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Rail Transport and Infrastructure

Gautrain participation a gateway to future projects for engineering group

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th December 2007 The participation of multidisciplinary engineering services company, WSP Group, in the Gautrain rapid-rail link project is considered an investment in future train projects and engineering services, says WSP Consulting Engineering director Gino Mazuchetti. 

Gautrain a logistics and technical challenge

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th December 2007 The Gautrain project is not only perceived as the biggest construction project in South Africa's history but also the most challenging by way of the multidisciplinary skills and company involvement in the project, which geotechnical solutions provider on the rapid-rail link project, Franki... 

Gautrain a catalyst for public sector transport improvement

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th December 2007 The Gautrain Project has been a catalyst in creating a new standard for the public transport sector, changing the face of transport in Gauteng and forcing public transport operators to think more innovatively in providing transport solutions, says Intelligent Transport Solutions South Africa (ITS... 

Way must be found for private sector to add value to Africa's railways - Radebe

By: Dennis Ndaba     7th December 2007 A clear role must be established for the private sector to invest and support the rail sector, Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe told delegates at the thirty-fifth general assembly of the Union of African Railways (UAR) in Vanderbiljpark, South of Johannesburg, earlier this month. 

Transport now truly perceived as key success factor for 2010

By: Dennis Ndaba     19th October 2007 Intelligent Transport Society (ITS) South Africa CEO Dr Paul Vorster says the transport debate in South Africa has changed significantly over the past three years, with the country having moved from ignoring the problems to actively addressing them. 

Rapid-rail progress speeds ahead as contractors dig deep

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th June 2007 A clear priority of the Gautrain rapid-rail link is to meet the first 45 month operational completion deadline for the route between Sandton and the O.R Tambo International Airport, says Bombela Turnkey Contractor (TKC) CEO Ian Thoms. Since the second operational deadline, for the route between... 

Specialised technology imported for use in underground tunnelling

29th June 2007 An 885-t tunnel boring machine (TBM), which will be used for tunnelling in the construction of the Gautrain rapid-rail link, is scheduled to arrive in South Africa in October. A three km portion of the tunnel between Gautrain�s Johannesburg station and Park station will be excavated using the... 

Fishing in foreign waters

29th June 2007 About 100 candidates from the Philippines, India, and the Southern African Development Community region have been appointed on the Gautrain Project in the areas of civil engineering, quality engineering, and construction foremen, all with underground rail experience in the Gautrain rapid-rail... 

Rapid-rail breaks ground for SA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th June 2007 The Gautrain rapid-rail project is one of the most complicated transport endeavours ever undertaken, within South Africa. An intricate combination of civil engineering and electrical and mechanical work is being undertaken, to create South Africa�s first rapid-rail link. The Bombela Turnkey... 

Local company secures tunnelling contract

29th June 2007 Local manufacturer and distributor of mining products, DSI South Africa, in association with DSI-owned Austrian tunnelling company Alwag Techmo, has secured a contract for the installation of sections of a tunnelling system for the Gautrain rapid-rail link development. 

Community forums bridge the communications gap

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th June 2007 With construction of the Gautrain rapid-rail link fully under way, residents and business operators in the affected areas have been given a platform to express their views and concerns. The direct involvement of the project in these communities through the community forums lends to the appeal... 

Gautrain partner�s BEE arm concludes funding arrangements

29th June 2007 The Strategic Partnership Group (SPG), a Bombela Concession Company partner in the Gautrain project, has successfully and independently concluded its funding arrangements with its major funders. 

Infrastructure maintenance a top priority for rail sector

By: Christy van der Merwe     13th April 2007 In an attempt to revitalise the rail sector in South Africa, State-owned utility Spoornet proposes spending R31-billion on increasing capacity and tackling backlog maintenance of railways by 2011. 

