operations to resume under lockdown Level 3
PRASA operations to resume under lockdown Level 3
7th May 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 


Bridge Taxi Finance raises funds to support taxi industry, imports 650 ambulances
4th May 2020 By: Donna Slater

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... 


Gautrain reopens with disinfectant spray booths, regular sanitising
Gautrain reopens with disinfectant spray booths, regular sanitising
4th May 2020 By: Irma Venter

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... 


TMH Ivolga Passenger Train
TMH's Ivolga trains equipped to help curb spread of Covid-19
30th April 2020 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

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... 


AfDB signs major loan agreement with SA Taxi
24th April 2020 By: Rebecca Campbell

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... 


Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Lockdown: Mbalula cuts loading capacity for taxis, rescinding earlier decision
2nd April 2020 By: News24Wire

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... 


Engen refinery temporarily shut amid low demand
30th March 2020 By: Donna Slater

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... 


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


Train services suspended for duration of lockdown - Mbalula
25th March 2020 By: African News Agency

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... 


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


'My worry is the people we transport' – Johannesburg taxi driver
20th March 2020 By: News24Wire

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... 


Coronavirus in SA: Gautrain exec tests positive, staff self-isolated, station deep clean
Coronavirus in SA: Gautrain exec tests positive, staff self-isolated, station deep clean
18th March 2020 By: News24Wire

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... 


Gautrain assures of cleaning practices after passenger tests positive for Covid-19
Gautrain assures of cleaning practices after passenger tests positive for Covid-19
17th March 2020 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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... 


Coronavirus: E-hailing services to continue in SA under strict 'hygienic protocols' – Bolt, Uber
17th March 2020 By: News24Wire

E-hailing services Bolt and Uber will continue to operate, amid the fear and panic of the global outbreak of Covid-19, but operations will occur under strict hygienic protocols. "Based on the... 


Tanzania set to launch tender for single gauge railway to Rwanda, DRC
12th March 2020 By: African News Agency

The Tanzanian government has announced that it will soon invite international tenders for the construction of a standard gauge railway (SGR) to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),... 


Cape Town cuts water to PRASA, electricity to follow
10th March 2020 By: African News Agency

The Cape Town municipality has cut water supply to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and will do the same with electricity supply to the troubled entity on Tuesday, deputy mayor Ian... 


Massive R1.4bn boost to get Cape Town central line back on track
5th March 2020 By: News24Wire

The Department of Transport budgeted a massive amount of money to get the problematic Cape Town Central train line back on track. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday said there would be a... 


Eskom power cut derails Western Cape train service, Mbalula not impressed
27th February 2020 By: African News Agency

Commuter trains throughout the Western Cape came to a halt on Thursday as Eskom disconnected power to Metrorail due to unpaid bills, causing transport chaos in the province. Limited service was... 


Jack van der Merwe
The night a Van der Merwe and Ledwaba took gold in London
27th February 2020 By: Irma Venter

After twenty years of first finding ways to kickstart the Gautrain project, then building and running the urban rapid-rail system, Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe has retired. His... 


'Speeding' Shosholoza Meyl stopped in its tracks following fatal crash
'Speeding' Shosholoza Meyl stopped in its tracks following fatal crash
19th February 2020 By: News24Wire

The Shosholoza Meyl, a long-distance train service operated by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), has been ordered to stop operating with immediate effect. This follows a fatal... 


KfW, DBSA renew MoU
13th February 2020 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

German development bank KfW has renewed its memorandum of understanding (MoU) with development finance institution, the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), to continue their successful... 


PRASA denies allegations of abuse of dominance at Jhb intermodal facility
PRASA denies allegations of abuse of dominance at Jhb intermodal facility
13th February 2020 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has welcomed the opportunity to present its case to the Competition Tribunal around allegations that it had abused its dominance through its bus... 


Investigation under way following fatal rail accident in Johannesburg
Investigation under way following fatal rail accident in Johannesburg
13th February 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

An investigation is under way to determine the cause of the accident between a Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Premier Classe passenger train and a stationary Transnet train between... 


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