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Rail Transport and Infrastructure

US locomotives manufacturer seeks further African growth

By: Sashnee Moodley     13th April 2012 US locomotives manufacturer GE Transportation, which is, through its local subsidiary General Electric South Africa Technologies (Gesat), producing 143 locomotives for State-owned freight logistics group Transnet, says it aims to tap into further rail opportunities on the African continent. 

Concrete product has potential use in rail industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     13th April 2012 Concrete products manufacturer Rocla has added the Alfabloc precast concrete retaining wall system to its range of products. 

Summit to discuss road and rail infrastructure

13th April 2012 The third East & Central Africa Roads & Rail Infrastructure Summit, which is aimed at discussing the challenges facing the road and rail infrastructure in this region, will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 

Rail contractor completes major projects, consolidates company

By: Sashnee Moodley     13th April 2012 Rail infrastructure contractor Racec has successfully completed major projects in the Northern Cape and Sierra Leone and has consolidated its position as a rail contractor following the disposal of its subsidiaries and its noncore loss-making manufacturing operations last year.  

Software developer awarded innovation grant, seeks export opportunities

By: Sashnee Moodley     13th April 2012 Software developer Dariel Solutions has been awarded an innovation grant by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for its WBX weighbridge software for rail and road and is planning to export the system. 

Rail enterprise reveals long-term growth plans 

13th April 2012 State-owned enterprise the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) Vision 2015 plan aims to position it as the top public transport provider in high-volume corridors.  

Localisation a priority for rolling stock renewal programme

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th December 2011 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) expects to start the tender process for the local manufacturing of rolling stock by March next year. 

Prasa to take a greener route

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th December 2011 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is in the process of developing its own environmental policy and strategy framework, which will be applicable to all its operating entities. 

Pace of rolling stock procurement might have to be revised – DoT 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th December 2011 The Department of Transport’s (DoT’s) initial calculation that about 360 new coaches will have to be procured each year during the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) rolling stock fleet-renewal programme, might have to be revised, says acting deputy director-general Jan-David de... 

Gautrain readies for phase-two launch

By: Sinette Goosen     24th June 2011 Work on phase two of the Gautrain rapid rail project is proceeding smoothly, as the operator prepares to meet its completion date at the end of this month. 

Company ensures intelligent security at Marlboro station 

By: Sinette Goosen     24th June 2011 Specialist in the design and implementation of intelligent video and perimeter security solutions, C3 Shared Services says its advanced video surveillance system has contributed to safety at the Gautrain Marlboro station. 

Bombela to receive phase two OCD Certificate

By: Sinette Goosen     24th June 2011 Engineering and management consultancy Arup, which was appointed in 2006 as the Gautrain independent certifier (IC), will soon issue the Operating Commencement Date (OCD) Certificate for the second phase of the rapid rail project to concession company Bombela. 

Gautrain launches integrated public transport map service

By: Sinette Goosen     24th June 2011 The Gautrain launched its online integrated public transport map service, which will assist commuters to find and plan routes from one destination to another using only public transport, in May. 

Gautrain stations each feature a unique theme

24th June 2011 Each of the ten Gautrain stations has been designed according to its own unique theme to reflect the diverse resources, technologies, economy and culture of South Africa, the Gautrain states on its website. 

Tractionel Enterprise completes Gautrain's Overhead Contact Distribution System

24th June 2011 Tractionel Enterprise, one of South Africa's leading railway electrification Company has successfully completed the implementation of the Gautrain's Overhead Contact Distribution (OCD) system.  

New train driver simulator developed

By: Henry Lazenby     8th April 2011 Specialist rail consultancy R&H Railway Consultants reports that it has developed a new dynamic train simulator for training purposes. The simulator was delivered to the company’s offices in Johannesburg in January, commissioned in February, and officially launched at the Railways and Harbours... 

Precast concrete structures provide railway infrastructure solutions

By: Henry Lazenby     8th April 2011 Precast concrete manufacturer Rocla says that it has seen significant demand for its newly developed security housings for trackside railway signalling equipment. The company developed the reinforced concrete structures as railway signalling equipment is increasingly being targeted by criminals... 

City extends security in support of extended rail services

8th April 2011 The City of Cape Town announced in March that it will extend the working hours of security guards at ten park-and-ride facilities along its Southern rail line, to coincide with commuter rail services operator Metrorail’s extended operational hours. 

New Western Cape railway station built

By: Henry Lazenby     8th April 2011 Interlocking concrete block manufacturer Terraforce reports that its product was used to construct two, 2-m-high retaining walls of 265 m each in length, for the new Windermere railway station, in the Western Cape.  