New locomotives on track for delivery

By: Christy van der Merwe     13th April 2007 To enable revitalisation and rehabilitation of the rail sector in South Africa, Spoornet’s budget for rail rolling stock and signalling equipment has been boosted to R8,6-billion over the next three years. The Union Carriage and Wagon (UCW) partnership has been awarded part of this rail... 

SA’s largest robotic portal gantry system installation on track

By: Christy van der Merwe     13th April 2007 Supplier of automated robotic welding systems for the manufacturing industry, Motoman Robotic Systems South Africa, is currently installing its fifth robotic welding system for Transwerk 

BEE company seeks hand-up not handout

By: Christy van der Merwe     13th April 2007 Black economic-empowerment (BEE) company, and 25% stakeholder in the Bombela concession company, Strategic Partners Group (SPG), is determined to actively participate in all aspects of the Gautrain. 

Insurance broker for rapid-rail project appointed

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2007 Glenrand MIB has been appointed as the South African insurance broker to the Bombela concessionaire for the multibillion rand Gautrain rapid-rail project. 

‘Huge investments and govt commitment needed to solve transport problems’

By: Bert Swart     4th August 2006 Government is committed by its National Land Transport Transition Act (NLTTA) to ensuring that South African commuters have access to a reliable, world-class public transport system, says Arup transport economic adviser, Andrew Marsay. 

E-commerce iniative transforming business

14th June 2001 The co-sponsor of the Africa Rail 2001 conference and related business unit of Transnet, Promat, is gearing itself to becoming the leading e-procurement company in South Africa. 

Maintaining the right safety approach in the rail sector

14th June 2001 Southern Africa has the same ability to minimise rail risks as rail regimes elsewhere – the important ingredients are robust safety systems and the culture to implement them, advises UK Wragge & Co rail consultant Roger Gunson. 

Track system provides continuous support to rails

14th June 2001 One of the more interesting technologies to have hit the rail industry in the last few years is the ballastless beam-track system, Tubular Track. 

Rail conference steaming ahead after four years

14th June 2001 One of Africa's top events for rail executives Africa Rail 2001, now in its fourth year, is looking to set the agenda for the African rail industry. 

Firm captivated by rail opportunity

14th June 2001 The colourful Zulu beaded loveletter pinned on his cardigan almost mirrors the passion former University of Natal graduate electrical engineer and Alstom Transport MD Andries Tshabalala has for the rail industry. 

Railway engineers on display

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Upgrade project on track

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Rail event a valuable opportunity

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Graphic display at rail exhibition

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

New rail concept to be launched

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

International VIPs expected

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Railtrack system of the future to be exhibited

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Rail industry changes to be discussed

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Modelling tools designed for railway sector

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Computer-based engineering solutions company TLC Software, of Johannesburg, and Spoornet TTC will be participating in the upcoming Africa Rail ’99 exhibition. TLC Software is involved actively in the development of specialised systems and modelling tools for the railway industry, including... 

Ticket machine contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A feature of Reunert Communication Systems’ (RCS) exhibit at Africa Rail ’99 will be its redevelopments of ticket-issuing machines. One of the activities of the company is the development, integration and maintenance of ticket-issuing devices, as well as communication networks for... 

Ring-rail system to revitalise Pretoria area

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Although an estimated 325 000 passengers commute on the Pretoria rail network daily, it is generally agreed that the facility is under-used. “We have identified a section within the existing Pretoria rail system that forms a circle and could be developed to benefit all in an attempt to... 

First rotary-screw compressor for SA rail

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The first prototype rotary-screw compressor to be used in a rail-transportation application in South Africa has been installed in a Spoornet Class ‘E’ freight locomotive operating in the Belfast, Mpumalanga, area. The TrackAir Mahle rotary-screw compressor was installed by CompAir... 

Prototype wagon for R600m contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A world leader in heavy-haulage transport Spoornet will be exhibiting a prototype at Africa Rail ’99 used to develop a wagon that has resulted in a supply contract to Sweden totalling potentially more than R600-million. “The contract was awarded to us in February last year by Swedish... 

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