Aerial surveys for three greenfield railways completed

By: Henry Lazenby     8th April 2011 Land surveyor Southern Mapping Company reports that it was contracted to survey three significant greenfields railway routes in Africa in recent months. The company reports that it has completed surveying a 500 km railway in the Republic of Congo, between Zanaga and the port of Ponte-Noire... 

Rail agency appoints marketing management agency 

By: Henry Lazenby     8th April 2011 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has awarded a concession to the Umjanji Media Consortium, led by commuter advertising specialist Provantage Out of Home Media, to manage its marketing business. 

Rail infrastructure upgrades abound 

By: Henry Lazenby     8th April 2011 Consulting engineering firm SSI reports that it is engaged in a number of rail infrastructure upgrades and prefeasibility studies across South Africa. 

Gautrain on track for completion in mid-2011

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2010 The second and final phase of the Gautrain rapid rail link project is expected to be completed in mid 2011, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. 

New standards to contribute to rail safety

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2010 A new South African National Standard (SANS 3000-4) covering Human Factors, which is expected to be published in early 2011, will be a key contributor to improving railway safety, says Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) senior manager for safety standards Jacintha Naidoo.  

Concerns that skills may dissipate as Gautrain nears completion

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2010 With the Gautrain rapid rail link project nearing completion, there are concerns that the skills developed and acquired during the construction of South Africa's high-speed rail network may dissipate. 

Very high speed rail for SA? 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2010 A paper presented at the South African Transport Conference 2010, held in Gauteng, in August, questions if South Africa is ready for, and would benefit from very high-speed rail. 

More decisions and studies for Mthombo

By: Jessica Hannah     10th December 2010 There are several more decisions and definitive engineering studies that need to be undertaken before construction gets under way for the proposed 360 000-bl/d project Mthombo oil refinery project, national oil company PetroSA spokesperson Thabo Mabaso says. 

Multibillion-rand signalling upgrade project for 2011 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2010 The planned five-year nationwide implementation and installation of a new, modern railway signalling system, as well as the Gauteng Nerve Centre (GNC) on Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (Prasa's) commuter rail network is scheduled to start in January 2011. 

On track for completion in 2013

3rd December 2010 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP), which is being built between Durban and Johannesburg, has had its deadline extended to December 31, 2013, and is on track for completion. 

Durban to Joburg pipeline to help with security of supply

By: Schalk Burger     3rd December 2010 The delays on the State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP) will require the Durban to Johannesburg pipeline (DJP) to continue running for nine months beyond March 31, 2011, to cope with security of supply challenges to Gauteng. 

Technological innovations in use

By: Schalk Burger     3rd December 2010 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP), being built between Durban and Johannesburg, will use a number of technological innovations including cathodic protection against rust and, as the name implies, multiple product transportation through one line, says... 

Progress being made on R240m pipeline project

By: Eleanor Seggie     3rd December 2010 Civil engineering construction company Esorfranki is making progress on its flagship R240-million BG3 pipeline project, having further excavated the trench, and is expecting to lay pipes down imminently, says Esorfranki CEO Bernie Krone. 

Five extensions planned for the Gautrain 

By: Tracy Hancock     25th June 2010 The Gautrain rapid rail project is planning an additional five new extensions to the railway line in addition to its nine existing links, which connect ten stations from Johannesburg to Pretoria. The new links are being planned from Park station, in Johannesburg, to Soweto, Rhodesfield station... 

More to project than development of public transport

By: Tracy Hancock     25th June 2010 A critical role of the Gautrain project is the socioeconomic development (SED) of the Gauteng province through skills transfer and training, which is an integral aspect on which the success of the project is based. The Gautrain Management Agency Socioeconomic Development Progress brochure for... 

Ground-breaking 
environmental 
procedures for SA

By: Tracy Hancock     25th June 2010 Being the first project of its kind in South Africa, the Gautrain rapid rail link’s independent environmental control person and original environmental-impact assessment (EIA) manager Mark Freeman says that the project assisted in pioneering groundbreaking environmental procedures for the country. 

Rail link assists 
airport with regular departure times

By: Tracy Hancock     25th June 2010 Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) spokesperson Unathi Batyashe-Fillis says that the Gautrain rapid rail link between Sandton and the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) will assist the airport with its focus on predictable departure times.

As traffic volumes continue to increase, the... 

High-speed rail system envisaged for the UK

9th April 2010 There is a broad political consensus that Britain must have a high-speed rail system in the future, says British rail operator Network Rail CE Iain Coucher. This follows the publication of a white paper, by the UK government, that mandates the need for a high-speed rail system. 

Software for increased efficiency

9th April 2010 Train scheduling software, design software and simulations enable high-quality designing and modelling of railway processes. Design software enables detailed drawings to be done on any gauge railway and makes repetitive work fast and efficient. Simulation software means that companies can model... 

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